Carlson Thinks Confederate Flag is a Patriotic Symbol

As incredibly idiotic as the weekday version of Fox and Friends is, what with three of the dumbest people in television all sitting together every day, the weekend version with Tucker Carlson may actually be worse. Reacting to a school in Tennessee that has banned all flags on campus, Carlson and his equally ridiculous co-hosts are apparently under the impression that the Confederate flag is a patriotic symbol. … [Read more...]

Nebraska School Requiring McCarthy-era Loyalty Oaths

From the I'm Sorry, What Decade Is This Department: A public school in Nebraska is requiring its teachers to sign McCarthy-era loyalty oaths, apparently after some wingnut called and asked the superintendent of the school district why they didn't require them. Apparently there's some 1951 law requiring them, a law that no other school in the state evidently follows and that is blatantly unconstitutional. … [Read more...]

D’Souza: Teaching Accurate History = Hating America

Dinesh D'Souza has another undoubtedly idiotic documentary out and he's making the rounds of the right wing fever swamps to promote it. In a conversation with One American News Network’s Rick Amato, who started by declaring that "liberals hate America," D'Souza says that teaching accurate history is teaching young people to hate America. … [Read more...]

Nationalist Jerks Opine on Kid Not Saying Pledge

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional, largely because it's voluntary, students can opt out. But the reaction of the community in Texas where a kid was punished by the school for not reciting the pledge shows why this voluntary claim is illusory in practice. … [Read more...]

Cheney: Obama Doesn’t Like America

There was a time, back when she was with the National Endowment for the Humanities, when I thought Lynne Cheney was a serious intellectual. That time is long gone. Like her husband and her daughter Liz, she's a tiresome political hack and a right wing shill, as she proved yet again in an interview with Steve Malzberg. … [Read more...]

Cue the Right Wing Xenophobia

One of the commercials shown during the Super Bowl was by Coke and it featured a bunch of children singing America the Beautiful in their native language rather than in English. Predictably, the right wing is clutching their pearls and flipping their lids over it. Breitbart, you're up: … [Read more...]

Steve King’s Moronic Nationalism

There is nothing in politics that annoys me more than the idiotic and offensive nationalism and jingoism that is so popular on the right. Anyone who doesn't accept their simple-minded, childish notion of "American exceptionalism" is claimed to hate the country. Here's Rep. Steve King's version: … [Read more...]

American Legion ‘Supports’ Free Speech, Won’t ‘Accept’ It

An American Legion post in Illinois is withdrawing its annual contribution to activities at a public park because one of the members of the local parks commission won't stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. And they're offering this bizarrely incoherent excuse for their decision: … [Read more...]

Parent Sends Letter to School About Pledge

Terry Firma (which I assume must be a nom de blog), writes over at Hemant's blog about a letter he wrote to the school his daughter attends concerning the recitation of the pledge of allegiance by all the students. I agree with pretty much everything he says. He wrote, in part: … [Read more...]

Forget ‘Under God,’ Let’s End the Pledge Completely

As the American Humanist Association represents a Massachusetts couple challenging the inclusion of the phrase "under God" in the pledge of allegiance, Mary Elizabeth Williams argues at Alternet that we should eliminate the reciting of the pledge completely. I couldn't agree more. … [Read more...]

Ecrasez L’Infame!

With all of the obsessive coverage of the birth of the "royal baby" let me say what should be obvious: the monarchy should not exist. No monarchy should exist anywhere for any reason. And while this article goes too far -- I certainly wouldn't put the royal family in prison -- and overstates the case, there is still validity there. … [Read more...]

Moyers: Pledge of Allegiance is a Lie

I do not recite the pledge of allegiance, ever. I don't think you should either. And it isn't just because it says "under God" or because it has clear fascist overtones to it. It's also because it's completely dishonest, as Bill Moyers explains far more eloquently than I ever could. … [Read more...]