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Well Shoot My Foot!

September 28, 2007

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The United States the Senate voted 60-39 yesterday to end debate on the Matthew Shepard Act, which expands existing federal hate crimes laws to include violence based on a victim’s sexual orientation, gender, disability, and other factors. Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) voted; “Nay.” Talk about shooting yourself in the foot! Larry, in essence, voted against himself! Go figure. Given the size of his current pickle, I would have pulled a John McCain (R-AZ) and not voted at all.

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Larry Craig’s “no” vote should really come as no big surprise. His stance on this issue, and Civil Rights in general, is widely known, and here is a snap-shot of his past voting record:

  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 25% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)

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I’m depressed. Let’s liven things up a bit. More serious stuff to follow in a sec. I’m feelin’ the urge for a musical interlude, heY! Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Polly Bergen sing and dance to Ballin’ The Jack in the movie:

“That’s My Boy” (1951)

“BALLIN’ THE LARRY (JACK)”

(Whooo hoo hoo hoo, oh you dog)
First you put your two knees close up tight
You swing them to the left and then you swing them to the right
Step around the floor kinda nice and light
And then you twist around, twist around with all of your might
Spread your lovin’ arms way out in space
You do the eagle rock with such style and grace
You put your left foot out and then you bring it back
That’s what I call ballin’ the jack
Oh, don’t do me that way
Listen to that man go, he’s crazy, I swear, he’s crazy
Now follow me closely on this one, real closely and do me after me
First you put your two knees close up tight, real close, real close
Swing then to the left and then you swing them to the right,
Oh you’re delicious
Step around the floor kinda nice and light
And then you twist around, twist around with all of your might
Spread your lovin’ arms way out in space
You do the eagle rock with such style and grace
You put your left foot out and then you bring it back
That’s what I call ballin’ the jack! LARRY,

~ Old Danny Kaye tune, I think.

Here is an eye-full of the Senate vote on the measure:

Akaka (D-HI), Yea
Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Allard (R-CO), Nay
Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Bayh (D-IN), Yea
Bennett (R-UT), Nay
Biden (D-DE), Yea
Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
Bond (R-MO), Nay
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Brownback (R-KS), Nay
Bunning (R-KY), Nay
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Byrd (D-WV), Yea
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
Clinton (D-NY), Yea
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Coleman (R-MN), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Nay
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Craig (R-ID), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
DeMint (R-SC), Nay
Dodd (D-CT), Yea
Dole (R-NC), Nay
Domenici (R-NM), Nay
Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Ensign (R-NV), Nay
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Feingold (D-WI), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Nay
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Gregg (R-NH), Yea
Hagel (R-NE), Nay
Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Nay
Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Kennedy (D-MA), Yea
Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
Lott (R-MS), Nay
Lugar (R-IN), Yea
Martinez (R-FL), Nay
McCain (R-AZ), Not Voting
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Nay
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Obama (D-IL), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Salazar (D-CO), Yea
Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Smith (R-OR), Yea
Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Specter (R-PA), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Stevens (R-AK), Nay
Sununu (R-NH), Nay
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
Warner (R-VA), Yea
Webb (D-VA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wyden (D-OR), Ye

It is easy to get frustrated here, but important to know, the Senate attached the hate crimes legislation to a must-pass Pentagon spending bill Thursday, and opponents have predicted it ultimately will fail.

“The president is not going to agree to this social legislation on the defense authorization bill,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), also voting; “no.” “This bill will get vetoed.” […]

The Democratic-controlled House passed the same hate crimes legislation as a stand-alone bill earlier this year despite Bush’s veto threat. That makes a repeat of 2004, when the Senate passed a similar amendment to the same bill only to see it stripped out during negotiations with the Republican-led House, less likely this time around. President Bush, who says the bill is not needed, could then be faced with vetoing the vast defense authorization bill containing the same provision.

The White House, characteristically, had no immediate comment.

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Anyhow, back to Larry – gawd this dood galls me! Clearly, the “I’m not gay” Senator Craig is no hypocrite, so it’s a really good thing he’s not a “Water-Closet” case who enjoys not so anonymous gay sex in public bathrooms. The very notion is unfathomable, because he’s a married conservative Republican who is inordinately opposed to gay civil rights. And he comes from a cowboy state. And cowboys are never gay. I saw “that” movie. Or hypocritical. So he’s not, and besides, he said so. Enuff, so stop it, heY!

“EVERYBODY IS UP TO SOMETHING, heY”

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“Day Dreamin'” (click to enlarge)

~ X anemi

One comment

  1. You don’t really need or want that lifestyle, it might hurt y’all slowly more…….Just tell him you
    don’t wanna repeat something your not too proud of z7uas.



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