Recommended watching and listening. Only the dumbest in this country would take issue with this.

 

I am multilingual (English, Spanish, Russian, and Profanity) and no dumb white man or woman has EVER jumped in my face for not speaking “American,” whatever the hell that is.

Lawyer caught on video in anti-immigrant rant apologizes: ‘I am not racist’

The dumb lawyer was not about patriotism, love of country or even conservatism. This was about an immature adult preening before an internal imaginary audience he wanted to impress.

What would be cool would be if in any given NFL stadium on any given Sunday to see

What would be cool would be if in any given NFL stadium on any given Sunday to see more than half the fans in the stands take a knee during the national anthem as an expression of love of country and what the country ought to stand for.

BuzzFeed News : The NFL is forcing players to “stand and show respect for the flag” during the national anthem. As it turns out, “disrespecting” the flag is probably more common than you think.

Where is the disrespect?

You ain’t the only pebble on the beach

When you leave your cosy little corner where most folks either agree with you or, regardless, possess mostly similar understandings of what the world is like, you learn stuff.

Mark Twain wrote in Innocents Abroad an almost precise expression of what was on my mind during most of our recent journey.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”