Florida State Rep Makes Move for Golden Anal Pear Award

The horrific gang rape of an 11-year-old girl by 18 men and boys in East Texas recently made news not only for the unspeakable act of violence but also because of the clumsy reporting by the New York Times.

Of course, it was only a matter of time before this crime was exploited by politicians. According to the Broward Palm Beach New Times, during a Florida Legislature subcommittee hearing on HB 61, the “sagging pants bill,” which includes dress code regulations for public school children, GOP Rep. Kathleen Passidomo shared this insight with the subcommittee:

There was an article about an 11 year old girl who was gang-raped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed up like a 21-year-old prostitute. And her parents let her attend school like that. And I think it’s incumbent upon us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn’t happen to our students.

Yep, you read that right. I’ll repeat it again: “an 11 year old girl who was gang-raped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed up like a 21-year-old prostitute.”  It’s only March, but I’d say that Kathleen Passidomo has moved out to the front of the pack for the 2011 Stinque Golden Anal Pear Award for Asshole of the Year.

And P.S. Kathleen, even 21-year-old prostitutes should not be raped, nor gang-raped by 18 men. Period.


Once again I ask – can’t some progressives make a TV spot about this and drive this woman from polite society? Put some 11 year old girls in it … hit her in her fucking head with the proverbial shovel.

@blogenfreude: I will donate to the campaign of the Democratic candidate who runs against her in 2012. For realz.

Another P.S. – feel free to email Rep. Passidomo and share your thoughts.

I’m looking at you, Benedick and KarenMarie, the two Stinquers who seem to do the best job of reaching out and touching elected officials.

@SanFranLefty: Here’s the automated response from Passidomo that I received 30 seconds after pushing “send” – and my grammarian friends would agree that it’s sad that there are multiple typos in the auto-bot response:

Thank you for your email. When I read the article in the NY Times my heart went out to the little girl and I was angry that she was brutally assaulted. I was angry that nobody protected her and that she was even allowed to leave with an older boy. The individuals who assaulted her are predators and should be prosecuted and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

The proposed legislation that was pending before a Committee of the Florida legislature on which I serve was to require Florida school dstricts to implement a Code of Conduct in public schools which would also include a dress code. I support the bill because In my opinion an 11 year old girl is still a child and as such shouldn’t be expected to understand that certain actions or attire are not appropriate for her. I did not indicate that she was raped because she was wearing inappropriate attire. What I did say (which was not reported) was that if her parents don’t protect her then all that’s left is the school.

PS. I have been involved in the Shelter for Abused Women and Children for many years and I do understand and have great compassion for victims of rape.


Give that woman an entry form for the Olympics – those are some impressive rhetorical backflips! Apparently she hasn’t realized that the premise that a child would need to be “protected” due to “inappropriate attire” is essentially rooted in the “dress like a slut, youze gonna get raped” premise that people are pissed at her about…

@al2o3cr: Here’s my draft response that I haven’t yet sent to her:

Dear Ms. Passidomo:

What???? You didn’t blame her for her clothes?

What part of your quote that “an 11 year old girl who was gang-raped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed up like a 21-year-old prostitute” indicates, that in your words, “I did not indicate that she was raped because she was wearing inappropriate attire”?


Oh, and P.S. to you, sugar — there are two typos in your auto-response email, you stupid cow.

And no, I won’t tell you what they are. Your lackeys can try to figure it out.

@SanFranLefty: Interestingly, there is not a single comma in that entire text. Maybe her comma key was taken away by the vicious socialists, for redistribution to someone with more grammatical sense.

@SanFranLefty: Also: I know you’re mad, but lose the “sugar” and “you stupid cow.” Maybe keep the sugar. The stupid cow bit puts you firmly into flame-war territory, though.

@SanFranLefty: I’d post mine (two THREE!) here, but I’m being Googled and shit (ADD: And not just by a lurker here. Hi!). Check your email.

Oh, and she’s replying to comments herself, or so someone at her office claims.

@IanJ: I know, the “sugar” is my inner “Bless your heart” Southerner coming out, “you stupid cow” is how I really feel. In the end, why bother to respond to such idiocy?

@SanFranLefty: Because she has a platform to spread such nonsense, by virtue of the fact that she’s an elected official, that is unavailable to your average person who is affected by her actions and statements.

Think your thoughts might even make it to an editorial page of some local rag? Maybe, but elected officials and other people in the public eye have a wider reach, and they are supposed to represent their constituents in a representative democracy. If no one holds their feet to the fire, they will continue to act as they see fit, IOW: stupidly and without consequence.

@SanFranLefty: Dammit, Lefty, when are you going to run for office? Seriously, you are smart, more than capable, articulate…if this woman is an example of what is out there, I’d say you’d be president, by, say, 2020.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: @Dodgerblue: @JNOV: What a wonderful world it would be if SanFranLefty were president! She’ll get my vote.

@lynnlightfoot: Vote Lefty/Tommmcatt in 2020! Sino-American relations will never be the same!

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Ha! Thank you for the vote of confidence and nomination, but I could never do electoral politics because I am shy and in addition I am incapable of suffering fools. That and I love dropping the f-bomb too much.

@SanFranLefty: You’re a Big Fucking Deal, and you wouldn’t have let Congress Wall St. eviscerate your Big Fucking Deal.

@redmanlaw: I used to think I was shy, and then I was told that I was probably self-conscious. Think there might be an overlap?

@redmanlaw: Yep, shy. Really. Stop looking at me.

@JNOV: Or maybe self-conscious.

There’s a lot of baggage to unpack in therapy about being told incessantly for about 15 years that “nobody likes a braggart” and “don’t bring attention to yourself” or “you’re not as good as others might say” or “you don’t deserve nice things” by crazy and drunk people – at a certain point it becomes true.
And yet people wonder why I vomit before speaking at a conference and would never want a public wedding — too many people looking at me!
So unless I could be installed in a bloodless coup, no electoral politics for me.

At the radio station, somebody called me “the tall, silent type — until you get him in front of a microphone.” Context is everything. That, and being alone in a room.

I did once have serious problems with eye-contact public speaking. Had to get shit-faced drunk just to deliver a paper in front of a college class of twenty students.

Twenty years later, I had to give some kind of thank-you speech to a room of a hundred donors in Portland. Came off so easily, I shocked myself. All that raddio had done its work.

@nojo: Yeah, working the college radio station has helped those vomit jitter nerves, as well as doing theater in high school. I tell myself that I’m just an actor saying lines, it’s all a game, and they’re not looking at me, just my character that I’m playing, and somehow I can get through a speech or a cocktail party without collapsing in a ball of shaking nerves. I save that for when I get home.

@JNOV: Please tell me the stupid cow has at least figgered out the difference between the words “who” and “that”?

@SanFranLefty: I had fun in politics and the public speaking that went with it. I introduced Howard Dean at a hotel ballroom full of supporters, emceed the state Democratic legislative fat cat dinner, ran a state convention and gave an endorsement speech at another state convention plus did numerous small groups, press, house parties, etc.

I don’t freak out in front of crowds. I was giving a presentation on tribal employment law when my floppy microphone finally got to me. I reached into my bag, fished out my Leatherman and tightened the screw on the thing while talking. I credit high school theater with helping me be confident on stage and with learning to project my voice to the back of a room.

ADD: just remembered I got a new client out of that gig.

@SanFranLefty: I propose a StinqueMasters Club, for all of us forced into public speaking when we are far, far more comfortable behind the anonymity of a 10W radio station mic.

@redmanlaw: Oddly enough, I also did high-school theater — in a 2,000-seat auditorium. So yes, I also learned projection early.

I also had a brief cassette malfunction during a high-school talent show with a full house. We were singing a duet of “Those Were the Days”. The cassette did Edith, and also pre-song banter — once it started working. Luckily, the crowd thought the malfunction was part of the shtick.

But that’s all in character, like (Ancient Reference Alert!) Jim Nabors singing. Me, as myself, in front of a room, is another thing entirely. I think the trick was realizing that even that’s a character.

Refused to do school theater. Community theater (with Mom pushing me on stage) was enough.

@Nabisco: “when we are far, far more comfortable behind the anonymity of a 10W radio station mic.”

Or behind the tubez. Sign me up.

@nojo: OMFG, Benedick is going to have such a field day with that I don’t even know where he’ll start. But yes I agree with you – it’s one thing for them to see you as a character – another thing as you yourself. Yikes!

@SanFranLefty: This is a dream come true. Though not entirely unexpected. Viz, obsession with ALW and intimate knowledge of Patty LuPone’s hors d’oeurvre.

PS. I’d gladly give classes for anyone who’s shy to speak in public. I reckon it’s a plus to lack self-confidence. All that’s needed is courage. Many quite experience actors still throw up before a first performance. You just need to learn how to manage your nerves and make them work for you. Caruso used to extend one arm to see if his hand trembled. If it did he’d say “Good. I have nerves. I will sing well tonight.” However, as to lefty’s presidential run, I would think her postings at Stinque once in the hands of Karl Rove would pretty much rule out a political future.

@nojo: We want pictures and shoe size, ya big tall lug.

@Benedick AEA, AFTRA, SAG, DG.: I’m sure there’s a picture of me in tights for Richard III somewhere, but thankfully, I don’t have it.

Oh, and 11-1/2.

@nojo: Oooo. 11 1/2.

I’m sure if you looked really hard you’d find it somewhere. I posted one of me in a romantic tutu and football boots.

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