The Republican machine winds up their propaganda arm and produces yet another piece of tripe with Debra J Saunders column; After Election, Foley Story Fizzles. Her piece is presented with a glow-in-the-dark Halo, stumped as to why anybody would think Mark Foley did anything wrong! In her view, since the Republican Ethics Committee found nothing wrong with what Foley did, nor anything wrong with what they themselves did, then obviously ‘this is just a horrible story gone bad’.
Which means: There was no cover-up. GOP staffers only saw the e-mails in which Foley had asked a former page for his “pic” and commented that another page was in “good shape.” As reporters for the Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times discovered, the2005 e-mails did not warrant a story. As one editor noted, the e-mails didn’t prove that Foley was “anything but creepy.”
That’s it?! That’s all? Oh thank the gods we have these incredibly intelligent Republicans to help us out with these issues. We’re all so oblivious here on the political left, you know?! I’m so grateful we have “Ethically Driven” people like Saunders and the rest of the lot to help us decipher what is “innocent” (Mark Foley) and what is “naughty”. We’re so confused on that “naughty” part, aren’t we?
Scuse me! Ms Saunders! Can you help me decipher this “naughty” thing for me?!
Maf54 (7:54:31 PM): where do you unload it
[redacted screenname] (7:54:36 PM): towel
Maf54 (7:54:43 PM): really
Maf54 (7:55:02 PM): completely naked?
[redacted screenname] (7:55:12 PM): well ya
Maf54 (7:55:21 PM): very nice
[redacted screenname] (7:55:24 PM): lol
Maf54 (7:55:51 PM): cute butt bouncing in the air
[redacted screenname] (7:56:00 PM): haha
[redacted screenname] (7:56:05 PM): well ive never watched myslef
[redacted screenname] (7:56:08 PM): but ya i guess
Maf54 (7:56:18 PM): i am sure not
Maf54 (7:56:22 PM): hmmm
Maf54 (7:56:30 PM): great visual
Maf54 (7:56:39 PM): i may try that
[redacted screenname] (7:56:43 PM): it works
Maf54 (7:56:51 PM): hmm
Maf54 (7:56:57 PM): sound inetersting
Maf54 (7:57:05 PM): i always use lotion and the hand
Maf54 (7:57:10 PM): but who knows
[redacted screenname] (7:57:24 PM): i dont use lotion…takes too much time to clean up
[redacted screenname] (7:57:37 PM): with a towel you can just wipe off….and go
Maf54 (7:57:38 PM): lol
Maf54 (7:57:45 PM): where do you throw the towel
[redacted screenname] (7:57:48 PM): but you cant work it too hard….or its not good
[redacted screenname] (7:57:51 PM): in the laundry
Maf54 (7:58:16 PM): just kinda slow rubbing
That’s about all I can to cut-n-paste on that topic. If you want, you can go read the entire transcript yourself .
Saunders, obviously thinks there’s nothing disturbing, admits that she doesn’t necessarily “condone” Foley’s behavior.
While I don’t condone Foley’s behavior, it should be noted that Foley was sending e-mails to former pages, including college students, not, as one columnist asserted, “16-year-old pages.” As the report noted, “Foley may have been using the page program to in part at least identify possible future recipients of graphic communications.” That would make Foley sleazy, despicable and deserving to be booted out of office — but not a pedophile.
Aww, c’mone Saunders! I’m not a journalist, but aren’t you supposed to document your work? What “columnist” are you quoting?
“Shame on all of us here! According to some columnist, claiming it was as horrific to allude ot be 16 year old pages? Why that’s just terrible! No Republican Congressman would ever do that. We’re all just a bunch of perverts and we’re all out to make these good-minded, patriotic, Christian men and women look bad!”
Is that what you’re saying?!
Saunders even ventures out enough of her weasle hole by throwing a few of them under the bus;
There was a failure by Scott Palmer and Ted Van Der Meid — top GOP aides — as well as GOP Rep. John Shimkus, who chaired the board that oversees pages, to investigate whether the smoke of the 2005 e-mails would reveal fire elsewhere.
Okay, okay… Now I get it!! Saunders is saying; “Well, there may have been a couple of minor boo-boo’s out there, but that doesn’t change the fact that Mark Foley didn’t deserve the horrors of being protrayed as a sexual predator.”
To note, The Raw Story’s post on the Republican “cover-up“, one would have to look at this:
Today, House Speaker Dennis Hastert sought to clear up that confusion by releasing a statement which read in part, “No one in the Republican Leadership, nor Congressman Shimkus, saw those [instant] messages until last Friday when ABC News released them to the public.”
Ahhh… now it’s starting to make even less sense! The Republican led ethics committee didn’t do anything wrong because there was no cover-up? Oh..wait a second. I think I confused myself.
They confirm that John Shimkus (R-IL), the chair of the House Page Committee, was aware of the problem and that he didn’t tell Dale Kildee (D-MI), the only Democrat on the three-person board about the instant messaging because “Dale’s a nice guy, but he’s a Democrat, and I was afraid it would be blown out of proportion.” And to ensure that it was swept under the carpet instead, he didn’t even tell his fellow Republican on the board, Shelly Moore Capito, of West Virginia.
Oh Debra, Debra, Debra… Did someone have a gun pointed at your head when you wrote that piece?! Because, in my judgement, that’s the only excuse you have to explain what heppened here. I’m actually stunned that Creators Syndicate keeps you on a payroll.
She even mourns the way Foley fled in shame and embarrassment by saying:
To me, the biggest irony is that Foley probably would have helped the GOP more if he had not resigned immediately after ABC News reported the explicit e-mails. If Foley had waited a day or two, the news story would have been on the pressure mounting for Foley to resign to atone for his crude behavior. But the quick resignation — which Speaker Denny Hastert and other GOP leaders had sought — meant that outraged critics had to look elsewhere for a scalp.
Awww…. The sympathy is overwhelming. You see, if Foley had just waited it out (while continuing his conversations about masterbation, ejaculation, favorite sexual fantasies) just a few more days — this all would have had very different results!!
Now c’mon Ms. Saunders. Really this time. Tell us who has a gun pointed at your head to write this kind of drivel and we all promise to dial 9-1-1 and get someone to come to your aide. Really. Honest!! We promise we will dial 9-1-1 ! So tell us already! C’mon….
Oh well, who cares what you think.
The Florida State Attorney’s office seems to think there’s something worth persuiting. Even if your Republican (sans Ethics) Party misses the boat completely.
Florida Statue 847.0137 seems to disagree with you:
“A Florida law makes it a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, to transmit ‘material harmful to minors by electronic device,'”
(h/t to the Raw Story)
I believe that crime, as well as love, is an “entity”, or a living thing. It’s like kudzu. It can grow, expand in a variety of directions and ways that morph into larger and bigger entities of it’s own self. That sounds pretty kooky, doesn’t it? But, it’s true.
Let me explain. We have a sexual predator who tags young men on the computer. This is a crime in most states as well as the very Federal Laws that Foley had passed himself. But, the crime grows, doesn’t it?
The Congressional pages, apparently all of them who are working for Republican congressman and Senators, knew that Foley was a bit “weird”. The crime grew when a few of those pages present their complaints about Foley and the complaints were ignored. This is a double-crime:
The page(s) is made a cry for help and nobody listened.
Ignoring that cry, allowed Foley to continue his sexual communications, as well as to add more young men to be abused by him.
Now this double crime splits a third time because by ignoring the page(s) complaint(s) and allowing Foley to continue and it was all in exchange for keeping power in Congress and in the United States.
And, the crime continues to grow. The Republican Party, while out on lobbying junkets, checking out sweatshops in Siapan, golfing in Ireland, more and more of their own pages are being hit on…encouraged to talk about their sex-lives, and a variety of other things. And the crime continues to grow to a point where the Republican lead Ethics committee decided that by marginalizing their apathy towards their young men, publish their findings after the election by saying “Well, no ‘rules’ were broken.”
Then there’s the crime of complete and utter contempt for the victims. Are they not worth consideration anymore? We in the United States cross the line between a minority and adult, and it’s true that the same line in other countries is at a much younger age. I realize that, and I think most people realize that. But when we focus our full attention on the perpetrator, and ignore the victime, the crime becomes all the more worse.
The crime comes to a full stop at the State Attorney’s office in Tallahnassee. But, since Jeb is still governor, and being replaced by a rumored gay Republican, I’ve given up any expectation that Foley’s actions will be brought to justice.
Perhaps I should take a Matt Damon approach to this entire story for Ms. Debra J Saunders by saying; “Hey Debra!! How old is your son? Is he old enough to work as a Congressional Page? Let’s get your boy to help out Mark Foley get over his alleged drinking problem and get his life ‘straightened’ out! m’Kay?”
My biggest problem with this entire story, including the filth that Ms Saunders spits out of her MS Word software is with the boy(s) and this Holiday Season. It’s to their embarrassment, and the horror of their parents, and to the shame in front of their friends that everybody seems to ignore. “Who cares? …It’s making a Republican look bad!!!” is beyond disgust. When I was in grade school, I was sexually molested daily for well over six months by my 5th gradeschool teacher until that monster was discovered. We were terrorized into keeping quiet, or we were bribed, and when it was discovered — my friends and I weren’t given counseling nor were we ever allowed to discuss it. Ms. Saunders and the Republican Party dismisses Mark Foley, some of Ms. Saunders political pundits even tried to put the blame on the “young men”! And what all of them don’t realize is that they’re the criminals, every single one of them, along with Mark Foley.