Overheard on CNN.com: Photo not a hack job, Weiner says
U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner said he had inappropriate communications with about six women over the past three years.
June 6th, 2011
08:14 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Photo not a hack job, Weiner says

Exchange of the day:

"So let me get this straight - the Dems call for the previous Republican congressman to resign because he sent a pic to a woman on CraigsList, but they don't ask Weiner to resign after lying about sending pics?"– Bryan

"This really is not a Rep or Dem issue. This is a stupid man issue. Those you can find in all walks of life." -epona30

Weiner admits sending inappropriate photos, says he won't resign

A photo that U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner originally claimed was sent by a hacker was not, he said in a news conference Monday. "To be clear, the picture was of me, and I sent it," he said. He meant to direct-message it to a woman in Seattle, but he accidentally posted it publicly, he said.

Patty said, "I guess if you want to be a politician, you need to have idiot in your resume! Another example of incredibly poor judgment by another politician that feels he/she is above and exempt from the law!"

littlebit said, "At least he should have been smarter than to take a picture of himself, without the family pictures in the background. What is it with men in power with beautiful wives who cheat and then lie when they're caught even though there is always proof?"

Chuck B said, "I am sorry I don't see the issue. Was the girl under age?" Me said, "The issue is the lying. Shows a complete lack of ethical standards."

Rachel said, "If JFK were president today the press would have had a field day. I am so tired of these stories and I almost wish we could go back to leaving this kind of thing private."

jane said, "Well at least he's not out there preaching family values and morality, but he's an idiot all the same, these men care less about how they make their wives look, or who they hurt. Pathetic."

Lisa Allen said, "He is a human being and human beings make mistakes. We make mistakes every day. It's part of being human. I do not think the rest of his life should be ruined by one juvenile mistake." david F. replied, "Of course we all make mistakes, Lisa. Why, I bet most of us take pictures of ourselves in our underwear and send those pictures to young girls we do not know."

Mike Hoff said, "Thank goodness our government is in the hands of responsible adults with impeccable character and judgment. I'll rest easier. Thanks, Weiner. Now go stand in the corner."

Bin space and the airline boarding debacle

Flying just isn't fun for most people these days. Longer lines and smaller spaces are shortening tempers. And baggage fees mean more people are trying to cram more carry-ons into the overhead bins. Many CNN.com readers said policies were not being enforced reasonably or fairly.

OrangePekoe said, "So why can't they make everyone put their bags into the box that tells you whether or not it fits carry on? If it doesn't fit then it should be checked. "

Dom0kun said, "The airlines should enforce their carry-on policies, for businesspeople as well as the lady returning from the shopping trip. Her oversized purse should count as one item, her Dollar Store bag as two, and her overnight as three."

JimInBisbee said, "My personal peeve are the individuals at the back of the plane who, when boarding early, put their luggage in a bin near the front of the plane. Their strategy seems to be to walk up to the front of the plane as they depart and get their bag easily. I get steamed when I find my seat, with few people around it, only to find the bins are occupied."

Some readers suggested the solution is to check just about everything. Bradwp said, "As a frequent business traveler, I won't carry anything on an airplane that I wouldn't also be willing to carry 5 miles across the Sahara desert. Therefore I'm a habitual bag checker. In my opinion, the airlines should swap their baggage collection process. Checked bags should be free; carry-ons should be $25."

But imasunshin, another business traveler, said "Checking luggage is generally not an option. When I have a two-day trip, I cannot afford to have a bag lost for my entire trip. I have tried the checked-bag option in the past, only to have the bag lost for 36 hours." Czarina agreed, "It can be a big deal for people with meds, international travelers, and those with tight layovers."

mgdvt said, "Eliminate the overhead compartments and only allow what will fit under the seat. Not only will it speed up boarding the plane but it will also quicken getting off the plane at your destination."

JRJones21 said, "I carry a minimum of one small backpack that carries my most important camera equipment and laptop. It fits under the seat perfectly. This has always been enough carry-on for me, even on 22-hour trips to Asia. Why anyone needs to carry that much crap on board is beyond me."

Scientist: Body in Casey Anthony's trunk 'only plausible explanation'

Only a decomposing body could explain the odor in Casey Anthony's trunk, a scientist testified Monday. Arpad Vass, a senior research scientist at Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, said earlier that the presence of chloroform on a carpet sample from the trunk was at a "shockingly high" level. Anthony, 25, faces seven counts in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, including first-degree murder.

PeteMD said, "Uh oh! She didn't account for the lies she would need to manufacture to get out of the forensic evidence. So, what other use would she have for the chloroform? And laser testing showing decomposition. Not sure what she has left to stand on."

CanBear67 said, "The only explanation that really seems to make sense is that it was an accidental overdose of chloroform, (along with the duct tape to keep her quiet in case she woke up) so that she could go out and party. Had the defense just gone with that in the first place I think they could have avoided the death penalty."

YabDabDoo said, "Could you breathe with duct tape over your mouth and nose? Could anyone? This was no accidental death." Guest said, "Yes, but I still don't see a cold-blooded killer in her. A mistake, negligence, foolishness, selfishness, bitterness, anger, recklessness, ignorance; I could see all of these. But not cold-blooded, intentional murder."

YabDabDoo added, "Why are you saying that an ACCIDENTAL overdose of chloroform is the ONLY logical explanation? Remember, there was a search for "neck breaking" and "household weapons" on her computer. Also, someone who accidentally killed her child would typically not be happy enough to go to wild parties immediately after the accident."

swampnole said, "There is some good news with this story. It's so obvious this girl killed her daughter that our country has become unified again. Unified with hatred and disgust for a child killer. Thanks, Casey!"

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

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  1. wmyles

    I guess this blows a hole in Joy Behar's conspiracy theory. And Whoopi was so convincing with someone manipulating beach photos. Me thinks that Joy, Whoopi and the scarecow of oz have something in common.

    June 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anthony's Case Posts

    There was a flurry of phone calls to her mother that afternoon (six within a few minutes?) – I thought I had heard before that a number of calls were also placed to George within that time frame. If so, doesn’t that blow her defense that George was there and covered it up – if that was the case why in the world would she have called him if he was there with her. I believe she was making sure she knew where everyone was to make sure they weren’t on their way home to interrupt her plans. I can’t believe that ridiculous story about George being there – watch Casey shake her head no when he denies it – and if that is not true how can you believe her molestation charges (she also shakes her head no when he denies that). Watch her original “perp walks” when she was first arrested (especially the one in the blue shirt)- she is almost smiling from all the attention – check out her eyes. I think her motive was that she was jealous of everyone’s love and attention for Caylee.

    June 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Riff*Raff

    @ACP-both her father and brother submitted to DNA testing to prove neither are the father Caylee's father. Don't slander what you don't know. No web woven here. Move along now.

    June 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio )

    Anthony's Weiner Case
    Look at the bright side, if you do get canned, you always be the poster child for Oscar Mayer Company. Those people would be simply blown away.
    Little boy and his mom would be in the meat department at their local grocer, and the little boy would retort and say mommie?....can I get a package of democrats? yum yum!

    June 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio )

    Anthony's Weiner Case

    BEFORE
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    June 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sleepless n Seattle

    Baggage solutions: Two carry ons no exceptions. Carry ons must go in the size check frame at check in or at gate. Extra bags you lied about $ 50 each. Yes a guitar is over sized as is a surfboard you idiots! I like the idea of 1 checked bag free and $35 per carry on except for purses and laptops. Also lost luggage fee on airlines $ 200 per bag.

    June 7, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sleepless n Seattle

    Addendum: If you take meds they should be on you not in a bag especially a checked bag. If you need them in mid flight how would you them. God gave you a brain, use it once in a while!

    June 7, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Yeah

    I love partisan people deciding what party has worse morals... Its kinda hilarious and sad at the same time. Vote for 3rd party or independent candidates. May not stop philandering but it may check other corruption.

    June 7, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Haywood Jablowme

    Factoid:
    N!ggers are good at robbing old ladies and smoking crack.

    June 7, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jonathan

    I don't see this as newsworthy. Everyday American's do these things DAILY, the only difference being that we don't care about everyday Americans. Politicians are no different from the rest of us. If you elect a human being to office, you'll see human errors.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Oscar Nathan Ballpark

    One Weiner in hand..is worth one Weiner in the bush... .

    June 7, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Haywood Jablowme

    But if you elect a lip flapping jig-a-boo you can always expect worse(Marion Barry).

    June 7, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Oscar Nathan Ballpark

    If rep.Weiner wont resign..will he a least pull out... .?

    June 7, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I just had a comment about the nothingness of the Weiner issue censored.
    Can't you say:
    bu ff, Gol d's Gym, def ecate, u ri nate, Na than's, gi ggle, ho t do g, or...well, I know you can't say s e-
    x in America.
    This is all too silly.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    BTW, I'm up this early so I can hit the gym before a terrible day of work.
    Nobody didn't send me my check. Government ain't no good no more.
    Guess I should of went to school so I could be a rich corporate–whatever. Billionaire and such. They don't never have to work. Raise their taxes so I gets my check.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
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