There is a move in congress to pass a flag burning(desecration) amendment... http://www.northcountrygazette.org/articles/061606FlagAmendment.html "The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the proposed amendment that would allow Congress to criminalize any "physical desecration" of the American flag on a vote of 11 to 7. If adopted, it would be the first time the Constitution has been used to restrict First Amendment freedoms or the Bill of Rights." While Congress is doing this, GWB is signing the flag to use it as a photo op on his popularity tour... most recently in Vienna and in the past to pander to workers in Michigan...probably has done this before. http://americablog.blogspot.com/2006/06/did-george-bush-deface-american-flags.html "Did George Bush deface American flags in Vienna, Austria today? UPDATE: The Associated Press caught Bush defacing American flags in 2003. The Democrats need to offer an amendment to the "flag burning amendment" that says that writing on the flag is also illegal. Then let the Republicans decide if they're going to vote that George Bush defaced the flag, or whether they're going to defend defacing the flag. Either way, it will make for good theater. I see massive cardboard displays on the Senate floor with this picture blown up really large. A US embassy staffer in Vienna writes AMERICAblog and says he did. Reportedly, a slew of conservative Republican Bush supporters wanted to get Bush's autograph on US flags. And Bush signed them. Right on the flags. Kind of ironic right before Senate Republicans force us to debate "flag burning," again, simply because they have no more ideas left." The blogger is looking for verification of his Vienna actions, but once again the pandering, flip flopper once he leaves the short leash of Dick, Karl and Rummy is floundering all over the place. Heard his comments about Guantanamo yesterday, saying something to the effect, "There are Killa's there, and if we release them they will kill again". Sounds to me like he got himself in a terrrible jam and sounds like a complete dummy. Maybe he can sell some RNC spots on the flag, say Halliburton your complete nation recontruction company or Wal Mart one stop shopping come in and trample on workers rights. FYI here are relevant parts of the US Flag Code, sounds pretty good to me, maybe they should not go after an amendment, but just remind the Merican folks how the flag should be flown. http://www.usflag.org/uscode36.html#USFC (d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker's desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general. g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature. ﾃつｧ 3. Use of flag for advertising purposes; mutilation of flag Any person who, within the District of Columbia, in any manner, for exhibition or display, shall place or cause to be placed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing, or any advertisement of any nature upon any flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America; or shall expose or cause to be exposed to public view any such flag, standard, colors, or ensign upon which shall have been printed, painted, or otherwise placed, or to which shall be attached, appended, affixed, or annexed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, or drawing, or any advertisement of any nature; or who, within the District of Columbia, shall manufacture, sell, expose for sale, or to public view, or give away or have in possession for sale, or to be given away or for use for any purpose, any article or substance being an article of merchandise, or a receptacle for merchandise or article or thing for carrying or transporting merchandise, upon which shall have been printed, painted, attached, or otherwise placed a representation of any such flag, standard, colors, or ensign, to advertise, call attention to, decorate, mark, or distinguish the article or substance on which so placed shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $100 or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or both, in the discretion of the court. The words 'flag, standard, colors, or ensign', as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.