Monday, October 06, 2008

The Ayers of Their Ways

Since Sarah Palin over the last couple of days has repeated an exaggerated relationship between Barack Obama and William Ayers, I feel it's time for a little "embarrassing association" roundup. Sarah Palin's address to the Alaska Independence Party just this year:

Or her husband's membership in the AIP, whose founder said, "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions." Heh. Country first, indeed.

And then there is, of course, Sarah Palin's batshit crazy church, and the time she was prayed over by a literal witch hunter.

But that's just the Rapethepublican's VP pick. What about John McCain? Well, it seems he sat on the board of the US Council for World Freedom, a subsidiary of the World Anti-Communist League, an organization the Anti-Defamation League called "a gathering place for extremists, racists and anti-Semites."

The Chicago Tribune asks this provocative question:

Can a presidential candidate justify a long and friendly relationship with someone who, back in the 1970s, extolled violence and committed crimes in the name of a radical ideology -- and who has never shown remorse or admitted error?

Surprise! It appears that G. Gordon Liddy and John McCain are thick as thieves. But that hardly explains McCain's "howling hypocrisy," as Steve Chapman puts it.

And since we're taking a little stroll through history, here are Five Myths About John McCain.

But perhaps it is possible to learn something about a person by looking back at past acts, like in this story:

Mary was a newlywed and ready to move to Norway, but was stopped at the airport because she didn’t have enough money for the trip. Then a stranger turned up and paid for her.

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