As Radley Balko says, WTF?
Williamson denied standing naked in his doorway or front window and said he had no intent to expose himself to anyone. But [Judge] O’Flaherty wasn’t buying it and likened Williamson to bank robber John Dillinger, who also “thought he was doing nothing wrong when he walked into banks and shot them up.”
Anyhow, consider this an open thread. Discuss what you like, when you like, with whom you like, wearing the clothes you like, noshing on the food you like. You can even do it naked in your own home; I promise not to call the cops on you.
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Our anger is not rooted in our naivete, or our idealism. It’s rooted in our realism. We know that when you fight for something in politics, you can very often win. But if you don’t fight, you’ll never win. We are upset at the President and the Congress because no one fought for the public option, for the President’s own campaign promise.
One reason I won’t give a cent toward’s Obama’s re-election campaign. This isn’t politically necessary; it’s Obama’s administration acting like homophobic assholes. I honestly don’t know if they’re acting from deep-seated cowardice or from pure bigotry, but in either case they’re breaking every promise they ever made about LGBT rights.
The habit of insisting that only the right and the left have “ideologies” and that people in the center don’t is one of the absolute most frustrating elements of conventional political discussion in the United States. The fact of the matter is that “centrist” ideological taboos have been the big story of the Obama administration. That starts with the imposition of an arbitrary cap on the size of the stimulus bill, it continues to the utterly merciless and fanatical centrist opposition to the existence of any public option, to the Fed’s refusal to undertake further monetary easing, to the unwillingness to contemplate really stern measures against bailed-out banks and their executives, and on and on and on.