THE OTHER SHOE DROPS: Updates To Previous Posts
† Romney Didn’t Win Any Converts: A well-researched, lengthy article in The New York Times Sunday Magazine provides a history of Mormonism, and attempts to explain why this exotic belief system causes discomfort or distrust in many Americans. In a nutshell: “A majority of Americans have no idea what Mormons believe” and “Romney … was staking his character and values on his religious beliefs while insisting that no one ask what those beliefs are.” The author, Harvard University law professor Noah Feldman predicts that, “[i]f Mormonism were to keep Romney from the nomination, the Mormon Church hierarchy may through continuing revelation and guidance respond by shifting its theology and practices even further in the direction of mainstream Christianity and thereby minimizing its outlier status in the culture.” Curious that such major shifts in doctrine would be necessary, considering that Mormons believe the Book of Mormon corrects “errors” in the Holy Gospels. Meanwhile, it’s left to atheists, such as Christopher Hitchens, and lapsed Mormons, such as radio talk show host Bob Burney and Romney college classmate Michael Moody, to tell Americans what they need to know about Mormonism – something MSM journalists and pundits fear or refuse to do.
† The Wall Street Journal Accused Of Fabricating Facts: Bear Stearns chairman and chief executive officer James Cayne, 73, who denied allegations of illicit drug use in an article published in The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) two months ago, is expected to resign as C.E.O. in the wake of the battering the Wall Street firm took in the collapse of the mortgage market.
† Say It Aint So Roger, Andy, Jason …: Roger Clemens has filed a defamation suit against Brian McNamee, the former trainer who claimed to have injected him with performance-enhancing drugs 16 to 21 times during 1998, 2000 and 2001 - before these substances were banned. The suit focuses on 15 alleged statements McNamee made to Fmr. Sen. George Mitchell after he was threatened with prosecution if he refused to cooperate. The suit contends that McNamee later told others the interview "was conducted like a Cold War-era interrogation in which a federal agent merely read to the Mitchell investigators McNamee's previously obtained statement and then asked McNamee to confirm what he previously stated." During his interview with Mike Wallace on CBS' "60 Minutes" this past Sunday, Clemens said he might be willing to take a lie-detector test, and flatly stated that the steroid injections "never happened," and said that McNamee injected him with vitamin B-12 and the painkiller lidocaine.