Archive for the ‘Kennedy’ Category

Cleaning up the audio

December 28, 2008

Darleen at Protein Wisdom points out the careful editing done to protect Princess Caroline.

Here is the actual transcript of Princess Caroline‘s statement:

“And so, I, I’m an unconventional choice, I, er, understand that. I haven’t pursued the traditional path. But I think that, um, in our public life today, we, you know, are starting to see there are many ways into, to, public life and public service and it’s, uh, not as, um, all our institutions are … less, um, hierarchal then they used to be, and so, you know, I think that, you know, I bring, you know, my life experience to this and, you know, that includes, you know, um, being a mother, um I understand sort of those choices that women make that includes, uh, being a lawyer …”

Here is what the AP compressed that down to:

“I am an unconventional choice. I understand that. I haven’t pursued the traditional path. But I think that in our public life today, we’re starting to see there are many ways into public life and public service,”

Darleen points out:

In the 2 minute 16 second snippet of the grilled-cheese sandwich interview AP released, I counted 26 “you knows”.

However, the AP article gives long, coherent quotes to Caroline that are not supported by the audio segment. And certainly AP and others never “cleaned up” any of Governor Palin’s off-the-cuff remarks.

I agree with Darleen, before expecting to be anointed to the US Senate, Princess Caroline should try running for some elected office first. Such as her local PTA board, and actually show up to the meetings.

Media Double Standard?

December 19, 2008

Caroline Kennedy vs. Sarah Palin, Media Double Standard? Make your vote heard.

Don’t they know she’s a Kennedy!

December 18, 2008

Marcia Kramer is reporting on the less than glowing reception Caroline Kennedy, who wants to be appointed to Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s senate seat, is getting from upstate New York reporters.

Update: If Caroline Kennedy were to call for a special election and get the NY Gov. to approve it, she would probably win on name recognition alone. Her big name opponent would be Andrew Cuomo and Up Staters would probably vote for her in opposition to him.

Keeping it in the family

May 22, 2008

For those are who are tired of the political families like the Clinton and Bush families, let’s not forget the Kennedys.
The Daily News reports on how Senator Ted Kennedy wants to keep his Senate seat in the family:

Ted Kennedy has made clear to confidants that when his time is up, he wants his Senate seat to stay in the family – with his wife, Vicki.

Multiple sources in Massachusetts with close ties to the liberal lion say his wife of 16 years has long been his choice to continue carrying the family flame in the Senate. Kennedy won the seat in 1962; his brother John held it from 1953 to 1960.

By going with the Lovely Miss Vicky, the Senator is bypassing his nephew Joe, a former congressman with ties to Venezuelan Socialist Hugo Chavez, and his own son, who is in congress, supposedly representing the people of Rhode Island.

HT to Bob Parks

Update: The New England Republican points out the the flat out hypocrisy of the democrat controlled Massachusetts legislative branch.

The leader of the Massachusetts House says he will support giving Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint an interim successor to U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy if that becomes necessary.

The Democratic-controlled Legislature stripped Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of that authority in 2004 because of fears he would name a Republican to replace U.S. Sen. John Kerry if he had been elected president.

Instead, state law now requires a special election for the seat no sooner than 145 days and no later than 160 days after the vacancy occurs.

But House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi said yesterday if Kennedy should step aside or have to be replaced because of his brain tumor diagnosis, he’d be in favor of a gubernatorial appointment.

“That was a good political reason (then),” DiMasi said of taking the power away from Romney. “It’s a good political reason to change it back.”

Ganging up on the Clintons

January 28, 2008

The masters of the politics of personal destruction, Billy Jeff & Hillary Rodham Clinton are getting slammed by their former allies.

Sharpton to Bill Clinton: ‘Shut Up’

Nader rails on Clinton family

Kennedy Chooses Obama, Spurning Plea by Clintons

Republicans picking up the mantle of JFK

July 13, 2007

Senator Norm Coleman quoting President John Kennedy on the Senate floor:

“we are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”


democrats
want to restrict the First Amendment and thus spit on the legacy of JFK and the American Constitution. The Captain has the story.

The attack of the Gulfstream Liberals

April 23, 2007

By way of Ed Driscoll and Libertas, comes the story of how “Gulfstream Liberals” have one set of rules and another for the “little people” (also know as the Breck Boy‘s “Other America“).
Case in point, Hollywood Trophy Wife Laurie David:

Even worse is David’s chic but hypocritical environmentalism at her summer home in Martha’s Vineyard. She was issued a “notice of apparent violations” for building a 26-foot-long barbecue station, stone-and-concrete bonfire pit, and outdoor theater on an environmentally sensitive patch of their 14-acre North Road property without the proper permits. They were also cited for tearing up protected vegetation to make way for a lush, sodded lawn, among other crimes against nature.

The commission has since ordered her to remove the offending structures and restore the area to its previous state. All these violations were allegedly done to prepare for a political fundraiser hosted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (another faux Green). Alas, there’s no such thing as cheap environmentalism on the Vineyard.

Laurie David has been labeled a “Gulfstream liberal” by Eric Alterman, himself a proud member of the Left and a regular columnist for the Nation. He recognizes that Ms. David’s brand of environmentalism is nothing more than a facade, a distraction from the financially secure yet intellectually boring life of the fabulously wealthy. But this hobby has dire consequences for the rest of us. By transforming her politics into a religion, and by demonizing all who question her positions, including the author Michael Crichton, who actually is a Harvard trained scientist and physician, Laurie David makes the environmental movement seem bizarre and more than a bit ridiculous.

Update: Ace jumps in with both feet:

…this is the moral sin form of hypocrisy, advocating a standard and seeking to impose it on others — against their will — when one flagrantly ignores that standard oneself, without even making a pretense of attempting to comply with it.

Fact: Laurie David could easily reduce her own “carbon footprint” more than anyone but the top 10,000 richest people on earth simply by scaling back her lavish “lifestyle choices.” She could do far more to reduce “greenhouse warming” by merely living as a member of the lower upper class rather than the upper upper class.

Fact: Laurie David refuses, outright, to do so.

Fact: And yet Laurie David demands all of us reduce our standards of living by a few rungs down the class ladder.

If Laurie David cannot even manage to reduce her consumption levels from “stinking rich” to merely “filthy rich,” how exactly can this harpy demand that the middle class begin living like the working poor, and the working poor like the destitute?

By Request

May 9, 2006

I had a comment on one of my Patrick Kennedy driving to endanger while under under the influence posts asking where were the posts about Rush Limbaugh.
So, by request, here is a post about Rush Limbaugh and his issues.

Mark Stein sums it up well in the National Review:

Early on, prosecutors claimed they had evidence of over ten felonies. They demanded that Rush plead guilty to some felony—any felony. He refused, always insisting on his innocence. So, they leaked more lies to the media, hoping to intimidate him. They seized his medical records. They gave his medical records to the media. The media took those records and turned them into graphics for television. Reporters and commentators were studying his prescriptions, discussing both the kinds and amount of medicine he had taken. They were beside themselves with glee. Newsweek, AP and the Palm Beach Post, Rush’s local paper, were especially vicious, serving as lap-dogs for the prosecutors.

In court, Rush fought these people every step of the way—all the way to the Florida Supreme Court. He spent millions of dollars defending himself—despite the fact that he had been a first-time abuser, went to rehab, and was clean. And then last October, the lead prosecutor sauntered into court and in response to questioning told the judge—we have no evidence that Rush Limbaugh has committed any crime! None.

So, I am very angry. You will hear commentator after commentator speaking sympathetically about Patrick Kennedy and his addiction to painkillers. You will hear people say that he is addicted, he has a serious health problem, he deserves to be praised for his forthrightness today, and we should leave him alone. And many of these commentators will be the same people who were giddy in their ceaseless attacks on Rush.

I am angry at the double standard, where liberals are regularly treated one way and conservatives another. I am also glad Patrick Kennedy won’t be abused as Rush was. But you can be sure that the next conservative with a problem won’t be treated like Kennedy.

But there are some aspects to the Kennedy matter that require answers. If Patrick Kennedy, who is not a first offender, is addicted to painkillers, from where did he get them? And there are news reports that he had been drinking earlier at a Capitol Hill bar and alcohol was later smelled on his breath. So, why was the officer on the scene prevented by more senior police officers from performing a routine sobriety test?

I truly wish Patrick Kennedy well. But you bet I’m angry.

HT to Ms. Malkin

Teresa Heinz Kerry speaks!

July 27, 2004

‘I DON’T TRUST TED KENNEDY’