Archive for May 27th, 2008

This Sounds Familiar…

Can’t fault the Republicans for lack of chutzpah…

You’d think with a presidential candidate who sought the endorsement of someone who praised Hitler (yes, you Mr. Hagee), they’d be careful not to get into Holocaust talk.

But then again, this is the RNC we’re talking about.

Barack Obama made a statement referencing his great uncle’s helping liberate Auschwitz. It turns out it was Ohrduf he helped liberate, which was a subcamp of the infamous Buchenwald. Obama made a mistake, yet the important part of the story was correct.

But leave it to the RNC to even politicize the Holocaust. Even Alex Castellanos, he of the infamous “black hands” Jesse Helms ad, thinks this criticism is beyond the pale:

It’s the Al Gore Fibber McFibbypants playbook all over again.  Looks like the GOP is going to try to make Obama out to be the bastard child of Algore and Johnkerry.  And if McCain manages to lure Obama out to Iraq with him, they may manage a Dukakis moment as well. (I personally would like to see Obama walking around, pointing and saying, “Dog. Pony. Dog dog dog, pony pony pony,” but that would probably be out of character…

May 27th, 2008 at 10:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics,Elections,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Totally-Not-Demolition Photoblogging

As promised, here are a couple of non-demolition photos.  Enjoy!

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Flowers! Of, um, some kind.

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The latest installment of the Eli Takes Pictures Of Things With The Sun Directly Behind Them series.

2 comments May 27th, 2008 at 11:19am Posted by Eli

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Hagee Holocaust Comments Don’t Bother Lieberman

I wonder if Lieberman’s purpose in life now is to make McCain look good by comparison:

Senator Joseph Lieberman is scheduled to headline Pastor John Hagee’s 2008 Christians United For Israel Washington-Israel Summit this July 22. In accepting Hagee’s invitation, Lieberman became the most senior elected representative confirmed to appear at the annual gala. Last year, when Lieberman spoke at Hagee’s summit, he compared the Texas televangelist to the biblical prophet Moses, dubbing him “an Ish Elochim,” or “a man of God.” Unless he rescinds his pledge to appear at this year’s summit, Lieberman can be expected to deliver another soul-stirring tribute.

Hagee’s vitriolic condemnation of Catholicism, his jeremiad declaring Hurricane Katrina divine punishment for New Orleans’ hosting of a “homosexual rally,” and his generally disturbing apocalyptic theology became national news last February when John McCain accepted his endorsement in a widely publicized ceremony.

While initially resisting pressure to reject Hagee’s endorsement, McCain finally ended his relationship with Hagee when a sermon by the preacher describing the Holocaust as the will of God registered on the mainstream media’s radar (Hear the now-infamous sermon here).


Lieberman was aware of many of Hagee’s vile statements well before McCain renounced him. On May 13, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly asked Lieberman to respond the gathering criticism of Hagee’s remarks. But instead of distancing himself from Hagee’s views as McCain had, Lieberman launched into a spirited defense of the televangelist, describing him as someone who “represents a lot of people in this country, particularly Christians who care about the state of Israel.”

At the time, prior to McCain’s sweeping renunciation, Lieberman could have reasonably claimed to be unaware of the preacher’s repugnant views on the Holocaust. Now, he has no excuse for ignorance….

So why the silence? Why won’t Lieberman, who is married to the daughter of Holocaust survivors, end his relationship with Hagee as well? … If Lieberman plans to continue touting his moral fiber and independence as his greatest assets, he must renounce the hate-mongering Hagee.

Wow.  So describing the Holocaust as essentially a good thing – or at least useful – and Hitler as God’s “hunter” driving the Jews to Israel is more offensive to John McCain than to Joe Lieberman?

I’m already in favor of booting Joe out of the Democratic Party – now I’m wondering if he can be excommunicated from Judaism as well. (“He’s with us on everything except the Holocaust…”)

1 comment May 27th, 2008 at 07:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Lieberman,Religion,Republicans,Wankers

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