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September 09, 2009


Fred Keller

"This works if your father and grandfather "encourage" their political and business associates to rescue you regularly, of course; you tend not to "fail upward" without that safety net...”

Reminds me of Teddy Kennedy. As for the “dim-witted,” trio (Limbaugh, Hannity, and Beck) without a single college degree among them; these self-made men are doing rather well for themselves without a sheep skin hanging on the wall. The only common thread between Teddy and Beck is that they were both alcoholics. And I think I can round up a few Kennedys that have abused prescription medications.

Also, I remind you, that unlike the late Teddy Kennedy, Bill O’Reilly (someone you neglected to mention) holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from Marist College, a Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, and another Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government—now that’s ironic.

Kennedy on the other hand, was kicked-out of Harvard for two years after being caught cheating (something he enjoyed for most of his life) on a Spanish final. Kennedy then enlisted into the Army and after 16 months (I’ve never heard of a 16-month enlist term, have you?) of service returned to Harvard in 1953—eventually graduating in 1956.

John Michlig

I'll not be defending the "self-made" credentials or character of any Kennedys. They practically provided a template for the Bushes.

(However, for all their bad habits, John and his older brother, Joe, conducted themselves rather admirably in battle [as did the senior George Bush]).

Fred, note also that YOU introduced the term "dim-witted" when referring to the unholy trio of Hannity, Limbaugh and Beck (however, I take credit for just now introducing the term "unholy").

My point in bringing up their lack of degrees and credentials is to emphasize a reason why they do NOT place particular value on education and they are NOT by any means role models for America's youth. They are, frankly, unabashedly anti-intellectual. They are free to be as wrong as they can be, contradicting themselves constantly, then chalk it up to "lack of book learnin'." It's so CHARMING.

As far as ACHIEVEMENT goes: H.L. Mencken foresaw squawk radio and FOX when he proclaimed that no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

I recommend to you the riveting film A FACE IN THE CROWD, starring Andy Griffith as the proto-Beck. Even in 1957. they saw him coming.

Fred Keller


Knowing me, you know I used "dim-witted," sarcastically.

I pulled Ted Kennedy into the mix to show who the real dim-wit is. And if you want to discuss "unholy" characters, let's start with "Papa Joe" Kennedy. Fortunately, we're running out of Kennedys. I wish I could say the same about the Bushes.

My film recommendation to you is: MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, starring Jimmy Stewart. ((SMILE))

John Michlig

We could split the difference and watch INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. :)

Fred Keller

Works for me!

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Excellent blog entry John. I don't think this "situation" could be framed any better.

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