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Susan Atkins Dies

Susan Atkins, the ex- Manson family member serving a life sentence in California for the infamous Tate Labianca murders died late last night after a battle with brain cancer at 61 years of age.

There was speculation that and pleas from her family for a release so Atkins could spend the final waning days of her life outside of prison, but that request was denied. Initially she and the other Manson Family members involved in those heinous 1969 murders were sentenced to death, but when the U.S Supreme Court ruled in 1972 that the death penalty was unconstitutional; her and the sentences of her fellow ‘family members’ was reduced to life in prison. And though I know this sounds cold-hearted that’s exactly where she should have been. After all a sentence of life in prison doesn’t mean ‘life in prison unless you have terminal cancer’ it means the only way you will be leaving here is in a body bag.




Senator Edward Kennedy Dies at Age 77

Above is the famous 1980 Presidential speech by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), marking the end of his campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination.

Massachusetts Senior Senator, “Liberal Lion”, and the last surviving son of the Kennedy dynasty that illuminated Massachusetts, the United States, and the globe passed on last night at the age of 77, following a lengthy bout with brain cancer.

Kennedy was the youngest of nine children, including President John F Kennedy and Senator Robert F Kennedy. Kennedy became a U.S Senator from Massachusetts in 1962, filling the Senate seat once held by his elder brother John. Following the deaths of his brothers, who fell victim to political assassins in 1963 and 68 respectively he took the helm of leadership as patriarch of the iconic Kennedy family, steering them and a nation through the shimmering waters of prosperity and greatness and the dark waters of tumult and uncertainty.

Throughout his nearly half a century in the Senate he sponsored legislation and heralded such causes as: Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Fair housing, Medicare, health care, Title 9 which called fore fairness for women’s school athletics, lowering the voting age to 18, ending Apartheid, and Peace in Northern Ireland to just name a few segments of that profound body of legislation that aided in broadening that great New Frontier, that idealism his elder brother John F Kennedy articulated in his 1960 Presidential campaign.

Kennedy of course was not without his sins, blemishes, and short comings. But his death and in life, despite often being the target and object of ire of conservatives, he marshaled bi-partisan respect and admiration.

Associated Press:

HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in an enduring political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. He was 77.

In nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy, a liberal Democrat, served alongside 10 presidents – his brother John Fitzgerald Kennedy among them – compiling an impressive list of legislative achievements on health care, civil rights, education, immigration and more.

In a brief statement to reporters at his rented vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., President Barack Obama eulogized Kennedy as one of the “most accomplished Americans” in history – and a man whose work in Congress helped give millions new opportunities.

“Including myself,” added the nation’s first black president.

Senator Kennedy is survived by his last surviving sibling, his elder sister Jean Kennedy Smith, countless nieces and nephews, grandchildren, his three children Kara, Teddy Jr, and Patrick, two step children, his first wife Joan, and his wife Vicki.

Here is the official statement released by the Kennedy family:

“Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. 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. 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, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”


Ed Nixon; the Last to Know?

Ed Nixon, the last surviving brother of former U.S President Richard Nixon, sure found out about his brother’s resignation from the Presidency in an awkward way.

This is a statement Ed Nixon made in an interview on C-SPAN, according to Reliable Source (H/T: political wire)

“I didn’t really hear anything of this until I came down the mountain from the campsite and stopped in at a barbershop to get some hair cut off my head, and it was the talk of the town.”

In case you forgot, Sunday was the 35th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation from the Presidency in the wake of the Watergate Scandal.

Here is the famous televised address on the night of August 8, 1974 where Nixon announced he would resign the presidency.


Another Gerald Ford Assasin to be Freed?

Here is what looks to be a fairly recent interview about the assassination attempt with Lynette Squeaky Fromme, the woman about to be released from prison.

Lynette Squeaky Fromme, one of the closest and most devout members of Charles Manson’s ‘family’ and who in 1975 aimed a pistol and attempted to assassinate then President Gerald R Ford could be paroled as soon as this month. This as the fortieth anniversary of the infamous Tate-Labianca murders approaches.

(CNN) — The president she once pointed a gun at has been dead for nearly three years, and her longtime idol and leader, Charles Manson, remains in prison.

However, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme is about to get her first taste of real freedom in more than three decades.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Fromme, now 60, is set to be released on parole August 16.

Fromme is housed at Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.

For years, she was one of Manson’s few remaining followers, as many other “Manson Family” members have shunned him. A prison spokeswoman would not say whether Fromme continues to correspond with Manson.

Fromme was convicted in 1975 of pointing a gun at then-President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, California. Secret Service agents prevented her from firing, but the gun was later found to have no bullet in the chamber, although it contained a clip of ammunition.

Personally I think this woman, even if she is now 60 years old should remain in prison. At one point during her prison tenure she supposedly assaulted a fellow prisoner with a claw hammer and in 1987 even escaped from prison when she is alleged to have heard a rumor that Manson was supposedly dying of Cancer. She has lavished praise on this monster who was her former master and was (and perhaps still is) m clearly infatuated with him. Not to mention she almost killed a U.S president, and if someone is so irrational and blinded by hate and malice they are willing to even attempt to gun down a head of state of the most powerful nation in the world, ensconced by a phalanx of secret service men, body guards, and reporters; what makes one think that anyone this ruthless would hesitate at all to kill any other person of less prestige?

Of all the former apostles of Charles Manson, she according to her statements in the past has been if not the one of the most devout and likely least remorseful. There are a host of other Manson family members in jail, who are responsible for the heinous Tate-Labianca murders. Many of them have expressed remorse, one even has Cancer; and although I am opposed to their release at least they have expressed remorse and have shown some signs they have reformed themselves.

Fromme was sentenced to life in prison and in this case with some who showcases such a dangerous history and a penchant for histrionics of a violent and erratic nature, a life sentence should be just that.

But Fromme was not the only assassin of President Ford. In 1975, another woman by the name of Sara Jane Moore actually fired upon the President, but luckily missed him. She too was recently paroled too.


This Date in History 1964

Following thier June disapperance in Philadelphia, Missisippi; the bodies of three young men registering blacks to vote; Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwarner, and James Chaney were discovered. Two movies were made about the murders.


Sarah Palin a Nixon Republican?

Sunday 2008 Republican vice Presidential Candidate and the now former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin resigned 17 months into her term as governor. Her lines attacking the media and those questioning Conservative (or in this day and age neo-conservative policies)made her sound like a bad cross between Dick Cheney and Cheney’s old mentor Richard Nixon, who in a speech of his own conceding the 1962 California Gubernatorial race gave his famous “You won’t have Old Nixon to kick around anymore” speech before a herd of reporters. Reports of her anger towards her critics also are consistent with the Nixon approach towards the press, politics, and governing.

But Ben Wyskida of Pinko Magazine, sees both similarities and contrasts between the Former Alaska Governor and the 35th U.S President.

Ahhhhh! It’s like how when I see Sarah Palin talk I want to spear my eyes out, but some Americans see a “maverick.” At least Nixon studied his policy. If he were alive today, I doubt that Nixon would tweet that “sealife near lush wet rainforests to energy housed under frozen tundra atop permafrost, God most creatively displays His diversity in AK,” tacitly implying the support of God for arctic drilling. In a way that makes Palin scarier — while Nixon was personally shy, and comparatively reticent about religion, Palin can be an outright zealot.

Like Nixon, Palin blames the media. “Stop making things up,” she told the gotcha press on Sunday. The biggest similarity though, is the willingness of Palin — like Nixon — to just say some shit. Let’s look at her speech. Objectively, Palin has achieved almost none of her core campaign objectives. How did she handle that? “Alaska: What I promised, we accomplished.” Oh! Great. Why are you quitting Sarah? “Isn’t it obvious?! A lame duck Governor can not serve their state.” That’s insane, of course — by that standard, 15 governors should resign, or never should run for re-election, but then they would be lame ducks in their first terms, so there shouldn’t even be Governors. Or something. It doesn’t make any sense. She loves to just say some shit.

In my post from July 4th, I wrote that Palin’s plan could work because the 2010 election presented an opportunity for her to roll out a killer stump speech, and go town to town to town (through “real America,” the towns that hate cosmopolitan liberals) campaigning for Republicans and attacking “elitist” Democrats while exploiting lingering race and class tensions



Buzz Aldrin Reacting to Conspiracy Theory

In the wake of the recent 40th anniversary of America landing the first man on the moon, here is an amusing video (H/T: Ben Smith) of Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin‘s reaction to the rantings of a conspiracy theorist who claims the moon landing was not real but staged. Now if only we could find someone like this to react to the birther nonsense.