The reception area outside of Leah Landrum-Taylor's office smells of burnt toast. Perhaps a file clerk in the House of Representatives has scorched an English muffin this morning -- or maybe someone is trying to intimidate Representative Landrum-Taylor with a subtle warning. If so, they're wasting their time, because Landrum-Taylor is the power behind a new law that will make it illegal to intimidate people by burning things. Crosses, mostly. But also other stuff, thanks in part to an amendment to Landrum-Taylor's bill authored by Senator Jack Harper, who wanted to spare U.S. troops returning from Iraq the indignity of seeing flags destroyed by fire. Which makes about as much sense as a bill about cross burning that isn't really about cross... More >>>