From the great state of Florida, we have another sex sting. This one only nabbed one politician among the nine arrested - a Daytona city commissioner (no word yet on if he made decisions we didn't like):
Shallow and Behringer were among nine men charged with lewd and lascivious conduct and exposure of a sexual organ, both misdemeanors, police said.
Of course, if they're exposing themselves out in the open there, it takes an undercover officer to notice it.
But what's even better is the evidence used to arrest these men:
Offenders coughed or sneezed, tapped their feet, sometimes under the stall beside them, or made loud zipper noises to attract attention from others interested in engaging in sexual acts, Hoffman said.
So those of you who live in Daytona had better make sure you zip your zippers quietly! And don't cough or sneeze in the bathroom!
The sheriff, though, takes the cake:
"It's scumbags like this that erode the quality of life that we have here," Chitwood said. "What scares me is that these are people that we trust to be political leaders, these are people that we trust with our children."
They're the ones eroding the quality of life? What about high real estate costs that force people to go without food? What about the lack of health care in this country? Being sick hurts one's quality of life a lot more. What about environmental degradation? And people's family members being shipped off to die in Iraq? And what about people who actually exploit children for sex?
But, no, we can't trust people like this with children. We'll simply let them have children and then not ask questions about what goes on behind closed doors, because that's a private family matter.
A lot of the comments on the article are talking about this being part of the "gay lifestyle". The nabbed politician here was married to a woman with children. Maybe we should start to say that having this sort of sex is part of the straight lifestyle? It seems far more accurate to me, as all of these people identify as straight, not gay.
But still troubling is the automatic link between same-gender lovin' and pedophilia that the sheriff makes here, that many who discuss these cases make. Aren't we past that? These people in the bathrooms aren't after children and don't want to be noticed. All of this children talk is fear-mongering and posturing so that the police can pretend like they're actually doing something useful.
If there's a problem with them being disruptive, send a uniformed officer in there and put up signs saying that the bathroom is regularly monitored. Honestly, that's probably the only effective way to stop straight men from having sex in public bathrooms.
I'm just going to mention that the Daytona News-Journal posted the mugshot of each of these men with their names along with the article. Does that bother anyone else? Am I the only one who finds that reminiscent of those old stings of queer bars and gay parties?