A High and a Very Low from the Flash Report

I always say, I read the Flash Report so you don’t have too and in the days since the California Supreme Court’s ruling overturning bans on Gay Marriage, the whining on this blog is nothing short of a gut buster for lefties like us.

Jill Buck from San Francisco had a heartfelt post about the diagnosis of a brain tumor in Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy.  Here it is.  It’s marvelous, high brow, respectful and heartfelt.  An excerpt reads:

Like the rest of his family, Senator Kennedy could have done anything with his life, but he chose to champion the people. Whether we agree with his policies or not, there is no question that his motivation to help the poor, the needy, and the disadvantaged were at the heart of his actions and achievements. It’s too easy for naysayers to chide the Senator for his faults and imperfections, but none of us are perfect. Senator Kennedy is human, and we all make mistakes, but the greater lesson of his legacy lies in the modus vivendi that drove him to give voice to those not born to power and wealth. We can’t be reminded enough that he didn’t have to do this; he didn’t have to spend his life in front of the volatile and fickle political firing squads. Yet, he did.”

Jill is a total class act.   And then Jon Fleischman ruined it.  With this comment:


Wow, Jill.For a few moments, you took me to a higher place.

Then I remembered what an key role Ted Kennedy has had in taking away freedom and liberty from everyone in America and it brought me back to Earth.

Like you, I wish him Godspeed for a healthy recovery. No one, including a political adversary, should have to grapple with the tragedy of cancer.

Nice Jon.  Very classy of you. 

Ted Kennedy has taken away freedom and liberty from everyone in America?  Quite a statement that you can’t back up.  I don’t believe you know anything about the Senator’s record; there’s a great Adam Clymer biography of Kennedy I suggest you read.  Take away freedom and liberty…you mean like how Republicans want to deny freedom and liberty for Gays and Lesbians who wish to marry?  How you will defend the Yacht Party’s tax sloophole while school’s lay off teachers and increase class sizes.  Here’s a few short words on Senator Edward Kennedy’s impact on America: 

In April 2006, Kennedy was selected by Time as one of “America’s 10 Best Senators”; the magazine noted that he had “amassed a titanic record of legislation affecting the lives of virtually every man, woman and child in the country” and that “by the late 1990s, the liberal icon had become such a prodigious cross-aisle dealer that Republican leaders began pressuring party colleagues not to sponsor bills with him”.

This, my friends, is a new low from the Flash Report.

  7 comments for “A High and a Very Low from the Flash Report

  1. RHackett
    May 21, 2008 at 8:39 am


    At this point in time nothing from Jon should surprise you. Thank you for
    reading the FlashReport, I stopped months ago. Jon is one of the biggest
    hypocrites so typical of the right wing noise machine.

  2. RHackett
    May 21, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Hit the send button too quickly.

    The philosophies of folks like Jonny can be summed up in two sentences:

    Comfort the comfortable

    Afflict the afflicted

  3. Dan Chmielewski
    May 21, 2008 at 8:46 am

    I was explaining this story to my high schooler this morning and then relayed Jon’s comment; his comment back was “bet he’s not the only one” and sure enough, there’s a story online about how radio host Michael Savage is playingDead Kennedys music on his show. Classy, aren’t they?

  4. Heather Pritchard
    May 21, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Nothing like having a conservative kick someone when they are down. What about Cheney/Bush? My God the mind boggles.

    I’m heartbroken about Senator Kennedy, he’s been a beacon for many liberals who believe that the Government can do good for people. Knowing him, he will fight hard and he will savor every moment he has left.

  5. Dan Chmielewski
    May 21, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Can you imagine the uproar if liberals piled on Reagan after he announced he had Alzheimer’s? Arlen Spector’s cancer has returned, and no one is wishing him ill. Jon’s comment was pathetic cheap shot; I’ve lost family members to cancer and its about as cruel a disease as they come. Being a cancer survivor and still finding breath to wish them a recovery while dissing their life’s work is pretty low class.

  6. May 21, 2008 at 10:36 am

    “Taking away freedom and liberty from everyone in America.”

    Right, Fleischman. It must have been Kennedy who suspended habeas corpus.

    Musta been Kennedy whose justice department has focused so much of its resources on punishing and imprisoning medical marijuana sellers and users.

    Musta been Kennedy whose Pentagon has pursued unprecedented stop-loss in an unnecessary war for national guardsmen who had no idea what they were signing up for.

    Musta been that damn Kennedy who’s pushing so hard to keep eavesdropping on us Americans illegally.

    Thanks to you Jon I know I’m going to be going this whole afternoon remembering other ways that pinche Ted Kennedy has taken away my freedoms and liberties.

  7. The left choice
    May 22, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    That is why we a Dems, Dan. Reps are just too mean-spirited. When President Reagan died, I took pause and watched the four day funeral procession out of respect that he was the our former leader. The reps just do not respect the lives of those who disagree with them. I am sure Jon will be celebrating the day the Senator does pass on. It would be nice for him to say he hopes for a speedy recovery, without being a jerk, and leave it at that, but that is how the reps are built – just plain mean… No wonder the party is dying a slow painful death in California.

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