The Mark Foley boy-sex scandal keeps taking more disturbing twists and turns. My friend John over at Americablog has all the creepy angles covered (he even spoke about it on CNN this afternoon). It seems the GOP leadership -- all the way up to House Speak Dennis Hastert -- were well-aware of Foley's lurid behavior, yet they all opted to treat it as a political issue rather than the potentially criminal matter that it was. Click here for all the details.
Friday, September 29, 2006
Just yesterday Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) and his people were saying there was nothing untoward about a number of e-mails he'd sent to a 16-year-old former Capitol Hill page. Today Foley 52, who had been considered a shoo-in for re-election until the e-mails surfaced in recent days, abruptly resigned from office.
I'd never heard of Foley before this story broke but it didn't take long for me to dig up some oh-so-predictable facts about the confirmed REPUBLICAN bachelor.
In late 2000, Foley played a large role in aiding George W. Bush during the presidential election recount controversy in Florida. When stories later surfaced that Foley was gay or bisexual, he held a press conference to denounce the "revolting" rumors. Foley is chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children and is one of the foremost critics in the House of child pornography. In 2002 he introduced a bill to outlaw Web sites featuring sexually suggestive images of preteen children, saying that "these Web sites are nothing more than a fix for pedophiles."
Some interesting information about a man who asked this high-school boy for a "pic" of himself, engaged in a series of sexually explicit instant messages with current and former teenage male pages (in one message, ABC said, Foley wrote to one page: "Do I make you a little horny?") (UM, NO.) and commented to the boy that his friends on his MySpace page sure looked like they were "in great shape." Sure, Foley is 100 percent responsible for his actions (and I fear this is just the tip of the iceberg). But again, this is one of the sick byproducts of growing up in a society that so often forces people to deny who they really are. Only bad things can come of it.
Foley Submits Resignation to Congress (AP)
Challenger Seeks Probe of Foley's E-mails to Boy, 16 (WP)
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 4:17 PM
I'd never even heard of actor Zen Gesner, but one look at his profile on HunkyMaleCelebrities.com and I was smitten. It's a good thing I've never been a photo editor before because I can never narrow it down to just two or three photos. With a mug like Zen's I'm guessing you don't really mind this shortcoming of mine though ...
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Thursday, September 28, 2006
The gym Equinox is busy celebrating its 15th anniversary today filling the streets with people giving out free copies of the NY Post with their insignia and membership offers all over them. I already belong to another gym, but the photos are reason enough to join in the festivities.
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 3:49 PM
Remember My Beautiful Laundrette from the other day? Well, I found out from Jon over at Universal Gear that his name is Sean and he's a 20-year-old college student (and frat boy) over at Rutgers University. Jon also pointed me to a Q&A with our handsome laundry boy and to these additional photos from the laundromat. Fluff away ...
(Photographs by Scott Henrichsen)
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My conversation with Jay prompted me to want to write this open post to all of my fellow bloggers out there regarding linking. Many of the people affected by this I have written to personally, but just in case I missed anyone I just wanted to clarify my feelings on the situation: I don't link to sites that contain frontal nudity. On very rare occasion I will throw in a risque link if there is something extraordinary that I think my readers will like (I think it's only happened once in the past year, and it involved proof that Colin Farrell does not suffer from the Irish curse). It's not that I don't appreciate those type of sites, it's just that my blog is read by many of my co-workers, friends and family members (Mom?), so I try to keep it R-rated at best (or should that be at worst?). I know I've occasionally "stolen" a photo from another blog that I just had to have but didn't link back because the site it came from is full of hardons and cockshots. (Sorry! I try to at least throw in a "thank you" even if I don't link back.)
I also try to limit my blogroll to sites that are in English. This has more to do with the American education system and my shortcomings in learning a second language than it does about your blog. Thanks, kw
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Wednesday, September 27, 2006
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Tuesday, September 26, 2006
(Photo by Scott Henrichsen)
UPDATE: Fluff & Fold
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 1:00 PM
"Westside Club, anyone?"
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Monday, September 25, 2006
In the ultimate NFL Battle of the Hot Quarterbacks, my man Jake Plummer and his Denver Broncos were too much for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. This is about the only matchup I can sit through from beginning to end -- and boy was it was pleasure to watch. (AP)
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