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Cross in the Dirt
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, August 19, 2008

More on the story John McCain told on Saturday night at Saddleback. Orson Swindle, a fellow POW, recalls the story:
"I recall John telling that story when we first got together in 1971, when were talking about every conceivable thing that had ever happened to us when we were in prison" Swindle told me a few minutes ago. "Most of us had been kept apart or in small groups. Then, in 1970, they moved us into the big cell. And when we all got to see each other and talk to each other directly, instead of tapping through walls, we had 24 hours a day, seven days a week to talk to each other, and we shared stories. I vaguely recall that story being told, among other stories."

"I remember it from prison," Swindle continued. "There were several stories similar to that in which guards — a very few, I might add — showed compassion to the prisoners. It was rare, and I never met one, but some of the guys did."
I'm not sure why Andrew Sullivan believes this is something worth pursuing but if the same argument that was applied during John Kerry's 2004 run ("they were in the boat with him") is applied here, that ends the argument, doesn't it?
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I’m not sure why Andrew Sullivan believes this is something worth pursuing but if the same argument that was applied during John Kerry’s 2004 run ("they were in the boat with him") is applied here, that ends the argument, doesn’t it?

Perhaps, Bruce.
But it seems to me Swindle nails the answer to the first half of your question shen he says ’these people are desperate".
Written By: Bithead
What was interesting was Obama’s answer. He agonized over the decision to go to war—while he was in the state Senate!?

If he agonizes over decision he isn’t making, how will he handle real decisions?
Written By: Don
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Sound just as looney as this ...
democrats want to lose

and therefore did not fully vet the candidate they shoved down everyone’s throat. I am the first blogger to blog about Obama’s abortion vote and how it would become the october surprise...they have michelle obama on tape defending live birth abortion, and raising money for it too...(they called this "the whitey" tape, but its far better than just that kind of a boring thing...she is on tape defending sucking the brains out of babies who live through late term abortions). This is the greatest gift pelosi and dean can give to the republicans they work for. It took alot of doing in order to throw this election to the republicans after iraq, katrina, and the economy, but pelosi and dean found a way!
Wow! michelle obama on tape defending live birth abortion

Even "Crazy Larry" never came up with that one.
Written By: Neo
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No, the argment never ends because McCain doesn’t take the Andrew-approved positions on the 1 issue that defines Sullivan’s entire worldview.
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One experience, he will never forget. Denton kept a cross, fashioned out of
broom straws, hidden in a propaganda booklet in his cell. The cross was a gift
from another prisoner. When a guard found the cross, he shredded it. Spat on
it. Struck Denton in the face. Threw what was left of the cross on the floor
and ground his heel into it.
"It was the only thing I owned," Denton said.
Later, when Denton returned to his cell, he began to tear up the propaganda
booklet. He felt a lump in the book. He opened it. "Inside there was another
cross, made infinitely better than the other one my buddy had made," Denton
When the guard tore up the cross, two Vietnamese workers saw what happened and
fashioned him a new cross. "They could have been tortured for what they
did," Denton said.
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