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Lunatic Republican state legislators

Postby kurt_w » Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:37 pm

OK, so first there was the South Dakota legislature which almost passed a bill legalizing the assassination of abortion providers.

Then there was the bill proposed by the charming Texas rep. Debbie Riddle, who wanted to kick out illegal immigrants except for the ones needed to cook, clean, and mow lawns for her wealthy friends.

Now, Florida state senator Jim Norman (R-Tampa) wants to make it a first-degree felony to ... photograph a farm without permission.

Apparently the motivation here is to fight back against animal rights activists, or something. But the plain language of the bill would mean that any tourist who stopped along the roadside to take a photo of a pastoral landscape (say, orange groves in bloom, or whatever) would unknowingly become a felon.
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Re: Lunatic Republican state legislators

Postby Deitrich » Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:15 pm

Montana Tea Party state reps are doing their part:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/201 ... 4_ST_N.htm
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Re: Lunatic Republican state legislators

Postby Shorty » Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:00 pm

Florida is also considering putting golf course on state park public lands, and the gov stopped using email so it won't be open records.

http://fltrib.com/
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Re: Lunatic Republican state legislators

Postby Stebben84 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:29 am

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/geor ... tal-Murder

Ga. Rep. Pushes Bill to Make Miscarriages 'Prenatal Murder'

Jebus Christ these people are nuts.
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Re: Lunatic Republican state legislators

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:41 am

At least some conservatives are rebelling against the GOP's social issues agenda.

Wyoming small-government conservatives revolt against GOP social agenda
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Re: Lunatic Republican state legislators

Postby cxl01 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:16 am

kurt_w wrote:Now, Florida state senator Jim Norman (R-Tampa) wants to make it a first-degree felony to ... photograph a farm without permission.

I wonder if that law could be applied beyond photography to include other ways of capturing an image, like painting a landscape?

If it did, I could see them attempting to haul some modern day Claude Monet or Grandma Moses off to jail. :)
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Re: Lunatic Republican state legislators

Postby acereraser » Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:51 pm

Utah legislators have passed a bill to teach their students that the U.S. is a republic, not a democracy.

At first, I figured it was because "democracy" is too close to "Democrat", but here is a quote:

But on Monday, Senate floor sponsor Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain, said in some states children are being indoctrinated in socialism via some curriculum.


This is absolutely not a waste of time. I urge Gov. Walker to start taking up more measures like this. Save our democracy, er, republic, please.
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Re: Lunatic Republican state legislators

Postby talagaster » Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:00 pm

acereraser wrote:Utah legislators have passed a bill to teach their students that the U.S. is a republic, not a democracy.


Instead of 60,000 people standing around the capitol shouting "This is what democracy looks like," we need to come together and pick one guy to shout, "This is what a republic looks like." Should be just as effective.
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Re: Lunatic Republican state legislators

Postby green union terrace chair » Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:13 pm

talagaster wrote:
acereraser wrote:Utah legislators have passed a bill to teach their students that the U.S. is a republic, not a democracy.


Instead of 60,000 people standing around the capitol shouting "This is what democracy looks like," we need to come together and pick one guy to shout, "This is what a republic looks like." Should be just as effective.


Well, this IS a democratic republic, not a democracy, not strict republic. But whether or not a state's legislature needs to legislate on school curriculum is another matter.

And that chant, oh that chant ... I understand the sentiment (and the meter, which makes it a good chant), but a protest is not what democracy looks like. It's what the First Amendment looks like.
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Re: Lunatic Republican state legislators

Postby Crockett » Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:28 pm

green union terrace chair wrote:And that chant, oh that chant ... I understand the sentiment (and the meter, which makes it a good chant), but a protest is not what democracy looks like. It's what the First Amendment looks like.


Amen.
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Re: Lunatic Republican state legislators

Postby Crockett » Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:30 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:At least some conservatives are rebelling against the GOP's social issues agenda.

Wyoming small-government conservatives revolt against GOP social agenda


I said all along that Karl Rove sold the soul of the GOP to get Bush elected. These social issues are a big reason why the GOP is in disarray (and yet still smoking the Dems).
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Re: Lunatic Republican state legislators

Postby TheBookPolice » Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:43 pm

green union terrace chair wrote:And that chant, oh that chant ... I understand the sentiment (and the meter, which makes it a good chant), but a protest is not what democracy looks like. It's what the First Amendment looks like.

Debatable.

Our friend Webster wrote:4: the common people especially when constituting the source of political authority
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Re: Lunatic Republican state legislators

Postby kurt_w » Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:46 am

OK, here's the next entry in our "Lunatic Republican State Legislators" contest:

Kansas GOPer: Let's Shoot Illegal Immigrants Like Pigs

Nice guy, eh?
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Re: Lunatic Republican state legislators

Postby ilikebeans » Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:59 am

It must be incredibly difficult to write political pieces for The Onion these days.
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Re: Lunatic Republican state legislators

Postby snoqueen » Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:29 pm

"Let's drop the big one, there'll be no one left to blame us."
-- Tom Lehrer

Weird how this sentiment recirculates from time to time.
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