Archive for September 22nd, 2009

How does concern about sex predators turn into this?

Sep 22, 2009 in Legal

Arresting and stigmatizing kids who have sex:

It takes so little for this happen to a child. A girl in school has oral sex with a boy in school. She becomes a sex offender for the rest of her life. Streaking a school event, as a practical joke, becomes a sex crime in the new America. Two kids “moon” a passerby and are incarcerated in jail as sex offenders, where they may well learn a lesson or two about rape. A teenager, who takes a sexy of photo of him, or herself, is paraded around the community as a “child pornographer” for the rest of his or her life. Two kids in the back seat of a car have fumbling sex. The law says one is an offender because the other is a “victim.” One week later, a birthday passes, and it is no longer a crime. One week’s difference and a life is ruined. In other cases an act that is legal on Monday is illegal on Tuesday because the older of the two turned one year older. That becomes enough to qualify him, or her, as an offender.

I’m sure rightwing puritanism has nothing to do with this, and Republicans can join Democrats in repealing this insane criminalization of youth.

-jb

Who I’m listening to almost every day.

Sep 22, 2009 in Music

I’m convinced I have to try to see Fleet Foxes live, and I haven’t seen anybody live since Interpol in 2003.

-jb

Harry Reid again claims to have a pair.

Sep 22, 2009 in Health Care, Politics

Watch out with those threats, Harry! Republicans might say mean things about you!

If you don’t mean it, Harry, then hand over the reins.

-jb