- Anti-prostitution forces get too close for comfort (Photo: Associated Press)
QUESTIONING THE TACTICS of undercover massage parlor cops: "court documents state that an undercover officer who was building a case against Jasmine Therapy, located on the 1800 block of M Street NW, was instructed to lay down in a shower room, at which point a woman 'proceeded to scrub [the officer's] body to include the genital area,'" DCist reports. "Later, the officer agreed to pay the woman for oral sex, at which point he made up an excuse and left. Another officer similarly received a shower rubdown, but also left before engaging in sexual intercourse with a masseuse. Later, police raided the parlor, where they found $70,000 in cash "hidden in lotion dispensers with false bottoms, and hidden condoms. . . . Obviously, undercover work often requires police to bend the law in order to get the evidence they need. But MPD still doesn't sound thrilled about their officers potentially getting naked, soapy massages while on duty."
AFTER THE JUMP: the Lila Rose school of journalism; the appropriateness of "you seem gayer"; trouble in the land of anti-discrimination:
A GUIDE to informing your gynecologist you are gay, this Thursday at the Reeves Center.
ON THE LIKES of Planned Parenthood-punking Lila Rose and ACORN-sabotaging James O'Keefe, from Adam Serwer: "These folks like to style themselves as journalists, but journalism isn't really what these people are doing. It's more like a kind of moral vigilantism. Like a crooked cop who plants evidence on a suspect he believes to be guilty, these people feel justified in framing organizations like ACORN and Planned Parenthood because they're ultimately convinced they're criminal enterprises. So even if the videos don't prove what they want them to prove, it's important that everyone know the terrible things these organizations do even if you have to lie about it. Ultimately, to them it's not really lying, because deep down they believe it must be true, even if there's no actual proof."
IS IT OFFENSIVE to say that someone "seems gayer" than they used to? How about that someone "seems blacker" than before? What if the person in question rose to fame by pretending not to be black? Oprah Winfrey considers these questions.
TROUBLE with the trans anti-discrimination bill floated in the Maryland house: "The GINDA doesn't include 'public accommodations' language while the four previous Maryland trans specific rights bills did, TransGriot reports. "Without that 'public acconmodations' language, it still leaves the door open for transpeople to be discriminated against . . . Trans people in the Old Line State are justifiably concerned about the lack of effort Equality MD seems to be putting in this bill vis a vis the marriage equality one. They still remember being cut out of the 2001 rights bill that protects GL people only."