Thursday, April 14, 2005

Sign that kid up

from theNew York Post Online Edition:

You know that hoary old movie cliche where a kid in the stands at a baseball game makes a spectacular catch of a foul ball and the manager says, "sign that kid up"?

When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke Tuesday night at NYU's Vanderbilt Hall, "The room was packed with some 300 students and there were many protesters outside because of Scalia's vitriolic dissent last year in the case that overturned the Texas law against gay sex," our source reports. "One gay student asked whether government had any business enacting and enforcing laws against consensual sodomy. Following Scalia's answer, the student asked a follow-up: 'Do you sodomize your wife?' The audience was shocked, especially since Mrs. Scalia [Maureen] was in attendance. The justice replied that the question was unworthy of an answer."

If this kid isn't broken beyond all redemption when they release him from Gitmo a few years from now, I think we ought to make him Elliot Spitzer's replacement as New York Attorney General. That is the best 1-2 punch I have seen in a very long time, and Scalia walked right into this guy's fist. Either sodomy is illegal, and thus the public's business, or it is within the "sphere of privacy" so ridiculed by guys like Scalia. Scalia's response is an elegant demonstration of his blatant hypocisy.

Inspired. Brave. And unless we put him up on our collective shoulders and make him too famous to hurt, probably a prelude to tragedy.

Memo to the mainstream media: what this guy did? That's your job. Watch and learn.


Blogger Olaf said...

I wrote a bit on this as well, inspired by your post today. Combined with Tom DeLay's declaration that "the reason we had a right to privacy is because Congress didn't stop them" makes it seem that these guys, as public officials, should answer all questions about anything, including how they shtup their wives, boyfriends, lambs, or cooked liver.
Thanks for the good read.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Angel, librarian and educator said...

Haha, I have to like that. I read that story and have seen a few other bloggers comment on it, both in favor and against. But it is true, it boils down to "if you want to make it public, you better be ready to be public yourself as well." It was a nice 1-2 punch, the kid will be brilliant someday. Of course, I could care less how public officials, or others for that matter, do "the deed" in the privacy of their home. What you do in your own home, or someone else's, between consenting adults is exactly that, your own. Stay out of my private life already, or be ready to have the light shone on you as well. If I had my choice, just plain stay out and leave my privacy private.

6:57 AM  

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