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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Senators react to Kennedy news

Doctors today said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., has brain tumor, a condition discovered after he had seizure and was hospitalized this week.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, released this statement this afternoon:

"Senator Kennedy is an inspiration for millions of Americans and a courageous fighter for working families across the country. I am honored to call him a colleague, a mentor, and a friend. He is more than a visionary member of Congress; he is an exemplary human being. My wife Connie and I send our thoughts and prayers to Ted and Victoria and the Kennedy family."

Sen. Jim Bunning had this to say:

“I am saddened by the news today that Senator Kennedy is suffering from a brain tumor,” said Bunning. “Mary and I are praying for Senator Kennedy and his family at this very difficult time. I know that he will meet this challenge head on just as he has every other challenge in his life. As he has proven every day throughout his career in public service, Senator Kennedy will never give up without a fight.”


33 Comments:

at 5:46 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

does sherrod brown care about the working class? does strickland? does pepper?

 
at 8:38 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have any respect for Ted, but I hope he recovers and doesn't suffer.
To all you Democrats who think Republicans should be prosecuted, don't you think Ted should have been tried for the death of the young Mary Jo?
Think about what you are saying before you spout your hatred.

 
at 9:37 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

just close comments on this thread before things get out of hand

 
at 9:26 AM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Elmer Fudd said...

Good widdens to bad wobbish!!

 
at 9:36 AM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:37 pm, what's your problem?

 
at 10:11 AM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kennedy is a drunk and a murderer. Thank God the Kennedy plague is coming to an end.

 
at 10:25 AM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:37 pm had it right. The Reich Wingers will come and make a complete mockery of themselves. The Reich wingers are breaking out the champagne tonight. Some will get a little overserved and post hateful things on this blog.

Whenever soemthing bad happens to someone, you can always count on the Reich Wingers to offer nothing except insults and ridicule. That's all they're good for.

The November elections will put the Reich WIngers and their political/secret police arm, the Republican Network of Criminals, out of business once and for all.

Good Widdance to Bad Wubbish, indeed.

Long live Senator Kennedy!

 
at 10:44 AM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:25 should review the 8:38 posting. It seems you are doing exactly what you are accusing others of doing.

 
at 11:13 AM, May 21, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

Consider theese facts about this progressive-liberal icon:

Kennedy earned C grades at the private Milton Academy, but was admitted to Harvard as a "legacy" -- his father and older brothers had attended there, so the younger and dimmer Kennedy's admission was virtually assured. While attending, he was expelled twice, once for cheating on a test, and once for paying a classmate to cheat for him. While expelled, Kennedy enlisted in the Army, but mistakenly signed up for four years instead of two. His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, former U.S. Ambassador to England, 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. Kennedy was assigned to Paris, never advanced beyond the rank of Private, and returned to Harvard upon being discharged.

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. He passed the bar exam in 1959, and two years later was appointed an Assistant to the District Attorney in Massachusetts' Suffolk County.

In 1962, at age 30 (constitutionally, the minimum age to hold a Senate seat) he ran for the Senate. His timing was perfect -- his brother John had given up the seat to become President, and Kennedy easily won the office. He was re-elected in 1964, 1970, 1976, 1982, 1988, 1994, and 2000.

In 1964, he was seriously injured in a plane crash, and hospitalized for several months. His sister Kathleen and nephew "John John" were killed in separate plane crashes.

On 19 July 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. He swam to shore and walked back to the party -- passing several houses and a fire station -- and two friends 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. 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 pulling strings, 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. In versions not so kind, it is widely assumed Kennedy was drunk, that he was having an affair with Kopechne, and/or that 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, or worse. 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.

In 1973, at the height of Nixon's Watergate scandal, Kennedy thundered from the Senate floor, "Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law? Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?"

 
at 12:01 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"does sherrod brown care about the working class? does strickland? does pepper?"

Yes they do.

This has been another edition of Simple Answers To Simple Questions.

 
at 12:16 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:01 needs to post on the correct thread. What's this quip have to do with Senator Kennedy?

 
at 12:42 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopfully, they can remove the entire tumor. Once you take the sick, twisted, diseased part out, Kennedy will probably be a Regan conservative.

 
at 12:44 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can always count on a Reich Winger to spew their bilous hatred and completely warped view of the world.

 
at 1:41 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:11
oh, and bush isn't? what country do you live in dodohead (oh I forgot, you're a cincinnati alcholic pothead parrothead)

 
at 1:42 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:01 by simple morons, like yourself (you must be from cincinnati)

 
at 1:43 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

obama may have won the battle, but he lost the war, for us all

 
at 1:51 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

the kennedys understand politics and they played the game and you hate them for it; too bad you can't learn a few lessons, but that's why it's cincinnaiti, they'd rather let a washed up crook like Linder run the city (hey, is there a diet UDF? can cincy even fit in the chairs at paramount kings island)

 
at 1:57 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

cincy prefers Schott politics; duh

 
at 2:25 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wherever you are, Mary Jo Kopechne, know that America hasn't forgotten what Ted Kennedy did to you all those years ago on Chappaquiddick Island.

 
at 2:50 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

See you soon! Can't wait to catch up on old times! I don't think the boss up here likes you, though...

Mary Jo Kopechne

 
at 2:56 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Mary Jo Kopechne said...

Dear Ted,

Don't worry about a thing. I've told St. Peter ALL about you. ;)

Love,

Me

 
at 4:32 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, he'll go to a better place than cincy, even if it is hell

 
at 4:57 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

now cincy, let's not forget our favorite crooks...

 
at 4:58 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:16
the only people Jesus hated were pharisees and lawyers (are you one of them?)

 
at 7:05 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ted Kennedy killed a girl and got away with it. There is a higher power that has yet to rule on the situation, however. Justice will be served.

 
at 9:36 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

We here at Bold Endeavors have Teddy in our prayers.

 
at 9:20 AM, May 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberal 1:51
You want to regulate UDF now? I don't see anyone forcing you to patronize the store. Get a life you dipstick.

 
at 10:55 AM, May 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uselessidiot, PLEASE GET A JOB OR A FRIEND to talk to. I've read your garbage on this blog for FAR TO LONG. Your views of everything political are bitter senseless useless tid bits of NOTHING relevent to anything of topic. You continue to spew your venom everytime you blog. Is this the way you communicate in person?

As a liberal gun owner who feels that every American citizen has a right to healthcare and a decent education I can identify with feeling left behind or out of the process all together after living through the last 7 years with a THUG as president and VP.

Maybe there's a support group or something that you could join that might help you with the transition from an arrogant neocon repug to a somewhat compassionat American.

Scott Perkins
Mainville

 
at 3:09 PM, May 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever said "fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son" obviously never met Ted Kennedy. Or maybe he did...

 
at 5:14 PM, May 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:20

I did. I left Cincy, Cotton Candy.

 
at 1:30 PM, May 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good riddance. Please stay away.

 
at 4:38 PM, May 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the blog administrators should have shut this down. It's not a topic, it's a brain tumor. Therefore, people can't have an opinion about it, just about the person. And, of course, it degenerates into anonymous anger which is soul destroying when the subject is probably terminally ill.

What kind of newspaper is this? A few times, I've attempted informed (factual) postings, punctuated with perhaps, one sarcastic remark designed for some gallows humor, which, I've noticed never make it to the board. I inferred in one, that Ronald Reagan is not in heaven, and sure enough, not posted. And yet, you allow this low rent vitriol. You're editorial position is not right or left, it's vulgar.

 
at 6:18 PM, May 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good - now stay the F out

 
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