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I think I know something about the sacrifices made for teeth, the bleeding gums, the sore jaw, the flossing that took a half hour.  So yes, maybe the Viet Cong didn't torture me, but my orthodontist did.  AND WITH A SMILE!

But more seriously folks.  The faux, semi-faux, and real outrage over the Kos posting about McCain's teeth mostly miss the point.  What Kos wrote by way of introduction to the photo of the website is this:

But I'm also shocked that his team didn't...

The point is not making fun of McCain OR his teeth.  Kos is making fun of McCain's website team, and their apparent inability to make their candidate look good. The medium is the message, remember?  So if you want to criticize Kos for something, criticize him for helping McCain out by providing a helpful suggestion that his team might just actually follow.  I mean, HULLO, don't we want McCain to look creepy on his own website?  

Originally posted to denis diderot on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 03:39 PM PDT.

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  •  A helluva lot of people are being tortured RIGHT (3+ / 0-)
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    murrayewv, mama hearts obama, soms

    NOW, some of them by America, and we are worried about what Kos said about John McCain's teeth.

    I mean, how bad could Senator John McPalpatine possibly be?

    by terra on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 03:44:27 PM PDT

  •  Markos is a hell of a writer, (2+ / 0-)
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    denis diderot, browneyes

    but he seems to have dropped the ball on this issue.  The original diary reads like a shallow attack on one of McCain's physical flaws when this wasn't Markos' intent.  He should at least apologize to whoever was offended, and reiterate that he was criticizing his campaign staff who should be concerned that every pixel on every campaign photograph presents their candidate in the best possible light.

    What if a politician was photographed with a booger hanging out of his/her nose, and the campaign distributed this photo without retouching it?  This might have been a better comparison.

    "Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'I need to quit drinking!'" - Greasy Grant

    by Greasy Grant on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 03:52:47 PM PDT

  •  Tips for orthodontia (1+ / 0-)
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    My teeth are straight, but I'm gay.

    •  I had braces twice, and a bunch of other crap (0+ / 0-)

      I think we have plenty to make fun of McCain for without resorting to his teeth though.

      For instance, why did he/his staff go with the lime green background to make him look like cottage cheese? It's mind-bottling, isn't it?

  •  There are better ways of making a point (1+ / 0-)
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    Lord Sphere

    than to seemingly mock the results of a veteran's war injuries.  That's how it read.  Not everything is fair game, at least to decent people.  And there are more than a few people who have genuine concern that this type of behavior lends credence to the opinion of the main stream media that members of this blog and others are vile, hateful assholes.

    Age of maturity? When you're old enough to realize that your parents are actually smarter than you. Obama '08!

    by browneyes on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 04:07:10 PM PDT

    •  Uh, I think you missed something. (0+ / 0-)

      The fact that he  had to have teeth implants, or dentures, or whatever, put in IS NOT WHAT MADE HIS TEETH YELLOW.  It's not as if Kos was making fun of broken teeth; he was making fun of their color, which is the result of something that occurred AFTER they were put in, e.g., drinking lots of coffee, or smoking, or not brushing frequently.

      •  Prosthetic teeth stain much easier than real ones (2+ / 0-)
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        dburbach, Lord Sphere

        The reason he has prosthetics is because he had the living fuck beat out of him in a P.O.W. camp.

        Age of maturity? When you're old enough to realize that your parents are actually smarter than you. Obama '08!

        by browneyes on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 04:31:51 PM PDT

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        •  Duh! (0+ / 0-)

          But the reason they are YELLOW is not because he has  prosthetics.  So making fun of  the color is not making fun of the fact that "he had the living fuck beat out of him in a P.O.W. camp."  Now, if I was making fun of his arms (which I'm not, and wouldn't), then your criticism might be logical.  But your criticism is totally illogical about the color of his teeth.

          •  Is this what we've been reduced to? (0+ / 0-)

            Seriously?  And yeah, it's pretty shitty to make fun of the color of his dentures.

            Age of maturity? When you're old enough to realize that your parents are actually smarter than you. Obama '08!

            by browneyes on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 05:07:01 PM PDT

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