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  • Can Anthony Weiner Rise Again?

    On the heels of reports that Anthony Weiner is considering a run for New York City mayor next year, sources have told Tablet Magazine that Weiner's real target in 2013 is the city's public advocate job, which could pave the way for a mayoral campaign in 2017.

    You may best remember the Queens Democrat for his fiery speeches on the House floor. No? Okay, you remember him for bravely dragging the Democratic Party into the 21st century of sexual indiscretion by using Twitter to send pictures of his crotch to a Seattle woman, before resigning after a flaccid — and completely unnecessary – cover-up.

    Speculation about Weiner's future plans arose thanks to campaign finance statements showing his account engorged with $4.5 million dollars, continued campaign disbursements for office rental and sources who say the former congressman is "desperate" to re-erect his political reputation. The latter appears to be a trial balloon lofted by Weiner confidantes, who will look to see whether the rumors remain aloft or deflate amid mockery of his ambitions. Or perhaps he misread the elected office as reading, "Pubic Advocate," for which he's plenty qualified.

    Much will depend on the sloganeering Weiner chooses to deploy alongside his campaign war chest. Will he go with "Weiner 2013: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet?" Or aim directly for higher office and adopt the jingle suggested by one Twitter user, "My Weiner has a first name, it's M-A-Y-O-R?"

    And remember: If you see Weiner punning that lasts for more than four paragraphs of coverage, you should consult the next blog post, because even I know there's only so much you can handle.

    Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Anthony Weiner, New York City
  • Caption Challenge: Michael Bloomberg and Some Hotdogs

    Leave your caption in the comments section of this post.

    Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: 4th of July, Caption Challenge, Food, Games and Challenges, Michael Bloomberg, New York City
  • Former KKK Leader Makes Endorsement in 80% Minority District

    Charles Barron is a Brooklyn politician who considers Robert Mugabe a freedom fighter, holds up Muammar Qaddafi as a hero, and gives good quotes, such as, "I want to go up to the closest white person and say, 'You can't understand this, it's a black thing.' And then, slap him just for my mental health."

    His opponent in the Democratic primary for the congressional seat being vacated by Ed Towns is Hakeem Jeffries, a liberal state assemblyman enjoying the overwhelming support of New York's Democratic establishment.

    Naturally, the constituents of the newly drawn 8th congressional district — 53% of whom are black and 20% Hispanic — have been waiting with baited breath for the endorsement decision of the Grand Douchebag of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke. It seems like a difficult decision, since both candidates are black Democrats with left-of-center views, but only one of them is a horrible anti-Semite, so the Black Panther it was

    Former KKK Grand Wizard and member of the Louisiana Legislature David Duke released a video yesterday endorsing Charles Barron in his race for Brooklyn's 8th Congressional district against Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries. Mr. Barron, a member of the City Council and former member of the Black Panther Party who, over the years, has made a series of controversial statements against Israel and in support of African dictators Muammar Qaddafi. He would seem to be an odd choice for a self-described "white nationalist" like Mr. Duke, but in the video, Mr. Duke explains that he thinks Mr. Jeffries has "sold his soul to the international Zio-bankers" while Mr. Barron’s strong past criticisms of Israel outweigh their other differences.

    This is one of those "only in America" things, right? I think Dr. King envisioned this moment, when Grand Wizards of the Klan would join hands with unreformed black nationalists and sit at the table of brotherhood, discussing how much they hate Jews.

    Unfortunately for Barron, the word of a Klan leader carries as much positive weight in east Brooklyn as Adolf Hitler's ghost endorsement carries in the Israeli Knesset, but at least we know that after thousands of years, Jews still have the ability to bring bigots together.


    Tags: House of Representatives, Jewish, New York, New York City, Racism