I think the flag represents 3 separate things. 1. It's historical. Whatever the "south" fought for is irrelevent. It is a part of southern history. It doesn't make it right or wrong. That's just what it is, a piece of history. 2. The ultimate rebel symbol for southerners. Feather out your mullet, break out your case of beer, get in the back of a pickup, or your Camaro with 1 t-top if you're rich, and head out for a weekend of getting drunk and stupid. It's meant to show you're ready to throw laws and common sense to the wind. Your cousin does look kind of hot after 14 beers after all. You usually find these spending countless hours professing their love on an overpass or water tower. 3. It's been used as the banner for white supremacy and hatred. Ignorant assholes continue to use it for that purpose and for most people, no matter what color you are, it rings as a symbol for racism. It shouldn't be flown on a government building. It shouldn't be flown by most people. I think there are historical places that it should be flown in memorial such as Gettysburg, antitam, chancellorsville, Bull Run, etc along side the American flag of the same time period. In these places it is as a learning tool to further understanding of the greatest loss of American life in war. My personal view is that it is a piece of history. It does hold some sentimental meaning to me because of what happened to my family when Sherman burned his way through GA. It also reminds me of the depth of commitment to a cause. I don't agree with slavery and never have. The courage it takes to throw my opinion out on a message board in cyber space is nothing compared to the courage it took for these men on both sides to fight and die for what they believed. No matter what their cause, they have my respect for having the strength to back their cause with more than just words. Just my .02
I like tap beers because some of the microbrews don't have the ability to bottle. It also gives you a little more flexibility for the local guy who can do some advertising for you if you carry his brew. Ive always preferred tap over bottle. I've noticed that bottled beer tends to be warmer than tap because every time you open the cooler you lose cold air. I like my beer as cold as possible.