Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Kennedy's seizure

What I felt when I first heard the news of Senator Edward Kennedy being diagnosed with malignant tumours was summarised very well by Blair Mulholland:

Mary Jo Kopechne's Killer Still At Large. 
Damned seizure didn't quite finish him off.  Bugger.

The second was a paraphrase of a comment made by Evelyn Waugh when Randolph Churchill underwent treatment after a similar diagnosis:

It would be a triumph of modern science -- to find the only part of Edward Kennedy that isn't malignant and remove it.

NB: If you're not sure who Mary Jo Kopechne was, read Myrna Blyth's Remembering Mary Jo.


  1. Yes, a member of one of the USA's leading supporters of terrorism in Northern Ireland. Vile prick that he is.

  2. Elijah Lineberry21 May 2008, 11:11:00

    The most overrated person in America.

    He has the astonishing distinction of losing to Jimmy Carter, after the American people had heard of Carter and seem him in action.

    It takes a very, very special person to have been able to do that...

    Obviously I hope Kennedy makes a full recovery, but yes, gosh, dreadful man.

  3. Holidayed on Chappaquiddick once, (just up the road from the bridge), tiny, isolated spot that it is. From memory, the bridge was in disrepair and the place was quite eerie ..

  4. Elijah Lineberry21 May 2008, 14:33:00

    The bridge was in a state of disrepair on July 19, 1969, too ;)

  5. Don't forget the saga of William Kennedy Smith. He was accused of raping a young woman at the Kennedy "compound" some years back. Godd lawyering got him acquited, but the real interesting part of the case was the evidence submitted by the complainant. She reckoned that Ted Kennedy was wandering around the house naked below the waist drinking whiskey at the time. She reckoned he was uninterested in assisting her. A pattern of behaviour?

    Remember the W Kennedy Smith case? Worth reading up.


  6. Not a nice family at all - none of them.

  7. richard mcgrath22 May 2008, 11:56:00

    Robert Kocher has written an interesting set of essays in which he argues, among other things, that both the Kennedys and Clintons are psychopaths. Try this link:

  8. richard mcgrath22 May 2008, 12:01:00

    There is a hilarious send up of Ted Kennedy on youtube - to the tune of Bad Bad Leroy Brown, called "Fat Ted Kennedy":

    "Fat Ted Kennedy
    Fattest man in the vicinity
    Fatter than Michael Moore
    And dumber than a two-bit whore."

    Enjoy ~:)


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