Why do the gays still want a "hate crimes" law?

Because you can still kill a fag, AND taunt his corpse in a recorded voice mail, but just serve 8 months.

I'll post the link to the full story from Pam Spaulding, although this story is posted on several sites including www.q-notes.com. I won't post the background here. Follow the story and links at Pam's place.

http://www.pamshouseblend.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=8930

Just across the state line, this killer was plea bargained down to an outrageous deal only some months ago, but is coming up for a possible parole hearing soon.

Why is this important? Because it shows the continuing need for "hate crimes" laws.

annexation hearings

Hearings this morning on municipal annexation in the General Assembly. Sounds well attended. Municipal leaders acknowledge that there have been cases of abuse, but urge that the state not make big changes. Lots of individual getting up with stories of said abuse. Several people advocating for local annexation authority as well.
This looks like a big fight a brewing.
Click Audio from Room 643.
Committee members list.

Larry Kissell's First Official Act has Bipartisan Appeal

Larry Kissell has decided on his first act as a congressman. He has pledged to decline the pay increase that went into effect during the final days of the 110th Congress.

Congressman-elect Kissell has signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 5087, a bill sponsored by Rep. Ron Paul of Texas that will revoke the $4,700 COLA increase for members of the U.S. House. According to the Congressman-elect Kissell:

During these difficult economic times, it just isn't right for Congress to give itself a pay increase while so many people are struggling to make ends meet, and so many others are out of work altogether. Most people work for years at a time without a pay raise, and most people in our district right now are just trying to hang on. It is a time of belt tightening for all of us, Congress included.

The pay increase is automatic unless a bill is passed revoking it. If the bill doesn't pass Kissell has pledged to refuse or donate the pay increase.

Pundits on parade

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Rick Martinez just loves all the progress we've made in our trillion dollar war in Iraq and wants to see the same in Afghanistan. For a guy who fancies himself a friend of the military, he doesn't seem to know jack about war.

In an op-ed piece, David Price says the US should do something about Gaza, though it's not entirely clear what.

C-SPAN to carry swearing in ceremonies live at noon

Can't be in D.C. today? Don't worry, at noon you have your choice of viewing the Senate swearing in ceremony on C-Span2 or the House swearing in ceremony on C-Span. Both are being carried live and I will be taping both for viewing later in the day. Also on C-Span at 3:00 p.m. today we can see the mock swearing in ceremonies when the members of the U.S. House and their families pose with Nancy Pelosi for a more personal experience.

Watching it on television might be a little anti-climactic, but we'll do the best we can to toss some confetti in the air and pop the cork on a fine bottle of champagne. (OK...so maybe I'll only be serving Diet Pepsi Max, water or coffee, but we'll have something to celebrate with at noon.)

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