Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Sneaky Chicken/Sneaky Snake

The Indiana House of Representatives is faced with another ridiculous piece of hateful legislation. First it was Patricia Miller trying to make it illegal for anyone but straight married people to have babies.

Now this, from Mary Beth Schneider at the Indianapolis Star:

Action in the Indiana House was called off abruptly Tuesday after a Republican lawmaker tried to pass an amendment that would strike down gay-rights ordinances in Indianapolis and other cities.

In a highly unusual move, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma, R-Indianapolis, adjourned the House for the day in the middle of the debate over the amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Lizton.

The early closing stalled debate on dozens of bills eligible for action Tuesday. Bosma now has time to try to resolve the matter before the House is scheduled to return to session at 1:30 p.m. today.

Outraged Democrats accused Republicans of trying to enact a broad restriction on local government that would affect not only gays, but women, veterans and others.

Several Republicans also expressed reservations about the amendment, which Thompson is trying to put into a bill that restricts governments' ability to seize private property through eminent domain.

Honestly, where have all the true conservatives who would be outraged by larger and unneccesary government controls gone? I'm ready for Republicans to take back their own party. And what does this have to do with eminent domain? Thompson is a sneaky chicken for not being honest about what he wants here. Dave, he represents the fair city of Danville! Can't you throw your weight around and get rid of ths loser?

It is a pretty sure bet that sneaky snakeEric Miller of the right wing fear-mongering group Advance America put him up to it. If you live in Indy, commit Miller's name to memory. You will be hearing it again and again.

Update: Speaker of the House, Brian Bosma, talked Thompson into withdrawing this amendment for now. We will watch to see if it shows up again later.


Anonymous David said...

Oh Troy, please don't remind me. I had this guy as a teacher at DHS. Can you believe it? Not surprised though.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Sally said...

They even said on the news that it didn't have anything to do with eminent domain. By the way, hope you had a happy birthday.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Troy said...

You're right Sally. It didn't have anything to do with the eminent domain legislation. This is a perfect example of letting the end justify the means--a practice the religious right has down to an art form these days. Thanks for the birthday wishes. Sort of appropriate that I spent the day writing letters to my Representatives.

9:03 AM  
Blogger juliebelle said...

happy belated birthday!

5:07 PM  

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