House approves flag-burning amendmentFYI, there was one instance last year of reported flag burning. ONE. Who needs a First Amendment anyway, right?
The House on Wednesday approved a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the power to ban desecration of the American flag, a measure that for the first time stands a chance of passing the Senate as well.Strategic PlanningHow the White House is trying to box in the Dems on Bolton and the Supreme Court. Plus, Rove hits the road in New Jersey.
By a 286-130 vote -- eight more than needed -- House members approved the amendment after a debate over whether such a ban would uphold or run afoul of the Constitution's free-speech protections.
The White House is on a hair trigger and it has nothing to do with Iraq or Al Qaeda. The twitchy, nervous mood is the product of a far more pressing battle—one that promises to shape domestic politics for the rest of the year while also shaping President George Bush’s place in the history books. Durbin fsked upby Kos
I've avoided writing about Durbin's apology because I've been too angry to do so without kicking up one of my patented shit storms.Mo' KosHe makes it easier for me.
So I'll just let a conservative blogger say it for me.
John Cole supports the war, but understands that torture is making victory that much more difficult while putting our brothers and sisters in arms in even greater danger.
Torture isn't a partisan issue. And by apologizing, Durbin caved to those who worked their best to turn it into one. And the right-wing partisans rejoice -- content in their ability to trivialize what is one of the most serious issues facing us morally, as a nation, and practically, on the battleground.
As for Mayor Daley, who cut off Durbin at the knees -- a pox on his house. His time is coming to an end. I hope Jesse Jackson Jr. takes him on.
Update: Gilliard tells Durbin to go fuck himself. I hate to say it, but I can't help but agree.
Next time you need help, go ask Dick Daley for it. If he and his administration aren't in jail, that is.
More worthwhile reading from Andrew Sullivan's blog.
Southern Baptists End Disney BoycottHow nice of them. *wretch*
Young Republican Conference (More on the Operation Yellow Elephant campaign at Jesus General)
Hagel: "We are Losing in Iraq"
And speaking of, I'm loving this.
Direct Assault on the Right To Privacy By Wisconsin GOP
Danforth Rejects The Party of Dobson
Southern Baptists have voted to end their boycott of the Walt Disney Co., a move that comes eight years after the group condemned as immoral and "gay-friendly" everything from the company's same-sex employee benefits to the TV show "Ellen."
"We felt like it was time to end it," said Gene Mims, chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention committee that put a new Disney resolution before some 12,000 members at the denomination's annual convention Wednesday.