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23rd-Jun-2005 10:30 am
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House approves flag-burning amendment
FYI, 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.

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.

Strategic Planning
How the White House is trying to box in the Dems on Bolton and the Supreme Court. Plus, Rove hits the road in New Jersey.
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 up
by 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.

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.

Damn right.

More worthwhile reading from Andrew Sullivan's blog.

Mo' Kos
He makes it easier for me.

Young Republican Conference
(More on the Operation Yellow Elephant campaign at Jesus General)

Hagel: "We are Losing in Iraq"

Lawless Republicans

And speaking of, I'm loving this.

Extreme Chutzpah

Direct Assault on the Right To Privacy By Wisconsin GOP

Danforth Rejects The Party of Dobson

Southern Baptists End Disney Boycott
How nice of them. *wretch*
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.
23rd-Jun-2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
That "Operation Yellow Elephant" is the most brilliant thing I've ever heard of!

Unfortunately it won't work because when I've confronted my conservative peers about why they don't go fight a war they are in rabid support of I get mumbled answers like "I'll join the reserves after I graduate." or "They're doing fine without me."

23rd-Jun-2005 03:28 pm (UTC)
The flag burning amendment is in for a tough fight in the Senate. I doubt it will pass. And even if it does, it still needs to be ratified by three-fourths of the states. I don't see that happening.
23rd-Jun-2005 04:00 pm (UTC) - reuters
The Senate confirmed wednesday that it would support this Amendment...
I guess one person can spaek for everyone
23rd-Jun-2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
I can't believe they want to make it illegal to burn the flag.

Oh wait, yes I can. :0(
23rd-Jun-2005 04:07 pm (UTC) - In Glouster Mass.
Last week a single flag was singed along the beach path...the town has gone fucking nuts
and have " promised " to prosecute to the fullest extent of the Law....
I find it a remarkable coincidence that this happened { one flag out of maybe 30 on this path }
just as the House was preparing a vote .So now it's an epidemic ?
I live a few towns away ,and I heard nothing of this " incident " until CNN picked it up !
23rd-Jun-2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
The Southern Baptists ending their Disney boycott just makes me die laughing for some reason. The boycott wasn't accomplishing shit, but they couldn't just give up on it without being pointed and laughed at, so they snorted and sniffed and said "okay, well, fine, we're ending our boycott now, don't make us do it again."

And Disney is all over here going "shyeah, whatEVAH."
24th-Jun-2005 05:17 am (UTC)
And they've at their convention they were talking about how they had brought Disney to their knees and the power they had in ousting Michael Eisner. Talk about laughing stock.
23rd-Jun-2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
Of course the government must legislate respect for the flag. God knows they haven't given people much reason recently to respect the government of their own free wills.
24th-Jun-2005 05:18 am (UTC)
With no way to protest using the flag, I wonder what would happen if people started burning the Bible? Or flushing it down the toilet?
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