Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Senator John Kerry Rips GOP a New One. Takes the Gloves Off and Smacks Down the GOP Bullies.

Former presidential candidate Senator John Kerry (D-MA) lashed out in a response today, claiming that right-wingers are "desperately distorting" his comments about President George W. Bush to "divert attention from their disastrous record."

Kerry seems to be responding in particular to a demand from White House Press Secretary Tony Snow that Kerry apologize for saying at a rally earlier that people who don't do well in school "get stuck in Iraq."

Though Kerry insists the comment was directed at Bush, critics have interpreted it as an insult to US troops. A CNN video of conservative responses may be viewed at the bottom of the page.

"If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq," states Kerry, "and not the president who got us stuck there, they're crazy.

"I’m sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did," the statement continues.

"I'm not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq," rails Kerry, in the statement. "It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have."

Kerry asserts that it is the President and Vice President Cheney who owe troops an apology for misleading the country into war, saying they have "widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it."

"These Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave troops to war without body armor," the statement continues. "Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate straw men because they're afraid to debate real men. And this time it won’t work because we're going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a sliver of light for their distortions."

He concludes, "No Democrat will be bullied by an administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still and lose strategy in Iraq."

GOI: These so called, "Republicans" are nothing more then thugs. School yard bullies who have stolen this countries "milk money" and have generally screwed up so badly that they sling shit at other people because they refuse to look at their own disastrous actions, admit failure and take the appropriate steps to fix things. It's time to grab these bullies by their pork barreled ears and drag them in front of the principals office of the American voter to be punished for their actions by being voted out of office.

Kerry should apologize?!! For what? A bad joke about Bush?? That's what it was, a bad joke and Kerry explained that. The audience laughed. As James Carville says, "It's easier to explain a botched joke then a botched war." This kind of distortion by Tony Snow and the Bushies is the typically nasty, bottom-of-the barrel, shameless kind of desperate attacks that reveal the real neo-Republican slim-ball character.

You know what's insulting? A chicken hawk administration that sends our brave men and women into a straw man war. A war that started out on shaky legs which has predictably crumbled down around our noble troops and left them holding the bag. Because these pseudo Republicans are so clueless, so irresponsible and so inept that they couldn't find their way out of a phone booth let alone find their way out of Iraq and fix the the broken house that they built.

You know what else is insulting? An administration that not only botched a war that should have never been launched but the Katrina apocalypse aftermath as well. New Orleans is still lost in time because this administration fails at everything they do and have wasted America's great resources on their sick war of choice in the sands of Mesopotamia.

This election is a referendum on their actions (or non-actions) in Iraq, in "cutting and running" from Afghanistan to go to Iraq, in watching New Orleans drown and fall into chaos, in burning up a record surplus and writing checks that we can't cash to the tune of record deficits!!!

They are the opposite of King Midus and his golden touch. They have the fecal matter touch.

Yes, this is an election about their actions and not about a botched joke that some Senator in the minority party said. Please. Aren't you sick of their bait and switch bullshit tactics??? They have been the ones in charge of nearly EVERY aspect of our federal government for SIX LONG YEARS and they have done nothing but mistakes and now want to blame it all on the Democrats???. Jesus said judge people by their works so I urge you true Republican Christians to follow that wise teaching and judge this administration and your Congress person on their actions.

It's time to end the games and get serious about pulling this free falling airplane up away from the fast approaching ground of becoming a broken and busted country.

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Cheney Slips Up on Water Boarding

By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -

The vice president was asked on Tuesday by a conservative radio host from Fargo, North Dakota: "Would you agree a dunk in water is a no-brainer if it can save lives?"

"Well, it's a no-brainer for me," replied Cheney as part of a campaign by Republicans to keep national security on the minds of voters ahead of November 7 congressional elections.

Vice President Dick Cheney said on Friday he was not referring to "water boarding" or any interrogation technique in a radio interview, after critics accused him of endorsing simulated drowning by agreeing that a "dunk in water" for terrorism suspects might be useful.

GOI: This is like Cheney saying that he never met John Edwards during the 2004 campaign when later video tape revealed that he was lying.

Cheney says that a dunk in water to "save lives" isn't water boarding??? What is he refering to then??? Bobbing for apples to raise money to save the life of some unfortunate soul stricken with cancer?!! Somehow I don't think so.

Hmmm, I know!! Cheney is refering to dunking suspicious women as witches just like the good old days. You know back in the 1600's when he was a spry young lad. Only now it's not suspected witches its suspected terrorists. We're stuck in the Bill and Ted's time-warp elevator with Cheney, W and Rumsfeld flying at mach speed back to the Salem witch trial days and the only brake is labeled "Vote Democratic 2oo6!!"

The only "no brainer" DICK "Montgomery Burns" Cheney is that YOU have no brain!! (and no heart either. And no, the paper heart that Lynne cut out for you and hung in your chest cavity doesn't count).

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Bill Maher's New Rule: "You Can't Call Yourself a Think Tank if all Your Ideas are Stupid."

And finally, New Rule, in two parts: A) You can't call yourself a think tank if all your ideas are stupid. And B), if you're someone from one of the think tanks that dreamed up the Iraq War, and who predicted that we'd be greeted as liberators, and that we wouldn't need a lot of troops, and that Iraqi oil would pay for the war, that the WMD's would be found, that the looting wasn't problematic, and the mission was accomplished, that the insurgency was in its last throes, that things would get better after the people voted, after the government was formed, after we got Saddam, after we got his kids, after we got Zarqawi, and that the whole bloody mess wouldn't turn into a civil war...you have to stop making predictions!

You know, there's a name for people who are always wrong about everything all the time: husbands. You know, it's a shame what happened to think tanks. They used to produce valuable, apolitical analysis. But partisanship crept into many of them. And the Bush Administration doesn't just come up with something as stupid as "If we leave now, they'll follow us home." No, they have someone from a think tank say it first. It's a way to lend respectability. The same reason a titty bar has food. I hear.

The think tanks that incubated the Iraq war have lofty names like the Heritage Foundation and the Project for a New American Century. Whatever. They've been wrong so often, I'm surprised they're not my broker. Richard Perle thought we could win Iraq with 40,000 troops. Paul Wolfowitz predicted, in 2003, that within a year, the grateful people of Baghdad would name some grand square in their fine city after President Bush. And he was right when he said they'd be waving American flags. They were on fire.

William Kristol pooh-poohed the fears that Sunnis and Shiites would be at each others' throats, as "the stuff of pop psychology." Right. And having your head chopped off is just a quick way to drop 11 pounds. Kristol, of course, is revered by much of the right because he was Dan Quayle's chief of staff, and was known as "Quayle's Brain." You know that. Which sounded impressive until I remembered Dan Quayle didn't have a brain.

And now, Mr. Kristol proposes immediate military action against Iran, predicting the Iranians will thank us for it. Hey, you know what, Nostrodamus? Why don't you sit this one out?

We'll get by using the Magic Eight Ball for a while. Because you guys have been so wrong about so much for so long, people are actually turning to the Democrats. So, we can say Iraq was a noble experiment, if that helps you. Our intention was good: to penetrate Iraq and bring it to a glorious, euphoric climax. But it's clear now that's just not going to happen. And yet we're still pounding away.


Causing the whole area to become painfully inflamed. And in that situation, the kindest thing you can do is...just pull out.


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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Latest Bush Lie: "We've Never Been Stay the Course, George!"

From Thing Progress:

During an interview today on ABC’s This Week, President Bush tried to distance himself from what has been his core strategy in Iraq for the last three years. George Stephanopoulos asked about James Baker’s plan to develop a strategy for Iraq that is “between ’stay the course’ and ‘cut and run.’”

Bush responded, ‘We’ve never been stay the course, George!’

Bush is wrong:

BUSH: We will stay the course. [8/30/06]

BUSH: We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. [8/4/05]

BUSH: We will stay the course until the job is done, Steve. And the temptation is to try to get the President or somebody to put a timetable on the definition of getting the job done. We’re just going to stay the course. [12/15/03]

BUSH: And my message today to those in Iraq is: We’ll stay the course. [4/13/04]

BUSH: And that’s why we’re going to stay the course in Iraq. And that’s why when we say something in Iraq, we’re going to do it. [4/16/04]


BUSH: And so we’ve got tough action in Iraq. But we will stay the course. [4/5/04

GOI: I'm going to start calling him President Pinocchio.

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Conservative Hypocrisy Over the So-Called "Death Tax."

The fiscal Conservative position of opposing an estate tax (what they call the 'death tax') is pure hypocrisy and absurd when seen in the context of their "boot straps" theory.

The boot straps theory goes a little something like this. "No one gave me anything I had to pull myself up by the boot straps." First of all this is assuming that everyone has boots at all let alone boot straps with which to pull one self up into the "American Dream." That meaning that some people live in an environment where they don't have a lot of advantages to be able to succeed as the unforgiving market place and society demand. Not everyone has the perfect combination of luck, talents, health and strengths to keep up with the speed of life.

Sometimes people just need a helping hand and some extra help. As a society we are only as good and successful as our weakest link. It benefits society to liftup the least among us. This is what Jesus taught after all so how can Christian convservatives admire Jesus and yet be against social services that help the poor, disabled and otherwise downtrodden?? That is breath-taking hypocrisy. I know that they are for faith based charity but what if you're not a Christian and/or belong to their chuch?? You're just screwed??? No, society has a responsibility to take care of it's people and ESPECIALLY the least among us. Irregardless of religious affiliation (or no affiliation).

But back to the issue at hand. These rabid anti-estate tax folks want to pass on their fortune to their kids so these offspring can maintin the upper-class, wealthy lifestyle and socialite status that their parents enjoy. Yet they demand that the poor and disadvantaged pull themselves up by their boot straps even though they don't have any boots or arms in some cases!!! So it's o.k. for the rich kids to be given every advantage available from their wealthy and powerful parents. However, it's NOT o.k. for poor or otherwise disadvantaged kids and adults to receive benefits and services that are a tiny morsel of the fraction that the wealthy kids inherit?!! As if the wealthy can't afford to pay extra taxes to help more people then just their spoiled rotten single digit number of kids!!

The wealthy always say that they made their money because of America's freedoms. Yeah, that's true and that is why if you hit the big time then you owe a debt to that very country and government that provided the stable and advantageous environment that you benefited from. And the way that you pay the government (the people) back for helping you along the way is in taxes. If someone who is making $30,000 is taxed at 25% then they are going to feel that burden a lot more then someone who is making $100,000 will if taxed at that same rate. In other words a sliding scale of sorts is called for. Or a progressive tax policy if you will.

Then there is the affirmative action hypocrisy from some wealthy, upper-class conversatives. They are against giving a helping hand to poor or disadvantaged students. However, very o.k. with their kids being given preferential treatment and granted access to an Ivy League school simply because they donated a chunk of money to the university/college or they themselves went to said upper-crust school. Legacy affirmative action in other words.

This incestuous passing of wealth back and forth between the blue bloods is disgusting and beyond hypocritical. Especially if they call themselves "Christian." Remember you anti-estate tax "Christian" conservatives that Jesus said it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle then for a rich man to enter Heaven!!

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Friday, October 20, 2006

al-Sadr's militia briefly takes control of Iraqi city of Amara.


BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The Shiite militia run by the anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr seized control of a southern Iraqi city on Friday in one of the boldest acts of defiance yet by the country's powerful, unofficial armies, witnesses and police said.

GOI: Enough, ENOUGH OF THIS!!!! Who really has control of the Iraqi streets? Look, we either pull everybody out at this point or put in another 100k troops to get control of this chaos in Iraq. The thing is then aren't we just acting as a police force and so when do we leave? Because the Iraqi's are just going to let us stay there indefiniately. The biggest problem here though was that this was a test of the Iraq police and military forces and they seemed to fail. Big time.

How come these Iraqi forces can't get things done yet?!!! We've been training them for nearly 4 years now and they can't seem to pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heal!!! One problem is that these Iraqi forces don't have anything to fight with. They don't really have any body armor, tanks, armoured vehicles, helicopters, etc. and yet we are sinking all kinds of money into this money pit. Where's all the money going??? Probably some of it right into the pockets of these militias via the corrupt, inept government.

In one regard I want to stay to help fix what we broke (no, not WE but THEY--Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld). I don't want to pull out and leave a failed state that will only breed more terrorists without any strong military presence to counter them. I don't want to have to storm back into Iraq to retake the country away from terrorists and possibely from Iran. Yet on the other hand I want us out and be done with it. This Iraq war has been one of the biggest bungles in U.S. military history. It's like we are in a never ending nightmare and I want to wake up.

What a mess.

What do we do? Seriously, what do we do??? Let's set politics aside. It's easy to have a knee-jerk emotional re-action to this debacle and say yank our troops out but is that a realistic scenario? Is it realistic to think that leaving Iraq wouldn't involve a heavier presence of Iran?? Do we really want a failed terrorist state engaging in a full out civil war next to Iran?? (Yes I believe that it is already a civil war but we are sort of keeping the lid on things and what would it mean to Iraq (and more importantly the region) if we left and that lid fully blew off??). Yet on the other hand how long do we stay? And what do we define as victory??? I'm seriously wondering where is the middle ground or is there a middle ground? It seems that we are damned if we do and damned if we don't. What is your answer or is there an answer??

About the only thing I do know is that this Bush "stay the course" plan isn't working and we need some kind of change. What that might be I honestly don't know anymore. I honestly believe though that the Democrats can do a better job of buttoning this thing up. They would bring fresh eyes and an open mind to solving this puzzle that seems to be missing several pieces.

The Bush Republicans have tunnel vision.

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

FBI investigates Beauprez for Governor campaign in Colorado. Also, Rumsfeld led by God?? Not any God that I'd believe in!!!

By Stuart Steers, Alan Gathright and Marilyn Robinson, Rocky Mountain News
A criminal investigation that now involves the FBI sent shock waves through the race for Colorado governor Wednesday.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation announced that it had determined that someone accessed information in an FBI database on Carlos Estrada Medina, who has been the star of a TV attack ad against Democrat Bill Ritter.

That ad was sponsored by Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez, and he and his campaign staff will now be interviewed by FBI agents.

The CBI said it has asked the FBI to join in an investigation of the circumstances surrounding the use of the database. It is illegal to use federal databases for anything other than law enforcement purposes and violators can be sentenced to prison and fined.

Beauprez has said he knows who the source of the information is, but he’s refused to disclose the source’s identity. He has said the information was given to the campaign in confidence.

(GOI: What and IDIOT!!! He's going to WITHHOLD information from the FBI?!!! No wonder Democrat Bill Ritter has a double digit lead. My great state of Colorado doesn't want someone who is willing to break into federal records and withhold information from the FBI to win a campaign for Gov!! Then again what do we expect from a current Republican Congressman from this corrupt Congress).

"We got the information from a credible source," Beauprez said Wednesday. "I know the information is indisputably true."

Dreyer criticized Beauprez for refusing to reveal the source.

"He has had the ability over the last six days to defuse this, but he refuses to come clean with the public," said Dreyer.

"This is significantly bad news for Bob Beauprez," said Eric Sondermann, a Denver political analyst. "It won’t bring any swing voters or wavering Republicans to his camp."

GOI: As Bill Ritter said, "It’s a serious trust issue by a congressman who says, ‘Hold me accountable.’ "

In Rumsfeld news:

MIAMI (AFP) - The top US general defended the leadership of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, saying it is inspired by God.
"He leads in a way that the good Lord tells him is best for our country," said Marine General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

GOI: This kind of statement makes me glad that I'm a Buddhist!! I do though kind of believe in a "God" of sorts but it is not a belief in an individual "God" that floats around in the sky. Rather a Divine force that is found in all of us. And it is certainly NOT the kind of "God" that talks to Rumsfeld telling him what's best for America!!! I think that's called a hallucination and requires anti-psychotic medication. I'd recommend a high dose of Risperdal.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

91 Iraqi's killed as Iraq "Stays the Course."



Associated Press WriterNABIL AL-JURANI

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Four days of sectarian slaughter killed at least 91 people by Monday in Balad, a town near a major U.S. air base an hour's drive north of the capital. Elsewhere, 60 Iraqis died in attacks and 16 tortured bodies were found.

The U.S. command said seven American troops died in fighting a day earlier. That raised the U.S. toll to 58 killed in the first two weeks of October, a pace that if continued would make the month the worst for coalition forces since 107 U.S. and 10 British soldiers died in January 2005.

Iraqi deaths also are running at a high rate. According to an Associated Press count, 708 Iraqis have been reported killed in war-related violence this month, or just over 44 a day, compared to a daily average of more than 27 since the AP began tracking deaths in April 2000.

GOI: Staying the course obviously isn't working as we aren't even on the main road anymore. We are way, way, OFF course and it's time that we adults grab the wheel of this convey on a highway to hell and change directions. We can do that by electing Democrats to the Congress this November.

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

According to Some Bush Has NO PLAN Should the Republicans Lose in November.

GOI: This makes me extremely nervous. Why is he so relaxed with no plan for how to deal with a Democratic majority in the House and perhaps the Senate??? It makes me think that he's not sweating it because they are going to rig the elections. Not to mention the Republicans pretty much denied all attempts in the Congress to make all electronic voting machines have a verifiable paper trail. No wonder Bush is so confident. Given the shady results of past elections we don't exacty have much to trust them by. As well as all the deception around the Iraq war. I don't trust him and his people any further then I can kick 'em.

By Kenneth T. Walsh
U.S. News and World Report
Posted 10/13/06

Some Republican strategists are increasingly upset with what they consider the overconfidence of President Bush and his senior advisers about the midterm elections November 7–a concern aggravated by the president's news conference this week.

"They aren't even planning for if they lose," says a GOP insider who informally counsels the West Wing. If Democrats win control of the House, as many analysts expect, Republicans predict that Bush's final two years in office will be marked by multiple congressional investigations and gridlock.

GOI: In other news: I just saw Bush dedicate the new Air Force memorial in D.C. He couldn't resist using the moment to talk about 9/11 and try to conflate it (yet again) with the war in Iraq. I bet even in private he can't resist conflating any issue with 9/11.

Guest to Whitehouse: "Boy this soup sure is good!!"

Dubya: "Well, if you don't enjoy the soup then the terrorists will have won!! Don't you dare forget that we are living in post-9/11 world!!! Your soup could have a dirty bomb in it!!"

Or

The Setting: A staged audience to hear Dubya speak. Bush is droning on about the war on terror, 9/11 and Iraq. All of a sudden an audience member has a heart attack. His wife yells out, "Someone call 911!!!"

Dubya: "Yes, 911!!! 911 changed everything!! You see this man gets it!! He was so frightened (and rightfully so) by the war on terror that he had a massive heart attack!! Your husband is a victim of a terrorist induced heart-attack. We have to give them heart attacks over there so we don't have to experience them over here. If only more people had heart attacks then maybe more people would fully understand the post 911 world as I do!!! We have to keep a Republican majority in Congress and the Senate to prevent terrorist induced heart attacks. You see, Democrats are weak on heart attacks."

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Friday, October 13, 2006

Make Mine Red.

Bono and others are launching a campaign to help HIV/AIDS victims in Africa called (Red). (Click the link of go to www.joinred.com). There is also a blog: (Blog) Red

Here's the gist of the campaign:
A number of companies have teamed together to donate a portion of the sales of their "red products" to The Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa and elsewhere. There are red credit cards, red shoes (I am going to buy a pair of the Converse Red shoes), red fashion brands, red phones, etc. And as the website says:

No, this does not mean they are all red in color. Although some are.


Go to the website join red to read more about the campaign and products.

As some of you know I lived in Cote D'Ivoire, West Africa (Cote D'Ivoire is the official name. It's French or Ivory Coast in English) for 2 plus years and have a deep connection and bond to the African people. They are a proud and beautiful people who need our help. I saw first hand the terrible effects of HIV/AIDS there.

6,500 Africans die EACH DAY from AIDS!!!!!!!

Please consider buying one (or more) of these (RED) products to help fight the HIV/AIDS scourge.

Thanks for reading this and if you feel you can not afford to buy any of these products please pass this information on to someone you feel might be interested.

Respect.

(PHOTO): Beautiful kids in Ghana, West Africa.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Did Karl Rove Pressure Foley to Run for Re-Election in '06?

Yesterday, a source close to Foley explained to THE NEW REPUBLIC that in early 2006 the congressman had all but decided to retire from the House and set up shop on K Street. "Mark's a friend of mine," says this source. "He told me, 'I'm thinking about getting out of it and becoming a lobbyist.'"

But when Foley's friend saw the Congressman again this spring, something had changed. To the source's surprise, Foley told him he would indeed be standing for re-election. What happened? Karl Rove intervened.

According to the source, Foley said he was being pressured by "the White House and Rove gang," who insisted that Foley run. If he didn't, Foley was told, it might impact his lobbying career.

"He said, 'The White House made it very clear I have to run,'" explains Foley's friend, adding that Foley told him that the White House promised that if Foley served for two more years it would "enhance his success" as a lobbyist. "I said, 'I thought you wanted out of this?' And he said, 'I do, but they're scared of losing the House and the thought of two years of Congressional hearings, so I have two more years of duty.'"

GOI: Sounds like Terdblossom. They didn't want Foley near Bush but they wanted him to stay as a rubber stamp in Congress for Bush. They surely knew about his "secret" and so it looks to me like they black-mailed him (in addition to the lobbying threat) by saying they'd cover-up his dirtly lil' affairs if he played ball to keep them in power and thus out of investigations. Power is the only thing that they care about and it's obvious now (just look at the Foley cover-up) that they are willing to do anything to keep it. They know that they have a lot of dirty laundry that they want to keep in the dark and are thus deperate and desperate people do dangerous things.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Death Toll in Iraq up by 400 in September then the month Before.

Hadi Mizban

GOI: My commentary below:

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- More than 2,660 Iraqi civilians were killed in the capital in September amid a wave of sectarian killings and insurgent attacks, an increase of 400 over the month before, according to figures from the Iraqi Health Ministry.

GOI: They lost nearly as many people in one month then we have during the entire war.

The September numbers come as a controversial new study contends that nearly 655,000 Iraqis have died in the three-year-old conflict in Iraq - more than 10 times higher than other independent estimates of the toll.

Bush, who in the past has suggested 30,000 civilian deaths in Iraq, would not give a figure for overall fatalities. "A lot of innocent people have lost their life," he said at a news conference in Washington.

GOI: I am skeptical about he 655k number but I am also just as skeptical (if not more so. I mean how many times have they misled us) of the Bush 30k number. I suspect it is somewhere in between but still on the high end. Either way it's a lot of people. It is the average Iraqi who is paying for this war but then again they're just a comma to Bush. A speed bump on the desperate Bush Republican road to being proven right in the history books. I have the feeling that they'll sacrifice as many people as it takes to be proven right. They brush aside their guilt by claiming that our soldiers are dying for our freedom. How does the average Iraqi threaten our freedom? If that's their arguement then why must they pay so that we can have freedom? Because their death isn't bringing freedom to their country but only more death and chaos. They are paying for our failed policies.

It's not, "we have to fight them there so we don't have to fight them here" but rather "they have to die over there so we don't have to die over here." They are canon fodder so that we can live in our American dream bubble world. The life of the Iraqi citizen is obviously not as important as an American life to these people or we would have left a long time ago. Just imagine if the shoe was on the other foot and that we had just lost 2,660 soldiers in the past month.

Many of these same pro-war folks would be screaming.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Poll: GOP Leaders put Politics Ahead of Protecting Teen-Age Pages. O'Reilly Claims North Korea Wants to Influence November Elections with Nuke Test.

An overwelming majority of people believe that the Republican House leadership was more concerned with their political standing and power then the safety of Congressional teen-age pages. Seventy-nine percent to ten percent according to the latest New York Times/CBS poll.

In other news,

Bill O'Really (mispelled on purpose) claimed that North Korea tested their alleged nuke device to influence the November elections. And that said claim isn't partisan but fact. He claims they did so because they hate Bush so much.

I seriously think he is in need of some anti-psychotic medicine because of his delusions and paranoia.

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Rep. Kolbe saw Foley messages in 2000. Another lawmaker knew of inappropriate Internet exchanges.

GOI: Yet more evidence of a cover-up.

Hmm, I hear a leaky faucet.

Drip, drip, drip.

By Jonathan Weisman
The Washington Post
Updated: 1 hour, 38 minutes ago

Another Republican congressman knew of disgraced former representative Mark Foley's inappropriate Internet exchanges as far back as 2000 and personally confronted Foley about his communications.

A spokeswoman for Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) confirmed yesterday that a former page showed the congressman Internet messages that had made the youth feel uncomfortable with the direction Foley (R-Fla.) was taking their e-mail relationship. Last week, when the Foley matter erupted, a Kolbe staff member suggested to the former page that he take the matter to the clerk of the House, Karen Haas, said Kolbe's press secretary, Korenna Cline.

The revelation pushes back by at least five years the date when a member of Congress has acknowledged learning of Foley's questionable behavior. A timeline issued by House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) suggested that the first lawmakers to know, Rep. John M. Shimkus (R-Ill.), the chairman of the House Page Board, and Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), became aware of "over-friendly" e-mails only last fall. It also expands the universe of players in the drama beyond members, either in leadership or on the page board.

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Fordham: Foley Tried to Storm Paige Dorm while Drunk.

GOI: Excellent, EXCELLENT write up by Evan Thomas of Newsweek on the Foley fiasco. I HIGLY urge you to read the whole article but I have copied and pasted some of the choicest excerpts below:

On one night in 2002 or 2003, an allegedly inebriated Foley showed up at the pages' dorm after a 10 p.m. curfew and tried to gain entry, according to an account provided by two congressional sources, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter. Foley was turned away by a guard. It is not known if the pages were ever aware that Foley lurked outside their door, but word of the incident reached the House Clerk, who notified Foley's chief of staff, Kirk Fordham. This was not the first time that Fordham had learned of his boss's behaving, in that modern all-purpose euphemism, "inappropriately." Fordham decided that it was time to go to a higher authority, so he went to see Scott Palmer, chief of staff to the Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert. That, at least, is what Fordham is prepared to tell investigators, according to a knowledgeable source who requested anonymity in discussing the probe. Voters may not understand the legalistic ins-and-outs of campaign-finance scandals or know much about an influence peddler like Jack Abramoff beyond his name. But they can follow the details of a sex scandal, especially one that they can imagine harming their own children. It was not necessary to read Foley's leering (and worse) e-mails and instant messages to former congressional pages—in one, he asks "Do I make you a little horny?"—to be disgusted by an obvious abuse of power and trust. If enough voters express their feelings about the scandal at the polls in November (or by just staying home), the Republicans could lose control of Congress. There are plenty of theories about why the leadership did not take the matter more seriously. In the Washington power culture, incumbents are generally protected from the consequences of their own actions. That's especially true in a Congress where one party has ruled both houses for years; the concept of meaningful oversight has been essentially forgotten. And in a party ruled largely by conservatives, and built with the help of evangelicals, many of whom view homosexuality as unnatural and homosexual acts as sinful, leaders may also have had a special reluctance to scrutinize the sexual behavior of their colleagues or their staffs. In the end, the Republicans may not be able to escape the irony of the Foley scandal. In 2004, the GOP helped get President George W. Bush re-elected by turning out the base, especially the Christian right, to vote for state bans on gay marriage. In 2006, the GOP may lose control of Congress because it didn't try harder to investigate a gay congressman who was also a sexual predator.

Behind the scenes, attention increasingly focused on Foley's after-hours visit to the pages' dorm several years ago. If Foley were really behaving that outrageously so long ago, why hadn't more been done to stop him? The answers may start with the testimony of Fordham, the former Foley chief of staff who is now cooperating with federal investigators.

Fordham is prepared to tell investigators that he was warned "on two or three occasions" about Foley's "overly friendly" socializing with young male pages.

He was informed by Jeff Trandahl, then the Clerk of the House, who oversees the page program. On one occasion, sometime in 2002 or 2003, Trandahl told Fordham about Foley's nocturnal adventure to the pages' dorm. Trandahl told Fordham that Foley "appeared intoxicated," according to the source who provided Fordham's account to NEWSWEEK.

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Newsweek Poll: Republican Meltdown.

GOI: Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill) chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee mopped up the floor with Republican Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla., chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee today on, This Week on ABC.

His best moment was when he said the following (and I'm paraphrasing a bit): You guys, (Republicans) came to power to change Washington but Washington changed you. You came to Washington with a "Contract with America" and they are now in breech of contract.

GOI: It's now more like a "contract with corruption."

(applause) Man, that was spot on and not only does it hit its target but it deeply digs into the rotting flesh of the current Republican party.

For the first time since 2001,
the NEWSWEEK poll shows that more Americans trust the Democrats than the GOP on moral values and the war on terror. Fully 53 percent of Americans want the Democrats to win control of Congress next month, including 10 percent of Republicans, compared to just 35 percent who want the GOP to retain power. Virginia Republican Sen. John Warner declared that the United States had 90 days to quell the violence in Iraq, or risk losing the war. To top it off, on Friday an aide to Karl Rove resigned over the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling and corruption scandal.
GOI: And this Foley scandal and seeming cover-up puts the icing on the cake of Republican corruption of power and the Constitution in Washington D.C.

Meanwhile, the president’s approval rating has fallen to a new all-time low for the Newsweek poll: 33 percent, down from an already anemic 36 percent in August. And Americans are equally divided over whether or not Speaker Hastert should resign over mishandling the situation (43 percent say he should, but 36 percent say he shouldn’t). The scandal’s more significant impact seems to be a widening of the yawning credibility gap developing between the President, his party and the nation. While 52 percent of Americans believe Hastert was aware of Foley’s actions and tried to cover them up, it’s part of a larger loss of faith in Republican leadership, thanks mostly to the war in Iraq. For instance, for the first time in the NEWSWEEK poll, a majority of Americans now believe the Bush administration knowingly misled the American people in building its case for war against Saddam Hussein: 58 percent vs. 36 percent who believe it didn’t. And pessimism over Iraq is at record highs on every score: nearly two in three Americans, 64 percent, believe the United States is losing ground there; 66 percent say the war has not made America safer from terrorism (just 29 percent believe it has); and 53 percent believe it was a mistake to go to war at all, again the first time the NEWSWEEK poll has registered a majority in that camp.

GOI: No one is buying this GOP rhetoric anymore that Iraq is making America safer from terrorism. In fact, no one is buying anything they say or do anymore.

As a result, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s approval rating has fallen to just 30 percent, (GOI: It should be lower) and more Americans believe he should resign than remain, 48 percent vs. 37 percent. And while a plurality of Americans approve of the job Condoleezza Rice is doing as Secretary of State, 48 percent vs. 32 percent who disapprove, on the heels of Bob Woodward’s bestselling critique of the Bush administration, “State of Denial,” a solid majority, 58 percent, believe Rice did not pay as much attention as she should have been expected to pay to the domestic terror threat posed by al Qaeda before 9/11. (Only 22 percent believe she did.)

Democrats now outdistance Republicans on every single issue that could decide voters’ choices come Nov. 7.
In addition to winning—for the first time in the NEWSWEEK poll—on the question of which party is more trusted to fight the war on terror (44 to 37 percent) and moral values (42 percent to 36 percent), the Democrats now inspire more trust than the GOP on handling Iraq (47 to 34); the economy (53 to 31); health care (57 to 24); federal spending and the deficit (53 to 29); gas and oil prices (56 to 23); and immigration (43 to 34).

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Friday, October 06, 2006

Bush Loyalist John Warner offers Dark Assessment on Iraq.


By ANNE PLUMMER FLAHERTY,
The Associated Press
Oct 5, 2006 4:59 PM (1 day ago)
Current rank: # 2,318 of 7,600 articles

WASHINGTON
- Sen. John Warner on Thursday offered his darkest assessment yet of Iraq, saying the war there was "drifting sideways" without a commitment from its government to disarm militias. Warner, a Republican and Bush loyalist, made his comments to reporters upon returning from a recent trip to the region.

He said the military had done what it could and that Congress must make some "bold decisions" if, after three months, progress is not made by the Iraqis to calm ethnic violence and hasten reconstruction.

Warner did not say what he thinks Congress should do, but added all options will be considered. Lawmakers have suggested various remedies, including setting a timetable to pull out U.S. troops and dividing the country into smaller independent ethnic states.

GOI: Dividing the country into three smaller states is probabley the best of an aweful list of choices and most likely what will happen.

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Hastert Accepts Responsibility over Page Scandal.


BREAKING NEWS:

If Dennis Hastert (and others in the Republican house leadership) are taking full responsiblity (as he said in his press conference) then is he not admitting that he is to blame? If the buck does indeed stop with you and your leadership then you deserve taking the heat and blame!! People need to understand that point.

You can't take responsibility of a scandal involving the exploitation of a minor and not incur blame. Even more reason that he resign (and for others to as well). Hell, look at the private sector that the Republicans love so much. If there is a high profile sexual harrassment scandal then heads role.

Hastert went on to say in his press conference that America is safe under the Republicans (which I totally disagree with). Except of course Dennis for our under-age pages!!

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Meanwhile, back in Iraq violence explodes against U.S. troops.


At least 21 U.S. soldiers have been killed since Saturday, a disproportionately high number. Most of the casualties have been in Baghdad amid a massive security sweep by American and Iraqi forces that has been going on since August.

GOI: Good old "stay the course."

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Foley Scandal Grows: Rep. Reynolds Chief of Staff Resigns over Scandal.

By DEVLIN BARRETT
The Associated Press

Wednesday, October 4, 2006; 5:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- A senior congressional aide said Wednesday he told House Speaker Dennis Hastert's office about worrisome conduct by Rep. Mark Foley toward teenage pages more than three years ago, long before officials have acknowledged becoming aware of the issue.

Kirk Fordham made his comments to The Associated Press in an interview as a Kentucky Republican canceled a campaign fundraising event with Hastert. Hastert's office did not immediately respond to either development.

GOI: Ah, back to you Hastert. We're ready with a fire hose to shower off your scum covered, flip-flopping fish self. This contradicts the Hastert office release that they didn't know until we all did. Bull____. I was born in the afternoon but not yesterday afternoon Hastert.
And now the GOP sycophants are saying this whole affair is politics by the Democrats!!

Excuuuuusssseee meeeee?!!! If the Neo-Repukelicant's had dealt with this sicko (Foley) when it came to light then this would not have come out in October of an election year, idiots. HELLO!!! A Congressman has resigned from sexually soliciting a minor!!! And now it appears that the House leadership knew about this scandal years ago and the stench of a cover-up is over-powering. Politics flies right out the window in something as serious as this scandal and especially when it involves a minor!!! You know the saying that politics stops at the water's edge? Well, politics also ends when a Congressman sexually solicits a minor!!! The only people playing politics in this matter are the people trying to cover-up this sick scandal.

This strikes right at the heart of the morals and values of our country. Something the Republicans keep repeating is their platform and mantra. If it is still their platform then they have no choice then to vote for the Dem's because THAT is the only way we can return accountability and over-sight to this revolting, corrupt government. Look, if we can't trust a Congressperson with our children then what in the hell can we trust them with???? Not the war that's for sure.

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Foley Was Drinking When He Sent Lurid Messages. Who Molested Foley and Why won't He Reveal the Name? Foley Hypocrisy on Clinton Affair.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - As Congress continued to feel the fallout from Rep. Mark Foley's resignation over a scandal with male pages, Foley's lawyer announced Tuesday that the Florida Republican had been molested by a clergyman as a teenager and that he was under the influence of alcohol when he sent lurid messages to congressional pages.

GOI: Oh, o.k. so now it's, "The booze made me do it." Also, notice how neither Foley nor the lawyer are naming WHO the clergyman was that molested him? I would think that Foley would want to publically nail that clergyman if this clergyman did in fact abuse him. Why protect someone that ruined your life? Kinda of fishy. Call me paranoid but I think I have more then enough reason not to trust anything this guy says anymore.

Other Foley fallout:

In 1995, male House pages were warned to steer clear of a freshman Republican from Florida, who was already learning the names of the teenagers, dashing off notes, letters and e-mails to them, and asking them to join him for ice cream, according to a former page.

Mark Beck-Heyman, now a graduate student in clinical psychology at George Washington University, and more than a dozen other former House pages said in interviews and via e-mail that Rep. Mark Foley was known to be extraordinarily friendly in a way that made some of them uncomfortable.

The sad irony about this is that if true then he was engaging in inappropriate contact with minors before he lambasted Clinton on his consentual adult affair!!

During President Clinton's scandal with intern Monica Lewinsky, Foley sharply criticized him for his sexual misconduct with the young adult.

"It's vile," Foley said in 1998. "It's more sad than anything elseto see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain."

They hypocrisy is breath-taking. Again, the Lewinsky affair was between TWO CONSENTING ADULTS.

Plus, some Republicans are now connecting being gay with pedophilia which is sooo ignorant that you wonder if they fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down. Comparing homosexuality with pedophilia is like compaing apples to car batteries. Weren't even talking about comparing apples to oranges.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Foley Atty: Fmr. GOP Congressman Foley was molested in his teens.

BREAKING NEWS:

That's aweful that he was molested. No one deserves to be abused. However, it seems as though he is revealing this as an excuse for what he did. As if he didn't have any control over his actions. It's as if he is saying, "I couldn't help it. I was molested when I was a teen." It may be apart of his recovery but why do we need to know that he was molested? Wouldn't he want to keep that private since after all it is "apart of his recovery??" Why release this information unless he is trying to gain favor with the public? A lot of people were molested when they were younger and they didn't turn around and solicit a minor. Unfortunately for Mr. Foley the law doesn't care whether you were molested or not.

In related Foley news. The Congressman had cybersex while waiting House vote:

Excerpts from the ABC report follow:

This message was dated April 2003, at approximately 7 p.m., according to the message time stamp.

Maf54: I miss you
Teen: ya me too
Maf54: we are still voting
Maf54: you miss me too

The exchange continues in which Foley and the teen both appear to describe having sexual orgasms.

Maf54: ok..i better go vote..did you know you would have this effect on me
Teen: lol I guessed
Teen: ya go vote…I don't want to keep you from doing our job
Maf54: can I have a good kiss goodnight
Teen: :-*
Teen:

The House voted that evening on HR 1559, Emergency War Time supplemental appropriations.

According to another message, Foley also invites the teen and a friend to come to his house near Capitol Hill so they can drink alcohol.

Teen: are you going to be in town over the veterans day weekend
Maf54: I may be now that your coming
Maf54: who you coming to visit
Teen: haha good stuff
Teen: umm no one really

Maf54: we will be adjourned ny then
Teen: oh good
Maf54: by
Maf54: then we can have a few drinks
Maf54: lol
Teen: yes yes ;-)
Maf54: your not old enough to drink
Teen: shhh…
Maf54: ok
Teen: that's not what my ID says
Teen: lol
Maf54: ok
Teen: I probably shouldn't be telling you that huh
Maf54: we may need to drink at my house so we don't get busted

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Boehner: Hastert told me it (the Foley affair) had been taken care of.

GOI: My commentary below.

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has claimed that he spoke to Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) about the Mark Foley affair, RAW STORY has learned.

"I believe that I talked to the Speaker," Boehner has told a Cincinnatti radio station, "and he told me it had been taken care of."

"My position," he continued, "is, it's in his corner. It's his responsibility. The clerk of the House that runs the page program [and] the page board, all report to the Speaker, and I believed it had been dealt with."

GOI: Now they are starting to turn on Hastert. They'll be throwing him under the bus anyday now. They will sacrifice him in hopes that that will be enough for the American public. This revelation by Boehner directly contradicts Hasterts claim that he didn't know about this until we all knew about it. So obviously someone is lying. The current Hastert defense is that he doesn't remember hearing about these improper IM's, emails. How in the hell can you be smart enough to become Speaker of the House of Representatives and not remember something so vile as these contacts with a minor!! Bullshit Hastert, bulllll shit. It seems to me as well that other people had to have known about this sick affair with someone as influential and powerful as the Speaker of the House Hastert in charge of dealing with the affair (i.e. the cover-up).

Hastert said his top aides and Rep. John Shimkus, a fellow Illinois Republican overseeing the page program, acted appropriately by trying to resolve the matter as an internal GOP problem rather than mounting a more formal investigation that would have involved Democrats.

GOI: Well this obviously shows that Hastert was keeping it inside the Republican ranks for political reasons rather then bringing this out when he found out about this to protect a child. He is admitting here that politics was more important then the innocence of a child!!! There's no doubt anymore with this statement.

Obviously, also, Boehner knew about this and now claims that Hastert told him it had been taken care of. The thing is that Boehner should have been checking up on the situation that Hastert told him was being taken care of as House Republican majority leader. Especially since this involved a minor!!! Hearing that Hastert was taking care of it was enough to satisfy Boehner apparently. Even though this involved a possible crime there was no contact with authorities. Which leads me to believe that they aided and abedded a child predator. They were enabling Foley's sick, perverted behavior. Soliciting a minor for sex is obviously a crime and aiding and abedding a criminal is a crime too.

There's no way to spin this 800 pound gorilla.

In the mean time, the very conservative Washington Times is calling for Hastert's resignation:

The Washington Times, one of the most reliably conservative voices in the nation's capital, called for Hastert, R-Ill., to ``resign his speakership at once'' for not doing enough to investigate questions about Foley's e-mails.

``Either he was grossly negligent for not taking the red flags fully into account and ordering a swift investigation, for not even remembering the order of events leading up to last week's revelations, or he deliberately looked the other way in hopes that a brewing scandal would simply blow away,'' The Times' editors wrote in Tuesday's editions.

``Mr. Hastert has forfeited the confidence of the public and his party, and he cannot preside over the necessary coming investigation, an investigation that must examine his own inept performance,'' The Times said.

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Monday, October 02, 2006

Foley Saught to Rendezvous with Minor. Checks into Rehab. Snow Blows off Instant Messages.


In addition to explicit sexual language, former Congressman Mark Foley's Internet messages also include repeated efforts to get the underage recipient to rendezvous with him at night.

"I would drive a few miles for a hot stud like you," Foley said in one message obtained by ABC News.

GOI: Meanwhile, Whitehouse spokesperson Tony Snow blows off the internet messages as "simply naughty emails."

Simply naughty emails?? Simply??? First of all tell the kid that these were simply naughty emails. Snow (who remember, speaks for the President) seems to be insinuating and that this teen just has to swallow this. Secondly, given the above statement from Foley that he wanted to meet up with the minor it wasn't "simply naughty emails" Tony, so you're lying. And third you hypocritical slugs were all over President Clinton for his affair with a CONSENTING ADULT However, with this scandal involving the sexual exploitation of a CHILD, a MINOR you want to blow it off as "nothing to see here?!!" Yeah, way to stick up for the child and his rights Snow. You people are disgusting. I'm literally sick to my stomach over this whole scandal. I think the thing that is the most disturbing is that these House Republican leaders let this go on!! They KNEW!!!!

It's disgusting that these Republican's knew about these "naughty emails" and let Foley slide in the name of politics!! We know where their "values" lie. They are obviously more concerned about maintaining power of political office then the rights and fragile emotions of a minor.

Now Hastert is changing his story yet AGAIN saying he didn't know about these emails until we all knew via the ABC new story. It's just too suspicious for me to believe Hastert now that this has blown up.

How can you sleep at night?!!! The only reason they are calling for an investigation now is because they got caught. Disgusting. DISGUSTING!!!

I understand that now Foley is checking into rehab. He should be in jail instead. Just because he was a former Congress person doesn't mean that he can get away with this just by checking into rehab. Hopefully he won't. Ever seen the Dateline NBC show, "To Catch a Predator?" They need to have one called, "To catch a Congress person."


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Sunday, October 01, 2006

GOP Knew of Inappropriate emails from Mark Foley earlier this Year. Chose to Cover-up events.

By Jonathan Weisman and Charles Babington

Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, October 1, 2006; Page A01

GOI: My Commentary below the article:

House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was notified early this year of inappropriate e-mails from former representative Mark Foley (R-Fla.) to a 16-year-old page, a top GOP House member said yesterday -- contradicting the speaker's assertions that he learned of concerns about Foley only last week.

Hastert did not dispute the claims of Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R-N.Y.), and his office confirmed that some of Hastert's top aides knew last year that Foley had been ordered to cease contact with the boy and to treat all pages respectfully.

Reynolds, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, became the second senior House Republican to say that Hastert has known of Foley's contacts for months, prompting Democratic attacks about the GOP leadership's inaction. Foley abruptly resigned his seat Friday.

House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post on Friday that he had learned in late spring of inappropriate e-mails Foley sent to the page, a boy from Louisiana, and that he promptly told Hastert, who appeared to know already of the concerns. Hours later, Boehner contacted The Post to say he could not be sure he had spoken with Hastert.

Republicans appeared to have kept the matter under wraps. Rep. Dale E. Kildee (Mich.), the only Democrat on the House Page Board, said yesterday: "I was never informed of the allegations about Mr. Foley's inappropriate communications with a House page, and I was never involved in any inquiry into this matter."

Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, questioned yesterday why Alexander had gone to the House Republicans' chief political operative, rather than to other party leaders. "That's to protect a member, not to protect a child," Emanuel said.

GOI: It IS about protecting a member rather then a child or they would have kicked Foley out immediately back in the spring when they found out. Can you say cover-up? This is EXACTLY why we need the Democrats in charge of either the House or the Senate so that they can bring accountability back to this government. It is disgusting that a scandal like this was known months ago and the Republicans did not boot this guy!! Not only did they not boot him from the Congress but they even allowed him to stay on the committee working to stop child abuse on-line!! Vile, vile people. And these same guys who covered this up claim that they represent "family morals and values!!!" What kind of Christian values include soliciting minors in a suggestive, sexual way??? They won't allow gay folk to be married and yet they'll cover-up a pedophile no probem!!

The sadly ironic thing is that Foley was the author of laws designed to protect children from predators on the very internet that he used to talk to this minor. And now he might be caught by his own laws.

Add Foley's name now to the list of criminal Republicans that includes: Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, Duke Cunningham and Bob Ney.

This Republican corruption and sense of entitlement has got to end.

G.O.P really means Group of Perverts.

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