Well, kids, it’s the Ides of March, so to commemorate the day, how ’bout we rework the movie, Little Caesar?
Original DVD cover.
Here’s some random Captain Underpants news:
SPRINGFIELD, Pa., March 14 (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate John McCain said on Friday he fears that anti-American extremists might attempt spectacular attacks in Iraq to try to tilt the U.S. election against him.
From Mother Jones:
Senator John McCain hailed as a spiritual adviser an Ohio megachurch pastor who has called upon Christians to wage a “war” against the “false religion” of Islam with the aim of destroying it.
The leader of a 12,000-member congregation, [Reverend Rod] Parsley has written several books outlining his fundamentalist religious outlook, including the 2005 Silent No More. In this work, Parsley decries the “spiritual desperation” of the United States, and he blasts away at the usual suspects: activist judges, civil libertarians who advocate the separation of church and state, the homosexual “culture” (“homosexuals are anything but happy and carefree”), the “abortion industry,” and the crass and profane entertainment industry. And Parsley targets another profound threat to the United States: the religion of Islam.
Parsley is not shy about his desire to obliterate Islam. In Silent No More, he notes—approvingly—that Christopher Columbus shared the same goal: “It was to defeat Islam, among other dreams, that Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World in 1492…Columbus dreamed of defeating the armies of Islam with the armies of Europe made mighty by the wealth of the New World. It was this dream that, in part, began America.”
From the Washington Post:
Sen. John McCain will step off a plane in Iraq this weekend to see firsthand the effects of the troop increase that he has championed and that his presidential ambitions are tied to, at the outset of a week-long series of private meetings with Middle Eastern and European leaders that will be as much an overseas audition as it is political theater aimed at voters in the United States.
McCain is a familiar figure overseas, but the heads of state in Iraq, Jordan, Israel, France and Britain will take fresh measure of the man who may be president and try to assess how similar his policies will be to those of President Bush.
To the world, the Republican from Arizona promises action on global warming and a softer tone on torture — positions that are likely to reassure many Europeans who have grown weary of Bush administration policy on those issues. But as a candidate, McCain has been, if anything, more bellicose than Bush on North Korea and Iran. And McCain’s unwavering support for the Iraq war is well known across the continent.
In Europe, especially, the veteran military officer turned politician may face tough questions about his aggressive rhetoric toward some of the world’s nations.
“If people here and in the Middle East were reassured that McCain isn’t sort of itching for another war, that would be an important step,” said Walter Mead, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. “When someone is one of the two finalists to be president of the United States, everybody wants to take a closer look.”
They will get their chance during the seven-day, taxpayer-funded trip, which includes Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), two of McCain’s closest colleagues. McCain is leading the delegation in his role as a senior U.S. senator on a fact-finding mission, not as a candidate for president. He has not brought any political aides and has vowed not to discuss the campaign. McCain plans to hold a fundraiser in London on Thursday, and costs associated with it will be paid for by the campaign, a spokeswoman said.