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calendar   Saturday - July 24, 2004

Getting Outed

As you know, Allan, our Minister of Propaganda, is on vacation and basically incommunicado. Therefore I can take the veil off and let you know the true story behind one of the positions he's held for a long time. He's been struggling with this but now knows he's wronged not only himself for denying his feelings but misled you, the reading audience.

What follows is a sort of "coming out of the closet" thing. Since he feels so bad having deceived you all for so long I suspect this sojourn he is on is one of atonement for his deception and a desire to come to grips with how he really feels.

In a nutshell, I think it is now safe to say that we at Barking Moonbat (Allan in particular) are 100 % supportive of the only team capable of kicking ass in the world series.

GO YANKEES!!!

GO YANKEES!!!

GO YANKEES!!!

Update From Allan:


Ahem! Vilmar, you are in such deep shit

that you could swim up for years and not

get out. I am hovering around watching

you all. When I get back there will be

some painfully severe punishments meted

out to certain yankee fans idiots!

CUBS RULE! YANKEES SUCK!

CUBS RULE! YANKEES SUCK!

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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/24/2004 at 07:58 AM   
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Berger Returns U.S. Constitution to Archives

(2004-07-24) -- Former Clinton national security advisor Samuel R. "Sandy"Berger today returned the orginal of the U.S. Constitution to the National Archives.

"It was an honest mistake," said Mr. Berger, who until this morning was an advisor to Democrat presidential hopeful John Forbes Kerry.

"I accidentally wrapped the Constitution around my left leg and mistakenly secured it with rubber bands."

A spokesman for the National Archives said he was pleased to have the Constitution back.

"Until Mr. Berger returned it," said the source, "our prime suspects were all in the federal judiciary."
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/24/2004 at 06:48 AM   
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Quote of the Day

"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "...holy shit...what a ride!" anonymous


On This Day in History

1673 Edmund Halley enters Queen's College, Oxford, as an undergraduate
1870 1st trans-US rail service begins
1969 Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing induction in US Army on appeal
1987 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.3 (updated) released

1903 First Ford Model A Goes Home
The first two-cylinder Ford Model A was delivered to its owner, Dr. Ernst Pfenning of Chicago, on this day in 1903. The Model A was the result of a partnership between Henry Ford and Detroit coal merchant Alexander Malcomson. Ford's company grew quickly, but it wasn't until the release of the Model T that Ford took the position of our nation's largest carmaker. The Model T kept Ford number one in the industry until production was stopped in 1927, and Ford relinquished its place to Chevrolet.
1901 O. Henry is released from prison
William Sydney Porter, otherwise known as O. Henry, is released from prison on this day, after serving three years in jail for embezzlement from a bank in Austin, Texas.
To escape imprisonment, Porter had fled the authorities and hidden in Honduras, but returned when his wife, still in the U.S., was diagnosed with a terminal illness. He went to jail and began writing stories to support his young daughter while he was in prison.
After his release, Porter moved to New York and worked for New York World, writing one short story a week from 1903 to 1906. In 1904, his first story collection, Cabbages and Kings, was published. His second, The Four Million (1906), contained one of his most beloved stories, The Gift of the Magi, about a poor couple who each sacrifice their most valuable possession to buy a gift for the other.
He specialized in stories about everyday people, often ending with an unexpected twist. Despite the enormous popularity of the nearly 300 stories he published, he led a difficult life, struggling with financial problems and alcoholism until his death in 1910



Today's Birthdays

1783 Simon Bolivar freed 6 Latin American republics from Spanish rule
1802 Alexandre Dumas France, author (3 Musketeers)
1898 Amelia Earhart into the wild blue yonder

1951 Lynda Carter (actress)
1970 Jennifer Lopez (singer, actress)



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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/24/2004 at 06:37 AM   
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calendar   Friday - July 23, 2004

Finished The Labor Of Love

Here comes a shameless plug: I just finished updating my personal website and sure would appreciate you taking the time to have a look around.

It is my labor of love compiled over a 5 year period of adventures and travels.

If you enjoy bicycling, then check out the many pages of information on cycling across the US and down the Pacific coast. You'll find journals, pictures, gear lists, tips, tricks, and tons of other info.

If you are interested in going to Antarctica for an adventure you'll never forget and if you'd like to get a job there, check those pages out, too.

Lastly, I've put up some pages about my adventures in Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand.

When wandering around I sure would appreciate you letting me know if any pages do not load correctly or have bad links. I've tried to keep them small in size so they load fast and none have pictures imbedded in them for that reason. Most every page has an email link to facilitate that effort.

Be forewarned---the site is huge. There are literally hundreds of journal pages to read and I hope you find them interesting.

Here's the link again.

Update From Allan: I'm just cleaning up a few loose ends before heading out of town for the next few weeks. I've added a link to Vilmar's personal web site on the sidebar in the Visitor Education Center. You really should give Vilmar's site a look-see. The pictures and diary of a man well-travelled around the world. I first saw Vilmar's web site about four or five years ago (time flies) and was highly impressed with the man and his adventures. I highly recommend it.
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/23/2004 at 11:01 AM   
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Is It Really Entertainment Anymore?

Might as well start the day off with a rant.

Here's something that pushes me to the edge: it's bad enough we have assholes like Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, Barbra Streisand, et. al. out there criticizing President Bush but recently we've also seen scumbags like Elton John (who's not even a US citizen yet lives here) criticize our government, Whoopi Goldberg use extremely foul language to describe the President, and Linda Ronstadt praising Michael Moore.

If that were not enough, now we not only have Howard Stern vowing to dedicate his efforts to defeat Bush but we also have Bonnie Raitt doing the same---in a foreign country.

Where are the snipers when you need them?


But it gets worse. I just read that Michael Moore will be on stage singing with Linda "Bitchface" Ronstandt!!! I guess the new management of the hotel figures the New York Times was right when it editorialized that the Aladdin had no right to kick that bitch out and that the Aladdin SHOULD give her a political forum.

WHAT THE F...???????

When I go to a concert I go to listen to music, not to hear some asshole spout off political nonsense from the mouths of illiterati. But hey, The NY Times defends Rondstadt but never DID defend Dr. Laura for doing basically the same thing through her radio show. Goes to show you the Orwellian mindset of the liberals in this country: everyone has rights except liberal "rights" are more important than conservative rights.

Oh, and because of this, I will no longer be staying at the Aladdin when I visit Vegas in November. Stupid spineless bastards. It is time to seriously boycott all these moonbat assclowns.

For more background, read what Don Feder has to say about all these anti-American, communist, leftist, Hollyweirdo moonbats. He keeps going about Ozzy, Ian Anderson, The Ditzy Shits, Eddie Vedder, etc.

One good thing came out of all this, though: I now have 4 more names for my shit list!

Maybe it is time to become an isolationist, start a ranch in some hill country somewhere, arm myself to the teeth and shoot to kill any bastard that trespasses my property.
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/23/2004 at 07:00 AM   
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Quote of the Day

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it. Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004)


On This Day in History

636 Arabs gain control of most of Palestine from the Byzantine Empire
1253 Jews are expelled from Vienne France by order of Pope Innocent III
1298 Jews are massacred at Wurzburg Germany
1904 Ice cream cone created by Charles E Menches during La Purchase Expo
1925 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 1st of 23 career grand slammers
1931 France announces they can't afford to send a team to 1932 LA olympics
1967 Race riots claiming 43 erupts in Detroit
1968 PLO's 1st hijacking of an El Al plane
1972 Eddy Merckx (Belgium) wins his 4th consecutive Tour de France
1977 Washington jury convicts 12 Hanafi Moslems on hostage charges
1980 Billy Carter admits to being paid by Libya
1980 Soyuz 37 ferries 2 cosmonauts (1 Vietnamese) to Salyut 6

1937 Orson Welles' first radio drama airs
Les Miserables, the first radio drama produced by Orson Welles and the fledgling Mercury Theater, debuts on this day. The show ran for half an hour on Fridays from July until September of that year. A year later, the theater group introduced a regular show, Mercury Theater on the Air, a dramatic anthology featuring Orson Welles and John Houseman. Welles' radio efforts established his reputation as a "boy wonder" well before the release of his groundbreaking film Citizen Kane in 1941.


Today's Birthdays

1973 Monica Lewinsky (former white house intern)
1965 Slash (guitarist)
1936 Don Drysdale (baseballer)
1925 Gloria De Haven (actress)
1920 Amalia Rodrigues (Portuguese singer)


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/23/2004 at 06:30 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - July 22, 2004

For girly men?

Thanks to Neal Boortz, I give you this. Please click on the link and see why owning a Dodge is NOT manly. Maybe they are for girly-men instead?

What a hoot!!!!!
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/22/2004 at 05:20 PM   
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Quote Of The Day

"History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon."
-- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821)


On This Day In History

July 22, 1934 - Dillinger Gunned Down
Outside Chicago's Biograph Theatre, notorious criminal John Dillinger--America's "Public Enemy No. 1"--is killed in a hail of bullets fired by federal agents. In a fiery bank-robbing career that lasted just over a year, Dillinger and his associates robbed 11 banks for more than $300,000, broke jail and narrowly escaped capture multiple times, and killed seven police officers and three federal agents.

In April of 1934, the Dillinger gang went to hide out at a resort in Wisconsin, but the FBI was tipped off. On April 22, the FBI stormed the resort. In a disastrous operation, three civilians were mistakenly shot by the FBI, one of whom died; Baby Face Nelson killed one agent, shot another, and critically wounded a police officer; the entire Dillinger gang escaped.

With two other gang members, Dillinger traveled to Chicago, surviving a shoot-out with Minnesota police along the way. In Chicago, he lived in a safe house and got a facelift to conceal his identity. At some point, he also used acid to burn off his fingerprints. On June 30, he participated in his last robbery, in South Bend, Indiana. The gang got away with about $30,000 at the cost of one officer killed, four civilians shot, and one gang member shot.

In July, Anna Sage, a Romanian-born brothel madam in Chicago and friend of Dillinger's, agreed to cooperate with the FBI in exchange for leniency in an upcoming deportation hearing. She also hoped to cash in on the $10,000 bounty that had been put on his head. On July 22, Sage and Dillinger went to see the gangster movie Manhattan Melodrama at the Biograph Theatre around the corner from her house. Twenty FBI agents and police officers staked out the theater and waited for him to emerge with Sage, who would be wearing an orange dress to identify herself.

At 10:40 p.m., Dillinger came out. Sage's orange dress looked red under the Biograph's lights, which would earn her the nickname "the lady in red." Dillinger was ordered to surrender, but he took off running. He made it as far as an alley at the end of the block before he was gunned down, allegedly because he pulled a gun. Two bystanders were wounded in the gunfire. Public Enemy No. 1, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had deemed him, was dead.




Today's Birthdays

Gregor Mendel, Austrian monk noted for his experimental work on heredity (1822)
Stephen Vincent Benét, American poet and author (1898)
Alexander Calder, American sculptor (1898)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/22/2004 at 07:18 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - July 21, 2004

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Quote Of The Day

"One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half."
-- Sir Winston Churchill


On This Day In History

July 21, 1861 - The First Battle Of Bull Run
In the first major land battle of the Civil War War Of Northern Aggression, a large Union force under General Irvin McDowell is routed by a Confederate army under General Pierre G.T. Beauregard.

Three months after the Civil War War Of Northern Aggression erupted at Fort Sumter, Union military command still believed that the Confederacy could be crushed quickly and with little loss of life. In July, this overconfidence led to a premature offensive into northern Virginia by General McDowell. Searching out the Confederate forces, McDowell led 34,000 troops--mostly inexperienced and poorly trained militiamen--toward the railroad junction of Manassas, located just 30 miles from Washington, D.C. Alerted to the Union advance, General Beauregard massed some 20,000 troops there and was soon joined by General Joseph Johnston, who brought some 9,000 more troops by railroad.

On the morning of July 21, hearing of the proximity of the two opposing forces, hundreds of civilians--men, women, and children--turned out to watch the first major battle of the Civil War War Of Northern Aggression. The fighting commenced with three Union divisions crossing the Bull Run stream, and the Confederate flank was driven back to Henry House Hill. However, at this strategic location, Beauregard had fashioned a strong defensive line anchored by a brigade of Virginia infantry under General Thomas J. Jackson. Firing from a concealed slope, Jackson's men repulsed a series of Federal charges, winning Jackson his famous nickname "Stonewall."

Meanwhile, Confederate cavalry under J.E.B. Stuart captured the Union artillery, and Beauregard ordered a counterattack on the exposed Union right flank. The rebels came charging down the hill, yelling furiously, and McDowell's line was broken, forcing his troops in a hasty retreat across Bull Run. The retreat soon became an unorganized flight, and supplies littered the road back to Washington. Union forces endured a loss of 3,000 men killed, wounded, or missing in action while the Confederates suffered 2,000 casualties. The scale of this bloodshed horrified not only the frightened spectators at Bull Run but also the U.S. government in Washington, which was faced with an uncertain military strategy in quelling the "Southern insurrection" attacking the Southerners' defense of their homeland.




Today's Birthdays

Ernest Hemingway, American novelist (1899)
Janet Reno, U.S. Attornery General (1938)
Kenneth Starr, Independent counsel (1946)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/21/2004 at 02:25 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - July 20, 2004

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Quote Of The Day

"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators."
-- P. J. O'Rourke (1947 - )


On This Day In History

July 20, 1969 - Neil Armstong, First Man To Walk On Moon
At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." A moment later, he stepped off the lunar landing module Eagle and became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

The American effort to send astronauts to the moon has its origins in a famous appeal President John F. Kennedy made to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth." At the time, the United States was still trailing the Soviet Union in space developments, and Cold War-era America welcomed Kennedy's bold proposal.

In 1966, after five years of work by an international team of scientists and engineers, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) conducted the first unmanned Apollo mission, testing the structural integrity of the proposed launch vehicle and spacecraft combination. Then, on January 27, 1967, tragedy struck at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, when a fire broke out during a manned launch-pad test of the Apollo spacecraft and Saturn rocket. Three astronauts were killed in the fire.

Despite the setback, NASA and its thousands of employees forged ahead, and in October 1968, Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, orbited Earth and successfully tested many of the sophisticated systems needed to conduct a moon journey and landing. In December of the same year, Apollo 8 took three astronauts to the dark side of the moon and back, and in March 1969 Apollo 9 tested the lunar module for the first time while in Earth orbit. Then in May, the three astronauts of Apollo 10 took the first complete Apollo spacecraft around the moon in a dry run for the scheduled July landing mission.

At 9:32 a.m. on July 16, with the world watching, Apollo 11 took off from Kennedy Space Center with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins aboard. Armstrong, a 38-year-old civilian research pilot, was the commander of the mission. After traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, Apollo 11 entered into a lunar orbit on July 19. The next day, at 1:46 p.m., the lunar module Eagle, manned by Armstrong and Aldrin, separated from the command module, where Collins remained. Two hours later, the Eagle began its descent to the lunar surface, and at 4:18 p.m. the craft touched down on the southwestern edge of the Sea of Tranquility. Armstrong immediately radioed to Mission Control in Houston, Texas, a famous message: "The Eagle has landed."

At 10:39 p.m., five hours ahead of the original schedule, Armstrong opened the hatch of the lunar module. As he made his way down the lunar module's ladder, a television camera attached to the craft recorded his progress and beamed the signal back to Earth, where hundreds of millions watched in great anticipation. At 10:56 p.m., Armstrong spoke his famous quote, which he later contended was slightly garbled by his microphone and meant to be "that's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." He then planted his left foot on the gray, powdery surface, took a cautious step forward, and humanity had walked on the moon.

"Buzz" Aldrin joined him on the moon's surface at 11:11 p.m., and together they took photographs of the terrain, planted a U.S. flag, ran a few simple scientific tests, and spoke with President Richard M. Nixon via Houston. By 1:11 a.m. on July 21, both astronauts were back in the lunar module and the hatch was closed. The two men slept that night on the surface of the moon, and at 1:54 p.m. the Eagle began its ascent back to the command module. Among the items left on the surface of the moon was a plaque that read: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon--July 1969 A.D--We came in peace for all mankind."

At 5:35 p.m., Armstrong and Aldrin successfully docked and rejoined Collins, and at 12:56 a.m. on July 22 Apollo 11 began its journey home, safely splashing down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:51 p.m. on July 24.




Today's Birthdays

Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand explorer - first man to climb Mt. Everest (1919)
........ [Note: Tenzing Norkay of Nepal, was the other member of the team to reach the summit]

Carlos Santana, Really Excellent Hispanic musician (1947)


Confession From Allan: my definition of "natural high" is laying around a campfire way back in the woods, looking up at the stars circling around the sky and listening to Carlos Santana doing "Europa" from the Amigos album. Damn! It just doesn't get any better than that, folks! You oughta try it some time. The last time I did that was on a camping trip in 1999 in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and the music attracted two owls, a bear cub and a little doe. I had to play the tune four times before they all got enough and left me alone. True story.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/20/2004 at 01:16 AM   
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calendar   Monday - July 19, 2004

From the “People are Strange” Category

Hey, you remember when you were a kid, right? Mom and Dad were not cool. It's summer. Another month or so until school begins again. You're bored.

So what do you do? EASY!!! Call some friends to go "hang out."

Literally.

You know, if these little fucks want to be treated like sides of beef, then I say we oblige them. Bullet to the head (for being stupid) and then fed to the sharks off the Florida Keys. Then again, what did you expect. They ARE from Flori-DUH, after all!


Ladies, if your husband has a tendency to get a little "crazy" after he drinks, you may want to consider not letting him see this as he may get ideas.

This guy is truly revolting and I hope that when they catch him they do to him what he did to his wife.
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/19/2004 at 07:19 AM   
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Quote Of The Day

"A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know."
-- H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)


On This Day In History

July 19, 1799 Rosetta Stone Discovered
During Napoleon Bonaparte's Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests of Ptolemy V in the second century B.C. More startlingly, the Greek passage announced that the three scripts were all of identical meaning. The artifact thus held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been "dead" for nearly two millennia.

Two decades later, French Egyptologist Jean Franýois Champollion was able to decipher the hieroglyphics using his knowledge of Greek as a guide, and the language and culture of ancient Egypt was suddenly open to scientists as never before.




Today's Birthdays

Samuel Colt, American inventor (1814)
Edgar Degas, French painter and sculptor (1834)




Happy Birthday!

Samuel Colt, the man behind the handgun that armed the West.
Colt, Samuel, 1814–62, American inventor, b. Hartford, Conn. In 1835–36, he patented a revolving-breech pistol and founded at Paterson, N.J., the Patent Arms Company, which failed in 1842. An order for 1,000 revolvers from the U.S. government in 1847 in the Mexican War made possible the reestablishment of his business. He later built the Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company factory at Hartford. Colt also invented a submarine battery used in harbor defense and a submarine telegraph cable. His revolving-breech pistol became so popular that the word Colt was sometimes used as a generic term for the revolver.

"God didn't make all men equal, Sam Colt did."

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/19/2004 at 01:12 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - July 18, 2004

Weekly Pinup Gals

This weekend's pinup gals are from Harry Ekman and were seen on calendars during the late 1940's. A Chicago artist, Harry Ekman worked side by side with fellow Sundblom shop veteran Gil Elvgren, developing a lush style in oils uncannily like that of his mentor. His girls have the same fresh, wholesome glow as Elvgren's, and are seen in such typical Elvgren situations as bicycling, wading, and walking the dog. Like Elvgren, Ekman specialised in calendars but also worked in advertising.




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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/18/2004 at 10:35 AM   
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Quote Of The Day

"Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy."
-- Nora Ephron


On This Day In History

July 18, 1969 - Incident On Chappaquiddick Island
Shortly after leaving a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy of Massachusetts drives an Oldsmobile off a wooden bridge into a tide-swept pond. Kennedy escaped the submerged car, but his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, did not. The senator did not report the fatal car accident for 10 hours.

On the evening of July 18, 1969, while most Americans were home watching television reports on the progress of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission, Kennedy and his cousin Joe Gargan were hosting a cookout and party at a rented cottage on Chappaquiddick Island, an affluent island near Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The party was planned as a reunion for Kopechne and five other women, all veterans of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 presidential campaign. Bobby Kennedy was Ted Kennedy's older brother, and following Bobby's assassination in June 1968 Ted took up his family's political torch. In 1969, Ted Kennedy was elected majority whip in the U.S. Senate, and he seemed an early front-runner for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination.

Just after 11 p.m., Kennedy left the party with Kopechne, by his account to drive to the ferry slip where they would catch a boat back to their respective lodgings in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard. While driving down the main roadway, Kennedy took a sharp turn onto the unpaved Dike Road, drove for a short distance, and then missed the ramp to a narrow wooden bridge and drove into Poucha Pond. Kennedy, a married man, claimed the Dike Road excursion was a wrong turn. However, both he and Kopechne had previously driven down the same road, which led to a secluded ocean beach just beyond the bridge. In addition, Kopechne had left both her purse and room key at the party.

Kennedy escaped the car and then dove down in an attempt to retrieve Kopechne from the sunken Oldsmobile. Failing, he stumbled back to the cottage, where he enlisted Gargan and another friend in a second attempt to save Kopechne. The three men were unsuccessful; her body was not recovered. The trio then went to the ferry slip, where Kennedy dove into the water and swam back to Edgartown, about a mile away. He returned to his room at the Shiretown Inn, changed his clothes, and at 2:25 a.m. stepped out of his room when he spotted the innkeeper, Russell Peachey. He told Peachey that he been awakened by noise next door and asked what time it was. He then returned to his room.

Was Kennedy trying to establish an alibi? In Leo Damore's Senatorial Privilege--the Chappaquiddick Cover-up (1988), the author recounts an interview with Joe Gargan in which Gargan claimed that Kennedy had plotted to make Kopechne the driver and sole occupant of the automobile. Whatever Kennedy's intentions, on the morning of July 19 he went back to Chappaquiddick Island and then returned to Edgartown. At 9:45 a.m., 10 hours after driving off Dike Road bridge, Kennedy reported the accident to Edgartown Police Chief Dominick Arena and admitted that he was the driver.

On July 25, Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, received a two-month suspended sentence, and had his license suspended for a year. That evening, in a televised statement, he called the delayed reporting of the accident "indefensible" but vehemently denied that he been involved in any improprieties with Kopeche. He also asked his constituents to help him decide whether to continue his political career. Receiving a positive response, he resumed his senatorial duties at the end of a month.

There is speculation that he used his considerable influence to avoid more serious charges that could have resulted from the episode. Although the incident on Chappaquiddick Island derailed his presidential hopes, Kennedy continued to serve as a U.S. senator of Massachusetts into the 21st century.




Today's Birthdays

Nelson Mandela, South African political leader (1918)
John Glenn, American astronaut (1921)


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