When I sat down to write this blog, my original intention was to use the current Anthony Weiner episode as a cautionary tale to discuss the potential dangers of social media. In the writing, though, it sort of turned into more of a political rant. I apologize to my left-leaning friends and readers for that. But it is what it is.
I don't know much about Anthony Weiner other than he's a far-left hysteric with a last name funnier than mine.
He's an appointed hit man for the far left; whether that's self appointed or a tool of Pelosi and other leadership of the uber-left. He's one of the mouthpieces that can be counted on to be trotted out to respond to whatever the most recent conservative affront to runaway big government might be.
One of his more notable appearances in the national spotlight was when he decided to call out Glenn Beck for urging people to buy gold as a hedge against inflation. He claimed that because a gold-investment company was a sponsor of Beck's radio and Fox News TV show, Beck was somehow bilking his viewers and listeners by suggesting they buy gold.
That great newsman of our day, Keith Olbermann, MSNBC's top "news" anchor at the time, drew on his vast knowledge of National League batting averages to piously intone "For about three years the relationship between Glenn Beck and company Goldline International has been profitable for everybody except the viewers and listeners."
This was roughly a year ago when gold was at about $1,200 an ounce. Today it's at $1,545 an ounce. If you do the math, you will find that's roughly a 30% gain in about 11 months.
If you count back the three years Olbermann references, gold was at about $650 an ounce in June of 2007. How can nearly doubling your investment in three years be characterized as not profitable?
He then went on to interview Weiner who peddled the same claptrap.
Weiner had staged a news conference earlier making the same wild accusations.
The takeaway was that Beck clearly scammed his audience. Should I have been so lucky to be a victim.
I'm no hedge fund manager; I'm not even all that good at math; and I certainly can't tell you who won the 1967 World Series; but if you bought something for $650 four years ago and it's worth $1,545 today, wouldn't that be more? Sounds like a lot more to me, but then I'm not a sportscaster; so what do I know.
But I digress....
The point is, Weiner is somewhat of a star in the Democrat party. Before this little dust-up regarding texting photos of his junk to young women he evidently met online and then lamely lying to cover it up, he even had aspirations to run for mayor of New York City.
My question is, with his high-profile position among the far-left and his goal to run for mayor of New York, why would he be so stupid as to actually take a photo of his junk and store it on his phone?
Forget about stupidly sending it to someone he didn't even know; just having it wasn't simply a lapse in judgment, but colossally stupid.
The lamestream media has made much more out of Sarah Palin's statements regarding Paul Revere (despite the fact that her history is basically accurate) than it has over Weiner's not only being outed as a perve, but a remarkably stupid one.
I'll leave it up to Weiner's party and his constituents as to whether he should leave office. If the voters in New York's 9th Congressional District want this clown representing them and the Dems want him center stage, more power to all of them, I say.
Like much of America, I'm just hanging on for 2012.