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Massachusetts - Senator Edward Kennedy Dies of Brain Cancer

Published on: August 26, 2009 03:39 AM
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Massachusetts - Sen. Edward Kennedy, the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics, died late Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 77.

“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,” a family statement said. “We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice.”

President Obama learned about Kennedy’s death at 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to a senior administration official. Obama later called Kennedy’s widow to offer condolences.

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In a statement, Obama says: “An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time.”

Kennedy, nicknamed “Ted,” was the younger brother of slain President John F. Kennedy and New York Sen. Robert Kennedy, who was gunned down while seeking the White House in 1968. However, his own presidential aspirations were hobbled by the controversy around a 1969 auto accident that left a young woman dead, and a 1980 primary challenge to then-President Jimmy Carter that ended in defeat.

But while the White House eluded his grasp, the longtime Massachusetts senator was considered one of the most effective legislators of the past few decades. Kennedy, who became known as the “Lion of the Senate,” played major roles in passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, and was an outspoken liberal standard-bearer during a conservative-dominated era from the 1980s to the early 2000s.

“He was probably best known for the ability to work with Republicans,” said Adam Clymer, Kennedy’s biographer. “The Republican Party raised hundreds of millions of dollars with direct appeal to protect the country from Ted Kennedy, but there was never a piece of legislation that he ever got passed without a major Republican ally.”

Kennedy recently urged Massachusetts officials to change a law to allow for an immediate temporary replacement should a vacancy occur for one of his state’s two Senate seats.

Under a 2004 Massachusetts law, a special election must be held 145 to 160 days after a Senate seat becomes vacant. The winner of the election would serve the remainder of a senator’s unexpired term.

Kennedy asked Gov. Deval Patrick and state leaders to “amend the law through the normal legislative process to provide for a temporary gubernatorial appointment until the special election occurs,” according to the letter, dated July 2.

Kennedy suffered a seizure in May 2008 at his home on Cape Cod. Shortly after, doctors diagnosed a brain tumor—a malignant glioma in his left parietal lobe.

Surgeons at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, removed as much of the tumor as possible the following month. Doctors considered the procedure a success, and Kennedy underwent follow-up radiation treatments and chemotherapy.

A few weeks later, he participated in a key vote in the Senate. He also insisted on making a brief but dramatic appearance at the 2008 Democratic convention on August 25, a poignant moment that brought the crowd to its feet and tears to many eyes.

“I have come here tonight to stand with you to change America, to restore its future, to rise to our best ideals and to elect Barack Obama president of the United States,” Kennedy told fellow Democrats in a strong voice.

Kennedy’s early support for Obama was considered a boon for the candidate, then a first-term senator from Illinois locked in a tough primary battle against former first lady Hillary Clinton. Kennedy predicted Obama’s victory and pledged to be in Washington in January when Obama assumed office—and he was, though he was hospitalized briefly after suffering a seizure during a post-inaugural luncheon.

Kennedy was one of only six senators in U.S. history to serve more than 40 years. He was elected to eight full terms to become the second most-senior senator after West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd.

He launched his political career in 1962, when he was elected to finish the unexpired Senate term of his brother, who became president in 1960. He won his first full term in 1964.

He seemed to have a bright political future, and many Democratic eyes turned to him after the killings of his brothers. But a July 18, 1969, car wreck on Chappaquiddick Island virtually ended his ambitions.

After a party for women who had worked on his brother Robert’s presidential campaign, Kennedy drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick, off Cape Cod and across a narrow channel from Martha’s Vineyard. While Kennedy managed to escape, his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned.

In a coroner’s inquest, he denied having been drunk, and said he made “seven or eight” attempts to save Kopechne before exhaustion forced him to shore. Although he sought help from friends at the party, Kennedy did not report the accident to police until the following morning.

Kennedy eventually pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident. In a televised address to residents of his home state, Kennedy called his conduct in the hours following the accident “inexplicable” and called his failure to report the wreck immediately “indefensible.”

Despite the dent in his reputation and career, Kennedy remained in American politics and went on to win seven more terms in the Senate. Kennedy championed social causes and was the author of “In Critical Condition: The Crisis in America’s Health Care.” He served as chairman of the Judiciary and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committees and was the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary and Armed Services committees during periods when Republicans controlled the chamber.

Obama named Kennedy as one of 16 recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor. A White House statement explained that the 2009 honorees “were chosen for their work as agents of change.”

“Senator Kennedy has dedicated his career to fighting for equal opportunity, fairness and justice for all Americans. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that every American has access to quality and affordable health care, and has succeeded in doing so for countless children, seniors, and Americans with disabilities. He has called health care reform the “cause of his life.”

Born in Boston on February 22, 1932, Edward Moore Kennedy was the last of nine children of Joseph P. Kennedy, a prominent businessman and Democrat, and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Joseph Kennedy served as ambassador to Britain before World War II and pushed his sons to strive for the presidency, a burden “Teddy” bore for much of his life as the only surviving Kennedy son.

His oldest brother, Joe Jr., died in a plane crash during World War II when Kennedy was 12. John was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, in 1963, and Robert was killed the night of the California primary in 1968.

Ted Kennedy delivered Robert’s eulogy, urging mourners to remember him as “a good and decent man who saw wrong and tried to right it; who saw suffering and tried to heal it; who saw war and tried to stop it.”

The family was plagued with other tragedies as well. One sister, Kathleen, was killed in a plane crash in 1948. Another sister, Rosemary, was born mildly retarded, but was institutionalized after a botched lobotomy in 1941. She died in 1986 after more than 50 years in mental hospitals.

Joseph Kennedy was incapacitated by a stroke in 1961 and died in November 1969, leaving the youngest son as head of the family. He was 37.

“I can’t let go,” Kennedy once told an aide. “If I let go, Ethel (Robert’s widow) will let go, and my mother will let go, and all my sisters.”

Kennedy himself survived a 1964 plane crash that killed an aide, suffering a broken back in the accident. But he recovered to lead the seemingly ill-starred clan through a series of other tragedies: Robert Kennedy’s son David died of a drug overdose in a Florida hotel in 1984; another of Robert’s sons, Michael, was killed in a skiing accident in Colorado in 1997; and John’s son John Jr., his wife Carolyn and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette died in a 1999 plane crash off Martha’s Vineyard.

In addition, his son Edward Jr. lost a leg to cancer in the 1970s, and daughter Kara survived a bout with the disease in the early 2000s.

Kennedy was forced to testify about a bar-hopping weekend that led to sexual battery charges against his nephew, William Kennedy Smith. Smith was acquitted in 1991 of charges that he raped a woman he met while at a Florida nightclub with the senator and his son Patrick, now a Rhode Island congressman.

Like brothers John and Robert, Edward Kennedy attended Harvard. He studied in the Netherlands before earning a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School, and worked in the district attorney’s office in Boston before entering politics.

Kennedy is survived by his second wife, Victoria Ann Reggie Kennedy, whom he married in 1992; his first wife, Joan Bennett; and five children—Patrick, Kara and Edward Jr. from his first marriage, and Curran and Caroline Raclin from his second.



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 Aug 26, 2009 at 04:58 AM Litvak Says:

We should learn in his memory. I pick parshas - Mezora, Acharei Mos, Kedoshim and Emor.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 06:14 AM Charlie Hall Says:

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Not mentioned in the article is that while his father was an anti-Semite and Nazi sympathizer, Robert and Ted Kennedy were strong supporters of Israel. Robert was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist because of that support, yet Ted continued to support Israel as a Senator for over forty years.

Ted Kennedy was the third longest serving Senator in US history. In less than two months he will be passed by Sen. Daniel Inouye.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 05:51 AM Anonymous Says:

So Camelot has crumbled. At last. Sorry, I can't shed any tears for a man with no moral conscience & who did much to suppress true democracy in favor of knee-jerk communism, all the while enjoying a capitalistic & lavish lifestyle that you & I will never see, despite OUR hard work. He was a hypocrite in every way.

How much booze do they have wherever he ends up, I wonder?

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 05:36 AM hesh Says:

I guess this is why its called the "Kennedy curse" one tragedy after another... By the way if he didn't report the accident until the next morning does that mean that Mary Jo Kopechne was left in the car all night? Also does anyone know of a story to why this family was cursed? I remember hearing about his father being cursed for torturing Jews but then again it could all be a bubba story

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 05:30 AM power up Says:

Intresting he made it to 77, this family was cursed by one of the gedolem, their is no doubt about that.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 06:59 AM anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Charlie Hall Says:

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Not mentioned in the article is that while his father was an anti-Semite and Nazi sympathizer, Robert and Ted Kennedy were strong supporters of Israel. Robert was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist because of that support, yet Ted continued to support Israel as a Senator for over forty years.

Ted Kennedy was the third longest serving Senator in US history. In less than two months he will be passed by Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Well said and I have a lot of respect for you even though I don't know you, that how an erlicher Yid speaks

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 06:56 AM no tears Says:

Metzora would be most appropriate - Chippaquidick will loom large as the truth wants out, or as is the way of the media it will be swept under the carpet in a revisionism of history

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 07:20 AM Anonymous Says:

BDE. I am so saddened by the death of Senator Kennedy. Here was a man who did not have to work for a living but yet toiled away until the end working to help people who were not born to the same advantages he had. He was a wonderful father and stepped in to serve as a surrogate father for his nieces and nephews who lost their fathers at young ages. He won the friendship and respect of presidents and senators from across the aisle and knew how to work with others.
For all you naysayers in the preceeding comments, now is not the time. When you have accomplished 1% of what this man did, then you can speak up.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 07:17 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

So Camelot has crumbled. At last. Sorry, I can't shed any tears for a man with no moral conscience & who did much to suppress true democracy in favor of knee-jerk communism, all the while enjoying a capitalistic & lavish lifestyle that you & I will never see, despite OUR hard work. He was a hypocrite in every way.

How much booze do they have wherever he ends up, I wonder?

First,let me wish the same pain and sorrow to you and your mishpacha (assuming they would be willing to live with you if they knew what you posted). Its a shame that challenged yiddin such as yourself are unable to recognize the greatness of this American icon. I grieve more for the poor neshamas who are forced to deal with you on a real time basis. Here, we can simply ignore your posts.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 07:07 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
power up Says:

Intresting he made it to 77, this family was cursed by one of the gedolem, their is no doubt about that.

Yes, but he didn't have an "easy" death. Maybe that's his curse. No loss. And the family was cursed after some trouble on a ship when the Friedike Rebbe was also a passenger (involving the Rebbe's secretary Rabbi Jacobson, I believe). Something to do with the Rebbe needing Kennedy's doctor & blatant anti-semitism? I'm not sure who did the cursing & in whose name (if at all) Sorry, I'm hazy on the details although I have heard the story a few times. No doubt some Lubavitch archivist can give over the details & correct all my misinformation.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 07:31 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

First,let me wish the same pain and sorrow to you and your mishpacha (assuming they would be willing to live with you if they knew what you posted). Its a shame that challenged yiddin such as yourself are unable to recognize the greatness of this American icon. I grieve more for the poor neshamas who are forced to deal with you on a real time basis. Here, we can simply ignore your posts.

You are very fine person, cursing a yid, because he disagreed with person who was very much involved in the moral decay of this country.

You should beg mechilla from the person you cursed.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 07:28 AM Jacob Says:

1 less vote for the OBAMA healh care plan !!!

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 07:45 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

Yes, but he didn't have an "easy" death. Maybe that's his curse. No loss. And the family was cursed after some trouble on a ship when the Friedike Rebbe was also a passenger (involving the Rebbe's secretary Rabbi Jacobson, I believe). Something to do with the Rebbe needing Kennedy's doctor & blatant anti-semitism? I'm not sure who did the cursing & in whose name (if at all) Sorry, I'm hazy on the details although I have heard the story a few times. No doubt some Lubavitch archivist can give over the details & correct all my misinformation.

Please stop with this superstitious curse stuff. Tens if not hundreds of millions of people have slow, agonizing deaths every year, including many children who die from starvation. Is that all because of curses by some Rebbe or Gadol who want to inflict suffering on others? Of course not. This talk of curses makes jews and rebbes look not only silly, but mean.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:00 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
Jacob Says:

1 less vote for the OBAMA healh care plan !!!

Not for long. Massachusetts will send a new senator who understands the importance of universal health care. We are the first state in the country to have universal health insurance, enacted when Mitt Romney was governer as the result of a bipartisan effort.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 07:56 AM anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
Jacob Says:

1 less vote for the OBAMA healh care plan !!!

One more chance that yidden in nursing homes will be getting less medical care and yidden needing health care who are not the affluent conservative type will be denied preventive and acute medical care because these fine conservative specimens refuse to consider some standard of medical coverage.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:25 AM formally Says:

Reply to #13  
Jacob Says:

1 less vote for the OBAMA healh care plan !!!

a little history

the conservatives tried to block medicare and Medicaid
the conservatives tried to block unemployment
the conservatives tried to block social security

and many other programs you take for granted and enjoy

What would it look like without those programs


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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:17 AM PMO Says:

Please let us not forget that Ted Kennedy, while he was a liberal, he did reach across the aisle very often to negotiate for important legislation. Where it be the Cancer Act in the 70's which provided federal funding for cancer research, making the US the leader in this area. Let's not forget the Americans with Disabilities Act either.

Every single senator respected him. Oren Hatch, Kennedy's ideologically opposite in the Senate, openly cried on the Senate floor when it was announced that he had brain cancer. Other than the clowns on the radio and cable news who would always speak ill of him, nobody who actually knew him nor anyone in the Senate ever had a bad word to say... actually they only had positive things to say, even when they disagreed.

I'm sure that people like Hannity and Limbaugh are laughing it up over this man's death as lowlifes do. However, when push comes to shove, it is not Hannity or Limbaugh who shows up uninvited at countless funerals for servicemen killed in action.... it is Ted Kennedy. He is one of the only Senators who does that. He was one of the last of a generation of men who actually understood what it means to be an American.

I may disagree with Ted Kennedy on just about everything, but today I want to honor is patriotism, his genuine love of country, and his love of every American individual he served.

As a side note: I am listening to Pat Buchanan talk about him now and again, he only has respectful things to say.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:15 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

You are very fine person, cursing a yid, because he disagreed with person who was very much involved in the moral decay of this country.

You should beg mechilla from the person you cursed.

He didn't "disagree" with Kennedy a'h, on any policy issues, he engaged in the most vile and personal character assasination of the late Senator and his comments are beyond contempt. Sorry, but people with this much hatred don't gain much sympathy in my corner.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:13 AM anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

Not for long. Massachusetts will send a new senator who understands the importance of universal health care. We are the first state in the country to have universal health insurance, enacted when Mitt Romney was governer as the result of a bipartisan effort.

you are so right carcinoma, strokes and other debilitating diseases strike yidden [frime too] as well as others

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:06 AM tzoorba Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

Please stop with this superstitious curse stuff. Tens if not hundreds of millions of people have slow, agonizing deaths every year, including many children who die from starvation. Is that all because of curses by some Rebbe or Gadol who want to inflict suffering on others? Of course not. This talk of curses makes jews and rebbes look not only silly, but mean.

The incidence of untimely deaths, insanity and other family misfortunes that occurred to the Kennedy family is highly unusual and doesn't compare to a single incident of a lingering death.

The patriarch of the family, Ted, Robert, and JFK's father was a noted rabid anti Semite who prevented any aid to Jewish Holocaust victims. He was certainly deserving of a curse.

This is not petit jealously but an indication of G-d's justice in this world.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:02 AM anti death-panelist Says:

I am curious as to how much was spent on his health care in the last 15 months of his life, since he was diagnosed with brain cancer. I wonder why nobody, including his doctor was able to help him see the virtue of not prolonging a life that was obviously over. It would have been a tremendous boost to obamacare which was so central to his life's work. What a shame that we are not benefitting from his leadership, example and courage in this area. I guess he only meant it for us peons, not for important people like himself. Please do not bother to write how he has the assets to take care of himself, as that is obvioulsy of no import in this national discussion.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:43 AM PMO Says:

Reply to #23  
anti death-panelist Says:

I am curious as to how much was spent on his health care in the last 15 months of his life, since he was diagnosed with brain cancer. I wonder why nobody, including his doctor was able to help him see the virtue of not prolonging a life that was obviously over. It would have been a tremendous boost to obamacare which was so central to his life's work. What a shame that we are not benefitting from his leadership, example and courage in this area. I guess he only meant it for us peons, not for important people like himself. Please do not bother to write how he has the assets to take care of himself, as that is obvioulsy of no import in this national discussion.

A man dies and you use it as an opportunity to spread more lies. You must be one of the last people in this country who still believes that there is a bill which includes "death panels". I suggest you take your swastika and hitler propaganda posters back to whatever hole you ignorant fools crawl out from. Perhaps someone will choose spit on you when you die too.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:43 AM Anonymous Says:

President Obama had talked about visting Senator Kennedy while on vacation. I hope this happens now. The curse was placed by Reb Aharon Kutler zt"l, and see the results JFK and RFK assinated, JFK's son dies in a plance crash, Ted's son is missing a leg - the proof is in the pudding for those non-belivers. The Kennedys assisted the Nazis and we should never forget.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:42 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

First,let me wish the same pain and sorrow to you and your mishpacha (assuming they would be willing to live with you if they knew what you posted). Its a shame that challenged yiddin such as yourself are unable to recognize the greatness of this American icon. I grieve more for the poor neshamas who are forced to deal with you on a real time basis. Here, we can simply ignore your posts.

I appreciate your cursing me & my family out. In Chodesh Elul, no less. May you & yours be blessed with only good things in the coming year.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:42 AM tzoorba Says:

Reply to #19  
PMO Says:

Please let us not forget that Ted Kennedy, while he was a liberal, he did reach across the aisle very often to negotiate for important legislation. Where it be the Cancer Act in the 70's which provided federal funding for cancer research, making the US the leader in this area. Let's not forget the Americans with Disabilities Act either.

Every single senator respected him. Oren Hatch, Kennedy's ideologically opposite in the Senate, openly cried on the Senate floor when it was announced that he had brain cancer. Other than the clowns on the radio and cable news who would always speak ill of him, nobody who actually knew him nor anyone in the Senate ever had a bad word to say... actually they only had positive things to say, even when they disagreed.

I'm sure that people like Hannity and Limbaugh are laughing it up over this man's death as lowlifes do. However, when push comes to shove, it is not Hannity or Limbaugh who shows up uninvited at countless funerals for servicemen killed in action.... it is Ted Kennedy. He is one of the only Senators who does that. He was one of the last of a generation of men who actually understood what it means to be an American.

I may disagree with Ted Kennedy on just about everything, but today I want to honor is patriotism, his genuine love of country, and his love of every American individual he served.

As a side note: I am listening to Pat Buchanan talk about him now and again, he only has respectful things to say.

I don't care if you claim to be a libertarian. You always come down in favor of the extreme liberals and bash the Conservatives.

Let's not forget that the illegal immigration problem that we are plagued with comes from legislation that he brought.

Let's not forget the swimmers involvement in the death of his paramour Mary Jo Kopechne. He only got away with it because of the Liberal bias in the government.

He was totally morally depraved and helped advance moral depravity in this country.

It is an American Liberal ideal to forget about all the evil that a person did in his lifetime and make believe he was righteous when he dies. The Torah teaches us to seek the truth at all time.

Why are you listening to Pat Buchanan the anti-semite?

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:35 AM Anonymous Says:

Since when do you say BDA for a goy?

29

 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:34 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
formally Says:

a little history

the conservatives tried to block medicare and Medicaid
the conservatives tried to block unemployment
the conservatives tried to block social security

and many other programs you take for granted and enjoy

What would it look like without those programs


I tell what it would look without these programs old people [also SS beneficiary in Israel] would die unless affluent we would say tehillim. Not only did conservatives try to block but also attempted to scuttle these programs of course chas v'sholom don't touch section 8 and VIC socialist schemes

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
tzoorba Says:

The incidence of untimely deaths, insanity and other family misfortunes that occurred to the Kennedy family is highly unusual and doesn't compare to a single incident of a lingering death.

The patriarch of the family, Ted, Robert, and JFK's father was a noted rabid anti Semite who prevented any aid to Jewish Holocaust victims. He was certainly deserving of a curse.

This is not petit jealously but an indication of G-d's justice in this world.

So you think that g-d provides justice by going after the children and grandchildren of wrongdoers? You also ignore the fact that the kennedys were also blessed with wealth, great success and accomplishments, love friendship, respect and large families.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:49 AM poster #4 Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

You are very fine person, cursing a yid, because he disagreed with person who was very much involved in the moral decay of this country.

You should beg mechilla from the person you cursed.

Thank you. I must say I was shocked & somewhat upset, but I just bentched this poster (I hope VIN puts it up) because if I retaliated & cursed him/her it is just as bad & will only cause more pain in Shemayim. So as Jews we should all be praying for GEFEN for each other.

The thing is, I would like a retraction. I don't expect the poster to ask Mechila, which I freely give, but as a G-d-fearing person I am very disturbed by the hatred from one Jew to another. If #12 reveres Ted Kennedy so much, that's OK, he's entitled to his opinion. But to curse me & my family out because I don't care about what to me is a Sonei Yisrael?? That's horrible.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:59 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #25  
Anonymous Says:

President Obama had talked about visting Senator Kennedy while on vacation. I hope this happens now. The curse was placed by Reb Aharon Kutler zt"l, and see the results JFK and RFK assinated, JFK's son dies in a plance crash, Ted's son is missing a leg - the proof is in the pudding for those non-belivers. The Kennedys assisted the Nazis and we should never forget.

If anyone put such a curse on a great public leader--especially for somthing done several generations back--we should only hope that whomever it was (and I don't believe any Rav would do somthing so hateful) is suffering in genhenom. We don't hold children responsible for the parent's actions. Ted Kennedy did more to relieve human suffering than any other public leader alive today.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:55 AM #4 Says:

Reply to #20  
Anonymous Says:

He didn't "disagree" with Kennedy a'h, on any policy issues, he engaged in the most vile and personal character assasination of the late Senator and his comments are beyond contempt. Sorry, but people with this much hatred don't gain much sympathy in my corner.

Not true. Re-read. Did I call him any "vile & personal" names apart from a hypocrite? And yes, I did discuss policy issues, just in general terms. You are a sad & hateful person. Now I don't feel so bad, I see you are very angry & obsessed. Hope you can get over your sad loss.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 08:54 AM Liberalism is a Disease Says:

Can we all please stop crediting inzir rebbe with the Kennedy Kurse??? I am sure it was issued by ONE Rebbe and one Rebbe only. We know it wasn't issued by one mentioned in these comments.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 09:36 AM PMO Says:

Reply to #27  
tzoorba Says:

I don't care if you claim to be a libertarian. You always come down in favor of the extreme liberals and bash the Conservatives.

Let's not forget that the illegal immigration problem that we are plagued with comes from legislation that he brought.

Let's not forget the swimmers involvement in the death of his paramour Mary Jo Kopechne. He only got away with it because of the Liberal bias in the government.

He was totally morally depraved and helped advance moral depravity in this country.

It is an American Liberal ideal to forget about all the evil that a person did in his lifetime and make believe he was righteous when he dies. The Torah teaches us to seek the truth at all time.

Why are you listening to Pat Buchanan the anti-semite?

The illegal immigration problem we are plagued with came from the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965? Really? Perhaps you can explain how. The bill made it easier for people to come here LEGALLY. It abolished quotas based on origin. Like the quotas that kept many yidden from coming here earlier in the century.

If you have some evidence that Chappaquiddick was anything more than a tragic accident, please share it... because nobody else has any.

As for his moral depravity, I guess you feel that the Americans with Disabilities Act was immoral? I assume you feel that securing the release of Shcharansky was a depraved act as well? Perhaps you feel that the COBRA act is nothing more than a despicable crime against the moral center of our Nation. I guess you also believe that his defiance of the Apartheid government in South Africa in visiting the wife of Nelson Mandella and helping to start the movement that would bring an end to apartheid was also an immoral and depraved act?

There will always be people who look at the whole picture and judge a man on the facts. I don't have to agree with him to understand that his motives are 100% genuine. Something that you rarely see from ANY politician these days. At the same time there will always be ignorant fools who will look for any reason to tear down anyone they disagree with... even in death. Those who do that kind of thing are the most pathetic that they get some satisfaction and some phony sense of superiority by tearing down a dead man like a vulture.

As I said before Oren Hatch, one of the most Libertarian members of the Senate considered Ted Kennedy to be his closest friend in the Senate, and was the one who stood up when the announcement of Kennedy's cancer was made public and gave a tearful speech on the Senate floor.

A real man can disagree with someone and still respect the man. An ignorant fool can't see the difference.

As for Pat Buchanan, he was a guest on Morning Joe.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 11:28 AM anonymous Says:

Reply to #35  
PMO Says:

The illegal immigration problem we are plagued with came from the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965? Really? Perhaps you can explain how. The bill made it easier for people to come here LEGALLY. It abolished quotas based on origin. Like the quotas that kept many yidden from coming here earlier in the century.

If you have some evidence that Chappaquiddick was anything more than a tragic accident, please share it... because nobody else has any.

As for his moral depravity, I guess you feel that the Americans with Disabilities Act was immoral? I assume you feel that securing the release of Shcharansky was a depraved act as well? Perhaps you feel that the COBRA act is nothing more than a despicable crime against the moral center of our Nation. I guess you also believe that his defiance of the Apartheid government in South Africa in visiting the wife of Nelson Mandella and helping to start the movement that would bring an end to apartheid was also an immoral and depraved act?

There will always be people who look at the whole picture and judge a man on the facts. I don't have to agree with him to understand that his motives are 100% genuine. Something that you rarely see from ANY politician these days. At the same time there will always be ignorant fools who will look for any reason to tear down anyone they disagree with... even in death. Those who do that kind of thing are the most pathetic that they get some satisfaction and some phony sense of superiority by tearing down a dead man like a vulture.

As I said before Oren Hatch, one of the most Libertarian members of the Senate considered Ted Kennedy to be his closest friend in the Senate, and was the one who stood up when the announcement of Kennedy's cancer was made public and gave a tearful speech on the Senate floor.

A real man can disagree with someone and still respect the man. An ignorant fool can't see the difference.

As for Pat Buchanan, he was a guest on Morning Joe.

excellent and erudite remark. The founders of this national Washingto a 23rd degree Mason and Franklin and Jefferson were deists. This country saved Yeshivoth e.g. Shanghai Yeshiva and gave refuge to millions of Jews

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 12:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #25  
Anonymous Says:

President Obama had talked about visting Senator Kennedy while on vacation. I hope this happens now. The curse was placed by Reb Aharon Kutler zt"l, and see the results JFK and RFK assinated, JFK's son dies in a plance crash, Ted's son is missing a leg - the proof is in the pudding for those non-belivers. The Kennedys assisted the Nazis and we should never forget.

Maybe you don't know Standard Oil of New Jersey sold petroleum to the Nazis in 1942, Austria had the most efficient Einsatztruppen and now there is a Yeshiva in Austria, in Kielce Jews were killed in 1946 and now Jews are travelling to Poland. My question to this audience is how many daughter-in-laws would take into their home an incotinent mother-in-law or father-in-law or parents with a clouded sensorium due to Alzheimer's disease. What would you do with all nursing homes [a majority Jewish owned] if Medicare legislation had not been vigourously legilated by Kennedy. How about children with Down's syndrome who are receiving benefits on the disabled children legilation from social security in which Kennedy had a hand. These fine "conservative legilators" did not support tthis type of legilation.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 12:15 PM anonymous Says:

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Liberalism is a Disease Says:

Can we all please stop crediting inzir rebbe with the Kennedy Kurse??? I am sure it was issued by ONE Rebbe and one Rebbe only. We know it wasn't issued by one mentioned in these comments.

this "disease" your quote keeps alive the yeshive velt, section 8 , VIC and food stamps

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 12:26 PM Yankelele Says:

Does his voting record make him a friend or enemy of Israel? I ask becasue I have not followied him for 30 years while in the Senate.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 01:42 PM anonymous Says:

Just few minutes ago Comissioner's Astrue [SSA commissioner] statement about the late Senator Kennedy was forwarded to me. Commissioner Astrue is a Republican appointee. Those who made disparaging remarks about the late Senator should read his eulogy and maybe their verstoppte kop will be more understanding.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 02:00 PM anonymous Says:

His tumor was a glioma which is formed by glial cells which are concentrated in the cerebellum and very little excising can be done because the most vital functions are located in the cerebellum

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 02:57 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Not for long. Massachusetts will send a new senator who understands the importance of universal health care. We are the first state in the country to have universal health insurance, enacted when Mitt Romney was governer as the result of a bipartisan effort.

Yes,but the public option was not included.That's the main sticking poin to many people.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 03:15 PM Anonymous Says:

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PMO Says:

A man dies and you use it as an opportunity to spread more lies. You must be one of the last people in this country who still believes that there is a bill which includes "death panels". I suggest you take your swastika and hitler propaganda posters back to whatever hole you ignorant fools crawl out from. Perhaps someone will choose spit on you when you die too.

it is you who chooses to deny the obvious. What do you think hospice and palliative care are? How would you get healthcare costs down without reduci8ng care to the elderly? How obtuse must one be to not see the handwriting all over the wall?

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 05:09 PM Solar Man Says:

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PMO Says:

Please let us not forget that Ted Kennedy, while he was a liberal, he did reach across the aisle very often to negotiate for important legislation. Where it be the Cancer Act in the 70's which provided federal funding for cancer research, making the US the leader in this area. Let's not forget the Americans with Disabilities Act either.

Every single senator respected him. Oren Hatch, Kennedy's ideologically opposite in the Senate, openly cried on the Senate floor when it was announced that he had brain cancer. Other than the clowns on the radio and cable news who would always speak ill of him, nobody who actually knew him nor anyone in the Senate ever had a bad word to say... actually they only had positive things to say, even when they disagreed.

I'm sure that people like Hannity and Limbaugh are laughing it up over this man's death as lowlifes do. However, when push comes to shove, it is not Hannity or Limbaugh who shows up uninvited at countless funerals for servicemen killed in action.... it is Ted Kennedy. He is one of the only Senators who does that. He was one of the last of a generation of men who actually understood what it means to be an American.

I may disagree with Ted Kennedy on just about everything, but today I want to honor is patriotism, his genuine love of country, and his love of every American individual he served.

As a side note: I am listening to Pat Buchanan talk about him now and again, he only has respectful things to say.

You may not have noticed, but Irish politicians stick up for Irish politicians no matter how much their political opinions differ. That explains why Pat Buchanan is such a welcome guest on shows hosted by liberal Irish-Americans..

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 05:17 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Yes,but the public option was not included.That's the main sticking poin to many people.

It shouldn't be a sticking point. The private for-profit insurers really don't compete with each other and just add billions to the cost of health care. Medicare works quite well. People are only afraid of the public option because of all the crazy unsupported fear mongering that so many people buy into to. A public option would provide good competition to the for-profit insurers.

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 06:49 PM Asher Buchwalter Says:

Many have talked about the curse of the Kennedy family , others mention his father antisemtism and others just don't like that he was a liberal. However all those who raised these arguments what can they show which helped bein adom lachevero. Yes his legilslation was not primarily focused on Jews but Jewish man and women are in nursing homes, they need Medicare coverage, Jewish families have disabled children and he legislated laws which passed and are helping disabled Jewish children. Any of you who spoke about curses how much have you helped you fellow Jew. Your learning and mitzvas help you but where have you been when Jews cannot afford health care they need, where are you when a mother and father have a child with Down's syndrome or cystic fibrosis. Are you ready to fund the help they need or do just spew forth empty words.

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 Aug 27, 2009 at 07:08 AM Asher Buchwalter Says:

I was brought up among chasidim the Czortkover Rebbe tzichus yuguleini and the Kopyczynitzer Rebbe tzichus yuguleini and never heard cursing . Yes , they bentched Yidden . This must be Neo-chasidisms my Rebbe can curse better than your Rebbe, sad how about chesed and ahavas yisroel any of you ever heard of that

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 Aug 26, 2009 at 11:21 PM Liberalism is a Disease! Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

Not for long. Massachusetts will send a new senator who understands the importance of universal health care. We are the first state in the country to have universal health insurance, enacted when Mitt Romney was governer as the result of a bipartisan effort.

There is no "importance" in universal healthcare. TeddyK didnt have it and wouldnt have used it anyway. If he was under ObamaCare they would have convinced him a year ago to die ASAP. Instead he went looking for alternatives including drs at Duke to treat him. He didnt want to die! ObamaCare, Universal Healthcare would not treat him because it would be called "incurable" and not worth the risk.

Wake up and smell the coffee here. We cannot have the govt involved in ANY aspect of our healthcare. Despite what Obama thinks, Govt it NOT a partner with G-d when it comes to death!!

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 Aug 27, 2009 at 07:37 AM anonymous Says:

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Liberalism is a Disease! Says:

There is no "importance" in universal healthcare. TeddyK didnt have it and wouldnt have used it anyway. If he was under ObamaCare they would have convinced him a year ago to die ASAP. Instead he went looking for alternatives including drs at Duke to treat him. He didnt want to die! ObamaCare, Universal Healthcare would not treat him because it would be called "incurable" and not worth the risk.

Wake up and smell the coffee here. We cannot have the govt involved in ANY aspect of our healthcare. Despite what Obama thinks, Govt it NOT a partner with G-d when it comes to death!!

I don't know which coffee you smell or if your olfactory sense is blunted. The government quite successfully is involved in health care and probably your relatives benefit from the program it is called MEDICARE. Your conservative representative in the house or senate also benefits from federal health insurance. Any of you who have a disabled child I am sure filed with SSA for disabled children benefits whether Oabamacare or whatever it is here to stay. Maybe your prejudice shows through quite prominent

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 Aug 27, 2009 at 09:35 AM PMO Says Ignorance Is A Disease Says:

Reply to #48  
Liberalism is a Disease! Says:

There is no "importance" in universal healthcare. TeddyK didnt have it and wouldnt have used it anyway. If he was under ObamaCare they would have convinced him a year ago to die ASAP. Instead he went looking for alternatives including drs at Duke to treat him. He didnt want to die! ObamaCare, Universal Healthcare would not treat him because it would be called "incurable" and not worth the risk.

Wake up and smell the coffee here. We cannot have the govt involved in ANY aspect of our healthcare. Despite what Obama thinks, Govt it NOT a partner with G-d when it comes to death!!

I am still waiting for you to point to the portion of ANY of the 6 proposed bills which say that the government will convince people to choose to death. I am still waiting for you to back up your claims of "mandatory" end-of-life counseling that will push for hospice or anything else. I guess at this point the only "Disease" we can assume is going around here is your ignorance and lies.

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