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Posted on Oct 6, 2006
Weekly video roundup

In this edition of our Truthdig-flavored videos: A comedy troupe reenacts Mark Foley’s IMs; Jon Stewart skewers Bush’s reduction of Iraq violence to a “comma”; and Bill Maher critiques sexual repression in America.

No. 1: Woodward: Kissinger Re-Fighting Vietnam via Bush

In his “60 Minutes” interview, Bob Woodward said Henry Kissinger “is almost like a member of the [Bush] family,” and that in his frequent meetings with Bush and Cheney, Kissinger’s dogmatic “stay the course” advice on Iraq amounts to “fighting the Vietnam War again.”

Woodward and Wallace

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No. 2: A Reenactment of Foley’s IMs

A comedy troupe has put together a dramatization of instant message exchanges between Mark Foley and an unidentified teen. Scary part: It’s all true. (Check the record—.pdf file)

Is this a low blow? We don’t think so. Seeing the dialogue acted out drove home to us just how young the boys targeted by Foley were. (They’re talking about homework, book reports and masturbation.)

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No. 3: Stewart Unloads on Bush’s ‘Comma’ Remark

Bush’s remark about the current bloodshed in Iraq simply representing a “comma” in the country’s history is fast becoming infamous. Stewart has a hilarious take on where, exactly, we might find that comma….

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  • Earlier: Tony Snow tries to spin the “comma” remark.

  • Foley on Predator ‘Sickos’

    No. 4:

    “If I were one of these sickos, I’d be nervous….” That’s what former Rep. Mark Foley said about sexual predators during a 2005 taping of “America’s Most Wanted.”

    The hypocrisy is so thick, it could be churned like butter.

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    No. 5: Bill Maher Almost Defends Foley

    Bill Maher makes the good point that in a less sexually repressed society, Mark Foley could have come out of the closet a long time ago.

    Bill Maher

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    By Athena Taylor, October 7, 2006 at 10:32 am Link to this comment
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    Fortunately we are a self-correcting society.  Now that the depravity and hypocrisy of the Republican politicians has been exposed, Americans will elect officials that represent the well-being of their constituents, rather than congressmen that prey on and abuse them.

    The Republicans have betrayed Americans on every front:  sexually abusing our children, sending our young people off to an unwarranted war, putting our economy into perilous debt and taking bribes from lobbysists. They have squandered our taxes, while releasing the super rich from the responsibility as citizens that must pay their own share of the tax burden.

    The sleazy and corrupt short cuts that this group of politicians have engaged in to reach their political ends ensures that their party has lost all credibility. They will forever be viewed as the most morally reprehensible Congress in US history.  Republicans have lost all trust and will join the German Nazis as one of the most contempible group individuals ever in power.  Not only are they utterly self-serving but they are stupid in both their destruction of our social fabric and themselves.

    Show some self-control and human decency, Republicans!  Your groveling in the gutter of life is both pathetic and sickening! You are the slime beneath the American peoples’ feet.  Shame on you and be gone!

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    By Maurice, October 7, 2006 at 8:15 am Link to this comment
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    We have hypocrites in the UK too but this is the pits. It can’t be easy being an intelligent, enlightened American in these times. Unfortunately there is no shortage of the other kind, and some of the worst of them are in the White House. How does Rice get such an easy time? Her fingerprints are all over the worst excesses of this Republican adminitration and as the mountain of corpses grows in Iraq, she waltzes through the media as if it was a TV drama.

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