Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Bizarre Story Keeps Going

At this point everything in the Foley case has taken on a surreal wackiness. Look at the message buried in the little headlines on top of the Drudge Report tonight:
"Foley Says He Was Abused by a Clergyman...
Some Question Alcoholism Claim..."
Do you get the sad humor in that? First, I've never seen a case where a person says he or she is a drunk and people don't believe the claim. It's almost always the drunk who is the last to admit it, while his or her friends and family are begging the drinker to get past the weird alcoholic denial. I know this is a different situation - I'm just saying it's rare for starters. So you contrast that with a society that is so used to clergy stories of abusing youngsters that when they hear allegations like that, they nod their collective heads without question. It's like they're saying, "The clergy part - I accept that - that's what clergy do, but there's no way he drinks too much." Strange.

17 Comments:

At 8:53 PM, Anonymous butch said...

The Democrats should respond with something along the lines of, "See...Republicans are just like the terrorists: now they're blaming everything on the Pope."

 
At 9:13 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

I think the best thing the Dems could do is stand back and let the Republicans have the podium for a few days. Just let America alone to ponder what we've got here.

 
At 12:57 AM, Blogger Kari Chisholm said...

On MSNBC, Joe Scarborough - himself a disgraced former congressman from Florida - said that he's been to many social events with Mark Foley, and had never seen him with a drink in hand, or drunk. Said he talked to lots of folks, and no one can else can remember an incident either.

Also, some clear joke fodder here. Insert Tom Cruise, and throw the switch.

 
At 7:24 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Kari,
So far the Foley matter has paid my heating bill to December.
Thanks for the tip on the Scientology angle. That could get me to the New Year.
By the way, if the Democrats can't take Congress in this atmosphere, it really is one-party rule.

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger LaurelhurstDad said...

While Foley is your typical dishonest, creepy, lying Republican, his buddy Thomas Reynolds should get equal recognition for actually using children as human shields. Check out his press conference yesterday. Whereas Hastert just ran away, Reynolds hid behind children in the hope reporters wouldn't ask the hard questions. That's just sick. That's just typical of the party pledged to clean up Washington.

 
At 10:45 AM, Anonymous butch said...

Yeah, laurelhurstdad....its just those 'sick' Republicans:

10. Sen. Daniel Inouye. The 82-year-old Hawaii Democrat was accused in the 1990s by numerous women of sexual harassment. Democrats cast doubt on the allegations and the Senate Ethics Committee dropped its investigation.

9. Former Rep. Gus Savage. The Illinois Democrat was accused of fondling a Peace Corps volunteer in 1989 while on a trip to Africa. The House Ethics Committee decided against disciplinary action in 1990.

8. Rep. Barney Frank. The outspoken Massachusetts Democrat hired a male prostitute who ran a prostitution service from Frank’s residence in the 1980s. Only two Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to censure him in 1990.

7. Former Sen. Brock Adams. The late Washington Democrat was forced to stop campaigning after numerous accusations of drugging, assault and rape, the first surfacing in 1988.

6. Former Rep. Fred Richmond. This New York Democrat was arrested in 1978 for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old. He remained in Congress and won re-election—before eventually resigning in 1982 after pleading guilty to tax evasion and drug possession.

5. Former Rep. John Young. The late Texas Democrat increased the salary of a staffer after she gave in to his sexual advances. The congressman won re-election in 1976 but lost two years later.

4. Former Rep. Wayne Hays. The late Ohio Democrat hired an unqualified secretary reportedly for sexual acts. Although he resigned from Congress, the Democratic House leadership stalled in removing him from the Administration Committee in 1976.

3. Former Rep. Gerry Studds. He was censured for sexual relationship with underage male page in 1983. Massachusetts voters returned him to office for six more terms.

2. Former Rep. Mel Reynolds. The Illinois Democrat was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault with a 16-year-old. President Bill Clinton pardoned him before leaving office.

1. Sen. Teddy Kennedy. The liberal Massachusetts senator testified in defense of nephew accused of rape, invoking his family history to win over the jury in 1991.

 
At 11:15 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

It was the Republican Party who seized on these Christian religious family values to get elected so it's a little more galling when they get caught. They're the ones playing the moral clarity card.
Meanwhile you have Rush and the drugs, Bill Bennett with the gambling, and Bill O'Reilly and his phone sex harrassment charge with a co-worker. It's one thing when everyone knows you're a hound dog like Bill Clinton, but it's a little tougher to take from the author of "The Book of Virtues".
Now instead of saying, "This is unacceptable" I'm hearing, "Okay, we're perverts but so are you." That's a big step down from the moral highground Republicans pretended they were on to trick the religious right into supporting them.

 
At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Runnin Scared

And have you noticed that none of the Republicans - local, state, whatever - is running as, well, a "Republican."

Hmmm, what does that tell ya..........

 
At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Tenskwatawa said...

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You get it, Bill, but you don't get with it. Gay Offender Pedophile GOP politics voters never seized no high ground, nevermind won any elections with it. Those perverts are not any elected or represented majority of "americans" since -- and you do get this -- their vote totals are fraud and rigged. The. People. DO. NOT. EXIST. For. Those. Ballots.

Saying "you Goons On Powertrips Republicans claimed the moral authority," is talking to a phantasmagoria. THEY. GOP. Voters. DO NOT EXIST. You do get it -- the ballots are fraud, phony, no voters. Now link that in your chains of logic and -- behold! you can walk across it -- the precipice and abyss scaring you is of your own making, in your own mind buying the idea THEY are 'out there' to retaliate -- THEY. GOP. Voters. DO NOT EXIST, the election count is fraudulent, NObody thinks like and believes like Karl Rove suggests that you imagine them Republicans; and when you see there is only your own fear-filled obstacle between where we are standing and the firm ground 'over there,' where there is and we know rule of law, government of the people, the power of right humankind, then THAT is where you can get, that is what you can get with including into your thinking the solid truth -- and you do get this -- the ballots don't belong to no bodies.

One Goon-On-Powertrip-man, one hundred votes. Don't talk Republicans 'you guys' to the votes, Bill, it is One goon.

And Democrats do it too, actually. The image that they don't is another figment floating in your self-identity mind, which truth vaporizes -- that you are 'one of them' and you don't do it so, by transferrence, 'them' don't do it. Truth is: You. ARE. NOT. One. Of. Them.

Because you can't say, 'I'm in Congress,' you can't ignore parking tickets or traffic tickets, you can't have your peeps call an attorney general's office to instigate a harassing investigation of someone, you. don't. have. politician. power. If you did, you too would be corrupted by it; and if you did have absolute power, you too would be corrupted absolutely. BUT, you are NOT 'one of them.' You are NOT a Democrat. You are NOT in the politician's group. You are not a sexual pervert. THEY are. If you WERE to get to be 'one of them,' you could get to be a criminal sex pervert, too.

It is a figment of imagination that you are a Democrat, and you don't violate human rights, so, Democrats don't violate human rights. Not truth.

The TRUE method to get self-governance is to have your contemporaries, everyone alive in your Election District on election day, ELECT You, by acclaim. Don't vote for anyone who buys your vote by 'campaigning' for office. Of course, this means work and time sacrifice for you, to majorly spread the word of who you think to vote for. Gosh, self-effort (instead of throwing money at politics, money you got, time you don't -- because you traded: your life time for envy green-colored paper instead of personal accomplishment), required to get good government representative of our selves. What a concept!

I nominate one of the school janitors (fired out-of-work by Portland Schools) for Congress instead of Blumenauer. Going to Congress is like Jury Duty -- everyone's gotta do it, use your judgment in the seat, and don't take bribes from 'outside' for your vote.

Now, when you see that Democrats also dial in underage Pages, and cash illegal checks, and lust in war crimes to invade and steal oil-resource lands -- and get BLACKMAILED and EXTORTED by other politicians who ALSO are criminals and who know that a majority in Congress are criminals who don't tell on you if you don't tell on them and by majority can stonewall public scrutiny from the enterprise of National Politicians -- THEN you understand why Democrats vote for war and the Patriot Act and wipe their asses with our Constitution and inflict suffering wrongs against our human rights. BECAUSE the criminal Majority in Congress would ream them out if they voted on principle. You thought they held principles when you elected them. Maybe they did, but once 'in the House' they have a dagger against their back and free sex, money, and power intoxication in front of them -- and the criminal coercion touching them is more real than any distant high conceptual principles for living up to.

Votes are real, and made by the reality the voter knows. Coercion, extortion, and criminal corruption makes the real Congress votes.

After you fahgedaboud National Politicians voting from knowing your principles and interests, and see they vote from homicide threats, then you understand these six years of votes that 'don't make sense' to the vast many decent Americans, (subtract the ghosts you see in fraud ballot counts), and, then, with understanding, you know what to do.

Bring forward one of our own, a decent person, to represent our District in Congress. No Democrat. No Goon On Powertrip.

Just us. The greenhorn party.

The Jury Duty party. Just us in Liberty for Justice for all.

DO talk about politics. And DO talk about religion. With everyone you meet. It's just us.

 
At 1:59 PM, Anonymous butch said...

Tenskwatawa, you are a very odd person. You remind me of those people in Pioneer Square that scream at strangers as the walk by.....

 
At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Tenskwatawa said...

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And you would be a standing-there pillar of righteous probity ...

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/node/1228/print


Here is the sample of the list supplied to me by St. Clair. You can't make this shit up.

-- Republican Commissioner ( of Richland County, Ohio ) David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

-- Republican Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.

-- Republican Committeeman John R. Curtain was charged with molesting a teenage boy and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

-- Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth anti-abortion activist who gained fame during the Schiavo media-circus, was convicted of two charges of raping a child in 2002 .

-- Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.

-- Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.

-- Republican pastor Mike Hintz,a First Assembly of God youth pastor whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.

-- Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

-- Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer was charged with molesting his 9-year old step-daughter after including her in an anti-Gore television commercial.

-- Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

-- Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter, the Susan Smith who drowned her adorable two sons "in cold blood" in a South Carolina lake in 1995.

-- Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline was placed under house arrest for child molestation and possession of child pornography.

-- Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.

-- Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.

-- Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.

-- Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.

-- Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl.

-- Republican Tennessee State Representative, Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).

-- Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was found guilty of molesting a 15-year old girl at the home for troubled girls that he ran.

-- Republican County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a male child.

-- Republican candidate Richard Gardner,a Nevada State Representative, admitted to molesting his two daughters.

-- Republican Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner had been convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl. when the Republican Party, knowing of these crimes, put him on the ballot.

-- Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.

-- Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison. Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.

-- Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession. With his political career over, he went to work in the hard-core pornography industry for Platinum X Pictures, owned by his daughter, porn starlet Jewel De'Nyle (Stephany Schwarz).

-- Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall, director of Faith & Family Alliance, (a Christian Coalition spin off), former student of Pat Robertson's Regent University, member of Ralph Reed's inner circle who funneled money to from lobbyist Jack Abramoff to Reed, was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.

-- Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a "good military man" and "church goer," was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

-- Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.

-- Republican director of the "Young Republican Federation" Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.

-- Republican president of the New York City Housing Development Corp. Russell Harding pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer.

-- Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen Sr., 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women. He was found guilty of raping a 15-year old girl, and his sentences added up to 126 years in prison.

-- Age 62 Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo of Denton County, Kentucky was arrested for having sex with a 5-year old boy.

-- Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins of Asbury Park, New Jersey plead guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.

-- Republican Mayor John Gosek of Oswego, New York was arrested on charges of soliciting sex from two 15-year old girls.

My subject is the so-called conservative male .... The depravity of the conservative male is in exact counter-proportion to the degree of righteousness towards which that conservative pretends. Or to put it another way, show me a pillar and I will show you a pervert.

 
At 3:19 PM, Anonymous butch said...

Aye Carumba.....city counselmen? county commissioner, PAROL BOARD OFFICER? You forgot to throw a Republican school janitor on that list. At LEAST rebut with people anyone - ANYONE - has ever heard of.

I stand by my assertion that you are a very odd person. In fact, I may have to up that to "very very odd person."

 
At 3:40 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

If I could get this crew into the same screenplay, I could make a fortune.

 
At 4:09 PM, Blogger Jack Bog said...

Is Marv Albert a Republican?

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger Max said...

Hey. Foley checked into rehab, claiming he's an alcoholic. So it's all hunky-dory now.

He claims he's addicted to Jack Daniels, but it looks more like he's addicted to little Jackie and little Daniel, and I don't think rehab's going to do anything about that.

He was abused as a child. Well, who wasn't? At least by today's standards? I had one teacher who used a Pledge paddle with holes bored through it to cut down on the air resistance.

To this day, I don't need to use one of those paper gaskets that you find in public restrooms. The dimples hold most of my buns well away from the toilet seat.

 
At 11:08 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Max, did you write that Jack Daniels joke? I heard a similar one the night before on TV, so you're right in the professional zone. In fact, you might have written the one on TV for all I know.

 
At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!

Between 'Butch' (a true idiot) and 'Tenskwatawa' (an 'interesting' person), your blog allows all the rift and even the raft.

Bless you, Bill, for allowing all the crazies to spew their opinions.

 

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