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Senator Kennedy Diagnosed with Brain Tumor [May. 20th, 2008|02:26 pm]
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This is extremely sad and devastating.

"Malignant gliomas are a type of brain cancer diagnosed in about 9,000 Americans a year and are the most common type among adults. It's a starting diagnosis: How well patients fare depends on what specific tumor type is discovered.

Average survival can range from less than a year for very advanced and aggressive types -- such as glioblastomas -- to about five years for different types that are slower-growing."


If praying is your thing, this may be a good time...
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[User Picture]From: goditsfatal
2008-05-20 06:29 pm (UTC)
it's terrible, and not looking great.
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[User Picture]From: volare
2008-05-20 06:31 pm (UTC)
say what people will about his personal life. and plenty of people will take shots at him.

but politically he has been a giant. he's done so much to get legislation in place to help children, to combat bigotry and to champion equal rights.

we are losing an amazing politician here.
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[User Picture]From: goditsfatal
2008-05-20 06:31 pm (UTC)
absolutely. well put.
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[User Picture]From: dj_underdog
2008-05-20 06:42 pm (UTC)
He'll still get reelected.
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[User Picture]From: mkb_technologie
2008-05-20 06:46 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: thetathx1138
2008-05-20 06:43 pm (UTC)
Terrible to hear this. The man's worked hard and done a lot of good work.
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[User Picture]From: dj_underdog
2008-05-20 06:59 pm (UTC)
Maybe OJ should come run for office here in Mass. Everyone seems willing to forgive so easily here.
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[User Picture]From: madrigal
2008-05-20 07:01 pm (UTC)

kennedy curse, anyone?

I figured he would just live forever.

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[User Picture]From: limbodog
2008-05-20 07:44 pm (UTC)

Re: kennedy curse, anyone?

On a long enough timeline the survival rate of everyone drops to zero. Ted is no spring chicken cut down in his prime. I hardly think this qualifies as "a curse".
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[User Picture]From: ifotismeni
2008-05-20 07:03 pm (UTC)
man. figures this is how it would end. so sad.
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2008-05-20 07:05 pm (UTC)
Maybe not really the end. Report doesn't say he's about to die.
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[User Picture]From: genitalsmckool
2008-05-20 07:09 pm (UTC)
meh.

NEXT!
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[User Picture]From: whitefire
2008-05-20 07:40 pm (UTC)
I'm sure Rush Limbaugh and Howie Carr are handling this with characteristic good taste.
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[User Picture]From: limbodog
2008-05-20 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oh absolutely. As will the entire GOP voting base. Expect dancing in the streets and handing out candy a la Palestine @ 9/11.
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[User Picture]From: embers
2008-05-20 09:07 pm (UTC)
Who cares?
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[User Picture]From: 99catsaway
2008-05-20 09:30 pm (UTC)
Just a guess, but... millions of constituents and admirers?
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[User Picture]From: sonofabish
2008-05-20 09:22 pm (UTC)
I'm getting on the boat a bit late here but....

It will be a shame to lose Kennedy, but it's not like with his brothers, cut down in the prime of their lives.

There will always be the shadow of Chappaquidick hanging over him, yes. His poor judgement- whether from alcohol or shock- may well have cost Mary Joe Kopechne her life. Maybe she could have been saved.

There will also be Kennedy's long and honorable tenure as our Senator. He stood up for those on the fringes of society, fighting for the working class and the downtrodden and has been a strong voice for peace. He has remained true to his Liberal principals all throughout his career as a public servant, and while the trend of the country has been, quite bluntly, fuck the poor, Kennedy has always been a strong unwavering voice, fighting for such things as increasing the minimum wage, affordable health care for all, and protecting workers against those who would seek to exploit them. Many of those safety nets and protections we take for granted wouldn't exist if not for Senator Kennedy.

I hope Senator Kennedy recovers, but the prognosis isn't good. If he is to pass on, he will leave behind quite the legacy that in one way or another affects us all.
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[User Picture]From: jenskot
2008-05-20 10:31 pm (UTC)
Man, I thought my heart and soul was officially dead after 8 years of Bush, but this has me really discouraged.
I'm not really a "lefty" (more like a moderate, New Deal-Democrat), but I still revere Teddy as an effective legislator whose "family money" and "entrenched job security" has enabled him to stand up and argue for the smaller people who usually don't have a voice. Most of the more liberal candidates who do get elected quickly learn to shut their mouths or modify their positions, and the moderate side of me is okay with that (sure wish the psycho conservatives would chill too), but I'm really proud of Kennedy for continuing to butt his big drunken nose into every issue that comes across his plate, regardless of how little lobbying $$ he's getting for it. Anyone else floating on his family's name and money would probably be content to buy a baseball team and run some businesses into the ground and not actually pay attention to how policies are affecting his constituents, but not Kennedy. I'll happily re-elect his corpse (maythatnothappenfortwentyyearsgodbless).
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[User Picture]From: littlestarletta
2008-05-20 10:32 pm (UTC)
I love this comment.
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[User Picture]From: roachmckrackin
2008-05-22 01:08 pm (UTC)
Somewhere, Mary Jo is smiling...
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