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…But Don’t Worry, Some Of His Best Friends Are Gay People.

Apparently it’s not enough to appoint official and unofficial Republicans to his cabinet and staff, now Obama has to choose James-Dobson-with-a-smiley-face to give the invocation at his inaugural.  Aravosis has a great rundown of all Warren’s zealoutry and bigotry – this here is my favorite:

Lamenting the “tyranny of activist judges,” who obstruct the will of the majority, he evinces no understanding of minority rights or the judiciary’s role in enforcing them. Explaining his views about homosexuality and gay rights, he notes, “I don’t think that homosexuality is the worst sin,” and, “By the way, my wife and I had dinner at a gay couple’s home two weeks ago. So I’m not [a] homophobic guy, okay?”

Yes, that’s right: He really did play the some-of-my-best-friends-are-gay card (um, the gay couple was home at the time, right?).  Well done, Rick.

And Obama has just validated this wanker by giving him a national platform, so Warren will have extra credibility when he inevitably speaks out against progressive initiatives like abortion rights and gay marriage.  My only question is whether he’ll make it worse by speaking out against them at the inaugural.

If Warren sticks to “May God bless America and Obama and give him the strength and wisdom to get us out of this ditch,” then I suppose it can be spun as a call for the religious right to rally behind the president in these trying times (good luck with that), but if he starts spouting right-wing culture war talking points, then Obama will have managed to get himself punk’d on his very first day, which is not auspicious.  The only possible silver lining would be if Warren overreaches and discredits himself, but if history is any indication, the only way he could damage his credibility would be to have sex with a guy right up there on stage… and even that might not be enough.

2 comments December 17th, 2008 at 10:37pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Obama,Religion,Teh Gay

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News-Blogging

Crennel 2

Crennel 3

Not sure whether all the Steeler fans around here will consider this a good thing or a bad thing…

In a bizarre act, eerily reminiscent of the Samuel Jackson death scene in the movie “Deep Blue Sea,” Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel was swallowed whole this morning by the Lake Erie Monster upon returning back from Philadelphia at the Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio.


According to eyewitnesses on the scene, Crennel had assembled the team on the tarmac at the Burke airport on the shores of Lake Erie. After the 4-10 Browns deplaned, Crennel asked the weary team to huddle up for a motivational talk.

Crennel stood in front of his men and told them, “Nature can be lethal, but it doesn’t hold a candle to man. Now you’ve seen how bad things can get, and how quick they can get that way. Well, they can get a whole lot worse.  So we’re not going to fight anymore. We’re going to pull together and we’re going to find a way to get out of here. First, we are going to score a touch-”.

Before the embattled Coach could finish his speech, a long-necked sea monster rose out of the frigid waters and devoured the coach in front of his team.

U.S. Coast Guard petty officer Byron Firdelis, an ardent Browns supporter, told reporters that the Cleveland-based Lake Erie Coast Guard would not initiate a search for Crennel. Firdelis said, “We can’t take the risk of jeopardizing men in the search for a Coach that has now had 3 10-loss seasons in 4 years.  Besides, Crennel is not a strong swimmer. Our recommendation to Browns management is to finalize discussions with Bill Cowher as quickly as possible.”

If you can’t coach, stay away from the water.

December 17th, 2008 at 11:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

Am I Getting Too Paranoid?

Quite frankly, I only trust the Democratic leadership a tiny bit more than I trust the GOP, so maybe I’m reading too much into this:

Getting on the House Ways and Means Committee isn’t easy. Some lawmakers spend years demonstrating their case to leadership, showing their fund-raising prowess and building a legislative record.

And there’s no better time to be a committee Democrat than now — unless, apparently, you’re Raul M. Grijalva.

The Arizona Democrat did the unthinkable Tuesday, declining a Ways and Means seat that he had won just last week, giving up the chance to shape tax, trade and health-care policy in the 111th Congress.

In a statement, Grijalva said the spot on the exclusive panel would have forced him to give up his chairmanship of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands on the House Committee on Natural Resources. There, he plans to continue working on issues such as preventing uranium mining in the Grand Canyon.

Public lands are “where his passion lies,” spokeswoman Natalie Luna said.

She said Grijalva did not seek the coveted Ways and Means appointment this time around, although he did two years ago.

That’s in contrast to the usual pattern. Several of the other four Democrats who won Ways and Means seats — Brian Higgins of New York, Danny K. Davis of Illinois, John Yarmuth of Kentucky and Bob Etheridge of North Carolina — actively sought the job.

Okay, so – a progressive Democrat with a “passion” for protecting public lands gets offered a coveted Ways and Means seat that he didn’t even ask for… but the rules would require him to surrender the chair of his environmental subcommittee.  Does that sound fishy to anyone else but me?  Like maybe the party leadership didn’t want him chairing that subcommittee, but didn’t want to be obvious about it, so they tried to entice him into surrendering it voluntarily rather than preventing him from attaining it in the first place?

Is it time for me to don the Tinfoil Hat Of Shame?

1 comment December 17th, 2008 at 07:53am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Environment

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