Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…
This isn’t the first time that Newt’s embittered second wife has emerged in the media to seek revenge for being cheated on and dumped for another woman, although it will most certainly be the last and most decisively inopportune. Karma is such a bitch.
Some may be familiar by now with controversial remarks made to an obscure Jewish cable TV channel last week by current Republican frontrunner Newt Gringrich while desperately trolling for the wingnut evangelical vote in Iowa, declaring that Palestinians are “an invented people” – essentially, nothing but a deceitful, illegitimate fabrication of the pernicious “liberal media”… Or something along those lines.
As I understand the crux of Newt’s argument, it’s that “Palestine” never existed as an independent nation-state, but was only a vague regional sub-set of the Ottoman Empire populated by generic “Arabs” with no particular ties or rights to the land they happened to inhabit and reside in at the time the Ottoman hegemony collapsed after WWI and the area in question was carved up by Britain and France… Therefore, they have no legitimate standing as a distinct group of people.
Some Christian commenters sympathetic to the Zionist cause have further embellished Newt’s assertion by selectively mining the etymology of the word “Palestinian” to purport that this refers to “Land of the Philistines” (a derogative slur they claim was attributed to the region by the Roman Emperor Hadrian) and therefore, according to some convoluted logical leaps and bounds, as the current residents of the area are not ancient “Philistines” then they must ipso facto, ergo sum be “invented”… QED.
According to this same standard, I’m curious as to what other people may have been arbitrarily “invented”… Americans, for example. Or for that matter the “English” or the “French”… For goodness sake, at some point or other, isn’t just about anybody part of an “invented people” in some respect?
As you may have heard, according to evangelist Harold Camping, the Rapture is going to occur on May 21st – this weekend!
For true believers concerned about the post-Doomsday fate of their pets, some atheists are happy to provide a solution. For a fee of $135 plus $20 for each additional animal (payable in advance, naturally) a company called Eternal Earth-Bound Pets will drive to your home within 24 hours, find your dog, cat, bird, or caged rodent and adopt it for up to 10 years.
Advice for the Raptured Update: Somegreybloke offers some courteous tips for those about to be teleported to the great hereafter. You know, don‘t drive, don’t go on a vengeful pre-Rapture killing spree… that sort of thing.
Thanks to “Philosoraptor” in the comments for that one.
Gays and Evangelicals face off at the Fort Worth, Texas stockyards.
Priceless quote from gay cowboy Matt Pope: “There’s no need for overdoing it. You shouldn’t have to force it down somebody’s throat.” Indeed.
Frank Schaeffer discusses the lunacy of right-wing evangelical Christians. A recent poll disclosed that 1/3 “conservatives” believe that President Obama is the “anti-Christ”…
“A village cannot reorganize village life to suit the village idiot — it’s as simple as that.”
h/t: Dave in the comments for bringing this to my attention.
A great description of Rick Warren by Rob Boston of Americans United for the Separation of Church & State appearing on Countdown earlier tonight.
Maybe this was a “shrewd” move by Obama, but quite frankly, as the controversy continues to unwind, it’s looking dumber all the time.
Update: Sully softens his tone after looking at David Brody’s inbox… Meanwhile, John Cole has come to the firm conclusion that anyone who uses the phrase “slap in the face” needs a swift kick in the ass.
For people already decided about one candidate or another, the Saddleback forum probably won’t do anything to change their minds. If anything, it might just have served to confirm or reinforce their convictions about each man.
The two candidates took markedly different approaches. Obama seemed to treat his time as an intimate personal conversation with Warren, looking directly at the pastor when he spoke and only rarely turning to the crowd. He talked a lot about his faith — at one point quoting from the New Testament — and spoke eloquently about how it informs his life and politics. Although borrowing occasionally from his campaign speeches, for the most part he seemed to be extemporizing and was clearly attempting to process the various implications of Warren’s questions. Overall, he came off as thoughtful and genuine, although, it has to be said, not terribly engaging.
McCain was much more gregarious, essentially turning the event into a town hall. He usually spoke directly to the audience, punctuating about every fifth sentence with his catchphrase “my friends.” Clearly uncomfortable talking about his faith, McCain avoided being personal by stringing together jokes and anecdotes — which seemed to play well with the crowd (several commenters at LGF noted that he would the better guy to have a beer with because he had “neat stories”) — together with material from his stump speech. Compared to Obama, who generally spoke in long, nuanced sentences and made subtle points, McCain was much more direct and a lot of his answers sounded pretty stilted and canned. Several times he interrupted Warren to answer a question with a quick, one-sentence response, suggesting perhaps that Saddleback’s “Cone of Silence” may have been inoperative, or at least a dubious concept.
I didn’t stick around for the pundits’ wrap-up because we went out for dinner straight afterwards, but following up later, the consensus seems to be that McCain was the clear “winner” of the event. Whether it’s right to think about winners and losers in a forum like this is debatable. In any case, each candidate had specific objectives and, for the most part, they seemed to achieve them. McCain will have buttressed support with evangelical Christians that had been lagging behind expectations and Obama may have dispelled the notion that he’s the anti-Christ incarnate — or worse, a Muslim.