Does the news come to Tennessee?

I'm a bit confused. I thought with the existence of the internet (especially Google), and with the advent of cable news that goes 24 hours a day, and with the enormous swell of information-getting gadgets permeating our society that there wasn't a square inch of this country that you couldn't listen to, read, or watch the news. Like, the fact that our President, Barack Obama, is a Christian. He's said this time and time again; he abides by Christian tenets, and several news organizations have repeatedly published the story in hopes of quelling the right-wing fringe who think Obama is a Muslim terrorist.

Enter Russell Wiseman, who I have dubbed Mayor Douche (Yeah, Fundie Douche/Kirk Cameron has a Douchie friend!), and who makes sure to list his religious affiliation and church attendance on his official Mayoral webpage, recently stated the following on his public Facebook page:

Ok, so this is total crap. We sit the kids down to watch 'The Charlie Brown Christmas Special' and our muslim president is there, what a load.....try to convince me that wasn't done on purpose. Ask the man if he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute disertation (sic) about it....when the answer should simply be 'yes'.... You Obama people need to move to a Muslim country. Oh wait, that's America...pitiful.

President Obama's speech in question was the speech he gave to West Point, which apparently cut off the Charlie Brown Christmas Special on this man's local channel. Because, you know, Obama got the call to address West Point, flew there, gave his speech about the escalating war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and made sure that it all happened during the hour of the Charlie Brown special...

Of Course, Wiseman (serious pun intended), is now backtracking, sending an email to the media stating his little diatribe on Facebook was just a ""poor attempt at tongue-in-cheek humor amongst friends." Really funny, Wiseman. You should be a comedian, because you're going to be needing a career after your stint as mayor is over. A Memphis, TN newspaper reported that Arlington is officially distancing itself from their mayor's opinion. In a veeeery thorough statement on the town's website, they made sure to say that:

The views of Russell Wiseman, Mayor of the Town of Arlington, expressed on his Facebook account do not reflect an official position of the Town of Arlington. His comments were not made on a Town computer, or using Town computer services. The Town recognizes Barack Obama as the President of the United States, and in accordance with the Constitution, recognizes both the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech. We welcome all law abiding people to our town. We do not discriminate and we provide essential services to all Town of Arlington people without regard to their religion, race, color, age, gender, sex or national origin.

Looks like Wiseman is just another in a seemingly endless sea of people who don't realize that social media is viewed by EVERYONE!!! If you post it online, it can be pulled back up by anyone, anywhere, anytime. So, if you're in Tennessee, could you do me a favor and send soon-to-be-ex Mayor Wiseman a memo about Obama's Peace Prize (which is a HUGE step up from our last President, btw), the reason why he felt the American people would like to know about the escalating war in the Middle East, and his Christian-leanings? Apparently, he doesn't know how to use the Facebook machine for news...

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte


  1. Oh barf-people seem to be going crazy as 2009 is coming to a close! My parents think Obama is a Muslim and that he wasn't born here-lovely I know :-). Speaking of Afghanistan my twin bro is getting to visit us for Christmas-this is his last visit before he gets deployed there. It is so hard to see him nervous right now. I just want to hug him and kidnap him so he doesn't have to go! Hopefully our troops can come home soon!
    Enjoy your day FL!

    Hoi Sum


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