Nothing says patriotism like http://www.lepetitfournil.co.uk/ star Last thursday, i joined a gaggle of spectators and a phalanx of cops gathered in front of macy’s to watch mayor declare nov.11 the kickoff date for »San francisco:Open for business!Week. « Mayor brown, i realized, had his manicured finger firmly on the national pulse: America is indeedOpen for business.And in the midst of a recession and a war on terrorism, its best business is colored red, white and blue.Two months after the sept.11 attacks, everything from fast food to cars to a pair of sunglasses(« An American classic! « Cries the copy on the new flag waving ray ban ads)Has been repackaged as patriotism par excellence.Just lost your job?Worried about feeding the kids?You’ll feel ever so much better in a $30 rhinestone studded old glory sweatshirt.But don’t stop there.If you want to feel really good, consider using the as an aphrodisiac.It seems America’s national symbol has become a hot commodity on the intimate attire market.Really hot.In fact, it’s quickly becoming hotter than a vibrator on overdrive.Sex sells;Patriotism sells.Their coupling was inevitable.The rush to engorge old glory began in early october, when ananova and other news outlets reported that the virginia branch of planned parenthood was throwing its hat into the war effort by handing out red, white and blue condoms in exchange for donations to relief organizations.Catholic pro life groups were not pleased, denouncing the gesture as »A shameless stunt on the back of a national tragedy » (Sounds very doggy style, doesn’t it? ).American president judie brown spelled it out to the press: « They have stooped to the lowest level yet in exploiting a national tragedy for cheap publicity and profit.So called ‘patriotic condoms’ makes light of a terrible event and are a desecration of our national colors. « Oh, judie, if you only knew.A month after planned parenthood’s pitch for patriotic post sept.11 birth control, themarket is awash with items promising to raise Old Glory to new heights.Come on, America!Let’s go shopping.First stop:T zers!Dare to wear fashions!Here, theselection of »Patriotic red, white and blue star spangled fashions »Includes the stars and stripes thong($9), the($11.50), the($28.50)And the stars and stripes patriotic cheap ray bans bikini($32.75).Dominatrixes can choose between a pair of patriotic thigh high boots with 5 inch spiked heel($229.50)And the patriotic high heel ankle strap shoe($87.50). Alas, theStars Stripes Suspender Thong ($29.50)And the wonder woman tankini set($69.50), with its »Stretch spandex tankini style crop top, thong panty, hot pants, wristlets and head gear, »Have sold out.No matter: Item 3002 EP, theMen’s Red, White Blue Star G String with its star spangled pouch ($9), is still available.And for those eager to join the front lines in the war on terrorism, there’s the $31.50 set (« Show your support for our in this little camouflage hot pants and triangle string top bra! « ).Not to be outdone, shirley of hollywood’s teddy girl lingerie line boasts a $10 all cotton American pride thong, which features an American flag and the logo »United we stand »Across the crotch;The wow boutique offers an American flag hot pants set($49.95);And the wild rose boutique urges consumers to »Show your true American spirit »By purchasing an item from its line of patriotic wear.Try the fabulous red, white blue patent leather thigh high boots with their »Inside zipper, adjustable lace up thigh and 5 inch heel, »On wartime sale for $135.Victoria’s visions, an »Online shopping paradise lingerie superstore, »Displays the flag with pride in outfits like the American flag bikini($28.99)And a teeny red, white and blue something called patriot dance wear($26.99).Now, there’s a novel idea:Lap dance your way to victory.How to choose from this wealth of titillation?Let us seek guidance from the, whose web site has a special section devoted to the dos and don’ts of flag display.One must not, it says, ».Use it as wearing apparel, bedding or drapery.It should not be used on a costume or athletic uniform. « Ok, so much for the American flag bikini. « .Fasten or display it in a way that will permit it to be damaged or soiled. « Farewell, my American pride thong. « .Use the flag for advertising or promotion purposes or print it on paper napkins, boxes or anything else intended for temporary use and discard. « This puts the kibosh on willie brown’s »America:Open for business »Posters, which depict the flag as a shopping bag.Too bad, because willie’s tacky emblem makes a point. America is indeedOpen for business, but it’s also up for sale. And judging by the devaluation of its currency patriotism, theflag, a smattering of white stars on a blue background it’s growing cheaper by the day.