Thursday, May 08, 2008

So hi. How is ya?
I haven't really blogged on this Myanmar cyclone and its accompanying devastation because, as bad as it is, I didn't really have much to say about it. But 100,000 dead? Still don't have much to say other than that's real, real bad. Here's a link to a web page for Doctors Without Borders, who are helping to spearhead some of the relief efforts going on in that region. There's a link on their web site to make donations to the relief effort if you're so inclined.

And here's an example of how I think the Democrats have been hurting each other with this ongoing primary race. Everyone knows by now about how Obama has been suffering a lot of criticism because of his affiliation with the church of Reverend Jeremiah Wright (Wright made some insensitive comments about white people, including allegations that the CIA had manufactured the AIDS virus in an attempt to wipe out black people and statements about how the U.S. had brought the 9/11 attacks on itself). Somehow in the midst of the furor over Wright, the mainstream press entirely failed to pick up on some of the crazy things that have been said by a San Antonio pastor named John Hagee- a televangelist who not only endorses McCain, but whose endorsement McCain actively pursued for over a year, including trips to Hagee's church in San Antonio and breakfast meetings with the man in order to woo him over to the McCain camp. What sorts of public comments has Hagee made that McCain might need to worry about? Well, for starters, Hagee at one point went on record (on NPR, to be exact) telling a national audience that Hurricane Katrina had amounted to "the judgment of God" sent to punish New Orleans for its "level of sin". At other times Pastor Hagee has referred to the Catholic Church as "the great whore" and "a false cult system". Both of these statements were later recanted by Hagee when he was put under pressure to explain them, but the Catholic Church has nonetheless asked McCain to reject Hagee's endorsement, citing a list of "slurs" that Hagee has made against the church. (Hagee has also maintained that the U.S. has a "Biblical" obligation to support Israel and has proposed unilateral strikes against Iran in order to protect the Jewish state) McCain, for his part, has recently distanced himself from Hagee, but has refused to reject Hagee's endorsement.
Is this really the kind of thing that would have gone unnoticed by the Democrats if Hillary and Barack weren't so busy chewing each other apart? (especially at a time when Obama is coming under so much fire for the rhetoric of his own pastor?)

Well, I gotta run. You kids play nice.

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