Monthly Archives: May 2008

The Maverick voted with Bush 100% of the time in ’08

according to a CQ Presidential Support analysis, john mccain voted the same as bush 100% of the time in ’08, and 95% of the time as bush in ’07.

some change can do you good, mccain.

here’s a chart, and a discussion of the study here:

Presidential Support
Year Support Oppose
2008 (through May 15, 2008 ) 100% 0%
2007 95% 5%
2006 89% 11%
2005 77% 23%
2004 92% 8%
2003 91% 9%
2002 90% 10%
2001 91% 9%

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Hagee’s Apology

john hagee has finally apologized for calling the catholic church the great satan.

no word yet if he will change his mind on these other statements:

“all Muslims have a mandate to kill Christians and Jews.” [NPR Fresh Air, 9/18/06]

or his plans to have a “slave sale” (yes, seriously):

Hagee, pastor of the 16,000-member Cornerstone Church, last week had announced a “slave sale” to raise funds for high school seniors in his church bulletin, “The Cluster.”

The item was introduced with the sentence “Slavery in America is returning to Cornerstone” and ended with “Make plans to come and go home with a slave.”

or about hurricane katrina:

“All hurricanes are acts of God because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God and
they were recipients of the judgment of God for that.” [NPR Fresh Air, 9/18/06]

and finally about women:

“Do you know the difference between a woman with PMS and a snarling Doberman pinscher? The answer is lipstick. Do you know the difference between a terrorist and a woman with PMS? You can negotiate with a terrorist.” [God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, Sarah Posner]

or how bout his hopes and dreams to start the apocalypse? did he change his mind on those too?

when mccain was asked about hagee by o’reilly of all people, mccain pointedly condemned hagee’s anti-catholic remarks but remained silent on his anti-gay statements.

O’REILLY: OK. John Hagee is a guy…

MCCAIN: Yes.

O’REILLY: …that you sought his endorsement in San Antonio, Texas. He said bad things about Catholics and gays and other things like that. And your opponents are saying, hey, you know, McCain hangs around with Hagee. Obama hangs around Wright. No difference.

MCCAIN: I do not embrace a view that he stated about the Catholic church. I steadfastly reject it and repudiate it. I’ve never been in Pastor Hagee’s church. I know him, but the fact is that I accept his endorsement.

and what about these other statements johnny?

you got nothing to say on these either?

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The Case for Withdrawal: Part Two

a continuation of this post.

3) we can’t fund this war

at a cost of $350 mil per day, the iraq war is draining the american economy. bush hasn’t hiked taxes to pay for this war, instead, he’s cut budgets for education and research, and has borrowed heavily from foreign banks in china and the ME.

with this nation in a recession, with inflation running high, with oil prices skyrocketing, with the dollar depreciating, america cannot afford this war.

they lied when they said this war would pay for itself. they continue to lie when they say that we can afford to be in debt to foreign banks and foreign govts.

this war is bleeding us.


4) the war is not preventing terrorism

america’s presence does not prevent global terrorism. not only does this war strengthen the al qaeda narrative that america is an imperialist power occupying muslim land, it has created militants who are now well trained for urban warfare against a modern military and who are already using that training in other cities of the ME (see what’s happening in lebanon). it has also prevented america from becoming engaged in afghanistan and the rest of the wider muslim world.

the taliban is back in afghanistan, and all the gains america made with their ouster are being erased. al qaeda has a safe haven between the borders of pakistan and afghanistan, and america is too busy elsewhere to hunt down those responsible for 9/11 and bring them to justice.

worse, global terrorists continue to be unafraid of american power. last year, several suspected terrorists came up with a plan to blow up a dozen planes over the atlantic ocean.

clearly they are still trying to kill americans, and a multi-nation, coordinated police effort is necessary to stop them.

america got lucky and avoided that terrorist attack, but the longer we are in iraq, the shorter time we have before our luck runs out.

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Will John McCain ever repudiate Hagee?

several months ago, john mccain was endorsed by reverend john hagee, a charming man who believes in an apocalyptic showdown between the west and the east, with jesus christ himself intervening and protecting the west:

“Russia is going to get in that position and they are literally, with all that massive military force, going to attack Israel,” Hagee told ABC News in 2006. “This is recorded in Ezekiel 38 and 39. God himself is literally going to destroy that army. Decimate it.”

Hagee added that the confrontation would be followed by a Chinese army of 200 million coming to the city of Armageddon, where they will meet British and U.S. forces in the Battle of Armageddon.

“At that point, Jesus Christ returns to Earth and sets up his eternal kingdom in the city of Jerusalem and there’s 1000 years of peace,” Hagee said. “The Jewish people are going to see the supernatural hand of God preserve them and deliver them while the enemies of Israel are crushed. That’s the end-time story.”

and he continues:

The United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God’s plan for both Israel and the West… a biblically prophesied end-time confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture, Tribulation, and Second Coming of Christ.

but wait there’s more….

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McCain’s G8 Confusion

mccain shows his ignorance on international affairs once again, by declaring that he wants russia kicked out of the G8:

We should start by ensuring that the G-8, the group of eight highly industrialized states, becomes again a club of leading market democracies: it should include Brazil and India but exclude Russia. Rather than tolerate Russia’s nuclear blackmail or cyber attacks, Western nations should make clear that the solidarity of NATO, from the Baltic to the Black Sea, is indivisible and that the organization’s doors remain open to all democracies committed to the defense of freedom.

as a US official familiar with the G8 points out, this is an idiotic declaration:

The Group of Eight, or G-8, as it’s popularly known, makes decisions by consensus, so no single nation can kick out another. Most experts say the six other countries — Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Japan and Canada — would never agree to toss Russia, given their close economic ties to their neighbor. A senior U.S. official who deals with Russia policy said that even Moscow would have to approve of its own ouster, given how the G-8 works.

It’s not even a theoretical discussion. It’s an impossible discussion,” said the senior official, who requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly. “It’s just a dumb thing.”

once again the maverick is full of bluster and short on facts and reality.

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