Skip to comments.ABC News Special Report: Senator Ted Kennedy has died.
Posted on 08/25/2009 10:14:50 PM PDT by Gigantor
Senator Ted Kennedy has died.
We must consider the living who learn from how men are spoken of at such times.
The dead are dead.
Mr. Kennedy was a drunken skunk, lout and cad. For the good of the living, we must remember and speak of the man for what he was.
Having said that, he was a disgusting human being.
Hope he's got a good excuse for the whole killing millions of babies thing. Because I get the feeling God isn't gonna like his pro choice excuse.
This goes way back. When my mother was a young woman she went to a public camp for girls across the street from the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport. She and all of her fellow attendees were told that 'good girls' NEVER visited the Kennedy's. This was the early 1940's.
I am writing a book on Ted and his brothers. It’s called:
The bootleggers sons
Ted Kennedy need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what how bloated he was in life; to be remembered simply as a lying and devious man, who saw wrong and compounded it, saw suffering and legalized it (abortion), saw war and surrendered to it!
Sob. Tear. sarc/
Oh surely but even Kennedys have to have some brain function to do that.
I tend to think this was something penned by the people around him.
One should always speak the truth, but hopefully without being snide, obscene, tasteless and/or boorish. We are smarter and better than the vile, untruthful losers that infest the nutroots, and a time like this is the time to prove it. What would Reagan do?
Right. I for one, will speak the truth. (John 1:14) My momma taught me not to be tasteless and obscene. :)
In the words of Cuban philosopher, R. Ricardo,... “He’s gonna have some ‘splanin’ to do.”
Where is the Neck Brace shot?
They can blitz the media with it so we get our minds off health care while the Congress comes bad and pushes through their agenda.
I think this will backfire for two reasons. Ted Kennedy wanted government health care, so this supposedly won’t get our minds off of that topic. Second: I don’t think he’s got the power, even in death, to pull off the HR3200 LIE.
A coworker spotted him one fine summer weekend in some Hyannis dive bar, drinking tumblers full of Jameson and dunking Chips Ahoy from the bag in front of him.
If they interview Whitie Bulger, get back to us.
Robert Byrd is one sorry son ...
The Last of The Kennedy Dynasty
As soon as his cancer was detected, I noticed the immediate attempt at the “canonization” of old Teddy Kennedy by the mainstream media. They are saying what a “great American” he is. I say, let’s get a couple things clear & not twist the facts to change the real history.
1. He was caught cheating at Harvard when he attended it. He was expelled twice, once for cheating on a test, and once for paying a classmate to cheat for him.
2. While expelled, Kennedy enlisted in the Army, but mistakenly signed up for four years instead of two. Oops! The man can’t count to four! His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, former U.S. Ambassador to England (a step up from bootlegging liquor into the US from Canada during prohibition), pulled the necessary strings to have his enlistment shortened to two years, and to ensure that he served in Europe, not Korea , where a war was raging. No preferential treatment for him! (like he charged that President Bush received).
3. Kennedy was assigned to Paris , never advanced beyond the rank of Private, and returned to Harvard upon being discharged.. Imagine a person of his “education” NEVER advancing past the rank of Private!
4. While attending law school at the University of Virginia , he was cited for reckless driving four times, including once when he was clocked driving 90 miles per hour in a residential neighborhood with his headlights off after dark. Yet his Virginia driver’s license was never revoked. Coincidentally, he passed the bar exam in 1959. Amazing!
5.. In 1964, he was seriously injured in a plane crash, and hospitalized for several months. Test results done by the hospital at the time he was admitted had shown he was legally intoxicated. The results of those tests remained a “state secret” until in the 1980’s when the report was unsealed. Didn’t hear about that from the unbiased media, did we?
6. On July 19, 1969, Kennedy attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts . At about 11:00 PM, he borrowed his chauffeur’s keys to his Oldsmobile limousine, and offered to give a ride home to Mary Jo Kopechne, a campaign worker. Leaving the island via an unlit bridge with no guard rail, Kennedy steered the car off the bridge, flipped, and into Poucha Pond.
7. He swam to shore and walked back to the party, passing several houses and a fire station. Two friends then returned with him to the scene of the accident. According to their later testimony, they told him what he already knew - that he was required by law to immediately report the accident to the authorities. Instead Kennedy made his way to his hotel, called his lawyer, and went to sleep. Kennedy called the police the next morning and by then the wreck had already been discovered. Before dying, Kopechne had scratched at the upholstered floor above her head in the upside-down car.
The Kennedy family began “calling in favors”, ensuring that any inquiry would be contained. Her corpse was whisked out-of-state to her family, before an autopsy could be conducted. Further details are uncertain, but after the accident Kennedy says he repeatedly dove under the water trying to rescue Kopechne and he didn’t call police because he was in a state of shock. It is widely assumed Kennedy was drunk, and he held off calling police in hopes that his family could fix the problem overnight. Since the accident, Kennedy’s “political enemies” have referred to him as the distinguished Senator from Chappaquiddick. He pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, and was given a SUSPENDED SENTENCE OF TWO MONTHS. Kopechne’s family received a small payout from the Kennedy’s insurance policy, and never sued. There was later an effort to have her body exhumed and autopsied, but her family successfully fought against this in court, and Kennedy’s family paid their attorney’s bills... a “token of friendship”?
8. Kennedy has held his Senate seat for more than forty years, but considering his longevity, his accomplishments seem scant. He authored or argued for legislation that ensured a variety of civil rights, increased the minimum wage in 1981, made access to health care easier for the indigent, and funded Meals on Wheels for fixed-income seniors and is widely held as the “standard-bearer for liberalism”. In his very first Senate roll, he was the floor manager for the bill that turned U.S. immigration policy upside down and opened the floodgate for immigrants from third world countries.
9. Since that time, he has been the prime instigator and author of every expansion of an increase in immigration, up to and including the latest attempt to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. Not to mention the pious grilling he gave the last two Supreme Court nominees, as if he was the standard bearer for the nation in matters of “what’s right”. What a pompous ass!
10. He is known around Washington as a public drunk, loud, boisterous and very disrespectful to ladies. JERK is a better description than “great American”. “A blonde in every pond” is his motto.
Let’s not allow the spin doctors make this jerk a hero — how quickly the American public forgets what his real legacy is. Let’s keep this going for truth, justice and the American way!
Thanks for including the word “Apokatastasis”...it’s led me to some fascinating reading since you posted it yesterday.
Well, you just summed up the entire dim party with that line.
I pung FOUR Jim’s in that post! :)
Chivas stock plummets.
Thanks for the ping Meek. My sister was online early this morning and let me know because I hadn’t seen tv or heard the radio yet. My condolences to the Kennedy family as they grieve his passing.
I understand that one must not speak much ill of the dead.
Sometime around midnight, on July 18, 1969 Kennedy drove his Oldsmobile 88 off of a small bridge on Chappaquiddick island, into eight feet of chilly water. The vehicle landed upside-down. While Kennedy managed to free himself from the wreck and swim to safety, his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne was left in the car to drown.
Once he reached shore, Kennedy claims to have made seven or eight attempts to rescue Kopechne, but could not free her.
Kennedy then walked back to the cottage where he and four other men, were partying with several young women known as the Boiler Room Girls who had worked on Robert Kennedys campaign. Though Kennedy passed by a fire station and a private home to return to the cottage, he never stopped to ask for help for the trapped Kopechne.
He returned to the party and according to Kennedy himself, informed his cousin and a friend of the situation. The two men, Joseph Gargan and Paul Markham claim to have returned to the scene of the accident and made several unsuccessful attempts to free Kopechne.
Then Kennedys story takes an even stranger turn.
After the failed rescue attempts, Kennedy claims to have jumped back into the water and made the 500-foot swim across the channel back to Edgartown. He then walked back to his hotel and spent the night. He even took the time to change clothes and pay a visit to the front-desk, to complain about a noisy party—no doubt Kennedy’s sloppy attempt at securing an alibi.
The next morning, Gargan and Markham around 8:00 a.m., and were supposedly shocked to discover that Kennedy never reported the accident to police. According to Kennedys own testimony, he told 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”
The two men along with Kennedy went back to Chappaquiddick, where Kennedy spent some time making phone calls, seeking advice from various individuals as to how to proceed.
Meanwhile, two fisherman had discovered the submerged car and notified police. At 8:45a.m. a diver recovered the lifeless body of Mary Jo Kopechne.
It was not until 10a.m., over nine hours after driving-off of the bridge that Ted Kennedy went to the police station in Edgarton to report the accident.
Kennedy then gave the following prepared statement to police: On July 18, 1969, at approximately 11:15 p.m. in Chappaquiddick, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, I was driving my car on Main Street on my way to get the ferry back to Edgartown. I was unfamiliar with the road and turned right onto Dike Road, instead of bearing hard left on Main Street. After proceeding for approximately one-half mile on Dike Road I descended a hill and came upon a narrow bridge.
The car went off the side of the bridge. There was one passenger with me, one Miss Mary [Kopechne], a former secretary of my brother Sen. Robert Kennedy. The car turned over and sank into the water and landed with the roof resting on the bottom. I attempted to open the door and the window of the car but have no recollection of how I got out of the car. I came to the surface and then repeatedly dove down to the car in an attempt to see if the passenger was still in the car. I was unsuccessful in the attempt. I was exhausted and in a state of shock.
I recall walking back to where my friends were eating. There was a car parked in front of the cottage and I climbed into the backseat. I then asked for someone to bring me back to Edgartown. I remember walking around for a period and then going back to my hotel room. When I fully realized what had happened this morning, I immediately contacted the police
In a move which must have been rather tortuous for her parents, Kennedy attended Mary Jo’s funeral, wearing a neck brace (which he reportedly never wore again) and looking rather pathetic.
The diver who recovered Kopechnes body, John Farrar testified at the official inquest that her body was found where the air pocket would have formed. He said: 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.
A week after the incident, Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and received a suspended two-month sentence. Kennedy then went on national television to repeat his rather implausible story, and to ask for the publics prayers.
The ensuing scandal and questionable details given by all of those involved is now left to speculation. It was obvious to most people that Kennedy had allowed a young girl to drown, in a desperate and self-serving attempt to protect his political career.
The incident all but guaranteed that Kennedy could never be a serious candidate for President of the United States.
Yours is the best comment so far....still have many more to go but so far, you’re #1.
I strongly opposed his liberal agenda but prayers for the Kennedy family....
It would be poetic justice if health care fell one vote short of passing because of Ted’s politically motivated stunt to deny then governor Romney the right to appoint a new senator for Massachusetts.
“It would be poetic justice if health care fell one vote short of passing because of Teds politically motivated stunt to deny then governor Romney the right to appoint a new senator for Massachusetts.”
That’s a real possibility.
I agree with you, Now there will be an even harder full court press to get the Teddybama Health Care Bills passed to honor St Tedward Kennedy..
What a joke considering his concern for the health of Mary Jo back in the day.....
RFK Jr. is still lurking in the wings. Don’t forget he called everyone who denounces the myth of man-made global warming “traitors”.
He may still walk into Congress one day.
Selected not elected can work wonders for people who may not run a successful campaign.
Mary Jo Kopechne is a trending topic on twitter
He is still dead Jim!
I second that! I never heard the word Apokatastasis before either.
In other news, Mary Jo Kopechne still unavailable for comment (apologies to James Taranto).
I propose we name the Obamanation Health Care Bill for Messr. Kennedy. My offerings:
Bridge to Health Care.
Swimming In Health.
Life Preserver Bill.
Or my FAVORITE:
S.P.L.A.S.H. for short.
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Good Tagline and a good reminder of one of the reasons why....Oops....can’t speak ill of the dead, you know.
Too bad for the Dims...they just lost their 60th vote.
Amen to that!!!
Let’s see- When Tony Snow died- the media made him out to be hoprrible, but when a Murderer and an nagry, loudmouthed public d0.runk dies he’s a ‘great man’? Daily Jos, Democratic Underground and several other extremist leftist websites sheered and maligned Tony Snow’s death- one of hte nicest humans you’d ever want to meet- but you watch- when sites beging statign the UGLY FACTS about Kennedy, the left wil l go absolutely m.ental
He caused a great deal of harm to our great nation.
I hope they don’t turn his funeral into a political rally
Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for a comment.
Nice to know I’m not alone ...have you looked it up? I actually just ordered a book on it to read:
Our cynicism comes naturally here at this site.
While a departed soul's final resting place is secured on their personal acceptance of the Messiah (no pun intended here), our cynicism comes from years of watching the Roman Catholic church in the USA gives a big moral pass to Rich Irish Catholics.
Maybe it is a great homage to St. Patrick, but a person's state of wealth should have no bearing on their spiritual bank account.