June 9, 2011

WARNING: This Blog may get Political

I’ve only been adult enough to listen to NPR (regularly) for about two weeks now. So, I can’t say I’m always up on the latest budget news or can tell you exactly where the count is on soldiers dead in Iraq, but I know what I know of the last two weeks and all of a sudden I feel politically minded and ready to argue my points on my little widdle blog.  I may even have picked up a newspaper or two just to make sure NPR wasn’t pulling my leg a few times.  One of my favorite talk shows on NPR is Diane Rehm because she sounds like an women straight out of the twenties with a feather in her headband, smoking a cigarette donning a theater length holder.  Basically, I see her as an older version of Rosanne mixed with Cruella Deville.  Her voice just has that, “I’m fabulous and antique” sound to it.
I’m sure she regularly spouts out Oscar Wilde quotes like, “A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure.  It is exquisite, and it leaves one satisfied.  What more could one want?”  You know, in her free time, lounging on her Freudian sofa and drinking studly-butler-made cocktails.  I google imaged pictures of her and wish I hadn’t because now my imaginary Diane Rehm has been taken over by this Paula-Deen-look-a-like.  So, I recommend listening and taking on my description instead of googling her big, white hair.   (But now you’re curious aren’t you)?
Anyway, enough about her, personally.   Today on her show, she was talking about the recent lude picture/text message/e-mail scandal of Anthony Weiner.  And this morning she had three “experts” on the scandal discussing how Weiner should step down.  And this is where I began to get a bit frustrated.  The man has a wife yes, and he sent naked photographs and dirty “childish” text messages to six women (so far) over the internet.  Otherwise, there was no interaction.  He didn’t pull a John Edwards and make any love children, or an Arnold and sleep with his household staff (Arnold who is also a Governor already stepped down (thanks comments), or cock a woman over his office desk, he JUST SENT A FEW NAKED PHOTOS.  I mean we sit here and eat this shit up when Perez Hilton announces that once again, Paris Hilton has slipped her panties off getting into her limousine after leaving a night club.  We openly giggle when Kim Kardashian has a sex tape going for millions on the porn market.  And then when Weiner sends his middle-aged penis out to a few women we get caught up in a lightning match of people trying to persuade him to step down.
I know, I know, we want to hold our Congressmen and Congresswomen to another level of moral and ethical dignity and we expect them to be earthly saints, but is this at all practical?   We expect them to have a hand in making our countries decisions.  We expect them to take the worries of a town, state and nation on their shoulders and read our heartfelt letters about squashing the bill to lessen funds to Planned Parenthood and yet, when they send a few naked pictures over e-mail to women they don’t actually even know in real life, we erupt in an angry twitter.  (Literally, twitter is exploding with Weiner rants).
I just don’t get it.  I’m definitely not condoning his behavior, because he’s married and obviously it’s wrong.  I’m just not condoning our behavior as a nation to expect him to be a saint and above everyone else.   Almost everyone on Rehm’s show agreed that he should probably step down.  But two of the experts, thought that his crime was more than most financial crimes that Congressmen commit.  For instance, they discussed how a woman called a bank and talked at length to the banks chief management because her husband was in the business of possibly purchasing the bank.  How is this ANY DIFFERENT then a congress man letting his penis lead?  She’s letting her husband in on special privileges, and got almost no flack, but this man who decided to stand in his bathroom, bare and free in the mirror and on his phone is being asked to step down.
By the way, my favorite quote that Weiner sent (because I did read them on the internet, I was fascinated and he’s surely a bit of a pick up artist…) is: “Caped crusader, looking for my sidekick.”  I wish I could see the picture that went along with this text message (just a sidenote into my sick and twisted personality).
When did our nation become so prude, huh?  Oh, I forgot, SINCE OUR HISTORY.
Why is it that a town in Alaska can have a group shower time, filled with hang-low breasts and moonshine cracks naked and blazin’, and our governer can’t share his birthday suit. If you want to know more about this place in Alaska, I suggest reading an AMAZING poem by my friend Sierra Golden, here.
Three arguements against Weiner:

  1. We expect more from our congressmen.
  2. How is he doing his job if he is too busy being illicit with women?
  3. And how can we condone his actions if we don’t condone Tiger Woods, Arnold and I’m sure the many women who have used their power to seduce hopeless men…(we’re wild cats so, who knows really?  I guess we’re just better at hiding our indiscretions.  The secret agents come out in women when things like this happen).
My arguements for these:
  1. Weiner is a human.  We all make mistakes.  We don’t condone his cheating and yet we watch endless episodes of cheaters (the show with the host who has a voice like shaken coffee), and endless episodes of paternity cases on Maury and then we get angry when this happens in real life.  NEWS FLASH: IT IS HAPPENING IN REAL LIFE, ALL AROUND YOU.
  2. If Weiner was having an all out affair with sexcapades and mind games, and throwing away condoms in dumpsters with his McDonald’s breakfasts – that’s one thing.  But the man, took twenty, or thirty minutes out of his day to converse with women about his need for them.  Six of them. He may have taken more minutes, I really can’t say, but the man isn’t taking longer lunches so that he can meet his uptown babe for romp.
  3. We don’t condone any of these actions.  None of them.  Weiner is married, and he emotionally cheated, yes.  However, his wife is staying with him and so I think the nation should stay with him.  Period.
Okay, I’m sorry I just had to talk about that a little bit and now I just want to show you a few pictures of my last week so you know I wasn’t completely farting around in my car listening to news on NPR and not blogging.
I was ACTUALLY working at the RR Loft (and simultaneously bird watching).

My one lone birdie boy.


And then on Wednesday this week, I had a very creative visitor come close to my kitchen.  As my cat dozes (on his own personal sheep skin loft bed attached to the window, mind you) I was looking at the magnolia tree my dad is thinking of cutting down and saw this little creative monster out the window.  What a beauty of a web, huh?

Window guard


Otherwise, I just picked some lovely hydrangea’s across the street with a tiny scissor from a pocket knife.  The wonderful houses across the street (see previous posts) are going to be bulldozed for condos and so all the flowers, and the Narnia wooded escape in the back, and the lights and door handles are all free for the taking.  The RR loft needed a pop of color and a delicious smell and so we decided to cut some and put them in our gorgeous little downtown view window.
Here’s to summer, the heat (and people surviving the wildfires in Arizona).
22 comments so far.

22 responses to “WARNING: This Blog may get Political”

  1. sheree says:

    Exactly.
    Maybe the more power you have and the more you work, the more you need to play. Be a bad little boy. Somehow, this reminds me of I’ll show you mine if you show me yours. Adult version of playing doctor ?Sad,maybe. Embarassing– totally. A tad pathetic. (I have not seen pics or read text.) A sex addict, surely. Hard to imagine that group therapy session. Um ..maybe you should be his spin doctor/ sidekick. Sorry– couldn’t resist.

    • cassiemannes says:

      Hahaha. I think I’ll let all the other scantily clad Robin-esque sidekick’s fill that role. Just imagine the fetish’s that you could come up with for that pick-up. Love it.

  2. Sid says:

    “I’m fabulous and antique.” Classic. And the sequence is in order as well.
    And yes, I prefer my Weiner roasts in the autumn. Or not at all.

  3. I was majoring in political science at one time and it was exhausting how it consumed me. i watched the news for hours and hours at a time. read the papers (more than i can count) and it was astonishing what was going on in the world.
    i remember reading this quote: If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.
    It captured the state of our government perfectly. At the same time, I was frustrated because the masses of the voting community seem perfectly content to vote along the lines of personality rather than politics.
    During the primaries in 2008, I became infuriated and ultimately, disaffected. I couldn’t believe the way the campaigns of our supposedly liberal front runners were treating Hillary Clinton. I am still amazed that the media didn’t follow up on this.
    *sigh*

    • cassiemannes says:

      Okay, I actually felt really informed during that presidential election because it was my first one that I got to vote and SO, i TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU! WTF were they thinking doing that to Hillary? I think our congressmen/and all other government officials should be bombarded based on GOVERNMENTAL questions and not who they’re playing with in the shower, or on the phone.
      You’re so right. And good for you being so involved.
      PS. How was the Ninth Wife?

  4. I was majoring in political science at one time and it was exhausting how it consumed me. i watched the news for hours and hours at a time. read the papers (more than i can count) and it was astonishing what was going on in the world.
    i remember reading this quote: If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.
    It captured the state of our government perfectly. At the same time, I was frustrated because the masses of the voting community seem perfectly content to vote along the lines of personality rather than politics.
    During the primaries in 2008, I became infuriated and ultimately, disaffected. I couldn’t believe the way the campaigns of our supposedly liberal front runners were treating Hillary Clinton. I am still amazed that the media didn’t follow up on this.
    *sigh*

    • cassiemannes says:

      Okay, I actually felt really informed during that presidential election because it was my first one that I got to vote and SO, i TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU! WTF were they thinking doing that to Hillary? I think our congressmen/and all other government officials should be bombarded based on GOVERNMENTAL questions and not who they’re playing with in the shower, or on the phone.
      You’re so right. And good for you being so involved.
      PS. How was the Ninth Wife?

      • Jennifer O. says:

        I loved the Ninth Wife. I’m having a bit of trouble writing the review, because it exmplored so many different elements, though….I don’t want to miss anything.
        During the primaries, I took all four daughters with me to vote. I was so damn excited. And if she had lost fair and square, well, that would have been one thing. But the underhanded campaign moves regarding her gender and the whole t-shirt thing, and the pundits talking about ex-wives and shit…well, it really wavered my faith in humanity. When are we going to be judged by what we DO rather than what we ARE?
        And how does this affect how our daughters view themselves?

        • cassiemannes says:

          I haven’t read it yet but you definitely make it sound interesting. I’ll have to read it.
          It is frustrating to see how women are obviously still second class citizens even beyond Clinton’s smeared campaign. To be honest, I thought she would have done an impeccable job. I think Bill was a great president far beyond his transgressions.
          I believe you have to raise your children (in my case a nephew) right now … To be aware of and fight injustices no matter if they are gender, racial, political or even over who to love.
          I think you’re already teaching them to be readers so you must be doing a fabulous job.

  5. Hi Cassie, fellow SheWrites sister (and flaming liberal) here. In one sense, I couldn’t care less (and pssst, nobody’s asking Arnold to step down because he already has. Jerry Brown took office this winter.)
    However, it does seem that the constituents of his district have the right to expect him to DO HIS JOB during business hours. He’s supposed to be studying & writing legislation and meeting people (and fundraising till his head rolls off, but that’s another issue.) I would like to know how many hours a day he devoted to trolling the Internet and looking for online hook-ups.
    If you are screwing off & not doing the job you’ve been hired to do, you deserve to get fired, IMO. Republican, Democrat, None of the Above or polka-dotted.

    • cassiemannes says:

      EeEeeeee! Thanks for the helpful tip on Arnold. Like I said, NPR only 2 weeks, I’m a newbie to this political mind-thing. And I agree, we should know how many hours and what devices! Thanks for the comment and letting some of your flaming liberalness invade my blog. I love it.

  6. I’ve been watching this whole story from a distance and it makes me think of Berliscone in Italy.
    Same thing, except Berliscone actually did sleep around. Still, some people argue that he did his job well…

  7. I’ve been watching this whole story from a distance and it makes me think of Berliscone in Italy.
    Same thing, except Berliscone actually did sleep around. Still, some people argue that he did his job well…

  8. bea mannes says:

    First, I just love reading comments from so many women/people who pay attention to their politics. I can’t even return to the Hillary thing, it fires me up. I believe she would have made a great, first female President. As for what she put up with from her husband, let’s face it, we all make decisions in our lives that made sense to us, maybe not to others. Husbands, as well as wives, are forgiven everyday. Maybe it’s for love, for the children, or for the best sake of the family. We cannot judge for others, only ourselves.
    As for Weiner, the blog and all the responses have made me do some serious thinking. I feel sorry for his wife, but having him in her life is her decision to make. We as voters have to stop looking for perfection in our politicians. They are human. With such intrusive media, just what makes anyone want to run for any office. And if they do run, will some misstep cause all of us to insist on their resignation? We need more “regular folk”, and they are too smart to get into politics. Oh, and by the way, I don’t mean Sarah Palin when I say “regular folk”. She is a quitter. It’s not gossip, or as she would say, the mainstream media, it’s fact. She quit as governor of Alaska. I definitely don’t want a quitter as my next President, no matter how tough it gets. Well, look at me, running on, all because of this blog and the great comments! Keep up the good job folks. I enjoyed it..

  9. bea mannes says:

    Thanks, same to you!

  10. bea mannes says:

    Thanks, same to you!

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I am a writer, educator and genuine creative living on the coast of NC. Our house is built on sunshine with my husband BJ, dog named Tucker, and our two very sassy cats: Fromage and Jasper.

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