John McCain RIP

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not really

Οὖτις, Monday, 17 July 2017 16:41 (three years ago) link

fuck, don't DO that

Karl Malone, Monday, 17 July 2017 16:42 (three years ago) link

i totally believed that

Karl Malone, Monday, 17 July 2017 16:42 (three years ago) link

lol

(•̪●) (carne asada), Monday, 17 July 2017 16:43 (three years ago) link

dude.

how's life, Monday, 17 July 2017 16:49 (three years ago) link

I understand that he is, in fact, resting peacefully at the moment.

Dippin' Sauce on my Nice New Slacks (Old Lunch), Monday, 17 July 2017 16:51 (three years ago) link

it's the best & bravest thing he could tbh

constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Monday, 17 July 2017 16:52 (three years ago) link

Is Palin president?

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 17 July 2017 16:53 (three years ago) link

he went out just the way he lived, on his own terms

j., Monday, 17 July 2017 16:53 (three years ago) link

I came as soon as I heard

jk rowling obituary thread (darraghmac), Monday, 17 July 2017 16:56 (three years ago) link

Publicly, McCain has angrily railed about his own refusal to rest in peace, calling it an egregious breach of the public interest and unacceptable, but privately, he continues to gobble fistfuls of vitamins and engage in an exercise regimen that should maintain his health for years to come.

Dippin' Sauce on my Nice New Slacks (Old Lunch), Monday, 17 July 2017 16:57 (three years ago) link

quick, someone get the senator a comb

flappy bird, Monday, 17 July 2017 16:58 (three years ago) link

lol darraghmac

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Monday, 17 July 2017 17:04 (three years ago) link

a visionary, shakey

j., Thursday, 20 July 2017 01:31 (three years ago) link

Caitlin Johnstone OTM

El Tuomasbot (milo z), Thursday, 20 July 2017 01:39 (three years ago) link

mccain is awful but tbh johnstone seems like a nutjob

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 20 July 2017 02:03 (three years ago) link

Really don't get the humor here

calstars, Thursday, 20 July 2017 02:11 (three years ago) link

(xpost) The writing there is in a voice that most people outgrow by the time they're 20. Regardless of whether she has anything valid to say, it's unreadable.

clemenza, Thursday, 20 July 2017 02:18 (three years ago) link

"A 2014 report published in the journal Earth’s Future found that it would only take the detonation of 100 nuclear warheads to throw 5 teragrams of black soot into the earth’s stratosphere for decades"

good thing we all have way more than that

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 20 July 2017 02:22 (three years ago) link

So much cognitive dissonance will give anyone brain cancer.

McCain: The Most Reprehensible of the Keating Five

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 20 July 2017 02:22 (three years ago) link

This world is oh so beautiful, and life is oh so fragile, and our stay here is oh so tenuous. Our species has enough looming hurdles it’s going to have to clear in the near future without having to worry about getting us all killed over some dumbass deep state power struggle. For the love of ever living fuck let’s please get a fucking grip and put this Russia nonsense behind us once and for all.

lmao

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 20 July 2017 02:23 (three years ago) link

'i prefer senators who don't have brain tumors'

mookieproof, Thursday, 20 July 2017 02:27 (three years ago) link

"In conclusion, San Dimas high school football rocks!"

X-post

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 20 July 2017 02:31 (three years ago) link

My friend's husband died of glioblastoma in AZ. They wrote a letter to McCain begging for his help. He advised them to move.

— Jessica Roy (@jessica_roy) July 20, 2017

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:32 (three years ago) link

Lol Elvis

albvivertine, Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:34 (three years ago) link

what did shakey know and when did he know it

he tasted like mouth (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 20 July 2017 10:01 (three years ago) link

it was in the air

flappy bird, Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:29 (three years ago) link

Old-ass men are always making word salad in congressional hearings and then finding worse medical problems during routine procedures. Suddenly Shakey's a precog.

how's life, Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:37 (three years ago) link

I predict McCain will be dead for real in less than 10 years.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:40 (three years ago) link

Twenty at the most.

I'm willing to bet the dude wouldn't have made it through his first term if '08 had gone differently. So in a way, those extra years have been our gift to him.

Mandal Envy (Old Lunch), Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:48 (three years ago) link

Ugh. Thanks to John McCain's political acumen in picking Sarah Palin to be his running mate, the GOP legitimated a toxic kind of imbecility for which the Republic has been paying for nine years (look at who sits in the Oval Office). Thanks to the authorizations for war that McCain has endorsed, hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children in the Middle East are dead. Had he won the presidency, he would have bombed Iran. He would bomb Scranton if one of his staff whispered in his querulous ear that terrorists ran the snack shop of a bowling alley. He would have voted for the Millionaires Bailout Act, aka Trumpcare, sending thousands of his constituents into penury. His "maverick" reputation, based on little more than barbeques and shooting the shit with bovine reporters, is one of the more mendacious examples of resumé swelling I've seen this century. The Beltway press abetted the rise of this fraud, and when the press abandoned him for Barack Obama the intensity of his resentment and the depths of his shallowness were exposed. He is an awful senator and unfeeling man.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:00 (three years ago) link

Didn't he also call his wife a cunt in public? Class act.

Mandal Envy (Old Lunch), Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:03 (three years ago) link

He's a bad man. Humanity would be better off if he died 50 years ago.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:06 (three years ago) link

A+ obituary, Alfred

Οὖτις, Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:53 (three years ago) link

but still, cancer is awful

j., Thursday, 20 July 2017 16:10 (three years ago) link

I'd prefer he retire than die.

mh, Thursday, 20 July 2017 16:16 (three years ago) link

misread that as "then", was thinking "ice cold, wau"

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Thursday, 20 July 2017 17:34 (three years ago) link

well I hope he dies eventually, seems cruel to wish immortality on his crumbling body

mh, Thursday, 20 July 2017 17:36 (three years ago) link

For anyone who thought brain cancer would slow McCain down, he slams WH for halting the CIA arming of Syrian rebels fighting Assad. pic.twitter.com/sDhTR23ZYA

— Jacqueline Klimas (@jacqklimas) July 20, 2017

@pareene
not even cancer can stop his staff from releasing statements attributed to him calling for strategically incoherent war-making without end

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 20 July 2017 17:37 (three years ago) link

So brave

flappy bird, Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:09 (three years ago) link

this fucking guy

Οὖτις, Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:13 (three years ago) link

c'mooooon Grim Reaper

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:01 (three years ago) link

pvmic

crazed with patience (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:22 (three years ago) link

Baller badass. The Maverick strikes again

flappy bird, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:23 (three years ago) link

the replies to this are 'touching';

If you're near a TV, watch McCain come to the Senate floor. Really touching.

— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) July 25, 2017

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:26 (three years ago) link

mccain to america: "i'm taking you all with me!"

nomar, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:36 (three years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Can't believe it's been a year in this McCainless world.

how's life, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 15:20 (two years ago) link

You know why

faculty w1fe (silby), Sunday, 2 September 2018 16:17 (two years ago) link

two years ago it was right wingers flinging spittle about how Obama wouldn’t say “radical Islam” after Pulse; in 2018 it’s the left vomiting about how Obama wouldn’t say “McCain was a warmonger and a womanizing misogynist” after McCain just died

What could be the common thread here

Paleo Weltschmerz (El Tomboto), Sunday, 2 September 2018 16:49 (two years ago) link

Sorry that was reductive. Basically Obama’s never been angry enough for a lot of people. Also, too brown, but I’m sure nobody on ILX has ever been dismissive of somebody based on their skin tone.

What would be interesting would be a discussion of some of the rampant paternalistic sexism on display at Aretha’s funeral but I take it almost nobody here watched any of that

Paleo Weltschmerz (El Tomboto), Sunday, 2 September 2018 16:54 (two years ago) link

personally I don't care about Obama's remarks and it's silly (not only based on his ex-prez status but also on literally everything he's ever said and done in public) to expect any different. it's the totally uncritical veneration among the media class that bothers me and I expect to extend well beyond the mourning period. (there's no reason to be surprised by this, either, but unlike O they don't have a good excuse.)

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Sunday, 2 September 2018 18:17 (two years ago) link

I mean, really, ffs:

The angels were crying. Here at CNN - just a few blocks away - no rain. Just there. https://t.co/0Pw2xWb90R

— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) August 31, 2018

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Sunday, 2 September 2018 18:19 (two years ago) link

lol'd at that fantasy football one, also a funny shot at Matthew Berry of ESPN

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 2 September 2018 18:21 (two years ago) link

Sometimes it starts pouring rain right when I am about to leave the house. I wonder what it all means...

Yerac, Sunday, 2 September 2018 18:38 (two years ago) link

McCain made the strategic move of positioning himself as the icon for bipartisanship and traditional Senatorial precedent and decorum by making those 'issues' the centerpiece of his 'nay" vote on Obamacare repeal and the theme of his self-aggrandizing Farewell Letter (as if he were the new Geo. Washinngton or some such figure). This was extra-strength catnip to the DC 'centrists' and mainstream journalists who now can idolize him to the hilt as a way of expressing passive-aggression toward Trump. Bcz real aggression might be bad for their careers.

As a way of surfing a political wave right into the grave, it was moderately brilliant. His place in history is far less certain than his place in MSM anti-Trump agitprop for the next week or two.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 3 September 2018 03:30 (two years ago) link

anyone on "the left" (ie not Democrats) expected nothing more of Obama than the other war criminals in that Club

it simply needs to be pointed out before ppl wonder why he's not endorsing social democrats

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 September 2018 04:39 (two years ago) link

Been having a good time driving McCain worshippers nuts by asking them "Once you take away the marketing/branding, what did McCain actually do all this time he was in office?"

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 3 September 2018 06:31 (two years ago) link

mccain-feingold got pwned by citizens united, and he did the thumbs down thing for obamacare, thats about it right?

21st savagery fox (m bison), Monday, 3 September 2018 13:56 (two years ago) link

as far as possibly good things, that is

21st savagery fox (m bison), Monday, 3 September 2018 13:57 (two years ago) link

he liked barbeque

The Silky Veils of Alfred (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 3 September 2018 14:10 (two years ago) link

for real? fuck that guy

21st savagery fox (m bison), Monday, 3 September 2018 14:48 (two years ago) link

he liked barbecuing people in southeast asia and the middle east

my dream is to never be a champion (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 3 September 2018 15:01 (two years ago) link

he liked charles keating

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 3 September 2018 15:02 (two years ago) link

His favorite Fleetwood Mac album is Penguin

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Monday, 3 September 2018 15:11 (two years ago) link

I mean, yeah. It certainly wasn't Bare Trees.

https://i.imgur.com/hCAXKnh.jpg

pplains, Monday, 3 September 2018 17:22 (two years ago) link

30 years of being in the Senate and he never got to Mystery To Me? Fuck that guy...

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 3 September 2018 18:45 (two years ago) link

good mourning!

The Silky Veils of Alfred (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 3 September 2018 18:48 (two years ago) link

Its mourning somewhere *drinks*

Hunt3r, Monday, 3 September 2018 19:24 (two years ago) link

late entrant for the 'worst mccain take'

Just as 9/11/01 galvanized a generation of young people perhaps 9/1/18 (the date of McCain’s funeral) will be the inspiration for another generation of Americans to eschew tribalism and seek common ground in defense of overarching values. https://t.co/bFYb7UZqMU

— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) September 3, 2018

my dream is to never be a champion (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 13:24 (two years ago) link

is the sentiment really that galling tbh

lee guacamole (darraghmac), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 13:32 (two years ago) link

I think my biggest takeaway over the past week has been that McCain's talent as an accidental cult leader went sadly unrecognized in his lifetime. It's really been something to behold.

Digital Squirts (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 13:33 (two years ago) link

is the sentiment really that galling tbh

...

yes?

my dream is to never be a champion (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 13:34 (two years ago) link

oh well carry on so

lee guacamole (darraghmac), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 13:36 (two years ago) link

*doffs cap, continues posting*

my dream is to never be a champion (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 13:39 (two years ago) link

Just as 9/11/01 galvanized a generation

U outta touch lady, the leader describes that as “a tiny period of time with a bullhorn.”

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 13:40 (two years ago) link

Perhaps she’s right tho and it’s better to remember it as “the battle of little bullhorn” in which we rode hard for george custer bush.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 13:41 (two years ago) link

this is never gonna end huh

As McCain (R-Ariz.) ascends to heaven on an updraft of praise, Trump’s political hell on Earth will burn hotter. Through the wall-to-wall coverage of McCain’s life, and his memorial and burial that will take place over the next few days, Trump will become a bystander as our nation is given a reminder of the best of what it stands for, and the best of what it can be. The president and the rest of America are about to look in the mirror and see Trump’s opposite.

McCain lived a life of service to country; Trump lives in service of self. McCain exemplified sacrifice; Trump, indulgence. McCain played down his heroism; Trump boasts of imagined rescues into school buildings to save children from gunfire. McCain sought reconciliation with his enemies; Trump thrives on creating new ones. McCain was, in the words of his longtime aide and collaborator Mark Salter, a “romantic about his causes and a cynic about the world.” Trump is a cynic about both.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/08/26/in-death-mccain-shows-an-alternative-to-trump/?utm_term=.ee7b2449341b

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 13:47 (two years ago) link

I mean, look, if we're all in agreement that this ridiculous overpraise of McCain and his 'legacy' is all for the sake of trolling Trump, then I'm happy to play along. Just wish y'all had sent me the memo a little earlier, is all.

Digital Squirts (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 13:50 (two years ago) link

We might want to pull the reins back just a touch on going too full-bore Kelly cartoon, though. I think even Trump will start to see through the purple prose at some point.

Digital Squirts (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 13:52 (two years ago) link

We’ll go through this all again when we try to square Jimmy Carter, the good Christian peanut farmer, with Jimmy Carter, the nuclear submarine engineer and Admiral Rickover acolyte who changed the US nuclear policy to first strike is his belief that a nuclear war was winnable.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 19:37 (two years ago) link

*in* his

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 19:37 (two years ago) link

there are, famously, no good us presidents but carter at least has spent the last four decades working with habitat for humanity rather than endlessly urging war like mccain did

my dream is to never be a champion (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 19:50 (two years ago) link

tbh i'd be shocked if the media gave carter the mccain/reagan/etc great hero treatment when he dies.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 19:57 (two years ago) link

elvis t -- do you have a link or a book recommendation w/ more info on carter changing nuclear strike policy? embarrassed to say i had no idea about that

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 19:58 (two years ago) link

Carter

I’m not at home (and typing this on my phone) so I can’t consult my library, but this is a good overview:
https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb390/

Worth noting that much of these changes were occurring during the false alarms of 1979-1980
https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb371/

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 04:09 (two years ago) link

Honestly this is better suited to the Cold War thread because there was more going on politically and technically in a short period of time (the accuracy of the MX, the B-1 cluaterfuck, stealth bombers, cruise missiles, neutron bombs, Afghanistan)

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 04:17 (two years ago) link

Anyway, fuck McCain.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 04:18 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

While I respect Bernie, I disagree with him strongly on this. John McCain was a war hawk who sent American youth to fight and die and never met a problem he didn't think could be solved through invasion or intervention. The real heroes are those who fought for PEACE.#GravelGang https://t.co/a3l6700Vo4

— Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) March 21, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 21 March 2019 23:25 (one year ago) link

yup.

there are impressive number of tulsi gabbard trolls.

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Thursday, 21 March 2019 23:26 (one year ago) link

(i mean i keep seeing them in the responses to tweets that have nothing to do w/ her.)

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Thursday, 21 March 2019 23:26 (one year ago) link

mccain obviously showed personal bravery, but a "hero"-- how can we agree that the vietnam war was a near genodical disaster and claim that those who perpetrated it (even if they weren't calling the shots) are "heroes." nope, nope, nope.

sorry, i know we all know this, just that military worship is down there with cop worship as one of the great sicknesses of our country.

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Thursday, 21 March 2019 23:29 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Turns out the orgasm that made Meghan was his greatest crime.

Joe Biden Stan Account (milo z), Monday, 22 February 2021 19:34 (one week ago) link

there must have been some way you could have written that Meghan is an irredeemably bad person whose every television appearance exhibits a remarkable negative-count of charisma that didn't make me want to throw up

Ray Cooney as "Crotch" (stevie), Monday, 22 February 2021 20:07 (one week ago) link

I get her mixed up with Meghan Trainor a lot

frogbs, Monday, 22 February 2021 20:18 (one week ago) link

i don't trust megans who sneak an h in there

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Monday, 22 February 2021 20:20 (one week ago) link


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