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Heymatt:

Why is a Mexican flag included at the courthouse at Third and H streets in Chula Vista? Does this mean some courtrooms there follow the “guilty until the level of extortion has been satisfied” policy?

— Curious Passerby

Flag of the county of San Diego

Flag of the county of San Diego

That’s actually the flag of the County of San Diego. The colors are the same as the Mexican flag, and it has a sigil in the center that might look like the Mexican eagle and jaguar from afar, but the bars are oriented horizontally. I suppose you can rest assured that “good old American justice” prevails at that courthouse, with all of its inherent fairness and guarantee of human rights and....oh, I’ll just stop right there.

There’s no good reason to put a Mexican flag at the courthouse, but there also isn’t any particular reason not to as a diplomatic gesture toward our neighbor. Of course, there is etiquette for flags. The host country’s flag should be flown on its own separate mast or, at the very least, in a position of honor respective to any other flags being flown. Diplomacy just isn’t a judicial responsibility.

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Javajoe25 Dec. 19, 2012 @ 7:29 p.m.

Mexican eagle and jaguar? Matthew? I believe the Mexican flag shows an eagle holding a snake in its beak and talons, landing on a cactus. The jaguar might be the vehicle El Presidente tools around in, but I don't see one here.

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Matthew_Alice Dec. 20, 2012 @ 7:43 a.m.

Whoops. I had been talking with some friends about ancient mesoamerican jaguar cults and other exciting but confusing errata in relation to the forthcoming end of the world and I think that somehow transposed itself into the answer I gave here. You would think I'd get something like that correct with an image of the flag sitting right in front of me while I was writing.

Maybe the universe will implode before all the angry vexillologists come to correct me....

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Javajoe25 Dec. 20, 2012 @ 12:04 p.m.

That's what I was thinking; when Matthew Alice sees the jaguar, that is definitely a sign of the end times. Where's my tequila?

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