Archive for September, 2006

Pedophiles and partisanship (updated)

The story of Mark Foley has blown up so fast, it’s dizzying (WaPo): Six-term Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) resigned yesterday amid reports that he had sent sexually explicit Internet messages to at least one underage male former page. This kicked off Thursday with reports about emails, and Foley’s staff was right on top of it. [...]

Symbols and flags

George Allen really needs to give up (WaPo): RICHMOND, Sept. 28 — Sen. George Allen can’t seem to win: first, he apologizes for addressing an Indian American with a racial slur and acknowledges that many view the Confederate flag as a hate symbol. Now, the Sons of Confederate Veterans want him to apologize, too [snip] [...]

Repeat after me: it’ll all be okay

Bush’s Detainee Bill was okayed by the Senate yesterday evening by a 65-34 vote. The Senate on Thursday endorsed President Bush’s plans to prosecute and interrogate terror suspects, all but sealing congressional approval for legislation that Republicans intend to use on the campaign trail to assert their toughness on terrorism. Polimom’s written on this subject [...]

Keeping score in the kitchen: crime and race

Every now and again, the Houston Chronicle blogs surface interesting discussions… and the comments that came in on a recent post by James Campbell is a great example. Mr. Campbell was addressing an email from a reader who wondered why the Chronicle was late specifying that Quintero (the accused murderer of Officer Rodney Johnson) was [...]

In the eye of the storm

Here in the U.S., arguments rage about the Iraq War. It is far and away the most pointed, and contentious, condemnation of this administration’s foreign policy, with Republicans and Democrats engaged in a vast Push-me / Pull-you on the American people. In the middle of all this American politicking and heated controversy, though, we’ve somehow [...]