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verse18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:39 AM
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WTF-Stephen Baldwin cultural advisor to Bush
You'll have to click on the site-pass to read the article for free.

http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2006/10/09/baldwin /

Oct. 9, 2006

<snip>

On the National Mall in Washington last year, I had the opportunity to bear witness to actor-cum-evangelist Stephen Baldwin. His Livin' It ministry had set up a giant skate park, and under cloudy November skies young disciples flipped tricks. Baldwin, in giant aviator sunglasses, lumbered onto the half-pipe to testify to his "gnarly" rebirth in Christ to a crowd packed onto bleachers. Before the event, volunteers passed out tiny yellow pencils and "decision cards" to hordes of young spectators, who sat about a hundred yards from where the Constitution lies under thick glass. The cards would commit teens to a life in Christ if they were to undergo their own gnarly rebirth that afternoon.

To plenty of passersby strolling on the mall that day, Baldwin's nouveau Bible-thumping to the kids and parents gathered before him may have seemed like a desperate attempt by a B-list movie star to attract an audience. But, in fact, Baldwin's youth ministry has gathered tens of thousands of decision cards -- and faith-professing e-mails -- in the past couple of years. These days, Baldwin not only has the ear of young boys who cleave to his fundamentalist reading of the Bible, and whatever skein of celebrity still clings to his Jesus T-shirts. He has been named a cultural advisor to President Bush, a formidable follow-up to his invitation to speak at the Republican National Convention, where he announced proudly from the podium, "I'm here because of my faith."

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Dude, where's my cross, indeed.
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Taoschick Donating Member (391 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:40 AM
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1. You've got to be kidding...
Words fail me.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:41 AM
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2. You don't even know how hysterical that subject line is.
:rofl: :spray:
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:41 AM
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3. Like minds with like IQs stick together.
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:41 AM
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4. mr Skating for Jee-sus is advising Bush??????
bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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Phredicles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:42 AM
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5. So to summarize: Alec Baldwin=bad; Stephen Baldwin=good
:eyes:
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HeeBGBz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:23 PM
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33. Mmmm, Alec, good
Stephen, not so.
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AspenRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:55 PM
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34. Wonder if Billy gets to play referee at family gatherings.
*raises eyebrow*
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HeeBGBz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:01 PM
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36. I bet they thumbwrestle for last word.
Ooh, Alec, gotta watch his new teevee show.
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:42 AM
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6. LOL! He, too, resembles a monkey like his Dear Leader.
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SoFlaJet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:43 AM
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7. and his brother Alec
just posted up a great new blog over at The Huffington Post-I hope this is OK

The Embarrassed Republicans (148 comments )


Sad to think that it took the Foley situation to get the "Embarrassed Republicans" to start voicing their embarrassment. Nearly six years of lies, incompetence, lies, hate, lies, corruption, lies and war. Misguided, meaningless war that has destroyed the landscape of Iraq and the souls of the Iraqi people. And what has the war done for us, other than line the pockets of Bush, and his father's friends?



Well, you know what they say, you can lie to the American people, take us into an ill-conceived war and subvert the Constitution in the process, but you diddle one page...and it's over. I hope it's over. I'll take the end of what Gingrich started, regardless of how we get there. If it's Mark Foley's body we step over, and hopefully Hastert's as well, then so be it.

DeLay may get away. Cheney. Novak. Armitage. Rumsfeld. All your crypto-facist scum, as well. Bush, too, who will have no trouble raising money from his war-profiteering friends for a library which, I would imagine, will be the most poorly attended of any in our history. That's one certainty we can see on the horizon. Bush really is the worst president in American history. I almost feel sorry for him. Talked into the whole thing by his Dad's cronies. Unskilled. Unprepared. Just a bible in one hand and a copy of the "The Prince" in the other. How many of us knew this would never come to any good? How many of us could smell this guy 500 miles away? 9/11, the most defining moment in our recent history, perhaps in all of our history because it happened while we are perceived as the lone Superpower, and Bush can't get any traction, can't get out of the mud. He's got nothing. Nothing left. Mark Foley's lewd e-mails may actually bring him down. The Embarrassed Republicans want to get this over with. If it was a show on Broadway, it would be closing. The investors want out.

Unfortunately, we don't have that scenario in New York City. A story in yesterday's Times about students disrupting a speech at Columbia by the spokesman for the Minutemen group. They stormed the stage, etc. Mayor Mike "I'll Spend Even More If I Have To" Bloomberg said it was wrong to censor the speaker. This is the same great New York mayor who denied permits to protesters in Central Park during the 2004 Republican convention. No protests! During a convention! IN NEW YORK!!! I have many friends who have bought into Bloomberg's bullshit. Democrats who have forgotten the four "outer boroughs. I think Bloomberg is smart. He's a gentleman. And he's a phony. A Republican who bent over for this administration, which has done NOTHING for New York. If 9/11 happened in Houston, things would have been a lot different.

In California, it seems as surreal as ever. Forget about education and skills and temperament and insight. Phil Angelides has no stock footage of him running from exploding trucks. He hasn't been seen dangling from helicopters, or snapping the necks of terrorists or aliens. Arnold has killed aliens with his bare hands. I suppose there are those who hope he will dispose of some other aliens as well. The California Democratic Party's ineptitude ought to be a lesson to the National Dems. They better start "casting." Casting the role of someone who, in the minds of media-drenched Americans, looks and sounds like a President.
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:45 AM
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11. Good stuff!
:evilgrin:
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MaineYooper Donating Member (555 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:51 PM
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18. Those Baldwin family reunions must be pretty entertaining. n/t
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Reverend_Smitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:43 AM
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8. That's the best he could do?
The forth most entertaining Baldwin brother?
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Downtown Hound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:43 AM
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9. Gee, with his name recognition, why, all the kids will be
groovin' to God in no time! Now who the hell is he anyway? He's one of the Baldwin brothers sure, but which one? He's done some entertainment shows perhaps? Look out youngsters, Gods a comin' and he's a real tubular daddy o'!
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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:44 AM
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He just hit Houston with his entourage this past weekend
Lots of money poured into these events for youth.....
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:44 AM
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10. "...Baldwin preaches to teens that Bono is in league with Satan."
:rofl: :crazy:
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Fleshdancer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:50 AM
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12. wasn't he the Baldwin that did the threesome movie?
:rofl:
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:18 PM
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17. Biodome?
Pauly Shore, himself and the biodome.. But I guess that really only adds up to 2, since Pauly Shore and Stephen are less than one-half a real actor. At least he wasn't nuts back then.. He smoked pot like a normal person.

Actually he did do a movie called "Threesome" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111418/
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:10 PM
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26. Yep, that's the one.
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 01:15 PM by Blue_In_AK
:rofl:, too.

ed. Actually, I was thinking of this one...Zebra Lounge

Alan and Wendy Barnet, a quiet, upper-middle-class yuppie couple, are stuck in rut romantically. After some soul-searching, they decide to spice up their sex life by placing an ad in a swingers magazine. From among the many replies they receive, they arrange a date with Jack and Louise Bauer, a young couple who seem similar to the Barnets. After a very enoyable evening of spouse-swapping, the Barnets feel they've broken out of their rut and are ready to return to a life of monogamy. The Bauers, unfortunately, aren't quite so ready to let go.

Stephen Baldwin is one of the Bauers. :snark:

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EmperorHasNoClothes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:50 AM
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13. Well it's good that he finally found his one true talent...
'cause it sure ain't acting!
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VOX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:54 AM
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14. Another guy who completely flipped out in the aftermath of 9/11. n/t
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Parche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:57 AM
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15. hollywood
We get all the awesome actors/actresses
They get all the B class actors, the has beens
Ever notice??
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BootinUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:10 PM
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16. People with real money gotta love this
this whole evangelist save the country through politics thing that is making them filthy fuckin rich. I'm sure they laugh at this just as much as we do when we aren't scared of the future.

Shut off that brain dammit!
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:52 PM
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19. I'm sure he is a disappointment to his parents.
Go Alec!
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MaineYooper Donating Member (555 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:54 PM
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20. just perfect: an "actor" advising a "president"
Ol' Stephen has given us some pretty high quality work through the years. His stellar turn as Barney Rubble drew raves, as I recall.

It's hard to say which of the two is more inept at their job, though at least with Baldwin, the only people damaged are those dumb enough to pay money to see something with him in it.
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:56 PM
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21. Shit, no wonder they're "losing the culture wars"
Yeah - Stephen Baldwin - redefining "cool".

:eyes:
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RedStateShame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:57 PM
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22. B-List?! You're being pretty generous, aren't you?
Why is it actors are the only unemployed people this administration can help find work?
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Malikshah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:05 PM
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23. You mean THIS Baldwin????







Oh, OK. I weep for our country....
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:07 PM
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24. Dumb question here...how does one culturally advise bush? n/t
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:09 PM
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25. Somehow, that all makes sense to me.
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faithnotgreed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 04:32 PM
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27. this is too good not to kick
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WernhamHogg Donating Member (378 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 04:45 PM
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28. Stephen, Mark Foley will be contacting you soon...
"These days, Baldwin not only has the ear of young boys who cleave to his fundamentalist reading of the Bible, and whatever skein of celebrity still clings to his Jesus T-shirts."

:rofl:
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 04:47 PM
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29. Is he the drunk one who was always on Fear Factor
and various reality shows--I think ABC's Mole.
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RevolutionStartsNow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 08:57 PM
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30. Well that explains a lot!
His environmental advisors are oil execs, his foreign policy advisors are war profiteers, and his cultural advisor is a born-again failed actor. And skateboarder.

Go George.
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:02 PM
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31. is special ed. a culture?
gawd can it get more absurd>
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foo_bar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:22 PM
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32. why doesn't * appoint a horse to the Senate?
He should be less subtle about his disrespect for this country and its citizens.
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Strawman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:57 PM
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35. Wow. That Chimpy sure knows "culture"
Was Pauly Shore busy?
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