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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.

An Obvious Question

The most obvious question of the day: Is cartoonist Chip Bok racist, or just stupid?

Chip Bok, "Al Sharpton America"The overtly conservative cartoonist is notorious for his stinging critiques of Democratic and liberal political fantasies spun of his own delusion, and his latest low blow against Reverend Al Sharpton is no different.

Perhaps the poignancy of the frame comes from its timing. Not so long ago, liberals chuckled—or else fumed with appropriate disgust—at a phenomenon in public discussions about women’s health civil rights issues widely reviled as, “Hush, girl. The men are talking.”

Just think about that for a moment.

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Your Recommended Daily Allowance of Papal Minutiae

Because it’s one of those things you pick up along the way, and never really stop to think about until someone mentions it, and then you’re, like, Oh, yeah. Well, that makes sense.

Y’know?Pope Francis

Spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi sought to clear up any possible confusion, noting that Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who announced the name to the world, said simply Francis. It is listed that way in the first Vatican bulletin on the new pope.

“It will become Francis I after we have a Francis II,” Lombardi quipped.

So, yeah. Now we know. Seems obvious when—if—you stop to think about it.
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