Raise your hand if you believe Obama actually prays with his Blackberry *UPDATED*

Shortly after I started practicing law, the California State Bar decided mandated that all lawyers must comply with annual “Minimum Continuing Legal Education” (“MCLE”) requirement.  I was instantly incensed, because it was immediately obvious to me that this had nothing to do with improving the practice of law and everything to do with providing a permanent customer base for organizations providing class content.

Big firms were allowed to offer “in house” MCLE, which, depending on the firm, could mean a beautifully structured education program or just a hoary old partner standing before a room full of bored associates droning on about his past trial victories.  Either approach would be sufficient to fulfill the Bar’s requirements.  For those without the big firm outlet, MCLE meant going into the market place.

Lawyers with pricey practices at their back would take the same cool seminars (these, for example) that they intended to take anyway.  These seminars are expensive, averaging about $100 per MCLE hour.

Those lawyers without a lot of money at their back hunted around for affordable MCLE, costing between $12 and $25 per hour.  A marketplace did spring up for these seminars, and I can tell you something about them:  they’re awful.  They’re a giant con aimed at satisfying a blanket requirement from a regulatory agency.  Fortunately, as the decades have passed, more and more of these awful ones have gone on line, which means you can run them in the background with the volume off or fill out the “tests” with the answers online open before you, and fulfill your requirement.  No learning necessary; just pay your fees, ignore the stupid content, and play the bureaucratic game.

At this point, you’re wondering what in the world this has to do with Barack Obama, right?

Well, it has to do with the emerging truth that this “religious” man who spent two decades in the pews of a church devoted to a religion centered on black self-aggrandizement, antisemitism, and hatred for whites and America, just can’t seem to find a satisfactory church in church-rich Washington, D.C.  To offset this problem, he’s turned to technology:

So when he needs a little inspiration in the mornings, Mr Obama revealed today that all he has to do is read the daily prayer emailed to him from pastors around America.

‘It’s a wonderful thing,’ the president said of his hi-tech devotionals.

I’m perfectly willing to believe that Obama does indeed get prayers emailed to his handheld.  I have serious doubts that he reads them.  I suspect that, like the lawyers buying their cheap and useless MCLE hours, Obama goes through the charade without any intention of dealing with the substance.

UPDATEHot Air catches Obama explaining that his wonderfulness is the reason no ordinary church can hold him.

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  • Charles Martel

    Book, I’m raising my hand and sending you the image via my Blackberry.

    You are free to examine or disregard it, however there will be a fee.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    The lawyer test you mention reminds me of the Martial Arts culture cons, the penile dysfunction spam mails, the tests for doctors and teachers.
    It’s Big Government, a corporation incorporating many tentacles.

  • kali

    It reminds me of George H W Bush: “I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.”
    Yes, I’m comparing church to broccoli :)

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    Don’t most Christians believe in the importance of a community of believers: ie, that there are religious benefits in attending services that cannot be fully obtained by individual prayer?

  • Charles Martel

    I just read this item on the Vatican news page:


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  • http://conservativlib.wordpress.com/ eric-odessit

    I always knew that Obama’s religion was not Islam or Christianity, but leftist ideology.  But now I really do believe that he was sitting in Jeremiah Wright’s hate church for 20 years and never heard any of the hate sermons.  He was probably reading some book all that time or, when the technology came along, looking at his Blackberry.  So, he really might have not known that Wright was a hate preacher: he just wasn’t paying attention.
    By the way, they fact he was not paying attention does not mean that he disagrees with Wright.


    Blackberry – the fool. Everyone knows that you need an iGod to get your sermon delivered.
    Charles Martel:  Extra Funny.

  • 11B40

    I saw the required bit of Matt Lauer’s self-debasement of the journalistic part of his personna on TV last evening.  What was interesting to me was President Obama’s reasoning that his and his family’s attendance was distracting to the other worshipers.  As my father used to say,” There’s a difference between a reason and an excuse; an excuse is a bad reason.”
    On the other hand, he did not use the “spiritual” opt-out.  To me, “spiritual” is religion without the work.

  • http://connectthedots2006.blogspot.com ConnectTheDots

    Just out of curiosity, anyone have obowmao’s email address? I have a prayer for him, too.
    On another note, since you were discussing continuing ed for attorneys to retain their licenses, I read the other day that both hobama and obowmao surrendered their licenses to practice law in the state of Illinois. Apparently, hobama gave hers up long ago (1993) even though she was some sort of legal counsel for a Chicago area hospital. Obowmao gave his up in 2008, supposedly for the campaign.
    I’ve been reading that most attorneys after going through the work of studying and passing the bar would never voluntarily give up their license. Apparently many states allow you to make your license inactive, pay a smaller fee, but still have to meet the continuing ed requirements.
    Instead, it appears hobama’s license was voluntarily surrendered rather than be charged and disbarred. No surprise there.
    While searching for more detail for this story online, it’s come to light that the whole Rod Blagojevich story of selling the Illinois senate seat to the highest bidder was all predicated on Blago appointment hobama to some sort of advisory board seat (for pay, of course), appointing Valerie Jarret to the US Senate seat, and Jarret would then appoint Blago’s wife to a board seat (for pay, of course). Appears the mistake Blago made was saying hobama wasn’t qualified for the board seat, so it would be a tough sell.
    Funny, I don’t remember any of this coming to light in the lamestream media. Gosh, it must be because Illinois politics is just so complicated.