Posted 5 years ago on June 2, 2012, 2:47 p.m. EST by OccNoVi
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[Mitt Romney and Chappaquiddick. Google: Bishop Jean Vilnet -- you will find an exemplary life.]
Bishop Jean-Félix-Albert-Marie Vilnet. A.k.a., "Albert Marie" if you listen to Mitt Romney and his Team Lying gang.
Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts on July 18, 1969. The road between Bazas and Bernos-Beaulac, France on June 16, 1968.
Same difference. Two tragic deaths with major American presidential candidates driving. Romney's cover-up of his responsibility and his claim of a "three day coma" afterward are the dominant stories.
Bad driving, a car wreck, a woman killed, obscured and missing police reports, statements describing the aftermath to the incident that are implausible -- that is what we have for both drivers, Ted Kennedy and Mitt Romney.
Kennedy was driving his mother's Lincoln or his own Oldsmobile. Romney was driving a Citroen DS arranged by his boss. Thisa same man H. Duane Anderson was also the husband of the deceased.
Kennedy was not familiar with the island's roads or with the car. Romney was a new driver out for the first time driving that car and had never driven the Citroen DS.
Kennedy blamed no one but himself.
The car at Chappaquiddick was going slowly, maybe 15 or 20 miles an hour at the most, so Kennedy was not injured as the car slid off into the water. Kennedy has said that he tried to save Kopechne by diving back in to the water and swimming down to find her -- ultimately unsuccessful as the car was upside down and Kopechne was in the back seat. Descriptions of the aftermath to the accident were where plausible truth and media-aimed stories diverged at a rapid pace.
Romney injured, but only seriously with torn tissue in his right elbow in what was a moderate-speed head-on collision. Mormon sources say that French police at the scene wrote "Il est mort" in his passport. However, "La dame est morte" is more like it. Leola Anderson is the person who was dying. Photos of Mitt Romney in the Bazas hospital show him in a normal hospital bed on the Monday morning after the accident. He was never in the ICU. He was not monitored for coma. The evidence indicated that the "three day coma" claim published in "The Real Romney" is bogus.
One verified fact is that Romney was thrown out of the Citroen DS. Local witnesses saw him on the roadway.
Media coverage has been pitiful.
No one was charged in the Romney accident. The other driver was a Catholic priest, identified repeatedly in the statements of Romney and his friends as "Albert Marie, 46" was driving a Mercedes-Benz. Supposedly this bad driver was carrying his mother, identified as "Marie-Antoinette Marie," and a friend identified as "Marguerite Longué, 48."
We are unable to confirm any such priest with the name including "Albert Marie" with Marie as the surname and anything like the right birth date.
However, there was a close match to a priest born in 1922. That is, Bishop Jean-Félix-Albert-Marie Vilnet. Then there comes out a news photo of Mgr. Vilnet from 1969 from an investiture that certainly resembled one of the 1968 photographs from the Bazas hospital. (Boston Globe has that photo mislabeled.) Additional photos were obtained in France from the early 1970s and going back to the 1950s and early 1960s. On the photographic evidence and additional investigation with people who know him, this is Bishop Vilnet.
The other driver was Bishop Jean Vilnet. Then it turns out that he spoke with Andre Salarnier at the Bazas Hospital that same Monday morning after the accident. Both of them remembered it.
Bishop Vilnet had participated in the Second Vatican Council. From 1981 to 1987 he was president of the Council of Bishops of France. He had been a professor of theology and headed the university where the first Catholic fertility assistance was performed, getting involved to write standards allowing this procedure that were adopted generally.
He was used for international diplomacy by the Vatican, including rather tricky work that took him to Cuba for working out problems with Fidel Castro. He was an active bishop from 1964 to 1998. Today he is 90 and lives at Saint-Dié-des-Vosges.
This is hardly a man to get drunk, go off speeding, and kill a woman.
Today Romney says that he "believes there was a criminal proceeding against Marie (sic)." That most certainly did not happen. No criminal investigation was registered with the national police agency. Romney's passport had certainly not been annotated to say that he was dead -- that would have required a medical examiner or a coroner.
"We were all talking about how dangerous how the highways were and the French highways," Mr. Romney said, reported the Boston Globe in 2007. "Literally as we were having that conversation, boom, we were hit. It happened so quickly (that) there was no braking and no honking."
Romney's version is quoted in a NY Times piece from 2007:
"We were driving, as I recall, through a curvy section of road where the speed limit is very low - I can't remember what it is, but a very low speed limit - and suddenly there was a car in my lane that appeared so quickly around the corner or over the hill, I just don't recall the topography terribly well at this stage, but it happened so quickly that, as I recall, there was no braking and no honking - it was like immediate," Romney said. "My understanding was he ... had been passing a truck and the truck driver said he estimated his speed at about 120 kilometers, which is about 70 miles per hour. And so we had an immediate head-to-head kind of collision."
-- "My understanding" is a tell that Romney is lying.
-- The "truck driver" is nonexistent. Romney ascribes his big lies to others.
-- Check the photo of the two cars after the accident. Here's a photo of what happens to a Citroen DS after a real highway speed head-on collision:
That road would not support driving at 120 kph under any circumstance. No such reports from any witnesses nor any truck driver were reported in local accounts. The accident did not occur on a "mountain road" either.
The various stories put out by Romney's supporters assert that Mgr. Marie was speeding and also that he was drunk. Both at the same time with his mother sitting beside him in the parish Mercedes.
As you might have guessed, no substantiation exists for either claim. This is a middle-aged bishop on a Sunday afternoon after mass with no record of bad driving and surely not a drunk.
No report by French media of the time -- including the virulently anti-clerical Left Wing press -- contains any complaint against the behavior of the priest.
No charges were filed. If the priest had been drunk and killed Leona Anderson, status as a priest would not have protected him. That is part of what the French Revolution was about.
No investigation was registered. No arrest was made. Routine statements were taken by local police and from there a special privately leased railroad train returned the survivors from the Anderson car to Paris four days later. Insurance paid for the Mercedes. Considering the general confusion of such an accident, there is no reason to expect that there would have been a different result -- no one was speeding and no one was drunk.
This model Citroen DS was susceptible to understeering because the rear wheels were set narrower than the front wheels -- 1295 mm vs. 1500 mm. The young Mr. Romney could easily have misjudged the roadway at the N524 and Rue de la Poste intersection. He was not likely to be comfortable with the Citroen DS's "mushroom" shaped brake pedal. When he saw the Mercedes 180 in the Left Turn lane ahead of him, he panicked.
Le Monde had a piece with quotes from an article they were provided saying it was published in Sud Ouest:
“I was frightened of driving a car,” said Mitt Romney to the Boston Globe in 2007. “I had a sense of vulnerability I had not experienced before.” It is not clear why H. Duane Anderson chose to have Romney drive the car in the first place.
The Anderson's Citroen carried Romney, H. Duane and Leola Anderson, David Woods, and Suzanne and Bertin Farel.
Seems that a half-dozen events of Mitt Romney's life have resulted in cover-up operations. If it's not being at the wheel for this fatal automobile accident, then it's the state residency requirement in 2002 to run for Massachusetts governor, or it's using Bain to take a $60-million "fee" out of Ampad while arranging $100-million in loans prior to bankruptcy and stiffing the lenders and employees and the employee pension fund (dumped on the public insurance system.)
The Republicans checked out this guy 'bout the same as they checked out Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney. That is, they didn't do it. Republicans provide the same level of Self-Regulating Organization (SRO) operation that you see with the New York Stock Exchange.
Team Lying defeats the Republicans' current approach, apparently every time there's a serious test. Occupy Security's MMOG crew beat the Romney lies with six-weeks effort, then a couple months follow-up to get the details.
(Let's see if/when this post disappears off google and the other search engines.)