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Here Are Some Ways People Disrespect The Flag Daily Based On Flag Code

President Donald Trump accused athletes on Friday of disrespecting the American flag by silently protesting, but taking a knee isn’t covered in the U.S. Flag Code’s respect section. 

On June 14, 1923, or Flag Day, a federal code was put in place that would serve as a guideline for how to handle the American flag. There are several sections in the code about proper national anthem conduct, how to display the flag, and yes, even how to respect the flag. 

The code does state that everyone should stand at attention facing the flag during the national anthem, but standing or kneeling isn’t actually covered in the respect portion of the code. 

Here are some things that Americans do on a daily basis, however, that are disrespectful: 

American Flag Clothing

Here Are Some Ways People Disrespect The Flag Daily Based On Flag Code

“The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.” 

That means every American flag swimsuit, button-up shirt, and even those famous Old Navy flag shirts, are disrespectful.

The Flag Shouldn’t Be Carried Flat  

Here Are Some Ways People Disrespect The Flag Daily Based On Flag Code

“The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.”

Most people know the flag should never touch the ground, but few know that it has to be displayed vertically. Maybe it’s a nod to the lyric that had the flag “gallantly streaming” in the air. Whatever the case, an unfurled flag that sits flat is a disrespect to the flag code.

Drawing On The Flag

Here Are Some Ways People Disrespect The Flag Daily Based On Flag Code

“The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.” 

This one seems pretty self-explanatory. Most people understand that drawing on the symbol of the country will probably be seen as disrespectful. But freedom of expression is a constitutionally protected right, so artists are still free to make that choice.

Disposable Flag Products 

Here Are Some Ways People Disrespect The Flag Daily Based On Flag Code

“It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.” 

Sorry to put a damper on probably every Fourth Of July cookout ever, but the paper plate supporting that juicy burger better not have a flag on it.

Flag Advertisements

Here Are Some Ways People Disrespect The Flag Daily Based On Flag Code

“The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.”

If a business or company is using a flag in its advertisements, that’s yet another disrespectful gesture. A flag printed on a disposable flyer is probably a double offense.

Flag Uniforms

Here Are Some Ways People Disrespect The Flag Daily Based On Flag Code

“No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations.”

Sports teams aren’t allowed to put the flag on uniforms. The only way to respectfully wear the American flag is with a patch on the side for service members, firefighters, and police

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In Sad, Sad Press Conference, Milo Says 'Free Speech Week' Is Now Just One Measly Rally

BERKELEY, Calif. ― It was supposed to be his Woodstock. But on Saturday morning, a day before Milo Yiannopoulos’s “Free Speech Week” rally at the University of California, Berkeley, was scheduled to start, the alt-right provocateur alerted his followers that he would be holding an “emergency” press conference on Facebook Live.

His previously scheduled press conference, set for a luxe event space on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, had reportedly been canceled by the venue’s owners. And so come noon, he could be found sitting in a drab hotel room, flanked by anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller and men’s-rightser-cum-conspiracist Mike Cernovich. Yiannopoulos had an announcement: “Free Speech Week” was no more. And then he tried to sell some stuff to his fans.

Hours earlier, the conservative student co-organizers of the rally told the university they had canceled the four-day shindig, citing what they claimed to be unfair treatment by UC Berkeley administration.

In the video, Yiannopoulos explained that without a student sponsor, he couldn’t hold an official university event. So he announced that he’d be holding an “unofficial” rally at the campus on Sunday.  

“We are going to be hosting an event, come hell or high water, tomorrow,” he said. “We have been in touch with Berkeley PD and are very happy to say the police are behind us, and will be staffing Sproul Plaza tomorrow in force.”

This rally, he said, would go forward “with or without student help, with or without the cooperation of UC Berkeley itself,” and even if “domestic terrorists” from Antifa showed up.

He lashed out at the university, claiming it used bureaucratic tricks to railroad “Free Speech Week.” The administration, Yiannopoulos claimed, “had done everything in its power to crush” the event.

Then came the sell. Yiannopoulos promoted some  future events at other California universities — part of what he’s dubbed his “Troll Academy” tour — and took time to announce that his company, Milo Inc., would be publishing a new book by Pamela Geller: Fatwa: Hunted in America .  

Yiannopoulos had wanted his “Free Speech Rally” in Berkeley to be the Woodstock of the far-right: a big, bad gathering of prominent far-right figureheads, including Ann Coulter and Steve Bannon. And his student co-organizers had hoped left-wing riots at the event might amplify Milo’s message.

But here was Milo on Saturday, his Woodstock canceled, talking to a camera in a poorly lit hotel room, hawking a yet-to-be published book to less than 3,000 live viewers. It was as if no one but Sha Na Na had shown up at Yasgur’s Farm.

In Sad, Sad Press Conference, Milo Says 'Free Speech Week' Is Now Just One Measly Rally

“Claims that this is somehow the outcome desired by the campus are without basis in fact,” Dan Mogulof, spokesman for UC Berkeley, said in a statement Saturday. “The University was prepared to do whatever was necessary to support the First Amendment rights of the student organization.”

In the weeks leading up to the “Free Speech Week” rally, Yiannopoulos and the Berkeley Patriot missed multiple deadlines to secure campus venues and to

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Doctors, Hospitals And Insurers Ask Senate To Reject Graham-Cassidy

Doctors, Hospitals And Insurers Ask Senate To Reject Graham-Cassidy

Organizations from across the health care industry have come together on Saturday in a joint statement opposing the controversial Graham-Cassidy bill. 

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James Comey's Speech Derailed By Protests During Howard University Convocation

James Comey's Speech Derailed By Protests During Howard University Convocation

Former FBI director James Comey faced loud protests throughout his speech at Howard University’s convocation ceremony Friday, as activists chanted and sang traditional African-American spirituals over his remarks. 

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What Happens To My Mother If Graham-Cassidy Passes?

What Happens To My Mother If Graham-Cassidy Passes?

She never intended to be there… in a shared room, in a wheelchair; in a skilled nursing home, in the grip of Alzheimer’s.

Her plan was to grow old in her cozy mobile home community in Leesburg, Florida, surrounded by friends, accompanied by her husband, visited by her kids; hopefully healthy enough to live out her days in relative ease; to slip away at life’s end without fuss or bother.

But that didn’t happen; what she intended got stymied by the vagaries of life, the unpredictability of human existence, and the randomness of fate. Her husband, abundantly healthy throughout his first seventy-one years, was struck with a terminal illness that killed him within six months of diagnosis. And though he’d worked hard all his life (three jobs at one point) to sufficiently provide for his family, money was always a challenge. They were able to purchase the little mobile home they loved with proceeds from the little home they sold, but there were no flourishes, no extravagances; their kids paid for their own college and were on their own early; there was just enough to get by.

In his somewhat shortsighted assessment of what life would be for my mother once he was gone; in his lack of financial acumen related to the staggering rise in not only the cost of living but the cost of growing old, he miscalculated what it would take for my mother to exist beyond his death, in even the most minimal of fashions.

The sale of their mobile home netted little; his annuity was pocket change; his pension and Social Security were minimal, and there was no portfolio, no nest egg; no savings account. Upon his death, we, his children, managed the money he did leave to get my mother into a series of retirement facilities in both Illinois and Washington state, even housing her in a sib’s private home for a year. But as her physical and mental state diminished to the point where 24/7 care became non-negotiable, we moved her to Los Angeles ― where my brother and I could manage her care ― to an Alzheimer’s facility that fortunately accepted the long-term insurance some in my family had wisely purchased.

Three years. That’s all her policy afforded. We assumed that would be sufficient, given her rapidly declining health. But in a confluence of unexpected events, she outlived that term, while continuing to decline to the point that she had to be admitted to the skilled nursing unit on the same campus where she remains today.

Do you know the monthly fees for a skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles, California, in the year 2017? Even in a moderate-to-mid level facility? More than anyone in my family is paying for their rent, more than anyone in my family is paying for their monthly mortgage; more than anyone in my family could possibly afford.

More than my father, in his most far-reaching of estimates, could ever have imagined. So what’s a family to

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Wisconsin, 20 Other U.S. States Targeted By Russian Hackers In 2016 Election

Wisconsin, 20 Other U.S. States Targeted By Russian Hackers In 2016 Election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wisconsin, a key state in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, said on Friday it was one of the 21 states that the federal government notified were targeted by Russian government hackers but no votes were changed.

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Here’s Why Trump Can Call Kaepernick An SOB

Here’s Why Trump Can Call Kaepernick An SOB

Just in case you thought that Trump went way off the reservation in virtually calling former San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick an SOB to loud crowd hoots at a campaign rally for Alabama Senate Republican candidate Luther Strange, he didn’t. The truth is that Trump has kept a vengeful close eye on the Kap-NFL debacle from day one. Last march at a post victory rally in Louisville, Trump virtually commanded NFL owners not to even think about bringing him back into the league. To quote, “They don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.”

Any owner who dared to sign Kap almost certainly would get that dreaded nasty tweet, and probably a lot more Trump bombast about betrayal and disgust at daring to sign him. Trump has got a thing about Kap for several reasons ― and to him, these are perfectly good reasons. The first is the owners. He really didn’t have to saber rattle the owners with the threat of a “nasty tweet,” not one was going to sign him anyway. Several owners played footsie with the press about considering him for a possible spot on their team roster. But they made it crystal clear that the fans would be in wholesale revolt against their team if they signed him.

That’s another reason: the fans. There was just enough anecdotal stuff from informal polls, surveys, angry letters from fans and hostile talk about Kap from sports radio jocks to cement the owner’s tacit decision to make him NFL unemployable.

To many, this duck for cover by the owners behind the fans, seemed ludicrous. Since when have billionaire owners and their GMs ever considered what the fans wanted in their player personnel decisions? They don’t, but Kap was totally different since there appears to be just enough antipathy and rage against him from a big swatch of the NFL fan base to make their claim of fan concern credible. Trump is aware of the legion of fans that disdain Kap, and felt comfortable shouting to the Alabama campaign rally that the NFL owners should give him and anyone else who disrespects the flag and the national anthem a swift boot out of the NFL. The crowd ate it up, because many of them are exactly the kind of fan that the NFL owners have in mind who would rebel against Kap on an NFL team.

There’s something else. Trump understands this about the NFL. He and the majority of the 32 owners are literally on the same team politically. They are conservative Republicans who often generously bankroll GOP presidential candidates, and with some, that included Trump. So, when Cowboy owner Jerry Jones demanded that Cowboy players must stand, presumably at rapt attention, during the playing of the national anthem, it was in keeping with Trump and the NFL’s long standing, deep rah rah of the military, the flag, and endless ritual patriotic displays before games.

Trump is holding Kap captive to the NFL’s rigid, unbending and unyielding

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