Dumb as paint, Part I and II


by Jeff Fecke | April 29, 2009
Oh no she didn’t:

Jeff Fecke is a freelance writer who lives in Eagan, Minnesota.In addition to his own blog, Blog of the Moderate Left, he also contributes to Alas, a Blog, Minnesota Campaign Report, and AlterNet. Fecke has appeared as a guest on the “Today” show, the Alan Colmes radio show, and the Mark Heaney Show. Fecke is divorced, and the father of one really terrific daughter. His debut novel, The Valkyrie’s Tale, is now available.

Rep. Michele Bachmann spoke out against federal hate crimes bill being considered on the U.S. House floor on Wednesday by conflating gays and lesbians with pedophiles, and saying that the bill would protect pedophiles from hate crimes.

“[A]pparently people who are practicing pedophiles would be considered protected under this legislation, but not, I understand, veterans, not, I understand, pregnant women, not, I understand, 85-year-old grandmothers would be protected under this law,” she said. “But who would be protected? A pedophile, someone who considers themselves gay, someone who considers themselves transgender, someone who considers themselves a cross-dresser? That is who is protected.”

Sweet Zombie Jesus.

Look, I usually find Michele Bachmann’s asshattery somewhat amusing. But there’s nothing amusing about this. Raw, naked bigotry, pure, unadulterated hatred — that’s not funny. That’s not amusing. That’s disgusting. And Michele Bachmann should be ashamed of herself. God knows I am.

Dumb as Paint, Part II

Believe it or not, Michele Bachmann’s offensive comments on the hate crimes legislation aren’t the worst thing said on the floor today. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., took it to the next level:

The bill was named after a very unfortunate incident that happened, where a young man [Matthew Shepard] was killed, but we know the young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. The bill was named for him, the hate crimes bill was named for him, but it’s, it’s really a hoax, that…that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills. [Emphaisis mine — j.f.]

Yes, committing a robbery, tortured and murdered for the crime of being gay in public — one of those is what happened, and they’re both pretty much the same thing, right?

I don’t expect random people to know who Matthew Shepard is. But if you’re a Congresswoman, and you’re going to talk about him on the floor of the House of Representatives, for God’s sake, use the Google. Or don’t — and prove to the world what a bilious, bigoted ass you are.

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