A little over a month ago, I decided that I wanted a hat based on the original Oklahoma state flag. But there was a problem: no one made them. I contacted an embroidery shop and had a batch made. I had intended on selling them in the Plaza District or the Paseo, but then the tornadoes happened. My wife suggested that I sell them online and donate the profits to the Red Cross, so that is what I'm doing.
I always liked the look of the original Oklahoma state flag (a photo of which is below). It is simple and looks good. But, after World War I and the Red Scare, Oklahoma banned all red banners and World War I veterans claimed that the flag looked too much like Communist flags of that era. The state responded by commissioning designs for a new flag, leading to the one we all know now.
I am selling these hats for two different prices. If you live nearby and want to meet me to pick up the hat, it is $20. If I am mailing the hat, it is $30 (including shipping). All profits will go to the Red Cross. They cost me $10 and some change, so I'll donate $10 for every local hat sold and the remainder of $30 minus $10 and shipping for hats that are shipped.
The hats are FlexFit brand with "Cool & Dry" material. They are fitted (with elastic inner band) and fit heads between 6 3/4" and 7 1/2" (the size is Small/Medium). They were manufactured by OMD Embroidery (here in the U.S.A.). You can PayPal me the money at [redacted] or contact me via Facebook for more information.
Someone has asked if wearing these hats are illegal. Technically, they could be:
21 O.S. 374:
Any person in this state, who shall carry or cause to be carried, or publicly display any red flag or other emblem or banner, indicating disloyalty to the Government of the United States or a belief in anarchy or other political doctrines or beliefs, whose objects are either the disruption or destruction of organized government, or the defiance of the laws of the United States or of the State of Oklahoma, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and upon conviction shall be punished by imprisonment in the Penitentiary of the State of Oklahoma for a term not exceeding ten (10) years, or by a fine not exceeding One Thousand Dollars ($ 1,000.00) or by both such imprisonment and fine.
As you can see, it would be unconstitutional as hell to prosecute someone for violating this statute (what with that pesky First Amendment and all), and it would be very difficult to prosecute under these circumstances anyway. A prosecutor would have to prove that the hat was "indicating disloyalty to the Government of the United States or a belief in anarchy or other political doctrines or beliefs, whose objects are either the disruption or destruction of organized government, or the defiance of the laws of the United States or of the State of Oklahoma," which would not be the case. So, live a little. Take a risk, and help tornado relief.
As you know by now, Central Oklahoma was devastated yesterday by a massive tornado. Parts of Moore and south Oklahoma City are completely flattened. While we are grateful that he and his family are alive and well, we regret that 2008 and 2011 OklahomIraqis League champion Jack Bruesch lost his home in the tornado. He is staying with family right now in Norman, but he can use all the help he can get.
On behalf of the OIL, I have started a Wal-Mart gift card for him. It is reloadable, so anyone is welcome to add funds to it. If you want to send money directly to Bruesch's gift card, I am typing instructions below. It is not very user-friendly, but it's what I could put together on the fly. Please share this with whoever you can.
EDIT: I've deleted the gift card information. Thank you to everyone who helped.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, issued the following statement on Wednesday about the death of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brandon J. Landrum, who was one of five soldiers killed Saturday by a roadside bomb in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. Landrum is survived by his parents, wife and children.
Landrum was not with the 158 during the Iraq mission in 2006 that started the OklahomIraqis League. But he was an Oklahoma soldier, and he later spent a year in Iraq with the 158th FA in 2008. After receiving his commission, he went active duty. He was killed in Afghanistan this week. I won't further the party line that he died for freedom (his or ours) because I don't have to. He was one of us. We have all been in that position, and that's all that matters. I don't know what exists for us after the fade to black, but I hope that Landrum and the rest of our soldiers find peace.