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Today’s Rant: My Rep. Weiner Wrap-up

I’m tired of Weinergate. Much as I grew weary of Monicagate, enough is enough.

In the footsteps of his mentor, Mr. Weiner has compounded his original offenses with lie piled upon lie, topped off with an evil and desperate political/PR strategy.

Being older, sending lewd photos strikes me as sick, but it, along with ‘phone sex’ and ‘sexting’ seems all the current rage. OK. Maybe if I was 30 years younger, I’d be more accepting; who knows, perhaps I’d even be joining in the fun, but I kind of doubt it.

As much as a lot of the current popular culture actions leave me cold (the near obsession with multi-tasking cellphones, texting, body art, etc) I acknowledge being an old fogey. Lord knows, the things my generation popularized certainly drove my folks’s generation up the wall as well. I get it. And I appreciate and make use of much of today’s technology; I’m not a Luddite, more of an early-adopter actually; when it makes sense for the way I live my life.

So, while I can put up with grown men appearing on national TV sporting a three day growth of stubble (yeah, it’s fashionable, but looks sloppy to me; go shave!), or young people with jewelry dangling from odd places on their face or body, or folks awash in tattoo ink, I get it, I’m older and it simply doesn’t appeal to me. So, my folks thought John, Paul, George and Ringo needed haircuts and wore funny suits. Fine.

What I can’t condone, put up with or understand, are the lies and the hypocrisy. Using your political marriage (yes, I said it. Why else have Billy Clinton officiate? I can hear it now..’by the power vested in me by the State of Adultery, I now pronounce you man & wife’.) as a defense, sucks. Lying your butt off, adroitly and on international television, for days on end, before ‘fessing up (more of a ‘modified, limited hang-out’, if you remember the phrase from the Richard Nixon Watergate era), sucks. Only when compelled by overwhelming evidence, much as your mentor (remember Monica’s little blue DNA-drenched dress?) really sucks. And, frosting on cake, using the pending arrival of a beautiful, new, innocent life as a defense, double-sucks. The ‘I’m gonna get counseling’ crap, triple-sucks.

I’m really not a nasty person, and I’ve been Commanded not to judge others, but I’d think more of Mr. Weiner if he abandoned public life entirely and spent his remaining days trying to make it all up to his wife and child. And threw away his cellphone. Permanently.

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  1. Excellent post, mriggio. The most important issue (setting the moral relativism of the Left aside) is “The Lie.” They lie, and how dare we question them on it!

    No accountability, no responsibility. His only concern (and theirs), is that he got caught. And I am cynical enough to believe that the out of the blue announcement that his wife is expecting may be a ploy for sympathy. God Bless the new life if I am wrong, but no matter what, Mr. Weiner is one sick man–because believing that it is “normal” or even “average” for a guy 20+ yrs older than these young women, to be explicitly talking and exposing himself – in the way and extent that he did, is beyond, I think, reasonable belief.

    Sincerely, another soul from a different generation. 🙂

    • Hi Lady P, and thanks! Yes, it’s the bare-faced lying that makes me want to upchuck, along with the (largely understated) reaction of his colleagues to the lying; much worse than the original photographic silliness.

      I always appreciate hearing from you! Cheers!

  2. Mark: What I like about your rant today is your acknowledgement that we are all human, we were all kids once, and it is all a learning and growing up process, but that, hey, at some point you DO have to grow up. We have, hopefully, a lifetime after we grow up to assess whether our foibles and forays were truly awful or just variations of the rite-of-passage scheme of life. At 47, or however old he is, that process should have been well under way.

    • Hi bobmontgomery! Even at age 62, I screw up daily, but I’ve mostly learned that trying to lie out of it doesn’t work, be you a simple citizen or an esteemed congressman. I hope Mr. Weiner picks up on that fact before his child learns from him how not to do things.

  3. Senator Mark Kirk was on the radio this morning* and made the comment that I think fits this best. There’s a LOT of important things occurring in this world right now, and we’re just too distracted by the bad behavior of this congressman. He should resign soon, but even if he doesn’t there are more important things to focus on. We have an economy in shambles, high unemployment, Iran building Nukes, the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, turmoil in most of the rest of the middle east, and what is the press focused on? Weiner’s wiener.

    *Here’s the audio of this morning’s interview. One thing that Kirk’s doing is starting a regular session with this radio program. Once a month on the 2nd Monday morning, he will call into this radio show. I think this is an excellent idea and I hope he’s also making a similar arrangement with other radio stations. And just to give the radio station full credit, here’s their home page. https://www.1470wmbd.com

    • Hey Brian! This is one of the things that Mr. Kirk is doing right; his insights on national security are invaluable also. Although I supported him in the general, my hopes weren’t too high, but he’s doing fair-to middling so far. Cheers!

  4. Still, still something about this whole situation(we dont know the whole thing yet — there may be yet a bevy of 16 and 17 yr olds yet to come forward besides the one we know about), I knew something was way off balanced here when both men and women I respect started saying, “why didnt he just get a prosititute like Spitzer, [still way wrong and possibly illegal] but *it would have made more sense*.” And though I couldn’t explain that rationally to myself, it did seem in the gut to make more sense or be more explicable to his constitutents. Now is this getting weird or what?! Which means Weiner is way out there with this one with some kind of *mental instability* feeding into this really bad behavior. This is a guy we give a high security clearance to,by virtue of his office to listen in on national security briefings , hear secrets of stat,eand vote on defense spending? Ever heard of the honey trap Mr Weiner? You may already be in one anyway.

  5. The Wheel of Justice is extremely large, and turns very slowly, but it grinds mighty fine.

    Just think, except for that one tiny little slip of the finger, turning a private message into a public tweet, this would all still be a secret and Weiner would be a highly respected (by Democrats) member of the Democratic Party, attacking Republicans on the Sunday talk shows and planning his term as Mayor of NY.

    Just one tiny little letter on a tiny little keyboard…

    • Great point Queen! This has got to be something that gives The Enemy© night-sweats, that just one teeny-tiny boo-boo and the whole house of cards comes tumblin’ down! Thank goodness the guy’s fumble-fingered! Cheers!

  6. Well done Mark, well done!

    We’re going to have to meet sometime, just so you can reconcile yourself to being allies with one of those “people with jewelry dangling from odd places on their face or body, or folks awash in tattoo ink” LOL, it will be a learning experience for both of us! I not only sport tattoos covering both arms and most of the rest of my body but I am a tattoo artist by trade. Can you believe I’m pushing 50? Most don’t, and many take me for an Obama acolyte at first glance. The beauty of conservatives is that after a few seconds of listening to my response to that accusation is their acceptance of me, no matter how I look. It may be the Infantry influenced profanity but not completely. If you ever think about adding a little body art let me know! I’ve done work for some of the Conservative Movement’s finest! We could hide a “Don’t Tread on Me” rattlesnake high up on your shoulder and only we would know!!

    LOL, thanks for the time you spent on your dispatch, I enjoyed it!

    • Hi nessa! First of all, from an old ex-fly-boy, a sincere thank you for your service to our country. Second, I’ve enjoyed & appreciated your writing for a long time now, so there ain’t no reconciliation needed; we’re brothers. Lastly, the body-art thing is just my own peculiarity; you should see my kids! I could buy a new GoldWing with what they’ve invested in their various decorations, and I love them to death. I just accept the fact that God made me this ugly, no sense trying to improve on it, but I’d never again make the mistake of forming an opinion of someone else based on their appearance, been there, done that, got burned in the process! Who knows, if our paths cross, maybe I’ll take you up on your kind offer, I dig the DTOM rattlesnake. Cheers!

  7. I’m stunned that the comments outnumber the words you wrote, That’s significant. You touched a chord. We share some of the same generation and yes, my first inclination is these are the actions of one seriously worried about his inadequacies.

    Let’s all pray that he will be removed of these insecurities, and that the American people will be removed of him.

    Great piece.

    • Hi Mr. B! Yes, I’m surprised as well; our fine contributors have fleshed out my rant better than I ever could.

      Isn’t it odd that some folks with weird proclivities gravitate towards public service? I bet there’s a PhD dissertation hidden somewhere in that question.

      Always love hearing from you. Cheers!

  8. Yea, just like Clinton. It wasn’t the offense that was so awful. It was the lies, and is the lies, and attempted cover up afterwards that is so damning and telling of one’s personal character.

    You make a mistake. We all do. But don’t try and lie your way out of it. It never works.

  1. Excellent post, mriggio. The most important issue (setting the moral relativism of the Left aside) is “The Lie.” They lie, and how dare we question them on it!

    No accountability, no responsibility. His only concern (and theirs), is that he got caught. And I am cynical enough to believe that the out of the blue announcement that his wife is expecting may be a ploy for sympathy. God Bless the new life if I am wrong, but no matter what, Mr. Weiner is one sick man–because believing that it is “normal” or even “average” for a guy 20+ yrs older than these young women, to be explicitly talking and exposing himself – in the way and extent that he did, is beyond, I think, reasonable belief.

    Sincerely, another soul from a different generation. 🙂

    • Hi Lady P, and thanks! Yes, it’s the bare-faced lying that makes me want to upchuck, along with the (largely understated) reaction of his colleagues to the lying; much worse than the original photographic silliness.

      I always appreciate hearing from you! Cheers!

  2. Mark: What I like about your rant today is your acknowledgement that we are all human, we were all kids once, and it is all a learning and growing up process, but that, hey, at some point you DO have to grow up. We have, hopefully, a lifetime after we grow up to assess whether our foibles and forays were truly awful or just variations of the rite-of-passage scheme of life. At 47, or however old he is, that process should have been well under way.

    • Hi bobmontgomery! Even at age 62, I screw up daily, but I’ve mostly learned that trying to lie out of it doesn’t work, be you a simple citizen or an esteemed congressman. I hope Mr. Weiner picks up on that fact before his child learns from him how not to do things.

  3. Senator Mark Kirk was on the radio this morning* and made the comment that I think fits this best. There’s a LOT of important things occurring in this world right now, and we’re just too distracted by the bad behavior of this congressman. He should resign soon, but even if he doesn’t there are more important things to focus on. We have an economy in shambles, high unemployment, Iran building Nukes, the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, turmoil in most of the rest of the middle east, and what is the press focused on? Weiner’s wiener.

    *Here’s the audio of this morning’s interview. One thing that Kirk’s doing is starting a regular session with this radio program. Once a month on the 2nd Monday morning, he will call into this radio show. I think this is an excellent idea and I hope he’s also making a similar arrangement with other radio stations. And just to give the radio station full credit, here’s their home page. https://www.1470wmbd.com

    • Hey Brian! This is one of the things that Mr. Kirk is doing right; his insights on national security are invaluable also. Although I supported him in the general, my hopes weren’t too high, but he’s doing fair-to middling so far. Cheers!

  4. Still, still something about this whole situation(we dont know the whole thing yet — there may be yet a bevy of 16 and 17 yr olds yet to come forward besides the one we know about), I knew something was way off balanced here when both men and women I respect started saying, “why didnt he just get a prosititute like Spitzer, [still way wrong and possibly illegal] but *it would have made more sense*.” And though I couldn’t explain that rationally to myself, it did seem in the gut to make more sense or be more explicable to his constitutents. Now is this getting weird or what?! Which means Weiner is way out there with this one with some kind of *mental instability* feeding into this really bad behavior. This is a guy we give a high security clearance to,by virtue of his office to listen in on national security briefings , hear secrets of stat,eand vote on defense spending? Ever heard of the honey trap Mr Weiner? You may already be in one anyway.

  5. The Wheel of Justice is extremely large, and turns very slowly, but it grinds mighty fine.

    Just think, except for that one tiny little slip of the finger, turning a private message into a public tweet, this would all still be a secret and Weiner would be a highly respected (by Democrats) member of the Democratic Party, attacking Republicans on the Sunday talk shows and planning his term as Mayor of NY.

    Just one tiny little letter on a tiny little keyboard…

    • Great point Queen! This has got to be something that gives The Enemy© night-sweats, that just one teeny-tiny boo-boo and the whole house of cards comes tumblin’ down! Thank goodness the guy’s fumble-fingered! Cheers!

  6. Well done Mark, well done!

    We’re going to have to meet sometime, just so you can reconcile yourself to being allies with one of those “people with jewelry dangling from odd places on their face or body, or folks awash in tattoo ink” LOL, it will be a learning experience for both of us! I not only sport tattoos covering both arms and most of the rest of my body but I am a tattoo artist by trade. Can you believe I’m pushing 50? Most don’t, and many take me for an Obama acolyte at first glance. The beauty of conservatives is that after a few seconds of listening to my response to that accusation is their acceptance of me, no matter how I look. It may be the Infantry influenced profanity but not completely. If you ever think about adding a little body art let me know! I’ve done work for some of the Conservative Movement’s finest! We could hide a “Don’t Tread on Me” rattlesnake high up on your shoulder and only we would know!!

    LOL, thanks for the time you spent on your dispatch, I enjoyed it!

    • Hi nessa! First of all, from an old ex-fly-boy, a sincere thank you for your service to our country. Second, I’ve enjoyed & appreciated your writing for a long time now, so there ain’t no reconciliation needed; we’re brothers. Lastly, the body-art thing is just my own peculiarity; you should see my kids! I could buy a new GoldWing with what they’ve invested in their various decorations, and I love them to death. I just accept the fact that God made me this ugly, no sense trying to improve on it, but I’d never again make the mistake of forming an opinion of someone else based on their appearance, been there, done that, got burned in the process! Who knows, if our paths cross, maybe I’ll take you up on your kind offer, I dig the DTOM rattlesnake. Cheers!

  7. I’m stunned that the comments outnumber the words you wrote, That’s significant. You touched a chord. We share some of the same generation and yes, my first inclination is these are the actions of one seriously worried about his inadequacies.

    Let’s all pray that he will be removed of these insecurities, and that the American people will be removed of him.

    Great piece.

    • Hi Mr. B! Yes, I’m surprised as well; our fine contributors have fleshed out my rant better than I ever could.

      Isn’t it odd that some folks with weird proclivities gravitate towards public service? I bet there’s a PhD dissertation hidden somewhere in that question.

      Always love hearing from you. Cheers!

  8. Yea, just like Clinton. It wasn’t the offense that was so awful. It was the lies, and is the lies, and attempted cover up afterwards that is so damning and telling of one’s personal character.

    You make a mistake. We all do. But don’t try and lie your way out of it. It never works.

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