Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Stuffed With Staffers: George's Press Conference Had Extras In The Seats!

On Thursday, are they going to rent millions of televisions and turn them on to improve the ratings?

(By Dana Milbank, Washington Post)
Tuesday, January 13, 2009; Page A03

The White House had high expectations for yesterday's final, historic news conference. "ONE CORRESPONDENT PER ORGANIZATION," proclaimed the bulletin sent to reporters. "STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR NON-SEAT HOLDERS." But when the appointed hour of 9:15 a.m. arrived, the last two rows in the seven-row briefing room were empty, and a press aide told White House interns to fill those seats.

And they were probably told to remove their shoes. This situation brings home one point: Bush's White House was theater. It was showmanship. It was a stage extravaganza wrapped up within a movie and covered by a circus.

Ziegfield, Cecil B. DeMille and P.T. Barnum would have been proud!

Just a thought.

Goodbye, Fantasyland: Bush Gets Emotional, The Press Gets Delusional Crap!

"Hey! Didn't I Just See A Unicorn?"

The end-of George's-reign press conference went from sub-prime to Disney fantasy. The only thing missing was Tinker Bell.

Some annotated gems:

On Katrina:

Gesturing and speaking with feeling, he said, "Don't tell me the federal response was slow when there were 30,000 people pulled off roofs right after the storm passed," he said. "Has the reconstruction been perfect? No. Have things happened fairly quickly? Absolutely."

Bush is thinking in Neverland Time: "fairly quickly" meaning "not yet." People can't afford to rebuild anything now. The only reconstruction effected has come with the aid of people like Brad Pitt and journalists like Anderson Cooper. Bush had nothing to do with it.

On popularity:

"In terms of the decisions that I had made to protect the homeland, I wouldn't worry about popularity,"

He only listened to people when they were wire-tapped.

On immigration:

And so my point was, is that our party has got to be compassionate and broad-minded.

Huh?!? He's dragging out the "compassionate conservatism" crap again. That's sooo ancient history. Conservatives broad-minded? Narrow-minded, yes. Broad-minded? In your dreams, George!

The economy:

In terms of the economy, look, I inherited a recession, I am ending on a recession. In the meantime there were 52 months of uninterrupted job growth.

With 52 months of stagnant wages.

On controversy:

You know, Presidents can try to avoid hard decisions and therefore avoid controversy. That's just not my nature.

So that's why he didn't want to testify before the 9-11 committee.

On America's image:

I strongly disagree with the assessment that our moral standing has been damaged. It may be damaged amongst some of the elite, but people still understand America stands for freedom, that America is a country that provides such great hope.

The "elite" include half of the world. The only country that really liked a visit from him was Albania, the wonder of the Balkans.

(On retirement)

I'm a Type A personality, you know, I just -- I just can't envision myself, you know, the big straw hat and Hawaiian shirt sitting on some beach.

Would that he be on a beach - at St. Helena. His stupidity must be stranded on a desert isle: George meet Gilligan.

Just a thought.

Mars Hill Megachurch: A Blankety-blank Macho Jesus Theology

Now It's The M****r F****n' Church of Tinsel Face!

Where Jesus is not a "Sky Fairy"
(from New York Times, Jan. 6, 2009 -
Who Would Jesus Smack Down? by Molly Worthen)
“Pastor Mark, is masturbation a valid form of birth control?”

Driscoll doesn’t miss a beat: “I had one guy quote Ecclesiastes 9:10, which says, ‘Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.’ ” The audience bursts out laughing. Next Pastor Mark is warning them about lust and exalting the confines of marriage, one hand jammed in his jeans pocket while the other waves his Bible. Even the skeptical viewer must admit that whatever Driscoll’s opinion of certain recreational activities, he has the coolest style and foulest mouth of any preacher you’ve ever seen.

Pastor Mark Driscoll preaches hellfire and brimstone with old Calvinist theology: you know, the no matter what you do on earth, good or bad, you're pre-destined to go to heaven or hell kind of theology. He's in Seattle.

Seattle, please keep him there.

His homophobic, misogynistic rhetoric packs in the creme de la creme of skinheads, goths and bad-assed youth that Seattle can come up with. He's reviled by both ends of the Christian church yard stick: the Right hates his cursing while the Progressives hate his Calvinist, hellfire theology.
The mainstream church, Driscoll has written, has transformed Jesus into “a Richard Simmons, hippie, queer Christ,” a “neutered and limp-wristed popular Sky Fairy of pop culture that . . . would never talk about sin or send anyone to hell.”

After Cowboy churches, Prosperity church-stadiums, basement churches, "unchurched" churches with skateboard parks (Rick Warren), now comes the church of the Blessed Blankity-Blanks.

Question: after almost 2000 years, can't these guys get it right?

Just a thought.

Even Christofascists Hate Coulter!

Dumb and Dumber - Which Is Which?

This is one for the books: Ann Coulter hates Mike Huckabee and Mike Huckabee hates her back! While on his Fox show Huckabee took Coulter to task about the things she's said about him:

"He's a stupid Christian, he's easily led," she said of Huckabee in December 2007. In another clip, she complained, "I don't think he's very bright. That's why they like him. He's their version of an evangelical. They'd like him better if he still weighed 600 pounds. That would be perfect."

Yes, Ann, Huckabee IS stupid. Christofascism is stupid. As a Christofascist yourself would know that. You're an Elmer Gantry and Huckabee is an Elmer Fudd trying to be a Gantry. However, you called some of your own readers/supporters stupid. That is VERY stupid. And about the 600 lb joke, Ann: Huckabee's gaining it back.

You should have waited a while.

Just a thought.

NOTICE: Ann Coulter - every time - wearing a short, tight skirt and a long, tighter face.