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    American flags in Massachusetts and around the country are flying at half-staff today, Tuesday, Feb. 23, in recognition of the 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. The US reached this tragic number of deaths on Monday, Feb. 22. More Americans have died of COVID-19 than in all of World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined, according to the White House. The lowering of the American flag is in line with a presidential proclamation that flags should be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings. The flag will be flying at half-staff until sunset on Friday. Feb. 26. The decision to fly flags at half-staff rests with the governor. President Biden’s proclamation said lowering the flags is a way to unite the country. “We, as a Nation, must remember them so we can begin to heal, to unite, and find purpose as...
    ABC Bachelor in Paradise. One Bachelor in Paradise star is speaking out after a photo of her wearing a jacket with the confederate flag on it started circulating online. The photo, which was uploaded to Reddit (you can see it here), showed Demi Burnett wearing an olive green-colored jacket with a confederate flag patch its the arm. She paired the over-sized coat with a short, white skirt, and a pair of sandals. The photo was originally shared by Burnett’s boyfriend at the time (last year), Slater Davis. Burnett said that the coat was a “gift” from Davis’ father. Since the time it was uploaded, the photo has started to go viral. Burnett took to social media to apologize for wearing it, saying that she has been an “ignorant, self-absorbed, sack-of-sh*t for most of [her] life.” Here’s what you need to know:Demi Burnett Posted 2 Videos as Part of Her...
    BEDFORD (CBS) –The Bedford Select Board said they are “heartbroken that a replica of our beloved Bedford Flag was carried by one of the rioters” on Capitol Hill last week.  In a statement on Tuesday, the Board referenced a photograph where the flag is displayed with a Trump flag in front of the Capitol. “To associate the nation’s first battle flag—a symbol of pride and patriotism throughout our Town—with the lawlessness of Wednesday’s events at the Capitol is an insult to Cornet Nathaniel Page and all those who have served our Town and our nation as minutemen, citizens, soldiers, and public servants,” the statement said. WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: A Trump flag flies over the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol earlier, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital to...
    When ex-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was tackled, detained, and hospitalized late last month after his wife alleged he was violent and trying to hurt himself, Fort Lauderdale police confiscated 10 firearms from his home. Candice Parscale later said that her husband “was not violent towards me that day or any day prior”, but police began a legal process to try to keep those guns away from Pascale for a longer time under Florida’s “red flag” law, enacted after the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Red flag laws like Florida’s (sometimes called Extreme Risk Protection Orders or Gun Violence Restraining Orders) give authorities varying abilities to temporarily seize guns from someone deemed to be an immediate threat to themselves or others, as reported by immediate family members (or in some states, others). Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have adopted such laws,...
    FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The three women dubbed the “Freeport flag ladies” came out of retirement on the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Decked out in red, white and blue, Elaine Greene, Carmen Footer, and JoAnn Miller joined Friday in a commemoration in their hometown. “Our country is going through so much right now. If we can just bring them back to the day after 9/11, when everyone came together,” Greene said. “No one was red and blue. We were red, white and blue. There was not any political ideologies. We were all Americans.” The women waved their flags on Main Street after the 9/11 attacks, and it became a weekly ritual over the next 18 years. They officially ended the weekly tradition last year, citing health concerns. They range from 75 to 84 in age. Several dignitaries, including Republican Sen. Susan Collins, joined them for...
    Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton opens up about his faith, family and love for the American flag on Fox Nation's "The Pursuit! with John Rich." Hamilton was chosen to carry the flag in the Opening Ceremony of the 1980 Winter Olympics after his mom died of cancer and he decided to compete in her honor. "What does it feel like to carry or wear our country's colors, representing our country in those moments as an athlete?" Fox Nation host and country music star John Rich asked. "There's nothing like it," said Hamilton, a retired U.S. figure skater who won gold in 1984 Olympics. "I've never felt anything like that in my life. It's just beyond description," he said. VideoHamilton remembers standing on the podium, getting a gold medal placed around his neck, wearing red, white and blue, as the American flag was raised and the national anthem played as tears streamed down his face....
    Jacob Blake needs a miracle to walk again after Kenosha police shot him, attorney says A regional supermarket chain just filed for bankruptcy despite surging grocery sales Waiting for Froome, Israel Start-Up Nation will use Tour to fly flag For Tour de France newcomers Israel Start-Up Nation, this year's race is a chance to send a message before Chris Froome arrives next season as part of a plan to turn them into contenders.  © Emmanuel DUNAND Sylvan Adams says his team's shirt makes clear his bigger purpose Owner Sylvan Adams wants his team to fly the Israeli flag. Their livery is in the national colours of blue and white with "Israel" and a Star of David across the chest.     When the race starts in Nice on Sunday, their patchwork team will include the first Israeli to ride the Tour, Guy Niv.  "I am honoured and privileged to represent my country and team in the biggest race...
    VIDEO3:0103:01Trading Nation: Apple near major milestone, here's how to play the moveTrading Nation The big just keep getting bigger. Apple, the largest publicly traded company in the world, is nearing an unprecedented $2 trillion market cap. To cross that threshold, the stock needs to trade as high as $467.77 before its stock splits at the end of the month. It closed just above $458 on Monday. Mark Tepper, founder of Strategic Wealth Partners, says all investors should have some position in Apple. However, after Apple stock's nearly 60% run this year, Tepper says it may be time to shrink that exposure. "First and foremost, Apple is a must-own. You have to have it in your portfolio because it's nearly 7% of the S&P 500 and if you don't own it to some extent, you run the risk of severely underperforming the benchmark," Tepper said on CNBC's "Trading Nation" on...
    Getty Armenian UFC middleweight Edmen “The Golden Boy” Shahbazyan didn’t obtain his Reebok fight-night attire verify from the promotion as a result of he displayed the Artsakh flag throughout his principal occasion struggle with Derek Brunson on August 1, coach Edmen Tarverdyan informed NEWS.am. A UFC worker was subsequently fired for the incident as nicely. The Republic of Artsakh, also referred to as the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, is a breakaway state within the South Caucasus. It has an Armenian ethnic majority, although it’s internationally acknowledged as part of the nation of Azerbaijan. Nasimi Aghayev, the Consul Basic of Azerbaijan, took problem with the Artsakh flag Shahbazyan displayed and he stated that he despatched a letter to the UFC protesting it. He tweeted, “On Aug. 1, #Armenian #UFC #athlete @edmenshahbazyan displayed faux “flag” of a faux regime established in #Azerbaijan’s occupied #Karabakh area. The identical...
    Justin Okay. Aller/Getty Photographs Pittsburgh Steelers defensive finish Stephon Tuitt. Final week Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt attracted nationwide consideration when he introduced: ‘I’m not kneeling for the flag.’ The message got here as a part of a tweet storm that addressed a variety of points, together with NFL gamers getting taken benefit of financially. Extra not too long ago Tuitt elaborated on his place, this time by way of Instagram, explaining why he stands for the flag whereas additionally including ideas about police brutality and the Black Lives Matter motion. Particularly, he mentioned: “I stand for the flag as a result of I’m a proud American. Like beforehand acknowledged, this nation has offered and rewarded my household in so some ways via our perseverance and arduous work. I’ll proceed to honor my nation and be an instance to my youngsters...
    Christian evangelist Franklin Graham reminded protesters in an Independence Day message posted on Saturday that the American flag has been defended by Americans of “all races,” emphasizing that it represents “the UNITED States of America, not the divided states of America.” “Happy Independence Day! I thank God for the men and women who laid down their lives for this flag and the freedoms that it represents,” Rev. Graham wrote, delivering a message specifically to protesters. “For those who kneel in protest to the American flag, I would remind them that this flag has been defended by Americans of all races—and it represents the UNITED States of America, not the divided states of America,” he said. “And may God continue to bless this flag and the nation it represents.” Happy Independence Day! I thank God for the men and women who laid down their lives for this flag and the freedoms...
    July 4 is a good time to reflect on the meaning of patriotism, especially as President Donald Trump proclaims “America First” and “Make America Great Again.” As both a candidate and as president, Trump has consistently confused patriotism and nationalism. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, patriotism is a “love for or devotion to one’s country.”  In contrast, nationalism is a “sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups.” Trump has consistently questioned the patriotism of anyone who disagrees with him and label them unpatriotic socialists. At a campaign rally  in Tampa, as his cult followers chanted “build that wall,” Trump interrupted his speech to give a bear hug to an American flag on the stage behind him—apparently to demonstrate his patriotism. At a speech to the...
    This article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. July 4 is a good time to reflect on the meaning of patriotism, especially as President Donald Trump proclaims “America First” and “Make America Great Again.” As both a candidate and as president, Trump has consistently confused patriotism and nationalism. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, patriotism is a “love for or devotion to one’s country.”  In contrast, nationalism is a “sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups.” Trump has consistently questioned the patriotism of anyone who disagrees with him. Indeed, long-time Republican activist John Pitney entitled his new book, Un-American: The Fake Patriotism of Donald J. Trump. At...
    Tucker Carlson opened Thursday's edition of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" by welcoming the world's 196th nation -- the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ, carved out of six blocks of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The host noted sardonically that the founders of the new nation made securing their borders a top priority Monday night. SEATTLE POLICE CHIEF BEST: ABANDONING PRECINCT 'WAS NOT MY DECISION' "This was a bit of a surprise given the claim these modern conquistadors claim to be Progressive ideologues ... " Carlson said. "They built a wall around the place just like Donald Trump once said he would do. "Their wall is made from wooden barricades. A sign at the entrance to the country warns 'You are now leaving the USA'." VideoIn addition, Carlson said, CHAZ already has armed border guards that are "not technically ICE agents, but close enough." "[They] question everyone seeking entry," he said. "Countries have borders and the founders of CHAZ understood that. They don't want the place flooded with...
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