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BYRD SHAMES THE SENATE
New York Post ^ | 1/22/05

Posted on 01/22/2005 12:56:17 AM PST by kattracks

They say a leopard can't change its spots. Can a one-time Klansman change his, umm, sheets?

The way Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.) acted this week, it's fair to ask.

Byrd was one of three Democratic senators who used a parliamentary maneuver to delay a full vote on the nomination of Condoleezza Rice to be the next secretary of state.

Rice had been approved by the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee by an overwhelming 16-2 margin. The only "nay" votes were from sore-loser John Kerry and loony lefty Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).

[snip]

But Byrd stepped in to block the vote, claiming that Democrats needed more time to "study" Rice's testimony.

Then Kerry and Ted Kennedy jumped in, apparently to give Byrd cover.

[snip]

Should it be a surprise that Robert Byrd is the ringleader? Perhaps not.

Byrd is the only former Ku Klux Klan member in the United States Senate. Yes, he resigned from that organization long before he became a senator — and has often denounced it.

Still, certain behavior pops up that makes one wonder exactly how far the man has moved from his roots.

Byrd is the only senator to vote against both black Supreme Court justice nominees — Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas.

[snip]

Now, Byrd might not be a racist today.

But adding this unseemly tactic with Condoleezza Rice to his unique track record — well, exactly what would the mainstream press do if a black female Democrat were blocked from taking a high Cabinet post by, say, Trent Lott?

They'd blow the roof off the Capitol, is all.

Robert Byrd's presence in the United State Senate is a continuing embarrassment to Democrats in general, and to that body in particular.

The mainstream media merely continues to be an embarrassment to itself.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: byrd; exhaltedcyclops; gobuythepost; grandkleagle; greatimperialwizard; kkk; obstructionistdems; sheethead
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1 posted on 01/22/2005 12:56:18 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks

Now, Byrd might not be a racist today.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha ha ha.


2 posted on 01/22/2005 1:00:18 AM PST by taxesareforever
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To: prairiebreeze; onyx; Texasforever; CyberAnt; BigSkyFreeper; Tamsey; mrs tiggywinkle; EllaMinnow; ...

Oh my my

Yep .. the gloves are off


3 posted on 01/22/2005 1:03:10 AM PST by Mo1 (Liberty will come to those who love it)
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To: Mo1
Yep .. the gloves are off

Yep. His hood is on.

4 posted on 01/22/2005 1:07:00 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (PEST/Suicide Hotline 1-800-BUSH-WON)
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To: kattracks

You know, maybe if Mr. Byrd was a brief member of the KKK and turned state's witness on a public platform based on his personal shame and disgust, would I believe him, but the whole "Grand Kleagle" (head recruiter) thing just makes me cringe in validated doubt.


5 posted on 01/22/2005 1:10:55 AM PST by Outraged (Time to put pressure on the party)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

I still don't get that acronyn, "PEST"?...None of my Republican friends are distraught and in need of therapy, therefore, wouldn't it be more accurately "PUSS" (post-unelected stress syndrome)?


6 posted on 01/22/2005 1:13:23 AM PST by Outraged (Time to put pressure on the party)
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To: Mo1
If it weren't for double standards... Liberals wouldn't have any!

If Robert Byrd was a republican he would've been driven out of politics by the media 25 years ago. But since he doesn't wear his white robe in public anymore, and only shows his bigotry in his public statements, the media gives him a pass. Too bad Trent Lott and Jimmy the Greek were held to different standards.

Robert Byrd is a stain on our Republic and much like the Clinton's, he will be sited as one of those who helped bring about the fall of the democrat party

7 posted on 01/22/2005 1:14:13 AM PST by MJY1288
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To: Outraged

Ahh, forget it...PEST, PUSS, PUS...it is all the same to me...:)


8 posted on 01/22/2005 1:14:37 AM PST by Outraged (Time to put pressure on the party)
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To: kattracks

The lunatic left strikes again. If it's from there party anyone with black skin is beyond question or reproach.


9 posted on 01/22/2005 1:18:00 AM PST by claudiustg (Go Sharon! Go Bush!)
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To: kattracks; All

I still think he asked for more time so he could get out his dictionary and look up about half the words she used in her testimony.


10 posted on 01/22/2005 1:18:09 AM PST by shibumi (Sum Ergo Flatulo)
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To: kattracks

Robert Byrd wasn't only a member, he was a KLEEGLE.

He RECRUITED for the KLAN.

He still uses the word "nigger" today. He defends the practice by saying that there are white niggers and black niggers.


11 posted on 01/22/2005 1:21:12 AM PST by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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To: taxesareforever

My thoughts exactly , being in the clan is a different mindset than calling a few blacks, spades. W Virginia is still a very racist state and thats what keeps Sheets in power.


12 posted on 01/22/2005 1:22:03 AM PST by John Lenin
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To: MJY1288

If Robert Byrd had switched parties and become a Republican as Strom Thurmond and David Duke had done, we would have heard nothing BUT how the Republican Party is the party of racists.


13 posted on 01/22/2005 1:23:00 AM PST by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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To: kattracks
Used to be KKK???..wow no wonder he is pissed at a colored gal becoming more powerful than he.


14 posted on 01/22/2005 1:26:36 AM PST by Critical Bill
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To: weegee

Yup, You are 100% correct


15 posted on 01/22/2005 1:28:28 AM PST by MJY1288
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To: Critical Bill

16 posted on 01/22/2005 1:30:16 AM PST by Critical Bill
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To: kattracks

If Byrd has reformed from his racism, can someone explain to me why in 2001 he felt the need to use the term "nigger" repeatedly in an interview?


17 posted on 01/22/2005 1:32:36 AM PST by swilhelm73 (Appeasers believe that if you keep on throwing steaks to a tiger, the tiger will become a vegetarian)
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To: John Lenin

Well, I'd argue that Byrd's consistent re-election is more a sign of his pork barrel skills and union politics then anything else...


18 posted on 01/22/2005 1:34:27 AM PST by swilhelm73 (Appeasers believe that if you keep on throwing steaks to a tiger, the tiger will become a vegetarian)
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To: swilhelm73

It's a combination of all three.


19 posted on 01/22/2005 1:38:12 AM PST by John Lenin
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To: kattracks

The Democrat Party is anti-Black and anti-immigrant. It strives to keep Blacks dependent on government services while taking their votes for granted and favors illegal aliens over deserving people seeking citizenship within the rules. That they continue to tolerate this garbage proves (to me, at least) that they're no better than the julip-sipping plantation owners of an era I thought we evolved beyond.


20 posted on 01/22/2005 1:45:06 AM PST by NewRomeTacitus
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To: John Lenin

Living here in WV as a Republican, I can assure you that Byrd's continued lifeteime reelection has everything to do with being a Democrat in a heavily Democrat state, along with the fact that obtianing seniority in the Senate makes that Senator (and hence the state he "represents") that mich more influential.


21 posted on 01/22/2005 2:39:25 AM PST by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: kattracks

Hear, hear. Well said.


22 posted on 01/22/2005 2:51:26 AM PST by JoeGar
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To: kattracks

He's still a racist, bigoted POS, today.


23 posted on 01/22/2005 2:53:19 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: John Lenin
You guys are dancing all over the place on this topic.

Get the NAACP to spell out their acronym; call Jesse, and call Al. Then meet with the ACLU, and demand face time with 27 federal agencies asking for assistance, just because... (shaking head - rolling eyes).

24 posted on 01/22/2005 3:24:54 AM PST by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: kattracks

"One's family is the most important thing in life. I look at it this way: One of these days I'll be over in a hospital somewhere with four walls around me. And the only people who'll be with me will be my family."

Sen Robert Byrd

Or not.

25 posted on 01/22/2005 3:27:46 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: kattracks

Email the Klansman and tell him what you think:

http://byrd.senate.gov/byrd_email.html


26 posted on 01/22/2005 3:30:22 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: kattracks

More on the Klansman demoncrat Senator from West Virginia:

http://www.capmag.com/articlePrint.asp?ID=383


27 posted on 01/22/2005 3:32:05 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: 7.62 x 51mm
He's still a racist, bigoted POS, today.

Perhaps the dems embrace this as celebrating diversity?

28 posted on 01/22/2005 3:38:30 AM PST by Manic_Episode (I don't lose my composure in a high speed chase)
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To: Mo1

It would be nice if the Pubs would remember this and many other perfidious actions and statements of the RATS, put two and two together and figure out that they need to run over the RATS like a steamroller on bills, initiatives and appointments.

Not holding my breath though.


29 posted on 01/22/2005 3:41:11 AM PST by prairiebreeze (George W Bush: Spending well-earned political capital.)
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To: jimbo123

Self defence is everyones right. To protect ones way of life and family as well as society takes a good man.


30 posted on 01/22/2005 3:44:49 AM PST by Ibredd
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To: kattracks

Was Byrd-brain wearing his sheet when he made this decision?


31 posted on 01/22/2005 3:49:53 AM PST by muir_redwoods
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To: wildandcrazyrussian
I moved to WV in 2000, and am glad to be living here. the down side is that I have two Dem sendators, and only a handful of Pubbies in Fed office. Dems had control for the last 100 years, but not because it is racist, but because they are still part of the "Old South"...

Bigotry exists toward outsiders, period. There was never that much racial tension, as there has been societal tensions, in general. The miners against the owners, the rednecks against the "city slickers", etc.

I was born in Wilmington, NC, site of "the reverend" Ben Chavis, and the infamous Wilmington 10, a group which was found responsible for burning a church and a furniture business. We had KKK, ROWP (Rights of white People), and a host of others come into town for the trials. It was real theater.

But, NC and WV are behind thaty. Unfortunately, sonme of those in power still wish to appeal to that segment. When they are added to the list of"life-long Dimocrats, (and their daddy was, too), they are a powerful force. IMO, only timne and some deaths will make the difference.

On another note, I am no longer a registered Republican, since they seem to be merging in their role of maintaining a LARGE Gum't!!!

I still vote for Republicans, and I voted for our Prez, but I held my nose! I hope we see some real change. But, the cry to abolish all of those redundant "Departments", and eleiminate wasteful duplicate programs, seems to be muted these days... I wonder why? I guess power does breed corruption, and pandering...

32 posted on 01/22/2005 3:54:06 AM PST by pageonetoo (I could name them, but you'll spot their posts soon enough.)
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To: muir_redwoods

I wonder why the liberal media won't ask KKK Byrd about how many cross burnings he attended and how many lynchings he participated in...


33 posted on 01/22/2005 3:57:07 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: swilhelm73

I don't think he used the word because he is racist. It think he used the word because he is an idiot. He is blocking this vote because he is a racist.


34 posted on 01/22/2005 4:05:09 AM PST by TN4Liberty (American... conservative... southern.... It doesn't get any better than this.)
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To: jimbo123

You know, that is a very good point. What if CBS decided to spend five years researching Byrd's KKK activities like they spent five years and a ton of resources on W's National Guard service record? Isn't that at least as important? Wouldn't finding the truth of the allegations be far more shocking and damning?


35 posted on 01/22/2005 4:07:55 AM PST by TN4Liberty (American... conservative... southern.... It doesn't get any better than this.)
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To: prairiebreeze

You can do anything you want, if you've got the votes.


36 posted on 01/22/2005 4:08:53 AM PST by johnb838 (Oldthinkers unbellyfeel Amsoc)
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To: taxesareforever; kattracks

<< Now, Byrd might not be a racist today.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. >>

Took the mirth from me mouth.

[And/or he's a "Democrat," isn't he?]


37 posted on 01/22/2005 4:39:41 AM PST by Brian Allen (I fly and can therefore be envious of no man -- Per Adua Ad Astra!)
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To: SkyPilot

Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty...


38 posted on 01/22/2005 4:41:58 AM PST by mewzilla (Has CBS retracted the story yet?)
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To: kattracks

NOTE TO SELF: "Never trust little old men that have all their sweat glands in their lips, like to wear white sheets at night and want you to name everything they can piss on after them".


39 posted on 01/22/2005 4:42:10 AM PST by isthisnickcool (What do they do in the mosque on days when the guys in the front row have gas?)
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To: kattracks
Robert Byrd's presence in the United State Senate is a continuing embarrassment to Democrats in general, and to that body in particular. The mainstream media merely continues to be an embarrassment to itself.

How far can these media people take the gullible among us before they wake up? It's glaringly obvious what Byrd is up to, once you at least know about it. The MSM silence is deafening.

40 posted on 01/22/2005 4:43:25 AM PST by ovrtaxt (Go Howard Go!)
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To: jimbo123
    how many lynchings he participated in...
  1. Thurgood Marshall
  2. Clarence Thomas
  3. Condoleezza Rice
  4. ...

41 posted on 01/22/2005 4:45:51 AM PST by reg45
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To: kattracks
From here:

On March 4, 2001, an interview with FOX News Sunday host Tony Snow was aired. In the interview Byrd was asked about race relations: "They are much, much better than they've ever been in my lifetime," Byrd said. "I think we talk about race too much. I think those problems are largely behind us... I just think we talk so much about it that we help to create somewhat of an illusion. I think we try to have good will. My old mom told me, 'Robert, you can't go to heaven if you hate anybody.' We practice that." Then Byrd warned: "There are white niggers. I've seen a lot of white niggers in my time; I'm going to use that word." "We just need to work together to make our country a better country, and I'd just as soon quit talking about it so much."

The link above said that Byrd was a KKK recruiter.

42 posted on 01/22/2005 4:47:54 AM PST by isthisnickcool (What do they do in the mosque on days when the guys in the front row have gas?)
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To: TN4Liberty
What if CBS decided to spend five years researching Byrd's KKK activities like they spent five years and a ton of resources on W's National Guard service record?

One huge difference is that they would actually find something and not have to manufacture it.

43 posted on 01/22/2005 4:55:00 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: kattracks
Robert Byrd's presence in the United State Senate is a continuing embarrassment to Democrats in general, and to that body in particular.

Saying this about a democrat, especially bird brain Byrd, is like saying sic 'em to a mean dog.

The Dems thrive on such criticism.

44 posted on 01/22/2005 4:55:58 AM PST by VOYAGER
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To: taxesareforever

Maybe Byrd just wanted to delay the vote because he was late for a cross burning.


45 posted on 01/22/2005 5:16:18 AM PST by Wilhelm Tell (Lurking since 1997!)
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To: kattracks

How can one shame something that has no shame?


46 posted on 01/22/2005 5:18:08 AM PST by sport
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To: kattracks

This topic should be discussed with JUAN WILLIAMS on Fox News Sunday. He wrote the book "Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary."

Here is a link to the book on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0812920287/102-8468846-8297736?v=glance&vi=reviews

And an excerpt from the book:

And yet a strong undercurrent of criticism of Marshall--he was unqualified, lazy, too liberal--continued. Marshall came under the most brutal attack from segregationists, who did not want an integrationist on the Court. President Johnson's political strategy to have Marshall quickly and easily confirmed was crumbling. And even Marshall's tough-mindedness, his amazing will to win, seemed to be overmatched.

Hearings for most Supreme Court nominees began within a week of the nomination. Byron White, President Kennedy's first candidate for the Court, had been nominated and confirmed within eight days. Abe Fortas, President Johnson's first, had to wait only fourteen days. Thurgood Marshall was different. It would be seventy-eight days before his name would come up for a vote of Senate confirmation.

In the two and a half months between the nomination and the vote on Marshall, his record as a lawyer, his writings, his drinking, the women he slept with, and his family came under the intense scrutiny of FBI and Senate investigations. Sen. Robert Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia, wrote to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, asking if there was information about Marshall's ties to Communists. Another senator focused on uncovering evidence that Marshall hated whites; other senators loaded up on detailed legal questions, hoping to reveal gaps in Marshall's knowledge of the law that would disqualify him for the high court.


47 posted on 01/22/2005 5:20:28 AM PST by maggief
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To: kattracks
Byrd, Kerry, and Kennedy are embarrassments to the democratic party but it shows just how low the party is. The Democratic party is an embarrassment to the American people and to the American government. I wouldn't be surprised if Byrd signed his papers with an X.
48 posted on 01/22/2005 5:28:16 AM PST by .45MAN ("He" is with us.)
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To: SkyPilot

Byrd: "One's family is the most important thing in life. I look at it this way: One of these days I'll be over in a hospital somewhere with four walls around me. And the only people who'll be with me will be my family."

And then someday, Mr. Byrd, they will again put a white sheet over you --- this time, thank God, over your entire body!


49 posted on 01/22/2005 5:40:37 AM PST by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
**Yep .. the gloves are off**

Yep. His hood is on.

Good one.

50 posted on 01/22/2005 6:12:08 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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