Weiner: He’s Not Stupid, He Just Likes Showing His Hot Links

Anthony Weiner was stupid. Anthony Weiner displayed the critical thinking skills of your average tree stump. Anthony Weiner embarrassed himself, his wife, and Congress – at least to the extent you can embarrass a den of thieves and charlatans. Heck, Mom and Daddy Big Weiner probably should’ve thought seriously about aname change to save their son a lifetime of tedious jokes too. But then, the millions of people who dingle their dangly bits in front of any convenient cell phone camera are stupid too.

Absent violating the law,what a person does in the privacy of their own photo booth is no concern of mine, or yours either. The famous and powerful may not put their pants on one leg at a time, but they still share some of the same foibles as the rest of the Great Unwashed. For example, extreme pride of your junk and wanting the world to see just how wonderful it truly is.

Americans expect their rich and famous to be clay-footed. We take delight – or sometimes faux sanctimonious objection – to their self-destructive behavior. It’s what keeps NASCAR growing – a car crash is an awful thing, but it’s damn sure interesting.

When a Dick is Really a Weiner
But mixed into those America’s Funniest Home Video-style crotch shots we harbor a mixed standard for celebrity behavior. The only difference between how the Honorable Mr. Weiner behaved and how “actor” Andy Dick behaves is occupation. When Dick shows his dick it’s sort of funny in that, “Look, that lunatic goob is at it again” way. When Weiner waves his Weiner, it’s a travesty of the first order, demanding resignation, eternal ridicule, and the opportunity to return to private life where he can waggle his Weiner or patronize Heidi Fleiss and no one would be the wiser.

That’s not to say I always give them a free pass. If the amateur photo enthusiast loudly preaches the opposite of what he doth practice, I assume he’s fair game for charges of hypocrisy and an extra spoonful of castor oil for his trouble. But that doesn’t mean I’m for firing them. Ted Haggard, Larry Craig, Newt Gingrich, I’m talkin’ to you!

But if a little hanky panky is grounds for a Sharia-style stoning, we wouldn’t be able to raise a quorum in Congress or scrape enough tattooed thugs together for a pickup game in any NBA arena or NFL stadium in the country.

An assessment of their critical thinking skills is in order too. Getting a BJ under the Oval Office desk while fantasizing an S&M session with Angela Merkel and simultaneously negotiating a nuclear treaty probably is critical thinking gone intolerably awry. Getting a BJ under the desk while on a coffee break and there are no wars breaking out or financial collapses du jour, not so much.

And that stupidity thing?

They Got Elected Didn’t They?
Most of these pervs are nothing if not smart in their own way. They managed to get elected didn’t they? They know the consequences and carry on anyway. I don’t agree with the conventional analyst couch wisdom that they secretly want to be caught either. I think they do it because they spend all day with dozens of people telling them how wonderful and powerful they are and that anything is possible with only a Caesar’s slight thumbs down toward the losing gladiator.

They do it because of hubris. Their already significant egos become more grotesque the longer they listen to their own puffery. A few years of that and most of us would develop the mistaken impression we could will Tweets invisible, erase video tape, or lie ourselves out of a pinch like some new X-Man.

Remember, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones – but breaking some glass will be the least of your worries.

Especially, if the stone bounces off some high and mighty’s head and smacks you square between the eyes.

Cross posted at The Omnipotent Poobah Speaks!




Kudlow: You Can Hug and We Won’t Ask, If You Don’t Tell

First, it was the terrorist fist bump between the POTUS and FLOTUS. Then came that scandalous bow to the Saudi King. Now, we have the bro hug between Rahm Emanuel and Obama. Could these complaints GET any dumber? It’s like a freakin’ dispute over flag pins … on steroids.

CNBC goob, Larry “Loud Suit” Kudlow, has found it inexcusable that the two shared a hug when Emanuel left the White House. His complaint was that the hug was somehow unpresidential – unlike the double-cheeked smooches every other potentate in the world unloads onto a shocked worldwide audience.

Was it as unpresidential as the time the Pretzel Choker-in-Chief locked himself in a room during a trip to China and then mugged it up for the cameras? Or, how about the time he gave the unwanted back rub to Angela Merkel or carried on discussions with his willing dupe, Tony Blair, while open-mouthed chomping a dinner roll in a blizzard of French bread crumbs? Bush had the manners of a cowboy – a cowboy born in a barn in a cradle of horse apples at that. I heard rumors he farted at state dinners and followed up with the old, “the one who smelled it, dealt it” gambit too.

Remember folks, you heard it here first.

Now I know that Big Screaming Heads like Kudlow aren’t subject to the same stringent rules under which Presidents labor. If they were, the markets would collapse every time they screamed their inane “financial” analysis over top of every guest the crapweasels host.

Hey, wait a minute! They did collapse! KUDLOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW!

As long as we’re going with the insulting stupid, what about Kudlow’s clothes? Bravo needs to reprise an episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy to get the sartorially challenged asscake some help. Those horizontal striped ties go so well with his Mafioso striped suits. He looks like a damn TV test pattern.

Have you seen him in HD? It’s a truly frightening experience in the same way IMAX theatres make people bilious.

Kudlow, it’s time for you to learn to luv the hug. It’s time for you to troop over and visit that other offensive CNBC jackwad, Jim Cramer.

Here’s my boffo idea for ending each segment. When Cramer stops his crack-induced diatribes, and after he’s shut off the bull grunts, bear growls, cowbells, and explosions – hug him. Just a little. Maybe a hug combined with a manly handshake or perhaps an NFL-style butt grab. Then, glory in it. Feel the freedom? Feel the tender moment of true friendship? It’s OK even if you feel a little wood – a twig really, nothing ostentatious that would clash with your suit.

If you try it just once, I know you’ll like it.

Then again, humanity isn’t your game, is it?

Cross posted at The Omnipotent Poobah Speaks!

Blair's Bid to Be EU President Failing

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's bid to become the first sitting President of the European President has collapsed finding little support among the European centre-right nor the left. The leftist view is perhaps best articulated by Luxembourg's Foreign Minister, Jean Asselborn, who noted that "Now in the United States, Obama is the president, it is no more Mr Bush. We have a new treaty, we have to reset Europe and we need to start with some new ideas. There is and will remain a link for the next generation between Iraq, Bush and Tony Blair." As a Fabian Socialist, I have never been more disappointed in a leader than in Tony Blair. I would describe his tenure in government as simply catastrophic.

Still it is the lack of support for Blair among the centre-right governments that is sinking his candidacy. Neither France's Nicolas Sarkozy nor Germany's Angela Merkel are terribly enthusiastic. His biggest backer is the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. That's a kiss of death right there.

Still it is the emergence of Angela Merkel as Europe's most powerful leader that likely sunk Blair's candidacy even if one discounts that fact that Blair's past really sunk Blair's future. From the UK Guardian:

Merkel takes the view, said a European source, that the president could be an obscure figure from a small country since he or she would represent 500 million Europeans and the world's biggest economy. The rest of the world would have to listen to him or her. German analysts interpreted that as an anti-Blair statement.

Merkel is said to like Blair personally, but privately she has been candid about her reservations - Blair's record on the Iraq war and the fact that Britain is outside the single currency eurozone and the passport-free Schengen system. Britain's detachment from mainstream Europe also widens under the Lisbon treaty because of the opt-outs it negotiated.

Merkel is clearly the strongest leader in Europe and arguably the canniest. Low-profile, cautious, inscrutable, Merkel had refused to be drawn publicly on the merits of Blair. But unlike the French and the British, the Germans have never been proponents of a strong presidential figure at the head of the EU. There is no German candidate for the post, either.

While Gordon Brown lobbied loudly for Blair, disclosing that he had spoken to his former rival earlier this week, Merkel may have been listened to more attentively as the disinterested referee.

She maintained her cool and declined to be drawn. The Lisbon treaty creating the post of president of the European council still awaits a final signature, that of the Czech Republic's president, Vaclav Klaus, the union's biggest Eurosceptic.

Until that signature has been scribbled, Merkel made clear, she would not divulge her favoured contenders. "First I'd like all countries to conclude the ratification process. We're progressing slowly here. But I'm optimistic we'll succeed."

There would be no discussion of personnel, she added, until the Klaus blocking had been lifted. But senior Christian democratic figures in Brussels declared that Blair's chances were fading fast. His political "family", the socialists, many of whom oppose Blair in any case, also said they were striking a deal with the European People's party - in which Merkel's Christian Democratic Union is the main force - to divide the two jobs between them.

Right now look for one of this trio to emerge as the EU's first President: Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg, former President Vaira Vike-Freiberga of Latvia or the current President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves. Whatever "socialist" roots or credentials Blair may have had once, they have long been truncated by his immoral role as Bush's acolyte. With 20 of the EU's 27 governments in the hands of the centre-right, it was  a long shot for Blair to begin with but to believe that he would gather support from the left was utterly delusional.

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This Week With 'The Presumptive Democratic Nominee' Barack Obama, July 20-26, 2008

I would post this here, but the diary is too engrossed with slideshows and it is not easy to post this stuff here.

I attempted but got confused on the slideshows.  It would be helpful if this site is updated for current html coding and tagging.

So here is the link. Enjoy.

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New tunes and shifting transatlantic fronts on Iran

When asked by The Financial Times to comment on the Bush administration's recent 24/7 no-holds-barred saber rattling, Admiral William Fallon, head of CENTCOM, made clear that an attack on Iran was not "in the offing."

"Getting Iranian behavior to change and finding ways to get them to come to their senses and do that is the real objective. Attacking them as a means to get to that spot strikes me as being not the first choice in my book ... None of this is helped by the continuing stories that just keep going around and around and around that any day now there will be another war which is just not where we want to go ... It astounds me that so many pundits and others are spending so much time yakking about this topic."

Well, I'd say the admiral should take his astonishment to Number One Observatory Circle; I'm sure he can have himself informed there. Yet Admiral Fallon is no third-row analyst tasked to take sunk pawns from the board when the O-10s are playing Battleships with the SecNav. His valuation carries weight. The more so as it ties in with other prominent brass-hats declaring against Dick Cheney's pet project, and President Bush himself striking up shawm sounds with regard to Iran when talking to Germany's Angela Merkel this weekend. Leaves one to wonder what to make of this sudden change of tune.

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