RIP, Senator Kennedy

Senator Ted Kennedy tedken__opt1passed away tonight:

Sen. Ted Kennedy died shortly before midnight Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 77.

The man known as the “liberal lion of the Senate” had fought a more than year-long battle with brain cancer, and according to his son had lived longer with the disease than his doctors expected him to.

“We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever,” the Kennedy family said in a statement. “He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it.”

Truly the end of an era, especially for those of us who can still remember hearing the news that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.

American progressives, you know how best to honour this man.  Get it done.

34 Responses to “RIP, Senator Kennedy”


  1. 2 JJ Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 10:27 am

    JAB – Oh fuck, tell me about it, man. I made the mistake of clicking on “#tcot” on twitter this morning and I’m still cleaning up the burst of rancid diarrhea that blasted right out of my monitor.

    I don’t remember any progressives gloating that venomously when St.Ronnie kicked the bucket, do you?

  2. 3 J. A. Baker Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Nope. We stayed pretty quiet. Basic human decency and all that.

  3. 4 Q Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    There has to be major health reform past now and the bill should be named after Ted Kennedy.

  4. 5 JJ Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    JAB – That’s what I thought. I can’t remember anyone even snickering. What a bunch of fucking losers.

  5. 6 JJ Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Q – Oh for sure, universal healthcare was one of Kennedy’s nearest and dearest causes. It’s time for the Dems to stop farting around with people who have no ideas other than “keep everything the way it is”, and get it done.

  6. 7 Raphael Alexander Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    There’s going to be a kind of awkward conversation when Teddy runs into Mary Jo Kopechne up there… would make a good Family Guy skit.

  7. 8 J. A. Baker Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Fuck you, RA. The Chappaquiddick jokes were old when I was a kid. They’re even less appropriate now.

  8. 9 fern hill Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Yeah, what JAB said to RA. Stay classy, rightwingnuts.

  9. 10 Raphael Alexander Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Sorry guys. My age [and yours] is showing. I never heard the Chappaquiddick jokes because the incident occurred before I was born. So I should get some leeway here…

    But if you’re really torn up about the guy I’ll lay off.

  10. 12 brebis noire Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I was born after Chappaquiddick and still managed to hear the jokes, even before I knew what they were about. When I finally did, it didn’t strike me as very funny, any way you look at it.

    It’s hard to separate the various (self-inflicted) tragedies and sense of grandiosity of the Kennedys from their real desire to make positive social change in the United States. I’m sad to hear he died, to me it signals the passing of a generation, and the end of an era.

  11. 13 JJ Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Stay classy there, RA 😡

  12. 14 JJ Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    JAB – What an asshole. Seriously, keep tweeting that hate, wingnuts. It’ll all come in handy in 2012.

  13. 15 JJ Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    brebis – It is very symbolic of the end of an era. It’s one of the reasons wingnuts hate the Kennedys so much — I don’t believe for a second that they give a flying fuck about MJ Kopechne.

    Their hatred for Sen.Kennedy is because he represents a family who had a profound liberalizing effect on US politics, during the 60s, a time they see as the source of all evil. To wingnuts, the Kennedys represent the elitism, entitlement and self-indulgence of the baby boom generation they so despise and blame everything on.

  14. 16 Frank Frink Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 1:48 am

    And here I thought the little quarter-witted, dullard Weasel-Boy… errr… ‘Raphael’ didn’t comment, or claimed that he never comments, on things that happened when he was a child or before he was born (as per his excuse of refusal to comment on Colin Thatcher).

    Not that I ever believed you for even half a second, Raph-hole.

  15. 17 Cornelius T.Zen Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Good morrow, all!
    “…the Kennedys represent the elitism, entitlement and self-indulgence of the baby boom generation they so despise and blame everything on.”
    Interesting. The wingnuts adored the Bushes, Daddy and Dubya, even though they represented exactly the same thing. Prescott Bush was the Republican equivalent of Old Joe Kennedy. He worked hard behind the scene to put his sons and their sons in positions of power. They were the right-wing Kennedys.
    No, the right wing hated the Kennedys, because the Kennedys got to nail all the good-looking women. If ya gotta hate somebody, might as well make it for a good reason.
    I could be wrong – but I doubt it – CTZen

  16. 18 deBeauxOs Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 8:24 am

    And the Kennedy women nailed all the good looking men but Joe only managed to physically lobotomize one of his daughters.

    Power and money are aphrodisiacs. The RepubliCons and their “Family Values” platform are hypocrites; they are just as prone to adultery and other sexual shenanigans as the Democrats are.

  17. 19 JJ Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 8:31 am

    CTZen – That’s probably part of it 😉 but if the Kennedys had been a Republican dynasty like the Bush family, they would have been worshipped by wingnuts regardless of what they did in their personal lives.

    It’s pretty rich to see all the griping about adultery when republicans have a far worse record in that regard… McCain, Gingrich, Guiliani, I could go on and on. And adultery is the least of it 😯 — public washroom toe-tappers, rubber diving suits, child molesters, the GOP’s got it all.

  18. 20 JJ Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 8:35 am

    deBeauxOs – Republicans are far more prone to extra marital shenanigans than Democrats, as the record clearly shows.

    Geeeeezus, I just noticed there’s even a FURRY in there now. Will these depraved maniacs stop at NOTHING???

  19. 21 JJ Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 8:36 am

    FF – 😆 RA, busted.

  20. 22 Cornelius T.Zen Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Perhaps Sawah feels left out because she has not yet been revealed to have indulged in the rumpy-pumpy with someone other than Todd. Mind you, after what she did to Alaska, it’s a wonder she didn’t catch SOMETHING. Wouldn’t that be special.
    Oh, noes! I’m channeling the Church Lady! – CTZen

  21. 23 JJ Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 8:57 am

    CTZen – Sawah seems to be MIA after her brief (but reasonably graceful) statement about Sen.Kennedy, and the ensuing toxic rampage of comments left by her brainless admirers.

  22. 25 JJ Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 9:18 am

    fern hill – She’s probably preparing for her presidential run with Sean Hannity.

  23. 26 Raphael Alexander Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I wasn’t commenting on the Chappaquiddick incident, so much as I was pointing out the humourous afterlife possibilities based on a notable part of his biography. Based on the reaction I got, it seems like a part of history most liberals would prefer to hit the delete key on.

  24. 27 JJ Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    RA – No, you can’t delete history, in spite of what some rightie pundits seem compelled to have their viewers/listeners believe. (ie. Where the fuck were all these outraged teabaggers when BushCo was looting the treasury and spending like drunken sailors on two wars?)

    However…

    Sen.Kennedy, like most of us, was not perfect. His personal life was in fact quite flawed. But so what? Glass houses, stones etc. Nothing replaces a lost life, but I think he made up for his personal mistakes as best he could by his tireless work on legislation that made peoples’ lives better, including the last year when he could have opted out of working altogether but didn’t.

    Nobody wants to rewrite history, but to dwell on that particular part of it when the guy’s body isn’t even in the ground yet is a little harsh. But about what I expect from right-wankers these days.

  25. 28 Raphael Alexander Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Right-wanker?

    Lookit here… what I know, or care, about Ted Kennedy can be summed in about 2 Wikipedia sentences.

    But public figures are fair game for fair comment. Always have been, always will be.

    I suppose you think all those Michael Jackson jokes deserve condemnation? Your lefty buddy balbulican, a man of considerable wit, made this joke when Jacko kicked the bucket:

    “What’s white and black and dead all over?”

    So what, I should assume based on that comment that all lefties are insensitive?

    Please. Five minutes from now it’ll be Teddy Who? There are far more interesting political things to comment on.

  26. 29 JJ Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    RA – Easy there, settle down, I wasn’t specifically referring to 😯 you 😯 as a right-wanker, nor do I think you were one of those who was dwelling on the Chappaquiddick thing. I was just trying to point out that a lot of wingnuts (not necessarily including you) are dwelling on it, and given that the guy isn’t even in the ground yet, it’s bad timing for that kind of joke, that’s all.

    I suppose you think all those Michael Jackson jokes deserve condemnation?

    Michael Who??

  27. 30 JJ Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    RA – I was just over at your place… the Stupid is very strong there today in your comments. Is KK one of your regulars? Ew. What a creep — and a stalker.

  28. 31 Raphael Alexander Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Karol is a fetus fetishist, if I have your terminology correct, and also a homophobe of the highest order. I took to banning his comments a while back because he always inserts Morgentaler and abortion and homosexuality in every topic, no matter how off-topic it is. He’s a real crank, but I can only ban an I.P. so many times before it gets redundant. Most people just ignore him.

  29. 32 JJ Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    RA – KK’s one of the few people I’ve banned from here (only 3, and you aren’t one of them, ha). Occasionally he shows up with a new IP, and it’s “Hi Freak Bye Freak”.

    He’s a stalker — he followed AntoniaZ, and I think he was following me for awhile 😯 … I got a bunch of emails that he forwarded to about 1000 politicians, people in the media etc., with my picture in them and some of my posts 😯 Ye fucking gods. Times like that I’m glad I’m ARMED (and dangerous).

    Yeah Karol, looking at you. *flips bird*

  30. 33 Frank Frink Friday, August 28, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    “humourous afterlife possibilities

    WTF are you prattling on about now? What afterlife?

  31. 34 Frank Frink Friday, August 28, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    btw, ‘Raphael’, did you really just try to make an equivalency between Sen. Kennedy and Michael Jackson?


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