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TUSTIN, CA
Tustin, California.  My current digs.  This is an firsthand sighting; it flies at city hall. It's not on the town website, nor do I find any mention of it in the city documents. Not terribly creative, just the town seal on a white field. But not exactly unsightly either, or maybe that's just my jingo side talking.  By the way, I used to live in Irvine, right next door; I promise to do their flag someday.  Steel your souls--shudder--It came from 1971! da dum da dum...  no, seriously, it's hideous!  hideous I tell you! 
 
Anyway, those are oranges, an avocado, and I think either some pears or limes, or both--references to the agricultural heritage of the area, as is the plowed field. Amusingly, Mt. Saddleback in the background is so poorly rendered as to eliminate its namesake saddle-like ridge. Tsk tsk.

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SLOVENIA (proposal)

Tthe Republic of Slovenia held a contest about a year ago to pick new national symbols.  The old ones were held to be too bland and generic, and to be doing a rather poor job distinguishing the country from the other dozen or so Slavic states with red-white-and-blue color schemes.  I came up with this entry;  it didn't exactly sweep the jury, but I still think it's sort of nice.  Gray doesn't get used enough on national symbols, in my opinion.
 
Though I will grant it there is a certain unfortunate 'logo-of-snowboarding-equipment-company' vibe present.

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IRAQ (proposal)

I sort of like the current Iraqi flag, but I do think countries that undergo major transitions should pick out new ones.  The problem is that the design selected by the American puppet-government is a terrible one--boring graphically and with no historical basis and the wrong colors.  So; a new flag for Iraq that uses traditional elements but modernizes the design somewhat. The bifurcated white stripe could symbolize the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates, if they merged, which I dont think they do, but what the heck.
 
 
 
 
The Duopoly
 
Many people assert on a regular basis that the two major parties are, fundamentally, indistinguishable.  'There's not a dime's worth of difference," is, I believe, the traditional complaint.  Wrong!  In fact, each party wishes to impement radically different, uniquely idiotic and wholly distinct--aside from their malevolence and venality--policy proposals.  Quoth Ambrose Bierce, in The Devil's Dictionary:

Conservative: a statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with new ones.

Oh, what the hell.  I happen to be a liberal myself, but the Party and the movement are so godawfully myopic and incompentent these days that it beggars the imagination. Plus I'm in a misanthropic mood today.  So I'm being undeservedly evenhanded: a pox on both their houses.

Now, the US party flags are staggeringly dull.  Therefore, and in honor of the recent electoral fiasco, I propose a pair of new designs, referencing the fundamental ideology of either party in the historical instance in which it was taken to its logical extreme. Somehow I doubt  either of these will be received with much enthusiasm.  But on the upside, I should get some interesting hate mail now. Yay.

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The Democratic Party The Republican Party
















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