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Straining out gnats, swallowing camels and casting stones at Weiner

Andrew Breibart

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Archie-Bunker-like bottom-feeding blowhard Andrew Breitbart claimed on Monday that he has an X-rated image of Democratic U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner that he has been withholding in order “to save his [Weiner’s] family” — because Breitbart is all about decency and fair play, you see — but Breitbart on Monday also threatened, “If this guy [Weiner] wants to start fighting with me again, I have this [X-rated] photo.” Yes, committing sexual blackmail is highly ethical and admirable! Andrew Breitbart is my hero! (But seriously, if Weiner can sue Breitbart for Breitbart’s blatant blackmail, he should.)

Are we done now laughing over Weiner/wiener ha ha ha ha ha ha ha?

Because there are, I think, some serious issues here.

Unsurprisingly, hypocrites on the right (that’s redundant) disingenuously are calling for the head (pun intended) of Democratic U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who, they say, should resign for having lied about having had very apparently consensual sexually oriented electronic communications with several women, even after he married.

(It’s like Monica Lewinsky redux, only Weiner isn’t president, he claims that he had no physical sexual contact with anyone, and he didn’t lie about his own sexual activity that is no one else’s fucking business anyway while he was under oath. Oh, and there is no semen-stained garment — that we know of, but rest assured, because I’m sure that Great White Protector of the Nation Andrew Breitbart is on it.)

The Weiner-related “outrage” on the right is beyond pathetic. Repugnican National Committee chair Reince Priebus, a Richie-Rich frat-boy prick, was one of the first to call for Weiner’s head. The loathesome, beady-eyed weasel U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, U.S. House Repugnican leader, also has called on Weiner to resign, but, as I have stated, it’s up to Weiner first and foremost whether he should resign, and then, if he decides not to resign, it’s up to his constituents to decide whether to re-elect him in November 2012.

Indeed, Reuters reports that “A little more than half of New York City voters think Weiner should not resign, according to a NY1-Marist poll taken just hours after his tearful admission.” I surmise that as time passes and “Weinergate” subsides, even more of Weiner’s New York constituents will feel that his resignation is not called for, and in this case, it’s their opinion, not the opinion of the Repugnican Tea Party traitors, that matters.

It’s not like self-serving, hypocritical, stupid-white-male scumbags like Priebus and Cantor have the best interests of Weiner’s constituents at heart. They clearly only want another Democratic scalp to nail to the wall, perhaps especially since Repugnican U.S. Rep. Christopher Lee, also of New York, resigned in February after his online sexual behavior came to light. (To add insult to injury, a Democrat, Kathy Hochul, to whom I’d happily given a $25 campaign contribution, won Lee’s vacated seat in a special election last month.)

But Lee resigned from the get-go. The day his shirtless-in-the-mirror pic hit the Web, he called it quits. He didn’t, in my estimation, have to resign. And, as I argued at the time*, he probably shouldn’t have resigned. 

However, I don’t expect the spineless Democrats in D.C. to support the now-politically-radioactive Weiner — and that’s how most politicians are, of course: they’re your “friends” only if they perceive it still to be in their best personal political interests — and without the support of his fellow Democrats in D.C., I don’t know if Weiner can politically survive being frozen out of his own party, even if he strives to survive politically.

And then there is wingnut Andrew Breitbart, who on Monday bizarrely, swinishly and inappropriately bogarted Weiner’s news-conference podium to announce that he wanted“vindication” because indeed the infamous crotch shot that he publicized is an image of the underwear-clad, engorged (and perhaps tingling) crotch of Anthony Weiner. (Yes, this was a “victory” — just like Donald Trump’s Barack-Obama-birth-certificate “victory” was a “victory” of which Trump pronounced that he was “proud” of himself.)

Yes, Andrew Breitbart is a modern-day bell-ringin’ Paul Revere, a real patriot who is protecting us from elected officials lying about whether or not racy images that they transmitted privately actually are of  them.

One of Breitbart’s self-aggrandizing websites is called “BigJournalism.” Because that’s what the best journalism is all about: not exposing fraud, graft, waste and corruption and the like, but exposing whose bulge that is in the gray underwear. Yes, world-renowned fearless journalist Andrew Breitbart makes the likes of Ida Tarbell, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and Seymour Hersh look like mere fucking amateurs.

To me, the largest issues in “Weinergate” are that it exposes (1) Americans’ juvenile and backasswards (read: Judeo-“Christian” [that is, “Christo”fascist], puritanical, Victorian, etc.) views on sexuality and (2) how they’ll simply let crimes of the century (like, oh, stolen presidential elections and bogus wars launched on purely false pretenses) go but will go ape shit over the teeny-tiny (but titillating) shit, like whose semen it is on a semen-strained dress and whether or not the sausage-like bulge in a pair of gray underwear belongs to a certain elected individual with the surname of Weiner (guffaw!). 

If the members of the lunatic, Taliban-like right want to lead repressed, hypocritical sex lives, that’s their own fucking business, but for them to shove their Dark-Ages hangups over sexuality down the throats of the rest of us is, dare I say — and this is one of their favorite words — tyranny. And indeed, for buttholish self-appointed morality cop Andrew Breitbart to hold the public release of an X-rated photo of Weiner over Weiner’s head also is a yet another example of right-wing (that’s redundant) tyranny.

And for the Democrats to cave into this kind of sexual blackmail — instead of fighting back and changing the game instead of playing along with the wingnuts’ game — is yet another example of the spectacular spinelessness and political ineptitude that we’ve come to know and loathe about the Democratic Party.

I can empathize with Weiner. If some wingnutty, bottom-feeding scumbag like the Archie-Bunker-like Andrew Breitbart had obtained and publicly released an embarrassing image of me and I were confonted with the question of whether or not it was me in the image — if I had been in Weiner’s shoes (and in his underwear, too, I guess…) — I can’t say for certain that my initial impulse would not have been to deny it, as Weiner did. After all, is something from my personal life really the whole world’s business?

However, the best tactic, I think, would be to refuse to respond to attempted sexual blackmail. To even answer yes or no, to confirm or deny, is only to play into the hypocritical, disingenuous wingnuts’ hands, and at least tacitly grants legitimacy to sexual blackmail, when sexual blackmail, or any blackmail, is quite illegitimate (it’s incredibly unethical and immoral, if not also illegal).

And it’s interesting to see what types of lies the Repugnican Tea Party traitors attack. Bill Clinton’s lie that he didn’t have any sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky — this lie of his didn’t hurt the nation, to my knowledge. Neither has Weiner’s lie that a certain crotch shot wasn’t his.

So we have lies like Clinton’s and Weiner’s, but when the treasonous-by-definition Repugnicans lie, an awful lot of people tend to get hurt — or killed.

How about these huge fucking lies, circa late 2002 and early 2003: Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction. Iraq is seeking nuclear weapons. We can’t wait for the “smoking gun” to come in the form of a “mushroom cloud.”

Tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians have died because of those lies, as have more than 4,450 members of the U.S. military since the unelected Bush regime illegally, immorally and unjustly launched the bogus Vietraq War in 2003 (five of them, in fact, were killed in Iraq on Monday, so the treasonous BushCheneyCorp’s blatant fucking lies still are killing people today).

If you want to talk about House ethics, I’ll give you just one example of something that I find a lot more disgusting than anything that has been revealed about Anthony Weiner: How about Repugnican Texas U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, who essentially takes bribes from Big Oil for selling us out to Big Oil, and who a year ago this month proclaimed that the U.S. government’s seeking to get compensation from British Petroleum for its oily debacle in the Gulf of Mexico amounted to a grossly unfair and unjust “shakedown” of the poor corporate behemoth BP?

So it’s perfectly ethical (or at least acceptable) to take tons of corporate cash in exchange for protecting the corporate criminals, no matter what devastation they cause, no matter how much they harm the public good — but a politically motivated third party’s release of risque images of an elected official amounts to a serious ethics violation? Really? Really?

“You strain the gnats from your beverages, but you swallow camels,” Jesus Christ said critically to the small-minded hypocrites of his day, the Pharisees. (Among many other things, Jesus also said to them, “Whoever among you is without sin himself should cast the first stone.”)

Nothing, really, has changed since then.

*I wrote:

I don’t really see, though, that Lee was guilty of much more than attempted infidelity and apparently being in the throes of a midlife crisis….

As reprehensible as [Lee] seems to be … it seems to me that the matter really is between Lee and his wife. And, dare I say, that he shouldn’t have had to resign over it.

As fun as it is to dog-pile upon an apparent Repugnican hypocrite (wait, that’s redundant…), my concern is that these sex scandals, aside from giving us perverse entertainment at the expense of others’ privacy, serve to preserve our national hangups over sexuality. 

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He has a promising future in porn!

Anthony Weiner

Anthony Weiner

U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) speaks ...

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U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York tearfully admits at a press conference today that he indeed sent a crotch shot of his via Twitter recently. Like we really needed the admission.

And they won’t even have to give him a fake porn-star name!

Just sayin’.

P.S. Yeah, but seriously, he should resign — for lying, if for nothing else — but he says that he won’t.

P.P.S. Here’s a shirtless pic of Weiner, courageously provided to the world by Andrew Breitbart, the Archie-Bunker-lookalike Great White Savior of Our Nation:

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OK, now that I’ve cleared the little bit of vomit from my mouth, I do have to say that Weiner, while on the thin side, is pretty toned.

But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Dudes really, really should not remove their body hair.

This should be the Eleventh Commandment.

Just sayin’.

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Enough with the sex scandals already

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Christopher Lee shirtless! No, not that one. This one:

Christopher Lee

Associated Press image (from the U.S. House of Representatives)

Don’t get me wrong; I’m happy to see any Repugnican politician bite the dust, but something feels at least somewhat wrong about the latest casualty of a sex scandal, Repugnican U.S. Rep. Christopher Lee of New York.

Lee resigned his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives today after the website Gawker revealed that he had responded to a 34-year-old woman’s personals ad on Craigslist, telling her that he is a divorced, 39-year-old lobbyist, when, in fact, he’s a 46-year-old married-with-child U.S. representative.

And, Gawker reports, he sent her these images:

Married GOP Congressman Sent Sexy Pictures to Craigslist Babe

Oops.

The woman contacted Gawker about her e-correspondence with Lee, and the rest is history.

I don’t really see, though, that Lee was guilty of much more than attempted infidelity and apparently being in the throes of a midlife crisis. I mean, lying about his age, repeatedly using “Lol” in his e-mails to his would-be mistress, posing shirtless in a mirror and flexing his biceps like a teenager — that reeks of a midlife crisis to me.

As reprehensible as he seems to be — Gawker notes that Lee’s “support for ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and vote to reject federal abortion funding suggests a certain comfort with publicly scrutinizing others’ sex lives” while his own apparently is quite interesting* — it seems to me that the matter really is between Lee and his wife. And, dare I say, that he shouldn’t have had to resign over it.

As fun as it is to dog-pile upon an apparent Repugnican hypocrite (wait, that’s redundant…), my concern is that these sex scandals, aside from giving us perverse entertainment at the expense of others’ privacy, serve to preserve our national hangups over sexuality.

Lee’s crime here isn’t that he’s a sexual being. We all are sexual beings, and sex, when used for communion, is a wonderful thing. Lee’s crime here is that he’s a liar. He apparently lies to his wife (unless they have an open relationship, which I rather doubt) and he very apparently lied to his would-be mistress. (No, it’s not OK to lie about your stats and status, even for just a Craigslist hookup.) This makes you wonder how much Lee lies in other areas of his life.

But the embarrassment of having his private e-mails and his shirtless pic released to the entire world should be punishment enough for Lee.

Again, this was an attempted extramarital dalliance, not sexual harassment while on the job or sexual assault, which of course would justify resignation from elected office.

By focusing on the salaciously scandalous aspects of Rep. Christopher Lee’s downfall, we are missing the opportunity to have national discussions about the more important human issues, such as how we can age gracefully (and not pathetically), what we can do to change our youth-obsessed culture, and whether or not monogamy really works in the first place.

Until we do have those discussions, the sex scandals will continue.

*Gawker does not get itself off of the hook for being sensationalistic by pointing to Lee’s apparent hypocrisy. I’m perfectly OK with outing — exposing a closeted (usually Repugnican) politician whose voting record has been anti-homosexual — but this is not the same thing.

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Nutmeg lies about her poll numbers

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The gubernatorial campaign of Repugnican Nutmeg Whitman put out these bogus poll numbers in an e-mail to the campaign’s supporters today, showing how much contempt Team Nutmeg has for its own supporters. (Graphic copied and pasted from the actual e-mail from the Megalomaniac Whitman campaign.)

Nutmeg Whitman is a fucking liar.

Reputable polling organizations recently have put her Democratic challenger Jerry Brown anywhere from 8 percent (a Public Policy Institute of California [PPIC] poll) to 13 percent (a Los Angeles Times/USC poll) ahead of her, with yet another recent poll (a Field Poll released yesterday) putting Brown at 10 percent ahead of Nutmeg.

It’s safe to say that Brown’s lead is in the high single digits to low double digits, yet Team Whitman sent out an e-mail today (yes, I’m on the enemy’s e-mail list) that states:

In a survey conducted by Hill Research Consultants among 604 likely voters on October 26th and 27th, the race for governor is tied 43% Whitman to 43% Brown…. In a separate McLaughlin & Associates survey conducted among 900 likely voters on October 25th, 26th and 27th (300 each night), Meg Whitman has a slight lead over Jerry Brown 44% to 43%…. This neck and neck race represents a marked improvement for Meg Whitman….

Hill Research Consultants? McLaughlin & Associates?

OK, if these poll numbers are accurate, how come no poll that wasn’t purchased by billionaire bitch Nutmeg shows a “neck and neck” gubernatorial race? Why do only the Team Nutmeg polls shows this to be the case?

Megalomaniac Whitman wanted better poll numbers and so she simply bought them.

She and her henchpeople apparently didn’t want their supporters to become dispirited and perhaps not vote, so they decided to just lie about how well Megalomaniac actually is faring against her opponent. 

With such blatant fabrications now, one must wonder what Queen Nutmeg would do were she actually to gain major political office.

But Nutmeg Whitman will find out on Tuesday that, despite her billions, the governorship of California cannot be bought.

Practice saying “California Governor Jerry Brown.”

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FOX lynches LL Cool J

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LL Cool J, photographed in November, has protested FOX “News'” attempted dishonest use of an interview that he gave in 2008 on Sarah Palin-Quayle’s new “reality” show, prompting FOX to fuck him over even further.

Fucking FOX “News.” Not content with showing video footage from other, larger wingnut protests to “report” on smaller, more recent wingnut protests, FOX now asserted that a celebrity rapper agreed to appear on Sarah Palin-Quayle’s “reality” show on FOX when he did no such fucking thing.

An interview that LL Cool J did in 2008 was slated to be used on Palin-Quayle’s show “Real American Stories,” airing tomorrow night. (If you are a Palin-Quayle or FOX “News” detractor, of course, then your story isn’t real because you are not a real American!) This gave the appearance, of course, that LL Cool J agreed to be on Palin-Quayle’s show on FOX, and prompted one wingnutty blogger to gloat that we progressives would be “shocked to find the alleged Grand Dragon of the tea-party movement making chitchat with a hip-hop legend.”

Um, Palin-Quayle still is the “tea party’s” grand dragoness, as I have called her myself because LL Cool J never agreed to be on her show. In fact, last night he Tweeted: “Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else & are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palins Show. WOW.”

Not content with having fucked over LL Cool J once, FOX responded to his protest with this statement:

“‘Real American Stories’ features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith’s interview fit that criteria. However, as it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others, we are cutting his interview from the special and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career.”

Don’t you love it when the wingnuts pretend to be nice? Since they don’t use profanity, surely every fucking word that they utter must be coming only from a place of supreme love!

Let’s see — LL Cool J, whose birth name is James Todd Smith, goes by LL Cool J. Why would FOX call him “Mr. Smith” if he doesn’t go by that name himself? Using a title of respect, “Mr.”, in order to be disrespectful — leave it to the wolves in sheep’s clothing at FOX to do that.

But wait — FOX isn’t done lynching “Mr. Smith.”

FOX brazenly wholly falsely asserts that the reason that LL Cool J doesn’t want to appear on Palin-Quayle’s show is that he “does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others.”

No, LL Cool J’s problem, clearly, is with FOX’s dishonest use of his 2008 interview footage to make it look like he was willing to be associated with she-Nazi Sarah Palin-Quayle.

I’m sure that LL Cool J has no problem whatsoever with the inspiration of others — he just doesn’t find Sarah Fucking Palin-Quayle to be an inspiration to others. Neither do the majority of Americans who voted for Barack Obama, 53 percent, to the McCainosaurus-Palin-Quayle ticket, 46 percent.

But wait, FOX still isn’t done lynching “Mr. Smith” — FOX “[wishes] him the best with his fledgling acting career.”

Do you think that FOX really wishes LL Cool J the best? Really?

And “fledgling acting career” — isn’t that taking a swipe at his foray into acting?

But FOX and FOX’s supporters LOVE the black man!

Riiiiiiight!

We’re to believe that bullshit right after they’ve just lynched yet another one.

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