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Ted Kennedy Returns to Senate for First Time Since Surgery

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Ted Kennedy returned to the Senate today for the first time since his brain cancer surgery and received an extended standing ovation from his colleagues. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

And by the way, the Senate passed FISA today by a vote of 69 to 28, granting telecom immunity from warrantless wiretapping. Obama voted yes, Clinton voted no. McCain didn't bother voting.

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  1. Love ya, Teddy!

    Posted by: Universal Love | Jul 9, 2008 8:03:52 PM


  2. Ted Kennedy: Poster child for term limits.

    Posted by: yoshi | Jul 9, 2008 8:20:23 PM


  3. I'm glad to see the Senator back.

    The FISA bill precedent hurt us. I don't agree with the compromised view many, including Sen. Obama shares. I understand they see themselves vulnerable in this issue, but true courage and judgment entails risks. I hope Sen. Obama redeems himself in the near future. One day, with or without Sen. Obama, we will have our civil liberties back.

    Posted by: Rafael | Jul 9, 2008 8:43:40 PM


  4. Nice job burying the lead Andy.

    Yes, Kennedy's brief return to the Senate for an important vote is highly admirable and appreciated, but let's not lose sight of the reason he was there.

    How're ya all Obama fans feeling now, now that your chosen one voted for legislation to strip you (and the rest of us) of our civil liberties and right to privacy?

    Even his good friends Biden, Kerry, Dodd, Leahy and Reid voted against it. What happened to the promise made earlier this year to lead a filibuster of any such legislation?

    The frequency of his flip-flopping and backwalking is a threat to Kerry's reputation! What's next on his list of promises and positions he stated during the Primary that he will break or reverse from?

    Posted by: Yaris | Jul 9, 2008 8:46:18 PM


  5. My bad, Kennedy was back at the Senate for the Medicare funding vote, not FISA. (Both very important issues.)

    At least Obama used his brain on the Medicare vote to restore funding for the health care of older Americans.

    Posted by: Yaris | Jul 9, 2008 8:49:07 PM


  6. The REAL STORY is how Saint Barack helped to further strip what's left of our civil liberties. I love how each day he further reveals his true intentions and agenda. Hopefully people are paying close attention.


    Meanwhile Hillary voted NO.

    Posted by: michael | Jul 9, 2008 9:20:22 PM


  7. Hillary doesn't have much to lose, or does she? While I'm completely opposed to this bill. I don't buy the secrete agenda story. I further understand the principles that serve as the foundation for our democracy, and I'm confident that time is our best friend in moving away from Bush's policies.

    Posted by: Rafael | Jul 9, 2008 9:30:02 PM


  8. RAFAEL: This has nothing to do with Hillary. She's not the presumptive nominee. However, she would have voted exactly the same way she did today (voting NO!) if she was the nominee. She has always placed civil liberties of Americans as one of the key items on her agenda to protect.

    MICHAEL: Yes, thanks for pointing out the REAL story. I have yet to see one major newspaper or news network zero in on this fact. Right now, they're more concerned about Jesse Jackson. Civil liberties and citizen rights to privacy, and Medicare funding be damned. Obama's balls they must preserve!

    Posted by: Yaris | Jul 9, 2008 9:43:05 PM


  9. YARIS,

    I know this is not about Sen. Clinton, I was just presenting the contrast of hers and Sen. Obama's respective situations. If Sen Clinton was the presumptive nominee, she would do whatever it takes to win, we saw this in the primaries. Sen Obama is trying to survive the general elections. I'm not going to go on with this argument of the past, if you do, that is fine by me!

    Posted by: Rafael | Jul 9, 2008 9:55:36 PM


  10. Is he back from Chappaquiddick?

    Posted by: nobama | Jul 9, 2008 10:30:11 PM


  11. Don't agree on Obama's further eroding our civil liberties, but there are plenty of issues I do agree with him on.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Jul 9, 2008 10:55:06 PM


  12. One bad thing out of a thousand good ones, Obama is still better than any other candidate with a chance of winning.

    Posted by: ryot | Jul 9, 2008 11:09:05 PM


  13. Well, well, Americas' chickens have come to roost.
    First Americas' favorite rape enabling, "oh yeah, there was a girl in the car", alcoholic senator and our newest lying chicken together again!
    Oh happy day.
    But wait! There's more to come! Evidently after his coronation, Mr. O is going to up the limit for faith based funding. My dear, you do know faith based funding don't you? It's a simply lovely plan that makes those horrid, misguided poor people listen to a sermon and pray before they're allowed any gruel. Oh yes, these programs don't have to let in any , um, homosexuals if they don't want to.
    Well, at least he's on our side with Gay Marriage. What's that dear, oh. never mind.

    Posted by: thevegasstyleguy | Jul 9, 2008 11:10:04 PM


  14. thevegasstyleguy - Sir, you are misinformed. Religious organizations who receive federal founding, cannot discriminate against individuals. But yes, Sen Obama needs to get the message, we will not tolerate the breach of our civil liberties, and providing retroactive immunity to a crime is not acceptable.

    Posted by: Rafael | Jul 9, 2008 11:21:42 PM


  15. Rafael, seriously, help me understand this a little better. I was under the impression if they wanted to not hire or fire a gay person they were within their rights.
    I'm always open to being better informed.

    Posted by: thevegasstyleguy | Jul 9, 2008 11:46:32 PM


  16. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, those who sacrifice their liberties for security deserve neither liberty nor security.

    This vote says nothing but that Obama only cares about winning. Sadly I think the timing is poor as half the Democratic Party didn't support him in the primary and that half, me included, thinks he's lost his damned mind. If you think our liberties take a backseat to his rise to the White House, you do not deserve a vote and he doesn't deserve the Presidency.

    At this point, he will not be getting my vote in November.

    Posted by: Banne | Jul 9, 2008 11:46:53 PM


  17. Oh and thank GOD he isn't my constitutional law professor since clearly he has not read the 4th Amendment.

    Posted by: Banne | Jul 9, 2008 11:48:59 PM


  18. Don't feed the repug trolls.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Jul 10, 2008 2:13:11 AM


  19. thevegasstyleguy - My understanding is, that there will be provisions in Sen. Obama's faith-charities-expansion plan, which intend to prevent discrimination, to what extent it is not yet clear. To be honest, I'm kind of pissed right now, and I'm rethinking my politics altogether.

    Posted by: Rafael | Jul 10, 2008 5:35:56 AM


  20. I'm still voting for Hillary in November.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 10, 2008 5:58:32 AM


  21. Obama voted yes to the FISA bill which puts the power back in the hands of the FISA court to monitor the "wiretapping". Unlike the current dictatorial free for all under bushco.

    Yes, the immunity part sucks sh@t.

    The question though is wether you would rather chase after the companies or place power back in the hands of the FISA court

    No immunity and it would never have passed thus alowing bushco to continue to do the run around on the FISA court. No immunity and the repubs would have seen to it never going to a vote at all thus allowing the current fuck up to continue under bushco

    Again; it sucks......but it isn't what many are hyperbolicly bloviating (spell check) on about

    It also is important to note that one of our greatest presidents = FDR compromised and allowed the perpetrators of a coup aginst him and the US gov to go free with only fines as vs facing a firing squad. Bush's own ancestor was one of the ring leaders. Multiple heads of buisness in america were behind the coup attempt that would turn the USA fascist modeled after Germany and Italy. The general that was approahed by the heads of biz turned informant and turned them in. FDR had to compromise and NOT deliver the full force of the law against them because what it would to biz and the economy.

    Not a perfect analogy, but again would you prefer chasing after the telecoms for decades (they will fight back in court with appeals) or get at least something that starts to put the power back into the FISA court and out of the hands of the executive branch (which they stole)??????????????????????????????

    --------------------

    Another very important vote occured yestrday. MEDICARE! Every single last senator showed up and voted EXCEPT Mccain.

    Mcshame didn't even bother to show up to the vote on medicare. That is the main reason Kennedy showed up because funding Medicare is very dear to his heart. Obama showed up, every senator showed up to keep medicare going except mcshame. Medicare is the old retired folks health care for those who aren't sure about the difference between medicare and medicaid

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jul 10, 2008 8:24:31 AM


  22. Rafael

    Do you uderstan that what Obama proposed for the "faith based" to recieve money is that they basicaly have to adhre to purely secular FED regs. basicaly become secular to evn getthe money.

    - no discrimination basd on sex, race, religion, or sexual orientation

    - provide help without proseltyzing

    many of them wll not qualify for the money, many will not wish to qalify = hire a gay black hindu, and those that do wil end being turned into SECULAR orgs

    These groups haven't wokn up to the fact that Obama will be tripping their religous power if they go along and try to get the funds

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jul 10, 2008 8:30:14 AM


  23. sorr for typos

    stripping = tripping

    woken = wokn

    etc

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jul 10, 2008 8:33:56 AM


  24. Disappointed by the carnival barker already? Oh dear.

    Posted by: BILLF | Jul 10, 2008 8:47:11 AM


  25. I'm not going to defend Obama. However, I will say that McCain has a lot more up his sleeve to fuck this country up than Obama could ever dream of.
    I would imagine Hillary does not want you to waste votes on her this November, because she no doubt does not want John McCain in the White House. She is not the nominee, she will not win. If you truly do care about the difference between McCain and Obama, you're throwing your vote away by dumping it in her lap. Pull your emotions out of this and think logically, people. You think Obama is evil incarnate? Fine. McCain eats evil incarnate for breakfast. Like it or not, one of them will win in November, and neither are Hillary.

    Posted by: scientitian | Jul 10, 2008 10:17:54 AM


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