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The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (stopchildhoodobesity.org) has produced an ad that parodies Sen. Larry Craig's (R-ID) arrest for soliciting sex from a cop in a public restroom.  The ad takes place in a men's bathroom stall and involves a lot of foot tapping and reaching into neighboring stalls.

What the heck do Larry Craig's stall tactics have to do with childhood obesity?  Watch and see.

 

 

The bathroom stall where Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) was arrested in an undercover sex sting is now a tourist attraction.  Tourists frequently visit the stall and some even take pictures.

Double standard?  Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) committed a crime when he solicited an undercover cop for sex in a Minneapolis public restroom.  Republicans immediately distanced themselves from him and called for his resignation.  Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) also committed a crime when he solicited and engaged in sexual activity with prostitutes in Washington DC and Louisiana on multiple occasions.  Republicans have supported him and not called for his resignation.  Are Republicans supporting Vitter and denouncing Craig because Vitter's misconduct involved heterosexual activity and Craig's misconduct involved homosexual activity?  You decide.

Sen. Larry Craig filed papers Monday to withdraw his guilty plea in hennepin County, Minnesota.  He pled guilty to disorderly conduct after he allegedly solicited an undercover police officer for sex in a public restroom.  Craig had announced that he would resign from the U.S. Senate on September 30, but now he says that he will resign only if he is unable to withraw his guilty plea.

 

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Turns out that Sen Craig's "character witnesses," his children Michael Craig and Shea Howell, have a few character issues themselves.  Here's the rundown.

Sen. Craig was arrested in a public restroom for soliciting sex from a cop (he says it was a "misunderstanding"). Michael and Shea appeared on Good Morning America last week to clarify that "misunderstanding" on behalf of their father. 

At the time of their appearance, there was an arrest warrant out for Shea because she failed to make a criminal court appearance. The initial charges against her were "unlawful entry" and "malicius destruction of property".

Not to be outdone, Michael has a history of battery and sexual abuse of women. In 2003, he pled guilty to a charge of battering his wife and a restraining order was placed against him.  His wife sought shelter at St. Mark's Crisis Action Center in Boise, an intervention services center for families in crisis. In 1993, a Michael's girlfriend got a restraining order against him for battering her and breaking her nose. He pled guilty to the charge.   In 1988, Michael was charged with the felony statutory rape of a 16 year old girl.  The charges were later dropped.

With real life stories like this, who needs cable?

 

Sen. Craig wasn't the first "Tapping Tom" to tap dance for a tryst.  Word of men having anonymous sex with other men in restrooms and other public places is the oldest of old news. The Austin-American Statesman published an article about a 1970s study of the practice.

Back in the 1960s, "naughty" behavior in public restrooms was called the "Tearoom Trade."   A young graduate student from Washington University in St. Louis, Laud Humphreys, wanted to know what compelled men to have random, anonymous sexual encounters in public places. So he started hanging out in public restrooms to peep the behavior and find out.  The result of his voyeurism and 100 interviews with men involved in the "tearoom trade" was his doctoral dissertion: "Trearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Personal Places."

Humphreys observed that "the men [interested in bathroom sex] would use silent signals - call and response foot-tapping and finger-pointing - to seek willing partners.... 54 percent of the men were married and living with their wives; 38 percent considered themselves neither bisexual nor homosexual. The men wanted a sexual release that was quick and would not endanger their standing with their family or society. Just 14 percent of the men identified themselves as living-in-the-open homosexuals."

The results of the study - that men engaging in homosexual sex in the bathrooms were heterosexual (or at least living as such) and not gay - were very controversial at the time. So controversial, that Humphreys lost his job over the study.  Many people wanted to know why Humphreys, who was a married fether of two, was so interested watching other men get it on in the bathroom.  Years later, the truth came out, and so did he. He's gay.

 

 

 

Shea%20%20Howell-larry craigs daughter.jpgThe Boise Guardian reports that Sen. Larry Craig's "character witness," his daughter Suzanne Shae Howell who spoke out for him on Good Morning America yesterday, has an outstanding arrest warrant for missing a court appearance. According to the Boise Guardian, her original offenses were unlawful entry and malicious injury to property. 

If you've been under a rock (or, um, preoccupied in a bathroom stall) for the past few days, Craig is the U.S. Senator who was arrested in a public men's room for soliciting an undercover male cop for sex. Craig has not resigned, resigned, not resigned again and then resigned again in the past 5 days because of the controversy surrounding his frisky business. 

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has added this new video to it's homepage. Entitled Moral Highground, the video reviews the recent Republican sex scandals. For you new polichicks, the DCCC is the organization responsible for raising money and developing strategies that will help get more Democrats elected to congress. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) does the same for Republican candidates running for congress.

 

Slate.com did a piece explaining the cruising signals that Sen. Craig used to solicit sex from an undercover cop in a Minneapolis-St. Paul airport restroom.  You can read it here.

Minneapolis police have released a tape of their interview with Sen. Craig following his arrrest for soliciting another man (undercover cop) in a Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport restroom on July 11, 2007.  On the tape, police accuse Sen. Craig of lying about his actions and intentions.  You can hear the audio here or read an unedited transcript after the jump. 

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