John McCain has stopped treating his brain cancer.

By | 2018-08-25T16:03:09+00:00 August 25th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |39 Comments

It is really only a matter of time now. 

Courtesy of The Daily Beast

Sen. John McCain has stopped medical treatment for brain cancer, his family said in a Friday statement. “Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: He had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment,” the statement declared. “Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John’s many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all.” McCain, 81, has served as a Republican senator from Arizona since 1987, when he replaced Barry Goldwater.

I have had more than my fair share of harsh things to say about John McCain over the years, and in my defense, many of them were well deserved. 

However, now that he is close to the end I am really starting to feel bad for him. 

When McCain’s life comes to an end, the cable news shows, newspapers, and broadcast news programs are invariably going to honor him by showing highlights of his life.

His capture in Vietnam will be shown, his marriages, his congressional career, his many years in the Senate, and his presidential campaigns.

And for that last one, it is a certainty that this event will be talked about as well.


Despite all of the accomplishment of this man’s career, the one thing that he will be most remembered for is dragging the Wasilla Wendigo out of the wilds of Alaska and plopping her smack down in the middle of the national stage.

That one event, it can be argued, gave birth to the Tea Party, Birtherism, a mainstreaming of racism in the GOP, and even the candidacy of Donald Trump. 

Essentially John McCain ushered in the destruction of his own party and opened the door to allow incredible damage to befall the country that he so loved. 

And unfortunately for his legacy that is what will be shown on loop for several days after he finally shuffles off this mortal coil. 

And that is something I would not wish on my worst enemy. 

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39 Comments

  1. Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 6:32 am - Reply

    As someone who went through a similar experience with my Dad five years ago, it is absolutely gut-wrenching.
    My heart goes out to his family, even if I agree in everything you wrote, Gryph. May his last days be peaceful and pain-free, surrounded in love.

  2. Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Trump Pursued By Hounds On ‘Sopranos’ New Yorker Cover

    In a sly nod to a popular episode from “The Sopranos,” the HBO series about mobsters, the new (Sept. 3) New Yorker cover shows President Donald Trump fleeing a pack of hounds through the woods. The art, by Barry Blitt, is called “Closing In.”

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-hounds-sopranos-new-yorker-cover_us_5b80a2d8e4b03485860099f8

  3. Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Sometimes I wonder if McCain even had a say in the matter when it came to picking his running mate.

    • Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 7:12 am - Reply

      I don’t think he did. Remember, he wanted Lieberman. Bill Kristol was the one that had the tingle up his leg, who now tweets against her.With a couple of exceptions (Track shown in combat, for one), I totally believe “Game Change.” She was nothing but a liability to him, and it’s a shame because he did serve his country to the best of his ability.

      • July 3 2009 August 25, 2018 at 7:45 am - Reply

        The hidden facts about how Sarah Palin’s nomination was approved by the talibangelicals are known. Just like the facts are known about why she made a secret deal and ffled fled office on July 3, 2009.

        The truth has been festering since 2008, it will out.

    • Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Well, one good thing came out of it. She became a well-deserved punchline, and she can’t blame anyone but herself.

      • Anon August 25, 2018 at 8:40 am - Reply

        True for the majority!

  4. Anon August 25, 2018 at 7:04 am - Reply

    OT? ” “The US statement is contrary to basic facts and is irRESPONSIBLE. We are seriously concerned about this.””
    “Trump caused the international incident on Friday when he said that “because of our much tougher trading stance with China, I do not believe they are helping with the process of North Korea denuclearization as they once were.” There is no evidence, of course, that this is true. It appears as if Trump again is looking for a scapegoat for a bad situation that he caused by his own actions.”
    “These new comments from Trump mark the first time he has openly admitted that North Korea’s denuclearization is not going well. After his summit meeting in Singapore in mid-June Trump had declared that North Korea is “no longer a nuclear threat.”<RiiiggghhhttT

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/25/china-slams-trump-for-irresponsible-north-korea-accusations.html

  5. Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 7:05 am - Reply

    It would be nice if he made a death bed confession of how dumb and unqualified Sarah was. Since it is John McCain he will probably ask her for one last bj.

    • Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 10:44 am - Reply

      7:05 am. “Since it is John McCain he will probably ask her for one last bj.”

      Heh, 7:05 am, you really are a fucking moron.

      • Charles Keating will be waiting to greet him August 25, 2018 at 1:28 pm - Reply

        McCain is one of the Keating Five.

        That’s the 5 US Senators that Charles “anti-porno crook” Keating bought off to keep his S&L scam afloat.

        Charles Keating is waiting for him.

        Along with the 21,000 retirees who lost their investments in Keating’s Lincoln Savings and Loan when Keating’s Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed.

  6. Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 7:24 am - Reply

    https://theconversation.com/john-mccain-helped-build-a-country-that-no-longer-reflects-his-values-97054

    ‘The Lonely Republican’
    “By 2008, McCain saw the political clout of white, born-again, evangelical Christians. By then, they comprised 26 percent of the electorate. Bowing to political winds, he adopted a more conciliatory approach.
    McCain’s willingness to defend America as a “Christian nation” and his controversial choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, an enthusiastic standard bearer for the Christian right, as his running mate, signaled the electoral power of a less tolerant, more absolutist “VALUE$-BA$ED” politics.”

  7. Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 7:28 am - Reply

    Petty Trump Is Refusing To Say John McCain’s Name Before He Dies

    The pretty president of the United States has privately told his staff that he doesn’t even want to mention ailing Arizona Sen. John McCain’s name before he passes away, even as the former GOP nominee announced this week that he would be ending treatment for his brain cancer.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/25/trump-refusing-john-mccain.html

    • Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      He couldn’t even say “John McCain” when the senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act in his name. He is one petty @sswipe.

  8. JB$ August 25, 2018 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Shown on lOOp after he finally shuffles off this mortal coil… “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

  9. Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 8:08 am - Reply

    I used to be afraid to call Trump a mob boss. Not anymore.

    …A president wouldn’t fire the FBI director over an investigation of his election campaign. But a mob boss would. A president wouldn’t belittle his attorney general and bemoan his lack of loyalty. But a mob boss would. A president wouldn’t strip national security clearances from his critics. But a mob boss would. A president would not surround himself with grifters and other characters who have no business being in the White House. But a mob boss couldn’t have it any other way. Trump even gave West Wing jobs to his daughter and son-in-law, who has his own real estate empire to worry about. You’ve seen the “Godfather” movies. A loyalty-dependent mob boss must have family close by.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/08/24/i-used-to-be-afraid-to-call-trump-a-mob-boss-not-anymore/

  10. Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Bad blood between McCain and Trump lingers, even as the Arizona Republican nears the end

    …“The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate,” McCain said. “No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bad-blood-between-mccain-and-trump-lingers-even-as-the-arizona-republican-nears-the-end/2018/08/24/923bc0e2-a7b6-11e8-a656-943eefab5daf_story.html

  11. Anon August 25, 2018 at 8:34 am - Reply

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/you-honored-our-deal-john-mccain-ill-honor-your-legacy?ref=home

    “Country First.” ~IT~ is dawning on me just how much your voice, clear conscience and moral authority will be missed in the American political arena. There simply is no other John McCain” “I had come from Bush world, and the team that denied you the presidency.” “I too am a huge fan of Pat Tillman. So much so that after he died, I wanted to make sure I thought of his sacrifice often. And to ensure that I didn’t forget, I had his number, 40, tattooed on my shoulder.” “I noticed a news story on the television about the selfless soldier Pat Tillman who had left the NFL and a huge salary to serve in the military, and had been killed by friendly fire.”
    “When you asked me to work for your presidential campaign a few years later, I said “Senator, I’ll go mow your lawn in Sedona if that’s what you want.”

    I had one caveat. I had met Senator Barack Obama and though I disagreed with much of his politics, I liked him and thought his candidacy would be good for the country. So I told you that, as unlikely as it seemed in early 2007, that I would step out if you and him ended up running against each other in the general election. I just didn’t want to be the tip of the spear attacking Obama” “I think you thought it odd, but assented, particularly because you didn’t think it would happen. To make sure you remembered, I wrote a memo to the senior staff of the campaign outlining the agreement.” McKinnon

    The Rest is and will be His-story…

  12. Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Paul Manafort Is Just A Tiny Part Of DC’s Lobbying Corruption
    And he’s not the only person Mueller’s investigation has implicated.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/paul-manafort-lobbying_us_5b75d040e4b0a5b1feb92453

  13. Anon August 25, 2018 at 8:37 am - Reply

    I would bet that before McCain agreed to Palin as a Hail Mary Pass that no one knew the depths of her incompetencies, ignorance, lack of “gravitas” as Schmidt used the phrase. From what has been said and written they chose to believe they were stuck with her or it was best to ride to victory on her instant energizing of the campaign for a Republican win. As long as they could have her stick to a script and away from interviews the greater their chance to win. If they considered the longer term, the best choice would have been replacing her possibly. Their image making of Palin and their brood worked and her performances landed Palin tv job offers and more of millions of dollars to boost ratings and profits. Now the spread of poison has another vehicle. Sigh

    • Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 9:15 am - Reply

      But she wouldn’t stick to script, Anon, she was too stupid to even memorize it. She knew nothing of history, basic geography, pacts or treaties, all she had to do was be the “mama grizzly” with a wink, lip tonguing, a little leg, and she had it in the bag sex kitten!

      “God will have the right person win.” He sure did! Forget governing her own city or state, but hired a city manager to do it for her, and Tawd shadow governor calling the shots. She couldn’t even carpool kids to school, the lazy bitch. Twobull, ya know, then miraculously birthed “the puppy has arrived” Trig.

      It may have made her rich, but in the end she ended up with an extremely effed up family, Fox told her to take a hike, and the butt of all jokes. Ces’t la vie!

  14. Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 8:40 am - Reply

    The funeral should be interesting, let’s see if the McCain family invites Palin and trump or tells them to stay home.

  15. Anon August 25, 2018 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Soon to be flying @ half-staff ““The flag of the United States shall be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white; and the union of the flag shall be forty-eight stars, white in a blue field,” as the flag code makes clear.

    Unlike the flag of the Russian Federation, there are no blue stripes in the American flag.” I love the rainbow!

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/trump-managed-botch-photo-op-ohio-kids-coloring-american-flag-wrong/

    • Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 10:00 am - Reply

      I saw that! Holy crap.

    • anon August 25, 2018 at 10:11 am - Reply

      Needs a update dontcha think? “forty-eight stars” @ last count it was 50.

  16. do August 25, 2018 at 9:39 am - Reply

    It took.Palin 67 days to sink and lose the election for him, after he announced her on August 29 2008.

    The ten anniversary of that is this Wednesday.

    • Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Unfortunately, when his time comes, watch her make it all about HER. She always does!

  17. anon. August 25, 2018 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Yay, he is 81 and survived a really long time after melanoma. That he is dying now at 81 doesn’t bother me in the least. Now, kids with glioblastoms, yeah, that is sad.
    McCain was a member of th Keating 5
    McCain called his wife a cunt.
    McCain ‘s wife got away with stealing narcotics from a relief organzation. Let that sink in – there are black men and women in jail for weed and Cindy never did an hour of time for sealing to support her 40 pill a day habit.
    And, of course, McCain had Sarah Palin’s electronics scrubbed to hide all the dirty little secrets.
    Country first my ass.
    Bye John. You could have been so much better.

    • Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      And because they’re dying or dead, you can’t say, “he was an @sshole! Here’s why….” I still think the same of Reagan and Dubya.

      • anonymous August 25, 2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

        I think of Ronnie every time I take a dump.

        • Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 3:20 pm - Reply

          Dock Cheney, who got a new heart over just regular folk more deserving.

  18. RIP August 25, 2018 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/25/politics/john-mccain-obituary/index.html

    • Anonymous August 25, 2018 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      Wowsers.

    • DR August 25, 2018 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      “America has lost one of its iconic political leaders with the passing of John McCain. He was of course a senator of distinction and a presidential candidate. Born into a storied military family, McCain first earned national attention during his years of imprisonment in Vietnam. His sacrifice, heroism and courage during that time is of a nature few, thankfully, will ever be forced to comprehend.
      In the political career that followed, McCain was controversial and far from perfect. In short, he was human. But at his best, which was frequent, he echoed the highest traditions of American democracy. He voted his conscience and spoke out fiercely against the current regime.
      I knew John, well enough to admire many of his qualities from up close, not well enough to call him a friend. He had many close friends and I mourn for them and his loved ones. John’s good-bye was long and brave and very public. None of that will lessen the hole he will leave behind.
      I also mourn for the fact that John will not be alive to see the repudiation I believe is coming to the current degraded state of the republic. We will need more voices of conscience, more iconoclasts, and more imbued with a service greater than that of their own greed and power. In short, we will need ore John McCains.”<Dan the Man Rather

    • anon August 25, 2018 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      yawn lol.

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