Friday, October 13, 2006

On Big Denny Hastert: This Is Your Soundtrack

Okay, so Unofficial Practically Harmless Legal Counsel has advised us to hold comment and "wait for the sworn facts" on the Foley scandal and subsequent Hastert coverup. Well, we did, and well we did, too, because we now know for sure and for certain that
[f]ormer Rep. Mark Foley's one-time aide, in the House ethics committee, didn't waver Thursday from his contention that he told the speaker's chief of staff about Foley's approaches to male pages at least three years ago, the witness' lawyer said.

Whew, is that ever a load off! I mean, how embarrassing would it be if, say, Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) got up today and is inconsistent in his statement that
...he and then-House clerk Jeff Trandahl confronted Foley in his office last fall after hearing from Hastert's aides about the e-mail. Shimkus said he told Foley to cease all contact with the Louisiana teenager.


If you're interested in the skinny, though, be sure to check out this Media Matters Special Report, where they debunk many of the myths of the Foley scandal, myths like Hastert not knowing about the e-mails until September 29, like Hastert being the one to ask for Foley's resignation, and like Democrats orchestrating the entire scandal as a dirty political trick.

Now, I've said before that I won't be pitching snark about the Foley scandal because I don't think such terrible abuse of authority is a laughing matter. And I still don't. A self-righteously virtuous House Speaker lying like a lying liar and getting called on it? I find hilarious. Especially now that he and Bush are going to be campaigning together.

And that's why this Friday Not-Even-Random-Ten is dedicated to Dennis Hastert. Pants. On. Fire.

But hey, at least they're on. The Ten:

1. Evanescence, "Lies"
2. Howie Day, "Covers"
3. Sting, "Big Lie, Small World"
4. Carmen McRae, "How Long Has This Been Going On"
5. OMD, "Secret"
6. Ohio Players, "Fire"
7. Evelyn "Champagne" King, "Shame"
8. Guster, "Bury Me"
9. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, "Deep Cover"
10. Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli, "Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro)"

Your Ten (or whatever) go below.

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