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You have the right to free speech as long as you’re not dumb enough to actually try it.

Well thank goodness Donald Trump has finally figured out what he thinks about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to remain seated during the National Anthem (Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”) during preseason f’ball games. He does not like it. Nossir, doesn’t like it one bit.

Kaepernick set off the sensitive feels of millions of patriots who don’t give a lick for political correctness by saying these things that were offensive to them:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media after Friday’s game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

He added that when America was discernibly less racist, he might start standing for the anthem again. The backlash was swift and heatedly patriotic, with people burning replica jerseys, calling Kaepernick a traitor, and insisting he should be fired, deported, or perhaps traded to ISIS before the season begins.

Needless to say, Actual Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump (sometimes we spell that out just to remind ourselves it is a fact and not some horrible dream) had thoughts on the matter, explaining that Kaepernick can certainly leave the Greatest Country In The History Of The World if he has a problem with it:

“I have followed it and I think it’s personally not a good thing. I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him, let him try, it’s not gonna happen,” Trump told The Dori Monson Show on Monday.

This is of course how we Americans address our serious disputes about social issues. Or at least how we do when anyone seems remotely disrespectful of the flag, like for instance by not capitalizing it. Fortunately, the jist of the National Dialogue has already been memed, as noted in the comments we don’t allow by Alert Wonkette Operative “Zippy W Pinhead”:

flag meme

We’re awfully glad to see that Donald Trump knows there’s no room in U.S. America for some so-called “sports hero” to badmouth the United States and everything it stands for. Why, the very thought should exclude anyone from being lionized. It’s disgusting, is what it is.

trump ali tweet

Sports people who fail to recognize the perfection of our great nation can just get the hell out. Or wait 40 years to be recognized as courageous heroes who stood up for their principles. But not right now.

Happily, because racism is a thing of the past, or is only practiced by the NAACP, none of Kaepernick’s critics used any racially-charged language to express their disapproval:

kaepernik tweets

Yes, there was more in that vein. Most of the outrage was of course directed at Kaepernick’s outrageous hatred for America, which is perfect and should never be thought of as imperfect, at least not when you’re talking about the flag, which is a sacred symbol and a registered trademark of the Real American Republican Party.

Hold on to that feeling!

[ESPN / Buzzfeed]

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  • ThirdAmendmentMan

    I love all the white people explaining how not standing for a song is disrespectful and traitorous but targeted harassment of non-whites by the State (police) isn’t worth talking about.

    Gotta keep them Niggers For Lease in their place.

    • Iam Reading

      I saluted that gaudy piece of cloth for 22 years. It got old. I wish people paid as much homage to the actual constitution rather than a fucking symbol. Also, too, idolatry.

  • Pinkham’s Law

    Love the tweets. “I’m not standing in order to bring attention to how racist this country still is.” “Who’re you calling racist, nigger!?!??!?!” And they don’t even realize that they’re making his point for him. SMH.

    • Blank Ron

      If they had the slightest shred of self-awareness they wouldn’t have been making those disgusting comments in the first place.

    • spends2much

      And these pieces of crap will shout from the rooftops that they aren’t racist, and that “some of ’em are good people”, and all that garbage.

  • malsperanza

    Way to appeal to The Blacks, The Donald.

    Are we sure that Palin is the one who slammed her head into a rock?

    • Blank Ron

      ‘Oops, sorry, Mrs Trump, we dropped your newborn boy on his head.’
      ‘Never mind, doctor, we’ll just let his hair grow out and no-one will notice.’

  • memzilla

    Every word that comes out of Cheeto Benito’s mouth and his short vulgarian fingers is ten orders of magnitude more disrespectful of what this country should stand for than anything a sportsball player could do, and all I hear is crickets and tumbleweeds about calling THAT disrespectful.
    .

  • the Vagenda Manologues

    So, am I the only one who thinks those poll questions are absurdly slanted?

    • Blank Ron

      Nope. If they were any more biased they’d be old car tires.

  • edith prickly

    Right. Donald has been scaring the pants off his paranoid acolytes for months with tales of America’s great decline and is trying to win over the blahs by telling them how terrible their lives are because Democrats are the real racists…but when of Those People says the same thing “GAHHH, WE’RE NUMBER 1, LEAVE THE COUNTRY!!”

  • Duke

    These “patriots” remind me of horrid, delusional parents.

    “No standing ovation for my child? They’re performance was perfect. Perfect! PERFECT! Just wait until the second grade play. You’ll be standing then!”

  • Mezzaluna

    Why does that baby have a tiny arm growing out of his ear? Did the flag do that?

  • Señor Skwerl

    or perhaps traded to ISIS before the season begins.

    I am going to choose an all ISIS team for Fantasy Sportsball.

  • Latverian Diplomat
    • Lizzietish81

      It’s a terrible anthem, we should go with this…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGKU8awk7Vg

      • Pinkham’s Law

        Butbutbut . . .Soshalisms!!

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        I’m so with you on this one, but of course we realize that we are silly – nobody wants an anthem that says “This land is YOUR land”!!

      • Lark_in_the_AM

        I’m partial to America, The Beautiful, myself
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRUjr8EVgBg

        • Steely_Fan

          Never fails to put me into tears. Beautiful!

      • mancityfooty .

        Nuthin but a commy pinko soshalist propaghandi song
        This land is my land, and that land is my land and you can see yorself rite offa it!

        I…I think I’ve been watching too much Squidbillies

        • The Wanderer

          ‘Taint nuthin’ a l’il pine cone party likker can’t eee-rase from yer brains!

    • Blank Ron

      Really puts an… interesting spin on ‘land of the free,’ dunnit?

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    OF COURSE YOU MUST STAND FOR ANTHEM, COMRADE! Is holy symbol of our great and glorious Motherland!

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Not standing would be counter-revolutionary!

  • Lizzietish81

    I don’t stand during Journey either.

    I’m too busy puking.

    • eggsacklywright

      I’d stand for the Clash.

      • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

        Well, it must kinda suck if they want to make you stand for it.

      • Lizzietish81

        I’d Stand for REM

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Our anthem sucks anyway. Is it too late just to swipe “Finlandia” or the “Internationale” of something?

    • Mezzaluna

      Right now Foil by Weird Al would be appropriate.
      https://g.co/kgs/Jlucuf

    • I have a feeling if the national anthem is ever replaced, it’ll be replaced by “America, Fuck Yeah!” by people who don’t understand the song is mocking them.

      • DougW

        Politzania, brave strong and true
        Politzania, we all love you
        We’ll smite our foes for we are right
        And God is on our side

        Politzania, red, white and green
        Politzania, reigning supreme
        Victors in war
        Champions of peace
        Unto eternity

        • Blank Ron

          You forgot the final line:

          ‘We’re the masters of the world!’

    • BadKitty904

      The Dutch province of Limburg has a lovely anthem. Let’s steal that.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XpAAFWXh9A

      • Snark Tank

        Sounds…..cheesy.

        • BadKitty904

          You expected…?

    • Snark Tank

      I’ll take La Marseillais.

    • DougW

      Finland , Finland , Finland
      The country where I want to be
      Pony trekking or camping or just watch T.V.
      Finland , Finland , Finland
      It’s the country for me…..

    • The Wanderer

      The “Internationale?” Sure, so long as it’s this version:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OPvWFDzDlA

    • Msgr_Vagenda
    • alanb

      Ronald Reagan endorses “Born in the USA.”

      • Msgr_Vagenda

        Chris Christie endorses “Born to Run”.

  • memzilla

    You know who else said “I Cannot Stand and Sing the Anthem; I Cannot Salute the Flag”… ?
    [ETA: oops, wrong linky]
    .

    • Mezzaluna

      My Jevohah’s Witness friend in elementary school?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Stephen Hawking? (*)

      (*) Why yes, I am going to Hell for this one.

      • Snark Tank

        Well, duh. He’s British!

        • Latverian Diplomat

          They also have a flag, I believe, or maybe it’s just a tea towel?

          • Snark Tank

            Tea cozy, maybe? Or just a Mr. Gumby headcovering.

      • Msgr_Vagenda

        Senator Kirk?*

        *I’ll join you.

    • Pinkham’s Law

      Mohammad Ali?

    • Jeff in the desert

      Eddie Murphy?

  • Latverian Diplomat

    #allflagsmatter

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Black Flags Matter!

      Well, we do have a wasps nest.

  • Lizzietish81
    • Joe Beese

      A few trillion here, a few trillion there, and soon you’re talking real money.

  • Nationalism is just fundamentalism with the state replacing a god. To the nationalist, those who don’t follow its tenets unquestioningly are traitors and heretics fit for varying degrees of exclusion and violence.

    I find the unquestioning worship of the State creepy in the extreme.

    • Señor Skwerl

      What can go wrong?

    • Lark_in_the_AM

      But only if the state is run by them; cf. the Bundy Klan and followers.

      • data_ninja

        Because if it’s not run by them, it shouldn’t be recognized by anyone (according to their rules).

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Particularity among those who hate the government and want to drown it in a bathtub.

    • DinkyBossetti

      I do, too! Sometimes, I can laugh about it, but often I just find myself very afraid.

    • spends2much

      As a Canadian looking down on America (geographically, that is), the pledge of allegiance always seemed creepy and un-American. Seems more North Korea-ish…

  • Señor Skwerl

    I for one want to scrap the Francis Scott Key Anthem for something better.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhnUgAaea4M

    • calliecallie

      It’s easier to sing, at least.

      • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

        Jose can you see…

  • Lizzietish81

    Meanwhile these assholes are all about waving the Traitor flag

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Yeah, well don’t expect me to stand for that flag! Mainly because I hate football and you’ll never find me at a game, but that’s not the point!

  • diogenez

    Freedom: it’s a tricky concept….

    • Lark_in_the_AM

      Freedumb (wingnut concept) – what I think is good, and fuck you if you disagree, you obviously hate ‘Merka.

  • Spotts1701

    Funny how it took three times before someone noticed he wasn’t standing (he didn’t play the first two preseason games because of a hurt shoulder, so he dressed in street clothes).
    I wonder, though, how many of the same folks ripping him do other disrespectful things to the flag, such as flying it at night without illumination, flying it in foul weather, or flying it when it is torn or soiled. Those things are actually violations of the U.S. Flag Code, as opposed to a silent protest.

    • Msgr_Vagenda

      THIS. Ignorant, arrogant flaggots.

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      “The flag should not be used as wearing apparel…”

      Then what the fuck are the fascists going to wave in the hand that is not carrying a Bible?

      • Blank Ron

        A Bible which they have almost certainly never read.

        • fredoandme

          might as well be the necromonicon.

  • Jeff in the desert

    How dare that (insert racist epithet here which I don’t even do with stars) try to be a QB for a football team? Doesn’t he know only the whitest and the brightest are QBs? Doesn’t he know his place is a linebacker, or receiver? Next thing you know he will want to be in our country clubs! Don’t they know their place?

    To continue: Is this the way they treat the country that gave them their freedom? That let them live here? I think Trump is not going far enough and may need to deport all disloyal citizens back to where they came from. Take back America back for whites.

  • Me not sure

    I believe that it was the Supreme Court that basically said that the First Amendment prevents any political orthodoxy from being forced on anyone in the United States.
    …Oh, …I forgot that the only amendment that counts is the one that authorizes gunning down people on the street.

  • BadKitty904

    “America is a land of boundless freedom, as long as you do/say/think exactly what the Republicans tell you to do/say/think.”

    Fixed!

  • Blender_415

    I can’t believe that the wing nuts don’t see this as a false-flag operation; Kaepernick is just deflecting attention from the fact he can’t track movement on the field from left to right, sucks standing in the pocket and tosses more balls away than Jesus tossed away fish to the masses (and I may have made all of that up; I don’t follow sportsball and even had to copy/paste his name from the article to make sure it was spelled correctly).

    • AngryKatie

      You really didn’t make all that up. Kaepernick has been pretty terrible for more than a year, is likely to be cut, and I’ve seen serious sports fans theorizing he did this to try to make it politically difficult for the 49ers to cut him (I don’t buy that as he gets paid $11 million whether they cut him or not, and he’s toyed with political statements before).

      • Spotts1701

        Yeah, one of my friends put that theory out there (I mean, he’s second-string to Blaine freakin’ Gabbert, who looks concussed on a regular basis) that when the 49ers do decide to eat his contract he can play the political martyr. I really hope he doesn’t, because while I respect his right to dissent if he turns this into a “I was punished for my speech!” routine I’m gonna get real tired of it real quick.

        • Msgr_Vagenda

          He should pretend-come out, just for extra job security.

  • doktorzoom

    Oh, heck, I left out a vital part of the story — refresh your browsers to see the important thing about a different, even more vociferous critic of his home country, whom Donald Trump nonetheless thought was a class act all the way.

    • Vegan and Tiara

      Too lazy to refresh, was it Hitler?

      • doktorzoom

        He certainly was when he refused to go to Vietnam.

        • Msgr_Vagenda

          Dubya? Cheney? The entire GOP?

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          Rush?

    • Pinkham’s Law

      Um, Dok? “courageous heroes who stood up for their principals.” Wrong one. “Principles.” Unless he had a side job I never heard about.

      • doktorzoom

        I swear I typed it right. Or had enough coffee this morning. Or typed it right in a totally different story. Fixed!

        • Pinkham’s Law

          Damned autocorrect!

  • eggsacklywright

    I wonder if Equestria has a national anthem?

    • The Wanderer

      The theme from Mister Ed.

    • Msgr_Vagenda

      It has always been the same as Eastasia’s.

    • therblig

      The Horse Wessel Song?

      • The Wanderer

        One upfist and 500 quatloos!

      • Querolous

        Horse Weasel?

    • Blank Ron

      Equestria Is My Home:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfFgJ56g7sw (can’t find a better copy, sorry)

      • eggsacklywright

        Take that, neigh-sayers!

  • TeeRaak

    Thank goodness Republicans love Obama’s America and will NEVER leave!
    https://media1.giphy.com/media/2RGhmKXcl0ViM/200w_d.gif

  • Joe Beese

    Former Texas Governor and two-time Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry will soon throw on his dancing shoes to join the cast of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.”

    Starting Sept. 12, Perry will join a cast that includes model Amber Rose, rapper Vanilla Ice and swimmer Ryan Lochte, who recently generated international controversy by fabricating a story about being robbed by armed police during the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, according to a Monday report from Entertainment Weekly.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rick-perry-join-cast-dancing-with-stars

    • Mezzaluna

      Just what we need in these trying times, Dancing Dipshits.

    • Kinda stretching the meaning of that word ‘celebrity’, aren’t they?

      • Blank Ron

        To the breaking point, pretty much.

    • AngryKatie

      So is this going to be an all villain season?

      • therblig

        you really can find anything on the internet

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6nLxORdEEw

        • AngryKatie

          I like to imagine how the aliens who discover the ruins of our civilizations thousands of years from now will react to finding youtube’s archives.

          • therblig

            either:

            “They should have stayed amoebas”

            or

            “We were right to destroy them”

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Which prison are they filming it in?

  • Beanz&Berryz

    Amerikan flag nazis are so ironical

    • Lizzietish81

      Moronic

      • Beanz&Berryz

        moronically ironical

  • Ikimizi

    Baseball, apple pie and my mother are all boring. We could do better. But I might keep my mom. She means well, and she tries hard.

  • DougW

    A fairly perfect analogy of what is wrong with the right. To normal, sane people, what is good about the United States are it’s policies taken in their entirety. We have a significant level of freedom, prosperity and fairness in our country. More than in many of the other ‘major powers’ on the planet. THAT is what makes us a great nation.

    To those on the right, what makes the United States great is simply that it is the country in which THEY reside. Period. The policies don’t really matter. If we were a military dictatorship, or a Christian theocracy, or a Communist country…. it wouldn’t matter. They would have still been raised with the ignorant belief that ‘their side’ is better, regardless of the actual facts being considered.

    So, of course things like ‘the flag’ or ‘the anthem’ are what is important to them… instead of the ‘equal protection clause’ or our ‘freedom of expression’ or ‘freedom of religion’. We saw this incredibly clearly in the late 1950s, when people were demonized for a belief that communism or socialism might be better systems than rampant capitalism… despite the fact that our Constitution LITERALLY guarantees our freedom to believe that. And now we see it in the virulent ‘anti immigrant’ and anti-minority’ stances of those on the right. They put forward the sick notion that any policy being implemented in the United States MUST BE good, simply because we are the country implementing it.

    Under no circumstances can we allow these evil bastards to get control of our government.

    • Lizzietish81

      This x infinity.

      I’ve said it before, these assholes would be the first to report their neighbors to the Nazis.

    • Mezzaluna

      Of course their response to this is that these principles protect their right to be ignorant, hateful fuckballs so it is all good.

    • grindstone

      I wish I could upfist this harder. You can lump in the xtians who scream persecution when someone says “no thank you” to their creeping revision of church v state, and I’m on board.

  • fawkedifiknow

    Calling someone an “ignorant hypocrite” is a redundancy. Sort of like an “asshole Trump supporter.”

  • The Wanderer

    Yes, the Constitution guarantees free expression. Even back in 1968:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3e/John_Carlos,_Tommie_Smith,_Peter_Norman_1968cr.jpg

    • Señor Skwerl

      I know people who are still pissed off by this. Pathetic because it happened before they were born.

      • The Wanderer

        I was six. Seemed even then to be a lot of bother over very little.

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      RIGHT ON!

    • Msgr_Vagenda

      That was right before they started wailing on Whitey McCrackerTeammate.

    • the Vagenda Manologues

      Sadly, I believe the IOC took a less appreciative view.

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      The Constitution might guarantee it, in spite of the best efforts of “patriots” to quash that kind of free expression.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      One of the great untold stories of this photo is the silver medal Australian runner who, rather than feeling like his moment of glory was co-opted, was totally down with the gesture. He said if they’d had another glove, he would’ve proudly raised his arm in solidarity (notice they only had one pair, a right and a left).

      • janecita

        I read his story years ago, the way that he was treated by the Australian government was despicable.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          I have not heard the story of his treatment by his government. Can you suggest a link?

          • janecita
          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Thank you!

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Wow, what a story! This guy was a real hero. I had no idea of his advocacy for Aboriginal rights in Australia, or of how shamefully he was treated by his government. I’m sorry he didn’t live long enough to enjoy the measure of vindication and respect that he deserved.

          • janecita

            It is a sad story, I’m glad that his nephew is keeping his memory alive.

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      *offer not valid in Mississippi

    • bobbert

      There is a statue of this at San Jose State.

  • Belasaurius

    OT: Rapey McSwimFace is being released after serving 3 months of his 6 month sentence
    http://www.scarymommy.com/brock-turner-released-three-months/?utm_source=FBOnsite

    • Blank Ron

      I’m sure* he’s learned his lesson.

      * not sure

    • (((cynmac)))

      I think Brock will have trouble with the wimmen folk wherever he winds up.

  • bookish

    NBC: data on terror attacks.

    http://nbcnews.to/2c6PAuc

  • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

    Dare to be different.

    On second thought…

  • The Librarian

    Back in the teen years, I didn’t stand
    either, coz anti-authority, yada. I guess the “love it or leave it” crowd has forgotten that one can love ones country and not love the injustice currently manifesting…….

    • Sedagive

      In grade school I stood, but I refused to put my hand over my heart or actually say the pledge because yes, anti-authority, punk, etc, etc.

      Funny thing was I had family in the military, spent quality time on army bases and was a US history buff.

      • The Librarian

        We probably shouldn’t have admitted this, now we’ll be put on the list to be deported…… to the U.S.

    • AB316

      You can speak out against “injustice” as long as you’re white. If you’re a poor or middle class minority you need to work harder and stop leeching off hard working americans. If you’re a rich, successful minority, you need to shut up, fall in line and kiss the feet of the country that was so benevolent as to give you this gilded life.

  • Msgr_Vagenda

    …the National Anthem (Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”)

    or
    Sweet Caroline inside New England.

  • I’m sure he could get a starting gig in the CFL!

    • Blank Ron

      Nobody minds if you stay seated for ‘Oh Canada’ at CFL games – after all, nobody wants to sit back down in a small pile of snow.

  • Snark Tank

    Saw one of those FaceSpaceBook Me, Me, Mes about how if you’re OK with what Kaeppernick did, but pissed off when Tim Tebow prays on the field, you should leave the country. I responded that I know people may have made jokes at Tebow’s expense (OK, a LOT of jokes), but nobody threatened him or told him to leave the country. Inexplicably, my comment was deleted…

  • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

    Love it or leave it, wingnuts.

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    Really, there’s a hashtag n-word? I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but wow.

    • snigsy

      America loves free speech.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Amazing, innit…since there’s no such thing as racism in America.

    • Jennaratrix

      Yeah, that actually hurt me to see. As much as it can hurt someone to whom it’s not directed, but shit. I keep wanting to think we’re better than this, and keep being proven wrong.

  • (((cynmac)))

    OT: I liked this assessment of the current race for Prez. Dr. Politics should run for office.
    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/roger-simon-trump-clinton-227514

  • Pickle Truther (AntiDerpomeme)

    HOW DARE YOU CRITICIZE THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT IS SO POWERFUL THAT IT CAN’T STAND A BIT OF FEEDBACK ON WHERE IT MIGHT POSSIBLY STAND SOME IMPROVEMENT!!!

    I feel like Al Franken’s words might again be in order:

    We love America just as much as they do. But in a different way. You see, they love America like a 4-year-old loves his mommy. Liberals love America like grown-ups. To a 4-year-old, everything Mommy does is wonderful and anyone who criticizes Mommy is bad. Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad and helping your loved one grow. Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world.

    • The only drawback to grown-up love is the stains it tends to leave on the flag. And no, that isn’t really meant as a dick joke, although it works pretty well at that too.

    • mackafritz

      I thought America wasn’t great and that’s why we need Trump.

      • Pickle Truther (AntiDerpomeme)

        Clearly everything was perfectly wonderful until that blakkidyblak muslin ter’ist dude took over the White House.

      • peteywheats

        It’s only NOT great because of non-whites. If they would just shut up and let us beat/murder them into submission, things would be MAGA!

        /sarcasm tag added for Age of Trump sarcasm detection

  • Redgyal

    The Simple Truth: It’s okay to say America is bad if the cause of its problems is black people. It’s NOT okay to say America is bad if the cause of its problems is the OPPRESSION of black people.

  • TJ Barke

    THIS IS THE LAND OF THE FREE, AND YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CRITICIZE IT, BUT IF YOU DO YOU BETTER GET OUT!

    • The Wanderer

      I’M SHOUTING INDIGNANTLY!111!!!!!

      • SuspectedDemocrat

        I AM SHARING THE ANGER BECAUSE I AGREE #MADATSPORTSBALL

        • MynameisBernieBroBot

          MY REGIONAL SPORTS TEAM IS SUPERIOR TO YOUR REGIONAL SPORTS TEAM!!!

          *eye twitch*

          • The Farce Side

            Piggers are going all the way!

          • MynameisBernieBroBot

            They have been sportsing very hard this season.

          • The Wanderer

            I want the Carolina Panthers to change the team name to the Crabs, just so I can hear an ESPN guy say, “The Crabs were all over the Cowboys today . . . “

          • MynameisBernieBroBot

            Even though I was once a Carolina Panthers fan when I gave a damn about “professional” team sports, I might start watching again if that were to occur.

          • TJ Barke

            GOOOOO SPORTS TEAM!

          • Spotts1701
          • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

            Bring your boys to München and we’ll test that theory.

          • The Wanderer

            Hoch Bayern!

        • Pickle Truther (AntiDerpomeme)

          I TÖÖ WÄNT TÖ SHÖÜT MÖRË, BÜT WÏTH ÜMLÄÜTS!!

          • MynameisBernieBroBot

            I’M SHOUTING BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE UMLAUTS!!!!

          • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

            Jeez, take it easy. These are for you: ä, ö, ü.

            No charge.

          • MynameisBernieBroBot

            THANKS!!!

            Oh, sorry….Thank you.

          • Querolous

            Nö, Thänk yöü!

          • The Wanderer

            Mmm, umlauts. The sugar-frosted doughnut holes of the alphabet.

          • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

            Actually, they are the harbingers of a fucked up-language. The more crap like “^” and “ç” they put in, the less chance you will have learning it.*

            *Figured this out the hard way.

          • lroom

            ME EITHER!

          • Snark Tank

            A SPÖRTSBÄLLER BIT MY SISTER ÖNCE.

          • TJ Barke

            SPORTSBALLER BITES CAN BE QUITE NASTI.

          • Longstreet63

            Go back to Minnesota, commie!

  • JohnBull

    “Love it or leave it,” is pretty much the motto in the Russian Federation these days, pushed by their own Trump. Over half a million Russians have in fact left it. Another quarter of the country would happily leave if they could.

  • mackafritz

    I have never understood the whole anthems and patriotic crap at sporting events. What does one have to do with the other?

    • therblig

      Hey! We found the Commie!!!

      • SuspectedDemocrat

        Let’s get him and take his stuff!

        • therblig

          and share it collectively? I’ve got your number, comrade!

    • TJ Barke

      It’s definitely got nothing to do with indoctrination. Nothing at all.

    • chortlingdingo

      I felt the same way about the daily pledge in K-12. I started just standing quietly during the pledge in 8th grade because the monotone chant creeped me out.

      It feels like some 1984 shit or something that belongs in a dictatorship.

      • TJ Barke

        Some sleeper agent you are…

        • chortlingdingo

          Ah, you got me, comrade.

          • The Wanderer

            Does a sleeper agent get extra pillows?

          • chortlingdingo

            I have so many pillows that I don’t know what to do with all of them. I have pillows for my pillows.

        • Querolous

          A sleeper agent or a sleeper vagent?

      • The Wanderer

        I wonder if they be so quick with the Pledge if they saw the salute that the writer of said Pledge invented for it:

        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/73/Students_pledging_allegiance_to_the_American_flag_with_the_Bellamy_salute.jpg

        • TJ Barke

          Also that it was created by a *GASP* socialist!

          • The Wanderer

            True!

        • chortlingdingo

          Nah, they just dropped the salute and added “under god” and all was well.

          • The Wanderer

            Yep. Gotta distinguish us from them Commies!

      • Arolpin

        I just very obviously leave out ‘Under God’, which I started doing in elementary school. I have yet to have anyone call me out on it, but my response will be that ‘I’m an originalist, and give no truck (or fucks) to the unconstitutional bullshit added during Red Scare.”

    • Jeff in the desert

      If the National Anthem wasn’t played, when would the fans yell, “Play ball!”?

    • Jennaratrix

      Not one fucking thing, actually. It’s pandering of the crappiest sort. I used to just go along without thinking much about it, but for the last several years I’ve not put my hand over my heart, or cared/noticed if people didn’t remove their hats. It started feeling … creepy. Like, I am not 5. I have a complex understanding of my country that acknowledges all of its problems. I don’t worship my country, or even love it, exactly. I’m not proud of it all that often anymore, especially this election season. I love my husband and my kids and my family and my friends, and I’d die to protect them, but my country? I dunno. There’s a lot of countries in the world. I suspect most people feel the same about their country as we feel about ours, and I am no proponent of the idea of American exceptionalism.

      On the other hand, I do own a flag, and I fly it on the appropriate holidays, being sure not to leave it out at night or in the rain; my grandfathers, father, husband and now two sons all are or were in the military, and they hold that flag in some esteem. I honor their sacrifice without forgetting that in some cases (my father’s especially) that sacrifice was somewhat forced. I acknowledge that there are a lot of good things about America, and I am American to the core. But I don’t pledge allegiance to a piece of fabric. How primitive is that?

      All this is just to say that it’s a complicated issue, all tied up with our ideas of who we are as a people, and the habits we have from growing up. In short, I completely support Colin Kaepernick, and frankly, anyone who doesn’t is failing at being American. His protest is so American it should be red, white, and blue with the anthem playing behind it – which, actually, is exactly what is happening.

      • Spotts1701

        I stand and remove my hat, but I don’t get pissy when others don’t. Everyone has the right to do what they want, so long as it doesn’t hurt me or someone else. Besides, I go to so many games that at this point unless it’s a really good or really bad rendition it’s almost white noise.

        • Jennaratrix

          Yep, you do you. I don’t get annoyed if people do sing, do stand, do put their hand over their heart; I just feel weird doing it myself, so I don’t. But we are obviously reasonable people who are content to live and let live as long as no one is being harmed; we aren’t RWNJs.

  • the Vagenda Manologues

    Woopsy. That nice Pastor Burns who thinks God is a Republican is back.

    Burns, who spoke at the Republican National Convention and is a prominent black pastor, tweeted: “Black Americans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again..See you again in 4 years,” along with a cartoon showing Hillary Clinton in blackface, wearing a T-shirt that says “No hot sauce no peace!” and holding a sign that reads “#@!** the police.” In the cartoon Hillary says: “I ain’t no ways tired of pandering to African-Americans.”

    • The Wanderer

      I did a Bad Thing this morning, and that was to snarl something naughty at the god-botherer when they ran a recording of him on “Morning Joe.”

    • Pinkham’s Law
      • the Vagenda Manologues

        That was kind of an unpology, though, don’t you think?

    • Msgr_Vagenda

      Black on white racism. Trump was right after all.

      • the Vagenda Manologues

        You know, his candidate has spent the last nine years apoplectic because the President wasn’t the right kind of black, thirty years whining about affirmative actions, and fifty years refusing to rent government-subsidized housing to POC. The only thing I can think of is that he’s bucking to be Ann Coulter with a dick.

  • Snark Tank

    This scene is always relevant.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zemrWBIc_hE

    • ViveLaRes

      I can’t ever watch this scene without crying. Not only is it touching and true, but it’s heartbreaking that we don’t have politicians like this in real life.

      • Jennaratrix

        That’s how I feel about the West Wing. I know, it’s all fiction, and Sorkin is way idealistic. I know it would never work like that in real life, and there is a goodly chunk of this country who would be incredibly unhappy if it did. But still, I had to stop binge watching it on Netflix. It was making me sad.

        • Pickwicknext

          The speech at the end of 20 hrs in America always makes my sob like a moron.

          • Jennaratrix

            I know that’s right.

  • MynameisBernieBroBot

    Call me crazy….BUT…it would appear that these…”people” that are so vocal regarding their “true patriotism” are the ones that actually don’t love America.

    Perhaps they should be looking for apartments in Somalia, or Iran, since they seem to love guns and theocracy so much.

    • Pickwicknext

      Ok…you’re crazy. (It’s hard not to pick up the jokes that lay about. If you don’t, the might become a tripping hazard!)

      • MynameisBernieBroBot

        Thanks!

  • Mr. Blobfish

    And what of all the patriots in the pisser or buying a hot dog during the anthem?

    • therblig

      a little blue pill and they’ll stand at attention

    • Longstreet63

      Well, they’re probably white…

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    Sometimes I envy the wing nuts. I mean, if a sportsball player’s decision to not stand for the national anthem is your biggest complaint, you must have a pretty sweet life.

    • BadKitty904

      I dunno. Being constantly enraged sounds unhealthy.

    • Kiri the Unicorn

      That’s not their perspective, though. In their world, they’re being continually assaulted, debased, and oppressed.

    • Noxious1

      Yes, I have also (briefly) envied the closed-minded, blindly-patriotic, mindless evangelicals for their unwavering faith.
      They never have to give a moment’s thought to whether something is good or bad, right or wrong. To them, the entire universe is black & white. Issues of ethics and morality are decided by the people they worship.
      But me? I’m an agnostic, so I automatically question everything.
      Damn my dumb ol’ analytical brain.

  • lucidamente

    Next up from CNN: Does Hillary Clinton’s failure to swiftly and decisively denounce Colin Kaepernick spell trouble for her campaign? A CNN Special Report.

  • Joshua Norton

    Respect our Flag, Goddamn it!
    .

    • Duke

      I like it when some wanker is using it to cover this corporate hair and riding a Harley. Nothing says “super patriot” like using the flag as part of your Saturday morning costume.

  • beavertank

    Every one of Donald Trump’s statements reads like a seventh grader’s take on a “very serious issue”.

    Seriously, imagine an overly serious but still incredibly ignorant and self centered pimply faced youth earnestly saying the things Trump is saying as if they’re this theoretical middle schooler’s contribution to a debate on something. The fit is perfect.

    • beavertank

      “I think [emotional reaction presented as logical conclusion].”

      “I believe [conclusory, unbacked, and unreasoned statement taken as unquestionably true] because [further emotional reaction presented as evidence].”

      “I’m right and you know it so how can you disagree? (no further argument presented)”

      I wonder why this idiotic adolescent method of argumentation works so well with the uneducated, and only the uneducated, for Trump…

  • Me not sure

    OT : It’s being reported that LePage has said he is considering resigning. Maybe he wants to be ready when the Trump administration calls to offer him a sweet cabinet position. I wonder what he would be “the best” at?

    • The Wanderer

      Ministerette of Being Pig-Ignorant, Ugly and Belligerent?

      • Me not sure

        He’ll have to fight Christie tusk and hoof for that job.

    • Race relations.

      • Me not sure

        Or, as he would put it, “Secretary of the Inferior”.

    • Stealing dogs from nice people who can’t break in line?

      • JVisconti

        He’d go after the seeing eye and service dogs first.

    • Mezzaluna

      Lobster bait.

    • BadKitty904

      Fertilizer?

    • Jenny

      Standing on the corner screaming about the illuminati?

    • Petulant man child?

      • Me not sure

        Isn’t that Trump’s job?

    • MynameisBernieBroBot

      Inarticulate yelling at children attempting to defile his precious lawn?

    • Longstreet63

      Head of the DEA? Smoothly is shaking in his boots…
      Do stereotypical drug dealers wear boots? I dunno, but LePage knows…

  • Jenny

    Eh I don’t stand for the anthems or pledges either. Mostly because I use that time to go to the bathroom or play on my phone. Call me when the fooseball actually starts.

    • mackafritz

      Same here. Tell me when the game actually starts, not all the pre-game patriotic pageantry.

  • Vagendajohn

    Trade him to the Browns. That’ll teach him.

    • Dutchman

      Oh wow, that’s just harsh.

    • limberrat

      The Niners already tried.

    • DougW

      You mean the team in Cleveland called the Browns… or the ones causing all the crime in the country and taking our jobs… it’s all soooooo confusing!!

    • chicken thief

      The Browns will wait until the end of his useful career then sign him to an outrageously lavish contract and start him for 3 games.

  • JVisconti

    Black guy challenges national values = get out of country.
    White guy challenges national values = vote for me.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    The only black athletes Trump tends to find useful are either convicted rapists like MIke Tyson or someone-like Dwyane Wade-who suffered a tragic loss in his family that Trump can exploit.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      And dead ones like Ali.

      • DougW

        Because the dead ones can’t give the ‘Ice Cube’ response…..

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        You can imagine what kinds of horrible things Trump and his KKK dad would’ve said about Jackie Robinson.

  • calliecallie

    I really hope all this racist backlash inspires Kaepernick and the 49ers to a glorious season of sportsball, at the end of which they win all the rings. I really do. I have no idea if they’re capable of that, but it would make a really great movie.

    • DougW

      Ummmmmm… if you have any interest in betting large amounts of cash on that possibility… PLEASE contact me!!!!!!!!

      • calliecallie

        Hey, you’re a Mets fan. I think that’s all we need to know here.

    • (((cynmac)))

      Rumor has it that the Niners are going to pay him $11M to go away. I think he has the right to speak but no team needs the distractions.

  • Crystalclear12

    I think it’s a good thing that all the racists have tweeter.
    We need to know who they are!
    Also, you can’t pretend they don’t exist when they insist on shouting their bigotry to anyone and everyone.

    • Pickle Truther (AntiDerpomeme)

      If there is any karmic justice in the universe, their Internet-documented fucktardery will cost them jobs and relationships.

      • theblackdog

        I’m kind of hoping that one of my friends cuts off his (former) father-in-law over the racist shit that man posts on Facebook. It’s especially ironic because friend and his late husband adopted a black child, and father-in-law is Puerto Rican.

  • azeyote

    the old love it or leave it crowd is back with gusto – Nixon is dancing in Hell

  • Longstreet63

    Sigh.
    As much Komedy Gold as Trump’s run is, I’m starting to get a bit fatigued by all the lice it brings out.
    Kinda looking forward to it being over, so we can get on with watch President Hillz wreck the Republican House.
    Although the post-election meltdown should be fun…

    • Crystalclear12

      Ohio

    • I’m not sure I’d describe four more years of not governing the country and holding more hearings on BENGHAZI!!!! and emails as “fun”.

      • Longstreet63

        Just maybe more fun than this.
        (He said with a charming naïveté that would haunt him in later years…)

    • bookish

      NBC: Dems may take the Senate.

      http://nbcnews.to/2bOjyC2

      • The Wanderer

        “The chicken is the smartest of all of the animal creation, because she never cackles until the eggs are laid.”

      • eggsacklywright

        That’s wonderful. Another opportunity to “reach across the aisle.”

    • AngryKatie

      Trump is like a flood: sucks while it’s happening, sucks worse once it’s “over.” Because in his wake he’ll leave trash, stink, rot, and vermin. And we’re going to spend a long time tearing out and disposing of everything that he’s damaged.

  • calliecallie

    I like the sportsball, I like the national anthem, I like the free speech.
    What I do not like is the way the racists respond to this sportsballer’s expression of free speech related to the national anthem. It makes me quite sad for our country.

  • Panika MCD

    I don’t say “under God” during the pledge. my uncle not only doesn’t say it, he doesn’t pause. wonder what they’d have to say about that.

    • The Wanderer
      • Panika MCD

        I’m agnostic. he’s the family atheist. but he lets me beat up on my brothers who *say* they’re atheists, but treat science like a religion–which is just wrong.

        • The Wanderer

          I just channeled a RWNJ. Besides, it isn’t often I get to post that pic.

          • Panika MCD

            well, I’m not a commie either. so: yes, I understood that.

    • Jenny

      I’m always weirded out visiting the kids’ school in the morning. All the adults stop what they’re doing and pledge to the flag. So there are adults who put down their books and supplies, in the halls facing an imaginary flag reciting the pledge outloud.

      • Justno

        Me, too. It’s definitely an odd experience.

      • Pinkham’s Law

        Proof that indoctrination works.

    • MynameisBernieBroBot

      If i ever have to recite the pledge, I’m gonna say “under god” like a southern televangelist.

      “Undah Goawdah!” And I’m gonna say it really fuckin loud too, lol.

    • AngryKatie

      A teacher tried to throw me out of class in high school for refusing to say the under god part. We argued the point, he lost.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    “jist”?

  • Gayer Than Thou

    So, true story – I am genuinely offended that the national anthem is played before a sporting event that is a for-profit endeavor for everyone involved.

    • Me not sure

      It’s like having 20 flags at a used car lot.

    • PubOption

      And that, whatever ‘celebrity’ is brought in to sing the anthem attempts vocal gymnastics rather than actually sings what is written. Lesser modifications to La Marseillaise have required acts of the French parliament.

      • aureolaborealis

        Well, it is a shitty anthem, so why not make it shittier?

    • Jamoche

      Except the city that got conned into building the stadium.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Don’t even get me started…

  • Msgr_Vagenda

    OT: Racist black-on-white crime.
    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/mark-burns-apologizes-clinton-blackface-227534
    Trump surrogate apologizes for Clinton blackface tweet

    • mackafritz

      An apology or an “apology”?

      • Msgr_Vagenda

        I’m glad that he’s sorry about me taking offense.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          That’s always the context, isn’t it? They can never fucking just say “i’m sorry”. In essence, it’s a double-down on the original post, along with a dig at people who were offended for being so thin-skinned and easily manipulated. Fuck this asshole.

      • Blackest Noobs

        it really wasn’t an apology…though i do enjoy black preacher for Trump saying it’s satire.

        no sir….it’s not satire…you were being racist. the worst racists are the ones that hate themselves like this guy…no matter what the fuck the point you were trying to make, using blackface to make your point only says one thing….you do not speak for the blacks in America…not one bit…you’re just another uncle tom, another self-hating black person seduced by the white devil

  • calliecallie

    When my son was an infant, crying in the car, I would sing the national anthem to him, for reasons my sleep-deprived brain could not have pinpointed. Maybe it was the only song I could think of? Or knew the words to? Certainly not because I sang it at all well. But at the end I would routinely say “Play ball!” Maybe I thought it was a good song to sing to a boy? I still don’t get it. Fortunately, he was too little to remember it.

    • Vagendajohn

      I grew up thinking “play ball!” were the last two words of the anthem.

      • eggsacklywright

        “Jose, can you see?”

        • Arolpin

          The dawzer’s wee light?

    • The Librarian

      I used to play Waltzing Matilda for my youngest. Worked every time.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      I used to sing a medley of “Pinball Wizard” and “Reign in Blood”. Maybe that’s why they’re both sideshow freaks now. Ah well.

  • DinkyBossetti

    MrBossetti and I were eating in a local pub the other day and noticed they had put up a new sign saying they always salute the flag, always buy American, always say “one nation under god” during the pledge, and a bunch of other shit and then, “if this offends you, you can leave.” So we did not order another beer, paid for our meals and agreed to never go back there.

    I’m not offended by whatever they choose to do, but I am offended by the implication that everyone must do all those superficial things or they are somehow less patriotic, less righteous. And I don’t want to hang around in a place that supports such blindly nationalist sentiment.
    I don’t care about football, but good for this guy. He makes millions of dollars, and he could just take his money, do his job without making any waves, and shut up, but he’s using his platform to call attention to injustice. That should be celebrated. We should want this place to live up to the ideals it supposedly espouses, which have nothing to do with a flag or what you do when a particular song comes on.

    • AngryKatie

      They “always” buy American? So they don’t serve Budweiser then? Because that stopped being an American beer a few years ago.

      • DinkyBossetti

        Always! It’s an Irish pub, so I guess they will have to stop serving all those Irish whiskies.

      • theblackdog

        Oooh ooh, find out if the owner drives a Ford or a Chevy since a lot of those are made in Mexico now.

        I really pissed off a “BUY AMERICAN CARS ONLY” wingnut a year ago when I pointed out that Toyota, Nissan, and Honda make more of their cars in the US than the US companies do.

    • Me not sure

      I had the same experience at a restaurant near Savannah. They had posted signs that were insulting to me and wife, so we ordered dinner and just before it arrived we feigned outrage loudly that we felt unwanted and left. I did leave a tip for the server. Good times.

    • JohnBull

      It’s always best to ignore such people. Life is way too short for it.

  • Jeff in the desert

    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God (added in 1954), indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

    • The Wanderer

      Do you do the salute that went with it originally?

      • Msgr_Vagenda

        ISWDDGH (Ich sehe was Du da getan hast.)

        • The Wanderer

          Bitte sehr.

        • beavertank

          Gesundheit.

      • Major_Major_Major

        The ole’ Seek Help, right?

        • The Wanderer

          Yeah! Something like that.

      • Jeff in the desert

        I stand. I do not recite it. I do not put hand on heart. I figure the minimally disruptive approach. My quiet protest.

        • Shan the Libtart

          I never understood why they made us do that every damn day at school. I thought once should be enough. DO YOU THINK I WAS LYING ALL THE OTHER TIMES?

          • Me not sure

            We had nuclear attack drills on the last Friday of every month during the Cold War, maybe we could have just pledged from under our desks.

          • MynameisBernieBroBot

            Because, indoctrination!

          • Kiri the Unicorn

            It was to make sure that you didn’t grow up to be a godless commie. Repetition is key to indoctrination.

          • Shan the Libtart

            It didn’t work.

          • Kiri the Unicorn

            Not me too! That all got wrecked the moment they handed me a book about mythology!

          • PubOption

            I grew up in England, and don’t remember the British National Anthem ever being played or sung at school. Also we didn’t pledge anything to anything.

      • Kiri the Unicorn

        Es ist zu früh , so klug zu sein !

        • MynameisBernieBroBot

          Hey!

          Speak ‘Mercan!

          • Kiri the Unicorn

            *spits eloquently*
            “Damn, boy, I ain’t had but one cuppa coffee yet!”

            (Did I say that correctly? I’ve been practicing…)

          • MynameisBernieBroBot

            Yeah, you’re gettin there.
            Just a few more weeks and you’ll be ready for the “mission”.

            Keep it under your hat though…this is supposed be to hush hush.

          • Kiri the Unicorn

            >_>
            <_<

            Ja, Ich versteh…

    • Msgr_Vagenda

      indivisible (because Suck It, South!)…

    • Nounverb911

      I thought it was ‘One nation, under Canada’.

    • Me not sure

      It was originally “I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the Republic for which it stands”….It was modified to make sure immigrants weren’t getting the wrong idea and pledging allegiance to their old flag and that Southerners weren”t pledging to the rebel rag.

    • fredoandme

      turns out it’s not so indivisible after all.

    • SeekingBarbie

      The irony is “under God” right next to “indivisible,” as differences in religious belief create quite a bit of divisibility in the USA.

    • Teecha

      And kids really have to say this at school? Every day? In the year 2016??

      UK state schools are meant to have a daily act of collective worship, but I’ve never heard of one which does- for want of space, time and religious feeling.

  • One of my favorites was race car driver Tony Stewart tweeting that Kaep needs to learn the fact of cops before he criticizes them. A reader responded, aren’t you the guy that killed another driver by running him over on the track?
    Tony Stewart was not so complimentary to the police when they charged him with involuntary manslaughter. The only reason he didn’t do jail time is the DA declined to prosecute (i.e. Tony Stewart is rich and white).

    • theblackdog

      Funny how privilege works.

  • MynameisBernieBroBot
  • TheGrandWaz00

    I’d leave if I could. Living in a country that has been arguing over the same shit for the last 50 years is getting tiresome.

  • Bub the Leftwing Zombie

    Donald Trump’s whole campaign strategy is to continually tell everyone how terribly fucked up America is and that only HE can make the country “Great” again. Wingnuts eat that shit up with a spoon. Kaepernick protests actual injustice and racism and is pilloried by the same people who love Trump.

    My God these people are disgusting.

  • atheistinafoxhole

    Having tuned in to my share of sportsball games, I was under the impression that the national anthem was Queen’s “We are the Champions.”

    • Snark Tank

      For a while, it was “Rock and Roll Part 2” by Gary Glitter, but then he went and put his dick in some naughty places….

  • Blackest Noobs

    The Donald has his lawyers working on trademarking the word nigger, so he can say it lots. It’s what his supporters wants and obviously, it’s what he wants.

    • Michael Smith

      If people had to pay Trump to say that word, he would make so much money foreclosing on trailer homes that he wouldn’t have to declare bankruptcy again until at least 2017.

      • DougW

        In fairness, early 2017….

  • proudgrampa

    Jesus. And racism is over in this country? That response is just unbelievable.

  • SessileRaptor
    • Ghenghis McCann

      That is a wonderful piece of writing.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      That is good. Thanks for that.

    • ViveLaRes

      Wow. I hope this man is running for office.

  • Michael Smith

    I wish he played for the New England Patriots, that would make this even more hysterical.

  • Jeff in the desert

    I HATE ILLINOIS NAZIS

  • Apple Scruff

    These were probably all the same knuckleheads who cheered “U-S-A! U-S-A!” in 2011 when Boston beat Vancouver in the Stanley Cup Finals, even though the majority of the Bruins were not American.

    • Major_Major_Major

      Ironically, one of the few ‘Muricans didn’t go to the White House and the RWNJ’s applauded him for that.

  • Jenny

    Also too, in Texas not only is there the pledge and the anthem, sometimes there is the Texas pledge and anthem. And a moment of silence too.

    Morning announcements in grade school take forever.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      That might explain the lack of time for learning.

    • Jeff in the desert

      It would be more efficient to have every student sign a loyalty pledge each morning and hand it in. Can’t graduate if you miss more than three pledges a semester.

      • Jennaratrix

        “The important thing is to keep them pledging,” he explained to his cohorts. “It doesn’t matter whether they mean it or not. That’s why they make little kids pledge allegiance even before they know what ‘pledge’ and ‘allegiance’ means.” — Joseph Heller, Catch-22

        Read the entire excerpt of the Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade:

        http://www.sheilaomalley.com/?p=7225

  • Michael Smith

    If he wants to get back in the wingnuts’ good graces, he should just say he isn’t standing for the national anthem because he believes Obama destroyed America and he isn’t going to stand and sing until someone restores it.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    NFL fans include 100.00%, more or less, of all racist RWNJs. Kaepernick is familiar with the breed, and I’m sure he expected the mindless hate.

    • dshwa

      It bears an uncomfortable similarity to the gladiators in Rome dying for the amusement of the crowd. Only they’re paid better, so progress I guess.

  • The Wanderer

    My younger brother and a friend of his used to be in charge of playing the National Anthem at the high school they attended. Bear in mind that my brother has a vicious sense of humor at times.
    So one bright morning the students rose, faced the flag, saluted, and were regaled with Eric Clapton’s Cocaine.

    • Jennaratrix

      I like the cut of your brother’s jib.

      • The Wanderer

        We come by it honestly. For our hometown’s 100th anniversary, our Dad and one of our uncles made a gigantic bra out of bedsheets and stretched it across the front of the town hall.

        • ViveLaRes

          I would like to be adopted by your family, please.

        • Jennaratrix

          I’m so jealous. My dad’s idea of humor was to call me “Jennaninny” my whole life.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    Personally I find Kaepernick’s protest a little blunt – and possibly un-addressable, as long as economic injustice along ethnic/racial lines persists in this country. So I’m not his biggest supporter in this.

    That said, he can protest whatever he wants however he wants, as long as it’s peaceable. An action like his, however, does serve one useful purpose: it immediately exposes a lot of moronic jingoists for exactly what they are.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Nicely put. I found Kaepernick’s statement a bit clumsy and unsettling as well. That said, it is notable that both his coach and the NFL-which leans to the conservative, white, Jesusy end of the spectrum-both said he can do or say whatever he wants on this matter.

  • Bub the Leftwing Zombie

    Always remember – if you acknowledge that racism exists, you are racist.

    Isn’t it serendipitous that the most common metaphor for ignoring an obvious truth is “the elephant in the room?”

  • Jeff in the desert

    Now for a change of pace….(sorry)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPUmE-tne5U

  • SDGeoff

    He has blown any chance of getting involved in NASCAR when they kick him out of the NFL.

  • dluch

    people who don’t fly the flag should be shown the door as well. For those flying it, you better take it down at night or shine a light on it. If it starts raining you better take it down… and don’t EVER let it touch the ground. You should also be reciting the Pledge every morning with your family. Anything short of that means you hate what America stands for & should be deported.
    I assume military service for everyone is a given.

    • Kristina Muskiewicz

      Trump supporters down the street from me have a weird military POW themed shrine in their front lawn. They also fly a flag 24/7 with a spotlight that hasn’t worked in the 4 years I’ve been there. I want to knock on their door and explain how they are disrespecting the flag. But I also don’t want to talk to them. The Trump signs only recently replaced a sign on their door that said “IF YOU VOTED FOR OBAMA YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE”.
      Sadly I live in MA. They are everywhere.

      • dluch

        my neighbor has a flag pole with both American & Vietnam POW flags flying, lighted by a red, white & blue spot lights & a small soldier statue saluting it…

    • Cannedclamscanner

      But it’s tots good to eat from flag plates and wipe the drums and spit from your mouth with a flag napkin.

  • Joe Beese

    Hillary Clinton’s advisers are talking to Donald J. Trump’s ghostwriter of “The Art of the Deal,” seeking insights about Mr. Trump’s deepest insecurities as they devise strategies to needle and undermine him in four weeks at the first presidential debate, the most anticipated in a generation.

    Her team is also getting advice from psychology experts to help create a personality profile of Mr. Trump to gauge how he may respond to attacks and deal with a woman as his sole adversary on the debate stage.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/us/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-debate.html

    I have to admit, I love this kind of “Hillary doing her homework” shit.

    • The Wanderer

      Whereas Trump’s crew are preparing lame zingers and noshing on wieners.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        and eating hotdogs too…

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          “Stadium food” has changed since the last time I went to the ballpark.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Trump refuses to “waste time” in mock debates. This is going to be epic.

    • beingreleased

      Knowing what is going on is a liberal thing. Which I approve of.

      • cmd

        Let’s Go, Libtards, YAY!

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Trump’s “deepest insecurities” has to be an exhaustingly long list.

      • James Christopher Owen

        1. Finger size
        2. Peen size
        3. Brain mass
        4. Percentage of uncommitted cortex
        5. Real net worth

        ∞. Losing presidential election to a policy wonk in a pantsuit.

    • Marceline

      Glad to hear it. The goal for this campaign should be to drive Donnie to a full on nervous breakdown.

    • Doug Langley

      I had a hunch that Hillz would figure out how to push Trump’s buttons in the debates and wait for the meltdown. “Why, Donald, what’s BOTHERING you??”

  • AndInThisCorner

    Does the alt right teach some sort of master class in hypocrisy? Cause wow…

  • Logic of Color

    millions of patriots who don’t give a lick for political correctness

    fucking brilliant

  • dshwa

    The March of the Straw Men of not supporting the troops continues to occur every time someone dares speak out in protest.

    • Catstro

      Little known fact: The Nutcracker Suite originally included The March of the Straw Men, before it was removed during an early battle in The War on Christmas.

  • spends2much

    Come on, free speech is for angry white males, and no one else. Everybody knows that.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      And the second amendment too

      • Bub the Leftwing Zombie

        Absolutely! Twelve year-old black kids with toy guns in open carry states are SOL.

    • beavertank

      Only angry white males that want to express a right wing (and usually racist) opinion, of course.

    • Spotts1701

      Protest is alright if it doesn’t actually upset the people who are the targets of the protest.

    • Catstro

      Patriotism, too

    • PubOption

      You can say anything you want, as long as you agree with them.

      See also Dixie Chicks.

    • jmk

      The right to free speech is MUCH too important to damage it by using it!

  • Bub the Leftwing Zombie

    Soooo…what percentage of the people calling Kaepernick a n****er do we suppose are Clinton supporters? She is, after all, a bigot..

    • dshwa

      All of them, Katie!

  • zerosumgame0005
    • MynameisBernieBroBot

      That is fucking hilarious!

    • Bub the Leftwing Zombie

      It’s like watching a cat playing with a ball of yarn at this point. The astonishing (and disheartening) thing is the number of people who think the ball of orange yarn is winning.

    • Pickle Truther (AntiDerpomeme)
      • Doug Langley

        Amazing how much effort it’s taking him just to hold that ball in the air.

  • spends2much

    CNN’s first debate question: “Madam Secretary, where do you stand on the important issue of Anthem Worship?”
    CNN’s follow up headline: Hillary Hates Anthem, America

    • dshwa

      If only I believed that wasn’t an actual possibility.

  • Ms.MLG1979

    It’s easy to worship a piece of cloth, or the “idea” of America. It requires more effort to actually care about what America is, and that’s people. People of every background. Caring about those people, and living your life in such a manner as to contribute what you can toward a better life for Americans is patriotism. Flag and song worship does nothing for anyone. It’s worthless and empty, and if it’s all you can manage, at least don’t hate on those who can’t be bothered.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      America-worship and football-worship are supposed to go together seamlessly. How dare he introduce friction!

    • Spotts1701

      Captain America gets it. (can you believe this panel came from a comic published over 30 years ago?)

      • therblig

        is this before or after he became a hydra agent who maybe wasn’t actually a hydra agent? or was?

        • Spotts1701

          I think it was around the same time he briefly became a werewolf.

    • sw19womble

      All countries are – and always should be – a work in progress.
      FFS the UK still doesn’t have a written constitution, and merely runs on a set of ‘conventions’:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_the_United_Kingdom
      Once you think you’re perfect and/or too fragile to survive a civilian not ‘saluting the flag’, then you’re well on the way to authoritarianism.

    • jmk

      Or, as Senator Franken puts it…

      “We love America just as much as they do. But in a different way. You see, they love America like a 4-year-old loves his mommy. Liberals love America like grown-ups. To a 4-year-old, everything Mommy does is wonderful and anyone who criticizes Mommy is bad. Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad and helping your loved one grow. Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world.
      That’s why we liberals want America to do the right thing. We know America is the hope of the world, and we love it and want it to do well.”

  • Bill Slider

    The faux Republican faux Christians who luv them some footall, US American style, must be shitting in their pants. How dare he engage in First Amendment Black Lives Matter tactics when we have that all caps Second Amendment, that is the only one that matters. Not only is Obama turning over the farms to lesbians, now he is invading football with BLM Muslim Nazis who probably don’t drive American pick’m up trucks.

    • Other Chris

      These are Real christians and republicans, my friend.

    • chicken thief

      After he let Allen Iverson roon basketball. The MooseLimb Kenyan respects none of our God blessed institutions!!!@21

      • PubOption

        I don’t think Iverson rooned basketball, that would have required some practice.

  • folderol

    If only Trump could find some sort of stereotypical food to eat in front of a camera so that he could prove his solidarity with Black Americans everywhere.

    • Bub the Leftwing Zombie

      “Mr. Trump needs chitlin’s and collard greens for lunch! Now, move it!”

      • Usedtobeyellerdawg

        *Cut to a shot of Trump trying to give a thumb’s up while gagging on a chitlin.* I grew up in the south and I have eaten one chitlin. One.

        • Bub the Leftwing Zombie

          I’m sure Donnie would dig into that bowl of chitlin’s after they took a picture with as much hearty enjoyment as he did with that taco bowl.
          Personally, I’d like to see him choke on them the way he is going to choke on votes on November 8th.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      I remember when O’Reilly made a huge deal about going to a soul food restaurant in Harlem…how people were so polite and well-mannered etc. He avoided the obvious of “clean” and “articulate, but you could tell that he was stunned that patrons used knives and forks and didn’t have bones through their noses.

      • jmk

        “Motherfucker, I want more iced tea!!”

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          That’s probably what everyone started shouting the minute he left. Everyone knows “they” really are savages.

          • jmk

            I’m sure he thinks they were on their best behavior to show off for him.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            It’s all about pleasing white people. You don’t want them getting all uppity or anything.

  • Relativicus

    How surprising is it that the people who cry about their God-given right to own heavy armaments, squeal about their rights to be assholes to anyone they choose, and screech about how so many Americans have died on foreign soil to defend those rights, are the same folks who wet themselves over a man exercising his right to peaceably protest however he likes, and declare he’s disrespecting our fallen veterans who fought for his right to do so?*

    *Not very. The answer is “not very surprising.”

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Good men died for your automatic patriotism!

  • folderol

    “Wave that flag, wave it wide and high.
    Summertime done, come and gone, my, oh, my.”

  • Sardonicuss

    OT..but not really:
    This clip of Meatpuppet Joe where Mika has apparently realized..something very important about her life.
    Money quote:
    “We are just pretending to make up an analysis of stupidity!” – Mika?! (Edit: New MSNBC logo footer?)
    http://thedailybanter.com/2016/08/every-political-reporter-should-hear-this/

  • dshwa

    “America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.” You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms.
    Then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free.”

    Still a great movie all these years later.

  • Blackest Noobs

    fun stories about racism:

    so in the context of racism, mostly toward African-Americans, i’ve come to spin you a true story about me, my friends, the word nigger, and acts of racism. A few years back my friends and i were discussing the word nigger. Our discussion was basically can you ever say it. I and friend 1 said it depends on the context, like for instance right now, i’ve written it a couple of times, but i am just discussing it, I am not using it as a slur. But if i was to use it to diss a person of color, then no, I shouldn’t use it. friend 2 was up in arms, saying he could never say it, would refuse to say it.

    Now move up to a few years later, I am with friend 2, and we’re off to some city to see a punk rock show. As we entered that city, he decided it would be “funny” to roll his windows down blasting hill-billy bluegrass music in a predominantly black neighborhood. i had to ask him four times to turn it down before threatening him to clean out his clock. A week later i am with friend 2 and another friend, and friend 2 brought it up against saying how I was having an aneurysm over him doing what he did,so i laid into him about how i wasn’t mad because of how annoying it was, and IT WAS ANNOYING, but that it was fucking racist as shit. He tried to pull the excuse that he LIKED bluegrass music, but i pointed out sure you may do indeed like it, but that wasn’t your intent, you were laughing your precious privilege white ass about it, and secondly i reminded him the story of that prick in Florida who shot up a car full of black teenagers because they wouldn’t turn down their hippty hop rap music.

    so which is more racist….me just saying or writing the word nigger to discuss it, or friend 2 doing what he did? sure he would never ever say the word but his actions didn’t seem all that not racisty.

    • sw19womble

      Clearly Hillary was the real racist here.

      • BigBoppa

        Thanks Obama!!!!!!!111!

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Guitar savant/good guy Vernon Reid on this subject: “I grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and I’ve never met a nigger in my life.”

    • Lance Thrustwell

      I think friend 2 was being pretty racist. Anyone living there would have known exactly what he was doing and why. They would know he was assuming that none of them could POSSIBLY actually enjoy bluegrass, because they’re, y’know, black. And there’s nothing wrong in discussing the word “nigger”. It’s just a word (though of course there is something wrong in *calling* someone one, just like any insult).

      One thing that may have prompted friend 2’s action is the habit of some urban young black folks – and young white folks – to blast mega-bass hip-hop from their cars. But his symbolic retaliation there was dumb, because the people who heard him are not necessarily the same people who do that.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        My take is that friend 2 was just being a gigantic dick…which doesn’t rule out the possibility of being a racist as well. People who yell the loudest about not being racist-or gay-are always a bit suspect, IMO.

        • Blackest Noobs

          but here’s the rub, i believe we’re all to a certain degree racist and even misogynistic, it’s embedded in our culture and our society. some more than others, some more ignorant of the facts, and some who are generally just dicks. i think my friend falls somewhere in between, like i’ve never known him to blame a bunch of shit on the blacks but then again he has zero friends of color other than myself ( not black, but brown person).

          for his part i think it A LOT of it is ignorance….like when ive told him tales of racism against me, he more of a doubter than supporter in that aspect.

          • Redgyal

            Well you don’t have to be his friend. Do you?

          • Blackest Noobs

            it’s not that simple, and honestly, this was only racisty thing i’ve ever known him to ever do, and i’ve known him for over 30 years.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Yes. We all have to self-examine for vestiges of racism, and there’s always something to find. I think the best we can hope for is a degree of enlightened self-awareness of our own shortcomings in that regard. Does that sound Catholic enough?

            It is VERY difficult for even sympathetic white folks to understand how deeply racist society often is…even when it is not particularly vicious or maybe not even a conscious act. I’m only half-brown, and because of that I have been less a victim of racism than one who has gotten to observe it first hand because people around me have often felt free to express their bigotry, thinking I was one of them and wouldn’t mind. I’ve left some dumfounded and apologetic white people in my wake.

          • I Only Like Cats

            I’ve started many a conversation with “I’m mixed” just to try to avoid that. Really racist people will introduce racism on purpose though (sometimes they think I’m lying which I don’t understand) so they can upset me.

    • Jonny On Maui

      Friend 2 needs a thorough clock cleaning…

      • Blackest Noobs

        with his other antics ( the non-racist kind) i’ve only needed to threaten him.
        once when we were just kids ( well drinking alcohol like teenagers do) he tried to fight me, and i kept saying nah, nah, and but he wouldn’t relent ( he’s an awful drunk) so i kicked him across a room.

        he always brings that up…sometimes the story he spins is how he was innocent and i knocked the literal wind out of him. but he has never forgotten i am and still am tough as knives….and if i say im about to beat him, he straightens up.

    • Kooolest G

      you know banjos were originally from Africa, don’t know what that means but I thought I’d throw that out there

  • blondeiq

    I am sure Mr. trump is unaware (as he is of most things) that the networks no longer show the anthem before the games, as they choose to use this time to show commercials instead of broadcasting the anthem. Which was written by a guy who owned slaves.

    • dshwa

      You were good at “I’m sure Mr. Trump is unaware”

  • DesertedPictures

    Now I know when America ‘was still great’. It was in those beautifull days when the big sports leages only allowed patriotic (and coincidentally white) people to play!

    • Stulexington

      Replace “the big sports leagues” with “anyplace that pays more than minimum wage” and I think you’re on target.

      • Once&futureFred

        Minimum wage? Commie! The invisible hand of the free market has set the wages of THOSE people at zero.
        Oh..wait…right country..wrong century.

  • blondeiq

    I guess if you’re a black person, it’s OK if you keep quiet and entertain the ticket-buying white folk. The minute you open your uppity black mouth (like Mr. Kaepernick, or Mr. Sherman of Seattle), you are A Thug and subject to Patriotic Justice. Or so my Facebook ooze of the past 48 hours would have you believe.

    • DesertedPictures

      That’s not true: black people are free to shout ‘lock her up’ at Clinton! And she is white. So if they allow black people to shout at her, they are not racist.

      (also: get better facebook friends)

      • blondeiq

        Heck, I’ve worn the type off my “delete” key.

        • The Witch of Endor

          I’ve been pretty happy with the block feature, myself.

    • Jennaratrix

      Every time something like this happens, I’m more glad I decamped from FB a few months ago. I don’t miss it.

  • hendenburg2

    Same here, Dok. I keep listening for “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” to play and I’m still constantly disappointed

  • Bitter Scribe

    Good for Kap. I get really annoyed by all the color guards, flyovers, etc. before games, not to mention armed guards who manhandle you if you don’t show the proper respect for patriotic show tunes.

    • sw19womble

      I said in a previous comments section, it really does ruin the start/build-up of games for me, and I go to a lot of North American sportsball stuff.
      At least in Canada (and the UK) there’s less jingoism attached and virtually no Parade Of The Willing Sacrifices before, during or after.
      Mind you, we don’t think everyone’s out to get us.

      • Jonny On Maui

        “Mind you, we don’t think everyone’s out to get us.”

        Well there’s your problem right there…

    • Jennaratrix

      Patriotic show tunes, *snort*. That is perfect. Now I’m mad I didn’t think of it.

      • Bitter Scribe

        To be perfectly honest, I didn’t either. I stole it from sportswriter Bernie Lincicome, who is mostly an annoying old white cranky guy but could give Wonkette snark lessons.

        • Jennaratrix

          Theft is the highest form of flattery. I’ll be stealing it from you in the future, I’m sure.

  • Callyson

    The backlash was swift and heatedly patriotic, with people burning replica jerseys, calling Kaepernick a traitor, and insisting he should be fired, deported, or perhaps traded to ISIS before the season begins.

    Yeah, yinz can get back to me when your starting QB is a twice-accused rapist…

    • Blackest Noobs

      but he was a white rapist…so it’s cool esse.

    • Spotts1701

      And then you have Rodney Harrison, who came very, very close to calling Kaepernick an oreo (he then “apologized” and claimed he didn’t know Kaepernick’s ethnicity).

  • chascates

    Dissent is patriotic. In theory.

  • Rick Hill

    Much more important to show your respect for this country by simple, meaningless gestures than to do something like actually support it by paying taxes. Not that trump is avoiding paying his fair share, why, just check out his tax returns…..

  • bookish
    • Land Shark

      HAHAHAHAHAHA! I can no longer hide my sense of glee at the larma which is being bestowed upon Trumpenstein, his Hair Ferret™, and his brown shirted Kindertrumps.

  • weejee

    Perhaps the Donald would recommend a Dori Monson Cocktail™.

  • bookish

    Newsweek: Trump will gut the Republican Party for decades.

    http://europe.newsweek.com/donald-trump-will-gut-republican-party-494306

  • Iron Monkey

    I will treat this brouhaha in the same way I do with everything that happens in professional sports and ignore it.

  • Thaumaturgist

    Hump Trump

    • Jenvenda Manocide

      not even with a dog’s dick

      • Land Shark

        The Donald hates dogs since that chihuahua showed him that his dick was bigger.

    • Candy Apple

      No, thank you.

  • thenearesthippie

    If only Colin had just knocked his girlfriend unconscious.

    Also, our national anthem is stupid. It’s a bad poem glorifying war set to the tune of an English drinking song.

    • MynameisBernieBroBot

      Far too many jocks get away with abusing women either by beating or raping them.

      It infuriates me to no end.

  • I Only Like Cats

    The “you are white” thing really reminds me of the wage debate. People are so busy arguing over crumbs they don’t realize someone just made off with nearly the whole cake.

    • Paperless Tiger

      It was that cake we like also too.

  • Hardly Ideal

    Uh… Twitter? We need to talk.

    Even if you’re making a point about the First Amendment or patriotism or whatever, it’s all kinda hamstrung when you drop words like “nigger.”

    Now, go sit on a stormy ocean cliff and think about your life.

    • cat cafe

      And, um, Twitter? You know, you could kind of just stop letting people post filthy, obscene slurs that attack people brutally, or posts that use the n-word or the c-word, and decide that abuse has no place in civilized discourse, rather than celebrating it and allowing it, but since you’re all young white guys who it doesn’t affect, you’re turning a blind eye to it, which kind of makes you, you know, assholes?

  • Iam Reading

    I’m starting to suspect that “make America great again” is just code for “fuck these n*ggers, sp*cs, commies, and qu**rs.”

    • cat cafe

      “And c*nts, don’t forget those stupid c*nts.”

    • bobbert

      Starting?

  • Rufus T. Firefly

    Too bad Kaepernick can’t be like that true-blue patriot Muhammad Ali.

  • Rufus T. Firefly

    Laurie Anderson on the national anthem. “Just a lot of questions written during a fire.”
    https://youtu.be/9cE6Pg2q3lI

  • Bigby

    I stand, remove my hat, and face the flag during the anthem at our local baseball games. The team (no, not the Yankees) sometimes plays “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch. They used to say: “and now, to honor those in our country who have served…”, basically equating patriotism and god to the military. I used to stay sitting with my hat on. About 50% of the time some suburban conservative white guy would give me shit, and I’d say “sir, I stood and removed my hat for the National Anthem. This is NOT any kind of anthem to me so I’m not standing”. Usually followed by “don’t you support the troops?”. “Uh, yeah, so much so that I protested the FUCK out of that useless, lying, $3trillion war. Didn’t work tho’, people like you wanted it too too badly. Sorry ’bout that. I couldn’t prevent your colossal fuckup that got 5000 of our troops killed and 10’s of 1000’s wounded forever”. They usually get very “grrr” at that response.

    There are certain people in this country who think Patriot=Religious=Military and anything outside that is an affront to their very existence. They WANT forced “patriotism”, while they profess to love “freedom”. I note though, that the team ALSO sometimes plays “This Land is Your Land” during the 7th inning stretch. For some odd reason I’ve not had much success badgering, belittling, and bullying people to stand and remove their hats to that commie song. I also note that they now say some lawyerly bullshit pre-God Bless Merka to guilt everyone into conforming by saying something like “please stand and honor our military serving our nation here and abroad and in the past and the future, and our police, fire, emt’s, sanitation workers, and those who volunteer in organizations that help the elderly and puppies and also the boy/girl scouts, and suchlike and, well, pretty much anyone we might’ve left out”.

    I usually just go to the loo.

    • yyyaz

      Freedumz, how duz thay werk?

    • Cannedclamscanner

      I got tired of spitting into the wind. Now I just go to the loo too

    • Kolio Serer

      I am not a US citizen, i live in Tn. which it’s ok if you live in Nashville. i would tell any stupid fat ass over patriotic dumb ass to fuck off and to go and play in the traffic with his military-freedom-religion-god- conservative and fuck shit views of America.

    • Jenvenda Manocide

      I wonder if those people badgering you understand that what they got is not patriotism; it is propoganda.

  • Candy Apple

    I had to live in the UK for three years and come back to America before I realized how weird and cult-like our Pledge of Allegiance/flag worship actually is.

    • DinkyBossetti

      I asked MrBossetti once when we first started dating about his country’s pledge of allegiance (he’s Canadian). He looked at me like I had three heads.
      Me: You know, you stand in your elementary school classroom every morning and face the flag and put your hand on your heart and say…?
      Him: *looks even more horrified* You… you had to do that?!
      Me: Well, technically, no I didn’t *have* to, I guess, but I didn’t know that.
      I guess I had kind of assumed until that point that it was a fairly standard practice in every country across the world. I’d never even thought about it.

  • JMP

    How the hell are people treating this like a serious issue? This is about standing or sitting while a song is played, a completely meaningless gesture that nobody should give single fuck about. What is wrong with these people care about this crap?

    • SessileRaptor

      Grog no do tribal ritual, maybe Grog not really member of tribe, maybe Grog really evil spirit from other side of river. *Picks up rock and eyes Grog warily*

  • Doktor Zoom’s photo caption game continues to be, as the kids say, on point and/or fleek. For those unfamiliar with the source of the caption, The Library of Wonkness recommends you watch the following:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e004RHFIxLg

  • kaydenpat

    Telling protesters to leave the US is so passé.

  • eggsacklywright

    Wouldn’t it be fun to replace the anthem with Charles Ives 4th Symphony? It’s all about America, and you wouldn’t have time for sportsball afterwards.

    • Pat_Pending

      How about Yakkity Sax?

  • natoslug

    Serious question for the love it or leave it crowd: Am I supposed to stick my dick in it, give it a friendly hug, be willing to forgive it no matter what stupid shit it does, or just empathize with it? Which of the four fucking loves is it? And since we’re dealing with numbers, which of the fucking Americas are we talking about? Wikipedia claims there are 55 countries here in the Americas, so am I supposed to find a hole in the ground in each and start fucking?

    If you’re going to say something stupid like love it or leave it, you should at least define what “it” is, and what type of loving you want me to give it. Once that’s done, I can proceed to explaining exactly how many fucks I have to give and why you are A Idiot.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    here’s another fun one for ya, Dok…

    There I was, the black grandson of a slave, the son of a black sharecropper, part of a historic occasion, a symbolic hero to my people. The air was sparkling. The sunlight was warm. The band struck up the national anthem. The flag billowed in the wind. It should have been a glorious moment for me as the stirring words of the national anthem poured from the stands. Perhaps, it was, but then again, perhaps, the anthem could be called the theme song for a drama called The Noble Experiment. Today, as I look back on that opening game of my first world series, I must tell you that it was Mr. Rickey’s drama and that I was only a principal actor. As I write this twenty years later, I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.

    *from his autobiography ‘I Never Had It made’ by Jackie Robinson

  • Mavenmaven

    Perhaps it is time for an Alt-Right football team, partly because I’d love to watch them get demolished.

  • Paperless Tiger

    Trump makes his supporters pledge allegiance to Trump. That’s way more worrisome than Kaepernick’s protest.

    • Kathy Taus

      Is he still asking them to do that? I thought the blowback made him stop.

  • FauxAntocles

    Once again, conservatives confirm the liberal point-of-view.

  • Alan

    I never stand. My knees hurt.

  • Kathy Taus

    Isn’t he just being politically incorrect?

  • handyhippie65

    freedom of speech, is a wonderful thing. while i may not agree with him, i will defend his right to say it. i guess i still have hope we can actually become a country we can all be proud of.

  • E.A. Blair

    “He won’t appreciate his freedoms until he appreciates them the way I say he should appreciate them. That’s what freedom is all about.”

  • The Manz

    The truth is we’re not great. We’ve tossed morality out the door and now we call evil good and good evil. All our politicians are corrupt and are spellbound by the Jesuit puppeteers who have schemed to reduce our freedom and self-government to rubble by lining the pockets of these self-aggrandizing slime balls who are legislating us right into hell. But we let them do what they want because we’ve become so lukewarm and complacent with evil, so much so that our own lives are riddled with demons. And Kaepernick sadly comes from a minority heritage that has been hoodwinked by the great society perps but the fact of the matter is his heritage or race, whichever word you prefer, settled for it and now the rest of us white folks are suffering the Hegelian Dialectic backlash for something perpetrated by these complicitly evil politicians at the behest of the shadow government, all for the reason to add to the chaos that will precede the NWO. Sad to say, these black folk largely, but there are exceptions, are just blind or stupid to what is really going on here. Perhaps if you stop drinking and using drugs and get married to men who work before you have children, and follow the God of the Bible and keep His commandments, just perhaps your lives and the lives of your children will improve and that goes for you white scumbags who live worthless lives expecting everyone else to take care of you. Our leaders suck and they need to be revised. Get your dope-smoking ass off the couch and do something worthwhile for a change. Then we could work together and eradicate the self-serving wicked politicians in our country along with every Jesuit as well. Don’t you see, these wicked powers are trying to create divisions between ethnos in our country. Read the Bible, KJV. It will open your eyes. Don’t listen to the backlash from Rome when they insult the Bible; they fear the Bible; they fear you will find out the truth. The people in the Middle Ages found the truth. Rome’s response to them between 538 & 1798 AD proves it. Now wake up and behave yourself. Jesus is coming soon.

    • William_C_Diaz

      Wow! Paragraphs would make the slog through your mental sewers easier btw.

      Have a great day!

      • The Manz

        Romans 1:22.

  • pixeloid

    How dare he upset those all those “patriotic” white nationalists!

  • William_C_Diaz

    I say the Pledge when we open our monthly VFW meetings, but that is just something we do. The thought that the Pledge could or would be mandatory for any reason in general life stands perpendicular to everyhitng this country stands for.

    Have a great day!

  • Akat

    Ugh I’m sick of being days behind on the “news.” This is so goddamn stupid. This guy has a legit reason for excersizing his freedom of speech, but he should leave the country and his stop drawing his (private company) salary. Michael Vick is a convicted sociopathic animal abuser and alleged child abuser, but he’s just fine. Wtf.

  • Confederate Flag Removers, Inc

    Amazing crackers get mad at a Black man who stands up against racist american injustice, but supports crackers who fly that traitor to the nation confederate flag. Yeah I deliberately used lower case letters at strategic locations in my post. F- trump!

  • Confederate Flag Removers, Inc

    I actually kind of look forward to a trump presidency. The endless protester violence and street battles with trump people and the cops causing Americans to not being able to get to work because highways and city streets will be clogged due to militant warrior activists shutting them down. The whole world will watch with delight as racist white americans due the same thing to this country that hitler did to his.

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