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  • Some Women Find Barack Obama's Cabinet Picks Too Ballsy

    Here's a fast breaking CNN investigation: Why are some women so "miffed" at the president-elect? (Miffed, by the way, is what we ladies get when angry just seems too hard.)

    It's his Barack-hard abs, right?

    Oh, it isn't?

    [The Obama Cabinet] might be diverse, but not everyone is happy. Some women's groups are disappointed. Among Obama's strongest backers during the election, they now say they don't have enough seats at the table.

    That's because of Obama's 20 announced Cabinet-level posts, five went to women: Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as homeland security secretary, Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, Rep. Hilda Solis as labor secretary, Susan Rice as United Nations ambassador and Lisa Jackson as Environmental Protection Agency chief.

    The job isn't Cabinet-level, but let's remember that Obama also named Mary "Glutton for Punishment" Schapiro as head of the SEC. Still! Women make up 51% of the American population, and only 25% of Obama's Cabinet. What is the deal with that?

    Obama has said he's picking people for their skills and not pandering to special interests.

    Oh, well, of course. Barack Obama would never, ever pander to special interests. It's not his style.

    And he'll swear to that on Rick Warren's Bible.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Men and Women, Rick Warren
  • Is Rick Warren the Right Man to Violate the Separation of Church and State?

    Barack Obama got some guff this week for nominating a friend of Big Corn to be Agriculture Secretary, but it was nothing compared to the brouhaha that's brewhahaing over his choice of Pastor Rick Warren as Secretary of Invocations.

    I'm sorry, I have that wrong. Apparently it's not a cabinet position. It's just the dude who says a prayer at the inauguration.

    So why is this something anyone gives a shit about let alone the biggest news story of the week? Oh, it must be because we maybe shouldn't have a prayer at a Presidential inauguration in the first place, right?


    Well, this must be why I'm not a well-fed TV pundit, because I can't seem to be able to wrap my big dumb head around this at all. But apparently there are liberals who are flipping out because Obama picked a pro-life, anti-gay guy to give the invocation. Meanwhile, conservatives are flipping out because Warren agreed to give an invocation at the inauguration of a pro-choice, pro-gay President. Amazing.

    If only science could create some sort of Ward Churchill/Phyllis Schlafly hybrid beast to give the prayer, perhaps everyone would be happy. Well, everyone except maybe James Madison.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Christianity, Inauguration, Rick Warren
  • Rick Warren Will Give the Invocation at Barack Obama's Inauguration, Also, Santa Claus Isn't Real

    If you hear a rumble of discontent when you open your door this morning, that's just millions of progressives complaining about the fact that unicorn-elect Barack Obama has chosen evangelical preacher Rick Warren to deliver the invocation on January 20.

    Warren, whose Saddleback mega-church in California worships a special mega-Jesus, is most famous for hosting a candidates' forum during the campaign, doing charitable work in Africa and being vehemently opposed to abortion. Also gay people. These last two have some folks in a tizzy…

    * People for the American Way president Kathryn Kolbert is "profoundly disappointed."

    * The Daily Kos-ians are shocked.

    * The commenters at Think Progress just want to know "WHY???" and "WTF??"

    Meanwhile, over at the Huffington Post, Lee Stranahan takes a deep breath and tries to make some sense of the crushing disappointment…

    There's something bigger at play here and you can't say Obama didn't warn you. He talked about reaching out, about expanding our politics and that crazy bastard actually meant it.

    You know what else Barack Obama meant? That it's always smart for American politicians to pander to evangelical voters and their wealthy, well-connected leaders.

    Well, he didn't talk about that, per se.

    But he meant it.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Christianity, Inauguration, Rick Warren, Santa Claus
  • John McCain's Supreme Court Confirmation Votes are None of Our Business

    While we're on the subject of this weekend's candidate Faithfest, Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren offered Barack Obama and John McCain an opportunity to bitch about the Supreme Court, asking "Which existing Supreme Court Justices would you not have nominated?"

    McCain didn't have to think twice

    "With all due respect, Justice Ginsburg, Justice Breyer, Justice Souter, and Justice Stephens."

    This morning Taegan Goddard took the nosy step of comparing that list to McCain's voting record in the Senate…

    McCain wasn't a senator when Stevens was nominated, but why did he nevertheless vote to confirm Ginsburg, Breyer and Souter?

    I have no idea, but this looks like a blatant attempt to invent controversy where none exists. Seriously, what's the point here? It's not like someone, in a big, overly-hyped television interview, asked McCain a question about which Supreme Court justices he would not have voted to confirm.

    I've been searching my newsfeeds for an hour and I don't see any references to anything like that.

    Am I missing something?

    Tags: Christianity, John McCain, Rick Warren, Supreme Court
  • Rick Warren's "Cone of Silence" is No Match for John McCain

    Unfortunately, the term "cone of silence" has just been added to the American political lexicon of terms of terms that we're going to have to hear for fucking ever…

    Senator John McCain was not in a "cone of silence" on Saturday night while his rival, Senator Barack Obama, was being interviewed at the Saddleback Church in California…

    [Rev. Rick] Warren, the pastor of Saddleback, had assured the audience while he was interviewing Mr. Obama that "we have safely placed Senator McCain in a cone of silence" and that he could not hear the questions…

    Mr. Warren started by asking Mr. McCain, "Now, my first question: Was the cone of silence comfortable that you were in just now?"

    Apparently, McCain used the skills he acquired as a POW and somehow managed to escape the dreaded "cone of silence" to perform a reconnaissance mission and listen to Warren's questions for Barack Obama so that he could prepare himself for the interrogation.

    And now we'll have to listen to the term "cone of silence" at least through November.

    I wonder how much those "cones of silence" cost.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Christianity, John McCain, Rick Warren