JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2009/08/post-for-thursday.html (23 comments)

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jsid-1251376649-611512  Lord T at Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:37:29 +0000

Well he was a Democrat so it was probably in the last few months that it finally hit home.

jsid-1251381095-611514  perlhaqr at Thu, 27 Aug 2009 13:51:35 +0000

I've just been going through YouTube, listening to all the Dead Kennedys tracks.

"I Kill Children"

"Too Drunk to Fuck"

"Holiday in Cambodia"


jsid-1251387952-611531  Thane Eichenauer at Thu, 27 Aug 2009 15:45:52 +0000

There is always a chance that voters and legislators will take steps that impair freedom and throw dirt into the engine of the economy.

Day in and day out that is possible.

What is also possible is that you and I will do what we can to educate our friends, relatives and perfect strangers as to the benefits of freedom (and responsibility).

What goes around (good education) will come around.

jsid-1251388401-611533  Bram at Thu, 27 Aug 2009 15:53:21 +0000

Social Security / Medicare is obviously one possible answer. They will be gone before I get my first check - my kids will know how to shoot and do math so you're not getting 80% of their pay.

The other possibility is a complete economic collapse - too much deficit spending, too much taxes, runaway inflation, market crashes, etc...

Either way, old Ted did more than his share to bring about the coming collapse.

jsid-1251391596-611541  ASM826 at Thu, 27 Aug 2009 16:46:36 +0000

Ted Kennedy was more than a drunken womanizer, he was a traitor.


I mean an open, meet with the Soviet Union, try to undermine the President and the country, should have gone to jail, traitor.

And they’re going to bury him in Arlington.

jsid-1251393503-611544  Markadelphia at Thu, 27 Aug 2009 17:18:23 +0000

"I mean an open, meet with the Soviet Union, try to undermine the President and the country, should have gone to jail, traitor."

You mean like Ronald Reagan?

My only hope is that this point of view is broadcast far and wide in America.

jsid-1251394663-611546  Ed "What the" Heckman at Thu, 27 Aug 2009 17:37:43 +0000


Kennedy met with the Soviets to freakin' undermine the U. S.!

Reagan drove Communist Russia into the ground!

How the HELL does that make Reagan a traitor?

"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."
United States Constitution, Article III, Section 3, Paragraph 1

You had better have some damn good EVIDENCE for such a bizarre claim. (As opposed to the big fat ZERO you've provided so far.)

jsid-1251395222-611547  pascalfervor at Thu, 27 Aug 2009 17:47:02 +0000

"...'Because when you guys are my age, the whole thing is going to fall apart.' "

Rarely are any termites still to be found when the termite spit fails to hold whatever remains.

If your surmise is correct Kevin, a termite general continued gnawing until very near the collapse.

jsid-1251395307-611548  DJ at Thu, 27 Aug 2009 17:48:27 +0000

Evidence, shmevidence. C'mon, Ed, he don't need no stinking evidence.

Speaking of which, this just in: Ah, well, go read it for yourself.

Let the denying begin.

jsid-1251398064-611555  Last in Line at Thu, 27 Aug 2009 18:34:24 +0000

Cool link DJ. Cue response #7...the information in that link doesn't fit the blessed narrative.

jsid-1251401518-611556  DJ at Thu, 27 Aug 2009 19:31:58 +0000

Wait for it ...

jsid-1251404178-611562  Rob at Thu, 27 Aug 2009 20:16:18 +0000

Henry Reardon: "Gentlemen what is your plan for the day after tomorrow?"

Wesley Mouch: "We have to hold still."

Eugene Lawson: "We'll get it right in the long run."

Fred Kinian: "In the long run we'll all be dead."

Henry Reardon: "Come on, you must be counting on something to save you. What is it?"


From Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. I may not have gotten this entirely right and it is a condensation of a much longer conversation. But the point is the Kinean quote. They aren't counting on anything, they are kicking it down the road and hoping they'll be dead before "America's chickens come home to roost."

jsid-1251405912-611566  DJ at Thu, 27 Aug 2009 20:45:12 +0000

Regarding Kennedy, I think this summarizes the man quite well.

This gumdrop pushes my hot button:

"In protesting Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, Kennedy thundered, "Is there one system of justice for the average citizen and another system for the high and mighty?" These words, uttered five years after Chappaquiddick, are ubiquitous on conservative websites where they are offered up as evidence, not only of Kennedy's hypocrisy, but the mainstream media's as well."

That is how I remember him: A first-magnitude hypocrite.

jsid-1251408207-611568  juris imprudent at Thu, 27 Aug 2009 21:23:27 +0000

Hell, considering what Kennedy thought a good society/govt to be, if THAT all falls apart it is just as likely to be a very good thing.

Whodathunkit, Ted saying something that actually brightens my day!



And not of the Obamessiah variety.

jsid-1251425928-611571  Bilgeman at Fri, 28 Aug 2009 02:18:48 +0000

" Then, writes Mr. Lawford, Teddy "took a long, slow gulp of his vodka and tonic, thought for a moment, and changed tack. 'I'm glad I'm not going to be around when you guys are my age.' I asked him why, and he said, 'Because when you guys are my age, the whole thing is going to fall apart.' ""

Bullshit. These are the booze-addled maudlin ramblings of an egotistical megalomaniac late middle-aged adolescent struggling against the moment of clarity that he, too is mortal.

To such a mentality, there's NO WAY that the world could be kept together without his direct and active participation.

The fact is that the world can muddle along without Ted Kennedy in the Senate, or any one of us in our accustomed positions, quite well.

In fact, we might just be all the better for it.

I would have thought Peggy Noonan knew more drunks than that, or esle she was trying to grind some axe.

The only benefit this man ever did for our nation or our commonwealth was through his failures.

He finally went the way of all flesh, (despite top-notch federally funded health-care for his wealthy carcass, which WE will not enjoy so lavishly under the plans he favored)...so color me "ambivalent".

jsid-1251460899-611578  Ragin' Dave at Fri, 28 Aug 2009 12:01:39 +0000

Or it could just be a reflection of the simple truth that socialism invariably eats itself. You can't keep robbing Peter to pay Paul, because Peter will run out of money, where as there are always enough Pauls around demanding more free bread and circuses.

Once Paul realized that he could just get Peter's (read: YOUR) money by voting for his congresscritter to give it to him, it was downhill from there.

jsid-1251486182-611587  DirtCrashr at Fri, 28 Aug 2009 19:03:02 +0000

juris imprudent, thank you for seeing the silver lining!

jsid-1251490759-611596  marry john at Fri, 28 Aug 2009 20:19:19 +0000

Blogs are so informative where we get lots of information on any topic. Nice job keep it up!!

Dissertation Samples

jsid-1251496296-611604  Ed "What the" Heckman at Fri, 28 Aug 2009 21:51:36 +0000

Is it just me, or did Kevin just get Comment Spam?

jsid-1251498472-611607  DirtCrashr at Fri, 28 Aug 2009 22:27:52 +0000

And from the UK! Maybe it was something Teddy did, like funding the IRA.

jsid-1251564408-611617  DJ at Sat, 29 Aug 2009 16:46:48 +0000

Let's call a spade a spade, shall we?

The gem:

"At some point, a decent respect for truth requires that we stop pretending chicken manure is chicken salad. If honest and intelligent people cannot summon the courage to call a lie a lie, who is really to blame when lesser minds are deceived by the dishonest?"

jsid-1251584824-611630  DirtCrashr at Sat, 29 Aug 2009 22:27:04 +0000

Thanks for that link, DJ.

jsid-1252029713-611770  DJ at Fri, 04 Sep 2009 02:01:53 +0000

This doesn't surprise me. The lede:

" In a posthumous memoir, Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy writes of fear and remorse surrounding the fateful events on Chappaquiddick Island in 1969, when his car accident left a woman dead, and says he accepted the finding that a lone gunman assassinated his brother President John F. Kennedy.

"The memoir, "True Compass," is to be published Sept. 14 by Twelve, a division of the Hachette book group. The 532-page book was obtained early by The New York Times.

"In it, Kennedy says his actions on Chappaquiddick on July 18, 1969, were "inexcusable." He says he was afraid and "made terrible decisions" and had to live with the guilt for more than four decades."

He felt remorse, by golly. He had to live with guilt for more than four decades.

But he wasn't man enough while he was alive to admit that what he did was wrong.

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