To keep up with the theme of the day: Rick Warren is not involved with the final in any way.
What I don’t get about Obama’s insistence that we must overcome division by legitimizing those who divide us is that there are thousands upon thousands of religious figures who don’t divide the way that Rick Warren does. It’s the wholehearted embrace of the old right-wing complaint that calling out intolerance is the actual intolerant act in motion – Warren’s presence advances no dialogue and brings nobody together, it merely makes Obama look weaker in the face of someone who believes – legitimately believes – that Obama is, at best, a fascist in possession of the most powerful seat in the world.
Imagine you were at the pinnacle of your life, the proudest moment you could ever hope to achieve. Would you invite Jonah Goldberg to open at your graduation? No, because you don’t hate yourself or the people who’ve spent their time supporting you and don’t deserve to spend happy times choked by his perpetual Pigpen-like cloud of cheese-flavored dust. This is a sad and awful move which shows respect to a group of people who don’t want it and don’t deserve it.
Anyway, my final exam of the semester is tomorrow (Constitutional Law, for anyone who was wondering). After this weekend, I should be back to posting more regularly. And interestingly. And with a focus that can stay on a blog post for longer than ten minutes before it goes back to reading, or baking, or random episodes of Cash Cab. See you then!
After many years and many server changes and finally landing here at Raw Story, which has taken very good care of us, it's time to say goodbye to Pandagon. I've been blogging under this banner for ten years, after Jesse Taylor asked me to join. He, in turn, had been running this joint since he was in college. A lot has changed since then. I became a journalist, moved from Austin to New York and learned to play Dungeons & Dragons. Jesse became a lawyer and, just this past weekend, a married man.
Carly Fiorina defends her lie with a whole bunch of lies
I do like it when Republican candidates sport a resume full of corporate executive work, because it really shows the public how many fools and idiots coast into that position not on merit but on their bullshitting abilities. Donald Trump, Herman Cain, and now we have Carly Fiorina, who just can't understand why her perceived underlings (voters, journalists) won't scurry away, pretending to accept her bullshit like former employees of hers had to do, lest they lost their jobs.
And so it goes that Fiorina, who could make this entire Planned Parenthood controversy go away by saying something like, "I may have misremembered the video, but I still think abortion is wrong," instead is doubling and tripling down. And every time she does, she lies more and more. She was on Meet the Press and, so enamored of the idea that she is perfect and could never do anything wrong, just went to town with the defensive posturing.
Marco Rubio has an astoundingly low opinion of women’s intelligence
At RH Reality Check, I covered this story that I wish was getting more press, about how Marco Rubio goes back and forth between suggesting that women who get abortions are greedy monsters who get pregnant for cash:
I just think you’ve created an industry now … a situation where very much, you’ve created an incentive for people not just to look forward to having more abortions, but being able to sell that fetal tissue for purposes—these centers—for purposes of making a profit off it, as you’ve seen in some of these Planned Parenthood affiliates.