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Rep. Virginia Foxx Called Matthew Shepard Hate Crime “A Hoax” (Bitch)

Published April 29, 2009 2:10 pm ET by Media Matters Action Network

On April 29, 2009, in a speech on the House floor, Rep. Virginia Foxx claimed that Matthew Shepard’s death was merely the result of a robbery gone bad. While his killers Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson did rob him, they also admitted that they were well aware of his sexual orientation and pretended they were gay to lure him away from the bar he was in at the time. The most striking feature of the case, of course, is that during the course of a normal, simple robbery, the victim is not generally beaten, tied to a post, and left for dead.

Matthew Shepard’s Death Was A Hate Crime, Not Simply A Robbery

Rep. Foxx: “The bill was 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 robbery. It wasn’t because he was gay. 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.”[House Floor Speech, 4/29/09]

All the evidence clearly indicates that this was a vicious hate crime, not a robbery gone bad.

Shepard’s Killers Lured Him “Out Of A Bar By Saying They Were Gay.” According to the New York Times: “According to the local police and prosecutors, the two men lured Mr. Shepard out of a bar by saying they were gay. Then, the Laramie police say, the pair kidnapped Mr. Shepard, pistol-whipped him with a .357 Magnum, and left him tied to a ranch fence for 18 hours until a passing bicyclist spotted Mr. Shepard, who was unconscious.” [New York Times, 10/12/98]

The “Robbery” Myth Was Debunked During The Trial Of Matthew Shepard’s Killers. As reported by Slate a few weeks after the Shepard murder trial: “Speculation has persisted for the past year that Matthew Shepard, rather than being the victim of gay-bashing, might really have been nothing more than a hapless robbery victim who was exploited by gay activists to reap unwarranted sympathy and advance their own agenda to enact hate-crimes legislation. Statements made by one of the convicted killers, which were revealed for the first time Thursday, reveal these accounts to be false. […] The most significant revelations emerged from the secret confession of Henderson, obtained just three days after his plea bargain. Henderson debunked the portrayal of Shepard that has gained currency the past few weeks. Had he testified in court as scheduled at McKinney’s trial, he would have blown apart the watered-down ’gay panic’ defense pursued to the end by McKinney’s legal team.” [Slate.com, 11/6/99, emphasis added]

Detective: “They Knew Damn Well He Was Gay.” The Slate article went on to report: “According to detectives who interviewed both of the convicted murderers, there is no evidence that Shepard made any sexual advances to the pair — and the detectives dismissed the idea that the murder was the mere result of a robbery gone bad. ’Far from that!’ scoffed Sgt. Rob DeBree, the chief investigator in the case. ’They knew damn well he was gay … It started out as a robbery and burglary, and I sincerely believe the other activity was because he was gay.’” [Slate.com, 11/6/99; emphasis added]

Rep. Foxx – does that sound like just a robbery to you?

What do you think about this? Is this another CLASSIC example of how backwards Republican Party is? Or is she simply gagging for some press?

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Bea Arthur winning her Emmy for the role of Dorothy in the Golden Girls

Bea Arthur winning her Emmy for the role of Dorothy in the Golden Girls

We’re going to miss you Bea! May you rest in peace!

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Mexico issues surgical masks to residents to protect against swine flu

Mexico issues surgical masks to residents to protect against swine flu

By now, we’ve all heard the news on swine flu. Cases of swine flu were first reported in Mexico. However, news reports have now stated that it has spread into American soil. Known cases have been noted in California, New York, Texas, Ohio and Kansas to name a few. Other cases are now being reported on a global scale, notably, in New Zealand.

While swine flu has paralyzed most of  Mexico in recent days, the White House has declared a state of public health emergency although cases in the U.S.A. have been mild. While no known vaccine (or cure for the lack of a better term) exists, White House officials recommend that regular procedures are still followed: cover your mouth and nose when sneezing, wash your hands at all times.

To learn more on swine flu and key facts on it, please visit the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) page on swine flu. To learn more on the White House briefing regarding swine flu, please visit Yahoo’s article titled US Declares Public Health Emergency for Swine Flu. You can also visit CNNs home page for the latest news on swine flu.

*Please note that all information in this entry has been obtained by the websites listed above and should be credited to their respective authors.

(Image courtesy of The Huffington Post)

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Now…WTFBlog has posted a few similar stories in its time, worlds most expensive house, dildo, and now we move onto clothing!

TheSun has revealed the worlds most expensive suit!

A FASHION-lover has bought the world’s most expensive suit for £70,000 ($130K!!!!!)

The one-off creation — being delivered to its mystery buyer in central London tonight — has nine 18-carat gold and pave set diamond buttons.

It contains qiviuk, the world’s most expensive wool, blended with pashmina and has 5,000 individual stitches.

Designer Alexander Amosu said: “The suit is the ultimate in luxury — the best in the world.”

If you could afford one, would you splash out on one?

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Please excuse me while I vomit.

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WTF? A gay tea party? Say it isn’t so! Come on my fellow queers! You can do better than spending a day protesting with the far right wing conservatives, you idiots!

Arthur Delaney
arthur@huffingtonpost.com | HuffPost Reporting From DC

Gay Activists Plan Their Own Tea Party At Boston Harbor

April 10, 2009 at 06:37 PM

Tea party protests won’t be limited to the rightward-leaning, anti-spending, anti-tax crowdcome April 15. In Massachusetts, the LGBT community is planning to reenact the Boston Tea Party to protest the tax code’s unequal treatment of same-sex couples. Similar protestsare also planned for post offices across the country.

The press release:

LGBT COMMUNITY DEMANDS EQUAL TAXATION Boston Tea Party Re-enactment Planned for Tax Day
BOSTON, MA – On April 15th, thousands of same-sex couples across the United States will be reminded of their second-class status when they file their federal tax return form. Despite living in committed relationships, same-sex couples–even those married in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California–must file as individuals, forgoing over 1,100 federal rights granted to heterosexual married couples.

This tax day, the LGBT community is demanding equal rights for equal taxation. Massachusetts citizens will be at the Long Wharf dock, near the site of the original Boston Tea Party, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm putting on a Boston Tea Party Re-enactment, rallying and passing out literature to protest the federal government’s tax policy toward same-sex couples. The intent is to inform the public of the discrimination that same-sex couples continue to face.

Rallies are being planned at local post offices across the country and these events have been sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest LGBT rights organization in the United States, Join The Impact, Join The Impact MA, and Marriage Equality USA.

“Married same-sex couples are blatantly discriminated against under federal tax law, among other areas, and we’re doing our part to shine a light on that injustice. A Boston Tea Party Re-enactment is a spirited way to do just that and it also adds some variety to your standard protest,” said Paul Sousa, co-chair of Join The Impact MA.

Among the most egregious policies is the federal government’s denial of social security benefits and inheritance rights to same-sex couples. LGBT individuals are blocked access to their partner’s social security benefits, often making retirement financially difficult, if not impossible. They are also denied access to the lump sum given to survivors which can make it hard to cover hospital and funeral expenses for their loved one.

The Boston Tea Party Re-enactment is being organized by Join the Impact MA, a grassroots organization that is working towards full LGBT equality on the state and national level. More information about the rallies and their locations can be found at the website http://www.jointheimpactMA.com/taxday/.

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This is something that the gay community completely forgets and to be honest it is PISSING ME OFF!

Rightly so, people are so concerned about gay marriage, but they forget the 40,000+ bi-national couples that gay marriage does jack shit for.

When a gay couple get married in one of those states that allow it, they do NOT get the 1500+ federal rights that heterosexuals get, one of those rights is immigration.

So who is fighting to get those rights?

Immigration Equality is a national organization that works to end discrimination in U.S. immigration law, to reduce the negative impact of that law on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive people, and to help obtain asylum for those persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, transgender identity or HIV-status. Through education, outreach, advocacy, and the maintenance of a nationwide network of resources, we provide information and support to advocates, attorneys, politicians and those who are threatened by persecution or the discriminatory impact of the law.

I urge you all to go to their website, check out the action center, some of the things you can do to help will take you 2 minutes and will cost you NOTHING!

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