Grapevine: Warren cancels presidential forum

Pastor blames uncivil discourse


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Friends in High Places

The Associated Press reports the Wall Street executive who reviewed the Obama administration's energy loan program -- has donated more than $50,000 to the president's reelection effort.

Herbert Allison-- whose report exonerated the Obama administration -- began donating to the campaign just two weeks after he testified before Congress.

Allison-- who has donated to both parties in the past -- defends his report-- saying he chose to back the president after his work was completed.

House Energy Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns -- questions the report-- which did not include bankrupt firms Solyndra and beacon power-- saying it shows -- quote --

"The president did not want a careful, independent review of his risky green jobs scheme."

The Media Research Center adds-- quote

"If a Republican administration had squandered that much money on a loser like Solyndra-- and the watchdog hired to review the program turned around and donated more than $50,000 to the GOP-- there would be a media feeding frenzy."

A Lesson in Civility

Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren is canceling a planned presidential forum-- because of uncivil discourse. Quote--

"I've never seen more irresponsible personal attacks-- mean-spirited slander-- and flat out dishonest attack ads-- and I don't expect that tone to change before the election."

However-- both the Obama and Romney campaigns point out-- they never actually agreed to participate.

We reached out to Pastor Warren -- but have not heard back

Como Se Dice

And finally-- a local artist thought she was doing a good deed for her church -- when she decided to touch up a century-old painting of Christ in her small Spanish town.

But the artist --who is in her 80's-- arguably did more harm than good.

The image on the left -- was the painting before her improvements.

The left shows her restoration.

Some Twitter users have compared the new painting to a monkey.