The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a 33-year-old man has been arrested following a choking attack on an 8-year-old girl in a store bathroom. The incident, which occurred on May 7, was not reported by the newspaper until May 13.
The man allegedly choked the girl until she passed out inside the bathroom of a South Loop store. The girl was with her mother, and went alone to the bathroom.
The woman then heard a scream from her daughter and went inside to find 33-year-old Reese M. Hartstirn carrying the unconscious girl into a stall, police said. He had choked her with his hands . . ..
Other people in the store helped restrain the man until police arrived to arrest him.
It was unclear from the report whether the store had sex-segregated restrooms. Also unclear was the reason for the delay in reporting the item, though it might not have been deemed more than an item for the police blotter until Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s stump speech in support of men using the women’s bathroom, and vice-versa.
Our AG gave a speech which did not explain why the federal government is now in the business of regulating who uses the bathroom. The speech ranged broadly, claiming that men should use the women’s bathroom because the South used to have Jim Crow laws, and that trans-sexuals could use the potty of their choice no matter who is discomfited or inconvenienced, or nauseated, or has their privacy violated. The Left collectively wet itself over the speech, described as “impassioned”and “brilliant”. Amber Phillips, in both The Boston Globe and The Washington Post claimed that Lynch was now a “hero to transgender activists.”
Which may be so. But must we care?
Is this not one of those violations that no one knows –let alone cares –about, unless the miscreant makes a big public spectacle of it?
Which begs another question: Isn’t at least part of the goal of being transgender to pass unnoticed as a member of the other, or aspired to, or identified-with, sex?
I have seen no TSA-like official gropers at the entrances of public restrooms, and I doubt there are any plans to install them, even in North Carolina and Mississippi. In plenty of urban areas with a night-life that includes social drug use, people of both sexes can be found congregating in one or both restrooms- to the annoyance of those who just want to use the facilities. Not to mention the use of public restrooms for sex or prostitution. Entering the verboten bathroom is hardly the March on Washington.
Loretta Lynch has dragged the federal government into the fray because she is a belligerent Leftist activist who can’t rein-in her embarrassing power trip, and loves to break bad on those who dare take a different view from her own, whether they be climate skeptics, coal miners, those who call a Muslim terrorist a Muslim terrorist, or people who expect a little privacy in the restroom. Her DOJ is now in a pissing contest with North Carolina, with suits and counter-suits filed.
Lynch is also embarked on a one-woman re-interpretation of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, with an eye to denying federal funding to schools and colleges that dare defy her. She insists on conflating “sex” of which there are two, with “gender” of which Facebook recognized 56 at last count. So now a law designed to protect equality for women at federally-funded institutions is being used to blackmail states into toeing the transgender line.
Meanwhile back at the mall, it was bad enough that women had to put up with having the changing station in the women’s restroom (alas for the hapless dad who needs to change his infant son or daughter). Or with the occasional 10 or 12-year-old boy whose mother is afraid to leave him alone outside. Now we’ll have a procession of gentlemen in wigs and skirts traipsing into the ladies’ and taking over all the mirrors to fix their make-up. Or maybe just the occasional would-be rapist or child-molester lurking in the privacy of the one public area outfitted with locks on the doors.