Monday, July 6, 2009

This Week in the Celebrity Death Pool

Why are they all SMILING?

Today's ex-parrot: Robert McNamara, former Secretary of Defense under Johnson and Kennedy. You could go crazy counting all the articles that called him the architect of the Vietnam War, and lose count after 200 or so. All I know is, if this guy was an architect? Our foreign policy would be a collapsed skyscraper. (Oh; wait.)

McNamara is survived by his spiritual son, Donald Rumsfeld, who also belongs to The Church Of Waging War Like You're Running The Ford Motor Company, Except Without Unions. In McNamara's honor, the Pentagon will be holding a traditional Vietnam War Body Count Funeral on Thursday, which will consist of one grave for McNamara and 500 for all the dead bodies of Viet Cong soldiers which somehow vanished in the night.

And because (a) you might have missed it with all the Jacko wackness last week and (b) I can't think of Vietnam without remembering THIS asshole --

-- here's the newest selection from The Nixon Tapes, aka, The Gift That Keeps On Giving:

The tapes also include a phone call from February 1973 between Nixon and the evangelist Billy Graham, during which Mr. Graham complained that Jewish-American leaders were opposing efforts to promote evangelical Christianity, like Campus Crusade. The two men agreed that the Jewish leaders risked setting off anti-Semitic sentiment.

“What I really think is deep down in this country, there is a lot of anti-Semitism, and all this is going to do is stir it up,” Nixon said.

At another point he said: “It may be they have a death wish. You know that’s been the problem with our Jewish friends for centuries.”

(Extended excerpts here and you can listen to an MP3 here.)

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