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2%, Iraq, and the NIE: The Policy of Ignorance

This will probably be another desultory post of mine, but three stories I read today seem worth talking about. The first is from the WaPo in which War Criminal and “statesman” of the First Iraq dribbles these little pearls of wisdom. I can’t believe he’s not dead yet:
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Take Ten? Democratic Senate Prospects Looking...Eeenteresting

The State newspaper of Columbia SC is not exactly a bastion of radical liberalism, although it may be considered such by the standards of South Carolina, I dunno. But this was quite remarkable this morning:
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Super double bonus QOTD: "I strongly believe I am an alcoholic."

And once again, it's Mark Foley (or at least someone faxing to Drudge under that name).

"Believe I'm an alchoholic"??? WTF? Believe me, Mark--if I may call you Mark--if you're an alchoholic, you're either in denial, or you know. There's none of this "believe" shit.

And with the priest, er, Congressman checking into rehab, I'm more and more minded to ask if Cardinal "Bernie" Law and Speaker "Denny" Hastert were separated at birth. Read below the fold...

Bonus QOTD: "And so we proceeded to cruise down in my BMW to Morton's."

And once again our winner is: Mark Foley.

"Cruise"?? WTF!

But the weird thing about the quote is the context:

Foley says this in 2002 at a page good-bye ceremony, where Rep. John Shimkus, who is in charge of the Page Board, introduced Foley as "Now someone who spends a lot of time with you."

And as AmericaBlog points out, this is after the Republican staffers knew that Foley had a problem, and had, in 2001, warned the pages about Foley. Read below the fold...

QOTD: "Don't forget to measure for me."

Source: Mark Foley (R-NAMBLA).

And no, we're not talking about the International System of Units here. Watch the video. It's appalling.

But you know, I just can't help wondering...

What was the measurement? Could it have been ...

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Republicans warned pages about Foley five years ago. Only Republican pages, that is

If you're a Democrat, you can't expect your child to be protected from a Republican pedophile. All class, those Republicans. (ABC via Atrios)

A Republican staff member warned congressional pages five years ago to watch out for Congressman Mark Foley, according to a former page.

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Is there a Doctor in the White House?

Say, Dr. Benway?

William Burroughs:

A Model of Control
"I deplore brutality," [Dr. Benway] said. "It's not efficient. On the other hand, prolonged mistreatment, short of physical violence, gives rise, when skillfully applied, to anxiety and a feeling of special guilt. A few rules or rather guiding principles are to be borne in mind. The subject must not realize that the mistreatment is a deliberate attack of an anti-buman enemy on his personal identity. He must be made to feel that he deserves any treatment he receives because there is something (never specified) horribly wrong with him. The naked need of the control addicts must be decently covered by an arbitrary and intricate bureaucracy so that the subject cannot contact his enemy direct."

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Sunday Gasbaggery: This Week with George, Dan Bartlett Stops By, Murtha & The Roundtable

Dan Bartlett was all over the tube this morning, to defend the Bush administration against that newly renegade courtier, Bob Woodward, and you won't be surprised to learn that Bartlett said almost the same thing, using identical language, at each stop. Read below the fold...

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On Perversion, Sadism, Projection and Framing

I’m really tired from a long weekend of (wholesome, consensual) debauchery, so this will likely be a little sloppy. But the unfolding Foley/Hastert scandal is too rich to pass up even in my worn out state. I sure picked the wrong weekend to skip out on obsessive blogging.

Anyway, a comment from a reader got me thinking. While discussing the uselessness, in terms of producing reliable intelligence, of torture on this post by MJS, reader Scarshapedstar asks:
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If you want a friend in Washington, get a page, I mean a dog! Get a dog!

Down, Rick! Down! No! Get offa my leg!

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"


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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