Monthly Archives: March 2008

The Top Ten Craziest Things John McCain Has Said While You Weren't Watching

By Cliff Schecter, AlterNet. Posted March 29, 2008.

Much of McCain’s madness has been lost in the fog of the ongoing battle for the Democratic nomination — so here’s a recap of what you’ve missed.

John McCain has been saying a lot of downright nutty things lately. You’ve probably come across some of them, such as his admitted lack of knowledge about economics or his excitement at the prospect of remaining in Greater Mesopotamia for the next ten decades. Yet, alas, much of his craziness has been lost in the fog of the ongoing battle between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. So here’s a recap of some nuggets of wisdom you may have missed — from McCain’s mouth to Bellevue’s Ears.

10. Responding to a student who criticized his remark about our staying in Iraq for 100 years, McCain quipped, “No American argues against our military presence in Korea or Japan or Germany or Kuwait or other places, or Turkey, because America is not receiving casualties.”

I guess Ron Paul isn’t American. Or Dennis Kucinich. Or many others who have questioned the mindset behind keeping our troops abroad forever, which is what an empire does, not a republic. Although, perhaps more people don’t argue “against our military presence” in the other spots he named, because, you know, those wars weren’t based on 100 percent fabricated evidence and didn’t make us less safe after they were done. Just a thought.

9. John McCain is “very proud to have Pastor John Hagee’s support.”

Just FYI, John Hagee makes Jeremiah Wright seem like Richard Simmons. Hagee has called the Catholic Church the “Great Whore,” an “apostate church,” the “Antichrist,” and a “false cult system.” And let’s not even get into what he has said about Jews. Continue reading

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"Those lucky slaves" department

“…America has been the best country on Earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.”

Patrick J. Buchanan

Phila Inq 3/25/08 p. A15

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Three Words Progressives Can Use to Win Elections

By Bernie Horn, Berrett-Koehler Publishing. Posted March 27, 2008 at Alternet.

excerpt on one word (the others are Opportunity and Security):

Freedom

Where government has no proper role, because public action would violate individual rights, progressive policy should be based on freedom. By freedom, I mean the absence of legal interference with our fundamental rights — freedom of speech, religion, and association; the right to privacy; the rights of the accused; and the right of all citizens to vote. Compared to an individual, government wields tremendous power, so a progressive policy adds great weight — in the form of strong legal rights — to the individual’s side of the scale.

Freedom is the cornerstone of America’s value system. For two centuries, America has been defined by its commitment to freedom. One poll found that Americans believe — by a margin of 73 to 15 percent — that freedom is more important than equality. But because it’s so popular, freedom is the most misused of all political terms.

Neoconservatives have incessantly proclaimed to Americans that both the war in Iraq and the “war on terror” are in defense of our freedom. Don’t believe it. Our freedom is not in jeopardy — neither the Iraqis nor al-Qaeda are attempting to invade America and control our government. Continue reading

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Religious metaphor department

“Mr. Richardson’s endorsement came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out (Jesus) for 30 pieces of silver,”

James Carville, Good Friday 2008

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