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Wonkette EXCLUSIVE must cite Wonkette!!! The Wingnuttosphere is full of excited stories about an absolute OUTRAGE that occurred last week, when the flag of COMMUNIST RED CHINA, our sworn enemy and trading partner, was flown in front of the Washington state capitol building in Olympia to honor a visit by Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai. After much huffing and puffing, the offensive banner was hauled down Saturday morning either by brave, Constitution-Loving Patriots, or by a maintenance worker who was removing it because the ambassadorial visit was over. Actually, Yr Wonkette has confirmed with the office of Gov. Jay Inslee that the flag was taken down as a matter of routine — not due to pressure from wingnuts.

The OUTRAGE appears to have originated with this overheated tripe from a Facebook site by “Anthony Bosworth the Patriot” on Friday, which then made its way to Alex Jones, Gateway Pundit’s snotty little brother Progressives Today, (which credits a tip from Washington state Rep. Elizabeth Scott), and a host of other rightwing sites including conspiracy theory clearinghouses The Examiner and WND. It’s also currently the featured story at Gateway Pundit, where Jim Hoft is making quite a bid to win back his crown as Stupidest Man On the Internet.

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“Anthony Bosworth The Patriot” had himself a nice little snit about the horror of a COMMUNIST FLAG flying between Old Glory and the Washington state flag, which was CLEAR evidence that Gov. Jay Inslee is himself a ComSymp and a traitor. We’re particularly taken by Bosworth’s amalgam of language from an anodyne press release and his very own pure rightwing poutrage:

We now know where the loyalties of our liberal, communist loving Governor are. The people of Washington State has asked the governor to address our list of grievances and yet we have heard nothing from him.

But yet he takes time and Washington taxpayers money to show honor to one of the United States of America’s enemies a communist ambassador and he is honored to do so.

The Governor will be discussing a range of issues related to trade, foreign direct investment and ongoing educational and cultural exchanges.

Washington currently exports more goods and services to China than any other state and it is our largest trading partner.

The governor has made his position clear he wants to oppress the Washington people and destroy their liberty. Yet show honor to one of America’s enemy.

Wake up Washingtonians your liberties are at risk as long as this traitor is in office.

Of course, “[sic]” should be understood throughout the quote. Just look at this INCREDIBLE INSULT TO AMERICA!!!!

china flag washington

Then finally, on Saturday, VICTORY, as documented in this exciting video of three or four “activists” gathering to yank down the shameful banner of oppression! It’s a great moment for America, described breathlessly by conspiracy-spewing website The Examiner under the headline “Video: Patriots remove Communist flag from Washington state capitol”:

On Saturday, a small group of activists carrying yellow Gadsden flags now associated with the Tea Party, assisted by a trooper from the Washington State Police, removed the flag of Communist China from the state capitol building in Olympia, Washington […]

“That’s an officer I can support,” one person said of the trooper providing assistance. The officer remained unidentified in the video, but one activist said he was an Oath Keeper.

We suppose it might be rude of us to point this out, but didja notice that not a single one of the “patriot activists” does any actual hauling down of the commie flag? The guy taking down the flag is a state employee, what with the hardhat and the tools to open up the flagpole and crank down the flag. And the poor state trooper who is now going to get called a member of a quasi-paramilitary group is just the poor schlub who drew the honor of guarding the maintenance guy, not an anti-government activist who’s joining the “patriots” in defiance of Communist Gov. Jay Inslee. But yes, some guy in the video does exclaim, “Now that’s a oath keeper there, making sure the communist flag comes down!” So the officer’s membership in the organization is definitively proven, right?

Again, as we confirmed with a call to Jaime Smith, Director of Media Relations for Gov. Inslee, the Chinese flag had been flying to honor the ambassador’s visit. She noted that it’s common protocol for national flags of visiting diplomatic and trade delegations to fly at the Capitol during official visits, as a routine show of goodwill. When the visit is over, the flag comes down. Totally normal, and the “patriots” had nothing to do with it. And for the record, neither the maintenance worker nor the state trooper were engaged in a protest, even though the protesters did manage to stand in frame with them as they did their jobs.

In other words, WND’s headline described it exactly right:

PATRIOTS TEAR DOWN COMMUNIST FLAG AT STATE CAPITOL
Ms. Smith noted during our call that she’d just received an email noting that the flag of Scotland will be going up at the Capitol today to honor another visiting diplomat. We’re earnestly awaiting the Wingosphere to freak out over Gov. Inslee’s traitorous sympathies toward those haggis-eating caber-tossers and their nefarious schemes to replace Old Glory’s stripes with tartan. WAKE UP, AMERICA! If it’s nae American, it’s crap! 

Unless the “patriots” only notice and take credit for removing dirty Commie flags, in which case the Scottish flag should be safe.

[Progressives Today / “Anthony Bosworth the Patriot” on Facebook / WND / The Examiner]

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  • Zippy

    These people are completely insane…

    • weejee

      You might be giving them too much credit there Zip.

      • Zippy

        IKR? I forgot the scare quotes around people

    • Rabbit_Rebozo

      I’m afeared it’s worse than that. Were they insane there’s a chance they could be helped with anti-psychotic medications. I don’t know that there’s any treatment of derpanity this profound.

    • BackDoorMan

      I do believe the jury returned with that verdict some time ago. Unfortunately, The Supremely Dense Court decided to set it aside and render a different judgement.

  • Zippy

    Also too, #PAYTHEFUCKUP Jimbob

  • FauxAntocles

    We have always been at war with China.
    Even when we’re not.

    • Rabbit_Rebozo

      Ever since they sent all those infiltrators over to sabotage the Transcontinental Railroad.

      • PubOption

        The Railroad Song

        They said when I left the jailhouse
        “Now, try to go straight if you can”
        So I’m doin’ fine, and I’m on the right line
        Workin’ for the Railroad Man (Oh yeah!)
        Workin’ for the Railroad Man.

        They said “Lay tracks for the railroad
        Because steam means speed and power”
        So I’m doin’ my best, and I’m travellin’ west
        ’bout fifteen feet an hour (Oh, yeah!)
        ’bout fifteen feet an hour.

        Somebody stole my hammer
        But I still gotta earn my bread
        And life ain’t so grand when you’re standin’ on your hands
        Bangin’ in the rivets with your head (Oh, Lord!)
        Bangin’ in the rivets with your head!

        There’s a curve in the track up yonder
        I think it’s the beginnin’ of the end
        I’ve tried goin’ straight, but sad to relate
        I think I’m goin’ round the bend (Oh, Lord!)
        I think I’m a-goin’ round the bend!

        Performed by (and possibly written by) Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett

  • Nounverb911
    • Lizzietish81

      Shopping therapy!

    • Blank Ron

      Why do those godless Commies hate America so?

    • Downchuck

      As if that would benefit the people of Washington. Oh, wait…

      http://www.futureofflight.org/

  • LarryHoudini

    Yes! Thank God. I was getting an irrational desire to nationalize the American petroleum industry.
    THANK YOU PATRIATES

  • Lizzietish81

    Ironically, the camera that filmed this great event was made in China

    • SnarkOff

      As was the American flag flying to the left of the Chinese flag.

    • JoeChristmas

      Plus, the hardhat and the tools to open up the flagpole.

      • JohnBull

        And all the appliances owned by the other tools holding the Chinese-made Gadsden flags.

        • Barley_Brains

          Their clothes too, also.

  • Zippy

    Wait until these wingnuts hear about what Nixon did…

    • Nounverb911

      Buggered the democrats?

    • JohnBull

      Signed the Clean Water Bill? Commie.

  • amindofitsown

    Hey, you libruhl pussies! That patriot was dooding his due diligence in taking down that flag…even if he was some “maintenance worker” as you say. It just ain’t natral to be flying a Commie flag next to Old Glorah, it just aint.

  • freakishlystrong

    Jesus Christ, now what?
    -The rest of America.

    • BackDoorMan

      – The rest of *sane* America.
      FIFY.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    “The people of Washington State has asked the governor to address our list of grievances and yet we have heard nothing from him.”

    Funny – – that’s exactly what happened to the 143 other lists of grievances that these butthurt dimwits have submitted.

    • Nounverb911

      They’ll just have to wait for Festivus.

    • PubOption

      Gross.

  • baconzgood

    Actually I think that flag is just flown incorrectly as far as I remember. When viewing the flag the host country is supposed to be on the right and not the left. Of course that is only if the flags are run up the same height on a pole. At least this is what I remember from the Boy Scouts. This is hard to tell from the photograph if they are run at the same height. But im pretty sure it was an honest mistake and The Flag Foundation wont get nuts about it.

    http://www.usflag.org/uscode36.html

    • Zippy

      actually , the American flag is always supposed to be higher than all other flags

      • Blank Ron

        Colorado, you’re up!

    • FlownOver

      Stand on the other side of the flagpoles and look again. I think the relevant saying here is “Can’t have it both ways.”

    • bobbert

      The US flag should be on the flag’s right.

      Edit: Easy to tell if it’s on a wall or a stage; harder in the open.

      • willi0000000

        i think you’re supposed to see the flag as if it was ‘looking out’ from the building it’s in front of.

  • kindness

    Huffing paint thinner? Puffing?!? is that what we used to call sniffing glue?

    That could be the only rational conclusion. What? They aren’t rational at all?

    Oy Vey!

  • The video could be a lot worse. If it weren’t for Chinese sweat shops, the Regressives would be naked.

  • SnarkOff

    I am sure these wingnuts are aware that their party’s slavering devotion to corporate “freedom,” which has allowed American businesses to move every last U.S. manufacturing job to China, is the number-one reason why China has become so powerful. Unless it’s that time Ronald Reagan borrowed squllions of dollars from China in order to keep our government running while pretending not to raise taxes–a debt I believe we still haven’t paid off. Wingnuts understand that, right? Right?

    • georgiaburning

      No they don’t. “Understand” is a three syllable word

      • Blank Ron

        Probably isn’t even English.

        • jmk

          Certainly ain’t Amurkin.

        • BackDoorMan

          … oh, it’s English all right. But as jmk points out, it ain’t Amurkin. It is, however, a concept that GOtP cretins seemingly cannot grasp. Do they ever preface anything they say with… “it’s my understanding…”?

  • Joshua Norton

    What’s even more annoying is that China has managed to make communism and capitalism coexist successfully.

    I say this, because wingnuts and capitalism-fetishists seem confused on this point.

    • malsperanza

      Capitalism without the inconvenience of democracy. You’d think the business-friendly right wing would be totally behind that.

  • freakishlystrong

    Uh..didja get a load of those “patriots”? They couldn’t haul down Wendy’s Frosty without help.

  • weejee

    Waiting to see the Ms World Series champs flag fly there. Opening day so –

    PLAY BALL!

    • Zippy

      the Cubs new cleanup hitter- emphasis on cleanup, after the debacle at Wrigley yesterday

      • Nounverb911

        Two working bathrooms? Why so many?

        • Zippy

          who knew that “wait until next year” also applied to restroom trips?

          • Guest

            ..

          • Nounverb911

            Is Steve Bartman throwing out the first pitch this year?

  • Mehmeisterjr

    Oh no! Scotland is going to invade and force us to eat haggis three times a day!!! Help us, couch potato Patriots!!!!11,1,,11!!!,!!,1!

    • Latverian Diplomat

      If the ACA has taught us anything, it’s that the true measure of how comministical a society is, is how many poor people get health care instead of just dying in a ditch somewhere. By that infallible standard, Scotland is way more communistical than China.

  • chicken thief

    “Washington currently exports more goods and services to China than any other state and it is our largest trading partner.
    The governor has made his position clear he wants to oppress the Washington people and destroy their liberty.”

    Nothing destroys liberty like increasing trade!1!!!! Jerbs are the first step in oppressing the masses!!!! Wake up sheeple!!!!

    • PubOption

      Well, that explains the Repubs’ lauding of Job Creators.

  • Joshua Norton

    But yet he takes time and Washington taxpayers money to show honor to
    one of the United States of America’s enemies a communist ambassador and
    he is honored to do so.

    Ooooops. Mr. Bosworth should probably expect a nasty letter from Walmart any day now!.

  • Callyson
  • ThatDale

    Scottish flag?? UTILIKILTS IS BASED IN SEATTLE WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!!1!

    (I got quite used to dropping trou in their open-to-the-street downtown store…)

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    That is quite the massive protest, there. Only a score short of dozens!

  • JMPesq

    How do these silly elderly wingnuts think red-baiting can still be a viable political strategy when the Cold War has been over for more than twenty-five years now? Instead, they’re proving that they’re nothing but a bunch of completely out-of-touch clueless old cranks:

    http://www.globalnerdy.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/grandpa_simpson_yelling_at_cloud.jpg

    • SterWonk

      Something Putin something something Ukraine. Duh.

      And of course the general bring-back-the-1950s-ness of the whole “movement.

    • JohnBull

      They are convinced that only America changes and nobody else does, when in fact these people would be shocked if they visited today’s Russia, China, Korea, etc. and realize it’s they who don’t have a place in the new world. Their kids or grandkids would tell them that, but my guess is they don’t visit much.

  • Serolf Divad

    So listen, back in the 1990’s there were a whole mess ‘o fucktards who were convinced that secret markings on the backs of ordinary road signs were directives to help an invading army under the command of the United Nations more efficiently mobilize for their occupation on the United States of America. Well, it’s not as if these guys all just got sucked up into a black hole/bermuda triangle/Chupacabra anus.

    • timpundit

      I thought they beat back the invaders by shootin’ up them signs, messing up their communycation.

    • Weldon Thomas

      That explains the rash of wrong-way driver incidents during that decade.

  • chicken thief

    I was going to join the True ‘Merikun Patriots but then my internet connection came back up so I watched porn instead.

  • chicken thief

    Now if they could just do something about Obama handing all of our nukes over to Iran….

  • Bitter Scribe

    We’re particularly taken by Bosworth’s amalgam of language from an anodyne press release and his very own pure rightwing poutrage.

    I’m taken by how easily one is distinguishable from the other. (Hint: Correct grammar and spelling, with no run-on sentences.)

  • Joshua Norton

    Wake up Washingtonians your liberties are at risk as long as this traitor is in office.

    I’m just hoping President Eisenhower can do something to clean up this mess!

    • Zippy

      and protect our precious bodily fluids!

      • Weldon Thomas

        A recent clinical study has revealed that the precious bodily fluids of the average patriotic wingnut contains 92.7 percent high-fructose corn syrup.

      • cessnadriver

        Where’s Major Kong?

    • Rabbit_Rebozo

      You mean Ike the RINO? The man who personally pressed the button that launched Sputnik?

  • Bitter Scribe

    And the rockets’ red glare,
    The photobombs bursting in air…

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Every cell phone in ‘Merika that was made in China has a secret code imbedded in the programing that is controlled by the Chink Commies that they can set off to make god loving ‘Mercuns turn into gay Mooozlims. I saw it on the internet. Where is Jim Hoff when we need him????

  • georgiaburning

    If they’re so ticked off at China, shouldn’t they be protesting at a Wal-Mart?

  • Anarchy Pony

    I wonder if, after the repubs are done with their third world america project, the chinese will ship their jobs and industrial pollution over here.

    • Nounverb911

      Merikans don’t have a good enough work ethic for the Chinese. (They demand to be paid).

      • Rabbit_Rebozo

        And expect health and safety standards. As if!

      • Anarchy Pony

        When the repubs are done they’ll be glad to get hobo beans.

  • JoeChristmas

    the flag of Scotland will be going up at the Capitol today

    Hey wingknuckles, kilts are perfect for quick gay sex!

    • Blank Ron

      Only if you go commando.

      • Beaumarchais?

        No true Scot wears underwear.

        • unionthuggery

          Fallacy or Phallusy?

  • Wild Cat

    They charged 10 cents for “The Red Iceberg”? I thought they just gave it away for free like Peggy Noonan did back in 1960.

    • Blank Ron

      Definitely not John Steinbeck’s best book.

  • BeckyLB

    I actually had to watch the video for a moment (muted, thankfully) just to verify this, but take note. Notice how those silly snake flags and the US flags are cocked at a 45 degree angle? Well, anyone who’s ever been guidon bearer in the military or marched in a color guard knows that you only angle the flag forward like that as a mark of respect. It’s considered, basically, a salute. One thing you NEVER do is “dip” the US Flag in salute like that. You carry the US flag with the pole straight up and down. Look at these jackholes closely.

    Yup, all the noise they’re making about OMG COMMIES, yet they’re rendering a level of respect to the Chinese flag not even accorded to the US flag (dipping Old Glory, there).

    What a load of buffoons.

    • cessnadriver

      Thank you for noticing. I would put the odds at 9/1 that having the American flag at a lower angle than the bagger flag was intentional.

  • Antonin Dvorak

    They probably won’t recognize the flag of Scotland, because the think it is plaid. Also, is a red iceberg the result of red tide above the Arctic Circle?

  • Words fail me sometimes. *Does interpretive dance displaying his barely alive disbelief.

  • MrBlobfish
    • Lizzietish81

      He seems nice

    • Rabbit_Rebozo

      When the DHS officer asked him if he was making some sort of 2nd Amendment statement he said he was actually there exercising his 10th Amendment rights.

      “Since the Constitution does not enumerate being an asswipe among the powers of the Federal government,” Citizen Bosworth, Patriot, continued, “And the state of Washington has declined to assume that authority upon itself, I am hereby exercising my 10th Amendment right to be all the asswipe I can be.”

  • elviouslyqueer

    Mr. Inslee, Tear. Down. This. Flag!

  • JustPixelz
    • Blank Ron

      *SPROING!*
      Great, now I need to buy a new irony meter.

  • Spotts1701

    If China was our enemy, they’d stop selling us cheap crap. We’d be paralyzed.

  • PubOption

    The State Trooper looks a bit too blah to be a real Oath Keeper.

    • cessnadriver

      When the story was that the trooper took down the flag as one of the protesters, I did assume he was an oaf creeper…but, as it turns out, not so much. In the video he signals to the baggers “hold your horses”.

  • I’m surprised they didn’t commit suicide when they realized that the “Red Dawn” remake changed the main villains from the Chinese to the North Koreans just so the movie would be marketable in China.

  • exinkwretch

    Crap. I live three miles away and missed all the excitement! BTW, Gov. Inslee is not a CompSymp. He’s a nice guy but probably the most ineffectual chief executive since Merkin Muffley,

  • VirginiaLady

    I like how Poland has the most classiest tomb stone on the red iceburg…..goes off to find leftover kielbasa from Easter breakfast in fridge…..:)

    • Msgr_Moment

      So, if there are eight tombstones above water, there must be almost 80 under the waterline. Why else would they use the iceberg analogy, right? Eh, too, Canada?

      • Blank Ron

        Believe me, I wish we WERE still godless Commie libruls like we were back in the 60s and 70s.

  • Msgr_Moment

    Well, I for one refuse to bake them any pizzas or sell them any wedding cakes that have two Chinamen standing on top. It is my sincerely held religious belief after all that the Republic of China is the only real China.

  • OneYieldRegular

    The brave patriots also vowed to efface the words “In Godless We Trust” from any Chinese money they might happen to find.

  • say wha

    The Wingnut Creed: lather, rinse, repeat.

    • Blank Ron

      Rinsing optional.

      • BackDoorMan

        … brainwashing mandatory (it’s how they got into a lather in the first place).

  • Ryan Denniston

    I sure hope they tore that flag up and stomped up and down on the pieces. What’s next, a FRENCH FLAG!?!

  • Ryan Denniston

    And what’s this about a Scottish flag, like that’s a real country!

  • Paperless Tiger

    We can console ourselves with the knowledge that capitalist America has a bigger economy than the business-hating Chinese commies. Oh, wait …

  • Jeff Furlington

    It’s sad that these fantasy role-players are so caught up in their game that they actually believe they’re patriots. They’re totally unhinged.

    • BackDoorMan

      … totally unhinged because the screws came loose long ago.

    • Strawberry Shortfuse

      WORST. LARP. EVER.

  • malsperanza
  • Blank Ron

    Are any of those countries (the ones that still exist, anyway) still actually Communist? And where is Russia? And Canada?

    • Halou

      There are a few in-name-only Communist countries, so the answer is probably no.

    • shietka

      China’s definitely not Communist anymore (Cuba and North Korea are the only ones that might count, I think (don’t quote me on that)). In fact, I think many wingnuts might like the system China is operating in now (once they look past the Communist label): capitalism as long as you don’t bother the government, horribly lax environmental standards, barely any tolerance for dissent, rampant corruption, etc.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        You’re describing the People’s Democratic Republic of Texas.

  • anniegetyerfun

    No one tell the PATRIOTS, but we actually had a guvner of Chinese descent a coupla terms back.

  • Hollywood

    Muricans are dumb but man this shit’s over the top dumb.

  • RoyalUglyDude

    Wingnuts also to take credit for baseball returning to Safeco Field and low rate of Sasquatch attacks.

  • Baby_Raptor

    The people of Washington State has asked the governor to address our list of grievances and yet we have heard nothing from him.

    If you have enough voices in your head that you can refer to yourself as “the people” I think you could be locked away against your will to ensure the safety of the rest of us. Someone should get on that.

    • CarolO

      If people are so stupid that they don’t know in the manner we honor foreign dignitaries, it should not be up to the Governor of Washington to teach them. Instead of waiting for clarification to a story that was obviously a hoax, they should have checked themselves rather than go off all half-cocked on some FOX NEWS story.

  • Guest

    Is there an anti-wingnut flag?

    • TheBidenator

      Unfortunately, no…wingnuts take to nationalism like flies on shit, even the rainbow flag would be flown if wingnuts didn’t have another flag to rally ’round.

    • Here’s one.

  • Red_Ruffensor

    哈哈哈瘋狂的美國人,你不知道它已經太晚了!隱形入侵已經開始,在每一個沃爾瑪的貨架上!

    • Tim Smith

      Hahaha crazy Americans, you do not know it’s too late! Stealth invasion has begun, in every Wal-Mart’s shelves!

      • Red_Ruffensor

        That’s Google Chinese.

  • TheBidenator

    These are just the kind of assholes who mount the Gasden flag on their free Medicare paid for Hoverounds…tell me I’m wrong.

    • BackDoorMan

      … this one? (and no, you’re not wrong)

    • cessnadriver

      Did you notice that the baggers were holding the bagger “flag” at a higher angle than the American flag?

  • unclejeems

    Well, they should like the Scottish saltire, since it’s the model of the Confederate battle flag.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Scotland? Scotland!!!?

    Those people don’t wear anything under their clothes.

    Family values or GTFO!

    • BackDoorMan

      … actually, not wearing anything under my clothes IS a family value of mine, and I’m not Scottish. Although I *do* love a good scotch. Preferably a single malt, but I’m fine with a blend if I have some Kush on hand.

    • cessnadriver

      On a good day they do wear lipstick.

  • Me not sure

    By Chinese flag, I assume you are not referring to an Amèrican flag made in China.

  • DahBoner

    Just wait until these All American Patriots find out about this place called “Walmart”…

    http://media2.giphy.com/media/10tBIf0vQEq2Fq/200w.gif

  • doktorzoom

    Note to trolls complaining that other nations’ flags can never ever ever be displayed at the same height as Old Glory:

    “When national flags of other countries are flown in a group setting, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size or nearly so. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously because the flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation. ”

    The National Flag Foundation

    Of course, the Flag Code itself is contradictory on the question, as noted at http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/faq.htm

    While section 7g says,

    “When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.”

    Section 7c also includes references to other flags “at the same level as” the U.S. flag, but also includes the contradictory dictate that

    “No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof…”

    It is truly a riddle of Talmudic proportions. In practice, the convention is for all national flags to be displayed on separate poles at the same level, and for hyperpatriots to cite only section 7c of the Flag Code in their condemnation of perceived slights to The Holy Flag.

    • bobbert

      Strictly speaking, that’s just for the other nations’ flags.

    • cessnadriver

      The reason the confedsymps fly that phony “rebel” flag instead of an actual flag of the loser/racist “confederacy” is that they don’t have to comply with the Flag Code. Because the “rebel” flag is just a shitrag and not an actual flag.

      • Treg Brown

        Actual confederate flag, non?

        • cessnadriver

          That’s it!

          Ask any confedsymp if the CSA ceased to exist. They think it’s still around. Their congress met and dissolved the “country”. Blows their minds.

        • r m reddicks

          Charmin-g?

  • AlanInSF

    Here at Passover time, we of the Tribe have particular sympathy for peoples who are oppressed and have their liberty taken away. Rise up, nation of Washington State! Part the Columbia River, grab some Matzoh (half-price at Safeway right now) and escape before they force you to build pyramids!

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Wonkette should just create a daily “Dispatches from the Wingnut Universe” feature, to keep us updated on what teatards think is real.

  • James Dallas Clark II

    Way to be an absolute dick about it.

  • Rufus T. Firefly

    WOLVERINES!!!111!!!!

  • Nuke90210

    I just called the governor a few minutes ago, and I feel sorry for her. She confirmed that the man who took the flag down was indeed a maintenance worker. I thanked her for the information and asked her about any sort of hate mail or calls she’s received. The poor woman sounded either very tired or slightly depressed. Many a call and email have unfortunately reached her. I wrapped up the call and she thanked me for my courtesy.
    Just….wow. The governor was a friggin’ sweetheart!!! What vile sack of human refuge would be violent, hateful, or rude to her?!

    • Treg Brown

      Sadly, AOT,K.

      • Nuke90210

        …?

  • cessnadriver

    Am I the only one who noted that the teabaggers held the American flag at a lower angle than they held the teabagger flag?

  • CarolO

    Temporarily flying a foreign visitor’s flag during his or her diplomatic visit is pretty routine stuff. When Chinese President Hu Jintao visited with then-President George W. Bush in April 2006, the Republican White House flew “a Communist China flag” at “the same height” as “Old Glory,” too. That’s what we do when dignitaries from foreign countries visit and the flag is removed when the dignitary leaves. “Patriots” did nothing here. The flag was brought down by the State employee that always raises and lowers the flag and the cop was there to protect HIM from the mob. The mob had no bearing on the flag coming down! It was coming down because the dignitary had left.

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