Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Emerging "Foleygate" Story

Some thoughts on the matter...

I think it's clear that this is being used as a Democratic Party election ploy---the October surprise we've all been waiting for. The idea is to discourage socially conservative Republicans from coming out to vote next month.

It's also clear that there's a doublestandard for such behavior when it applies to Democrats and that the Republicans are far more likely to be held accountable.

And it's clear that the Democrats are hypocrites when it comes to issues involving gay sexuality. Leftist opposition to the Boy Scouts prohibition of gay scout masters comes to mind.


Time will tell whether any actual tampering of Foley's e-mail or IM exchanges were involved, as is being investigated in the blogosphere. Until then, we cannot be sure.

If what's being alleged is true, Foley's actions appear to have been quite contemptible and his resignation is a necessary and just step. If other House Republicans took part in helping to cover up his sexual proclivities, then they too bear some responsibility. Not that "outing" Foley in today's politically correct climate would have been an easy task. But it would have been the right thing to do.

Let's face it, there's much corruption (both monetary and moral) among the upper ranks of government, and both parties are involved. Sometimes it seems like the decadence that destroyed the Roman Empire is overtaking our own.

But in an age of 24-hour media, it's up to each of us to process these scandals as thoroughly as we can, rather than jumping to conclusions arrived at by either side.


Blogger diurnalist said...

I don't know why other Republicans are responsible for Foley. After all, they did mention to him that he should cool it after the first contacts were discovered.

Foley has to be a complete idiot though.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 4:35:00 PM  
Blogger JMK2006 said...

"Judgment comes from experience and great judgment comes from bad experience."
-- former Sen. Bob Packwood (R-OR)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 4:42:00 PM  
Blogger thatguy said...

I think they'll be more smear attempts in the coming weeks. The Democrats will do anything and everything to regain power.

Oh yeah, great to have you blogging, watch out for the trolls.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 7:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This whole "scandal" smacks of political dirty tricks. No doubt Foley's resignation was proper and an investigation into any wrongdoing too.

But, for the manner in which this just suddenly popped up, after someone sitting on private IMs for 3 years just sounds a bit too convenient.

Who saves IMs for 3 years? If they weren't saved, how did ABC acquire them? Why weren't they turned over to authorities 3 years ago?

As I have said often, the Democrats have no fresh ideas or plans, so they rely on this type of stuff, after excusing this and much worse from their own.

At least the Republicans encourage, if not force, a resignation when warranted.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 10:36:00 PM  
Blogger said...

I have several thoughts about this mess.

First, if Democrats (and friend George Soros if it turns out the infomation came from him) are so concerned about "the children" then why did they hang on to this story until 30 days before an election?

Second, Republicans always step down right away when accused, (even in the case of Delay and others where allegations were not proven) while Democrats have to have power ripped from their claws. Take William Jefferson, Democrat, Louisiana for example versus Duke Cunningham. Or Barbara Boxer with the House banking scandal versus Jack Abrahamoff (though a lobbyist not an elected official). Or Bill Clinton versus Richard Nixon. Seems kind of a double standard to me.

I hate to see any elected official involved in this sort of thing, especially Republicans. I want to think of our leaders as a cut above. But Foley certainly does not represent the whole party.

Watch for more "surprises" from the left every Friday before the next election.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 7:14:00 AM  
Blogger Fregoo said...

Some people perhaps need to read up on the facts before flailing about with desperate spin to blame the democrats, blame the pages, blame the liquor, or say it's just what gays do (even though more than 95% of pedophiles are straight men). As you can read from scores of different sources or from a summary at Media Matters:

"ABC chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross has debunked this claim, noting that his sources for the story, to the extent that they had partisan affiliations, were Republicans. None of the conservatives making this allegation has offered any indication as to when the Democrats supposedly obtained the emails, and indeed after making the allegation, Hastert acknowledged he had no evidence. The only specific allegations have been levied against Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization that says it received copies of the emails in July and immediately sent them to the FBI. Hannity and U.S. News & World Report senior writer Michael Barone suggested that CREW withheld the emails from the House leadership and timed their release "for maximum political advantage." In fact, as Media Matters noted, CREW sent the emails to the FBI on July 21, and the House GOP leadership knew of the emails by winter 2005 at the very latest -- long before CREW obtained them -- but failed to notify the Democrats on the congressional Page Board. Therefore, if one were to assume -- against all the evidence to the contrary -- that Hastert, Savage, Limbaugh, Hannity, Barone, and Malkin are correct, and Democrats or CREW had advance knowledge of the Foley emails but sat on them until they could be used for maximum political benefit, that would not change the fact the fact that the House leadership, with responsibility over the pages and in the best position to investigate further, knew of emails at least as early as late 2005 and did not share them with the full Page Board, nor did it undertake a full investigation of the matter."

Spin spin spin. Any party that holds power for too long is bound to have corruption problems - Republican and Democrats alike. It's time to clean house.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 9:43:00 AM  
Blogger diurnalist said...

Fregoo said:
"even though more than 95% of pedophiles are straight men)"


Foley is a pederast, not a pedophile btw.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 5:36:00 PM  
Blogger Fregoo said...

Diurnalist correctly points out that Foley is not a pedophile but a pederast (though he also had an age-appropriate boyfriend at home). The "pedophile" label has been thrown around by the right and the left to serve their own purposes.

The Washington Post has a good update on it all:
History of Foley Messages' Release Clarified by Players
2 Sources Explain Motives, Citing Concern for Hill's Pages

As far as sources diurnalist asked for regarding sexual orientation and pedophilia, here's just part of the list:

A. Nicholas Groth and H. Jean Birnbaum, "Adult Sexual Orientation and Attraction to Underage Persons," Archives of Sexual Behavior, 7(3), 1978.
David E. Newton, "Homosexual Behavior and Child Molestation: A Review of the Evidence," Adolescence, vol. 13, no. 49, Spring 1978, pp. 29-43.

Kurt Freund, Robin Watson, and Douglas Rienzo, "Heterosexuality, Homosexuality, and Erotic Age Preference," The Journal of Sex Research, 26(1), Feb. 1989.

Carole Jenny, Tom Roesler, and Kimberly Poyer, "Are Children at Risk for Sexual Abuse by Homosexuals?," Pediatrics, 94(1), July 1994,.

William C. Holmes, MD, MSCE; Gail B. Slap, MD, MS, "Sexual Abuse of Boys. Definition, Prevalence, Correlates, Sequelae, and Management," JAMA. 1998;280:1855-1862.

Foley incident stirs up a stereotype about gay men
Some conservatives link child sex abuse to sexual orientation

Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Staff Writer- Saturday, October 7, 2006

Facts About Homosexuality and Child Molestation

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 10:01:00 AM  
Blogger diurnalist said...

Oh...thanks for the info. You must be interested in the subject matter.

Thursday, October 12, 2006 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous thatguy said...

"Some people perhaps need to read up on the facts before flailing about with desperate spin to blame the democrats, "

Ahhh, the vindication of history is ultimate. The Democrat replacement was even worse yet the hypocritical media shills ignored it. How typical

Sunday, May 03, 2009 7:45:00 PM  

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