Ted Kennedy to be knighted
This is ludicrous....(((
Ted Kennedy to be knighted - Times Online
From Times Online
March 4, 2009
Ted Kennedy to be knighted
Ted Kennedy, one of the leading members of the family dynasty that dominated American politics in the final decades of the last century, is to receive an honorary knighthood.
Gordon Brown will announce the award today when he becomes the fifth British Prime Minister to give a speech to both Houses of Congress.
Senator Kennedy, who has represented Massachusetts for nearly 50 years, will get the distinction from the Queen for his services to the US-UK relationship and to the Northern Ireland peace process.
The father-of-five, who was elected in 1962 after his brother John F. Kennedy became President, has had a long and illustrious political career in the United States. He has effectively been regarded as leader of America's most prominent political families since the assassinations of the President in 1963 and Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.
However, arguably America's best-known Irish-American will be best remembered in the UK for his involvement in mediating over the Northern Ireland dispute.
He held meetings with leaders from opposing ends of the spectrum on several occasions, although in 2005 he famously refused to meet Gerry Adams, the Sinn Fein leader, after the killing of Robert McCartney, over which the IRA was accused.
The 77-year-old Senator's health took a dramatic turn for the worst when he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour last May and has subsequently gone through a rigorous regime of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
The Prime Minister will announce the knighthood in a speech which will call on the United States to turn away from protectionism as it tries to lead the worldwide global recovery.
It comes the day after President Obama endorsed Mr Brown's call for a unified front in the run-up to the G20 summit in London.
In an interview held in advance of the speech on BBC Radio 4, Mr Brown set the tone for the speech when he emphasised that - although there was a need for "humility" from Number 10 over the economic crisis - the recession was a worldwide phenomenon.
"I think there is always a need for humility and there's always a need to accept collective responsibility," he said. "I don't think I would run away from responsibility for what happens."
He dismissed the theory "that somehow this is a British problem that was a British government mistake," adding: "Actually what happened is that round the world, as everybody understands, the whole global financial system seized up."
In speaking to both Houses of Congress today, the Prime Minister will follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.
03-04-2009 07:39 AM
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I'd like to be the one holding the sword at the ceremony. "I dub thee Sir Weasel" and bend it around his neck. Sorry, can't stand the guy.
Re: Ted Kennedy
Just don't let him drive anyone across a bridge after he has had a few drinks.
Just my 2 cents.
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We had many discussions about terrible ted back on the defunk Jouster Board. My thinking now has not changed from then. As I recall, it was about 50-50 as to sympathizing for teddy.
Me, I think he's scumm and I will think that way when he goes to his just rewards. Not just because he was a pr-ick in the 50's, and in the 60's, and in the 70's, and...... up to and including the 21st Century. Not just because his boot-legging dad protected him in college, in the Army, and.... Not just because he murdered a young girl to protect his sorry butt... Not just because he has been a rabid anti-gun nut all his years in Washington. (need I go on?)
But you just watch. When he passes the left wing media will glorify him to sainthood. The Leaker will have more tingles down his leg. Olberman will want to kiss him before they close the casket. And obammy will declare a day of mourning and request a new national holiday.
Guess I am just cold hearted.
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Especially interesting since his father was so pro-Nazi that Churchill told FDR to either recall him (as ambassador to Britain) or Churchill would declare him "persona non grata", the diplomatic term for kicking him out of the country. And Teddy himself was so supportive of the IRA Provos that there were rumors that he set up an arms smuggling operation to supply them with AR-18's (and then blamed the illegal trade on the American NRA).
When is that old wine sot going to take the BIG DIRT NAP?? SOON I HOPE!! Good riddance I say!
And within 2 weeks of St. Paddy's own day
He'll accept, despite all that Irish background the K's claim.
Maybe he'll ask the Queen to make room for our 12M 'undocumented workers' in England.
Sir Teddy? Fitting name for a cartoon character!
But not a US Senator.
The only good thing about this is maybe he'll go to the UK to get knighted and he'll drop dead getting drunk in a pub.
The Brits can have him!
No, this is not charitable, nor kind, but I save my charity and kindness for those that have not tried to destroy my country!
Perhaps Teddy will be made the Knight of the (Chappaquiddick) bath?
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Oh, I thought you said "indicted."