Rep. Christopher Lee is a married Republican congressman serving the 26th District of New York. But when he trolls Craigslist’s “Women Seeking Men” forum, he’s Christopher Lee, “divorced” “lobbyist” and “fit fun classy guy.”
[…] Yesterday, we reached out to Rep. Lee, whose support for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and vote to reject federal abortion funding suggests a certain comfort with publicly scrutinizing others’ sex lives.
A spokesman for the Congressman confirmed that the email address belonged to Lee, and that he had deleted his Facebook account because our initial inquiry had him fretting about “privacy.” (A screenshot of his account before it vanished is at right.)
So did the married Republican prowl Craiglist looking for hook ups? After first telling us that he couldn’t comment until we forwarded every single email in question, a request we refused—shouldn’t Lee know if he’s corresponded with women on Craigslist?—Lee’s spokesman eventually announced that the Congressman believed he’d been hacked, and provided an email he claims Lee sent to his staff about the security breach on January 21.
That could, theoretically, be true. But the evidence suggests otherwise. The emails were sent more than a week before the alleged hack. The shirtless photo—which, according to metadata contained in the picture, was taken in Washington, D.C.—was taken with a Blackberry, the same mobile device that Lee uses, which means the hacker would have also accessed the photos on Lee’s phone. (And he’d still be the kind of guy who takes cellphone pictures of himself topless.) Finally, if someone had hacked into his account and was seeking to discredit the politician, why shoot in the dark with such relatively benign emails to a totally random middle-aged woman on Craigslist, who didn’t seem motivated one way or the other to us, beyond wanting to share a funny story? And funny it is…
“Lamborn was attempting to tell a radio audience last week that the President’s policies have created an economic quagmire for the nation and are responsible for the dismal economic conditions our country faces. He regrets that he chose the phrase ‘tar baby,’ rather than the word ‘quagmire.’ The Congressman is confident that the President will accept his heartfelt apology.” — statement from Rep. Doug Lamborn’s office (R-CO).
How many of us have told someone we’re sorry by saying, “Look, you suck in these ways but hey, sorry I said / did that. I’m confident you’ll accept my apology.” Done and done!
“I don’t even want to be associated with [Obama], it’s like touching a, a tar baby and you get it…you know you’re stuck and you’re part of the problem and you can’t get away.” — Colorado GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn
[Sarah] said she was not “wired for politics as usual,” that she wanted to “take a stand” and “not just hit our heads against a wall” and “watch valuable state time and money, millions of your dollars, go down the drain in this new political environment.” She…
It appears our boy Todd Palin just suggested that Sarah Palin left the Alaska governor’s office because she was broke. Intttttttteresting.
Apparently there was a second Bush-era gun-trafficking sting operation in which ATF allowed weapons to cross the border into Mexico in hopes of tracking them to high-level smugglers. Doesn’t sound like any more of a good idea then than when ATF under Obama launched another such sting. The difference is Republicans are pillorying the Obama administration for it. (via David Kurtz)
THE LESSON HERE, AND ONE WE’RE ALL FAMILIAR WITH, is that Republicans and the right wing Teaparty will have a problem with something ONLY when a Democrat is president. Otherwise, it’s all good. Invading Iraq without reason, and without any legal consequences for anyone in the Bush Administration (and without any outrage from American conservatives, then or now), will always be the definitive confirmation of such right wing hypocrisy. Everything else is bullet points.
First corporations are people and now banks are people — and not bad people at that. They’re just overwhelmed and scared to death — like all of us! If you cut them, will they not bleed?
Actually, no they won’t bleed. Because corporations and banks are NOT people. They’re companies, they’re ideas, drawn up on paper with lots of legal language. And as Jed Lewison says (emphasis added),
…They don’t stay awake at night worried about how to pay the mortgage. They aren’t worried about being forced to spend the night in their car because they’ve just lost their home. In fact,they aren’t feeling a damn thing. Because they aren’t human. They aren’t even robots. They are companies. And the last thing we need is a president who can’t tell the difference!
Rich people who don’t care about money. What a cliché. “Well, kids, we can’t eat again tonight because we’re broke. But we’re RICH IN SPIRIT! Grab your dying little sister who we can’t afford to take to the doctor and, hey, let’s see if we can find a place to live with our spirit! Waddaya say… it’ll be great!“