Archive for May 31, 2008

Cue the sleezy gee-tar musicWell, scratch that.

He did, after 20 long years as a member of the black liberation church, or so goes the story in Yahoo!

“I’m not denouncing the church and I’m not interested in people who want me to denounce the church,” he said, adding that the new pastor at Trinity and “the church have been suffering from the attention my campaign has focused on them.”

Selfless, ain’t he? This is called a PR move, and quite honestly, it’s several months too late. This is the bold step he should have taken when Jeremiah Wright opened his now infamous and vilified trap. Instead, it was the theosophical POV, “Wright is old school, that’s how they roll, not me though and I can’t be held responsible.” Guess what, sir… you were. It’s called ‘guilt by association’.

Politically, if this country fully understood what McCain was all about, and didn’t hold the disdain for President Bush that it unfortunately does, Obama’s popularity would have tanked. (BTW, any time there is guile for the President, it’s not good. Regardless of party or preference.) Instead, he gave a few great speeches, McCain hit Letterman and Hillary was… well, she was Hillary [anyone hear that toilet flushing?].

Welcome to In-Decision 2008.

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When will this 2008 presidential election end again? Summer of 2016? Man, the longer these primaries go on, the more we see the dire need to depoliticize the pulpit (as Wall Watchers did here, there and this place).

If there is any pastor out there who hasn’t learned from the fallible jaunts into the political circle of Jesse Burns…er, Jackson and Pat Robertson, allow HiScrivener to save you the trouble. Don’t! As a matter of fact, if you have a choice to perish painfully in a plane crash and decide to erroneously dub someone the next president of the United States, buckle up. IJS.

First, Obama meets the ‘Wright’ stuff. Then, McCain didn’t like the taste of ‘Parsley’ on his dinner to help it go down. Not too far afterwards, McCain gets some unexpected Texas hospitality. Now, not to be outdone, Obama has this utter fool to deal with…

Meet Father... yeah, that’s what I said too… FATHER (as in Priest) Michael Pfleger. Evidently, he didn’t think his 15 minutes had even started, so he makes some flippant comments about Hillary Clinton at… oh, what’s that place… Trinity United Church of Christ.

So, in reference to the headline and much like the great game of PONG, it was tit for tat… blip (pause) blip (pause) and blip. Rev. Mike throws it down at TUCC and Obama issues this:

“As I have traveled this country, I’ve been impressed not by what divides us, but by all that unites us. That is why I am deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger’s divisive, backward-looking rhetoric, which does not reflect the country I see or the desire of people across America to come together in common cause.”

Yes, that’s lovely… completely contrived and staged for the sound bite. You would think he would have a dose more vigor with that message. Rev. Mike notices his 15 minutes are up, skips back in the spotlight for his ‘blip’:

“I regret the words I chose on Sunday. These words are inconsistent with Senator Obama’s life and message, and I am deeply sorry if they offended Senator Clinton or anyone else who saw them.”

A couple of notes from a spin doctor’s POV:

  • Notice he doesn’t apologize for offending TUCC. I suppose after that rousing applause, he didn’t sense the need from the Lord.
  • “I’m very unpolitical” [guffaw]. If they knew that was said with tongue firmly planted in cheek, there’s no way he regrets those words “he chose.” The media was hoodwinked, bamboozled, run-amuck, led astray… (for those adoring Malcolm Little).
  • Of course they are inconsistent with Barack Obama’s life. He is sociologically and ideologically caught between repositioning and reparations. So, come on with that jive.
  • Hey Rev., heard that saying, “Do it once, shame on me. Twice, shame on you.” He did it about seven times to Hillary. So, if you believe that was sincere, I got first dibs on some real estate.
  • And last but not least, his flub on YouTube has received more than 360,000 hits. I think his 15 minutes just got a reprieve.

Yeah, this guy

[NEWS FLASH: For the story on Eddie Long’s sexual abuse scandal, visit here. Peace.]

In a dazzling touch of irony, Jay Bakker’s and Soulforce’s media manipulative PR stunt… er, national tour of only five megachurches to create awareness about gay rights in spiritual environments will land at Bishop Eddie Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga.

The tour, which has been here and here, will go to Willow Creek and Saddleback after speaking with Long’s staff… because who really thinks Bishop Long is going to be in that meeting anyway.

Why the irony? Long has been a bold advocate against same-sex marriages by leading marches in Atlanta espousing the cause. Now, Soulforce thinks they will find common ground with this guy? Just like with Joel, the press release is currently in the proofreading stages set to hit the wire on Monday

Why me?Sounds like an abduction of sorts, doesn’t it? Well, it is.

Almost 500 kids – innocent, blameless children – are now held bound and gagged by a roll of good old fashioned red tape. Newest to the saga in Texas court is a halt from ONE judge to reunite these kids with their mothers. If these mothers have any hope to get their kids back, they have to march to the courthouse (with lawyers in-tow no doubt) and sign en-masse a new agreement.

So, let me get this straight: the Texas Supreme Court laid the smackdown on the federal raid of the YFZ Ranch and ruled the abduction… er, kidnapping… I mean, saving of those kids was performed without proper justification. However, until all the legal teams and its representation (the mothers) sing Kumbaya, there are no family reunion plans.

Pathetic. There is something to be said for what these mothers and children have dealt with SINCE the state got involved. Was there abuse inside the friendly combine of Warren Jeffs’ ranch? Without question. Are they brainwashed? Probably. Are some of the babies having babies? Sure. Is any of this mess their fault? Not a bit.

And all the while, the state government is stockpiling evidence against Jeffs by collecting his DNA (buried from the lead in the attached story). However, not one story has been posted, reported or placed on the Wall about the freakish disciples… er, men… nah, males inside the ranch that found something sexy about a 14-year old girl. Where are those legal matters? Hmmmm…

You know, when this is all settled, the mothers of those children may have grounds for an entirely new and entertaining legal battle. As the natives in N’awlins say, “Les bons temps rouler.” Yeah, that spells “Ka-ching” in any language.