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Wilhelm Reich

Wide Stance

Posted on 2007.08.29 at 13:39
Current Mood: cynicalcynical
Current Music: Sponge Fleet - We Go Around
I kind of wanted to say this, but it sounds bad. So I found someone else who said it, and I will cite them as a source. There is no way that any heterosexual American man would plead guilty to cruising for gay sex in an airport bathroom in hopes of just “making it go away.” It just wouldn’t happen that way.

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metalclarinet
metalclarinet at 2007-09-01 05:33 (UTC) (Link)
He didn't plead guilty to soliciting sex. He plead guilty to disorderly conduct and violating someone's personal space. He was promised that if he plead guilty, there would be no publicity. He may have figured that a quiet disorderly conduct plea was better than any possible verdict if he was charged formally with soliciting gay sex.

That said, when was the last time somebody reached under your stall with their foot?

He has not challenged that he tried to gain advantage by advertising the fact that he was U.S. senator. While I think that along should get him thrown out of the senate, I can see why the Dems don't mention it. Didn't one of the Kennedy's do something similar last year.
Jonathan
theservant at 2007-09-01 23:42 (UTC) (Link)
Technicalities. He pled guilty to charges related to soliciting sex in a men's room, at the same time as he was denying charges from unrelated sources that he liked to solicit sex in men's rooms.
metalclarinet
metalclarinet at 2007-09-02 04:19 (UTC) (Link)

Sure, he was babbling a bit.

Oddly, the one thing I believe is that he does not think of himself as gay. Apparently a lot of men are happily married and think of themselves as straight, but have this compulsion to cruise for anonymous, gay sex. They disassociate from it and according to the W. Post, often swear to themselves that they will never do it again. Until it happens.

Basically it is sad. While I don't want to be taking a crap in an airport mens room whole to guys are rocking the next stall, I'm not sure we really need these sting operations to catch these fellows.

If they start staking out cinibuns for fat binge eaters, I'm in deep trouble.

Now we have Senator McCain on record saying that Senator Craig plead guilty, he should resign. I hope they will apply the same standard to other misdemeanors, such as drunk driving. Drunk drivers kill something like 25,000 Americans each year -- IMHO a much more serious problem.
Jonathan
theservant at 2007-09-02 04:23 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sure, he was babbling a bit.

Well said, although I think that self-righteous types who crusade against things that they are doing, or who are somehow using public policy to work out their own inner issues are actually important problems that our society faces.
metalclarinet
metalclarinet at 2007-09-02 04:48 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sure, he was babbling a bit.

True words. I believe that the reason we embraced torture in Iraq and Guantanamo is because our top leaders are bullies at heart, and for them, foreign policy is some personal way of beating the crap out of people they feel superior to. School chums, especially in college, identified Dub as a bully. I don't know about Cheney and Rummy, but it wouldn't surprise me.

Not really related, but just popped into my head.

Christians embrace forgiveness and leading by example. You can't accuse many people in the current administration (or the right wing clergy)of being these sorts of Christians. Is there a Jewish a strong Jewish tradition of either forgiveness or leading by example? (Maybe the latter is inherent in the Rabbinic tradition. I'm getting at the 'you don't need to tell people how to behave or judge them -- lead a righteous life and they will see how you found happiness and the smart ones will emulate you' way of thinking. [Maybe that is why you see Rabbis who keep kosher leading reform congregations without telling people they are wrong to keep reform kosher (No pork but ham, bacon and shellfish are OK, except maybe for snails. I'm not making this up. Loads of Jews my age observe in this way. to be honest, that is me.)
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