Archive for ‘Carrie Prejean’

May 14, 2009

Sarah Palin on Carrie Prejean: ‘I can relate’

Say hello to the Hotness Coalition:

I can relate as a liberal target myself. What I find so remarkable is that these politically-motivated attacks fail to show that what Carrie and I believe is also what President Obama and Secretary Clinton believe – marriage is between a man and a woman.I applaud Donald Trump for standing with Carrie during this time. And I respect Carrie for standing strong and staying true to herself, and for not letting those who disagree with her deny her protection under the nation’s First Amendment Rights.Our Constitution protects us all – not just those who agree with the far left.

(H/T: Hot Air Headlines.) We’ve got Sarah Palin, Carrie Prejean and Ann Coulter. They’ve got Perez Hilton, Keith Olbermann and Barney Frank. Game. Set. Match.

As with the accusation of “racism” against Rush Limbaugh, the accusation of “homophobia” against opponents of same-sex marriage is an attempt to prohibit opposition to the Left’s policy agenda by accusations of mala fides (bad faith).

It’s like Jeff Goldstein says, if you allow your opponent to dictate the terms of discourse, you can be sure that the rules will be established to favor your opponent. You’ll spend all your time defending yourself against idiotic accusations — being “mean-spirited” and “divisive,” at a minimum — and the Left will never be compelled to defend their policy agenda on its merits.

Notice, BTW, how ABC News portrays Palin as “ginning up conservatives.” A favorite tactic of the MSM is to imply that only right-wing Republicans support a particular policy position — e.g., low taxes, gun ownership, prayer in school — so as to set up the debate as a conflict between these alleged “extremists” and everyone else.

The media politicizes the issue in this way so as to isolate opposition to the liberal agenda, and to rally Democrats in support of that agenda. It’s a species of bandwagon psychology, to depict the conservative side of any argument as a partisan minority, no matter what the actual election results or poll numbers show.

There are plenty of Democrats who oppose same-sex marriage, and if Democratic leaders wish to establish themselves as The Gay Party, they ought to do so openly and stop this closet-case passive-aggressive game.

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May 14, 2009

Miss December 2001 decides she can no longer associate with Miss USA pageant

Shanna Moakler, whose erstwhile career as a Playboy centerfold has been previously noted here, considers Carrie Prejean a disgrace:

“I cannot with a clear conscious move forward supporting and promoting the Miss Universe Organization when I no longer believe in it, or the contracts I signed committing myself as a youth,” she continues. “I want to be a role model for young women with high hopes of pageantry, but now feel it more important to be a role model for my children.”

Thank you, Miss December 2001 and divorced mom. As “a role model for young women,” your quest for another reality-TV contract and friendship with Perez Hilton will surely be an inspiration to millions.

P.S.: You misspelled “conscience.”

(H/T: Memeorandum.)

UPDATE: Let’s hear from someone who has never appeared nude in Playboy:

Christians are supposed to be fat, balding sweaty little men with bad complexions. It’s liberals who are supposed to be the sexy ones. (I know that from watching “The West Wing” and all movies starring Julia Roberts.) But sadly for liberals, in real life, the fat, balding sweaty little guy with the bad complexion is Perez Hilton and the smoking-hot babe is Carrie Prejean.

Yes, it’s our own adorable Ann Coulter, and you should read the whole thing.

BTW, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the hateful opportunists who attempted to destroy Miss California by leaking those Carrie Prejean nude photos, and thereby drove this blog to previously unimaginable peaks of traffic. Of course, I was the only conservative blogger with the capitalistic foresight to lock down both “Carrie Prejean jailbait” and “Carrie Prejean sideboob” with a single post, but I couldn’t have done it without the assistance of unscrupulous photographers and gay gossip bloggers.

Speaking of naked gay video, Keith Olbermann:

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

(H/T: Hot Air.)

UPDATE II: Welcome Instapundit readers! Remember Professor Reynold’s famous words:

“Personally, I think the more topless photos, the better. But as a straight male, what do I know about beauty pageants?”

More commentary at Jules Crittenden, Pundit & Pundette, Sister Toldjah, and Right View from the Left Coast.

UPDATE III: Perez Hilton plays the “homophobia” card:

(H/T: Townhall) No Perez, Miss Prejean doesn’t hate all gay people. She only hates you.

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May 12, 2009

Latest ‘Carrie Prejean Nude’ News Update

BUMPED & UPDATED: TMZ has new topless photos of Carrie Prejean and this time, her back is not turned.

According to TMZ these photos were taken last year, when she was 20. Click on the photo at right to see more. (Thanks to John Hawkins for the Twitter tip.)

Fox News reports:

Donald Trump told FOX News’ Great Van Susteren Monday night that he had to review some additional materials before he made his decision regarding the fate of Miss California Carrie Prejean on Tuesday.
The topless photos of Prejean released by TMZ Tuesday morning may be the materials in question. The photos show Prejean, 21, wearing an open top and underwear on a beach.

“Review some additional materials.” Heh.

There’s a 100-plus-comment headline thread at Hot Air, and I like the title of Rancho’s post: “Sexy Pro-Marriage Crusade Even Sexier!” Uh . . . “rebranding,” anyone?

Dan Collins links because “we’re not that kind of blog.”

UPDATE: Donald Douglas is “that kind of blog,” as is Jammie Wearing Fool, and Memeorandum is that kind of aggregator.

UPDATE II: Trump trumps!

The real estate mogul and co-owner of the Miss USA organization announced Tuesday that the scandalized beauty queen, who spoke out against “opposite marriage” at the 2009 Miss USA pageant, igniting a fire storm of scrutiny about her stance on gay marriage and her modeling career, will keep her crown.
“[Prejean] gave a very, very honest answer when asked a very tough answer at a recent pageant. It’s the same answer that the President of the United States gave. It’s the same answer that many people gave,” Trump said. “If her beauty wasn’t so great, nobody really would’ve cared.”

Attaboy, Donald! Imagine that: A guy who thinks a beauty contest ought to be about . . . beauty. Remember: Rosie O’Donnell hates The Donald, and now imagine how she’ll go off on him!

UPDATE III: As if further proof was needed that Allah hates me, huh? I mean, dude, I own the “Carrie Prejean Nude” Google-bomb. Well never mind, here’s the video of Trump’s announcement:

And video of Carrie Prejean’s statement:

UPDATE IV: Moe Lane at Red State:

Speaking as somebody who is actually for same-sex marriage: has my side mucked things up enough, or do we want to really go for the gusto and alienate still more people? She’s not getting tossed, her detractors are not going to get a social conservative crusade declared against her (mostly because the social conservatives that they think that they were aiming at don’t actually, you know, exist), and now we get to be reminded that the current President is prepared to do anything for same-sex marriage except actually stand up for it. Let’s quit while we’re behind, OK?

Moe, I love you man! In that kind of brotherly way that two totally hetero guys love each other, of course.

UPDATE V: BTW, based on this latest pictorial evidence, I still say I liked her better before the boob job. Nothing wrong with a nice natural A-cup.

Meanwhile, we’re linked by The Blogprof and by DaTechguy, who has a good roundup of reaction. Strangely, no linky-love from Professor Jacobson yet, and at Red State, Josh Painter says:

It’s a rare lost battle for the Left in the culture wars, and leftists aren’t good losers. Come to think of it, they act the same crappy way when they win, too.

PREVIOUSLY (5/11): Despite the Instalanche-like surge of traffic I get every time she makes news, I’m getting bored with Carrie Prejean. However, as the Official Carrie Prejean Nude Google-Bomb Headquarters of the Right-Wing Blogosphere, I feel obliged to report the latest:

For the time being — today, at least — Carrie Prejean continues to be the official Miss California USA.
At a press conference in Beverly Hills, state pageant officials criticized the 21-year-old San Diego native for her public opposition to same-sex marriage and for not revealing that she had posed semi-nude in her underwear. Both violate pageant rules.
But the officials said they did not have the power to strip Prejean of her crown. That action falls to Donald Trump, pageant owner. He has scheduled a news conference for tomorrow on whether she will keep or lose her title.
Until then, the state pageant co-directors, Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler, have appointed first runner-up Tami Farrell as “our official Beauty of California ambassador.”

Well, isn’t that special? It’s up to The Donald to say, “You’re fired!” And Miss December 2001 gets to pick an interim “ambassador.”

Can’t we get back to “DijonGate” or “CutieGate“? How about “MeghanGate“?

ALSO SEE: Can we talk about stereotypes?

May 12, 2009

Can we talk about stereotypes?

“It’s time for you to find someplace new to recruit your henchmen. We’re getting back to our business of beauty,” says Miss California USA pageant direct Keith Lewis, setting the gay rights cause back at least 20 years with his portrayal of the vicious, catty drama queen stereotype.

Via Townhall, where Greg Hengler says that Lewis is “openly gay,” which is a term of art in such a case. I mean, some guys are gay and you’d never know unless they told you. But Lewis? It’s like he’s emitting a gaydar homing beacon or something.

Gay Patriot notes Lewis’s over-the-top bitch act:

Why must he so attack Maggie Gallagher? And why do so many gay lefties use the word “shame” to describe the actions of their ideological adversaries? . . . Why can’t these people show some class, some grace, in confronting their adversaries? Why must they adopt so harsh a tone and so vitriolic a vocabulary?”

It’s who they are: Angry at the world, externalizing their own unhappiness by projecting it on scapegoats. Lewis’s attack on Maggie Gallagher grates because it is a non sequitur. In fact, the whole press conference was a non sequitur, as far as any official business of the Miss Calfornia USA pageant was concerned.

This was Lewis, the preening narcissist, venting his personal rage against someone (Gallagher) he’s identified as The Enemy, inflated in his mind as the dehumanized embodiment of his every disappointment and of everyone who has ever disapproved of him.

However, such is the Movement mentality — if you’ve ever read Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer, you understand — that all of Lewis’s comrades will congratulate him: “Yeah! You sure showed her!” The viciousness is reinforced by this echo-chamber effect.

Meanwhile, well-meaning people will watch the video and say to themselves, “What was that about?”

UPDATE: BTW, if you actually know Maggie Gallagher, you know she’s hardly the Evil Hate Monster of left-wing imagination. If it is true — as Keith Lewis says — that a large share of the contributions to the National Organization for Marriage goes for Gallagher’s salary, benefits and expenses, then that is surely with the knowledge, and perhap by design, of her supporters.

Her organization is a small one, and if she had a larger budget, then a smaller share of the contributions would be required for her salary. (Question: What is David Brock’s salary at Media Matters? What is the budget of Media Matters?) John Hawkins of Right Wing News recently interviewed Gallagher:

[L]ook at what they’re doing to Carrie. Okay, I mean look at what they’re doing to a nice girl. She’s a beauty pageant contestant. All she did was say when asked, “Hey I think marriage should be between a man and woman,” and they’re reacting and dumping on her and trying to destroy her as if she had said something shameful and controversial.
So what we need to learn from Carrie is that they’re dumping on people who believe that marriage means a man and a woman because they don’t want to debate the consequences of gay marriage. They don’t want you to think about what it means when your government adopts a law that says you’re like a bigot if you disagree with the government’s definition of marriage.

Bingo. The gay left’s eruptions of screaming intolerance are not accidental. As I keep trying to explain, the gay-rights movement is egalitarian, not libertarian, and that is an important distinction. Egalitarianism, which aims to re-arrange society so as to produce “social justice,” inherently involves coercion, and therefore inevitably requires that the government assume vast power over the lives of the ordinary citizen.

It is this egalitarian appetite for power that produces the “Gay Rights, Gay Rage” reaction that we see in the reaction to Carrie Prejean. Those who don’t understand the power dynamic of politics believe that it is possible to reach some compromise with egalitarianism. This belief is a fundmental error.

George Orwell, a socialist, wrote his two great novels, Animal Farm and 1984, after his experiences in the Spanish Civil War awakened him to the dishonesty and viciousness of Soviet communism. (Soviet-trained commissars played a key role in organizing the anti-Falangist resistance in Spain.) But Orwell died at age 46, and never made the next step beyond recognizing the evil of totalitarian tactics to understanding that such tactics are implicit in the egalitarian ideology of socialism.

This is why Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom is so important. Hayek understood that the egalitarian Left’s promise of “social justice” is a lie, and that the Left’s militant demands on the so-called “issues of the day” are mere ploys, tactical means to the strategic end: Destruction of the free society. If you don’t understand this, if you think that the same-sex marriage argument is merely about being nice to gay people, then you have been deceived.

PREVIOUSLY: Latest ‘Carrie Prejean Nude’ News Update.

May 9, 2009

Traffic surges from anti-Obama backlash and Carrie Prejean nude . . .

. . . but mostly from Carrie Prejean nude. Should I be ashamed to be the Google-bomb prophet? Would it have been better to let Perez Hilton, hateful lefties and trashy gossip blogs monopolize all that “Carrie Prejean nude” traffic?

Did I mention I flat-out stole the headline shtick from Ace of Spades HQ?

If loving traffic is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. Because whatever you write ain’t nothing until somebody reads it and, out here in the ‘sphere, ain’t nobody going to read it until somebody gives you the linky-love.

Rule 2. Just the facts, Jack.

But if you take the linky-love, you gotta give the linky-love. The whole point of having more traffic is to shower the hits on the blogs you love. Which is why I so much enjoyed turning Jules Crittenden into Marie Osmond’s lesbian daughter.

Because I’m a giver. Even if Allah hates me. And you want gold 30% off retail.

May 8, 2009

‘I stand in naked solidarity . . .’

Tigerhawk strips down with Carrie Prejean, and makes a massively impressive argument:

The angle of the shot . . . makes it only mildly NSFW, certainly no worse than the “scandalous” picture of Carrie Prejean. The picture may lack the compositional integrity of the Speedo shot of The Other McCain, but it is no more or less offensive, and perhaps leaves more to the imagination, at least in the frontal sense.

“More to the imagination”? Oh, so much more than you could possibly imagine:

That water was cold. And did I forget to mention that my wife and I have six children? Because conservatives “don’t understand about sex.” It’s still National Offend A Feminist Week, and we know what does the trick.

May 7, 2009

Let’s talk ‘homophobia’

One of my friends used to be a lesbian. I mean total, militant, out-and-proud lesbian. And then she met a guy and fell in love and now she’s just a suburban mom. Almost nobody knows that she was ever gay.

You’ve seen these “ex-gay” crusaders? My friend isn’t one of those. However, she knows what she knows, and she knows it from direct personal experience. And if there is anything she hates worse than the accusation of being “ignorant” about homosexuality, it’s being accused of “homophobia,” a word whose very meaning she disputes as an ontological error.

So I thought of my ex-lesbian friend today when I saw the headline, “CARRIE PREJEAN — ORIGINS OF HOMOPHOBIA,” citing court documents from her parents’ divorce.

This “diagnosis” from the psychiatric experts at TMZ.com demanded an appropriate response, and since “Fuck You, TMZ.com!” probably wouldn’t go over too well with the Boss at Hot Air, I tried to make it a little more subtle at the Green Room:

Let me say something very clearly: Stipulating as a hypothetical that there exists a mental disorder we might fairly call “homophobia” — an irrational fear or hatred of homosexuals — I am 100% certain that I do not suffer from it. And I’m willing to bet good money that Carrie Prejean doesn’t suffer from it, either. . . .

You should read the whole thing. And watch out for those double-entendres, especially if you’re bilingual. NTTAWWT.

UPDATE: Jules Crittenden is craving some naked Carrie Prejean linky-love. And since he caught a typo on my blog, he deserves at least as much linky-love as Marie Osmond’s lesbian daughter. Je suis un capitaliste! (Chicks dig it when I talk French.)

UPDATE II: Thanks to the commenters who corrected my French. Hey, what kind of un-Americans are you, anyway, with all that parlais-vouz stuff? I’ll bet you’re the kind of commies who would put dijon mustard on a cheeseburger. I’m thinking of an Anglo-Saxon compound word for you guys . . .

UPDATE III: William Teach at Pirate’s Cove tells us the “new” Carrie Prejean nude pic is a Photoshop.

Also: Welcome Conservative Grapevine readers! Let me warn you that if you don’t really hate Meghan McCain, don’t click this link. And my rule has always been, when in doubt, double down.

May 6, 2009

Carrie Prejean Sideboob Jailbait?

An anonymous commenter on an earlier post just directed me to a blog asserting that Carrie Prejean was a precocious 17 when she posed for the now notorious Cheesecake Photo That Shook The World.

Words cannot sufficiently express my indifference to this “controversy.” If Carrie Prejean were stripped of her Miss California USA title tomorrow — and dibs on the “Carrie Prejean stripped” Google-bomb, just in case Pirate’s Cove thinks they can beat me at that game — so what?

She’s young, she’s beautiful, she’s famous and, one way or another, she’ll soon be very rich. Her future’s so bright, she’s got to wear shades. She’ll get a book contract for at least a million dollars, and the publisher will pay a ghost-writer $75,000 to actually write the book. There will be speaking engagements, magazine interviews and TV appearances. She’ll fly around the country first-class, stay in five-star hotels and eat at the finest restaurants, all of it at someone else’s expense.

And good for her, right? OK, so a bunch of grouchy gay militants are calling her ugly names, but they call me ugly names, too, for which I have not the consolation of either beauty or wealth. (You can help remedy the latter by hitting the tip jar, by the way.)

While I congratulate myself on having the keen capitalistic foresight to include the phrase “Carrie Prejean nude” in my first blog post about Miss California USA, and while I glory in the reward of surging traffic, would you mind if I ask a favor?

Could everybody please stop taking this so seriously? There are children dying in Sudan, OK?

So I’m finding it kind of hard to get all worked up over the “Martyrdom of St. Carrie” meme. To wit:

MEDIA ADVISORY, May 6 /Christian Newswire/ — The “tolerant” proponents of homosexual marriage, following the hateful lead of homosexual, Perez Hilton and the likes of anti-Christian bigot Keith Olbermann of MSNBC, have had their fun bashing Miss California, Carrie Prejean. For simply stating the obvious truth that marriage ought to be between a man and a woman, Carrie has been unjustly slandered, insulted and ridiculed.
“By courageously shining the light of God’s truth on the marriage issue, now homosexuals and their allies irrationally seek to defame and destroy Carrie Prejean,” said Dr. Gary Cass, Chairman and CEO of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission. “Perez Hilton, ‘queen of all media,’ and your sycophant Keith Olbermann, take some advice from Jesus Christ; ‘Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.'”

Dr. Cass, I agree with you wholeheartedly, just as I agree wholeheartedly with you about marriage. (See, “Marriage: A Hill to Die On.”) Yet I hope you will excuse me for saying that, as someone who’s been in the news business since 1986, I think Christian conservatives need to think a little harder about their communications strategy.

Yesterday, in my role as a Joe Friday “just the facts ma’am” reporter, I made a few inquiries trying to get to the bottom of this Carrie Prejean topless photo story. Simple questions: Who took these photos? When? Where? Why?

People associated in various capacities with Miss Prejean either (a) did not have the answers to these questions, (b) were not authorized to address these questions, or (c) didn’t think I was sufficiently important to deserve so much as a “no comment” in reply.

Fine. You are paid to know what you’re doing. But the folks who were managing Sen. George Allen’s 2006 re-election campaign thought they knew what they were doing, too. And one of the things they made sure to do was to ignore my repeated attempts to contact the campaign. “For want of a nail . . .”

As I explained in an e-mail to one of Miss Prejean’s associates yesterday, the fundamental principle of crisis communication is that you can tell your own story to a sympathetic source, or you can allow your enemies to tell their story to an unsympathetic source. To be silent is to surrender the battle to your enemy, who will be only too happy to portray your silence as fearful defensiveness.

And now I exhort you to be of good cheer . . . for there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not. . . . Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.
Acts 27:22-25, KJV

“Be of good cheer . . . Fear not” — we don’t hear that enough from Christian leaders nowadays. If you have faith and hope, you should also have the courage that God can deliver you. And if you have courage, you can laugh at the folly of those who think themselves greater than God.

Trust me, I know how easy it is to doubt, to become frustrated and impatient, to demand deliverance right now, when it suits God’s purpose to let you be chastised a while longer. We are fearful because we are weak, but we should learn to laugh at our weakness just as we learn to laugh at our persecutors.

So I’ll laugh at the irony of being the Christian conservative blog king of “Carrie Prejean nude,” just as I’ll laugh at the idiots who tell me that believing in marriage as ordained by God is a function of a psychological disorder, “homophobia.” Hey, I’m about nine kinds of crazy, but that’s one kind of crazy I’ve never been.

Lighten up, people. Be of good cheer. Fear not. And don’t fight that urge to hit my tip jar. I’ve got a sexy wife and six beautiful kids to feed.

UPDATE: I noticed I was getting traffic from AnnCoulter.com, and you can go over there to see what she quoted. She’s apparently decided to help us celebrate National Offend A Feminist Week.

The first time I was introduced to Miss Coulter, she shook my hand and said, “A most unfortunate name.” And I said, “Ah! Crazy Cousin John!”

She and my buddy Pete Parisi of The Washington Times were in the same class at the National Journalism Center, and I’ve told the story of the night we all got together at Shelly’s Backroom Tavern. Like many another famous conservative — and some of us not so famous — Miss Coulter’s fearsome reputation is a distortion manufactured by liberals who would rather demonize her than to engage her arguments.

At any rate, Carrie Prejean should say a prayer of thanksgiving that Perez Hilton didn’t ask for her opinion about Reverend Jeremiah Wright. If you think it’s hard being denounced as a “homophobe,” you should try being denounced as a “racist.

UPDATE II: Somebody in the comments just linked a site which actually seems to be trying to drag Miss Prejean’s relatives into this mess. This kind of unlimited personal attack, involving people’s family members, is vile beyond words. Nevertheless, I did not delete the comment, because whatever the facts are, the facts are.

These sleaze merchants are really exposing their own viciousness, and you can evaluate that along with whatever truth there may be in their accusations. It’s out there, and I’m not going to pretend it’s not out there. Please pay attention:

To Carrie Prejean, whoever is “representing” Carrie Prejean, and everyone who knows and cares about Carrie Prejean:
You can’t cover-up or stonewall in the New Media environment. You can’t sit around trying to calculate and worrying about, “Gee, what do they actually know? How much is going to come out?” Assume the answers to those questions are “everything” and “all of it.”
Not only have I spent 23 years in the news business, but I am personally acquainted with some of the top P.R. professionals in the country, including the kind of people that a Fortune 500 company calls when they’ve just been sued for a gazillion dollars and they’re guilty as hell.
It is becoming clear from the way this story has spun out of control that whoever is giving Carrie Prejean media/P.R. advice, their advice isn’t working.
Let me make a suggestion to Carrie Prejean’s team: Call the Clare Boothe Luce Public Policy Center and ask to speak to their director of marketing. I guarantee you she can recommend somebody who knows all about crisis media management.

I hope somebody makes that call soon. Trust me.

May 6, 2009

Caption Contest

OK, the real story behind this photo is at The Green Room. But feel free to make up your own. (Hint: That’s Miss California USA Carrie Prejean on the right.)

May 5, 2009

CARRIE PREJEAN NUDE PIC SCANDAL

UPDATE TUESDAY 5/12, 10:50 a.m.: TMZ has new topless photos of Carrie Prejean and this time, her back is not turned.

URGENT UPDATE:

GAY MARRIAGE OPPONENT IN TOPLESS SWIMSUIT PHOTO!

William Teach at Pirate’s Cove arrives late to the scandal, but endeavors to Google-bomb his way to the top of the blogospheric heap. Never trust a pirate when there is booty to be plundered.

PREVIOUSLY: When I got up this morning, I discovered I had gotten 500 hits in the 8 a.m. hour, and thought I’d been Instalanched or Malkinlanched or something. Instead, I discovered there was a sudden spurt of Googling for nude photos of Carrie Prejean.

The persistent surge finally caused me to check the celebrity blog aggregator We Smirch. Duh. The headlines:

EXCLUSIVE IMAGE: MISS CALIFORNIA CARRIE PREJEAN EXPOSED

and

MISS CALIFORNIA NUDE PICTURE — CARRIE PREJEAN NAKED PHOTO SCANDAL

Will update as details become available. Right now the servers are melting down at some of those sites.

UPDATE: Carrie Prejean tells MSNBC:

“I am a Christian, and I am a model,” Prejean said in a statement released overnight to the media. “Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos. Recently, photos taken of me as a teenager have been released surreptitiously to a tabloid Web site that openly mocks me for my Christian faith. I am not perfect, and I will never claim to be.”

Me neither, Carrie. “Swimwear photos.” Heh.

UPDATE II: If Carrie Prejean had been seeking a more appropriate way to help celebrate National Offend A Feminist Week, she could hardly have picked a better method than to remind God-haters that Christian belief begins with the confession of sin, recognizing the powerlessness of man to save himself by his own merit.

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. . . . Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. . . . For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:10-23 (KJV)

Like they say, read the whole thing. And take my word for it: There are no accidents. “Inconsistencies,” yes. Accidents, no.

UPDATE III: Thanks to the commenter who informs us that this is the photo, which:

  • A. Looks like she’s older than a teenager;
  • B. Seems to have been taken after she got the implants; and
  • C. Is not a professional modeling photo.

OK, so if this is it: Who took the photo, when, where and why? I remind you that I am a professional journalist, and this kind of basic “5 Ws and an H” stuff is what it’s all about. I’m Joe Friday: “Just the facts, ma’am.” If Miss Prejean would care to answer the questions directly, my e-mail address is not a secret.

UPDATE IV: Lots of comments about double standards and the Left’s politically motivated intolerance. As if we needed any further example, note how Time magazine plays Elizabeth Edwards big show of “surviving” her husband’s philandering.

When a liberal hero screws around, anyone who dares to be “judgmental” is condemned as heartless, but let it be revealed that a conservative is less than perfect and you see how the game works. Somebody ought to write a book.

And, in case you were wondering, Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

UPDATE V: Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage:

Because Carrie honestly said what she believed in answer to a question — marriage is the union of a man and a woman — she is now the subject of ongoing character assassination. The level of hatred directed at her is astonishing. Even more astonishing is her personal courage and strength of character in the midst of these attacks. Of course Carrie is not perfect. On a personal note, as a former unwed mother, I want to say to Americans: you don’t have to be a perfect person to have the right to stand up for marriage. Nothing gay marriage advocates can do can change the fact-we all saw it on national TV-that Carrie is a young woman who surrendered all the glitter Hollywood has to offer, because she would not become the kind of person afraid to say the truth.

Shadrach, Mishach and Abednego could relate.

UPDATE VI: Just as soon as Donald Douglas noted the suspicious lack of reaction at Memeorandum, it’s there. Lesbian left-wing blogger Pam Spaulding has video of “Today” show coverage of the story. And you know that Pam’s a feminist, so she can tell us what is, or is not, offensive in how the media treats women.

UPDATE VII: Complete text of Carrie Prejean statement.

UPDATE VIII: If only Carrie had listened to John Hawkins.

UPDATE IX: Pro-life activist Becky Brindle helpfully clarifies the issues:

Christians recognize that all people are born with a sin nature and therefore need to repent and be saved by the blood of Christ. Salvation is open to all mankind. Everyone sins. Everyone needs saved. . . .
If making a mistake in your life exempts you from taking a stance against other actions you disagree with for the rest of your life, then every person on earth would have to remain completely silent on every ethical or moral issue forever. Is that what they want?

Obviously, that is exactly what they want. Meanwhile, Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America says:

It is because Carrie is a Christian that she is held to a higher standard than her detractors hold for themselves. As parents tell their children, one reason for living a moral life is because eventually — usually at the most delicate time — our indiscretions may be revealed.

I’ve learned to joke about my “indiscretions,” but trust me, when this kind of stuff smacks you in the face the way it’s smacking Carrie Prejean right now, there’s nothing funny about it. But I like to say that if you can’t laugh in the face of disaster, you’re not really a Christian.

If you have faith, you must also have hope, and if you have both of those, you’ll also have courage. It’s the courage that inspires the laughter, because whatever happens to us, we know how this story ends. Pray hard.

UPDATE X: Moe Lane at Red State wonder exactly who this “revelation” is aimed at. I think I can answer that. It is intended to reinforce one of the Left’s favorite memes: “All social conservatives are hypocrites.”

There is no “target” audience for this message. They just enjoy repeating it endlessly, since it reassures the Left that having zero moral standards is, in fact, the morally superior position. Haven’t you read The Vision of the Anointed?

UPDATE XI: Linked at Tigerhawk, by Daley Gator, and by Paleo Pat at Political Byline. Also now blogging: Flopping Aces and Hot Air.

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