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Ted Kennedy To Receive Knighthood

By Wyatt Earp | March 4, 2009

<i>Er, ah, where did I leave my Chivas?</i>

Er, ah, where did I leave my Chivas?

Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Edward Kennedy is “deeply grateful” that he will receive an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, he said Wednesday.

The long-serving Massachusetts Democrat and head of one of the most important families in American politics is being honored partly for his work on the Northern Ireland peace process.

United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown will announce the knighthood in a joint address to both houses of Congress Wednesday, media reports say. Brown is on the second day of a trip to the United States.

“This honor is moving and personal,” Kennedy said in a statement, “A reflection not only of my public life, but of things that profoundly matter to me as an individual. I accept this honor in the spirit in which it is given, with a continuing commitment to be a voice for the voiceless and for the shared ideals of freedom and fairness which are so fundamental to the character of our two countries.” (H/T - CNN)

I wonder if they will give Uncle Ted a suit of armor? After all of the beer he has consumed in his lifetime, he should feel very comfortable surrounded by tin.

I’m just sayin’.

Topics: Politics |

20 Responses to “Ted Kennedy To Receive Knighthood”

  1. Rick Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    This is B.S.

  2. Doghouse Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I hope she invokes the name of Kopechne before swinging the sword!

  3. BobG Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Sort of cheapens the concept of knighthood, doesn’t it?

  4. Alan B Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Suffice it to say, the news has NOT gone down well over here:

    + some comments from An Englishman’s Castle website

    “Some predicted more troops being sent to Afghanistan as Broon’s payment to Obama for the photo-opportunity but perhaps they got it wrong and this is the “payment”.
    We should remember Mary Jo Kopechne when this man is knighted.”

    “If this disgrace to humanity gets an honorary knighthood, all other knights should hand in their insignia and call an end to the whole tainted charade.”

    “Not sure if the old traditions are still practiced, but if the sword is tapped on his shoulders, could you cut off his head?”

    “For his services to underwater car-driving ?”

    “The only saving grace, okay, couple of saving graces, are that he’s gonna die before he can get invested, and he can’t (by law) be referred to as “Sir Edward” Over Here.”

  5. Old Soldier Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    What a joke this is.\

  6. Diller Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    How about”Sir Drownalot”?

  7. John D Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    “I dub thee… Sir Osis of the Liver.”

  8. Jon Brooks Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I’m kind of leaning towards Doghouse’s slant, only a lot more like the Union Sergeant giving the Oath of Loyalty to the ex-confederate soldiers in “The Outlaw Josie Wales”.

    Repeat after me….I Ted Kennedy

    “I Ted Kennedy”

    Being the scum sucking lowlife murdering theiving dog that I am….

    Now that would be classic. The Foley’s by the way, on the Irish side of our English heratige family..used to
    have parties to raise funds for the IRA..isn’t America wonderful:) LOL

  9. Jon Brooks Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    John D. wins any prize you got though..Sir Osis LOLOLOLOLOL

  10. Sully Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    There’s something unsettling about this to me. … And it’s not Senator Kennedy specifically. I just don’t like the idea of United States citizens willingly being knighted by a foreign country. It kinda flies in the face of what the founding fathers stood for. That “All men are created equal’ part and knighthood just seem at odds.

    I think it’s a nice gesture on behalf of the queen toward a man that many in The United States hold in high regard. I don’t, but he’s my senator and a dying man, so I’ll keep the kid gloves on.

    There is one compliment that I can give the guy… He didn’t spend his entire career running for president like so many others.. (ahem) Kerry… He did know how to compromise and hammer out a deal with the opposition.

  11. Petey Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Someone please correct me if I wrong, but doesn’t this constitute treason?

    U.S. Constitution,Article 1, Section 9: No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.

    The way I read this, is that because Kennedy is an office holder of the United States, he cannot accept this title without action of Congress.

    Add another line to Teddy’s rap sheet of uncharged crimes.

  12. Jon Brooks Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    You are an evil evil man Petey:) I like that:)

  13. RT Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Even my students were dismayed…yes, teenagers even get it. Who is the Einstein that thought up this one?

  14. Alan B Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Re Petey 4:41 p.m.

    Presumably with the power of the Kennedy family behind him, the consent of the Congress will be forthcoming by the time he is dubbed. But … will he kneel before the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island?

    To many in the UK he is not only a well known underwater car driver but he is also considered to be a major supporter and fund-raiser for the terrorist IRA.

    Re: RT 5:57

    Not her majesty, I am sure. She has little or no say in such political decisions. Few honours are in her unique gift and this is definitely not one. It ties in very well with our PM’s visit to your President and Congress and is a quick, dirty and free way of buying popularity.

    (There have, however, been some VERY popular knighthoods given to foreign nationals (a rare honour). Alistair Cooke (a former UK citizen) and Terry Wogan (very popular radio presenter from Eire) are 2 notable examples.)

  15. cbullitt Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    The Brits are exorcising their guilt over subjugating the Irish, even as they give their country away to Islam. It doesn’t matter that Kennedy’s a gargantun tool, or that Joe made the family fortune as a bootlegger–making sure it was exempt from any future inheritance tax. He was the Amabassador to the Court of St. James–so Teddy’s kind of, sort of entitled to it.

  16. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I’m gonna go and cheat on a Spanish exam..

  17. Ruckerman Says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    He should NOT get any honours from the U.K. He has done nothing to deserve such recognition. He’s a waste of skin lying thieving liberal Democratic basteward.

    The whole family was useless from “Jittery Joe” Sr who was sacked by President Roosevelt in 1940 for spreading defeatism in England and cosying up to Adolf Hitler to Teddy who bailed out of his car and left his girlfriend to fend for herself at Chappaquiddick Bridge. Maybe the only honorable member of the family was Joe Jr. who died in a plane crash in WW II but we’ll never know for sure. I thank God every day that I don’t live in The People’s Republic of Massachusetts that is represented in the Senate by the like of Sen. Kennedy, holder of the gold medal for the 100 m breast stroke and tin-rattler for the IRA and Sen John Kerry, the only REAL Vietnam War HEEERO. (He said so himself)

  18. Alan B Says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 6:31 am


    Yes, Joe was Ambassador to the Court of St. James -

    ” …from 1938 to 1940. As the U.S. envoy, he was an unrelenting appeaser and as unhelpful to Britain as it was possible to be in those perilous days, believing that Adolf Hitler was going to win the war. Derided as a coward and known as ‘Jittery Joe’ for panicking when bombs were falling, his term as ambassador ended abruptly, along with his political ambitions, during the Blitz in November 1940 when he remarked: ‘Democracy is finished in England.’ Within a month he was forced to resign.”

    Read the rest of the article to see how one of the most popular UK papers feel about the knighthood.

    I feel no emnity for Ted Kennedy - why should I? But to award his knighthood ‘for services to U.S.-UK relations and to Northern Ireland’ is an “obscenity”.

    I for one feel no guilt about “subjugating the Irish” in the same way that I suspect the majority of Americans do not feel a heavy load of guilt over the way you treated the indigenous populations in the USA.

    What this current Labour Government (with a PM who has not faced a popular vote) says it says in its own name, not mine or, I suspect, the majority of the country.

  19. usmc8511 Says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    So let me get this correct. If you drive drunk, crash your car and kill someone in the process then lie to police to cover up your involvement you are honored?

  20. Alan B Says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Re: usmc8511

    If your name is Edward Moore … No
    If it’s Edward Moore Kennedy … YES!!