commented on The Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Scandal: The Plot Thickens...
@7 Actually, no. If/when Driscoll is caught with a cock in his mouth, attendance will drop dramatically and so will the collection. This has played out many times before. There will still be a circle of "disciples" around him (this is a personality cult, after all), but he won't be able to pull in the big bucks anymore. He'll be reduced to doing appearances at all-white hate churches.
commented on A Very Star Trek Christmas
Shatner, Takei, Nimoy & Nichols are still very visible and embrace their role in the Trek universe. That's a huge reason while the original series remains popular.
commented on Michael Medved Starts Silly Rumor About Gary Locke Running for President
Of course Gary Locke is going to run for President. Think of all the landmark achievements from his time as Governor:
- Fixed our regressive tax structure to not be dependent on consumer spending in boom times.
- Stood up to Boeing and other Big Biz when they demanded tax breaks.
- Fully funded primary & secondary education for generations to come.
- Wore well-fitting suits to campaign stops and delivered moving speeches that fired up progressives young & old.
Oh, wait. He did none of that. He was a completely forgettable middling party hack technocrat.
commented on The Sunday Morning News
@30 That's because most US politicians find it profitable to act like they never graduated from Sunday School.
commented on It Is Not Time to Re-Evaluate George W. Bush
I'm more infuriated with the way we've collectively forgotten about the 8 months of Dubya's administration before 9/11. Right away, Cheney declared that they were going to walk away from SALT II and resume nuclear testing, because "this administration isn't bound by the agreements made by other administrations". They installed our former top general as their top diplomat. (In every other country in any other era, this is serious sabre-rattling.) When China captured one of our spy planes, we had no one at Foggy Bottom to negotiate their release, so we had to send Bill Richardson.
The signs of gross incompetence were clear long before they became tragic deficits that have somehow been twisted into a false story of strong leadership. These idiots (Cheney & Rummy, primarily) had no clue what they were doing at any point, other than their traditional practice of influence peddling.