If Foley were convicted of [insert sex charge here] and Bush pardoned him …

…. how would the Democrats react?

Afterall, Bill Clinton pardoned sex offender and former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds, right? Anyone remember the massive wave of outrage expressed by Dems after he did it?

I don’t either. But you know it would happen in this case, considering their reaction to the Foley emails and IMs.

And just for the record, if Foley gets convicted of inappropriate conduct with a minor, I hope he gets served with the stiffest (no pun intended) of punishments and does NOT get a pardon. In fact, if he does get convicted of anything, I’m almost certain that Bush wouldn’t pardon him.

Just for kicks, let’s take a look at what the Snopes page has to say about Clinton’s pardon of Mel Reynolds:

Claim: An ex-congressman who had sex with a subordinate won clemency from a president who had sex with a subordinate, then was hired by a clergyman who had sex with a subordinate.

Status: True.

Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]

Jessie Jackson has added former Chicago democratic congressman Mel Reynolds to the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s payroll. Reynolds was among the 176 criminals excused in President Clinton’s last-minute forgiveness spree. Reynolds received a commutation of his six-and-a-half-year federal sentence for 15 convictions of wire fraud, bank fraud & lies to the Federal Election Commission. He is more notorious; however, for concurrently serving five years for sleeping with an underage campaign volunteer.

This is a first in American politics: An ex-congressman who had sex with a subordinate won clemency from a president who had sex with a subordinate, then was hired by a clergyman who had sex with a subordinate.

His new job? Youth counselor.

Origins: We can’t say with absolute certainty that what’s described above is “a first in American politics,” since the sexual peccadilloes of American politicians were not always as widely publicized as they are now, but the gist of the piece is true (although it originally circulated back in 2001, so it now references events that occurred several years ago and not ones that happened just recently):

  • 1995-1997: President Bill Clinton’s sexual escapades with Monica Lewinsky, then a 21-year-old unpaid White House intern working in the office of Leon Panetta, Clinton’s Chief of Staff, hardly need recounting to anyone who hasn’t spent the last eight years on Mars.
  • January 2001: The National Enquirer revealed that Jesse Jackson had been carrying on a four-year affair with Karin L. Stanford, a 39-year-old former aide with his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition staff, and that Jackson had fathered the child Stanford bore in May 1999. (Jackson has been married since 1963.)
  • January 2001: Just before leaving office, President Clinton (at the urging of Jesse Jackson, among others) commuted the sentence of former Illinois congressman Mel Reynolds, who had spent 30 months in a state prison for having sex with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer and was serving a five-year sentence in federal prison for lying to obtain loans and illegally diverting campaign money for personal use.
  • January 2001: The Chicago Sun-Times reported that former congressman Mel Reynolds would be working as the community development director of Salem Baptist Church in south-side Chicago, and as a consultant for Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, trying to decrease the number of young African-Americans going to prison. (Reynolds’ position would be more accurately characterized as that of an advisor on prison reform rather than a “Youth counselor,” however.)

I swear you cannot make this stuff up.

Thanks to reader DS for the link and memory refresher.

BTW, here’s the latest development on the Foley scandal: his lawyer is claiming Foley was sexually abused as a child – by a priest. Here we go.

Update I: I’m with Captain Ed on Foley’s lawyer’s ‘revelation.’

Update II:FFF“?

Update III: Lorie Byrd blogs about a Democratic phone sex scandal regarding Democrat congressional candidate Mike Arcuri (NY).

Update IV: Orin Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy law blog writes about the legal issues related to the Foley case. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Update: I would not want to be Foley’s lawyer.


Doesn’t this make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

Ms. Magazine will have a fall issue out next week which will feature story on women who had abortions, along with the names of ‘thousands’ of women across the country who want to openly declare it. Via AP:

At a pivotal time in the abortion debate, Ms. magazine is releasing its fall issue next week with a cover story titled “We Had Abortions,” accompanied by the names of thousands of women nationwide who signed a petition making that declaration.

The publication coincides with what the abortion-rights movement considers a watershed moment for its cause. Abortion access in many states is being curtailed, activists are uncertain about the stance of the U.S. Supreme Court, and South Dakotans vote Nov. 7 on a measure that would ban virtually all abortions in their state, even in cases of rape and incest.

“All this seems very dire,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, which publishes Ms.

“We have to get away from what the politicians are saying,” she said, “and get women’s lives back in the picture.”

Even before the issue reaches newsstands Oct. 10, anti-abortion activists have been decrying it. Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, wrote in a commentary that when she saw a Ms. announcement of the project, “the evil practically jumped right off the page.”

Ms. executive editor Katherine Spillar said more than 5,000 women have signed the petition so far _ heeding its appeal to declare they are unashamed of the choice they made. The magazine itself had room for only 1,016 names, she said Tuesday, but all of them will be viewable online as Ms. encourages other women to continue adding their signatures.

Say it loud and SAY IT PROUD!

Wonder if they gave away Tshirts like this one to the first hundred petition signers?

I had an abortion T-shirt

What about an alternative to that one for the feministas to wear that would perhaps be a little more catchy? Even more so than the Tshirt actress Ashley Judd wore to a pro-abortion rally that read “This is what a feminist looks like.” Hmm. Let’s see. It would read something like “I would’ve supported my mom’s ‘right’ to abort me” or maybe “I would’ve supported your mom’s ‘right’ to abort you.”

That sound a little bit more on the mark?

Just a thought …

Wed. AM Update: La Shawn Barber pegs this story for what it is.

Wed. PM Update: Pregnant girls smoke to have smaller babies, says [UK public health] minister (Hat tip: Allah)


Airliner hijacked in Greek airspace

Greg Tinti has the details on this developing story. There are two hijackers, and reports from Turkish Airlines are that no passengers have been harmed. This was done apparently to protest the Pope’s upcoming visit to Turkey.

Update: This story has taken a strange twist. Stop the ACLU has the details.

Not sure if I’m buying the alleged ‘real’ reason why the plane was hijacked. I’m sure we’ll find out more in the coming days.

Happy 3rd blogiversary to the ST blog :)

Today marks my 3rd anniversary in the political blogosphere – the first year and a half or so started out as a bit of a bumpy ride, but it’s smoothed out a lot in the last year and a half.

Here’s the post I wrote on my 2nd blogiversary, which explains why I started blogging, how I started out, what my first post was, and what I had done up to that point to increase readership.

Since I wrote that post, my readership has increased greatly – in fact, as I noted back in June when my Sitemeter ticked over 300,000, most of those visits had come within the last year (from June 2005-June 2006). That’s something I’m very proud of, and I have you guys and gals – along with the support of a few bloggers who gave me some great advice last year (most noteably, the fearless La Shawn Barber, to whom I am very grateful) – to thank for it.

Blogging is hard work, and it’s rare you have a blogger out there who is successful right off the bat. Unless you already have an established name prior to blogging, it’s more than likely going to be years before you see the kind of readership you really want. And unless you’re someone who gets routinely (almost daily) linked to by the bigs, you’re going to have to have to work even harder to gain readership. It’s tough, and it may seem unfair sometimes, but that’s just how it is. You can write what you feel is the post of the year on any given issue, track it back to several blogs, and not get one link back. But the blogger who gets frequently linked writes a two-liner on the same issue, and gets a link from the bigs. It’s frustrating (and it’s happened to almost all of us), but blogging is like most endeavors in that you really have to work at it in order to succeed – and like those other endeavors, success rarely happens overnight. Do your best to not let the minor setbacks frustrate you.

I wrote this in my last blogiversary post and it still holds true today:

It wasn’t until June of this year that I finally decided that this [blogging] was something I wanted to continue to do, because whether I had 20 readers or 20,000, I was blogging about what I felt was important and if only 20 people found it important, that was ok too. That’s one of the things you learn over time when you blog: if you blog based only on what you think others want to read rather than what you think is important, you might as well get out of it.

If you’re a blogger, please always, always remember that.

I don’t get the hundreds of thousands of hits that Instapundit or Malkin get daily, but I’m happy with the traffic I get everyday, and hope it grows. But if it doesn’t, I’ll still be here regardless, blogging about what I’m passionate about. I love doing this, and can see myself doing this for a very long time to come. Maybe one day, I can do something like this from home full time, so I can make the blog even better.

Thanks to everyone who has made this blog a daily visit in their travels around the blogosphere. Your support means a lot to me – more than my usually wordy self can express :">

BTW, congrats are in order to Captain Ed, who is also celebrating his 3rd blogiversary and also to the Anchoress, who has just passed the 2 million visit mark on her blog.

Election day predictions

I’m one of the world’s worst at predicting the outcome of elections, but I’m going to take a stab at it with a few of them this morning.

Lamont seems to have lost momentum in CT and isn’t polling well – I feel pretty confident in predicting that Joe Lieberman will win that Senate race 56-41 with 3% going to Schlesinger.

The race for Senator Bill Frist’s seat is tight, and Ford and Corker have been going back and forth with single digit poll leads. This one’s going to be close, but I hear Ford is campaigning well in TN as a moderate and I predict that seat will go to Democrats in a nailbiter. That’s not how I want it to go, but that’s how I think it will.

Racial politics aside, I think Sen. George Allen will hang on to his Senate seat in Virginia.

Anyone else willing to go out on a limb and make a few election predictions?