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Ted Kennedy doesn't know who wrote "The Communist Manifesto"
The Boston Globe ^ | 12/22/2005 | Ted Kennedy

Posted on 12/30/2005 7:19:44 PM PST by rlmorel

...I hope the president doesn't continue to hide behind such transparent and irrelevant justifications. Congress has amended the 1978 FISA law over time, most recently with the passage of the PATRIOT Act -- and there is no reason to think we wouldn't do so again -- if we knew what the administration is doing. If the president needs more powers to lawfully protect the American people from terrorism, then he should come to Congress to seek modification of current laws. The president has failed to provide a sufficient legal basis for his actions; instead he and his Cabinet spent the week refusing to negotiate with Congress and opposing bipartisan efforts to extend the PATRIOT Act for three more months.

Just this past week there were public reports that a college student in Massachusetts had two government agents show up at his house because he had gone to the library and asked for the official Chinese version of Mao Tse-tung's Communist Manifesto. Following his professor's instructions to use original source material, this young man discovered that he, too, was on the government's watch list.

Think of the chilling effect on free speech and academic freedom when a government agent shows up at your home -- after you request a book from the library.

Incredibly, we are now in an era where reading a controversial book may be evidence of a link to terrorists...

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TOPICS: Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
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I know there have been some threads on this, but I cannot find any that dwell on this particular facet of ignorance on the part of the Senior Balloon from Massachusetts (Sadly, my home state)

The thing that I find MOST delicious about this is that there can be only a few explanations for this particularly tasty error:

1.) The error was not noticed by the Boston Globe staff when they reviewed it. This reason is most entertaining, because it shows them to be complete idiots, particularly since communism is the ideology they seem to be most sympathetic to. Additionally, the liberals like to paint themselves as more refined and educated. Yeah, right.

2.) The error was noticed, but they did not contact Swimmer Ted. For what reason, I don't know...maybe they thought he would get pissed at them, or maybe someone wanted to stab him in the back.

3.) The error was noticed, and they couldn't find Fat Teddy to let him know, and due to deadlines, posted it anyway so they didn't get scooped or something.

4.) Op-ed pieces are never screened for gross errors of spelling or factuality.

1 posted on 12/30/2005 7:19:46 PM PST by rlmorel
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To: rlmorel

He was just drunk again, nothing more.


2 posted on 12/30/2005 7:22:26 PM PST by Bullitt (We eavesdrop on terror groups? What's the problem?)
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To: rlmorel

Didn't the kid involved break down and confess that it was a hoax?


3 posted on 12/30/2005 7:23:42 PM PST by AmishDude
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To: rlmorel

Why is the fact that Ted Kennedy is an ignorant A$$hole news? This belongs more in proven facts of history. /sarc


4 posted on 12/30/2005 7:23:42 PM PST by TCats
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To: rlmorel

Teddie the life guard doesn't know much of anything exept how to get a cork out of a bottle of gin.


5 posted on 12/30/2005 7:24:12 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: rlmorel
He also doesn't know who wrote the drivers manual for that there Oldsmobile of his.
6 posted on 12/30/2005 7:24:23 PM PST by 359Henrie
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To: rlmorel
Just this past week there were public reports that a college student in Massachusetts had two government agents show up at his house because he had gone to the library and asked for the official Chinese version of Mao Tse-tung's Communist Manifesto.

This has since turned out to be a lie by the student in question.

7 posted on 12/30/2005 7:24:44 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: rlmorel

Wasn't the Communist Manifesto was written by Osama Obama?


8 posted on 12/30/2005 7:25:09 PM PST by Allan
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To: rlmorel

Use the article's headline, do not make up your own, this will prevent double posting.


9 posted on 12/30/2005 7:25:16 PM PST by Panerai
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To: rlmorel

He always has the excuse: I wrote this during cocktail hour.


10 posted on 12/30/2005 7:25:47 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: rlmorel

I read somewhere that a majority of Harvard graduates believed that the phrase "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" was from the US Constitution!
On another aspect of this, did the Globe run any kind of correction / retraction about the phony college-kid-visited-by-government-agents story?


11 posted on 12/30/2005 7:27:55 PM PST by RedRover
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To: AmishDude

I believe that was the case. Same sorta outcome as the Tawana Brawley story. The press, and the leftists wanted it to be true. So it was.


12 posted on 12/30/2005 7:28:12 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: rlmorel

Editors allow op-ed writers to freely flap their gums.


13 posted on 12/30/2005 7:28:51 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Allan
Paging Mr Marx,one of your disciples has you mixed up with a Chinese guy again.
14 posted on 12/30/2005 7:29:22 PM PST by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: rlmorel

Lets show Teddy and his minions some love:

URL for site input: http://www.tedkennedy.com/journal/548/getting-answers-from-the-white-house-on-domestic-spying


15 posted on 12/30/2005 7:29:49 PM PST by keithtoo (Leftists/Democrats - Traitors, Haters and Vacillators)
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To: rlmorel

16 posted on 12/30/2005 7:31:07 PM PST by doug from upland (NEW YORK TIMES -- traitorous b*st*rds)
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To: 359Henrie

DIVERS ?


17 posted on 12/30/2005 7:32:13 PM PST by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: rlmorel

This was a big fat hoax that hornswoggled the big fat Senator from Massachusetts


18 posted on 12/30/2005 7:32:43 PM PST by Palladin (All the way with Alito!)
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To: Bullitt

"Going through life, fat, drunk, and stupid.."


19 posted on 12/30/2005 7:33:10 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: al baby

Good catch.


20 posted on 12/30/2005 7:33:12 PM PST by 359Henrie
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To: rlmorel
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21 posted on 12/30/2005 7:33:16 PM PST by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: rlmorel

Everyone knows Tom Harkin wrote it.


22 posted on 12/30/2005 7:33:36 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Allan
Wasn't the Communist Manifesto was written by Osama Obama?
LOL, you mean the esteemed Senator from Illinois?
23 posted on 12/30/2005 7:34:39 PM PST by yevgenie
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To: rlmorel
5) Ted Kennedy is a dipshit (pardon my french)

Hoax
24 posted on 12/30/2005 7:35:04 PM PST by smith288 (Peace at all cost makes for tyranny free of charge...)
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To: rlmorel

Sadly we share a home state.

Sometimes I wonder why assholes such as Fat Teddy even bother to write editorial type articles. The people who vote for him largely do not read such things, and the people who read such things would never vote for the fat blowhard.


25 posted on 12/30/2005 7:35:17 PM PST by Radix (Senator Kennedy actually criticized the President for acting as if he is above the Law!)
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To: Panerai

Thank you for the advice. However, the focus of the post was not the focus of the op-ed, rather the error in the op-ed. Posting the article's headline would have been misleading.


26 posted on 12/30/2005 7:40:21 PM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: rlmorel

27 posted on 12/30/2005 7:43:24 PM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: rlmorel
Teddy is the rather dull son of of a very wealthy bootlegger.

Without his trust fund, Teddy would probably be passed out in a doorway tonight clutching a 40 oz. bottle of Colt 45.

28 posted on 12/30/2005 7:44:36 PM PST by Semi Civil Servant (The Main Stream Media: Al-Qaeda's most effective spy network.)
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To: Radix

"The people who vote for him largely do not read such things"

I believe the people who vote for him can't read anything.


30 posted on 12/30/2005 7:46:32 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: rlmorel

bttt


31 posted on 12/30/2005 7:46:37 PM PST by timestax
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To: rlmorel

Poor Teddy, has such a poor understanding of American government, he gets it backwards that if he does not like the President using the authority he already has, then he should pass a law to prohibit the egregious behavior.

I understand a spokesperson for the senior slug from Massachusetts, used the Dan Rather defense, that while the facts were false, the underlying story was true.


32 posted on 12/30/2005 7:46:40 PM PST by depressed in 06 (Bolshecrat heros: a malingering traitor and a draft dodging rapist)
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To: rlmorel

Maybe the kids story was a lie , but it was factual.


33 posted on 12/30/2005 7:47:01 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: AmishDude

"Didn't the kid involved break down and confess that it was a hoax?"

Yup. Apparently, the fat old lardass got that wrong, as well.


34 posted on 12/30/2005 7:47:18 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: Radix

Ahhh...a paradox for sure. He cannot last forever though.


35 posted on 12/30/2005 7:47:40 PM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: sgtbono2002

A factual lie?

Gosh, the ghost of Dan Rather running amok in the halls of FR.com....................


36 posted on 12/30/2005 7:54:40 PM PST by Radix (Senator Kennedy actually criticized the President for acting as if he is above the Law!)
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To: rlmorel

Facts are not relevant when a lib is [attempting to] make a point. It's for a good cause, don't get sidetracked by details such as truth and facts.


37 posted on 12/30/2005 7:55:34 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s......you weren't really there.)
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To: hsalaw

Federal agents' visit was a hoax
Student admits he lied about Mao book
By AARON NICODEMUS, Standard-Times staff writer

NEW BEDFORD -- The UMass Dartmouth student who claimed to have been visited by Homeland Security agents over his request for "The Little Red Book" by Mao Zedong has admitted to making up the entire story.
The 22-year-old student tearfully admitted he made the story up to his history professor, Dr. Brian Glyn Williams, and his parents, after being confronted with the inconsistencies in his account.
Had the student stuck to his original story, it might never have been proved false.
But on Thursday, when the student told his tale in the office of UMass Dartmouth professor Dr. Robert Pontbriand to Dr. Williams, Dr. Pontbriand, university spokesman John Hoey and The Standard-Times, the student added new details.
The agents had returned, the student said, just last night. The two agents, the student, his parents and the student's uncle all signed confidentiality agreements, he claimed, to put an end to the matter.
But when Dr. Williams went to the student's home yesterday and relayed that part of the story to his parents, it was the first time they had heard it. The story began to unravel, and the student, faced with the truth, broke down and cried.
It was a dramatic turnaround from the day before.
For more than an hour on Thursday, he spoke of two visits from Homeland Security over his inter-library loan request for the 1965, Peking Press version of "Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung," which is the book's official title.
His basic tale remained the same: The book was on a government watch list, and his loan request had triggered a visit from an agent who was seeking to "tame" reading of particular books. He said he saw a long list of such books.
In the days after its initial reporting on Dec. 17 in The Standard-Times, the story had become an international phenomenon on the Internet. Media outlets from around the world were requesting interviews with the students, and a number of reporters had been asking UMass Dartmouth students and professors for information.
The story's release came at a perfect storm in the news cycle. Only a day before, The New York Times had reported that President Bush had allowed the National Security Agency to conduct wiretaps on international phone calls from the United States without a warrant. The Patriot Act, created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to allow the government greater authority to monitor for possible terrorism activities, was up for re-authorization in Congress.
There was an increased sense among some Americans that the U.S. government was overstepping its bounds and trampling on civil liberties in order to thwart future attacks of terrorism. The story of a college student being questioned for requesting a 40-year old book on Communism fed right into that atmosphere.
In Thursday's retelling of the story, the student added several new twists, ones that the professors and journalist had not heard before. The biggest new piece of information was an alleged second visit of Homeland Security agents the previous night, where two agents waited in his living room for two hours with his parents and brother while he drove back from a retreat in western Massachusetts. He said he, the agents, his parents and his uncle all signed confidentiality agreements that the story would never be told.
He revealed the agents' names: one was Nicolai Brushaev or Broshaev, and the other was simply Agent Roberts. He said they were dressed in black suits with thin black ties, "just like the guys in Men in Black."
He had dates and times and places, things he had signed and sent back in order to receive the book. The tale involved his twin brother, who allegedly requested the book for him at UMass Amherst; his uncle, a former FBI attorney who took care of all the paperwork; and his parents, who signed those confidentiality agreements.
But by now, the story had too many holes. Every time there was a fact to be had that would verify the story -- providing a copy of the confidentiality agreements the student and agent signed, for example -- there would be a convenient excuse. The uncle took all the documents home to Puerto Rico, he said.
What was the address of the Homeland Security building in Boston where he and his uncle visited the agency and actually received a copy of the book? It was a brick building, he said, but he couldn't remember where it was, or what was around it.
He said he met a former professor at the mysterious Homeland Security building who had requested a book on bomb-making, along with two Ph.D. students and a one pursuing a master's degree who had also been stopped from accessing books. The student couldn't remember their names, but the former professor had appeared on the Bill O'Reilly show on Fox News recently, he said.
The former professor's appearance on The O'Reilly Factor did not check out.
Other proof was sought.
Were there any copies of the inter-library loan request? No.
Did the agents leave their cards, or any paperwork at your home? No.
His brother, a student at Amherst, told Dr. Williams that he had never made the inter-library loan request on behalf of his brother.
While The Standard-Times had tape recorded the entire tale on Thursday, the reporter could not reach the student for comment after he admitted making up the story. Phone calls and a note on the door were not returned.
At the request of the two professors and the university, The Standard-Times has agreed to withhold his name.
During the whole episode, the professors said that while they wanted to protect the student from the media that were flooding their voice mails and e-mail boxes seeking comment and information, they also wanted to know: Was the story true?
"I grew skeptical of this story, as did Bob, considering the ramifications," Dr. Williams said yesterday. "I spent the last five days avoiding work, and the international media, and rest, trying to get names and dates and facts. My investigation eventually took me to his house, where I began to investigate family matters. I eventually found out the whole thing had been invented, and I'm happy to report that it's safe to borrow books."
Dr. Williams said he does not regret bringing the story to light, but that now the issue can be put to rest.
"I wasn't involved in some partisan struggle to embarrass the Bush administration, I just wanted the truth," he said.
Dr. Pontbriand said the entire episode has been "an incredible experience and exposure for something a student had said." He said all along, his only desire had been to "get to the bottom of it and get the truth of the matter."
"When it blew up into an international story, our only desire was to interview this student and get to the truth. We did not want from the outset to declare the student a liar, but we wanted to check out his story," he said. "It was a disastrous thing for him to do. He needs attention, he needs care. I feel for the kid. We have great concern for this student's health and welfare."
Mr. Hoey, the university spokesman, said the university had been unable to substantiate any of the facts of the story since it first was reported in The Standard-Times on Dec. 17.
As to any possible repercussions against the student, Mr. Hoey said, "We consider this to be an issue to be handled faculty member to student. We wouldn't discuss publicly any other action. Student discipline is a private matter."
Dr. Williams said the whole affair has had one bright point: The question of whether it is safe for students to do research has been answered.
"I can now tell my students that it is safe to do research without being monitored," he said. "With that hanging in the air like before, I couldn't say that to them."
The student's motivation remains a mystery, but in the interview on Thursday, he provided a glimpse.
"When I came back, like wow, there's this circus coming on. I saw my cell phone, and I see like, wow, I have something like 75 messages and like something like 87 missed calls," he said. "Wow, I was popular. I usually get one or probably two a week and that's about it, and I usually pick them up."

Contact Aaron Nicodemus at anicodemus@s-t.com


38 posted on 12/30/2005 8:00:20 PM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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39 posted on 12/30/2005 8:03:43 PM PST by rs79bm
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Tom Harkin was in the septic tank cleaning business before he entered politics.


40 posted on 12/30/2005 8:12:47 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

LOL...still is!


41 posted on 12/30/2005 8:22:14 PM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: doctorhugo

Don't post that graphic again.


42 posted on 12/30/2005 8:27:35 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: rlmorel

All the voters of the Massachusetts apparently need to know is his name is Kennedy - at least a substantial number of them.

I'm surprised they haven't petitioned the Pope to have John, Bobby, Rose, And the Senior Kennedy Patriarch - the Boorleger - declared saints.


43 posted on 12/30/2005 8:32:39 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: AmishDude; USNBandit; Jet Jaguar; Palladin; hsalaw

probably said this to get off the hook for a deadline in the class. :')

Thanks hsalaw and USNBandit.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1549641/posts?page=38#38

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1549641/posts?page=7#7


44 posted on 12/30/2005 8:39:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv ("In silence, and at night, the Conscience feels that life should soar to nobler ends than Power.")
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To: rlmorel
Karl Marx and Frederick Engels

Manifesto of the Communist Party

1848



1- Is Teddy's ghost writer ignorant or just sloppy?

2- Did Teddy dictate the article to a secretary who was ignorant?

3- Is there anyone among Teddy's office staff who actually studied while in college?

4- Was there no one in Teddy's office willing to challenge him on the authorship of "the manual" they all follow so blindly?

5- Is this another demonstration of the ignorance of the Democrats?

6- Is it all Bush's fault?



How can anyone take THAT seriously?
Th-Th-Th-Th-That's all folks.
45 posted on 12/30/2005 8:39:33 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated (In Memory of Crockett Nicolas, hit and run in the prime of his Cocker Spaniel life, 9/3/05.)
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To: yevgenie
you mean the esteemed Senator from Illinois?
46 posted on 12/30/2005 8:39:46 PM PST by Allan
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To: rlmorel

The disgusting, murderous pig is the perfect Senator for the simpletons who keep re-electing him.


47 posted on 12/30/2005 8:42:12 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: rlmorel
Chinese version of Mao Tse-tung's Communist Manifesto

Sorry to disagree with your interpretation, but unless Communist Manifesto is italicized, it's a generic phrase, not a specific book. It's a manifesto, it's communist, and it's by Mao.

48 posted on 12/30/2005 8:43:48 PM PST by js1138 (Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.)
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To: river rat

What, pray tell, is the name of "the student"?

The little creep should be outed for one and all to recognize him as a liar.


49 posted on 12/30/2005 8:51:27 PM PST by Palladin (All the way with Alito!)
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To: rlmorel
It's one of his Greatest Hits, everybody knows that!


50 posted on 12/30/2005 8:56:21 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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