This question's been bugging me, mostly because I don't like not knowing stuff, and I think someone here would know. Okay, I know a flag is not supposed to be "wearing apparel" but does that apply to lapel pins? I mean, uniforms are allowed to include flag patches but it doesn't say anything about jewelry that I've found. I might have missed it or something, though. And what about the lapel pins with a US flag and another flag, these... I think I've heard them called "friendship pins"... that I've seen in DC? Is that appropriate and how many of them are displaying the flags in flag-code appropriate fashion? Which side should the US flag be on? Now that I'm thinking of it, what about signs and bumper stickers for political candidates. Some of those have the flag on them as well. Are those really an appropriate use of the flag? I don't think any party or candidate particularly has a monopoly on patriotism; to my mind what matters is that you vote, not how you vote.