Overheard on CNN.com: Oh boy, a new scandal!
June 2nd, 2011
06:43 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Oh boy, a new scandal!

Comment of the Day:

"That FOX and CNN are making so much of this is the obscenity. A picture of gray undies with a bulge? Please, I see more revealing images on Saturday morning cartoons. This country must be the laughingstock of the developed world. So puritanical and uptight. Get a life!!"–Jambo

Congressman says he did not post lewd photo on Twitter

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, pictured, D-New York, told CNN that he did not post a lewd photo apparently sent to a young woman from his Twitter account. Did he recognize himself or his underwear in the picture? He would not say.

Many CNN.com readers said the story was embarrassingly unimportant. Mascon, a Canadian, said, "I am always laughing at the reactions of the Americans, but this one really takes the cake. If his name was not Weiner it would never been in the news. I find nothing lewd about the picture. To thinking people, Weiner has handled it well; and to the others...who gives a crap??"

Androidicus said, "What, it's against the law to send photos of yourself in your underwear now?" Shinethelite said, "I haven't seen the picture but heard it was no big thing."

Sending such a photo is not illegal, Crockah said, and added: "But when a political figure does it - it becomes news." ThinkCareful said, "If it is a picture of him, it calls his judgment into question. There is only one reason those photos exist–to send to people who ask 'Let me see yours.'"

camwyatt said, "It goes to the character of the people we choose to represent us. So, yes we should care. Would you invite this guy to dinner if you had your daughter home from college?" billofRight said, "So poor moral character and outright lying by your elected officials is not newsworthy unless they are Republican?"

Still, Weiner's lack of clarification left some readers speculating … and quoting a popular news comedian. sysprogram said, "Jon Stewart had a point. Every man does know what his own junk looks like. So how could the good Congressman say at first that he wasn't sure the picture was of him?" bigtimecynic said, "In the words of Jon Stewart, who was friends with Weiner in college: 'My recollection was that he was more Anthony and less Weiner.' Classic."

Plate icon to guide Americans to healthier eating

The food pyramid came down today, replaced by a plate graphic that the U.S. Department of Agriculture says Americans will better understand. Guest said, "I love it. It is so cute and the small kids and elderly can identify a lot more with this diagram. KUDOS!" But JaydedKing replied, "You are one of those weird, persistently happy people that scare me."

Many CNN.com readers questioned the relevance of the new design. drc said, "What a waste of time and money to come up with some new diagram for the average dumbed-down American who honestly couldn't care less. You cannot legislate or dictate common sense." meschif said, "Don't people have enough common sense to know what is and what isn't healthy? People need an actual diagram like this?"

BradDean said, "People got confused and thought they were suppose to look like pyramids." Ents said, "Have you looked at people lately? The average size of children is larger than the average IQ of their parents."

Some readers suggested other ways to encourage healthy eating. K3Citizen said, "I think plastering pictures of obese people on the packages of unhealthy products is the best way to get a thinner and healthier America."

Wzrd1 said, "Tax the hell out of fast food and junk food, sending that money to pay down the deficit. It'll be zero in no time, along with the obesity rate. It worked with tobacco products!"

WithReason said, "If people got penalized on their health insurance premiums for being fat, I think that would have a better chance at fixing the problem."

Others argued over whether dairy products should have been included in the new recommendations. mintymint said, "Humans are the only species who continue to drink milk after childhood. No other mammals drink milk after they have been weaned from the breast. Why is this?"

But sbast18 said, "Not true. My sister's cat drinks milk every day." And cartoguy asked, "You ever try dunking a cookie in water?"

Zuckerberg kills what he eats. Should you?

Chef Dan Barber spoke up for Mark Zuckerberg, who recently wrote friends that he would only eat meat that he himself had killed. Barber, who has won the James Beard award for best chef and co-owns a New York farm-to-table restaurant, said in an interview with CNN.com's Pat Wiedenkeller that Zuckerberg's goal is "an incontestably moral act."

Many CNN.com readers spoke up for hunting. danield33 said, "Kind of sad that it takes a billionaire to demonstrate what respectable sportsmen across this country have know for hundreds of years. We as humans are omnivores and if the folks that criticize meat eating understand anthropology, biology, genetics and physiology then they would never make the absurd comment, 'Haven't we evolved past that?' "

Stoprunning said, "It's hilarious that some people in America are shocked by the act of hunting. It's far more humane than buying a box of frozen burgers from Walmart." claiborne said, "I live in Louisiana and we have been killing our own food for a long time now. I'll have to tell all my hunting buddies that we're 'hipsters' now. This is just ridiculous."

UrthraFrnkln said, "It's ridiculous that modern people equate what humans have been doing for millenia with something that is now 'in vogue.' Factory farming and the obese humans they produce is the fad; they have only been around for a few decades."

BlackYowe said, "Food has become the new religion. I raise my own sheep for meat, but I take them to a little country butcher to get them processed. It still is a shock when I do it, but I feel better about eating the sheep I have cared for. Zuckerberg making this big deal out of killing his food is a bit strange. Around here it's common for people to hunt and eat whitetail deer. I guess urban folks must be full of guilt and self loathing or something."

e333111 said, "I grew up working on my uncle's farm. The whole place smelled like dung. Cow dung, chicken dung, dung fertilizer. Dung, dung, dung. I moved to the city to get away from all that. Now all my stupid neighbors want to start raising chickens and goats because it's the 'hip' thing. Just great."

Cestbear said, "We decided to raise a pig for meat because it was cheaper and better health-wise. I was responsible for the feeding & care of the pig. I grew quite attached to the pig. Until he attacked me. Damn fine pork chops."

istv said, "Just remember, never name your animals that you raise for food, unless it's Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Jazzzzz

    Give me life,liberty,freedom, or give me green poop.

    June 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Timebomb

    What's disgraceful is how that weener argued like a child on FOX news with mr King. Google it. They were screaming like little psychos. Underwear? Who cares about that when this country is falling apart.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jim

    @wizard1, Hmmm, actually it didn't work with tobacco products moron.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jim

    @anthony's case post, dude your on the wrong article for that.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jim

    @cestbear & istv, both hilarious.

    June 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio )

    Anthony Weiner – Why do you waste our time with this?

    June 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Isotta-Fraschini

    It's hard for me to believe that anybody would do much more than laugh about a photo of a man wearing underwear.
    Something is seriously lacking in a nation's collective sense of morality when a photograph like that could get serious attention.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • no

      Don't confuse the news media with the pulse of the nation. Someone at CNN thought it was important. Lol

      June 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Isotta-Fraschini

    I know many Europeans who think that we in the USA are serious fools for being so prudish (as well as for our portions of food).
    I was at a beach house in Italy one summer with a number of friends, one of whom was a famous mezzo-soprano who was recognized everywhere, but respectfully given privacy at the beach (with her husband). She hadn't brought a bathing suit, so she just wore her slip. We all laughed.
    We behave ludicrously in this country about se-

    June 2, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HCK

    It scares me just how quickly so many people are willing to sacrifice even the most basic morals in the name of partisanship. I believe there are some very basic rules we should expect our elected officials (of whatever party) to live by, and not sending photos of yourself in your underwear to college students is one of them.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jim

    First we don't know he sent them yet, second there are a lot worse things our elected officials on both sides are doing, last I hear Iran has very strict laws on such things perhaps you'd get along well there. BTW no I'm not defending Wiener because I'm a democrat. I'm not a democrat.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. jim

    @Isotta-Fraschini, Perhaps you're right after all.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tash

    Apathy, apathy, apathy. Cheating president, cheating presidential candidate, cheating governor, cheating Mayor. If these men would cheat on somebody they made a matrimonial vow too, spent decades of marriage with and more, had children with, what are the chances that they'll cheat on the general public during their terms?

    June 3, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. jim

    @Tash Hmm, both sides are responsible for cheating and abuses of power but you only seem concerned with one side, oh and let's not forget about all the cheating, crooked ministers. I've acknowledged that both sides are dirty, have you or are you just going to continue being a mindless Rushbot hypocrite.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. jim

    Then, perhaps you were making reference to Gingrich's affairs.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. jim

    Oh let's not forget Eisenhower's affairs either, yes he got caught get polished off too.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
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