Leland Yee: A look back

2005: Taking advantage of the publicity around the “Hot Coffee” mod for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Leland Yee introduces AB1179, a California bill aiming to regulate violent video games. It eventually gets struck down by the Supreme Court as an unconstitutional violation of free speech 2013: Following the publicity around the Newton CT school shootings, Leland Yee takes to Twitter to argue for the closing of assault weapon loopholes. He also says that he still thinks video games need regulation:

Larry Craig and restroom etiquette

This week the ACLU decided to stick their oar in regarding the vexed question of whether Larry Craig should have been prosecuted for soliciting gay sex in a restroom stall in Minneapolis Airport. Their logic was interesting. There is apparently case law in Minnesota to say that one has an expectation of privacy when in a bathroom stall, even if the stall is in a public place. Therefore, the ACLU argue, it is entirely legal to have gay sex in the stall of a public toilet in Minnesota, since you’re doing it in private.

Staggering hypocrisy from Google

Google press release: We recognize the impact that our operations have on the Earth’s climate, and are taking steps to ensure that we are carbon neutral by the end of 2007. Solving climate change won’t be simple, and there won’t be a single solution that addresses the entire problem at once. We all need to act together to meet the challenge – from the largest corporations and governments to individual households.

Raise the double standard

The John McCain Suspension of Habeas Corpus / Ignore the Geneva Conventions Bill was getting me down this morning, but suddenly things have turned around. From AP news: In a scandal guaranteed to anger parents, a prominent House Republican has resigned after the revelation that he exchanged raunchy electronic messages with a teenage boy, a former congressional page. Rep. Mark Foley, R-Florida, who is single, apologized Friday for letting down his family and constituents.