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Thursday, October 05, 2006


Two things about Patrick Jackson's story

..about Spivack calling for Hastert to resign and Castle to give back Boehner's tainted money.

1) Spivack is dead right. It is a culture of corruption in Washington and the Republicans are interested in protecting one thing and one thing only - their power.

2) Who gave Castle's statement? Jackson qualifies Castle's statement with this fancy footwork. "In a statement issued by his office..." Was it a written statement? Did Castle write the statement? Is he conscious? Has anyone seen him or heard his voice for over a week now?

Read the whole thing. Notice how when Carper is unavailable for a statement Patrick Jackson quotes Carper's spokeman Bill Ghent. Why not also quote Castle's spokesperson if the statement was from a spokeperson? Could it be that the Doug Williams, the NJ's politcal editor, decided that quoting Castle's spokesperson would have made Castle seem impaired?

Jackson's email and phone number are on the bottom of the story. I just called and asked him about this. So, I'll let you what I find out.

Maybe you can also ask PJ who from the News Journal participated in the "conference call" with Castle. As Nancy Willing astutely pointed out, the original story appeared in the News Journal with NO BYLINE (how unusual is that?). Days later the article became attributed to Patrick Jackson. But nowhere does the article state that PJ himself was on that phone call. Was it someone else from the NJ executive office?
"Jane said I was coherent"

I was away that week, but the more I read the grapevine account of the conference call the more questions it raises. Although Cohen tries to pull off a matter-of-fact tone. There are alarm bells going off all over the place. The quote above is one. It is a crazy thing to say. You are either coherent or not. If someone is telling you that you are coherent. Guess what? You probably are not.

Then the dead car battery. They were thinking it was going to be a quick pick-up and left the lights on in the parking lot. But what happened? Did the quick pick-up turned into hours of waiting while Doctors debated? Whatever happened took a long time. Long enough for the car battery to die.
I concur that we are left with more questions after the coverage by the press and Cohen.

These inconsistencies in reporting are shedding light where, perhaps, no bogeymen live but until we get a higher grade of information concerning Castle.....we will continue to raise the appropriate flags'

RED is the current color ALERT

I was thinking of doing an indepth review of the thalamus and its workings.......
Go to DailyKos and see DelawareDemocrat's take on this issue. He's in the recommended Diaries this morning. You aren't alone on this one Jason. Something is very, very fishy.
Jason is yelling as loud as he can but can't get a wispering campaign started...
Where Hypocrisy Is a Greater Sin Than the Transgression Itself

c.2006 Newhouse News Service

Mark Foley's plummet from power is comforting in a way _ it's nice to know there are some standards left.

He can't hold a press conference, say ``This is my truth! I am a Pervy-American,'' and end up on Oprah promoting his book ``I M So Sorry.'' No slack gets cut for the old goats who fiddle with the underage help. Rep. Foley acted crazily; he put the ``loco'' in ``in loco parentis,'' and now his lawmaking career is over.

He has followed the usual script _ the apologetic farewell followed promptly by a visit to a treatment facility, thereby insinuating that Demon Rum was behind the indiscretions. But alcohol doesn't make you do things you don't want to do; it gives you permission to do things you keep yourself from doing. It's not like Mel Gibson showed up at a synagogue nine sheets to the wind asking if he could convert.

Resignation ends the story, right? Hah! This is Washington, where people can make political hay about anything. (Except hay-subsidy earmarks; there's a gentlemen's agreement to leave those alone.)

Some predict the Foley mess will kill the GOP's chances to hold the House; if so, that suggests that the voters, as many suspect, are just making it up as they go along. They'd vote GOP because gas prices came down _ as if Speaker Dennis Hastert personally brought in a gusher _ but they'd vote Dem because the other side had an ooky perv in its ranks.

Of course it's different if the House leadership knew the sordid details and did nothing, but that's unlikely. It's one thing to say ``Boys will be boys,'' but it's another when there's an actual boy involved.

Does this say anything about conservative ideas in general? Yes! All Rethuglicans are seething, twisted sickos who use morality to shroud their chancrous nature! Right. Sure. You see that brand of logic on the right as well, and it's natural; partisans can't resist the delicious temptation to link private behavior to the legitimacy of the ideas put forth by the miscreant.

But it's not that simple. You might say that taxes are theft, but if a liberal politician swiped money from an orphans' fund, it doesn't prove that liberalism is predicated on theft, nor invalidate established constitutional opinions about the income tax.

Likewise, when someone who has bleated long and loud about the need for high moral standards gets caught engaging in keyboard-assisted frottage, it does not mean that there are no high moral standards. It means that in addition to his other failings, he's a hypocrite.

There are worse sins.

None so juicy, though. Nothing relieves our own throbbing consciences like the exposure of hypocrisy in high places, but this doesn't reflect well on us. Indignation over hypocrisy is an adolescent emotion. It supposes no one should honor a higher ideal in words unless one follows it in every deed; it holds out hypocrisy as a sin greater than the actual transgression.

Many on the left, for example, grind their teeth at the mention of ``family values'' because they think it really means Promise Keepers in feed-store caps beating their pregnant wives with Bibles, or happy, shiny people who always keep a sack of rocks handy in case it becomes legal to stone gays. ``Family values'' is a rather indistinct concept, and even the people who use the phrase don't quite know what it means, but let one Republican be caught in a motel getting paddled by a bored call girl dressed up like a U.N. peacekeeper, and the cawing begins: So much for family values!

Just because some people fail to live up to particular ideas doesn't mean those ideas aren't important. Getting caught doing something you said was wrong doesn't mean it's really right.

We're all fallible mortals down here, but that doesn't mean no one can offer opinions about how we best might live. There are higher ideals that transcend the clay-footed stumblings of the people who speak in their name. A qualified hurrah for hypocrisy, then.

None of this applies to Rep. Foley, incidentally. Creep.

Oct. 4, 2006
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