Monthly Archives: August 2007

Larry Craig’s “What if” defense

Although in my previous post on this I’ve recommended the distinguished gentleman from Idaho step down “for the good of the party,” a very close friend of mine —who is quite liberal, by the way— has come to Larry Craig’s defense.

Reasons:

One of the main reasons is the absolutely shoddy police work. For example, the police report indicates that “other stalls were unoccupied” along that back row of toilet stalls in the men’s room.  The ‘IMPLICATION’ is that the Senator could have used one of those unoccupied stalls, but instead wanted a stall next to someone for the purpose of soliciting sex.

The officer’s report simply states he noted that other stalls were available because they were unoccupied.

My friend points out that this is an arrogant manipulation of alleged facts. At no place in the police report does it describe the condition of those unoccupied stalls.  In other words, “What if” they were all plugged up … or “what if” the seats had crap on them, or “what if” some idiots had failed to raise the seats and pee’d all over them.

I have to agree, this was shoddy police work, at best. Having been in bathrooms where commodes are plugged up and people have pee’d on the seats, I don’t feel it’s my job to be an airport janitor.

The senator had an alibi with that.

My friend and I also listened to the audio tape of the officer ‘interrogating’ the senator. Frankly, the senator’s story is quite believable. Regarding the “wide stance” argument, the senator says he takes a wide stance when lowering his pants so they don’t hit the floor.

That’s actually a very valid point. I NEVER let my pants hit the bathroom floor in a public bathroom, and I, too, take a fairly ‘wide’ stance to prevent them from doing so.  I’ve argued that I certainly wouldn’t let my feet go into someone else’s stall, but my friend points out that I’m in my mid-40’s, and the senator is 62.  “What if” he doesn’t focus on where his feet are, and he’s just trying to prevent his pants from hitting the floor,” my friend asks.

I could go on, but suffice it again that the senator did NOTHING wrong to break any Minneapolis or Minnesota law.

The ‘What If”s’ aside . . .

That having been said, I want to reiterate that I still think it’s in the best interest of the party for the senator to step down. By his own admission, he panicked and made a mistake.  He also never had a lawyer represent him in all of this — He simply tried to sweep it under the rug.

But even with all the alleged “panic,” the senator still had a month to mull it over before officially pleading guilty for disorderly conduct.

My reason for wanting him to step down is NOT because he may have been guilty of soliciting sex, but because he exercised very poor judgment in dealing with it.  Yes, he is human, and we all make mistakes. But our public representatives are supposed to have high moral character and make better decisions than that.

I certainly don’t want MY senator casting votes on my behalf when he has shown himself to make poor decisions in pressure situations. Since I live in Idaho, I believe I have the right to ask for people to have better decision-making skills when representing me in the US Senate.

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Larry Craig: If nothing else, he’s WIERD.

When one looks at the law as written in Minnesota, Larry Craig broke none of them. In my opinion, the cop acted too soon. He should have continued to bait the unsuspecting Senator until something more substantial occurred. Why he didn’t is beyond me (unless maybe the cop was afraid he might actually get turned on by the blue-eyed Senator and enjoy whatever transpired).

 So in the technical, legal aspect, I don’t think the Senator should have been charged with anything.

 HOWEVER . . .

That having been said, what the Senator did was just plain creepy.  I’ve been in enough public bathrooms to know that I don’t want some guy’s foot creeping into my stall area. If such an event were to occur, the encroaching foot would have been kicked away.  Politely, of course. But not so politely if it happened a second time.

And I’m certainly not going to let my foot creep into someone else’s stall!  If I have a “wide stance” (as the Senator claims he has), I’m only going as wide as my “area,” or I’m looking for the larger handicapped stall.

The Creepy Hand!

 And if some guy’s hand was showing through under the divider, I’d be wondering “WTF?” I’d wait for it to stop, and if it didn’t, I’d just ask out loud, “LOOKING FOR SOMETHING?” Larry Craig Hand Wave

And I see no reason at all for my hand to be down that low.  That’s just plain WIERD.

But now the kicker.  The officer shows his badge and points to the exit.  The police report says Craig replied “No!”

‘No’ to what? If I was sitting on the crapper and a badge appeared under the divider with a finger pointed to the exit, I’d be saying, “WTF?” 

Not having done anything wrong, I might have wondered if the cops were after someone else and were trying to clear out the bathroom to avoid someone getting shot in a fire fight. If that was my assumption I certainly wouldn’t have said anything out loud. 

But again, if I hadn’t done anything wrong, why would I say “no!?”

Why was he in the “No Flush” Zone?

Okay — so now comes the Senator exiting the stall “without flushing” —according to the police report. But the officer does NOT look into the commode to see if it needed flushing. Perhaps the Senator just forgot? That would be a viable alibi for the Senator, but he doesn’t give it. 

So again — this is WIERD.  Weird, that is, UNLESS the Senator was constipated and couldn’t move anything (except his foot and his hand) while sitting down. Unless he was constipated, he should have been shuffling paperwork and there should have been a flush.

But again, if that were the case, doesn’t it make sense that the Senator would have explained that to the cops?  Wouldn’t that have been a great alibi? Hell, he could have said his hands were under the divider as he as grabbing for something to help him push. But again, he said nothing of the sort.

The cop acted too soon, but . . . .

So really — because the cop moved too soon, Craig really shouldn’t have been arrested.  But with all the WIERD actions of the Senator, I’d say it’s highly likely he was looking for SOMETHING out of the ordinary.

And to the Idaho delegation, I say it’s time the ‘Honorable’ Larry Craig acknowledge that regardless of whether or not he’s truly guilty, he’s lost credibility and is therefore no longer effective in his role. He should step down “for the good of the party.”

At least that way he can maintain a smidgeon of dignity.

What’s the danger of not doing so?

Recall the saga of Joey Buttafucco, the repair shop owner who was banging a young Amy Fisher on the side. Recall that Fisher then tried to kill Joey’s wife.  People believed Joey’s denial, and if he had just shut up his life would have returned to normal (however deceitful ‘normal’ may have been).

But nooooooooo. 

Mr. Buttafucco went on the national talk shows trying to drum up a bit of fortune with his newfound fame, and it blew up in his face. The truth came out and Buttafucco’s life fell apart all around him.

Learn a lesson from Joey Buttafucco

Senator!  Take a lesson here!  Resign. Retire to Idaho or become a lobbyist. Whatever you do, stop stomping your feet (and stop tapping them, too) while proclaiming your innocence.

Everybody thinks you’re WIERD, and you have the best chance of preserving what little dignity you have left if you just fade off and enjoy your retirement.

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It’s a great example of Dog-Wagging

The 1998 film Wag the Dog (starring Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, and Anne Heche, among others) shows how EASY it is to manipulate public opinion “via television.”

Well, you can watch the real thing happening on CNN this week with Christiane Amanpour’s “documentary” (aka propaganda piece) entitled “God’s Warriors.”

This is Dog Wagging at its best.

This is also cause to use one of my favorite acronyms, WABOS.

The propaganda in this series is obvious to any balanced-thinking individual.  (read what might be included in a balanced approach.)

In fact, I think this Dog Wagging is so powerful, it goes beyond propaganda.  I think the real questions ought to be: Why is Christiane prostituting herself in this manner? Who is she doing this for? And for what in return?

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More extremism – 4th grader suspended for drawing a gun

Dennis Prager is right. This IS The Age of Stupidity.

Check out the story from KPHO in Phoenix.  A fourth-grader, after drawing a picture of a gun, is suspended from school for FIVE DAYS. 

Oh, wait …. the school decided to be lenient and they lowered the suspension to THREE days. How kind of them.

When does the lunacy end?  Or — is it just beginning? Sadly, I think it’s the latter.

What is Common Sense?

I am acquainted with the president of a county school board in a rather large, urban area. This person says they have a “zero tolerance” policy, but adds that it’s a COMMON SENSE zero tolerance policy.

For example, aspirin is not a controlled substance. Therefore, if a student “A” has a headache and student “B” gives student “A” some aspirin, student “B” is not going to be suspended for a narcotics violation.

Similarly, if a 13-year old boy draws a picture of a gun, in my acquaintance’s district, the boy is not going to be disciplined. He broke no rules, and common sense tells us he was not endangering anyone.

Punished for Breaking NO Rules

Yet at Payne Junior High School in the Chandler Unified School District of Phoenix, drawing a gun merits a multiple-day suspension. Why?  Was the boy aware that drawing a gun was against school policy? Shouldn’t the boy have been made aware that drawing a gun would get him suspended?

Alas, there is no rule about it. According to KPHO’s investigation, such a rule does not even exist in that school.

So — since when do rules get made up and enforced as we go along? Apparently as long as we have reactionary extremists with no common sense running the Chandler School District.

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PS. If you think this drawing might have been evil in nature and warranted a suspension, take a look for yourself.

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Bradley Berry is at best an extremist – possibly a terrorist

In what Dennis Prager is calling The Age of Stupidity, the “law” is being taken to extremes. Since when do two junior high school boys spend FIVE DAYS IN JAIL for slapping the butts of female classmates?  What is the agenda of Yamhill County District Attorney Bradley Berry? What kind of extremist views does he hold?

As Prager points out, this case and the Nifong case against the Duke lacrosse players are indeed troubling. How much longer will it be until you and I are arrested because we stand on a public sidewalk and simply talk about the bible?

Equally frustrating, as pointed out at the Classically Liberal blog, is that Berry gets paid for this bizarre behavior while the parents of these boys must foot their own legal bills.

At best, Nifong and Berry are extremists. Their over-reaction belies common sense. These are DISTRICT ATTORNEYS, after all — who the hell are they afraid of? When it comes to matters of law, it’s supposed to be these guys who set the tone for common sense.

Apparently that’s not the case anymore. When people in these positions are terrorizing their constituents with such absurd exercises of power, they start looking like terrorists–and that, my fellow countrymen, is very unsettling.

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An open letter to District Attorney Bradley Berry

August 22, 2007

Bradley Berry
District Attorney, Yamhill County
535 E. 5th Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

Dear Mr. Berry,

It is with my deepest respect for the office of District Attorney that I write this letter.

If it’s true that you pressed felony sex charges against two junior high school boys for slapping female classmates on their butt;

And if it’s true that the junior high female “victims” saw the boys action as “horseplay” but felt pressured to file the reports they did;

Then you are, quite simply, an a$$hole.

Please note the actual physiology: An a$$hole is a hole. It is a void. Defecation runs through it from time to time, but when it’s not spewing forth excrement, it’s simply a void.

Do you take pride in your actions, or are you just going off the deep end?

Suffice it to say I’m sick of extremists like you. A close relative of mine served in law enforcement for over three decades, and he could never figure out if lawyers like you had a screw loose or if you just drank too much of your own ego juice.

So like I said, if what is outlined above is true, then in my most polite, friendly, and respectful tone, f___ __u. 

Sincerely,
Lave sus Manos

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