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McCain in SC!!!!!

January 21, 2008

If you are a McCain fan the last few days had to be good ones. Learning from missteps in the past I think the Senator just went to S.C., spoke to the people, they heard him and I think got what I got, and he won.

As I stated earlier, please, if you do care about the upcoming election, if you are not dead set on who you are voting for, if this matters and you have a chance, just hear Senator McCain speak. He may not give you the answer you are looking for, he may not be in agreement with you on a stance or an issue, but the man is honest to a fault, to a fault. And for all the “Anti-War” folks who feel the need to rant and rave and call the Senator a “war monger” I’d tell you to do it in a forum with other suck ups or liars, not here. I know this man very well, “War Mongering” is not anywhere near this man as a character trait.

I’d argue that he’s pretty much got the experience and life lessons to be the exact opposite. If anyone on this planet would be against war you’d have to guess it would be Senator McCain. Too many people are ignorant or just refuse to take an objective look at what he means and says. He’s not pro-war, he’s pro-American. The difference to me is that he’s one of the FEW politicians that absolutely knows ANYONE promising an immediate withdrawal of our armed forces is either

A) A liar trying to get elected to public office

B) Horribly callous, irresponsible and ignorant to the lives of the men and women serving in the armed forces.

I have stated many times before in this blog I want our men and woman to come home, but not until the people in charge of the military forces believe there is enough stability in the Middle east for us to leave and not have to come back. Do you not honestly believe that every time some wing nut like Nancy Pelosi spews about the past mistakes of the Bush administration, the horrific lies told to us at the start of the war about our intents and purpose, there aren’t tens of thousands, if not millions, of hard core fanatical extremists saying “Just a little longer, if we can hang on just a little longer the Americans will leave, and we’ll turn this country back into what we need it to be to allow us to thrive once again”.

I cannot be the only person that thinks this way? I don’t want the war to last one day more, not one, but can you honestly say that we need to elect someone to office who has a middle east withdrawal as a major piece of their election agenda? I can’t. Right or wrong I can’t.

I don’t have all the answers, neither does Senator McCain, and he’ll tell you as much, but neither does Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama (the other person of unparalleled character in this upcoming election imo) and neither does anyone else running for the next Presidency.

Anyone wanting to toss out character issues or past mistakes that have to do with Senator McCain please don’t do so blindly, because I promise you your candidate has as much, likely more, dirty laundry than he has or ever will.

But like all other political posts here, the message at the end of the day is vote, if you care enough to bitch and moan about my endorsement of Senator McCain you better not piss away your chance to vote and have your voice be heard. That’s the thing at the end of every day that will and always has separated us from so many countries in this world, for better and for worse. You can write, and I can write, and we can talk and argue about these topics with passion and care, and then we can go home. No one in our families will be jailed for us voicing political opinions, or arguing them, no one gets lynched, shot or raped, or murdered.

The free people in the Middle East deserve the very same rights and opportunities. Hell every person on this planet is born with that right, what human has the authority to take that away?

95 Comments leave one →
  1. hshawjr permalink
    January 21, 2008 8:52 am

    Mr. Schilling – I agree with you as a retired Coast Guard Warrant Officer, Mr. McCain is the best choice of the candidates out there. He is articulate and honest. His plans are well reasoned and not just said to get himself elected. As retired military, I prefer to have a Commander-In-Chief who has “experience” in what the actual cost is when sending our young men and women to risk their lives for America.

    This is not to put down other candidates, but to send out faceless names and numbers (as our military sometimes becomes) to do something you have not done yourself is less than thrilling for many.

    So based upon Mr. McCain’s well thought out plans, previous leadership in harms way and his honesty, he will receive my vote. This is from a registered Democrat.

    Harold Shaw

  2. jamac permalink
    January 21, 2008 10:49 am

    OMG Curt, Love your baseball but god you are an idiot with your politics.

    You said Anyone who wants to remove troops from Iraq is:

    “A) A liar trying to get elected to public office

    B) Horribly callous, irresponsible and ignorant to the lives of the men and women serving in the armed forces.”

    Come on Curt, that is ignorance at its height! Obviously you haven’t done any research into the under lying conflict in Iraq or you would not be saying this slander against anyone who opposed to fighting someone else’s civil war. This war has been going on for thousands and thousands of years. Sure we could maybe stay there play security guards and occupy a country indefinitely, but it is not going to change the under lying conflict. The Sunni’s. the Kurd’s and the Shiite’s dont like, dont trust and do not want to get along with each other because of their thousands of years old war. Once we leave, that conflict will start up again just as though we were never there. (See Vietnam for reference.)

    To think that staying in Iraq, flexing our might and occupying another country is going to do anything more than rack up a huge bill for us, and endangering the lives of our men and women serving in Iraq needlessly, makes you either:

    A.) A liar trying to get someone ignorant elected

    or

    B.) Horribly callous, irresponsible and ignorant to the lives of the men and women serving in the armed forces.

    My brother served 18 months in Mozul, and he too stated that all we are doing is occupying and reinforcing our infrastructure in Iraq. We are not doing anything to rebuild Iraq, we are just protecting our interests and ignoring the will of the Iraqi people.

    Yes occupation because we ignored Iraq wishes and commands when they wanted Blackwater expelled, sovereign nations wouldn’t let that happen. The Iraqi government said get out, we said, ehhh yeah thanks for playing but please try again, and let Blackwater stay.

    Disappointed Curt, disappointed that you would make such ignorant allegations.

  3. mk2915 permalink
    January 21, 2008 11:26 am

    Well, going forward with the situation in the middle east I’m starting to lean towards McCain. As a veteran of OIF I think the war was a huge mistake and it is appealing to vote for the candidate that shows the most anger towards the war and promises immediate withdrawal. But it’s important to get beyond emotions and vote for what is best for the our country in the long run. My only problem is are we going to be talking about how to fix Iraq in the 2012 elections as well?

  4. January 21, 2008 11:33 am

    I’d be extremely happy with Sens McCain and Obama as the choices in the general election. Different approaches but I think both could get the job done.

  5. hlang permalink
    January 21, 2008 12:03 pm

    I see. Schilling on the Middle East, the presidential campaign, and crime-free America: “I am not here to talk about the past. Only Wingnuts do that. I am here to be positive by calling people names. Name calling is how I prove that my guy is great. I am also here to lie about people who are not my guy and don’t support him. And I am here to forgive and forget the horrific lies of the Bush administration, because those lies are in the past. Obviously the Bush Administration is not lying now — and most importantly, my guy and his friend Joe Lieberman are not helping them lie. And this is how I will convince you of that: By telling you that nobody in America is jailed for their political opinions, and by saying that no one in America gets lynched, shot, or raped, or murdered. That will persuade you because I believe that you are even dumber, more poorly educated, and less informed than me. You must be, because I can throw a baseball pretty well and you can’t.”

  6. January 21, 2008 12:28 pm

    Hi Curt.

    I agree with most of what you wrote, but wow, this is about the most bluntly negative you’ve been about the views of other people, that I’ve seen. Get ready for the firestorm of criticism. Not that you aren’t used to it.

    I supported the invasion, and have for over four years now wanted us to leave Iraq, as soon as we could do so without the place falling apart. We are, I think and hope, getting closer to that point.

    Even Brian Baird, a consistently anti-Iraq War Democrat from my state of Washington (I’m a native of MA, but live here now) recently came back from Iraq and said, for the first time, that he changed his mind and that we should remain in Iraq because we actually have a chance of success. Boy, the anti-Bush crowd chewed him up and spit him out over that one. He’s got guts, and integrity, that much appears certain.

    A word about Obama: while I kinda like him, I find his insistence that we should come together as a nation, regardless of party, to be somewhat disingenuous. His version of coming together is people supporting his socialist agenda, where the federal government will control everything in our lives, from education to health care to property rights, on down the line.

    Take health care: if you agree we need universal, federal, health care but disagree with his details, then you are coming together for the good of the country. But if you believe such a thing is unconstitutional and therefore we should not do it, well, then you’re just a partisan who wants to keep us divided as a nation.

    It is how the Democrats often operate, and have been operating for decades now. They shape the terms of the debate. Another example is the Estate Tax. Most Republicans debate the tax on Democratic terms: whether the tax helps, or hurts, the economy and the government’s bottom line. But that is giving away the argument, because even having it assumes that the government has a right to take that money in the first place.

    That’s what Obama wants to do: frame the debate on his terms, and then pretend that if you want to come together, like he does, then you will engage in that debate.

    I still like him. And I don’t know how consciously he is doing this. But he is doing it, and I won’t fall for it.

  7. jbbrennx permalink
    January 21, 2008 12:37 pm

    Completely agree, Curt. McCain is simply, hands down, the best candidate right now to lead this country. Get out the vote!

  8. skoobydue permalink
    January 21, 2008 12:52 pm

    Hi Curt,
    I remember a while back, I think when McCain was running in the last election, making the specific point regarding the validity of invading Iraq and that looking back, he would probably not support such action, BUT we have made that decision and therefore must see this through to the end goal which is to stabilize the country and ensure a viable government is in place.
    I believe Senator McCain has not changed his message or opinion on this, even during the negative hype that was the rallying cry of whomever was seeking a public office on the Democratic ticket(s).
    It is amusing for myself to hear and see how politicians today can make so many promises and change their positions depending on where the media driven political wheather is blowing yet never seem to be held accountable for them once they are elected into office.
    Integrity for me should be one of the most important aspects of a candidate, and for that I give Senator McCain the highest marks based on his track record,
    Well , thats it, take care and God bless,

    Jon L.

  9. syphax permalink
    January 21, 2008 1:05 pm

    Curt,

    Please don’t call Nancy Pelosi a wing nut. Name-calling is a disservice to all involved, and you are better than that. If you disagree with her, fine, but marginalizing her views with schoolyard taunts isn’t very compelling

    As for “Just a little longer, if we can hang on just a little longer the Americans will leave, and we’ll turn this country back into what we need it to be to allow us to thrive once again”. Curt, terrorists *weren’t* thriving in Iraq before the invasion. That’s part of the whole frickin’ problem- we invaded the wrong country! But I digress.

    Also, you forgot option C:

    C) Thinks our apparently indefinite occupation of Iraq is creating and has created more enemies than it has eliminated.

    I don’t know the right answer for how long we should stay in Iraq. I spent Christmas with a colonel who recently came back from Iraq. He thought invading Iraq was a bad idea, poorly implemented, but yet he thinks that now we are there, we need to stay awhile. You can be sure I take his opinion very, very seriously.

    Curt, keep up the good work (free speech and all), but please try to raise your game when it comes to insulting those with whom you disagree. You are better than that.

  10. gabs78 permalink
    January 21, 2008 1:31 pm

    Curt, great post. You are 100% right – anyone promising immediate withdrawal from the Middle East is just looking to get elected.
    With the primaries coming up in Florida, I still haven’t made up my mind but I will listen to what McCain has to say. Thus far, I’m not impressed with any of the other guys.
    Take care!

  11. pete5557 permalink
    January 21, 2008 2:00 pm

    Curt

    I am a lifelong Redsox fan, and a longtime fan of yours. I live in Arizona and did so while you played here. I agree with you on some things but not on others. I like Senator McCain and appreciate his honesty. I agree that he is not a warmonger. I do however take issue with your name calling toward Nancy Pelosi and by extension anyone advocating a withdrawal.

    There are valid points to be made and dismissing them so cavalierly is you doing the same thing you are complaining that people do to Senator McCain. The fact is the war and the underlying situation in the middle east is a mess and has been for centuries. There are no easy answers. We have a president who refuses to listen to any opposing views and that makes any dialog harder. I do believe some candadates, the Senator included would do a much better job. It sounds like you agree with that also. If so don’t be so quick to demean other points of view.

    Also, I want to thank you for the info concerning wearing red on Fridays. I was not aware of that before reading it in your blob. I now tell others about it and do wear red. Like the vast majorityof Americans supporting the troops is vital. Your or my view on the war and its policies has nothing to do with that. I want the troops as safe and well equipped as possible and home soon.

  12. winterking permalink
    January 21, 2008 2:17 pm

    Curt and Co.
    I applaud you for taking a stand and supporting someone that you believe in. I do hope that people listen to you and VOTE. Vote for yourself if you must, but get down there and vote for someone. I, personally, will not be voting for Senator McCain but I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and would be very happy if he were to be elected president. I do not believe that someone that has actually served and was a P.O.W. would take other soldiers lives lightly. I am a member of the armed forces and I would be far more concerned with a person causing more bloodshed that was intent on appeasing the laypersons opinion and not using the hard facts, which might be less politically appealling. One message to the citizens that aren’t sure on whom to vote for…Do not believe anyone that offers quick fixes to complex problems. It is never as easy as they spin it and it will never be accomplished as promised. Vote for any person that offers REAL solutions to OUR problems.

  13. Steph permalink
    January 21, 2008 3:40 pm

    Curt,

    I do disagree with your political choices, but I have always respected the frequent calls you make for civility on your site. I think one of the most disappointing political realities that have come about over the past 7 years is the decline of political discourse and inability for people to separate out differences in opinion from personal character.

    You can imagine my disappointment, then, to see you characterize Nancy Pelosi as a “wing nut,” seemingly because she takes a point of view with which you (vehemently) disagree.

    You have every right to advocate for your chosen candidate, and, given that this is your forum, every right to say whatever you want, regardless. Personal insults in the middle of calling for a higher-minded manner of discourse tend to undercut your message, however.

    Stephanie

  14. January 21, 2008 3:55 pm

    Curt,

    Well said… I think you very accurately articulated the position a lot of hold about the war. And I also think you correctly identified McCain’s position as well. I’ve been amazed at McCain’s dramatic leap into the lead. I thought he was going to end up second-tier for sure. Now it suddenly appears he’s got a solid chance at winning. While there are quite a few areas I disagree with McCain, I wouldn’t have any trouble voting for him in the general election.

  15. pitpat71 permalink
    January 21, 2008 4:01 pm

    Curt,

    I really do like McCain, and can’t say enough about his sacrifice serving our country spending a great deal of his youth being tortured in a prsion camp in Vietnam. One thing I am whole-heatedly convinced of is this is one man who does not take war or military conflict lightly.

    Before 9/11 I was a die hard Democrat. To me the Dems were the Red Sox, and the Republicans were the Yankees.

    But that all changed after 9/11 when I realized no matter how much I disagreed with them, I have a lot more in common with people like George W Bush than I’ll ever have with those plotting to kill me and my friends and family.

    Sad to say, it took Twin Towers falling for me to realize how much I really loved this country. Bush demonstrated to me that he loved this country. Say what you will about him, but I truly believe that he still does, and have always believed that his heart was in the right place in regards to invading Iraq.

    The people of Iraq deserve freedom and human rights and all the other personal freedoms we take for granted here in the United States. We can’t abandon them, and I believe McCain understands that.

    As far as my domestic politics, I’m very liberal. I am pro-choice (although I realize how difficult and complicated the issue is) and am staunchly pro gay rights. (If marriage were truly “sacred” I seriously doubt the divorce rate in this country would be over 60%) If two people love each other than I could give a rats ass whether or not they share the same genitalia.

    For me Gulliani is my guy. I don’t believe he’ll abandon the Iraqi people and he seems pretty tolerant and progressive on domestic issues. That, and how could you not love a guy who hosted SNL dressing up in drag, and doing sketches poking fun at himself?

    My dream ticket for the last 4 years has been Gulliani/McCain. If it’s McCain/Gulliani I think I could live with that just fine.

    It’s a tough thing trying to balance my liberal views and my concern for a strong defense and freedom for the Iraqi people. I grew up in the Reagan era and that was one cowboy who took no shit from anyone in that part of the world. I also liked Clinton progessive views, but as we can see, he was a bit lax on national security.

    Gulliani/McCain seem to be the perfect ticket for me. It’s happy medium I doubt I’ll ever find again in my life time.

    That being, if it doesn’t work out that way I have all the faith in the world that McCain would make a fine president.

  16. varrius permalink
    January 21, 2008 4:12 pm

    A politician that tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is rather dangerous to our political system. If he does manage to get elected, I’d be interested to see just how long he makes it.

    I agree that it is irresponsible for the candidates to state they will bring all the troops home day 1, that is a poorly thought out response. I’m not saying the right decision isn’t to bring them home now, but I think most of them probably need some information that may not be available to them yet to make a properly informed decision. Personally, I’d like to see the troops come home now too, but I wouldn’t say that I have enough facts to know that would be the proper decision.

    However, reviewing what I do know.. I personally think we are creating more problems for ourselves in the middle east right now than we are solving. Our presence there angers them, it’s why they attacked us on 9/11, and sending 150k troops into their holy land since 9/11 has no doubt ticked them off even more. We either need to hunker down for a very long battle in the middle east as a whole (possibly WW3) or we need to get all of our presence there out for good (Israel included) and leave them alone. It’s the only two solutions that will keep them from hating us.

  17. dan3232 permalink
    January 21, 2008 4:38 pm

    Curt,

    Totally agree about the war. NOBODY wants to be there a minute longer than we have to, but if we leave early we’ll be right back there in a year or two fighting a much tougher war against an entrenched enemy.

    In Afghanistan in the 80’s we helped the insurgence to drive out the Soviets then we left them high and dry. We need to learn from history, and that history tells us we need to finish the job.

    Dan

  18. bugmn permalink
    January 21, 2008 5:12 pm

    Where were you last time when Bush dragged his name in the mud? Oh yeah, you’re the Go Big and Go Bush guy….Got us into this mess in the first place.

  19. January 21, 2008 6:11 pm

    “ANYONE promising an immediate withdrawal of our armed forces is” … not any person running for president. Congratulations on winning that debate!

    I agree with you that “people in the Middle East deserve the very same rights and opportunities.” The problems is, no one likes to feel that foreigners are imposing things on them. Note that the Spaniards hated and rebelled against Napoleon’s brother Joseph Bonaparte, although he tried to make Spain a much more democratic country. That our intentions are better than that of previous colonizers doesn’t mean that it’s all going to work out, or be welcomed.

    Also, al Qaeda is extraordinarily unpopular in Iraq. You are quite right that if we left Iraq, the leaders there would not wind up being our first choice. However, it certainly wouldn’t be al Qaeda, who is viewed as a bunch of foreign meddlers.

    Which Nancy Pelosi comments in particular were you thinking of? Maybe she’s said bad things. As you describe what she’s said, though, you might be saying that accurate arguments about mistakes that we’ve made are merely giving aid and comfort to the enemy. But Harry Truman was not aiding the enemy when he presided over a Senate committee investigating war profiteering during WWII. Honesty about our own faults is essential to fighting the good fight.

    We are without any particularly ideal options, and we need to decide what to do based on a hard look at the facts– not any instinctive or well-trained dislike for hate figures, whether Pelosi or Bush.

    Thanks, as always, for advancing your views and providing a place for others to discuss them.

  20. texredsoxfan permalink
    January 21, 2008 6:30 pm

    well said Curt!
    while i’m not sure who i will vote for, i do believe that voting and expressing opinions is a very important practice for our country and for other countries around the world. i wish that there was a candidate that i could vote for that would help people who don’t have the rights we do to gain them, but obviously that isn’t going to happen overnight no matter who becomes president.
    anyways, thanks for the opinions and insights, can’t wait til spring training starts!

  21. papifan permalink
    January 21, 2008 8:46 pm

    Wow!! Those are some serious charges you are making. You know that John McCain once called Ron Paul “the most honest man in Congress”. While I know that McCain feels Ron Paul is wrong, I don’t think he believes that Ron Paul is a liar, or that he is ignorant, callous, or ignorant.

    With that being said, I have to agree with you that McCain is an excellent candidate who I would be proud to call the nation’s president. In fact he is my second choice after Paul. I am privately hoping for a McCain vs Obama race as I also agree with you on Obama. If those two are running, I don’t think the nation could go wrong with either choice. By the way Obama had talked more about bring troops home, so I am surprised by your compliment of him. Unfortunately I don’t think Paul has a shot, but am hoping that his liberterian message of small government and sound monetary policy will influence some of the other candidates. I think he has a lot to offer, especially on economic policy. The dollar is being debased by the Federal Reserve. He is right on about that, I don’t think you can deny that.

    As far as the war, frankly I am not as sure as you are in your position on it as I am in mine. In a lot of ways I think the troops have been asked to do way too much and agree with Senator Webb, but with that being said, by what I have heard, this dedicated people believe in what they are doing over there and are rightfully extremely proud and I have heard from multiple people with relatives and friends in Iraq that the Iraqi people contrary to what the media reports, wants the U.S. to stay. The point also came be made about whether the U.S. can continue to afford to police the world?? Whether the war is right or wrong, the simple fact is that it is essentially being financed by China. Of course I think both sides make logical arguments, as I don’t know if I believe leaving Iraq will necessarily decrease the risk this country faces as far as radical islamic facism, but at the same time I do think the argument can be made, that we are making it worse. Depending on the person arguing, I have changed my mind so many times, that I can really give my own persective as I am so unsure of what is the right or wrong thing to do. Seems like the easiest thing to do is to leave, save billions, and save U.S. troops from danger, but admittedly you make a good point about stability in the region being important as far as long-term safety for the U.S.

    For me personally, I appreciate honesty in my candidate and don’t have to agree with him across the board. How I see it, is that there are honest candidates who I have respect for even though I don’t necessarily agree with them across the board like Paul, McCain, Huckabee, and Obama. And then there is the group who I have no trust in, and who I think would continually lie throughout their presidency and continue to bow to special interest groups like Guiliani, Clinton, and Romney.

    As far as your views, although I don’t agree with you across the board, I respect your passion, and for all the charitable work that you do and the support that you give our armed forces. I have to admit I also agree with you about Pelosi. Not a fan of her either. Also of note I enjoyed your Johnny Podres post. Never have I heard a bad word about Johnny Podres. Great man. My grandparents were Brooklyn Dodgers fans so they really loved him. Gotta love a Yankee killer!! Remember 1955!!!

  22. thgord08 permalink
    January 21, 2008 9:22 pm

    Curt,

    I am passing this along because I know you really care about helping to find a cure for cancer. I believe that you have a great following with this blog, and wanted to mention a current effort to raise money to support the work of Dr. Jim Berenson at the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research. One of my friends at Holy Cross, where I attend college, mentioned an effort to raise funds for Myeloma research in memory of her aunt who died last year and left a 2 year old daughter. Before she died, Virginia MacLean (with her friends) created a beer to sell for research of this disease. The beer, known as Reunion Beer, is sold across the country or by mail order, and I thought I would mention the effort to you and your readers in the hope that people might make a donation, or even just purchase a case of Reunion in the hope of finding a cure for this type of cancer. The website is http://www.reunionbeer.com/index.asp . Thank you Curt and your readers.

    Tom Gordon

  23. windycitybosock permalink
    January 21, 2008 9:32 pm

    IS IT SPRING TRAINING YET????????PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. January 21, 2008 9:43 pm

    The problem with your logic, as far as I can tell, is framed in your last paragraph:

    “The free people in the Middle East deserve the very same rights and opportunities. Hell every person on this planet is born with that right, what human has the authority to take that away?”

    The freest people in the Middle East are the Israeli people, who live in a democratic society and yet are the target of constant attack by their neighbors who have vowed to drive Israel into the sea. As long as Mr McCain doesn’t state his support of Israel and tell of a plan to ensure it’s survival, there is no way that I, or most Jews, would ever support him. Yes, it IS a religious issue, which you should understand, but in my mind, the destruction of Israel and the rise in antisemitism all over Europe and the US is something that politicians should be talking about. Clinton has talked about it, and as Obama. So has Edwards. The republicans, especially Romney, have pretended that this isn’t an issue.

    In my mind, ANY middle east policy we come up with has to protect Israel’s right to survive, and I have seen nothing of that from the Bush administration, which is currently trying to broker the stupidest “peace” accord ever, nor have I seen any suggestions from any other Republican. Which is one of many reason why I would not support the Republican party.

  25. priscillapitman08 permalink
    January 21, 2008 9:48 pm

    Curt,

    I started reading this blog in October, and enjoy reading it. I read it because I love the red sox and enjoy reading about your view. I may not have the same opinion on some issues and this includes politics, but I do respect everyone has a different opinion.
    In reading some of these comments, with people calling you names, I think they really have some nerve. They are the ones who choose to read your blog and if they don’t like what you say, they don’t have to read it. Every person has a right to their own view, and since it is your blog, you have a right to express your view.
    I still haven’t decided who to vote for, and I have to mail my ballot tomorrow. I have been a republican since I was born, and will continue to be one. I grew up in Massachusetts, and back then it was hard being one in that state. At least now I am in a red state, Florida where they are more prominent.

    Thank you for your opinions, even if they are not in agreement with some who read your blog.
    Karen

  26. sgtpepper008 permalink
    January 21, 2008 11:05 pm

    curt – it’s hard to argue against mccain as a warmongerer when he sang his little “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb iran” song to the tune of the beach boys’ barbara ann.

    but frankly, that’s neither here nor there. i don’t think mccain is honest to a fault, i think he’s loyal to a fault… that sounds like a good attribute, but he’s been loyal towards people who don’t deserve his loyalty. namely, the bush machine that raked him over the coals in south carolina back in 2000. then, they became buddy buddy around 2006 when it became clear mccain would be running again.

    what the entire republican fray seems unable to realize is that iraq is broken, politically. it is a society where loyalties are sunni or shia or kurd. not towards any central govt. not towards iraq. the reason… iraq as a country, isn’t even as old as paul newman – it’s only been a country since the 1930s. my point, our troops being in the country are not going to change any of that. if iraq is to survive as a country, it’s more likely an accelerated plan to get our troops out that will force former rivals to speak – or the country will splinter off, as it would have anyway.

    but it’s our troops in the region at all, that’s continuing the rage from muslim extremists. people seem to forget, that was bin laden’s entire reason for attacking america in the first place. iraq continues to increase the ire of extremists, pro-long a political conflict in iraq that simply has to eventually play out, & needlessly kill brave u.s. forces.

    and curt, you needn’t worry… there’s plenty of people that feel as i do that won’t “piss away” our opportunity to vote from the other side of the aisle. you’ve started an interesting discourse, but it could do w/out such condescending language.

  27. bostonblogger permalink
    January 21, 2008 11:17 pm

    Curt you are so wrong on this and here is why, first off you were a bush supporte and campaigner so you are of the conservative wing but bush changed policy after 9/11, you of course agreed with the change of policy from non-intervention to intervention, most americans agreed on the policy change aswell.

    Now intervention foreign policy is to blame for 9/11, that is fact. You must understand this if you are to learn from our mistakes as a country. Every time we give weapons or aid to one country we also give weapons and aid to that countries enemy, we have been doing this ever since world war 2 and possibly earlier. I mean its hypocrisy in the purest form, we are double dealing with nations and this is a cause for blowback and terrorist attacks on homesoil. Ron paul speaks about this all the time and its because he has seen it time and time again, in the house he has witnessed our double dealing and can do nothing of it because his nay vote isn’t good enough to stop the legislative from passing. So we are forming alliances and enemies and thats something we should never do, read anything by thomas jefferson.

    We undermine sovereign nations with our cia and put puppet democratic governments in which angers nations severely especially when we arm the enemy with weapons and money who eventually overthrow our puppet government, its really rediculous but its our foreign policy, literally.

    And this country gets hit with terrorist attacks like 9/11 and the american people are furious but its because they don’t realize why it happened and how we let it happen with our interventionist policy. And then the people are willing to give up civil liberties with the thought of becoming more safe and secure. They demand big government to take care of everything when big government is the problem. I mean the patriot act is unconstitutional, the executive order aswell. There are too many pieces of lesislative to name but because of the fear that is brought from the media we allow this to happen.

    John mccain wants to be in iraq for 100 years if possible, as do every republican except for Dr. Paul. Thats insanity and you are willing to vote for this man who lies to the american public constantly, he is as corrupt as they come. I mean special interests drive mccain and thats the reason why 100 more years of civil war and american deaths is worth it to him.

    Ron paul is one of only two maybe three “real” candidates who fight for the common man. Ron paul has the best record in congress out of all the candidates and its literally near perfect. He has never voted to raise taxes, never voted on anything that goes against our constitution, doesn’t take congressional pension and returns money to the treasury at the end of each year. He is the candidate for change, he is the candidate to restore america to the promised land. Vote for a real man, not some liar who wants to stay in iraq for 100 years and who wants to spread the war into iran.

  28. bosox4eva permalink
    January 22, 2008 12:22 am

    Curt and Pit Pat 71, could not agree with your views more. Although, Pitpat, I love Giulani, I don’t think he has enough experience with Foreign Policy, to be President, but would love to see him learn the ropes as McCain’s VP. To all you people, who want to see a Democrat, in the White House, just remember it took years, to plan the 9/11 Attacks. During, those years of planning Clinton, was on the job, not Bush. I, myself have yet to meet a soldier, that said they were not making a difference in Iraq. People, who make that comment, show disrepect to all our Soldiers, but it’s because of these Soldiers, that you have the right, to tell them they are doing the wrong thing or doing it for the wrong cause. Curt, again I beg you stay in MA, after your retirement. We need more people like you in this fine State. God Bless You and God Bless America and all the Brave Soldiers that makes this Country Safe. BTW, Curt, you used the wrong term, when speaking about Pelosi. I think the word “Tool” would be a better choice.

  29. tbundro1277 permalink
    January 22, 2008 2:51 am

    How can any of you want McCain to be president? You realize we will all be speaking spanish if McCain is elected president because he wants to let all the Mexicans in to take our jobs away from us! Curt is rich, of course he wants McCain and Walmart Executive Bush to be presidents!

  30. January 22, 2008 11:03 am

    Good post, Curt. I voted for Thompson in the primary, but I respect McCain a lot and feel he’s the only other guy who is running for president NOT because he simply wants the position, but because he has the experience and real ideas with which to lead the country. I agree Obama is the lone voice of reason on the Dem side, but I’m worried about what he’ll do to our taxes and the judges he would appoint. McCain has surprised me by becoming the Republican front runner, but I will have no problem voting for him in the general election.

  31. charismgr permalink
    January 22, 2008 1:37 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    I appreciate your ability to stand up for your freedom of speech rights about politics and whatever else you want to blog about. You obviously do not have a problem being vocal about your beliefs. However, what I want to know is this. We are 3 weeks from pitchers and catchers going to spring training. Are you in the best shape you can be going into this season? The Sox and the Nation need you to be physically fit to pitch another year and be effective. So, if you don’t mind, would you like to blog about that so we can all breathe a sigh of relief that you are coming into training in better shape this year? Thanks.

  32. skinnyman2007 permalink
    January 22, 2008 1:51 pm

    Curt Did you see the photo of Tom Brady wearing a foot cast? What is your opinion of this. Do you think Tom Brady has a foot injury? Do you think he will be OK to play in the Superbowl? I would like to know what you think. What is going to be the final score in the superbowl Curt?

    Jeff

  33. January 22, 2008 4:05 pm

    You candor is admirable, Curt. Too many people find it safe to hide their opinions; I don’t necessarily agree with everything you said, but I’m glad you have enough conviction to lay it all out there.

    Here’s hoping Obama wins the Democratic nomination. the more the man talks, the easier it is to root for him.

    And, you know… look what he’s running against. /shudder

  34. jamesjr54 permalink
    January 22, 2008 5:16 pm

    Curt – Hate to see you use your bully pulpit to smear Nancy Pelosi. Defamation is age-old tactic used by authoritarians to dehumanize their opponents. It’s resorted to when you know you’re going to lose on the merits of your cause. In this case, Pelosi is on the side of the majority Americans who want us out of Iraq as soon as possible. These are the folks who were lied to about our reasons for going into Iraq, and now see our precious resources — and young men and women – being sacrificed for a cause that cannot be articulated without invoking the original lie.

    Besides, “wingnut” refers to the neo-con echo chamber of propagandists who take their marching orders from the AEI, PNAC, RNC and other heavily funded right-wing think tanks! At least get your smears straight, or you’ll have Cheney, Dobson, William “the Bloody” Kristol and Rush up your a%$ for not carrying the water correctly.

    As for McCain, he must be held accountable for propagandizing in favor of this illegal occupation that’s diverted our war efforts AWAY from finding the 9-11 terrorists; for perpetuating the myth of supply side benefits to tax revenue (hint: it don’t work), and for his support for far right wing of your party, the one that has at its core the issues of less freedoms for Americans, income inequality, voter suppression and hegemony over sovereign nations in the name of our corporate interests.

  35. jp1163 permalink
    January 22, 2008 6:09 pm

    I really respect the bipartisan tone of the blog. I agree that McCain is a great man and will make a great president. I also like Mr. Obama a lot. If by misfortune, Romney is nominated, Mr. Obama will have my vote.

    Regarding immigration I think it is an issue often misused and abused on the right and it is in fact one of the reasons I so deep respect Senator McCain. This is a hard argument to make in a blog, but to sum it up

    1. we are a country of immigrants
    2. if you kicked illegals out of this country you would have even bigger economic problems than you already have. the fact is they are picking grapes and oranges, working in meat packing plants and serving fast food. Americans won’t do those jobs.

    McCains proposals in immigration are realistic and incentive reducing the illegal numbers. The other GOP proposals are just political crap, designed to appeal to the extremes, divide the voters and win elections for people holding stupid positions.

    So right on Curt! (but i still visit the site to see you post on sports, not politics!)

  36. soxygrl permalink
    January 22, 2008 6:40 pm

    wow u expresed urself strongly.

  37. eugiethegreat permalink
    January 22, 2008 6:47 pm

    This coming election reminds me of the South Park episode about the douche and the poop sandwich. No canidate out there is actually going to do anything. It’s going to be the same old left right party garbage it always is.

    McCain is weak on immigration. His message has changed but his actions are the still same. He’s done nothing. Along with the majority of both parties. There are laws on the books, why not enforce them? It’s pretty simple unless you’re going for the latino vote and if that’s the case you fall into the douche category. Some things to point out about Illegal immigrants: the 9/11 hijackers weren’t mexican. The illegals are not taking jobs nobody wants, they are lowering the wages paid so no one can afford to take those jobs. The illegals get free healthcare, I (an american citizen) don’t have any healthcare. What’s wrong with that picture?

    The Iraqi war.
    I am not anti-war. I supported and still do support the extinction of the Taliban in afganistan. I feel that the Iraq war has severly hurt this mission as we should have been finished with that long ago. I was against the invasion since the beginning. I was among the few and yes there were few. I still remember Oreilly and Hannity calling anyone who dissented that they were not patriots. I remember when you could not talk publicly about your disagreements with the Iraq war. I engaged in many many many arguments about this with friends and family back when it began. Now I get a laugh at how opposite it is. I do think we need to get out as our country is now going broke and WE are more important than the Iraqis. WE should come first. HOWEVER, we can’t just up and leave like the dems want and we can’t stay there for 100 years like McCain wants. Iraq has to be stable. Senator Biden had the best plan for this, split up Iraq and let the shiites, sunni’s and kurds have their own section. That’s the quickest solution possible. Our dollar is weak and getting weaker, the USA has too many problems within it’s own BROKEN borders and above it all we still have to finish that “forgotten” war. WE not the Iraqi’s have to come first.

    As of right now there is no one I would vote for. It comes back to that south park episode between the douche and the poop sandwich. Although the message was to vote even though both canidates suck. I just don’t see the point because in the end, what’s the major difference? It’s less about our problems and more about everyone elses.

  38. bee12 permalink
    January 22, 2008 7:01 pm

    Curt,
    how can you support, justify, and speak on behalf of a man who is so crude and coarse to make a joke at a public fund raiser asking “why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?” and answering that it was “because Janet Reno was her dad.”

    I suppose Bill Clinton left himself open to crudities and snickering comments by his actions and his wife was targeted perhaps by her status as an adult public figure and association, but what did an innocent child ever do to suffer this indignity by Senator McCain, and for him to falsely portray Mrs. Clinton as a lesbian? It’s true that when called on it McCain apologized to Bill Clinton, but never to Hillary or the child he impugned and disgustingly insulted.

    Is this the sort of character we want in the leader of our nation, a bullying, sniggering, hate mongering class clown?

    B-12

  39. bumpskyr permalink
    January 22, 2008 8:40 pm

    Hi Curt

    Please do all of your fans, including me, a great, big favor and stay out of politics! You supported Bush for re-election after you won the 2004 World Series and look what a mess the country is in! The war in Iraq is a mess, the economy is a mess, the stock market is a mess, the banking industry is a mess, real estate foreclosures are at an all-time high and Congress is still investigating MLB! You are an amazing athlete, a great team leader and a wonderful fundraiser for worthy and needy causes. But a political analyst and advisor you are not. I understand you are a wealthy, conservative republican. Please keep your endorsements PRIVATE!

  40. bostonblogger permalink
    January 22, 2008 9:20 pm

    tbundro1277 is quite correct, mccain is FOR pardons for illegals. He won’t admit it now but he has sponsored bills that would be considered amnesty. So this is just one more serious negative trait for senator mccain. And amnesty is a serious matter, its about wether or not you are for american ideals or not, mccain is evidently un-american, with his voting record proving that. Ron Paul is the ONLY “real” choice for republican party nomination.

  41. disneygator permalink
    January 22, 2008 9:34 pm

    Other than his past stance on immigration, I like McCain. Conservative on the social issues, and balanced on economic. My preference is The Huck, but McCain would be fine.

    As for all the libs posting here, Nanzi Pelosi is a wing-nut. Who else calls for the end of bloodshed of our troops (who are bringing and protecting freedom for a long-oppressed people), but fully supports the slaughter of over 1 million children each year in the name of Choice. Simply barbaric.

    Let’s hope that whoever gets elected continues to sow the seeds of freedom and democracy.

  42. shibe1231 permalink
    January 22, 2008 11:14 pm

    Curt, i’m not exactly anti McCain, if he were the last man standing, I could see me voting for him. But, I don’t think i agree with you on his honesty. I understand people have the right to change their minds on things, but I get real concerned when politicians flip flop because of what a poll says. Lets forget about the voting against the Bush tax cuts and now wanting to make them permenant. He very well may have agreed with the tax cuts but wanted a cut in spending or had another idea how to fund it. But when it comes to illegal imagration he definately tried to please both sides of the issue at our expense. I still don’t see enough movement from the gov’t to controll the illegals comming over the border. I can’t help believe that the pac monies given to the politicians are nothing more than legal bribes and corp america wants illegals here to exploit. Nobody will ever convince me those people who took their money don’t owe them. The country as whole has told Washington we want something done and besides getting a bunch of lip service, only token actions have been taken and all the politicians are beating their chests with phony accomplishments. I’m very dissapointed with both parties. It seems to me, their concern is getting elected, then re-elected, their party and we come last. So I tell you I have listened to Sen McCain speak, and like most, he usually just says what he thinks you want him to say, and i’m not sure what he really thinks. I also think he’s no different than any of them, so i’ll do my duty and vote and hope for the best.

  43. warbler44 permalink
    January 23, 2008 2:30 am

    You know what shows disrespect to the troops? Making them the Iraqi police force standing between two groups waiting to have a civil war. Read the British experience in Iraq in the 1920’s. Same thing. So for all you idiots that say noone can tell what will happen in war. When the police draw down (aka the overburdened spread thin U.S. military) there will be a civil war in Iraq between sunnis and shia just as there was in the 20’s. Not hard to predict, read what General Scowcroft wrote before the “war” began. Where next Curt? Invade Saudi Arabia where wahabbi islam began and is funded to this day by Saudis and where Christianity is illegal? You sending Gerhig to fight for “freedom”?

  44. yagur permalink
    January 23, 2008 1:06 pm

    Curt —

    Conceding all relevant points, that is: it’s your blog, you can say what you want, if we don’t like it we can go elsewhere, etc. I would respectfully raise this: we loyal fans and followers of your blog have noted the times when you’ve, by your own admission, spoken without care. Your comments about Barry Bonds come to mind, of course. One of the things I’ve admired about you is your ability to cop to it when you’ve made an error like that.

    However, I would suggest that in the heat of the moment, you tend to forget these lessons. Nancy Pelosi is not a “wing nut,” any more than John McCain is. Your denigrating of those who disagree with you and your favored candidate is — and I know I use this word to someone for whom it has a very literal and important meaning — un-Christian. We come to this blog for honesty, something rare in celebrity and sports. We accept we will get things we don’t care for, and we’ll still come back. But I want to encourage you in your personal quest to moderate your public statements in the direction of kindness and charity.

    I would also ask, as another poster did in intemperate terms: what are your feelings now about your endorsement of President Bush in 2004? Are you pleased with his performance, and did he reward your faith in his abilities?

    All best as always, and here’s to another ring in 2008.

    Yagur

  45. January 23, 2008 1:17 pm

    I love to read everyone’s feelings on the candidates. I’m still up in the air on this and have been trying to make a selection for the Feb. 5 primary here in Utah. I took a candidate quiz on a nonbiased site the other day and was surprised with my results. I didn’t match a single candidate over 35% on opinions that matter most to me. This is a link to the site.

    http://www.wqad.com/Global/link.asp?L=259460

    I hope you have better luck than I did, if you check it out. But then again I’m just glad that we live in a country that we are given the opportunity to have a choice.

  46. furiousdee permalink
    January 23, 2008 4:08 pm

    In reference to John McCain, one reader responded:

    “Is this the sort of character we want in the leader of our nation, a bullying, sniggering, hate mongering class clown?”

    Apparently you do. You are so holier than thou, you bring a bad name to Christians the world over. Do us all a favor, go bandage your foot, pitch your last year and shut up.

    To all those telling Curt he is better than all this name calling and intolerance of opposing ideas? Clearly he is not better than alot we consider as civilized behavior.

  47. danno82501 permalink
    January 24, 2008 12:47 am

    Curt,
    As an active duty soldier and veteran, I think John McCain is a great American and a hero. I can assure you that I do vote and I believe its a duty among American’s to vote. I read a few of the responses, and I question who and what these people are about. I even question if they are voters. For the record, I have very conservative values as the majority of our military shares similar beliefs.
    The interesting thing about the topic of Iraq/Afghanistan is quite simple… Its been over 6 years since September 11th, which means that more than 99% of our military has joined or continued to serve; since, during or with the eminent potential for war. Service members tend to steer away from politics, we do however carry out American Policies. The bottom line (or end result) of all military actions is this… our infantry (or other combative s) destroying, subduing or capturing our enemies so America can continue on with its day-to-day life. Remember, America is the most powerful nation in the world because we earned it and for the record “REAL POWER CANNOT BE GIVEN, IT MUST BE TAKEN.”
    What would I like to see… Is a 70% turn out for voters, I believe Iraq had that percentage in there first election. So I challenge all of YOU to quite bickering, do your duty and vote. I commend John McCain and even all the other candidates for standing up for what they believe in, this is what makes the USA the greatest nation in the world.
    Curt, I commend you not only for being a great pitcher and more importantly a legend among REDSOX NATION, I commend your spirit in Patriotism. I believe you live a very respectful life, you and your family are true supporters of the American way of life and set an excellent example of an American Family.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA

  48. glftips permalink
    January 24, 2008 8:03 am

    As a veteran who was wounded and decorated in Vietnam, I clearly see your points on McCain.

    It is interesting how liberals become so angry if you dare to disagree with their views. What is liberal about that. I, for one, am tired of liberal preaching on how we must think, act and vote. Hillary and Barack scare me with their lack of experience and underhanded ways.

    I’ll take the honest veteran who has the experience, character and common sense to be a President.

    Thanks, Curt.

  49. thedoctorx permalink
    January 24, 2008 9:07 am

    How curious that those who accuse Curt of engaging in “name calling” and “intolerance of opposing ideas” engage in “name calling” and “intolerance of opposing ideas.”

    If an unkind man, I would recognize that hypocrisy is one of the virtues such pretend they have.

    Fortunately, I am not.

    –J.D.

  50. dps6t8 permalink
    January 24, 2008 11:48 am

    Hi Curt,

    I have to say I agree with you on McCain. I live in SC and I wanted him to win the Primary here back in 2000. I was able to attend one of his speeches in the Charleston area back than and I feel the same way now about him as I did than.

    On another note I was at Game One of the 1993 NL playoffs where you pitched against the Braves, I am a Braves and Yankees fan, mostly of the Braves since they are in the NL. That was really amazing how you started that game off. Good luck in life and with the remaining time of your playing career.

    Best regards,

    dps6t8

  51. dsiglin permalink
    January 25, 2008 10:13 pm

    While John McCain has always come across as an honerable man, I can’t help but feel he is part of the problem in D.C. He’s been there for years, and is just part of that D.C. ‘crowd’. He seems to be a real conservative now that he needs the republican base…

    To me – its down to Romney or McCain. McCain has had years in D.C. and I just don’t see his Presidency being any different than the status quo….

    Dex
    Hopkinton

  52. kellynch permalink
    January 25, 2008 10:49 pm

    I’m a Giuliani fan first (New Yorker, born and raised, but I still love the Red Sox), and not so sure who is 2nd. It’s still a toss-up between Romney and McCain. But I know I’ll vote for one of them before I ever would even consider voting for Hillary.

    I’ve taken the quiz before, but I still have no clue who Mike Gravel is. I just know that I agree with him on absolutely nothing.

  53. warbler44 permalink
    January 26, 2008 12:55 am

    Danno’s comment “real power can not be given ,it must be taken” is a quote from whom? It sounds like the way Saddam Hussain came to power. What a great Amerucan you are. Please read U.S. Constitution Danno.

  54. jonnyjbones permalink
    January 26, 2008 5:35 pm

    McCain is war monger because he joked about bombing Iran. Do you deny it? If you do maybe this is the forum for suck ups and liars? You vouching for someone means nothing to me unless it involves baseball. Please give us all a break.

  55. darrenpardee permalink
    January 27, 2008 2:25 pm

    I don’t agree with Curt on his choice of candidate or his politics, but I agree with him on one thing: No candidate will withdraw our troops, and anyone that says he/she will is, indeed, a liar.
    I am anti-war, anti-imperialism and I would love nothing more than to see our troops come home (ALL of them, not just the ones in Iraq).
    But to bring an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq is to betray the reasons we went there in the first place, which is something the Washington machine will not allow.
    There is an excellent book by Rajiv Chandrasekaran called “Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone.” Everyone interested in our doings in Iraq should read it. But my point is, we did not build that gigantic monstrosity of an embassy because we plan on leaving anytime soon.
    Nope, we’re there to stay.
    The only way America will pull out of Iraq is if America actually became a functioning democracy. All major, non-controversial public opinion polls show an overwhelming majority of Americans in support of a troop withdrawal. The Bush Administration (and its supporters) thumbs its collective nose at such polls. If you are (like the majority of your fellow Americans) against this aggression in Iraq, then popular American opinion has had absolutely no sway over your government. Zero. Zilch. And you are well aware of that frustrating feeling of impotence and disappointment, as I am. After all, if America was a true democracy, then public opinion would matter. Our representatives would be the civil servants they are supposed to be and listen to us and implement our decisions, not theirs. Checks and balances would work (i.e. the Executive branch would actually have its powers limited by the Legislative). And so on.
    To think that McCain, Obama, Clinton, Giuliani, Paul or any other candidate is actually going to change things in any real and effective way is to live in the media-perpetuated fantasy-world notion that America is a fully-functioning democracy. When you live in a nation where your leaders do not listen to the people they supposedly represent, that is not a democracy. It is a police state.

  56. bostonblogger permalink
    January 27, 2008 9:27 pm

    HELLO WAKE UP PEOPLE! This is the first chance in a long while where america is at a literal crossroads, do we elect the incompetence of business as usual politics as usual or do we vote for Dr. Paul. We now have a legitimate candidate to choose who is for the individual and not for the state, this is our only true chance to change the path of our nation from demise to prosperity, we have this chance and we can not blow it. We have lost too many liberties from the fear and insecurity that has been released by the mass media, its time to wake up and take initiative in our countrys future, this is what america was founded on, revolution, freedom and liberty. What does it take to change our attitudes towards government? Does it take a gun or a law? It shouldn’t! All it takes is liberty. Choose the right candidate lead this great nation back to greatness, choose Ron Paul.

  57. redsoxknitter permalink
    January 27, 2008 11:05 pm

    McCain is the most appealing of the Republicans, but Obama has the best character of all of the candidates. I think he can unite us across party and racial lines. I want him as the face of America, repairing the harm done by the previous administration. He may be young, but he will chose advisers wisely. (and think of all of the experience Cheney and Rumsfeld had,,,)

  58. January 28, 2008 10:23 am

    I agree completely with your statement about Nancy Pelosi, although perhaps it’s a bit much to call her a “wing nut”. (That’s not politically correct, after all LOL ! )

    Personally my support has been fr Mike Huckabee, but McCain (surprisingly to me) is my second choice for president.
    To me, the war is extremely important, in that, if we leave, there will be a slaughter in its wake. It will be a slaughter carried out by Iran and the activist muslims, not by Iraqis. And Israel will be the next target.

    Although I’m not Jewish, I also agree with the Jewish poster who said we must stand behind Israel. They are the only true working democracy in the middle east, and our long-time ally. To abandon them is just wrong. They are called the “little satan” by middle eastern Muslims (who are told in the Koran that Jews are dogs, not people: read it for yourself!) and they will be in much more immediate danger if we pull out right now.

    The USA is the “big satan” to the Muslim activists, and we were their target long before 9/11, and our presence in Iraq has not “increased hatred against the US” – it has just made it more plain how much we are already hated.

    Finally, Iran is the threat that is being ignored by too many. Iranian Muslim activists are the ones in Iraq causing all the problems for the US (ask anyone who has actually been IN Iraq and talked to those in the know. Mike Evans for example).

    This is not a war about nations. It has become the battleground for growing Muslim activists to carry out their anti-USA agenda (which will NOT end by us pulling out, but get WORSE by coming to US soil if we pull out).

    The US needs to understand the extreme hatred Islam has towards those who a) stand in the way of their Koran-inspired world domination plan and b) support Israel.

    Bush will not help the situation by splitting up Jerusalem. It will get worse. Give the Israel haters an inch and they will take a mile.

  59. bostonblogger permalink
    January 28, 2008 11:47 am

    eeckman its pretty disturbing how much propaganda you’ve been fed and just how much you believe….sad…Lets get this straight, Israel is fully supported by the U.S. wether we are in the middle east or not, we give them all the weapons they need, hell we give them guns AND butter. They are nuclear armed and really are the superpower in the middle east, lets call Israel little america. Not only does the U.S. give aid(money and weapons) to Israel, we give twice as much aid to the arab nations, WHY would the U.S. give the arabs money so they can buy weapons to bomb israel? It doesn’t make sense because our foreign policy doesn’t make sense, we are double dealing. And you think the Iranians will slaughter iraqis? Thats crazy, if anything when we pull out there will be less slaughter, its just common sense, a nation defending itself against foreign invaders will fight endlessley until the invader leaves, then relative peace can take over, relative is keyword. But thats much better then civil war under us occupation. And this nation is going bankrupt anyway, all empires fail and so will ours when we borrow too much and spend too much, dollar crashes aswell as economy to follow. We aren’t the world police wether bush or whoever says we are, they are driven by special interests, OIL! They are not for stopping terrorism on planet earth, thats impossible anyway. Why don’t you stop watching fox news and find other sources of info. Your dead wrong.

  60. hofsoxfan permalink
    January 28, 2008 12:15 pm

    While I admire your opinion on the upcoming election, I can’t personally endorse the same candidates. I have looked at all of the issues and I must endorse Huckabee. His views on the issues match that of my own. However, if Senator McCain was elected to the presidency I think that he would also be a good choice. I would like to say a few things about Obama though. You stated that he has character. Why then is he hiding the fact that he is Muslim? Is it because he knows that the American people will not elect a Muslim president? He says that he is Catholic, but when he swears an oath, he uses the Koran not the Bible. Does that seems like a man of character to you? I believe that while I don’t endorse some of the candidates, I would be afraid of what might happen if Mr. Obama was elected to lead this country.
    Well enough standing on my soapbox and yelling. I hope everything is going well on your rehab for your ankle. I look foreward to seeing you and all of the Sox defend your title
    Take care and God Bless

  61. January 28, 2008 4:27 pm

    Well, bostonblogger, I see you’ve eaten up all the liberal propaganda hook, line, and sinker. Iran wants to make Iraq not just a Muslim country, but the same TYPE of Muslim as they are. They will not even blink while wiping out the other 2 religious branches in Iraq.

    And Israel is the target of all the Muslim countries. There WILL be an attack on Israel if the militant Muslims (can you say “Iran”?)do not get the “progress” they want.

    Yes, America HAS stood behind Israel; I never said they didn’t. But the current proposal to divide Jerusalem and take more land from Israel is not the answer. The Muslims will not settle until Israel is wiped off the face of the earth. Their own leadership has openly STATED as much.
    If we stand behind Israel, war with the militant Muslims is inevitable, and we must stand behind Israel.

  62. bee12 permalink
    January 28, 2008 5:29 pm

    It is hard to fathom that there are people out there so ignorant and misled as to profess such statements as hofsoxfan has about Obama’s supposed Muslim faith and preference for the Koran over the Bible. Our nation is drowning in a sea of internet inspired and perpetuated ignorance, and some are just too feeble to cling to the life presevers of reality.

    B-12

  63. warbler44 permalink
    January 28, 2008 9:59 pm

    eekman, your an American, buck up, stop being afraid……

  64. danno82501 permalink
    January 28, 2008 10:17 pm

    This is for warbler44, shame on you. The quote if you may ask is from the godfather and not Sadaam Hussain. How dare you accuse me of quoting or collaborating with such a person.
    Honestly, I hold my head high each and every day, I believe what I do and how I do it is for a better America. I fully understand my constitutional rights, and it is far beneath me to squabble with someone of your demeanor, let alone political views. America is a free country, you are entitled to your views and opinions. Just keep in mind, those are your views based on your values; and I see things quite different then you!
    I wish you luck with whatever your mission is and go Red Sox 2008

  65. darrenpardee permalink
    January 29, 2008 12:54 am

    Hofsoxfan,
    A minor correction. Obama is not a Muslim. There was an old urban legend regarding Keith Ellison (the first Muslim Congressman) saying that he was “sworn in” using the Koran, and not the Bible. Since then, the typical circulated emails/legends now substitute Barack Obama’s name in place of Keith Ellison’s.
    If it helps, neither Obama nor Ellison were sworn into Congress with a Koran or a Bible…because no congressmen/women are sworn in that way. Being sworn in to congressional duty simply means raising one’s right hand and swearing to uphold the Constitution. No Bibles or books of any kind are used. Later on, after the official congressional session is over, the new congressperson can choose to do an optional photo-op for the press with the current Speaker of the House, where he/she places his hand on the religious text of his/her choice. It is strictly for show, it is not official. Some of these people bring their own Bibles. Ellison used the Koran. Not Obama. And by the way, the copy of the Koran that Ellison used for his photo-op was once owned by Thomas Jefferson.
    It would be a good idea to check forwarded email for accuracy by doing a search of the subject matter at http://www.snopes.com. If something sounds too good to be true…that is indeed probably the case.
    As a further suggestion, I would avoid watching Fox News. They are the ones who started the whole “Obama is a Muslim” insanity in the first place. They have since apologized for the gaff, but it’s hard to forgive them considering they have the worst record in news history when it comes to checking their facts.

    Eekman63,
    That is probably one of the most horribly insensitive posts I’ve seen on Curt’s blog to date. You have caricaturized an entire culture of billions of individuals (along with many Muslim Americans) in a very harsh and degrading light. The great majority of Muslims both here and abroad do not hate Americans, Jews, or any group at all. The only thing they hate is interference in their countries’ affairs, which is certainly excusable; we would hate anyone’s interfering with our affairs here, wouldn’t we? “Israel haters”, as you call them, multiply when Israel wages violent aggressive campaigns against nations who it theistically chooses are enemies: violence begets violence. Neither side is right. Why should we choose to back the lesser of two evils? We need to spread the gospel of peace to both if we think we could possibly live up to Christ’s command to be peacemakers (Matt. 5:9). We do that diplomatically, not militarily, by the way.
    As far as your assertion that our invasion of Iraq has not increased anti-U.S. sentiment, see the study done by terrorism experts Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank that showed that the invasion of 2003 led to an increase in terrorism recruitment in camps, enrollment in extreme fundamentalist Islamic madrassas, etc. It multiplied the levels pre-9/11 by a factor of seven! Alarming, to say the least. As the great Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Violence merely increases hate…Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Wise words.

  66. January 29, 2008 10:03 am

    hmmm…you and i don’t agree on how to solve things politically. but, i gotta say (and i’m pretty hard core dem.) that mccain would be my second pick. i decided that my vote was going to obama long before his popularity wave came along. i was actually disappointed that he wasn’t going to wait and get some notches under his belt, before running.
    i do like mccain. just as i say that inexperience is a weakness of obama’s, i also say that mccain’s military background and his inability to question his superiors is his. he seems like he really is honest, and he doesn’t view politics as a profitable business. i’m glad you’re so pumped about a candidate, i’m bummed its not the same one i’m routing for, but i hope in the end no matter who wins, we can set aside the differences and help work out these kinks in our country.

  67. socksfan permalink
    January 29, 2008 1:52 pm

    Hey Curt, cool to see you posting about politics, gutsy too. My hat’s off. My main beef with McCain is his lax policies on immigration. A subject I’m most passionate about this election. He has a tendency to ally with democrats rather than republican’s on key issues which will endear him with independents and democrats but not his own party. I think an I next to his name instead of an R would be more genuine. McCain-Kennedy, McCain Feingold are a few examples of his liberal tendencies. McCain is running in step with Bush and his policies, Romney is running slightly to the right of that. I’m not a big fan of this blending of the two main parties that Bush, McCain, Giuliani, Lieberman, Miller seem to prefer; if there’s anything in politics that could take the wind out of a passionate voting public I think it’s that. Negatives against Romney are less than any Republican candidate, his positives, his background, greater in my opinion. “He’s a flip flopper” I think all politicians are actors to an extent, I like Romney’s script now more so than the others. Anyway, fun topic, have a good day man.

  68. warbler44 permalink
    January 30, 2008 8:59 am

    danno, oh i’m sorry you were quoting a fictional organized crime figure that behaves like saddam hussain. Your outrage is pathetic. You used the quote exactly as I represented it and if you want to live under an emperor you must have enjoyed the incompetent leadership of the last seven years. At least McCain doesn’t want to live in a country that tortures prisnors like Saddam Hussain. This is real,not a movie.

  69. bostonblogger permalink
    January 30, 2008 11:41 am

    Eekman your are so out of sync with reality, how is Iran going to destroy Israel let alone wipe them off the map? With what weapons? They don’t have a nuclear weapon and Israel is far superior to Iran in military strength, so we might as well just stop saying that Iran will hurt Israel in any way. Its wrong to think that way, its false opinion.

    And besides israel can defend herself, I just said it has american support, american weapons/aircraft, nuclear armed. So with that understood, there can be no claim that Israel is under threat. Stop the claim. Its false.

    And then eekman you state that the muslims are taking Israels land day by day, thats WRONG. Israel on the contrary has been scraping away at the arabs land for years, that would incite hatred and anger towards Israel, of course the muslims are pissed off.

    And you say I’m a liberal, strange, I’m a traditional republican, a Paulian Libertarian.

  70. January 30, 2008 4:48 pm

    This election on the Republican side has just been crazy, hasn’t it?
    I’m shocked – and a little awed by Romney’s success. I thought for sure everyone would’ve seen through him by now.

    Who would you suggest for a VP?
    Giuliani? Huckabee?
    Thoughts?

  71. danno82501 permalink
    January 30, 2008 10:34 pm

    Warbler?
    You seem to be a man/woman of such opinions. You also judge those you do not know. Your prejudice is far beneath me. I assume you are a person that enjoys a debate, you cowardly hide behind typed words and abuse the freedoms that we as American’s are afforded. Lucky for you, I am not allowed to pick and choose the American’s I defend, I support this great country. Understand, I am far from a fake or a movie, I am the real deal…
    I have an sworn to an oath to defend the United States of America, I question your faith in America, there are options for people like you…. Canada for example…
    I ask you these questions: Have you ever served in the US military? And if so, have you served in a combat zone? Have you ever been to Iraq? I have to all, I think I have earned my rights to the opinions that I have. I ask you, other then complaining about our current state of affairs, what have you done to better America? Do you really care about this country or do you just like to talk smack?
    Lastly, “incompetence” who are you talking about? I really question your so called “expertise”, so you have read a few books and claim to know the constitution. I doubt you are a lawyer, as they understand the constitution is for interpreting? So Warbler…who are you? Why don’t you stop complaining, and make a few suggestions and or provide a few solutions! I hope this task and the few questions I asked are not beyond your comprehension……

  72. January 31, 2008 11:51 am

    I’m not going to call out any names, but several people have displayed their ignorance of the middle east very plainly.
    I suggest you read Mike Evans’ book “The Final Move Beyond Iraq” (written after visiting Iraq and talking to all the leaders there) before you claim to know anything about the middle east.

  73. January 31, 2008 11:59 am

    warbler44; who said anything about being afraid???
    I’m not the least bit afraid of what is happening in the middle east: it was all prophesied long ago in the Bible.

    Anyone who has read the Bible knows that there will be no peace for the middle east until the millennium, when Jesus Christ Himself reigns from Jerusalem.

  74. bostonblogger permalink
    January 31, 2008 11:15 pm

    eekman, so basically once we read one guys book about Iraq, we have full knowledge of how our occupation is going? Thats laughable.

  75. darrenpardee permalink
    January 31, 2008 11:52 pm

    Eekman,
    You accuse others of displaying ignorance of the Middle East, yet you reference neocon dispensationalist Mike Evans, probably one of the most horribly racist voices in the religious/political community! Mike Evans does “research” by talking to only the people who agree with him: in that sense, he is not much better than a White House shill. If you want fair reporting of the Middle East, try Robert Fisk’s The Great War For Civilisation. He doesn’t just “visit” the Middle East: he lived in it for over thirty years. He also has no qualms with talking to EVERYBODY, not just Bush Administration staffers and rich Middle Easterners who are outcasts of their own communities and are essentially Bush-puppets: he also talks with actual Middle Eastern people who haven’t been corrupted by American bribery. He even talks to terrorists, including Osama bin Laden. THAT is getting all sides of the issue. And his illustrations and interviews present a much more accurate picture of the current situation. Fisk and other Middle Eastern researchers like Stephen Kinzer agree that further U.S. intervention in the Middle East (such as an invasion of Iran) has a very good chance of leading us to World War III. Evans welcomes this apocalyptic scenario because it puts him one step closer to rapture. That’s an insanely irresponsible stance.

    You authoritatively say “anyone who has read the Bible should know….” Have YOU read the Bible? And have you studied it? I have. I’m afraid we must be reading different texts, however, because what I get from Christ’s teaching is not a declaration of war against other religions and peoples, but a doctrine of love, forgiveness, and peace. You are probably thinking of the Olivet discourse in Matthew when Jesus mentions “there will be wars and rumors of wars.” Unfortunately for your dispensationalist/rapturist theology (an invention of only the last hundred years of religious thought) Jesus was likely not talking about the perpetuation of wars until the end of the world: he was likely referencing the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD (which he accurately predicts in those very passages): hence the talk about all these predictions happening before the end of “this generation” (meaning, his contemporaries).

    But regardless of whether you want to believe that Jesus is predicting endless war or not, it’s really besides the point: Just because war is a part of man’s sinful nature, it does not mean that, as Christians we are supposed to give in to that sinful nature. If our leaders indulge their sinful hearts, it is our duty, as citizens of this country, and as Christians, to point out the error of their ways. Should we just stand by and let war happen just because we think we’re helpless to stop it, per Bible prediction? Or should we be the peacemakers as Christ commanded, and shower blessings on our enemies as Paul told us to do? Guess what? Rape, murder, robbery are all sins too. Should we not try to stop those things, just because they are always going to be around? Should we not have laws preventing them? If we saw a crime being committed, should we simply look away? If you saw a known child molester at a playground talking to a child, wouldn’t you want to prevent him from abducting that child? Or would you just stand by and not even bother to call the cops, simply because “these things must happen”?

    Never mind apocalyptic thinking. As Christians, we have been charged to love God and love our enemy. Most people of your theological viewpoint nail the first command, but completely ignore the second. War will always lead to more war. There is no such thing as a war to end all wars. World War I was supposed to be that, remember? And what did it do? It paved the way for the rise of Hitler!

    Review the New Testament, particularly the words in red. I do not see a message of intolerance and hatred. It saddens me that there are generally-good people like you who are so misguided by today’s militant White House politics as to see a message like that where it doesn’t exist.

  76. bnice2zebras permalink
    February 1, 2008 8:28 am

    Curt, Sen. McCain is a hero and a patriot, but we need *real* conservatives leading this country Not saying that Gov. Romney is perfect but, he is the better choice today. Good luck this year, two weeks to go 😉

  77. February 1, 2008 8:48 am

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the West last Wednesday to acknowledge Israel’s “imminent collapse.”

    Iran does not acknowledge Israel, has referred to the murder of six million Jews in World War II as a “myth” and is calling for Israel to be “wiped off the map.”

    The President of Iran, Ahmadinejad, has just stated to the world, “Stop supporting the Zionists. Their regime has reached its final stage. Accept that the life of the Zionist will soon come to an end.”

    What the President of Iran has just said is precisely what Hitler said when he used the term, “The Final Solution.”

    Never in modern history has a nation threatened to annihilate another nation as Iran has said over and over and over again.

    But God’s Word is clear: God will oppose any nation that attempts to touch Jerusalem.

  78. bostonblogger permalink
    February 1, 2008 10:58 am

    eekman you are a crazy person, hear yourself for a second and understand how insane you sound. People have been predicting the coming of jesus for hundreds if not thousands of years, ever since the bible was created by whoever, people have been trying to predict when jesus would reappear to save us. They haven’t been able to predict it then why would you and other religion nuts be able to do it now? And isn’t there a seperation of church and state in america, are you saying that we are in the middle east to give the world religious safe haven or keeping israel alive long enough for jesus to come.

    And this is just one huge reason not to buy mike evans book, clearly he uses the bible to cite information and he is biased by religion. That alone is a red flag. Why read a religiously biased book on iraq, that means your with president bush and all the neo-cons who blindly brought us there and will blindly make us stay there, despite the casualties, american and iraqi.

    So the moral of this story is, eekman is a crazy person who really believes that we should stay in the middle east and risk american lives for as many years until…………..Jesus christ appears!!!! What a loon..

  79. beatlejuice72 permalink
    February 1, 2008 8:38 pm

    Dear Curt:

    I wanted to let you know that last night I officially joined Team McCain ’08. I was supporting Rudy Giuliani until he quit the presidential race earlier this week. I’m a registered Republican and a conservative who believes that we should all put our country’s interests above our own.

    I’ve been listening to some conservative talk-show hosts on tv and radio in the past two weeks and I’m literally stunned at the level of hatred they have for John McCain. I just want to say that I think that all Republicans should remember Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.” Reagan is a conservative icon, but I also believe that he was a selfless man who saw the bigger picture and put his country ahead of himself.

    Some conservative Republicans are threatening to either not vote or vote for Clinton or Obama just so McCain can lose and be “taught a lesson.” With all due respect, this is dangerous not to mention irresponsible. We have not had a terrorist attack (knock on wood) in this country since 9/11. Whoever becomes President is going to be tested early on by terrorists. I frankly do not believe that either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama have the leadership or the willpower to stand up and fight terrorism. John McCain has both.

    People can say whatever they want about John McCain, but I’m voting for him because above all else I want leadership and a President who is going to protect all of us from the threat of terrorism. I know the economy is the #1 issue right now and it is very important, but if terrorists launch a nuclear bomb here and millions of people are killed, that will trump whatever economic concerns we have at that moment.

    Curt, if you have any suggestions on what we Republicans can do to help unite the base I would appreciate it. My feeling is that eventually many conservatives will support McCain even though they won’t be thrilled about it. However, you should not underestimate the rancor and angst out there on the part of some on the right who despise John McCain. It’s gotten so bad that I can’t even listen to conservative talk-radio anymore. They’re acting like John McCain is the anti-Christ and I know McCain has made mistakes, but so has Romney. We’re not electing a Pope here. We’re electing a President. I say that we forget about electing the popular choice. Let’s vote for the right one.

  80. jonnyjbones permalink
    February 1, 2008 11:01 pm

    eekman63, I just saw your page. You are a loser. Go hump jesus if you want but shut the eff up about poltics. right wing bible thumpers like you have caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in the last 5 years thank to this misguided war in iraq. Why don’t you go join the military and go get your head blown off in iraq. You probably could not pass the physical because you are a fat slob. What happened to the “Your body is a temple” thing from the bible? Oh yeah you are just another religious hypocrite. Try reading what JESUS says in the bible and maybe you won’t be so quick to believe the lies that cause you to hate your fellow men.

  81. February 3, 2008 12:58 pm

    “Have YOU read the Bible? And have you studied it? I have. I’m afraid we must be reading different texts, however, because what I get from Christ’s teaching is not a declaration of war against other religions and peoples, but a doctrine of love, forgiveness, and peace.”
    -darrenpardee

    Yes, I HAVE read the Bible all the way through: approximately 35 times and many places hundreds of times.

    Yes, Christ teaches love, but He Himself said there WOULD be wars and rumors of wars. God COMMANDED the Israelites to wipe out whole nations of people, always because they were destroying themselves and those around them (so it was an act of mercy by God).

    Get an education before you say you understand the Bible. God is love, and with love comes mercy. That’s why He had to completely destroy the homosexual city of Sodom: they were destroying themselves as well as hurting others (see Lot’s story).

    God will have the final say, so I don’t need to have the finalsay: just please read the Bible in context before making such statements.

  82. jonnyjbones permalink
    February 3, 2008 3:06 pm

    They did a study and found the lowest SAT scores come from those folks who listed the Bible as one of their most read books. It’s true.

  83. macatack permalink
    February 3, 2008 3:35 pm

    hey curt,
    i was pretty shocked over the comments you got over this post. a lot of people were up at arms saying that you should keep your political opinions to yourself and that this isn’t your place. i disagree. thank you for not just using your fame to push some product or image, but actually attempt to make some change in this world. politics matter. period. it’s important to get involved, no matter your position in life. so thank you. thank you for not just making a buck and taking a back seat on things that actually matter. i don’t agree with all that was said, but that’s ok. that’s america. keep it up, curt. good luck in the up and coming season.

  84. darrenpardee permalink
    February 3, 2008 4:13 pm

    Eekman,
    Sadly, it is you who is taking the Bible out of context. The harem warfare of the ancient Israelites was commanded (by God, not by man) as a purification process for the land and His chosen people, to rid the area of the wickedness of those nations and peoples. It was not a “mercy killing” (where in the world did you come up with such an outlandish theory?), it was quite clearly for purification and the continued allegiance of the Jews to God. Jewish rituals that included animal sacrifices were also required for that purification process. A process, by the way, that Christ did away with by the shedding of His blood. He shed that blood, so that we wouldn’t have to anymore. He did away with all purification practices, including animal sacrifices, including the purification of high priests, and including harem warfare (remember when the temple curtain ripped in half? That’s a symbolic way of saying, “Goodbye old ways, hello new”).
    When the Samaritan town in Luke 9 would not give Him shelter and His disciples asked Him if they should rain destruction down on the town (an intentional parallel, by the way, to your beloved image of the destruction of Sodom and Gommorah), Christ rebuked them and told them that the new gospel is not about destroying men’s lives but saving them. Jesus mentioned the old laws, like “eye for an eye”, but then He raised the ethical bar much higher with “love your enemy.” That is His message, and you are totally and completely missing it.
    If you think I’m still taking the message out of context, look at this verse from 1 Peter 3. It’s so self-explanatory, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what it means: “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:8-9)

  85. February 4, 2008 10:27 am

    Well, darrenpardee, I’ll just leave this subject alone, since you don’t comprehend what I am saying anyway.
    We agree that God is love, and that’s enough for me. The most important thing is that we keep as many people as possible from sending themselves to hell by rejecting Christ’s work at the cross.

  86. ted5 permalink
    February 5, 2008 7:55 am

    Sorry, can’t go along with the man. He is just too liberal and erratic.
    Any day now, I expect him to have a “Howard Dean Moment.”
    Ted

  87. umster13 permalink
    February 7, 2008 3:57 pm

    Why is it “Senator McCain” but “Mrs. Clinton” and “Mr. Obama”?

  88. dutch79 permalink
    February 8, 2008 7:35 pm

    While I disagree with most of your statements, I greatly appreciate that you focus on voting as much as you do. I think it is important for us to remember that while we may disagree and have very different political beliefs, we ALL want this country to become a better place and we all have an obligation to vote and make a contribution to our society.

    With regards to McCain…if we truly get the real McCain, I would not be displeased about his election (and this comes from a hippy, tree-loving, bleeding heart hippie.) Till about 2002-2003, I felt John McCain was probably the most ethical politician around. I have found myself disappointed with some of his courtship to the evangelical right, where he has said things to contradict earlier views, as well as his nasty campaign against Mitt Romney, but as you said Curt, show my a politician without baggage.

  89. dutch79 permalink
    February 8, 2008 7:36 pm

    While I disagree with most of your statements, I greatly appreciate that you focus on voting as much as you do. I think it is important for us to remember that while we may disagree and have very different political beliefs, we ALL want this country to become a better place and we all have an obligation to vote and make a contribution to our society.

    With regards to McCain…if we truly get the real McCain, I would not be displeased about his election (and this comes from a hippy, tree-loving, bleeding heart hippie.) Till about 2002-2003, I felt John McCain was probably the most ethical politician around. I have found myself disappointed with some of his courtship to the evangelical right, where he has said things to contradict earlier views, as well as his nasty campaign against Mitt Romney, but as you said Curt, show me a politician without baggage.

  90. silverpestle permalink
    February 19, 2008 9:03 pm

    I know what a real man would do…a god believing man…a family man…
    Let’s face it…one way or another your arm was hurt when you negotiated your deal…Ok, the medical people didn’t pick it up but you were damaged and signed a contract to pitch. A real man would draw the minimum for this year to support his family, rehab to regain the health everyone believed you had when you accepted the contract and then come back to earn your 8 million and pitch the Sox to another world championship in 2009. Now we’re talking a real man, a man’s man, a man legends are made from….God’s man.
    Now, what would a professional athete do…that’s another question for another day!

  91. jointrepair permalink
    February 21, 2008 11:56 am

    Curt, you can fix your shoulder with a treatment called platelet rich plasma injections. The injection will repair the tear. The only problem is orthopedic surgeons will never tell you about this because their whole entire business would suffer. The PRP would cost about $2000 compared to a surgery that would make you worse and require more surgeries for $40,000…..

  92. russ531 permalink
    February 23, 2008 10:02 pm

    Curt, first time i’ve ever blogged been on this sight just reading comments for last couple of weeks due to my inability to sleep at night maybe an hour or two at most . Im a 44yr old constuction worker fairly heathy married ,father of three daughters anyway on jan 22 of this year after 25 years not as much as a scratch on the job i had a fall from about five feet and tried to break my fall and recieved a torn rotator cuff . Im presently going through rehab 3 days a week its frustrating unable to lift arm over my head . My doctor says surgery may be in my near future as last resort. HANG IN THERE CURT ! ONE DAY AT A TIME GET HEALTHY AND GODSPEED!

  93. bostonh8er permalink
    February 27, 2008 9:23 pm

    I gotta say, as a New Yorker and Yankee fan I’m not a huge fan of you or your team. But I’m happy to see that when it comes to politics we are on the same page, and for that you have my respect. I really hate all these idiot left wingers who don’t know understand that we cannot leave Iraq, when people get mad at me and say your an idiot because I support this war, they don’t realize that no one really wants war, but it is sometimes important and we cannot just vote for any idiot who says i will take the troops out of Iraq, and if I could vote I would vote McCain but Ill be 17 during election day and cant vote. Hopefully this country will realize that just because it is popular to hate Bush and every other Republican, doesn’t mean its right.

  94. ScFarmLin permalink
    December 6, 2008 5:45 am

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