June 8, 2011: Mensch of the Week; Putz of the Week

June 8, 2011: Mensch of the Week; Putz of the Week  A mensch is a Yiddish word that means “a

June 8, 2011: Mensch of the Week; Putz of the Week

A mensch is a Yiddish word that means “a person of integrity.” A mensch is someone who is responsible, has a sense of right and wrong and is the sort of person other people look up to. In English the word has come to mean “a good guy.”


Mensch of The Week: We have Governor Christie supporting charter schools and the destruction of the NJEA. We have Senator Michael Doherty advocating for a “fair” fund distribution plan of state education aid that would bring more aid to the rich suburbs and take needed money away from the inner cities of Newark and Camden. The GOP talks endlessly about school vouchers and our ‘failing school system’. Well, they’re all wrongheaded.

This week, we found out that New Jersey high schools are doing something right and the state’s 87 percent graduation rate is proof of that. According to a Diplomas Count 2011 press release issued Tuesday, New Jersey graduation rates are the highest in the nation, at 86.9. Take that GOP.

So, this we recognize NJ’s high school teachers, administrators, parents and students and their accomplishments. The NJ high school system is our Mensch of the Week.

Putz of The Week: A putz is literally, vulgar slang for penis. More offensive than the schmuck, which can be used affectionately or teasingly. Putz also can be a stupid, ignorant person; someone who doesn’t pay attention to anything going on; one who makes stupid remarks.

Congressman Anthony Weiner (NY-9)  had a very bright future in politics. He has been a tireless fighter for all that is right on progressive political side of the aisle. Abortion rights. Healthcare. He was the leading contender to be the next mayor of New York. His friends included actor Ben Affleck and comedian Jon Stewart. And he represents my old neighborhood in Brooklyn.

But, On May 27, 2011, Weiner sent a link via Twitter to a photograph on yfrog showing his erect penis concealed by briefs to a 21-year-old woman in Bellingham,Washington who was “following” him on the social media website. As they say in Yiddish, “קלוג, קלוג, ניט אַזוי קלוג.” (“Smart, smart, not so smart.”)

For ruining his political career by having a need to show his penis to the world and having a last name that makes it certain that “Weiner jokes” will last well into the next century, future ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner is our Putz of The Week.

  June 8, 2011: Mensch of the Week; Putz of the Week