When news broke that former congressman Anthony Weiner’s latest career endeavor would be a New York City restaurant/culinary school, we felt compelled to help somehow. It’s the least we could do for all the fodder he’s provided over the years.
The key to any successful business (other than a good product) is a catchy name. So we turned to our brilliant Loop Fans to come up with the perfect one.
Many couldn’t resist the obvious phallic joke, but they kept it clean, mostly.
We’ve narrowed the “Name the Anthony Weiner Restaurant Contest” entries to our favorite five. We hope Weiner will reconsider Rockaway Restoration Kitchen, his current working name for the restaurant in Rockaway Beach, Queens, a neighborhood still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. (Though if “restoration” is also a play on his public image, then maybe it is the perfect name?)
The winners (in no particular order) are:
●Outfront Steakhouse — submitted by Department of Transportation program manager Kevin Dopart of the District.
●SELFIE’s – submitted by environmental consultant James Cohn of New York.
Chez Penisse – submitted by University of Florida physics professor Peter Hirschfeld of Gainesville, Fla. (A second submission came in with this name, but we awarded it to the first entry.)
Politics and Pose — submitted by marketing consultant Holly Hemphill of Falls Church.
The Weiner’s Circle — submitted by retiree Hal Handerson of Arlington.
We often get entries from overseas, and although he did not win, we want to recognize our very first entry this go-round from Ray Comeau, a retiree in Chongqing, China. He proposed Mr. Winkie’s Kishka, and explained: “The first part of the name sounds close to well-known American chains Wendy’s (the hamburger chain) and Wimpy (the hamburger-eating Popeye character). The second part of the name honors Weiner’s ethnicity (Jewish) and love of a good sausage.”
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all for your always creative entries. And a special Loop thanks to our colleagues Karen Tumulty, Katie Zezima and David A. Fahrenthold for judging the submissions.
The State Department, the Pentagon and the House of Representatives informed their diplomats, soldiers and lawmakers, respectively, this week that they may not participate in the viral Ice Bucket Challenge for research on ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
State sent a cable, first obtained by the Associated Press, to embassies around the world alerting them that accepting the challenge was against ethics rules, which forbid government officials to use their public office for private gain, “no matter how worthy a cause.”
At least two ambassadors had already taken the challenge: Dan Shapiro , U.S. ambassador to Israel, and Kristie Kenney , the U.S. ambassador to Thailand. But Kenney, posting a photo on Twitter, didn’t specifically say she was supporting ALS, and she urged people to make a donation to any charity, so that may be within the rules.
The Defense Department’s Office of General Counsel put the kibosh on military officials taking the challenge as well. The Military Times reported that Pentagon service members and employees “cannot have ice dumped on them while in uniform — including civilian uniforms” because they cannot be seen as endorsing any cause.
House members also found out this week that they cannot take part in any public icing. Politico reported Tuesday that an e-mail was sent from the House Administration Committee saying: “No doubt, this is for an admirable cause. There is a prohibition in the Members Handbook and in the Ethics Manual on the use of official resources for the promotion or benefit of any private charitable cause.”
Several members of Congress then deleted tweets that showed them accepting the challenge, according to Sunlight Foundation’s Politwoops site, which archives deleted tweets.
We reached out to the Senate to see if the same rules apply to the senators but did not get a response.
Just in case you haven’t had enough ice bucket news this August:
On Thursday, Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, the latest in a long line of public officials and celebrities to accept the ALS challenge, made the most interesting nomination we’ve seen yet: the head of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre . And he’s going to do it.
Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt by a gunman in 2011, has ever since been a leader in the effort to strengthen gun-control laws. LaPierre has dedicated his life to making sure that doesn’t happen.
So it was quite a statement when Kelly, with Giffords standing by his side, named LaPierre as one of the people he nominated to take an ice bath.
“And finally Wayne LaPierre, the head of the National Rifle Association, who we do hope one day we can agree upon more than just supporting ALS and Lou Gehrig’s disease research,” Kelly said in a video posted to Facebook just before he was doused in ice water as his wife giggled.
Through a spokesman, LaPierre announced he would accept.
“Wayne will be doing the ice bucket challenge for ALS. He will also be sending a check,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam let us know. “He will do it when he returns from being on the road.”
We await the video.
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