Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Bathroom Footsies may Flush Senator Craig

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Here we go again. It appears yet another highly moral, family values, anti-homosexual, crusading Republican member of Congress was arrested and fined on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, stemming from an "incident" in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport back on June 11th, after he was detained by a plainclothes police officer who was investigating complaints of lewd behavior in an airport men's room.

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Idaho Republican, Larry Craig, a three term United States Senator, as reported by Congressional Publication, Roll Call, was apprehended shortly after he (according to the arresting officer) allegedly lingered outside a rest room stall where the officer was sitting, then entered the stall next door and blocked the door with his luggage. According to the arrest report cited by Roll Call, Craig tapped his right foot, which the officer said he recognized "as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct." The report alleges Craig then touched the officer's foot with his foot and the senator "proceeded to swipe his hand under the stall divider several times," according to Roll Call. At that point, the officer said he placed his police identification down by the floor so Craig could see it and informed the senator that he was under arrest, before any sexual contact took place.

Senator Craig, 62 years of age, married with three adopted children and grandfather of nine, paid a $500 fine when he entered his guilty plea on August 8 in Hennepin County Municipal Court in Bloomington, Minnesota, according to state criminal records. Craig was also sentenced to ten days in jail but that sentence was stayed. Craig then went on to do what any moral Republican Senator would do when caught with his "hand" in the cookie jar, he denied any inappropriate conduct in a prepared statement, and said he now regrets his guilty plea.
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Craig should have known better. The Brokeback Senator is not exactly new to charges of lewd and/or homosexual acts based on past reports. In 1982 when the then youthful Craig was in his first of five terms as an Idaho Congressman, he was forced to go on network news to deny rumors involving cocaine and sex with male congressional pages. Hmmmm, is this story starting to remind anybody of a "Foleyesque" type episode from just last year? Speaking of 2006, in October of that year, gay activist blogger Mike Rogers published allegations on his blog that Craig was homosexual; Craig called the allegation "completely ridiculous." This makes you kind of wonder why no libel lawsuit was filed. I'm just trying to decipher why that expression if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it's probably a duck, is dancing through my brain at present?

Perhaps, the time has come for us all to acknowledge that not all our elected officials are honest, ethical and moral pillars of the community. We don't elect them so they can tell us how honorable they are, we actually expect them to show it to us through their actions. It's really true you know, that "a fish stinks from the head down." That adage seems so apt when you examine our political landscape today. President Bush and Vice President Cheney have set the bar so high when it comes to the rotting, stinking stench of corruption from the head down. Next, you have to look no further than down Pennsylvania Avenue to Capitol Hill. Highly principled hot air balloons like David Vitter, Duke Cunningham, Mark Foley, Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay and now Larry Craig, just to name a few, are using the Capitol as everything from their own personal swiss bank to a public toilet. Besides being corrupt hypocrites, they're actually the antithesis of everything they claim to stand for in order to get elected.

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Craig voted against anything and everything that would allow homosexuals the same basic rights afforded to heterosexuals. I'm now waiting for the Lavatory Lothario to follow the lead of other dishonorable right wing scumbags and enter counseling and/or rehab. Perhaps Craig should follow men of the cloth such as of Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, Michael Vick and Ted Haggard and ask Jesus for help. Just thinking about these guys makes me want to go a bathroom and throw up. However, the last thing I need at a particularly unpleasant moment like that, would be for Larry Craig or some similar type hypocrite to be lurking nearby, propositioning me for sex.....

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