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07/11/2007

Breaking: Chamber of Senate to consider crimes of bias

by Jeremy Hooper

We were tipped off yesterday that this might happen, but now we have gotten offical confirmation from HRC:

WASHINGTON — Today, Sens. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and Gordon Smith, R-Ore., filed the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act(S. 1105) as an amendment for consideration to the Department of Defense reauthorization currently being debated before the U.S. Senate. The bill, commonly referred to as the “hate crimes bill,” could receive a Senate vote as early as today.

Wow, so by tonight, the Senate could join their friends in the House and approve this truly righteous piece of legislation. Or, of course, they could succumb to the non-stop flawed rhetoric of the measure's vocal opponents and kill the measure. But let's not think about that possible historical misstep for now. For now, we need optimism.

Of course no matter how righteous the Senate vote (be it today or later), our fearless leader has already indicated that he will veto the legislation if and when it reaches his desk. Begging the question: At this point, do we really HAVE to send stuff to that man for approval? Once his support drops to around only 1/3 of the country, can't we invoke some sort of rule that removes 2/3 of his power? Can't we do like this writer's school system used to do with comically inept teachers and just make him teach remedial gym or something? This is a great nation -- we have to have some way to deal with 7 years of almost unbelievable lunacy!

Actually, come to think of it, Teddy: If you still have a pen on ya, maybe add something to the measure saying "SHHH, let's keep this away from you know who!!" At this point, we imagine even some Texas Republicans will be like, "Ooh, good idea!!!!"

SENATE FILES HATE CRIMES BILL FOR POTENTIAL VOTE TODAY [HRC]

**UPDATE: It looks like it won't be today, but possibly later this week. Stay tuned.

**Clarification: Of course with the legislation put forth via this vehicle, Bush is going to have a tougher time vetoing it.

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