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Senator John McCain - alas, he's my senator - just tweeted that the Iranian president is a monkey.  From Forbes

Regardless of whether the monkey did go into space, McCain took to Twitter today after learning of Ahmadinejad’s declaration and decided to compare him to the so called space monkey. “So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space – wasn’t he just there last week?” McCain joked.
He then linked to a yahoo story about the Iranians' claim to have sent a monkey into space.

This man just joined the Senate Foreign Relations committee!

Is he trying to start another war?  A few thoughts over the fleur-de-kos.

I think he may be trying to start another war.  He loves starting wars.

Such a tweet should get him called out.

Nearly every time he speaks, he makes me grateful that he lost the 2008 election.  I'd be sorry for those in an alternate multiverse in which he won - except that I'm sure that in that alternate timeline, he blew up the world so it no longer exists.

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  •  Could you fix the link, please? (0+ / 0-)
  •  We're going to have to change McCain's (7+ / 0-)

    Kos Moniker to McStupid. This is just another event in the decline of a very bitter old man. Sad really.

    Give blood. Play hockey.

    by flycaster on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 09:20:41 AM PST

  •  And to think... (4+ / 0-)
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    blueness, jnhobbs, Hey338Too, NancyWH

    that "President McCain" was ever even an option.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 09:30:02 AM PST

  •  mccain (2+ / 0-)
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    Tinfoil Hat, kharma

    is just jealous, because Ahmadinejad is a more advanced life-form than he, McCain the failed result of a Dr. Moreau-like experiment designed to cross a human with a hemorrhoid.

    In the alternative universe you mention, the one where McCain became president, none of us are here, because his "We are all Georgians" nuttery ignited a worldwide conflagration.

    The only person who survived is veep Sarah Palin, squirreled away in a deep underground bunker, shooting speed in both arms and babbling ceaselessly about Paul Revere: "He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed."  

  •  Oh c'mon! McCain makes a not-so-funny joke, (2+ / 0-)
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    but is this really a big deal? McCain is an ass for many, many reasons, but making a joke about the rather buffoonish Iranian President isn't on the charts.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 09:46:45 AM PST

    •  In the grand scheme, not high on the list (4+ / 0-)

      of horrible things this man has done.  But it pretty well encapsulates what a buffoon he is.  A decent reminder that the guy isn't fit to represent the country.

      •  It's not even horrible. (1+ / 0-)
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        You can't even make a joke about someone who is a thoroughly objectionable foreign leader now? Really stooping to conquer here.

        For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

        by Anne Elk on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 10:24:22 AM PST

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        •  Well, (5+ / 0-)

          There's no argument that the guy is thoroughly objectionable.  And I'd say, sure, it's cool to joke about him.  But I'm not sure the guy who wants to "Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran,"  the guy who sits near the apex of our foriegn policy, who almost led the free world, and who represents this country on our Sunday talk show circuit should be objecting to him on what are arguably racist grounds.

          Again, not the biggest or most consequential mis-step in this asshole's career.  But not a great move either.  Call the guy crazy or dangerous or racist, but maybe avoid calling him a space monkey.

    •  not a big deal for me... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...but certainly a big deal to Justin Amash.  Everyone get out your popcorn!  Delicious.

      Sometimes you just have to open your mouth and say someting intelligent.

      by kalspa on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 09:57:15 AM PST

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      •  Now that really is lame. (0+ / 0-)

        If I call someone an ass, am I really claiming that they are in fact a diminutive beast of burden often used to denote unreasonable stubbornness? McCain was making a joke that tried to connect the stated desire of Ahmadinejad to go into space with the supposed Iranian launch of a monkey into orbit. He was not in fact claiming that the Iranian President was a Simian.

        I must say though that I thought Washington politicians, known as they are for their scintillating intelligence and sparkling with, would have higher joke standards. McCain is guilty of making a bad joke because he is a silly old man who ought to retire, not because he is a raving racist who believes Ahmadinejad is sub-human.

        For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

        by Anne Elk on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 10:30:30 AM PST

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    •  Mc Cain makes a racist joke (0+ / 0-)

      it was funny only to those who knows the code. Desert n####ers

  •  Poor Joke. Dunno know if he intended to make a (2+ / 0-)
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    racist joke or it just fell flat because McCain isnt funny.

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 09:48:25 AM PST

  •  Well ya know the old saying (1+ / 0-)
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    "It takes one to know one".

  •  McCain wants to Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Iran (2+ / 0-)
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    chloris creator, PSzymeczek

    Ironically, it is McCain who metaphorically (and repeatedly) bombs as a "comedian".

    The number to call is BR-549.

    by lotac on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 10:01:13 AM PST

  •  just a note: last night there was a rumor (1+ / 0-)
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    on FB that al Qaeda was going to disrupt the Super Bowl.  I note many of the notes posted used derogatory terms for Arabs and Muslims.  I suppose McCain has just joined those ranks or maybe in his mind, Muslims are just another form of "gooks, slants, slopes and basketheads" (I apologize for the terms but felt they were necessary to make the point that perhaps his worldview of other nationalities began sooner rather than later)  After all, those terms were in common usage for Vietnamese during the VN War by various Americans

    •  Stole (0+ / 0-)

      my thunder.  Called the Japanese that during WWII also.  It's a term meant to dehumanize, and McCain knows that.  

      "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

      by NancyWH on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 04:41:33 PM PST

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      •  sorry about the thunder (1+ / 0-)
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        I have several vintage comics that were written circa 1943- 1945 where the Japanese were referred to as "yellow monkeys" among other racial insults and as late as the 60's TV show, "McHale's Navy" the Japanese were routinely referred to as "Nips" and "Japs"

        •  I remember (0+ / 0-)

          in the '60's when IBM, [used to be a big employer around here], brought in more overseas employees.  Behind their backs,  people would say things like "20 years ago, we were shooting those monkees out of trees!"  Keeping it classy!

          "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

          by NancyWH on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:55:58 AM PST

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          •  I remember the Monkees (0+ / 0-)

            pop band during the 60's, kind of a Beatles knock-off.  (Sorry I could not resist)
            However for those who served in the Pacific, it was a very personal war for those vets who fought a very racial war, on both sides, since the Japanese also figured they were the Master Race (and were named honorary Aryans by Hitler, no kidding) The atrocities were many and terrible on both sides.  From memory, I think there were 22,000 Japanese defenders at Iwo Jima and only 20 were taken prisoner.  That testifies to the intensity of the hatred

  •  Is he trying to start another war? (4+ / 0-)

    "To ask the question is to know the answer."

    - Confucius, or Mark Twain or Yogi Berra or somebody.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 10:08:49 AM PST

  •  I seriously think he's had one or more strokes (3+ / 0-)
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    His behavior in the last few years is very similar to what happened with my father after he began to have strokes; wild behavioral swings (normal or laughing and joking one moment, out of control anger over really little things the next), and blurting out incredibly abusive and inappropriate statements (like this one of McCain's). I don't mean this as an insult, but so much of what's going on with him looks so familiar to what we had to deal with.  

    New Arizona State Motto; "Yeah, but it's a dry hate!"

    by Fordmandalay on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 10:29:32 AM PST

  •  Here's the angle that reveals triangulation: (1+ / 0-)
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    McCain is hoping to gather a few quotes-of-protest that he can use to label some Democrats (Obama, of course, and Kerry, for instance) as Ahmadinejad supporters.

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 11:52:23 AM PST

  •  Way to stoop to their level, McCain. (0+ / 0-)

    This may be ageist of me, but I don't feel like McCain 10/20 years ago says something like this, nor the 'bomb bomb bomb Iran' comment. Makes me worried about someone like Hillary running in 2016.

    I see what you did there.

    by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 12:55:59 PM PST

    •  McCain was a POW for 5 yrs (0+ / 0-)

      and had reasonably advanced melanoma in his it may not be age.

      WOmen live so much longer than men HRC at 68 is like a man of 62. Romney was 65 and there was no talk about age. Many men run at 62. Kerry was 61 when he ran but no one talked about age. HRC mother lived to her nineties IIRC.( But I think McCain's mom lived to be quite old also)

      That said I agree McCain changed and I repeatedly cringe. Because I liked him in 2000. I saw him in person in NH more than once. He wasn't like this.

  •  insulting the iranian leader (1+ / 0-)
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    is pretty damn minor. Especially the hateful ape that is Ahmadinejad.

  • cain, (1+ / 0-)
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    fucking idiot...

    i just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

    by donnajanew on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 03:22:18 PM PST

  •  This just shows how ignorant I am (0+ / 0-)

    I'm hearing people in the media condemn this Tweet as racist, but I always thought Ahmadinejad was white.  

    Doing a little Internet research for Internet Facts that are Always True, I read that Ahmadinejad is ethnically Talysh, which belongs to the "Balkan-Caucasian type of the European race" (Wikipedia.)  

    Taking jokes seriously is the exact mirror activity of laughing if someone says they have cancer. --jbou

    by Caj on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 04:29:43 PM PST

    •  Okay, so this Internet fact may not be Always True (0+ / 0-)

      Reading further, it seems that nobody exactly agrees what ethnicity Ahmadinejad is, because the only people that would care, like ethnic Talysh or Azeris, seem to love him or hate him enough to get into huge pie fights over it.

      Nevertheless, it the guy is in all probability Caucasian---this is Iran, after all.  

      Taking jokes seriously is the exact mirror activity of laughing if someone says they have cancer. --jbou

      by Caj on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 04:50:08 PM PST

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      •  people use "monkey" as a racist comparison (0+ / 0-)

        so if a very light skinned Caucasian older American man calls someone who has Brown skin a monkey it is suspect. He probably didn't mean to be racist but he did grow up in a racist society (ours especially 50 yrs ago +) so it might have been unconcious way to put down someone he (justifiably) feels is hateful.

  •  I think I'm more concerned that so many people (0+ / 0-)

    believe Ahmedinejad has any real military or foreign policy power in Iran.  He is not their leader and insulting him will not cause a war.  Almost all the power and military are in control of the Ayatollah and The Council of Experts.  

    I get so sick of the right always talking about Ahmedinejad like he's pulling all the strings in Iran, when in reality, he doesn't have the power he is made out to have. He just makes an easier boogeyman.  We don't need to do that as well.  

    "I'm a progressive man and I like progressive people" Peter Tosh

    by Texas Lefty on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 05:04:24 PM PST

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