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Saturday, April 5, 2008

John Sidney McCain, the man from Old.

Mrs Philocrites watched John McCain's tribute to Dead Poet Society with me — the film with the inexplicable curling smoke, the high school "honor code," and the cut-out archival photographs of people from some far-away boarding school Guyville — and pronounced: "John McCain: the man from Old."

Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 5 April 2008 at 2:02 PM

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Rev Elz:

April 5, 2008 11:23 PM | Permalink for this comment

Okay, I admit it, I haven't been paying attention: who's the rock star?


April 5, 2008 11:28 PM | Permalink for this comment

I like McCain.


April 6, 2008 08:01 AM | Permalink for this comment

Elz, you haven't heard of the headless rock star? The lead singer of the 70s band "Generic"?

UU Republican, here's a good UU tidbit for you: McCain was the last national politician to greet a UUA General Assembly, back in 1997 when the General Assembly was held in Phoenix. He addressed the opening plenary session. No major elected official has addressed a GA since then -- not even when the General Assembly met in Boston.


April 7, 2008 10:17 AM | Permalink for this comment

That's pretty cool. I did not know that.


April 7, 2008 02:46 PM | Permalink for this comment

They're from down in the Hudson Valley -- right?


April 14, 2008 01:17 PM | Permalink for this comment

UURepublican--McCain is the last Republican politician that I thought I liked. I even donated to his 2000 campaign. Since then, I've repeatedly wanted my money back, as he abandoned straight talk, brown-nosed Falwell's ilk, and acquiesced to American torture (that last was the end of the line--if there was any US politician who should never, ever, ever have been willing to acquiesce to that...).

But to the ad.
I went to a university with an honor code. I lived it--so did my classmates. And the idea that someone would hold it up to affirm that they're honorable, which is what this is, makes me want to check my wallet and the current location of those youth I feel responsible for. Those who have to tell you how upright and honorable they are, usually aren't.

Devious use of language. Reading the honor code... and misquoting it. "I shall not..." when the words (on screen!) are "I will not...". That's no accident. Now where else do we see the almost archaic form "shall not" used most commonly? Who's being appealed to?

Misuse of language. "Exonerate and Redeem." Um, someone SLAP the writer. The student who violated the honor code was not exonerated. Nor will McCain be exonerated of his lapdog support of the crimes of Bush. Redemption, of course, remains possible--but not in time for November.

Chris, yes--Mrs Philocrites is dead on. The ad felt like it was going to endorse Charles Lindbergh for president.

So what does the ad suggest to me? That McCain is tipping his hand--if elected, he'll let someone who violated the honor of America off the hook. Personally, I want someone who'll send that person to The Hague. John Sidney McCain, please send me back that $50; I was swindled.

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