Saturday, February 24, 2007

Okay, got that taken care of (dusts off hands, looks around gamely). What's next?

Meeting on the grounds of the former Confederate Capitol, the Virginia General Assembly voted unanimously Saturday to express "profound regret" for the state's role in slavery . . . .

The resolution passed the House 96-0 and cleared the 40-member Senate on a unanimous voice vote. It does not require Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's approval.

Remember The Simpsons during at least one town meeting? Rev. Lovejoy: All in favor? Townsfolk: Aye! Rev. Lovejoy: Opposed? Single, tiny, ineffectual-sounding male voice: Nay. Probably wouldn't have gone over too well if a Virginia legislator had tried to be funny like that: Nay. So for humor this guy will just have to do:

Among those voting for the measure was Delegate Frank D. Hargrove, an 80-year-old Republican who infuriated black leaders last month by saying "black citizens should get over" slavery.

After enduring a barrage of criticism, Hargrove successfully co-sponsored a resolution calling on Virginia to celebrate "Juneteenth," a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Wow, 80 years old and getting ready for a run at the presidency.

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