Posts Tagged ‘Mike Huckabee’

gods-top-10Huzzah! Another list for HiScrivener to enjoy, although this one is a tad more newsworthy.

Recently, Time magazine (with a little assist from FaithWorld on Reuters) came out with its conspicuous collection of the “Top 10 religion stories of the year.” Hrm, let’s see, shall we?

  1. The Economy Stumps Religion – Saddleback. Rev. Wright. The “Huckster”. Infamous endorsements. Evangelicals jump ship and get romanced by an elephant. And all that gets trumped by a recession?! Ah well, we tried to keep God in the headlines.
  2. Never Count the Mormons Out – Being a PR type, you are always thinking for a way out of a crisis. Considering the ballyhoo the FLDS stirred up in Texas and Mitt Romney swooned nationally, the holy skivvies got together and figured out a way to get back in the good graces of the media – protest gay marriage. Yeah, that’ll fix ’em.
  3. The Pope Wows the States – During John Paul’s trek to beatification and sainthood, swarthy priests and their impious relationships with altar boys monopolized headlines, so the new guy had to find a way to shine a light a sweetness on the Vatican. Maybe B16 has heard of the greatness of “A Tribe Called Quest,” because he went on an “Award Tour” from NYC to DC. Good times on those frequent flyer miles, Il Papa.
  4. The Canterbury non-Tale – Anglicans. Episcopalians. Poh-tay-toe. Poe-ta-toe. What’s the difference besides each being on the the other side of an ocean? Oh yeah. that whole “You can be gay, and still be an effective witness for Jesus” thingy.
  5. America’s Unfaithful Faith – Somethings in life are worth shopping – homes, cars, wardrobes. However, faith is not one of them, and this story shows that folk don’t care because denominations were being swapped out like rolls of toilet paper. Once someone gets done with personal business in the confessional… well, you get the analogy.
  6. Tibet’s Monks Rebel – And who says the Olympics are always predictable? What’s sad is some think the Dalai Lama was behind this massacre. Wonder if Richard Gere had to say anything about his BFF?
  7. The Birth of the New Evangelicalism – It’s been an interesting year for the Church. While some say the religious right has taken a turn for the “left”, others – as in this story – say they have gotten more vociferous than ever. I suppose something should be for those youth groups after all.
  8. The Challenge of Recession – It’s hard to give an offering when you have nothing to offer, but somehow the Church will overcome. Otherwise, we will all be singing Kumbaya in some field with the tarantualas and tumbleweeds. Hey wait, maybe those compounds are on to something?!
  9. When Kosher wasn’t Kosher – When I think of child labor and sweat shops, I think of cheap cotton sweatsuits and fancy girlie clothes, not Kosher meat. When this story came out, synagogues everywhere were reconsidering their menu… and possibly what’s in their closet.
  10. Extraterrestrials May Already be Saved – I knew I was on to something! What is still the most popular post of “The Writing on the Wall,” is now one of the biggest faith-based stories of the year. Good on ya’ Wall Watchers. And to think, the Vatican still employs a dude who consults his Tarot cards more than his Bible. We still have work to do.

Initially, what’s up with former Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mick Huckabee?! Dude left the campaign trail, signed on as a political hack for FOX News and now has parlayed that into a full-time gig with his own show.

Yes, Mike “Baptist pastor gone Arkansas governor funny guy” Huckabee!

And he scored a coup that no one else in America did – an exclusive interview with the ubiquitious and awfully-maligned “Joe the Plumber”. All nine minutes are below, and it’s worth the listen while gnawing on a sandwich during a lunch break:

MY TURN: This is a man who bowed up and asked Sen. Obama a question regarding an economic plan that has small business owners perplexed and irascible. In short, he wanted to know how he could have the money to afford to keep his business open while his profit is being “spread around” like fertilizer on the plains. Fitting because this fact that Joe is as famous as he is would be considered poo-poo anyway!

That one question has made him the poster boy of the GOP and the public enemy #1 of the DNC. Joe… meet politics.

This dude has been vetted more than Sarah Palin! Now – thanks largely to the uber “we loathe Bush” publication New York Timeswe know he has no plumber’s license (which is not needed until employ), owes some cash on back taxes (um, and the NYT doesn’t?!) and doesn’t belong to a union (AND?!).The guy can’t even walk outside in his skivvies to get the morning paper without 10 TV cameras judging the brand of his whitie-tighties.

Are liberal parvenus so timid and insecure that when an outsider dominates headlines that you have to impale him above the fold? Leave the guy alone! When this becomes a country where are not permitted to ask our representatives questions without fear of reprocution, then I’ll become like Michael Jackson and beat it in some other country.

But wait! There’s more… Here’s Part Deux:

And so, this is a tragic microcosm of politics and the voting process in this country. Who cares about issues?! That’s boring, so let’s drum up drama and dig up some dirt on the candidates and the many brainwashed devoutees who support them. Right? Just ask Joe. The man will probably be skiddish to vote from now on, and all because the national media ran out of monkey feces to fling against the wall.

All I know is if Joe can’t parlay all this attention into a ramp-up for his business, forget the tax break Obama’s plan may stick him with… he may need to get a loan to support his staff. All things happen for a reason. Maybe the media camped out on his lawn will settle him for life.

So, to use a line from Joe, “Hey media. Stick all that in your pipe and smoke it!”

I heart HuckabeeHave you seen this story from the AP concerning former governor Mike Huckabee finally getting off the unemployment line?

Evidently, FOX News needs another talking head to bounce theories off Bill O’Reilly. So, they go out and throw some dollars in front of a preacher.

Hey, don’t get me wrong, I would take the bait too. Who better to talk smack about this historic election than a man who was a part of it?

Now, it’s easy for those who voted for him or who live in Little Rock, Ark. to be altruistic and believe Huckabee took the gig to inform and educate the public about the presidential election.

Although admirable, let’s remember that he is BOTH a preacher AND a politician. He should have two sets of lips plastered across his grill.

Take this comment:

“I hope to bring the unique perspective from `inside the dragon’s belly’ as well as to try and speak for the millions of hardworking middle-class Americans who really do feel that their voices are not being heard,” Huckabee said in a statement released by his daughter, Sarah. “I saw that on the campaign trail and continue to see as I speak to groups of all kinds around the country as well as campaign for other candidates.”

That said, keep in mind Huckabee is on the short list for a Veep nod from McCain, which leaves HiScrivener to think, “I wonder if he is shilling for another job.” Come on, we all know if you work at a church, odds are you aren’t making a slaying on your 401K fund.

Good on ya’ Mike. Knock ’em dead come ratings season. I’m sure FOX will ‘heart Huckabee‘ as well.

Who shot who?Now that Mike Huckabee is no longer running for President, he is picking up his treasure chest and filling it up with royalties from speaking opportunities for the next four years.

This week, we find Ol’ Huck at the annual NRA convention in Louisville, KY. Considering he is an educated man – and a GODLY ONE too – one would think he would have consulted his history books (as well as the Spirit of God) for this little tryst in American history called, “The Civil Rights Movement.”

You see, as you will note in the video clip of the accompanying story, in the middle of Huckabee’s address, there was a loud noise backstage, to which he doltishly replies:

“That was Barack Obama, he just tripped off a chair, he’s getting ready to speak,” said the former Arkansas governor, to audience laughter. “Somebody aimed a gun at him and he dove for the floor.”

I’m sorry. This is a family forum and one that seeks the heart of the Lord, but what the…

Seriously? In the midst of the most historic presidential election of ever, a Christian and a former hopeful candidate (who understands a thing or two about security detail) thought he would pull a funny and offer humorous insight about the demise of Lincoln, Kennedy (both of them) and what narrowly escaped Reagan – a bullet aimed at this office.

But this lighthearted quip would be foreshadowing because you know there are some torpid, brain-dead lovers of guns that still consider the 3/5 Compromise a viable and valuable piece of legislation.

So, even though the NRA (which I support in premise by the way, in case you were trying to peg me party-wise… MEMO to those – stop trying and keep reading the wall, it’s the issues that matter) evidently thought this was good for a giggle, it wasn’t. And shame on those that did, including the speaker.

If any wall watcher has an ‘in’ to the former Governor, please send him this riveting video. Maybe after viewing it, he (and the hebetudinous patrons of the convention) will understand some things just ain’t funny.

But alas, as the Five Stairsteps brilliantly sing in this call to action, “Someday…”