True patriots don’t have flag poles

So many “patriots” make a point of planting a giant pole in their yard and bitch at other Americans for their lack of patriotism. I mean, that’s the point of a flag pole, isn’t it? To show everyone how much more of a true patriot you are, how you respect America more?

We have an asshole down the block with a pole that has the American flag posted atop a yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag. (He also had a Trump-Pence yard sign, so yes, I know he’s an asshole.) His American flag is never taken down. That’s right, it stays up all night and is shredded. Today, of course, is Pearl Harbor Day, and flags are at half-staff. Except this jerk’s. But he’s a True patriot, only too lazy to make the effort to treat his flag with respect.

The flag must be taken down every night (or posted with a spotlight on it if not) and should be retired when ragged. I bet when he does finally take it down, he’ll just throw it in a drawer.

If you’re going to be pretentious about your patriotism, maybe get off your ass and read something about it. Then make the daily effort such patriotism demands.

Red-state tax cheats

You believed the lie started by Reagan about the “welfare queens” populating urban ghettos. The truth is the rural areas are soaking up your tax money. Urban areas pay in MORE taxes and get LESS services than rural areas. In addition to that inequity, the rural areas get a bigger vote in the electoral college. So you can shove your Tea Party up your ass. Story here.

The gap between the two extremes is remarkable. South Dakota, one of the most empowered states in the country, received almost twice the return on taxes as California, the country’s most populated state, while also commanding nearly twice as much power per capita in the Electoral College. If anyone should be declaring themselves the heirs to the Boston patriots who rebelled against the unjust taxation of King George, it’s the big city blue state citizens who are funding a system that by law undercounts their votes.

 

Logic finds no champion on Trump’s watch

Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn is Trump’s choice for National Security Adviser. No, seriously. Trump wants the guy who spread the hoax that Secretary Clinton ran a pedophile ring out of a Washington pizzeria named “Comet Ping Pong.” So this week, a dude named Ed Welch made his way to that pizzeria and shot off a gun in it. He was there to “see for himself” if the stories were true. He decided they weren’t. Story here.

Just what will be Gen. Flynn’s role?

The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs is appointed by the President without confirmation by the Senate. He serves as an honest broker of policy options for the President in the field of national security, offers daily advice to the President independently of the vested interests of the large bureaucracies and clientele of those departments, and updates the President on the latest events in a crisis situation. (Wikipedia)

How ignorant are conservatives that they would believe this story? How desperately craven are conservative leaders that they would spread it? Even after this story broke, Flynn’s adult son, himself a member of the Trump transition team, tweeted that the pizzeria story must be proven false for him to stop spreading the rumor.