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Should there be any doubt…..

September 5, 2008

As to who is more qualified to lead this country for the next 4-8 years after last night?

People that have never served their country, or endured incredible hardship, or both, are the ones spouting “I’m tired of hearing about him being a POW..blah blah blah, yadda yaddda.”

Knowing Senator McCain I can assure you he’s being pushed to talk about this, no doubt; but please, even if you are tired of hearing about it, don’t diminish what it means.

Unlike every other person up for election in this campaign, the Senator can speak from experience about commitment, sacrifice, honor, integrity, loyalty, duty to country, others first, like no other. He had his chance, he passed that test, and many others along the way.

This man has done everything we are asking and looking for in our next President. Has he made mistakes? Sure, who hasn’t; but he’s made it clear that this campaign is not about him, it’s about us. This is not his personal crusade, but a repayment of debt. Who else would say that? Who else, after 5+ years as a POW, would walk out of prison and then years later be at the forefront of the group shaking hands with leaders of the very country that imprisoned him? We live in a country that sees people kill each other in fits of road rage, so can’t pretend to possesses or exhibit the forgiveness this man has shown his entire life.

I know Senator McCain, well. I am voting for him, and for Governor Palin (a fellow Alaskan I might add!). I’m doing so because he possesses the qualities we must have if we are going to get back on track as the greatest nation on the planet.

War monger? Please. Why is it that you have yet to hear someone that has served this great nation, offering up the ultimate sacrifice, say those things? Because people that have done so are the only ones who can truly understand the horrors of war, and they are the last people to talk about war and all of it’s horror in terms disrespectful to the men and women who’ve paid the price.

As a father I can’t fathom the daily life of having a son serving overseas, yet he did, and does. So will the Governor in a few weeks. Who could want war less than a parent with a child serving?

How’s that ‘surge’ thing working by the way? Who was for/against it in the first place? Is it any surprise that a man who’s spent his life defending his country, fighting for his country was right? Have we won? No, not yet and not soon. But are we, are they, all in a better place now than they would have been? Senator Obama admitted that the surge has succeeded, admitting that he was wrong in voting against it no? I can’t wait to hear how that one continues to get spun. It’s clear, black and white, Senator Mccain and all those in favor of the surge knew what the hell they were doing, and at the same time the horrible price that must be paid to achieve the ultimate goal, which we cannot under any circumstances lose sight of.

Why do you think we are reading, seeing and hearing SO LITTLE about the Middle East compared to one year ago? You know the answer.

I’ll close saying this. I will vote for him, and for her, of that there is no doubt; but at the end of the day if things don’t go their way I will support whomever we elect as our next President as my Commander in Chief. This country deserves that from each and every one of us.

Oh and here’s an image you WON’T see on the news…

Why didnt I see this splattered all over the newspapers?

Why didn't I see this splattered all over the newspapers?

(This is a photo from a recent re-enlistment ceremony held in Iraq.) Like every internet photo thrown around I am sure there are urban legends flying on this one. From what I have heard the only piece of ‘news’ we over here heard was about the pizza’s that were delivered from the U.S., to these brave men and women. Man stuff like this is just so right to see and hear about.

God Bless each and every person in this photograph and all of their fallen comrades. God Speed to you all.

114 Comments leave one →
  1. jimmykc permalink
    September 5, 2008 8:07 am

    Oh Curt, hope you are prepared for the vitriol which is sure to follow this post. I’ll look forward to reading it like the letters after the SI swimsuit issue. By the way will you be campaigning anywhere for this ticket in the next couple of months? Now get back to the real deal and make us a nice thread on the Red Sox. Should be an interesting autumn.

  2. thecuttysark permalink
    September 5, 2008 8:13 am

    Well said, Curt. Question, tho – “fellow Alaskan”? Are you Alaskan?

    I agree that McCain represented himself and his vision for the future well. My only complaint was that everything that he said that fired me up seemed to fall flat with the party conventioneers. The opposite was also true – anything said during the week that gave me pause (mostly in speeches other than McCain’s) was greeted with triumphant applause. Including, I should say, the very petty comments by Palin that mocked community service. I should doubt you agree with the spirit of those sentiments.

    All in all, if I were to vote for the man, I too would vote for John McCain. But after the disaster of the past 8 years (government growth, deficit spending, torture, etc…), I think it is time to burn down the Republican party and start over. Get back to conservative priciples. You seem to think that McCain can do it. I think he lacks control over the party infrastructure. And that, I think, is the key debate in this election.

    Get well & Go Phillies (& Sox)!

    I think you are making the vital mistake many have made though. This is NOT about the Republican party, no matter what hat the Senator is wearing. I feel comfortable in saying he’s wedded to no one more than the American people. He’s said it many times. And come on, seriously, what does ”control over the party infrastructure” truly mean to you? If it means what I think you are implying, can you honestly sit back and say ANYONE has that control, or has EVER had it in recent times?

  3. dontvoterepublican permalink
    September 5, 2008 8:14 am

    Curt,

    Please spare us the politician commentary and do what you’re good at, pitching. John McCain, while a likable man and honorable soldier, he would be an atrocious leader of this country.

    To be a successful President of the United States you must be a manager of people. McCain through his horrendous selection of Sarah Palin as a VP without even speaking to the woman just shows his “loose cannon” decision making style. Is this not the man who is notorious for voting AGAINST his own bills?

    The thought that bringing a woman on the ticket to secure female voters simply due to the fact that they share a reproductive organ is asinine. Palin stands for everything woman don’t want. She complains about “the media” criticizing and getting involved in her family, isn’t that what Sarah wants to do to your family? No woman’s right to choose, no sex education, teaching creationism in schools, no gay marriage, no stem cell research, that sounds like getting in other people’s business doesn’t it.

    More importantly to everyday Americans is the Economy and Health Care. McCain has NO plans to work towards a Universal health care plan, zero, none, nada.

    Now the economy, McCain’s right hand man is Senator Lindsey Graham. Is everyone familiar with Mr. Graham??? This is the man responsible for the deregulation of the banking industry. How did that work out for you?? Subprime mortgage crash, Bear Stearns, the absolute atrociousness of our credit markets can all be attributed to McCain’s chief economist, Mr. Graham. So ask yourself, is this the administration you want in office??

    Curt, your work with K ALS is honorable and I truly think your a great guy but please spare us this nonsense that McCain is a “genuine” guy, who cares.

    Is Obama going to be the greatest president, no, but “my fellow Americans” look at the issues that truly effect you, i.e. health care and the economy and McCain is definitely not your guy.

    So, to answer your question, should there be any doubt?? YES!!!!

  4. rudyredsox permalink
    September 5, 2008 8:22 am

    Since you value service to your country so highly you must have voted for John Kerry over George Bush in the last presidential election. Right?

    No I did not. I didn’t feel Senator Kerry was the better candidate. A brave American? Absolutely. A better candidate to be President of the United States? No.
    Not that that has anything to do with my post, but ok.
    There is not one thing any candidate could do or say that would ‘make me’ vote for them, but there are things their life symbolizes and a track record that matters that exist here, that no one else comes close to possessing.

  5. rposner permalink
    September 5, 2008 8:28 am

    Let’s see, does it make more sense to lower taxes for the richest 5% of Americans or the remaining 95% of the population. I guess if you’re making $10 million/year, the answer is clear. Bush may have lowered your taxes, but how are your investments doing these days as a result of Bush’s failed economic policy? It will be more of the same under McCain. Obama’s economic policy would roll back those tax breaks for the top 5% and lower taxes for the remaining 95%. This responsible policy will set our economy back on the right track and your investments will again rise.

    On Iraq, McCain is still wrong. He’s wrong about the timing of troop withdrawal and he’s wrong when he says that the morale of the military is strong. And don’t forget that Biden’s son is also going to Iraq next month.

    All that said, thanks for 2004!

  6. bcrossman permalink
    September 5, 2008 8:29 am

    Nice work of “double think”. I love that 4 years after you supported a war dodging, silver spoon fed, moron over a 3 times purple heart receiving war veteran you’re now talking about how important military service is to determining who you should vote for. Likewise, Bush’s numerous military blunders (disbanding the Iraqi army, not inserting enough troops, poorly equipping the troops and declaring victory about 3000 lost lives too early, not too mention a pointless invasion to begin with based on selective presentation of evidence to the American public) in no way disqualified you from voting for him but Barack’s proposal to use the additional troops (surge) in Afghanistan instead of Iraq while putting more responsibility/ownership of Iraq in the hands of its own citizens is immediate grounds for dismissal. Come on. At least wait till the country has a stable government where sunnis, shias and kurds are working together before you tout “success” in a war that will cost over 3,500 U.S soldier’s their lives and over $600 Billion in U.S. funds just to make a country that didn’t have WMD, continue to not have WMDs (compared to Iran, N. Korea, Pakistan). So on the scale of who made a greater mistake, Barak who opposed the war, or McCain who supported it, I think the better military decisions have been Barack’s. As for Sarah Palin, once she looks at the science and realizes we should teach condoms and abstinence in school, not creationism and evolution, I’ll take her a little more seriously. Until then she’s just another messianic politician with blinders on to the world around her and I’ve suffered through one of those for 8 years. But heck, if McCain wins, you and I can take our tax rebate check and go buy another boat, or maybe a 7 houses.

  7. badger99 permalink
    September 5, 2008 8:50 am

    Not vitriol – I used to be a Republican back in the eighties – but I can’t believe how wrong the party has become.

    Noone is talking about the Middle East because this party has spent its way into the worst recession since the 70s! The republicans talk a great game about how the Democrats are tax-and-spend. But the fact of the matter is that GWB has spent like a drunken sailor in his 8 years as president. Keep printing money to fund tax cuts and wars – and guess what happens? The dollar goes into the toilet – and the economy swirls down with it!

    I love and appreciate and respect what McCain has done. I am tremendously impressed with Sara Palin. I just think that the country needs someone that has a past more like our founding fathers than the resumes that McCain and Palin bring to the table.

    I respect service to the country – couldn’t be more proud of our troops – but lets not pretend that every officer in the military would make a good president. I think that someone who has studied to be in the top .01% of the country – studying under the smartest people in the world – understanding the law with some of the brightest legal minds around the world – is more likely to be smart enough to lead the country through its challenges better than a C student who’s career path started as a local sportscaster. Call me elitist, if you will

    Yes – the democrats have nominated someone with the same background and training of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, et al – the republicans have nominated a soldier and a really nice guy – and should, god forbid, health be a problem for him – don’t worry a soccer mom – someone just like you and me – can run the country!

    Problem is – most people just like you and me can’t even balance their checkbooks. Pardon me – but I don’t want someone like you and me running the country – I want someone much smarter and better trained!

  8. September 5, 2008 9:00 am

    Candidates aside, this is faulty logic. I completely agree that serving for your nation (whether you agree/disagree) is to be honored, but you are almost making it seem like he should be rewarded with a Presidency. It’s faulty to believe that if you like a guy and his character, he can lead a country.

    What baffles me is how many people are now saying “we’re so close to winning Iraq” – it’s like they completely forget what brought the US there. Anyone remember “mission accomplished”?

    The real war has always been afghanistan, where countries like even Canada are losing troops. Sadly, the focus hasn’t been there.

    The US has spent something like $600B on the war, plus over a dozen billion/month today….and somehow the Iraqi government has been quite a sizable chest of somewhere around $100B….who’s fault is that? Can’t blame the people you invaded…or the government you helped set up…

  9. thepfunk permalink
    September 5, 2008 9:14 am

    OBAMA/BIDEN ’08!!!

  10. syphax permalink
    September 5, 2008 9:19 am

    Curt,

    Three things:

    1. How do you feel about Phillip Butler, a fellow POW of McCain, saying “Hell, I’m 70 years old and I’ve lived through being a prisoner of war, I’m going to tell it like it is,” Butler says in the ad. “I think I can say with authority that the prisoner of war experience is not a good prerequisite for a president of the United States.”

    Butler questions the GOP nominee’s personality, saying “he was well-known as a volatile guy, and he would blow up and go off like a Roman candle. John McCain is not somebody that I would like to see with his finger near the red button.”

    2. Go back and watch the O’Reilly interview. Did you miss the part where O’Reilly, without qualification, conceded that Obama was right to oppose the Iraq war?

    So, in short, McCain helped drive the truck into a ditch, which Obama would have avoided. McCain finally gunned the engine, which started to get the truck out. Frankly, I’ll take the guy who’s better at avoiding the ditch.

    3. Don’t ever forget that the real winner of the Iraq war was Iran. We took out their worst enemy and ceded any leverage we had over them, both because we over-committed our military and because they could (and can) easily make our Iraq operation easier or more difficult, limiting how hard we can push them on nuclear issues. So now our fallback strategy seems to be threatening to “bomb, bomb, bomb” Iran…

    For these reasons and others, the Iraq war was a colossal strategic blunder.

    Remember Obama’s words in 2002: “That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.”

    McCain is a hero for his service, but it does not follow that he is the best man to lead our country forward.

  11. ace1307 permalink
    September 5, 2008 9:26 am

    Curt, I respect your opinion but where is the talk about the economy right now? No offense, but you are in the richest 5% of this country. For those of us who are in the middle class, rising gas prices, higher jobless rates and a terrible housing market that no one did anything about is causing inflated prices of goods and services, here and around the world. Not to mention the weakest dollar in decades, followed by an increased dependency on oil, whether it be ours or theirs over seas. And now McCain wants to drill for oil off the Alaskan coast? That is simply like putting Elmer’s glue on a leak in levee or dam, it just wont work.

    Ill give McCain this, he could be great at heading up our foreign policy. But aside from that, I cant side with someone who 2 years ago, was for change and came out against Bush and now has voted with him 90% of the time. That isnt the change we need.

    I am not saying Obama will bring significant change, but it will be better than the alternative. Biden as VP brings MORE foreign policy experience than McCain.

    I just think there is more needed in a president then what you are arguing he has. He is a decorated war hero, and I applaud that. But to get my vote he needs to bring real change, and I just dont think he is ready to do that.

    I hope your rehab is going well.

  12. ilovebigpapi permalink
    September 5, 2008 9:29 am

    My father served in Korea-Purple Heart recipient, shrapnel still in him. As a direct result he is still suffering from PTSD and other traumas. That combined with other issues he has has caused him to be an alcoholic and drug addict. As a result I suffered emotional and physical abuse at his hands, and he was a horribly emotionally unavailable father. I consider experiencing that to be an incredible hardship. I won’t disrespect Sen McCain’s experience by calling it the same in any way- but I was a prisoner in many ways and still am because of what I suffer as a result. In spite of all of that and more I do honor his service.

    I honor the service of all men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, and am in complete awe of it. But I also grieve the losses, and the walking wounded, and the suicides, and the homeless vets. I have no respect for what George Bush has done in the past 8 years, other than what he has done for AIDS in Africa. John McCain agreed with George Bush 90% of the time, or is that wrong too? Is that a lie?

    You are 100 percent entitled to your opinion, as am I. But my life experience, and my sadness about what has become of this country, and my fear for the future-all lead me in a different direction.

    My parents are seniors and both struggling to survive financially and just hang on to their home. Why is that happening in this country, why? Let alone people going hungry.

  13. soxfan33 permalink
    September 5, 2008 9:47 am

    thecuttysark

    Well said, Curt. Question, tho – “fellow Alaskan”? Are you Alaskan?

    cuttysark…. a simple search on mlb.com would have answered your question…

    http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=121811

    Full Name: Curtis Montague Schilling
    Born: 11/14/1966
    Birthplace: Anchorage, AK

  14. September 5, 2008 10:05 am

    Love your posts, especially your political comments. Find myself in much agreement. BTW – I live in St Louis and am a big Cardinal fan, but was still glad to see you and Boston win the WS. If we had to lose, I was OK with losing it to you guys.

  15. September 5, 2008 10:06 am

    You are absolutely right. After watching John McCain last night, there is no doubt about who I’ll vote for. And it ain’t John McCain.

  16. September 5, 2008 10:13 am

    I served my country, went to Iraq as a soldier, and do not support John McCain. And oh, by the way, being a POW in a war decades ago does not necessarily make you fit to lead a military you’ve long not been a part of. As for the surge, well, when you set foot in Iraq outside a press crew and see how Iraqis are really living right now, you can tell me how peaceful things are there.

  17. ilovebigpapi permalink
    September 5, 2008 10:18 am

    PS- I read the story in the Boston Globe this week about the Taylor family, it touched my heart so much. Thanks for what you did, and for what the the other players and the Sox did. I had a loss in my life this week and it really made me think, about so many things in life..

  18. pwg56 permalink
    September 5, 2008 10:22 am

    Why do you think we are reading, seeing and hearing SO LITTLE about the Middle East compared to one year ago? You know the answer.

    Well I don’t know the answer for sure, but I think people are more focused on what’s going on domestically – millions of foreclosures, $4/gal gas, loss of jobs. If only John McCain were more focused on these issues.

    There is a lot of doubt re: voting for him. His most crucial decision of the campaign – choosing his running mate – was a colossal blunder that I think insulted the intelligence of most Americans and the Republican party, passing over much more qualified candidates. It’s not a minor issue when he would be the oldest president elected to a first term (and he’s doesn’t seem to be one of the more healthy 72 year olds around). If anything (god forbid) happened to him she would be in so far over her head I can’t even fathom it.

    John McCain seems to be a good decent honorable man, and we will be better off no matter who is chosen in Nov that what we have now, but IMHO he and his running mate are not the best choice.

  19. amnesiainnocent permalink
    September 5, 2008 10:24 am

    You say that you’re voting for McCain…are you registered in MA? Then I hope that you realize how little your vote counts.

    There’s absolutely no way that the majority of Massachusetts voters won’t go for Obama and so any votes for other candidates are simply ignored.

    Unfortunately, until the Electoral College system in this country is finally reformed, voters whose political views are out of sync with the majority of their fellow state residents are essentially disenfranchised…

  20. September 5, 2008 10:27 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Nothing but respect for you, so let me apologize in advance if this sounds harsh. If you want to kick my ass, then I have done my job

    You are a great pitcher, but let’s face it the “surge” is hype. We are still in Iraq and will be for years. Bush and his people get richer off of “defense” contracts, and the economy is falling apart. If Gore or Obama had been the leader on Sept 12th, I doubt that they would have walking into the same traps. On top of that, the American people have been scared into the “patriot act” which is about the least patriotic act you could come up with.

    If we as Americans give up our freedom in an attempt to defeat terrorism, that it is we who have made the greatest sacrifice, a sacrifice that would have Jefferson, Lincoln and Kennedy rolling over in their graves. Terrorism only works on fear, and for such a fearless athlete, your post reflects a man who is very scared and little.

  21. thebrassmonkey permalink
    September 5, 2008 10:28 am

    I like your picture you included here. I have a few friends in that one and would have been there myself, but I can’t re-enlist so soon after the last time. Just thought I would throw in some positive against all the negative people are sure to bring.

  22. heyitstodd permalink
    September 5, 2008 10:30 am

    >>Unlike every other person up for election in this campaign, the Senator can speak from experience about commitment, sacrifice, honor, integrity, loyalty, duty to country, others first, like no other. He had his chance, he passed that test, and many others along the way.

    >>I didn’t feel Senator Kerry was the better candidate. A brave American? Absolutely. A better candidate to be President of the United States? No

    Good to see that the shoulder injury hasn’t hurt your ability to tapdance. Surely a stint on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ is inevitable.

    If life were just one test, and that was it for Mr. McCain, he’d get an ‘A’. Unfortunately, life is a series of tests. When he returned home from VietNam, he discovered his wife, who had faithfully waited 5-1/2 years for him while raising their children alone, had been in an auto accident and was severely injured. She’d lost mobility and was on crutches. She was four inches shorter and had gained weight. Mr. McCain’s solution? Commitment? Sacrifice? Honor? No. Adultery? Yes, including an affair with Cindy Hensley, multi-millionaire heiress. She’s 17-years younger than he, although it wasn’t known by either of them until they filled out a marriage application – he’d lied and said he was younger, she’d lied and said she was older. They did wait a whole month after McCain’s divorce to get married.

    He also was a member of the “Keating Five”, a group of elected officials who took large sums of money (in McCain’s case, over $100,000 in election contributions, plus nine family vacations, and other benefits) from Mr. Keating, who was busy taking a Savings and Loan to bankruptcy, costing the tax payers $2,600,000,000. He was eventually convicted of fraud and rackateering. Senator McCain was publicly criticized by the Senate, though not formally punished, in part at least due to the fact that his bribes were accepted while a Congressman and the Senate had no jurisdiction. McCain, long after benefiting from the payola, was forced to repay $13433 for flights on Keating’s jet which he had not reported as required. McCain’s wife and father in-law, meanwhile, had invested $359,000 in property owned by Keating in 1986, which eventually sold for $15,000,000. It does pay to have friends.

    There are many other examples, but I’ll just summarize a few here: criticized Bush’s tax cuts, now wants to make them permanent, benefiting himself, his sugar momma, and Curt.
    Said in a 1999 article in the San Francisco Chronicle that he didn’t support overturning Roe v. Wade. Now needs the votes, so campaigning in 2007 stated that it should.
    Once called the ultra-right evangelists “agents of intolerance”. Now? Needed the votes, and solicited the endorsement of End Times Evangelist Larry Hagee.
    Said the markets in Bagdhad were completely safe, while being accompanied by dozens of armed soldiers and Blackhawk helicopters. I’d feel pretty safe with that posse, too.
    Has voted with George W. Bush 90% of the time, and now proclaims himself an agent of change, and tries to run from the Bush Administration, despite aiming for the same base of voters.

    In short, the man once had integrity, but no more. He once served the country, but no more. He once was a man of conscience and principles, but no more. NO MORE.

  23. tdmtown permalink
    September 5, 2008 10:40 am

    Wow Curt, as a guy who had a grandfather in WWII and a father in Vietnam, i can tell you it was THEM who talked me OUT of joining the military.
    And i’ve thanked them, often, since. There’s service to one’s country,
    and then there’s putting your life in the hands of true selfish idiots.
    If i remember right, your father was in the military, but why the hell are you such a pro military sycophant? YOU never served, remember?
    Do you delude yourself that because you were an Army brat, you REALLY know what it is like? That’s a joke. You act like a baby when you are forced to convene
    your Republican circle jerk every week at the ungodly hour of 9AM on EEI.
    How would you take reveille every day at OH FIVE HUNDRED??
    How would YOU take being told when and where to take a dump?
    When and where to dig a ditch?
    How would you like to bust your butt after being told what to do all week, and cash a paycheck of $500 instead of the the $300,000+ check you currently cash?
    Oh, that’s right, with your razor sharp intellect, they would have taken you in and made you a Major, or a General right away, wouldn’t they????

    Really though, you are a fat millionaire who plays a lot of video games.
    Ultimately you are a jock,(get ball, grip ball, throw ball) and when you open your mouth like this
    it becomes glaringly apparent that you aren’t half as smart as you think you are.
    Do you realize your lifestyle of the “husky geek video gamer” far more resembles a shiftless youth than it does any of those “brave” military people you speak of?
    Frankly hotshot, why didn’t YOU sign up for the military? Clearly because you were unPATRIOTIC, right? Didn’t love your country? You were obviously healthy enough to play professional baseball,
    so clearly you were healthy enough to carry an M-16.
    Rather play a silly game and still be able to go to the arcade and play video games than serve, right? Exactly…………..
    And of course, YOUR kids are on the path to serve in the military , right?
    By the time they are old enough, if there’s a republican in the white house,
    there’ll be a “conflict” of some sort they can be part of, right??? hmmmmmm?
    No, probably not right? Fat millionaire’s kids don’t join the military and die for their country, they go to ivy league schools and get jobs working at foundations.

    CLEARLY, you have an arrogance about “those who have ACTUALLY played the game” when you talk about baseball. You should apply that same logic to
    “those who have actually served”, and then keep your mouth shut.

    As far a McCain, you actually believed that BS rhetoric?
    Those speeches during the conventions(of both sides)
    are specifically meant to be sensational and over the top.
    They aren’t actually issue or FACT driven, it’s theater……didn’t get that?
    Kinda like the State of the union address. Did you ACTUALLY swell with national pride when George W. talks about “going to Mars” in a speech like that?
    Really??? Well, there you go, you’ll believe anything they tell you then…..
    Objectivity? What’s that?…………

    Lastly, as much as you deride people for thinking McCain ISN’T 4 more years of Bush, you are a fool. You actually think that the republican presidential nominee
    doesn’t have to “fall in line” with the party hierarchy? It’s the real world Curt,
    you don’t get the nomination, the funding and the support of the TRUE power brokers unless you agree to fall in line. It’s called life, and thats the way it works for those who aren’t rich, spoiled athletes with (perversely) guaranteed contracts.
    Pretty much EVERYONE besides your lot has to “go along to get along” in one way or another.
    Too bad your fantasy world has skewed your ability even remotely fathom
    the “little people” and that reality.

  24. tjcnyc permalink
    September 5, 2008 10:43 am

    “Why do you think we are reading, seeing and hearing SO LITTLE about the Middle East compared to one year ago? You know the answer.”

    Yes, we do. It’s because our wrecked economy has pushed the Middle East off the front page. Our current administration “got off the backs” of the financial services industry and allowed the industry to “regulate itself”.

    We heard over and over again at the RNC that this sort of policy is the golden road to prosperity. The actual outcome of these policies have been an unmitigated disaster. Consider the facts.

    Loose lending practices showered money on people with weak, or subprime, credit, leaving many of them struggling to stay in their homes. At the time of its collapse, Bear Stearns had $11.1 billion in tangible equity capital supporting $395 billion in assets, a leverage ratio of more than 35 to one. And they’re just one example of a systemwide failure whose full implications are only beginning to be known.

    The cost of this disaster will be borne NOT by Wall Street. It will be borne almost entirely by middle-class taxpayers: the same people already paying for an Iraq war that has already lasted longer than WWII.

    Combined, the costs of these may be the single largest “tax” on the American people in our history.

    As a financial conservative, I’m horrified by this. I can’t imagine why other conservatives are not as deeply troubled by this as I am.

    Curt, I have enormous respect for John McCain as a person, and agree with all you’ve said about him here. He’s a true American hero and patriot.

    But, the fact that he and his party have made it clear that they intend to continue the policies that have proven so disastrous for the past 8 years makes it impossible for me to vote for him.

    We can all agree John McCain is a great man. But his policies will not make America great.

  25. zorkwiz permalink
    September 5, 2008 10:56 am

    Curt,
    I love ya man, and you’re certainly entitled to your opinions, but all I can do is hope that there isn’t a conservative agenda hidden in your 38 Studios MMO project. I wish you would post more about that part of your life than your politics. There are 10,000 people on the Internet who are spouting off about the political race, and I question whether an Alaskan born, Arizona raised republican can be terribly objective with this GOP ticket anyhow. ;)

    Good luck with your rehab and I wish you the best of luck. My well wishes don’t extend to your candidate, however.

  26. yobert permalink
    September 5, 2008 11:42 am

    Curt:

    I’m kinda surprised Mr. McCain picked Palin over you for VP. Experience wise, how does being a smalltime mayor, and governor of the Tundra have more foreign policy knowledge that someone with mutliple WS rings? Um… “WORLD” (=”foreign”)– it’s in the friggin’ title! Oh, and not to mention your unflinching fanboyism towards the guy.

    But seriously, don’t quit your day job…

    (Oh wait. Looks like you already have!)

    It doesn’t, just like being a community manager doesn’t really prepare one for the highest office in the country. You’re the reason John McCain is going to be the next President of this country, and thanks for that. Next time I hear someone rebut an attack on Obama with “But McCain doesn’t do..” or “But McCain didn’t do..” “Or even less relevant “Palin isn’t” or “But Palin can’t” I’ll think of people like you and laugh. Why is it that when Obama is criticized his supporters do nothing but answer with an attack on the other guy/gal? Why don’t people address and worry about THEIR candidates shortcomings and problems instead of dismissing them and trying to open up a fake wound on the other candidate?

  27. September 5, 2008 11:57 am

    Is Curt not entitled to his opinion? Anytime someone states their opinion now, a bunch of losers feel the need to write some three page thesis on why their opinion is incorrect (and in some cases, cowardly go after them personally).
    What Curt can say that many of you can not is that he has done something with his life that makes him important to others. He has built enough of a reputation for himself that people come to his web page to see what he has to say (and then feel the need to trash him for it because they can’t stand that people don’t think like them).
    Don’t like his opinion? Create your own blog and give your own. Both McCain and Obama are decent and honest men and are keeping this race civil. The rest of us are not. Curt likes McCain and made his pitch for him. Go do the same for whoever you want to win.

  28. boscoe123 permalink
    September 5, 2008 12:09 pm

    Curt you’re an ignorant blow hard who truly over estimates the value of his opinions.

    Then that makes you the idiot wasting his time here. Who’s dumber?”

  29. ahl0003 permalink
    September 5, 2008 12:15 pm

    you’re a great baseball player.

  30. boscoe123 permalink
    September 5, 2008 12:19 pm

    Was just curious as to why you possessed such an inflated sense of self-worth.

  31. geekrev permalink
    September 5, 2008 12:33 pm

    “Unlike every other person up for election in this campaign, the Senator can speak from experience about commitment, sacrifice, honor, integrity, loyalty, duty to country, others first, like no other.”

    I disagree with the implication that serving in the armed forces or being a POW gives a monopoly on commitment, sacrifice, honor, etc…

    I have immense respect for what John McCain went through, but I also have immense respect for what Barack Obama has done. As much as Palin wants to misrepresent and denigrate community organizers, it is an incredibly thankless job with long hours working directly for “others first.” It requires sacrifice, commitment and duty to country by believing that every citizen deserves a voice and access to the system.

    I apologize if I made you think I meant “monopoly”. That was not the case. I do feel it gives him a massive advantage in doing what needs to be done over Senator Obama. I don’t think their lives are comparable when it comes to commitment, sacrifice, purpose, and most of all experience. That’s not to slight Senator Obama but a highlighting of what I feel are just a few of Senator McCains strengths. And I’ll also agree on the community organizer comment, I said it in a way that could only be taken as a disparaging remark but did not intend it to mean that.

  32. jonnyjbones permalink
    September 5, 2008 12:46 pm

    8 years of failure. 5 years of war have not been cured by a propaganda surge. Iraq is the most awful dangerous place to live in the world. Almost 500 Iraqis were killed last month. A hundred thousand people have been murdered by Bush and company. Millions of people have been displaced and lost everything they had. And now we are to take one of his biggest warmongering cheerleaders at his word? Thanks but no thanks. anyone who voted for Bush in 2004 should recuse themselves from this election seeing as they are mentally lazy or unqualified to choose a leader.

    Really? Could someone have said those same things in or around 1943 when the Germans were within eyesight of Moscow? I voted for George Bush in 2004 because I didn’t want another country, or another group of people from the same country, to fly a few more planes into an American building and kill thousands of innocent American men, women and children. Not sure who you or anyone else gives credit to for that not happening, but it hasn’t.

  33. tdmtown permalink
    September 5, 2008 1:05 pm

    “I apologize if I made you think I meant “monopoly”. That was not the case. I do feel it gives him a massive advantage in doing what needs to be done over Senator Obama. I don’t their lives are comparable when it comes to commitment, sacrifice and purpose. That’s not to slight Senator Obama but highlight Senator McCain. And I’ll also agree on the community organizer comment, I said it in a way that could only be taken as a disparaging remark but did not intend it to mean that.”

    That’s so awesomely republican.
    Lie/slander first, apologize in an underhanded/worthless way when it’s too late.

    Did you see Rudy “I’ll ride 9/11 till i’m dead” crap on and mock ALL community organizers, just to poke at Obama?
    Those speeches are all screened and scrutinized by the powers that be.
    (don’t kid yourself that they are not)
    How can you support a party and a candidate that is that petty and divisive?
    How can you endorse people THAT willing to mock and crap on selfless people on WORLDWIDE TV for a friggin PUNCHLINE?
    Did you watch that speech with your kids? Just how did you explain to them how your “people” were denigrating kind and giving human beings?
    Do you think all community organizers are Democrats, so it’s OK?

    And again, toughguy,
    Why exactly DIDN’T Mr. Military(aka Curt Schilling) join the military.
    Inquiring minds want the truth.

    Not really sure it’s rocket science but ok. I didn’t join the military because I was blessed with a right arm that allowed me to be drafted by a major league baseball team.
    Funny thing about your post here is you could cut and paste that rhetoric into the Democratic debates when those candidates were trying to get elected. Hilarious as hell to see your gal Hillary tell us that Barack Obama is the perfect person to lead this nation after telling us for the better part of 2 years what a buffoon she thought he was.
    One more thing. “My people”? How does that work? Last I looked everyone in that convention hall, as well as everyone at the DNC were citizens of the USA. How does that make them my people? Or are you one of those people that considers only your circle of people that share your beliefs to be ‘true americans”?

  34. September 5, 2008 1:19 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I don’t agree at all with your opinions about national politics, which is fine with me. Based on what I’ve heard you say and read what you’ve written, I’d say our underlying values are pretty much the same (as I would argue are most peoples).

    One question, which was inspired by something I just read, written by someone much smarter than myself. There are only two men who have run for president that have the right to say that their role in the military truly transformed society: Ike and Ulysses S. Grant. For every other president with military experience it may have been a personally transforming experience, but it didn’t mean much for the country as a whole, or in the case of Ike, the world.

    If that’s the case, why should McCain’s service to our country mean any more than the service that Obama has given to Chicago? I don’t get it. He deserves all our respect and admiration, but being a POW does not make a qualification to be president (nor does being a community organizer).

    Thanks for writing this blog and making me shake my fist at the screen sometimes.

  35. chrisholmes permalink
    September 5, 2008 1:20 pm

    “This is NOT about the Republican party, no matter what hat the Senator is wearing.”

    Ah, but Curt, it is. It absolutely is. Bush has seen to that. Eight years of his failed administration has see to that. This election very much is a referendum on the Republican party.

    I can totally understand your conviction with McCain. As a veteran myself, I can totally understand the attraction to a guy who is a former POW. He is a man of high integrity and character. I think he’s a great man. I really do. And you may be right – maybe he isn’t like the other Republicans, and maybe he will put the American people first.

    But the history of the Republican party – particularly the recent history – does not show that.

    The bottom line is, he’s representing the Republican Party. And the Republicans today are not the Republicans of old. This is a Republican party that has abandon their core ideals. They claim the mantel of fiscal conservatism, yet they are anything but, driving us into debt of historical proportions. They’ve abandon their conservative ways. They claim to support a less invasive government, yet at every turn (with the exception of gun control laws) they’re trying to impose right-wing, “Christian” values on a country that was founded on the idea of a “melting pot” and personal freedoms; they want to tell us how to live our lives, and I take issue with that.

    As to the “experience” factor: it’s a moot point. Look, isn’t Bush technically more “experienced” at being president than McCain or Obama? Absolutely, but I’d vote for McCain or Obama before I’d vote for Bush. Just because a person has “experience” doesn’t mean they’re any good at the job. And Bush has been a failure of historic proportions.

    Lets face it – there really isn’t much of a minor league for President of the United States. Yeah, being a congressman, senator, or governor might help clue you in, but the bottom line is that decision-making ability is way more important than experience.

    I like both of these candidates. McCain is a good guy and you’ve got your reasons for supporting him Curt. And good for you – you should be able to support a candidate publicly without criticism.

    But for me, I’m going in the other direction. I don’t trust the Republican party anymore. Maybe McCain could right the ship and fix the party – maybe. But do I want to take that chance for the next four years?

    No.

    Obama is a very intelligent man. And more than anything, that’s what I want in the oval office: a person of high intelligence. They’ve got the best chance – experience or not – of making the right decisions once they’re elected.

    Really? Adolf Hitler reportedly had an IQ of 141, how was his decision making? I agree that you need someone intelligent sitting in the White House. But by what standard do you measure intelligence? Someone street smart? World smart? Book smart? All three? Some of the three? My backing and support of Senator McCain comes from a friendship over the past 8 years and getting to know the real man he is. His entire life he’s done nothing to persuade me to believe he anything but who he presents himself to be, flaws and all. He’s intelligent as hell, so I don’t worry about his smarts and decision making ability. He’s in this election to help the country once again, the country he’s served his entire life. I believe he’s the right man and I’ll vote for him. If you don’t believe those same things then that’s 100% ok with me, vote your conscience and let everyone else do the same, and then after election day we can get on with moving forward.

  36. jonnyjbones permalink
    September 5, 2008 1:21 pm

    Curt, please explain any simalarities between the threats of Germany in 1943 and Iraq in 2003. Iraq had no WMDs. They were complying with the inspections and Bush ordered all of them out so he could have his little war.

    Please explain what Iraq had to do with 9-11.

    Please explain how Bush gets credit for protecting us from 9-11 style attacks when it happened on his watch. When he spent the entire month of august 2001 on vacation while his CIA director was sending him notices of warnings?

    9-11 killed 3000 Americans. Now 4000 Americans have died FIGHTING the wrong people!!!! Do you understand? 100,000 people have been murdered. Or do they not matter to you because they are Muslim? Please explain.

  37. robinrowell88 permalink
    September 5, 2008 1:27 pm

    I knew when I read the first few sentences of this blog there would be a firestorm.

    I have always voted Republican, with hopes of smaller government and less taxes. This time I am making a very concerted effort to listen closely to both sides and sit in the center.

    Like many other Republicans, I have felt let-down by Bush in many ways. Compared to the past two elections I really think we have better choices. I like both sides and am very anxious to see what both have to say in the upcoming debates.

    What I liked the most out of McCain’s speech last night was first off his respect for Obama early on, and second, and most importantly, the part of screw the parties and do your part as an American.

  38. mainermarsh permalink
    September 5, 2008 1:44 pm

    While I respect your opinion Curt I will have to wholeheartedly disagree. I found McCain’s pick of Palin a disappointment and while I am sure she is a lovely person I can’t see how being a governor for less than 2 years leaves enough of a record to justify her being so close to the presidency.

    McCain is an American hero and should be respected for that. He survived a period that would have utterly broken most people. I am sure he is a patriot who loves his country. However, I don’t think he is what this country needs right now. The economy is in the tank and growing worse by the day. McCain’s solution is more tax cuts for corportations. That is nice and all, but where has that strategy gotten us over the last 8 years? I seem to remember a very healthy economy during the Clinton years that has been growing steadily worse now since around 2005.

    I was a president that can inspire and help to bring both the country and our former allies together again. I want someone that isn’t afraid to say that talking with someone is ok. Talking is NOT appeasement. Talking can sometimes lead to new roads for the world other than America considered the police of the entire globe.

    I guess the one thing I am really tired of from the Republicans is how they act like they are the only group that loves America and is willing to protect it. I mean, you all act as if Obama is going to lay down and wave the planes in as they crash into our buildings. That is really the height of arrogange and ignorance. Just because someone has a different view of how to make America safe does not mean they are not a patriot. I appeciate that Obama wants to concentrate more on Afghanistan, the home of the people that actually attacked us. Iraq is only a staging area for terrorists because we invaded in the first place and painted targets on our brave service men and women. Sure, Saddam was bad, but we had no pressing need to start a war there. A war which has lasted longer now than World War II.

  39. wjshell permalink
    September 5, 2008 1:50 pm

    It’s a shame that many people have lost the ability to respectfully disagree – and instead resort to bitter, hate-filled remarks. It always amuses me how the same crowd that preaches “tolerance” is, in practice, highly intolerant of differing viewpoints.

    Anyway, nice post. I had the privilege of meeting and spending a day with Senator McCain during the 2000 GOP primaries – and although I ultimately ended up supporting W – I came away with a tremendous amount of respect for the Senator. Even if you were not familiar with his past – if you meet him you can see the profound love and commitment he has for his country. He is one of the VERY few politicians I’ve met (on either side of the aisle) that is sincerely interested in fighting political corruption and acting in the best interest of the country. And I’m thrilled that Governor Palin is on the ticket, and has demonstrated the same reform-oriented spirit of Senator McCain.

    Side note: as someone who lost his grandfather to ALS – just wanted to thank you for the work you’ve done over the years in raising awareness/money/etc in that cause…hopefully a cure is not far off!

    Finally, as a diehard, lifelong Yankees fan (whose hero happens to #4) – I have to tip my hat and congratulate you…you’ve certainly got the better end of the deal when you’ve played against us, whether in a D’Backs uniform or….that other one. :-)

  40. tdmtown permalink
    September 5, 2008 1:51 pm

    “Not really sure it’s rocket science but ok. I didn’t join the military because I was blessed with a right arm that allowed me to be drafted by a major league baseball team.
    Funny thing about your post here is you could cut and paste that rhetoric into the Democratic debates when those candidates were trying to get elected. Hilarious as hell to see your gal Hillary tell us that Barack Obama is the perfect person to lead this nation after telling us for the better part of 2 years what a buffoon she thought he was.
    One more thing. “My people”? How does that work? Last I looked everyone in that convention hall, as well as everyone at the DNC were citizens of the USA. How does that make them my people? Or are you one of those people that considers only your circle of people that share your beliefs to be ‘true americans”?”

    So ultimately all the people in the military are UNtalented, UNblessed people,
    who couldn’t do anything else. Well put. Those who CHOOSE to serve
    couldn’t possibly be “special” like you?
    (physically special, that is, not intellectually “special”)

    So really, you just chose a path that fed your ego and your wallet,
    and your lack of patriotism and lack of love of country, even though you were a miliary brat AND “MR. Military” led you to surmise
    that “special” people don’t need to “serve”.

    Well done sir. I hope all those “UNspecial” and “UNtalented” people kick you in the nuts the next time you try to make yourself feel better by rubbing elbows with the selfless people who DID choose to serve.

    (ok, ok, i do applaud your philanthropy, you have helped people more than most)

    And yes Curt, YOUR people. They are your people when it suits you, but NOT when they SHAT over selfless people. Maybe you should go talk to all the community organizers in NYC that i’m SURE Rudy knew when he was mayor, he should be forced to apologize to all of them.

    Hillary was never my people, she’s a politico and i never cared for her.
    My take is that there is NO experience that can ACTUALLY prepare you being the President of the United States. I think that is an island unto itself.
    Certain life and practical experience leads one down the path, but being a prisoner
    40 years ago? No. Being a community organizer? No.
    Frankly my first criteria HAS to be that my President be SMARTER than me.
    George Bush is NOT a VERY smart person. Affable? sure, smart, no.
    Character matters, but character isn’t what keeps the terrorists at bay.
    Character doesn’t keep the cost of oil down. Character won’t give your (distant) unemployed neighbors a decent job. Character won’t feed their children.
    Frankly, i’m not at all blown away by Mccain either. He’s not dumb, but while he might be a “smart” politician, he doesn’t strike me as a highly intellectual fellow.
    I doubt i’d ever have voted for him, but i could see, years ago, the things they say of McCain
    and how he bucked the party line. Sorry, he’s not that guy anymore. The record shows that, over and over and over.

    If you really voted for Bush, because you were worried about terrorism, i’m embarrassed for you.
    You bought into the fear mongering. It’s not George Bush that stopped terrorism
    (although he DID stop playing golf a year or so ago, as , gosh, we are at war, so maybe he has more time on his hands)
    It’s the tireless work of the “little people” in the appropriate gov’t agencies, who i’m sure, STILL would have worked tirelessly to protect their families and yours, under a democratic president.
    Or do you figure that those people would slack off and endanger their own families and neighbors,
    just out of spite? Really?
    But fat millionaires don’t talk about the “little people”, it’s good ol’ buddy
    (and fellow millionaire) George that saved us all,
    right?

    Again Curt, what did you say to your kids when Rudy shat on ALL the selfless volunteer community organizers, just to get a cheap punchline??????

    Well first off my kids were in bed, and second I didn’t see the Mayor speak. But thanks for only enforcing my belief that Senator McCain and Gov. Palin will win. You just spent Lord knows how many minutes posting to a blog of a person you can’t stand, supporting a candidate you clearly dislike, without once touting ANYTHING positive about your choice for President. Because up to this point there is no substance, there is nothing to grip on to and stick out there for everyone to see except the same ‘rhetoric’ you claim is being spouted here and there by Senator McCain. Do yourself a a favor and start your own blog and post there, you’ll feel better about yourself and not waste your time ‘hanging out’ with people you don’t like or respect.

  41. Kriggles permalink
    September 5, 2008 2:03 pm

    So much hate and anger from tdmtown. Did you serve in the military? Are you a community organizer? Or you just an armchair-general complaining to your mommy about how bad you got it?

    I served in the military, got out, used the money from it to get my college degree and succeed in life. My grandmother has about as much community organizing experience as Obama, should she run for president now too?

    Great post Curt, outside of being a Sox fan I appreciate all the great work you do outside of baseball and thank you for sharing your views. Ignore the trolls, they only have their hatred and self-pity to sustain their miserable lives.

  42. mainermarsh permalink
    September 5, 2008 2:04 pm

    It would be nice in general to see more respect from both Democrats and Republicans. Hardcore Democrats as if McCain is George Bush’s twin and plans to declare war on Russia and Iran the moment he gets into office. Hardcore Republicans act as if Obama is some pot smoking hippy that hates America and will institute communism I can see why membership in both parties has decreased dramatically over the years as the majority of the country is indepentent and tired of the bickering and outright lies.

    I can be happy that this election will at least result in a president I can respect and admire. That is not something I have been able to say during the 6 years I have been able to vote.

  43. jsosb1969 permalink
    September 5, 2008 2:05 pm

    Curt – I’m Active Duty – I know what it means to serve – and from my perspective – the only people jumping up and down about McCain’s service are those who never served.

    We don’t do it for glory or recognition…but Mr. McCain is using it for that very purpose. I would be interested to hear his positions on the issues instead of getting a personal history lesson every time he speaks. Find a Vet – ask him if he served for glory…

    I’d say 50% or more of my brethren are concerned about both Palin and McCain. In 2004 – 75% or more were behind (b)ush. What does that tell you about WHO the military really supports? Mr. McCain really lost a lot of us with that GI Bill fiasco.

    I am equally appauled at his choice for VP. He was 100% right that this election is about experience – so why the heck did he choose Ms. Palin? She’s an eloquent speaker – but so is Mr. Obama…and he’s been accused of being nothing more than a talking head…so what is she? Katherine Harris wanna be?

    I am very concerned about Mr. McCain’s age – and I don’t think his choice of VP is any more qualified for the presidency than you or I…given Mr. McCain’s age and health problems it appears possible (if not probable) his VP will fill his shoes sooner than later – I cannot in good faith place my trust in another inexperienced Governor who sees the world in Black and White (think [b]ush)- we live in a gray world – there are no absolutes (as Ms. Palin believes)

    ….so I’m switching from McCain to Obama…maybe Obama is right – it’s about Judgment – and Mr. McCain just blew it with Ms. Palin…total lack of judgment.

  44. tschuneman permalink
    September 5, 2008 2:21 pm

    It is sad to see so many people believe the same Republican lines spouted out by the same talking heads. McCain has yet to distinctly outline any of his ideas on the issues that are important to me except the Iraq war. Economy? Don’t worry, he has a plan. Education? Everyone gets one! Energy policy? Nuclear, oil and coal for everyone! I spent two hours going over McCain’s voting record yesterday and was appalled. He has changed his vote on a woman’s right to abortion in rape and incest cases, he has voted against helping farmers in the US. He wrote legislation to fix campaign finance, and then used a loophole in his OWN bill to bend the rules. He has lost touch with who he was. You may know him on a personal level, but his nice guy image now does not change the fact that he has repeatedly used racial slurs in public. As a current Arizona resident and former Boston resident I have always respected your charity work and acts on the field, and enjoyed your blog-it was honest and straight forward. But you mention no points that would ever sway me to vote for the man who said (and I quote) “I still hate the Gooks and always will.” on his Straight’Talk Express 32 years later. And how is Mrs. Palin’s lawsuit vs. The US Wildlife Department going? Really? To remove the Polar Bear from the Endangered Species list so we can open up exploration and drilling? Is that rational? Is that a good use of taxpayer money? Open thy eyes, sir. And I will start my own blog. And vote with my own conscience.

  45. justautilityinfielder permalink
    September 5, 2008 2:28 pm

    The speech was good. He’s mentioned the POW deal before but I liked how he tied it into his love of the country. The thing that gives me pause about voting for him is the potential retirements of supreme court justices. He told Rick Warren that he wouldn’t have nominated Ginsberg, yet his website says “When President Bill Clinton nominated Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsberg to serve on the Supreme Court, [McCain] joined all but a few Republicans in voting for their confirmation. These nominees were qualified, and it would have been petty, partisan and disingenuous to insist otherwise.” How do you reconcile the two statements? Bad laws could be overturned later but SC justices are for life.

  46. tdmtown permalink
    September 5, 2008 2:31 pm

    “Well first off my kids were in bed, and second I didn’t see the Mayor speak. But thanks for only enforcing my belief that Senator McCain and Gov. Palin will win. You just spent Lord knows how many minutes posting to a blog of a person you can’t stand, supporting a candidate you clearly dislike, without once touting ANYTHING positive about your choice for President. Because up to this point there is no substance, there is nothing to grip on to and stick out there for everyone to see except the same ‘rhetoric’ you claim is being spouted here and there by Senator McCain. Do yourself a a favor and start your own blog and post there, you’ll feel better about yourself and not waste your time ‘hanging out’ with people you don’t like or respect.”

    Blah, Blah, Blah. You have a blog for the attention, don’t put it out there if you don’t want people responding(or turn off the feature)

    I respect(ed) you between the lines, i respect the philanthropy, i used to respect the occasional
    political blather. Now i don’t. I can’t respect anybody who has their nose buried
    so far up someone’s arse.
    Are you bucking for Commissioner of Physical Fitness(Ah-nolds old job?)

    btw
    I’d bet if Shonda was a community organizer, and you weren’t there to hear such a thing you’d be awfully interested, and probably awfully put off.

    But the code of the millionaires club is not to ‘dis other millionaires(Rudy)? Only the UNspecial and UNtalented little people?

    Best of luck with that.

  47. Matt McCliment permalink
    September 5, 2008 2:48 pm

    Ah politics. They are so fun.

    McCain/Palin ’08

  48. ithasnospaces permalink
    September 5, 2008 2:51 pm

    Hi,
    I certainly appreciate you blogging and interacting! Thanks.

    I would respectfully counter your enthusiasm for McCain with:

    1. How has he voted on Veterans’ issues?

    2. How has he voted on wage/health issues, in general. (re: minimum wage)

    3. Do you think Bush was honorable in his service (I mean, there are risks to diddling secretaries in Alabama — as opposed to actually going to Vietnam. BTW, he did publicly state that he joined the Guard so as to NOT burst his eardrum to avoid service). I bring this up as McCain clearly supports Bush’s record. He’s no maverick but you might be one of those who does believe we’re on the right track.

    4. Have you seen this site? http://www.awolbush.com/whoserved.html
    I know it says Bush in the domain, but it is a publicly assembled record of who has served, D vs R. Based on that list, who would be MOST likely to understand military issues?

    5. BTW, Biden’s son is in Iraq: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20316309/. I forget, did either of the Bush girls go? Or Cheney’s daughter? Or so on… McCain’s sons are serving too. I don’ think you’re implying that he’s feels the familial burden of their service more.

    6. Are you saying that his being a POW grants him superior power to bring into the Whitehouse? I think his voting against a modern GI Bill — because it might encourage those who are at the end of their tour to leave — should provide you with an answer.

    7. As to your photo of the Iraqi ceremony. You do understand that they’re not fighting each other because we’re PAYING them right? Have you checked the deaths? In Iraq? In Afghanistan? Just in the last 90 days? Do you not agree that the purpose of the surge was to enable political reconciliation – lowering the violence was to enable that? You don’t have to agree, there is plenty on the record from Condi Rice on down supporting that reconciliation was and is the purpose. Where is the reconciliation? I see the Kurds preparing for annexation of territory, including Kirkuk. Think that surge will slow that down? Think Turkey won’t act. (BTW, Turkey is an ARAB democracy. You know, that thing that Bush said we wanted to create (after WMD, after Hussein bad dude, after stability in oil, etc. )You know, bring democracy to the Arab middle east and then see it blossom. Turkey – a Democracy – voted to NOT support this war. You seem well read, can I recommend from one reader to another: read about Attaturk. Man, is he one of history’s most interesting individuals.)

    8. What about Iran? There are many indications that they are influencing behind the scenes with full cooperation of the Maliki govt.

    And the list goes on, and on, and on.

    Nonetheless, thank you for offering your opinions and letting some of us respond!

    James

  49. 20smoke permalink
    September 5, 2008 3:14 pm

    i,m not going to pretend to be an expert on anything,, unlike all the liberal pansies posting on here.. all i know is i,m 43 years old and have been retired for three years..i was able to do that because of hard work and a lot of personal sacrifice,,, not a penny from the govt.. thats the way Curt’s “people” think. I don’t expect the where is my free health care,,foodstamps and welfare check people to understand… Curt and his “people” are the reason there is money for you do nothing but take liberal b@st@rds… If Obama is elected to be our next President I too will support Him… I doubt it will come to that…..

  50. mdbeau permalink
    September 5, 2008 3:27 pm

    All politics aside, I just wanted to thank you for posting that picture of the deployed troops reenlisting. It gave me goosebumps. My husband is reenlisting, after 15 yrs, next week. In a few months he’ll be deployed for a year. Thanks for the military support.

  51. marijack permalink
    September 5, 2008 3:51 pm

    Dear Curt,
    First, I want to thank you for the part you played in removing the “curse” (under almost impossible conditions) from the Red Sox nation. I am glad I lived long enough to see it, and am sorry my father didn’t. All die-hard Red Sox fans owe you a debt of gratitude.
    Second, I commend you for expressing your political opinions in a thoughtful and well reasoned manner. It takes courage to subject yourself to the name calling, diatribes, and rants that I have read in the comment section of your blog. I know that you would like to stimulate a civilized give-and-take conversation on the candidates and the issues that confront our nation. Unfortunately, I think some of your comment writers have taken their lead from members of Congress, many of whom have forgotten the importance of civil discourse in the conduct of their duties as “public servants”.
    John Voight, the actor, surprised me this week with his unwavering support of the McCain-Palin ticket. So have you. Keep it up!

  52. chrisholmes permalink
    September 5, 2008 3:56 pm

    “Adolf Hitler reportedly had an IQ of 141, how was his decision making?”

    C’mon Curt. You’re better than that. Someone’s motivation to do good or evil has very little to do with their intelligence. There are criminals with both high and low IQ’s. There are good people with low and high IQ’s. I think we can both agree that McCain and Obama both would try and do good for the American people (and the world), so the comparison to Hitler isn’t applicable or necessary.

    “He’s in this election to help the country once again, the country he’s served his entire life.”

    The issue isn’t what McCain himself wants to do. It’s what his party wants to do. From what I can read of your writing here Curt, it seems like you have been able to separate McCain from his party. That’s admirable.

    I, alas, cannot do the same. Eight years of Republican rule is more than enough for me. McCain may very well want to reach across the party isle to solve problems. He may very well try and do what’s best for the country, instead of his Republican brethren (and he certainly has a history of going against his party, which I like). But at the end of this process, he’s still a Republican, and the Republicans are the people who are going have his ear. That concerns me.

    I would ask you this Curt, because I’m much more interested in an honest, open debate than Hitler analogies (and we can have an open debate here, can’t we, without resorting to outlandish analogies, comparisons, or personal attacks? yes?):

    How do you feel about the Republican party deviating so far from their conservative ideals? Especially in a fiscal sense? How do you feel about the Republican party being the party that wants to push Christian values onto the American people? I know you’re a devout Christian and man of faith, but I think you’re also a guy who respects the freedoms and beliefs of others. How do you reconcile supporting a party that feels like they need to force their beliefs on the American populace? I’m asking about the Republican party now, not McCain. I want to know what you think about the Republican party. Because to me, they’ve come to stand on a platform that I just can’t support. McCain is their chosen representative, so the party factors into the equation here (at least to me and many other voters).

  53. soxfaninil permalink
    September 5, 2008 4:32 pm

    Curt,

    Great post, and great comebacks. I enjoyed reading them immensely. As someone whe served in the Army, and knowing a few guys and gals over in Iraq right now, I love reading these posts about the surge. It is funny how people make up their opinions based on nothing but their political preferences. I was a huge supporter of McCain in 2000, and would have much rather had him President for the last 8 years. I have never really liked President Bush all that much. I do not think that McCain being a POW is a qualification for being President and neither is military service. However, it does give the President a much better understanding of how things work in regards to the military. So I love the responses of these people who have no idea what integrity and honor are or even mean. Could you picture Obama staying in a POW camp after being told he could go home? Nope, I can’t. Something called charachter, and he just does not have it like McCain does. McCain is going to do what is BEST for this country for the long term. Obama will only do things to make himself look better to others.

    Anyway, keep us informed how you are doing and hope to see you in a Red Sox uniform soon, either as a coach or on the field.

    Thanks.

  54. September 5, 2008 4:41 pm

    TDMTOWN,IS A WACKJOB. IF HE HATES THE WAY THIS COUNTRY IS GOING HE SHOULD MOVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND SEE HOW LONG HE LASTS WITH THAT CRAP THAT IS COMING OUT OF HIS BIG MOUTH. ABOUT” 2 MINUTES” :-)

  55. mrmako permalink
    September 5, 2008 5:30 pm

    Curt,

    There’s no need to defend your choice of playing baseball against the bloggers who are trying to say you should have served. Hell, if I had an arm like yours, I would not have joined the Army when I was 18. But for each there own, as one chooses their path. Didn’t Bill Clinton “dodge” the draft by studying abroad? I digress.

    You’re stating your opinion, and voting for the right man (and woman) for the right reasons. Wanting to keep this country safe is a priority, having a leader who will not back down in the face of hardship is an endearing trait.

    Just think where our country would be if Al Gore was in office when Sep. 11th hit? He would have us hugging a tree and extending an olive branch to fanatical terrorists. This thinking continues with the Democratic party leadership, making a trip to Syria (aren’t they still on the terror sponsor list?). Excuse me, but an unsanctioned trip to a country that is not friendly to your own makes you out to be against the policies of your own country.

    This vet is not voting for a democrat. Not happening. I think you got it right Curt.

    A civil servant serving his country overseas……

  56. lukiewerle permalink
    September 5, 2008 5:31 pm

    Really? Adolf Hitler reportedly had an IQ of 141, how was his decision making?

    Godwin’s law rings true again. This discussion should now be closed.

  57. mugs2112 permalink
    September 5, 2008 5:33 pm

    Having served in the military for over 22 years I agree with your comments about Senator McCain and personally feel that he is by far the better candidate. I admit that I am bias, in that whenever we have democrats running the country the military seem to shrink. I hope that people who disagree with you will get out there and vote otherwise they should shut up, after all this is what our military is protecting our freedoms. I’m sure that you will be out there voting, as will I.

  58. September 5, 2008 5:33 pm

    Curt,

    I’ve posted here a few times extremely negatively about McCain, primarily for his hand in the CFR debacle.

    However, at this point, I have hope that a McCain / Palin ticket could have a major benefit: Reforming a Republican party that has fallen so far from Roosevelt and Regan that I don’t even recognize it anymore, trust it anymore… or like it anymore.

    In many ways I’m a libertarian. I have no beef with first trimester abortion, drug legalization or legalized prostitution. However, I believe that a socialist hand-out culture is poisonous and deadly to America, where hard work, innovation and refusal to accept failure form the backbone of the American Dream.

    So, I will vote for the McCain / Palin ticket in November, and hope that the two of them can take this party by the scruff of the neck, shake it really hard, slap it around a little and bring it back to its senses.

    One more comment:

    “They’ve abandon their conservative ways. They claim to support a less invasive government, yet at every turn (with the exception of gun control laws) they’re trying to impose right-wing, “Christian” values on a country that was founded on the idea of a “melting pot” and personal freedoms; they want to tell us how to live our lives, and I take issue with that.”

    Don’t look now, but we have the New Liberalism which is actually a rehash of the Old Fascism legislating how we discipline our children, legislate what foods we can eat, legislate what those foods can be made out of, impose extralegal speech codes and indoctrinate our college kids with White Man As Oppressor crap. I won’t discount your argument because you are absolutely correct, but there is no single member of the Democratic Party who will be your savior, in this respect. You will simply be controlled in different areas of your life.

    Ultimately, it is always in the nature of government to seek too much power and control over those it pretends to govern. The founders understood this, and knew that in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to throw off the yokes of tyrannies.

    Those were wise men.

  59. September 5, 2008 6:00 pm

    McCain’s tax plan will add over $1 trillion more to the national debt than Obama’s (admittedly, though, Obama’s plan would add to the debt too).

    McCain’s proposals are notably less detailed than Obama’s.

    McCain called for attacking Baghdad days after 9/11. Obama opposed invading Iraq.

    “The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine,” said Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). “He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”

    Meanwhile, Obama’s been diligently working across party lines, accomplishing a lot on low-profile but important legislation.

    Obama has better judgment, temperament, and plans than McCain. He’s also running a considerably more dignified campaign– no Paris Hilton in any of Obama’s ads!

    Your view of Sen. McCain doesn’t seem to be based on any specific views of what he plans to do in office; rather, you admire him personally. I do too for what he endured, and for emerging with his sense of humor intact. But just as we didn’t make Kurt Vonnegut president despite his POW experience and witty insight, I don’t believe that John McCain would make a good president.

    Hilarious as hell to see your gal Hillary tell us that Barack Obama is the perfect person to lead this nation after telling us for the better part of 2 years what a buffoon she thought he was.

    Well, that’s politics– same thing happened with Rudy (saying the same stuff of Obama he used to say of McCain!), Romney, et al.

    As always, thanks for engaging in discussion.

  60. chasep2001 permalink
    September 5, 2008 6:33 pm

    I’ve always liked you (even if you never were a Brave, and were once a Philly :-P I still haven’t forgot the playoffs in 2001 either)

    After reading this post, I like you even more.

    Best wishes in your recovery, hope you are back and better than ever next season.

  61. September 5, 2008 6:35 pm

    I have to be honest and say that I did not watch the RNC just as I didn’t watch the DNC; I don’t like to get caught up in all the rah-rah pep rally “stuff”. To me, the NC’s are pretty much “he said/she said” until they can go toe to toe, you know what I mean?

    At the same time, I did watch the highlights of both – and to me, the most impacting statement I’d heard was from Rudy Giuliani: “Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.”

    Naturally this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t hope for some semblence of change no matter who is in office; every president brings different things to the table, and change is good. But there is more to a successful Presidency than merely touting “change”. Or saying that we’d have “four more years of the “same”..” What’s THAT supposed to mean?!

    I am anxiously awaiting the debates because that is where the “proof is in the pudding”. If Americans truly want change – and aren’t just thinking “pull out the troops”, then they will pay close attention to all the issues, and not just the ones that the probably understand the least….

    Just my humble opinon… :)

  62. llamapie permalink
    September 5, 2008 6:38 pm

    I’m so sorry Curt. You have to deal with all the posts that are trying to make you look dumb. These people just DON’T understand. I know how difficult it is living in a liberal state when you’re the only one who thinks straight. Believe me on that. These guys are entitled to their opinion, yes, but that does not make them right. McCain convinced me this RNC to actually vote for him. I wasn’t sure yet. I definately wasn’t gonna vote for someone like Obama though. He is smart, they all are smart.

    But hear me this people!!

    THAT IS NOT A QUALIFICATION!! ITS A PREREQUISITE!

    Things you need to qualify for president?

    1) The overwhelming trust of your people to you, not your party.
    2) The leadership capabilities to run the strongest nation in the world.
    3) At least 38 years old.

    Now I need you all to drop the notion that republicans are for the rich. Every successful politician is rich, so don’t spout that robin hood garbage. Even if the rich get a tax “break” they’ll still pay more in a year then you do in a lifetime. So cut the crap. Under democrats we all get taxed more to pay people who don’t want to get off their asses and work.

  63. September 5, 2008 8:22 pm

    Just because he served in the military and was a POW certainly does NOT qualify him to run the country in a manner that is best for everyone.

    Good for you expressing your feelings about it, but please don’t feel the need to shove it down everyones throats as if it’s gospel.

    Hang on a second, you’re on MY BLOG
    Awful defensive for someone that didn’t need to come here in the first place.

  64. TheSleepingBear permalink
    September 6, 2008 12:02 am

    Curt:

    I watched Senator McCain’s speech at the GOP convention. I really wish that he had been more specific regarding his plans for his policies, but hearing him talk about his experiences as a prisoner of war certainly increased my respect for him. (I had read about it, of course, but to hear it from the Senator himself was quite extraordinairy.)

    I will admit, however, that I do find it odd that Senator McCain has spent 25 years working in Washington, DC–first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate–and yet is trying to sell himself as an agent of “change” or “reform.” I know that he has done a lot of good things during his political career, but I just wish that he would stick to his strengths–especially his experience–instead of, shall we say, “playing the political game” or trying to “outsell” Senator Obama as the “change-is-coming” candidate. That part has always confused me.

  65. fenway permalink
    September 6, 2008 12:17 am

    Curt,

    There is absolutely no doubt that John McCain is a man of great character. I’m sure that if I had the opportunity to actually know the man, I would be even more impressed by the type of person he is. His time as a POW is one of the most heroic stories I have heard, and I cannot imagine the courage and fortitude required to endure such an ordeal. I was even more impressed that he shared his most human moments when he was broken by his captors and I agree with you that McCain is “being pushed to talk about this.”

    I don’t think McCain is a “war monger,” but I do disagree with our invasion of Iraq. I know your stance and I’m sure you have argued it out with others more versed on the subject than I am, so I’m not trying to convince you otherwise. It seems that the military issue is number one for you and I understand the importance of having a strong commander-in-chief. I do support our troops and I wish they were given more of what they need when they return home.

    However, I cannot overlook the other needs of our country regarding the economy, education and medical care. I believe that Obama will “serve” our country, a majority of whom are middle class and working poor, better through his plan for government.

    Your post beats the same “war” drum that the Republican party has used to frighten voters into electing George Bush. Again, I understand terrorism is a major issue, however, when I don’t hear anything about the economy, I feel that McCain doesn’t have any real solutions.

    I’d like to hear your opinion on what makes McCain qualified to do the job of addressing the domestic issues at home.

    I look forward to future posts.

  66. pahaskajack permalink
    September 6, 2008 1:24 am

    Wow, what a difference 60 days makes. 60 days ago I was dilusioned, unhappy about the choices we were left with for the upcoming election. The total lack of coverage or information being provided for and about John McCain was dysmal to say the least.

    This last week has been almost an epiphany. The introduction of Sarah Palin as vice presidential nominee has infuriated the media and reinvigorated the race so many were already considering over. The spotlight has been forced John’s way, and I am very thankful.

    The first day of the convention amazed me. Scaled back so much so that the delegates could focus on efforts to help with those displaced by the huricane. Well Done! As for the dems? Seems as though they were busy too, looking for any and all dirt they could possibly dig up on Sarah Palin. Thank you to the Democratic Party for helping to ease my concerns on who is right to vote for.

    After the shortened convention. I will be voting McCain-Palin. In 60 days I will proudly and gladly make that vote!

  67. azdirtclod permalink
    September 6, 2008 1:39 am

    You are a stat man Curt.. Here goes.

    820.
    427.
    152.

    820 is the number of bills Obama sponsored during his 7 years in the Illinois State Senate. 427 is the number of bills Obama has CO-sponsorsed in his relatively short time in the US Senate. 152 is the number of bills that Obama has sponsored in the US Senate. Obama was a cosponsor (1 of 3) of the 2007 Senate Ethics reform overhaul (s.230). He has worked with gOp Lugar & Hagel on nuclear prolifieration bills. This isn’t zero accomplishment and it aint the same as getting a new stop sign in outer Wasilla. Your candidate and party are straight up lying to you! Right to your face. Do you hate Community Organizers too? Aren’t you a community organizer with your charity work? That’s all fun right? Those aren’t really responsibilities. Rudy and Sarah were laughing at YOU!

    I seriously considered voting for McCain until he started pandering hard to the far right. Then he picked his running mate. If she is not ready to do a simple press conference or answer unscripted questions from a real journalist, then she is not close to ready to lead the free world. Do you honestly believe she is prepared on day one? Really? I can name TEN gOp woman who are more qualified than she is.. Lets try it…

    1. Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison
    2. Sen Elizibeth Dole
    3. Sen Olympia Snow
    4. Sen Susan Collins
    5. ex Gov Khristie Todd Whitman
    6. Sen Lisa Murkowski
    7. Rep Mary Bono
    8. Rep Musgrave
    9. Gov Jodi Rell
    10. Condoleeza Rice

    All gOp. All better than Palin. Is that putting your country first? Gov. Palin is cute as a muffin, no doubt. Is picking her as #2 sound judgment by your candidate? Is this how he is going to pick his cabinet? I’ll pass. John McCain is to be forever thanked for his service to our country, just like the +500 other POWs who came back from Vietnam. When it comes to actual qualifications to hold the Presidency, it has zero value in the equation. It is all about the direction of the country and 80% percent of our population believe we are heading south. McCain offers nothing different than Bush and has even less economic experience.

    Compared to other contemporary politicians, McCain has shown a personal temperament on par with Lou Pinella. I don’t want a 72 year old Lou Pinella with his finger on the bomb. No thanks.

    Can’t wait for the debates.

  68. September 6, 2008 2:05 am

    Curt, while I respect your opinions, I deeply disagree with them. I used to have a great amount of respect for Senator McCain before he began caving to the right. In fact, I seriously considered voting for him back in 2000. He used to be much more moderate than he is portraying himself now and, I believe, he aspires to be POTUS to such a degree that he is losing himself – or already has – in the pursuit of that goal. Does he love his country? Yes. Did he serve with distinction? Absolutely. However, being a POW does not somehow make someone the candidate to vote for as President. Of course, I have serious issues with his policies and how I believe they will affect all of us in the future. (I also keep wondering how he can possibly think that someone who is worth $5M or earns $5M a year is somehow in the “middle class.”)

    I don’t believe he actually selected Gov. Palin as his running mate. I think the GOP did and he had to acquiesce to them…

    Gov. Palin is so far right of me it’s not even funny.

    Imo, the war in Iraq is wrong. This does not, contrary to what many believe, mean I do not support our troops. I do. I come from a very long _and distinguished_ family history of those who have served our county: David Crockett, General Douglas MacArthur to name just two. My great uncle perished in WW1, and uncle died in Viet Nam, my parents were both in the US Navy at the end of the Korean War and the beginning of the Viet Nam, my brother was a Marine, my other uncle was in the AF and served during Viet Nam – though not stationed there. I have a slew of cousins who have served and some who are still serving. My nephew just returned from Iraq. Those are just the few I can recall off the top of my head at this time of day. I wouldn’t have considered any of them to be Presidential material. Nope, not even Mac. He was crazy as a loon – but a military genius.

    I believe in gun control. I don’t believe that people should not own guns, but there should be a restriction on the kinds of guns people can have.

    I believe in a national health care system because a healthier country is a more productive country – among other reasons.

    I believe in not outsourcing our jobs and if companies do outsource, they should pay a penalty.

    Our educational system with this “No Child Left Behind” has been a joke because all it does is teach children to take tests – not actually learn.

    I am Pro-Choice because I believe that decision is the most personal one anyone can make and no one has the right to force another to make or not make the decision that is so difficult to make. That includes the right to have a full term baby…

    Gov. Palin is completely opposite of all I believe in… and Senator McCain didn’t used to be, but has become that, as well.

    President Bush has created a huge mess in our country and that frightens me. It really does… from Constitutional issues to the unemployment rate to the even greater divide between the “haves and have-nots.” I am concerned that it will only worsen should Senator McCain be elected.

    I will end with two things. I am not a Christian but raised my two daughters with these thoughts…

    Luke 12:48 (paraphrasing) “To whom much is given, much is required”

    and

    Howard Zinn “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”

    I will be voting for Obama in just over 8 weeks. No matter what one’s political leanings – I encourage everyone to vote and will be out there encouraging those who agree with me and those who do not to cast their vote for whom they believe will lead this country the best… Open discourse is always necessary – and, even though we may disagree (we meaning we as a people) we all want what is best.

    Chaiah

  69. brendinater permalink
    September 6, 2008 2:20 am

    Hello,

    I just have some general points, which you may thin k I’m way off on, but I just wanted to throw them out there:

    You had said: “I voted for George Bush in 2004 because I didn’t want another country, or another group of people from the same country, to fly a few more planes into an American building and kill thousands of innocent American men, women and children. Not sure who you or anyone else gives credit to for that not happening, but it hasn’t.” If you’re going to make that argument, can’t it just as easily be argued that it happened on George Bush’s watch? Nothing like that had ever happened before and he wasn’t able to prevent it the first time. If you think George Bush was responsible for preventing another incident like that in his second term in his office, how is he not responsible for the first incident? Also, is he not responsible for the death of many soldiers by soliciting a preventable war, which has tenuous links to terrorism?

    As someone else had said – it is standard to slight somebody when you’re running against them, and then support them when they are in your party and running for office. That’s not a double standard, it is the way it works within both parties.

    You had mentioned you did not vote for John Kerry. While I by no means want to get in to why you voted for one guy or another (none of my business), do you not feel with his military history that John Kerry brought those same qualities of commitment, sacrifice, honor, integrity, loyalty and duty to country? I know you were saying that the political party does not matter, but if John Kerry had been republican, would you have perhaps seen his war record in a different light?

    As for belittling of the other candidate’s abilities, I think that is just standard in politics and unfortunately is employed as a tactic because it resonates best with the voters. I have seen it used extensively in both campaigns now. That said, each candiate is running against each other, so it also makes sense in a lot of ways to compare their strategies and policies, and try to trump the other guy in that area. Maybe it can even be compared to baseball, in that a pitcher isn’t just a great pitcher is his own right, he’s great because he knows how to beat the batter and knows the batter’s weaknesses.

    Finally, maybe I am a bit slow on the uptake, but I don’t get the point about so little being heard about in the middle east. It seems like every day there is a story about US soldiers getting killed in Afghanistan or Iraq, or suicide bombers blowing innocent Iraqi civilians to bits, or Iraqi policement getting killed.

  70. tschuneman permalink
    September 6, 2008 3:05 am

    Rush Limbaugh ‘phony soldiers and a wonderful 82nd Airborne rebuttal: During the September 26 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh called service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq “phony soldiers.” He made the comment while discussing with a caller a conversation he had with a previous caller, “Mike from Chicago,” who said he “used to be military,” and “believe[s] that we should pull out of Iraq.” Limbaugh told the second caller, whom he identified as “Mike, this one from Olympia, Washington,” that “[t]here’s a lot” that people who favor U.S. withdrawal “don’t understand” and that when asked why the United States should pull out, their only answer is, ” ‘Well, we just gotta bring the troops home.’ … ‘Save the — keeps the troops safe’ or whatever,” adding, “[I]t’s not possible, intellectually, to follow these people.” “Mike” from Olympia replied, “No, it’s not, and what’s really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.” Limbaugh interjected, “The phony soldiers.” The caller, who had earlier said, “I am a serving American military, in the Army,” agreed, replying, “The phony soldiers.”

    Boy Rush is the man.

    On August 19, The New York Times published an op-ed by seven members of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. They ended their assessment of the situation in Iraq with the following passage:
    In a lawless environment where men with guns rule the streets, engaging in the banalities of life has become a death-defying act. Four years into our occupation, we have failed on every promise, while we have substituted Baath Party tyranny with a tyranny of Islamist, militia and criminal violence. When the primary preoccupation of average Iraqis is when and how they are likely to be killed, we can hardly feel smug as we hand out care packages. As an Iraqi man told us a few days ago with deep resignation, “We need security, not free food.”
    In the end, we need to recognize that our presence may have released Iraqis from the grip of a tyrant, but that it has also robbed them of their self-respect. They will soon realize that the best way to regain dignity is to call us what we are — an army of occupation — and force our withdrawal.
    Until that happens, it would be prudent for us to increasingly let Iraqis take center stage in all matters, to come up with a nuanced policy in which we assist them from the margins but let them resolve their differences as they see fit. This suggestion is not meant to be defeatist, but rather to highlight our pursuit of incompatible policies to absurd ends without recognizing the incongruities.
    We need not talk about our morale. As committed soldiers, we will see this mission through.
    On September 12, The New York Times noted: “Two of the soldiers who wrote of their pessimism about the war in an Op-Ed article that appeared in The New York Times on Aug. 19 were killed in Baghdad on Monday.”

    I choked on that one.

    And McCain is the one I want to run ‘The War.’

  71. mattmcclime permalink
    September 6, 2008 8:16 am

    The liberals in this country are just uptight because they are seeing another Presidential race slip through their fingers. They can tout the party line as much as they want, but McCain has something that his opponent doesn’t have: a record.
    McCain has at some point pissed off everyone in Washington. And for all the talk of him being just another lock-step Republican, go back and check and see how many bills he co-sponsered with a Democrat. The Republicans (that eventually got sent home with their tail between their legs) hated McCain because he didn’t toe the party line and called out the people only in politics for their own self interest.
    The speech on Thursday excited me, because I know that the nation finally got to see McCain for what he isn’t: just another politician. It’s an election year and you have to say what you have say to get elected. But McCain has history on his side. He isn’t a Republican puppet. He is a Republican in the mold of Roosevelt and Lincoln. He doesn’t want change because people are pissed off; he wants change because he wants the country to work the way it is supposed to. You can listen to all the pundits and polls that tell you he doesn’t have much of a chance. Mark my words: this man is going to be the 44th president of the United States. And you can come back and rub it in my face if I’m wrong.

  72. September 6, 2008 9:47 am

    No question, it’s Barack all the way. Change, my ass. 90% w/ Bush, 7 houses, faux maverick hubris. McCain may as well be pitching for the Nationals.

  73. hunt1232003 permalink
    September 6, 2008 11:09 am

    There is a lot more thoughtful discussion in the comments here than on many “political” blogs. I would like to make one point, Senator McCain has been “in” Washington; but he has not been “of ” Washington. My observations are based on conversations with Congressmen and congressional staff,(all Republican) who basically regard Senator McCain as an “independent.” That is the “nice” term that they employ. Independence is tolerated a little bit better in the Senate than it is in the House. But “independence” is disliked by the majority and minority leadership in both bodies. It is particularly disliked when it upsets “done deals” like the Boeing tanker fiasco. With Senator McCain as President “business as usual,” will become very difficult and that makes me quite happy. The leadership of both parties is influenced by two things, the political tactical situation and the interests of large corporate “friends”, not necessarily in that order. Those limitations have created a Congress that is totally incapable of dealing with the significant problems that we face. A hard-nosed McCain is about the only thing I can see that will put some backbone in the most expensive collection of “empty suits”, that has ever inhabited the capital.

  74. September 6, 2008 11:54 am

    I check out your blog on a regular basis and am usually impressed with what you say and how eloquently you say it. I admit that your long and drawn out story about how wonderful McCain is was written well. However, I disagree with the idea that he is the best candidate for President.

    I am a huge Red Sox fan and a fan of yours on the baseball field and support your charitable efforts. I just disagree with your political views 100% and think you should start a separate blog for things that don’t have to do with sports, charity, or your video game ventures. That way those of us that come here to read about those types of things don’t have to be subjected to your personal political views.

  75. bdamon permalink
    September 6, 2008 12:19 pm

    I’m sorry. McCain doesn’t get my vote. He has flip flopped on just about every issue out there over the last two years. I have no idea what he stands for anymore. Torture, taxes, abortion, use of the military. He’s a walking contradiction.

    I just don’t see how a guy who was part of the party that has had the presidency for that last 7+ years and the congress for 6 of them can claim to lead change. Change from who? The Republicans?

    I’ll never forget seeing McCain rail against Iraq on 9/12/01. Brash, war monger all the way. Now he is saying Iran is the real problem.

    NEWS FLASH: Iran was always the problem. But you didn’t see that while many others did.

    He always wants to fight. Fight, fight, fight. Thank God we didn’t listen to him in Serbia or we’d be in another ethnic bloodbath.

    And as far as Iraq, it looks like the best case scenario right now is that we end up leaving with two men, Al Sadr and the PM, who have tight relations with Iran and with major oil deals being given to China and likely Russia. So the end will look like a country aligned with our new enemy Iran, our old Enemy Russia, and our top competitor for oil, China. Could this have been more of a clusterfvck?

    Thanks McCain. 1,000’s of American deaths, 10,000’s of Iraqi deaths all to give Iran more influence in the area.

    And at the cost of diverting efforts to catch Osama.

    He was one of the cornerstones of the deception of the whole war. here’s what McCain told us:
    – They have WMDs
    – They were behind the Anthrax attack
    – They trained AL-Q

    As we know now, many knew this wasn’t true, only a few decided to spread these falsehoods. There’s very few mistakes any politicians have made in the last 30 years as big as this one. That’s not the kind of track record that should make anyone comfortable.

    And BTW, I have voted Republican in every presidential race since 1980. No more. I’m tired of the lying.

  76. beatlejuice72 permalink
    September 6, 2008 1:57 pm

    Thank you, Curt, for all that you do in supporting the veterans. Some people say they “support the troops” but they don’t act upon it. You do both.

    The same people who are criticizing John McCain for mentioning his POW status or “milking it” are the exact same people who 4 years ago were praising John Kerry who mentioned that he served in Vietnam every 5 minutes. Now, these people might have a short-term memory problem but I clearly remember as plain as day when they attacked Bush and Cheney for not serving in our military and branded them as “chickenhawks.” I vividly remember listening to them opine about how agredious it is that people like Bush and Cheney who never served can send our men and women off to fight “an illegal war.”

    You are right, Curt. Senator McCain downplays his POW status, but he made an exception for his acceptance speech at the RNC. You know Senator McCain more than most of us. On the other hand, contrast that to Senator Kerry who consistently milked his military service in Vietnam in an attempt to portray himself as more qualified and experienced to lead as President. Well, the American people obviously didn’t think so. It could also have something to do with the fact that when John Kerry came home he trashed his country and its military. Is that the kind of leader we want to have in The White House?

    Courage is an overused word in our country today, but if there is anyone in this country that exemplifies courage it is John McCain.

  77. jonnyjbones permalink
    September 6, 2008 2:06 pm

    Curt, please explain any simalarities between the threats of Germany in 1943 and Iraq in 2003. Iraq had no WMDs. They were complying with the inspections and Bush ordered all of them out so he could have his little war.

    Please explain what Iraq had to do with 9-11.

    Please explain how Bush gets credit for protecting us from 9-11 style attacks when it happened on his watch. When he spent the entire month of august 2001 on vacation while his CIA director was sending him notices of warnings?

    9-11 killed 3000 Americans. Now 4000 Americans have died FIGHTING the wrong people!!!! Do you understand? 100,000 people have been murdered. Or do they not matter to you because they are Muslim? Please explain.

  78. crankycracker permalink
    September 6, 2008 3:44 pm

    Curt,

    I am starting a fund to get George W. Bush added to Mount Rushmore. As a 2 time voter for him, would you like to contribute?

  79. mattmcclime permalink
    September 6, 2008 5:17 pm

    “As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am keenly aware that the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons is an issue of grave importance to all nations. Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.” -Nancy Pelosi, 1998

    “We stopped the fighting [in 1991] on an agreement that Iraq would take steps to assure the world that it would not engage in further aggression and that it would destroy its weapons of mass destruction. It has refused to take those steps. That refusal constitutes a breach of the armistice which renders it void and justifies resumption of the armed conflict.” -Harry Reid, 2002

    “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members.” -Hillary Clinton, 2002

    Okay, so who is being dishonest here? Nearly every politician ran from Iraq when it hurt them politically. All of the sudden it was the wrong war and we were being misled, etc. It’s all about political survival, and neither Pelosi, Reid, or Clinton has ever been reminded of their complicity in sending our troops to Iraq (or opposing it when it became unpopular). But I guess Bush just doctored all of the intelligence, and they were fooled by this madman in the White House. Is that how it goes? One minute he’s the idiot draft-dodger, the next he is the evil genius that tricked us into war.
    John McCain never changed his stance, and criticized Bush over the mishandling of the war (saying that Rumsfeld would go down as one of the worst Secretaries of Defense in history). If you had been following McCain longer than a year and weren’t always going back to the DNC’s talking points on him, you would know just how gutsy the guy is politically. I’ve followed him for several years, and I know exactly who he is as a politician. And a Bush clone he is not.

  80. sox4me permalink
    September 6, 2008 9:06 pm

    I don’t pretend to know all about either Presidential candidate. I don’t think either of them can compare themselves to the ‘middle class American’ – no matter what their parents were/weren’t. Neither of these men REALLY understand what the average family goes thru on a day to day basis. Joe Biden is in the same category – interesting, I think that Sarah Palin comes the closest to the average American family.

    I will be voting for John McCain because I have not been able to find what Barack has/hasn’t stood for. Barack gives wonderful speechs, but I want somebody who acts – not talks. I find it totally unacceptable that anybody would want to vote for a man who has attended the church of a man who damns the USA and condemns people because they are white.

    My husband is a 24 year USAF retired veteran – anybody who defends this great country deserves our thanks – and in John McCain’s case, our vote.

    I know what he stands for!!

  81. September 7, 2008 9:34 am

    “I have not been able to find what Barack has/hasn’t stood for.”

    Sox4me, I can’t post links on this blog, but if you do a Google search for “barack obama issues”, or go to his website and look under issues, you’ll see that he has a very detailed series of proposals.

    In fact, Sen. McCain has been criticized for putting up very sparse proposals (search for “McCain’s camp suffers from a paper gap” for an article that sets this out).

    As for Obama’s record, do a search for “Dear Chris Matthews: Please Do Your Job” for examples. I don’t want to spam the comments section, but he’s worked across the aisle on issues ranging from ethics reform to nuclear proliferation. Note that Richard Lugar, one of the most respected elected officials in Washington, a Republican from Indiana, has a very high opinion of Obama based on their work together.

    Sure, the media coverage is all about how many houses they have and how often they wear a flag pin, but if you poke around a bit, there’s good information out there!

  82. September 7, 2008 4:29 pm

    Anyone that doesn’t know what Obama thinks/believes about issues hasn’t bothered to find out. It’s not like he is hiding his thoughts under a basket.

  83. rachelciprotti permalink
    September 7, 2008 10:45 pm

    Politics always brings out the claws. =)

    As an Independent, it’s strange to me to see the polarization that goes on every 4 years. Suddenly ‘All’ Republicans/Democrats are stupid or insane or something. You want to talk about intelligence? There are unbelievably smart people on both sides, so how can you be so certain that one side is dead wrong and the other is entirely correct?

    I think there are absolutely differences between the two parties, but it is not a black & white, good vs. evil scenario, and no one will ever be able to convince me otherwise. I did not vote for Bush, never liked him and never will…I am still dumbfounded that the GOP picked that cowboy over John McCain in 2000, though obviously it ‘worked’ in the sense that he won two elections.

    I volunteered for John Kerry’s campaign 4 years ago, but I think my vote will be cast for McCain this November. Like I said, I’m an Independent.

    FYI: McCain did vote “with Bush” 95% of the time in 2007, but he only voted with him 77% of the time in 2005…and only 66% of the time in 2001. Check it:
    factcheck.org/askfactcheck/is_it_true_john_mccain_voted_with.html

    Obama votes with the Democrats more than McCain does with the Republicans, and that’s a fact. To my mind, even before seeing those stats, McCain is more of a free thinker than most federal-level politicians I’ve seen. And I like that. I want a President who will do what he thinks is best for the country and for the world, not what his party says is popular.

    I often disagree with Curt Schilling about politics, and I think he and I will be voting for McCain for very different reasons. But he certainly has the right to say whatever he pleases, especially on his own website. Besides, I love him for his big mouth as much as I love him for his right arm.

    Curt, you keep it real. Thanks for that!

    Best wishes.

  84. wpkdh permalink
    September 7, 2008 10:57 pm

    Curt, I couldn’t disagree more. I respect you, but it appears that you are blinded by your friendship with McCain to the point of being a very uninformed voter, and that doesn’t exactly help your cause with posts like this. Of course, being uninformed makes you no different than the majority of America.

    Knowing Senator McCain I can assure you he’s being pushed to talk about this, no doubt;

    Don’t you think it’s a problem that he can’t stand on his own and is being pushed by the Republican base? His campaign approach has gone through a 180 degree reversal since he hired Steve Schmidt, the Bush cronie, and he’s running the Karl Rove playbook, which is despicable. Before he was nominated, McCain pledged a clean campaign. I haven’t seen it yet. It was obvious at the RNC, which was less about offering the McCain and Republican visions for the country than it was about bashing Obama and the Democrats. It was a stark contrast from the DNC, which of course played rhetorical hardball, but overwhelmingly focused on Obama and the Democrat visions for the country.

    And you believe the Republican divisiveness McCain is running is what the country needs? At one point I considered voting for McCain. Not anymore. Not after the last few months of the Rovian politics and the same tactics that Bush used to divide this country along party lines. I’m tired of the lies, and McCain-Palin is a campaign of lies.

    You’ve been a leader throughout your career, so you should be able to recognize leadership when you see it. I don’t see it in McCain. I see a guy that has gone through his career wavering left and right to further advance his career. He hasn’t inspired anyone beyond those in his base. Contrast to Obama, who came out of nowhere to inspire millions in this country and millions more throughout the world. That’s leadership.

    Unlike every other person up for election in this campaign, the Senator can speak from experience about commitment, sacrifice, honor, integrity, loyalty, duty to country, others first, like no other. He had his chance, he passed that test, and many others along the way.

    That is your opinion, of course, but I think all of those are debatable. For instance, I have a hard time believing commitment is a strong attribute of McCain when he left his disfigured wife and remarried to Cindy and her pot of gold shortly after the divorce.

    Obama fits the qualities you list if you take the moment to learn about his life, but to say “unlike any other person” is very partisan and, quite frankly, a statement that is either a lie or one made by an uninformed voter.

    This man has done everything we are asking and looking for in our next President.

    He hasn’t done everything I’ve asked and am looking for. He is allowing the Republican establishment to manipulate him, and that’s hardly “maverick”. For example, picking Palin for VP demonstrates a lack of judgment, irrationality, and a disrespect for our country. He made the pick so he could solidify the fundamentalist Evangelical base – sorry, but I believe in separation of church and state, unlike Palin.

    While he may feel good about his health, I don’t. He puts the country at risk by choosing someone one heartbeat away from the presidency who has not gone through the rigors of national vetting. God forbid, what if he dies the day after his inauguration? Palin can run the country? Please. As more comes out about her, the more it turns out the McCain campaign is lying about her.

    See http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/andrew_sullivan/article4690545.ece for more about that.

  85. grecoroman permalink
    September 7, 2008 11:42 pm

    Curt:

    As an an Independent/Democrat, I respect your admiration for Senator McCain. I also find him a great American and honest politician. I felt so moved by Lieberman’s speech and affection for McCain, I felt quite proud by both of them and thought they both appeal to the higher degrees of our nature, and proved it by their speeches.

    However, my problem exists that I believe a systematic cancer exists in the Republican party, John McCain or anyone in their party exist incapable of escaping at this time. I am currently in the process of researching Karl Rove, whom I am sure you know of. The same Karl Rove whom derailed McCain’s 2000 Pres. Campaign following a suprising NH victory by leaking and setting up with phoney documents questioning McCains mental stability and ability to govern after years of torture, before asking in race sensitive South Carolina how voters felt knowing that McCain illegitimately fathered a “black daughter” distorting his adoption of a Bangladesh daughter. I would highly recommend reading a book by two Texas journalists, called Bush’s Brain, whom worked closely with him for over 20 years and detail the Karl Rove record, like this previous example, over and over and over and over Curt, including stealing a national Republican college election, with the help of a Bush. Don’t laugh – read!

    Rove exists one of the most criminal-laden, vile, meglomaniac threats to Democracy in its history. After 150 pages, it exists difficult for me to read on – my outrage as an American seeps deeper than any pen can pronounce. I challenge you and anybody else pro or anti Republican to read its first 150 pages.

    My fears of Powers seductive allure only sit confirmed when I read McCain hired Rove as a special advisor or assistant advisor for his current campaign??? If that doesn’t undermine McCains credibility, I do not know what does.

    Studying Rove as I have, ultimately I fear Rove may victimize McCain once again, by leaking or planting or supplanting whatever Rove deems enough for destruction, as Rove does, to ensure an Obama victory. Maybe McCain knows thats a risk but less great than outright alienating Rove. Why you ask – read the book – it all started with a Richard Gere 1980’s movie with Rove.

    His ego exists to such levels that allowing a maverick to undo or even alter his 30 plus years of master manipulations, power attainments and policy control for the Texas Repulican and now US Republican Party, with the ultimate help of Old Man Bush, will not do. I could be and hope I am wrong. But knowing Rove’s mind, subtedly sabotaging McCain will allow for the election of a unprecedented 3rd Bush candidate – Jeb in 2012, and retain the growth of Rove and Bush’s Inc. corrupt power tenticles into a new decade. Don’t laugh – read!! Have the balls!! Put your country first!

  86. rodmac permalink
    September 8, 2008 9:20 am

    I have mixed feelings. I was dragged into the Army kicking and screaming. I found myself in Fort Campbell Kentucky 4 days after I graduated from college. Next thing I knew I was in Vietnam. I hated it. Worse, we had more than one enemy. In country, we had the VC and the NVA, but at home our own peers hated us, maybe even more. The anti war sentiment was really cranking up when I was over there, and Jane Fonda was visiting Hanoi. Talk about disconcerting. The public, especially my generation, despised the war, but unlike the anti war sentiment of today, where the government policy is criticized, while the troops are revered, the people hated and blamed us too. It’s still hard to swallow.
    We weren’t a volunteer army. We were drafted. But that didn’t matter to my generation. You would have had to have been in uniform during that period to understand what it was like to walk through an airport and be sneered at. Imagine being refused service in a restaurant because you were wearing the uniform of the US Army. That’s what it was like. I won’t go into it, but I still have more nightmares about my treatment by Americans in San Francisco, on my way home, than anything that happened around Danang.
    I’m a baby boomer, and if my parents were part of “Greatest Generation”, I’m part of the worst.
    You see, after the 60s were over, the phony, hippie anti war, free love, peace on earth, crowd cut their hair, joined the “establishment”, and became the greediest most money grubbing generation the planet has ever seen. Hypocrisy to the fullest. But that doesn’t stop them and their offspring from bellowing their liberal PC nonsense every time the mood strikes them. This whole Obama love fest is a flashback to the sixties, and the remnants of the 60s hypocrisy, including what is probably white guilt. I’d love a black president, but Obama is a bag of gas. He hasn’t made one single concrete proposal during this whole campaign.
    I disagree with a lot of what you say, Curt. I think Bush is probably the worst president this country has ever had. But I don’t believe that this is any reflection on John McCain. I’m not going to rule him out because he is in the same party as Bush. The fact is that I think he is our best chance at undoing the mess Bush has made. Frankly, I think a lot of the anti McCain sentiment comes from a refusal by my peers to admit how poorly they treated us.
    I’ll tell you one thing though. The people who support Obama (maybe not all of them) are the same crowd, or the spawn of the same crowd that called me a baby killer for serving my country, and not running off to Canada.
    Rod

  87. lughlamfada permalink
    September 8, 2008 10:06 am

    Let’s call a spade a spade here and say that the Left is scared of Sarah Palin. They’re scared because she is a “rock star” like Obama. She speaks well, she’s spunky, and has energized the Republican base like no other. She also speaks to women with special needs children, and the very real (and very large) demographic of conservative, pro-family women.

    All of the attacks based on her daughter, her role as a mother, and her record in Alaska are nothing short of a knee-jerk, panic response because the Left is scared. Palin’s speech had the same number of viewers as Obama’s. More people watched the RNC (abbreviated RNC!) than the DNC. McCain is leading in all of the polls. People aren’t talking about Obama as much as they’re talking about Palin. The Dems are SHAKING IN THEIR BOOTS because they realize that they can’t win this election.

    Biden? Washington insider with a history of gaffes. Palin will eat him alive. Anyone watch Obama speak at Saddlebrook or whatever it was called? He stumbled all over himself, McCain will demolish him in the debates. Look out Leftists, the straight talk express is going to roll right over you, and you can take that to the bank.

    Keep attacking Palin, too, because you’ll just energize the Republican base even more. Curt, you rock at politics like you rock at pitching.

  88. September 8, 2008 11:14 am

    Great post, as always. It is always good to hear your opinions, and they are highly enjoyable. On a side note, as I haven’t commented in a while, I’m glad that you are recovering well and I wish you the best in months to come.

    As for the question of John McCain: I’m fifteen, so I will not be voting and my opinion is hardly relevant. Nevertheless, I have been following this election closely so that I’m prepared for the next one, when I will be old enough.

    I had my initial doubts about McCain, but they have all but vanished in the past few weeks. I was very pleased that he picked Palin, and I feel that that was a great choice. I assume that you agree?

    McCain’s integrity is quite obvious to me now, and I will add that he has managed to sway both my parents as well from their uncertainty. In my mind there is little question about McCain’s abilities to run this country, and if the possibility is there, he will have my vote four years from now.

    –Nadia K.

  89. jimrice4hof permalink
    September 8, 2008 1:12 pm

    Thank you Curt.

    It’s amazing the hate and vitrol coming from the Obama supporters. I’m just stunned. They try to lump McCain and Bush together, but unlike them, I recall how opposed they were to each other and witness how chilly their relationship has been.

    Even Hillary and Bill Clinton acknowledged (back in the primary) that McCain was more qualified to be president than Obama and that if it came to be Clinton vs McCain, it would be the most civil election in history.

    I disagree with those who stated that Obama-Biden (BTW, I voted for Biden in the ’08 primary and Lieberman in ’04) were cut from the Adams & Jefferson cloth. How uninformed that poster was. Adams and Jefferson were products of a citizen base who offered their time and wisdom for the greater good of community and country. That was when politicians were committed to serving. That is much closer to Sarah Palin’s example. Unfortunately, most of Washington, both Dem and Rep, are career politicians whose 1st instinct is towards reelection and self interest. Most would not criticize anyone in their own party no matter how despicable (including Congressmen caught with drugs, drunk driving, etc).

    McCain and Palin have survived in politics despite their history of calling it like it is without regard to party affiliation. More in politics, in BOTH parties, should follow that path.

    I am now on board for McCain/Palin and hope that their example spreads to all levels of politics and government service. I’ve had it with the hate crowd.

    Thank you for the truth, CS!

  90. papifan permalink
    September 8, 2008 5:52 pm

    Curt, thank you for the post. Whether I agree or disagree with you I always enjoy your honest assessment on things. I don’t understand people that come on here to insult somebody for expressing their views. There is nothing wrong with friendly disagreements. I have to admit I am pretty excited about how things are going for McCain. I was down on him a year ago, when it seemed to me that he was selling out a little (Unfortunately it seems a politician has to do that to get the nomination), but it seems like “the Maverick” is back!!! I still think he should have been president in 2000, if not for that scum Rove pulling his tactics in South Carolina, but at least it appears he is finally close to getting the crown. There is no better candidate to combat special interest groups and eliminate pork barrel spending then John McCain. I guarantee he will be using his veto a lot more then his predecessor. I also appreciate his statements that he will be assigning people to his administration based on who he thinks is the best person for the job and not based on party affiliation. Very refreshing to hear things like that. I was just reading a Wall Street Journal article just referenced how unsuccessful lobbyists have been with him in trying to win him over!!! Obama (who I also like, but not as much) took $105,849 from donors ties to Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac since he first ran for Senate in 2004. That is the third highest of any politician that received money from these two companies, which are costing taxpayers billions. Before going under the two companies combined gave 56% of 1.6 million dollars to Democrats over the last election cycle. To be fair, Bear Stearns is the Republican model of how out of hand these government bailouts if you can call them that. They really our American taxpayer bailouts. I would like to think that either candidate is going to start busting heads. Of course maybe I am naive, but with McCain I don’t think I am. This is supposed to be a capitalist country. Seems more like socialism the past 8 years, except worse. All reward for some people, but no risk and when things go bad the taxpayers pay for the golden parachute deals. McCain I believe will stop this and be more effective then Obama and that is why he gets my vote. He has one of the best conservative records on being fiscally conservative, but is constantly attacked for not being a true conservative. That I will never understand. I guess running record deficits is what a conservative is supposed to do, according to these pundits. I was under the impression that republicans believed in smaller government. McCain’s record is better then any other leading republican in what is the most core issue for a Republican which is small government. It is what Ronald Reagan preached.
    Only bad thing I have to say is that I don’t like McCain’s VP pick. As far as I can tell she is not really a conservative. According to reports I heard as Mayor she took a town with no debt and left the town after serving with a deficit of 22 million dollars. Please reassure me that Mr. McCain is in good health since you know him so well. It scares me that she could become president. With that being said I think you have to base your pick on the presidential candidates, not who the VP’s are. I do have to admit though she gives a hell of a speech. Oh and tell him not to appoint that Yankee fan Guiliani to his cabinet or any other post. That guy is corrupt. And did I mention that he is a Yankee fan!

  91. jonnyjbones permalink
    September 8, 2008 9:04 pm

    Curt or anybody, What did Saddamn or Iraq have to to with 9-11? Please cite your sources!

  92. makesensenow permalink
    September 8, 2008 9:32 pm

    I have become disappointed American adult. Such a large number of people are uninformed or worse informed only by “bits” of info. I encourage everyone who is commenting on this blog to please do some digging. Not on CNN, NBC or any of the bias mainstream outlets for news but dig deep. Each day I hear the “bits” repeated by folks that don’t want to put in the time to research themselves and rely on the bias media. Someone mentioned how they did not watch the RNC or DNC but watch the “highlights”…exactly what I am talking about…these “highlights” are where folks are getting their information. Listen to what the comments are on CNBC and NBC. Constantly showing Obama in a good light and any republican in a bad light (if at all). I watched both conventions on two channels (CNN and Fox taped) and was amazed by the bias I saw on CNN. Back in the day the news anchor would give you a run down on the key points of the speeches during the convention and let you make up your own mind. Today it’s everyones opinion, everywhere you look (on all the news outlets). Do some research on our country’s political history and see who truly worked for the average man and woman during the past 150 years.

    Let’s face the facts…all we hear about from Obama’s camp is “change” yet his running mate is part of the old boys network…part of the problem for 35 years. Who spoke at the DNC convention? Biden, Kerry, Kennedy, Hillary and Bill Clinton to name a few. All part of the problem. Will you vote these folks out of office if you are looking for change. People are letting their hatred for President Bush cloud their judgment. Use your heads! Look at what these candidates have done, look at their record, not the record of the last guy! McCain has served his country in every sense of the word! He has reached across the isle more that any political figure in the past sixty years. He has gone against his party, began the whole idea of campaign reform, etc. Obama has no record to speak of. He may be a great guy with good ideas but you don’t know what he stands for. Well, maybe you can get a hint from his voting record…the most liberal in the entire senate (not one of the most – THE most). Do you really want anyone that extreme left or right? People constantly talk about partisan politics and how disappointing it is…well here is your chance to stand up and say we want folks in office that will work together!

  93. sgtipb permalink
    September 9, 2008 3:50 pm

    Curt, you write “People that have never served their country, or endured incredible hardship, or both, are the ones spouting “I’m tired of hearing about him being a POW..blah blah blah, yadda yaddda.””

    Actually, Curt, it’s people like you – that have never served our country – who keep spouting out this nonsense. As a veteran, I am disgusted when right-wing lifetime civilians – like you – think they have any right to generalize about the mindset of our servicemen, or to question the integrity and experience of those who rightly call into question the record of Senator McCain. No one of any importance has said anything derogatory about McCain’s service. Those of us that are “spouting “I’m tired of hearing about him being a POW” (as you so eloquently phrase it) are saying so because it is completely irrelevant in terms of governing this great nation.

    In fact, you may be shocked to learn that military members donate more to Obama and Paul than to McCain

    Maybe that’s because McCain has one of the worst voting records on veteran and military issues of any public servant in America. Obama has one of the best, btw.

    I guess he figures any veteran can just come home after the war, cheat on his wife with a rich heiress he meets at a bar, and be set for life. It worked for the honorable Mr. McCain, after all.

    The simple fact is that being a POW does not qualify one for office. If it did, there’d be a lot more POW’s in positions of high power. In the midst of 2 wars, a collapsing economy, and Tom Brady’s knee injury, there is a need to look past this vanity of “personality politics” and actually examine character and policy. Your Maverick man-of-great-character has sold out every belief or position he ever held for the sake of his current campaign. If you have any interest, you can read this summary of his pandering and flip-fopping

    You write “How’s that ’surge’ thing working by the way? Who was for/against it in the first place? … Senator Obama admitted that the surge has succeeded, admitting that he was wrong in voting against it no?”

    No. Obama admitted that the surge (along with all the cash we’re giving people not to kill each other) was very successful at curtailing violence in the short term. At the same time, he pointed out (over the screams, interruptions, and protestations of Bill O’Reilly) that it has done nothing to address any long-term strategy for either the region or our own withdrawal. It has been a bandaid, not a cure. You might want to stop getting your talking points from Bill O’Reilly.

    You write “It’s clear, black and white”

    No it isn’t Curt. Nothing important ever is; certainly not a military occupation. You would do well to remember that.

    You write “to achieve the ultimate goal, which we cannot under any circumstances lose sight of.”

    What is the “ultimate goal”? Do you have any idea; I sure don’t. The goalposts have shifted so many times that Adam Vinatieri couldn’t find them.

    Voters who desire to be well-informed before making a decision are finding it very difficult to do so, because the McCain campaign refuses to enter into any meaningful discussion of policy, or to even allow a virtually unknown VP candidate speak to the press.

    So to answer the question you posed: “Should there be any doubt as to who is more qualified to lead this country for the next 4-8 years after last night?”

    #@!#, yeah, there’s a whole ton of doubt as to who is more qualified to lead this country for the next 4-8 years. Doubt is good. You should try it sometime.

    Thanks for 2004, by the way. The wind has been at my back ever since.

  94. hdub11 permalink
    September 9, 2008 4:10 pm

    This dude has no clue as to what he is talking about. John McCain qualified to be the next president? Curt, you might as well insert yourself. If McCain becaomes the next president, the foreign policy situation will only get worse. Other countries are tired of putting up with the crap thsat the United States is dishing out. Presently, the United States is in the greed business. We have this belief that we can go into any country and just take over. It’s almost like we expect these countries to just hand things over to us. ” We help you get this country under control and you hand over your oil to us. We have other ways of getting by without all of this excessive oil, but we would like to fatten our pockets. @#!@#, half of us have some type of hidden agenda and we want to profits off of it”. If McCain becomes president, things will only get worse. If he wasn’t even good enough to beat a dumb ass president Bush when he last ran, what makes you think he is qualified enough to win the election over Obama? A man who has far more sense that Bush any day. Curt, your are and always will be a damn racist. Anything white is right to you and many other caucasians who are scared to have a black man run this country. We can hand over California to Arnold, but we can’t trust Obama with the fate of the country? We allowed Bush to cheat his way into office, only to put the country in a hole so deep, that it is going to take at least three presidential terms to fix it. Bush just handed over 1 billion dollars to Georgia because they were dumb enough to start some #@$#@ with Russia of all places. We have people living under bridges in this country, children not receiving adequate education, health care and social security all screwed up, not to mention the economy and the deficit itself and we spend 341.4 million per day on a senseless war, that will only continue with McCain in office. So Curt, spare me with your backwoods, country, nonsense. The red states in this country ruin every election because they vote republican, just cause. They never weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each candidate. They just simply vote red, just cause their parents did at one point. No one, except for those who are from New York and those family members of those who died when those planes were hijacked, feel the pain of 9/11 like we do. Bush went to the wrong country to start his mess. He just finished waht dad started. It eats at me every day. Two great New York landmarks, fixtures of that beautiful city ruined, along with the live of so many others, and we still haven’t done a damn thing about it 7 years later. Abner Louima didn’t deserve that baton up his butt Shilling, you did.

  95. jonnyjbones permalink
    September 9, 2008 4:40 pm

    All I see in the mainstream media is giving the our government a practical free pass on screwing up this country.

    I can’t wait to see all the softball questions Gibson has for Palin.

    Karl Rove has convinced everybody the media has bias against Republicans. What’s next? Up is down? Black is white?

    The media is simply a voicebox for our corrupt government.

  96. mattmcclime permalink
    September 9, 2008 4:43 pm

    johnnyjbones,
    “”There’s no question that Saddam Hussein had al Qaeda ties; We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the September 11th attacks.” -George Bush, 2003

    There never has been a link established between 9/11 and Iraq. No one in the Bush administration has publicly stated that there was one. There was a link between Iraq and al Qaeda, but no one has ever proven they were involved in any operational activities with them.
    If you want a good look into what our government knew regarding Iraq and al Qaeda as far as sources go, I’d suggest reading the 9/11 Commission’s final report. It’s a long read, but worth reading and pretty compelling.

  97. thespo1062 permalink
    September 9, 2008 5:19 pm

    Hey rodmac,

    Stop living in the past and open your eyes to the truth. First of all, I will agree with you, there was a very small percentage of people that treated you guys like #!@#@, and I apologize for that. But to say Obama`s followers are the same as those that loved Jane Fonda, all you are doing is crying the victom. Like the Afro AMERICAN ASKING FOR REPARATIONS OR THE JEWS STILL CRYING THEY ARE STILL BEING VICTIMIZED???

    This country is in the worst shape economically since FDR days. And who put us there, the good ole boys from texas… And the Rove people who told Bush what to do aRE THE SAME RUNNING McCains run for the presidency.

    How about giving the citizens of this great country a chance to have the same opportunities as everyone else, the same health care, pay the same taxes, have citizenship. have the right to vote, have the freedom of choice and have the choice not to get killed fighting a fraudulent war like you did.

    You and your peers have more coming then you have received from this country, so why not stop this “war” and have all out men and woman back home and safe

    C-ya next year

    PS Curt, the day you make the hall is the day all the rest of the pitchers who have won a few play off games like petite, Louisiana lightning, etc get in too…. we had you beat till Mo gave up that hit in the ninth…. remember Soriano???

  98. lovepapi permalink
    September 9, 2008 5:25 pm

    Iam a registered independent and usuaaly vote my gut. This time I was quite undecided which way to go, both candidates have negatives and positives. I watched both covention speeches. The most glaring difference for me was the reaction of the convention goers…did anyone else notice that the Obama speech highlighted what the government should do for us and the McCain speech was interuppted frequenbtly by the chants of “USA USA USA”. This is where my heart and vote are headed, where the candidate and support system are interested in supporting our country instead of taxing the majority to support the remainder

  99. sox4me permalink
    September 9, 2008 7:31 pm

    I especially like the resolution that Barack submitted to congratulate the Chicago White Sox on winning the 2005 World Series – or the one to rename a road.
    Makes me all warm and fuzzy to think that he could be our next President

  100. mjd04 permalink
    September 10, 2008 4:42 am

    Rodmac,

    You wrote that Obama hasn’t made a single concrete policy proposal. Did you watch Obama’s convention speech vs. McCain’s? Because — and I’m not commenting on the quality of the speeches — Obama’s speech was filled with way more policy proposals than McCain’s. And to those who say, that’s just a speech, I ask, where else is a candidate going to give a proposal. And I’ll answer: if you go to the candidates’ respective websites you will find way way more concrete proposals on Obama’s than on McCain’s.

    Lovepapi,

    If you watched the DNC and didn’t hear “USA” chants … you had your tv on mute.

    Also, your post seems to suggest that Obama will tax the majority to support the remainder. If so, you are incorrect. Obama’s plan calls for tax cuts for Americans making under $250,000. That is clearly a majority of taxpayers. It also calls for no taxes for seniors living on $50k or less.

    Finally, regarding Curt’s point about doubt. I think everyone should have doubts about a candidate who runs a campaign as nasty as McCain’s has become. Yesterday he ran an ad saying that Obama’s one legislative achievement on education was sex ed for kindergartners. Disgusting! The point of the legislation was to help kids recognize and defend themselves against child molesters/sexual predators by discussing “good touch/bad touch.” To suggest that Obama was kids to “learn about sex before they learn how to read” is absolutely disgusting (esp. given Obama is the dad of 2 young girls).

    Not as disgusting, but still disturbing: yesterday McCain said Obama wants to cut military funding. The only basis for this claim was that Obama criticized a program called Future Combat System. The reason McCain’s criticism is disturbing is that, unless he’s changed his position in the last 2 months, McCain has criticized the FCS in much the same way as Obama.

    One candidate is running a sleaze fest of a campaign, and the other is not (see, for example, Obama’s response to news of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy: families are off-limits; and not only that, he demonstrated empathy, pointing out that his mom was 18 when he was born too). If you don’t have doubts about McCain given the sleazy campaign he’s running, then you’re probably an idealogue. Which is fine. But you should admit this to yourself.

  101. September 10, 2008 1:38 pm

    You are wrong about McCain. He is not the man he used to be; he’s given up all integrity so he can win the presidency. Would someone who cared about US safety nominate someone for VP with NO foreign policy experience? Open your mind to the real truth about McCain/Palin; they will not keep us safe, they will not take care of our troops and vets, and the US and entire world will pay the price in countless ways.

  102. jonnyjbones permalink
    September 10, 2008 2:05 pm

    mattmcclime

    There is not a single peice of evidence that Iraq or Saddamn were involved with Al Quaida. The 9-11 report confirms this.

    Cheney, Bush and Rice did everything in their power to make Americans think that Iraq was involved in 9-11. Bush himself did everything BUT say so leading up to the war to convince Americans that Iraq was a threat to us and would help Al Quaida attack us.

    This is the biggest travesty ever in the history of our country and it was suck a convincing falsehood that people like you and curt STILL think Saddamn had ties to Al Quaida.

    Please present to me a SINGLE peice of evidence that has not been thoroughly examined and proven to be false.

  103. kotitescorner permalink
    September 11, 2008 2:11 pm

    first off with the economy will stay the same at its current decline with McCain in power. he has served this country well, and i really do not want to bash him, i disagree with his views. i do have a few things to say about that hack running mate he has. first off, her son is going to war and i am not going to discredit it but you honestly believe he will be anywhere close to the front line? and her daughter is pregnant and she does not believe in teaching sex ed (obviously!). this is a private matter and obama and his people should be acclaimed for saying that. obama even brought up his mom had him at 18. but i want all you Starr or Rove would have gone after the Clinton’s if Chelsea got knocked up? shows what hypocrites the republican are.

    by the way Shil, you used to be the man back in ’93, what happened to you? what did boston do to you?

    kotitescorner.blogspot.com

  104. mattmcclime permalink
    September 11, 2008 4:19 pm

    jonnyjbones,
    Maybe you should stop being so argumentative and actually research the topic as opposed to just restating your beliefs over and over again…
    This is directly from the 9/11 report:

    Bin Ladin was also willing to explore possibilities for cooperation with Iraq, even though Iraq’s dictator, Saddam Hussein, had never had an Islamist agenda—save for his opportunistic pose as a defender of the faithful against “Crusaders” during the Gulf War of 1991. Moreover, Bin Ladin had in fact been sponsoring anti-Saddam Islamists in Iraqi Kurdistan, and sought to attract them into his Islamic army. To protect his own ties with Iraq, Turabi reportedly brokered an agreement that Bin Ladin would stop supporting activities against Saddam. Bin Ladin apparently honored this pledge, at least for a time, although he continued to aid a group of Islamist extremists operating in part of Iraq (Kurdistan) outside of Baghdad’s control. In the late 1990s, these extremist groups suffered major defeats by Kurdish forces. In 2001, with Bin Ladin’s help they re-formed into an organization called Ansar al Islam. There are indications that by then the Iraqi regime tolerated and may even have helped Ansar al Islam against the common Kurdish enemy.
    With the Sudanese regime acting as intermediary, Bin Ladin himself met with a senior Iraqi intelligence officer in Khartoum in late 1994 or early 1995. Bin Ladin is said to have asked for space to establish training camps, as well as assistance in procuring weapons, but there is no evidence that Iraq responded to this request. As described below, the ensuing years saw additional efforts to establish connections. There is also evidence that around this time Bin Ladin sent out a number of feelers to the Iraqi regime, offering some cooperation. None are reported to have received a significant response. According to one report, Saddam Hussein’s efforts at this time to rebuild relations with the Saudis and other Middle Eastern regimes led him to stay clear of Bin Ladin. In mid-1998, the situation reversed; it was Iraq that reportedly took the initiative. In March 1998, after Bin Ladin’s public fatwa against the United States, two al Qaeda members reportedly went to Iraq to meet with Iraqi intelligence. In July, an Iraqi delegation traveled to Afghanistan to meet first with the Taliban and then with Bin Ladin. Sources reported that one, or perhaps both, of these meetings was apparently arranged through Bin Ladin’s Egyptian deputy, Zawahiri, who had ties of his own to the Iraqis. In 1998, Iraq was under intensifying U.S. pressure, which culminated in a series of large air attacks in December. Similar meetings between Iraqi officials and Bin Ladin or his aides may have occurred in 1999 during a period of some reported strains with the Taliban. According to the reporting, Iraqi officials offered Bin Ladin a safe haven in Iraq. Bin Ladin declined, apparently judging that his circumstances in Afghanistan remained more favorable than the Iraqi alternative. The reports describe friendly contacts and indicate some common themes in both sides’ hatred of the United States. But to date we have seen no evidence that these or the earlier contacts ever developed into a collaborative operational relationship. Nor have we seen evidence indicating that Iraq cooperated with al Qaeda in developing or carrying out any attacks against the United States.

  105. truestwords permalink
    September 12, 2008 7:15 pm

    It’s truly heartwarming to see that the farther Curt gets from being any good to a baseball team, the closer we get to seeing comments here that tell the truth. If it keeps up like this–so little Curt-worship for his trouble–he might even have to close down this blog.

    Watching the Republican convention did nothing to make me think McCain will make a good president, and certainly not a better one than Obama, and certainly not as a change-agent.

    What I learned was that Republicans are even more petty and out of touch with the so-called-Christian and patriotic values they so cynically used to get their guy into office the last two times than I even imagined. The speeches I saw were chock full of hateful, nasty, childish, unchristian attacks on their opponents. And boy did the crowd just love that @#$#@$!.

    And Curt, like so many other Republicans, is so far from dealing with the world in a truly Christian and patriotic way. He votes for, and tries to convince his adoring fans to vote for, the party that gives tax breaks to him and the other multi-millionaires.

    TRUE patriotism would have those to whom this country has given such success vote for a candidate who put the tax burden on them, not the less fortunate. They’d want to make millions, not of more dollars, but of fellow Americans more financially secure and able to provide for their families.

    But Curt is not that generous, wise kind of Christian or patriot. He’s the kind who disowns and causes major rifts between members of his own family simply because they dare to disagree with his politics. Hmmm, so much for believing in reaching across party lines, he doesn’t even support peace in his own family.

    And he foolishly believes that patriotism means that you stand by mutely while a moron like GW Bush runs our great country into the ground for the benefit of a minority of Americans-for instance those at Halliburton or the oil companies or baseball players.

    So Curt is friends with McCain. What’s that got to do with it? Well, Curt is the type of guy who thinks that being friends with Curt makes McCain special.

    Kind of along the same lines as how Curt thinks God gave him his arm because Curt was somehow superior to other men and deserved it more than others.

    Plus, it’ll do Curt’s own political aspirations good to have his friends in power.

    Also, as has been said here, if Curt truly thought military service was so important for a candidate, why support Bush and Cheney so vocally? Oh, well, when it’s the Democratic candidate who lacks a military record, it suddenly is not that important. How convenient.

    Yeah, have your say now. With all this intelligent disagreement with Curt’s pontificating, he’ll soon be shutting down this blog, or at least requiring you to sign a loyalty oath before you’re allowed to post.

  106. truestwords permalink
    September 12, 2008 8:10 pm

    Oh, speaking of disrespecting the troops, your man McCain seems to have done one hell of a lot of it in a way that really counts:

    McCain’s Voting Record: He Does Not Support Our Troops and VeteransTuesday, February 26, 2008 –

    Since everyone is at least a bit familiar with John McCain’s record when it comes to strolling through a market in Baghdad with hundreds of his closest guards, or how he wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years (except when he flip flops on that).

    But not that many really, truly know just how horrific his voting record is when it comes to the troops. And it is pretty consistent – whether it is for armor and equipment, for veteran’s health care, for adequate troop rest or anything that actually, you know, supports our troops.

    Go here for the details, if you care (if you dare):

    Still in his corner, Curt? Of course you are, because he still will do what’s good for the fat cats like you and not for the vast majority of Americans.

  107. truestwords permalink
    September 12, 2008 8:11 pm

    Oh, speaking of disrespecting the troops, your man McCain seems to have done one hell of a lot of it in a way that really counts:

    McCain’s Voting Record: He Does Not Support Our Troops and VeteransTuesday, February 26, 2008 –

    Since everyone is at least a bit familiar with John McCain’s record when it comes to strolling through a market in Baghdad with hundreds of his closest guards, or how he wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years (except when he flip flops on that).

    But not that many really, truly know just how horrific his voting record is when it comes to the troops. And it is pretty consistent – whether it is for armor and equipment, for veteran’s health care, for adequate troop rest or anything that actually, you know, supports our troops.

    Still in his corner, Curt? Of course you are, because he still will do what’s good for the fat cats like you and not for the vast majority of Americans.

  108. phnxrising permalink
    September 13, 2008 5:07 am

    I am better traveled, better educated and speak more languages than Sara and even I know running for a position such as this ought to take thoughtful consideration! If Sara does not blink for this….what else does she not blink before doing and who might that leave out in the cold? It is insulting that John McCain cares more about winning than he does about championing women’s rights! I recognize the fact that McCain is a survivor of war but he along with Palin seem to think that an overtly aggressive stance in this world is the way to approach the many challenges we face with our neighbors whether foreign or domestic! I challenge them both to consider if they are so pro-life and so pro-women’s rights and so pro-change to reflect on the real heroes of war……Shirley Peck Barnes who authored “The War Cradle”(2000) tells us : “The lessons of Vietnam go unheeded. It is still with us, Bosnia, Kosovo, the Middle East, Ireland… there is no ‘war cradle’ … no protective environment for the children. We are often tangled in “causes and reasons” for war and the incidents that perpetuate it. But, if we were to place emphasis on WHAT war does to children, I think the diplomats might make a greater effort to take their arguments to the peace table, rather than the battlefield.
    Oh and Curt… you are wrong about”people that have never served their country, or endured incredible hardship, or both, are the ones spouting “I’m tired of hearing about him being a POW”…..my brother was one of the babies that came from Vietnam to the US as an orphan from that God forsaken war and he is also a veteran of the US Army! So he HAS served his country and I think being orphaned qualifies as “ENDURING INCREDIBLE HARDSHIP” and he is infuriated by McCain!
    You stated that people that have done what McCain has “are the only ones who can truly understand the horrors of war.”
    I have to disagree with you wholeheartedly on this one because you left out all of the displaced innocents who more than understand what these horrors mean. A good example of this are the shrapnel scars on my brother’s body from childhood and many more children like him who are still out there today! And those are just the physical scars……

  109. truestwords permalink
    September 13, 2008 3:03 pm

    Curt said:
    People that have never served their country, or endured incredible hardship, or both, are the ones spouting “I’m tired of hearing about him being a POW..blah blah blah, yadda yaddda.
    **************

    Actually, Curt, both those who’ve served and those who haven’t have objected to the notion that having been a soldier, especially as prisoner of war, qualifies one person any more than any other person. You’d know this if you were paying attention to more than Papa Bear O’Reilly’s talking points and such other unfair and unbalanced ranting.

    This is why they are sick of hearing about McCain’s prisoner of war
    horror–it’s a plea for Americans to use their emotions rather than their good sense to decide who should be our President, just like they did the last two times to such an astoundingly destructive end.

    As a matter of fact, perhaps, like McCain (proven by his utter disrespect of our fighting men in women–his voting record denying actual support–as opposed to car magnets and hating on people who disagree with the war–to our troops ), you also don’t acknowledge the hell soldiers go through and how it can affect their later lives in a negative way.

    Those who have already served and who have come home with their minds failing to function normally–suffering the utter hell of mental illness–are being denied treatment by the US army and are even being sent back to fight again. (And it must be reiterated that if you and all your war-supporting Republicans had signed up, this wouldn’t need to be done.)

    ************Curt asked:
    War monger? Please. Why is it that you have yet to hear someone that has served this great nation, offering up the ultimate sacrifice, say those things?
    **************
    Again, it’s because you aren’t listening. Plenty of military men and women have made this point. But, you don’t even pay them the honor of tuning in to news sources that bring you such opinions, or if you do you dismiss them out-of-hand. Apparently your demand that respect be paid to the troops doesn’t hold when that troop disagrees with your political party.

    Karen you’re a dope. You spent your whole weekend with eyes glued here for what? To spew the same BS you’ve always done? So you are saying Senator McCain is for ‘denying treatment to returning troops showing mental issues”? Can you cite a legitimate source for his vote and comments on that exact topic?.

    And what does this mean “you also don’t acknowledge the hell soldiers go through and how it can affect their later lives in a negative way.”?

    I can’t fathom the hell these men and woman go through in combat, nor after, and won’t even pretend to. I certainly don’t dismiss the voice of soldiers who have served but are opposed to President Bush’s stance, nor Senator McCains. Some of them seem to have posted here. They are more than free to feel the way they do about the subject at hand, as am I, as are you.

    In part due to the fact that they, and their brothers in arms have for 232 years at home and abroad served at the call of the Commander in Chief.

    Do yourself a favor, and the families, start your own blog please. I was tired of hearing you years ago, which makes the garbage now even more tiresome and full of BS.

    The fact that you teach in public schools is somewhat terrifying since you clearly are in the “Them vs Us” camp, and always have been. I have a hard time seeing you teach impartially nor give anyone an unbiased education on the history of this great country.

    The fact that you teach is commendable, but I’d prefer someone who has been and always will be as radical and irrational as you, to be doing something other than influencing young kids looking for positive role models.

    The one thing I know for a fact is that while I will vote for Senator McCain to be my next President, I’ll honor whichever candidate wins the election as my next Commander in Chief. You’ll spend the next 4 years screaming at a vast hole of emptiness about how the Government screwed you, while doing jack about it but pissing and moaning to anyone that will listen.

  110. rodmac permalink
    September 13, 2008 5:33 pm

    Thespo 1062 and Karen.
    My god where do you people come from? Are you some of the clowns writing the revisionist histories that are flooding the market?
    Yeah right, Thespo, I’m living in the past. that’s because there are so many reflections of the past still in my face today. Maybe it was mostly in the northeast or places like San Francisco, but it was by no means a “small percentage” who condemned the drafted troops who served in Vietnam. It was a huge majority of over privileged holier than thou students and coeds who had to face no risks what so ever that were the most vocal. And they, like you, are still shooting their mouths off.
    You whacked out liberal moonbats are still every where. In spike of the fact that your sit-ins, marches, protests and drop out philosophies, and drug use, produced absolutely nothing in the way of reform, you arrogantly try to make people think you ended the war and were the main reason for civil rights reforms. The fact is that you were more of a hindrance than anything else. Face the facts. Instead of occupying college administration buildings and chanting communist slogans, if you actually had done something constructive, maybe you could have had some real voice. But you didn’t. You have nothing to be proud about except drugged out Woodstock nostalgia. I’ll never make headway with you people because you are so arrogant that you select only the facts
    that support you nonsense.
    Now Karen. where are you getting your facts about the opinions of combat veterans? Certainly not from me. And certainly not from the veterans. I think you’re making this crap up.
    Thespo 1062 thinks that I’m living in the past because of my recollections of service and combat experience. Plus the resulting treatment I got from US citizens back home. He minimizes it, and tells my to stop living in the past. I should just forget it, and let another slogan chanting anti war idiot simply drag the troops home. That will make everything just peachy. It’s sort of the typical, hear no evil philosophy. But you are even worse.
    You are sick of hearing about McCain’s experiences? Wonderful. You also probably thinks it’s wrong to bring up Rev. Wright. Racist right?
    Ah! Never mind. I couldn’t change your sick mind with a baseball bat.
    What’s worse is there are so many idiots like you around here.
    You need psychiatric help. Lots of it. In fact, you need a team of shrinks. You need to be sent somewhere that people teach actual reasoning, instead of just slogan chanting. I’ll bet you live in Cambridge.
    Rod

  111. truestwords permalink
    September 13, 2008 9:10 pm

    rodmac, your opinion seems to be based mostly on hate, lack of reasoning skills, and a failure to acknowledge any facts you disagree with. If you cared to hear vets who disagreed with you, Google is right there for ya. You just don’t care to know.

    Much of what you’ve spewed here (Come to 38pitches and Spew along with Curt!), shows I’m right about how you come to your conclusions. No sense wasting time on you–though what a lovely idea you had about using a baseball bat to make others agree with one’s ideas.

  112. republamerican permalink
    September 16, 2008 8:45 pm

    Barry and the Democrats

    Oh, that Barry. He and the Dems will fix everything. Ya they’ll fix it good alright. This guy is the biggest charlatan alive with the possible exception of Mahmoud Ahmanutjob, and millions of people are buying what he’s selling. Iran supports him. The Saudis support him. Good thing they don’t have a vote. Hollywood loonies support him. Do you really need to know anything else?

    Have you heard him say that 95% of Americans would pay less tax under his plan? I was thinking. This is impossible.

    First, consider this. If you or your family earn more than $92,000 per year, (and many do, but would scoff at being called affluent especially in the Northeast), then congratulations. You belong to a select group of taxpayers in the top 20% of all wage earners. You also have the blessed distinction of paying 80% of all taxes collected. The top 20% pay 80% of all the tax. Nice, huh? The top 50% wage earners pay a staggering 97% of all taxes. Sounds like a deal to me. This means that the bottom 50% of all tax filers pay only 3% of all taxes collected. Put another way, 5 of every 10 people pay only $3 out of every $100 in tax collected. To make matters worse, the Tax foundation verified that 32 percent of all tax returns filed were from people who paid no federal income tax at all. This is possible because of tax exemptions and earned income tax credits which reduce some filer’s tax liability to zero. 32 % pay nothing. The fact is, Barry with his plan would have no choice but to target the top 20% of individual wage earners to raise money to grow government because this is where the bulk of tax revenue comes from. This would likely be used to do some fist pumping and REDUCE taxes on those who already pay a disproportionately miniscule amount (or to provide more handouts to those who already pay nothing or next to nothing and build support, eh .. dependency in the voting base), many of whom could very well be here illegally.

    Then you have his “pay or play” strategy for businesses. This is one of the main points in his plan. Basically, the idea is you give corporations a choice. The company either pays the lion’s share of medical insurance premiums for its employees, or faces an additional tax. Most companies, when faced with this dilemma will opt for the latter, since taxes are income-based and are increasing at a lower rate than health insurance premiums year over year. The nice windfall could help fund Barry’s socialized medicine initiatives. One of the problems with this which he and the Dems seem to conveniently ignore is that in response to this added load, businesses will A) increase prices, and B) layoff employees to compensate for the additional expense. You don’t have to be a Harvard Law grad like Barry to know that neither of these will have a positive affect on the economy. He’s like a modern-day Robin Hood with terrorist and racist friends, tens of millions of dollars, a nice suit, and a bitchy wife.

    He and the Dems also slam Bush saying that his tax cuts were only for the corporations and the wealthy. This is not true. While top 10% earners got a tax break to foster trickle-down, they actually paid more tax. In 2000 before the Bush tax cuts, top 10% wage earners paid 67% of all tax. Last year this number was close to 71%. This is according to IRS income statistics. During a period of time when Bush was supposedly taking care of his buddies in big oil, the highest earners actually paid more tax than before. I never saw this announced on PMSNBC, Press the Meat, or Deface the Nation. How could this be possible if the tax cuts were for the privileged few? What BarryWanKanobe and company seem to miss is that when you lower taxes, people tend to put more effort into earning income since less of it is taxable, and less effort into finding ways to avoid paying tax. Try explaining that to a liberal.

    Barry and the Democrats. Sounds like a defunct 60’s band that smoked too much weed and sang about hope and change.

  113. liberalnewyorker permalink
    September 18, 2008 1:29 pm

    Shame on you. You were blessed with a talent that I, and many others wish we had, and it’s made you wealthy. With this, I have no problem; people should be rewarded for excellence. You, sir, however, are typical of the apathetic monied class: instead of showing some compassion, by virtue of your (oftentimes inappropriate) campaigning for the plutocrat Republicans, who have committed the highest forms of treason and ruined my beloved nation, you reveal yourself as selfish, calloused, perfidious and-worst of all-ignorant. If you truly loved this country, and that means everyone in it, including those hard-working Bostonians, whom you offended with your brazen Bush-praising at the ’04 World Series celebration, and who pay your salary by spending money to see you pitch, you wouldn’t support an administration that has cost those people jobs and sent their children overseas to die or be maimed and left by said administration to languish in neglect.

    In the future, sir, I implore you, stick to pitching and leave the politicking to those of us who were born with brains.

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