A Cold Saturday Morning In Hell

December 9, 2006

It is fucking freezing here in Texas right now. I need to rake the leaves that have taken over the yard but feel no desire to go out in this cold ass weather. So I’ll use blogging as an excuse to avoid the leaves. Finally, a good use for this blog.

As you probably already know, annatopia is no more. It seems my arch nemesis, and loving wife, has decided to focus her attention over at Texas Kaos. That’s cool. Of course now I can’t cross post on her site to steal readership. I guess I could post on TK, but then god only knows what kind of freaks might read my stuff, leave comments and expect me to respond.

Anyhow, let’s visit the monkey’s blog news center to catch up on what’s going on in our world.

First, because I have been wondering what ever happened to this story, we get a wonderful example of our elected public officials doing what they do best, covering their asses:

House washes its hands of Foley case

The report released Friday said Republican lawmakers and aides for a decade failed to protect the teenagers vulnerable to Foley’s advances and remained “willfully ignorant” of the consequences.

“At its core, such conduct is an abuse of power and an abuse of trust of the pages, their parents or guardians and the Congress itself,” the report said. “Behavior of this kind cannot be excused or tolerated, as it undermines the integrity of the House.”

Ok, sounds good so far. You would think someone is about to get their ass handed to them. You would think. Sadly, despite this:

The report released Friday said Republican lawmakers and aides for a decade failed to protect the teenagers vulnerable to Foley’s advances and remained “willfully ignorant” of the consequences.

and this:

The committee criticized Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., saying the evidence showed he was told of the problem months before he acknowledged learning of Foley’s questionable e-mails to a former Louisiana page. It rejected Hastert’s contention that he couldn’t recall separate warnings from two House Republican leaders.

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and this:

The committee said one witness, former House chief clerk Jeff Trandahl, testified he warned the head of the supervisory page board, Rep. John Shimkus, that Foley was a “ticking time bomb” who had been confronted repeatedly.

The warning came in November 2005. Shimkus, R-Ill., confronted Foley and told him to stop sending e-mails to the former Louisiana page.

nobody is getting in any trouble. Shorter Version: Even though they know people knew, and that those those people willfully ignored what was happening, no one is being held responsible. The only hope now is that the police in Florida can nail Foley. I always thought from the beginning that law enforcement needed to be involved, in no small part because Congress is not above the law and should be treated like everyone else. So hopefully they will be able to do what our elected public officials could not.

Also in the news, the troops returning from Iraq with PTSD are being kicked out of the military. NPR did a great set of stories on the subject, which prompted some of our Congress Critters to write a letter to

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