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  • TED KENNEDY - DISTINGUISHED CAREER? - LION OF THE SENATE? 40 comments
    Aug 26, 2009 10:12 AM

    Ted Kennedy RIP. My prayers go out to you and your family.

    The liberal MSM will be falling all over themselves praising Ted's glorious career as a statesman. Let's see what he accomplished while on this earth. He killed a woman, leaving her to die in his car and not reporting it. He was a drunk. He divorced his wife. He was a Catholic that supported abortion. He spent taxpayer money on the welfare state like no Senator in history. He helped cover up a rape by his nephew. He began the scorched earth policy of nominees for the Supreme Court with his lies during the Bork nomination. He was a small man who spent your money like a drunken sailor. Without his Kennedy connections, he would have been a nobody. His life was one of decadence and failure.

    I certainly don't want my sons growing up to be just like Ted Kennedy.

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    Events of the night of July 18, 1969

    According to his own testimony at the inquest into Kopechne's death, Kennedy left the party at "approximately 11:15 p.m." When he announced that he was about to leave, Kopechne indicated "that she was desirous of leaving, if I would be kind enough to drop her back at her hotel". Kennedy then requested the keys to his car from his chauffeur, Crimmins. Asked why he did not have his chauffeur drive them both, Kennedy explained that Crimmins along with some other partygoers "were concluding their meal, enjoying the fellowship and it didn't appear to me necessary to require him to bring me back to Edgartown".[3] Kopechne told no one that she was leaving with Kennedy, and left her purse and hotel key at the party.[4]

    Christopher "Huck" Look was a deputy sheriff working as a special police officer at the Edgartown regatta dance that night. At 12:30 am he left the dance, crossed over to Chappaquiddick in the yacht club's launch, got into his parked car and drove home. He testified that between 12:30 and 12:45 am he had seen a dark car containing a man driving and a woman in the front seat approaching the intersection with Dike Road. The car had gone first onto the private Cemetery Road and stopped there. Thinking that the occupants of the car might be lost, Look had gotten out of his car and walked towards it. When he was 25 to 30 feet away, the car started backing up towards him. When Look called out to offer his help, the car took off down Dike Road in a cloud of dust.[5] Look recalled that the car's license plate began with a "L" and contained the number "7" twice, both details true of Kennedy's 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88.

    According to his inquest testimony, Kennedy made a wrong turn onto Dike Road, an unlit dirt road that led to Dike Bridge (also spelled Dyke Bridge). Dike Road was unpaved, but Kennedy, driving at "approximately twenty miles an hour", took "no particular notice" of this fact, and did not realize that he was no longer headed towards the ferry landing.[6] Dike Bridge was a wooden bridge angled obliquely to the road with no guardrail. A fraction of a second before he reached the bridge, Kennedy applied his brakes; he then drove over the side of the bridge. The car plunged into tide-swept Poucha Pond (at that location a channel) and came to rest upside down underwater. Kennedy later recalled that he was able to swim free of the vehicle, but Kopechne was not. Kennedy claimed at the inquest that he called Kopechne's name several times from the shore, then tried to swim down to reach her seven or eight times, then rested on the bank for around fifteen minutes before returning on foot to Lawrence Cottage, where the party attended by Kopechne and other "Boiler Room Girls" had occurred. Kennedy denied seeing any house with a light on during his journey back to Lawrence Cottage.[7]
     

    In addition to the working telephone at the Lawrence Cottage, according to one commentator, his route back to the cottage would have taken him past four houses from which he could have telephoned and summoned help; however, he did not do so.[8] The first of those houses, referred to as "Dike House", was only 150 yards away from the bridge, and was occupied by Sylvia Malm and her family at the time of the incident. Malm later stated that she had left a light on at the residence when she retired for that evening.[9]

    According to Kennedy's testimony, Gargan and party co-host Paul Markham then returned to the pond with Kennedy to try to rescue Kopechne. Both of the other men also tried to dive into the water and rescue Kopechne multiple times.[1] When their efforts to rescue Kopechne failed, Kennedy testified, Gargan and Markham drove with Kennedy to the ferry landing, both insisting multiple times that the accident had to be reported to the authorities.[10] According to Markham's testimony Kennedy was sobbing and on the verge of breaking down.[11] Kennedy went on to testify that "[I] had full intention of reporting it. And I mentioned to Gargan and Markham something like, 'You take care of the other girls; I will take care of the accident!' -- that is what I said and I dove into the water".[10] Kennedy had already told Gargan and Markham not to tell the other women anything about the incident "[b]ecause I felt strongly that if these girls were notified that an accident had taken place and Mary Jo had, in fact, drowned, that it would only be a matter of seconds before all of those girls, who were long and dear friends of Mary Jo's, would go to the scene of the accident and enter the water with, I felt, a good chance that some serious mishap might have occurred to any one of them".[12] Gargan and Markam would testify that they assumed that Kennedy was going to inform the authorities once he got back to Edgartown, and thus did not do so themselves.[2]

    According to his own testimony, Kennedy swam across the 500-foot channel, back to Edgartown and returned to his hotel room, where he removed his clothes and collapsed on his bed.[12] Hearing noises, he later put on dry clothes and asked someone what the time was: it was something like 2:30 a.m., the senator recalled. He testified that, as the night went on, "I almost tossed and turned and walked around that room ... I had not given up hope all night long that, by some miracle, Mary Jo would have escaped from the car."[13]

    Back at his hotel, Kennedy complained at 2:55 am to the hotel owner that he had been awoken by a noisy party.[2] By 7:30 am the next morning he was talking "casually" to the winner of the previous day's sailing race, with no indication that anything was amiss.[2] At 8 a.m., Gargan and Markham joined Kennedy at his hotel where they had a "heated conversation." According to Kennedy's testimony, the two men asked why he hadn't reported the accident. Kennedy responded by telling them "about my own thoughts and feelings as I swam across that channel ... that somehow when they arrived in the morning that they were going to say that Mary Jo was still alive".[13] The three men subsequently crossed back to Chappaquiddick Island on the ferry, where Kennedy made a series of phone calls from a payphone by the crossing to his friends for advice; he again did not report the accident to authorities.[2]

    Earlier that morning, two amateur fishermen had seen the overturned car in the water and notified the inhabitants of the nearest cottage to the pond, who called the authorities at around 8:20 am.

    [14]

    A diver was sent down and discovered Kopechne's body at around 8:45 am.

    [15]

    The diver, John Farrar, later testified at the inquest that Kopechne's body was pressed up in the car in the spot where an air bubble would have formed. He interpreted this to mean that Kopechne had survived for a while after the initial accident in the air bubble, and concluded that

    Had I received a call within five to ten minutes of the accident occurring, and was able, as I was the following morning, to be at the victim's side within twenty-five minutes of receiving the call, in such event there is a strong possibility that she would have been alive on removal from the submerged car.[8]

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    Although Kennedy was an accomplished legislator, his personal life was troubled during this time.[100] His weight fluctuated wildly, he drank heavily at times – although not when it would interfere with his Senate duties – and his cheeks became blotchy.[100][101] Kennedy later acknowledged, "I went through a lot of difficult times over a period in my life where [drinking] may have been somewhat of a factor or force."[100] He chased women frequently,[102] and also was in a series of more serious romantic relationships but did not want to commit to anything long-term.[103] He often caroused with fellow Senator Chris Dodd;[103] twice in 1985 they were in drunken incidents in Washington restaurants, with one involving unwelcome physical contact with a waitress.[102]

     

    One of Kennedy's biggest battles in the Senate came with Reagan's July 1987 nomination of Judge Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court.[73] Kennedy saw a possible Bork appointment as leading to a dismantling of civil rights law that he had helped put into place, and feared Bork's originalist judicial philosophy.[73] Kennedy's staff had researched Bork's writings and record, and within an hour of the nomination – which was initially expected to succeed – Kennedy went on the Senate floor to announce his opposition:[106]

    Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens ...

    The tone of the Bork battle changed the way Washington worked – with controversial nominees or candidates now experiencing all-out war waged against them – and the ramifications of it were still being felt two decades later.[107][109][110]

    Kennedy's personal life now came to dominate his image. In 1989 the European paparazzi stalked him on a vacation there and photographed him having sex on a motorboat.[100] In February 1990, Michael Kelly published his long, thorough profile "Ted Kennedy on the Rocks" in GQ magazine.[116] It captured Kennedy as "an aging Irish boyo clutching a bottle and diddling a blonde," portrayed him as a Regency rake, and brought his behavior to the forefront of public attention.[100][103] The death from cancer of brother-in-law Stephen Edward Smith in August 1990 left Kennedy emotionally bereft at the loss of a close family member and troubleshooter.[100][117] Kennedy pushed on, but even his legislative successes, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which expanded employee rights in discrimination cases, came at the cost of being criticized for compromising with Republicans and Southern Democrats in order to gain passage.[118]

    On Easter weekend 1991, Kennedy was at a get-together at the family's Palm Beach, Florida estate when, restless and maudlin after reminiscing about his brother-in-law, he left for a late-night visit to a local bar, getting his son Patrick and nephew William Kennedy Smith to accompany him.[100][119] Patrick Kennedy and Smith returned with women they met there, Michelle Cassone and Patricia Bowman. Cassone said that Ted Kennedy subsequently walked in on her and Patrick, dressed only in a nightshirt and with a weird look on his face.[100][119] Smith and Bowman went out on the beach, where they had sex that he said was consensual and she said was rape.[100] The local police made a delayed investigation; soon Kennedy sources were feeding the press with negative information about Bowman's background and several mainstream newspapers broke a taboo by publishing her name

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  • James Levy
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    Mr Quinn,
    Thank you for your courage and energy in posting ¨inconvenient truths¨ such as this excellent alternative but accurate obituary for the ¨Brave Liberal Lion¨ of the Senate. There can be nothing more profoundly un-American than the very idea of a political dynasty, which is one reason that the Left loves the Kennedy saga so. Like Glenn Beck, you are brave American voice who refuses to be silenced by those who would replace our Constitution with a populist regime. Will they succeed? No They Can´t!

     

    26 Aug 2009, 10:51 AM Reply Like
  • Tom Au, CFA
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    What's worse, to think this guy wanted to be President (ran against Carter in 1980).
    26 Aug 2009, 10:56 AM Reply Like
  • ScroogeMcduck
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    A murderer who will get a hero's funeral.
    26 Aug 2009, 10:59 AM Reply Like
  • Wisdom vs. Information
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    his personal life was 'troubled'? thanks for the laugh. his legacy is oppression of small business owners in the guise of consumer protection and equality, at the expense of freedom. he had plenty of ideals and no ideas; the proof is in the pudding: his legislative adventures were spectacular failures, no arguement, yet the response was always 'well, we had to try.' no, we did not when the idea(l) was stupid to begin with. the federal government can only hurt schools and medicine, for instance, as we have conclusively proven over the last thirty years; wise people already knew that, but what did Kennedy learn from his failures?
    26 Aug 2009, 11:27 AM Reply Like
  • yellowhoard
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    If Kennedy had been saddled with the same healthcare that he has been proposing for average Americans, he would have been dead a year ago.
    26 Aug 2009, 11:54 AM Reply Like
  • optionsgirl
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    Maybe MaryJo Kopechne will meet him at the Pearly Gates, and ask why it took so long to find a telephone.

     

    One good thing he did, was fight against Bork's appointment on the supreme court.
    26 Aug 2009, 12:14 PM Reply Like
  • PainfullyAware
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    Killing Someone by Drunk Driving, Leaving The Scene Of The Crime; Reporting It 24 Hours Later, AND STILL REMAINING A SENATOR?

     

    If that is not a "Dead Giveaway Of Actual Conspiracy", I am not sure what would qualify.

     

    I personally have no remorse that Ted Kennedy is "Done".
    26 Aug 2009, 12:55 PM Reply Like
  • Mark Bern, CFA
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    YH - You are so right! I really think we need to find true representatives who will "serve" their country rather than rape it. First: term limits! Second: No benefits, health or retirement for federal elected officials. The get paid enough to buy their own. Oh, and when they change plans, they'll automatically end up in the federal plan they are supporting.
    26 Aug 2009, 12:58 PM Reply Like
  • Whippet
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    For one who believes in Justice after Death, today is a day to rejoice...

     

    Ted Kennedy was a mockery of the entire American system. His brothers were great Americans; he rode the coattails of the aristocracy. He's a murderer who served no time. He was a Statist who believed Americans are wards of the federal government, our children are wet cement to be shaped by bureaucrats, and our finances are Washington's. He unilaterally changed the Supreme Court from a bench of independent justices to a gang of partisan ideologues. He changed the nomination process from one of examination of jurisprudence and philosophy to one of a laundry list of irrelevant, politically charged position statements. He murdered, covered up rape, divorced his wife, and called himself a Champion for Women's Rights. He changed a law to prevent President John Kerry to be replaced by a Republican appointment, and petitioned on his deathbed to have the law reversed do the Donkeys can have 60 votes as soon as possible.

     

    Hell is hot, Ted- although I'm sure you have already found out. May the rest of us learn from his example.
    26 Aug 2009, 01:36 PM Reply Like
  • Hot Richard
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    Drunk, adulteror, big government socialist, party hack, crook, and of course a murderer. But the people elect him as Senator. Anyone need more proof the democracy is insane?
    26 Aug 2009, 01:37 PM Reply Like
  • SanityNotHannity
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    You pieces of crap sure are classy. Ronald Reagan destroyed my country but I didn't go on any websites and trash the man when he passed. I hope all of you rot.
    26 Aug 2009, 01:59 PM Reply Like
  • James Quinn
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    Author’s reply » Never let facts get in the way of a good story. That is the MSM who will canonize this guy. Unless the MSM is countered with the truth, the truth will never win.

     

    On Aug 26 01:59 PM SanityNotHannity wrote:

     

    > You pieces of crap sure are classy. Ronald Reagan destroyed my country
    > but I didn't go on any websites and trash the man when he passed.
    > I hope all of you rot.
    26 Aug 2009, 02:33 PM Reply Like
  • Whippet
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    I guess you live in Grenada?

     

    On Aug 26 01:59 PM SanityNotHannity wrote:

     

    > You pieces of crap sure are classy. Ronald Reagan destroyed my country
    > but I didn't go on any websites and trash the man when he passed.
    > I hope all of you rot.
    26 Aug 2009, 02:44 PM Reply Like
  • Wisdom vs. Information
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    one comment, sanity (or is that, inanity)? i think Mr Quinn is beginning to attract some professional bloggers, keep up the good work! thanks Whippet, i laughed heartily. legislative, courts, bureaucracy, any way you look at it, we all had more freedom in 1986 than any other times in our lives; thanks to enemies of freedom like Kennedy (that ugly word, equality, by which he meant government enforced-) we are now back to the 70s, and if you don't believe it check the small business creation stats
    26 Aug 2009, 03:40 PM Reply Like
  • ScroogeMcduck
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    Sanity, Ronald Reagan never drove his car drunk into a pond leaving some woman who he was having an affair with to die.

     

    On Aug 26 01:59 PM SanityNotHannity wrote:

     

    > You pieces of crap sure are classy. Ronald Reagan destroyed my country
    > but I didn't go on any websites and trash the man when he passed.
    > I hope all of you rot.
    26 Aug 2009, 05:39 PM Reply Like
  • Hot Richard
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    Just because you stood on the sidelines while Reagan broke your heart is no reason why I must do the same regarding Ted. I've fought the evil that is Ted and his kind for a long time. Never did he man-up regarding Chappy. He even rubbed salt into wounds when yet-another one of his kin broke laws meant for the common folks. I have a long list of issues with Ted and they are all valid.

     

    If crap be faithful to holding people accountable, then ich bin ein Crapper.
    26 Aug 2009, 06:08 PM Reply Like
  • Mark Bern, CFA
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    I just want to repeat a window sticker I recall seeing,

     

    "I'd rather hunt with Dick Cheney than Drive with Ted Kennedy"

     

    I think that's how I'll always remember him.
    26 Aug 2009, 06:09 PM Reply Like
  • Joe Shareholder
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    Thanks James Quinn, thanks for having the stones to report the truth. Just so you know, you're now blacklisted from any media circles!
    26 Aug 2009, 06:43 PM Reply Like
  • Joe Shareholder
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    Whippet, let's hear some accomplishments then. I have been on many websites today and even lefties are having a difficult time praising his ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Only vague compliments about his legend, legacy, family, etc. Nothing really but a bunch empty compliments and hot air.

     

    On Aug 26 02:44 PM Whippet wrote:

     

    > I guess you live in Grenada?
    26 Aug 2009, 06:45 PM Reply Like
  • nova
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    It is unclear who inflicted more damage to America: Ted Kennedy or George Bush. They are both POS.

     

    Both major American parties do not represent interests of American people or America national interests.
    26 Aug 2009, 06:47 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Do you think he will see the pearly gates?

     

    On Aug 26 12:14 PM optionsgirl wrote:

     

    > Maybe MaryJo Kopechne will meet him at the Pearly Gates, and ask
    > why it took so long to find a telephone.
    >
    > One good thing he did, was fight against Bork's appointment on the
    > supreme court.
    26 Aug 2009, 06:57 PM Reply Like
  • ScroogeMcduck
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    "Back at his hotel, Kennedy complained at 2:55 am to the hotel owner that he had been awoken by a noisy party."

     

    The guy drives his car into a pond leaving this woman to die. Swims across the pond without calling the police but calls the hotel owner at 2:55 am to complain about a noisy party. And this guys a hero!
    26 Aug 2009, 07:24 PM Reply Like
  • yellowhoard
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    F#cktard was probably trying to establish an alibi.

     

    He swam across the pond so no one would notice him being dropped off in a car.

     

    Then he called the front desk to make it look like he'd been there all night.

     

    I think he was dumb enough to think it would work.
    26 Aug 2009, 07:42 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    He didn't go to jail. Something worked. Lots of political favors. Wonder if her family got paid anything?

     

    On Aug 26 07:42 PM yellowhoard wrote:

     

    > F#cktard was probably trying to establish an alibi.
    >
    > He swam across the pond so no one would notice him being dropped
    > off in a car.
    >
    > Then he called the front desk to make it look like he'd been there
    > all night.
    >
    > I think he was dumb enough to think it would work.
    26 Aug 2009, 08:09 PM Reply Like
  • ScroogeMcduck
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    YH, when I read that I was thinking the exact same thing. He probably figured the car would sink leaving more than nine minutes and thirty seven seconds for the wolf to come a clean up his mess. For a better visual click here www.youtube.com/watch?...

     

    On Aug 26 07:42 PM yellowhoard wrote:

     

    > F#cktard was probably trying to establish an alibi.
    >
    > He swam across the pond so no one would notice him being dropped
    > off in a car.
    >
    > Then he called the front desk to make it look like he'd been there
    > all night.
    >
    > I think he was dumb enough to think it would work.
    26 Aug 2009, 08:20 PM Reply Like
  • Mark Bern, CFA
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    This reminds me of a story I hope you'll all enjoy.

     

    A powerful senator dies after a prolonged illness. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

     

    "Welcome to Heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."

     

    "No problem, just let me in," says the guy.

     

    "Well, I'd like to but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in Hell and one in Heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

     

    "Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in Heaven," says the senator.

     

    "I'm sorry but we have our rules."

     

    And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to Hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a club and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him, everyone is very happy and in evening attire. They run to greet him, hug him, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster and caviar.

     

    Also present is the Devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it is time to go. Everyone gives him a big hug and waves while the elevator rises.

     

    The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on Heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him. "Now it's time to visit Heaven."

     

    So 24 hours pass with the head of state joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

     

    "Well then, you've spent a day in Hell and another in Heaven. Now choose your eternity."

     

    He reflects for a minute , then the senator answers, "Well, I would never have said it, I mean Heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in Hell."

     

    So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to Hell.

     

    Now the doors of the elevator open and he is in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags. The Devil comes over to him and lays his arm on his neck. "I don't understand," stammers the senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and club and we ate lobster and caviar and danced and had a great time. Now all there is, a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.

     

    The Devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning..Today you voted for us!"
    26 Aug 2009, 09:10 PM Reply Like
  • optionsgirl
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    I don't believe in pearly gates. Just poetic license.

     

    On Aug 26 06:57 PM doubleguns wrote:

     

    > Do you think he will see the pearly gates?
    26 Aug 2009, 09:46 PM Reply Like
  • Moon Kil Woong
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    Edward Kennedy will not go down as the icon his brother were, Chappaquidick or no. Even if he was not a stupifyingly poor politician and a drunk in his earlier years, he was never a man of vision and never was one to look up to. Rather he survived off of his ancestor's prestige (in this case his brothers) much like Donald Trump survives his financial failures and bankruptcy off of his father's money (a few billions sure does a lot for a business failure).

     

    The sooner we turn our backs on family dynasties (the Kennedy's, the Bushes, the Trump's, the Jackson's) the better off America will be. Without such focus on financially and politically endowed families and the expectations that their children will follow in their predecessor's footsteps we would not have to endure Latoya's terrible singing, 8 years of this decade having a President who slept while America's economy collapsed (similar to what he did during 911 and New Orleans) and will go down in history in the top 5 worst President's in history, and a bombastic bankrupt business failure judging people for their business savvy (a liar and a charlatan indeed).

     

    The great thing about America is we have no royalty or pretense of it and are aware that anyone on their own merit can be a success of utter failure. We should have no illusions that greatness is purely genetic or runs in a family. Edward Kennedy is a testament to that.
    26 Aug 2009, 10:14 PM Reply Like
  • nova
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    Ted Kennedy was a perfect example what is wrong with today America.
    27 Aug 2009, 12:07 AM Reply Like
  • Dirtnap
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    In truth, this article is highly disrespectful.... UNLESS we make such an effort to eulogize the misdeeds and corruptions of all our politicians, of which there are many. This, I could fully support.
    27 Aug 2009, 12:39 AM Reply Like
  • optionsgirl
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    Please, go right ahead. We just have to wait for the ba$tards to die first.

     

    On Aug 27 12:39 AM Dirtnap wrote:

     

    > In truth, this article is highly disrespectful.... UNLESS we make
    > such an effort to eulogize the misdeeds and corruptions of all our
    > politicians, of which there are many. This, I could fully support.
    27 Aug 2009, 01:37 AM Reply Like
  • James Quinn
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    Author’s reply » I do it every day on my website.

     

    On Aug 27 12:39 AM Dirtnap wrote:

     

    > In truth, this article is highly disrespectful.... UNLESS we make
    > such an effort to eulogize the misdeeds and corruptions of all our
    > politicians, of which there are many. This, I could fully support.
    27 Aug 2009, 08:30 AM Reply Like
  • Dirtnap
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    True. I would never directly plug a blog, but I will say that I do read yours from time to time and that I feel that it maintains a fairly non-partisan view.

     

    The mainstream media is churning out two eulogies currently: the excessive undue praise of the left, and the potent vitriol from the right. Both contingents of the sheeple are eating it up. I can't stand either side of the propaganda when all I want is to hear truth.

     

    On Aug 27 08:30 AM James Quinn wrote:

     

    > I do it every day on my website.
    27 Aug 2009, 10:37 AM Reply Like
  • Whippet
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    What are you talking about? Look at my comment above about Kennedy. I think I wear my opinion regarding hi on my sleeve...
    My comment regards the loser discussing how "Reagan destroyed his country."
    I presumed he must live in Grenada.

     

    On Aug 26 06:45 PM Joe Shareholder wrote:

     

    > Whippet, let's hear some accomplishments then. I have been on many
    > websites today and even lefties are having a difficult time praising
    > his ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Only vague compliments about his legend, legacy,
    > family, etc. Nothing really but a bunch empty compliments and hot
    > air.
    27 Aug 2009, 11:17 AM Reply Like
  • Whippet
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    Funny, I thought respect was earned and not granted by a surname.
    Murderous, adulterous, and unrepentant- I would argue Ted Bundy deserves more respect. At least he repented of his crimes.
    To bury him in Arlington is an insult to the honor of that hallowed ground. It's the last thing his surname earned him. No, wait- they'll probably put the bastard on a new denomination of currency in a few years (Ben will need photos as often as Gideon Gono) or name a stadium after him.

     

    On Aug 27 12:39 AM Dirtnap wrote:

     

    > In truth, this article is highly disrespectful.... UNLESS we make
    > such an effort to eulogize the misdeeds and corruptions of all our
    > politicians, of which there are many. This, I could fully support.
    27 Aug 2009, 11:23 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    You have the perfect name to get this started. Who is going to be the next dirtnapping politician?

     

    It would be cheaper and more effective if we could get them by the dozen.

     

    Aug 27 12:39 AM Dirtnap wrote:

     

    > In truth, this article is highly disrespectful.... UNLESS we make
    > such an effort to eulogize the misdeeds and corruptions of all our
    > politicians, of which there are many. This, I could fully support.
    27 Aug 2009, 11:43 AM Reply Like
  • Swashbuckler
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    Mr. Quinn----If you are going to profile the man, at the very least, please include ALL of his most noteworthy accomplishments. So please add, EXPELLED FROM HARVARD COLLEGE FOR CHEATING to that blue ribbon list.
    27 Aug 2009, 09:32 PM Reply Like
  • user guest
    , contributor
    Comments (9) | Send Message
     
    None of the footnotes in this article function
    28 Aug 2009, 09:51 AM Reply Like
  • James Quinn
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    Author’s reply » Go to Ted Kennedy's wiki page.

     

    On Aug 28 09:51 AM user guest wrote:

     

    > None of the footnotes in this article function
    28 Aug 2009, 10:12 AM Reply Like
  • Student of History
    , contributor
    Comments (38) | Send Message
     
    You're probably the first person I've come across who is angry about the collapse of the Soviet Union.

     

    Reagan had his flaws, but he did one important thing exceptionally well. He knew how to deal with the Soviets. At that time, they were bad news.

     

    He was the ultimate "cold warrior".

     

    On Aug 26 01:59 PM SanityNotHannity wrote:

     

    > You pieces of crap sure are classy. Ronald Reagan destroyed my country
    > but I didn't go on any websites and trash the man when he passed.
    > I hope all of you rot.
    11 Sep 2009, 12:52 AM Reply Like
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