March 3rd, 2014
06:01 PM ET

McCain: I was 'bris' close to Jewish conversion

(CNN) - At the American Israel Public Affairs Conference on Monday, Sen. John McCain of Arizona joked that, because of his close friendship with former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, he observed a lot of Judaism's Sabbath laws.

"I've had to go through all this all these years and I've gotten none of the benefits," McCain told the crowd. "So I'm announcing my conversion to Judaism."

He might've gone through with it, the senator said, but for one little thing...

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  1. fintronics

    The old dude is gonna have his helmet trimmed??

    March 10, 2014 at 8:58 am |
  2. His Panic

    I heard that senile man is still going around making a clown of himself warmongering all over.
    Did he ever learn anything in Nam? No he did not!! 🙁 🙁
    Not only him but most of his kind did not either. They are still going around doing conferences and meeting of all sorts, calling the Media and the yellow Press to parrot their warmongering ideologies. Is very easy to do that for a lot of people. Since their way of thinking is that those wars will be fought by SEOSEC's.

    Most of the populace who follow after these including many "christians", are so fascinated and enamored with the military and all things military, they don't even think of joining the effort. So long as SEOSEC's are available to be sent to wars here, there and everywhere. That could explain in part why, an estimated 20% or more of the US Military is Foreign born non-citizens, more than 14% are women (manly women) and up to 30% are obese.

    The biggest phonies of them all are the ones that claim to be "ministers" and "christians". Who back in the days Avoided the Draft by claiming Conscience Objections, joining mission groups and certain religious denominations or enrolling in "Seminaries". Now 41 years after the Draft was abolished these old gizzards have the same mentality they had then; Let SEOSEC's do the dirty job of pushing the tanks out of the mud or take a shot for God and Country. Because they know there is no DRAFT, therefore they rest confident their grandsons won't be Drafted.

    Do the Country a big favor Senator McCain and retire back to the hill country of AZ. 😉

    March 7, 2014 at 11:52 am |
  3. Reality

    Once again:

    Religion is fast becoming irrelevant in today's world as the pedophilia scandals have opened up our eyes and minds to the crumbling theological and historical foundations of Christianity and all religions in general.

    March 6, 2014 at 11:39 pm |
  4. Salero21

    Whaaat!!! Just a couple of days away and; what do I find in the Blog? More Evidence on top of more evidence that atheism is Total stupidity. 😛 All over the Blog here there, anywhere and everywhere, all the time anytime, every single time and Forevermore atheism is Total stupidity. That's why men of reason and reasonable men are not listening to atheists tantrums, tirades, rants and whining. Sure we hear your complaining and boohooing but we're not really listening to you.

    March 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm |
    • johnbiggscr

      You seem to be doing enough ranting and moaning of your own there.

      March 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm |
    • fintronics

      Much hypocrisy there salt shaker?

      March 10, 2014 at 9:00 am |
    • hatrhurter

      men of reason don't believe that a talking snake convinced a rib woman to eat from a magical tree, we laugh at people who do.

      March 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm |
  5. joeyy1


    March 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm |
  6. Bootyfunk

    think McCain would have gone all the way in his circ.umcision by getting a rabbi to suck the blood from the wound when his foreskin was cut off? metzitzah! yep, rabbis put their mouth on a baby boy's p.enis and suck on it. nothing like a little oral after some genital mutilation on a child...

    March 6, 2014 at 6:35 am |
    • derado8

      Do wha????????????!!

      March 6, 2014 at 6:55 am |
    • derado8

      Tell me your joking.

      March 6, 2014 at 6:58 am |
      • Akira

        He is not joking.
        Babies have been infected with fluid exchange diseases by sick rabbis.

        March 6, 2014 at 12:35 pm |
        • derado8

          I looked this up and it was actually real. Horrors.

          March 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm |
        • Akira

          I know. Some ancient rituals really need a 21st century update.

          March 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm |
        • Salero21

          Say whaaat!!! Really Sharkira and may we know from you of all people, what a 21st century update to that will look like? Was is a hard work day at the office today?

          March 6, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
        • Akira

          What are you talking about now, Salero? You APPROVE of rabbis passing HIV and other fluid exchange diseases?


          March 6, 2014 at 4:26 pm |
        • Akira

          Although I suppose the ritual doesn't have to change; but it would be nice if the rabbis could show some integrity and not perform this knowing they may infect innocent children.

          March 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm |
        • Salero21

          I asked you first; Care to answer? Or was it too hard at the office today?

          March 6, 2014 at 4:44 pm |
        • Akira

          I don't work in an office.

          March 6, 2014 at 4:48 pm |
        • Akira

          And a 21st century update would be discarding the idea of a rabbi sucking the blood of a newly circumcised baby boy, instead using hygienic methods to treat the resulting wound.

          Dies that answer your question?

          March 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm |
        • Akira


          March 6, 2014 at 4:54 pm |
  7. Austin

    God did not create sin.

    You can choose to sin, but God does not make that choice for you to sin.

    The same is true for Satan, God did not choose for Satan to rebel.

    The choice is clear, sin or repent. To repent one needs the aid of the Holy Spirit.

    In other words, consider your life a race that you must run to honor your creator and not your evil side and enemy who tempts you.

    March 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm |
    • In Santa We Trust

      If a god created the universe and all in it, it must have created sin.

      March 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm |
      • Austin

        Did you create your childrens faults? Not really. But you gave them the glitch.

        Since christ is co creator it seems that when they saw that it was good that they must have known that with satan falling that there would arise our choices inclduding the pain and sin.

        The only way for a true experience with feeling, the creators must have chose to allow pain.

        We all have pain and rejecting God adds exponentially to pain

        We have been given the keys to eternal life. Have faith that this is meant for you. And it has truly been given to you to fully receive .

        Take one step into faith with God as the one who stamps you with a seal if supernatural loving approval and insight into the glory of his presence.

        Now. The lord is there.

        March 5, 2014 at 5:58 pm |
        • Austin

          Akira one of my employes is a homeless vietnam vet.

          He suffers. And i know countless american iraq ptsd cases of men who arent right inside anymore.

          If you want akira you can volunteer in iraq.

          March 5, 2014 at 6:26 pm |
        • Austin

          Trees and bike paths ,roads for undeveloped neighborhoods and recreational areas are more valuable than poor people are.

          We need thousands of trees along the interstate in bfe.

          They are pretty.

          March 5, 2014 at 6:38 pm |
        • derado8

          Austin thank you for hiring a homeless man. Seriously this is one step in the process of fixing homelessness. And VETS especially. I swear I feel like when they come home we should all chip in buy them a house. They've earned it more than anybody. Cut congress salary to pay for it.

          March 5, 2014 at 6:44 pm |
        • Akira

          Austin, what the hell are you talking about NOW?

          WHat I said to you is one can be anti-war without losing empathy. For it appears that the poster I was addressing had absolutely none.

          I help volunteer at a homeless shelter and know many vets, both young AND old...PSTD isn't ant greater or lesser because of the war they were in.

          March 5, 2014 at 7:22 pm |
        • derado8

          Akira, thank you for volunteering. I wish we could find something better than shelters for everybody. Like the tiny homes movement, something.

          March 5, 2014 at 8:03 pm |
        • Akira

          Oh, I know. It is utterly sad the way some of our vets have slipped through the cracks...
          War is hell. We need to stay out of them unless we are directly attacked.

          March 5, 2014 at 8:44 pm |
        • Austin

          Akira. Very sweet of you. I take.you for a great person and volunteer.

          Attacked by an army and not 12 terroroists from bushes texas entorouge from saudi arabia.

          I agree.

          March 5, 2014 at 10:11 pm |
        • sam stone

          "Did you create your childrens faults? "

          Are you comparing man to an allegedly omniscient god?

          omniscient god = no free will

          March 7, 2014 at 7:48 am |
    • igaftr

      You'll never get that view from Mt Olympus close to Zeus if you keep touting your false god.

      You are correct in one thing though...Men created sin, when they created your god.

      March 5, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
    • MidwestKen

      Why must one run at all?

      March 5, 2014 at 4:57 pm |
      • Austin

        Because we are not battling flesh rather tje principalities of heaven.

        And while the nation israel was under the law of sin and the curse , the reason was to show you the light of freedom in the eternal will of your God given right as a son of God adopted by His spirit who calls in your heart.

        We will see the very face of Christ who was nailed to a tree .

        He loves you like newborn baby.

        March 5, 2014 at 6:06 pm |
        • MidwestKen

          huh? Who's battling the "principalities of heave"?

          March 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm |
      • His Panic


        If you prefer so, you can also walk. Just make sure you walk the walk, always.

        March 5, 2014 at 7:09 pm |
        • His Panic

          Pardon my intervening in a question that was not addressed to me! Just though of adding something to the dialog.

          March 5, 2014 at 7:25 pm |
    • Akira

      No kidding. Some ancient rituals really need an update for the 21st Century.

      March 6, 2014 at 12:43 pm |
    • johnbiggscr

      How can you claim god did not choose satan to rebel.
      If god knows everything that is going to happen then he knew it was going to happen and planned it that way.
      He also supposedly cannot make mistakes so he also apparently created satan in such a manner as to allow rebellion.
      He chose and planned it.

      March 8, 2014 at 8:28 pm |
    • fintronics

      That's funny!!!.... meanwhile, man created god...

      March 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm |
    • hatrhurter

      god's got a sweet gig. get praised for everything that's good and take no blame for any bad even though he is said to have created everything.

      March 13, 2014 at 1:09 pm |
    • jspring2932

      Who created Satan , then ? I thought God was almighty, so he must have created Satan.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:45 am |
  8. His Panic

    So as he is approaching the last years of his long storied life in the bubble. Instead of making amends with the poor people of the poor country of Nam for bombing them; He is going around making a clown of himself.

    Really, really people!! At his age he has not acquired any wisdom, he is not acting his age.

    March 5, 2014 at 11:58 am |
    • snuffleupagus

      The man was severly totured, for years. You are never right, pysically or mentaly after that. You will never get over it. Combat is bad enough, but torture is in a class of abuse all by itself. You wouldn't last an hour.

      March 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm |
      • His Panic

        Combat!!! :-O What combat? He was not an infantryman or marine, was shot down while bombing an already POOR and Miserable country and people. A POW is a POW. Sure I may not have lasted an hour but even I don't know that for sure, only God knows or knew. 😉 Of course that's beyond your extremely limited understanding and only if we're to suppose or believe that you lasted till the 61st minute before going unconscious.

        March 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm |
        • His Panic

          And BTW, FYI it is a well known by everyone "Secret" that most if not the immense majority of those who joined the AF, CG or Navy was mainly to avoid the Army, the Draft or the Infantry.

          March 5, 2014 at 4:31 pm |
        • Austin

          @ His Panic

          your comments are awesome!

          March 5, 2014 at 4:35 pm |
        • Austin

          I am personally a christian and people like Huckabee and McCain make me want to wretch.

          Mike Huckabee of all people and ANYONE who simply casts a second vote for George Bush is picking up where hitler left off.

          and here we go again with russia. Can we add the 850,000 dead in the ww1 for the land of Israel, the 1,000,000 dead in afghanastan and Iraq, and start to realize that we are a menace to the world because as cowards we cast votes and have a system where our leaders are out of control.

          Our leaders are a mob of coorperate banksters .

          I personally see bank leans dissolved every year in rampant injustice of fraud and financial havock being reaped on innocent people who are denied justice here in our own country. We are absolutely bankrupt. Our cause is not worth to push off on every country we can exploit for gain.

          we have our own unsolved problems. and our double standard for killing people is the true unchecked terrorism.

          March 5, 2014 at 4:42 pm |
        • Akira

          Austin, one can be anti-war, (I am) without losing freaking empathy for those who have suffered being a POW.

          March 5, 2014 at 5:43 pm |
        • Austin

          Akira. Mccain is a war advocate.

          War is not the spiritual walk that God almighty has given us.

          Peace and forgiveness and patience . Make no mistakethat satan will make war. And until christ returns.......SATAN IS garunteed to run the world.

          No one can resist satans procession successfully. You have a hgher calling to faith and servanthood in the gospel of eternal life.

          Its a trade. Trust God he is the only one who can deliver the world. Wait on the lord in peace and quiet within.

          The only hope the world had is Christ. Mccain is disobedient . Do you see him spreading the gospel?

          Hes a wolf. The only hope for peace has always been the supernatural healing of the holy spirit. Not war.

          The only war for us is after christ returns. Not before.

          Mccain from vietnam to iraq?

          He is hopeless .

          If he cared he would drop bibles and not bombs.

          A friend of the world is an enemy of God.

          March 5, 2014 at 6:22 pm |
        • His Panic

          Oh no; there goes akira again, with her/his/its hypocritical and freak claims of empathy.

          I don't believe your claims akira because they are nothing more than misguided pity.
          How about having exactly the same empathy for those whom McCain bombed when they were among the poor and miserable of the world. How about asking what was gain or lost because of the Undeclared by Congress war in Vietnam. That so called "war" in case you ignore as is customary for you, was never declared by Congress upon the request of the POTUS. Still the Media, politicians and the rest of the populace refer to it that way to this day.

          March 5, 2014 at 6:49 pm |
        • Akira

          Panic, show me my posts where I am a hypocrite. Please be specific and post them, since you seem to think you have proof. Thanks. Oh, and cut the condescension. It makes me laugh, and that's surely not the reaction you're trying to go for; we know intelligent posts are a lost cause for you. And if you can address my posts within this thread instead of extrapolating what you think *I* think and generally being wrong, that'd be great.


          So you admit that you, like Panic, thinks he deserved to be tortured, because today he a stupid Chickenhawk?

          March 5, 2014 at 7:36 pm |
    • Akira

      Uh huh. I'm sure that tour will happen right after the Bush-Cheney Iraqi Apology Tour.

      March 5, 2014 at 3:17 pm |
      • His Panic

        In that and in that alone, I agree with you wholeheartedly!!

        March 5, 2014 at 4:01 pm |
  9. His Panic

    Has he apologized to the poor people in Nam for bombing their then and still poor country?

    Did he ever thank them for rescuing him from drowning and not killing him? Does not he realize yet that they could have killed him then and for very justifiable reasons?

    If he would have done the above he would not be clowning around with the Faith like that. With a clear conscience he could have retired in peace to the hill country of AZ. He needs to repent of his hypocrisy and lying and for choosing SP as a running mate. 😀 😀 😀 That was so stupid!!! 😉 🙂

    March 5, 2014 at 11:42 am |
    • His Panic

      Thought actually I do not believe SP was his choice, she was chosen for him by someone or a group of somebodies in the GOP. Or maybe she winked at him, looked deeply into the eyes of the old gizzard and that did it for her. He was bewitched by SP. Just another old white man falling like a bag of potatoes for a young chick. Many old white men all over the Nation, while they watch her on TV must have thought she was winking at them. Can I call you Joe? Well JB did not fall for that, I mean James Bond. 😀 😀 😀

      March 5, 2014 at 11:53 am |
    • snuffleupagus

      Probably not as stupid as your post is. True insensitivity and it shows your deep and abiding xtian love for others. BTW, VN is doing quite well, There were many parts of Saigon I din't recognize, as well as parts of the central highlands. The poeple I met were very friendly, including, I'm sure,"former enemies."

      March 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm |
      • His Panic

        The Fact that they were and are friendly after all that happened, to me at least is unequivocal proof of who was, were and are the better people, the better men. Then and now!! Because back then YOU were the "enemy" besides being an attacker and invader, an uninvited "guestin a foreign land that was NOT your own.

        I don't have any Favoritism toward them him or you, not now neither then. The people were already POOR he Volunteered to bomb and he did. They pardon him then, tortured but not killed. While it is quite possible that while bombing/destroying he did kill. When he shows sensitivity and stops being a warmonger, sensitivity will be shown to him. You in the meantime are the stupid one.

        March 5, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
    • Akira

      "Did he ever thank them for rescuing him from drowning and not killing him?"

      'Oh, thank you for pulling me out of that swamp and throwing me into that hole to urinate on me and torture me for the next 5 years! I give the experience a big 👍!'

      Say what you'd like about the man's politics, but diminishing his experiences is mean-spirited and petty. And you call yourself Christian?

      March 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm |
      • His Panic

        Your ignorance is petulant.

        I'm not ignoring/dismissing his "experience", but his "experience" was not unique, neither he was the ONLY ONE. He however is the ONLY one of that era who made Political "careerism" of that experience. As a matter of Fact he is the ONLY one I can recall from among his fellows POW's, doing that. He believe it or not, owes them people a big apology and thanks for not killing him.

        Torture and imprisonment is all he gets for bombing them, when they were a POOR and Miserable country. I don't call myself a christian nobody really does. Christian is something you either are or are not. Your ignorance as I said is very petulant which is something you are also.

        March 5, 2014 at 4:26 pm |
        • Akira

          No, your lack of empathy is staggering. Whatever the ignorant reasons we entered Vietnam, joyfully applauding what was done to JMcC is indicative is decidedly not Christ-like.

          The petulance, if you even know the meaning if the word, is on your part; I submit that you are just having a wee but of a knee-jerk reaction at being called out on your tastelessness at your obvious enjoyment at the the thought of JMcC's imprisonment.

          And I am NOT a fan of McC's politics, but if you want to talk about term limits, which I agree with, that has nothing to do with his POW experience, and NOTHING to do with a war he served in, but didn't start.

          March 5, 2014 at 5:36 pm |
        • His Panic

          @Petulant ignorant Akira,

          There you go again with your double standard and hypocritical self serving so called "empathy". Falsely accusing of lack of empathy. I don't have lack of empathy you bimbo. What I don't have is favoritism and prejudice as your ignorant and fanatical accusations demonstrate you do have. Prejudice which BTW and FYI, were a gallop like an apocalyptic horse and pervasive all over the US then. Some if not many of the US service men there, were prejudice racists. Who demonstrated it in the way they referred to that people all the time. And in the way many of them killed the most poor of them. Google for the MY LAI massacre for just an example.

          Don't be ridiculous, his "experience" IS NOT a LICENSE to go around for years acting as a warmonger and sending SEOSEC's to wars here there and everywhere. Neither is a qualification for the most high political post. We are talking about two very different and Unrelated animals here. So don't even try to confuse/convolute the two you ignorant.

          I can't care less about term limits or any other political gibberish you care about. I don't even vote, because if I did, I'll be saying I do believe in whatever the politician of the day is saying. The reasons the USofA intervened in Nam are known to the whole world namely: RUBBER/LATEX/Strategic geographical business location, location, location among a few others. Your ignorance of that Fact, which is the basis of your base fanaticism is showing for the www to see. And your self serving claim of "empathy" is highly hypocritical and ignorant. You have demonstrated that a plenty already fool!!

          March 5, 2014 at 6:21 pm |
        • Akira

          You're here to insult. Okay. Have a fine time at it.

          All I have said is that no matter what one thinks of his politics, (and no matter that I happen to agree that the Vietnam war was an abomination, along with the other stupid wars we've been in/instigated) the man suffered and one should not be gleeful of the fact he was horribly tortured.

          I now return you to your regularly scheduled vitriolic nonsense against people who don't hang on your every word in awe. Have at it.

          March 5, 2014 at 7:56 pm |
        • His Panic

          @ akira

          You continue to lie!! Which clearly then is a trait most probably congenital and endemic among atheists. Nobody, no one is or has been gleeful of the man sufferings.

          What I said is that his were not unique, not a License or qualifications for anything. He is no preacher of Grace or of the Love of God. He is not the only one who suffered but he is the ONLY ONE who made a political career about it. He is the ONLY ONE I know, who has made political careerism about his supposed heroism. He owes a people who are still to this day, among the POOR of the world a big apology for bombing their miserable country back in the days. And a big thank-you-all for letting him live. If you do not understand that and insist on twisting, changing and perverting what I said, then you are a big Fat Liar.

          If you cannot stop lying try some counseling or medication.
          Because let me tell you, liars are not going to make it to the Kingdom or Heaven, they don't even make it for long in the earthly kingdoms before they are caught. Calling things the way they are and not the way you think or pretend to make it look is not insulting. If you are an atheist or do not believe in God, then your allegations of innocent holier-than-thee are just mere hypocrisy. What are you doing in a Belief Blog; Making a clown of yourself?

          March 5, 2014 at 9:33 pm |
        • Akira

          "You continue to lie!! Which clearly then is a trait most probably congenital and endemic among atheists. Nobody, no one is or has been gleeful of the man sufferings."

          I'm not an atheist.
          Every other bit of your rant is just the mutterings of a person who thinks bad puns are clever.

          Go ahead. Insult me some more. Your desperation is amusing.

          March 6, 2014 at 12:22 pm |
  10. Austin

    To say that adam isaac joseph moses isaiah daniel are inconsistant is blatant idiocy and selfishness.

    March 5, 2014 at 10:49 am |
    • TruthPrevails1

      You saying you have a gift is blatant idiocy!

      March 5, 2014 at 10:51 am |
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