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Former Representative Jim Traficant (D-OH 17th) was critically injured in a tractor mishap on his daughter’s farm in northeastern Ohio. The 73 year old Traficant was believe to be pulling a vintage tractor which tipped over him inside the barn and trapped Traficant underneath the machinery. Paramedics found Traficant unconscious and eventually medivaced him to a hospital in Youngstown, Ohio where he was kept in a medically induced coma to try to stabilize him before he expired.
In a case of sad irony, the accident occurred on the farm which became the focal point of the two month trial in which Traficant represented himself and was convicted on ten counts which included bribery, racketeering, and tax evasion. Thus, the House of Representatives expelled the eight term Congressman on a vote of 420-1 in 2002.
Traficant served seven years in federal prison before being paroled in 2009. While in prison, Traficant turned to art as therapy, which he would sell online to pay for more art supplies. But being in “Club Fed” did not deter Traficant from running for office. In fact, Traficant ran for his old Congressional seat while behind bars and won 15% of the vote vying against his former aide Rep. Jim Ryan (D OH-17th now 13th)
Traficant was a flamboyant figure on Capitol Hill. Traficant insisted on styling a pompadour which Traficant himself called “the weed whacker” but a hairdo which others likened to muskrats mating. In prison, it was became evident that Traficant just sported a bad toupe. Traficant also insisted on wearing out of style clothing in the well of the House, like denim suits and wide lapel sports jackets.
What drew great notoriety for Cong. Traficant was his eccentric, amusing and “earthy” One Minute Speeches.
Traficant would often punctuate his political rant by saying “Beam me up!”, thereby repopularizing the Star Trek catch phrase. Assuredly, Traficant’s quip of “Beam me up” sounds much better than supporters trying to sing it in a polka honoring the paroled Congressman.
These attention grabbing speeches would generate publicity as light hearted news for the low information voter, but these epic rants reflected the blue collar, common sense sentiments of his Mahoning Valley constituents.
James Traficant was a flawed but faithful fellow. May the heavens beam him up and he yields back whatever is left.
“For all of its successes, the Clinton Foundation had become a sprawling
concern, supervised by a rotating board of old Clinton hands,
vulnerable to distraction and threatened by conflicts of interest. It
ran multimillion-dollar deficits for several years, despite vast amounts
of money flowing in.”
Control access and effectively manage the message. So much for “All the news that’s fit to print”.
The site was turned into the Ebbets Field Apartments. However that did not destroy the nostalgia for the Ebbets Field and Brooklyn Dodgers among their die-hards.
Perhaps to overshadow this onslaught of bad news on the campaign trail, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) resorted to some colorful grassroots campaigning. As Senator Landrieu toured her old stomping grounds at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (class of ’77), she encountered a football tailgate in which young collegiates for the 58 year old senior Senator of Louisiana to partake in a keg stand as part of the Fighting Tiger’s home-stand against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Bobby Riggs was a pro tennis star who was at the of his game in the late 1930s and the 1940s. But Riggs is most remembered for his battle of the sexes. In 1973, the 55 year old Riggs came out of retirement to play a couple of matches against much younger female tennis stars.
Originally, Riggs wanted to play Billie Jean King but King initially refused.. But the so called Mothers Day Massacre of top female player Margaret Cox caused the 29 year old King to change her mind and agree to play Riggs. The Battle of the Sexes was played on September 20th, 1973 at the Houston Astrodome before a record setting crowd of 30,472 spectators and a television audience estimated at 90 million. King won the $100,000 winner take all prize on 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. This Battle of the Sexes elevated Women’s Tennis in America , fueled the politically correct womens’ liberation movement and highlighted the Title IX law.
Personally, this writer was chary about Scottish independence for sentimental, economic and geopolitical reasons. However, presuming that Scottish voters kept calm and voted no, it will be interesting to see how the Westminster Parliament implements “devolution max” in Scotland as well as how England asserts its interests in Parliament.