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Bush heaves Foley over the side:

The White House and Democratic leaders in Congress called Sunday for a criminal probe into former Rep. Mark Foley's electronic messages to teenage boys — a lurid scandal that has put House Republicans in political peril.

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"Getting our arms around the crisis"

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pro-power Republicans knew in 2005 about Foley's ephebophilic behavior:


says the Houston Chronicle. Read below the fold...

Foley has his picture taken with Gingrich, waiters, and busboys

This is the last post on Mark Foley until the next one, I swear. Josh has two superb posts up, on the real time unravelling of The Denny's cover-up, and the key role of the so-far silent House Clerk, Jeff Trandahl. Read below the fold...

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Thank you for not speaking freely

Akbar Ahmed's commentary in Newsweek shows the twists and turns we take when we are boundlessly deferential to religion.

I'm sure his heart is in the right place, wishing we could all co-exist a little better. But he swings and misses in his attempt to promote peace between the free-speech West and the fundamentalist Muslims it upsets. Read below the fold...

"Because they can!"

When you think of it, isn't that the common thread between a lot of Republican failures and failings?

Iraq, torture, Abramoff, Foley coming on to an an underage page--It's all "Because they can."

Authoritarian relationships, where the strong prey on the weak, are all like that.

"Sick sick sick sick sick." To coin a phrase.

Yes, I do know the set-up to which "Because they can" is the punc-line.

But Fuck -- This is a family-friendly blog, so if you don't already know it, I'm certainly not going to tell you. Read below the fold...

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A Day of Peace in Griffith Park

Foley on The Clenis, September 12, 1998

Priceless. Foley shares his feelings in The Saint Petersburg Times:

"It's vile," said Rep. Mark Foley, R-West Palm Beach. "It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction."

Vile, huh?

Heh. Indeedy. Yeah, thank The God of Your Choice the Adults are in charge. Read below the fold...

Hastert knew Foley was a predator for months, yet did nothing. Why?

These guys can ram through a law to destroy 900 years of jurisprudence by trashing the separation of powers, and give Bush the power to imprison any US citizen for anything, indefinitely, and they can't protect one teenager from a sexual predator? WTF?

AP, 5:42PM on this fast-breaking story: Read below the fold...

Republicans boo as Pelosi demands accountability for Foley's sexual predations

Those Republicans. All class.

Criminals, out for what they can smash and grab. Money, golf, boys. The world is their oyster! Read below the fold...

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Criminal Justice System

Power and pedophilia going hand in hand as it does in the Republican party, maybe it's time to reread the Second Amendment -- and take it to heart.

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Say, where are the "values voters" on the issue of Republican sexual predators?

What Matt said:

One of the reasons that it's hard to make a story like predator Mark Foley and the House Republican cover-up stick is because there's no pre-set narrative that Republican leaders are very bad people. Republican leaders are creepy, weird, and perverted, seeking an authoritarian political system so that they don't have to deal with personal demons.

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Feeling lucky?

Yes, the Bush mandate Google bomb is still going strong. Just type "Bush Mandate" into the Google search box and press I'm Feeling Lucky. I'll wait.

I'm so pleased.

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Word of the day: Kleptocracy

From Dictionary.com:

klep‧toc‧ra‧cy /klɛpˈtɒkrəsi/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[klep-tok-ruh-see]
–noun, plural ‑cies.
a government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves.
[Origin: 1815–20; klepto- (comb. form of Gk kléptēs thief) + -cracy]

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