On the lighter side

Tonight’s a good night for looking at the lighter side of things. Here goes:

— Would you like to fly to the moon? Neiman Marcus’ holiday catalog is offering it. Price tag? $1.7 million for six passengers.

— Any male German readers of this blog might seek out a new career in law enforcement after reading this article.

— Here’s an interesting campaign slogan: “Don’t vote for me!”

— Read the story of a flying Elvis … who broke his pelvis.

— The snarky comeback “when pigs fly!” can no longer be used with any degree of credibility.

— Now this is what I call a houseboat!

— How’s this for justice served?

Alleged Burglar in Thong Leaves Video – ’nuff said on that one.

— Speaking of dumb lawbreakers

Fraudian slip?

Democratic congressional candidate Ken Lucas (Kentucky) has landed himself in hot water with certain gay groups after this little slip of the tongue (no pun intended) on Tuesday on the Foley scandal (emphasis added):

GOP leadership should have been wary of former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley because they knew he was gay, Democratic congressional candidate Ken Lucas said Tuesday.

“Those folks (in leadership) had plenty of warning about what was going on,” Lucas told The Kentucky Post editorial board.

“It was common knowledge that Foley was a gay man. To me, when people in positions of leadership saw things around the edges, that should’ve raised red flags, ” he said.

Ooops. Gay man=sexual offender? Nice going, Lucas. If your opponent, incumbent Republican Geoff Davis, had said the same thing, you’d be the next Representative from Kentucky’s 4th Congressional district.

Here’s the latest Foleygate development, via Drudge:

ABC ONLINE GLITCH LEADS TO IDENTITY OF FOLEY ACCUSER

FEATURED IM EXCHANGE WAS WITH 18 YEAR OLD

Wed Oct 04 2006 20:32:06 ET

A posting on ABCNEWS.COM of an unredacted instant message sessions between Rep. Mark Foley and a former congressional page has exposed the identity of the now 21 year-old accuser.

The website PASSIONATE AMERICA detailed the startling exposure late Wednesday.

ABCNEWS said in a statement: “We go to great lengths to prevent the names of alleged sex crime victims from being revealed. On Friday there was a very brief technical glitch on our site which was overridden immediately. It is possible that during that very brief interval a screen name could have been captured. Reviews of the site since then show no unredacted screen names.”

SEX CHAT WAS WITH 18 YEAR OLD

On Tuesday ABC news released a high-impact instant message exchange between Foley and, as ABC explained, a young man “under the age of 18.”

ABC headlined the story: “New Foley Instant Messages; Had Internet Sex While Awaiting House Vote”

But upon reviewing the records, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, the young man was in fact over the age of 18 at the time of the exchange.

A network source explains, messages with the young man and disgraced former Congressman Foley took place before and after the 18th birthday.

Developing…

As Scooby Doo would say, “Ruh roh!”

More: Gay Patriot blasts David Corn’s statement on an alleged-to-exist list circulating in Washington of supposedly gay Republican staffers. Here’s more on that “List”:

On CBS News on Tuesday, correspondent Gloria Borger reported that there’s anger among House Republicans at what an unidentified House GOPer called a “network of gay staffers and gay members who protect each other and did the Speaker a disservice.” The implication is that these gay Republicans somehow helped page-pursuing Mark Foley before his ugly (and possibly illegal) conduct was exposed. The List–drawn up by gay politicos–is a partial accounting of who on Capitol Hill might be in that network.

It’s getting nas-tee in DC. I’d wear boots if I were visiting. And bring a shovel, too.

Update I: What the hell? Stay away from Hastert’s house! Damn media vipers.

Update II: In my prior update on the photo of Denny Hastert, I’d only seen the one snapshot. But there was more than one photo (one that I missed) of Hastert in his home taken by a snooping photog outside of his home. Allah found the other one (scroll). My comment at HA:

Sick.

I’ve seen photos of the Prez sitting in his office – photos that were taken outside. Those are understandable. The man is a public servant, he’s at work, and the public has the right to know that he’s working.

But a man’s home, OTOH, is his private castle and unless he’s invited the mediots around to take snapshots of him in his house, they have no business doing so. It smacks of standing-behind-a-tree to catch a glimpse tabloid journalism. These two photos are prime examples of just how low the media have fallen in their efforts to sink Republicans during an election year.

Another good site for election/poll watchers to bookmark

National Journal’s Campaign Tracker. I especially like the 2006 Tip Sheets they have linked on the top left for House, Senate, and Governor races.

Speaking of Senate races, here are a some updates on three key races from Hotline On Call (can you tell that site is quickly becoming one of my favorites? :) ) Here’s their update on the Steele/Cardin Senate race:

1. Cardin Sees Bush, Steele Smells Trash: After sparring in their first debate 10/3 in MD, Rep. Ben Cardin (D-03) and Michael Steele (R) are attacking each other with new TV ads. Cardin ties Steele to Pres. Bush on Social Security and stem cell research, saying “On issue after issue Michael Steele stands with George Bush. I stand with you.”

Steele’s response: “Smell it? Trash from my opponent … time to take it out.” What’s more, he says “First… Ben Cardin’s team hacks into my credit report… steals my Social Security number. Oh yeah: they pled guilty in federal court. Then, the personal smears… Now he says I’m in the President’s hip pocket. Listen to me Mr. Cardin: I think for myself.”

The other two Senate races they discuss: Ford/Corker in TN and Kean/Menendez in NJ.

Update I: FYI, I’ve just added a link section on the blog for election/poll watchers, titled “Election 2006″ (yeah, now THAT’S original!). I placed the section on the left hand side of the blog below the “Reader Blog” links. If you can think of a site that I should add to my “Election 2006″ links, email me or post it in the comments section here and I’ll consider adding it.

Update II: Steele to Cardin Dems: Stop stalking me!

Two obituaries – one complimentary and one not so

Take a look at this obituary for Pham Xuan An, a reporter for Time magazine who was also a spy for the Viet Cong. He passed away on Sept. 20th at the age of 79.

Now, take a look at this obituary for former Idaho Rep. Helen Chenoweth-Hage, who died in a car accident on Monday at the age of 68.

Written by the same author, one is essentially a puff piece, while the other obituary is written in a tone no self-respecting American would want to see used in their obituary. It won’t be hard to figure out which is which.

Hat tip: Amy Ridenour at Newsbusters.

Democrat demagoguing of Foley scandal extends to campaign ads

Dean Barnett has the lowdown on a new and very deceptive ad on the Foley scandal being run by Patty Wetterling, the Democratic candidate for Minnesota’s 6th Congressionial district. Here’s the money quote from the ad:

“It shocks the conscience. Congressional leaders have admitted to covering up the predatory behavior of a congressman who used the internet to molest children.”

Molest children??? Barnett rightly takes Wetterling – and the Dems – to task for this outright lie (unless Wetterling and Co. are privy to info we aren’t, which I highly doubt). 1) A 16 year old is not a child (unless you want to claim children drive cars) and 2) how did we go from inappropriate emails and instant messages to molestation?

Once again, when it comes down to it, the ends justify the means to Democrats hungry to take control of Congress. And if they have to lie to do it, they will. Afterall, it’s all part of the Democratic playbook.

More: See this post by Jim Hoft and these two posts from Macsmind for the latest developments into who knew what and when, and what the FBI is investigating.

PM Update I: Kirk Fordham, Rep. Tom Reynolds chief of staff, has resigned over Foleygate. Brian Ross is characterizing Fordham’s resignation as one where he was “forced out” but it doesn’t sound like it, from the statement Fordham issued. MK Ham has links galore on this latest development.

PM Update II: Hotline On Call tries to answer the question some still have on why Fordham resigned:

According to a senior Republican official in Washington, Fordham, in the spring of 2006, promised both Rep. John Shimkus, the chairman of the page board as well as a staff member in Speaker Dennis Hastert’s office, that he would make sure Foley kept his nose clean. Fordham had spent ten years as Foley’s chief of staff and is one of his closest friends. He was acting here in two capacities: as a representative of Reynolds, the chair of the campaign committee, and as a friend to Foley.

His assurances were enough to prevent Hastert’s staff from recommending any further action. Shimkus decided not to inform the full page board in part because of Fordham’s intercession, according to these sources.

Two Republicans said that Reynolds was not aware of the extent to which Fordham helped Foley deal with the initial set of accusations. But Reynolds accepted Fordham’s explanantion. Fordham gave three interviews yesterday in the hope that the spotlight would shift from his boss. But the questions continued today.

In a statement, Fordham said that he “never attempted to prevent any inquiries or investigation of Foley’s conduct by House officials or any other authorities.”

Stay tuned …