COMMENTARY: What A Weiner!

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If I were to take lewd photographs of myself and start handing them out to women I struck up a conversation with on the Woodbury Town Square, I have little doubt I would quickly find myself behind bars at the Cannon County Jail.

Were a local teen to e-mail a naked picture of himself to a girlfriend, and her parents found out, there is every reason to believe he would be facing charges of sexual harassment in Cannon County Juvenile Court.

However, if you’re a New York congressman by the name of Anthony Weiner, it’s perfectly OK to engage in all sorts of perverted behavior and continue to go about your business as if nothing happened.

Rep. Weiner admitted Monday that he sent inappropriate photographs of himself to women he met online, and engaged in sexting and phone sex with them. He said he didn’t know how old the women were, and admitted they could have been underage.

Rep. Weiner came clean about his misbehavior after being caught in a week of lies following initial reports of his electronic shenanigans. He says he is very, very, very sorry for what he did.

He also says he’s not going to resign from his congressional position, the reason being, he says, is he did nothing illegal. Apparently immoral is not an issue.

I think the only thing he is very, very, very sorry about is that he got caught with his pants down.

What was he thinking? Is he a sex addict, a drunken womanizer, or both?

Or is Rep. Weiner just a pathological liar? Watching his news conference yesterday, I could not help but compare him to Casey Anthony, the woman currently on trial in Florida for killing her daughter, who has been caught in lie after lie after lie.

I am long past the stage in life where I am shocked by these revelations about Rep. Weiner. Such actions by politicians seem, sadly, to be almost commonplace these days. However, I am surprised by what in this instance appears to be a blatant double-standard.

Tennessee has two female congressmen, including Diane Black, who represents the Sixth Congressional District, which includes Cannon County. One can only imagine the uproar if it came out that Congresswoman Black was sending pictures of her privates to various men she met online.

She would be called all kinds of vile names. The media and her constituents would be demanding her resignation. She’d probably quit, go home, lock her doors, turn off her phone and TV, and not be seen or heard from for years.

Apparently that’s not the case with the congressman from New York. He’s going to continue to strut his stuff and hopes the brouhaha blows over.

What a Weiner!

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June 07, 2011 at 9:07am
Talk about hypocritical. I didn't see you write anything or comment about Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev or Rep. Chris Lee, a Republican who basically did the same thing.
That's your problem Kevin, you show bias when you report the news. If you are going to report on something or comment on something then you need to be as neutral as possible. This issue is not a Democrat or Republican issue, this issue is about stupid people doing stupid things because they think they are untouchable because they are in an office.

Ignorance shows no distinction between the Democrats or the Republicans.
June 07, 2011 at 12:10pm
Come on Kevin, you know it is perfectly ok for a democrat to act in most any manner imaginable. It is only a 'problem' if a conservative acts improperly causing the Big Liberal Media to demand blood. TnTnTn
June 07, 2011 at 1:23pm
Josh, I wasn't commenting on political affiliation with respect to hypocrisy. I did not mention the political affiliation of either Weiner or Black. The hypocrisy has to do with how a man in treated in these incidents, and what would likely be the treatment if they were done by a woman.
June 07, 2011 at 1:55pm
It is hypocritical to single out one particular person when two others have done almost the identical same thing within the last few months. But you were quiet on those two but feel the need to comment on this one.

All I am saying is if you are going to write a message about one of them then you should include the other two in the article because it is the same issue. The only difference is one is a Democrat and the other two were Republican.
June 07, 2011 at 2:52pm
As long as the women were consenting adults he did not break any laws. I don't think he could be blamed if they were underage and claimed to be over 18 online. Not the same thing as passing out pictures around the square.
June 07, 2011 at 5:01pm
Josh, the others resigned. Rep. Weiner has not. Were he a woman and did the same thing, the calls for resignation would be overwhelming.
June 07, 2011 at 5:23pm
Just a point here, it has been noted that some of the women not only didn't invite him to send these photo's of himself nude, but was shocked by them. He said it was a joke, and yet the woman was not laughing. I think Josh may be a bit biased, since the behavior is in my opinion sexual harassment!
June 08, 2011 at 5:56am
Josh, I think you are correct. There is a bias there.

It would have been much more interesting for the editor to poke fun at the revisionist history being preached by some politicans--like Palin and Paul Revere's ride.
June 08, 2011 at 8:02am
Kevin, keep up to good work. Tell it like you feel it and the truth will prevail. Yes, this is one case of stupidity. Yes, this type behavior is widespread, but we as upstanding moral citizens still will be shocked by such behavior.
June 08, 2011 at 8:42am
MMW, I don't really find anything humorous in what Rep. Weiner did. And if you did just a little research and fact-checking, you'd find most historians are in agreement Palin's statements about Paul Revere are accurate to a large degree. Certainly moreso than Obama saying in 2008 he visited 57 states, or recently signing the guest book at Westminster Abbey with the date "24 May 2008."
June 08, 2011 at 9:38am
Oh, Obama was right on with the 57 states remark-you must consider the states of NoHope and Despair created by his ineptness. TnTnTn
June 08, 2011 at 10:44am
Common now, Palin comments were so mangled and disjointed it was obvious she did not know what she was talking about. Not one serious historian has given any weight to her inane comments. And for her devoted followers to redo wikepedia to reflect her stupidity is even more inane.

I also suggest the media has an excession amount of prurient interest in such incidents as noted above.

This isn't news in Woodbury but simply trash and suitable for those newspapers that thrive on readers who devour such junk.
June 08, 2011 at 9:51pm
I agree with TnTnTn. Those liberal bafoons can get away with being the perverse, nefarious people they are because conservatives are not looking to exploit their mistakes at every turn. There is simply no integrity in politics. All the libs in DC are exemplary proof.
June 09, 2011 at 10:55am
There's 3 unfunded wars bankrupting the USA, 99% of the country is suffering in a depression while the top 1% is enjoying unprecedented luxury, corporations are recording record profits while laying off all their workers, the USA is collapsing. I don't give a darn about some guys penis pictures. It's a distraction.
June 10, 2011 at 1:38am
Hey blooeyes, none of your information is correct at all. We are not in a depression, we are not in a recession (as of now), and your "wealth discrepancy percentages" are completely false as well. You don't think that a man in office tweeing pictures of his penis is a big deal? Well good to see you are not judging what you think about leaders based on their morality. That is what influences their decisions and what forms their mindset about issues. How about finish your political science degree and then come back.
June 10, 2011 at 10:52am
I actually have a degree in political science and I do research these things, perhaps you are watching too much Faux News to do much besides spew your hatred of 'liberals' online.
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