Protip: It is, in fact, possible to show your support for soldiers and military personnel without supporting the state, or making use of flagrant nationalism.
That is why I have a POW/MIA magnet on my car, and occasionally will wear a remembrance poppy with formal wear, but probably won’t bear flags or slogans showing support for any extant nation-state.
How do you outlaw abortion without outlawing abortion?
Easy. In Virginia, first Governor Bob McDonnell signs a law that says abortion clinics will be subject to the same regulations as hospitals. (Not outpatient clinics that do things like plastic surgery or oral surgery, mind you, just abortion clinics.)
Then you pass a bunch of regulations for new hospital construction (like minimum hallway widths and specific ventilation systems), and remove the clause that exempts existing hospitals.
Voila! All 20 abortion providers in Virginia will have to make costly renovations, endangering their ability to continue operating.
The Virginia Board of Health didn’t want to do it. When they passed the regulations in June, they grandfathered in the existing clinics. But Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli threatened the Board with legal and financial consequences if they failed to remove the exemption, and for good measure, Governor McDonnell appointed a new Board member - Dr. John Seeds, vice chairman of the anti-abortion group OBGYNS for Life. Lo and behold, they got what they wanted.
Google ‘Virginia’ ‘Cuccinelli’ ‘abortion’ to learn more.
No politicians invited to this year’s 9/11 Memorial event
As a decree from the 9/11 Memorial Foundation, no politicians at all are going to be invited to speak at this year’s 9/11 Memorial event. What with it being a presidential election year, and what looks like what’s going to be a nasty one at that, the Foundation decided that political rhetoric and stumping over a graveyard isn’t what they want. Good for them.