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Thanks for a good read.  I am no apologist for McCain, but let me play the devil's advocate here.  McCain has met lobbyists and written letters in support of friends being investigated by regulators.  He has received contributions and favours from business interests, some of which have later turned out to have been guilty of fraud.  That puts him on about on a par with many politicians worldwide who are dependent on business contributions to fund their electoral campaigns.

He has used racist terminology against a people some of whom tortured him.  He has supported the war in Iraq despite all the evidence that it has failed on almost every conceivable measure.  He is known to have a temper and a vindictive streak.  That puts him about on a par with many conservative Americans.

All of this makes him a questionable candidate for the Presidency, but how does this add up to your statement that:
European Tribune - Comments - The Book of John McCain: a Life of Thinly Veiled Opportunism

I have rarely detested someone in my life as much as I detest John McCain.

By all means oppose his politics, but did your meeting with the Barman make all of this personal?

"It's a mystery to me - the game commences, For the usual fee - plus expenses, Confidential information - it's in my diary..."

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri May 9th, 2008 at 09:12:03 PM EST
A belated answer: I'm on dialup at home and it's damn near impossible to logon when there's a high wind, and in this remote part of the west coast of Eire, we're not getting broadband - even though I have it at work, which is, as the crow flies, just over two miles in distance. Go figure.

As for McCain, no, this is not personal. I simply dislike the man, as I dislike Blair, for instance, and Brown for not doing anything to stop Blair making a fool of himself and his party in the Iraq debacle. My true fear however, is that Obama won't be elected in November, and the world ends up with this serial liar (the truth about his imprisonment in Vietnam is/will slowly come out). I suppose Clinton will pick up the pieces in 2012.

by Asinus Asinum Fricat (patric.juillet@gmail.com) on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 11:15:22 AM EST
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Hell, my broadband (in Co. Wicklow) goes down every time a storm brews up or the cows scrape against the cable which Eircom have intertwined with a barbed wire fence rather than put underground or across proper posts.  I kid you not...

"It's a mystery to me - the game commences, For the usual fee - plus expenses, Confidential information - it's in my diary..."
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun May 11th, 2008 at 04:04:44 PM EST
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Ah! You should see my fuse box! It predates WWI.
by Asinus Asinum Fricat (patric.juillet@gmail.com) on Sun May 11th, 2008 at 04:37:20 PM EST
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Don't worry, when they privatise it and allow competition that sort of thing won't happen any more.

Oh, wait ...

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sun May 11th, 2008 at 04:40:52 PM EST
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Well, sounds like an efficient and ecological use of resources : cable doing dual use as a fence...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sun May 11th, 2008 at 08:46:33 PM EST
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