It has been reported that Senator Ted Kennedy received an eight million dollar advance for his memoirs he titled “True Compass,” and the publisher plans on offering for sale a limited run of one thousand copies of the book for a laughable $1,000 apiece. Unless this thing comes with a $1,500 rebate it looks like the Obama administration may have to spend about a million bucks worth of that mysterious stimulus money so the old guy can go to his grave thinking somebody really cared about something he may have had to say, well the parts he could remember anyway, concerning his life as a Kennedy.
At a time when publishers are scrambling to keep customers willing to pay $26 for a hardcover book instead of $9.99 for an electronic version, the publisher of Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s forthcoming memoir is going in the opposite direction – issuing a limited edition it plans to sell for $1,000 a copy.
Twelve, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, is planning to issue 1,000 copies of a leather-bound, electronically signed edition of “True Compass’’ and sell them through the website of Hachette Book Group, the parent company of Grand Central.
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It really doesn’t matter what is contained within the pages of “True Compass” as Kennedy will forever be remembered by all but the most fervent liberals for one incident, his direct involvement in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne one fateful evening in July 1969, just a week before her 29th birthday.
Ms. Kopechne, who was the only child of Joseph and Gwen Kopechne, became a teacher after graduating from college but decided to move to Washington DC to begin working in administrative positions for various Democrat politicians including Robert F. Kennedy, Ted’s older brother, a career move that would eventually prove fatal.
July 18 1969 found Kopechne and Ted Kennedy on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts attending a small party in honor of several woman, known as “The Boiler Room Girls,” who had worked for Robert Kennedy prior to his murder. Interestingly all of the females at the party were single while all the men in attendance happened to be married but their wives seemed to have lost their invitations to the festivities that particular night.
Late that particular evening Ted Kennedy said he was beat and wanted to catch the last ferry off the island and offered to take Kopechne along for the ride as he claimed she wasn’t feeling well and wanted to get back to her hotel room too. However it was later reported that Kopechne had left her purse and hotel key behind when she left the party with Kennedy. They took off in a gas guzzling ’67 Oldsmobile but instead of turning left and taking the paved road towards the ferry they would need to get to the mainland he later claimed to authorities he became confused and turned right instead onto a dirt road that led down to a beach area he had visited earlier that day. As they drove along this dirt road they came upon the narrow bridge over Poucha Pond where he lost control of the car launching it into the water where it quickly sunk, upside down.
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Kennedy was able to escape the vehicle and swim to the surface but Mary Jo wasn’t so lucky. Kennedy claimed after he was able to get out of the sunken car he dove into the water several times in an attempt to save Kopechne but was unsuccessful so he left the scene and walked all the way back to the cottage where the party had been held passing several other houses on the way. Once he reached the house he called out for two friends, Joseph Gargan the host of the party and Paul Markham, both lawyers, to help him figure out what to do next.
There was no telephone in the party cottage but there were plenty of houses and even a volunteer fire station with an alarm nearby but the trio didn’t bother trying to contact the authorities. Instead they said they made a bee line for the submerged Oldsmobile claiming to have dove into the pond repeatedly trying to get to Kopechne. With no luck in the rescue attempt they headed back to the cottage passing the same houses for the third time now without reaching out to anyone for assistance.
Kennedy was subsequently driven to the ferry landing by his lawyer friends, who were pleading with him by then to call the police, some two hours after he drove his car into Poucha Pond. Why they didn’t take the initiative to contact law enforcement themselves remains a mystery since there evidently was a working payphone available right there at the ferry launch site.
It’s not clear how Kennedy made it across the stretch of water to Edgartown from the landing since the last ferry left the dock hours earlier but instead of contacting law enforcement as soon as he hit the mainland he made his way back to his hotel and hit the sack. Come morning Kennedy did begin to make some phone calls, not to the police but to his lawyers.
While Senator Kennedy was discussing his options with his attorneys, fisherman discovered the battered and sunken car in the pond and alerted authorities. By 10 am Kopechne’s body had been recovered which was about the same time Kennedy showed up at the Edgartown police chief’s office.
The chief, Dominick Arena, asked Kennedy to write out a statement as to what happened the night before which he did with the assistance of his friend the lawyer Paul Markham. Oddly Kennedy left out some very important details in his written statement failing to mention the party, where plenty of booze was available–Mary Jo’s blood alcohol level tested .09 the morning her body was recovered from the wreckage, those claimed repeated attempts by his friends to get Kopechne out of the car, and of course the 10 hour or so time lapse from the time the car went into the water and when he finally showed up–he never did call–at Arena’s office.
Inexplicably there was no autopsy performed on Mary Jo Kopechne, the medical examiner simply declared she died of drowning. That said, it has been reported the diver who recovered her body said he found her in the back seat wheel well area where she had evidently found an air pocket and held out as long as she could until the oxygen was consumed and she more than likely suffocated to death. Without an autopsy there was no way to know for sure how she actually died but in either case it had to be a horrible and terrifying way to go.
Arena said he charged Kennedy with the only crime he thought he could get to stick in the event of a criminal trial, leaving the scene of an injury accident, a misdemeanor, which Kennedy pled guilty to during his court hearing. He was given a two month suspended jail sentence and one year probation by presiding judge James Boyle.
In January 1970 a four day inquest into what happened the evening of the previous July 18 was held with the public and press banished from the proceedings and the records of the hearings sealed for a later date by request of Kennedy’s attorneys. The following April a grand jury met concerning the matter and came back after two days of deliberation without an indictment. Kennedy dodged a bullet but not before judge Boyle released the 764-page inquest transcript which included his opinions and conclusions that Kennedy had lied about his and Kopechne’s intention of going to their hotel rooms that evening, that Kennedy deliberately turned right on the dirt road instead of hanging a left toward the ferry landing and that because the narrow bridge he drove his car off of required such a careful approach it should have been crossed with great caution making Kennedy at least negligent and, quite possibly reckless when he approached it, as he testified at the inquest, at 20 miles per hour.
Beyond the avoidable catastrophe that occurred on Chappaquiddick Island almost exactly 30 years ago and all the excessive drinking and cavorting Ted Kennedy has been involved in since that terrible evening it seems he is quite the wobbler when it comes to some environmental issues that liberals are so fond of claiming as their own.
Many may have heard about Kennedy’s efforts to successfully block an offshore wind farm near the clan’s vacation home in Hyannis on Cape Cod. While he publicly claimed he was concerned about migratory birds, endangered sea life and shipping lanes, under his breath he declared there was no way this project was going to be built where he could see it from his property or where he sailed his yacht. Move it up or down the coast away from his back yard though and suddenly he is all for it.
Newsmax.com reported in May of 2006,
Sen. Ted Kennedy has strongly opposed an environmentally friendly “wind farm” off the coast from the Kennedy compound in Hyannis. Now he supports building another wind farm – in somebody else’s “backyard.”
A Boston contractor has submitted plans to construct a $750 million offshore complex of 90 to 120 wind turbine towers near Naushon Island and the towns of Dartmouth and Fairhaven to supply electricity to about 240,000 homes.
While the Cape Wind project Kennedy opposed would have been “in view of some of the wealthiest communities in Massachusetts’ Cape Cod,” the new proposal is for a “project in view of more working-class areas,” according to CNN and Reuters.
Kennedy and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who also opposes the Cape Wind project, “have voiced tentative support for the latest proposal,” Reuters reports.
In his book “Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy,” author Peter Schweizer disclosed that Kennedy opposed the Cape Wind project because “the wind turbines would be built in Nantucket Sound, about six miles off the coast from the Kennedy compound in Hyannis.
“The problem was not aesthetic; the Kennedys wouldn’t be able to actually see the turbines from their home. Instead Robert Kennedy Jr., who had been beating the drum for alternative sources of energy for more than a decade, complained that the project would be built in one of the family’s favorite sailing and yachting areas.”
Those Kennedy’s sure do like their yachts. But what about the pristine harbors where they park their expensive boats?
Politician appears to pollute “pristine Nantucket Sound”
By now every Cape Codder has heard our senior US senator Ted Kennedy proclaiming his resistence to the Cape Wind project on Nantucket Sound because, as he said, “that’s where I sail.”
He has called Nantucket Sound “a national treasure”, but his love and respect does not extend to his own habits, as these photos appear to show his crew dumping diesel fuel from the bilge of his yacht Mya into the same waters he tries to prevent others from using for renewable energy projects.
The photographer was so shocked as the scene unfolded on the day that the 2002 Figawi Race ended in Hyannis, that he put his dingy into the water and rowed out to question the crew member left aboard Mya that May day.
After he approached the yacht, the diesel slick coming from Mya was clear and spreading.
He asked the crewman “what the hell are you doing?”
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Just another example of that left wing hypocrisy but we’ve never heard of any calls for Kennedy to step down from the Senate seat he has owned for the last four decades for anything he has done in his life. Catch a Republican screwing around on his wife one time though and the howling from the left for the guy to resign is deafening.
Now we all know the 77 year old Ted Kennedy has been stricken with brain cancer and word has it he is in pretty bad shape even though he has gone through extensive and expensive treatment since he was diagnosed with the disease. While I don’t wish ill health on the man, he will have enough issues to deal with when the day finally comes that he must answer to his God, I do have to wonder about something Barack Obama said last month.
President Obama suggested at a town hall event Wednesday night that one way to shave medical costs is to stop expensive and ultimately futile procedures performed on people who are about to die and don’t stand to gain from the extra care.
In a nationally televised event at the White House, Obama said families need better information so they don’t unthinkingly approve “additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care.”
He added: “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.”
Since Ted Kennedy is one of the most vociferous advocates for government run health care for everyone living in this country I have to wonder if he will put some of his own skin in the game and heed the president’s advice.