John McCain As An 'Avatar' - SMSC Spring Blood Drive
Submitted by Monica Davis
A campaign attack ad that depicts Sen. John McCain as an "Avatar" has
the Arizona Republican crying foul over what he sees as a slap to
Native Americans. But his primary opponent, J.D. Hayworth, may well be
wondering what planet he's on.
This much we know for sure: J.D. Hayworth thinks John McCain is not
really, truly a conservative. He makes that clear in an online
campaign ad that depicts the Arizona senator as "Nominee for Best
The ad clearly an Academy Awards sendoff, portrays McCain bursting out of a gold Hollywood star, with a statuette and an envelope ...
And blue war paint splashed across his face.
That's the part that has riled McCain, who is accusing his Republican
primary opponent of insulting Native Americans.
But it's also the part that may have Hayworth wondering what planet
McCain is on -- since the ad appears to be a sendoff of the
blockbuster film Avatar, in which case the blue warpaint is a
reference to the fictional, blue-skinned Na'vi people on the distant
world of Pandora.
Regardless, McCain is demanding that Hayworth apologize.
"Ex-Congressman J.D. Hayworth should immediately apologize and take
down his latest online ad, which is an outrageous offense to John
McCain's lifetime of honorable service to our state and nation, and
insulting to Native Americans here in Arizona and across America,"
McCain campaign manager Shiree Verdone said Thursday in a written
"Mr. Hayworth is welcome to debate the challenges facing our state and
nation, but this kind of character assassination has no place in the
Republican Party, and Mr. Hayworth should be ashamed of his campaign
for running it," she wrote.
The Hayworth campaign refused to apologize; it said the ad will remain
up and, in fact, it expects that the controversy will increase its
"We would encourage him to get a sense of humor," Hayworth campaign
spokesman Jason Rose told FoxNews.com. "And the reality is John McCain
has been attacking J.D. Hayworth viciously for three straight months
and if he can't take a joke, or take the heat, it might be time for
him to get out of the Senate."
Rose said he thought the ad was nicely timed with the Academy Awards
to convey a core message of Hayworth's campaign.
"And that is every six years McCain promises to be a conservative, and
then after he's elected he goes back to poking Republicans in the
eye," he said, noting McCain's moderate positions on immigration
reform and climate change.
Rose said he didn't understand the link the McCain campaign made
between the ad and Native Americans.
"This shows you how insulated he is," he said, suggesting that McCain
has not seen the record-grossing film.
The McCain campaign did not return a message seeking comment.
A spokesman for a Native American tribe said McCain's criticism seemed
to miss the mark.
"This whole thing is a joke," said Tony Phillippe, the public
administrator for the Kaibab-Pauite Tribe, who burst into laughter
when told about the ad.
"People do anything to get their points across. It's funny," he said,
adding that he's not offended. "I think the whole concept is
Phillippe noted that he's white with no Native American blood.
But the president of the Navajo Nation, part of the largest tribe in
the U.S., said despite his Master's degree, he can't figure out what
Hayworth is trying to say, according to a Nation spokesman who spoke
with FoxNews.com after the ad was e-mailed to the tribe.
"Several staff assistants in the president's office (who are Navajo)
took a look and agreed that, at best, whatever message is trying to be
conveyed is muddled and, at worst, some native people will find it
offensive," spokesman George Hardeen said in an e-mail message.
"No other ethnic group is so frequently publically maligned in this
very fashion, and here we have a candidate for U.S. Senate succumbing
to the temptation of using images of race to bait an opponent," he
Hardeen noted that McCain has been an active supporter of Native
American issues and has typically been endorsed by all Arizona tribes
when seeking re-election.
"I'm certain he'll get Navajo support again in November," he said,
adding that the ad "may very well change some minds against Mr.
SMSC TO HOLD SPRING BLOOD DRIVE
By Tessa Lehto
Prior Lake, MN – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community will hold a spring blood drive on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, from noon to 7:00 p.m. at Dakotah! Sport and Fitness. A second blood drive will be held March 24, 2010, for SMSC Gaming Enterprise team members only at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel from noon to 5:00 p.m.
If you would like to make an appointment to give blood during the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's spring blood drive, call SMSC Wellness Coordinators Angela Mostrom or Stacy McNabb at 952-233-2965. A limited number of walk-ins will also be able to donate blood at these blood drives.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, as an active participant in the local community, holds several blood drives each year to help save lives. The SMSC has sponsored blood drives for more than 22 years.
Basic requirements to donate include:
- You must feel well for at least three days after a cold or flu
- You must be off antibiotics for at least 24 hours before giving
- You must weigh at least 110 pounds
- Eat a meal in the 6 hours before you donate
- Get a good night's sleep the night before you donate
- Wait at least 56 days from your last donation
- Bring a valid photo ID to your appointment
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