Answering the Pseudo-Patriots on Kaepernick’s Protest

The "arguments" -- more like primal screams -- being offered to criticize Colin Kaepernick for his protest are uniformly inane. I thought I'd take the time to provide answers to the ones I've been hearing over and over again the last couple days. … [Read more...]

I Just Became a Colin Kaepernick Fan

Even after seeing Gabby Douglass savaged for not putting her hand over her heart during the national anthem at the Olympics, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a stand and refused to even stand for it during the pregame ceremony before their last game. … [Read more...]

Trump Hugs an American Flag

This is just...bizarre. During a speech in Tampa, Florida, Donald Trump actually stopped and went and gave a hug to an American flag. After that bit of pandering, next he'll be seen dry humping a Bible. This is a grown man, for crying out loud. … [Read more...]

Robert Davi Wants Flag Burning to be a Felony

You know Robert Davi even if you don't recognize the name. He's one of the That Guys you see in a million movies, but never as the star. He's also a big fan of Donald Trump. And a big fan of putting people in prison for burning an American flag, which makes him an authoritarian asshole. … [Read more...]

‘Patriots’ Running for Office in Oregon

In the wake of the seizing of the Malheur wildlife preserve by the Bundy brothers and their merry band of anti-government extremists, now other members of local militias and "patriot" groups are running for office in that state. Like Joseph Rice, who is a member of the far-right fringe group the Oath Keepers. … [Read more...]

Obama Declares ‘Loyalty Day’

Did you know that Sunday was "Loyalty Day"? I didn't either. But President Obama declared it to be such in an official presidential proclamation and encouraged people to show their loyalty by flying a flag or saying the pledge of allegiance. … [Read more...]

Stop Saying the Military Protects Our Freedom

If there is one trope I am absolutely fed up with, it's the notion that our military "protects" or "provides" our freedom. And here's an example of a soldier being a complete douchebag, refusing to tip a server and instead telling them that their tip is the freedom he "provided" by being in the military. … [Read more...]

The Consequences of Refusing to Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Hemant flags this story that I'd somehow missed about a high school student in Louisiana who refused to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance, a right that has been guaranteed for nearly 75 years by the Supreme Court, and the appalling response of the teacher and the entire administration. From a letter the AHA sent to the school: … [Read more...]

Bigot Pastor Refuses to Say Pledge of Allegiance

Steven Anderson, the Christian fascist minister from Arizona who wants all gay people killed and women kept in their homes, says he refuses to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Good, I'm with him so far. No one should recite it, for any reason. But his reasons for not doing so are predictably ridiculous. … [Read more...]

Town Board Votes Against Saying Pledge of Allegiance

How about some good news for a change? The planning board for a town in upstate New York has actually voted to reject a proposal that would require saying the pledge of allegiance before every meeting. That has the uber "patriots" all upset, of course, but good for them. … [Read more...]

Yes, the Pledge of Allegiance Needs to Go

David Niose, legal director for the American Humanist Association, has overseen that group's project urging students to boycott the pledge until "under God" is removed from it. But after seeing how teachers, administrators and other students respond to those who do boycott the pledge, he's realized what I have been saying all along: The Pledge of Allegiance should be done away with completely. … [Read more...]

Zambia Holds Day of Prayer Over Economic Woes

The United States is apparently not the only place where government officials think that prayer is an actual public policy. The nation of Zambia canceled all sports contests and virtually everything else and held a national day of prayer to plead with God to prop up their currency, which has dropped precipitously against the dollar over the last year. … [Read more...]