Sunday, October 15, 2006

Remembering Gerry "The Stud" Studds

What a great guy that Gerry was!

AP - Reaction to the death of former Rep. Gerry Studds, D-Mass.:

"Gerry's leadership changed Massachusetts forever and we'll never forget him. His work on behalf of our fishing industry and the protection of our waters from my driving has guided the fishing industry into the future and ensured that generations to come will have the opportunity to love and learn from the sea. He was a steward of the oceans. And boy did he love having gay sex with children."

- U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.


"No one fought harder for human rights, particularly in Latin America; for our environment; and for the fishermen of New England and the entire nation. He was a true pioneer of having gay sex with underage kids and getting away with it."

- U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., whose wife, Lisa, once worked as an aide to Studds.


"Gerry often said that it was the fight for gay and lesbian equality that was the last great civil rights chapter in modern American history. He did not live to see its final sentences written, but all of us will forever be indebted to him for leading the way with compassion and wisdom. He gave people of his generation, of my generation, and of future generations the courage to be who they are, if who they are, are people who enjoy having gay sex with minors."

-Dean Hara, who married Studds in 2004.


"Gerry was a stalwart champion of New England's fishing families as well as a committed environmentalist who worked hard to demonstrate that the cause of working people and the cause of the environment go hand in hand with the right leadership. Not to mention the cause of underage House pages who enjoy having gay sex with congressmen. When he retired from Congress, he did not retire from the cause, continuing to fight for the fishing industry, and New England's environmental causes, and illegally sodomizing young men throughout our nation's capital."

- U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.


"I am very saddened by the death of Gerry Studds. From his days in the early 1970s as an articulate and effective opponent of the Vietnam war, through his consistent leadership on environmental issues, to his insistence that the U.S. government stop ignoring the AIDS crisis, Gerry was a forceful advocate for causes that were not always popular and that were consequently shunned by many politicians. I never understood why politicians always shunned causes such as having gay sex with minors. He showed us all that if you're a Democrat, you can pretty much get away with anything. Gerry set the bar so high that the only thing I could do to top him, was to run a gay brothel out of my basement. Now back to the real bad guy here. Dennis Hastert."

- U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.

Ok I admit, I altered these quotes a bit.

It must ease Mark Foley's mind a bit knowing that he can look forward to having Republicans tell us all what a hero he was after he's dead. Right?

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Anonymous said...

'Tis a lot less expensive to say a few words over a dead body than to buy space in a political ad on TV, or in a newspaper. Jus' think of all the gay and les votes this little man is getting for the "Cause". Not that a word of what has been said is true. That's not the point or the objective. (It's a lot like China being "angry" at N.Korea these days:-)

Anonymous said...

As my grandfather used to love saying - "That bullet to the head was the best thing to ever happen to JFK's legacy. The guy got us into Vietnam - real constructive. He almost got us killed during the Cuban Missle Crisis, let's not forget the Bay of Pigs. And don't try selling me civil right leader, the man was a civil rights follower."

I'm paraphrasing, working it into a monologue there, but that was always his stance.
We love speaking kind words about dead people.
Kind of like all those Republicans talking about what a "great moral guys" that Strom Thurmond and George Wallace were.

Anonymous said...

Except that - you know - Wallace was a democrat. Damn, there goes my punchline.

Falling Panda said...

You're kind of right, but when Trent Lott said something nice about Thurmond he is forced to resign from his leadership position.

Anonymous said...

except that Lott's comment wasn't just "saying something nice."

"I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either."

That kinda falls out of the realm of looking past a man's falability to note his positives (hell, even Nixon managed to open trade with China), and lands more in the realm of praising said falibility.

A Functionally Illiterate Parakeet said...

Lott wasn't just praising Strom. he was inferring that Strom's campaign, which was based around racial segregation, would have made our country a better place.

Feel free to praise Strom. With nearly an eon in congress I'm sure he did many positive things for the country and his state, but professing your nostaligia for de jury segregation is a bit much for an elected official.

A Functionally Illiterate Parakeet said...

Oh, and by the way. What was the point of this post?

It really elevated the level of discourse.