The first thing I noticed about McCain’s VP pick Sarah Palin was her flag pin.

It was big and shiny and appeared to be covered with diamonds.

It screamed I LOVE AMERICA MORE THAN YOU in the gaudy and garish way only an oversized American flag brooch can.

Well folks, here’s the rub: those aren’t diamonds- they’re Czech rhinestones. Actually, the whole pin was made in the Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia to John McCain).

This may explain why it only has seven stripes and nine stars.

They are still available on ebay. Buy It Now Price: $4.99.