BREAKING: Almost one-dozen Cleveland Browns players kneel during national anthem

ESPN.com has the details.

“As an organization, we have a profound respect for our country’s National Anthem, flag and the servicemen and servicewomen in the United States and abroad,” the Browns said in a statement. “We feel it’s important for our team to join in this great tradition and special moment of recognition, at the same time we also respect the great liberties afforded by our country, including the freedom of personal expression.”

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U.S., to Russians seeking to visit: NYET!

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Reuters reports that the U.S. government is making it much harder for Russians to visit the United States.

“Capacity for interviews in the future will be greatly reduced because we have had to greatly reduce our staffing levels to comply with the Russian government’s requirement,” it said in a statement.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the U.S. demarche looked like an attempt to provoke ill-feeling among ordinary Russians against the authorities.

State-supported RT added

Earlier Russian citizens could apply for tourist visas in local US consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, but the move ends this practice, forcing applicants to go to the Russian capital.

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Father of Steubenville, OH., high school rapist shoots judge

Photo: Anthony Moretti

The Associated Press has the details.

The man who shot a judge outside a county courthouse before being gunned down by a probation officer was the father of a Steubenville High School football player who was convicted of rape in 2013, authorities said Monday. …

The attack had to be intentional because people know about the reserved spots where judges park, one of Bruzzese’s judicial colleagues said. …

Ma’Lik Richmond is on the Youngstown State football team but isn’t allowed to play in games, the school said earlier this month in responding to criticism surrounding his participation.

For more on the furor that erupted and (likely) led to Richmond being told that he couldn’t play for YSU this season, click here.

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UPDATE: Nicholas Fuentes drops out of Boston U., says he’s heading to Auburn U. in the spring

Lawnewz.com reports that Nicholas Fuentes has decided where he wants to continue his college education.

Fuentes is the young man who claimed he had to drop out of Boston University because he was getting death threats after being identified as being part of the white supremacists who gathered in Virginia about 10 days ago.

I do not condone any death threats that he might have received, but I also will never condone the nonsense that he spews. He’s a white supremacist.

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Idaho politician: Charlottesville could have been a plot orchestrated by Obama

The Idaho Statesman reports that one politician in that state has gone way off the deep end.

The post suggests, at various points, that the white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, which resulted in brawls with counterprotesters and an apparent terrorist attack that left Heather Heyer dead and 19 others injured, may have been plotted by former President Barack Obama, billionaire George Soros, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe or Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer — or by some shadowy cabal involving them all.

And it describes both white supremacists and those who protested against them as “groups of demented racists.”

“All of them on both sides are certainly that,” the author wrote, while making an exception for Heyer, whose funeral was held Wednesday.

Demented racists? Hmmm, I wonder what he thinks when he looks in the mirror?

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Nope, waving the flag doesn’t make you more American than someone else

Photo: Anthony Moretti 11Jun2017

I’m always amused when I come across someone who believes he or she is a real and patriotic American simply because that person proudly displays the U.S. flag.

It doesn’t matter whether that flag is flown outside the home, worn on a piece of clothing or shown on a lapel pin because the message often is the same: I’m patriotic, and anyone who doesn’t show love of country in the same way is less American than I am.

“America. Love it or leave it.” That’s another phrase this crowd is quick to utter.

Baloney.

I could make a rather strong case that protesting against war is a better display of loyalty. I could also argue that supporting everyone’s exercise of religion, including choosing to practice no religion, is a better display of loyalty. I might also be showing real loyalty when I suggest that discrimination is inconsistent with America’s values.

Loyalty to country is not based on displays of flags or blind devotion. Loyalty is displayed by upholding the law; demanding that political, business and other leaders put country before profit; voting; defending the country against all enemies; and respecting, though when necessary questioning, America’s institutions. (You can add to the list.)

Moreover, and the irony is not lost on me, often these are the same people who believe questioning the government is inappropriate when their candidate or issue is being criticized; and yet they are the first to see evil afoot when the opposition is in control.

Something about a Muslim president, anyone? But don’t dare ask about you-know-who and that really large country that used to be under communist rule.

Wave your flag, if you wish. There’s nothing wrong with that. But please stop with the attitude that doing so makes you more American than others.

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READ: The National Review absolutely destroys white college-aged men voicing white supremacy

Photo: Anthony Moretti 11Jan2017

This column in the National Review will take you a few minutes to get through, but, oh, it is wonderful!

A great many of these young men have an interest in evolutionary psychology and evolutionary sociology — they like to think of themselves as “alpha males,” as though they were living in a chimpanzee troop — but it never occurs to them to consider their own status as rejects and failed men in that context. Online fantasy lives notwithstanding, random girls do not want to have sex with them. How do we know this? Because they are carrying tiki torches in a giant dork parade in Charlottesville. There’s no prom queen waiting at home. If we credit their own sociobiological model, they are the superfluous males who would have been discarded, along with their genetic material, by the pitiless state of nature. The fantasy of proving that they are something else is why they dream of violence and confrontation. They are the products of the soft liberal-democratic society they hold in contempt — and upon which they depend, utterly.

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