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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Thoughts on Foley

The Foley scandal is cracking me up. I read the IMs, simultaneously gagging and guffawing at Foley's awful, awkward, sex-obsessed posts. I'm watching the fallout with bemused interest. How inspiring it would have been if a real issue had inspired outrage among the Republican base rather than a stupid and sordid sex scandal. But, as I posted on a messageboard last week, the priorities of the average American voter are:

1. How much does it cost to refuel my totally bitchin' SUV?
2. What does he do with his penis?
3. Does he sound like me when he talks?

One of the interesting things I realized while reading this story is that the age of consent is 16 (in some states), but it is illegal to supply pornography to anyone under 18. So a 55-year-old man may have sex with a 16-year-old boy but may not show him dirty pictures. To put it another way, he is allowed to put his penis into the boy's mouth, but if he shows a boy a photograph of his penis, he will be arrested - I'm guessing even if (twistedly) the boy asked for one. Does this seem odd to anyone besides me?

The newest exciting development is that Foley is mixed up with Scientologists. Look! There he is! Can it get any better than this?

Lizards. That's all I have to say. This entire episode is explained to perfection by lizards.

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