Posted by jrw14125 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Oct 20th 2006, 11:00 AM
Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) likes little boys? Let's put him in charge of legislation on child porn and sexual predators!
In the House, Foley was one of the foremost opponents of child pornography. Foley had served as chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children. He introduced a bill in 2002 to outlaw web sites featuring sexually suggestive images of preteen children, saying that “these websites are nothing more than a fix for pedophiles.” As it was written, the bill would have prohibited commercial photography of children, and it failed due to the unmanageable burden it would have presented to the legitimate entertainment industry.<18><19> In June 2003 he wrote letters to the governor and attorney general of Florida, asking them to review the legality of a program for teenagers of a Lake Como nudist resort in Land o’ Lakes, Florida.<20>
Foley’s legislation to change federal sex offender laws was supported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh, and a number of victims’ rights groups. President George W. Bush signed it into law as part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.
Foley also succeeded in getting a law passed that allows volunteer youth-serving organizations like the Boy Scouts of America and Boys and Girls Clubs to have access to FBI fingerprint background checks to help protect children.
Rep. Heather Wilson's (R-NM) husband likey touchy little boys, too? Let's let her serve on the Congressional Page Board and the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus!
Republican Congresswoman Heather Wilson had a little problem back in 1995, when she was (of course) Secretary of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.
The problem was that this department had a file on her husband, an Albuquerque attorney, because he had been accused of (but never charged with) “inappropriate contact with a minor.”
In other words, a 16-year-old boy reported that Heather Wilson’s husband tried to fuck him.
So Heather Wilson made the file disappear. And she got caught, lied about it, and finally admitted it — there was a YouTube clip of some local news investigation with her denial and admission as recently as Monday, but it has mysteriously vanished from the Internets.
The local district attorney demanded she resign. She didn’t, and Heather Wilson bravely went to Congress where she served for three years on the Congressional Page Board and today serves on the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children’s caucus.
Got a chief lobbyist for the petroleum industry who led the fight AGAINST recognizing or fighting global warming on behalf of his clients? Let's put him in charge of of the White House Council on Environmental Quality so he can redact all our government reports to the point of uselessness!
A White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming, according to internal documents.
In handwritten notes on drafts of several reports issued in 2002 and 2003, the official, Philip A. Cooney, removed or adjusted descriptions of climate research that government scientists and their supervisors, including some senior Bush administration officials, had already approved. In many cases, the changes appeared in the final reports.
The dozens of changes, while sometimes as subtle as the insertion of the phrase "significant and fundamental" before the word "uncertainties," tend to produce an air of doubt about findings that most climate experts say are robust.
Mr. Cooney is chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the office that helps devise and promote administration policies on environmental issues.
Before going to the White House in 2001, he was the "climate team leader" and a lobbyist at the American Petroleum Institute, the largest trade group representing the interests of the oil industry. A lawyer with a bachelor's degree in economics, he has no scientific training.
Got a guy with a shite track record on mine safety? Let's put him in charge of mine safety, and screw anyone who tries to block the appointment!
President Bush recess-appointed former coal industry executive Richard Stickler to head the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Senate had twice refused to confirm him “because of his troubling mine safety record — the mines he managed from 1989 to 1996 incurred injury rates double the national average.”
Got a guy with complete scorn for the U.N. and its mission, who once said we could lop off several floors of its headquarters and they wouldn't be missed? Let's make him our U.N. envoy. (And again, Screw you if you don't like the appointment!)
President Bush bypassed the Senate and installed John R. Bolton as his ambassador to the United Nations today over strong Democratic objections that he was abusing power and undermining the credibility of the United States.
In a brief announcement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Mr. Bush said he was forced to act because the United States had gone for more than six months without an ambassador to the United Nations, which is to convene its General Assembly in September. It was the first time since the United Nations' founding in 1945 that the United States has filled that appointment using a backdoor procedure called a recess appointment.
The appointment brought to a close a five-month stand-off between the White House and Senate Democrats, who had held up Mr. Bolton's confirmation over accusations that the had manipulated intelligence to conform to his hawkish ideology and had bullied subordinates.
And certainly not last and certainly not least, got a guy under investigation for curruption? Let's leave him in charge of the government committee in charge of rooting out corruption! Then let him fire all the extra investogators so the only ones left are too overwhelmed to do their job! Yay! Nothing "sinister" here, folks, it's just "sour grapes!"
CQ: Facing Fed Probe, House GOP Spending Chief Axes Investigative Staff
By Justin Rood - October 19, 2006
... House Appropriations chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) is under federal investigation for possible improprieties in how he oversaw Congress' spending of $900 billion annually. Yesterday, we reported that Lewis had dropped nearly $800,000 in legal fees to defend himself against the probe.
This evening, Congressional Quarterly reports (sub. req.) that in a round of calls Monday evening, Lewis fired 60 investigators who had worked for his committee rooting out fraud, waste and abuse, effective immediately. As in, don't bother coming in on Tuesday.
The investigators were contract workers, brought on to handle the extraordinary level of fraud investigations facing the panel. Sixteen permanent investigative staff are staying on, according to CQ. More:
Lewis’ decision “has in fact stalled all of the investigations on the staff,” said one of the contractors, a former FBI agent, who asked not to be identified. “This eviscerates the investigatory function. There is little if any ability to do any oversight now.”
. . .
“In effect, no investigative function is going to be done,” said the contractor, who called the decision “misguided.”
“This staff has saved billions and billions of dollars, we’ve turned up malfeasance and misfeasance,” the contractor said. “It’s results justify the expense of the staff. I have no idea why the chairman would do this.”
Lewis' spokesman, John Scofield, told CQ that such complaints were "sour grapes," and assured the publication that "there is nothing sinister going on."
No, not the band. (This is my first DU journal entry, so please critique away. also, my 1st time using html, hence the updates.)
Here's a great example of mastery of the "straw man" argument. Newt is able to simultaneously create not one, but two straw man arguments, and contrast them in such a way as to argue that Dems are hypocrites using a double standard! This is awesome. I may be inspired to blog again...
Gingrich on page scandal: Democrats have done far worse
By JIM DAVENPORT
Associated Press Writer
Published October 4, 2006
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that Democratic sex scandals have been far worse than the suggestive Internet messages sent to teenage congressional pages by former Rep. Mark Foley.
Gingrich said Democrats have wanted to punish their offenders less than the GOP.
"What we don't have to do is allow our friends on the left to lecture us on morality," Gingrich said at a party fundraiser in Greenville. "There's a certain stench of hypocrisy."
Foley abruptly resigned Friday after being accused of sending salacious Internet messages to teenage boys who served as pages on Capitol Hill. The FBI and Florida law enforcement officials are investigating.
Gingrich would not say whether House Speaker Dennis Hastert should step down in the wake of the scandal. He also declined to discuss reports that Hastert may have known about Foley's behavior for more than three years.
"I don't know what he knew," Gingrich said.
After the speech, Gingrich was quick to defend Hastert and condemn Democrats and the media, calling the reporting on the scandal "pretty irrational."
"It's pretty hard to understand. The very people who say you shouldn't be wiretapping for terrorists apparently think you should wiretap a congressman. I don't understand the double standard," Gingrich said.
Straw man argument # 1: "The very people who say you shouldn't be wiretapping for terrorists" - this is very clearly aimed at Dems, none of whom have EVER argued that we should not wiretap for terrorists. All they ever said was that we should do it by following the LAW, which allows for wiretaps to be granted by a rubber-stamp court that only rarely turns requests down; also, the law allows them to wiretap, then come back within 3 days to get the warrant AFTER the wiretap's installed. In fact, Bush made that same straw man argument today, and when WH officials were asked`afterwards who ever made that argument, they couldn't name ONE name (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conte... ). Since no one ever made this argument, it's a "straw man" argument, where you portray your opponent as having made a ridiculous argument/claim, then summarily shoot that argument down with your option, which appears much more reasonable by contrast. You can usually see this coming when they start out with "Some say..." or use general terms to describe the person who supposedly made the claim (e.g. "them," "others," or "those people")
Straw man argument # 2: the same people (again, hinting at Dems) that "think you should wiretap a congressman" - again, no Dem has ever come out and said "we should wiretap that congressman Foley
Taken in conjunction, the use of these 2 contrasting straw man arguments here (the "double standard") really portrays Dems, in the midst of what is a GOP scandal, as completely outrageous, when in fact they never advanced either position. Pretty slick.
Let's not forget, this is Newt Gingrich, author of the infamous "Language: A Key Mechanism of Control" 1996 GOPAC memo (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/a... ) that told his buddies how to describe their opponents. He even had a series of training tapes for them, I kid you not. Is it any wonder, 10 years later, why we have the poisonous political system we have today? He knows how important these words and arguments really are to his readers and listeners, and voters.
The rest of this article is great, so I'm posting the whole thing. Check out ol' Doug Wavle down yonder in S. Carolina - how can I make sure I'll never be a member of his "crew"?
And if you haven't already, make sure you pick yourself up a copy of Carl Sagan's Baloney-Detection Kit (http://users.tpg.com.au/users/tps-seti/bal... )]
While Gingrich said he could think of circumstances under which a speaker should resign, he could also think of times reporters should have resigned too.
"You want a hypothetical possibility? You would argue large parts of The New York Times ought to resign for publishing secrets," he said.
It's another trip to South Carolina for Gingrich, who is deciding if he'll run for president in 2008.
He came to the state in August, telling Republicans it "would be a disaster for the country" if Democrats took over the House.
At his speech Wednesday, Gingrich told about 300 Republicans they needed to get out and vote. "This is an enormous crisis for the country," he said.
While the four Republican U.S. House incumbents appear to be safe in South Carolina, the seeming meltdown for Republicans nationally doesn't bode well for those running for statewide offices, said College of Charleston political scientist Bill Moore.
The Foley situation could affect Christian conservative voters. "If they don't turn out, that can really hurt the party," Moore said.
Moore said Republicans also have to be worried about a broader malaise among their independent and weakly rooted Republicans.
Doug Wavle, a state GOP executive committee member who works at nearby Bob Jones University, said Foley's indiscretions won't affect Christian conservatives like him, who will likely rally around a state constitutional amendment on the ballot banning same sex marriages.
"I'm a fundamental Bible believer. Foley didn't fall in that category," Wavle said. "He practiced his faith in the Roman Catholic Church where alcohol is accepted."
"He's not part of our crew," Wavle said.
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