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    about that skrull

    So, those of you who read my blog at the Raccoon page (instead of somewhere else) may have noticed the Skrull / McCain PSA over on the left-hand side of the page.

    Skrull-related humor is pretty much the province of comics geeks only, but for the benefit of the non-comics readers in the crowd, I thought I'd try explaining.

    Skrulls are an alien race in the Marvel Universe, with the unique evolutionary advantage of being able to shape-shift. (In their natural form they're green, with a ridged chin.) They've been standard-issue Marvel Universe villains for close to fifty years now (they made their first appearance in Fantastic Four #2, 1962).

    Anyway, this summer's big Marvel Comics crossover event is Secret Invasion, a plotline that involves a Skrull infiltration of various super-teams and powerful organizations. So any Marvel Comics character could (until the end of the plotline) secretly be a Skrull in disguise. And it got Skunkcabbage and I to thinking... if it could happen in the Marvel Universe, could it happen here?

    Which brings us to John McCain. I've never really been a "fan" of McCain's, but it seemed like, years ago, he at least occasionally took stands that caused him to break from his party's ranks, and thus at least earned my respect as a man of principle. But in recent years that seems to have changed. For those of you keeping score, McCain's voting record made him the 45th most conservative Senator in 2001... and the 8th most conservative Senator in 2008. Has he sold out his principles in the name of wooing the party base? Has he simply dedicated himself, as never before, to the key tenets of conservativism? Or is he not "himself" at all?

    In conclusion: John McCain is a Skrull. QED. More here.

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    Monday, April 21, 2008
    3:03 PM


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