1:00 PM yesterday
commented on Christian Blogosphere Says the Real Problem with the Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Scandal Is "Idolatry"
Religion, based as it is on the unknowable and untestable, is forever dogged by the problem of who is qualified to lead—"a genuine calling to the ministry," as above, or "discernment of a vocation," as the Catholic church pompously phrases it.
But at least the major branches and denominations have some kind of hierarchy with lots of hidebound, moss-covered tradition and lots of frowning elders to keep up a certain level of decorum.
All these proliferating lifestyle megachurches seem to have only tenuous affiliations at best, leaving the people at their helms largely free to float whatever bullshit their congregations can be browbeaten to swallow.
8:17 AM yesterday
commented on Associated Press Slams White House for Photographic "Propaganda"
The notion that substantive meetings between national or world leaders can (or should) take place while photographers move around the room is ridiculous. If you've ever tried to do real work while being photographed for any purpose, you know this, and that's leaving aside the fact that "photojournalists" don't unscrew their ears and leave them at the door.
Every photo ever taken by an outsider in the Oval Office was at a "photo op," after which the shutterbugs are herded out and the purpose of the gathering proceeds. I'm sure even Pete Souza is told to get lost, or absents himself, on a regular basis during the day.
Maybe "W" had more photo ops, but then he had Darth Cheney and the orc army in the tunnels doing the real governing. Certainly the Republicans caucusing during the shutdown to decide if they were going to keep fucking the country in the ear, didn't allow access either.
Photos are fun, or wrenching, but real journalism is in words. Just ask the New York Times: click "print" on a story, and the images disappear.
commented on Murray Announces New Staff Shakeups
@ raindrop, government H.R. departments are in... What is it again? ...Oh yes, FREE-MARKET COMPETITION with the private sector for competent staffers. When it's otherwise, you get embarrassing situations like Jacob Zuma's sign-language "translator" (it'll be interesting to see what kind of patronage/nepotism was behind that, huh?). But I'm okay with the CEO-pay-doesn't-exceed-20X-the-lowest-paid-employee rule throughout society if you are.