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Month: September 2017

#TakeAKnee: Why I will no longer stand for the National Anthem

I don’t even know if I have this right. My understanding is that the reason Colin Kaepernick chose to #TakeAKnee for the National Anthem had to do with racial injustice and what appeared to be a rash of incidents in which black men were killed by police, sometimes for doing nothing but always without due process. Believe me when I say that I wholeheartedly support law enforcement. But some cops are, frankly, assholes. I’ve met some of them. Most cops are good people, I believe. But I’m not sure when selling loosie cigarettes or jaywalking or reaching for your...

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End of DACA Begs the Question: What does it mean to be an American?

Earlier today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, thus successfully averting the very real risk that our republic could descend into anarchy at any moment. Who knew that people who have grown up in the United States, never knowing any other home, posed such a grave danger to democracy? Sessions cited the many unacceptable conditions created by these so-called Dreamers, children brought to the United States as minors, some as infants, some of whom are now in their mid-30s and who have built their lives in this country....

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Forced to be a patriot

So, the president of the Cleveland police union and the head of the EMS union say they won’t participate in the flag ceremony at the Browns’ home opener later this month. Fox & Friends broadcast a segment on this important breaking news, and even the police union boss said he didn’t know why people were making a big deal out of it when people are still suffering in Houston. We don’t know either, sir, but I guess when Fox News sees an opportunity to stir up controversy, they can’t resist. First of all, I’m not sure how “fair and...

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