Culture Wars

GOP Senators Know What Is Important Issue In 2021 America: Flag-Burning

So, you know, priorities.

A group of Republican senators led by Steve Daines (R-Montana) marked Flag Day Monday by introducing yet another constitutional amendment to ban the "physical desecration of the American flag." In a possible nod to the First Amendment, the mental or verbal desecration of the flag would presumably remain legal. This is the third time Daines has introduced such an amendment.

Daines's amendment was co-sponsored by fellow Republican Sens. Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee), Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia), Kevin Cramer (North Dakota), and Mike Crapo (Idaho). It's unclear whether any senators farther along in the alphabet than Daines would be joining in.

It's also not clear whether there's really much support for another go at banning flag burning; as culture war issues go, it feels like its day has passed. When we hear about amending the Constitution to protect the stars and stripes, we think of Michael Dukakis riding around in a tank and President Dana Carvey saying "Nah gunnah duuit."

But then, we thought Donald Trump would fail at igniting a fight over how American history should be taught, so we may not be the best judges of what shiny object the Right will fixate on next.

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Right Wing Extremism

GOP Cowards Just Twiddling Thumbs, Waiting For Trump’s Next Insurrection

The Big Lie keeps getting larger.

Republicans are eager to downplay or outright ignore the January 6 attack on the Capitol, but authorities are still arresting members of the MAGA mob. John Getsinger Jr. and Stacie Hargis-Getsinger from South Carolina are the latest contestants on the ongoing reality TV series, “So You Wanted To Start An Insurrection?"

The Getsingers were charged this week in Charleston with "entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct, demonstrating in a Capitol building and parading in a Capitol building." That's Joe Biden's America for you. Even parades are illegal.

Four people reportedly contacted an FBI tips line separately with incriminating information about the couple, who had boasted on social media about their involvement in the January 6 attack. The criminal complaint alleges that video exists of the Getsingers entering the Capitol Building saying, "This is war! We're storming the Capitol!"

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Congress

Here Are The 14 Garbage White Male Congressmen Too Racist To Vote For Juneteenth

May their names be a stain.

Wonderful news, America. All of Congress has voted, and for the first time in a very long time, we have a new federal holiday, and it is Juneteenth, commemorating the day — over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation — when the last enslaved people, in Galveston, Texas, found out they were free. (Okay, there was peonage slavery until 1963, but it was illegal too.) As Juneteenth falls on June 19, that means it's Saturday. President Joe Biden will sign the bill later this afternoon.

In the Senate, the vote was unanimous. (Yes, really. It was the absolute least some of those Republicans could do.) And in the House, the vote yesterday afternoon was ... not unanimous. But it was close to unanimous, at 415 to 14.

Wonkette believes in writing things down for history's sake, so here are the 14 absolute garbage piece of shit white men in the House who couldn't bring themselves to vote to recognize a celebration of the end of slavery. May their names be a stain on their history books. When you read this list, you'll see that most of these men's names were already a stain before this vote. This just adds to it.

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POTUS

Biden Sorry For Being Pissy To Kaitlan Collins, Not Sorry For Making Peter Doocy Look Like Idiot (Again)

Sorry not sorry.

At the end of President Joe Biden's press conference after his meeting with the whiny Russian, there was a testy moment!

All day, some journalists have been dead-set on misinterpreting Biden's stated intentions — to give Vladimir Putin a chance to see if he'll act in good faith — as Biden saying he's actually confident that's going to happen. At no point did he say anything like that. He wasn't born falling off a turnip truck into his first rodeo yesterday.

As Biden was leaving, jacket in hand (it was hot), CNN's Kaitlan Collins shouted out a question: "Why are you so confident he'll change his behavior, Mr. President?" It was a dumb and bad question from somebody who's usually a pretty darn good reporter. And Biden was not happy about it, because he never said any words like that.

So he got PISSY.

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