One of these flags is OK to fly over Mississippi state office buildings, the other is not. See the difference?

For a few hours Friday, a Confederate battle flag flew over a Mississippi state building.

“Have we seceded already?” asked Joseph Parker, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Southern Mississippi. “The execution is faster than I thought.”

The Confederate battle flag was placed atop the state Supreme Court building about 2 p.m. Friday as a result of a mistake, explained Kym Wiggins, public information officer for the state Department of Finance and Administration.

She said the flag accidentally was put up to replace a Mississippi state flag that was tattered and torn.