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May 05, 2009

We're the Federal Government...And We're Here to Help

"In this state we have over 2300 felonies. Eleven of them involving oysters".

Well I don't know about you, sir, but I can imagine some pretty heinous crimes involving bivalves:

Alcee Hastings isn't a sex ed teacher, he's a U.S. congressman.

But earlier this week he taught his colleagues in the House -- and online viewers across the country -- a few new sex terms. Hastings, D-Miramar, was speaking in support of hate crimes legislation that would expand federal law to protect victims targeted because of gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.

Hastings was upset that someone tried to tack an amendment onto the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 that would exclude some folks.

But wait! There's live video!

Now there's a First Amendment case if ever we saw one. Because nothing says "protected speech" like a giant inflatable rat. Or toucherism (Whatever the helk that is, and please do not tell us. Sometimes, innocence truly is bliss.)

Posted by Cassandra at May 5, 2009 05:42 PM

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His list included pedophilia?

As much as I already loath hate-speech laws, this guy wants to make it a crime to say un-nice things about people who rape little children???

What next, are we going to make it illegal to say mean things about serial killers?

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at May 5, 2009 06:23 PM

"What next, are we going to make it illegal to say mean things about serial killers?"

Indeed we are! And another thing. The besmirching of the character of fellow bi-valves is unacceptable!!! Some of my best custome, er friends are bi-val...

Ahhhh, never mind.

Posted by: Barney's Frank at May 5, 2009 06:28 PM

This is what I love about you guys.

I never need to beat you over the head with a point :p

Posted by: Onan the Barbarianess at May 5, 2009 06:29 PM

Well, in the same proposed legislation, when someone (heard it on Hannity after school today, don't remember the name) proposed adding military veterans as a "protected class", some Dem was appauled at the suggestion, saying something to the effect that it demeaned all those other "victims"...

Pedophiles okay to "protect" with hate-speech laws, honorable veteran aren't...

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at May 5, 2009 06:54 PM

Take heart Miss LB.

Of all the hyphenated, ist, ism or otherwise protected classes currently dissecting this nation, vets do not need an entry in the United States Code to insure their protection.

Vets are well equipped and quite capable of underwriting that guarantee themselves.

Posted by: The-Manchurian-bubba_hun at May 5, 2009 07:59 PM

I think "hate-speech" legislation is unConstitutional, honestly. But, this instance, the Dems just show their true colors - and contempt - for the military; people who rape children are worthy of protection, but not those who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms...

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at May 5, 2009 10:03 PM

"I think "hate-speech" legislation is unConstitutional, honestly."
I'm waiting for the "hate-thought" legislation. At which point I'll be singing this tune.

Posted by: The-Manchurian-bubba_hun at May 5, 2009 10:39 PM

Oy vey...

Posted by: camojack at May 6, 2009 01:17 AM

Okay, now let's see if I've got this right: the state of Florida can jail pedophiles, but if I go to Florida and call one a filthy child-molester, *I* am guilty of a crime.

Oh, wait -- Hastings said "we can't legislate love" so that *must* mean he disagrees with the current law which calls for pedophiles to be jailed when they molest children.

Hastings needs to have his head examined, preferably by someone with some common sense.

Posted by: BillT at May 6, 2009 04:00 AM

Oooooh -- US Congressman, not just Florida.

My bad.

Doesn't change my opinion of Hastings, though. He's a damned pandering fool.

Posted by: BillT at May 6, 2009 04:05 AM