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Headache in a Suitcase 06-06-2011 01:53 PM

Weiner-gate!
 
Come on... how can we not have a threat dedicated to the best named political scandal of all time?

nathan1977 06-06-2011 02:05 PM

I'm personally waiting to discuss it alongside the Boehner-gate that will inevitably follow.

Headache in a Suitcase 06-06-2011 02:13 PM

honestly though... a congressman named weiner gets caught showing his schmeckle? you couldn't write shit like that.

too bad there's no senator boobs.

nathan1977 06-06-2011 02:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Headache in a Suitcase (Post 7229887)
too bad there's no senator boobs.

If I were drinking milk, it would have just come out my nose.

bono_212 06-06-2011 03:40 PM

Someone posted the story on my facebook wall the other day with an lol after it and I'm only just now understanding why it's funny :doh:

deep 06-06-2011 03:45 PM

the whole thing was a slow train wreck from the beginning



"I can not say if that is a picture of my crotch or not" ???? :huh:



he stands a decent chance of surviving if it was only online and on the phone,
Dems don't care about pervs, they know we are all pervs,
only the GOP pretend they are not. (in public)

Irvine511 06-06-2011 04:17 PM

well, he's admitted:

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(CNN) -- A week after claiming a hacker had posted a lewd photo to his Twitter account, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner on Monday apologized for lying about the ordeal and admitting carrying on inappropriate relationships with several women he'd met online.

Weiner, a New York Democrat, said he is not resigning his seat, nor is he planning on separating from his wife. But he said he took responsibility for his actions -- both the relationships and for lying about sending photos.

"I have made terrible mistakes," Weiner told reporters. "I have not been honest with myself or my family... I should not have done this, and I should not have done this particularly when I was married.

"This was destructive," he added. "It was deeply, deeply hurtful."

Weiner claimed that he didn't believe he used any government resources while sending various photos to women he'd met online, "mostly on Facebook." The congressman claimed that he never met any of the women, with all of the relationships occuring exclusively over the Internet.

Earlier in the day, Weiner faced fresh questions with the release of two new images, including one that appears to show the New York Democrat shirtless.

The images were published on BigGovernment.com, a conservative website run by Andrew Breitbart. The site said the images were sent to an unnamed woman on May 20 via an e-mail address she claims belonged to Weiner.

Before Weiner spoke at his scheduled 4 p.m. press conference, Breitbart -- who claimed he happened to be staying at a hotel few blocks down -- unexpectedly took over the podium to challenge Weiner and the media and defend his site's story.

"This is an ongoing story, this is a compelling story," said Breitbart, bristling at reports he orchestrated the issue for political purposes and was responsible for hacking Weiner's account. "I did not like that he doubled down that this is about Breitbart."

The conversative blogger also claimed that he had, in his possession, another "X-rated" photo allegedly from Weiner that he said he wasn't releasing because he hoped "to save (Weiner's) family."

"I'd like an apology," a defiant Breitbart said. "This was his strategy, which is to blame me for hacking."

During his press conference, Weiner apologized "to everyone that I misled in the media" -- including Breitbart -- but most of all a wife.

"This was me doing a dumb thing, and doing it repeatedly, then lying about it," Weiner said.

Breitbart's website was the first to publish an incriminating photo, sent via Twitter from Weiner's account of a man's bulging underwear.

Weiner initially released written statements claiming that he was the victim of a hacker and a prank. Then, during a testy press conference, he dodged questions about whether the photo was of him and why he hadn't asked law enforcement to investigate if his account had, indeed, been compromised.

The following day, in a series of interviews, he said he could not say with "certitude" if the photograph was of him. He has also deflected recent questions from CNN, saying he's hired an attorney at the firm of Baker Hostetler to look into the matter.

Many Democrats first rallied around the liberal congressman. But members of the House Democratic leadership have talked repeatedly in recent days to try to get him to end what has become an unwelcome political distraction, a member of the party's leadership told CNN.

"It's frustrating because we'll talk to him, and say clean it up, and then he goes out and does stuff," said the member of the House Democratic leadership, who declined to speak on the record about private discussions with Weiner."

"He's got to put the period at the end of the sentence," the Democratic source said. "It's painful."

well, good that Weiner's pulled out and gotten it on off his chest.

so ... if Weiner is conducting "relationships" that are entirely online ... has he done anything wrong to anyone but his wife? and even then, if we believe him (which i kind of do, actually, at least now), is this morally wrong? it doesn't sound like he was sending unsolicited pictures to random women, as if he were the flasher on the corner ... this strikes me as dovetailing into the other discussion about people who have online affairs with other people that never involve any physical contact. is this "cheating" or is this something else? is this little more than just a more interactive style of pornography where both parties are mutually consenting to enter into a cyber fantasy with one another?

do we care? should we care?

kramwest1 06-06-2011 04:19 PM

It's the lying. He should step down.

It's a safe Dem seat, so no net loss other than a great, but flawed Congressman.

kellyahern 06-06-2011 04:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Headache in a Suitcase (Post 7229887)
honestly though... a congressman named weiner gets caught showing his schmeckle? you couldn't write shit like that.

too bad there's no senator boobs.

Chris Matthews just shouting, "We'll be back with this incredible Weiner story!" on MSNBC was quite funny. :hmm:

deep 06-06-2011 04:39 PM

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Originally Posted by kramwest1 (Post 7230008)
It's the lying. He should step down.

It's a safe Dem seat, so no net loss other than a great, but flawed Congressman.

for me, it's a question of such poor, poor judgement
and also, his credibility will always be suspect.

I really don't use twitter of facebook, (I have accounts, so I can view content, when necessary) I also carefully weigh my emails, because I know they can be forwarded to anyone and everyone.

corianderstem 06-06-2011 04:41 PM

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Originally Posted by deep (Post 7230035)
for me, it's a question of such poor, poor judgement

This. How stupid do you have to be to do something like that as a public figure (who's not just another shitty celebrity looking for more publicity)?

deep 06-06-2011 04:45 PM

just another guy. looking for a blow job.

cobl04 06-06-2011 04:48 PM

He took IT out.

deep 06-06-2011 04:54 PM

I hope IT

means Internet Tech

and not

Weiner: There Was No Hacking, It Was My Penis, and I'm Not Resigning --

Irvine511 06-06-2011 05:00 PM

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Originally Posted by deep (Post 7230044)
just another guy. looking for a blow job.



my guess is he was just looking to masturbate via cybersex chat.

he also said:

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"This was a very dumb thing to do," he acknowledged. "If you're looking for some deep explanation for what I did, I don't have one."
that's probably true. testosterone is a powerful thing. so is technology. you best understand how the two of them work if you're going to mix them.

idiot.

after this, Arnold, and DSK, really not a good month for straight men, is it?

deep 06-06-2011 05:02 PM

https://fastcache.gawkerassets.com/as...11/05/huma.jpg

Bohner and Wiener
share a Huma

kramwest1 06-06-2011 05:05 PM

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Originally Posted by deep (Post 7230086)

OMG, please someone photoshop that into an Eiffel Tower.

:lol:

Canadiens1131 06-06-2011 05:35 PM

Too bad, he was a good speaker, and was priceless dealing with Fox News bimbos like Megyan Kelly in interviews, throwing their own BS back at them.

Ah well, still turned out to be an asshole like most in government.

Irvine511 06-06-2011 06:00 PM

i do wonder about the role of all this and whether it should matter or not.

yes, it's crappy that Arnold fathered god knows how many children out of wedlock.

this is stupid and gross.

these are all distinct from, say, sexual assault or rape (hello, DSK) which are crimes.



but is it all that much of a stretch to think that assholes are also probably going to be the kind of people who seek political power and just might be very effective at wielding said power? would JFK have even made it past his first term as a Senator today? would that be a good thing? would it have been a good thing if Clinton had resigned over Gennifer Flowers or Monica Lewinsky?

it doesn't surprise me at all that, men in positions of power have the chance to exercise their libidos in a way most regular men do not because women are attracted to men in positions of power. are we riding ourselves of people who might be capable leaders because they have sex outside their marriages?

we can talk about how stupid this is, sure, and i don't Twitter myself, but he meant to send this privately and not post it publicly. had that not happened, we'd never know about this. are we better for knowing about it? is he less of an effective politician because he pressed the wrong button?

hell, my mother can't even turn on her DVD player. does that mean she's "stupid"?

these are just thoughts, not statements. anyway ...

corianderstem 06-06-2011 06:15 PM

I think someone who is in a position of some power should know to be more careful and/or more knowledgeable about technology and how easy it is to "hit a wrong button" or to make the mistake of trusting someone not to share something that was meant to be private.

Maybe "naive" is more accurate than "stupid." But these days, considering how many things intended to be private get exposed (har har), you'd think that people in any sort of power would think a bit more before doing something like that, private intentions or not.

I could just go for the easy joke and accuse him of being just another person who thinks with their genitals. ;)


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