Archie Comics To Feature A Gay Wedding When Kevin Keller Ties The Knot

Wedding bells are going to ring in Riverdale!

Last year, Archie comics caused a stir when they introduced their first gay character — Kevin Keller. Now, the recent announcement that Keller will get married in the January issue has sparked off an international debate. While many feel the first gay wedding in Riverdale marks a milestone, there are some who think it’s an unnecessary move by the publishers.

The wedding will be featured in #16 of the Life with Archie series, with the entire gang returning to their hometown to celebrate the nuptials.

Meanwhile the the Family Research Council said this: “It’s unfortunate that a comic book series usually seen as depicting innocent, all-American life is now being used to advance the sexual revolution.”

Eleanor Mondale, Daughter Of Walter Mondale, Dead At 51

More sadness to report from another wonderful political family.  Thoughts and prayers go to the Mondale family.

Eleanor Mondale, a broadcast journalist and the daughter of former vice president Walter Mondale, has died at 51, according to the Associated Press.

Family spokeswoman Lynda Pedersen says Mondale died Saturday at her home in Minnesota. Mondale had been diagnosed with brain cancer years earlier.

Mondale had been off the air at Minneapolis station WCCO-AM since March 2009, when she announced that her brain cancer had come back. She had surgery to remove the tumor in August 2009 at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. A post on her CaringBridge website declared the surgery a success.

Mondale worked for her father during his unsuccessful attempt to unseat President Ronald Reagan in 1984. She also made phone calls in 2002 in her father’s last campaign, when the former VP took the ballot slot of Senator Paul Wellstone, who died in a plane crash just days before the election.

Monarch Butterflies On The Sedum And Zinnias

In flight to the sedum.

Enjoying a zinnia.

Kara Kennedy, Oldest Child Of Senator Ted Kennedy, Dead At 51

Tragic story. 

Caffeinated Politics extends thoughts and prayers to the Kennedy family.  As always.

Kara Kennedy, the oldest child of the late senator Edward Kennedy, died at a Washington-area health club, her brother said Saturday. She was 51.

Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island, said his sister died Friday.

“She’s with dad,” Patrick Kennedy said. Their father died in 2009 at age 77 after battling a brain tumor.

Kara Kennedy had herself battled lung cancer. In 2003, doctors removed a malignant tumor. Patrick Kennedy said that his sister loved to exercise, but that he thinks her cancer treatment “took quite a toll on her and weakened her physically.”

“Her heart gave out,” he said.

Kara Kennedy was the oldest of three children. She and her brother Edward Kennedy Jr. helped run their father’s U.S. Senate campaign in 1988. The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome lists her as a national advisory board member on its website.

Kara Kennedy was born in 1960 as her father campaigned for his brother, John F. Kennedy, during the presidential primaries.

The late senator wrote in his 2009 memoir, “True Compass,” that “I had never seen a more beautiful baby, nor been happier in my life.”

She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2002 and was given a grim prognosis by doctors, her father wrote.

In the book, Edward Kennedy recalled her operation, along with her aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

“Kara responded to my exhortations to have faith in herself,” he wrote. “Today, nearly seven years later as I write this, Kara is a healthy, vibrant, active mother of two who is flourishing.”

In 2009, shortly before his death, Edward Kennedy was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama. Kara Kennedy accepted the award on behalf of her father.

In April article she wrote for the Boston Globe Magazine, Kara Kennedy recalled the lessons her father taught his children.

She wrote of family trips in the summer when the late senator would lead his children on explorations of historic battlefields and buildings, trips she said taught her that one person can make a difference.

“What mattered to my father was not the scale of an accomplishment, but that we did our share to make the world better,” she wrote. “That we learned we were part of something larger than ourselves.”

Saturday Song: The Statler Brothers “Shenandoah”