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  • Flag amendment closer to passage

    06/13/2006 11:44:31 AM PDT · by pissant · 237 replies · 1,909+ views
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | 6/13/06 | Margaret Talev
    WASHINGTON -- Sometime between now and the Fourth of July, the Senate plans to revisit what over the course of 17 years has become a seasonal rite of patriotism on Capitol Hill: a vote on whether to amend the Constitution to ban protesters from burning the American flag. Each time, the arguments on both sides are passionate. Each time, the support needed to move ahead with an amendment falls short. But this year could be different, as two important trends cross paths. For one, proponents of the amendment appear to have more support than ever in the Senate. They say...
  • Flag burning amendment would erode our freedoms [You won't be able to burn the flag!]

    06/12/2006 3:25:06 PM PDT · by SJackson · 47 replies · 1,567+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 6-12-06 | Diane Everson
    "Things aren't always as they seem" is an old saying with common sense. Wednesday is Flag Day. A week later the U.S. Senate will debate a proposed constitutional amendment that reads, "The Congress shall have the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States." The vote is expected to be close. The House of Representatives has already passed this amendment. The next step would be ratification by two-thirds of the states. All 50 state legislatures have indicated they would support the amendment. Our society has accepted 30-second sound bites for news. On the surface, the...
  • Flag burning the next distraction

    06/13/2006 3:09:26 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 64 replies · 753+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 6/13/06 | Jay Bookman
    Only 26 percent of Americans believe that their country is headed in the right direction, according to an Associated Press poll released last week. But surely brighter days are coming, thanks to the farsighted leadership of the U.S. Senate. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), one of the leading candidates for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, apparently believes that what our country really needs at this moment in its history — the thing that's gonna pull us out of our national funk and set us straight again — is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that bans flag burning....
  • Harris Calls on Nelson to Defend Sanctity of Marriage

    06/06/2006 3:05:36 PM PDT · by JulieRNR21 · 72 replies · 1,029+ views
    Harris Campaign Press Release ^ | June 6, 2006 | Katherine Harris
    Harris Campaign Calls on Nelson to Defend Sanctity of Marriage For Immediate Release June 6, 2006 Contact:  Chris Ingram   (813) 288-8400 (Tampa, Fla.) - The Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate campaign called on Senator Bill Nelson to support the Marriage Protection Amendment today. "I believe the majority of Americans strongly support the preservation of traditional marriage. We must never undermine the uniqueness of an institution that continues to serve as an essential thread in the fabric of our society. I support the passage of the Marriage Protection amendment being debated in the Senate," Congresswoman Harris said. Campaign spokesman Chris Ingram...
  • Most Oppose Gay Marriage; Fewer Back an Amendment

    06/05/2006 9:54:35 PM PDT · by Sunsong · 41 replies · 812+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 6, 2006 | GARY LANGER
    An ABC News poll finds that most Americans oppose gay marriage but markedly fewer — especially those outside George W. Bush's core supporters — would amend the U.S. Constitution to ban it. Opponents, however, are far more likely to call it a make-or-break issue in their vote for Congress — a finding that explains Bush's renewed push for a gay marriage ban. Among all Americans, 58 percent say gay marriage should be illegal, but fewer, 42 percent, say it rises to the level of amending the U.S. Constitution. Among conservative Republicans and evangelical white Protestants, though, opposition to gay marriage...
  • Romney Stands Firmly in Support of Marriage Potection Amendment

    06/06/2006 1:49:22 AM PDT · by Jeff Fuller · 38 replies · 791+ views
    Governor Mitt Romney has sent this letter to every member of the Senate encouraging them to Vote "Yes" on this landmark peice of legislation--the Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA). A few excerpts are below: "Americans are tolerant, generous, and kind people. We all oppose bigotry and disparagement, and we all wish to avoid hurtful disregard of the feelings of others. But the debate over same-sex marriage is not a debate over tolerance. It is a debate about the purpose of the institution of marriage. Attaching the word marriage to the association of same-sex individuals mistakenly presumes that marriage is principally a...
  • Coulter Won't Buy Into Lauer's Liberal Logic

    06/06/2006 5:13:56 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 356 replies · 10,783+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein June 6, 2006 While considerable attention focuses on Ann Coulter's more superficial charms, from a conservative perspective Ann's real beauty is her absolute refusal to buy into liberal logic, no matter how pervasive. That independence of mind was on display this morning during her interview with Matt Lauer. Ann was on to tout her new book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, released today on . . . 6/6/6 - sign of the devil and all that. The first example came in the the context of President Bush's current push for a constitutional amendment that would prohibit gay...
  • Leave the Constitution out of this (gay marriage ban)

    06/06/2006 7:32:07 AM PDT · by AZRepublican · 117 replies · 1,479+ views
    Rocklin & Roseville Today ^ | 6/6/06 | Dale McFeatters
    In a year it is wrestling with an out-of-control budget, a war going badly, and one impasse on immigration and another on its own ethics, the Senate is taking time out to debate altering the U.S. Constitution by adding the Marriage Protection Amendment. The amendment is widely predicted to fall short of the needed votes to amend the Constitution for only the 23rd time in its 217-year history _ 13th if you omit the original 10, the Bill of Rights _ and well it should. At its gravest level, the amendment would make a significant incursion into federalism and state's...
  • Gay Marriage Ban Short of Votes in Senate

    06/05/2006 10:00:29 AM PDT · by kellynla · 332 replies · 5,117+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Jun 5, 2006 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush and congressional Republicans are aiming the political spotlight this week on efforts to ban gay marriage, with events at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue - all for a constitutional amendment with scant chance of passage but wide appeal among social conservatives. "Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society," Bush said in his weekly radio address. "Government, by recognizing and protecting marriage, serves the interests of all." The president was to make...
  • The Die Is Cast: Why We Need a [Marriage] Amendment

    06/05/2006 1:18:01 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 267 replies · 2,554+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 6/5/2006 | Chuck Colson
    Today Mark Earley and I will be at the White House, meeting with President Bush and leaders of the pro-family movement. The president will then speak to the nation in support of the federal marriage amendment [Marriage Protection Amendment]. Thank God we have a president who supports this. I have discussed it with him several times, and I can tell you that he understands fully the social, cultural, and legal reasons why amending the Constitution is the only way to protect marriage. Unfortunately, a lot of politicians don’t get it. They argue that we do not need a marriage amendment....
  • On gay unions, pandering rises above principles [Cynthia Tucker praises Bush/Cheney]

    05/28/2006 5:33:55 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 104 replies · 1,501+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 05/28/06 | Cynthia Tucker
    In 1964, just one congressman from the Deep South, Atlanta's Charles Weltner, voted for the Civil Rights Act. For all practical purposes, his righteous leadership on civil rights — he also supported the Voting Rights Act — cost him his congressional career. In 1966, he resigned his seat rather than sign an act of loyalty to the segregationist Lester Maddox, as Georgia Democrats insisted. But some analysts believe he would have lost the race for re-election. Doing the right thing is difficult because it often means losing. And the typical politician is willing to lose anything — honor, integrity, dignity...
  • Bush to back gay marriage ban amendment

    06/01/2006 2:28:31 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 116 replies · 2,087+ views
    The AP via Yahoo! News ^ | June 1, 2006 | Nedra Pickler
    President Bush will promote a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, a cause dear to his conservative backers, at a Rose Garden event Monday, the eve of a scheduled Senate vote on the issue. The amendment would prohibit states from recognizing same-sex marriages. To become law, the proposal would need two-thirds support in the Senate and House, and then be ratified by at least 38 state legislatures. It stands little chance of passing the 100-member Senate, where proponents are struggling to get even 50 votes. Several Republicans oppose the measure, and so far only one Democrat — Sen. Ben Nelson (news,...
  • Plame Security Breach: It Just Ain't So, Joe (Democrats Inhabit Planet Zongo Alert)

    07/17/2005 3:19:30 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 80 replies · 2,478+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 07/17/05 | Mark Steyn
    Karl Rove? Please. I couldn't care less. This week finds me thousands of miles from the Beltway in what I believe the ABC World News Tonight map designates as the Rest Of The Planet, an obscure beat the media can't seem to spare a correspondent for. But even if I was with the rest of the navel-gazers inside the Beltway I wouldn't be interested in who ''leaked'' the name of CIA employee Valerie Plame to the press. As her weirdly self-obsesssed husband Joseph C. Wilson IV conceded on CNN the other day, she wasn't a ''clandestine officer'' and, indeed, hadn't...
  • Jury Recommends Execution for Peterson

    12/13/2004 3:59:13 PM PST · by No Surrender Monkey · 50 replies · 2,355+ views
    AP ^ | Mon, Dec 13, 2004 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - A jury decided Monday that Scott Peterson (news - web sites) should be executed for murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, whose Christmas Eve disappearance two years ago was the opening act in a legal drama that captivated the nation. A cheer went up outside the courtroom as the jury announced its decision after 11 1/2 hours of deliberations over three days. The jury had two options in deciding the 32-year-old former fertilizer salesman's fate: life in prison without parole or death by injection. Peterson clenched his jaw when the verdict was read and leaned over to...
  • Peterson decision at 1:30 PST! (Decision is in-Sentence is DEATH)

    12/13/2004 11:38:45 AM PST · by kcvl · 536 replies · 35,818+ views
    Fox News...
  • McClintock: Plates Killed by 'Friend'

    08/16/2004 1:16:29 PM PDT · by jettester · 26 replies · 1,599+ views
    Good News, Etc. ^ | August, 2004 | Dana Serrano Chisholm
    Plates Killed By ‘Friend’ Hold onto your was Senator Tom McClintock who spoke against the bill that would allow Choose-Life Plates and had it killed in the Senate Transportation Committee on June 29! Yes, the same McClintock, whose staff referred to him as the “most pro-life Rep in Sacramento!” when I called. Really? Senator Kevin Murray (plates foe) actually stated he was going to abstain from voting and “just let the Committee decide”, which he did. It was McClintock who got into heavy debate with Senator James Brulte (defending the plate’s bill) and McClintock who led the charge against...
  • Leak staffer ousted; Frist aide forced out in an effort to assuage Dems

    02/04/2004 10:58:47 PM PST · by Jean S · 71 replies · 275+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/5/04 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s (R-Tenn.) top aide on judicial nominees is expected to announce his resignation at the end of this week — a sacrifice offered by the GOP leadership in hope of persuading the Democrats to wind down the fight over leaked Judiciary Committee memos. The aide, Manuel Miranda, had spearheaded the Republican effort to push President Bush’s judicial nominees through the Senate in the face of fierce Democratic opposition. Miranda declined a request for comment. But The Hill has learned that he agreed to resign under pressure from Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). The Democrats...
  • Driver study: Cell phones not major distraction (not even close!)

    08/06/2003 9:31:00 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 69 replies · 574+ views
    CNN ^ | Aug. 6, 2003 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- A study found that most drivers surveyed fiddle with their radios or engage in other distracting behavior, even when they're being watched as part of a study on distracted drivers.</p> <p>Cell phones were not the major distraction, the study found. Only 30 percent of the subjects used a cell phone while their vehicle was moving, compared with 97 percent who leaned over to reach for something and 91 percent who fiddled with radio controls.</p>
  • CA: Recall is a costly 'distraction,' controller says (Billion dollar boo-boo!)

    07/29/2003 8:15:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 273+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/29/03 | Mary Anne Ostrom and Ken McLaughlin
    <p>Democratic State Controller Steve Westly on Monday urged California voters not to recall Gov. Gray Davis, calling the Oct. 7 election ``a distraction from good public policy'' that could cost the state an extra $1 billion in higher borrowing costs over the next three decades.</p>
  • Weapons of Mass Distraction: Are we blind?

    06/19/2003 4:24:02 PM PDT · by xsysmgr · 22 replies · 253+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 19, 2003 | Walid Phares
    A few days before the fall of Constantinople to the armies of Ottoman jihad, some six centuries ago, a strange debate was taking place inside the imperial city. Constantinople then had a very loud senate, stubborn theologians, and merciless philosophers. It was the heir to Greco-Roman civilization, but also host to hot debates — so hot that they effectively isolated the city's elites from the realities of then-world politics. The political establishment of the Eastern Rome was consumed in complex rhetoric — what historians would later call "Byzantine debate." Just days before the city fell to the Islamic armies...
  • CA: Speaker (Wesson) dumps advisers' contracts / Editorial attached

    04/12/2003 10:50:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 240+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 4/12/03 | Jim Sanders
    <p>Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson pulled the plug Friday on contracts with friends, associates and former colleagues who were receiving up to $8,470 per month to provide consulting services to his office.</p> <p>Wesson's decision ended weeks of simmering controversy, inside and outside the Legislature, over open-ended contracts that did not stipulate what work must be done or set deadlines.</p>
  • Rubbernecking Distracts More Than Phones

    03/12/2003 6:24:32 AM PST · by Isara · 9 replies · 387+ views
    MSN ^ | Friday, March 07, 2003 | Jennifer Warner
    Cell Phones Rank Sixth on List of Causes of Accidents By  Jennifer Warner  Reviewed By Brunilda  Nazario, MD on Friday, March 07, 2003WebMD Medical News March 7, 2003 -- Chatting on a cell phone while driving may have gotten a bad rap in recent years as a common cause of car crashes, but a new study shows cell phones can't hold a candle to good, old-fashioned rubbernecking when it comes to causing a highway pile up. In one of the largest studies to date on crashes involving distracted drivers, researchers found looking at other accidents, traffic, or roadside incidents caused the largest number...
  • VANITY - Nation State

    03/10/2003 9:30:19 AM PST · by Frapster · 2 replies · 198+ views and | Frapster
    A number of us have been playing a simple little game at In this game you register a country name and join a region. You make decisions as 'issues' are presented to you which in turn effect your 'rankings' in the game. One of the things you cannot do is 'war' against other regions. However, for those who are interested, I've found an intersting little game that enables us to 'war' as a single nation. If you are interested in joining this new game please visit this link, download the software, register a username and then join the nation...