Friday, December 19, 2008

Top Five At Four

Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold more copies than there are people on the Earth, is going to give President Elect Obama's invocation. This has ignited a kerfuffle, since Warren has not been shy, like most preachers, about his opposition to gay marriage. However, he is anti poverty and anti human misery, which is frankly more important. He is wrong about gay marriage, and the future will prove him so. As Dr. King said, the arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice. (He was quoting someone else, but I don't recall who that was and I am too lazy too look it up.)

Mark Teixeira, the free agent prize still on the board, is still in limbo. Reportedly, Boston has dropped out of the running when shown offers that Teixeira, a name only a copy editor could love, supposedly has from other teams. But Scott Boras, Teixeira's agent, is infamous for the baseball equivalent of vaporware, "offers" that have originated only in Boras' skull. So it may not yet be over.

Retailers say that Christmas shopping is disappointing. Yet, everytime I have gone into a store this week, it has been PACKED. WTF?

Majel Barrett Roddenberry, widow of the creator of Star Trek, has passed away. While by no means a big fan, I have seen a number of movies and TV shows, and always thoroughly enjoyed each one. RIP.

I'm going to see Jimmy Pardo, standup comedian extraordinaire, at a new comedy club in downtown Philadelphia tonight.


  1. Well, that went without saying. You don't need to put "water is wet" on the list, either. Some things are just natural laws of the known universe.


  2. "He is wrong about gay marriage"

    Obama is against it too. Is he also wrong?

  3. Honestly? Yes.

    Personally, I believe Obama's line about gay marriage was a throwaway. I believe that, deep in his heart, he doesn't have a problem with gay marriage. I don't have any evidence for that belief, though.

    Warren, though, takes the bias to the Sillytown Rick Santorum level, talking about incest and all that garbage. Obama has never done that.

    I firmly believe that, whether it takes 10 years or 50, we will
    someday look back on this period and say "Really? They made LAWS against that? How silly."

  4. "Personally, I believe Obama's line about gay marriage was a throwaway. I believe that, deep in his heart, he doesn't have a problem with gay marriage. I don't have any evidence for that belief, though."

    Yet, the President-Elect has stated that he opposes it. I've seen others say what you say. It appears to be a combination of the following:

    1) Obama is a liar, and that is OK.

    2) He really believes it, but since we love him so, let's imagine that he doesn't and ignore his statements.

    (I'm not necessarily talking about you).

    I think a bigger issue would be made about abortion. While Warren and Obama have the same stated position about gay marriage, Warren opposes abortion and Obama supports it.

  5. You're right. It is a combination of wishful thinking and the fact that, other than metaphorically, gay marriage could be banned forever and it really wouldn't change my life one little bit.

  6. I also think, as someone smarter than me pointed out, (I think it was the Slate Political Gabfest) that even the most hardened pro choicer, if they are being intellectually honest, can understand, but obviously not agree with, a pro life point of view. It's morally consistent. You can see how someone might feel that way, even if you yourself do not. That allows for common ground-Warren and Obama I'm sure both agree that abortions are bad and we should try to reduce them. Clinton has a similar view-while voting and acting pro choice, he tried to make sure they were less necessary.

    I don't think that's true of gay marriage. Objections to it, I think, are just plain silly. I think that, if we could inject Obama with truth serum, he would admit that he doesn't really care about gay marriage, and he just said that to defuse the issue and help him get elected. As I said, I have no evidence for that.

    Plus the Secret Service might object.


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