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Sean Hannity Furious After US Flag Redesigned for Olympics

Yet another controversy comes to Tokyo.

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When it comes to the symbols of American patriotism, there are some things that you just don’t mess with.

The National Anthem, for one, as evidenced by the enormous outcry that we experienced during the recent spate of athlete-led protests that occurred during the singing of the song at stadium events.

Another is the US Flag.  Old Glory.  The Stars and Stripes.

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Not only do we have literal, constitutional standards regarding how to properly display and care for our flags, but there is an extremely pervasive sense of protection around the flag for many Americans.

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Perhaps that’s why Sean Hannity is so fired up this week.

In his monologue on Monday, “Hannity” host Sean Hannity blasted the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) over a new plan to redesign the American flag on its logo, and replace the 50 stars with 5 new stars, and alter the portrayal of the stripes.

On July 6, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee asked US Olympians and Paralympian associations to fill out an online survey. One of the items in the survey is a proposed change to the Stars & Stripes to be used in USOPC materials, Hannity reported.

The committee told “Hannity” there will be no changes to the U.S. flag icon for the Japanese or Chinese Olympiads in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

In his monologue, Hannity called for the USOC to relent, and more importantly remember that the current United States flag represents every American and every American olympian.

The flag design had plenty of critics on Twitter as well.

The Olympic Games themselves have already been full of controversy, despite not having started just yet, largely on account of Japan’s continued disregard for COVID concerns for the event.

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International Athletic Authorities Set to Review Marijuana Use Policies

The marijuana revolution is going global.

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Things are changing rapidly within society here in the 21st century, as our governing bodies finally begin to take a look at some long-held, but naive beliefs about certain medical plants. In the United States, for instance, the marijuana revolution is happening right before our eyes, as more than half the states in the nation now allow citizens to indulge in some form of legal, medicinal, or decriminalized use of the plant.  About a third of the states even allow for recreational use, and those locales have been enjoying both incredible tax revenues from the highly-regulated sale of legal weed, as well as the societal benefits that come along with – including a sharp decrease in the use of more dangerous drugs. Now it appears as though this sentiment is going global. Sebastian Coe wants to ensure what happened this month to American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson won’t knock another athlete out of the Olympics in the future. Richardson, who won the 100 meters at the U.S. trials last month, didn’t travel to Japan for the Tokyo Games after being caught smoking marijuana. Coe, the president of international track body World Athletics, said Tuesday the absence of the 21-year-old Richardson is “a loss to the competition” and added he supports a review of marijuana’s status as a doping substance in light of her case. And he wasn’t mincing his words. “It should be. It’s sensible,” Coe said when asked if a rethink was needed about marijuana being on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list. “Nothing is set in tablets of stone,” said Coe, who has asked track’s independent Athletics Integrity Unit to work with WADA. “You adapt and occasionally reassess.” Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle have expressed optimism that a new bill meant to decriminalize marijuana at the…

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CDC Set to Make Major Change to Mask Policy as Delta Variant Spreads

One step forward, two steps back…

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We were so close, weren’t we?  It has very much felt like the American people were on the precipice of pandemic peace in recent weeks, as restaurants and movie theaters and concert venues all began to open back up in earnest. But then the “delta” variant began to spread, having mutated out of the unvaccinated populations of the world, spreading faster and more vociferously than the strain we’d been battling for well over a year.  Now, thanks to a major uptick in transmission rates, the CDC is about to take a large step backward. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to recommend Tuesday that fully vaccinated people begin wearing masks indoors again in places with high Covid-19 transmission rates, according to people familiar with the matter. Federal health officials still believe fully vaccinated individuals represent a very small amount of transmission, according to the sources. Still, some vaccinated people could be carrying higher levels of the virus than previously understood and potentially transmit it to others, they said. The CDC is slated to hold a briefing at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The weather had something to do with it, as well. The updated guidance comes ahead of the fall season, when the highly contagious delta variant is expected to cause another surge in new coronavirus cases and many large employers plan to bring workers back to the office. In mid-May, the CDC said fully vaccinated people didn’t need to wear masks in most settings, whether indoors or outdoors. The move is certainly not going to be a popular one in the United States, where the vaccination rate has essentially peaked, with nearly half the country having opted to forego the inoculation.

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