Friday, August 31, 2007

Impersonal Sex in Public Places

We've been dealing with the weighty issue of court reform, so I think it's time to tone our discussion down several notches. As promised the other day, we're returning to the sleazy side of life, inspired by the imbroglio involving U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho).

Do you know how you can always tell that it's sweeps week in television land? Your local Action News teams starts doing stories on prostitution, adult movie houses, kiddie porn, etc., right? Americans just can't seem to get enough dirt. Just look at Dateline NBC's "To Catch a Predator" series. They can't churn the episodes out fast enough, and Chris Hansen has become a cultural icon. (Don't you just love that special moment: "I have something I have to tell you. I'm Chris Hansen from Dateline NBC, and we're doing a story on . . .")

I must confess, when Predator comes on, I sit in front of the tube, transfixed. It's better than football. (But not quite as good as basketball.)

Anyway, the issue of seemingly heterosexual men performing homosexual acts with strangers in public places is currently in the news, thanks to Senator Craig and his encounter with an undercover Minnesota policeman in a airport restroom. (By the way, here's an interesting story about the press and how it managed to miss the story of Senator Craig's arrest for three months. Ouch.)

As I noted in my earlier post on this subject, what me now might call the "Larry Craig Issue" actually has some relevance--in a roundabout way--to the legal nightmare we are describing here at Legal Schnauzer.

How, you might ask? Well let's just say that while researching some of the characters and events in our little morality play, I came across some information that led me to think, "Hmmm, maybe I need to check out this issue a little further."

And what did I discover? More on that coming up.

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