Friday, October 13, 2006

So what else is new?

Bush Is Said To Have No Plan If GOP Loses

Thus blares the Headline from US News and World Report. Ah, yeh. After 6 years of having no plans for anything else why did you think that this would be different?

And it seems as if some of the GOP is finally starting to trickle back from their extended trip away from the reality based community.

There is also considerable criticism of Bush for making little or no news in his 63-minute encounter with the press.

"He had nothing to say at the press conference," says a prominent GOP insider. "My question is, why call it?"

Some of us have been saying that for a very long time folks. Welcome back.



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Monday, October 09, 2006

GOOD NEWS FOR THE DEMOCRATS

The New York Daily News today reports that:
Bush remains defiantly resolute. He will campaign relentlessly in the next month and has told friends he's determined to prove his Democratic and media enemies wrong on Election Day.

Looking at the President's track record since taking office, on everything from Social Security to Katrina, the obvious outcome is that the Democrats will take control of both The Senate and The House.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Nothing wrong with overly friendly emails

Dear Neighbor,

I saw your 16 year old son and one of his hot friends playing basketball in your driveway the other day.

Could you please send me his email address? I would love to strike up a friendship with him. I think that it would be to his advantage to have a 52 year old friend.

thanks in advance,
Paul

ps: Do you have any photos of him that I could have?

Friday, October 06, 2006

Dance Brigade at A.N.S.W.E.R

Take a break from Foleygate for a minute. Krissy Keefer has a right on message.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

AT LEAST THAT'S CLEARED UP

Some of the brightest, sharpest minds in the conservative movement have been working non-stop since the Foley story broke, trying to find out just whose fault it is that a sexual predator has been allowed the stalk the halls of Congress for the past several years. The hard work has paid off. The blame rests entirely on the shoulders of this individual:

Nancy Pelosi (per Pat Buchanan)
Bill Clinton (per Dennis Hastert)
The Pages (per Drudge)
Tom Reynolds (per Dennis Hastert)
Dennis Hastert (per Tom Reynolds)
John Boehner (per Dennis Hastert)
Dennis Hastert (per John Boehner)
The "sleaze ball, greedy, aggressive" Page (per Michael Savage)
Democrats and/or liberals and/or the media (per Rush Limbaugh)
The Democrats (per Sean Hannity)
Florida voters (per Bill Kristol)
"tolerance and diversity" (per FRC's Tony Perkins)
liberals tolerant of the "gay lifestyle" (per the Wall Street Journal)
gays who would be offended at criticism of Foley (per Newt Gingrich)
"a network of gay staffers and gay members" of Congress (per unnamed sources on Capitol Hill)
Low level staff members in Hastert's office (per Rep. Ray LaHood)
Nancy Pelosi (per Rush Limbaugh)
Brian Ross of ABC (per Rush Limbaugh)

This list is based almost entirely on an excellent piece of reporting by Media Matters.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Catholic League's Head blames boys for being molested.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue today took time to blame the victims of pedophile priests for being sexually abused.
"After all, most 15-year-old teenage boys wouldn’t allow themselves to be molested. So why did you?” He asked. "Why didn't you just slap the clergyman in the face?"
Donohue also went on to proclaim that in the year 2005 "only" 840 priests were sexually abusing children. I'm not sure that's something to brag about, Bill.

I guess he probably believes that women who get raped are "asking for it" as well.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

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Monday, October 02, 2006

From Talking Points Memo

"TPM Reader JM gets it ...

Once ABC got hold of the e-mails, it took them one day to flush out the IMs. That's what an actual investigation looks like. The Republican leadership simply didn't want to know how bad the Foley situation was. That's just as morally negligent as if they had started digging and found the IMs."


The House Republican leadership claim that last year they investigated the original emails. They say that they dropped that investigation after Representative Foley falsely told them that the emails were innocent.

What kind of investigation is it, where the suspect's word is enough to end the probe?

That would be like, say, holding a hearing to grill oil company executives over rapidly rising fuel prices but skipping the whole bit about making them swear to tell the truth.

Oh. Nevermind.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

No one could have anticipated the levees would break that a sexual predator would lie.

It's time to order up another batch of Freedom medals.

The Instant Messages are painfully familiar. Millions of us have heard the words or similar ones repeatedly as Chris Hansen reads them back to pedophile after pedophile in his ongoing series "To Catch A Predator".

In Mr. Hansen's show we watch as he confronts men who have shown up expecting to have sex with an underage boy or girl only to find themselves looking into the cameras of a TV News team, with a squad of police waiting in the wings.

"You are a 52 year old man" he might say, "Here you are asking this 16 year old boy to measure his erect penis for you. Doesn't that sound like more than just 'mentoring?'."

"You asked that same boy to describe to you how he masturbated, and even pressed him for details," He might go on, "Do you really expect us to believe that you just wanted to 'hang out' with him?"

Of course the difference here is that instead of being a plumber or a truck driver the perp was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the setting wasn't an apartment in Long Beach, but was the very halls of our nation's capitol.

What makes this case particularly egregious is that the predator wasn't stalking a teen chat room to find his victims. He was targeting some of this country's sharpest and brightest kids. These are 16 year old high school juniors chosen for their high academic standing to fill a limited number of positions serving the House and the Senate. It is one of the highest honors a student can receive.

These young people are our responsibility. During their service they are paid by, fed by, educated by, and housed by us, the American people. Their parents send them off expecting that we will keep them safe.

The truth which has now been revealed is the stuff of a parent's worst nightmare. The predator in daily contact with their child was not only a person of authority, but one who was allowed to operate openly without fear of consequence, one who was so tolerated and whose behavior was so well known that the burden of avoiding him was put onto the shoulders of his young targets by "warnings" about him given them at their school.

This predator has not been operating very far under the radar. Besides the rumors or worse over the years that triggered the need for those warnings, a former page filed a report nearly a year ago of inappropriate and unwanted interest by that suspect Representative.

Word of that report made its way up through the highest levels of the Republican leadership of the House, where it was apparently treated as a political problem, rather than as a threat to the vulnerable who needed to be protected. The offender was not punished, censored or removed from the vicinity of his victims, but was warned, in effect, to lower his profile.

Now those same politicians who so proudly put their signatures to laws which they trumpeted would protect the nation's youth from sexual predators are scrambling to avoid any responsibility for the mess in their own house.

They are about to face a painful reality. The parents of America believed the rhetoric. They believed that their elected officials were mouthing truths, not platitudes when they promised to track down and punish those who were targeting their children.

Those parents will not be amused to find that they wasted their trust on a bunch of men who are acting more like diocese officials who saw nothing wrong with hiding pedophile priests than some of the highest elected officials of the land.

No matter how much twisting, avoiding or spin is generated, the one thing that those in position of leadership can't change is that every parent who hears this story is going to look over at their own kid and ask themselves, "What if it was him or her?"

And yes. Someone has already said it. A spokesman for Representative John Shimkus, the Illinois Republican who is the chairman of the House Page Board told reporters Saturday "Obviously Foley lied...”

Who could have ever anticipated that?