A tale of two ISIS flags- and two dumb news stories

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Two of the dumbest news stories of the weekend both involved the flag of ISIS.

By now you’ve probably heard about the incident Saturday in which CNN broke into live coverage for a report that an “ISIS flag” had been spotted at a gay pride parade in London. Why would ISIS – an organization known for executing gay people in en masse- be welcomed at a pride event, and why would they want to be there? Probably a good question to ask before putting something on the air

Of course, it wasn’t as it seemed: The “ISIS flag” was in fact a parody of an ISIS flag, with the “Arabic letters” actually portrayed by a variety of sex toys. I’m just wondering how the other guest on the segment, Peter Bergen- a Mideast expert who was the first Western journalist to interview Osama Bin Laden- managed to not immediately interrupt:

As CNN flubs go, if one were to make a top ten list of the last five years, this would probably be #1, with the erroneous reporting- almost three years ago to the day- of Obamacare being overturned coming in #2. Spots 3-10 would be taken up by various Don Lemon brainfarts from over the years.

But that wasn’t the only silly ISIS flag story over the weekend. In the latest dumb anecdote involving someone refusing or not refusing to make a cake, a Louisiana man is up in arms because Walmart refused to make him a Confederate flag cake- but when he went back and tried to get an ISIS flag… they said yes!

An odious example of liberal hypocrisy and overreach? Not really, no- probably because there’s nothing liberal about Walmart, and certainly nothing liberal about ISIS. And while Walmart’s been accused of some pretty bad stuff over the years, I don’t think they’ve ever been accused of actual support for terorrism. Plus, I’m about 98 percent sure that this gentleman brought his request to a Walmart employee who didn’t recognize the ISIS flag.

Other hilarious aspects of this story: The guy looks exactly how you’d expect him to look:

The guy who's really mad at Walmart over cakes

The guy who’s really mad at Walmart over cakes

He claims ISIS is “killing our men and boys overseas” (there has yet to be a U.S. military casualty in the bombing campaign against ISIS)

And then there’s this bit of unintentional hilarity:

Netzhammer said in his video that the Islamic State “is beheading Christians, selling little girls into slavery and is currently a terrorist org at war with the United States — but you can’t buy the General Lee toy car …? It’s a damn shame.”

Because it’s a good thing the Confederacy wasn’t enslaving people, or acting as a terrorist org at war with the United State.

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