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As we find ourselves getting closer to the end of 2011 let’s take a look down memory lane and appreciate some of the best celebrity scandals this year had to offer. Hollywood was on some type of scandal booster this year with celebs getting pulled over, arrested, being offensive and so much more.
Check out our top 10 scandals of this year, and let us know what shocked you the most?
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It’s hard to understand the male mind. They just do, speak and even think very differently than the average woman. Recently, especially this past summer alone, we’ve seen men living a little foul. Between police officers behaving inappropriately with drunk women and politicians sending pictures of their wangs to teenagers it’s enough to make your head swim.
Recently the New York Times wrote an article saying many men are failing to achieve the 5 markers of adulthood and thus behave in an immature nature. While this is definitely the case for some men, there are tons of others who live their lives properly and will never make a headline.
Check out the five markers of adulthood and see what our partners over at Your Tango have to say about this phenomenon.
What do you think are men just naturally immature?
New York representative, Anthony Weiner announced that he’s resigning today. The Democrat served more than 12 years as a Congressman. The announcement comes after nearly three weeks of pressure for Democratic colleagues suggesting he step down. President Obama even weighed in on the situation, saying he would resign if he were in Weiner’s shoes.
This is what Weiner said at the press conference in Brooklyn: “Today I am announcing my resignation from Congress so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative and most importantly that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused.”
Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary Hillary Clinton, is expecting the couple’s first child.
The scandal began last month when Weiner accidentally tweeted a picture of himself in gray boxers. Initially Wiener denied it was him in the photo. Once he admitted it was him. other sexually suggestive pictures he’d sent through his cell phone surfaced.
The story only got messier yesterday when former Adult Videos star and current stripper, Ginger Lee, claimed that Weiner wanted to engage in sexual communication but she never went through with it.
Rep. Anthony Weiner has announced plans to leave office sources revealed by Reuters say, making him ” the third member of the U.S. Congress to step down this year because of a sex scandal.” This decision comes weeks after concurrent debates in political arenas and the public sphere about whether Weiner’s oversharing of body parts over social media are grounds for resignation. Or was it the lying?
The world may never decide which was worse. Now we won’t have the chance to draw conclusions, as the beleaguered politician is holding a press conference today at 2 pm — most likely to announce leaving his post.
UPDATE: Weiner Resigns
Over the last few days, mounting evidence of Weiner’s kinky streak has escalated to the point that Democratic leadership has lost all tolerance for this spectacle. Recently, naked pictures of Anthony Weiner taken in the House gym circulated extensively. Then, former Adult Videos star Ginger Lee announced for a second time that Weiner asked her to lie about their chats — adding that his dirty talk was actually one-sided harassment. Now the National Enquirer has dug up pictures of the representative wearing women’s undergarments. Although they were taken in college, in today’s context these images further solidify the impression that Weiner lacks judgement and maturity. These revelations underscore the Dems’ blaring cries for Weiner to go.
Anothony Weiner has decided to listen. Even though he retains the support of his constituents, Weiner is caving in, and will take his sexting self to hopefully more permissive shores. But many don’t see the problem. Forbes.com is not alone in frowning on the forced removal of a politician who did nothing illegal. Others cite the fact that there are numerous Republicans who have committed actual crimes still in office. Why should Weiner be held to a harsh standard?
This is where Democrats want to distinguish themselves from Republicans. Republicans are coming to be defined by a hypocritical application of justice, mixed with the illogical promotion of absurd ideas, all out of allegiance to the party. Whether it is tolerating Tea Party gibberish, or defending married leaders who sleep around, the GOP will likely break down under this lack of integrity. Republicans stand for nothing but getting and keeping political power, pointing to a lack of any edifying moral center. Eventually, the public must recognize this. As their “anything goes as long as we get votes” policy makes itself plain, Democrats will appear more capable of guiding the nation based on unselfish principles. One of those principles is honesty, a quality Weiner sorely lacks.
Morality and integrity are not merely words to be wielded in a traditional religious sense. Having some sense of right and wrong, and caring about how your actions impact the larger social order, are the basis for which all activities should be judged — especially those of a politician. Democrats want to maintain their sense of integrity as a central part of how they run their party. This will show that they can express higher ideals with a concern for the public’s greater good. The lack of integrity exhibited by Republicans means quite plainly: if they can do anything to get votes, and support any member no matter what they do, they cannot be trusted to do right by the public they are representing. In no way should Democrats follow this example.
Supporting Weiner just because the Republicans always support their people no matter what negates the possibility of developing public trust. It would put Dems on the same level of the GOP. Morally, politically and socially, this is not the right thing to do. Getting rid of Weiner is.
Calls for the resignation of embattled, embarrassed and digitally emasculated Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) present a cauldron of dilemmas dipped in hypocrisy. The resignation game is a political tradition as hallowed and gray as politics itself. But, there is a serious problem when fellow elected Members call the shots rather than the people in Weiner’s district having a final say.
It’s one major reason why he shouldn’t resign.
The issue, contrary to the headlining topless Twitter photos of Weiner, is not so much the Congressman flashing himself in crude e-scandal fashion. At issue is that Weiner had very little political capital to leverage in the first place with his fellow Democratic Party colleagues – forget about Republicans who are pretty much on sideline throwing jokes.
For the most part, Weiner had been viewed derisively as a media hog (or that unflattering, family un-friendly word that starts with a “W,” whichever you prefer), out for self and driven by visions of New York City Mayoralty.
Weiner was the fast-talking, witty, bomb-dropping megaphone of House Democratic talking points, much to the chagrin of two demographics within that caucus: the other rising-star Democrats who wanted some of that oxygen and senior, old school Democrats who shifted uncomfortably at the thought of Weiner as a loose cannon. It turned out that he was loser in more ways than one, fulfilling the worries and private predictions of many Capitol Hill prognosticators and haters who were itching for a downfall.
It got worse during the inflated Health Care Reform wars in 2009 when Weiner suddenly pushed and bullied a “single-payer” amendment into the health care bill, following his public thrashing of Democrats pulling away from the beloved progressive “public option.” Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, forced to give a vote on the Weiner amendment, and others blamed Weiner for nearly derailing the entire effort. They also felt he misled them. Pelosi, who infamously holds grudges as long as Philly facial hair, never forgave him for that. It didn’t help, obviously, when Weiner initially lied about the first Twitter photo. Which brings us to this point of legendary point-of-no-return Pelosi vengeance.
Political tit-for-tat shouldn’t be a good reason to force the resignation of a sitting Congressman, but that’s the way the Hill game is played. Strangely enough, many Democrats voicing loud support of a resignation call the affair a “distraction.” But, constantly putting resignation on blast creates the tidal wave of distraction that is the TMZ fanfare we’re witnessing at the moment. So, in a sense, the resignation bandwagon is as distracting as the photos – it feeds the media beast, which can’t stop reporting on it.
In reality, Weiner’s troubles and any-day-now resignation offers great political cover for other Members casting the stone. It’s a chance to divert attention from their own personal indiscretions and ethics foibles.
Weiner should rip a page from the playbooks of the late Rep. Adam Clayton Powell (D-NY) and current Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), two ethics-scarred and long-sitting African American Members of Congress who boldly defied all assorted calls to step down. In Rangel’s most recent case, there was one year where President Obama was suggesting he resign and then the next year, after winning yet another round of primary challenges, that same President offered props at a New York City National Action Network gala dinner. Rangel appears as though he’ll be staying in his seat till either retirement or transition. Powell, Rangel’s predecessor, also stiffened up and had the entire Congressional body kiss his back pockets. Even as Weiner contemplates resignation, colleagues like Rangel and Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) another black Member with leadership clout, are backing him up.
Ultimately, the resignation game takes the fun out of democracy. Albeit bizarre and unbecoming, there was nothing criminal in Weiner’s actions. He now faces the dog house of an unsavory moment and his wife’s scorn. But, on real, does it really justify his colleagues giving him a rhetorical pink slip if it’s not violating any law? University of Baltimore ethics expert Joshua Kassner raises the specter of a “weird sort of paradox” when that happens. “I certainly understand the need of the Congress to keep its members from abusing their privileged position,” notes Kassner. “However, in a democracy there is something odd about a body comprised of representatives from other places deciding whether YOUR representative should be punished. It is those who the Congressperson represents that should ultimately decide his/her fate.”
Charles D. Ellison is Chief Political Correspondent for The Philadelphia Tribune, author of the critically-acclaimed urban political thriller TANTRUM and a nationally recognized, frequently featured expert on politics.
(Bloomberg) — Pressure on U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner to resign escalated as President Barack Obama called his behavior “highly inappropriate” and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi prodded the New York Democrat to heed the president’s advice to leave office. Weiner, who last week acknowledged sending lewd photos of himself and suggestive messages to women online, was granted a two-week leave of absence by the House last night. He said through a spokeswoman on June 11 that he was seeking “professional treatment” and would request a leave. “I can tell you that if that was me, I would resign,” Obama said of Weiner in an interview with NBC News. “When you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can’t serve as effectively, then you should probably step back.” The Obama interview is scheduled for broadcast this morning on NBC’s “Today” program.
In light of the recent Anthony Weiner scandal, we took to the streets of New York to ask people whether they felt sexting, sending pictures or sexually explicit messages with your cell phone, is be considered cheating. See what they had to say.
What do you think, is sexting a form of infidelity?
By now I’m sure you’ve heard that Rep. Anthony Weiner held a press conference and apologized for tweeting lewd photographs of himself and having multiple online sexting affairs with six women in the past three years. It doesn’t help that his name is Weiner either but I’ll spare you from my off color jokes. Yes, Rep. Weiner has stepped in a pile of ish that it doesn’t look like he’ll be getting out of anytime soon but more importantly let’s find the teachable moment in all of this. SEXTING RULES. Weiner is not the first and he surely won’t be the last to get caught out there with naked photos. Kanye West, Chris Brown and Jamie Foxx are just a few who come to mind. I have way less to lose than Rep. Weiner (or any other celebrity) and even I know there are rules to this online and sometimes offline sexting game. Let me school you on a few of them: Read the rest of this entry »
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In case you’ve been under a stone for the past four days, popular congressman Anthony Weiner (D-New York) dropped the balls when he was busted tweeting pictures of his junk to women he supposedly met online as part of a picture exchange process that’s been ongoing since before he married his wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
On a personal level, I understand exactly the motivation behind his actions: I’m sure there are some inappropriate pictures of me floating around from my single days, though none of them have my face or any identifying marks that could serve to bring a brother down if Shyte got thick. I traded pictures with women I was dating, but I can imagine it’s a cheap thrill to trade even if he had no intention to meet with or even speak to anyone on the phone.