Beam Kucinich up

Beam Kucinich up

Beam Kucinich up

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Oct. 31 2007 2:39 PM

Beam Kucinich up

I want to like Dennis Kucinich, I really do. He is one of the very few people taking a firm, logical stance on issues like the Iraq war, the crimes of this Presidency, and the erosion -- heck, the wholesale destruction -- of our Constitutional rights.

But then he goes and sees a UFO. Sigh.

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I heard about this on the radio the other day. Shirley MacLaine outed him, apparently; he was with her when he saw whatever it was he saw. Now, I am a big of Ms. MacLaine's movies from the 60s, but of course over the past couple of decades, she has, um, well, she's become a bit of a flake. So her version of the story about Kucinich has him seeing this as a soul-changing event full of all sorts of New Age stuff:

Kucinich, she writes on page143-144 of the book, "had a close sighting over my home in Graham, Washington, when I lived there. Dennis found his encounter extremely moving. The smell of roses drew him out to my balcony where, when he looked up, he saw a gigantic triangular craft, silent, and observing him. It hovered, soundless, for ten minutes or so, and sped away with a speed he couldn't comprehend. He said he felt a connection in his heart and heard directions in his mind."

That's her version, of course, not his. I haven't heard his own side with any details, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. But I still have some concerns over a Presidential candidate who says that he's seen a UFO, and then says it's OK because Jimmy Carter did too -- when it's been shown that Carter's UFO was actually... wait for it... the planet Venus.


I know a lot of folks who like Kucinich, folks I respect. I think the man has some great ideas, so I think he would be better in an advisory position to the President as opposed to being in the Office itself -- as long as his advice sticks to politics, and not Roswell.

I still haven't made up my mind about the candidates. I'm not thrilled with any of them, but there's still time. I'm very curious where they stand on issues of science suppression (besides Hillary Clinton) -- that may be a small issue in the scheme of things, but I think it's a bellwether on a lot of other issues.

Sorta like UFOs.