Tag Archives: obituaries

  Science is not a dirty word

Public Health Hero C. Everett Koop Once Again Puts Biology Above Politics, Dies

C. Everett Koop, the Surgeon General whose anti-abortion stance appeared to be a feather in the Religious Right’s cap when Ronald Reagan appointed him in 1981, but whose subsequent career as a crusader for science-based policy turned out to be a big black eye for the tobacco industry and gay-haters, died yesterday at the age of 96. Let’s take a few minutes to remember a man whose insistence on putting science ahead of ideology surprised the liberals who initially opposed him and flummoxed the Culture Warriors who eventually came to consider him a traitor. Read more on Public Health Hero C. Everett Koop Once Again Puts Biology Above Politics, Dies…
  maybe this is why our internet has not been working today?

Inventor of Pretty Much Everything Steve Jobs Dies At 56

This is “politics news” insofar as we know that 126.9% of you Wonketteers would not even be reading this post right now without some kind of Apple device that also enables you to continue the grueling daily process of existing, so let us all take a moment to say goodbye to Apple founder Steve Jobs, who passed away today at the age of 56. Oh ha ha, does everyone remember that time that Obama tried to bribe America to love him with free iPads? None of this could have happened, without Steve Jobs. Read more on Inventor of Pretty Much Everything Steve Jobs Dies At 56…
  this seems to happen

David Broder Dead

David S. Broder, 81, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and one of the most respected writers on national politics for four decades, died Wednesday in Arlington of complications from diabetes. Read more on David Broder Dead…
  death and teleprompterz

Hot Dead-People Trend: ‘In Lieu of Flowers, Defeat Barack Obama’

Because old people are disproportionately Republican and old, a high percentage of those currently planning on voting that black man out of office will be dead before they get the chance. But they are not powerless! They can make sure their final decisions on this Earth are motivated by their favorite emotion, hate, and the object of their hate, the president of the United States. Yes, many dead people are now asking in their obituaries that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to candidates who oppose Barack Obama. Our nation’s dead people are ANGRY and are not above making their funerals political. Death is a time for reflecting on WHERE IS THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE? Read more on Hot Dead-People Trend: ‘In Lieu of Flowers, Defeat Barack Obama’…
  we all die of complications really

And Also Richard Holbrooke Died

Longtime U.S. diplomat Richard C. Holbrooke, whose relentless prodding and deft maneuvering yielded the 1995 Dayton peace accords that ended the war in Bosnia – a success he hoped to repeat as President Obama’s chief envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan – died Monday in Washington of complications from surgery to repair a torn aorta. He was 69. Read more on And Also Richard Holbrooke Died…
  the best and the brightest

ROBERT McNAMARA IS DEAD: Jesus, anybody else feel like dying in the next week or two? Because now is clearly the time to do it! Robert McNamara prosecuted America’s hopeless adventure in Vietnam on behalf of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson; he also did many other things, which nobody remembers on account of the war. [Washington Post] Read more on …
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‘A BLEEDING HEART CONSERVATIVE': Former Republican VP candidate Jack Kemp died over the weekend. He was sort of a loony supply-sider, but he actually cared about the working class and racial justice and all sorts of good things. A decent guy and one of the last of the big-tent Republicans. [Obit Magazine] Read more on …
  sad news

SO LONG, STUDS TERKEL: The great collector of oral histories has died at the age of 96. “I’ve met hundreds, no, I’ve met thousands of interesting people, and I’ve been so caught up with them and fascinated by them and intrigued with them, it’s almost like there’s no room inside me to be interested in my own feelings and thoughts,” he once told an interviewer. [New York Times] Read more on …
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SAD NEWS: David Foster Wallace, a brilliant writer and from all reports a kind, generous, and decent person, killed himself on Friday. He recently published a standalone version of a 2000 essay about John McCain; the book is called McCain’s Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain and a Whole Bunch of Actual Reporters, Thinking About Hope and here is a good interview about it. [Los Angeles Times] Read more on …
  sad news

OH NOES ESTELLE GETTY DIED: Yeah, no “hot DC gossip” angle on this one unless you want to make yet another dumb John McCain/old people joke. Farewell, Sophia Petrillo! [Estelle Getty’s web page] Read more on …
 

Elegant, Witty Conservative Writer William F. Buckley Jr. Dies, Leaving No Intellectual Heirs

You’d never know it by reading National Review today, but that conservative magazine used to be an important, interesting and intellectual journal. That’s because William F. Buckley Jr., who died early this morning at the ripe old age of 82, was a hell of a writer (but a crappy novelist). He also had famous eyebrows, as the New York Times notes in its obituary. Read more on Elegant, Witty Conservative Writer William F. Buckley Jr. Dies, Leaving No Intellectual Heirs…
 

“With her passing, Ethel’s final wish was ultimately granted when she did not have to see Hillary Clinton become president.” [Lowell Sun]
 

Nazi Scumbag Finally Dies

Evil Nazi war criminal Kurt Waldheim is finally dead at 88. The Nazi not only survived the “Jewish war” but thrived for another sixty years as a diplomat and politician, eventually becoming the head of the United Nations and president of Austria. Read more on Nazi Scumbag Finally Dies…
 

Business Section Decadent, Depraved

Henry Allen, we know you’re a Pulitzer-winning critic, a respected old newspaper veteran, all that jazz. But please — the death of Ken Lay does not call for a rewrite of Hunter S. Thompson’s Nixon obit. Ken Lay was a garden-variety crook, not the near-mythic villain of a generation. You are a Washington Post staff writer, not an iconoclastic, self-destructive legend. Here are some phrases that should not appear in the Washington Post: Read more on Business Section Decadent, Depraved…
 

Metro Section: Dying of Hunger

* Lloyd Bentsen hasn’t even been dead long enough to turn over in his grave, and already he has a rap obituary. [Dealing in Subterfuges] * While President Clinton loves Lauriol Plaza, the rest of the world continues to call it “the Bennigan’s of 18th St.” [FreeRide] Read more on Metro Section: Dying of Hunger…
 

Remainders: The White House of the Past, Present, and Future

What’s up with Condi’s new ‘do? Could her hairstyle offer clues to her future plans? [Baltimore Sun] John McCain tries to out-pander Hillary. [Queerty] Today brought news of the passing of two Reagan and Nixon Administration alums: Caspar Weinberger and Lyn Nofziger. [Hotline On Call] Read more on Remainders: The White House of the Past, Present, and Future…