McCain’s Latest Joke: Maybe Cigarettes Would Kill Iranians

Oops, he did it again. John McCain just can’t seem to get the distinction between objecting to the policies of Iran’s rulers and expressing a desire to kill all Iranians, even the pierre ordinaire folk.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee was asked about the number of exports going to Iran, specifically the increase in cigarette exports.

McCain looked surprised at that fact and in a line somewhat reminiscent of his “bomb, bomb, bomb, Iran” comment last year said, “Maybe that’s a way of killing them.” Then he followed it up quickly noting that it was a joke.

McCain made the remark during a visit to Primanti Brothers Sandwich shop in Pittsburgh, Pa.

There’s something wrong with John McCain. This guy is not a maverick, he’s a loose cannon who can’t figure out how to keep his mouth shut and his inappropriate thoughts to himself. I can’t imagine any former or potential president saying such things, and that even includes George W. Dumbass himself.


  • July 8, 2008 - 11:15 pm | Permalink

    I like the fact that he isn’t afraid to speak his mind.

    I don’t like the fact that his mind creates gems like this. All these litte faux paus show us what he really believes.

  • Gerald Sneirson
    July 9, 2008 - 5:39 am | Permalink

    When you finish fourth from the bottom of your Naval Academy class, and your daddy was an Admiral, the chances are you were not too bright or responsible. Nothing has changed.

  • Nada
    July 9, 2008 - 5:43 am | Permalink

    Whenever he says ‘just a joke’ I always assume he’s talking about himself, his campaign and his entire party of ass backward morons.

  • AngeloR
    July 9, 2008 - 5:48 am | Permalink

    No, he’s right on point – we’ve been killing brown, black, or indigenous people in one way or another for three hundred years – he’s speaking to his GOP base and they no doubt will agree. But this three hundred year reign of terror is coming to an end. It explains the Bush era: this is and will be the last hurrah for American white supremacy…From Latin America to Asia, Europe and Africa – we out!

  • July 9, 2008 - 5:50 am | Permalink

    john mccain’s odd behavior can also be explained by the “hair part theory” ( which basically says that when you part your hair on the right, you emphasize the right side – at the expense of the left. to over generalize, Right=mysterious, atypical; left=known, standard.

    over and over again the qualites associated with men who part on the right sets them out of the mainstream, and depending on the quality of true integrity inside, will manefest in some pretty unique behaviours – sometimes exceptional (like Al Gore or Charlie Rose), sometimes insane (like Hitler or Jim Jones), sometimes wildly creative (like Andy Rooney or Stete Martin) sometimes way off base (like McCain or Huckabee or Gravelle). Weird theory, but surprisingly true, yet again. For the first time, the presidential race actually has a neutral “no-parter” – Obama – who may actually be a uniter that we so need.

  • Justin Tyme
    July 9, 2008 - 7:55 am | Permalink

    OK, the guy speaks his mind. That doesn’t make it any better that his policies are bad and he has so little judgement in his public comments.

  • kevkev in apache junction
    July 9, 2008 - 9:02 am | Permalink

    John McCain’s personal fortune traces back to organized crime in Arizona, through his father-in-law, according to a report published by a multi-news agency team called Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc.

    IRE reporters Amy Silverman and John Doherty, writing in the Phoenix New Times, note that the father of McCain’s wife, James Hensley, was convicted by a federal jury in U.S. District Court of Arizona in March 1948 on seven counts of filing false liquor records. Hensley also was charged with conspiracy to hide from federal authorities the names of persons involved in a liquor industry racket with two companies he managed, United Sales Company in Phoenix and United Distributors in Tucson.

    The umbrella company, United Liquor, at that time held a monopoly in Arizona, organized and managed by Kemper Marley, who was accused of mob ties by a reporter who was murdered in 1977.

    Silverman and Doherty report that by 1955, Hensley had launched a Budweiser distributorship in Phoenix, “a franchise reportedly bestowed upon him by Marley, who was never indicted in the 1948 liquor-law-violation case – or a subsequent one – despite his controlling role in the liquor distribution businesses.”

  • Chinquapin
    July 9, 2008 - 1:45 pm | Permalink

    If you want a really funny cigarette joke, some blogger (unfortunately not me) stated emphatically that “We must send the cigs over there or else they will come here and smoke!!”

    For any humor challenged Repubs who may read this, it is a reference to the asinine concept of “fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight’em over here.

  • July 9, 2008 - 6:16 pm | Permalink

    I am beginning to think that McCain is even more immature than Bush. And that is saying something. I’m telling ya, these little boys born with silver spoons in their mouths are really starting to get to me….

  • please consider wisely
    July 9, 2008 - 8:10 pm | Permalink

    While I admire all who comment on this matter, I must say it is so very bizarre and indicative of such weirdness and off the cuff goofy statements that should serve to remove him from any option of becoming president.
    He is like some elderly uncle who your mom knows is no father figure, no one you’d benefit from, and who routinely and dementedly says goofy things. Just eat the porkchops and go home.
    The founders of the constitution would not favor McCain

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