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I guess North Korea wants Bush elected


South Korea -
North Korea said Tuesday that it will conduct a nuclear test to bolster its self-defense capability amid what it calls increasing U.S. hostility toward the communist regime.

Thank God we've Moustache Man at the UN...

The statement gave no precise date of when a test might occur.

How about November 5? Shades of OBL's taped intervention in the Bush "election" of 2004, eh?

One Dear Leader props up another. Read below the fold...

QOTD: "God bless you all.”

And, incredibly, once again the winner is Mark Foley (R-Neverland)!

Those are the last words of the last paragraph of a truly odd story in yesterday's Times by Rachel Swarns.

At the top, the headline, which the editors, not the reporters, write:

Former Pages Describe Foley as Caring Ally

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What does "G.O.P" stand for?

I'm so confused. Alert reader Anonymous suggests "Gross Old Pedophiles" but gosh, I'm just not sure that's it.

Readers, can you help? Suggestions? Read below the fold...

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 ...

8-inch, cut? Read below the fold...

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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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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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...

"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...

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...

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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