It was reported by Roll Call yesterday that Larry Craig [pictured, courtesy of senate.gov], Republican senator from Idaho, was arrested in June for trying to pick up an undercover officer in a men's room at the Minneapolis airport. He ended up having the naughty charge dropped in return for a guilty plea for "disorderly conduct" and the matter, by virtue of the fact that we are all only now learning about it months later, was pretty much covered-up. It will surprise you not at all to learn that allegations of homosexuality have been repeatedly denied by Senator Craig over the years and that he also has a rock-solid record of opposition to gay-friendly legislation. Check this out (courtesy of Americablog):
* Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)It's almost enough to make one ask: Are there any straight Republicans left in Washington anymore? (Must...resist urge...to...link...back...to....Rudy in drag picture...Oops.)
* Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
* Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
* Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
* Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
Man, football frenzy is in full effect here. Things are so crazy right now that Georgia head coach Mark Richt apologizing for rather emphatically renewing his call for an indoor practice facility is somehow a big story. I don't know where we'd put it...or how to pay for it...but, sure, a practice bubble would come in handy. For me, though, what I love is the fact that, in a sports culture dominated by jerks and egomaniacs, we have a coach who is such a straight arrow that he issues a formal apology simply because he didn't want to come off like he was popping off to the press. I bet he gets his practice bubble sooner, rather than later.
Now, didn't you just know that David Wells was going to go right out and win a big game for the Dodgers first time out after being passed up by the Braves? True, he didn't put up an especially gaudy pitching line...but you're telling me you wouldn't take 5 innings/7 hits/2 runs from Buddy Carlyle right now? From Jo Jo Reyes? Dude could've been had for a song. Missed opportunity.
Miss South Cackalacky gives her side of the story to The Today Show. I'll say this much for her...she's being a good sport about the whole thing. Oh...and she is blazing hot.
Finally, is giving a lightsaber to a shuttle full of allegedly drunk astronauts really that great an idea?