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Class act

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Gazette staff March 9th, 2011

During a recent debate on one of his bills, our favorite south Oklahoma City legislator who never returns our calls (sniff, sniff), Sen. Ralph Shortey, cracked wise about the state erecting a wall around its borders to keep out illegal immigrants.

Well, why not? We already have a moat to keep out the Texans, right?

Though it seems like a strange idea, it is not without precedent. For example, there was a wall known as an “anti-fascist protective rampart” erected by the former East Germany.

That seemed to do wonders for the country and spawned a cool Pink Floyd double album and cinematic interpretation.

Shortey later said he was joking, mostly out of frustration that the federal government would not do its job by enforcing immigration laws.

The knee-slapper came during debate on his bill that would allow law enforcement broader powers in questioning and arresting suspected illegal immigrants, as well as allowing the state to seize property of illegal immigrants.

While it might be easy to condemn the timing or content of the josh, we here at CFN understand that when an opportunity to make a funny presents itself, it must be seized, whether it’s in church, a funeral, in court or debating the ways to tighten the screws on a whole class of people.

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