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McCain in ’08.

December 6, 2007

Ok this is political opinion. If you aren’t interested or don’t care what I think, don’t read any further.

I had the honor of participating in a Town Hall with Senator McCain last night in Nashua, N.H.

He started the night by saying something that resonated with me. This town hall event, this forum, was Democracy at it’s most basic level. The ability for citizens of this country to question their candidates on issues that matter to them, and get responses, it doesn’t get any better than that.

I got to kick the evening off by introducing this man and talking a bit about why I was there. I had to laugh at the thought that his staff might not have realized the nightmare potential of me standing in front of American citizens with no script. The cool part is that this was easy. When you believe in someone, or something, so much, talking about your passion and respect for them is simple.

We are coming upon an election that I believe is absolutely essential to the future of this country. The American people have made it very clear how unhappy they are with where we are as a nation today. The approval ratings for our government are horribly low. We need someone who feels the way we all do about big government.

The true beauty of Senator McCain, in my opinion, lies in his accountability. Many questions were asked of him last night that elicited an initial answer of “I’m sorry I’m not going to be able to tell you what you want to hear, but the solution to that problem is more complex than a yes/no vote on a single piece of legislation.”

He doesn’t pander to the voters, he makes you understand, if you listen to him, that his goal is the rebuilding and restoration of national pride in the greatest country on earth.

The focus of this election, or at least the primary focus outside of any domestic issues, is the war in the Middle East. It will be, and should be, an incredibly hot topic with extreme amounts of passion for both sides.

My problem is in the people, politicians and media alike who make the ignorant comment “John McCain is war monger” “John McCain is for the war” and other idiotic comments like that. I would promise you this. Ask any human being who’s ever served in an active theater of war, whether they are for or against it. Anyone of sane mind will be the latter. No one that’s ever seen the horrible events that take place during a military conflict could ever in their right mind ‘be for war’.

John McCain is as against war as anyone that walks the earth. But you’re lying to yourself if you think that being ‘against the war’ makes someone more or less suited to be our next President. Simply being against the war is NOT going to solve the problem. It’s not going to end the war. We are all against the war, no one wants it.

We have to accept the fact that if we elect someone who PROMISES us to begin troop pull outs the minute they are elected, we are casting a vote to lose the war and dishonor the men and women that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. I want us out of the middle east now, today, immediately. But I also realize that if we do pull out before allowing the Iraqi people to solidify a system of self government that allows their people to live and breathe as free human beings with every right you and I have; if we pull out before the Iraqi people have been able to learn and train a security force devoid of corruption and focused on the safety of it’s citizens, we’ve failed, we’ve lost. Not only that but do you honestly believe we won’t find ourselves amidst another 9/11 event and then back in the middle east in force sometime in the near future?

There is absolutely no simple answer here. I don’t have it, nor do you. But for me the answer lies in the person we elect as our next president. My vote is going to a man that bravely served this nation and extolled virtues and character throughout his lifetime that make me believe in him, and his ideals.

Senator McCain is the first person in the room to tell you we’ve made mistakes, we’ve screwed up epically on many occasions. He’ll also tell you that pulling out now would erase any and everything good that’s been done since the war began.

This is not Vietnam. The citizens of Iraq WANT to be free and they’ve shown that they’ll turn out at polls to elect a government to make that happen, anyone with both eyes open can see that on a daily basis through the news being reported by unbiased and untainted media outlets.

I guess what I am saying, or asking, is that if you are undecided about who to cast your vote for, don’t vote for someone a celebrity tells you to vote for, that’s lame, lazy and disrespectful of the rights you’ve been given. Take the time to listen and see these people. I don’t doubt for a second that if you listen to these men and women, if you hear what they are saying, if you look at what kind of people they are, I don’t think you can come to any other conclusion than John McCain is far and away the best human being alive to be the next President of the United States of America. He’s the person to rebuild this country, reform this Government into one that serves the people. I think people are tired of feeling like they work for the governement or that their voice doesn’t matter, isn’t it the other way around? Isn’t it supposed to be?

If you don’t believe that, cool, cast your vote for whomever you choose to, but at the end of the day please make sure to cast your vote.

McCain/Huckaby in ’08?

155 Comments leave one →
  1. csn2006 permalink
    December 6, 2007 10:28 am

    i respect that opinion curt. take a look at fred t. he brings a real breath of fresh air! i do like the sen. from arizona but i think he hasnt shown he can lead a campaign never mind our great country!! merry christmas to you and your family!!!!

  2. dealingthephilthyhotcheese permalink
    December 6, 2007 10:32 am

    Curt
    You have an easy way of expressing things and getting the right points accross. John McCain was an easy choice for me, Im so sick of slick politicians and all their rhetoric and I dont care about “splitting the vote”. Im voting for the man that is genuine, accountable with integrity that is real. Its crazy how many people dont see that you cant just “pull out” of he war!! Im hoping for the best, McCain/Huckaby would be awesome. May the Good Lord be with them

  3. bjonesnboston permalink
    December 6, 2007 10:45 am

    Curt, I don’t know who to vote for & don’t have the luxury of getting to konw the candidates as you have. Do you know any of the others personally? Just curious.

    Also, its funny that you are a celebrity giving a shout out to mccain & yet telling us not to listen to you at the same time. I think thats cool and honest. You are really trying to get people to think for themselves.

    Thats a tough thing to do…for some reason, its not cool to do that. That is probably why you rub certain people the wrong way.

    finally, and this is totally off topic. I know that you are a follower of Christ, as am I, and I was wondering if you have an arena where you discuss your spirituality in much detail. I am curious about who disciples you, how you are growing, what you are learning…Its too often that you guys in the limelight lose creditibility b/c when you mess up, its magnified…so, I wonder who checks on you.

  4. December 6, 2007 10:48 am

    Oh, those freedom-hating Vietnamese.

  5. llewdor permalink
    December 6, 2007 10:53 am

    I’m surprised, Curt, given your involvement in the creation of 38 Studios, that you’d support a candidate who has in the past so strongly supported censorship of video game content. That is not to say McCain is all bad. He was my choice in the last election, but since then he has come out strongly in support of government intervention in the gaming market, and that turned me away from him pretty quick. There is no public policy problem to which the best solution is greater government intervention in the market.

    I’ve tried to also make it very clear that just because someone I support disagrees or is on the oppposite side of an issue I might believe in that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t or shouldn’t support them. I am against the sale of automatic weapons as well, Senator Mccain believes in much tougher policy there but is NOT against the sale of automatic weapons. The candidate doesn’t have to follow MY agenda or interests to the letter, that’s just not going to happen, but at the end of the day, for me anyway, their overall approach needs to be aligned with making this country great again. That’s Senator McCain to me.

  6. jdodge permalink
    December 6, 2007 10:55 am

    I read the story in the Herald. As the son of a Vietnam Vet and someone who spent his time serving in the Army during wartime myself I have a great deal of respect for Senator McCain.

    While I’m still undecided which way my vote will go this year (I’m pretty middle of the road, though I tend to lean a little toward the conservative side) I think you make some pretty good points. The biggest of which is to actually get out there, educate yourself and vote accordingly.

  7. December 6, 2007 10:56 am

    Curt,

    I wish your politics were as good as your splitter.

    Josh

  8. cmatera permalink
    December 6, 2007 11:09 am

    I like McCain as well, even though I disagree with portions of the McCain Feingold bill…

    I see that you think McCain/Huckabee would make a decent ticket for President/Vice Presiden – what do you like about Mike Huckabee?

    Thanks!

  9. thejadoon permalink
    December 6, 2007 11:11 am

    So you don’t think, as your friends (The D of D) at WEEI said about a women who lost a son in Iraq and has come out for the war to end, to be against the war makes you a “traitor” to this country.

    Or that his recent comments above global warming make Senator McCain a “whack job” as they (The D of D) also say about anyone who says there is a problem.

  10. jonnyjbones permalink
    December 6, 2007 11:11 am

    Curt,

    How can you try to peddle McCain not being a warmonger when he joked about bombing Iran despite the fact that were not trying to make a bomb the entire time? War mongers like him would be dropping bombs for our freedom if they could.

    Huckabee still thinks Iran is making bombs despite the NIE report!

    If you want real middle east knowledge try reading http://www.juancole.com/ on a daily basis.

    “Huckabee as Deer in the Headlights
    Trusts hearsay over NIE
    Gov. Mike Huckabee did not know about the new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran when asked about it on Wednesday. It had caused a furor in Washington because it concluded that Iran had halted any weapons-related experiments in 2003.

    It is not such a big scandal that Huckabee hadn’t heard the news. When you are traveling and out among people, often you don’t, until you get back to the hotel that night. I can testify to that myself.

    What is the scandal is that Huckabee had been briefed by someone to opposite conclusions from those of the NIE and had swallowed it hook line and sinker.

    He told a reporter for Politico.com:

    ‘ I don’t know where the intelligence is coming from that says they have suspended the program or how credible that is versus the view that they actually are expanding it. … And I’ve heard, the last two weeks, supposed reports that they are accelerating it and it could be having a reactor in a much shorter period of time than originally been thought.

    So here’s what is troubling. Huckabee puts what he’s “heard” above the findings of the 16 US intelligence agencies. And, he seems to be confused that the problem with Iran is that it is building nuclear reactors. Reactors can be used for peaceful energy generation. It is if they were building a bomb that anyone should be concerned. The reactors at Bushehr cannot easily be put to bomb making purposes.

    So yes, he could get behind on the news. But he doesn’t a) show good judgment in valuing right wing political gossip over an extensively vetted professional intelligence report (which is corroborated by the International Atomic Energy Agency). And b) he doesn’t seem very well informed about the nuclear issue.

    Not ready for prime time. “

  11. kevinromine permalink
    December 6, 2007 11:22 am

    republicans and democrats do nothing for this country.
    nothing. think of baseball with only the yankees and red sox.
    horrible toture even for a Sox fan. that’s our government.

  12. geoff1210 permalink
    December 6, 2007 11:30 am

    Yeah me and two friends from SNHU next door tryed to come see but by the time we got there, the fire marshal wasn’t allowing anyone else in. We watched on the TV in the lobby, I thought you did well, but then my friends got bored, so we left. Good opening, it sounded really good… Come back and visit our area again sometime haha.

    Geoff

  13. December 6, 2007 11:33 am

    The top two recipients of donations from the four branches of the military and the Guard are Ron Paul and Barack Obama, who opposed the invasion of Iraq from the beginning.
    Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3601542

    So it’s false to say that candidates who oppose an indefinite occupation of Iraq are in favor of “dishonor” for the military.

    Instead of throwing about those insults, I think that you should, as a supporter of indefinite occupation, argue that the costs will be outweighed by the benefits. Part of this will include an assessment of what success would look like, and how likely that outcome is.

    Also, there were elections in South Vietnam, too.
    Source: http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/vietnam.asp

    So it’s false to say that the difference between Iraq and Vietnam is that Vietnamese people hate freedom whereas Iraqis love it.

    As to the issue of whether or not it’s good for celebrities to talk about politics, I think it’s a-OK. Why wouldn’t it be? You have your right to say what you like; I have my right to disagree with it. We both owe that to the Constitution, and to those who have fought to defend it. Thanks for saying what you have to say, and allowing comments from people who agree and disagree with you.

    Unfortunately, we are now bogged down in an occupation of a country whose inhabitants want us to leave, with few benefits accruing to ourselves, Iraqis, or the Constitution. Because Sen. McCain was wrong about the costs and benefits of the invasion of Iraq, because he casts those who disagree with him as advocating “surrender” (to whom?), and because he caved into the Bush administration on the issue of torture, I won’t vote for him. I would have in 2000, had he won the GOP nomination. But I supported the Iraq invasion, and was proven wrong. As was he. Things are different now.

    Points taken, and thanks! The toughest part of communicating online is the loss of tone and meaning in many cases. I certainly didn’t mean to imply the Vietnamese people were against Freedom but I can see how it appears I did. I would disagree that the inhabitants of Iraq want us to leave right now, but we can agree to disagree there. Thanks for the feedback and discussion.

  14. jamacaja permalink
    December 6, 2007 11:41 am

    Hi Curt- not sure where to post this but thought you may appreciate. My son is a freshman at Northeastern University.

    Matt Posternak
    11/18/07
    Intro to Writing
    Essay #3

    A Nation’s Nation

    I’m a member of Red Sox Nation, it’s a kind of a family
    Wherever I roam, my Fenway home, that’s where I long to be
    I’m a member of Red Sox Nation, it’s a kind of insanity
    Yeah, I’ll live and die, with Red Sox pride, for eternity
    My mama told me bedtime tales ’bout number nine
    My daddy taught me how Yastrzemski tracked down flies
    Dirty Water, Tessie, and Sweet Caroline.

    –Rob Crawford

    When I enter that historically marvelous ballpark, I am overwhelmed by the surplus of tradition and culture. Within the American culture of today, there is a subculture that entails a certain way of life for a group of people. Mainly, but not restricted to the Boston area, a constantly growing subculture exists. A culture that is a certain way of life for the people which it engulfs. Red sox Nation is a culture that, for seven months a year, takes over and controls the lives of its population. Every morning between the rain and humidity of April through, hopefully, the bitter cold of October, members of this culture wake up engulfed in the traditions which this society holds. Traditions such as Sweet Caroline, the Green Monster, and hating those Yankees from New York are all part of this subculture. Red Sox Nation is, within itself, a culture among not only Bostonians, but is spreading across the world. The people intertwined with this rich, passionate culture have lived through a life of curse, defeat, and victory. This culture has one of the richest histories and an overwhelming lifestyle of tradition that follows.
    The members of the Red Sox Nation have a certain culture and language that outsiders may not understand. They do not feel the same passion, nor are they overwhelmed by the immense emotion and tradition that is entailed with the Red Sox Nation. There is a certain language within this nation that cannot really be interpreted in the way it was meant. Language is this common connection that the members of this society share. These citizens of Red Sox Nation know what one another is saying when they are talking about Tessie, Dirty Water, and Cowboy Up.

    A Nation’s Heritage

    In the greatest ballpark in the world, Fenway Park, there are many experiences that a true member of Red Sox Nation will not live without. The Fenway Faithful know what it is really like to be a part of the Red Sox culture, and the atmosphere at Fenway is like nothing else. The passion and emotion throughout Landsdowne Street and Yawkey Way is part of the great culture of Red Sox Nation. The streets are flooded with red, white, and green. These colors resemble the flags of the heritage that generally makes up Boston; Ireland and Italy.
    Boston, like some other cities, is mostly an Irish and Italian community. But Red Sox Nation is different. For example, New York City is mostly Irish and Italian as well, but there isn’t that sense of camaraderie and community as there is in Boston. Boston is known for its overwhelming amount of competition and the desire to succeed. The citizens of Red Sox Nation will not accept anything less than perfection for its team and for themselves. There is just an amazing sense of support, competitiveness, and culture behind the Red Sox in the city of Boston. Why does a sport like baseball, or, more importantly, a team like the Red Sox yield insurmountable amounts of support and competition from its fans?
    Maybe it dates back to the early Roman times, through Boston’s somewhat Italian heritage, where the gladiators who fought at the Coliseum had such a major following like the Red Sox do now. In those ancient Roman times, everybody went to the Coliseum to witness the intense battles that were held there. The members of Red Sox Nation are those fans, Fenway Park is our Coliseum, and those damn Yankees are that gladiator across from us ready to battle. Maybe it is just in our blood to be competitive and to follow our teams, our gladiators, with such passion.

    Fenway Faithful, the experiences of Fenway Park

    I always loved going to that great American ballpark with my dad or my friends. I remember the atmosphere that overwhelmed me as I entered Fenway. It was amazing. It felt that everybody that was there shared a common bond with one another. I felt like I knew everyone and what they were experiencing. I was one of the lucky ones because I was able to go to many Red Sox games growing up just outside of Boston, which shaped who I am today. Going to Red Sox games were, and still are, the greatest experiences of my life. I learned so much about competition, teamwork, passion, and life in general by sitting in Fenway Park for four hours to watch my team.
    I can remember one game in particular, not only because it was just this past summer, but also because of all the realizations I had that day in August. My Red Sox were playing the Angels, a preview of the ALDS, in a very exciting game. The Red Sox fell behind early in the game, but going into the seventh inning, like always, “Sweet Caroline” came over the radio and all of Red Sox Nation joined together and sang along to our “National Anthem.” Just then, the momentum changed and the Red Sox took the lead. Unfortunately, Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable so Eric “GagMe” Gagne came into the game and lost it. But even in a loss the citizens of Red Sox Nation show emotion and competitiveness. It is just our way of life and is shown through all aspects of the games.
    There are many great traditions entailed with going to see my team play at a history-rich ballpark like Fenway. Traditions that are key components to the Red Sox nation culture and lifestyle.
    .
    1. The passion and energy of Red Sox Nation.
    2. Watching the game on a hot summer afternoon in Boston . . . there is nothing like it.
    3. Going out for dinner/drinks in Kenmore Square before AND after the game.
    4. The amazing history and beauty of Fenway Park.
    5. Peanuts, Hot Dogs, and cold beer!
    6. Singing Sweet Caroline.
    7. Witnessing the Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry.
    8. It’s the perfect place to introduce anyone new to the sport. I never followed baseball when I was younger, but ever since my father took me to my first Red Sox game, I have been hooked!
    9. To get all kinds of cool gear in the Red Sox Souvenir Shop.
    10. To tell all your fellow Sox fans that you have been to a game!
    11. Green monster seats!
    –Anonymous author

    I Love That Dirty Water!

    Yeah, down by the river.
    Down by the banks of the river Charles,
    That’s where you’ll find me,
    Along with lovers, fuggers, and thieves
    Well, I love that dirty water.
    Oh, Boston, you’re my home!

    That dirty water is used to describe the dirty water of the notoriously polluted Charles River in Boston, and is one of the most influential and popular songs of the Red Sox Nation. This hits the deep roots of the pure-blooded Red Sox fans, and is always played after victories and has been for years. Dirty Water has become one of the greatest traditions of Red Sox Nation, and is a key component of the Fenway Faithful that people of other cultures may not understand. True members of the society know the meaning and words as if it were the “National Anthem” of the sub-nation that is Red Sox Nation.
    After every victorious trip to the “White House” of Red Sox Nation, I am overwhelmed by the tradition of that Dirty Water that everybody loves so much. Being a part of Red Sox Nation is one of the greatest feelings in the world and people on the outside of its culture probably don’t understand. They probably don’t understand the tradition and emotion that takes over our lives when our Red Sox are in action. Outsiders feel that it is just a little name for Red Sox fans without knowing the history, tradition, and lifestyle that is entailed with Red Sox Nation. Dirty Water is one of our richest traditions and is an essential aspect of the culture of Red Sox Nation.

    Bambino’s Curse

    The Curse is one of the most historical superstitions in all of sports, particularly in Red Sox Nation. The Curse had lasted for 86 years, until it was recently broken in 2004. The Curse was believed to begin after the Red Sox traded Babe “The Great Bambino” Ruth to the Yankees in 1918. The Red Sox went through the entire 20th century without winning a championship since the trade in 1918. It’s not like the Red Sox had bad teams either. The 1986 World Series was one of the most memorable moments for the Red Sox that led them, along with Red Sox Nation, to believe that there actually was a curse. The Red Sox were on the verge of winning their first World Series since 1918 until Bambino’s Curse haunted the field when a routine ground ball went through Bill Buckner’s legs to give the Mets the win and the eventual World Series Championship. After this memorable turn of events, some believed that the Red Sox would never win a World Series Championship again.
    Throughout the years, there have always been instances where it seems as if Bambino’s ghost was haunting the field to seek revenge on the team that traded him back in 1918. Up until the 2004 World Series, the Red Sox did, in fact, seem to be cursed. But after they won the Series in 2004 and again in 2007, the Curse seems to be more of a history than a myth. The Curse is one of the most integral aspects of the history behind the Boston Red Sox. The different generations have different feelings and experiences about the curse:

    Early Generation—Experienced the original success of the Red Sox in the early 20th century and witnessed the trade that started it all in 1918. Most of them would never live to see the day that the Red Sox carried the World Series trophy again. To them, maybe it didn’t really seem like a curse yet because the drought has not gone on long enough for any speculation of a curse.

    Middle Generation—These guys had it the worst. This generation heard about the curse from the early generation, and has gone through most of their lives without their team winning that coveted World Series title. They witnessed the Buckner error and all the instances where Bambino’s cursed ghost had a presence. However, the lucky ones were able to see Pedro and Manny win that World Series in ’04 for the first time in 86 years after a life full of cursed failures and “unfortunate” miscues.

    Modern Generation—This is me. I obviously heard about the curse and lived some of my life with a championship drought. But I never really experienced it. I missed the curse that haunted the Sox in ’86 and all instances of the curse prior to that. Throughout my life I have already witnessed the Sox bring home the trophy twice and the curse just seems like ancient history to me and nobody talks about it anymore.

    However, no matter what generation you come from, the Curse of the Bambino is a major part of the history of Red Sox Nation, and one of the greatest stories in all of sports.

    Wicked Good Team at Fenway Pahk

    Everybody knows about how people in the Boston area “pahk theh cahs in hahvid yahd,” but it’s not all about accent. It is not just about dropping the “ahs (r’s)” in words, it is also about the words we use and how we use them. Nobody outside of the Boston area uses “wicked” as if it meant “very” or “extremely.” People from outside this area just look at me in awe when I saw “he is wicked fast” or “that house is wicked big” because people don’t even know what I am talking about. My roommate is from California, and used wicked the first time when I said “these rooms are wicked small,” he just stared at me as if to say, “what the hell did you just say?” Us local members of Red Sox Nation have a language
    Although I do not have a harsh accent because I grew up a little north of Boston, I still use the same words in the same way. This is the language of Red Sox Nation, and only the local members can understand one another. Sure, Red Sox Nation has spread across the world with Japan’s interest in Dice-K and Okee-Dokee, the Dominican’s interest in Manny and Papi, and just the whole world’s interest in the Sox, but only the true locals speak the primary language of Red Sox Nation. Very few people outside of the locals of Red Sox Nation can even understand what most of us are saying, and that’s what makes us special. Red Sox Nation has its own vocabulary—What other city has that? I feel like I can understand everybody else from outside the Boston area, but they can’t always understand me. That’s what makes us a Nation, our language, rather than just the “faithful” like they have in New York for the Yankees. It is an entire NATION versus a few “faithful fans.”
    Language is one of the more key components that make up a society, and Red Sox Nation definitely has that. Although there might be a few other cities that have a seemingly undecipherable language, Boston is as dominant in that “depahment” than its wicked good baseball team.

    So Much Moah Than Just the Ahs
    (so much more than just the R’s)

    There is a lot more to the Boston language than just dropping the R’s in pronunciation.

    • For example, those lost R’s often end up at the end of some words that don’t belong—
    Our idea is…= Ouah idear is….

    • Also, “ture’s” at the end of a word usually turn into “sha’s.”
    Capture the flag= Capsha tha flag

    • Sometimes D’s at the end of words turn into T’s following a vowel.
    Wicked= Wicket

    There are many different ways to tell a local to the Boston area, and we can always tell. Outsiders cannot always understand us and that is what makes us a Nation. People look at us as if we spoke a completely different language. Our language is the key component that sets us apart as a Nation within a nation. When our culture, history, and language come together, we make one of the best nations in the entire world; Red Sox Nation.

  15. page77 permalink
    December 6, 2007 11:42 am

    Curt, I appreciate your comments and I too have always had a great deal of respect for Senator McCain. I wish he had won in 2000! At this point in our countries politics though I believe Senator Obama is the candidate we need as I believe he represents a generational change. So much of the acrimony, the red state vs. blue state, the “culture wars” stem from the politics of the baby boomers and the 1960′s. No offense to the boomers out there, but Obama is a move away from the boomers and towards the future. Just my two cents. Thanks!

  16. fbliss permalink
    December 6, 2007 11:44 am

    Hi Curt,

    Ron Paul.
    Yep, he’s a name I have heard a lot about and am in the midst of checking out his platform. Haven’t heard anything bad about the guy yet!

  17. luvdsox permalink
    December 6, 2007 11:55 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    When Senator McCain comes to his home state of Arizona to campaign, will you come down and introduce him?? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

    I hope the gala is successful tonight. Enjoy the weather.

    Tucson, AZ

  18. depsean permalink
    December 6, 2007 12:03 pm

    I am definitely in for McCain ’08. A big point for me has always been, we are in the midst of this war and you have a canidate who served in the Navy for almost 30 years (5 1/2 of which he was a POW) as an officer. He has a long history of leadership and knows what it is like to be in hostile territory. He has two sons in the military, one in the Naval Academy and one serving a tour in Iraq as a marine. This war has a personal touch to the Senator from Arizona but yet he still understands what needs to be done there. That is more than the word admirable can describe. He has the experience as a leader and almost 30 years from a military standpoint. He has courage and integrity AND wants to cut out the BS in politics. He understands what it means to stay in Iraq and get the job done. This guy has my full fledged support.

  19. stoneyshore permalink
    December 6, 2007 12:04 pm

    I’m a secular liberal Democrat, so I don’t agree with Mr. Shilling much. But I love that he formulates such sophisticated political opinions & shares them with the world. We need more of that. And I agree with his take on Senator McCain–a noble man who deserves the Republican nomination. Keep up the great work, on and off the mound, Mr. Shilling!

  20. cmwalsh1 permalink
    December 6, 2007 12:23 pm

    Curt,

    While I disagree with your opinions on the Iraq war, I am not going to be like a lot of the knuckleheads and tell you that your “politics suck”. This is your blog, you can state your opinions any way you want, and I enjoy reading them, whether I agree or not.

    Either way, while I plan to most likely vote on the Dem. side of the ballot, I really hope Senator McCain can win the Republican nomination. I feel like McCain, more so than any of the other Republican candidates, will be the best way for us as Americans to gauge who we want as a President. Too many other Republicans have (in the eyes of every-day American) too much baggage that can sway people away from them. While I don’t believe people should think this way (“Romney’s religion is an issue!”; “Guiliani can’t keep a marriage together!”), it’s the unfortunate truth that something that small can keep people away from voting for one of these candidates.

    McCain allows America to vote in terms of the REAL issues, rather than something so ignorant as “I don’t like that guy…” Hope to see you supporting McCain next fall after another World Series win!

    Thanks for everything,

    Chris

  21. gargano permalink
    December 6, 2007 12:51 pm

    Win the war? If you honestly think “winning” is an option I’d love to hear how that scenario plays out. McCain will say and do anything to get the presidency, even use your celebrity status because he has nothing left and started as a lemon to begin with. In 2004 you shamelessly supported Bush which is your right but don’t you ever learn. You know what, you don’t and that is why you should apply for a job with this administration. A perfect fit. I respect you for at least having the guts to say what you believe but that still doesn’t negate the fact you are a tug.

  22. December 6, 2007 12:59 pm

    Thanks very much for the reply, Curt.

    My “Vietnamese hate freedom” was an admittedly glib characterization of what you had to say. But I think my point, that the relevant distinction between Iraq and Vietnam is not the amount the people want democracy, is a fair one.

    And let’s not agree to disagree as to what Iraqis think– let’s ask the Internet if it knows!

    Source:

    http://globalpolicy.org/security/issues/iraq/pollindex.htm

    As of August, according to a poll of Iraqis, a near-majority (47%) wanted us to leave, but a sizable minority (34%) wanted us to stay until security improves.

    Anyway, thanks for the back and forth!

  23. bnjoiner permalink
    December 6, 2007 1:08 pm

    Curt, I’m a Democrat — or, should I say, I usually vote Democratic. But I’m with you on this one, in this sense: When I watch the Republican debates, I cannot understand how a voter could vote for anyone but McCain (or maybe Huckabee, or Ron Paul). He’s a real person, not someone pandering for votes. A lot of what I think about McCain is pulled from Michael Lewis’s (of Moneyball fame) book on the 1996 election, Losers: The Road to Anyplace But The White House, where McCain comes off as singularly human and embraceable in a field full of people who were, well, less so. I recommend it highly.

  24. December 6, 2007 1:40 pm

    Hey Curt – I tried to respond last night, but your post in regards to McCain was not up. So I posted under the Schilling Clause, I have cut and reposted in the proper forum here. Thanks again for being part of a great night in Manchester.

    Curt –

    My wife and I and our new baby (the one who waited only nine weeks for her Red Sox to become champions) attended the forum in Manchester tonight at Derryfield. I wanted to comment on how impressed I was with your attentiveness and sincere interest in all of the Senators responses to our questions. I often looked up to see you totally entrenched in whatever subject Senator McCain was discussing. It was very refreshing.

    The Senator has a rough road ahead to a presidency, but tonight he further convinced me that he wholeheartedly is the right man for the job. When speaking with another voter behind me we admired a quality about the Senator that is also shared by yourself, and myself. That quality is that no matter the circumstance the Senator would speak candidly and honestly about his belief whether or not the voting public backed him or not. The gentleman behind me said that the Senator would not be afraid to speak at a NRA convention about tougher gun laws. With a group of candidates around him often flip-flopping speeches to meet the needs of the groups or financial backers they are addressing, the Senator is very refreshing because he is so good at standing by his original answer.

    It was nice to see you in a non-sport forum and to quietly stand by the side of a man you have so much respect for. I actually gained a ton of respect for you and the way you so smoothly kept everything about the Senator. And kudos to helping that young man on the student council with the auction by signing that ball.

    My wife was also very impressed with both you and the Senator. As I have stated in previous posts her lupus is very trying on our relationship and finances since she cannot work. We love what you do for the community and the event in Medfield for the holidays sounds amazing. I unfortunately am not able to offer assistance there, but would like to offer my help to any future events involving the military you participate in. I am a mobile DJ and marketing specialist by trade and am more than willing to donate sound systems, and music or even MC talents for any event to aid in military appreciation. I served for years in the Army and my dad, like the Senator graduated from the Naval Academy. So consider a full offer to give whatever I can help with to you in the future.

    Thank you for your support of fans, voters and John McCain and I will also be voting for the Senator in the upcoming election.

    Thanks again for being part of what was a very nice evening in Manchester……..although the Senator really needs to see more snowmen…..A CHICKEN????

    Brian & Sarah (and little Teagan) Sparhawk

  25. tonygoprano permalink
    December 6, 2007 1:42 pm

    Thank You Curt for your continued support of Sen. John McCain. McCain is a man of honor, something we desparately need at this time for our country.

    My readers love to hear about you and what you are doing. We all miss you out here in Arizona. Continued success to you & may you and your family have a wonderful Holiday Season!

    I added the story on yesterday’s campaign rally with Sen. McCain to my Blog:

    http://politicomafioso.blogspot.com/2007/12/world-series-hero-curt-schilling-on.html

    Jeff Vath
    Phoenix, AZ
    Washington High School
    Class of 1979′

  26. pennstater89 permalink
    December 6, 2007 1:42 pm

    Using Bill Clinton as an example, what I hope this country realizes in the 2008 election is gone are the days when we should scutinize a person’s past, a person’s lifestyle, or the color of one’s skin.

    I don’t care if a person has been divorced, commited adultery, or illegally stole cable and admitted it … if that person has matured and is right for the office of President of the USA, so be it.

    I am a Republican and now regret voting for GWB in 2003. What I don’t want to do is automatically think Guliani is the man because he did a great job for NYC post 9-11, nor do I want to automatically vote Hillary because her husband did a decent job as President.

    War, heathcare costs, gas prices … oy …

  27. priscillapitman08 permalink
    December 6, 2007 1:43 pm

    Curt, thanks for you opinion. I’m actually amazed there are still Republicans left in the state of Massachusetts. I was born into a very Republican family so I have always been one, and yes I grew up in Massachusetts. I just used to feel like a fish out of water there. Now I am in Florida, and it is different here, much different. I still haven’t made a decision yet on who I am going to vote for. You did make some good points about McCain. He is actually one of the few who hasn’t changed his mind every day.
    And to the person who is going to vote for Fred T, hopefully he knows what Fred believes in, because I don’t, and most of the world doesn’t. He is one of the ones who changes his mind daily, or even every minute of the day. Don’t get me wrong I liked him as an actor, but not every actor should be President.
    Every one has a right to their own opinion, their own vote. I read everyone’s beliefs, and opinions and will make my decision.

  28. roscott permalink
    December 6, 2007 1:45 pm

    I’m a Mccain supporter, but my biggest concern is his age and the creation of Mccain-Feingold, which I think is a terrible piece of legislation. My libertarian sense makes me fret about a Mccain presidency. My foreign affairs worries, however, make me yearn for him to win. I guess it’s give and take.

    I’ve seen him campaign with his mother, and while that brings a smile to my mouth, I’m curious if someone in their mid 70s is the right person to lead us into the technological and IT age of America.

    I supported Mccain in 2000 and he was my choice, then. However, as of today I think Huckabee brings more to the table in regards to being able to work with Democrats, as well as having an outside DC mindset which seems to result in better bipartisanship for at least a little while.

    I’m glad you are pushing for debate and discourse in regards to politics, and I hope the Bush Deranged Folks, as well as those with partisan axes to grind don’t give you too much abuse, Curt. Especially since your position is one of the few well thought out and in depth ones given by a celebrity, yet, without just being a rubber stamp.

    My final point is Mccain is generally a voice of sanity and reason in a Senate that is full of very partisan bickering and rhetoric. Can we afford to lose him there with the departure of so many moderate and conservative Senators this year?

  29. opinionatedcatch13 permalink
    December 6, 2007 2:07 pm

    Hey Curt, I met you down in Ft. Myers last year I was trying out for the farm team at a free agent tryout. Anyway, I completely respect your opinion and right now i am torn between McCain and Giulliani. Both of them would be the leader that we need for this country. The two things that I am worried about is that McCain will not reform healthcare because something has to be done. But with Giulliani, I don’t think he has enough foreign affairs experience. What are your opinions? which is more important?

  30. bugmn permalink
    December 6, 2007 2:35 pm

    This from the guy who wanted to Go Big and Go Bush.

    How’s that working out for ya. Yeah, mission accomplished.

    Curt you know nothing about the real world.

    Heck of a job, Brownie.

  31. December 6, 2007 3:22 pm

    Curt,

    If you’re a dyed-in-the-wool, small government conservative, I’m not sure how you can be so wildly enthusiastic about John McCain. About a U.S. Senator who has his name on the first bill in the history of the United States that puts curbs on political speech – in direct contravention to the First Ammendment of the Bill Of Rights, both in text and spirit.

    Coincidentally, John McCain’s various campaigns have always receive pretty serious contribution dollars from Arizona’s Native American interests, who are, SURPRISE! exempt from the McCain-Fenigold Campaign Finance Reform Law.

    He’s also a product of our dysfunctional political class, who is a proponent of our butchered mess of a taxation system – a system which only exists, at this point, to be tortured into submission by Congressmen in order to generate loopholes and line the pockets of wealthy corporate interests in order to maximize contributions from them at campaign time.

    As far as Huckaby goes, his campaign website espouses principles and ideas of government which I was wildly enthusiastic about, until I started hearing that they contravened nealry his entire record as Governor of Arkansas, where he was pro-illegal immigration, pro-tax and pro-criminal, apparently. Very, very disturbing. A stat out on the wire today: Huckaby pardoned and commuted more sentences as Governor that all six of the states that border Arkansas combined.

    This is what you want in the Vice President’s office?

  32. sbasil permalink
    December 6, 2007 3:33 pm

    Elvis Elvisberg

    Yes because poltical polls are NEVER worded or slanted to create a desired result. And the internet only contains opinions that are black and white.

    Is there a peaceful part of the Iraqi population that wants the US out? Yes. Is there a peaceful part of the Iraqi population that wants us to stay until the situation is more stable? Yes. Is there a part of the Iraqi population that will massacre the 2 afforementioned segments of the Iraqi population should we choose to exit? Definitely.

    And for this reason, announcing exits and exiting without adequate security for the peaceful people of Iraq creates a problem that the US is accountable for regardless if you were for or against entering Iraq in the first place. The problem is real and it’s too late to point fingers unless you’re only interested in politics and not solutions. Since most of the other nations of the world are unwilling to provide this security, it would be reprehensible for us to exit and leave people either to die or live in virtual slavery.

  33. December 6, 2007 3:39 pm

    Addendum: Mike Huckabee’s proposed Immigration Reform plan is up on townhall.com. On the face, it looks like a terriffic, comprehensive plan to bring immigration back under U.S. control. I just don’t know if I can believe he’s sincere anymore, or just pandering to conservative voters who he’ll later cast aside when they’re no longer useful.

  34. December 6, 2007 3:46 pm

    Stay in the Commonwealth, and we’ll turn you into a liberal Democrat …

    I’m voting either for Obama or Edwards, but I’d definitely pick McCain if I was voting Republican: straight shooter, able to work with Democrats, and a man of integrity. However, I have to say, as the father of an Army officer who was wounded in Iraq (see you on the 22nd!), I can’t share your optimism about the war, nor the decision to go their in the first place.

    BTW: given your technological bent, I think the best way for us — no matter what our political perspectives — to win back control of government is to use Web 2.0 tools, especially Google mashups, to make obscure information comprehensible: what I call “transparent government” . It can improve the political debate by making it fact-based, make officials accountable, and improve governmental efficiency and creativity.

  35. poltroop permalink
    December 6, 2007 4:08 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    My wife says the one thing about Sen. McCain is that he is in bed with Mexico and is soft on illegal immigration law enforcement. Where do you stand on this touchy subject? Thanks.

  36. shillingsux permalink
    December 6, 2007 4:14 pm

    The fact that he concedes that any good was accomplished is testament to how thick headed he is. 3,000+ AMERICAN lives were lost, 30+ thousand injured, and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi’s were killed. We destableized the most stable country in the region, angered our friends and emboldened our enemies. Please for god sakes, tell me where the good was. We can’t even say we did it for the oil since we are paying more for oil than ever before!

    Remember, this is the same guy who stumped for George Bush. Idiot!

  37. fjmboston permalink
    December 6, 2007 4:24 pm

    Curt,

    I made the trip up to Manchester with my 11 year old son. Though I have my political disagreements with Sentaor McCain, I greatly admire his personal and political courage and his adherence to principle over pandering. It was an educational, entertaining and inspiring evening for both of us!

    A quick question for you… You mentioned that this venture into politics is relatively new to you. Did it primarily come from your personal relationship to Senator McCain? A natural extension of your public service to causes such as ALS, S.H.A.D.E.? Or, did it come from an entirely different place?

    Thanks in advance for your reply. I hope your engagement in this vitally important process inspires others to increase their own civic and political engagement.

    P.S. Just keep in mind that the last time a “celebrity” became the chair of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, they ended up becoming Governor of California!

  38. lukeb3 permalink
    December 6, 2007 4:36 pm

    Wow we were shocked to hear that you were going to support another candidate today. After your last pick we thought you’d be hiding under a bush. How do you sleep at night knowing you could have put that clown in office? And all those dead soldiers. Since that last pick of yours every time you pitch we hope you’ll go down in flames even though we love the rest of the Red Sox. Please just shut up and pitch. Do the country a favor.

  39. mattinnh permalink
    December 6, 2007 4:38 pm

    HI Curt. I want to thank you so much for coming to NH for Senator McCain. I’m his chairman here in Strafford County NH and your presence added a lot of energy to the supporters and staff. Senator McCain is a great guy so please consider joining him in Washington as the next US Senator from Massachusetts.

    I also wanted to thank you for autographing a baseball for me after the event. I was your second autograph after the little girl. Thank you for taking the time to do that. My best friend is a Red Sox freak (he was there with me) so I gave the ball to him…which he will treasure it because he was a pitcher in college. Thank you for your time and we would love to have you here in NH again for John McCain.

  40. December 6, 2007 4:42 pm

    Curt… im a die hard Red Sox Fan and also a McCain supporter… so u are quite alright in my book… u got us a world series and hopefully u take on Sen. Kerry and beat him to become even more special to us in new england!! I wish you the best in all of your endeavors.

  41. thinkingfan permalink
    December 6, 2007 5:04 pm

    “Not only that but do you honestly believe we won’t find ourselves amidst another 9/11 event and then back in the middle east in force sometime in the near future?”

    This presumes that the correct response/reaction to another 9/11 event would be intervention in the Middle East. Not necessarily so.

  42. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    December 6, 2007 5:04 pm

    Curt,

    I have a name for you….

    G-I-U-L-I-A-N-I . Giuliani is the type of get the job done leader that we need in the drivers seat. It is not just based upon 9/11, but the work he did in cleaning up a city that was long gone and restoring it to the safest big city in the world. He did it by not acknowledging obstacles, but hurdling over them as if they were not there. He gave the authority to the police where it belonged. also, prior to that, as a federal prosecutor, he struck the mob a near fatal blow. I know he’s had some issues that his opponents love to exploit, like his ugly divorce, and the Bernard Kerik/Homeland Security situation. But you cannot disregard the man’s track record for talking the bull by the horns and getting the job done. and finally….HE’S A YANKEE FAN!!

  43. December 6, 2007 5:19 pm

    Okay, here’s the concern I have about McCain — and it isn’t a concern of conflict of views, but more of a concern as to why I think he is going to struggle with winning votes.

    While I agreed with alot of what he said during the debate – most esp. the Iraq issue — I felt his delivery was not going to be recieved well. I’m all for someone being straightforward, honest – and pretty much direct and to the point. However….

    Not everyone will. And while I don’t agree with always being “savvy”, at the same time, at this juncture he needs to appeal to the masses. And I was concerned that he was coming across as too harsh, too…almost angry.

    I would almost say I’d rather see a Huckabee/McCain bill in ’08. Huckabee has the polish and finesse — and McCain has the grit. What a combination!

    Just my humble opinion…

  44. thefooze permalink
    December 6, 2007 5:24 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Agree with you 100% on McCain… I went to a fundraiser he was at a few months back.. in an age where sports starts are idolized its a shame true American heros such as McCain are overlooked.

    read this on si.com … though you might enjoy it:

    “Epstein also re-signed World Series MVP Mike Lowell and right-hander Curt Schilling before the winter meetings. Both players might have gotten more money if they waited for a market to develop.

    “I’m thrilled,” Francona said. “I think that’s the first time Schilling ever left anything on the table.”

  45. thefooze permalink
    December 6, 2007 5:28 pm

    Also an idea for a future post… I know alot of fans are very excited to see this Mitchell report. As a player who is a strong advocate against steriods what are your feelings towards the report?

    Thanks and God bless

  46. frankmcs permalink
    December 6, 2007 5:50 pm

    Hi Curt, First let me say great season for you and the Sox. I am a retired MSgt of the USAF, having served 20 years. In those 20 years everytime I reenlisted I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of these United States. I took that oath seriously, as I still do. I have also been known to get a little misty-eyed when the National Anthem plays. There is only one candidate that has stood with the Constitution on every vote he has ever taken, without an exception. That candidate is Congressman and Doctor Ron Paul. I know you are a very smart man and all I ask that you do is check him out. You might want to start with this article that tells you who this man Ron Paul is better than any other article I’ve ever read on him (and believe me I’ve read 100′s).

    http://www.newsli.com/2007/12/06/presidential-candidate-ron-paul-bears-an-empty-pot-for-americans/

    I have never given a penny to any other candidate, but I have already made a large contribution to Dr. Paul and plan on giving him more. Please check him out and let me know what you think. If you want to have a beer and talk politics, send me an e-mail, it would be an honor. Finally, get some rest. We need you back at your best next season for another fun ride

  47. csn2006 permalink
    December 6, 2007 5:52 pm

    i loved the ending curt! cast your vote!!!! we as americans need to cast our votes!! i am a vet and know we need more people to speak up,take part in our great country!!! thanks curt for being you!!!!!!

  48. ike6116 permalink
    December 6, 2007 5:55 pm

    Sorry Curt, I’m a Ron Paul guy.

    Be interested to get your opinion on him though

  49. chicagojohn82 permalink
    December 6, 2007 5:56 pm

    Hey Curt,

    First off, congrats on another WS and another nice new contract.

    While I don’t agree with many of Sen. McCain’s ideas, I certainly respect the man and wish him well in the primary. With voter turnout rates where they are in this country, placing any vote is certainly better than not voting.

    That being said, as a Ron Paul supporter I took exception to Sen. McCain receiving a question at the YouTube/CNN debate last week regarding the FAIR tax and using that opportunity to attack Ron Paul’s stance on the war in Iraq, and more importantly, U.S. foreign policy as a whole. Keep in mind that despite a passionate group of supporters, Ron Paul is currently polling at about 3% in most national polls, so I found it curious that he would attack him in the first place.

    If National Security is the issue most important to you in the coming election, then I think the guy listed below seems like a pretty good source, quite possibly the best, on whether we’re making our country more vulnerable or less vulnerable to an attack with our current foreign policy. This information was taken from Wikipedia, so feel free to fact check it if you want:

    Michael F. Scheuer is a former CIA employee. In his 22-year career, he served as the Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station (aka “Alec Station”), from 1996 to 1999, the Osama bin Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorist Center. He then worked again as Special Advisor to the Chief of the bin Laden unit from September 2001 to November 2004.

    Scheuer resigned in 2004. He is currently a news analyst for CBS News and a terrorism analyst for the Jamestown Foundation’s online publication Global Terrorism Analysis.[1] He also makes radio and television appearances and teaches a graduate-level course on Al-Qaeda at Georgetown University. He also participates in conferences on terrorism and national security issues, such as the New America Foundation’s December 2004 conference, “Al Qaeda 2.0: Transnational Terrorism After 9/11.” [3]

    Scheuer is now known to be the anonymous author of both Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror and the earlier anonymous work, Through Our Enemies’ Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America.[2]

    Osama bin Laden stated in his September 7, 2007 message:

    “If you want to understand what’s going on and if you would like to get to know some of the reasons for your losing the war against us, then read the book of Michael Scheuer.” [4][5]

    His next book, planned for publication in 2008, is Marching Towards Hell: America and Islam After Iraq.

    Not much is known about his personal history, though Scheuer was an analyst at the CIA and not a covert field operations officer. During a recent C-SPAN interview, he mentioned that he is a graduate of Canisius College. He also received a Ph.D. in British Empire-U.S.-Canada-U.K. relations from the University of Manitoba.[3]

    In the 9/11 Commission Report, Scheuer is featured in Chapter 4, where his name is given only as “Mike”. He is portrayed as being occasionally frustrated with his superiors’ failure to aggressively target bin Laden.

    In the Republican Presidential Debate on May 15, 2007, presidential candidate Ron Paul stated that American foreign policy was a “contributing factor” in anti-Americanism in the Middle East. Rudy Giuliani denounced this as “absurd” and that he’d never heard such a thing before. In an interview on May 18, Michael Scheuer defended Paul, stating: “I thought Mr. Paul captured it the other night exactly correctly. This war is dangerous to America because it’s based, not on gender equality, as Mr. Giuliani suggested, or any other kind of freedom, but simply because of what we do in the Islamic World – because “we’re over there,” basically, as Mr. Paul said in the debate.”[8]
    On May 24, 2007, Ron Paul and Scheuer held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC about the causes that led up to 9/11, American foreign policy and its implications on terrorism, security and Iraq.[9] Paul and Scheuer argued that Rudy Giuliani is wrong on security and foreign policy and provided documentation about the unintended consequences of interventionism – known to many in the intelligence world as blowback – and assigned Giuliani a reading list of foreign policy books, including Dying to Win, Blowback, Imperial Hubris and the 9/11 Commission Report.[10]

    On Larry King Live, September 7, 2007, Scheuer alluded to the Fox News Republican Debate of Sept 5, 2007, where a Fox News moderator accused Ron Paul of taking “marching orders” from Al Qaeda. Scheuer said, “The truth of the matter is that it is all of the Democrats and the Republicans, except perhaps for Mr. Paul and Mr. Kucinich, who are marching to Osama Bin Laden’s drum.”

  50. pardonmyfrench1 permalink
    December 6, 2007 6:11 pm

    I can only hope you can help McCain win and give me something to cheer about instead of the heartbreak you’ve caused this life long Yankee fan.

  51. soxaz0406 permalink
    December 6, 2007 6:34 pm

    Curt – appreciate all you do both on and off the field…you support a lot of great charities and do a lot for the community.

    With regards to this post today….one thing that i would want you to clarify is saying:

    “Not only that but do you honestly believe we won’t find ourselves amidst another 9/11 event and then back in the middle east in force sometime in the near future?”

    First and foremost, if we dont want another 9/11 type event happening, don’t you think we should have concentrated on the ones who ACTUALLY attacked us on 9/11?!? Not one person involved with 9/11 was from Iraq…even though it was with false information/lies that we went into Iraq, we obviously cant automatically pull out of Iraq at this point, but we DEFINITELY need to shift our focus to more Afghanistan and chasing down Osama and those who actually did something to us, not Iraq.

  52. lukeb3 permalink
    December 6, 2007 6:52 pm

    Why does everybody kiss up to this guy as far as his political intelligence goes? All he knows how to do is throw a baseball. He isn’t always good at that. Maybe you should all watch Oprah and vote for her guy! Shilling has made his choice for the war and this is his new guy to continue the same path the Bush took. This was a bad decision from the start and thank the lord my kids aren’t old enough to participate in it. If Shilling has his way maybe they will be going to war… in Iran. Easy for Curt , he just has to throw the ball. If his kids were older maybe he would think this through a little more.

  53. zman64 permalink
    December 6, 2007 6:59 pm

    Hey Curt I am located on Cape Cod and I have a player friend of mine located in Virginia who’s Dad is dying from ALS. He is going to be raising money for his family because the cost og medical is sky rocketing does or can your organization help out people like this.
    His name is Casey bowling and I can email you some articles that were written about his dad he wants to let people know about ALS in his area and raise awareness.
    Please contact me if you feel you would like to help a fellow baseball player and his dad.
    Thanks,
    Frank Zaino
    email zman@teamasm.com
    cell 774-836-7173

  54. ignoreant1 permalink
    December 6, 2007 7:21 pm

    I’d like to see a McCain vs. Obama campaign. We might finally have a campaign where issues are debated honestly, and might (only a Red Sox fan could be this optimistic having endured 86 years without a World Series victory) result in the victor being able to build some bridges with the opposite side of the aisle. I think our next president needs to be extraordinary, not average to get something done on the problems that have been facing our nation for too long. I believe only bold and honest initiatives can truly move us off the tired solutions and old arguments. How many votes are taken in Congress for the sole purpose of seeking political advantage or to make a symbolic statement. If we end up with a Clinton/Guliani campaign I expect nothing more than sniping and dirty politics, with the victor left to govern over a divided and tired electorate.

  55. December 6, 2007 7:26 pm

    I was at the YouTube debate last week. In fact, my video (the song) opened up the debate. I like McCain a lot, though right now I am pulling for Fred Thompson. I’d glady take either one.

    I am not as big a fan of Huckabee, but I like him. I sat right behind his wife and Chuck Norris at the debate (Chuck shook my hand … or rather, he grabbed my hand and the room shook around him!). I like a lot of what he says, but he’s a big big-government for me. Not so with Thompson and McCain.

    And even though I am pulling for Thompson right now, I have to agree, John McCain would be more effective than any candidate, including Thompson, at actually implementing his agenda of effective and strong foreign policy, and smaller government, because he knows those two topics, and how to get them accomplished, as well as anyone.

    Maybe McCain/Thompson? :-)

  56. helomech137 permalink
    December 6, 2007 8:02 pm

    Curt,
    I’m with you brother, not only as a veteran myself but i think people don’t realize that McCain was a POW. War freak…no I don’t think so, good man who thanks god everyday for where he is and how fortunate he is to be there…absolutely. Being a Vermont born and raised guy but living in Orioles country and 50 miles south of the dreaded DC, politics are becoming a joke and it’s more like watching a telethon to see who can bring in the most donations and actor’s. I want the guy who is just down to earth, knows what war is all about, has great ideas on how to get our nation back to where we belong, and will wear jeans and drink a beer with our troops. I want the REAL-AMERICAN just like you, and wasn’t your brother part of the Black-Hawk down campaign in Somolia???

    McCain 08,
    1st Desert Storm vet.

  57. mikejacobsesq permalink
    December 6, 2007 8:11 pm

    Curt,

    Love McCain as a person, war hero and United States Senator. But given his age and the complete lack of understanding of the threat we are facing by the vast majority of the citizenry, I am afraid he doesn’t stand a chance in a single primary. Though Rudy certainly has his character flaws, he is as strong as McCain in his ability to be commander-in-chief. On a side note, you need to check on the spelling of Huckaby for VP. It is Huckabee. And I agree, he would make a great VP choice for whomever wins the nomination.

  58. rsyaz67 permalink
    December 6, 2007 9:06 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I’ve been a registered Republican since 1972. I spent over 20 years in the Military retiring in 1992. I grew up in CT and have been a diehard Red Sox fan for over 40 years. I presently live in WA State and attended my first Republican Caucus 8 years ago when George W. Bush & John McCain were running for President. I was so full of enthusiam as I walked into the Caucus and wanted to discuss the issues. I was for John McCain. I became disallusioned when I sat down at a table with 7 other people. I was told at the time that because 2 of us at the table were for John McCain and 6 were for George Bush, that the majority ruled and that we had to come up with ideas for a platform for George Bush. I got up and left.

    I hope people can see what a great Leader and visionary John McCain is and select him this time to Represent the Republican Party. The Best Ticket would be a McCain/Huckaby ticket.

    P.S. I glad to have you back for another year with the SOX

    Thanks

    Patrick Koether
    email: pekoether@aol.com

  59. ryssee permalink
    December 6, 2007 9:08 pm

    Anyone who cares….please vote in the PRIMARIES to get your party’s best candidates into the main event! Voter turnout is pretty pathetic anyway, but much more so in the primary. This is when you get to pick who is actually going to run in the main election. It’s equally important to the main election in November and so many people skip it. Your vote counts! Listen to the candidates, make your decision, and put the best of both parties into November’s election.

  60. thedoctorx permalink
    December 6, 2007 9:27 pm

    Oh what the Hell . . .

    Mike Huckabee: Has a serious difficulty accepting the existence of reality. This is not a good trait for a world leader.

    Ron Paul: Enough with this hypocritical moonbat. Let us review the catechism:

    While I find citing the Daily Kos up there with quoting Mein Kampf at birthday parties, they do have useful links to his own words:

    It seems, that back in the glory days of militia, Ron Paul ran a The Ron Paul Survivor Report. One exists online from the wonderful Nizkor Project, a site that, among other things, debunks anti-semitic Holocaust Deniers and their racist ilk:

    Regarding the Rodney King riots:

    The criminals who terrorize our cities–in riots and on every
    non-riot day–are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are.
    As children, they are trained to hate whites, to believe that white
    oppression is responsible for all black ills, to “fight the power,” and to
    steal and loot as much money from the white enemy as possible. Anything is
    justified against “The Man.” And “The Woman.’ A lady I know recently saw a
    black couple in the supermarket with a cute little girl, three years old or
    so. My friend waved to the tiny child, who scowled, stuck out her tongue,
    and said (somewhat tautologically): “I hate you, white honkey.” And the
    parents were indulgent. Is any white child taught to hate in this way? I’ve
    never heard of it. If a white child made such a remark to a black woman,
    the parents would stop it with a reprimand or a spank.

    But this is normal, and in fact benign, compared to much of the
    anti-white ideology in the thoroughly racist black community. The black
    leadership indoctrinates its followers with phony history and phony theory
    to bolster its claims of victimology. Like the communists who renounced all
    that was bourgeois, the blacks reject all that is “Eurocentric.” They
    demand their own kind of thinking, and deny the possibility of non-blacks
    understanding it.

    . . . .

    Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to
    pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began
    . The “poor”
    lined up at the post office to get their handouts (since there were no
    deliveries)–and then complained about slow service. What if the checks
    had never arrived? No doubt the blacks would have fully privatized the
    welfare state through continued looting.
    But they were paid off and the
    violence subsided.

    Charming!

    Of course Ron is now trying to claim a “staffer” wrote his newsletter under his name and–Heavens to Betsy!–he had no idea! So who other than Ron penned the glowingly “libertarian” appeal to knuckle under a religious minority:

    If anything, the marriage amendment would have given the secular left an excuse to impose gay marriage on all of us in future years, as the issue would have been irrefutably federalized.

    . . . .

    The political left increasingly uses the federal judiciary to do in court what it cannot do at the ballot box: advance an activist, secular, multicultural political agenda of which most Americans disapprove. As a society we should reconsider the wisdom of lifetime tenure for federal judges, and pay closer attention to the judicial nomination procedure. It’s time for the executive and legislative branches to show some backbone, appoint judges who follow the Constitution, and remove those who do not. It’s also time for Congress to start establishing clear limits on federal judicial power.

    In other words, it is time to force everyone to believe as he does.

    I wonder which “Ron Paul” wrote glowing endorsement of the mental midget Michael Badnarik’s Good to be King. Badnarik is the clown who “thinks” the IRS is illegal. Last Presidential election he tried to run as the Libertarian candidate and made an utter fool out of himself. Regarding the legality of the IRS, his response to close questioning was to note that would it not be interesting if it were illegal.

    Gee. Wizz. Would it not be interesting if the Twins traded Santana for Danny Ainge and the rights to talk to Freddie Mitchell!

    Badnarik’s work is one long ignorant screed of “Big Rock Candy Mountain” legal theory–that somehow, in those big books the lawyers have, it actually says you do not have to pay your taxes, answer that summons, register that car, and you probably DO have the right to a pony!

    From their own website:

    Badnarik believes that the federal income tax has no legal authority and that people are justified in refusing to file a tax return until such time as the IRS provides them with an explanation of its authority to collect the tax. He hadn’t filed income tax returns for several years. He moved from California to Texas because of Texas’ more liberal gun laws, but he refused to obtain a Texas driver’s license because the state requires drivers to provide their fingerprints and Social Security numbers. He has been ticketed several times for driving without a license; sometimes he has gotten off for various technical legal reasons, but on three occasions he has been convicted and paid a fine. He also refused to use postal ZIP codes, seeing them as “federal territories.”

    Yet, Ron Paul considers him to possess: “. . . the true meaning of major constitutional provisions and amendments.”

    John McCain: shame he is not doing better in the polls.

    Right . . . baseball!

    –J.D.

  61. bigtlaw permalink
    December 6, 2007 10:09 pm

    Curt…….my oh my……..a little over your head, kind of like the high hard one you used to throw…..past tense…..John McCain???…….I am trying to figure out why you are a Republican….taxes?……how do you feel about Social Security?…….should we have socialized medicine?……..what did you think of Sicko……I have a feeling you voted for Bush, tell the truth…..did you believe the “Swift boat” ads?…….I could see you being an Independent….I am very proud to be a Liberal…….Adali Stevens, Hubert Humphery……and yes Wayne Morse…the only Senator to vote against the Viet Nam war…..I am 64, played Babe Ruth with Micky Lolich and high school ball with Rick Wise…..ps……I was dreading your last few starts, but somehow you came through with some great pitching when it counted……find some off speed stuff Curt…as in “wicked”…..work with Timlin….he has it……Terry

  62. bellhornbabe497 permalink
    December 6, 2007 10:23 pm

    While I may not support your choice (I am still undecided) I will defend your right to your opinion. I wish that voting were as simple as war no and peace yes. However it doesn’t work that way. Being a resident of MA, at the moment I am concerned about the state mandated health insurance. Since when does health insurance equal health care? Think about it people. All that law does is either cheat you out of your tax refund or force you to pay a bill for a service which you may never use (and here’s hoping!). I have watched bits and pieces of the political things on TV and I am really trying to get past McCain’s WaRshington thing. Okay, it’s a midwest thing and I get it but it does grate. Anyway, there’s nothing wrong with voicing your opinion and using the station you have achieved through hard work, to get your message out. But if you actually talk with this guy, please do ask him why the government seems to want to make every decision when some should be personal. And what’s the bottom line in the mid-East. Are we really trying to “give” them democracy or is there a large money issue (oil) involved? Is there such a thing as a politician who can tell the truth even if people don’t like hearing it? And is there one who can respect other people’s beliefs without infriging upon them and realize that his way might not be the best way for everyone? And maybe, just maybe, realize that enacting all the laws in the world will never keep everyone safe. It’s simply impossible. My personal safety is my personal responsibility. And maybe I should be allowed choices. After all, if there weren’t choices, everyone might have to be a Yankees fan. And wouldn’t that stink!

  63. milloy permalink
    December 6, 2007 10:57 pm

    I like McCain, but he lost my support.

  64. jbbrennx permalink
    December 6, 2007 11:25 pm

    Yes, McCain!! Do you think he has a legitimate chance at the nomination?

  65. skinnyman2007 permalink
    December 7, 2007 12:34 am

    Hi Curt when you retire have you thought about running for Senator against Senator John Kerry. I was also wondering have you thought about running for President Of the United States. That would be cool President Curt Schilling. I hope you answer this question Curt.

    Jeff

  66. December 7, 2007 12:36 am

    lukeb3: well, at least we know that you aren’t willing to attack someone personally just because they disagree with you.

    Oh wait. Never mind.

  67. curtlovescurt permalink
    December 7, 2007 12:59 am

    Sweet entry, Curt. My only advice would be: Stop writing altogether. You’re brutal. I would literally think you were in 4th-grade if I didn’t know you 200 pounds too heavy to be that young. Clean up the entries, or leave the writing to the professionals like Bill Conlin. Yes, he writes in complete sentences.

    Back to school for Curt. We can only hope.

  68. bryanpalu permalink
    December 7, 2007 1:48 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    I’ve done two tours in Iraq so far, and leaving would be the worst mistake we’d ever make.

    The problem with our nation (I believe anyway) is that everyone is liberal or conservative or a capitalist or a communist. No one is just…well, normal.

    No one wants to think rationally. You see it in the replies to your post. It’s insane. What do these people think would happen if we left too early? Not only would our nation be in great danger, but hundreds of thousand…maybe millions…of good Iraqi people would lose their life. The rest would be subject to slavery and everything that I, and my comrades both dead or alive worked for would be lost.

    I’d like everyone to think about this for a second. Let’s say we’re the third world nation that has never known freedom…and someone comes in to free us, then leaves before we are actually free. What would you think? What would you trust in?

    I’m not sure who I’m going to vote for. It’s a mix between Romney and McCain right now.

    I’m a Rhode Islander (though I’m currently stationed in California), so I guess either way…it doesn’t matter.

  69. biomechanicist permalink
    December 7, 2007 1:48 am

    To dishonor somebody is to somehow remove honor from them. There are men and women who volunteered to be ready to give their lives when the elected commander-in-chief needed them to do so. They volunteered to be ready to serve their country. Regardless of who is the commander-in-chief now or who becomes the next president. He or she will never posess the honor that these men and women have earned by making the ultimate sacrifice, nor will he or she be somehow able to remove this honor/dishonor them. Soldiers don’t get a chance to decide when they were born and who they fight, any soldier who died for the USA because he or she pledged to be ready to do so, deserves the same amount of honor and respect.

    While some people do join the military with the hope of getting to Afghanistan or Iraq, the fact is that we ask them to swear to protect us against ALL enemies, foreign or domestic. We also ask them to let our civilian leadership in the executive and legislative (yes, they ARE supposed to have a hand in declaring war) determine who that enemy is. Regardless of whether you like Bush or Hillary or Barack or McCain, it doesn’t matter what any of them do, they cannot remove the honor from our falles heroes.

    After all, would McCain deserve more honor for his heroics in Vietnam if we’d never left or our reasons/morals for being there were perfect? Victory or defeat, he deserves the same amount of honor for the great things he did.

    Similarly, if Barack or somebody else wins and pulls out the troops, those dead American will not lose their honor.

  70. markco1 permalink
    December 7, 2007 9:01 am

    Go with Ron Paul and Huckabee.
    Family is everything in life and McCain is no friend of divorced fathers:

    ….Shared parenting activist Tony Taylor asked McCain if he “would be bold enough to address the issue of equal access to children for fathers that have gone through divorce.” McCain testily replied:

    “I’m sorry to disappoint you, I am not going to overturn divorce court decisions. That’s why we have courts and that’s why people go to court and get a divorce. If I as President of the United States said this decision has to be overturned without the proper appeals process then I would be disturbing our entire system of government… But for me to stand here before all these people and say that I’m going declare divorces invalid because someone feels that they weren’t treated fairly in court, we are getting into a, uh, uh, tar baby of enormous proportions.”

    In other words, McCain is saying, “the family court issue is a mess. Given the power of the women’s groups and the lack of power of fathers’ groups, there’s nothing for me to gain and much for me to lose in tackling the issue.”

  71. bjeannep permalink
    December 7, 2007 9:51 am

    You were actually in Manchester, NH not Nashua.

  72. countrygirl1962 permalink
    December 7, 2007 10:07 am

    Curt,
    Well, I guess your not knowing that you were in fact in Manchester, NH with Senator McCain on Tuesday night and not Nashua as you stated, explains why you arrived 15 minutes late. Great Job Curt. Did not impress me that you were that late in arriving.
    I myself was there, and saw you come in the door at the Derryfield school 15 minutes late.

    I fully Support Senator John McCain as our next President for the Untied States in 2008.
    Would of bee nice however, had you arrived on time.

    That’s actually incorrect. I was taping a commercial and radio spot for the campaign prior to arriving on stage with the Senator.

  73. kossox permalink
    December 7, 2007 10:38 am

    I am surprised that such an astute man as yourself is perpetuating the notion that 9/11 and the war in Iraq are linked….THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. This was your guy Bushes vendetta.

  74. graniteman permalink
    December 7, 2007 10:54 am

    Curt, Love you man, love your commitment to the game (the way it ought to be played), life, excellence, willingness to hang it out there….. even politically. Especially in the commie digs of Beantown! BUT, John McCain is a panderer. He loves the left wing press! Three issues come to mind immediately which should preclude him from consideration to become President of these United States. 1. The Keating 5! 2. Campaign finance reform (a specious attempt to silence the masses). 3. Sadly the third is the very subject that most people, including myself, respect him for……..but 5 years in the Hanoi Hilton should prohibit him from consideration. No man who has gone through an experience like that should ever be in such a position of power! Torture cannot help to change his thinking on issues that he would need a clear head about as President of the US, and dissalow him to make tough decisions when necessary as all presidents must do. His stand on waterboarding underlines my point. Water boarding is not torture! Our own troops are put through this exercise during their training! We are dealing with people who kidnap innocent civilians, threaten to cut off their heads for days, months and sometimes years, and in the end in many cases, actually saw off their heads while being recorded. And he thinks we should not waterboard????? They send out their own children with bombs strapped to their bodies to commit suicide! General “Blackjack” Pershing had it right when dealing with Muslim extremists. Curt, I love you man, but on this one you need to really give this some more thought. Keep up the great work for my beloved sox and thanks for not jumping ship for a few extra million. Respectfully, Graniteman GO SOX!

  75. thedoctorx permalink
    December 7, 2007 11:06 am

    @bryanpalu:

    Thank you so much for your service.

    –J.D.

  76. December 7, 2007 11:10 am

    “Similarly, if Barack or somebody else wins and pulls out the troops, those dead American will not lose their honor.

    And if you’re a GI being pulled out of Iraq precipitously, watching the country descend into a giant replay of Saigon six months later, you have to wonder what all of your buddy’s got blown up by IED’s for. You know?

    If we commit our armed forces to war, we owe it to them to have the political will to let them come home as victors.

    The ‘honor’ question comes into play not for the dead, but for the living, imo. Many career Rangers still seethe over being pulled out of Somalia more than a decade later; the feeling is that the Ranger corps was forced to surrender by politicians when the Rangers sought retribution and decisive victory. Thus, many feel that their honor as a corps was tarnished by the way the world saw them “tucking tail and fleeing”, even though it was never their decision to make.

    “The problem with our nation (I believe anyway) is that everyone is liberal or conservative or a capitalist or a communist. No one is just…well, normal.

    No one wants to think rationally. You see it in the replies to your post. It’s insane.”

    This guy knows what is up.

  77. December 7, 2007 11:27 am

    Curt, I just have to give you some props here. A lot of really ignorant and nasty people are posting comments to you, and you let them through.

    Many people would not have the nads to do that.

    Kudos.

    To those who question why anyone would vote Republican: I am glad you don’t know. You cannot defeat an adversary you don’t understand, so please, keep lacking in understanding about why people vote Republican. :-)

  78. sabcm permalink
    December 7, 2007 12:02 pm

    Curt, curious, do you have time to read all these comments as well as blog? I agree with your point that it’s important to go out and vote. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain about the government’s policies.

  79. graniteman permalink
    December 7, 2007 12:08 pm

    Curt, Love you man, love your commitment to the game (the way it ought to be played), life, excellence, willingness to hang it out there….. even politically. Especially in the “progressive” digs of Beantown! BUT, John McCain is a panderer. He loves the left wing press! Three issues come to mind immediately which should preclude him from consideration to become President of these United States. 1. The Keating 5! 2. Campaign finance reform (a specious attempt to silence the masses). 3. Sadly the third is the very subject that most people, including myself, respect him for……..but 5 years in the Hanoi Hilton should prohibit him from consideration. No man who has gone through an experience like that should ever be in such a position of power! Torture cannot help to change his thinking on issues that he would need a clear head about as President of the US, and dissalow him to make tough decisions when necessary as all presidents must do. His stand on waterboarding underlines my point. Water boarding is not torture! Our own troops are put through this exercise during their training! We are dealing with people who kidnap innocent civilians, threaten to cut off their heads for days, months and sometimes years, and in the end in many cases, actually saw off their heads while being recorded. And he thinks we should not waterboard????? They send out their own children with bombs strapped to their bodies to commit suicide! General “Blackjack” Pershing had it right when dealing with Muslim extremists. Curt, I love you man, but on this one you need to really give this some more thought. Keep up the great work for my beloved sox and thanks for not jumping ship for a few extra million. Respectfully, Graniteman GO SOX!

  80. graniteman permalink
    December 7, 2007 12:18 pm

    Curt, This is a test. Wrote a long response and it is “awaiting moderation” HELLO! I simply repeated information that has been on the evening news for years and it is “awaiting moderation”. Respectfully, Graniteman

  81. biodemocracy permalink
    December 7, 2007 12:57 pm

    Come on Curt!

    We all know that it’s all about RON PAUL NATION

    I absolutely guarantee you it’ll blow your mind!

    Ron Paul is the modern day Thomas Jefferson.
    I highly recommend you research Ron Paul and see for yourself.

    If you’re in Boston still, you should come out for the Boston Tea Party 2007 on Dec. 16th in Boston Harbor. The Ron Paul Blimp will be there and so will thousands of his supporters!

    It’s going to be a historic day for Liberty and the United States of America!

  82. crazyasahuckaby permalink
    December 7, 2007 2:08 pm

    You had me at McCain, and lost me at Huckaby

  83. soxdog permalink
    December 7, 2007 3:02 pm

    There are several great republican candidates out there. McCain, Huckabee and Romney would be terrific presidents. Lately, former Gov. Romney has been getting bashed over his religion. I have several Mormon friends that believe different than me, but are outstanding citizens. How was Romney as governor in Mass?
    Anyone but HC!!!!!!

  84. countrygirl1962 permalink
    December 7, 2007 3:45 pm

    (That’s actually incorrect. I was taping a commercial and radio spot for the campaign prior to arriving on stage with the Senator.)

    Curt,
    I just copied and pasted your response to me, in reference to being late in Manchester, NH the other night at Derryfield School.
    I know you did the taping with the Senator for a commercial, and yes you were even late arriving on stage.
    But the fact remains you were still 15 minutes late in arriving at the School, in Manchester as I said above I was standing at the door when you came inside and you did in fact arrive 15 minutes late.
    You rushed by me to get into the Library where the taping was being done, I’m not blind I know you when I see you, also said hello to you at which time you did say “Hi’, as you were rushing bye me.

    However, it still has no affect on my voting and finding Senator McCain the best man for the job.
    Senator McCain is the best man and our next President in 2008.
    Ok then I was late. Certainly not intentionally and it’s certainly not a character trait of mine. I guess I missed your point, if there was one other than don’t be late?

  85. boboc40 permalink
    December 7, 2007 4:19 pm

    Hi Curt,
    Keep up the good work. Although McCAIN is not my favorite Republican, at least he’s a better alternative that anything the communists will send to the polls in Nov 2008. I respect that you’re unwavering in your Republican consevative stance in politics. I know how hard is to be a Red in a blue state.

  86. yarj63 permalink
    December 7, 2007 5:15 pm

    my opinion / view
    one of the things we need to remember — NO president can do it alone — it must be supported by a functional congress that is not against the president’s philosophies — this current congress has its majority and is doing nothing but being obstructive and blaming — congress is the real power and doers of the country — if the majority of congress disagrees with the president, they need to initiate and create change so well founded that the president can not stop its momentum — if we belief the terrorism will go away on its own, we are destined to relive WWII Germany power take over of Europe. We may not agree with HOW the current government is going about it — but no one is offering a real alternative to doing away with the threat. Congressional members are NOT Generals and military experts — we must rely on our military Generals for that. BOTH parties have a part in the congressional committees, neith should be ignorant or powerless — that is a cop out – blame others rather than myself. Stop blaming others and start taking charge. McCain definitely has lived it and is of independent mind — not infallible, but reliable.

  87. thedoctorx permalink
    December 7, 2007 8:38 pm

    “Go with Ron Paul and Huckabee.”

    Double-divorced from reality?

    How unfortunate.

    –J.D.

  88. hawk40 permalink
    December 7, 2007 9:40 pm

    At least McCain isn’t a chicken hawk like Bush and Cheney……and you.

  89. blueheron1 permalink
    December 7, 2007 11:52 pm

    Curt, how is this for a first post.

    I respect you for putting your political views out in public.
    McCain needs every ounce of support he can muster.
    As a human being, living in America, why shouldnt you voice your political opinions? Does the constitution only apply to people who do not play sports, music or are in the public spotlight? YOU only get to voice an opinion if you have no voice? Not cool.

    Is it strange when a baker or artist or pro tennis player voices there opinions on their childs education at a PTA meeting or takes a stand against something harmful to their family at a town meeting?? OF course not…its above criticism….and it is political….how much more important is this when our country is at a major turning point of historic proportions?

    Just want to throw in my ticket with what your doing.
    It Makes every bit of sense to me that you would try to support what you believe in. As do I.
    I would probably respect you less if you had strong beliefs and did NOT use your position To get the word out about McCain.

    Financially he is outflanked badly….
    He has suffered some losses/blows in the win/loss column this political season…

    But, I’ve seen bleak odds before…..
    Sort of like the sox in the early stages of the 2004 playoffs vs the Yanks right?

    I saw it in your eyes during the famed Yankee Comeback…game…that you had a certain spirit in you. The cameras showed a closeup of you early on and I could see it in your eyes…for real…I looked at my wife and said…Oh man!…he is on…he has it! We are going to win this one.

    I never had that before watching sports really. I just got this confident feeling like you couldn’t lose…I would wager you must have really been feeling something special on a deep level? I thought It came through even on T.V.

    I’d like to see McCain filled with that spirit during his Debates Sunday night!!!!!!!!!!!

    I know he has it in him as well. I think we all do….if we can get in touch with it.
    I hope you encouraged him as much as you’ve encouraged New England with your inspiring efforts.

    I want to do what I can to help this guy get more votes. I live in Concord NH and the primary elections are right around the corner. I went out to see him tonight in Bedford NH. I Was struck by his utter humanness. Non of that pompousness or small talk Band aid type easy answer public pandering Obama crap.

    I too believe we need leadership from someone with his integrity, proven record and just downright humanity and willingness to admit mistakes and turn failure into oppurtunity to learn something. He is a decent man. I havnt felt like this about a candidate ever. he jsut seems like a normal guy with extra ordinary heart and record to hold up integrity in the oval office. We need this.

    I havn’t felt like we have had that in office for a while. (I know you like Bush…I do not..although I respect the office itself…I think he has wrought havoc and is not qualified for the job)

    IF McCain wins I could respect him as president. Did you know that he is one of the few republicans to vote against drilling in Alaska on the Anwar bill? He even voted against the rest of the republican party line against it. That takes balls. I do think he would have the courage to faithfully do his best to restore American trust in political process. I do think he would uncover pork barrel spending. I do belie he would get rid of special interest lobbyists or make it obvious as to what is going on in Washington. In some ways I don’t think he is afraid to lose public or political opinion, and in some ways that makes him fit to win.
    HE certainly gets my vote.
    I need to live in an America with leaders I trust. At this point, I cant say I trust many people in the white house at all. I’m sure I speak for millions of Americans.

    Thanks for bringing it in the political as well as the sports realm. Its all a part of life. Leaving one part out would be unbalanced to say the least.

    THANKS MAN!

  90. redsoxnhfan permalink
    December 8, 2007 9:41 am

    Hi Mr. Curt Schilling my name is Sherry Hilton and I live in New Hampshire I work as a nurse‘s aid. I understand why you are supporting Mr. McCain and I am not mad or here to judge you. I respect you and what ever actions you might take. However, I don’t make 9 million dollars a year and I have no health insurance either .so as you indorse Mr. McCain for President it probably is the right choice for you and your budget but for me and my budget and my son’s health circumstances it isn’t right for us, at this point.
    Tell me how President hopeful McCain can help me and my circumstances.
    Let me tell you my circumstances and see how you think Mr. McCain can be the right candidate for me and my family.
    It all started when my son was fifteen years-old , a very healthy active teen played all the sports for school. Was team captain in his sophomore year of Basketball, hockey and baseball all of a sudden got sick for the first time, he had severe lower right side of the abdomen pain, he didn’t want to eat and he had a fever.
    I called the doctor made an appointment asap, they saw him that afternoon. The doctor ran some test like a white blood test and ruled out appendicitis on the first visit. A day or two later the lab calls me stating that the white blood cell count was high but the dr. didn’t find it a concern. I took him back about a week later still same symptoms and couldn’t relieve the pain unless he laid on his right side. My son was told he had acid reflex and he shouldn’t drink any more V-8 or Orange Juice. We followed the Dr’s recommendation even though I asked again to check for Appendicitis. She told us to take some antacids and call her in a week if things weren’t better. We’ll I couldn’t wait a week he couldn’t go to school and was being threaten by the school he would fail if he didn’t come back without a Dr’s note. I made another appointment she said it was gas and that he had gastritis, sent him home again taking heartburn over the counter meds.
    I brought him back again now it has been four weeks and demanded that my son be tested again for Appendicitis, after being very persistent the Dr. finally places her hand on his stomach and sends me to see a surgeon up the street. Stating that she thinks he has appendicitis. I get an appointment with a surgeon about three or four later because we only have one surgeon in town and he’s in surgery on someone else.
    He runs some test and clearly stats that my son has to go under, he explained to my son and I they will go into the belly button and they’ll be no apparent scars after the procedure is finished . My son was very concerned about health, appearance and physical shape of body, understand your talking to a athlete in great physical shape for his age. The Dr. stats the surgery will be about 1-2 hours at the most.
    My son is in surgery for many hours, no one comes out, until later that evening, about 6-7 hours later, after I was finally able to see him I see huge bandages over his entire stomach. He was in intensive care for four ½ weeks, he first sees the bandages and you could see his facial expression just die. He asked the Dr’s and nurses to take off the bandages and they said he should wait a bit longer. My son insisted he see it. They butchered his healthy body. After he finally left the hospital, he was so scared of hospitals and Dr’s he only went back for his post op visits and never wanted to see another Dr again. He did everything they wanted him to do., they stated he was perfectly healthy and he could live a normal life. He never played another sport again, he complained of stomach pain a lot but if I asked him if wanted to see a Dr he would say no it wasn’t that bad.
    I moved away after he graduated high school and the next Sept he started college, only one month into his first year at college he woke up during the night came into room and his hand was full of blood, he went to the bathroom and was bleeding when trying to urinate. I called the hospital explained the situation and they said take him in the morning to the Dr’s (we’ll we didn’t have a Dr yet because we just moved there a few month earlier) so I took him to the emergency room. The doctor examined him and asked if he ever had surgery before and I explained the appendicitis situation. He said that after looking at the records and the exam I better take him to the other hospital in the city they specialize in urology , so I called the Manchester Urology Dept. they saw him right away. They had to do an emergency surgery to open up his urethra. I requested the Dr’s records and read them ,to find out they ( the hospital where we use to live) knew when my son left the hospital , that he had scar tissue and that there were problems with his urethra. He got so sick and he had to have a catheter. Soon after , he had to leave college, and I lost his insurance for him because he wasn‘t in school any more. He started going in for surgery on the average every 6 weeks to keep his urethra open, and has to do daily dilation thru catheterization on himself. The surgery’s are so expensive I had too leave my job about 9 months later, for a higher paying job but no benefits, so I could pay the bills, I sold my apartment building, and my house and know I am broke, I am not asking for help that‘s not what this is about Mr. Schilling. My son went into surgery three times in the last two weeks and even the day before Thanksgiving. You know Mr. Schilling we have faith, I know you understand our faith and that’s what gives us hope. If I didn’t have that I would have nothing left. God is very good to us even through all this tragedy, we always have something to look forward to, my son is alive and I am very thankful. We know that there are people out in this world worst off than us and If I can help them I will with or with money. I recently ran out of money and I can’t pay the Dr’s anymore but my Dr now says he won’t put me in collections and he will continue to see my son until we finally get some insurance. See how God works thru us all what a great gift from GOD. I have been filing for Medicaid for my son for one year now and I keep getting the run around they said I make to much money, and even though my son can’t work and has nothing and my $15.00 hourly is so much to qualify for medical services. They ( Department of Health and Human Services of NH) said if my son moved out he could get services, so they asked me to move my son onto the street with out proper care so he could get services. Or if he would lie about where he lived they could get him services, or if he was a drunk or a drug attack he could get everything because they are considered a disability. So because he refused to throw away his beliefs or morals he couldn’t get anything. I finally had to move him into my daughter’s apartment two months ago and disrupt his routine and his health so I could get medical services for him. When he went into the office to apply with my daughter they ( Department of Health and Human Services) said he would have to be out of my house for thirty days before they could see him, so we waited thirty days and applied again then they said they couldn’t see him that day because he was having surgery in 2 hours an d they had no one available, I told them I understand that you are busy however I can’t afford to take anymore time off from work, I made such a loud complaint that a supervisor came out and said they would do a phone interview with me the next day., after she looked at his records from there office proving what I was saying was correct, and after he signed off on his rights, giving me power to take care of the process for medical services. So I hope in a short time we will finally have some sort of insurance for him. We have a Dr O’Leary in Boston at Brigham and Women’s Hospital that might be able to do a permanent surgery and it might last up to five years that‘s permanent for us at this point. My son doesn’t want to take the Medicaid because he doesn’t like to ask for help but at this point it’s our only hope. I have begged him to just do this for now until we get him healthy and then he can pay it all back when he is working and paying taxes. I pray he’ll go back to college however the money is gone to pay for it but we‘ll find a way. So hopefully, who ever you vote for is helping real people in real situations MR Schilling’s. Please if you can tell me how voting for Mr. McCain can help us and prove that tell keep his word and be able to help this family with his laws and power I’ll change party and I’ll vote for him.
    Thank you Mr. Schilling I hope I didn’t put a damper on your day.
    Sherry Hilton

  91. kdh1 permalink
    December 8, 2007 12:14 pm

    McCain is by far the best qualified candidate and the best person running. He is a leader who is not afraid to take unpopular positions if he feels it is the correct one. No ther candidate has that type of character. Most simply say what gives them the best chance politically.

  92. wolf5614 permalink
    December 8, 2007 3:19 pm

    Curt you were wrong when you backed Bush and you are wrong again. Iraq needs to end McCain would keep it running like Bush never left office. Enough fine young Americans have died already for no need and there is no point to having more killed, McCain can not see that.

  93. jackinewhampshire permalink
    December 8, 2007 4:01 pm

    Well, I have a different point of view. Unless you were in two places, you were not at a town hall in Nashua, you were at a private school in Manchester, the Derryfield school. Two of my kids go there. They were there to see you and the senator. My son is 16, a junior and has attended that school since 6th grade. He plays baseball, pitches, and has played AAU, and has been a varsity starter for the school since his Freshman year.
    When he was there, he asked you to sign a ball for him & his two younger sisters. You refused. You only signed things for adults. Thanks Curt. What a classy thing to do. We’ll remember this.

    The first part is certainly true, I said Nashua mistakenly, the second part is pretty much a lie. I didn’t tell anyone no and for the most part I pretty much did the exact opposite of what you stated. I pretty much do the exact opposite of what you stated every time I am caught in a crowd signing, kids first and then adults if time permits. Refusing would mean I said no to someone, which didn’t happen. I didn’t get to sign everyone’s autograph there as I didn’t have the opportunity to remain behind and sign.

  94. thedoctorx permalink
    December 8, 2007 6:22 pm

    @biodemocracy

    See the words of Ron Paul posted above. The man makes Hillary look principled.

    @hawk40

    Feel better? Now run along and play, the adults are conversing.

    –J.D.

  95. thedoctorx permalink
    December 8, 2007 6:38 pm

    Regarding Huckabee:

    Mike Huckabee once advocated isolating AIDS patients from the general public, opposed increased federal funding in the search for a cure and said homosexuality could “pose a dangerous public health risk.”

    Besides a quarantine, Huckabee suggested that Hollywood celebrities fund AIDS research from their own pockets, rather than federal health agencies.

    . . . .

    In 1992, Huckabee wrote, “If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague.”

    “It is difficult to understand the public policy towards AIDS. It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents.”

    . . . .

    When asked about AIDS research in 1992, Huckabee complained that AIDS research received an unfair share of federal dollars when compared to cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

    “In light of the extraordinary funds already being given for AIDS research, it does not seem that additional federal spending can be justified,” Huckabee wrote. “An alternative would be to request that multimillionaire celebrities, such as Elizabeth Taylor (,) Madonna and others who are pushing for more AIDS funding be encouraged to give out of their own personal treasuries increased amounts for AIDS research.”

    . . . .

    When Huckabee wrote his answers in 1992, it was common knowledge that AIDS could not be spread by casual contact. In late 1991, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were 195,718 AIDS patients in the country and that 126,159 people had died from the syndrome.

    Much of what he claimed was known to be false at the time.

    Huckabee has had a long history of having problems with science and reality. Not really a good trait for a World Leader.

    –J.D.

  96. peteladdjr permalink
    December 9, 2007 12:13 am

    I’m a registered Democrat but would be fine with him as President and leader of the free world. After 8 years of this administration, this country needs someone to bring us together and push us forward both domestically and globally.

    He’s a good guy and straight shooter. Bottom line is you can trust him even without agreeing with him on the issues. And, you know he will work with both sides of the aisle. I used to work for the late Massachusetts Senator Paul Tsongas. This was a man of great character just like Senator McCain. So…McCain, cool. Huckabee? No way. He’s a good person, but stay in the church if your running as a “Christian Leader”, NOT if you are running for President of The United States. This country is too big and too free for such a narrow sliver of representation.

    Quick insight on McCain. You can judge a person by the people he surrounds himself with. In the 90’s I worked for a non partisan group in DC on Social Security reform. In principle, it was pretty much the same concept that Bush was advocating. However, in order to get the people behind something like that you need to have leadership that all can trust. I’d go around the country and speak to various groups. First stop in a state was always to the 2 senators offices of a given state. McCain’s staff was by far the most open office in terms of guidance, introductions to both Republican and Democratic constituencies and press. They sponsored forums for us that had real dialogue …not just canned performances or venues filled with those that held the same point of view. I always respected that in Senator McCain.

    In this race, I’m leaning toward Obama, Richardson or Biden. Would be interested in learning more about Bloomberg should he run as an Independent.

  97. thegarkoblog permalink
    December 9, 2007 10:39 am

    giving new meaning to the name Schilling
    too bad that you don’t know the Constitution as well as you know how to dye your socks with fruit juice!
    Ron Paul for President! Save the Constitution and Preserve American Freedom!

  98. douginboston permalink
    December 9, 2007 4:02 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    I just saw your ad for John McCain for the first time and I wanted to say Thank You. Like you I do not agree with all of the Senator’s policy views but the ones I do support I feel so strongly about that they far over shadow the differences I may with him.
    For the first time ever I have made financial contributions to a political canidate to show my support. I believe that this coming election is so important in determining the direction of our country that it was time for me to put my money where my beliefs were and I would ask others who feel the same way to do the same.
    Again, Thank You for your support of the Senator.

  99. russ300h permalink
    December 9, 2007 6:38 pm

    As a Navy Vietnam Veteran, I heavily supported McCain in 2000. I supported McCain joining Kerry in 2004. I cannot support McCain in 2008. We seriously need to change direction in this country away from this war mentality and away from Republicans. The PEOPLE in this country are hurting way too much. Health care, energy bills the strain of the war on the middle class, just a few of the reasons.

    Kurt and some others put religious consideration before the good of the country. That philosophy got us the Iraq War and almost the Iran war. I remember his endorsement of George Bush in 2004. After that endorsement, I certainly hoped he would keep his public opinions to Baseball. Has Kurd made any comments lately on his 2004 choice? I would think that a precursor to feel qualified to endorse anyone for 2008.

    Everyone should put the good of the country ahead of any other consideration, even their own personal consideration, when they think of who to vote for.

  100. biomechanicist permalink
    December 10, 2007 3:02 am

    Curt,

    Regarding when you sign autographs, I think we all know your rules and I can’t understand why somebody would suggest you cheated the kids in order to sign for adults.

    1. Don’t approach you when you’re out in private with the wife and kids (no brainer)
    2. You sign for kids first and you’re not doing it to make eBayers rich.

    Happy Holidays!

  101. December 10, 2007 10:20 am

    redsoxnhfan:

    “Tell me how President hopeful McCain can help me and my circumstances.”

    And this illustrates precisely what is wrong with America today.

    “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

    It was true then, it’s true now.

  102. tonygoprano permalink
    December 10, 2007 3:04 pm

    Thank You for doing that ad for Sen. John McCain. Here is the link to the ad for those of your readers who want to see it:

  103. phapha permalink
    December 10, 2007 4:11 pm

    Curt,

    I noticed you put McCain/Huckabee 08 at the end of your entry. Since you have spoken with the Senator, is this a possibility? I have been saying that for a couple of months now.

    BTW, you hav a lot of fruitcakes responding to you.

    Merry Christmas!!!! and the best of New Years for you and your family.

    Pat
    Norfolk, MA.

  104. definitebeast permalink
    December 10, 2007 4:39 pm

    The opinion of all you pro-war jerks is terrible. If you think this war is so great why aren’t you fighting? and Schilling, i remember in 04 when you endorsed Bush, and now when it’s convienient you talk about “poor leadership”. Where are the weapons? How many days has it been since Bush declared mission accomplished yet we’re still losing the war. It’s easy for you to say we need to fight when you’re not.
    I’m a red sox fan but curt I hope next year ARod keeps mashing your 88mph fastball into the bullpen at Fenway like he did last year. You want to talk about winning the WS well it was all Beckett so no.

  105. ngruk permalink
    December 10, 2007 7:02 pm

    “Not only that but do you honestly believe we won’t find ourselves amidst another 9/11 event and then back in the middle east in force sometime in the near future?”

    The implication you’re giving here is that the invasion of Iraq was in an attempt to bring those responsible for 9/11 to justice or otherwise fight the War on Terror. To make that assumption is not only foolish but incorrect, since Iraq/Saddam had absolutely nothing to do with the events in New York City on that day, nor did he have weapons of mass destruction.

    I would strongly suggest you either expand upon or revise that statement, because it’s perpetuating the notion that Saddam was in league with Osama bin Laden (you know, the guy we’re SUPPOSED to be after?), when in fact his atrocities, as bad as they were, did not harm American lives.

    Also, do you support invading Iran? If so, why?

  106. December 10, 2007 7:07 pm

    McCain is a character. My only problem with him was his promise to clean up the boxing industry, which he failed to do.

    Just a tip, if McCain does another North Country swing of New Hampshire, you should really come with him. Not for your celebrity but for you to see how crippled the economy is up here with all the closings of the paper mills because of outsourcing to China and Central America.

  107. jman2 permalink
    December 10, 2007 11:03 pm

    Hey Schilling

    You have a big mouth and you love to run it about any little thing. Guess what? Most of us could care less what you think. I can’t believe there are people here that actually kiss up to you on your blog.

    Why don’t you try spending the time you spend on your computer, with your family. Because when the season comes up you don’t have as much time.

    Also, John McCain doesn’t stand a chance!

    J-MANagement

    j-management@hotmail.com
    Simplest solution is for you to mind your own business and not click on a link to come here, we all win if that happens.

  108. rg123 permalink
    December 11, 2007 3:52 pm

    John McCain is mental and not fit to even be a Senator nevermind the president. John cannont wait to get his hands on some Nukes and start WWIII and kill us all. Look and see http://youtube.com/watch?v=o-zoPgv_nYg
    Yes Curt John is a warmonger he publically said in the debate he wants to nuke Iran didn’t you watch it

    If you really was intrested in saving America from its eventual dollar collaspe
    you would look towards a real conservative candidate like Ron Paul NOT A NEOCON their LIBERALS
    Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record
    He has never voted to raise taxes.
    He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
    He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
    He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
    He has never taken a government-paid junket.
    He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

    He voted against the Patriot Act.
    He voted against regulating the Internet.
    He voted against the Iraq war

    That is a REPUBLICAN RECORD
    Now John McCain is a nice guy and all but he is completely mental and has the voting record of a neocon not Repbublican. A vote for John McCain is a vote for removing the borders and merging into the NAU and is well documented. Its why John tried to shove the amnesty bill down Americans throat last year which contained a removel of our borders deep inside it.

  109. falseflagop permalink
    December 11, 2007 5:37 pm

    Curt:

    I think you are a great pitcher. But McCain? the warmonger. What does he offer? More war for your kids and mine. I know you make and have a ton of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ but understand our economy is on the brink and until you understand how the FEDERAL RESERVE has destoryed it all by design, MCCain will not save us as he is part of the CFR (Council of Forgein Relations that support a one world government, not national sovergenity) I think you need to re-think your position.

    I suggest on 12/16 go to Boston Harbor and get a feel for teh only true Statesman (NOT POLITICIAN) running for office that is called the Thomas Jefferson of our time. Sure the Mainstream media has ignored him because they promote WAR (MSNBC & NBC for example owned by GE the largest defense contractor) This is the largest grassroots movement happening right now far and wide across this land. On 12/16 the people will speak LOUD & CLEAR, so please research this great man and see what the buzz is all about. I welcome everyone to go read the comments and what they are saying, America is finally waking to the crooks that run this country. By the way DEMS and REPS all play on the same team except RON PAUL !!

    RON PAUL REVOLUTION is spreading!!

    Then goto the TEAPARTY07.com on 12/16 thousands will raise 10 mil + in 1 day. McCain cannot do this why is that?

    In Boston you will soon see teh RON PAUL BLIMP fly ing again bought by his supporters all grassroots!!

    In New Hampshire RON PAUL signs are all over the place!

    Curt I will not send you down the wrong way, RON PAUL is the only true MAN for AMERICA!!

    Thanks for your time and your fans time!

    Viva the RON PAUL REVOLUTION

  110. djshea permalink
    December 11, 2007 8:16 pm

    I think it’s amazing how politics gets people so riled up. We’re all entitled to our views, and I’m willing to bet that there is at least one issue we can agree with each candidate on. Basically we need to weigh the pros and cons of each candidate and then decide who we think is best. If any of us votes for a candidate solely based on the recommendation of another, then shame on us. If on the other hand we see what someone says, listen to it, do some of our own research and come to the same conclusion, then that’s politics working at its best. If we do the same thing and decide not to vote for said candidate, then that’s great too. Curt is not asking any of us to vote for McCain, he’s merely stating who he wants to vote for; who he thinks is best to lead this country.

    Politics involves all of us; the fact that one person is a baseball player or another is an attorney does not preclude either person from expressing their views. Heck, a couple hindered years ago people involved in politics were farmers, slave owners or any of a hundred other “types” of people….none of them chose not to involve themselves in politics because of their role in society. What makes this country great is that “every day” folk actually get to involve themselves in politics. The day that an athlete, attorney or even cashier at McDonalds does not get to be involved in politics is not a day I ever want to see.

    For those who disagree with others, you can do something about it. Go out and vote; the only wasted vote is an unused vote.

  111. heatherfon permalink
    December 11, 2007 9:29 pm

    I am always amazed at people’s effort to shoot you down on your own blog. This is not mandatory reading; if you don’t like Curt Schilling, or don’t care what he has to say, then what on earth are you doing reading his blog?

    I respect your opinion on the election. I think McCain is a solid character, but sadly not plastic enough to be elected. I’m on the fence between McCain and Romney right now.

    By the way, those who think they are going to find a candidate that agrees with them on every issue down to the best breakfast cereal are ridiculous. We need to align ourselves with the person that best represents our values. I am guessing many of these people are either single or divorced… =)

    Have a blessed Christmas!

  112. hawk40 permalink
    December 11, 2007 9:55 pm

    Curt,
    Definitebeast brought up the same theme that I did when I used the term ‘chicken hawk’ in an earlier post. For those who don’t understand the term (hello doc x), it refers to ardent supporters of war who have never gone themselves (hello again doc x). I gave McCain respect because he’s suffered more as a direct result of war than 99% of Americans. I gave 9 years of my life to the service of our country and as such, I hate the thought of sending our finest to do the chicken hawk’s bidding (Cheney and Bush). I just can’t respect those who want to send others to fight a war that they never put themselves in a position to fight. Care (dare) to respond?
    Oh yeah, stay at the kid’s table doc x, no need for you to join the big’ns

  113. dawleyedwards permalink
    December 11, 2007 10:29 pm

    I’m still not sure who to get behind, but I think that I’m part of a large group of Americans who are dying to have a conservative in the White House again. Sounds like you are too.

  114. bamazanne permalink
    December 11, 2007 11:04 pm

    As a guerilla moderate who leans left, I appreciate Schilling’s attitude towards politics. I only wish there were more republicans like you. See y’all in FLA.

  115. grecoroman permalink
    December 11, 2007 11:05 pm

    Curt:

    First I would like to commend you for actively participating in our democracy. Your instincts and reflections of it live, up close and in the flesh, only show your love, patriotism, appreciation and loyalty to America – for which I guarantee exists more than most of your critics ever dared to experience firsthand throughout their entire life.

    People whom care for the country recognize others whom sincerely care for her as well, even despite differences, and respect them as a result, as I the case with you.

    I honestly believe this vast Republican vs. Democrat immature, yet pervasive battle line creates such hostility and ultimate counter-productiveness, it only hurts our nation to boundless ends – as you witness firsthand from your many unwarranted hostile responses.

    I don’t know if its true, but I did hear you felt fond of Obama, and may have supported him if not McCain? If true, I felt blown away. So many zealots could and would not vote for anyone outside their party, on both sides. I feel if party only exists someone’s ultimate criteria for voting, their opinions and thoughts become rendered moot, for they are too bias to recognize true potential leadership. True leadership and character knows no party affiliation. Nor does ability, intelligence, dignity and honor. We all know both parties produced the greatest leaders of our nation (Lincoln, Roosevelt, Roosevelt, Kennedy) and will again. Voting is not The Red Sox – Yankees, its not a game, though most pick their colors and like fans, hate the opposite, only to the nations peril. Listen to Gerry Callahan every morning and hear this petty, prideful, 10-year old “my father is better than yours” mindset.

    I vote for the best candidate. Most I the time I feel thats a Democratic one, but not always. I acknowledge a weak field, when present, and vote for the overall strongest candidate, despite party. Now, I think highly of Romney in many aspects. I admired McCain in 2000 and love his “Straight Talk” express. I think McCain is the only candidate correctly pushing the pulse of the special interest reform, if he still is and he must. I know he still believes in it. Bush I never liked. I respected him for turning his life around and as a family man. A good man, yes, presidential material, no. To me he was the ultimate salesman.

    I would be curious your views on Bush and his performance now, after supporting him. I would have respected him much more had said, “we just got bombed, Iraq is laughing. Iraq is a longtime enemy and threat to a valued region and its time to take them out – game playing is over!” As an American, I could relate to such frustration and sentiment. Instead, though, a dog and pony, concocted show to take Iraq out, resulted, insulting my better instincts and honor. Ultimately, I would not have agreed initially, to invade Iraq, though the temptations stood great (I still remember Iraqis celebrating and dancing after 9/11), because its an emotional, overreaction.

    It’s like if you, so frustrated and angry at your injury in the Playoffs in 2004, wrongly vented such emotions I am sure you must have felt, through your pitching, a different outcome surely would have followed. Instead despite your unfortunate fate, you remained calm, in control and acted, pitched and led correctly in the greatest of pressures – hence your so deserved fate and subsequent legend and worship.

    Bush acted in frustration, misplaced machismo and immaturity. Removing Saddam stood the ultimate goal, hence the Mission Accomplished banner and tears. Your aim stood not to relieve yourself of the frustration and angst simply by pitching, to relieve yourself, but by pitching well and effectively. Rebuilding or building a democratic Iraq stood secondary to simply ousting Saddam. Hence, the troubled resulting fate, in stark opposition to yours.

    Bush Sr. and others with greater intellect and maturity knew as many should, almost in common sense, one can’t force a people to exist independent, themselves. Ultimately and crucially, such will must dwell from within a people first, foremost and only. The birth of our nation exists the greatest of examples; versus only the greatest army on the earth at the time. Our passion grew naturally of our own even consider consider independence, lest act and carry it out.

    Larry Bird talked about several kids he knew in Indiana growing up that he knew would have gone on the pros and excelled, though they got lost in drugs and nasty vices and ended up nowhere. He himself decided not to follow in their footsteps at an early age, when he could have. We all know those ultra talented types that never made it to their potential. Ricky Williams, Lawrence Phillips, on and on. They don’t have the will inside necessary to guide themselves towards their potential. A will that you of all people must comprehend at its zenith necessary to exist to reach to top and self sustain in the face of great odds – such will ultimately dwells within yourself, nobody else. Not everybody has it. If not, I don’t think you can’t create it. The only ways to know if countries posses it, is if they rise up themselves. If not able to, their not viable to sustain it. Their will exists incapable. Regardless of the reasons. Bush senior knew this which is why he stopped short of taking Saddam down the first time, though you know he would have loved to have been the short term greater hero, than he already was. His strong sense, intellect and self control, like yours on the mound, prevailed. He wasn’t looking to just pitch as a means to relieve frustration, rather to pitch effectively and win.

    When you talk about winning or losing the war, it makes me cringe, like Callahan’s partisan Red Sox, Yankees mindset. Its not about winning or losing. Really, by removing Saddam, we already won, by such a perspective. Now it’s just facing the fact that we drafted the wrong dude. Happens all the time in sports. Misjudged the talent. First round pick didn’t pan out. That’s what happened here. Realize we thought more of the Iraqis people’s ability than they are capable, if thats the case, which is is, unfortunately after 5 plus years plus of effort? Most first rounders get two or three years at the most.

    By doing so, we work with other nations, locally and globally to rectify control and plan over the area. Intelligent minds and professionals on such matters from around the globe, like yours on the mound, will in true democratic fashion, mold the ultimate successful plan, to create stability, goodwill and firsthand examples of the true spirit and power and ability democracy yields.

    Anyways, Curt, you are good man and a good American. I hope you and others look to identify and reward the same superior qualities in our potential leaders ability to lead the greatest nation on earth, that you possess on the mound (World Series), in crisis, regardless of partisanship. Greatness knows no tag, limit or bounds. Whether its McCain, Romney, Obama, Clinton or Guiliani? If one is able to govern through greatness in leadership, regardless of affiliation, we owe it to the fate of our nation to rise up and instill such leadership to the betterment of us all, if we are not too far infected, which I fear may be. If we have one game to beat China in one game true World Series. Our pitching choice is either Red Sox Julian Tavares or Yankee Andy Pettite. Despite affiliation, our choice as Americans, not Red Sox fans, should stand clear – Pettite. Yet, in politics, zealots from both sides, like Callahan, would argue to the death to vote for only Tavarez, simply because he is a Red Sox. Without the clarity of performance and numbers in sports, instead he would try to bash, demean, belittle and crucify Pettite from his personal and pro life, as to why he should not start. In sports, we have tangible numbers to prevent such blind zealotry. In politics, unfortunately, we don’t and the battle lines, hence run deep and deluded, only to the downfall of the nation.

    Anyways, I am proud if you graduated from the grips of such zealotry. I think its vitally important for prominent, visible Americans like you, to espouse such independence of thought and vision of leadership over party when legitimate. Americans must return to such a committment and right now no one of prominence leads us in that regard. Citizens are not congressman. They will not be admonished for voting cross party lines, though that is the tract most have taken (Callahan). Such self-delusion only excuses each of our responsibilty as overseers of the Union to guide Her aptly. I fear without Patriots of this cause (It will never be led by Celebs/Hollywood), Tavarez (God love him), will pitch or start too many games versus China.

    Jeff

  116. sdl1 permalink
    December 12, 2007 4:25 am

    To post #94 from thedoctorx

    The more I see Huckabee, the more I think that my dual-citizenship will come in handy. We already have somebody out of touch with reality with The Smirker; with Huckabee it takes that to the next level. I’m also concerned about Pat Robertson or James Dobson pulling the strings in the background as the real “power behind the scenes.”

    If Huckabee gets in, you’ll see people getting the hell out of the USA. Heck, his AIDS stetements sounds like the garbage Lyndon LaRouche spouts

  117. theross67 permalink
    December 12, 2007 11:30 am

    mr.S

    Thank you for finally showing that there can be a conservative voice in the new england sports world. I am a 26 year old construction worker from the North shore and have been bombarded scince birth with the liberal junk that seems to be rampant in this area of our nation. I respected the fact that you helped President Bush in 2004. I have a great affection for the president and was glad to see you support him, even though the leftist communists of this area bashed you for it. As you know, around here pollitically if you follow your true beliefs you are in the minority. Most people follow the lead and conform to our marxist senators for life. Kerry and Kennedy. Please continue to fight tho show the young people of this area that it is ok to be for: Country, Military,Religion, and accountablity as people. Good luck next season. Lets get Roger Clemens to come so we can retire his number, and I’ll take Rudy, Romney, Mccain, any one but Hilary, or Obama.
    Thanks

  118. mykatieq permalink
    December 12, 2007 12:16 pm

    Sorry Curt, wished I shared your same enthusiasm that voting in our democratic society really makes a difference. I can’t help but feel that until there is real election reform, loopholes are closed and we rid ourselves of a 2-party system, the one with the biggest dollars backed by the richest companies and individuals will always win out. (I was never more disgusted by the election process than watching those Swift Boat Ads – turned my stomach!). That goes for both Dems & Republicans. For years I’ve voted “the lesser of two evils” and I never felt good about myself. It seems this time I will try a new strategy – that of my true beliefs. My candidates will never win, but at least going forward I can sleep at night. Until we change the election process, politicians, once elected, will be mandated to conform policy based on the agenda of their biggest contributors. Not the average Joe like myself.

  119. bcamarda permalink
    December 13, 2007 11:41 am

    Count me as one more individual who deeply disagrees with you, but honors your right to be an active participant in the political process. More than that, even though I think you’re wrong, I admire you for it.

    People who say that celebrities ought to “shut up and sing” tend to forget that the moment it’s a celebrity who happens to be on their side (Ronald Reagan’s supporters come to mind). Every one of us has a responsibility to become educated on the issues, and speak our minds both in public and to our representatives. That’s the only way democracy works.

    You happen to have a public platform. So what! If anything, that gives you MORE of a responsibility to speak on behalf of what and who you believe. All of us can judge the sense or nonsense of what you have to say. Ditto for Bruce Springsteen. Ditto for Oprah Winfrey. Ditto for any celebrity. If you make sense, we should take your views seriously. (There are plenty of professional politicians and analysts who make no sense whatsoever, and people listen to them!) If you sound superficial or ignorant, we should ignore you. And I happen to think the case you made was quite articulate. End of story (about that, at least).

    Now, having said all that… if you want to discuss how ballplayers who are protected by a strong union — and would be thoroughly mistreated if they weren’t — can consistently support extremely conservative politicians who do everything possible to prevent others from having the same protections… well, that would be another conversation, now wouldn’t it!

  120. samvnw51 permalink
    December 13, 2007 1:05 pm

    I’m coming around to your views on McCain. Seems to be the most honest, experienced, and is finally running a decent campaign. I also think he can beat most of the democratic field which is an important consideration.

    We have invited him to speak at our church’s Martin Luther King Breakfast on Jan 21st. Unfortunately, he will surely decline since he will be focused on much larger states at that time.
    Curt, would you consider speaking at our Martin Luther King Breakfast? It’s on Monday, Jan 21 in the morning in Andover, MA. Our church is really the embodiment of MLK’s dream where people are judged based on the content of their character. Our congregation is 50/50 white/non-white and devoutly christian. We are planning this to raise appreciation for MLK in the Merrimack valley and to increase exposure and membership of our church which is growing slowly. Sorry to post this invitation on your blog, but I did not know how else to contact you. Thanks.
    Sam Washburn, 978-821-1501 Samvnw51@yahoo.com

  121. December 13, 2007 4:32 pm

    curt,
    It is nice to see a stand up guy who is not afraid to get involed and have an opinion and express it. To many people in this country are afraid that they are going to afend someone. there is to much apathy in the country, that is why a small minority of people will always run the country.

  122. December 14, 2007 9:28 am

    I’m not 100% behind McCain, but I can respect the man. Anyone who refuses to take special treatment because of who his father is, preferring to stand by his comrades, is a man of honor in my eyes.

    Now Curt, if only McCain had won in 2000…. think of how well off we’d be.

  123. tntrivers permalink
    December 14, 2007 12:34 pm

    I respect you in the fact that you voice your opinion, but do not press others to change their opinion, rather to form an opinion for themselves.

    Being a military spouse makes election time very difficult. Many people do not understand that it takes time to pull troops out of a conflict. Not only time, but you need to make sure the country is capable of defending itself against its enemies.

    My husband has served four tours in Afghanistan, and is now an instructor at the schoolhouse on post. When he sees his friends coming home hurt, he feels he needs to go back there. But, he also sees the need for soldiers to come from the training he gives that are combat ready and are able to tend to that hurt soldier.

    We appreciate all the support you give the military. It is refreshing to see a person as famous as you are (esp. in our house) recognize the hardships and hard work all of our service men and women give for our country.

    I respect Senator McCain, and I also like the fact that he has been in combat, maybe not the same type of conflict that we are now engaged in, but he has been there and done that!

    Thank you for supporting our troops – I know my husband smiles each time he sees you wearing a ball cap that a soldier has sent you – and if you would like one from 3SFG let us know where to send it!!

  124. flutie22 permalink
    December 14, 2007 4:02 pm

    Curt,

    With all due respect, your contention that “you’re lying to yourself if you think that being ‘against the war’ makes someone more or less suited to be our next President,” is patently illogical.

    Given the now widespread (and in my opinion correct) view that the war was huge mistake with severe negative consequences for our standing in the world, Senator McCain’s support for the effort is the equivalent of a massive, public error in judgement. If one thinks the war was either morally wrong or will have net negative consequences for the United States, then a canididate’s support for the war would certainly call into question their suitability for the President.

    To use a baseball analogy, you pointed out recently how notable it was that Ellsbury and Lester rose to the occasion in the most important games of their lives. Well, Senator McCain may well be a lifetime .285 hitter, but in the most important moment of his career, he batted .000 with a bunch of Errors.

  125. bushhater permalink
    December 14, 2007 10:01 pm

    curt- you’re just like the rest of the moron republicans who think it’s right(bad choice of words) to WASTE 1.48 TRILLON DOLLARS ON KING GEORGE ll illegal GIJAD AGAINST IRAQ. get THE HELL OUT.. NOW. WHAT ABOUT THE VICTIMS OF KITRINA WHO ARE STILL SUFFERING? WHAT ABOUT THE HOMELESS;THE UNINSURED; THE UNIMPLOYED? IMPEACH BUSH NOW….BEFORE IT’S TO LATE.. BUSH HAS DESTROYED THE CONSTITUTION; ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR-WE DON’T WAN’T YOUR F——
    WAR!!!
    TO THE REST OF YOU JERKS WHO SAY TO ME, “AMERICA- LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT”- I SAY TO YOU-THE CONSTITUTION GIVES ME THE RIGHT TO SAY WHAT I’M SAYING HERE..T—- S—!! :(

  126. bobbyo7 permalink
    December 15, 2007 5:18 pm

    stick to sports Curt

  127. inlovewithdots permalink
    December 16, 2007 12:56 pm

    Curt… Thank you for sharing your opinion on the ’08 election! I have a huge respect fro you and your wife- not only for your support of ALS research (my Mother passed away in 2000, 2 years after being diagnosed with ALS) but also the fact that you have 4 young children as my husband and I do. I admire your conservative views and was elated to see the news that you decided to publicly support a candidate! I have not made my decision among the Republican candidates but appreciate what you have offered here.

    Thank you, Rachael Giallongo

    PS… I am writing a paper about Curt’s Pitch and your influence on ALS research as my “final” for a college class I am taking right now! Kudos again to you & Shonda!

  128. morfam permalink
    December 17, 2007 3:37 pm

    Hi Kurt et al,

    My politics reside on the left sideof the aisle but I drift over every once in a while for people of intergrity. I think Senator McCain has that. I use his essay from the the radio magazine “This I Believe” on NPR in my class. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4959134 The kids read it and write what they believe. It’s worth a read.

  129. traviss102 permalink
    December 17, 2007 5:02 pm

    I have to say, I’m a bit surprised why any Republican would endorse McCain. Democrats would love to see McCain as our candidate because they know he can’t beat Hillary, Obama, or possibly even Edwards. When McCain got his face all over the news as the “rogue Republican” who wanted “torture” outlawed in our international dealings, I lost what little respect I had for him. No one can say McCain is not a “slick politician.” They all are. McCain proved himself to be just that when he attempted to resurrect his presidential potential with the “maverick Republican” deal and Time Magazine and all that. He’s simply not conservative enough. If the Bush mistake has taught Republicans anything, it’s that we can no longer accept candidates with a history of relatively liberal social mores. I greatly respect your opinion, Curt, but I’m surprised that you would endorse McCain (although I admit the alternatives aren’t too attractive). And let’s all pray that Guiliani doesn’t get the nomination!

  130. gosselinp15 permalink
    December 18, 2007 7:37 pm

    McCain is very cool. Huckabee might be better. It’s pretty cool that you’re into this stuff Curt. In addition to being a ravid Red Sox fan I’m an professional in foreign policy in DC. I focus on Latin American Affairs. Even though I know that LA is a forgotten region with the War on Terror/Iraq and all, I’d just like to take this opportunity to denounce tha opposition of Hilary Clinton and her democratic cohorts in Congress to the free trade agreement with Colombia. I don’t know if you know anything about this Curt but its a total debacle. Colombia has made amazing strides over the past 8 years turning around from a disintegrating state into a stable nation with a thriving economy. A free trade agreement would be a huge step toward continuing that progress. But Hilary and other prominent dems have announced their opposition based on entirely unfounded claims about lack of respect for human rights. They are doing this to cater to national labor constituencies who want the trade agreement defeated just to show they’re muscle. They are all playing political games with the future of a recovering but still fragile nation. It’s discusting. I know that not a lot of people in this country care but I could introduce you to some 44 Million Colombians who do.

  131. sfp64 permalink
    December 19, 2007 2:22 pm

    As a life-long conservative and 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, I have struggled this year in finding the candidate for me. I thought I would like Thompson but have been unimpressed. I thought maybe Romney would spark my interest but I haven’t seen much to grasp. I don’t trust Guiliani as far as I can throw him (or anyone that would put someone like Bernie Kerik in a position of legal authority without checking him out… talk about poor judgement!). Huckabee’s ideas are pretty good… but I’m not sure he is electable or will make the tough decisions.

    I (gulp…) voted for Lieberman as an Independent (I can still say I’ve never voted for a Democrat) because, even though I don’t agree with a lot of his politics, I trust him to do what he says he is going to do. I know what I’m getting with him. And I think that is what Lieberman sees in McCain.

    I’m not convinced McCain can win the Republican nomination… and I’m not convinced McCain can beat any of the Democrats in the general election… but I know what I’m getting with McCain. I trust him to do what he says he is going to do, regardless of whether or not I always agree with him.

    I’ve served in Iraq… I’ve served in Afghanistan… I’ve served nearly 4 1/2 years of my career in the Middle East/Central Asian States so far… we aren’t getting out of there any time soon and we need a President who has the guts to make the tough choices like those President Bush has made. Every day that goes by I become more convinced that the only person in the race in either party that will do that may be McCain.

    I wonder what chaos an Independent McCain-Lieberman Ticket would cause in the general election…

  132. tbundro1277 permalink
    December 20, 2007 2:07 am

    Curt! I must say… You are my favorite living pitcher of all time! I’m a huge Phillies fan. I was so disappointed when you signed to stay in Boston. The Redsox don’t need you as bad as we did. The Red Sox are going to the World Series again next year with or without you. The Phillies really could have used you to lead the staff and help pitchers like Myers, Hendrick and others come along in development! I was in 8th grade when my neighbor took me to game one of the NLCS against the Braves in 1993. You pitched a great game. I remember Kim Batiste getting a hit in the ninth inning to win the game if I remember correctly. I definately remember Pete Incavilia hitting a homer that game. I hate Phillies ownership. No World Series Title since 1980, same year my little brother was born. I wish you would have come back to philly and save us from the unintelligence of Charles Manuel. I honestly didn’t like when you came out in support of Bush in 2004. While i’m an extreme conservative, I can’t stand Bush’s stance(or should I say lack of stance) against illegal immigrants. Why doesn’t he send back the illegals like he is suppose to? I think McCain will be just as weak on the borders as bush if not even worse. I honestly don’t think to strongly either way on the war. I think the war at home is even more important. Should the soldiers returning home from war be out of jobs that cheap Mexican labor steals away? I’m not trying to be racist. But it isn’t very fair that Mexicans can cross the border, and yet if I want my girlfriend to immigrate here from Philippines, she has to wait for over 2 years of red tape by doing things the correct and legal way. I can’t stand how Bush was paid in 2004 by the Walmart Execs just to keep the minimum wage down in return. I use to work as a customer service manager at walmart so I know how evil they are. They can give millions to bush, but they couldn’t pay me more than 7 bucks per hour? Of coarse you support Bush, you are a millionaire. I don’t even make 15 thousand dollars per year as a manager at a video game store. Bush really shouldn’t have given the upper one percent in this country a huge tax break. The people that are the top 1 percent earners in this country are athletes, walmart execs and oil company execs. Those people don’t create jobs, they pocket the money, so regan-bushonomics doesn’t work! I would support bush if he would just deport the Illegals here that don’t belong here. Its like the big business in this country can do anything they want for cheap labor. I’ll support the candidate that best is against amnesty to illegal mexicans! McCain made me want to vomit when he said we must remember that they are “Gods Children”… Well, they can be Gods children in Mexico, just because they are Gods children doesn’t mean we should let them break the law. I want a president with some backbone, unlike Bush or McCain which won’t make the hard decisions to enforce border laws and deport people that are undocumented! Even Edwards said he wouldn’t give amnesty to illegals! Atleast he thinks i’m worthy of making 9.50 per hour, obviously Bush, McCain and big business doesn’t think i’m worth more than 7 bucks per hour. Perhaps you may want to think about supporting Romney! Atleast he is calling out against funding for sancuary cities. A good question for you Curt. Where do you stand on illegal immigration? I am so against letting illegals staying here and given amnesty. Lets start enforcing some of those deportation laws!

  133. acumen44 permalink
    December 20, 2007 5:05 am

    At a cost of $275 million per day, which is going to be paid back by your kids as well as mine, you are correct that this is not Vietnam.

    Its far worse, but there are similarities. Iraq and Vietnam were both invaded for monetary reasons, not to liberate anyone. Iraq is about controlling oil and Vietnam was about opening the southeast Asian markets and keeping the money from the Communists. Both sets of troops were and are being used and treated terribly. Many innocent people died, which could of been avoided.

    I am not Democrat lover, I cannot stand them just as much. To me, the Republicans are sell outs and the Dems are wimps.

    We cannot keep the troops or continue this war, this is not a personal or political opinion. Its just a financial fact. Our country cannot continue on the same path for much longer. So candidates claiming he wants to stay in Iraq for another 1, 2, 3, or 4 years makes me look at him as unrealistic.

    The only candidates who I would vote for is Ron Paul, someone who understands the Constitution (you know that document that is rule of law in the US, not the bible), John Edwards or Chris Dodd who both want us out of Iraq immediately.

    The last Republican elected(well given the presidency), endorses attacking sovereign nations by fabricating evidence, spies on its populace, tortures and keeps black shadow interrogation sites, outs covert CIA agents, treats the DoJ as a political branch, and destroys evidence.

    Time for someone else to give this a try. Republicans had 6 years to figure out Iraq, Maybe next time understand why the French and British both failed and the difference between a Suni, Shiite and Kurd.

    Unless Ron Paul gets the nomination, I am voting for a Dem. Or unless Bloomberg joins the fray.

  134. otownbosoxfan permalink
    December 20, 2007 8:43 am

    You make it tough to be a Sox fan. Every time I turn around you’re putting your foot in your mouth. Do you still believe the Earth is flat and only 7000 years old like Huckabee does? I still can’t get the image out of my mind of you stumping for Bush when being interviewed after Boston’s 1st World Series victory in my or my grandfather’s (deceased) lifetime. You had no right. This was our time…not yours. You were just a means to an end…a hired gun if you will. This is our team…not some free agent’s. I’ve been through the ups and downs with the Sox for 35 years (my whole lifetime incidentally.) How long were you a fan before that 1st WS victory…2 years? When I think back to that great moment in Sox history, all I can picture is you with that big grin on your face saying “Vote Bush!” It was #!@#$, and since that very moment I’ve wanted Theo to trade your ass. Still think Bush was the way to go??? No??? I have a great idea. Let’s vote for someone who thinks exactly like he does. That will surely improve our country here at home and in the eyes of the world…not that you or most Republicans care what other people think of the U.S. If you did, you surely wouldn’t vote Republican.

  135. soxfansep75 permalink
    December 20, 2007 9:57 am

    Curt-

    I’m a pretty strong supporter of McCain, although I do worry about his age. My support is based on his judgement about how we can secure a [relative] peace and stability for the Iraqi people. Frankly, none of the other candidates really knows what it takes to fight a counterinsurgency and conduct nation-building at the same time.
    I am tired of hearing how a reason why we should pull out is because we are near to 4000 lives lost in Iraq. People need to realize that wars cost lives and citing the number lost as a reason to leave (or stay in for that matter) is assenine. Furthermore, its disingenuous to the men and women who have lost their lives and the ones who put theirs on the line everyday for the security of this nation and its ideals.
    What’s important is that we clearly define our goals, determine the short and long term benefits of achieving those goals and then determine what cost we are willing to accept to receive those benefits. On going into Iraq, we failed to accurately assess the costs of invasion and we exaggerated the benefits (and those who were willing to do so found themselves with pink slips from the SecDef). That Sen. John McCain realized this and called for Rumsfeld’s ouster, and has proposed solutions that will make far greater inroads to securing a relative peace in Iraq is why I support him.

    There are certainly elements of McCain’s platform I don’t agree with; but for me, our foreign policy and our standing in the world are more critical than any other issue in this election. The great power that America has gained over the past century requires someone with a great sense of international responsibility, and McCain has that.

    People who continue to argue about the reasons for why we got into the war, or to slam the President for getting us into Iraq in the first place are missing the point. We’re there now, and the current administration mismanaged the war for so long that we’ve been left in a pretty ugly situation. Their protests are not going to stop the violence in Iraq; sitting down at the table to formulate well-thought out plicy alternatives will. Once again, McCain has at least one (and I think the best one) already thought out.

    But again, age is an issue. I don’t support your McCain-Huckabee ticket, becasue Huckabee just doesn’t have the foreign policy credentials that would be required if a President McCain found himself to be incapacitated while in office. The republican race doesn’t have a whole lot of really good candidates, but one guy I liked back in ’96 was Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN). Maybe I’ll take another look at him before I propose him on your blog as a VP candidate.

    One thing about leaving Iraq in the terrible mess its in today–if we leave and allow the country to descend into a real civil war, regardless of who wins, America will be the instigator and the enemy for having uprooted the stability they had under the Hussein regime. And this would unleash emotions and predjudices against us not soon to be forgotten. Let’s not forget how Arab Muslims generally feel about the Crusades which ended slightly over half a millenia ago.

    I wish that people would stop comparing Iraq to Vietnam and the Global War on Terror (GWOT) to World War II. Read your history before you make sweeping comparisons, and then apply useful lessons to determine a solution. The Philippines (1898-1903), the American West (1865-1891), Bosnia & Kosovo (1995-present) all provide some great lessons about counter-insurgency and nation-building–not just what to do right, but also how to avoid doing the wrong thing (learned the “hard way” in those conflicts). I recommend Brian Linn’s “The Philippine War” as a good start.

    One other pet-peeve I have about this war, and that is both the people who call those critics of the war “traitors” and the people who shout insults back at them. While the constitution guarantees everyone a right to free speech (including sounding like an idiot), the name-calling that distracts us from serious policy discussion is a distraction that puts our very liberty and security in jeopardy. Compromise in policy discussion is not the sacrificing of values that these folks would have you believe. So lets start having real discussions about this war and leave the name-calling aside.

    As a side note, 9-11 actually does have a lot to do with the Iraq War–it was one of the spurrious reasons the current administration used to get us involved in Iraq in the first place.

    -B

  136. gocardinals5 permalink
    December 20, 2007 11:00 am

    Mr. Schilling,
    Sometimes I don’t know why I care what you think about subjects (especially ones outside of baseball) but for some reason, it makes the headlines when you talk about things and it’s somewhat humorous.
    Anyway, I’m a Democrat but I have great respect for John McCain. I would be alright with him getting the Republican nomination and – depending on who he was up against – there would be a chance I’d vote for him in the presidential election. I’m not gonna go down the judgmental road of comparing him to a great, hopeful person like Barack Obama (from MY home state). We all have our strengths and weaknesses. I’m sure McCain has some hidden skeletons and isn’t the God-like person you make him out to be. The fact is he supports a war that is extremely unpopular with Democrats and Republicans alike. While I respect his honesty in answering questions, his stance on that subject just isn’t gonna do him many favors.
    BTW, while I think you go way overboard in your public comments sometimes, I wish you were with the Cardinals. We need starting pitching. UGH.

  137. obstruksion permalink
    December 20, 2007 1:25 pm

    Google: “drudge report mccain” for info about an interesting article that is to be published soon by the New York Times on Senator Mccain…

  138. bmccarren724 permalink
    December 20, 2007 2:14 pm

    I am a proud supporter of O’Bama and I can’t understand, as a writer above noted, why you would be a Republican Curt. Is it that you want the taxes of the wealthy untouched? I know you take the Bible as the literal word, that’s another subject, but why then not Huckabee? He seems like your man. This war is an inexcusable slaughter that person with a moral compass should support. The reasons we went in were lies. How can you support a person who supports continued occupation based on a lie? The tone of your “support McCain” item on your blog was insulting to those of us whose support the troops but not the war.

    I know you’re a pitcher, not a philosopher, but please try to not see the world in the Manichean terms that our current president, whom I know you supported, does. That kind of simple thinking got us in to this complicated mess. There are candidates on the other side who have firm beliefs and have not waivered – not a flip-flop in the O’Bama pantheon but the ability, at least, to admit a mistake and live with it. I don’t see that in “bomb, bomb Iran McCain”. And, as was also pointed out, you are a celebrity encouraging people to consider a candidate just like Oprah did.

  139. kjkeil permalink
    December 20, 2007 2:37 pm

    I read your blog on PEDs in baseball and was impressed. I might not agree with all you said, but I logged on to this blog for the first time and think it is really cool an athlete speaks to the public so openly.

    But McCain for president? Curt, after you go on about athletes cheating and what a sham and all, how can you support McCain? In the 80′s we had a real Savings and Loan crisis in this country. There were investigations and there was a group of senators called the “Keating Five” – after Charles Keating’s Lincoln Savings and Loan debacle. Yes, McCain was one of the Keating Five who represented this country but sold out integrity that costs tax payers incredible amounts of money.

    Just as you have a hard stance on steriod usage, maybe you should review the activities of the Keating Five and John McCain.

  140. jbeste permalink
    December 20, 2007 4:03 pm

    Taxes of the wealthy untouched? Give me a break. The top 1% pays approx half of our tax revenue. The top 10% pay approx. 75%. So please dont spread you liberal propaganda. I dont support McCain for president, however, I respect him. O’bama is a socialist. Im supporting Ron Paul for ’08.

  141. sansoo permalink
    December 20, 2007 5:30 pm

    Thanks Kurt

    I have a pretty high opinion of Sen. McCain. He was and is my first choice. I believe that of the field, he is the only one I have confidence in. But, on the downside, he is an old man. Maybe too old.

    But, truth be told. I vote for Obama right now if I could be insured that we would never see a Clinton in the White House again. I just hate that combination of deluded corruption, ambition, and poor economic judgment that Ms. Clinton represents. I hate the idea that I may have to swallow that for four (or more years) years.

  142. swilson26 permalink
    December 20, 2007 6:14 pm

    After taken my sweet time reading the responses above, it has finally hit me. None of these people understand the relm of politics! I have been listen and reading the plateforms of all candidates Dem and Rep, and have come to the comclusion that they have all lost there way. You are right when you said we are on the verge of one of the most important elections, but the candidates need to pull away from the Iraq issue. Americans know that we are there for the long haul, we started it, we need to finish it. Win or loose, it does not matter at this point. The focus of this election needs to be here at home. We (Americans) do not need tax breaks, that lead to a downward spiral. We have no time for empty promises. What we need is stability, I have not been convinced by any candidate this is what they are going to offer.
    With no disrespect to you or to any person that deals in the relm of contract negotiations, I do not have this luxury. I like many many people, walk into my office everyday and wonder if this is going to be my last. This is a bad feeling to have, and with the economic structure we have been living in, I do not see a bright future for anyone. We need a candidate that will pull us out of this mess, give us back the pride of being an American. Give us a future!! We need an Administration that is going to be committed to putting America back to work, committed to rebuilding Socail Security so when I need it at the age of 70 it will be available to me and my wife, committed to tackling the HMO’s..co-payments are getting out of hand, and finally committed to the future of our great country..committed to sit down with educators to ensure that our children will have the same if not better opportunities that we had growing up…a solid education, guildence during troubled times, and the ability to continue there education whether it be a Associates, Bachelors, or Masters degree, and for the love or god make it affordable.
    These are the serious issues that face our Nation, these are the issues that these candidates need to be addressing. Not Iraq, Not Afganistan, the situations are at home. Heal the Nation before we attempt to heal the world.
    Thank you!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  143. dilynn5768 permalink
    December 21, 2007 5:38 am

    Curt,
    I agree that John McCain is a strong candidate for President, but I do not believe that he is the best person for the job. The best candidate is Joe Biden.
    If you listen to most of the other candidates speak on issues they will say that they agree with Joe. Biden is the only candidate with a workable solution to the war in Iraq. He believes that the only solution to achieve a unified Iraq is to federalize it, giving the Kurds, Shiites, and Sunnis freedom in their own regions and creating a central government responsible for common interests like border security and distribution of oil revenues. I highly recommend that everyone takes a look at the Biden for President Website at http://www.joebiden.com and read through his beliefs on the major issues. Biden has been in the Senate for decades and is currently Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. He developed the Biden Crime Law and the Violence Against Women Act to help protect the citizens of this nation enabling the increase of police forces and requiring communities to be notified when convicted sex offenders move in. Joe also has huge plans in the areas of Education and Health Insurance. He believes that all United States Citizens have the right to a college education if they want one and that no one should be left without proper health insurance.
    I believe that prior to voting, people owe it to themselves and the nation to become knowledgeable about all the candidates and their views. It is only after this period of study that a person should make their decision on who to vote for. I know through reading your post that this is your belief as well and I believe is unfortunately not followed by enough citizens. It is easy to be swayed by a good speaker, but I want some substance behind all the fluff. Joe Biden is not the biggest name out there by a long shot and is not mentioned much because of this. Just because Joe is not the biggest star does not mean that he is not the best person for the job. Please take the time to check out Biden’s Website and see what you think afterwards. I believe that you will be highly impressed.

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you, Shonda and the kids!!!

  144. jgmaynard permalink
    December 22, 2007 12:25 pm

    Curt:

    Thank you very much for your amazing work for the Red Sox and charities since you came to Boston.

    I have watched this election very closely, as I have every election since I was a child.

    Let me tell you briefly why I cannot support Senator McCain:

    I have two step-children who I love dearly as my own. One, Ben, is 23 years old, always laughing, with flaming red hair. A computer wizard, he also posseses a near encyclopedic knowledge of movies. Margaret is 20, a computer graphics major, living in San Francisco. She graduated high school in only three years, and she is going to graduate college in only three years, as well. She has the most beautiful deep blue eyes that nature ever attached to a human being.

    I cannot let this war continue because I cannot take the risk of a future draft costing the lives of Ben or Margaret.

    We are borrowing three billion dollars a day – one trillion dollars a year – from China (a bastion of human rights abuses) to continue this war in Iraq. I can not, in all good conscience, stand by and do nothing while that debt, and the accompanying compound interest, piles upon their heads.

    Maybe if we stay longer, an oasis of peace, freedom and democracy will arise for the first time in 5,000 years in the Middle East. Maybe all the sides will set aside their ancient hatreds, and hammer their swords into plowshares. Maybe John McCain is right.

    But I am not willing to lose my children, or force them to work for their entire lives to pay off the debts caused by our mistakes in order to find out. My children are too important to me to trust to John McCain.

    James Maynard

  145. sfp64 permalink
    December 23, 2007 3:16 am

    I feel compelled to comment on the obvious political diversity of “Red Sox Nation.” I find it interesting to read comments from life-long Red Sox fans who seem to think that to have been “born and raised” a Red Sox fan your parents must have voted for Ted Kennedy, Michael Dukakis or Barny Frank. Surely none of us are so naive that we think we can’t all love our Red Sox and have that common ground and still understand that many of us are politically conservative and pro-George Bush… my first presidential vote was for Ronald Reagan, and I’m damn proud of that.

    It is also incredibly naive, immature and hateful for someone to criticize Curt Schilling as a “hired gun” (read “otownbosoxfan” above) or to say that “this was our time… not yours.” Curt Schilling and the Red Sox organization won the World Series FOR THEMSELVES AND FOR THEIR FANS!… we as “Red Sox Nation” were along for the ride, with all it’s ups and downs, just as I have been for the last 43 years. Both my grandfathers died before they were able to see a Red Sox World Series victory… but that is the way of life.

    I don’t believe for a second that professional athletes should only play on their favorite team from their youth! Let’s see MLB adn the players’ association will go for that.

    I guess some of you would prefer that all Red Sox players were of the same political persuasion that you are… well guess what… much like the military in which I proudly serve, the demographics of most organizations are a reflection of the society that they represent… so the Sox roster is probably as diverse as Red Sox Nation… and that is NOT a bad thing!

    Finally, I believe Curt said from the top… this is HIS OPINION… don’t hate him for his opinion… love him for his game, his passion for winning, and his conversion to Red Sox Nation, albeit late in his career. Pity those who will never be a part of us!

    I still haven’t decided who I’ll vote for in the Republican primaries… but rest assured that, regardless of who becomes our next President, I will always be part of “Red Sox Nation.” If any Democrats, Independents or Libertarians have an issue with that… we can discuss it over a beer at the Cask’n Flagon.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

    … from the “land of sand”… proud member of the U.S. Air Force

  146. fourdegrees permalink
    December 24, 2007 10:33 am

    First off, I am neither Democrat or Republican – I think they are the same dog with different fleas. I consider myself to be morally liberal (as long as you’re not hurting someone else, knock yourselves out) and fiscally conservative (if you want to spend our money, justify your position). My issue with most of the politicians we have today is that they are bureaucrats rather than public servants.

    John McCain is accountable. And he is for better education, better healthcare, shoring up social security, green power, hands across the world and every other platitude that politicians spew out this time of year. I don’t mind if he says he’s accountable; what I have an issue with is what does it mean? You can say put it on me, but then what? Pete Rose said he was sorry and expected to be put in the hall. What he didn’t understand is that asking for forgiveness is more than saying I’m sorry – it’s also about atonement.

    First of all, I was against the war when it was unpopular to do so and I excoriate every politician who supported it and now backtrack (cough, Hilary). So I respect the fact that McCain hasn’t changed his position. However, my issue is what is the exit strategy? What is the metric? My problem with the war was utility. For what they were fighting for and the investment that had to be made, it just wasn’t worth it. I knew that this war would run 10 years and over a few trillion dollars. If we learned anything from the Soviets, bullets and bombs do not make a good GDP. I also thought it was wrong to have a military action for something that was essentially a police/intelligence action.

    This plan to stay indefinitely is ludicrous. Using this kind of logic, we would have never left Vietnam. But when we did leave, the world did not end for us. All the fears of communist expansion didn’t happen. McCain has not done a good job articulating how this will come to an end.

    Which leads to a larger issue – when was the last time this country had a true leader? When was the nation galvanized to be a nation? The Apollo mission had less computing power than what I am typing on right now, but what we did have was great will. IMHO, Reagan was a disaster; his economic policies led to the creation of the euro and the disasters that resulted from an unplanned fall of the USSR (the balkans, etc). You really have to go back to Kennedy to find an inspiring president. The only thing you can point to in recent history where people are glavanized to do something is this green thing. What this all points to is that be a leader of this nation, you have to find a way to communicate to the nation. Many of the problems we are facing (healthcare, social security) have difficult choices, but are eminently solveable. You need to have a president who can talk to the nation in such a way to energize us to put aside self-interest. I just don’t see John McCain doing that.

  147. slack1 permalink
    December 30, 2007 10:59 pm

    Dear Mr. Schilling,
    While I disagree with much of what he says, I think Sen. McCain is an honest and honorable man, in stark contrast to that snake oil salesman from Belmont, or the war criminal who inhabits the White House now (you know, the one who eight years ago started the phony rumors in South Carolina that Sen. McCain had fathered an illegitimate black child. That SOB couldn’t wash the Senator’s underwear.). And not that you would give a rat’s butt, but I have no problem with you stumping for the Senator.

    That said, I just saw the TV spot you did for him and I have some friendly advice. Buy a freakin’ razor, will ya? This is presidential politics, not a Sharpie meet and greet.

    It’s ok, perhaps even helpful, to look rather scruffy when you’re setting up A-Rod for some chin music. But it’s so completely wrong when you’re asking for votes for a presidential candidate. Who the hell let you go on camera looking like that, anyway? No kidding, whoever it is should be fired.

  148. kristospherein permalink
    January 4, 2008 1:22 am

    I couldn’t agree with you more Curt…McCain in ’08!

  149. zeke22 permalink
    January 5, 2008 12:47 pm

    schill call me damn it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    zeke

  150. baseballindc permalink
    January 5, 2008 6:11 pm

    Curt,

    I am sorry that so many of your so-called “fans” would criticize you for stating your personal preference on your OWN blog (as opposed to a Red Sox or MLB blog). Some people just give “free speech” lip service. Anyway, had you endorsed THEIR preferred candidate, I’m sure they would have applauded you rather than telling you to “stick to baseball,” etc.

    Best wishes to you and the Schillings in 2008.

  151. sully64 permalink
    January 6, 2008 7:41 pm

    Hi Curt;

    I don’t think anyone running is going to change this country for the better. I don’t dislike McCain. In fact I admire him for all he has sacrificed for this country as well as South Vietnam for all that was worth. I think he means well unlike the rest of these lying thieving sellers of the American dream. Like I said in fonts and grammer “the man doesn’t make the office, the office makes the man” and as long as the office of the president of the U.S. is up for the highest bidder we in this country are all screwed. It won’t affect the wealthy, it never does, it just affects us working stiffs who keep losing jobs to China and Malaysia and Mexico and many others. We used to be the #1 manufacturer in the world. Machinery, tools, toys ,clothing etc. You name it we made it, and we made it right. When the Korean war started we began manufacturing war material in Japan because it was cheaper and quicker to make it there and ship it to Korea than to do so in the U.S. And thus began the idea of manufacturing overseas to save $$ and who cares about our own people, they don’t deserve a living wage, meaning we don’t deserve the right to be able to make enough $$ to live as oppose to just survive. Lobbyists and lawyers making millions selling our future for an offshore account and an early retirement while somehow convincing the retirees that they shouldn’t be made to feel useless and should go work at Wal Mart or MacDonalds or some other low wage job just to supplement thier feeble social security benefits all the while trying to figure out a way to end that system. In the mid seventies congress borrowed 2/3rds of social security on the promise that they would pay it back. What a crock of horsecrap! The government doesn’t make $$ they print it. And they can’t do that without something backing it. And that something is taxes, or us working our butts off so the government employees can retire early and live much better than the people they are supposed to be governing, not screwing. People in this the richest country in the world with no home, food or medical coverage because they even figured out a way to take that away. In the not too distant past if you went to the hospital and had no $$ or medical coverage you still got tended to because the hospital coudn’t turn you away. The deal was that the states didn’t charge them taxes on property or equipment and the hospitals would take everyone. Now if you go into a hospital with no $$ or medical you will get sued if you can’t afford to pay the bill with your $6.50-10.00 an hour job. I would like to see any of the politicians lawyers or lobbyists try to survive on $10.00 an hour, never mind minimum wage. They coudn’t do it. And what about the justice system? What a joke! More than 80% of all crime is commited by the same 10-12% of the population and pediphiles are set free on the promise that they will tell everyone in the nieghborhood that they are the most wicked thing on the face of the earth. No wonder it’s this way when you look at what some of the lawmakers in this country do for thier fun. And how do we justify the death penalty when there are so many wrongful convictions in this, the supposedly most free country in the world, which happens to have the largest prison population on the planet. Most crime is borne of poverty, and politics is the womb in which war developes so considering that the majority of the front line troops are from poor or working class families what are the trying to tell us? On this side of the planet we use corn for fuel while on the other side of the planet people are starving by the millions. Meanwhile our government lends $$ to third world countries that don’t have a snowballs chance in hell of ever paying it back but do have natural resources as well as unscruopulus leaders willing to sell thier people out to our government who sold us out and the U.S. banks and corporations are making a killing on it. This all from the great moral compass the U.S. We spend almost a billion dollars a week on this war while people all over the country are losing thier jobs, homes and childrens future. The government should take some time off from this war, say 5 days and the $$ could be put into an account for each of the 300million plus people in the U.S. Each person would have an account, and it could only be used for food, housing and medical, then our crappy take home pay will actually take us home. We blame immigrants for all sorts of problems caused by our own government here and in other countries all the while we do business with a comunist dictatorship that we now owe trillions to. And I do mean WE, for we are the tax payers who must now pick up the tab. Yeah thats seems fair and right. I am a christian and I love the United States of America, but I love God more, and thats the way it is. McCain and the others can’t change the way things are done, only we can with the help of God and some honest judges, for judges have the most power in the land of the free. Honest judges would make better leaders than lawyers who become politicians, but where can we find some? Einstien said that the world is a dangerous place, but it is not the evil that men do that we must fear, but when good men look on and do nothing. I feel bad for what Mr. McCain went through in Vietnam as well as all the troops who fought there. If that jackass Truman had kept FDR’s promise to Ho Chi Minh during WWII then France wouldn’t have been allowed to re-colanize Vietnam, and we would have had a strong ally in southeast Asia during the cold war, and our people wouldn’t have had to go there. I hope Curt you and anyone else who might read this don’t take offense to what I have said. I would like to think that Mr. McCain might read this as well as you, and that you both might respond, but I’m not sure if that will happen. Please take care and good luck to both you and Mr.McCain this new year. GO AMERICA!!! GO SOX!!! and God bless this world!
    Sully

  152. paulnofsky permalink
    January 8, 2008 10:29 pm

    Curt like you I have been an john McCain supporter not only this election but in the past as well.John is an REAL American hero an man who served his country and refused preferential treatment.Unlike flipflop romney,hasbeen actor thompson and the hick from arkansas mccain is real and hasnt changed his position on several issues such as campaign finance reform.John has been consistent on this issue from day 1.As long as its not Hillary in the white house.can you imagine the rest of the wrold laughing at the USA by electing an inexperienced fast talking(out of both sides of her face)hick as President of the US?SCARY!!Good luck to you and the rest of the red sox in 2008.Red Sox rule and yankees suck

  153. steve74 permalink
    January 9, 2008 3:32 am

    Congratulations on your candidate winning last night, Curt. I know that you must be ecstatic right now. McCain definitely delivered an impressive comeback. We’ll have to see what happens next. My guess is that McCain, Huckabee, and Romney will all compete in Michigan and I think that whoever wins there will have an advantage heading into Super Tuesday (for a very complicated set of reasons pertaining to what happens in SC, NV and FL as a result).

    Not that I’ll be voting on the GOP side. I’m a Democrat who is thrilled beyond belief tonight. Hillary was written off for dead. She had five days of the most nasty, mean-spirited, disgusting coverage that I have ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot). In the end the voters of New Hampshire had other ideas. God bless them. I can’t remember the last time I was so elated.

    I’d appreciate conservatives not leaving hateful comments in response to what I wrote, I don’t think that’s neccesary. And the same goes for liberals concerning the GOP race–there’s no need to be angry and condescending. This blog is supposed to be a fun place for all of us.

    Steve

  154. peladac permalink
    October 27, 2008 9:15 pm

    Yeah Curt!!! I commend you for standing up for what you believe in and not falling into the o-baaaaah-ma sheep category. Barack Hussein Obama is BAD for this Country and so many people won’t realize it until it’s too late.

    Also, thank you for your support against ALS. My Father passed away in 1997 with ALS and I lost my older Brother to ALS in 2006. It is heart wrenching to see not just one but two family members to this horrible fatal disease. So, thank you for all that you do and thank you for supporting a man that will be a better President.

    Sincerely and God bless,
    Pamela

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