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Report: Sen. Kennedy has a brain tumor
http://www.boston.com ^ | 05/20/08 | AP

Posted on 05/20/2008 10:20:12 AM PDT by misterrob

Moderator’s note:This was the first real thread reporting the news today. It was locked for reasons that should be obvious to everyone by now. The Moderator who locked it is the level-headed Mod. I am the arbitrary and capricious Mod. If you choose to martyr yourself I am happy to oblige.

US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the veteran lawmaker from Massachusetts who is the last surviving brother in the legendary Kennedy family, has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, his doctors said today.

Specialists in Boston and around the country said the information released indicated that Kennedy has terminal cancer and might have only a limited time to live.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; deathbymod; health; kennedy; specialelection; tedkennedy
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To: surrey
Mark my words his wife will eventually take his Senate sear.

What about the more than less distinguished former Congressman, Joseph Kennedy III?

301 posted on 05/20/2008 5:55:45 PM PDT by xJones
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To: topher

Exactly. This is not a judgment from God or karmic payback for Senator Kennedy. This is a disease. Whatever judgment he receives from God is God’s alone to dispense, and we don’t get brownie points for being God’s little helpers—Job’s comforters, more like it.

I am sorry he has cancer. I opposed his politics and thought his private and public life exposed more than the necessary hypocrisy of politics, but it’s a bad way to die.

May God have mercy on his soul.


302 posted on 05/20/2008 5:57:19 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven!)
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To: xJones
It could happen, which would leave JPK’s seat open for election.
303 posted on 05/20/2008 5:58:51 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven!)
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To: Admin Moderator

Regarding these Ted Kennedy threads: I feel your pain.


304 posted on 05/20/2008 5:59:30 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: Mercat
He also did not take Communion when Pope was here...

Which shows his conscience is not dead. Plenty of hope for him.

305 posted on 05/20/2008 6:03:46 PM PDT by nina0113 (If fences don't work, why does the White House have one?)
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To: SomeCallMeTim

“In all of my life, I will never hear a more moving speech than that given by Ted, at Bobby’s funeral. For that alone, I will always respect the man.”

Agreed. You can read it or listen to it here, from forty years ago next month-—

http://www.jfklibrary.org/Historical+Resources/Archives/Reference+Desk/Speeches/EMK/


306 posted on 05/20/2008 6:05:47 PM PDT by John W (We're all gonna die!!!!)
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To: Revolting cat!

“Do we owe the rich and famous and the celebrities known for being known prayers? Serious question, please answer if you can. Do they pray for me? For you? Why not?”

I will defer to an authority on the matter:

1 Timothy 2

1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (NJKV)

With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the
Lord, saying “Lord, have mercy.”

For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God,
and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For our President, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in
authority, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the absolution and remission of our sins and offenses, let us
pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without
suffering and without reproach, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

Defend us, deliver us, and in thy compassion protect us, O
Lord, by thy grace.
Lord, have mercy.

In the communion of [ and of all the] saints, let
us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to
Christ our God.
To thee, O Lord our God.


307 posted on 05/20/2008 6:08:16 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven!)
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To: GAB-1955
but it’s a bad way to die.

I believe that if I had to choose a cancer to kill me, it would be brain cancer. The brain has no nerves to detect pain, so any pain felt as the cancer grows would be to adjacent tissue that feels the swelling.

Still, it can't be fun.

308 posted on 05/20/2008 6:08:43 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: misterrob

Prayers for his family and for Ted to get right with God. He’ll soon have 40,000,000 questions to answer.


309 posted on 05/20/2008 6:08:45 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Just because you're running for President doesn't mean that you are the center of the universe")
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To: NonValueAdded

No, he’ll have only one to answer:

“What think you of My Son, the Christ?”


311 posted on 05/20/2008 6:09:33 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven!)
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To: trussell

I pray that Gods Will be done. I ask God to comfort the family.


312 posted on 05/20/2008 6:12:05 PM PDT by tajgirvan ( Pray for Steve Godbold, Christian Missionary Kidnapped in Africa 10/11/07)
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To: SomeCallMeTim
In all of my life, I will never hear a more moving speech than that given by Ted, at Bobby’s funeral. For that alone, I will always respect the man.

A Tribute (Click to hear the speech)

313 posted on 05/20/2008 6:14:26 PM PDT by granite ("We dare not tempt them with weakness" - JFK)
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To: misterrob

To Senator Ted Kennedy and his family:

We are sorry to hear this medical news. We will pray for you and hope the treatment you are about to receive will work to shrink the tumor so that you can return to your family once again. If not...we hope that you will live your life to the fullest and love and appreciate your family and all that has been given to you.

Stay strong and fight.


315 posted on 05/20/2008 6:15:59 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: SomeCallMeTim

No matter what many people think, he is the last of a generation from a clan that has marked history in a mythical way. Such men deserve forgiveness for anything they may have caused through their politics. In a time of illness, the good must be remembered. That’s the Christian thing to do.


316 posted on 05/20/2008 6:16:56 PM PDT by aristotleman (....in wolves' clothing....stealing ur prey.....)
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To: xJones

As someone who has cancer, my heart goes out to him. Prayers for Teddy.


317 posted on 05/20/2008 6:17:16 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: rottndog

And THAT makes you the better person.


318 posted on 05/20/2008 6:17:16 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: xJones

As someone who has cancer, my heart goes out to him. Prayers for Teddy.


319 posted on 05/20/2008 6:18:20 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: Artem55

Well put.


320 posted on 05/20/2008 6:18:34 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Let’s see if maturity will prevail and this thread can stay alive.

Prayers to all that are sick, no matter their politics, beliefs or character.


321 posted on 05/20/2008 6:21:07 PM PDT by aristotleman (....in wolves' clothing....stealing ur prey.....)
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To: dangerdoc

Amen to that . If some people knew those who have had this horrible ailment...they wouldn’t be making these kinds of hateful comments. We have known two people who have suffered through this and it was terrible on them and their families. I pray that all those who can’t say anything decent to just be silent. God is listening.


323 posted on 05/20/2008 6:23:54 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: ladyinred

Bless you. My sister is suffering from brain cancer right now and it is a very gut-wrenching time for my family. I would not want this to happen to anybody. My heart goes out to you and I really wish you well. My sister is in the hospital right now and she is always in my thoughts and prayers. I wish peace for the senator, just as I wish for my sister.


324 posted on 05/20/2008 6:23:54 PM PDT by untwist
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To: cowtowney; Quix

Interesting point about the cellphone.

The kids these days, tho’, spend more time text-msg-ing one another more than actually talking I daresay.

My employer requires that I leave my cell in the car, so I don’t even have the hazard of carrying it on my person most of the time.

I try to remember to leave it in my purse when I’m not out in public rather than having it in my pocket.

When I’m at home it’s on my kitchen counter unless I have forgotten it in the car.

It seems like a lot of people keep them glued to their heads having endless conversations. Who are they talking to? What are they discussing? Do they really have that much to say that’s actually important, or are they just addicted to shutting out the rest of the world and chatting with their special someone all of their waking moments (even while driving == !)?


325 posted on 05/20/2008 6:27:19 PM PDT by Joya (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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I meant when I AM in public.


326 posted on 05/20/2008 6:28:27 PM PDT by Joya (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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To: Joiseydude

a moral leader in the US....

I wouldn’t go THAT far.

Prayers for him and his family.


327 posted on 05/20/2008 6:28:35 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: trussell

Sincere prayers from one who just a short while ago, lost one of my older brothers to brain cancer. Prayers for the family as they seem to be at the easiest stage ... may they remember their joint Faith and pray in God’s Grace.


328 posted on 05/20/2008 6:28:38 PM PDT by AKA Elena (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you!)
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To: AuntB

Didnt his sister in law Jacquline K. die of a similar cancer?


329 posted on 05/20/2008 6:29:37 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: untwist

This is where Ted Kennedy’s Irish sense of humor will come into play bigtime. He will try to keep everyone else’s spirits up as long as he can with stories and jokes like the Irish can only tell. And I hope when he does pass, he will have a grand Irish funeral. May his pain and suffering be fleeting and may he reconcile with his religion and his God in his remaining time on earth so that he may yet see those pearly gates.


330 posted on 05/20/2008 6:30:02 PM PDT by flaglady47 (Hey Obama, to quote your Preacher man, your "chickens have come home to roost")
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To: wally-balls
I've seen times that Freepers turned on a dime and stopped hurling the usual bellicosities on a political enemy because they suddenly died.

But there are numerous reasons not to speak ill will in a situation like this. None of us would wish this on an enemy, and we fear it for ourselves and our loved ones. We would prefer to beat the Democrats in the realm of ideas. None of us would want to sit down with the senator or his family right now. Our words would be insufficient. But I'm sure we all would wish his family well.

Many years ago, a man betrayed me in an important area of life. A short time later, his wife was diagnosed with lung cancer. I prayed for her and communicated with the family. She ultimately died. I drove 240 miles to her funeral, not knowing how I would be received. What happened before no longer seemed important.

There is never a sufficient reason to enjoy the agony of another human being. I was saddened by this news, if for no other reason that I'm a thirty year removed former Democrat who thought highly of his brothers. The Kennedy's are rich, but they have suffered too, and now is a time for us to show class and to bless, rather than condemn.

331 posted on 05/20/2008 6:32:54 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: misterrob

Wow, I despise his politics, but do pray for him and his family. My mother passed away from a similar brain tumor and it was extremely hard on her- and me. Prayers for the Kennedy’s during this difficult time.


332 posted on 05/20/2008 6:36:07 PM PDT by rintense (McCain can pound sand.)
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To: Luke21; Quix

Lovely. Thank you.


333 posted on 05/20/2008 6:36:50 PM PDT by Joya (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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To: misterrob

Prayers for him and his family.

That being said, it’s quite sad that there can be snide, cruel, petty, vindictive people that call themselves “conservatives”.


336 posted on 05/20/2008 6:38:49 PM PDT by El Conservador ("Liberalism is the application of childish emotion to complex issues." - MrB)
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To: rtbwood

I hope, sir, when you reach the end of your life people will treat you as you are treating this ill man....


337 posted on 05/20/2008 6:42:52 PM PDT by aristotleman (....in wolves' clothing....stealing ur prey.....)
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To: misterrob
This could have significant impact on a host of issues. Can people leave their personal stuff aside on this thread?

Reasonable request.

Thousands of people are dying every day from cancer and other diseases. This is life, this is the way it is. One might say that disease is nature's great equalizer in life. A fact that eventually even the rich and elite are painfully made aware of.

You are right in stating that his exit might affect the political landscape. But, if it does, I don't see how it can really be that big of a deal for very long. There are plenty of other socialists in the wings to fill the void. I suspect that after a suitable period of moaning and rending of garments, the faithful will pick up the banner of socialism and again continue their assault on our few remaining freedoms.

338 posted on 05/20/2008 6:45:31 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: rintense

“Wow, I despise his politics, but do pray for him and his family. “

Same here. I pray that he recovers and spends the rest of his life out of politics.


339 posted on 05/20/2008 6:46:57 PM PDT by Constitutional Patriot (Socialism is the cancer of humanity.)
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To: cowtowney
What am I missing?

Maybe nothing. The first story posted said it was melanoma and it still might be the origin.

I had a Sister in Law who had a small mole that turned out to be melanoma removed from her cheek. About fifteen years later it appeared again, but it showed up as a brain tumor.

The Doctor removed it, but there were others that could not be removed. She died within six months.

340 posted on 05/20/2008 6:47:57 PM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: Thebaddog

Ok...that’s a nice thing.


342 posted on 05/20/2008 6:49:48 PM PDT by bannie (clintons CHEAT! It's their only weapon.; & Barry/Barack has two faces.)
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To: El Conservador

I totally agree with you. While Senator Kennedy and I are on opposite ends of the political spectrum, I pray for his comfort and well being. This is not something one would want to see happen to anyone. Although there is absolutely no common political ground between Ted Kennedy and myself, I do admire him for stepping up to the plate and attempting to be a father figure to his nieces and nephews whose fathers were deceased. I always thought it was sweet that he walked Caroline Kennedy down the aisle. Just my random thoughts. Prayers for Senator Kennedy and his loved ones.


343 posted on 05/20/2008 6:50:05 PM PDT by Enough_Deceit (Proud Mama of a US Marine! Ooorahh!)
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To: Luke21

What a lovely post. Thank you so very much.


344 posted on 05/20/2008 6:51:09 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: ladyinred
As someone who has cancer, my heart goes out to him.

I'm very sorry to read that. I pray that you receive the finest of doctors and treatment.

345 posted on 05/20/2008 6:52:01 PM PDT by xJones
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To: rintense

There have been many prayers by conservatives for Sen. Kennedy and his family on this site tonight. I wonder what Liberals would say if President Bush were ailing.


346 posted on 05/20/2008 6:52:26 PM PDT by July4 (July4)
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To: Dan(9698)

Melanomas do not turn into gliomas.


347 posted on 05/20/2008 6:52:31 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Dan(9698)

Melanomas do not turn into gliomas.


348 posted on 05/20/2008 6:52:59 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: July4
I wonder what Liberals would say if President Bush were ailing.

I wonder what Christ would say about the Pharisees? Oh wait. I guess I don't have to wonder.
349 posted on 05/20/2008 6:53:53 PM PDT by farmer18th (Iraqi Nation Building GWB-Style: "No law that contradicts.. Islam may be established")
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To: July4

Oh I know what most would say. The things they said about Cheney when he had his last heart issue were disgusting.


350 posted on 05/20/2008 6:54:06 PM PDT by rintense (McCain can pound sand.)
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