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I don't care to debate the misdeeds of Ayers and Obama's degree of association with him, because as far as I am concerned, anybody involved in politics is bound to get caught up in some shady characters. (Sometimes they even marry them.) What I find fascinating, is how it was Hillary and not McCain who brought the topic up. What point could she attempt to score, knowing that Bill pardoned 2 members of the same group? In fact, it was thrown back at her by Obama, so neither of them come off looking very good. Now the MSN is going to associate both Democrats with these nuts!

However, if dealing with terrorists were the crime that Rick makes it out to be, the entire Bush and Kennedy clan would be in prison! Please don't get me started on the Weather Underground either; I grew up a block away from that Greenwich Village townhouse destroyed by their bomb. Sure its not a nice story...but then walk to 6th Avenue and see the empty hole where the WTC was...or think of the bombings all over the UK in the past 40 years and how the Ruling Families in our country have never been held accountable for their close dealings with the IRA and the House of Saud.

This is not to say don't hold Barak's feet to the fire, but please keep terrorist associations in perspective. Also, see what can be dug up on McCain; lets see who has more dubious friends than the other! I'm sure we will all learn so much about how they might govern the country based on old friends and shady deals. Is anybody learning anything but negative points here?

(Not to get on your case in particular Rick, you are just the nearest blog for posting! Thanks for hosting my 2 minute hate...)


Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 17.04.2008 @ 23:13


When I first heard of this story, I was shocked at the crass choice of words. Then I took my time to read the context of Davis' speech, and while it might not have been elegantly expressed, was not (in my opinion) intended to be a racial slur towards Obama. This entire incident is just a media-frenzy over not much at all; Davis will certainly get unfairly hammered for it. However, I felt much the same way about the entire "Bittergate", so what do i know? Apparently, I am not enough of an elitist or a fed-up white man to know why these 2 stories matter at all.

Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 14.04.2008 @ 20:32


Thanks for the reply Rick, I appreciate it very much. (What a nice thing to have one's post replied to by the web-master!) If I could hazard a guess as to what part of your description rings the most true to me, it would be the comparison between the "action" of the political rally and of the sports crowd. There's something quite magical about being 100 feet away to a good game being played and a powerful speech being spoken. Clearly, both activities are capable of bringing intensity and passion out of the most dormant personalities!

Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 5.04.2008 @ 18:37

How interesting Rick, you are not alone in your feelings. Many political commentators in the MSM and the blogisphere have expressed similar opinions about loving sports even more than politics. (It's the only similarity between O'Riely and Olbermann!) Is it the competitive nature of the 2 that links such interests together? Or is there another,(perhaps uniquely American)thread that draws some kinds of people to love both subject with intensity?

Funny you should mention that. It used to be - before J-Schools became important - some of the greatest political reporters began as sports reporters. The reasons are pretty mundane. Sports reporters were used to writing about the "horserace" aspect of their sport which naturally appealed to a similar vein in politics. Also, hard news reporters weren't very good at describing the action at a campaign stop - the crowd, the funny hats, the rousing speech. Also, most good sports reporters were adept at giving colorful descriptions of sports personalities. This also translated well to politics.


Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 5.04.2008 @ 09:02


Rick, I usually disagree with you on many of your writings, yet I still keep on reading your blog. Thank you for reminding me why this is so; you have more decency and values than many people who agree with more of what you have to say. Whenever I get pissed at you in the future (as I undoubtedly will), thinking of this post will stop me from staying too upset. Thank you very much!

One thing I would like to add; Transplanted Lawyer makes the best point of all when he says:

"Just imagine if the author of that memo had been Janet Reno ... and its audience had been the Clinton Administration. Come on, dudes—would you have trusted Bill Clinton and Janet Reno with this kind of power?"

I couldn't have said it better myself...

Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 3.04.2008 @ 07:49

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