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Murder Most Foul

Thursday, Apr. 30, 2009 3:44 AM

We begin with Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N. Carolina), who thinks Matthew Shepard was simply the victim of a robbery.

"I also would like to point out that there was a bill -- the hate crimes bill that's called the Matthew Shepard bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn't because he was gay. This -- the bill was named for him, hate crimes bill was named for him, but it's really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills," said Foxx.

No, dear ... when you beat someone and leave him tied to a fence to die, it's not 'just a robbery.' It's murder. The perpetrators were found guilty and are serving consecutive life sentences.

The story that the murder was drug-related - i.e., one or both of the perpetrators were high on methamphetamines - comes from a jailhouse interview with the perpetrators after their conviction and does not, to me, sufficiently explain the events leading to the murder.


In a guest op-ed in the New York Times, Sen. Olympia Snowe writes that the GOP, '... didn't have to lose Arlen Specter,' pointing in the general direction of the party's narrow ideological scope - that the GOP has become too inflexible and incapable of reaching out to moderates.


Miss California, Carrie Prejean, is going to Washington to help the National Organization for Marriage campaign against same-sex marriage.

Prejean would be just another runner-up in the Miss USA pageant if Perez Hilton hadn't thought he could score political points by asking her about same-sex marriage. Nobody would necessarily care what she thought, because she hadn't been given a moment on national television to say anything (and gain even more mileage for 'my answer cost me the crown' and Hilton's foul-mouthed tirade).

So everyone's going to see the pretty, all-American, girl-next-door beauty queen and listen. They won't be thinking about the gay man spewing invective on YouTube, other to take offense.

Good going, Perez.



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