Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Why Sen. Frist Loves Mark Foley

A roundup of the outrage and verb-rage among Tennessee bloggers about the Congressman Mark Foley scandal which Brittany put together is an astonishing thing.

Those are just a few of the writers in one state, so the entire national media output on this whole deal, if converted to, say, electrical energy, would likely be enough to eliminate the infamous 'oil addiction' our humble country shakes and shivers from like the most stereotypical junkie of all time.

Of all the many thoughts I read today, however, I liked how the folks at Liberadio framed it -- the political landscape is currently eyeball-deep in disastrous leadership of nearly every stripe, but a sex scandal - now there's an attention-grabber!!

The one and only Republican who is on his knees (*cough*) thanking Mark Foley for getting freaky with the boys is Tennessee Senator Bill Frist.


Because Foley's problems have pushed the dangerous confessional comments the senator made about appeasing the Taliban terrorists so far into the background, it's like he never said what he did say:

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) said Monday that the war against Taliban guerrillas in Afghanistan could never be won militarily, and he urged support for efforts to bring "people who call themselves Taliban" into the government.

Frist said he learned from military briefings that Taliban fighters were too numerous and had too much popular support to be defeated on the battlefield.

"You need to bring them into a more transparent type of government," he said during a visit to a military base in the Taliban stronghold of Qalat. "And if that's accomplished, we'll be successful."

Frenzied internet sex scandals win the day - and idiots rule in Washington.


  1. With American's attention span of a nano-second.. the lurid emails quickly grasp the only 2 neurons left synapsing at the moment.
    You're right.. Frist got a free-pass on that mess.
    And 19 more soldiers died, unnoticed.

  2. Seems our attention has been averted to a high ranking elected official who has engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a young unpaid government volunteer. Has that ever happened before??

  3. dozens and dozens of times in the past 30 years in US history. countless times in human history.

  4. OXYMORON11:51 AM

    Wonder if Foley traveled a lot to the Dominican Republic?

    I think JnT is one of those who snapped during the Clinton Administration. When you see Newt Gingrich as an intellect you certainly a candidate for it.

    Foley's attention to young pages, because of the page's ages, is a crime if he actually had a physical liason with any ot the underage boys. It is not a crime to have sex with a 25 year old woman, just pleasurable.

  5. It's a crime whether he had a physical liason with them or he didn't. Sexual solicitation of anyone under 18 through the internet by anyone over 18 is a federal crime punishable by a minimum of 5 years in prison. In fact, if he and the page(s) had done anything physical in DC, since the age of consent is 16, it wouldn't have been a crime at all. It was Foley's own law that made internet solicitation of minors illegal. The irony is delicious. BTW, Joe, nice to see you have your very own troll. Means you've "arrived".

  6. heh heh. jenn has been lurking for some time, a local - using computer time at her work (which) i'm sure they would NOT approve of - to make personal attacks and non-factual claims.

    and yeah, i'm being nice by not outing her to her employer, as i know several who work for the corporation and who also enjoy havin' a cup o' joe.

    and an excellent point too about the legal differences between the age of consent in a state and federal laws regarding internet solicitation. the real question is if fed charges will ever be applied/prosecuted.