So what gets my dander up so much about this seeminly innocuous occurance? The continued TRIVIALIZATION of this gesture. Yes the tsunami was bad - but it was a natural disaster. It affected our nation - HOW? Did those poor people in FL get such regard after the onslaught of 4 hurricanes last season? uh, wait.... I don't think so.
Up next: the new rule that when any American citizen dies, we are allowed to fly the flag at half mast. There, that should make everyone feel better :) and keep us bunch of lazy fucks from EVER having to raise the flag full staff ever again :)
PS, this is an old rant of mine, summed up much better right here (as far as legal techicalities etc are cited):