Thursday, January 17, 2008

Thank God There Are Organizations Like This Protecting My Rights In Public Restrooms!

One of my favorite organizations in the whole friggin' world, an organization that is out there fighting for my rights as a citizen to practice sexual activity that should only be allowed in a jail cell with a cellmate named Bubba, an organization who cares more about what's right than decent and morally correct, an organization who has gone to great lengths to scare the hell out of good, every day god-fearing individuals, has done it again. Oh, thank heaven. Yes folks, that's right. These incredibly good people who have way to much time on their hands to worry about real civil rights issues, and in an effort to help Sen. Larry Craig and get some lobbying support in congress, yes, the American Civil Liberties Union is arguing that people who have sex in public bathrooms have an expectation of privacy. I am so proud!

The ACLU filed a brief Tuesday supporting Craig. It cited a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling 38 years ago that found that people who have sex in closed stalls in public restrooms "have a reasonable expectation of privacy." Craig, of Idaho, is asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals to let him withdraw (I didn't write this) his guilty plea to disorderly conduct stemming from a bathroom sex sting at the Minneapolis airport. The ACLU argued that even if Craig was inviting the officer to have sex, his actions wouldn't be illegal because hey, he needed to get his rocks off in a public restroom!

Now here's an issue that the ACLU should really look into. This issue is definitely a personal invasion of more than your privacy. In New York, a construction worker claimed in a lawsuit claiming that when he went to a hospital after being hit on the forehead by a falling wooden beam, emergency room staffers forcibly gave him a rectal examination. Yeow! I just hope he wasn't going into the emergency Room for a slight case of food poisening or the flu!

Brian Persaud, 38, says in court papers that after he denied a request by New York-Presbyterian Hospital emergency room employees to examine his rectum, he was "assaulted, battered and falsely imprisoned." His lawyer, Gerrard M. Marrone, said he and Persaud later learned the exam was one way of determining whether he had suffered spinal damage in the accident. Then, Marrone said, emergency room staffers insisted on examining his rectum and held him down while he begged, "Please don't do that." He said Persaud hit a doctor while flailing around and staffers gave him an injection, which knocked him out, and performed the rectal exam. Persaud got eight stitches for a cut over his eyebrow and woke up handcuffed to a bed and with an oxygen tube down his throat, his lawyer said, and spent three days in a detention center. Persaud's lawsuit, filed in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, seeks unspecified damages. A judge dismissed a misdemeanor assault charge against him.

By the way, the picture is not of Mr. Persaud...just another guy who would be shocked if he got an ACLU unprotected rectal exam!

So where was the ACLU on this one? I think more than his privacy rights were invaded. But hey, maybe this guy is "good to go" and utilize the rights defended in the other story. Hmmm. And in the Larry Craig story, which we are so tired of hearing about, the ACLU argued that even if he was inviting the officer to have sex, his actions wouldn't be illegal. Not even immoral. Or disgusting. Just 100% totally legal! Thank you ACLU!