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Remembering Ted Kennedy’s Douchbaggery From The Grave

Posted by TheJOTUS on July 18, 2010

Even though Ted Kennedy is now dead and gone, I think it is still important we remember what kind of person he was.  And I can think of no better example than the events that unfolded at Chappaquiddick.  Or, as some have called the most brilliant cover-up ever achieved in a nation where investigative procedures are well developed and where the principles of equal justice prevail.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

On July 18, 1969, Kennedy and five other men – all but one of whom was married – met six single young women who had worked on Robert Kennedy’s 1968 campaign. The women were known as the “Boiler Room Girls” for their tireless work in a windowless office in that ill-fated campaign. All of them, especially Teddy, had grieved hard when Bobby had been killed 15 months earlier. Although he was only 37 years of age, Teddy had lost all three of his brothers; two to assassin’s bullets, one in the skies over England in World War II. Mary Jo Kopechne had felt gut-shot by Bobby’s murder, too. For all of those people who met in the cottage in the island off Martha’s Vineyard, getting together must have been cathartic.

Sometime late at night after an evening of drinking, Kennedy and Kopechne went for a drive in his 1967 Oldsmobile. Kennedy placed the time he left at 11:15 p.m. A local cop who believed he saw the car put the time at 12:40 a.m. – significant at the time because Kennedy testified that he was taking Kopechne to a ferry that ran to Edgartown, a ferry that stopped running at midnight. In any event, Kennedy wasn’t headed toward the ferry landing when his car careened off Dike Bridge and into the inlet known as Poucha Pond; they were heading toward the beach.

Kennedy got out of the car alive, Mary Jo Kopechne did not. He said he dived down several times to try and rescue her, before walking back to the cottage where his friends were staying. To do so, he passed at least four houses with working telephones, including one 150 yards from the accident with a porch light on – as well as a firehouse with a pay phone. When he got to the cottage, none of the women were told what happened. According to the 763-page coroner’s inquest, this was just the first of a series of appalling decisions Kennedy made that night, decisions that stretch credulity.

First of all, he and two of the men, a cousin named Joseph Gargan and a friend named Paul Markham say they returned to the bridge to try and rescue Mary Jo. (If the Edgartown constable who believes he saw Kennedy was accurate, this was impossible.) Next, the men claimed that they drove Kennedy to the Chappaquiddick ferry landing, where he told them not to tell the other women for fear that they would try to rescue Mary Jo – at great peril to themselves – and assured them that he would report the incident to authorities. Then, the men said, Kennedy dove into the water and swam across the sound to Edgartown himself.

Teddy waited 10 hours to call in the “accident” while he huddled with his lawyers.  Mary Jo Kopechne survived for as long as two hours in the submerged automobile by breathing a pocket of trapped air.  The Kennedys call their lawyers rather than dialing 911.

It was a sad time for justice, politics, scummy politicians, lost integrity and especially for Mary Jo’s family.  While Ted Kennedy is now dead, we will not forget his cowardly actions.

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Ted Kennedy: Dead

Posted by TheJOTUS on August 26, 2009

UPDATE:  If you read some of the comments below, there are a few upset with me bringing up Ted Kennedy’s mishap at the lake upon news of his death.

Well, apparently lefty Henry Rollins over at Vanity Fair seems to think the “unpleasantness” at the lake is fair game when remembering Kennedy.

Admittedly, I have only read a handful of articles by Henry Rollins.  But I really liked him when he was with the band Black Flag.  His solo work was ok to, I guess.

UPDATE TWO:  An excellent piece on the selective memory of liberals and the MSM (and in the MSM), regarding Ted Kennedy and the events at Chappaquiddick.  Just in case some of you didn’t know how the whole thing went down…

UPDATE THREE:  Hey, wanna know who thought Chappaquiddick was funny?  Ted Kennedy.  Man that guy is some joke teller.  And here it is me being called the asshole. 

 

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I could’ve said: Senator Ted Kennedy:  RIP.  But, yeah, I had a hard time with that.  Either way, it still doesn’t change the fact.

Mary Jo Kopechne just emailed me asking when Ted passed if it felt like cold, icy water bubbling up through the floor boards of a submerging Oldsmobile.  Or when he was following the proverbial “light”, if the light resembled the watery moonlight glow from behind a rearview window of a submerging Oldsmobile.  Good questions Mary Jo.  Although, now you can ask him yourself. 

But alas, Ted Kennedy lost his battle with brain cancer last night and died at the age of 77.  Unlike Mary Jo, he went quietly in a dry, warm bed surrounded by friends and family who loved him.  One could argue he died the way he lived:  Trying to preserve the Royal Kennedy Senate seat by subverting the law, while enjoying medical care his pet legislation would likely deny other 77 year-olds with terminal brain cancer.  Indeed.

Yet, there is part of me wanting to take the high road and not stoop to the level we see on the left when one on our side dies.  In fact Michelle Malkin says we will have all the time in the world to pick a part Kennedy’s life and career, but today is a day to give condolences to his family.

So I’ll tell you what I’m going to do.  I am going to huddle with my lawyer and family, along with several other people, and wait 10 hours before I decide if I am going to give any comfort or condolences to Kennedy or his family.

Just like those same people gave Mary Jo Kopechne.

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Remembering Mary Jo Kopechne

Posted by TheJOTUS on July 19, 2009

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Again, I was up at the Amelia Earhart festival in Atchison, KS this weekend, so I was sort of incognito and unable to comment on one of the most significant annivesaries in American History: July 18/19, 1969, Chappaquiddick Island. Or, as some have called the most brilliant cover-up ever achieved in a nation where investigative procedures are well developed and where the principles of equal justice prevail. So again, let’s have a belated review shall we? Yes, we shall:

During a party on Chappaquiddick Island on July 18, 1969, Senator Kennedy drove his 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 off Dike Bridge (also spelled Dyke Bridge), a wooden bridge that is angled obliquely to an unlit road onto which he claimed to have made a wrong turn. The car plunged into tide-swept Poucha Pond (at that location a channel) and landed upside down under the water. There is speculation about whether Mary Jo Kopechne drowned or suffocated.

Kennedy returned on foot to the Lawrence Cottage where a party was in progress. Two other men, his cousin Joseph Gargan and party co-host Paul Markham then assisted him in trying to reach rescue Kopechne. All involved failed to use the telephone at the Lawrence Cottage to call the police for help. Kennedy discussed the accident with several people, including his lawyer, before he was contacted by the police. The next morning July 19, 1969 Police Chief Dominick Arena called the Senator from the closest house to the Dike Bridge rented at the time by the Malms. Senator Kennedy was given the news that his mother’s car had been involved in a fatal accident. Kennedy had never reported the accident, a science teacher and 15 year old boy fishing discovered Kennedy’s car the morning where the incident occurred.

Kopechne’s body was discovered by diver John Farrar. John Farrar observed that a large amout of air was released from the car when it was righted in the water, he also noted that the trunk when opened was remarkably dry. These observations and others lead many to believe that Mary Jo Kopechne had not drowned but suffocated in an air pocket within the Delmont 88. The diver John Farrar has stated that he was on call and available at the time of the accident.

Though claiming to be injured, Kennedy, swam a second larger body of water after the accident to return to his hotel room as the ferry was closed for the night.

Teddy waited 10 hours to call in the “accident” while he huddled with his lawyers. Mary Jo Kopechne survived for as long as two hours in the submerged automobile by breathing a pocket of trapped air.

In a stark bit of foreshadowing, the Kennedys call their lawyers rather then dialing 911. Fun Fact: Ted Kennedy’s dog is named… ‘Splash’

To put this in a little perspective folks, fewer people died in Abu Ghraib prison than died in Ted Kennedy’s Oldsmobile. Furthermore, it took less time for the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his car sank–with Mary Jo Kopechne in it–at Chappaquiddick.

It was a sad time this past weekend indeed. For justice, politics, scummy politicians, lost integrity and especially for Mary Jo’s family.

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Teddy’s Anniversary

Posted by TheJOTUS on July 23, 2008

The Jotus took a long weekend to enjoy the Amelia Earhart festival in Atchison, KS, so I was sort of incognito and unable to comment on one of the most significant annivesaries in American History.  July 18/19, 1969, Chappaquiddick Island.  Or, as some have called the most brilliant cover-up ever achieved in a nation where investigative procedures are well developed and where the principles of equal justice prevail.  Let’s have a belated review shall we?  Yes, we shall:

During a party on Chappaquiddick Island on July 18, 1969, Senator Kennedy drove his 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 off Dike Bridge (also spelled Dyke Bridge), a wooden bridge that is angled obliquely to an unlit road onto which he claimed to have made a wrong turn. The car plunged into tide-swept Poucha Pond (at that location a channel) and landed upside down under the water. There is speculation about whether Mary Jo Kopechne drowned or suffocated.

Kennedy returned on foot to the Lawrence Cottage where a party was in progress. Two other men, his cousin Joseph Gargan and party co-host Paul Markham then assisted him in trying to reach rescue Kopechne. All involved failed to use the telephone at the Lawrence Cottage to call the police for help. Kennedy discussed the accident with several people, including his lawyer, before he was contacted by the police. The next morning July 19, 1969 Police Chief Dominick Arena called the Senator from the closest house to the Dike Bridge rented at the time by the Malms. Senator Kennedy was given the news that his mother’s car had been involved in a fatal accident. Kennedy had never reported the accident, a science teacher and 15 year old boy fishing discovered Kennedy’s car the morning where the incident occurred.

Kopechne’s body was discovered by diver John Farrar. John Farrar observed that a large amout of air was released from the car when it was righted in the water, he also noted that the trunk when opened was remarkably dry. These observations and others lead many to believe that Mary Jo Kopechne had not drowned but suffocated in an air pocket within the Delmont 88. The diver John Farrar has stated that he was on call and available at the time of the accident.

Though claiming to be injured, Kennedy, swam a second larger body of water after the accident to return to his hotel room as the ferry was closed for the night.

Teddy waited 10 hours to call in the “accident” while he huddled with his lawyers.  Mary Jo Kopechne survived for as long as two hours in the submerged automobile by breathing a pocket of trapped air.

In a stark bit of foreshadowing, the Kennedys call their lawyers rather then dialing 911.  Fun Fact: Ted Kennedy’s dog is named… ‘Splash’

To put this in a little perspective folks, fewer people died in Abu Ghraib prison than died in Ted Kennedy’s Oldsmobile.  Furthermore, it took less time for the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his car sank–with Mary Jo Kopechne in it–at Chappaquiddick.

It was a sad time this past weekend indeed.  For justice, politics, scummy politicians, lost integrity and especially for Mary Jo’s family.

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