Sunday, August 17, 2008

Michael FRED PHELPS Wins Eight Gold Medals!

Note that I emphasized the FRED PHELPS part of Michael Phelps' full name, in mockery of certain partisan demagogues who emphasize the middle name of Barack HUSSEIN Obama II. America's swimming champion Michael Phelps is not directly associated with the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its use of the American right of free speech (to put it lightly). In the same way, American candidate Obama is neither related to late dictator Saddam Hussein nor elusive cobra commander Osama bin Laden. I don't know why I'm retreading this territory (slow political news day*, I guess), but this train of thought will lead to some sort of punchline.

For the sake of balance, let me write that John McCain (a Scottish patronymic meaning "son of Cain") is obviously not the son of the guy who killed his brother Abel in the book of Genesis. However, making that mistake would be understandable, since McCain is the correct age. (Boo! Bad ageist joke!)

I told you there would be a punchline!

*Well, it isn't quite a slow political news day, as both major party presidential candidates were at the famous Christian book author Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in a Family Feud-like bonus round Q&A session. You know the last round in Family Feud, where one player answers the survey questions while the other is backstage so he/she won't hear the first one's answers. The pastor's non-debate format seemed like a good choice that focused on issues relevant to his congregation. We need more issues-based debate and discussion, in the context of various voter demographics who have various stakes in differing issues, and less corporate media hype.

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