Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Booze Makes It All Better

“I’m like a chocoholic, but for booze!” – Homer Simpson

Disgraced Florida Rep. Mark Foley has made it known through his lawyer that he’s seeking treatment for alcohol abuse. The announcement came just days after he resigned over inappropriate communications he had with a teenaged former Congressional page.

Well, this is typical.

You see, booze is the source of all our negative personality traits. At least, it’s a safe, convenient scapegoat. It’s a way of explaining away our own deplorable behavior. Of taking away responsibility from ourselves and putting it on a potent – yet legal – drug.

In other words: That wasn’t me, that was the booze talking. And booze is legal, so I'm not so bad.

Rehab, therefore, is apparently the remedy not only for alcoholism, but for myriad other tendencies. (Note: Foley has added a secondary explanation for his behavior.)

Foley is as full of shit as Mel Gibson, who let loose a tirade of anti-Semitic and sexist remarks after he was arrested for drunk driving. Of course, Mel went right into rehab, and made sure everyone knew about it.

Entertainment reporter Pat O’Brien, whose obscene and unwelcome voicemail messages to a female coworker have made the rounds of the Internet for some time, claims a drinking problem was the cause of his bad behavior.

Maybe booze does loosen up your inhibitions and make you more likely to make an inappropriate overture to another person, but does it make you talk about getting “some coke” and letting “the kids” watch your illicit acts? If we believe O'Brien it does.

My favorite “blame booze” story has a tangentially personal connection to me. Norman Balthazar, former monsignor of the Catholic parish I attended as a child, was arrested for soliciting a male prostitute who was actually an undercover cop (I was in college by the time of this incident). He later held a press conference where he explained that he had had “too much to drink” and “wound up in the wrong place.”

That’s a carefully worded statement that surely made your lawyer proud, Norm, but you were already gay and desiring male companionship before you took the first sip. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

There is something wrong with a priest or anyone getting drunk and getting behind the wheel – which he did. And while I feel prostitution is a “victimless crime,” it is a crime nonetheless. Such impious behavior from my old monsignor!

Booze loosens your tongue, but it doesn’t make you anti-Semitic or gay or anything else you aren’t already at heart. We all know this. If you have a drinking problem, do go into rehab. But don’t insult us by suggesting that booze is behind any and all embarrassing behavior you may exhibit. COPOUT.

En vino veritas – Latin proverb

26 comments:

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

with the booze throw in some anti-depressant use and say you are on the way to congress to vote....oh, okay. makes sense to me!

this is the lamest excuse on the planet. ive put a ton of blue agave down my gullet and i always knew what i was saying and doing...however sloppy....and not as clever as i thought i was grrrrrherherhahaha

no, Mel's BAL wasnt that high to begin with...he WANTED to get caught. and then say" I own malibu?" dude was looking for correction....was sodden in guilt or something. (stop me please before i *whatever*)

as to mark foley. he's done. forever. needs to move to antartica or something. there is no rehab for what he's got.

/grrrrr

Paddys_Gal said...

I've had it with motherf***ing Mark Foley and his motherf***ing excuses ! Wouldn't it be refreshing if he could just say something like "I've been a total scumbag and am ready to accept the consequences for what I did."

presidentbobo said...

"I drink because I'm unhappy. I'm unhappy because I drink" "I prey on young men because I'm unhappy. I'm unhappy because I prey on young men." Jeez, this POS gives drinkers, victims of childhood sexual abuse and Gays a bad name. The overwhelming majority of drinkers, Gay men and childhood victims of sexual abuse do not go on to become sexual predators. But Foley is doing it up in style. What excuse is next? Perhaps it is the Thetans. Damn that Xenu!

Bird said...

i'm not sure why gay men have been brought into this discussion - makes no sense to me at all. the issue has nothing to do with gays - it has to do with pedophiles.

however, i have read that yes indeedy, if you been a victim yourself, odds are stacked against you that you will become the victimizer.

doesn't provide an excuse, any more than the booze - but it is part of the puzzle, part of sorting out the dynamics. and if we want to combat such behaviors, we do need to understand those behaviors.

understanding doesn't mean excusing.

foley does need rehab and therapy and a trial date with a jury - though i'd prefer he not have a jury of his peers - as congress seemed more than willing to turn a blind eye.

Pete Bogs said...

I'm tired of "the devil made me do it..." it's insulting, and it's just plain BS...

Pete Bogs said...

bird - "gay" was brought up because these men seem to be using alcohol to explain what they really are (and, as I said, that - being gay - is ok) instead of owning up to the fact that they are gay... I'm sure that's not easy for some, but you can't blame everything on booze... Foley said he was drunk when he wrote the IMs... maybe - we will never be able to know one way or another... but booze doesn't may you gay...

Bird said...

my point is that we can't allow the inference at all - foley is gay becuase of booze - because that then lumps gay into the illness/badness category. it buys into the "booze makes me someone i'm not - or shouldn't be."

"owing up to what they really are" - what's that? a gay person who is a pedophile - again, it's not about being gay, it's about being a pedophile. what's 's hiding behind the above statement is that there's something wrong with being gay.

so to me, gay has nothing to do with this at all. shouldn't even be part of the discussion. and the discussion at hand, despite protestations, implicitly links gay with bad/pedophile.

language matters.

even though i've written this comment quite badly (oh, oops - poorly).

Pete Bogs said...

bird - it belongs here as it see... and I don't think the gay/pedophile link is implicit or explicit... the point, in a nutshell, is this:

QUIT BLAMING BOOZE FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO AND ARE THEN ASHAMED OF...

could be the jailbait thing, gay or straight... could be anti-Semitic remarks... could be stealing from your company... "own up to who you are" means simply don't use booze as an excuse (you don't need any "excuse" to be gay), but be honest with yourself and others... you are reading way too much into some of my statements, and I can't anticipate any baggage readers might bring to my posts... my blog has always been and will remain pro-gay...

Hellpig said...

Gay yes,inappropriate yes,pedophile no...no underage pages were molested just sexually harassed big difference.I guess in hind sight Clinton's adulterous "I did not have sexual relations" with Monica set the green light for polititians to behave in this manner..LOL

Pete Bogs said...

hell - Hastert is using the same euphemistic kind of language, when he says "overly friendly" emails... you don't have to touch a kid to get in trouble for soliciting one... we all know from all the "Internet rendezvous" stories on the news that these online conversations often lead to real-life contact... so, it's better they made this public now (sooner would have been better) rather than later when harassment (as you call it) turned into sexual assault... you are not that naive!

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

call it what you want. the man is skankonia no matter why, no matter how old the pages were. he's a super creep, super creep, he's supa creeeeeee-pay.

/grrrr

Pete Bogs said...

k9 - "I'd really love to punch him, every time we meet..."

CROAK said...

As soon as I saw this reported in the news (yes even in good ol' Oz) I thought: "Ah ha. Bogs will have something to say about this one, surely".

Onya, mate.

Right on!

Hellpig said...

Im not defending the sleaze bag,I am just making a fine line distinction between being gay and a pedophile...was listening to Michael Savage he says when the Dems win they will do away with the electoral college and the second amendment,along with making it legal for seniors to die,and all the FCC regs will be liberalized...do you see these things happening?

Sanford B. Hines said...

you peeps like Gays. How many Gays do you know or have known? Too many ppl go the gay way istead of being a repbublican. Fuck youll. The astroid will destroy us all. Blackness will define our lifes. Fuck it all. Nuclear war fare is comeing. Bombs are comeing, Bombs. haster is a fucken peices of fecies. Fuck him too. A flood will fix it all. I dont trust no one. Sick of this shit fuckers. None of you are real anyway. you are all a bunch of folly bots written by microsoft to keep my mind active so I do not tread on my co-sapiens. That reminds me. I fucking hate all known sapiets on the planet earth. They are a bunch of bugs jumping around from place to place looking for food and spreading virii. Dirty litle sapeins.

thnks jYou?

Sanford B. Hines said...

Rebab is for fags and jews. Fukers.

Get them up against the wall. Up AGAINST THE WALL.

The Human Races is dieing?

thanks you?

Sanford B. Hines said...

Fuck this board. su you fool.

Sanford B. Hines said...

I never come here again. you fuckers a bunch of hate mongers. Screw you. screw you all. I willnever ever ever never ever never come here again as long as I will live on this earh as long as I breath my last breath of air.

thanks you?

Pete Bogs said...

croak - you know it! the world is growing smaller every day...

hell - no distinction was necessary, as I never likened one to the other... I merely pointed out that alcohol can't be blamed for everything a person does...

as for those other things, I don't see them happening, but it's a nice thought...

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

who did you and hell run with lewis black?

I'll take the chappelle/dennis miller ticket

/grrrrrr

Pete Bogs said...

k9 - "I'm Pete Bogs, bitch!"

Hellpig said...

K9 how about Miller/Chappelle of course the country will need to have a dictionary handy w/miller but a solid choice none the less.....and williams/black i think is a movie due out soon?


Bogs correct alcohol is no excuse unless your a kennedy LOL

Bird said...

bogs - not just your statements - commentators have opened the door plenty on this. most current example:

"fine line between gay and pedophile"
no more no less a fine line than between straight and pedophile. what has sexual orientation to do with pedophilia? nothing.

the terms "gay" and "pedophile" are not synonmous, nor even linked. yet they appear here in that manner.

this is what i'm talking about in previous comments, bogs - not just necessarily your words -but commentators as well. it's lurking in the undercurrent.

yeah, i'm like a dog with a bone i suppose.

but dog's got it- it's irrelevent - the guy is skanky.

i'm laughing at pig's somewhat defense of the guy. i'm shocked at you mr. absolute zero pig.

Pete Bogs said...

all kinds of people leave all kinds of comments on here... let them... it's no reflection on me as far as I am concerned... let people reveal their own folly through my site... I love it...

Jack K. said...

bird, you have called it right.

Pedophilia is not acceptable.

It has nothing to do with being gay or straight. Both can be pedophiliacs.

Let's just castigate the behavior and put them, pedophiliacs, out of the reach of children.

bogs, you called it right when you railed against those who would raise the so-called defense, the alcohol made me do it.

The only time that was appropriate and funny is when Flip Wilson used it through his alter-ego the Reverent LeRoy. I do miss that.

Thanks, too, for your acceptance of those of us who would pass by and express our diarrhea of the so-called brain.

I wonder if the Dems could do all of those wonderful things. hee hee.

Pete Bogs said...

jack - anytime! nice to see you...