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5 Things JFK Turtles Could Have Said But Did Not

Malaclemys terrapin (Diamondback Terrapin)

Diamondback Terrapin (Image via Wikipedia)

Another week gone by.  The news of the week?  Blah, blah, blah, and turtles tweeting from a runway at JFK International Airport in New York.  Yes, turtles.  Yes, tweeting.  On Wednesday, the media frenzy ignited to tell us that Runway 4L at JFK had been shut down for an hour to move some 100 turtles who were making the annual pilgrimage to the sandy spot on the other side of the runway where they lay eggs (http://n.pr/kh86XG).  Soon, the turtles had opened a Twitter account (@JFKTurtles).  In 2 days, they amassed 8,140 followers while sending out just 210 tweets.  Out of sheer amazement, I read many of those tweets, and I was most inspired by the following retweet:

@FollowSven: @JFKTurtles You’re probably the most boring Twitter account I’ve ever seen. #SaySomethingWitty

Agreed.  And so, here are…

5 Things JFK Turtles Could Have Said But Did Not

  1. Consult your flight training manual.  Mother Nature always has the right of way.
  2. Where the hell are you all going, and what’s the rush?
  3. Move us?  Move the runway!  We have been here forever.
  4. Normally, we drink water, but for some reason, we would like a tomato juice now.
  5. You touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.

A Beaten Weiner

Anthony Weiner

Anthony Weiner, Flaws and All

So, after what seems like an eternity of Weiner coverage in the media–dare I say, it appeared to be Weiner envy at times–all of the morally righteous in America, as well as the Democrats who contributed mightily to the Weiner whacking, got what they wanted.  They have beaten this Weiner into submission.  What a shame, I say.  Generally speaking, I believe that people get what they deserve in life, but why should a guy who embarrassed himself and lied to cover it up be forced to resign?  By all accounts, he was a perfectly competent Congressman.  In fact, he was seen as a high performer, until his personal life became the center of attention.  Members of Congress are not perfect human beings anymore than you or I.  His story echoes of the tragic fall taken by former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.  Now there was a guy who had what we really need in politics–a fearless bulldog, with a bite to back up his bark.  But he, too, was forced to resign because of his personal failings.  Why can we not forgive politicians for their personal transgressions and judge them based upon their performance?  Forgiveness is a forgotten virtue.