Sunday, October 08, 2006

Would You Like More Foley With That?

The still unfolding drama surrounding Mark Foley's sexuality and preference for young boys is a fair enough target for the media. A party that touts itself as the pillar of morality and as the center of American "values" (whatever that means) is deserving of the mockery it is now receiving.

Jesus warned his followers, "Do not judge, lest you be judged" -
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, Let me take the speck out of your eye when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
Matthew 7:2-5

There is something delightfully amusing about watching the American hizballah be whacked with the same yardstick they have wielded like nuns in Sunday school for the past six years.

As with so many stories that dominate the headlines, however, one must wonder what stories are being ignored by the media to dedicate so much attention to this guy. With each day comes more speculation of who knew what when, a new denial, the Republican spin that Foley was really a Democrat or the guys were really 18. But does it matter?

The truly devout will continue to worship at the Republican altar regardless of whether yet another of their corrupt heroes, who they worship at a level of idolatry that would make Hitler jealous, falls from grace. The Catholic Church did not collapse upon revelations far more egregious than those getting peddled on the front page of all the rags that pass themselves off as newspapers in this country.

I can't help but be suspicious when the media obsess over nonsense like Jon Benet Ramsey, Lacey Paterson, Natalee Holloway or Mark Foley. These are second-rate soap operas that hold the attention of only the most depraved among us.

So, while you weren't looking, the real news whisks by unnoticed and without the attention it deserves.

It turns out Iraq is entering into Saddam-era oil deals with China. http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L27480542.htm

There is no discussion about why the murderer terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, who bombed a Cuban airliner is not being sent to Gitmo.
http://www.granma.cu/ingles/2006/octubre/vier6/42posada-i.html

Soon, America's military children will be parented by cardboard cut-outs.
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,1890286,00.html

28 Comments:

At 7:45 PM, October 08, 2006 , Blogger Brian said...

The 'party of values' values scapegoats, silence, cover-ups, lies and teenage boys.

 
At 7:50 PM, October 08, 2006 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Hi Brian,

No doubt. Hypocrisy is #1 with that party.

Thanks for stopping by.

 
At 8:37 PM, October 08, 2006 , Blogger skip sievert said...

It has been a hope of mine that one day a Pope would just come out tell the truth.
That the whole thing was a lie, and that now people would have to think for themselves.
That would get the consciousness ball rolling. Maybe.

I guess this whole comic aspect of the political scene only intensifies as the so called election draws near.

Its all crooked money, and manipulation of the believers.

 
At 10:51 PM, October 08, 2006 , Blogger A.E. said...

I've seen the cardboard cutouts story before. It reminded me of something else-the paper cranes of Hiroshima.

War is a horrible and destructive thing. It fills me with such anger to think that Bush and his admirers wasted the lives of so many for nothing.

 
At 9:36 AM, October 09, 2006 , Blogger bombsoverbaghdad said...

Is is possible to talk about values without being a hippocrit(sp)?? Someone needs to be talking about the breakdown of the family in this friggin' country!

We're all guilty of hypocrisy.

 
At 9:52 AM, October 09, 2006 , Blogger Reign of Reason said...

The family is -- well, the business of the family.

I have no problem talking about it, but I don't want my government getting involved: they are too involved already.

Leave family to the preacher, the neighbor and friends.

Politicians talking about "family" nausiates me.

 
At 4:35 PM, October 09, 2006 , Blogger bombsoverbaghdad said...

ROR,

Politics, religion and family are all one in the same. They are culture. It's inevitable that politicians talk about family. They don't in Europe, and Europe is destroying itself. Low birth rates, people staying singe their entire lives, etc.

Are politicians supposed to ignore that??

 
At 5:39 PM, October 09, 2006 , Blogger skip sievert said...

We do not need politicians for any thing. They are functionally useless. They are corrupt and bring more corruption from every direction.
Politics or a political system may be the death of all of us.
There is no political solution to the current problems we have.
Politics does not have to be a part of our culture. We make it so. We could change that. Politics is a bane of mankind.
Politics is not culture. We are suffering and afflicted with politics.

 
At 5:50 PM, October 09, 2006 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

They don't in Europe, and Europe is destroying itself. Low birth rates, people staying singe their entire lives, etc.

I don't understand why this is a problem. If they are having population problems, they can lose the racism and allow immigration from countries that don't have enough resources to feed the population.

 
At 10:34 AM, October 10, 2006 , Blogger Reign of Reason said...

Destroying themselves via:

"Low birth rates, people staying singe their entire lives, etc."

Those are the least of the issues government should be dealing with.

Individuals make all of those decisions -- not government.

 
At 10:37 AM, October 10, 2006 , Blogger Reign of Reason said...

BoB -- YOU have a solution that works for you: family.

Individuals in a free society get (supposedly) to make that choice for themselves without coercion from government.

 
At 1:48 PM, October 10, 2006 , Blogger bombsoverbaghdad said...

Who said anything about coercing people to have families? Not me. But I think our tax policies, etc, should ENCOURAGE family.

II,

Your suggestion is ridiculous.

 
At 1:58 PM, October 10, 2006 , Blogger Chris said...

I'm kinda partial to "Zero Population Growth" myself. I don't think it's a problem in Europe that people are staying single and/or not having many children - I actually think it's an advancement. In any case, it's THEIR choice to do that, just as it's your choice to have a family.

I saw today that Mr. Hastert actually blamed the Foley scandal on the Democrats. It makes me ill that no one will take any responsibility for their actions (I thump on that issue as much as BoB thumps on family).

As for the role of government - historically it has been to protect the citizenry. Our government seems to be doing an ambiguous job at that...

 
At 3:33 PM, October 10, 2006 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

BOB -

What's so ridiculous about the suggestion?

 
At 4:02 PM, October 10, 2006 , Blogger bombsoverbaghdad said...

You guys amaze me with your uber-leftist, ultra-intellectual disdain of children. What do you guys want, more iPods and rims for your cars? Bding single your whole life is a very lonely proposition. Europeans and Americans are some of the most lonely, unhappy people I encounter, but most have every single material thing a human could ever desire. The irony of life.

And pretty soon, there ain't gonna be any white folks left in the world!! hahahah!

Suggesting that a country in rapid population decline simply open the floodgates to the rest of the world is patently unrealistic.

 
At 4:54 PM, October 10, 2006 , Blogger skip sievert said...

Hey b.o.b. You got a twisted sense of humour man.
You seem like kind of an idiot to me.
I know that is considered a ad hominem.
Guess what , I don`t care.
ha ha.~!
What rock did you crawl out from under.?
You think that our culture here is a valid thing, that should be encouraged.?
You are part of the problem if you think that our culture is made up in an integral or good way by politicians.
Politicians are the scum of the earth.

 
At 4:18 AM, October 11, 2006 , Blogger Chris said...

BoB: I don't have any disdain for children (other than they're usually sticky and covered in grape jelly) - I simply think it's a personal matter whether or not to have them. And, to be honest, in my neighborhood I kinda wish people would quit having children. They don't know how to care for 'em - a whole new bigger generation of ignorance and thuggery is welling up under me.

And what's wrong with being intellectual (not that I am)? When did THAT become a bad thing. And no, I don't have an iPod. I've actually seen one once, though... My wife and I are relatively poor, and when we do get our hands on any moolah, we tend to give it away. (Usually to someone who has too many kids and can't care for them.)

Seems to me that the declining population in many European countries may actually be a reaction to the massive influx of African and Middle Eastern immigrants they've experienced in the past few decades. I've heard some of my in-laws mutter things like "why have kids, they're just going to be pushed aside by some Turkish-speaking kid, the schools are full, and the government's running out of money to take care of everyone."

 
At 9:56 AM, October 12, 2006 , Blogger bombsoverbaghdad said...

Damn, Skip. Sorry you feel that way.

Chris, I agree that not everyone should be having kids!!! For real!!

 
At 9:39 AM, October 13, 2006 , Blogger Stalin the Shark said...

Bob,

you're really going to disappoint some republican congresspervs with that message. They do seem to like them young.

:-), StS

 
At 2:14 PM, October 16, 2006 , Blogger Possum said...

Just when you annoy me I find something I totally agree with and yet again I scratch my head at the hit and miss of your articles.

I too have been wondering how the media can constantly push the North Korean nuke test to the back burner to throw nauseating "new details" about Foley. One might almost think there is a will in the media to keep this story alive of "improper gay advances" (without any known contact) and yet something far more important to far more people: a new group of wacko commies with a nuke is old news.

Wait, that's "improper gay REPUBLICAN advances" is why they want to keep the story alive-perhaps I have answered my own question?

The only miss here is that you assert that Foley was a "republican hero" and I didn't even know he existed before this.

And for the record: BOB is on target: we are all hypocrits and not everyone should have kids. Ever wondered how we'll end up if educated people keep putting off childbirth while poor people keep making babies?

 
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