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You knew it was coming.  They are now trying to both blame and  "out" the page who instigated this whole Mark Foley thing.

If I wasn't so furious, I would provide better links.  I'm trusting you guys to provide them.

What I want to say is this:  The family of the unknown male 16-year-old page did the right thing.  They raised that kid right to tell the truth.  And they brought this to the front.

There are some assumptions I'm making about this because of the coverage I've seen:  I assume this is a partisan family.  I expect it is a Republican family, but frankly, I don't care.

They did the right thing by calling this out.  The fact that is kid could bring this issue to his parents is testament to good parenting.  Whether I agree with their politics or not.

"Some people say" this was swept under-the-rug was that they didn't want the publicity.  What I think: they were protecting this kid.  Correctly.

"Some people say" that this kid was asking for it.  Bullshit.  Plain and simple.  I'm not even going to begin to defend that, it is wrong.  Period.  

"Some people say" that this was just some innocent emails.  THIS WAS AN ABSOLUTE HUNTING LICENSE FOR A PREDATOR.  Everyone knows that.

"Some people say" that this is some kind of political attack.  It isn't.  It is about protecting children.  It isn't our fault that the current leadership is incapable of protecting America on any level.

So, I know I rant, but the bottom line is:  I want to thank this kid for standing strong and telling the truth.  And I thank his family for raising him right.

Please thank this kid and his family for doing the right thing.  They are on the brink of a massive media crush that will be very difficult for them.

Originally posted to mem from somerville on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 06:00 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I want to thank that family (15+ / 0-)

    for what I am sure was a difficult decision to come forward with this.  

    We may not agree on other issues, but we agree that this was the right thing to do.  

  •  Give me a break. (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharoney

    They didn't come forward, they went to Reynolds. They told him they just wanted it to stop.

    The boy, on the other hand, seems to have gone to the press. He did the right thing. He's a hero.

    His parents reacted like so many parents do, likely out of fear of what their son would go through, but also, I suspect, to not have a scandal and to not harm the party.

    Kudos to the boy. To the parents, to all parents who believe handling these things quietly is best, you're part of the problem.

  •  if the (0+ / 0-)

    if the kid is smart he'd get a book deal, easy few million I'd be guessing.  But yes, of course he did the right thing, how can you let people like foley continue to prey on the innocent.

    mr republican, is that a flag in your pocket or are you just glad to see my son?

    by pissedpatriot on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 06:15:51 PM PDT

    •  I have a feeling we're going to see (0+ / 0-)

      a few page books.

      And they won't be in the young-adult section of the bookstore.

      •  And Nobody Will Read their Titles Online From (1+ / 0-)
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        zic

        work, schools, churches, libararies, government buildings, malls....

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 06:31:12 PM PDT

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    •  Wasted chance (0+ / 0-)

      I doubt if the LA page has much left
      to put in a book. His emails and IMs
      are already in the public domaine, so
      is chance for big book money has been
      wasted.

      And by the time a book could get into
      print this will be old news.

      If they hurry, they can probably sell
      his pictures (he is good-looking ) to
      People magazine, the way Brangelina
      sold the baby pictures. That would pay
      his way through Harvard, with summer
      studies in Europe, and for therapy too.

      The kid may not need even therapy. When
      links to his MySpace page were posted at
      FreeRepublic, I took a look. From that
      info, and his level-headed handling of
      Foley's come-ons, it looks like he's
      solid and smart, and he'll be O.K. When
      the dust settles he'll know that he did
      nothing wrong. Nothing.

      I do agree, it seems like good parenting
      in the background.

  •  In your second sentence (0+ / 0-)

    I think you mean "now", not "not". Took me a while to figure that out.

    Must read: MLKJ's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." It will surprise you.

    by AlanF on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 08:31:51 PM PDT

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