EoT: Foot Fetish and Foot in Mouth
A roundup of news, columns and features about the state, from media around the world.
The New York Daily News reported that a Texas peace officer said he would not arrest a woman for marijuana possession if he could smell her feet.
Patrick Quinn, an officer with a Houston-area school district, was charged with two counts of official oppression.
When the woman began removing her boots, Quinn allegedly upped the ante, stating that he’d have to confiscate her underwear. If she opted not to give Quinn her undies, he’d have to lick her feet, prosecutors said.
“The woman offered to give Quinn her underwear, but he said never mind and let her go,” the Daily News quoted prosecutors as saying.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert put his foot in his mouth on a nationwide Christian radio network. Salon reported that Gohmert said gays in the military means the nation is “ultimately vulnerable to terrorism.”
“I’ve had people say, ‘Hey, you know, there’s nothing wrong with gays in the military. Look at the Greeks,’” Salon quoted the Tyler Republican as saying. “If you’re sitting around getting massages all day ready to go into a big, planned battle, then you’re not going to last very long.”
In Houston, an ordinance extending equal legal protection to LGBT residents was deemed by Christian broadcaster Rick Wiles as evidence that “we are witnessing the criminalizing of Christian faith inside the USA under the Obamanista regime,” according to the website RawStory.
Wiles slammed the first openly gay mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, after city lawyers subpoenaed local pastors’ sermons during a legal dispute over the ordinance.
“You’re just dealing with the gaystapo of America,” RawStory quoted Wiles as saying.