how had i not heard about this provision? under current law, attorney's fees can be recovered in successful civil rights violation suits. the house has just passed a bill intended to prevent attorney's fees from being recovered in civil rights cases involving the establishment clause. they call it the "public expression of religion act"...but i tend to agree with the esteemed professor chemerinsky on this one. it is a blatant, deliberate, and bald-faced attempt to discourage people from suing to protect their religious freedom from the government. it's sickening.
in other sick government news...so, how 'bout mark foley? i saw the articles yesterday about the e-mails. the e-mails were a little skeezy, definitely inappropriate for a congressman to send to a 16-year-old, but nothing overtly sexual. the worst point was his reference to another page as being in good shape.
well, the e-mails were (of course) not the worst of it. there were sexually explicit instant messenger chats. it's just nasty...i'm sure sixteen year old boys discuss amongst themselves in the locker room the mechanics of jacking off, but on AIM with a fifty-something-year-old congressman? oh please.
and to top it all off, this guy was the co-chair of the house "missing and exploited children caucus." congratulations, mark foley. in the grand tradition of karaoke al, you get a skeezy sticker.