Cross Me

So just to review, we’re all grateful for Senator McCain’s service to this country. I have to say that, because if I don’t I’m unpatriotic. But it’s true, I’m thankful for our soldiers and all those who serve this country and for those war heroes like the Senator who have done what their country told them to do.

Now, disclaimer aside, I’m really flipping tired of it being trotted out in this election. Really. Tired.

At first, I thought it was totally relevant.

Then, the stories were getting a bit, overused.

Then, I started to wonder how big a campaign ploy this was going to turn into and if his service and sacrifice was going to turn into a total disgrace due to it being paraded around and exploited.

Then I watched the re-run of the Saddleback interviews today and something in the back of my head said ‘hmmmm, that story sounds totally familiar’ and I just chalked it up to ‘must have heard McCain tell that one before.’

And then…today, from Daily Kos

I was watching the forum last night and decided that since I hadn’t eaten yet, I would try to listen to John McCain speak. I was doing OK with the “my friends” and the evil chuckle when I heard him talk about his POW story of the cross in the dirt. That was when I couldn’t take it anymore.

It just sounded so fake and so contrived, so I did a little research about it. Someone on here said it sounded like a scene from Ben-Hur, so I did a google search about Ben-Hur and cross in the sand and such. No dice. But I searched around a little bit more and here is what I found. A story about Alexander Solzhenitsyn from his times in the Soviet Gulags.

Click the rest of that diary, it makes for very interesting reading.


  1. ICKY. Please, no republicans this time. Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease.

  2. I’m so glad I read this. But if I’m to believe it, I would then have to believe that McCain has read anything by Solzhenitsyn. And for me, that may be the bigger stretch.

  3. You know what really really really gets me about this whole issue? You would THINK that McCain, of all people, would know how hellish war is. So knowing that, how could he ever in good conscience support a dubious war? Why would he back Bush who has sent thousands of soldiers…some of them kids…to fight a manufactured war?

    That is what really pisses me off about McCain. You would think he’d know better after what he’s been thru.

  4. I watched Saddleback. It’s not like we didn’t know before but McCain’s clear anti-pro-choice position was stinging. I hate watching progress go backwards.

    In any case, I actually stopped by because I got a message on Facebook that you “are now married” so I thought I’d check here to see if congrats were in order.

  5. Queen of Spain says:

    Ha! Linda. I’ve been married for 8 years, he’s just finally using FaceBook

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