Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Stanford, Stupidity, Wildcat, and McCain

Well, your humble blogger catches a plane to California tomorrow to spend a few days at Stanford University. I will be interacting with some rather intelligent folks on a wide variety of subjects, some near and dear to my heart.

Not at Stanford this weekend will be our idiot in chief, who has declared that what we face in Iraq is not a civil war, but pure evil.

Bush and this evil thing is just stupid. It has nothing to do with economic depravity. It has nothing to do with ethnic tensions dating back centuries. It has nothing to do with tribal allegiances and certain organizational dynamics and relationships. No, it's just pure evil, and humanity's track record of kicking pure evil's butt is just stellar.

Now, I won't link to the thing, but at Wordpress, some guy named Wildcat has decided to devote a blog to our new Congresswoman, a running faucet of venom as events unfold. He appears to come from red turf, linking to right wing sights like Espresso Pundit, Sonoran Alliance, and Watchtower (which reminds me of Jehovah's Witnesses).

I surprise no one by stating I cannot stand Bush or Cheney, but I am not going to devote a blog to them, even if it's to bitch. I'm up to way lots more than griping about a single individual.

However, am compelled to comment on one person, John McCain. I got into a conversation earlier this week with some fairly astute folks, and we reached the consensus that Senator McCain, well, had his shot in 2000 and missed, and now it is too late. He is losing it. This last Iraq trip and accompanying remarks show an individual slipping, an individual who is starting to move into the later chapters of hanging out on earth.

A good friend should pull him aside, suggest a great place with good food, a nice pool and golf course, and nudge John to move on and keep that Melanoma under close watch. I actually mean no disrespect per se. His age and health have crossed the line. I think the GOP will figure this out and soon. Someone else is going to face Hillary or (or is it AND?) Obama.


Blogger sirocco said...

Palo Alto is a nice place ... you'll enjoy the trip if you haven't been there before. The actual "Palo Alto" the place is named after is still there, on the west edge of downtown, if you want to stop by and take a look.

This next quarter is critical for McCain, I think ... the general perception seems to be he is looking "old and tired", and unless he manages to change that view in the next three months I believe it will lock in.

Of course, his continued support for the Iraq war escalation may help him with the "base", but is clearly hurting him more generally. His recent comments about "safely" wandering the streets there just made him look foolish.

I can't see either Clinton or Obama choosing the other as a running mate should either earn the nomination. I think they are going to spend too much time battering each other, and I don't see either being content in the second spot.

Still, it's all a long way away, and much can change.

4/05/2007 6:14 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

Does anyone even listen to Bush anymore except for fading neo-conservatives and the die-hard Republican base?

Anyhow, here's a story from the San Diego Union Tribune that caught my attention today:

""CHULA VISTA – Bitter and broken, Army Spc. Curtis Spivey didn't feel much like a hero when he came home to Chula Vista from his third tour in Iraq last fall.

A roadside bomb had blown up his Humvee near Baghdad on Sept. 16, wounding the soldiers inside and throwing him 40 feet in the air from his perch as the vehicle's rooftop gunner. The blast shattered his legs, bruised his brain and broke his back, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

Spivey, 25, hated the thought of spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

“He was not a happy camper when he came here,” said Al Kovach, president of the Cal-Diego chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, who counseled Spivey during his recuperation at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla. “He kept the lights off, the shades pulled. The only person he would talk to was his father.”

But nurtured by the tough love of his ex-Navy dad and the worshipful love of his 2-year-old daughter, Mariana, Spivey had made what relatives described as a remarkable turnaround. Last weekend, he talked with his family about his future for the first time.

“He realized there was another life,” said his father, Joseph L. Spivey, 52, of Chula Vista. “He was looking to go to college, to start a second career.”

Curtis Spivey's newly sunny outlook made his death Monday all the more shocking. A blood vessel in his weakened brain burst over the weekend, causing damage that doctors couldn't fix. His family removed him from life support Monday, and he slipped away soon after.""

Where is the outrage, x4mr? What is wrong with us?

4/06/2007 5:21 PM  
Blogger Kralmajales said...

Im disgusted that they are sending the National Guard back again. Unbelievable that they went in the first place. No one signs up, historically, for the National Guard thinking they will be deployed in a foreign nation. To send them away from their loved ones TWICE is unreal.

This, especially, from the coward Republicans that want this war so badly, but wouldn't dare go towards the draft that would be needed to sustain it. They know its the third rail politically and they know, sadly, that most Americans just don't care that they exhaust our regulars, their families, and friends...and then go for reservists and National Guardsmen and women.

I heard a report on PBS Lehrer the other day that almost made me ball. A young boy, maybe three - five, crying for his father as he leaves for his 2nd or 3rd deployment...and this time being old enough to know he can die.

Broke my heart.

4/07/2007 11:30 PM  

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