July 14, 2006

"Gay man sues for right to tan naked with his terrier."

Well, what's your favorite Daily New headline of the day?

And come on, it's got to have at least as much merit as the Plame lawsuit I didn't talk about in the previous post.

And read the linked article for a return to an old Althouse blog theme: the emotional support pet.

Also, is there any relevance to the fact that the man is gay? The Daily News seems to think so. The guy, on the other hand, seems to think the 9/11 terror attacks are relevant to his need to be nude on the beach with his dog.

Terror and the terrier. You figure it out.

36 comments:

SippicanCottage said...
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David said...

The rat terrier can sit in his lap since I doubt that area was covered in dust after 9/11!

Or was it??!!

I hope the dog isn't a chewer!

Royce said...

Thank God it was a terrier and not a beagle!

Icepick said...
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Icepick said...

Well of course this has more merit, and wider implications, than the Plame/Wilson lawsuit. That lawsuit is basically about a bunch of bureaucrats (I include Plame, Wilson, Rove, Libby and Cheney in that) having an office squabble.

But the case with the man wanting to sunbathe nude with his dog? This could affect the lives of MILLIONS, no, HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of Americans not just now, but for generations to come!

Advantage: Naked Man and His Dog!

paulfrommpls said...

Don't get me wrong, but the need to be nude with one's terrier has aspects of gayness to it. I'm not talking about anything unnatural. I'm not saying he needs any more than to be nude wiht his terrier. I'm saying that specific need seems arguably gay to me. I would expect it, all things being equal, more from a gay friend than otherwise.

Buddy Larsen said...

I'd sunbathe naked with Valerie Plame--but NO politics. Just the weather and stuff.

Buddy Larsen said...

...and no Joe Wilson, either. Or at least, he stays down the beach a ways.

BrianOfAtlanta said...

If I were to sunbathe nude with my dog, I'd want something larger and furrier than a rat terrier.

yetanotherjohn said...

Well of course they had to add the gay label. Otherwise the natural assumption would have been that this was a fundamentalist Christian thing.

Genesis 2:25 And they are both of them naked, the man and his wife, and they are not ashamed of themselves.

Bissage said...

BrianofAtlanta: Shelties fidget too much.

Joe said...

From the story:
"Michael Reynolds, the superintendent at the seashore, said he was taken aback by the lawsuit because there have been no complaints about DelCore or his dog from other beachgoers, nor has the bodybuilder been threatened with enforcement action."
Poor naked gay man just isn't getting enough attention, it seems.

charlotte said...

Aren't terriers bred for going after small hairy things and shaking the life out of them? Naked man might not be so gay one day soon.

Simon said...

"Poor naked gay man just isn't getting enough attention, it seems."

I can't assert a right to have people look at me? Why not?

After all, if one is going to climb on the substantive due process train, one gets aboard a runaway train because one likes where it has been, yet does so with no idea where that train is going, how it will get there, or any way to say "this is my stop." If light of the court's continual clinging to substantive due process jurisprudence, it makes perfect sense to say that this idiot's desire for attention is constitutionally-protected; after all: "the full scope of the liberty guaranteed by the Due Process Clause cannot be found in or limited by the precise terms of the specific guarantees elsewhere provided in the Constitution. This "liberty" is not a series of isolated points pricked out in terms of the taking of property; the freedom of speech, press, and religion; the right to keep and bear arms; the freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures; and so on. It is a rational continuum which, broadly speaking, includes a freedom from all substantial arbitrary impositions and purposeless restraints [by government.]"

This man's claim is no more or less ridiculous than any other substantive due process claim (although since all others are, by definition, absurd, that avails him naught).

Jennifer said...

Aren't terriers bred for going after small hairy things and shaking the life out of them? Naked man might not be so gay one day soon.

Or so much of a man...

SippicanCottage said...
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sonicfrog said...

Bark bark, ba-bark bark bark!!! :-)

Buddy Larsen said...

SC is so intransitive.

Jennifer said...

But, Sip, what else do you call that thing they do to make leather?

(Oddly, even when used as it is in this article, it retains the same definition.)

SippicanCottage said...
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Buddy Larsen said...

Say "leather" aloud, 5 times, fast. In front of the kids.

Jennifer said...

Yes, Sip, exactly. Making leather. Just using his own skin.

Fitz said...

Simon

Spot on target!

substantive due process is oxymoronic.

Due process is not substance, it process!

Jeffrey said...

Headline for Zidane's illegal move at the World Cup:

THANKS, BUTT HEAD!

*

tcd said...

I'm thinking poor dog to be subjected to the owner's naked un-glory. Or perhaps, the terrier is the one wearing the pants in this relationship? And my terrier will never see me in the buff!

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charlotte said...

This is all very Coppertone, in an updated demographic way.

CB said...

"His sandales were with toilesome travell torne, / And face all tand with scorching sunny ray,"

-Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene I. vi. 35, 1590.

h/t OED

Old Dad said...

I'm told that Piping Plover is quite tasty, reminiscent of Spotted Owl, but not so gamy.

Ann Althouse said...

Since nobody else has said it, I'll say it: This is one way for a man to avoid wearing shorts.

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CB said...

I don't think they had spelling back then.

brylin said...

Usually they ban pets from beaches for public health reasons.

But to anticipate the argument, if you can bring your un-toilet-trained infant, then I can bring my dog.

A wild prediction: If the judge is a Clinton or Carter appointee the man will win; otherwise no.

SippicanCottage said...
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brylin said...

Bad news for the naked gay man: the judge is a Bush (W.) appointee.