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Two's in
5th Oct 2006, 21:52
For those just back from the moon, there is a mid-term election coming up here in November. Last week a Republican Politician got exposed for sending "inappropriate" e-mails and IM's to a teenage boy working in Congress (they are called Pages for some bizarre reason), and now the whole media feeding frenzy is trying to slay not only Mark Foley, the politician, but everyone else in the leadership chain that could posssibly have had prior knowledge of his antics (imagine a 50 year old single guy living with his mother being a bit funny that way - who'd have thought it?). Foley first claimed he was an alcoholic and booked himself into rehab, and when that didn't get the bloodsucking leeches of the press off his back, he claimed to have been molested by a clergyman and to be gay (hands up now - who hasn't been molested by a clergyman...).

Meanwhile, in the world the rest of us live in, Baghdad is still verging on the brink of civil war, if it's not there already, North Korea is about to test some early morning sunshine, the whole middle east situation is as fragile as ever, especially Iran, apparently we are looking at working "with" the Taliban in Afghanistan and we're still looking for Al Queada under every rock.

This has taken up every available piece of media space, and is likely to drive the outcome of this election. Whether this guy is an uphill gardener or not is apparently going to decide whether the Democrats retake the House from the Republicans.

I bet the founding Fathers are really proud of everyone of today's politicians. There's nothing like focusing on the important stuff.

G-CPTN
5th Oct 2006, 22:35
As far as I believe the situation, the controversy is NOW about deception.
HOW can you trust a Member of Congress if he's deceiving people (together with those who have covered-up for him over the last 2-3 years)?

con-pilot
5th Oct 2006, 22:46
Seems like we went through the same thing with Clinton. Everyone was so wrapped up with Monica/Bill scandal that a lot of really important matters were over looked. Little things like;

Sale of military hardware to the PRC that the US military was dead set against.

Nailing OBL when the opportunity presented it's self.

And other matters like Clinton lying to a Grand Jury, Clinton ultimate disbarring from practicing Law.

Just the same old crap that comes up near election time.

Vote em all out of office I say!:ok:

Capt. Queeg
5th Oct 2006, 22:49
Bit of a misnomer?

What does that all have to do with:

"What makes a nation a Super Power? (http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?p=2891436#post2891436)"

To answer the question, my guess would be: nukes, carriers, a strategic boomer sub fleet and a highly-valued currency.

AcroChik
5th Oct 2006, 22:51
Congressional pages are called... well, pages... because that is what they do. They escort people to seats, fetch books, documents, carry messages and make the odd photocopy ~ hopefully not too odd.

Both boys and girls of high school age serve as congressional pages, and it's a high honor to be selected. It's not only who you know.

While the young person is serving as a page in Washington, DC, they are housed, fed and cared for by the US government. Their education into public affairs, history, goevernment, etc, is highly accelerated. They work long hours.

Sadly, there have been a few instances of abuse during the life of the program. It seems that our knowledge of yet another instance may now be unfolding ~ and it appears that senior political figures had knowledge of the impropriety going back two whole years.

The party in power, now trying to escape responsibility, claims they knew nothing (the FBI has said otherwise), sets itself up as the moral compass of America, claims that God is on their side, treats any hint of disagreement as disloyalty.

Well, a senior elected official sending sex-charged emails to a young boy in which he asks for a picture and what the boy is wearing and in IM says "I'd like to slip those off you," isn't fit to guide our nation anywhere, except possibly to 5-10 in max.

And, ConPilot, I'm stunned. We're speaking here about credible material evidence pointing to what in law constitutes felony sexual abise of a child. And, yes, exchanging lacivious homoerotic emails with a minor is felonious. This isn't a mere distraction, this is the exposure of alleged pedophilia at high levels of government office.

Capt. Queeg
5th Oct 2006, 23:02
:zzz: :zzz: :zzz: :zzz:

Upp.... sorry, did I miss something?

con-pilot
5th Oct 2006, 23:03
Cannot argue with you on that one. Then again a judge in California just let John Karr (The guy that said he murdered Jon Bona Ramsey (sp?).) free.

So just were does he figure into whole thing.

Like I said; "Vote em all out of office."


(PS, I'm not that kind of Republican. If they need to be hanged, hang them, I don't care what party they belong to.)

(Then again I am going to vote to keep the current Governor, who just happens to be a Democrat, in office. So don't listen to me.:p )

Two's in
6th Oct 2006, 00:37
What’s it to do with Super Powers - There you are in Darfur, just you and your 15,000 closest friends, living in tent in the middle of a desert, the only entertainment is the Government sponsored militia stopping by every now and then to rape little girls or cut people's limbs off with a machete. The only thing keeping you going is that you have heard that the "Super Powers" are discussing your crisis in the UN, you tune to CNN to see how that whole relief from genocide thing is going, and you discover what truly occupies the minds of the free world.

Now, I'm sure I would be offering Mark Foley some special counselling with a baseball bat if he had approached my son, but I can't help thinking that Genocide, Starvation, Terrorism, Global Warming/Cooling* (*delete as applicable) are really good things for the great and the good of Capitol Hill to be bouncing around, not this partisan crap about some politician who turns out to have the morals and judgement of all the other politicians.

Someone once said that all politics are local, but if the greatest power on this earth (arguably) can't rise above this inane and truly, truly, trivial gutter press sensationalism, what hope does the rest of the world have? The only saving grace it is shows everyone of those greedy self-serving ba$tards in their true light.

Howard Hughes
6th Oct 2006, 03:15
To answer the question, my guess would be: nukes, carriers, a strategic bomber, sub fleet and a highly-valued currency.If those are the criteria, it would only leave one superpower and it ain't the good ole US of A!
The days of the US dollar being 'highly valued', seem to be looong gone...;)

con-pilot
6th Oct 2006, 04:26
[QUOTE][If those are the criteria, it would only leave one superpower and it ain't the good ole US of A!
The days of the US dollar being 'highly valued', seem to be looong gone.../QUOTE]

Ah, you don't get out much do you. Even in China they jump on the US dollar before their own currency. Sorry old boy, the days of the US dollar is still here and "highly valued".

Yeah I know, damn the bad luck!:p

Howard Hughes
6th Oct 2006, 05:57
Well, I guess I'm glad the oil price is only $60US a barrell, not $60 Euros or God forbid 60 Pounds!!:ok:

PS: Where is the pound sign on my computer? No I don't mean the hash sign either...;)

PPS: I knew you would 'bite' Con!!;)

precession
6th Oct 2006, 06:49
This has taken up every available piece of media space, and is likely to drive the outcome of this election. Whether this guy is an uphill gardener or not is apparently going to decide whether the Democrats retake the House from the Republicans.




The Democrats, for what it's worth, have finally learned the art of sleaze spin and mud flinging from the Republican offensive offensive on Clinton.

Won't help Dafur one bit..........