VIDEO: Cindy McCain connects the dots between bullying and DADT

November 12, 2010 at 9:02 am 42 comments

By Eden James

Cindy McCain and some friends from Hollywood have a few words to say about the consequences of bullying — and its connection to the fact that gays and lesbians “can’t serve our country openly.”

On the flip side, Jeremy points us to some vintage vids of Cindy McCain’s husband, “someone in a KEY POSITION to let gays serve openly”:

Entry filed under: DADT trial.

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  • 1. Kathleen  |  November 12, 2010 at 9:05 am

    • 2. Ann S.  |  November 12, 2010 at 10:42 am


    • 3. JonT  |  November 12, 2010 at 11:15 am

  • 4. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  November 12, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Well, Cindy and Meghan have always struck me as being the intelligent ones in that family.

    • 5. Rhie  |  November 12, 2010 at 2:51 pm

      Yes, same. I really want to see Meghan find someone who can give her a little guidance into insider politics and generally mentor her. But, someone who wants to mentor HER not turn her into a pearls-and-suits clone of other political kids.

      She has something to say. I want to see people encourage her to say it.

  • 7. Ronnie  |  November 12, 2010 at 9:23 am

    “I don’t care what you say…and I don’t care what others say” ~ John McCain

    I really do wonder if he uses the same mindset with his own wife & daughter….I’m just saying….be he doesn’t care what I say….<3…Ronnie:

    • 8. Ronnie  |  November 12, 2010 at 9:24 am

      lol..typo & missed a word….but he doesn’t care about what I say….<3..Ronnie

      • 9. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 12, 2010 at 10:32 am

        One of my FAVORITE videos for earlier posts! Thanks for the smile Ronnie!

  • 10. John  |  November 12, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Great anti-bullying video.

    The only thing I disagree with is that it should be called what it is. Legally, “bullying” is often assault and/or battery. I think allowing it to be called “bullying” minimizes the crimes being committed.

    I want schools to have rules against assault and battery. I want them to take assault claims seriously. I want them to actually engage law enforcement and quit saying, “It’s just a bit of bullying”.

    • 11. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

      good point John.

      I liked very much how it was said “not always fists…starts with a joke”, “parents talk to kids…kids talk to parents”

      I thought it powerful too how mentioned in the era of facebook, twitter, etc kids cannot escape the bullying…

    • 12. Mouse  |  November 12, 2010 at 11:33 am

      Also harassment.

      • 13. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm


  • 14. John  |  November 12, 2010 at 9:44 am

    As for DADT…let’s give our wonderful military the respect they deserve for doing a tremendously professional job. It is absolutely insulting to tell our soldiers, “We trust you to defend freedom, but we think you are too immature to handle working with a gay.” I believe our soldiers have the courage to do the right thing. It’s unfortunate their leaders are cowards.

    • 15. Sagesse  |  November 12, 2010 at 9:49 am

      What John said. And subscribing.

  • 16. Alan E.  |  November 12, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I have been so behind in my reading and commenting. I will see what I can do this weekend, but today, it’s back to work after thinking yesterday was Sunday all day long.

  • 17. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 12, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Good News: Mormon’s “soften” language in literature

    Bad News: NC Talk of banning gay marriage returns

    • 18. Bill  |  November 12, 2010 at 10:53 am

      Rest assured, I will not be softening MY handbook about Mormonism.

      • 19. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 12, 2010 at 11:05 am

        I agree Bill…I don’t foresee my ever joining a church again, especially this one.

        However, hoping this change will help Mormon kids feel less bullied by their church, and gives me a “talking point” with my Mormon friends and family.

        …and I’ve learned to be glad about every micro step toward less hateful speech.

        • 20. Bennett  |  November 13, 2010 at 1:56 pm

          Softening their language is a euphamism for whitewashing their rhetoric. Anyway, do you want to have your head sawn off by a sharp knife or a dull one? There are not being nice. They are just fine tuning their campaign literature.

          I wonder if they tried various versions of the wording in a series of polls like NOM did with the word “ban”. To met it is interesting that Prop 8 failed by a smaller margin than the difference in polling results observed when substituting “ban gay marriage” to “”protect” “traditional” marriage.” Leads me to believe that some people are drawn to protect traditional marriage and are being duped into “banning” gay marriage.

          • 21. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

            @ Bennett
            Good comments….yea, neither me or my hubby are convinced by softer wording. However, it is a step up in my opinion from “better to hang a millstone around your neck and drown yourself in the Great Salt Lake…[then be homosexual]”

            what’s the difference though of “drown yourself” or “you are not normal”… if the end result is the same? : (

    • 22. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  November 12, 2010 at 11:32 am

      Yes, and this time, unless we can really get everyone in the Rainbow Tribe and our allies motivated to get off their asses and actually DO something, then we will probably see a state-level DOMA in North Carolina.

      • 23. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm

        : ( I’m sorry Richard

        • 24. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  November 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm

          That’s okay. All they are doing is giving whoever the lawyers are that take our case even more ammunition to fight with! We will win, and I will be happy to be part of helping others avoid all the hassles BZ and I and other couples from our generation have had to endure.

    • 25. John  |  November 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm

      From the first link:

      “…Evergreen International, a support group that helps gay Mormons live by church standards…”

      From Evergreen International’s hate…opps, I mean HOME…page:
      “Evergreen is a nonprofit organization that helps people who want to diminish same-sex attractions and overcome homosexual behavior. It is also a resource to their loved ones, professional counselors, religious leaders, and friends.”

      One can only imagine that an actual pro-gay group that promoted “diminishing opposite-sex attractions and overcoming heterosexual behavior” would not be seen as a support group by a newspaper (not even one in Utah).

      • 26. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 12, 2010 at 12:32 pm

        I agree to call it a “support group” is misleading. I attended Evergreen for several years. I am very opposed to this group.

        There are those who want to “fight” their homosexual behavior….even for those persons I would NOT recommend Evergreen. Being reminded of this groups makes me shudder!

  • 27. Bill  |  November 12, 2010 at 10:23 am

    This should make for an awkward Thanksgiving dinner at the McCain residence…

    • 28. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 12, 2010 at 10:24 am


    • 29. Lesbians Love Boies  |  November 12, 2010 at 10:58 am

      Oh to be a fly at that table!

      • 30. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 12, 2010 at 11:06 am

        tee hee hee…

  • 31. Bill  |  November 12, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Unbelievable. I have placed a phone call to the station manager. I would encourage you all to do the same.


  • 32. Bill  |  November 12, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Supreme Court rules against lifting DADT:

  • 33. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  November 12, 2010 at 11:42 am

    And here is another report about the shanda that SCOTUS just committed.

  • 34. Sagesse  |  November 12, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    The main stream press is really picking up on this ad, because of Cindy McCain’s involvement, and because of the lines she chose to speak.

    Cindy McCain: End ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

  • 35. Sagesse  |  November 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Teasing with the promise of progress on DADT

    The end (still) is near for ‘don’t ask don’t tell’

  • 36. Derrick Mathis  |  November 13, 2010 at 1:16 am

    What’s her stance on Arizona’s immigration law? She doesn’t support equality if she doesn’t oppose that.

  • 37. Bennett  |  November 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Any idea how many people identify with “”protecting” “traditional” marriage” without realizing that they are counted with those who wish to ban “gay” marriage?

  • 38. Bennett  |  November 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Cindy McCain gives new meaning to the phrase “sleeping with the enemy”. But love her just the same/

    • 39. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  November 13, 2010 at 5:59 pm

      Yes, but within 24 hours, Cindy was tweeting a different tune. The tune she is now tweeting is that she stands by her husband’s position. Who got to her, I wonder?

  • 40. Sagesse  |  November 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Robert Gates Furious Over DADT Study Leak; Launches Probe

    • 41. Rhie  |  November 14, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      He doth protest too much I think. It is sounding more and more like a planned “leak”.

      The only reason any investigation would be necessary is if someone leaks secret information, the kind only available to those with a security clearance. That doesn’t apply to any part of the information here.

  • 42. Keith  |  November 14, 2010 at 12:21 am

    McCain turns my stomach. He has no business being in politics. He’s a hate mongering bigot who wishes ill on the gay community. We shouldn’t tolerate such madness.


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