Boston

Snow Day Tinfoil

Andrea Tantaros, of FOX News.

One of life’s blessings is that our society includes plenty who watch FOX News so the rest of us don’t have to suffer through it. Meanwhile, of course, tinfoil conspiracy theories are the new black among conservatives, and especially since the House Republican finding that there was no conspiracy theory to hide what happened at Benghazi only serves as proof of how good the conspiracy theory is, well, Republicans are struggling―to put it kindly―for new traction.

Oh, come on. At the intersection of FOX News and tinfoil? You know it’s going to be … amazing.

Fox News host Andrea Tantaros and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) asserted on Monday that liberals were using snow days as a plot to remove religious holidays from schools ....Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI07)

.... On Monday’s edition of Outnumbered, Fox News host Jedediah Bila argued that schools should start earlier to “avoid angering this religious group or that religious group, and let everyone have their religious holiday.”

But Duffy said that there was something more sinister going on.

“That makes too much sense,” the Wisconsin Republican quipped. “Don’t let any good crisis go to waste, and if you want to take religion out of the public square, look at Boston and look at all the snow and say, ‘What a great reason now, we can take these religious holidays out of our school system.’”

“It’s using the crisis to the liberal benefit,” he added.

(Edwards)

If Mr. Duffy’s name sounds familiar, the Congressman from Wisconsin’s Seventh was last seen dancing with infamy last month, when he sounded off with the losing faction of a Republican rift about vaccination.

Three words: Republican quality standards.

Oh, right, that’s too complicated. One word: Vetting.

As to FOX News, no words will suffice that have not already fallen away from their deaf souls.

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Edwards, David. “Fox News host Andrea Tantaros: Snow days are a liberal plot to strip schools of religious holidays”. The Raw Story. 16 March 2015.

Acevedo, Nicole. “GOP rep: Vaccinating children should be parents’ choice”. msnbc. 3 February 2015.

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Nearly Amusing

Every once in a while, politicians manage to do their job swiftly and efficiently. Usually, this is because they are embarrassed.

A man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law because the women were not nude or partially nude, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Wednesday.

Dave Granlund, March 6 2014, via Cagle Post.The Supreme Judicial Court overruled a lower court that had upheld charges against Michael Robertson, who was arrested in August 2010 by transit police who set up a sting after getting reports that he was using his cellphone to take photos and video up female riders’ skirts and dresses.

The ruling immediately prompted top Beacon Hill lawmakers to pledge to update state law.

Existing so-called Peeping Tom laws protect people from being photographed in dressing rooms and bathrooms when nude or partially nude, but the way the law is written, it does not protect clothed people in public areas, the court said.

“A female passenger on a MBTA trolley who is wearing a skirt, dress, or the like covering these parts of her body is not a person who is ‘partially nude,’ no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt by way of underwear or other clothing,” the court said in its ruling.

State law “does not apply to photographing (or videotaping or electronically surveilling) persons who are fully clothed and, in particular, does not reach the type of upskirting that the defendant is charged with attempting to accomplish on the MBTA,” the court said.

The SJC said that while such actions should be illegal, they are not, given the way state law is written.

It took what, two days, to make that fix?

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Pratt, Mark. “Mass. court: Subway ‘upskirt’ photos not illegal”. March 5, 2014. Boston.com. March 8, 2014.

Associated Press. “After ruling, Massachusetts bans ‘upskirt’ photos”. March 7, 2014. Boston.com. March 8, 2014.

Image credit: Detail of image by Dave Granlund, via Cagle Post.