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Sat., June 11, 2011, 5:47 a.m.

Just say no, Nancy once said…

David Horsey,,
David Horsey,,

Good morning, Netizens...


Cartoonist David Horsey asks the same question some of us have been asking since Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner unzipped his drawers and sent pictures of his Johnson to various women on Twitter. What the hell was this purportedly smart guy thinking?


We have been staring at similar events over the past years. Bill Clinton and Monica certainly set a new low standard for political figures, not to mention Newt (the Lizard) Gingrich and his multiple relationships stacked atop one another like a bad deck of cards. John Edwards conducted a sleazy affair in the middle of a presidential campaign. Then there was Gary Hart who spent a holiday with a sexy blonde on a boat called Monkey Business which is what it was. Mark Sanford, who told his staff he was hiking the Appalachian Trail while, in fact, he was in Argentina on a romp with his mistress. He was the governor of South Carolina, for Pete’s sake. Why is it men seem to have this problem with that little component of physiological nature from escaping its entrapment and getting their butts into trouble?


Is there something to be said in favor of putting women in high offices in place of their male counterparts simply because they lack that appendage that so often get men into trouble? Look as I might, given a short period of time in which to perform research, I could not find a recorded instance in American political history where a woman in office got herself into such a mess. That doesn't mean it didn't happen, because I suppose such maladroit behavior is not limited to the male of the species but I never heard of it. Is it safe to assume that women in office would never be so dumb as to send near-naked pictures of themselves to people on Twitter. Perhaps their husbands/significant other partners might, but then that is a different perversion.


Soren Kierkegaard stated, “Boredom is the root of all evil.” Could we then go out on a proverbial limb and suggest men caught in such compromising positions are bored; was existentialism as we know it today simply the logical outcome of male testosterone? While I'll submit these theoretical concepts are pretty wild, still I wonder if they are somehow related.


I suppose before I get myself in too deeply, I should simply quit while I'm ahead of the game. We simply need to find a smarter class of public official, because so many of ours are stupid, and yet we gullibly continue electing them into office time after time. That, too, is stupid. Of course, your results may differ.



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