Saturday, August 23, 2008

McJohn McCain: POW

Today is Saturday, 23 August 2008.

Hey McJohn: If merely sitting in a jail cell for 5.5 years makes you fit to be President, why not prefer applications from the lifer block at San Quentin?

10 Comments:

Anonymous rein it in said...

Now, now, HH -- this is a little harsh, even from you.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous almost perfect said...

You are obviously intelligent and well-informed, HH, but please use your powers for good: inform, educate, elucidate. I understand that you are making a point about McCain's POW experience, but it's a low blow, and if you provoke a defensive reaction from a reader you may have lost the opportunity to convince him or her.

Just a suggestion that persuasion may be more effective than derision, and you also may increase your readership with a little less contemptuous anger.

That said, it's your blog, your right to expound as you please, and my privilege to respond. Shall shall I incite your anger by saying "It's a free country," or would that be a low blow of my own? Damn, it's difficult to maintain perfection.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous RtR said...

Seems to be fair game after his Giuliani-esque repetitions of his POW experiences as the stock response to hard questions.

7:27 PM  
Blogger HH said...

My friends, by my standards, I've never been harsh in my columns.

I'll try to complete, in the next few days, a piece concerning the nature of military "heroism" and McCain's place in it.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous NT said...

My two cents - I agree with Almost Perfect's sentiments. And no, HH, you wouldn't consider any of your columns' contents harsh because they are just that - yours. Duh!

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Douglas said...

This is just HH's version of school yard bullying. He is just flailing around because he is confused and angry, and can't come up with something mature and intelegent to say. With this post, HH, you have lowered yourself. Pretty sad.

2:59 PM  
Blogger HH said...

Angry? Always.

Confused? Never.

The thought that little ol' moi can school yard bully the man known as a child as "McNasty" ..., well, on second thought, as W would say, "Bring it on, John".

Thank you, Douglas, for your comments (and I'm not being sarcastic --- some of my best friends over the years --- including one dear who said "You really should be shot against a wall" --- we've disagreed mightily, cat-and-dog, hammer-and-tongs --- but the point is: ideas and values matter, we must think and feel and express and reason --- the alternative is usually violence, wherein the only solution is the grave.

I'm working hard on an explication of this column which troubles you, and hope to have it done in a day or two. I hope you will do me the honour of reading and reacting.

3:30 PM  
Blogger HH said...

And, sorry, Douglas: I've not forgotten your 19 August comment, to which I promised a response.

This is a big world, and I have a large backlog of issues with which to deal.

Might I ask if you've read STAND ON ZANZIBAR, a 1968 novel by John Brunner? If not: it's one of those novels which try to encompass the entire world. It fails, of course, but a fine try.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous la_libertine said...

Rachel & I are with HH:
Rachel Maddow on McCain's POW Crutch

So is General Wesley Clark:
Does Being a POW Give You Presidential Experience?

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Douglas said...

Sorry that HH does not have time to answer my previous questions. As he says, this is a big world and he has a large backlog of issues with which to deal. Based on the subjects of his 8/25/08 and 8/26/08 posts (Madonna and Suzanne Vega), it appears he has attention deficit syndrome. And, yes, my comments are harsh.

8:51 AM  

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