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    Default Bill Maher's Chuckleworthy Commentary on Lapel Flag Pins

    American flag pins are for idiots

    This generation doesn't sacrifice or even pay for our wars. No, all we do is sport pins and bumper stickers.

    By Bill Maher



    Oct. 12, 2007 | New Rule: Show me a man wearing an American flag pin in his lapel, and I'll show you an asshole. I'm sure there are exceptions, but in general people need to remember that lapels aren't for wearing pins to create the illusion that you're supporting the troops. They're for wearing ribbons to create the illusion that you're helping cure a disease.

    Last week we had the first genuine controversy of the presidential campaign: the shocking news that Barack Obama doesn't wear an American flag lapel pin, so apparently he and America are no longer going steady. "No lapel pin, Senator? It's like not wearing pants. Why don't you just stab the Statue of Liberty in the eye while bitch-slapping a 9/11 widow?" Another in a series of bullshit non-stories that have zero effect on the troops, the war or anything in the real world -- or, as Fox calls it, "Breaking News."

    A reporter in Iowa asked Obama why he doesn't wear the pin and Obama explained that, to him, wearing the pin had come to seem like a "substitute for true patriotism." Bravo, Senator. And then, in yet another shining example of why the media is part of the problem, ABC's Claire Shipman said, "TMI, too much information -- all he had to say was, 'Don't judge me by what I wear, move on.' He played into the idea that he's not ready for prime time."

    What, schoolgirl? "Too much information?" What is she, 12? This is typical press hypocrisy -- they say they want somebody who doesn't give pat political answers, but when they get one, they call him a loser. They say they don't like safe robots like Hillary, but they create conditions where only that species can survive. And they give cover to people like Sean Hannity, who reported on "no pin" gate and then had to call a doctor because his fake outrage hard-on lasted longer than 72 hours.

    Of course, the Republicans are the party of Mark Foley and the Rev. Ted Haggard and Larry Craig and countless other closeted homosexuals, so their fixation on jewelry is understandable, but still ... the flag is just a symbol. You're getting pissy about a brooch, you drama queens, one that was probably made in China. It's probably leaking poison lead on you right now.

    At least that would be some sacrifice, because let's be honest: this generation doesn't do real sacrifice or even pay for our own wars. That's what grandkids are for! No, we do flag pins and bumper stickers. And not even bumper stickers. Bumper magnets. Because stickers are tough to get off, and we may change our mind about never forgetting.

    When I see the little flag right here, the first thing I think is, you voted for, and still like, George Bush, the man who has gotten more troops unnecessarily killed and maimed by failing to plan for their mission, by pushing their units to the breaking point, by letting his corporate enablers like Halliburton, Bechtel and Blackwater rape and pillage not just the Iraqis, but our own army.

    Can you imagine how apoplectic the flag-pin people would be if these same transgressions against the military were being made by Bill Clinton? Oh, who am I kidding? They'd still be obsessing about the blow job.
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    I'm not even going to bother reading this article, I can already tell you - YES.

    Although, those fucking ribbon magnets drive me even more crazy.

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    Or the bumper stickers.

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    bumper stickers are nothing when compared to trucks that have actual american flags attached to them.
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    There's a guy that rides around my work area that has a pickup and has been flailing a full sized flag since 9/11.

    Now, it's annoying.

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    I miss Bill Hicks.

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    Now that's a hot figure on a black and white mud flap in the midwest - ho mama!

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    Classic, just classic....you've gotta love how he calls out Shipman

    The only way to improve that rant would be a bit on how all the 'real patriots' must work at Shenanigans
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    I saw TWO trucks ystrdy with HUGE full-sized American flags on poles attached to the bed of their pick up trucks. One of these trucks had TWO flags. That's a bit absurd.
    I am going to get so blown to Cypress Hill while they play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SepaGroove View Post
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    thank god bill has a show
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    I don't like Bill Maher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbastard View Post
    I don't like Bill Maher.
    Same! He's just not very likable. I'm more of a Stephen Colbert man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SepaGroove View Post
    You shouldn't feel uncool for not going to EDC, you should feel uncool because you are uncool.

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    When I saw the subject line of this thread, I immediately started singing, "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Any More" by John Prine. Good article and I agree that it was good to see Shipman get called out.

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    Yea for Bill Maher.

    Here's a related story about flags. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson is a pretty cool place. for 50 years they have flown the flags of the US, Arizona, and Mexico over the museum. Mexico because, it's a museum about the Sonoran desert, much of which is actually located in the state of Sonora in Mexico. 50 years, no problems, til now. lately the museum has been getting a bunch of threats from anti-immigrant activists (the new KKK, IMO) about the Mexican flag flying there, saying it "appears to create the image of a safe haven for illegals in this country". this is at a museum about snakes and cactus. The museum board decided, in response to take down all three flags. Now, they've reversed course and are going to fly all 3 flags again and tell the rightwing gun nuts to shove their shotgun barrells up their collective asses. I made that last part up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    Yea for Bill Maher.

    Here's a related story about flags. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson is a pretty cool place. for 50 years they have flown the flags of the US, Arizona, and Mexico over the museum. Mexico because, it's a museum about the Sonoran desert, much of which is actually located in the state of Sonora in Mexico. 50 years, no problems, til now. lately the museum has been getting a bunch of threats from anti-immigrant activists (the new KKK, IMO) about the Mexican flag flying there, saying it "appears to create the image of a safe haven for illegals in this country". this is at a museum about snakes and cactus. The museum board decided, in response to take down all three flags. Now, they've reversed course and are going to fly all 3 flags again and tell the rightwing gun nuts to shove their shotgun barrells up their collective asses. I made that last part up.
    Love that last line, Tom.

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    That's sad. It frickin' pisses me off how stupid people are in this country sometimes.

    What people are gonna start seeking haven in any building with a foreign flag?

    Although, I am part Irish; and I often "seek haven" in the local pub.

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    Wow, Bill Maher is pretty vulgar but he has a point. I just had a discussion about the flag in class today.

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    Bill Mahar is the bomb.. I don't think he's as funny as Stephen Colbert, but I share closer political views to him.

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    Maher is an American genius. I loved Religulous. Everyone should see it when it is released on DVD or VHS. Please put clips from Religulous on here.

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    It's just not the same without his smug yet endearing delivery.

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    He still is the Will Rogers of 2008

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