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Friday, October 06, 2006

 

Paradox

This year's election offers the chance, after four decades of one-party control, to bring to the House a new majority that will transform the way Congress works. That historic change would be the end of government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with the public's money. It can be the beginning of a Congress that respects the values and shares the faith of the American family.

The above paragraph is the second paragraph of the Republican "Contract with America" signed and launched by them six weeks before the 1994 elections. It only took them twelve years to far surpass every negative action they declared abominations of the Democratic party.

God does work in mysterious ways.

Terry D. Barhorst Sr.



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Stick The Squealing Pigs We Must

In case you did not hear one Democrat’s response to a feckless attack on his character: yesterday, Rep. Harold Ford (D,TN), was accused of visiting a Playboy party during the last Super bowl. His response:

“I'm not going to take a lecture on morality from a party that took hush money from a child predator.”

Well said. Lucky guy.

Then there is David Brooks, Republican apologist and hack columnist for the NY Times. He said Republican leaders miss the point on the Foley scandal. The problem is a "culture of expressive individualism" represented by The Vagina Monologues. Morality comes down to degrees of restraint. What a jerk. One would think that if you have a set of values that make up a moral worldview, there isn’t much wiggle room. I guess Brooks would say that you don’t clobber a sexual predator, you just manage the behavior.

Hastert took the blame for the mess; but he implied he took it off the shoulders of George Soros, who he said was the real culprit. But Hastert is the big guy and he will have no trouble vacuuming up this small matter. Bush’s response: Denny is a good guy who will do a heckuva job. Boehner is out playing golf.

Hey, the more the rightwing squeals, the more the Democrats should stick the needles in. Republicans and Bush protesteth that this is not a partisan matter. That is bull. This is a Republican matter. They, and only they covered up sordid behavior that could end up with Foley taking a vacation at tax payer’s expense. No one is getting their stories straight. They all panicked before Rove could get to them. It is sort of like straitening out a twisted and bent toy slinky. You just cannot do it.

The nation has much bigger issues than this and its citizenry knows it. But the Foley scandal is additive stuff for the corporate media which has crossed the Rubicon with this one. There are only four weeks before the mid-terms. Iraq and global warming may get worse in that period. But as Yoda would say: “Stick the squealing pigs we must.”

William Spier, Ph.D.
New York City 10/06



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Thursday, October 05, 2006

 

A House Ethics Investigation? Perhaps

Republican leaders announced that the moribund House Ethics Committee would investigate the Foley scandal. While they are at it, why don’t they add Abramoff, the Hastert land deal, forced abortions in the Northern Marianas and many other House corruption issues to the agenda?

Only kidding. Most Republicans on the Committee could care less about predatory behavior of any kind. It is said that Hastert will also ask the Ethics Committee to consider new rules so that anyone making inappropriate contact with pages be disciplined. In the case of staff, they would be fired; lawmakers would be subject to expulsion, the official said. Whew. I now feel it is safe to allow my 13 year old son on a camping trip with a Republican House member. I cannot wait to tune in CSPAN to their hearings. They could bring in Pat Buchanan, Tony Perkins, and “Take a shower with your son” Dobson to blame the gays for it all. Maybe we will see that Lewinsky dress again. Lieberman will model it for the committee. The hearings will, though, leave an interesting paper trail. I have a feeling the Republicans will not be able to hold the truth back: Hastert, Reynolds and Shimkus allowed Foley to pursue his predatory practices over a protracted period.

We Democrats needed this political gift from Mr. Foley to have a chance to get to the coveted prize of subpoena power. But 25 young Americans died in Iraq this week and the interest on the national debt was revised up 20% for next year. What will be left after the Bush years is nothing short of an American tragedy and gravesites.

I have always been a tolerant person. But if I hear one more brain dead self-declared "conservative" or pious evangelical rant about gay marriage and abortion when this nation is teetering on fascism and bankruptcy, I will vomit on them. Meanwhile, they could do me a favor on November 7: stay home. The battle to save a 225 year old republic of free men, free choice, and the rights of individuals will be fought and preserved by an informed citizenry very soon. You are not in that cohort.

William Spier, Ph.D.
New York City October 5

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

 

Rightwing Sludge Weighing in on Foley

Dobson’s extreme rightwing Family Research Council and Rush Limbaugh are weighing in on the Foley scandal. Limbaugh suggests that Foley was set up by a page. He said he was not mounting a defense of Foley, just voicing his belief that Foley was the victim of a sting. This reprehensible scum sees nothing wrong with predatory practices by an alleged child sex offender.

Tony Perkins of Dobson's Family Research Counsel said nothing about the offenses committed by Foley; but he felt that Hastert did not reveal anything he knew because he did not want to be considered a “gay basher”. Since when did Dobson, Perkins et al. care that gay bashing is a negative? They have built their fortunes on bigotry. But hey, these guys must have a conscience after all: They don’t want to appear bigoted even if it means a 52 year old sexual predator keeps cover and free from prosecution. Hey Tony, explain this when the rapture comes.

Time for another shower.

William Spier
New York City Oct3


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Monday, October 02, 2006

 

Dennis Hastert--As Corrupt as it Gets

Dennis Hastert, congressional Jabba-The-Hut, is out to cover his fat ass. And this guy is so fat and dirty it will take an entire year’s output of a Chinese fabric mill to cover it. (Please great one, do not make it transparent silk!)

I think there are more sexual predators in Republican right wing ranks than Rep. Foley. I have an itchy feeling that the head of Focus On The Family thug is going to stay quiet on this one. For the life of me, I cannot understand why these guys like Foley are always the ones ranting about gay marriage and sin. I mean, if I were a sexual predator, I would live like Dracula; in the coffin by day and on the road at night. Why are they so self destructive? I don’t know about you, but I am going to keep my 13 year old son away from anyone who smiles like a Republican. I have good reason to….

If you think that Hastert, Boehner, and Frist care the least about protecting underage youth from their congressional buddies, think again. Hastert knew damn well that Foley was one of those (probably rare) gay men who is a true freak and pervert. But in his capacity to cover his fat ass, and that of fascist Republican congressional leadership, he has asked A.G. Gonzales to investigate the henhouse. Gonzales? Forget it. He will participate in the cover-up.

Here's the deal. Hastert’s letter to Gonzales did not ask the A.G. to investigate who knew what and when. What and when does not just mean knowledge of Foley e-mails. It means who knew that Foley was gay and what aberrant ways did he exhibit over the years? Hastert wants Justice to investigate who “read the e-mails” and made the stuff public. By limiting the investigation to this, Hastert avoids culpability. The leak again is the issue, not the perverted behavior of Foley, nor the cover-up by Hastert and his buddies over time. Talk about corruption.

Again, the idea is to get the media to support the cover-up by promoting the bull that Hastert et al. want to get to the truth.

Dennis Hastert knew that Foley was a sexual predator and did nothing about it. That is the issue.

I am going to shower now.

William Spier, Ph.D.
New York City
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Sunday, October 01, 2006

 

A Texas Declaration of Health.

“When a government has ceased to protect the lives,” is the very first phrase in the Texas Declaration of Independence. The Republican majority in the legislature and Rick Perry have forgotten this phrase and the deep meanings it has for those who deem themselves Texan.

A government for and by Texans must see to protecting the lives of all Texas children by providing decent and affordable health care for all Texas Children.

A government for and by Texans must see to protecting the lives of all Texans with reasonably priced health insurance for all Texans.

A government for and by Texans must see to protecting the lives of all Texans by the acceptance and funding of all life saving medical procedures and research.

A government for and by Texans must see to protecting the lives of all Texans because any single life lost or maimed can destroy the quality of life for many other Texans.

Terry D. Barhorst Sr.


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