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John Dingell: My last words for America - The Washington Post
"John D. Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who served in the U.S. House from 1955 to 2015, was the longest-serving member of Congress in American history. He dictated these reflections to his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), at their home in Dearborn, on Feb. 7, the day he died.

One of the advantages to knowing that your demise is imminent, and that reports of it will not be greatly exaggerated, is that you have a few moments to compose some parting thoughts.

In our modern political age, the presidential bully pulpit seems dedicated to sowing division and denigrating, often in the most irrelevant and infantile personal terms, the political opposition.

And much as I have found Twitter to be a useful means of expression, some occasions merit more than 280 characters.

My personal and political character was formed in a different era that was kinder, if not necessarily gentler. We observed modicums of respect even as we fought, often bitterly and savagely, over issues that were literally life and death to a degree that — fortunately – we see much less of today.

Think about it:

Impoverishment of the elderly because of medical expenses was a common and often accepted occurrence. Opponents of the Medicare program that saved the elderly from that cruel fate called it “socialized medicine.” Remember that slander if there’s a sustained revival of silly red-baiting today.


Not five decades ago, much of the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth — our own Great Lakes — were closed to swimming and fishing and other recreational pursuits because of chemical and bacteriological contamination from untreated industrial and wastewater disposal. Today, the Great Lakes are so hospitable to marine life that one of our biggest challenges is controlling the invasive species that have made them their new home.

We regularly used and consumed foods, drugs, chemicals and other things (cigarettes) that were legal, promoted and actively harmful. Hazardous wastes were dumped on empty plots in the dead of night. There were few if any restrictions on industrial emissions. We had only the barest scientific knowledge of the long-term consequences of any of this.

And there was a great stain on America, in the form of our legacy of racial discrimination. There were good people of all colors who banded together, risking and even losing their lives to erase the legal and other barriers that held Americans down. In their time, they were often demonized and targeted, much like other vulnerable men and women today.


Please note: All of these challenges were addressed by Congress. Maybe not as fast as we wanted, or as perfectly as hoped. The work is certainly not finished. But we’ve made progress — and in every case, from the passage of Medicare through the passage of civil rights, we did it with the support of Democrats and Republicans who considered themselves first and foremost to be Americans.

Opinion | Political apologies should not be this hard
From wearing blackface to having inappropriate sexual relations, people who serve in public office must meet a higher standard of repentance. (Joshua Carroll/The Washington Post)

I’m immensely proud, and eternally grateful, for having had the opportunity to play a part in all of these efforts during my service in Congress. And it’s simply not possible for me to adequately repay the love that my friends, neighbors and family have given me and shown me during my public service and retirement.

But I would be remiss in not acknowledging the forgiveness and sweetness of the woman who has essentially supported me for almost 40 years: my wife, Deborah. And it is a source of great satisfaction to know that she is among the largest group of women to have ever served in the Congress (as she busily recruits more).

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In my life and career, I have often heard it said that so-and-so has real power — as in, “the powerful Wile E. Coyote, chairman of the Capture the Road Runner Committee.”

It’s an expression that has always grated on me. In democratic government, elected officials do not have power. They hold power — in trust for the people who elected them. If they misuse or abuse that public trust, it is quite properly revoked (the quicker the better).

I never forgot the people who gave me the privilege of representing them. It was a lesson learned at home from my father and mother, and one I have tried to impart to the people I’ve served with and employed over the years.

As I prepare to leave this all behind, I now leave you in control of the greatest nation of mankind and pray God gives you the wisdom to understand the responsibility you hold in your hands.

May God bless you all, and may God bless America."
history  politics  obituaries  news  2019 
9 weeks ago by daguti
Stock Markets to Close Wednesday to Honor President George H.W. Bush | Fortune
world-records = Wow, I don't think I've ever heard of the stock market closing to honor someone's death.
news  2018  obituaries  world-records 
december 2018 by daguti
Zilpha Keatley Snyder dies at 87; wrote fantastical children's books
I remember Zilpha Keatley Snyder from the "Below The Root" video game I played on my Tandy 1000SX in the mid 80's. I stole her book "Below the Root" from Soehl and still have it to this day. I actually just read the first chapter while I was foam rolling.
obituaries  news  2014  retro-nostalgia-modern 
march 2018 by daguti
Remembering Gene Sharp, a pioneer of people power
Unrelated to his death, but just because I always forget her name: Jamila Raqib is the young woman who served as the executive director of The Albert Einstein Institute.
people-gene-sharp  news  2018  obituaries 
february 2018 by daguti
In Memory of Tom Lotta: father, artist, boxer - News - MPNnow - Canandaigua, NY
This is the artist that made "The Country Store" which is hanging in my parents' kitchen. Crazy that he just died in 2007.
art  obituaries 
october 2014 by daguti
Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Sr. Dies : The Two-Way : NPR
Wow.... ""The expression of Rev. Phelps's bigotry managed to offend the conscience of the Ku Klux Klan, which staged protests to counter Westboro's demonstrations at military funerals."" -------------------------------- marketing-tactics--shocking-or-weird = Were it not for their extreme tactics (you could even call it excellent marketing knhow-how) you might never have heard of these kooks. -------------------- More in depth: http://news.msn.com/obits/phelps-tested-free-speech-with-anti-gay-protests
obituaries  sexuality-homo  marketing-tactics--shocking-or-weird  history-wrong-side-of 
march 2014 by daguti
Report: Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist Church, near death – LGBTQ Nation
obituary = Not quite dead yet, but I'll take this as an obituary. Good riddance.
obituaries  news  2014  religion  sexuality-homo  hypocrisy 
march 2014 by daguti
Joybubbles, 58, Peter Pan of Phone Hackers, Dies - New York Times
"When asked why Mr. Rogers mattered, he said: “When you’re playing and you’re just you, powerful things happen.”"
amazing  history-computer  obituaries  meetup-movnat-be-fit-or-be-dead  telephone 
february 2013 by daguti
Man writes his own obituary, comes clean about not really having Ph.D., stealing safe - U.S. News
Not really a heist, but I listed it here, because he seems to have gotten away with a lot in his life and confessed to it in his obituary.
interesting  death-dying  crime-heists  obituaries 
july 2012 by daguti
Dick Clark, dead at 82, made rock 'n roll safe for mainstream (with video)
long-term-thinking, strategy = "At 26, Clark was thinking long-term. Worried that the youth-conscious broadcasting world might someday force him into a reluctant retirement, he launched his production company to ensure that he would always have a business to fall back on.

Clark’s savvy business eye and increasingly attuned pop ear took him into wider music pursuits. He used “Bandstand” as a foundation for his new roles as artist manager, music publisher and running record-pressing plants and a distribution business."
2012  news  long-term-thinking  strategy  obituaries 
april 2012 by daguti
John Fairfax, Who Rowed Across Oceans, Dies at 74 - NYTimes.com
"...the first lone oarsman in recorded history to traverse any ocean. " (let alone 2 oceans)
sports-extreme  obituaries  world-records  amazing 
february 2012 by daguti
Yahoo! 2011 Year In Review - Video: Farewell to those we lost in 2011
Elizabeth Taylor, Steve Jobs, Joe Frazier, Amy Winehouse, etc...
obituaries  2011  news  video 
february 2012 by daguti
Steve Jobs dead: Tributes as Apple's legions of fans mark death of hero | Mail Online
Make sure to view the last photo on the page. Such a young Steve Jobs & Bill Gates. Totally retro. There's something in Gates' eyes even at that age.
people-steve-jobs  people-bill-gates  photos  obituaries  news  2011 
october 2011 by daguti
Google's Eric Schmidt on Steve Jobs [Video Interview]
fix-later = Is there an Eric Schmidt tag?

Make sure to click the "Bloomberg TV" link in the first paragraph to watch the full video. The embedded video at the bottom is only an excerpt. ------ Actually, it looks like the clickthrough video is the same as the embedded video. Not sure where to get the full version... (you can see the edits at around 0:50 and 1:15 among others)
people-steve-jobs  obituaries  google  video 
october 2011 by daguti
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