Saturday, September 30, 2006

No, stop! You're killing me!

There's a fine line between appalling and just plain surreal:

Shimkus said in a statement last night, "in late 2005, I was notified by the then Clerk of the House," that Alexander had told the Clerk "about an email exchange between Congressman Foley and a former House Page. I took immediate action to investigate the matter."

In the e-mail, "Foley asked about the former Page's well-being after Hurricane Katrina and requested a photograph," Shimkus said. He said Foley assured him it was an innocent exchange, but "nevertheless, we ordered Congressman Foley to cease all contact" with the boy and to respect all pages. "Only now have I learned that Congressman Foley was not honest about his conduct," Shimkus said.

Wow. So a Republican congressman lied? Really? Man, who on earth could have seen that coming?


Ti-Guy said...

I really hope I don't start seeing any jokes about this shameful event. this one:

Q: Why doesn't Mark Foley use bookmarks?
A: He doesn't need them. He just bends over the pages.

That is so inappropriate.

Sterculian Rhetoric said...

To Dana at the Garroting Beaver:

Sterculian Rhetoric translates as 'Bull Shit'. Sterculius being the Roman god of fertiliser.
You were close!
Sorry to bother you, Canadian Cynic, but the good folks from Portage and Main have, sniff, banned me, sniff. Funny, Michelle Malkin did the same thing to me.
Go figure.

Olaf said...


I don't get it...

Ti-Guy said...

Good. Because it's tactless and inappropriate.

Olaf said...

I just heard that the Foley's victim was a "house page"... so I get it now

CC said...

In all fairness (and here at CC HQ, we're nothing if not scrupulously fair), there's no evidence that there was any actual sexual activity or even explicit online solicitation. So far, everything suggests that Foley just indulged in some really, really creepy cybersex with minors.

Somehow, though, that still doesn't make me feel a lot cleaner about the whole thing.