John McCain — Ignoramus, Liar, Or Terrorist Sympathizer?

My husband Mark and I live in New York City and frequently dine and see plays in the Times Square area. In fact, had the two of us not been so exhausted from our Las Vegas vacation, that’s where we probably would have been Saturday night. Perhaps that’s why I’m especially offended by John McCain’s apparent desire to undermine the prosecution of alleged terrorists.

What am I talking about? McCain said it would be a “serious mistake” if car bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized American citizen, was Mirandized.

I’m sorry, but the only way Mirandizing Shahzad would be a mistake is if your goal is to taint the evidence, get it thrown out of court, and lose the damn case.

And that brings me to my latest two-verse limerick:

John McCain — Ignoramus, Liar, Or Terrorist Sympathizer?
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Shahzad was Mirandized. Oh my!
Cue McCain and his pandering lie.
To warn him was wrong—
That’s McCain’s specious song.
He malpractices law on the fly.

For Miranda’s a citizen’s right.
Fail to warn him? You’re in for a fight.
Cuz evidence gotten
That way is deemed rotten.
Acquittal is what you invite.

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7 Responses to “John McCain — Ignoramus, Liar, Or Terrorist Sympathizer?”

  1. jesse levy says:

    McCain: the name just means “wrong”
    For we’ve all heard this very same song
    He dumb and he’s nuts
    An angry old putz
    Wait, on this he will also ping pong

  2. Realist says:

    It’s only an old piece of paper
    It won’t protect you or your caper
    Only the wealthy
    Retain rights so healthy
    The rest of you, meet your new raper.

    The pogrom is certainly on
    We decide who will belong
    Citizenship died
    When threatened White Pride
    All poor WASPs will also be gone

  3. jesse levy says:

    Hey McCain, all citizens have rights!
    They’re not just for cranky old whites.
    So if you wouldn’t mind
    Please kiss my behind.
    I’ll help you by dropping my tights.

  4. Steve Bates says:

    I really grow tired of McCain.
    No doubt in which part he’s a pain!
    Regarding due process,
    He’s one of the hosses…
    The end that does not hold the brain!

    (Good one, Mad. It seems civil liberties are falling by the wayside lately, and few of us… you, me and one or two others… are still stridently objecting as they are denied. This week, despite my joblessness, I rejoined the ACLU… gotta do somethin’.)

  5. Allen Scott says:

    Well mad I wish I could simply agree
    but actually you err in a small degree
    Miranda though wrought through the courts it was fought
    does not a constitutional right guarantee.
    In order for Miranda to be constitutionally based
    it must be so worded in the first place
    but you will not find no matter how you opine
    those words written down constitutionally

    In simpler terms the constitution does not guarentee you the right to be MIRANDIZED. We mirandize because of a later court decision which like you did so well state threatened to eliminate any evidence gained prior to a suspect being “read their rights”. However evidence uncovered or recorded prior to an actual interrogation of a suspect can still be used in a court room. Therefore delaying the MIRANDIZING process in order to gain some other VALUABLE information would not necessarily effect your case or cause an automatic acquittal. Therefore if it is deemed an urgent need to garner additional information then interrogating an suspected terror suspect would not be a bad idea especially if he is thought to be working with others who are also set on a mission to commit a random act of terror. So the issue is not so simple and should not be handled with such a nonchalant attitude.

    Yes as an American Citizen he does have rights but as an acting terrorist he also poses a REAL THREAT to innocent lives being lost. This would be a tough call for anyone who was concerned about protecting innocent life. Allowing a terror suspect to lawyer up and clam up immediately upon being captured or arrested may not be the wisest avenue to pursue. IMO

  6. Steve Bates says:

    “Alllowing a terror suspect to lawyer up and clam up immediately upon being captured or arrested” is, Mr. Scott, as American as apple pie. And in American courts, people have certain rights whether they are American citizens or foreign nationals.

    Have you read the Bill of Rights anytime recently? No? Well, now might be a good time, because there are obviously some very fundamental matters you either don’t know or don’t understand, and out here in the real world, it can be embarrassing to spout constitutional nonsense on a comment thread.

    Ignorance is forgivable. Continued willful ignorance is not. Get busy reading. The best edition of the Bill of Rights I know of is The Words We Live By, by Linda Monk; it’s aimed at ordinary non-lawyers like me… and, apparently, you. It’s available on Amazon. No excuses now…

  7. madkane says:

    Thanks to all of you for your interesting comments and your verse.