RE: [xmca] Fwd: A personal experience with John McCain

From: larry smolucha <lsmolucha who-is-at>
Date: Thu Oct 02 2008 - 17:55:13 PDT

Stop cluttering my inbox with this slop. > Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2008 18:16:41 +0200> From: carolmacdon who-is-at> To:> Subject: Re: [xmca] Fwd: A personal experience with John McCain> > Olga> Golly, it would be good for all of us, if one of us could do the detective> work. Especially as it is so awful. How could we ascertain this? I think we> should put an embargo on the story until further notice.> Carol> > 2008/10/2 Olga Vasquez <>> > > Wait!> > From what I hear Mary Kay Gamel did not write this letter and it may just> > be a figment> > of someone's twisted mind but do send your reiki energy to us all to make> > the right decision.> > Olga> >> >> > Good heavens--even worse than our politicians. I shall be sending all my> >> Reiki energy to Obama, from the other side of the world.> >>> >>> >> 2008/10/2 Shirley Franklin <>> >>> >> Perhaps some of you may have read this disgusting true story?> >>> Shirley> >>>> >>> Begin forwarded message:> >>>> >>> sage:> >>>>> >>>>> >>>>>> >>>>>> >>>>> ----- Forwarded Message ----> >>>>> From: "" <>> >>>>> To:> >>>>> Sent: Wednesday, 1 October, 2008 7:30:27> >>>>> Subject: A personal experience with John McCain> >>>>>> >>>>> Subject: A Personal Experience of McCain> >>>>>> >>>>> Mary Kay Gamel is a literature and classics professor at UCSC. She> >>>>>> is> >>>>>>> >>>>>>> asking> >>>>>>> people to send the letter she wrote far and wide.> >>>>>>>> >>>>>>>> >>>>>>> It was just before John McCain's last run at the> >>>>>>> presidential nomination in 2000 that my husband and I> >>>>>>> vacationed in Turtle Island in Fiji with John McCain, Cindy, and> >>>>>>> their> >>>>>>> children, including Bridget (their adopted Bangladeshi child).> >>>>>>>> >>>>>>> It was not our intention, but it was our misfortune to> >>>>>>> be in close quarters with John McCain for almost a week,> >>>>>>> since Turtle Island has a small number of bungalows and their> >>>>>>> focus on communal meals force all vacationers who are there at the> >>>>>>> same time to get to know each other intimately.> >>>>>>> He arrived at our first group meal and started reading> >>>>>>> quotes from a pile of William Faulkner books with a forest> >>>>>>> of Post-Its sticking out of them. As an English Literature> >>>>>>> major myself, my first thought was "if he likes this so much, why> >>>>>>> hasn't> >>>>>>> he memorized any of this yet?" I soon realized that McCain> >>>>>>> actually thought we had come on vacation to be a volunteer audience> >>>>>>> for his> >>>>>>> "readings" which then became a regular part of each meal. Out of> >>>>>>> politeness, none of the vacationers initially protested at this> >>>>>>> intrusion into> >>>>>>> their blissful holiday, but people's buttons definitely got pushed> >>>>>>> as> >>>>>>> the readings continued day after day. Unfortunately this was not> >>>>>>> his> >>>>>>> only contribution to our> >>>>>>> mealtime entertainment. He waxed on during one meal about> >>>>>>> how Indo-Chine women had the best figures and that our> >>>>>>> American corn-fed women just couldn't meet up to this standard. He> >>>>>>> also made> >>>>>>> it a point that all of us should stop Cindy from having dessert> >>>>>>> as her weight was too high and made a few comments to Amy, the 2 5> >>>>>>> year> >>>>>>> old wife of the honeymooning couple from Nebraska that she should> >>>>>>>> >>>>>> >>>>> eat less as she needed to lose weight.> >>> >>>> >>>>>>> McCain's appreciation of the beauty of Asian women was> >>>>>>> so great that David the American economist had to move his> >>>>>>> Thai wife to the other side of the table from McCain as McCain kept> >>>>>>> aggressively flirting with and touching her. Needless to say I was> >>>>>>> irritated> >>>>>>> at his large ego and his rude behavior towards his wife and other> >>>>>>> women, but> >>>>>>> decided he must have some redeeming qualities as he had adopted a> >>>>>>> handicapped child from Bangladesh. I asked him about this one day,> >>>>>>> and> >>>>>>> his response was shocking: "Oh, that was Cindy's idea> >>>>>>> - I didn't have anything to do with it. She just went and> >>>>>>> adopted this thing without even asking me.> >>>>>>> You can't imagine how people stare when I> >>>>>>> wheel this ugly, black thing around in a shopping cart in Arizona .> >>>>>>> No, it wasn't m y idea at all."> >>>>>>>> >>>>>>> I actively avoided McCain after that, but unfortunately> >>>>>>> one day he engaged me in a political discussion which soon> >>>>>>> got us on the topic of the active US bombing of Iraq at that> >>>>>>> time. I was shocked when he said, "If I was in charge, I would> >>>>>>>> >>>>>> >>>>> nuke Iraq to teach them a lesson". Given McCain's personal> >>> >>> experience with the horrors of war, I had expected a more balanced> >>>>>>> point> >>>>>>> of view. I commented on the tragic consequences of the nuclear> >>>>>>> attacks> >>>>>>> on Japan> >>>>>>> during WWII -- but no, he was not to be dissuaded. He went on to> >>>>>>> say that if it was up to him he would have dropped many more> >>>>>>> nuclear bombs on Japan. I rapidly extricated myself from this> >>>>>>> conversation> >>>>>>> as I could tell that his experience being tortured as a POW> >>>>>>> didn't seem to have mellowed out his perspective, but rather had> >>>>>>> made> >>>>>>> him> >>>>>>> more aggressive and vengeful towards the world.> >>>>>>>> >>>>>>> My final encounter with McCain was on the morning> >>>>>>> that he was leaving Turtle Island. Amy and I were happily> >>>>>>> eating pancakes when McCain arrived and> >>>>>>> told Amy that she shouldn't be having pancakes> >>>>>>> because she needed to lose weight. Amy burst into tears at> >>>>>>> this abusive comment. I felt fiercely protective of Amy and> >>>>>>> immediately turned to McCain and> >>>>>>> told him to leave her alone. He became> >>>>>>> very angry and abusive towards me,> >>>>>>> and said, "Don't you know who I am."> >>>>>>>> >>>>>>> I looked him in the face and said,> >>>>>>> "Yes, you are the biggest asshole I> >>>>>>> have ever met" and headed back to my cabin.> >>>>>>> I am happy to say that later that day when I> >>>>>>> arrived at lunch I was given a standing ovation by> >>>>>>> all the guests for having stood up to McCain's bullying.> >>>>>>>> >>>>>>> Although I have shared my McCain> >>>>>>> story informally with friends, this is> >>>>>>> the first time I am making this public. I almost did so in 2000,> >>>>>>> when McCain first announced his bid for the Republican> >>>>>>> nomination, but it soon becam e apparent that George Bush> >>>>>>> was the shoo-in candidate and so> >>>>>>> I did not act then. However, now that> >>>>>>> there is a very real possibility> >>>>>>> that McCain could be elected as our> >>>>>>> next president, I feel it is my duty> >>>>>>> as an American citizen to share this story.> >>>>>>>> >>>>>>> I can't imagine a more scary outcome for America than that this> >>>>>>> abusive, aggressive man should lead our nation. I have observed> >>>>>>> him in intimate surroundings as he really is, not how the> >>>>>>> media portrays him to be. If his> >>>>>>> attitudes toward women and his treatment of his> >>>>>>> own family are even a small indicator of his real> >>>>>>> personality, then I shudder to think> >>>>>>> what will happen to America were he> >>>>>>> to be elected as our President.> >>>>>>> --> >>>>>>> Mary-Kay Gamel> >>>>>>> Professor of Classics, Comparative Literature, and Theater Arts> >>>>>>> Cowell College> >>>>>>> University of California, Santa Cruz> >>>>>>> Santa Cruz, California 95064> >>>>>>> 831-459-2381> >>>>>>> (office); 831-429-8803> >>>>>>> (home)&nbs p;<>> >>>>>>>> >>>>>> >>>>>> >>> >>>> >>>>>>> Find phone numbers fast with the New AOL Yellow Pages <http://> >>>>>>>> >>>>>>> !> >>>>>> >>>>>> >>>>>> >>>>>> >>>>> ------ End of Forwarded Message> >>>>>> >>>>>> >>>>> >>>>> >>>> _______________________________________________> >>> xmca mailing list> >>>> >>>> >>>> >>>> >>> >>> >> --> >> Visiting Researcher,> >> Wits School of Education> >> 6 Andover Road> >> Westdene> >> Johannesburg 2092> >> 011 673 9265 082 562 1050> >> _______________________________________________> >> xmca mailing list> >>> >>> >>> >> >> > --> >> > Olga A. 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