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It is now clear that what is left of the Republicon Party, after being 
fatally poisoned by the Bush administration, intents to commit suicide by 
nominating Senator John McCain (R-Hanoi) for the presidency. Where do I 


McCain spent his boyhood in exclusive boarding schools where staffers were 
paid to put up with his tirades. We all did some immature things before we 
matured. But with McCain, the tirades continue today.

Had he not been the son and grandson of admirals, there is scant chance he 
would have been admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy. Given his behavior 
patterns and academics, had he not been the son and grandson of admirals, 
there is little doubt he would have been thrown out. Instead, in 1958 he 
managed to graduate 894 out of 899. Had he not been the son and grandson of 
admirals, he is no chance he would have been accepted into the prestigious 
naval flight training program over far better qualified officers. On his way 
to becoming a North Vietnamese ace, the aviator lost 3 expensive aircraft on 
routine, non-combat flights. Little was made of all that, because he was, 
you know, the son and grandson of admirals.

McCain's most horrendous loss occurred in 1967 on the USS Forrestal. Well, 
not horrendous for him. The starter motor switch on the A4E Skyhawk allowed 
fuel to pool in the engine. When the aircraft was "wet-started," an 
impressive flame would shoot from the tail. It was one of the ways young 
hot-shots got their jollies. Investigators and survivors took the position 
that McCain deliberately wet-started to harass the F4 pilot directly behind 
him. The cook off launched an M34 Zuni rocket that tore through the Skyhawk's 
fuel tank, released a thousand pound bomb, and ignited a fire that killed 
the pilot plus 167 men. Before the tally of dead and dying was complete, the 
son and grandson of admirals had been transferred to the USS Oriskany.

As a rising naval officer, McCain was surrounded by rumors of numerous 
adulterous affairs, such as used to be called "conduct unbecoming an 
officer." Author and biographer Robert Timberg has detailed several of 
McCain's sexual relationships with subordinates when serving as a Squadron 
Leader and an Executive Officer. I think we all know such behavior is a 
clear violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, in other words, a 

When McCain's application to the National War College was rejected, 
according to noted author and researcher Joel Skousen, he whined to daddy 
who pulled strings with the Secretary of the Navy.


McCain's 5½-year stay at the Hanoi Hilton (officially Hoa Loa Prison) has 
ever since been the subject of great controversy. He maintains that he was 
tortured and otherwise badly mistreated. One of many who disagree is Dennis 
Johnson, imprisoned at Hanoi and never given treatment for his broken leg. 
He reports that every time he saw McCain, who was generally kept segregated, 
the man was clean-shaven, dressed in fresh clothes, and appeared comfortable 
among North Vietnamese Army officers. He adds that he frequently heard 
McCain's collaborative statements broadcast over the prison's loud speakers.

On October 26, 1967, McCain's A-4 Skyhawk was shot down over Hanoi. The 
fractures of 1 leg and both arms were reportedly due to his failure to tuck 
them in during ejection. According to U.S. News & World Report (May 14, 
1973), McCain didn't wait long before offering military information in 
return for medical care. While an extraordinary patient at Gi Lam Hospital, 
he was visited by a number of dignitaries, including, to quote McCain 
himself, General Vo Nguyen Giap, the national hero of Dienbienphu.

Jack McLamb is a highly respected name in law enforcement circles. After 9 
years of clandestine operations in Cambodia and unmentionable areas, he 
returned home to Phoenix where he became one of the most decorated police 
officers on record. Twice McLamb was named Officer of the Year. He went on 
to become an FBI hostage negotiator. This man has stated that every one of 
the many former POWs he has talked with consider McCain a traitor. States 
McLamb, "He was never tortured.The Vietnamese Communists called him the 
Songbird, that's his code name, Songbird McCain, because he just came into 
the camp singing and telling them everything they wanted to know." McLamb 
further quotes former POWs as saying McCain starred in 32 propaganda videos 
in which he denounced his country and comrades.

The Glavnoje Razvedyvatel'noje Upravlenije is the Soviet's military 
intelligence division. Numerous sources confirm that during the Nam Era, the 
English-speaking Vietnamese who conducted interrogations of American 
prisoners were always overseen by Russian GRU officers. The ranking GRU 
officer at the Hanoi Hilton had a multilingual teenage son who was tasked 
with translating all interrogation reports into Russian. He would become 
known only as T.

According to T who interpreted all interrogations and notes pertaining to 
McCain during the latter's stay from December, 1969, to March, 1973, when a 
well-fed looking McCain's was released, privileges were extended. These 
included time at a furnished apartment in Hanoi - furnished with 2 
prostitutes. McCain would attribute such absences to solitary confinement.

It has been widely reported that following his father's appointment as 
CINCPAC Commander-in-Chief of all U.S. forces in the Vietnam theater of 
operations, McCain was offered an immediate parole. McCain insists that he 
refused such a preference. Others insist that his father refused to allow 
such a preference. In any event, such an offer would have required the 
approval of the Soviet masters, and T would have seen documentation. He has 
no recollection of such an offer.

In 1991 the Soviet Union was in a state of collapse. People and things were 
up for grabs. During that thaw, a mass document swap took place between the 
KGB and CIA. All T's translations were included. If these dots are really 
connected, it is small wonder that McCain had fought consistently to keep 
all files sealed, block any attempts to retrieve POWs, and establish the 
friendliest of relations with his former tormentors.

Imagine the possibilities. A Clintonian leak during the presidential 
campaign. Or, in the unlikely event of a McCain victory, blackmail of the 
Manchurian Candidate.

It is public record that Admiral McCain was on hand to greet his son upon 
return. According to Major Mark A. Smith (USA Retired), a Green Beret and 
former POW, a trusted friend of his accompanied the Admiral that day. Later, 
when the friend referred to that meeting, McCain became enraged, volunteered 
that he had received "no special treatment," and then denied that his father 
was there.

In 1989 legislation known as The Truth Bill was introduced in the U.S. 
House. It required the Department of Defense to publish the names and 
information on all unaccounted for POWs, MIAs, and KIAs in WW II, the Korean 
War, and Vietnam. It languished and was resurrected 2 years later. Then came 
the McCain Bill, promptly enacted, that blocked such information. The DoD 
does not even have to acknowledge confirmed sightings of live Americans.


The senator's temper and temperament remain in question. His biographer 
quotes him: "At the smallest provocation I would go off into a mad frenzy, 
and then suddenly crash to the floor unconscious." Has he moderated over 
time? Apparently. Somewhat. Senators who have had McCain scream hyphenated 
obscenities at them nose-to-nose include Rick Santorum, Richard Shelby, Thad 
Cochran, and James Inhofe. Most colleagues decline comment. The man has been 
called psychologically unstable.


Four years ago McCain loudly defended the glorious hero of the Vietnam War, 
John Kerry. That would be the young naval officer who hid out in an office 
until he took command of a river patrol boat for a few weeks. He put in for 
a purple heart every time he got a scratch or bruise. With 3 of those, he 
rotated out with the intention of running for public office as a war hero. 
When Kerry saw the level of anti-war sentiment, he quickly morphed into an 
anti-war hero running for public office and later married the widow of an 
extremely wealthy, conservative senator who died under highly suspicious 
circumstances. Swift Boat Veterans for Truth have not died. Their affiliate 
is Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain, headed by former Sergeant Ted 
Sampley, who also serves as vice-president of the half-million member 
Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally.

Sampley has spent years working toward the return of Vietnam era MIAs and 
POWs abandoned by our government (which is invariably the case at a war's 
end). McCann has thwarted him at every turn, dismissing 1,600 credible first 
hand sightings, 14,000 second hand sightings, and countless radio intercepts 
that supported the observations.

In 1991 a Senate Select Committee held hearings on the subject of Vietnam 
POWs. Tracy Usry, honored Vietnam veteran and former chief investigator for 
the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, testified that American POWs were 
routinely interrogated by Soviet intelligence officers. Several times, an 
enraged McCain interrupted, shouting that, ".none of the returned U.S. POWs 
released by Vietnam was ever interrogated by the Soviets." He knew better. 
So apparently did Bui Tin, former Senior Colonel, NVA, who testified that he 
had been privy to all Soviet documents pertaining to American prisoners. He 
supported Usry, refuted McCain, and offered his personal records as added 

In short order, Usry and all participating staff members were fired. Jack 
Wheeler, Republicon insider and master strategist, attributed that to McCain's 
behind-the-scenes pressuring.

Add to that McCain's despicable treatment of families of POWs. Is that based 
on guilt or is the man simply despicable?


In the 1920s, the Bronfman family of Montreal rose to power and wealth based 
particularly on its Seagrams liquor business, which had as its Prohibition 
Era partner Meyer Lansky, American Mafia boss. Bootlegging profits were 
enormous. The family branched into many areas, including media. In recent 
years, Bronfman acquired a major chunk of Time-Warner.

Michael Collins Piper is the author of several books including FINAL 
JUDGMENT and THE HIGH PRIESTS OF WAR. According to his research, Jack Ruby, 
Texas nightclub manager and silencer of JFK's alleged assassin, was a 
Bronfman asset. Piper identifies Ruby as "a key player" in the smuggling of 
arms stolen from U.S. military bases to Israel.

In the years prior to World War II, the move into Arizona was made. In 1941, 
Gus Greenbaum of Phoenix started a national wire service for bookies. When 
he shifted to Las Vegas in 1946 to oversee Meyer Lansky's casino interests 
and subsequently replace the infamous, violent Bugsy Siegel, Kemper Marley 
was appointed crime syndicate boss of Arizona. According to sources within 
the Marley group, it was Bronfman who put him in the liquor business and 
enabled him to build a statewide monopoly. In 1948, the feds sent 52 
employees to prison for liquor violations. Rumor has it that Marley remained 
untouched because one of his lieutenants, James Hensley, took the fall and 
did a dime. Piper reports that Hensley's attorney and dealmaker was William 
Rehnquist. Yes, that would be the Chief Justice who later pulled his former 
girlfriend onto the high court and spent his last decade on the bench 
hallucinating on drugs. Upon release, Marley gave Hensley one of the biggest 
Anheuser-Busch distributorships in the country - certainly the biggest in 
Arizona. Thank you for your faithful service.

Then one day in 1981, an obscure, newly retired naval officer rode into the 
land of sun, cacti, and retirees. After his first wife, who had raised his 
children and waited for him became crippled in an accident, John McCain had 
dumped her overboard and married his mistress - Cindy, daughter of James 
Hensley. The next year the "straight talker" was installed in the U.S. House 
of Lords. Four years later he moved to the senate.

So who owns honest John McCain? The mob that runs Arizona? The big Vegas 
money that continues to contribute heavily? The Israeli connection? You be 
the judge.


Not long ago, McCain stated to a journalist that, "Economics isn't my strong 
suit." But, he added, he is reading Greenspan. That would be Fed Chairman 
Alan Greenspan who, during his tenure, expanded the money supply more than 
in all the years since 1913. The Greenspan who kept the printing presses 
running at warp speed, turning out little pieces of paper called money and 
backed by the promises of politicians. Alan the Inflator fueled the dotcom 
bubble, the stock market bubble, and more recently the real estate bubble. 
It is no wonder that the LONDON ECONOMIST recently pegged 2007 true U.S. 
inflation at 17%. Just what we need - another president who is an economic 
illiterate. It's small consolation that McCain admits it, because if 
elected, he'd appoint the wrong advisors.


McCain, also known as senator hyphen around D.C., frequently partners with 
members of the far left. The McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Bill 
was an obvious, full-frontal attack on the First Amendment - perhaps the 
most blatant since the Sedition Act 200 years previous. Specifically, it 
outlawed the most protected of free speech, political descent. This alone 
should be a deal breaker. Anyone voting for the bill should have been 
impeached and removed from office. George Bush, when he broke another of his 
pledges and signed the odious legislation, said he had problems with it but 
that the Supreme Court might very possibly strike down parts. Apparently, 
his thinking was (1) this is bad law, but why should I worry, and (2) I don't 
need to do my job because somebody down the line might do it for me.

Accordingly, it is entirely logical that radio talk show hosts are in strong 
opposition to McCain. They understand how much he hates free speech, and 
they don't want to see a return to the deceptively named Fairness Doctrine 
that used to force broadcasters to devote matching time to the promotion of 
liberal views to balance conservative. At the core is the liberals' fear of 
exposure to the marketplace of ideas and free discourse. To them, it is not 
enough that you have a dial and an opposed thumb. If we're going to have a 
Fairness Doctrine, let's carry it all the way out. For every 80 anti-gun 
news stories, I want to see 80 (easy to find) pro-gun stories. Not 1. For 
every male bashing commercial, mandate one female bashing. Let's limit the 
number of black players on college and NBA teams to 12½ percent, reflective 
of the population. Et cetera.

McCain also works to destroy the Second Amendment. John McCain does not 
trust you with a firearm, regardless of the plain words of the Constitution. 
He would bar you from defending yourself from marauders and certainly from 
an out-of-control government. The Gun Owners of America rates McCain F 
minus. Although the National Rifle Association is far softer in defending 
gun rights, its president has termed McCain the "worst Second Amendment 
candidate." Example: McCain sponsored an amendment to S. 1805 that would 
destroy gun shows by outlawing private gun sales at such events, although 
they have been proven to not be a significant source of criminals' weapons. 
A next step would be the outlawing of private transfers. A father would be 
unable to pass down a family treasure without government blessing. The 
unconstitutionality of all this is of no importance to the senator and his 
ilk. Check his record. This alone should be another deal breaker.

Just about everybody loves a maverick, right? Spirit of America and all 
that. We often impute a certain sense of integrity to someone who turns on 
his own. Is the senator from Hanoi really a maverick? Sure, but from what? 
Honor? Duty? The Constitution he works so hard to make irrelevant? But as a 
career politician and long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations, 
McCain is also a one- worlder and a senior insider.


I'm sure the sponsor of the so-called Campaign Finance Reform Bill wouldn't 
mind if we took a cursory look at his donors. They include the sinister 
international currency manipulator George Soros, JP Morgan Chase & Company, 
Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Lehman Brothers. In other words, McCain is 
backed by most of the usual suspects who back "the competition."

According to WorldNetDaily, since 2001, this candidate has receiving funding 
via the Reform Institute of Alexandria, Virginia, founded to launder money 
from George Soro's Open Society Institute and Theresa Heinz Kerry's Tides 
Foundation. Let's just know who owns whom. All this only makes sense. The 
senator is a long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a 
one-worlder, an ultimate insider.

Funding scandals? Sure. We have them too. Does anybody remember the Keating 
Five debacle from 1987 that cost depositors and taxpayers $160 million? 
Charles Keating owned American Continental Corporation and its subsidiary 
Lincoln Savings & Loan. Facing multiple federal indictments, he called on 
the recipients of his largesse - Senators Alan Cranston, John Glenn, Don 
Riegle, and from the great State of Arizona Dennis DeConsini and John 
McCain. Strings were pulled, but, in the end, Keating was convicted. In 
1991, the Senate Ethics Committee (I know, such an oxymoron) ruled that 
McCain hadn't quite done anything illegal. But by his own standards he was 


Recently, the New York Times ran a piece suggesting that McCain may have had 
an affair with lobbyist Vicki Iseman that went back 8 years. Ms. Iseman is a 
partner in Alcalde & Fay, who represent Carnival Lines, several 
broadcasters, and municipalities. The Times, along with Drudge and the 
Washington Post, had been sitting on the story for some weeks. The 
allegations are unproven, and, the senator has exhibited extraordinary 
self-control when denying them. I can only say that he has a history of this 
type of Clintonian behavior, both in the military and, admittedly, during 
his first marriage. Apparently it is acceptable anymore. In any case, I 
question whether the Times should have run with this.

Influence peddling? Sure, McCain rode Lowell Paxson's jet several times. It 
would be asking a lot of a high-profile senator to walk through a crowded 
airport and climb on a commercial flight. Maybe he wrote Paxson checks at 
the commercial fare rate. He did accept $100,000 donation from Alcalde & 
Fay. And he did write 2 letters recommending that the FCC approve Paxson's 
purchase of a Pittsburgh TV station. Only two? Lobbyists lobby. I don't have 
any finger to point here.


Taking a page from Bill Clinton's Attorney General, McCain has called 
Christian leaders "agents of intolerance."

McCain often crosses the aisle to block the confirmation of conservative 
judges with strict construction leanings. His record on taxes is clear; he 
likes them. Senator hyphen has co-sponsored ill conceived legislation that 
would boost gasoline prices by more than half a dollar a gallon. And he 
supports radical global warming measures that would significantly 
disadvantage the U.S.


Teaming again with Teddy Kennedy, at al, the senator from Hanoi sponsored an 
amnesty bill for illegal aliens. A top aide, Juan Hernandez previously held 
a cabinet level position with ex-president of Mexico Vincente Fox. This dual 
citizen is on record as favoring "Mexico First." McCain supports open 
borders. Well, until he caught sight of the prize. These days he's 
auto-phoning into Ohio, promising that "first I'll close the borders." He'd 
still like to see Social Security money paid to the sneak-ins. Another deal 


The presidential frontrunners have a curious commonality. Not one has any 
significant administrative history. None has headed a company, none has 
managed an organization, and none has ever had to meet a payroll. Their 
experience has been totally devoted to throwing other people's money at 
problems they created (often for that very purpose), and they've run nothing 
but their mouths. Seriously, if you owned a large business enterprise, is 
there any chance that you would pick one of the candidates to manage it?

As for the illegal, immoral war in which we are engaged, Obama is clean, 
Hillary is implicated, and McCain says he's fine with another hundred years.

Personalities aside, I'm not certain how much difference it makes. McCain 
has essentially endorsed Hillary. According to him, "She has integrity," and 
"I have no doubt that she would be a good president." He likes, really likes 
the woman, and says, "I think she's a very good person." Meanwhile, Barack 
Hussein Obama's policies differ not one whit from Hillary's. So that's a 
popularity contest.

Then there is the matter of the label. In his way, George Bush has done to 
the Republicon Party what Bill Clinton did to the Democrat Party in his way. 
In the last congressional race, the Rs did poorly; yet their D replacements 
have fixed nothing. The congress's approval rating is 22 percent. As the 
legatee of Bush, what does baggage does McCain bear? Here are just a few 
bags: unrestrained spending, huge trade deficits, illegal wars of 
aggression, empire building beyond our capacity, abandonment of our fallen 
veterans, war crimes, the elimination of civil liberties with war as a 
pretext, the death of habeas corpus, favoring Israel over the U.S., the 
stock bubble, the real estate bubble, collapsing home values, permanent core 
job losses, true 10 percent inflation, debasement of the currency (They won't 
even publish M3 numbers anymore.), torture of prisoners (On October 6, 2006, 
McCain voted to exempt the CIA from restrictions.), prisoner rendition, 
deconstruction of the Constitution, opening our borders to everybody and 
anybody, violations of separation of powers, corruption, and incredible 
incompetence. I could go on. My question: Is the Republicon nomination worth 
more than 15 cents? Even if McCain puts nominal Democrat Joe Lieberman on 
his ticket to demonstrate bi-partisanship and pull in Dems and Independents?

Are you a genuine social conservative? Do you believe in our wonderful 
Constitution? Are you opposed the Iraq War and its precursor strategies that 
have killed hundreds of thousands of innocents? Are you fiscally 
responsible? Do you truly understand the principles of republicanism? Do you 
believe in marital fidelity? Are you a supporter of free speech? I submit 
that if your answer to any of these questions is yes, you cannot vote for 
John McCain and retain your integrity. The lesser of 2 or 3 evils is still 
evil. In this case, not by a measurable amount.

The party of Ronald Reagan left me years ago. America's bright beacon of 
hope, so loved by much of the world for over 200 years, is being reduced to 
a faint glow in the eyes of the true believers.

We have had some incredibly unqualified and inept people run for and 
sometimes win the top job. But John McCain must be the most flawed and 
compromised candidate in our nation's history.
What one Palestinian mother can hope for

Usually mothers have hopes and dreams as all mothers do, like witnessing a 
child's graduation or marriage. But Palestinian mother s' dreams are wild. 
different . extravagant.

One of those dreamers is a mother from the town of Qufor Qleel south of the 
city of Nablus.

Ribheeyeh Alquni is 59 years old and her dream is to have her 5 imprisoned 
sons all in one prison so that she can visit them all at once.

Ribheeyeh suffers heart problems and diabetes; hence she can't go to visit 
more than once a week. That's why she only visits one son at a time, 
cancelling visiting the remaining four.

Her children are Mazin, 30, arrested by the Israeli occupation forces five 
years ago. He is in prison even though he has a disability in his legs, and 
he is still not charged. He is detained in Megiddo prison.

His brother Samir is 29, sentenced 40 years and ten days, he was arrested 6 
years ago and suffers from kidney problems. Samir is detained at Rimon 

Buraq, 23, was imprisoned initially for 3 years then released, then arrested 
again 17 months ago; the Israeli investigators are demanding his 
imprisonment for 7 years. He is detained at the moment at Megiddo prison.

Hazim is 27 and he has been serving a life sentence at Jalbooa prison since 
6 years ago. Mohammad his younger brother aged 20, was detained about a year 
and a half ago but still has not been convicted.

Their mother is in pain for she is not able to enjoy her children's presence 
in one place not even if it was in a prison. She smiled while crying and 
said that her children Mohammad and his brother Hazim met once in one room 
at Jalbooa prison, but could not identify each other, because when Hazim was 
detained Mohammed was very little, besides Mohammed had a swollen face 
because of severe torture which made him look different anyway.

The mother is hoping to meet her children all at once, she said she has not 
set eyes on three of her sons since they were imprisoned, Mohammad, Buraq, 
and Mazin.

She prays that they will be put together in the same prison; at least she 
can see them for once. "My home now is empty," she said.