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We've Got Crackheads in Congress

That may sound a little harsh. But, if the shoe fits . . .
Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.), after crashing his automobile early Thursday into a security barricade, said today he will check into the Mayo Clinic for additional treatment.

Kennedy, who has received previous treatment for depression and addiction to pain medications, said he decided to seek help because the incident "concerns me greatly."

"I simply do not remember getting out of bed, being pulled over by the police or being cited for three driving infractions," Kennedy said at a Washington news conference broadcast live on cable television.
And I don't remember signing that bill that sold America into slavery.
"That's not how I want to live my life, and it's not how I want to represent the people of Rhode Island."

Kennedy said he had received treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota over the Christmas holiday that lasted through the congressional recess in January, allowing him to return to his job "reinvigorated and healthy." Moreover, he said, he had been since then "strong, focused and productive."

But he admitted he "struggles everyday with this disease," which can be thwarted by what he called "everyday life". Even taking over-the-counter medications can create problems for him, part of what he described as "a reality of fighting a chronic condition."

As Kennedy walked away from the podium, he was asked whether he intended to resign and shook his head no. . ."I need to stay in the fight."
Just so you that you know who we have fighting for us. And something tells me his is not an isolated case.
Police officers on the scene reported that Kennedy staggered from his car, a green 1997 Ford Mustang convertible.

"The subject's eyes were red, watery, his speech was slurred, his balance unsure," said the police report. But higher-ups at the scene prevented officers from giving Kennedy a breathalyzer test, according to the police union, which filed a protest.

"The driver exited the vehicle and he was observed to be staggering," wrote Greg Baird, acting chairman of the U.S. Capitol Police's Fraternal Order of Police, in a letter.
The man was WASTED!!! And they did nothing but escort him home! What a joke.
Officers approached the driver, who "declared to them he was a congressman and was late to a vote," Baird wrote. "The House had adjourned nearly three hours before this incident."
Classic! 'Uh, I'm a doctor and I'm late for an operation . . . no wait, I'm pregnant and about to have a baby . . . what, you say? I'm a guy? Okay, I'm a Congressman and I'm late for a vote! That's it!

Kennedy's past includes several troubling episodes, starting with his treatment in 1986 for cocaine use. More recent, a charter company accused him of causing $28,000 in damage to a rented yacht in 2000. That same year, he acknowledged that he was "on a lot of different medications for, among other things, depression," and was accused of shoving an airport security guard at Los Angeles International Airport when she tried to make him check his bag.
Nice to know we're in good hands, eh?


At Friday, May 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Qrswave Lacks Compassion
(Mighty Thor, 5 May 06)

Well remember Bill Clinton as President?--wasn't too much different, and they all take instructions so well, doing what they're told by Judeo-oligarchs and bankers (Council on Foreign Relations, CFR; see JBS.org); US Constitution is just some gosh-darned "piece of paper."

So qrswave, u need have more "compassion," pls; I'm sure Kennedy thinks he's great oligarchalist. Honest elections and death to the Fed. Thor

At Friday, May 05, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

I am compassionate.

It's one thing to be a crackhead (he's entitled to be one) but it's a totally separate thing to be a crackhead in Congress.

That's where I draw the line.

At Saturday, May 06, 2006, Blogger Frederick said...

At least he didn't shoot anyone in the face...

At Saturday, May 06, 2006, Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

In the words of Lush Bimbaugh:

"The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too.”— Rush Limbaugh show, Oct. 5, 1995

The real funny thing to watch as this plays out is how the liberal media pretty much ignored Lush's Plea-Bargain, but this Kennedy thing will be a virtual cable-"news" soap opera.
Legally Kennedy certainly should be dealt with accordingly, that for sure, but it still burns my ass that its ok if you are a republican.

At Saturday, May 06, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

No doubt, you guys make a very good point.

Out with all the crackheads - Republicans and Democrats alike!

(that ought to take care of all of them)

At Saturday, May 06, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

Kennedy crashed while DWI and so far the only people disciplined for having 'poor judgment' are the officers who drove him home.

The poor guys are probably taking a hit because someone higher up either told them directly or gave them the impression that driving Kennedy home would be the 'better' thing to do.

Officers generally do what they're told or they operate according to the prevailing culture in the precinct. They probably just want to hold on to their jobs.

If Kennedy doesn't get thrown out of Congress, then the government might as well piss all over us.

OMG, don't bother looking at the video they have up on the ABC link above. It begins with a bloody commercial that you can't fast fwd. Bastards.

At Sunday, May 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, it was the eightees, everyone was on cocain. :)

At Sunday, May 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...


How does this impact upon Patrick Kennedy's ability to enact laws? Sure, you like to demonize those who do not fit into your quaint views of morality, but the bottom line is that this does not impact Patrick Kennedy's ability to govern. It should be the voters, not you, who decides whether he stays or goes.

If, on the other hand, Kennedy were to take drugs while voting on a bill or while working, that is a different story. But what he does in his off hours are his business. Why do I care? Why SHOULD I care? If he were working for a private company, it is highly unlikely he would not be fired for off duty indiscretions.

We are not electing representatives to be "moral." We elect them to enact laws. I think you are forgetting this.


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