Monday, June 26, 2006

The 80-20 Rule

Hey we have all the time in the world. Waste as much as you'd like. Knight-Ridder (06.25.06):
"Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee plans a vote this week on a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would give Congress the right to outlaw flag desecration. Debate could begin as early as Monday." Flag desecration vote expected to be close
"Dousing flags with kerosene and setting them on fire, which became an eye-catching way of protesting the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s, happens infrequently today. The pro-amendment Citizens' Flag Alliance lists only three instances of flag desecration this year, including one involving a drunk who tore two small flags from a sailor's monument in West Haven, Conn." "Meanwhile, the Gallup poll has chronicled a drop in public support for amending the Constitution to protect the flag, down from 71 percent in 1989 to 55 percent last year." "The House and Senate floor is about substantive work for the nation, and I think campaigns ought to be kept in the streets where they belong," said former House Republican Leader Dick Armey of Texas. "Frist seems to be going about 80 percent politics and 20 percent policy, though I would be hard pressed to find what that 20 percent is." In the meantime, you might want to pick up on a flag tie. Or while you're at it, some undies. Maybe even a bikini. Yoiks on that one, Homer.


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