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(Baltimore Sun)   Attorney General of Maryland walks in on party that features underage drinking, boys and girls dancing on a table half-naked... Oh wait, there's a picture of him in the middle of it taking pictures of the dancing teens with his cell phone?   (baltimoresun.com) divider line 120
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2013-10-24 10:03:05 AM
Is ceiling cat taking this picture???  WTF with the high angle?
 
2013-10-24 10:17:56 AM
Whoops! guess we'll be needing a new AG!
 
2013-10-24 10:25:06 AM
What - was that wrong?  Should he not have done that?
 
2013-10-24 10:28:05 AM
It's a beach house, so they're more in swimsuits than 'half naked' which implies they were stripping down for most lascivious purposes.  He was there to see his son, not to pick up on high school chicks, and the party was chaperoned by adults.

Yes, it sounds like there was some under age drinking going on, but it was high school seniors celebrating after graduation.  Is it legal, no, but neither is it uncommon or that big of a social taboo.

He's right in that he's not a police officer, and being in another state he was completely outside of his jurisdiction anyway.  Had the photos not shown up on social media it wouldn't even be a story.  Sure, it's a political faux-pas, but it seems to me more like much ado about nothing than some huge scandal.
 
2013-10-24 10:31:45 AM
I'm sure all the parents from his son's graduating class would have loved him if he called the cops on their kids and got the chaperones arrested.
 
2013-10-24 11:29:39 AM

ginandbacon: Whoops! guess we'll be needing a new AG!


Well, yes, but mostly because he's not running for AG again.
 
2013-10-24 11:41:37 AM
He is the AG of Maryland, not Delaware. He has no jurisdiction, he wasn't legally obligated to do anything.
 
2013-10-24 11:44:46 AM

kbronsito: I'm sure all the parents from his son's graduating class would have loved him if he called the cops on their kids and got the chaperones arrested.


Fair point.  Also, just because a law is on the books doesn't mean it needs to be enforced 100% of the time.  I thought we disliked zero tolerance policies around here.

I'd rather have an AG who can tell the difference between harmless fun that might violate a couple of laws and can be glossed over vs something more malicious in intent that deserves prosecution.  We'd be in a better place if more AGs and DAs stopped and thought about whether prosecuting a certain case or bringing charges made sense in the grand scheme of things.
 
2013-10-24 11:55:30 AM
Meh.  I did all that in high school.  People worry too much about the youth.
 
2013-10-24 11:55:46 AM
Glad it isn't the pic of his dick in the mashed potatoes.
 
2013-10-24 11:56:09 AM
Far as I can see...I'd buy him a beer.

/after I checked his ID
 
2013-10-24 11:57:04 AM
Someone REALLY doesn't want him to be governor.
 
2013-10-24 11:58:31 AM
People have a problem with him not being a douchebag? For crying out loud, a republican can take state paid trips to south america to fark his mistress, but a democrat can't have knowledge of a party. Is sun a partisan rag?
 
2013-10-24 11:58:54 AM
I cannot find a fark to give, sorry.

The manufactured poutrage machine has really been spinning lately.  I hope someone has kept up on the scheduled maintenance.
 
2013-10-24 11:59:49 AM
"Looking at my phone...  Looking at my phone...  Looking for my son...  Looking at my phone... "

/good on him
 
2013-10-24 11:59:55 AM

TuteTibiImperes: kbronsito: I'm sure all the parents from his son's graduating class would have loved him if he called the cops on their kids and got the chaperones arrested.

Fair point.  Also, just because a law is on the books doesn't mean it needs to be enforced 100% of the time.  I thought we disliked zero tolerance policies around here.

I'd rather have an AG who can tell the difference between harmless fun that might violate a couple of laws and can be glossed over vs something more malicious in intent that deserves prosecution.  We'd be in a better place if more AGs and DAs stopped and thought about whether prosecuting a certain case or bringing charges made sense in the grand scheme of things.


Laws that are selectively enforced are a tool to oppress the disfavored.
 
2013-10-24 12:00:26 PM
Um, the creepy part is that he's taking pics and video of drunk, underage kids. He's the damn AG...he should be able to pull some poon that's at least of legal age. And I'm sure that didn't help his kid get any, what with his old man drooling around snapping pictures.
 
2013-10-24 12:02:34 PM
FTFA:  "Was I supposed to serve as the police officer?" Gansler asked. "No."

No...but you COULD have gone TO a police officer.  You idiot.
 
2013-10-24 12:03:55 PM
Saying "It's not my job" is the first sign that you should never hire/elect the person who said it.

"Sure, the old lady was on fire, but putting her out isn't my job!"
 
2013-10-24 12:04:40 PM

TuteTibiImperes: and the party was chaperoned by adults.


FTFA:  The parents arranged for two fathers to serve as chaperones each night

Well.  ..... I retract my previous statement.  Guess The Two Dads are responsible here.

/still should've gone to the popo
//would've made the chaperones' lives ...interesting
 
2013-10-24 12:04:56 PM
Did anyone else think the photo looks shooped? I guess if it really was shooped he would have said something. But it looks shooped. I can tell by some of the pixels.
 
2013-10-24 12:05:20 PM
You are a madman! When you parties with underage teenagers and danced on a table half-naked....I want to party with you, cowboy!

076dd0a50e0c1255009e-bd4b8aabaca29897bc751dfaf75b290c.r40.cf1.rackcdn.com
 
2013-10-24 12:05:26 PM

lockers: People have a problem with him not being a douchebag? For crying out loud, a republican can take state paid trips to south america to fark his mistress, but a democrat can't have knowledge of a party. Is sun a partisan rag?


I think that pretty much ended the Republican's career plus there is a difference between knowledge of a party and being and participant.
 
2013-10-24 12:05:34 PM
I refuse to take a stance until I know which party he is affiliated with.
 
2013-10-24 12:05:56 PM
When I was a kid drinking and dancing half nekkid on tables at an under-aged party and high profile adults showed up, like say the chief law enforcement officer in state government, it was common courtesy to go hide in the bathroom until the adult left.

/kids today
 
2013-10-24 12:06:20 PM

skylabdown: Is ceiling cat taking this picture???  WTF with the high angle?


Open stairway to the second floor or a loft.  What is that weird to you?
 
2013-10-24 12:06:23 PM

hasty ambush: lockers: People have a problem with him not being a douchebag? For crying out loud, a republican can take state paid trips to south america to fark his mistress, but a democrat can't have knowledge of a party. Is sun a partisan rag?

I think that pretty much ended the Republican's career plus there is a difference between knowledge of a party and being and participant.


He's actually a member of the House now.
 
2013-10-24 12:06:26 PM
Hey, what happened to "Ask, Listen, Learn"?
Did Gansler leave that motto back in Maryland?
 
2013-10-24 12:07:54 PM

vernonFL: He is the AG of Maryland, not Delaware. He has no jurisdiction, he wasn't legally obligated to do anything.


Except perhaps as the adult parental unit.  But he was probably to busy trying to be "friends" withe kids, the cool parent instead of the responsible mature one.
 
2013-10-24 12:08:05 PM

YixilTesiphon: TuteTibiImperes: kbronsito: I'm sure all the parents from his son's graduating class would have loved him if he called the cops on their kids and got the chaperones arrested.

Fair point.  Also, just because a law is on the books doesn't mean it needs to be enforced 100% of the time.  I thought we disliked zero tolerance policies around here.

I'd rather have an AG who can tell the difference between harmless fun that might violate a couple of laws and can be glossed over vs something more malicious in intent that deserves prosecution.  We'd be in a better place if more AGs and DAs stopped and thought about whether prosecuting a certain case or bringing charges made sense in the grand scheme of things.

Laws that are selectively enforced are a tool to oppress the disfavored THE AMERICAN WAY.

 
2013-10-24 12:09:40 PM

YixilTesiphon: I think that pretty much ended the Republican's career plus there is a difference between knowledge of a party and being and participant.

He's actually a member of the House now.


The derp bubble is often impenetrable, you know?
 
2013-10-24 12:09:51 PM
He was just a lawyer looking for a piece of ass.
Don't judge.
 
2013-10-24 12:10:00 PM
My favorite part of the story is that the damage to the property clearly wasn't caused by the house party where you can see people dancing on tables, but by a break in after the kids left, and where the burglar didn't take anything. Yeah, that's the ticket.
 
2013-10-24 12:10:01 PM
FTA:

Gansler, a (Maryland) Democrat who is running for governor, said this week that he stopped by the Delaware beach house to talk briefly with his teenage son and then left....."Assume for purposes of discussion that there was widespread drinking at this party," Gansler said. "How is that relevant to me? ... The question is, do I have any moral authority over other people's children at beach week in another state? I say no."

Well, he's got a point.
 
2013-10-24 12:11:52 PM
Okay... after reading the article, I'm not sure I'm going to be outraged:
1 - There were adult chaperones
2 - This chap was not in his state
3 - It was at a beach house - kids are dressed appropriately (see Spring Break on MTV Beach House scenes)
4 - The party wasn't busted for underage drinking
5 - His son wasn't busted for anything - that shows responsible parenting to check on his son

/carry on
 
2013-10-24 12:12:32 PM

miltonbabbitt: FTA:

Gansler, a (Maryland) Democrat who is running for governor, said this week that he stopped by the Delaware beach house to talk briefly with his teenage son and then left....."Assume for purposes of discussion that there was widespread drinking at this party," Gansler said. "How is that relevant to me? ... The question is, do I have any moral authority over other people's children at beach week in another state? I say no."

Well, he's got a point.


Don't worry - he's still wrong according to the wingnuts.
 
2013-10-24 12:12:51 PM
Graduating High School Seniors drinking at party under supervision of adults. Story at 11.

//He would of been beaten to a pulp if he tried to break up the party
///Adults were already there supervising
////No one can stop them from drinking, might as well been under adult supervision
 
2013-10-24 12:13:11 PM

miltonbabbitt: FTA:

Gansler, a (Maryland) Democrat who is running for governor, said this week that he stopped by the Delaware beach house to talk briefly with his teenage son and then left....."Assume for purposes of discussion that there was widespread drinking at this party," Gansler said. "How is that relevant to me? ... The question is, do I have any moral authority over other people's children at beach week in another state? I say no."

Well, he's got a point.


Well, the answer to that is actually "yes".  I'm not one of those 'it takes a village' people, but of course he has moral authority.  Everyone has moral authority when they witness a crime being committed.
 
2013-10-24 12:14:59 PM
I guess my reaction can be whittled down to: So?
 
2013-10-24 12:15:18 PM

skylabdown: Is ceiling cat taking this picture???  WTF with the high angle?


www.funnycatsite.com
 
2013-10-24 12:15:21 PM

xanadian: FTFA:  "Was I supposed to serve as the police officer?" Gansler asked. "No."

No...but you COULD have gone TO a police officer.  You idiot.


For high school seniors drinking in Bethany Beach right after graduation? You might as well call the cops on every hotel and rental property in town if you're so concerned about that.
 
2013-10-24 12:15:56 PM
www1.pictures.zimbio.com
 
2013-10-24 12:16:16 PM
I assume he's campaigning to lower Maryland's drinking age to 18?
 
2013-10-24 12:17:33 PM

FrancoFile: miltonbabbitt: FTA:

Gansler, a (Maryland) Democrat who is running for governor, said this week that he stopped by the Delaware beach house to talk briefly with his teenage son and then left....."Assume for purposes of discussion that there was widespread drinking at this party," Gansler said. "How is that relevant to me? ... The question is, do I have any moral authority over other people's children at beach week in another state? I say no."

Well, he's got a point.

Well, the answer to that is actually "yes".  I'm not one of those 'it takes a village' people, but of course he has moral authority.  Everyone has moral authority when they witness a crime being committed.


...If you consider what you are seeing a crime.
 
2013-10-24 12:17:47 PM

FrancoFile: Everyone has moral authority when they witness a crime being committed.


Good, I've been looking for an excuse to get those runaway slaves out of my basement.
 
2013-10-24 12:17:48 PM

YixilTesiphon: hasty ambush: lockers: People have a problem with him not being a douchebag? For crying out loud, a republican can take state paid trips to south america to fark his mistress, but a democrat can't have knowledge of a party. Is sun a partisan rag?

I think that pretty much ended the Republican's career plus there is a difference between knowledge of a party and being and participant.

He's actually a member of the House now.


So it did ruin his career?  Fascinating.
 
2013-10-24 12:18:32 PM

RedT: When I was a kid drinking and dancing half nekkid on tables at an under-aged party and high profile adults showed up, like say the chief law enforcement officer in state government, it was common courtesy to go hide in the bathroom until the adult left.

/kids today


Where you been, Red?


\yes, I have you farkied in red.
 
2013-10-24 12:19:34 PM

Ramona A Stone: Did anyone else think the photo looks shooped? I guess if it really was shooped he would have said something. But it looks shooped. I can tell by some of the pixels.


That's what I thought...a lil shoopy.  It kinda reminds me of a where's waldo page.
 
2013-10-24 12:21:33 PM

FrancoFile: miltonbabbitt: FTA:

Gansler, a (Maryland) Democrat who is running for governor, said this week that he stopped by the Delaware beach house to talk briefly with his teenage son and then left....."Assume for purposes of discussion that there was widespread drinking at this party," Gansler said. "How is that relevant to me? ... The question is, do I have any moral authority over other people's children at beach week in another state? I say no."

Well, he's got a point.

Well, the answer to that is actually "yes".  I'm not one of those 'it takes a village' people, but of course he has moral authority.  Everyone has moral authority when they witness a crime being committed.


Underage drinking shouldn't be a crime in the first damn place.
 
2013-10-24 12:22:09 PM

IRQ12: FrancoFile: miltonbabbitt: FTA:

Gansler, a (Maryland) Democrat who is running for governor, said this week that he stopped by the Delaware beach house to talk briefly with his teenage son and then left....."Assume for purposes of discussion that there was widespread drinking at this party," Gansler said. "How is that relevant to me? ... The question is, do I have any moral authority over other people's children at beach week in another state? I say no."

Well, he's got a point.

Well, the answer to that is actually "yes".  I'm not one of those 'it takes a village' people, but of course he has moral authority.  Everyone has moral authority when they witness a crime being committed.

...If you consider what you are seeing a crime.


I don't consider what they kids were doing a crime, so I wouldn't report it, but I'm not charged with enforcing the laws of a state either. If he doesn't consider it a crime, he should campaign to get the law changed in his state, and then his son can drink up safely.

Otherwise he's just another gutless hypocrite.
 
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