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‘USA Today’ Wants ‘Lazy Patriotism’ National Anthem Banned From Sports

A “faux display of national pride”?

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Nancy Armour is a reliably anti-American, left-wing sports columnist for the national newspaper USA Today, and she once again revealed her true colors by demanding that the national anthem be banned from sporting events.

Armour says she wants the song banned because it is a “lazy excuse” for false patriotism.

In her March 14 editorial, Armour insists that since the anthem is not played at the start of a movie or a stage play, then it should not be played at a baseball or football game.

Standing for the anthem, Armour exclaims, does not really demonstrate love for the country or the flag or show gratitude for those who serve in the armed forces.

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Armour also insists that we should get rid of the anthem because the country has a “great divide” that the anthem cannot bridge. And it is “lazy.”

Playing the anthem before our football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer games has become a lazy excuse for patriotism. Standing at attention – or a loose approximation of it – for 2 minutes no more proves love of country or gratitude for those who serve than wearing an American flag pin does.

The anthem is also a “faux display of national pride,” she says.

Yet in the two years since Colin Kaepernick and other athletes began protesting during the anthem to draw attention to the racism and economic disparity endemic to our society, it’s become something of a patriotic litmus test. The kind of faux display of national pride better suited for countries run by dictators or despots.

Armour goes on seemingly to blame the song itself, instead of our system of education, for the apathy many Americans feel for the anthem and, by extension, the country. “I’ve seen many others texting, taking photos, talking to their friends,” she wrote of things she witnessed at games.

“I’ve even seen someone vaping during ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,” Armour writes dourly.

Armour also slams fans of the Kansas City Chiefs saying, “And where to begin with the Kansas City Chiefs fans who rewrite “home of the brave” with a loud shout of CHIEFS!”

“Yet it’s Kaepernick and the players who are supposedly so disrespectful,” the columnist carps.

Armour begins to wrap up her attack on the anthem saying that “we don’t need [the anthem] before our games.”

If we truly want to honor those who serve and instill pride in our country, then how about ensuring our veterans have adequate health care. Improving our underperforming schools, so every child has an equal shot at success. Prohibiting discrimination, in all forms.

“It’s easier just to sing a song, I know. But that’s not patriotism, and we should stop pretending it is,” she concludes.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

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Major League Baseball Moves Bat Production to Red China

Major League Baseball has fired its U.S.-based bat makers and sent the contract to the Chinese.

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Major League Baseball is no longer America’s game. Apparently, it’s China’s, now that the league has fired its U.S.-based bat makers and sent the contract to the Chinese.

Bats for MLB have been made in America for the entirety of baseball’s existence… until today.

According to Yahoo News:

When Major League Baseball hosted its “Field of Dreams” game in Iowa in August, it was a celebration of small-town America. But less than 100 miles away, a small town is worrying that its local economy, that’s centered around baseball, is getting shut out. Kris Van Cleave traveled to Caledonia, Minnesota, where a factory partially owned by MLB is closing up shop and shipping jobs overseas.

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So much for the “American pastime.” So much for the one game America is most famous for.

But this is where all pro sports are headed.

Soon all the Little Leaguers will be proudly swinging those bats that are stamped “Made In China.”

What an outrage.

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Major League Baseball is no longer America’s game. Apparently, it’s China’s, now that the league has fired its U.S.-based bat makers and sent the contract to the Chinese. Bats for MLB have been made in America for the entirety of baseball’s existence… until today. According to Yahoo News: When Major League Baseball hosted its “Field of Dreams” game in Iowa in August, it was a celebration of small-town America. But less than 100 miles away, a small town is worrying that its local economy, that’s centered around baseball, is getting shut out. Kris Van Cleave traveled to Caledonia, Minnesota, where a factory partially owned by MLB is closing up shop and shipping jobs overseas. https://youtu.be/IDj3rUGdt1c So much for the “American pastime.” So much for the one game America is most famous for. But this is where all pro sports are headed. Soon all the Little Leaguers will be proudly swinging those bats that are stamped “Made In China.” What an outrage. Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook at: facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston.

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MLB Star Blames Vaccine Side Effects for Lackluster Season

Experts were quick to throw cold water on the idea, however.

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The Biden administration’s trouble in moving the needle on the national vaccination rate continues to be one of the White House’s most poignant failures, and it shows.

The Executive Branch has been so concerned with their lackluster performance that they’ve begun to berate pop music superstars on Twitter over what they’re calling “vaccine misinformation”.

Didi Gregorious is worried about his own lackluster performance, on the other hand, after a potential side effect from a COVID-19 vaccine slowed down his 2021 MLB season.

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius is in the midst of one of the worst seasons of his career, and he’s pointing to at least one difference between this year and last.

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Gregorius said he had been dealing with complications after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday the jab caused him to develop pseudogout, a form of arthritis, and he’s been in pain ever since.

“Some people say it’s from the vaccine. I will say it’s likely from that too,” Gregorius told the Inquirer. “But when you say that, everyone looks at you like you’re stupid because the vaccine is not supposed to be like that or give you that reaction.”

And Gregorius has found little solace in medical treatment.

Gregorius said he started to feel the swelling in his elbow after receiving a second dose in April. Even though pseudogout can be treated with medicine, the shortstop said the discomfort has not subsided.

Some experts have attempted to explain away Gregorius’ connection, stating that the baseball star’s recent vaccination may have caused a “flare up” of his already-existing but unknown pseudo-gout, but that it did not cause him to become ill.

 

The Biden administration’s trouble in moving the needle on the national vaccination rate continues to be one of the White House’s most poignant failures, and it shows. The Executive Branch has been so concerned with their lackluster performance that they’ve begun to berate pop music superstars on Twitter over what they’re calling “vaccine misinformation”. Didi Gregorious is worried about his own lackluster performance, on the other hand, after a potential side effect from a COVID-19 vaccine slowed down his 2021 MLB season. Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius is in the midst of one of the worst seasons of his career, and he’s pointing to at least one difference between this year and last. Gregorius said he had been dealing with complications after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday the jab caused him to develop pseudogout, a form of arthritis, and he’s been in pain ever since. “Some people say it’s from the vaccine. I will say it’s likely from that too,” Gregorius told the Inquirer. “But when you say that, everyone looks at you like you’re stupid because the vaccine is not supposed to be like that or give you that reaction.” And Gregorius has found little solace in medical treatment. Gregorius said he started to feel the swelling in his elbow after receiving a second dose in April. Even though pseudogout can be treated with medicine, the shortstop said the discomfort has not subsided. Some experts have attempted to explain away Gregorius’ connection, stating that the baseball star’s recent vaccination may have caused a “flare up” of his already-existing but unknown pseudo-gout, but that it did not cause him to become ill.  

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