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A City Council member, reacting to a video store holdup believed to have been carried out by children, says parents who can't properly care for their kids should be sterilized.
"We pick up stray animals and spay them," Larry Shirley said in a story published Saturday by The Post and Courier of Charleston. "These mothers need to be spayed if they can't take care of theirs. Once they have a child and it's running the street, to let them continue to have children is totally unacceptable."
It's the application of the word "spayed" to a human being and the reference to a child as an "it" that really sells is, right? Good Lord. And the thing is, I personally know a number of people in my home state who I'm sure either said, "Thass it, Larreh! You tell it like it IS!" or "Huh. Damn. How come that's all over the internet?"
Because even if you hate it, you do eventually get used to it. Which is one reason I left. One of the main reasons, actually. Though in their defense, they did have the sense to elect---though not reelect---Democrat Jim Hodges for governor. (Hi, Jimmy, just in case you ever google yourself...) Many of them are lovely people. (Hi Mom!) And many of them (not my mom) are Democrats; it just doesn't usually seem that way.
EMAIL SCANDAL UNSEATS FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN. SPEAKING OF OTHER STATES OF WHICH I AM, OR HAVE BEEN, A CITIZEN.
But of course I've lived here in Florida for almost 20 years which in a way is worse. You get hardened to stuff here that you wouldn't have to put up in SC. For example:
- To see a pdf file containing his email exchange: http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/FoleyEmailExchange.pdf
- Hastert's statement (cbs news).
Today: CBS news.com---"The Foley Scandals: Who Knew What and When?"
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House Republican leaders should have kept Democrats in the loop — and now must conduct a thorough investigation — about the inappropriate e-mails that led to Rep. Mark Foley's resignation, a top Democrat said Sunday.
"This should be investigated objectively. I think the Democratic leadership should have been told 10 months ago," said Rep. Jane Harman of California, top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. "I gather that basically nothing was done except that Foley was warned." .....
Hastert, Boehner and Majority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said in a joint statement Saturday that "the improper communications between Congressman Mark Foley and former House congressional pages is unacceptable and abhorrent. It is an obscene breach of trust."
Foley, who is 52 and single, was co-chairman of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus. In a statement released by his office Friday, the lawmaker said, "I am deeply sorry and I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida I have had the privilege to represent."....
The House voted Friday to refer the matter for investigation by the House ethics committee. Democrats said Sunday any investigation must be thorough, but completed quickly.
"I am not comfortable with where we're leaving this. It's not my call what we do next, but more needs to be done," Harman said. "There's been a Republican investigation for 24 hours of Republican activity, I just don't think that that is adequate." ...
The boy who received the e-mails was 16 in the summer of 2005 when he was a House page. After his return home to Louisiana, Foley e-mailed him and asked for a picture. That request was "sick" and "freaked me out," the boy said in an e-mail to a colleague in the office of Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., who had sponsored the boy in the House.
It's the sheer hypocrisy that really takes your breath away.
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Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada called the Foley case "repugnant, but equally as bad is the possibility that Republican leaders in the House of Representatives knew there was a problem and ignored it to preserve a congressional seat this election year."
Reid said the case should be handled outside Congress.
"Under laws that Congressman Foley helped write, soliciting sex from a minor online is a federal crime," Reid said. "The alleged crimes here are far outside the scope of any congressional committee, and the attorney general should open a full-scale investigation immediately."
In his letter to Gonzales on Sunday, Hastert asked the Justice Department to investigate "who had specific knowledge of the content of any sexually explicit communications between Mr. Foley and any former or current House pages and what actions such individuals took, if any, to provide them to law enforcement."
The scope of the investigation, Hastert wrote, should include "any and all individuals who may have been aware of this matter — be they members of Congress, employees of the House of Representatives or anyone outside the Congress."
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Here, from Yahoo News, are some related links:
And finally, this video at Yahoo News, addressing the reactions of Florida voters to this information about their Congressman. Surprised by Scandal in Rep. Foley's District. I'll bet.
In the meantime, Patty Waldmeir would have you know, "Democrats seize on Foley e-mail scandal." Yes, and? Note this:
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Democrats in the House, eager to score political points ahead of next month's midterm elections, called for an investigation. A scandal could weaken the Republicans ahead of an election in which they could lose control of Congress.
"I think the Democratic leadership should have been told 10 months ago," said Jane Harman, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee. "I gather that basically nothing was done except that Foley was warned."
The Republican leadership's inaction permitted Mr Foley to remain chairman of the House caucus on missing and exploited children, Democrats said.
House Republicans and the White House were clearly trying at the weekend to distance themselves from the scandal.
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She says 'eager to score political points" like it's a bad thing. Do the press think the Dems learned nothing from the Monica Lewinsky imbroglio? We may be slow learners, but we've had several years to study the Republican model for scoring political points.
If you really want a whole lotta links, check out the Huff Post, here.