Genarlow Wilson, 21, was about to have his 10-year prison sentence, of which he's already served two, vacated earlier this week when the deal suddenly fell through. His crime was, as a 17-year-old, receiving consensual mouth whoopee (CMW) from a girl of 15. A two-year age difference does not "aggravated child molestation" make. Nor should it require one of the parties to be registered as a sex offender for life. I know married couples who are 8, 10 or 15 years apart; why is that not a crime?
That Wilson ever saw the inside of a prison for this is truly unjust; that he now may be staying there longer after being told he would be released is pure madness.
President Bush's candidate for Surgeon General, Dr. James Holsinger, is taking a lot of flack for some homophobic writings from his past. In a document he wrote for the United Methodist Church called "Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality," Holslinger discusses the dangers of "gay" sexual practices, some very extreme (emphasis mine) and some more common. Some sexual practices certainly are more risky than others, but Holsinger seemingly fails to note that many of these acts are not exclusive to gay couples (nor are they practiced by all gay couples). This glaring oversight reveals more about Holsinger's bias against gays than it does about gays themselves. Hey Mr. President, how about a candidate who isn't an ideological freak, for once?
This is a guy who C. Everett Koop's critics would love, but confirming him would be madness.
And former CBS News anchor Dan Rather has criticized current anchor Katie Couric for "dumbing it (the newscast) down and tarting it up." CBS Chief Les Moonves shot back at Rather, charging his comments were "sexist." But anyone who's watched the mainstream media as it went into a frenzy over the Paris Hilton story while giving Iraq, the G8 Summit and immigration secondary status knows Rather is right. Further, Rather was not referring to Couric when he said "tarting," but to her subject matter. In response to Moonves' comments, Rather said that the former "knows about entertainment, but he doesn't know about news." Oh no he ditten! Snap!
Many have been calling the media to the carpet over failing to give important stories appropriate weight. It's nice to now hear that from one of their own. The continuing slide of news into tabloid sleaze, especially when so many significant things are going on in the world, is pure madness.
Make love, not stupidity.