John McCain reminds me of our actor Ajith Kumar. And Vijay too. In a rally today, McCain, who is down by between 5 and 11 points in national polls, said that he might be down, but he was going to fight. He said that Senator Obama might me measuring the drapes to the White House. And added, “My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them.” As if, to do badly in the debates, to get Sarah Palin to prove her stupidity on national television, to spew fear-mongering, spite-inducing empty rhetoric, to be bashed by all sections of the media (including Hitchens, Kristol and co.) and to run a pretty dysfunctional campaign was all part of a calculated strategy (or tactic, whatever).
After doling out flop after mega-flop, our heroes still consider themselves the future of Tamil cinema (vidiveLLi), and make statements about each other. “Yes, my last movie didn’t go very well. So what? The other camp thinks they are better? We’ve got them just where we want them.” Damn, what about the effing producer, and worse, the audience that has to endure the crap.
And then there is this pastor, Arnold Conrad, who delivers this address at a McCain rally
“There are millions of people around this world praying to their god — whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his [McCain’s] opponent wins, for a variety of reasons,” said Arnold Conrad, former pastor of Grave Evangelical Free Church. “And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation because they’re going to think that their god is bigger than you if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name in all that happens between now and Election Day.”
What is the pastor trying to do here? Is he challenging God? That is too simplistic. What the pastor is really doing is to lead people into thinking that if they vote against McCain, they are voting against the will of God. The implied meaning is that “bad things” will happen to them if they go against God’s will. BS!
When discussing God, some of my atheist friends tell me that the problem with religion is that it can be used to coerce people into doing things blindly. When I disagree with them, I do so only on the surface, as it is true that a man will go to any lengths to achieve his aims, and religion is a sacred cow that can be thrown at others in the process to pull the wool over the doubters’ eyes.
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