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Wall Street Journal blasts GOP

Posted by Average Gay Joe at 7:55 pm - October 2, 2006.
Filed under: 2006 Elections,General,National Politics
Excellent. They sum up many, though not all, of the reasons I am very angry with the Republicans, particularly with those in Congress. After listing many complaints against them, the editors finish by writing: 

Yet none of this excuses the more fundamental problem, which is that too many Republicans now believe their purpose in Washington is keeping power for its own sake. The reform impulse that won the House in 1994 has given way to incumbent protection. This is the root of the earmarking epidemic, which now mars every spending bill and has become a vast new opportunity for Member corruption. This is also part of what corrupted felons Duke Cunningham, Bob Ney, Jack Abramoff, Tony Rudy and Michael Scanlon. Power for its own sake also explains the House GOP’s decision to join Senate Democrats in killing serious reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, despite $16 billion in accounting mistakes or fraud. The Members are in bed with the housing subsidy lobby.

Even amid all of this scandal, many Republicans still refuse to acknowledge any problem. Appropriators continue to resist major budget reform, and the same Republicans who gave a Democratic President the line-item veto in the 1990s refused to give a weaker version to a GOP President this year. No wonder so many loyal Republican voters have been telling pollsters they’re not sure if they’ll vote this year.

With his party down in the polls, Mr. Bush has tried to recast the midterm election as a referendum on the war on terror. This strategy may yet save Republicans from losing Congress, both because the war is the most important issue of our time and because the Democrats are calling for retreat in Iraq and essentially for a return to the antiterror policies of the 1990s. But it is no credit to the performance of Republicans in this Congress that their best argument for re-election is the wartime flaws of their opponents.

The GOP’s only saving grace in this election, as far as I can tell, is that they are not Democrats. The number one issue for me is the war and the GOP is fortunate that the Dem leadership isn’t like their political forebears such as Truman or JFK, because if they were I wouldn’t hesistate in voting for them. As it stands the Dems have condemned themselves far worse in my eyes by their own words and I do not trust them enough to take the chance. Yet when it comes to this election, I will not lift a finger to help any of the Republicans. I have no control anyways beyond my one vote, so let the rest of the electorate decide as they will on who to vote for because I can understand whichever way most of them go. The Republican Party needs to be defeated, if not this year than soon when hopefully the war will not be effected. They need a serious lesson from the voters of just whom they work for and time to reassess their priorities and rhetoric – not to mention rediscovering the principles for which they were elected in the first place. I can tell you this: I did not vote GOP because of Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell or for many of the petty issues of the extreme Right. Flag-burning, gay marriage, and all the other distractions they’ve thrown out do nothing about acting on the issues I care about and I doubt I am alone in this. I’m a realist when it comes to politics so I can certainly understand tossing red meat to a good part of one’s base, but when it gets to be too much it alienates the rest. If the majority of the electorate decides that this is the year to do so, than so be it.

Was Mark Foley Set Up By Gay-Hating Democrats?

Barely minutes after our first blog-report Friday afternoon on Rep. Mark Foley’s imminent resignation, I received an email from Liz Mair, the editor of GOP Progress.com

Liz smelled something rotten in how the Foley matter developed.  She even did some investigating into the group “Citizens for the Responsibility and Ethics in Washington” (CREW).  CREW was part of the sourcing for the Brian Ross ABC News story that revealed the original Foley emails to the Congressional page last year.

CREW’s Executive Director, Melanie Sloan, has also worked for such illustrious, and ultra-partisan Democrats as John Conyers (between 1995 and 1998 she served as his Minority Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee) and Charles Schumer (in 1994, she served as Counsel for the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, led by him).  She has also worked for Joe Biden, and also represented Joe Wilson. It is also true that Ms. Sloan guest blogs over at Al Franken’s site and has appeared on Keith Olbermann’s show, where she represented Mr. Wilson and Ms. Plame.

We are now learning that in addition to what Liz found out on Friday, CREW is a George Soros-funded organization.  How interesting.

Meanwhile, GatewayPundit shows the Left’s obsession with destroying Mark Foley because he was rumored to be gay dates back quite a while.  There’s no surprise who was behind that effort.

And now it has come to light that the first set of emails disclosed by ABC News may have been altered and Foley may have had a relationship with one of the pages involved in the Instant Message exchange.  ABC News has released new transcripts of an IM chat between Foley and someone they identify as a “teen.”

Maf54: I miss you lots since san diego.
Teen:   ya I cant wait til dc
Maf54: 🙂
Teen:   did you pick a night for dinner
Maf54: not yet…but likely Friday
Teen:   ok…ill plan for Friday then
Maf54: that will be fun

A relationship with a 17-year old page was okay with Democrats when it was Massachusetts Congressman Gerry Studds, if you recall.

This next exchange seems a bit of a lead-on by the Teen, as if trying to catch Foley into writing something explicit.

Maf54: I want to see you
Teen:   Like I said not til feb…then we will go to dinner
Maf54: and then what happens
Teen:  we eat…we drink…who knows…hang out…late into the night
Maf54: and
Teen:  I dunno
Maf54: dunno what
Teen:  hmmm I have the feeling that you are fishing here…im not sure what I would be comfortable with…well see

Now see here.  I still do not condone this kind of behavior by a Congressman with Congressional pages and more than a President with a White House intern.  It is sexual harrassment and intimidation at the very least.  Foley was wrong in his actions and was correct to resign.

And I do not normally buy into conspiracy theories.  But I must admit from the first I heard of this story I wondered if Foley had been set up.  It apparently was well-known by Republicans and Democrats alike that Foley was gay, and was at least friendly to the male Congressional pages.  Did someone exploit this weakness of his?

As I read everything today, I learned how CREW is tied to Soros, Foley was targeted by Left Wing activists, I learned that the original emails that broke the story seem to have been altered and I learned that “everyone” (House GOP Leadership as well as multiple media outlets) seemed to know about this Foley-page email story a year ago but no one did anything until now.

I dismissed Liz’s theory about CREW on Friday as she also did once we both learned about the explicit nature of the Instant Message chat content.  But I am now scratching my head and reconsidering.

Wouldn’t it be very ironic if the Democrats have turned the gay wedge issue back onto the Republicans in an explosive way.  But in going after Mark Foley, the further result has been a widespread impression across America that all gay men are pedophillic predators and creepy sex fiends.  If the Democrats were involved, they have created a hateful gay-lynching effort that goes way beyond the personal misconduct of one Congressman.

We have to remind ourselves, the only thing out of this sordid tale that we do know is that gay Congressmen do seem to have a lot of problems.  Until there is an investigation, we won’t know much more than this when it comes to the Foley Affair.

My last word:  Bring on an FBI investigation.  There is nothing more I would love to see than a certain player in this sordid story being hauled into the authorities to explain himself and his history of this type of attack against people.

The floor is now open for y’all.

[RELATED STORY:  Psychologist Robert Godwin agrees with me and sees Leftist Homophobia.]

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

An American In Japan

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 2:55 pm - October 2, 2006.
Filed under: Travel

PatriotPartner is on loan from the US to Japan for a couple weeks for his job.  It is his first trip to Asia (he’s one up on me), and has a “Top Ten” list of observations thus far….. 

  1. You really can get by on “Konichiwa,” “Arigato” and a smile here
  2. It takes more than a week to stop feeling jumpy every time you turn into traffic when making a right in a country that drives on the left
  3. These people are more car-crazy than Americans and they keep them freakishly clean (of course you can be ticketed for driving a car that is too dirty)
  4. I am still not sure what I ate the other night but damn was it good!
  5. Never trust a restaurant named Pizza House Jr. – especially in Japan! And where the heck is Pizza House Sr. anyway?
  6. I would give my coworker’s right arm for just a 1/10 of the coffee/tea/soda/water vending machines on the streets here to be relocated back home
  7. From the items I have seen for sale in stores, Justin Timberlake is a fashion trend-setter in Japan; well except at the Afro-Carribean/Jamaican store across the street (what’s with that anyway?)
  8. Kobe beef – good; bitter melon, egg and Spam – bad (it’s the prefectural dish of Okinawa and it can stay here)
  9. You haven’t really lived until you have heard Billie Holiday’s God Bless the Child crooned in Japanese
  10. The teen angst in Dawson’s Creek is just as palpable in Japanese as it is in English

Stay safe, PatriotPartner!!!  We miss you.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Chavez-Zawahiri 2008!

chavez.jpg  zawahiri.jpg

Seems the perfect Democrat ticket for President, doesn’t?

After all, both Hugo Chavez (the socialist dictator of Venezuela) and Ayman al-Zawahiri (Osama’s Number Two) certainly have the Democrat Party’s talking points down to perfection!   They probably have also come to realize that the American Democrats have turned into the Terrorists Rights Party of America.

Chavez is the darling of Democrats who are really closet socialists, and Zawahiri would be a good counter-balance with his strong sense of organization and ruling with an iron fist.

Chavez-Zawahiri — Vote Democrat for 2008!

It appears to be a perfectly logical choice to me!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)