Posts tagged ‘anthony weiner’

June 13, 2011

Democrats In Self-Destruct Mode Over Weiner’s Weiner

by Ben Hoffman

Sure, Anthony Weiner did a dumb thing by sending out photos of himself in his underwear, but the media — including that ultra-liberal rag, the New York Times, as well as the Washington Post — are making it seem like some kind of crime has been committed. It would be hard to honestly make the claim that some kind of ethics code has been breached.

But now, high ranking Democrats such as Nancy Peloci and Debbie Wasserman are calling for Weiner’s resignation. And that illustrates the problem with the Democratic Party. (Yes, it’s called the “Democratic Party,” not the “Democrat Party” as right-wingers would have you believe.

People like team players. Until there is a serious breach of integrity or crime, we want to see our team working together for the good of the country, not haggling over some little emails that don’t affect our country one iota.

Anthony Weiner hurt his family and his own reputation, but that’s not our problem. It’s time to move on with more important issues like job creation and the national debt and deficits. Peloci and Wasserman are doing more harm than anything by calling for Weiner’s resignation.

June 8, 2011

Why Did Anthony Weiner Do What He Did?

by Ben Hoffman

Psychology is a fascinating subject, mainly because it involves trying to understand why people do what they do — especially when they do weird stuff. The term “weird stuff” is scientific term meaning ‘actions outside the accepted sociological norm.’

Why did Anthony Wiener send out those “provocative” photos of himself and engage in online sexual communications?
Well, just look at the guy. He’s a wimpy, nerdy looking guy who was probably picked on all through school. On top of his appearance, he has a funny surname, which undoubtedly provided more fodder for adolescent humor.

Most people with those things going against them wouldn’t get into politics, but he did, and has been successful. In the House, he hasn’t become just another Representative going with the flow. He has become a high-profile politician who speaks out on the House floor and regularly appears on TV news programs. He now has power over those who mocked and humiliated him earlier in his life, and with power comes corruption.

Perhaps there remains a bit of insecurity. Obviously, the guy works out a lot, but he still looks like a skinny little wimp when he wears a suit. That might explain for the need to expose himself though revealing photographs.

It’s an embarrassing situation for Weiner and his family. He should have just admitted that he screwed up and it might have just blown over. It’s really no big deal. Nobody got hurt. Sure he lied about it, but so what? George W. Bush lied us into war and didn’t have to resign. And that lie cost 100s of thousands of lives and about three trillion dollars.

July 29, 2010

Republicans Deny Health Coverage For 9/11 Responders

by Ben Hoffman

This is the summary of the bill Republicans are blocking in the House:

Official Summary
2/4/2009–Introduced.James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009 – Amends the Public Health Service Act to establish within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health the World Trade Center Health Program (WTC program) to provide:
(1) medical monitoring and treatment benefits to eligible emergency responders and recovery and cleanup workers who responded to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001; and
(2) initial health evaluation, monitoring, and treatment benefits to residents and other building occupants and area workers who were directly impacted and adversely affected by such attacks. Requires the WTC program administrator to:
(1) implement a quality assurance program;
(2) establish the WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee;
(3) establish the WTC Responders Steering Committee and the WTC Community Program Steering Committee;
(4) provide for education and outreach on services under the WTC program;
(5) provide for the uniform collection of data related to WTC-related health conditions;
(6) conduct research on physical and mental health conditions that may be related to the September 11 terrorist attacks; and
(7) extend and expand arrangements with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide for the World Trade Center Health Registry. Authorizes the administrator to make grants to the Department to address mental health needs relating to the terrorist attacks.Amends the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act to:
(1) make individuals eligible for compensation under the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 for harm as a result of debris removal; and
(2) extend the deadline for making a claim for compensation.

Republicans are scum. Right-wingers live in a bizarro world where they’re told to believe that making health insurance affordable is a bad thing, where regulating the banks that brought down our economy is a bad thing, where providing funding for rebuilding our country’s infrastructure is a bad thing, where repealing tax cuts for the uber-wealthy is a bad thing, and now I guess right-wingers are being told to believe that helping the responders to 9/11 is a bad thing.

Anthony Weiner had this great response: