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The Bogus Blog Behind Foley's Fall
radaronline ^ | oct 4, 2006 | Christopher Tennant

Posted on 10/04/2006 2:56:10 PM PDT by blogblogginaway

ABCNews.com brought Mark Foley's boy-chasing to national attention, but it wasn't the first website to flog the story. That dubious honor belongs to StopSexPredators, a pseudo-vigilante blog filled with plagiarized, hastily-assembled posts, which no one seems to have heard of, visited, or linked to before last week—and whose operator has a suspiciously savvy grasp of the news cycle. In other words, a blog whose sole raison d'etre seems to have been to get the Foley ball rolling.

If its time/date stamps are to be trusted (like most free blogware, Blogger allows its users to backdate posts), the pervert-outing anony-site was set up on July 28 as a "clearing house for the public to report sex predators and as a resource for concerned citizens."

One early post, headlined The Sickening Six, naming and shaming the "kinds of sick people who hunt minors for their own sick purposes," is basically an amalgam of plagiarized entries from Crimelibrary, Wikipedia, and Answers.com. (Click here, here, and here, for examples.)

After running just six posts over the summer, the site picked up steam on September 21 when its author wrote, "the blog has been noticed and some shocking emails have been received!!!!" and posted four emails purportedly from "interns" outraged by the heretofore unmentioned Foley and his penchant for teenage boys.

(Of course, if these emails are legit, it means the "interns" somehow stumbled upon the blog, despite the fact that it had not yet been linked to by any other sites, and was virtually indetectible to Google, which ranks sites according to the number of incoming links.)

One "intern" wrote:

"...I came to Washington because I care about the future of America. I wanted to be around good and decent men like President George Bush. Instead, I feel like a piece of meat. The worst part of it for me is there appear to be plenty of my fellow interns who don't mind Foley's particular 'path to power.'"

Three days later, the blogger posted the now infamous "Emails from Congressman Foley to 16 Year Old Page!!!!", claiming they'd been sent in by a reader (despite the fact that they appeared to be scans of faxed printouts). Persons unknown then seeded the link to various political sites—including Wonkette, which promptly dismissed them as fakes. ABC, of course, took them more seriously.

Whoever promoted the story on DailyKos did so only 12 minutes after the fateful post went live at 11:06 a.m.:

Six minutes later, the same person, again writing under the handle WHinternNOW posted the following:

Back on Sept. 5, however, that very same WHinternNOW posted a suspiciously more informed-sounding take on the congressman:

Whoever is behind the blog hasn't responded to emails from Radar or any other outlets, and seems to have lost interest in the site.

"I'm thrilled that so many folks are looking at this simple blog...." the author wrote on October 2, the last day the site was updated. "If you have any ideas that I should post, please let me know. I'm happy to pass along information about the current situation, but would much prefer to keep marching toward the large goal or stopping sex predators. I don't think we'll see it in the Congress anytime soon, so let's focus our energy elsewhere."

What, leaving the party so soon?


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1 posted on 10/04/2006 2:56:11 PM PDT by blogblogginaway
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To: blogblogginaway

Yeah, something is beginning to smell about Foley's Follies, making 3-day old fish smell like roses in comparison.

The MKJ theory:

The DUmmies, Kosomites, and other radical left 'Rats and their fellow travelers had this information on Foley for a a long time, and they attempted to let it ooze into the news with this absurd blog gambit, which all leads to the 'Rat attempt at their own lil 'October Surprise'.

The most disgusting part of this business, beyond Foley's perversions, is how the above 'Rats (whoever they may be, and may they soon be revealed) thought it more important to save up this information to exploit politically at the most opportune time for them, leaving minors at risk in the meantime.


2 posted on 10/04/2006 3:00:37 PM PDT by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: blogblogginaway

Surprise surprise suprise....

(insert obligatory pic of Gomer)


3 posted on 10/04/2006 3:01:59 PM PDT by eeevil conservative (STEVE KING /JOHN BOLTON FOR '08...Ann picks King...I pick Bolton!)
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To: PJ-Comix

PJ, check this out.


4 posted on 10/04/2006 3:02:14 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: blogblogginaway

Gee, the blog forced Foley to behave like a predatory scumbag? Wow.


5 posted on 10/04/2006 3:02:47 PM PDT by wtc911 (You can't get there from here)
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To: blogblogginaway
McCain calls for independent investigation

There were signs of concern among Republicans, as well. Sen. John McCain of Arizona called for a group of former senators and others to investigate how the House handled the affair.

"We need to move forward quickly and we need to reach conclusions and recommendations about who is responsible," McCain said during a campaign speech for Sen. Lincoln Chafee in Rhode Island. "I think it needs to be addressed by people who are credible."

McPain isn't helping.......

6 posted on 10/04/2006 3:04:04 PM PDT by Ben Mugged
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To: blogblogginaway

bookmark


7 posted on 10/04/2006 3:06:04 PM PDT by doesnt suffer fools gladly (I wouldn't vote for a RAT if my life depended on it. Come to think of it, my life does depend on it.)
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To: eeevil conservative
Surprise surprise suprise....

(insert obligatory pic of Gomer)

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8 posted on 10/04/2006 3:06:24 PM PDT by digger48
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To: blogblogginaway

When did the instant messages come into play?


9 posted on 10/04/2006 3:10:01 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Those that do not heed the warnings of history....)
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To: digger48

ROFLLL!!!


10 posted on 10/04/2006 3:13:02 PM PDT by eeevil conservative (STEVE KING /JOHN BOLTON FOR '08...Ann picks King...I pick Bolton!)
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To: blogblogginaway
Remember this paragraph from the column The new 'Republicans vote on Wednesday' game?

But the pretend-conservative act is being carried onto a whole new playing field, one that has become wildly influential over the past few years and one that does not stand to be instantly recognized as a fake. That playing field is the blogosphere, which is then used in conjunction with massive e-mailings to “spread the word” (as one e-mailer insisted I do to my readers/e-mail list) to other conservatives.

The concept is the same: the blog or e-mail claims, first, that the said writer has been a conservative for years and that they have “had it with Republicans.” They then point to an issue that conservatives would likely be upset about such as excessive spending, immigration, or the expansion of government. Their supposed rage over the issue has convinced them to either not show up to vote in 2006, or, in order to really show Republicans, vote for the Democrat instead.

The blogs and e-mails are convincing in their wording and could incite the sort of reaction that occurred following the Harriet Miers nomination to the Supreme Court. Of course, any liberal could read Free Republic and find out what’s irritating conservatives this week, grab a handful of phrases, and toss it on their “I’m a conservative but voting for a Democratic because of (insert issue here)” blog. After tossing in a few posts about the evils of Hillary Clinton and abortion, the blog is now being run by a bona-fide “conservative.” A few e-mails and link connections later, the message of conservatives voting against Republicans is spread.

The premise is that a blog is established in order to generate credibility, and then that credibility is used to attack Republicans. In this case, the blog was supposed to be for "concerned citizens" to report sexual predators. Then the smear appears on the blog, and the blog is then passed to the MSM as "news."

-PJ

11 posted on 10/04/2006 3:14:10 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: mkjessup
What makes you believe that the RATS that were sitting on this will soon be revealed? If it turns out that RATS WERE sitting on this news, so they could time it out, or leak it, for their own political advantage in the coming election. I believe they would also have to resign any positions of leadership they now have.
12 posted on 10/04/2006 3:18:29 PM PDT by Bush gal in LA
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To: Charles Henrickson

Yeah. I linked to it early this AM. Check the tail end of the morst recent DUFU thread. I am getting a creepy feeling that the author of this Blog is someone we both know of a sordid bent.


13 posted on 10/04/2006 3:28:02 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: PJ-Comix

I can't remember the post or thread...but a Freeper connected the dots to Jason Leopold


14 posted on 10/04/2006 4:09:25 PM PDT by stylin19a ("Klaatu Barada Nikto")
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To: Ben Mugged

Johnny Mac thinks former Senators are credible? LOL

He needs to zip it.


15 posted on 10/04/2006 4:19:23 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (Kobach: Amnesty is going from an illegal to a legal position, without imposing the original penalty.)
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To: blogblogginaway

Foley's behavior was bizarre and reprehensible. We don't need to defend what he did. Whether he actually attempted to have sexual contact with this or any other page, we don't know.


16 posted on 10/04/2006 4:19:56 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: blogblogginaway
It's obvious the Foley scandal, though based on real events, is a typical Democrat political operation. The news media knows this but don't care. By the time the whole scheme is unraveled and exposed the election will be over. Also, in the public's mind, Foley's behavior will negatively eclipse the Democrat sleazy tactics. If Foley had one decent fiber left in his whole body he would put a bullet in his head.
17 posted on 10/04/2006 4:22:19 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (Anything a politician gives you he has first stolen from you)
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To: wtc911
Gee, the blog forced Foley to behave like a predatory scumbag? Wow.

Where in the name of God did you see THAT asserted?

This has nothing to do with Foley's behavior. What is has to do with is the fact that some democrats had prior knowledge of exactly what Foley was doing, and kept it secret for months, at least, in order to maximize the political fallout. That, in itself, is a crime. Not to mention morally bankrupt.

18 posted on 10/04/2006 4:29:54 PM PDT by TomB ("The terrorist wraps himself in the world's grievances to cloak his true motives." - S. Rushdie)
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To: blogblogginaway

We know this

What we don't know is the NAME of the owner of the blog


19 posted on 10/04/2006 4:30:23 PM PDT by Mo1 (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR)
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To: Ben Mugged
McCain calls for independent investigation

Someone needs to tell McLoser there is already a FBI investigation going on

What does he want .. Congress to investigate themselves??

20 posted on 10/04/2006 4:32:50 PM PDT by Mo1 (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR)
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To: Mo1

No, he wants the Senate to investigate the House. Unbelievable!


21 posted on 10/04/2006 4:33:51 PM PDT by A Citizen Reporter ("And you got that little smirk on your face, and you think you're so clever!")
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To: Mo1

WHO OWNS the BLOG???? That, indeed, IS the QUESTION!!!!


22 posted on 10/04/2006 4:37:37 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: A Citizen Reporter

Guess that means McCain won't have a problem with the House investigating the Senate too

What an idiot


23 posted on 10/04/2006 4:38:51 PM PDT by Mo1 (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR)
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To: mkjessup
Foley's a perv and Hastert knew it. Hastert must go. Who cares who told on who?
24 posted on 10/04/2006 4:40:33 PM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: mkjessup

my off-the-cuff/WAG is Kirk Fordham....doing his pennance to his fellow homo's for once working for Mel Martinez....and maybe a book and movie deal


25 posted on 10/04/2006 4:43:08 PM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: mkjessup

Consider too that absentee ballots across Florida were mailed out recently and are being received and voted. The time to strike was ripe for the 2006 election cycle before too many ballots were cast pre-story.


26 posted on 10/04/2006 4:44:44 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Treaty Fetishism: "[The] belief that a piece of paper will alter the behavior of thugs." R. Lowry.)
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To: blogblogginaway

Mr. C4E suspected this some days ago. He is the smart one in the family. :)


27 posted on 10/04/2006 4:45:46 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever
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To: All

Added to Drudge headline .....

ABC RELEASED TRANSCRIPT OF CHAT BETWEEN FOLEY AND A MAN WHO WAS 18 AT THE TIME OF THE INSTANT MESSAGE EXCHANGE.... NETWORK GAVE IMPRESSION MESSAGE WAS TO 'UNDER AGE' TEEN... DEVELOPING...

http://drudgereport.com/


Can you say BUSTED?


28 posted on 10/04/2006 4:47:56 PM PDT by blogblogginaway (..)
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To: TomB

You are seriously asserting this little blog broke everything?

come on.


29 posted on 10/04/2006 4:49:09 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: Suzy Quzy
WHO OWNS the BLOG????

Probably Lucy Ramirez.

30 posted on 10/04/2006 4:51:47 PM PDT by SIDENET (I like liberals...they taste like CHICKEN.)
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To: ExtremeUnction

All men are pervs.....esp a 40 year old going after a 20 year old. Yes...going after young teens or younger children is different. But now I read that Foleys IM's were with an 18 year old??


31 posted on 10/04/2006 4:53:23 PM PDT by Fawn (http://www.jokaroo.com/funnyvideos/toilet_obsession.html)
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To: SIDENET

LOL!! She's waaaaay too busy picking up packages tho.


32 posted on 10/04/2006 4:58:08 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: blogblogginaway

StopSexPredators.com is a phony blog obviously set up by Daily Kos, the later of which coordinated its planned pre-election assault 12 minutes after postings on the fake website (which had zero traffic up to that moment). ABC News and the DNC were clearly also in on this fraud.


33 posted on 10/04/2006 4:58:15 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: Fawn

All men are NOT pervs....geesh.


34 posted on 10/04/2006 4:58:41 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: Suzy Quzy

Guys and Gals
Go to LGF today regarding swampland blogs, it will lead you to all sorts of tidbits www.gatewaypundit.blogspot should tell you what the latest!


35 posted on 10/04/2006 5:03:11 PM PDT by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: blogblogginaway

I don't think you can plagiarize Wikipedia.


36 posted on 10/04/2006 5:03:48 PM PDT by AZRepublican ("The degree in which a measure is necessary can never be a test of the legal right to adopt it.")
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To: Ben Mugged

McCain calls for the Senate to investigate the House!!!


Get your popcorn, folks! This will be a show stopper!!


37 posted on 10/04/2006 5:04:21 PM PDT by airborne (Show me your friends and I'll show you your future.)
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To: eeevil conservative

Republicans aren't very good at being bad. They always get caught.


38 posted on 10/04/2006 5:04:22 PM PDT by floriduh voter (www.conservative-spirit.org or Join Terri's Legacy List Contact: 8mmmauser)
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To: Ben Mugged

McCain campaigning for Chafee - it won't help imo.


39 posted on 10/04/2006 5:05:36 PM PDT by floriduh voter (www.conservative-spirit.org or Join Terri's Legacy List Contact: 8mmmauser)
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To: acapesket

Sorry, I stick to FR only....maybe Drudge once in a while but never LGF.


40 posted on 10/04/2006 5:06:03 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: floriduh voter

yeah- and they act guilty when caught instead of indignant! like the Libs do- LOL!


41 posted on 10/04/2006 5:06:37 PM PDT by eeevil conservative (STEVE KING /JOHN BOLTON FOR '08...Ann picks King...I pick Bolton!)
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To: eeevil conservative

Look at that dem Jefferson? who put thousands of dollars in a freezer. He hasn't resigned although Nancy Pelosi demanded that he do so. Why don't they finish investigating that guy first? One bad boy at a time.


42 posted on 10/04/2006 5:09:25 PM PDT by floriduh voter (www.conservative-spirit.org or Join Terri's Legacy List Contact: 8mmmauser)
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To: floriduh voter

WOULD BE NICE, eh?


43 posted on 10/04/2006 5:14:43 PM PDT by eeevil conservative (STEVE KING /JOHN BOLTON FOR '08...Ann picks King...I pick Bolton!)
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To: blogblogginaway

Methinks the dems and fellow travellers have these things lined up like depth charges on the poop deck, ready to let go, one by one, at what they judge to be the right time.


44 posted on 10/04/2006 5:15:55 PM PDT by Erasmus (I invited Benoit Mandelbrot to the Shoreline Grill, but he never got there.)
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To: eeevil conservative; Twirly Bird; T'wit; BykrBayb; 8mmMauser; amdgmary; Sun
Charlie Crist FL gop for guv keeps going to New York to get more cash for his race against dem Jim Davis. What are the chances that Tom Reynolds (R) has run into Crist in NY? And, further, Kirk Fordham is of Greek heritage as is Crist. If Crist's not careful, the dems are gonna pounce on him.

googled: "Congressman Tom Reynolds' (R-NY) chief of staff, Kirk Fordham (KF resigned).

I'm not voting for Crist. No way.

45 posted on 10/04/2006 5:20:08 PM PDT by floriduh voter (www.conservative-spirit.org or Join Terri's Legacy List Contact: 8mmmauser)
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To: eeevil conservative
http://www.wonkette.com/politics/mark-foley/mark-foley-the-other-victims-204745.php

Here's everybody's who has to watch their p's and q's due to the Foley instant messaging spree.

46 posted on 10/04/2006 5:22:52 PM PDT by floriduh voter (www.conservative-spirit.org or Join Terri's Legacy List Contact: 8mmmauser)
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To: PJ-Comix

What? No link? To your own thread?! Damn, now I gotta go look it up.


47 posted on 10/04/2006 5:27:23 PM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: mkjessup
Right. The real scandal is who knew about the IMs and did nothing. People are going hysterical about this deal and we don't even know if Foley will charged with a crime. The only "crime" we know of so far is sending dirty IMs which is immoral and sleazy but are people prosecuted for that alone? The feds usually don't bust people for that unless they follow through and meet up with a federal agent posing as a child. There's no evidence I've heard of Foley having sex with a minor. But no one is focusing on what is the real crime that has been committed. I doubt this would be a big deal if it were a dem.
48 posted on 10/04/2006 5:29:55 PM PDT by plain talk
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49 posted on 10/04/2006 5:34:28 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: mkjessup

One of the "kids" was 18 in February.. The IM text is from April...Legal adult.


50 posted on 10/04/2006 5:37:10 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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