Monday, July 14, 2008
Belarus Calls For Beheading Of John McCain
If you have been following the 24-hour presidential election news cycle, one of the random useless non-story stories that has emerged in the past week is that John McCain's economic advisor Phil Gramm (former South Carolina senator, with a Ph.D. in economics) made public comments last week that he felt the United States economy is not really that bad. The real problem, he opines, is that we've become a "nation of whiners". Who cares what the basis for the statement is -- the grist for the news mill is "McCain's advisor called us all WHINERS!!!!11" I wonder if Gramm ever pumps his own gas? Of course, when Sen. Gramm was a university professor, he could probably say whatever shit he liked and got away with it.
Anyhow, John McCain was forced to respond to this OUTRAGE:
Yes, the key punishment: "I think Senator Gramm would be in serious consideration for ambassador to Belarus. Though I'm not sure the citizens of Minsk would welcome that."
Forget waterboarding, Phil - you're going to MINSK!
WTF?! Why is McCain raggin' on Belarus? Miss South Carolina is surely confused. And this is kind of a blow to Karen Stewart, the career government employee whose pinnacle life accomplishment was being appointed the U.S. ambassador to Belarus in 2006.
I tried to find some Belarus-based newspaper or blogger commenting on this great slight to their national pride, but came up short. (My research, however, did unearth a short youtube video with two belorussian students visiting America. Their favorite thing about America? Avril Lavigne. Who is from Canada.)
So, the picture above is from the front page of a Belarus newspaper, and I figured it was safe to assume it was from a protest being held against McCain. Oh, the humanity!