You knew I couldn't stay away from politics forever, right?

It won't be a daily thing, I promise. Real life is intruding something fierce on the form of ungraded papers and student conferences right now. But this was too good to pass up.

Seems today that McCain got an anti-torture amendment passed in the Senate, in overwhelming fashion. 90-9, with one absentee.

Defying the White House, senators voted 90-9 to approve an amendment that would prohibit the use of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" against anyone in U.S. government custody, regardless of where they are held.

The amendment was added to a $440 billion military spending bill for the budget year that began Oct. 1.

The proposal, sponsored by Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), also requires all service members to follow procedures in the Army Field Manual when they detain and interrogate terrorism suspects.


Now remember, this is the amendment that Bush said would cause him to issue his first ever veto if it was attached to the defense appropriations bill. I'm guessing that everyone with presidential ambitions and/or re-election concerns decided they didn't want that vote popping up in a commercial. But for the record, here are the nine asswipes who decided that the military needs to be able to torture prisoners.
Allard (R-CO)
Bond (R-MO)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Stevens (R-AK)

Maybe I'm too tired or something, but I'm having trouble coming up with a vile enough nickname for this group. I figure it ought to be based on a baseball team or something, due to their number, but I'll take whatever suggestions I can get.

The DC Douchebags, perhaps?

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