doesn't mean the rest of the world is like you.
The rest of the world isn't just like you! What a concept!
Oh, what am I talking about? This story, via Blog of the Moderate Left:
The St. Paul Pioneer Press sought out a Republican party official and blogger as a voice against a bill working its way through the state legislature. But in quoting the official, the Pioneer Press failed to note that his blog has included questionable and potentially insensitive statements regarding the bill in question.The bill, House File 1015, guarantees restroom access to people suffering from diseases such as Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, which make it more difficult to control one’s bowels. The bill would allow those so afflicted to use businesses’ private restrooms, waive liability for businesses that do and create a fine for employees who refuse to allow customers to use the restrooms.
In the article, Pioneer Press reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger sought out comments from Michael Brodkorb, GOP chair of the 38th District, a former consultant for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and author of the Web log Minnesota Democrats Exposed. Stassen-Berger quoted Brodkorb as objecting to the bill, saying, “In my heart of hearts, I just don’t believe that we need legislation that dictates that level of involvement in businesses.”
Brodkorb had also expressed his objection to the bill on his own blog using far less diplomatic language. Indeed, both Brodkorb and others who commented on his site mocked the bill, dubbing it the “Freedom to Poop” bill, and ridiculed the idea that anyone would need access to private restrooms.
In his initial post on the bill, Brodkorb summarized the bill as follows: “Any retailer that does not allow people with ‘eligible medical conditions’ such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or any other inflammatory bowel disease like irritable bowel syndrome or presumably “mud butt” would face a $100 fine for not allowing these non-customers to use the bathroom at their establishment.”
A number of commenters on the site quickly joined in mocking the idea.
A poster calling himself “Biggster Kahuna” said, “I certainly hope our nanny-state friends in the DFL will have the courage to appropriately amend this bill to include protections for our Minnesota men and women, our neighbors, suffering from Chronic Masturbation Syndrome.” Another commenter, “Dumbing it Down for the Left,” said, “Now they are talking about parking issues, and how malls and gas stations will have to have frequent pooper parking places. This is way too funny."
...And commenter “RabidRepublican” said, “I hope this never passes. It would be way funnier for someone to just take a crap on the floor of the businesses that won’t let them use the can. I suppose next the badas* govt (sic) will make a law making that illegal.”
Hilarious. Hey, you know what would be even funnier?
...eh, I'll leave it to karma and/or your imagination to finish that. I'm tired.
You know, you'd think a bunch of assholes on legs would maybe have at least some empathy for this particular issue, if nothing else, disability-related or otherwise.
But, oh yeah, that's right:
The whole POINT of being a total asshole is never having to have any empathy.
And never having to worry about where you dump your shit.