Remembering Ted Kennedy (7)

kennedy_thumbSen. Edward Kennedy, the longtime Massachusetts lawmaker whose personal tragedies along with his professional triumphs and losses unfolded in the public eye, has died at his home in Hyannis Port after battling a brain tumor. He was 77.

His family announced his death in a brief statement released early Wednesday.

“We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever,” the statement said. “We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all.”

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Updates:

7:59 am EDT, August 26 th, 2009 — Kennedy successor to be chosen by special election

3:42 pm EDT, August 26th, 2009 – Not all Kennedy critics hold fire

4:08 pm EDT, August 26th, 2009 – Tsunami of sentimental pap

4:16 pm EDT, August 26th, 2009 — IRA sympathiser Ted Kennedy was no friend of Britain

4:44 pm EDT, August 26th, 2009 — The Demo-Gogues

4:53 pm EDT, August 26th, 2009 — Gov. would OK law change for Kennedy successor

5:33 pm EDT, August 26th, 2009 — The Face of Liberalism

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14 Responses to Remembering Ted Kennedy (7)

  1. Mr.g says:

    He’s just now started his eternity roasting in hell.

  2. UV says:

    The next one waiting in line to start his roasting in hell for sending over 5,000 american service personnel to their death in Iraq and countless innocent Iraq’s, is George Bush.

  3. timwest says:

     1969: Kennedy pleads guilty over car crashSenator Edward Kennedy has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a crime and has been sentenced to a two-month suspended jail sentence.

    The verdict follows a tragic car accident on the island of Chappaquiddick, east of Martha’s Vineyard, in which 29-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne was drowned. 

    I hope Ted apologies to Mary Jo, assuming he was not forced to take the Express elevator to Hell !  

  4. Jack says:

    The man is dead — let him rest.

  5. Mac says:

    The Kennedy family suffers another loss. It’s 2 weeks since Eunice Kennedy Schriver passed on.

    Ted Kennedy spent his life in political service and the public’s eye. While I disagreed with most of his policy positions, I’m not going to allow my personal feelings to overwhelm my manners. Rest in peace, Ted… My sympathies to your family in this time of loss…

  6. poakes says:

    As soon as his cancer was detected, I noticed the immediate attempt at the canonization of old Teddy Kennedy by the mainstream media.
    They are saying what a “great American” he is.  I say, let’s get a couple of things clear and not twist the facts to change the real history.
    1.  He was caught cheating at Harvard when he attended.  He was expelled twice, once for cheating on a test, and once for paying a
    classmate to cheat for him.
    2.  While expelled, Kennedy enlisted in the Army, but he mistakenly signed up for four years instead of two.  OOPS!  The man can’t count
    to four!  His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, former US Ambassador to England (a step up from bootlegging liquor into the US from Canada during prohibition), pulled the necessary strings to have his enlistment shortened to two years, and to ensure that he served in Europe, not Korea, where a war was raging.  No preferential treatment for him! (like he charged that President Bush received).

    3.   Kennedy was assigned to Paris , never advanced beyond the Rank of Private, and returned to Harvard upon being discharged. Imagine a person of his “education” NEVER advancing past the rank of Private!
    4.  While attending law school at the University of Virginia, he was cited for reckless driving four times, including once when he was clocked driving 90 miles per hour in a residential neighborhood with his headlights off after dark.  Yet his Virginia driver’s license was never revoked.  Coincidentally, he passed the bar exam in 1959.  Amazing!

    5.  In 1964, he was seriously injured in a plane crash, and hospitalized for several  months.  Test results done by the hospital at the time he was admitted had shown he was legally intoxicated.  The results of those tests remained a “state secret” until in the 1980′s when the report was unsealed.  Didn’t hear about that from the unbiased media, did we?

    6.  On July 19, 1969, Kennedy attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts …  At about 11:00 PM, he borrowed his chauffeur’s’ keys to his Oldsmobile limousine, and offered to give a ride home to Mary Jo Kopechne, a campaign worker.  Leaving the island via an unlit bridge with no guard rail, Kennedy steered the car off the bridge, flipped, and into Poucha Pond.
    7.  He swam to shore and walked back to the party, passing several houses and a fire station.  Two friends then returned with him to the scene of the accident.  According to their later testimony, they told him what he already knew – that he was required by law to immediately report the accident to the authorities.  Instead Kennedy made his way to his hotel, called his lawyer, and went to sleep. Kennedy called the police the next morning and by then the wreck had already been discovered.  Before dying, Kopechne had scratched at the upholstered floor above her head in the upside-down car. The Kennedy family began “calling in favors”, ensuring that any inquiry would be contained.  Her corpse was whisked out-of-state to her family, before an autopsy could be conducted.  Further details are uncertain, but after the accident Kennedy says he repeatedly dove under the water trying to rescue Kopechne, and he didn’t call police because he was in a sta te of shock. It is widely assumed Kennedy was drunk, and he held off calling police in hopes that his family could fix the problem overnight.  Since the accident, Kennedy’s “political enemies” have referred to him as the distinguished Senator from Chappaquiddick.  He pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, and was given a SUSPENDED SENTENCE OF TWO MONTHS.  Kopechne’s family received A small payout from the Kennedy’s insurance policy, and never sued.  There was later an effort to have her body exhumed and
    autopsied,  but her family  successfully fought against this in court, and  Kennedy’s family paid their attorney’s bills… A “token of  friendship”?
    8.  Kennedy has held his Senate seat for more than forty years, but considering his longevity, his accomplishments seem scant.  He authored or argued for legislation that ensured a variety of Civil Rights, increased the minimum wage in 1981, made access to health care easier for the indigent, and funded Meals on Wheels for fixed-income seniors and is widely held as the “standard-bearer for liberalism”. In his very first Senate roll, he was the floor manager for the bill that turned U.S. Immigration policy upside down and opened the floodgate for immigrants from third world countries.
    9.  Since that time, he has been the prime instigator and author of every expansion of an increase in immigration, up to and including the latest attempt to grant amnesty to illegal aliens.  Not to mention the pious grilling he gave the previous two Supreme Court nominees, as if he was the standard bearer for the nation in matters of what is right or wrong.  What a pompous ass!
    10.  He is known around Washington as a public drunk, loud, boisterous and very disrespectful to ladies.  JERK is a better description than “great American”.  A blonde in every pond is his motto.

    Let’s not allow the spin doctors make this jerk a hero — how quickly the American public forgets what his real legacy is.  Let’s keep this going for truth, justice and the American way.

  7. Cynapse says:

    Classy eulogies.  Must be those traditional values I’ve been hearing about.

    turned U.S. Immigration policy upside down and opened the floodgate for immigrants from third world countries.
    9. Since that time, he has been the prime instigator and author of every expansion of an increase in immigration

    What a horrible man. Wrecking your purity and such.

  8. MaryT says:

    Just announced that O will speak at the funeral Mass for the Senator.  Will someone give him a heads up on what to do during the Mass. 

  9. Mr.g says:

    Here you go Cynapse
    ——–

    “In his opening remarks, newly elected Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy, who had become Senate floor leader on the (immigration) legislation, chose to speak to what he said were false fears the bill’s opponents were fanning.
      “First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually,” Kennedy said.14
      “Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same. . . . Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset. . . . Contrary to the charges in some quarters, S. 500 will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and economically deprived nations of Africa and Asia.”
      Echoing him, his brother Democratic Senator Robert Kennedy of New York estimated an overall increase of “at most 50,000 a year.”15″

  10. Mac says:

    Cynapse sez “What a horrible man. Wrecking your purity and such.”

    I’m not interested in canonizing Ted (I’ll leave that to the media), nor will I defend the comments of others whose antipathy has overcome their manners… but I will say this: not every comment expressing concern over immigration is a racist slam. Hypersensitivity is as unbecoming as the comments of those celebrating Ted’s demise.

  11. Cynapse says:

    Be that as it may, Mac, any legitimate concerns about immigration are typically drowned out by the straight rednecks (see above your comment), with the co-opted language making the two groups indistinguishable.

    Outside of countering the usual xenophobia, I have no interest in defending or lionizing Ted Kennedy.  Like most dynastic families, his clan were corrupt and seemingly above the law.  See also: Clinton, Bush, Rockerfeller.

  12. Mac says:

    I wish I could argue that dynastic families don’t have to become corrupt but I can’t think of any “good” examples. Maybe the Irving family of New Brunswick? Even that’s a maybe…

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