Tuesday, August 10, 2010

R.I.P, Ted

9 comments:

Tam said...

Heh. That's gonna look swell on his tombstone.

Justin Buist said...

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In the address bar enter: about:tubes

Doesn't work in Vista or 7 though.

Mike said...

I know we're supposed to do the whole "solemn public figure death" thing, but I can't bring myself to say anything but good riddance.

On the other hand, it's a way out I would pick for myself: quick crash at 86 years old after getting filthy rich sucking at the public teat for decades - not bad.

Rauðbjorn said...

I am aware that many people dislike politicians, hell I find them pretty repugnant myself. But Ted Stevens did a lot of good for Alaska. He voted the way we told him, he helped out those we asked him to and was generally what an elected official was supposed to be; the mouthpiece of his constituency.

If I recall correctly, Mike the allegations of "sucking at the public teat" made against Uncle Ted turned out to be a case of an overzealous prosecutor, and malfeasance on the part of the Federal Bureau of Intimidation.

I would take it as a kindness if, in the future Mike, you'd learn to use Google before babbling, and kindly stick to talking trash about things you understand.

Tam said...

The citizens of Chicago got all weepy over Rostenkowski today, too. Apparently he was good at bringing home the bacon for them.

Rauðbjorn said...

And so what if he was? Isn't that the job of a state's elected representative? The difference is that Rostenkowski was a criminal, and Stevens wasn't.

Joel said...

The job of a state's representative is to rape the rest of the country till all his constituents turn into unofficial taxeaters so he can keep getting re-elected forever?

Where'd I put that copy of the constitution? I must have missed something...

Tam said...

"The difference is that Rostenkowski was a criminal, and Stevens wasn't."

You forgot the word "convicted".

I'm glad for you that your favorite looter figured out a way to give you my money.

Mike said...

Yeah, Rauðbjorn, I actually did know old dead Ted was convicted on a bum rap - so was Capone. But just because Elliot Ness played a little fast with the truth, doesn’t mean Scarface Al was anything but a crook. And please spare me the “he did good things for Alaska” crap. Did he pay for some orphan girl’s heart transplant out of his own pocket? Did he go out anonymously at night and fight crime – or even pick up litter? Not likely.

What you’re really saying is the dirtball got together with all the other Lords of the Senate and collectively looted the people who actually create wealth then dropped a few scraps on the floor for you. Hope you tugged your forelock when your thanked him for his noblesse oblige.

But hey, there’s good news – my guy’s now a little higher on the senate greased seniority pole, and the tickling you’re feeling in your wallet is my senator getting ready to “do some good things for Ohio”… Sherrod Brown memorial six seat outhouse and salad bar anyone – put it on Alaska’s tab.

That’s how it works – 100 crooks in a round robin pick pocketing game – your pocket and mine. And while rubes like you love all the shiny getting delivered to your state on someone else’s dime, you’re too ignorant to figure out the bread and circuses are paid for by… “Oh hey why did the price of milk just shoot up? And look, Florida is getting a nifty bullet train.” Sucker.

I hear there’s a tryout for a part in the chorus for the remake of that great Hope-Crosby musical, “The Road to Serfdom.” Give it a shot; you’d be a natural.