I do not care if Representative Anthony Weiner sends a fully nude photo to anyone he wants to (Politics, Editor's Note, June 9th issue). What I care about is the media storm that was created by his actions and his lies and the resulting distractions from conducting the peoples' business.
The congressman should resign and let the governor appoint a replacement. If he wants to run again in the next election cycle, that's up to him, but we do not need this kind of garbage cluttering the news when there are so many other things toward which we should be turning our attention.
If Weiner had done this while working in the private sector, he would already be applying for unemployment benefits. He needs some counseling and some time off. Perhaps, after that, he will have matured enough to be electable again.
Weiner said that he "panicked," then he said that he had been "hacked." There is no room for panicked reactions when you represent the people. Sorry, congressman, but liberal Democrats need to be able to count on the stability of their contemporaries.
In May, the Centers for Disease Control posted a blog on their website, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse." While their warning was a joke, America's democratic process is currently being invaded, not by undercover communists nor sneaky socialists but by political zombies. Anyone could be a one: your father, a favorite uncle, a co-worker, or even your best friend. The outbreak is not limited to Democrats or Republicans, conservatives or liberals. Zombies cross the political spectrum.
In movies, they are portrayed as people lacking self awareness, not having individual judgment, and appear to have been hypnotized. Political zombies show similar symptoms. Instead of forming their own beliefs, these zombies simply repeat campaign talking points and forward mass emails written by anonymous authors and funded by unknown companies. Hypnotized by hours of propaganda, political zombies walk around quoting radio and television entertainers as authorities.
As the presidential election gets closer, we need to prepare for the approaching "Political Zombie Apocalypse." To avoid contamination, concentrate on actual newscasts and steer clear of hypnotizing opinion programs. Either block zombies who forward viral emails whose origins cannot be traced. Fight for self-awareness and focus on forming your own political point of view. Don't become a political zombie.
Brandon Chase Goldsmith
Randy Haspel's Rant (June 9th issue) laid out the lineup of nobodies running for the GOP presidential nomination. So many lightweights are actually in the running based solely on their appeal to the rabid Tea Party base. Michelle Bachmann is laughable, as Haspel points out, but the queen remains the queen, namely Sarah Palin.
Her bus tour around American historic sites is the comedy hit of the summer, so far. Her recasting of the ride of Paul Revere as a mission to warn the British with bells and gunshots is only topped by her subsequent denial that she'd gotten it wrong.
I'm with Haspel. I hope Palin, Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum — the whole loony crew — spend the next year trying to outdo each other in appealing to the anti-science, anti-government, anti-Medicare, pro-creationist, Obama's-a-Kenyan wing that has come to represent the modern GOP. After the American people watch six months of primaries featuring that crowd, the party will get what it so richly deserves in 2012 — a total shellacking.
The USDA's new "MyPlate" dietary logo illustrates graphically the shrinking role of meat and dairy products in our national diet. It replaces meat with a tofu loaf and shunts dairy off the plate. The new logo provides a fitting conclusion to a 30-year record of the Dietary Guidelines recommending replacement of animal products and other fatty foods in our diet with vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains.
There is an historic reason why health authorities have not taken a stronger stand against meat and dairy, as they did with tobacco products three decades ago. In 1977, the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs published dietary goals for the United States, recommending reduced meat consumption. The meat industry influenced the committee to destroy all copies of the report and to remove the offending recommendation. It taught government bureaucrats never to challenge meat consumption. Morris Furman Memphis
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