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Whatever Former President Ford’s health might have been for the last few years of his life, it’s now clear that he was mentally competent.

Late US ex-president Ford disagreed with Iraq war

Update: The Washington post has audio transcripts of that interview here.

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Here’s a little something courtesy of SNL.

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Others were quicker to get this reported than I was, but my friend Kevin Gallagher has dropped out of the Senate District 30 race. Beverly Marrero and he would be drawing votes from the same pool of liberal voters, and could easily have allowed Robert Spence to get the Democratic nomination. As my friend Leftwing Cracker says, “Robert Spence’s problems would kill our chances to keep this seat in Democratic hands”. I’ve documented his ethical troubles here before, and a well-funded Republican campaign could do much worse damage than I did with a half hour and a search engine. If we pick Spence, we lose the seat. Plain and simple.

I would like to thank Kevin for making the decision Marrero wouldn’t— To stand down for the sake of the party and the state. It is that kind of wisdom that made me want to vote for him in the first place.

Now, I’m going to throw my support behind Beverly Marrero. And when she wins, I want to see Kevin Gallagher taking her place in District 89.

Kudos, Kevin. I’ll leave my yard sign up a few more days in your honor.

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Get Up (Get On Up)

The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, passed away Christmas morning. I won’t try to defend some of the personal choices he made— His domestic abuse arrests are common knowledge.

Instead, I’ll focus exclusively on the musical genius.

Here’s a brief clip of him singing “Get Up Off of That Thing” at the Beale Street Music Festival:

This one is some kind of TV appearance where he sang “Sex Machine”.

I don’t know that there’s ever been a performer with better stage presence. He was a genuine phenom.

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Gerald Ford has passed away at age 93, leaving Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush as the only living American ex-presidents.

Ford made perhaps the hardest decision in the history of the American presidency— The pardon of Richard Nixon for all crimes committed during the Watergate fiasco. Perhaps because of this, the nation never really got a chance to see just what kind of president Ford could have been— He didn’t remain in office long enough to make a real impact.

Goodbye, Mr. President.

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Santa, Baby

The lovely, talented, and incredibly funny Pam is having trouble getting logged into her Blogger account, so I’m posting this on her behalf.

Performed by certain indicted elected officials at the last SCDP’s Christmas Party: *****

Santa baby, slip a bail bond the tree, for me
I’ve been an awful good Dem
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa baby, an out-of-space Escalade too, like huge
I’ll vote for that bill
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Think of all the bribes I’ve missed
Think of all the voters that I haven’t pissed
Next year I could be oh so good
If you’d white out my indictment list
Boo doo bee doo

Santa honey, I wanna get off and really that’s
Not a lot
I’ve been an angel all year
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa cutie, there’s one thing I really do need, the deed
To that lot on Lamar
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa baby, don’t fill my stocking with wire taps, that sucks
Get the feds off my ass
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Come and trim my attorney’s fees
With some influence bought on Capitol Hill
I really do believe in you
Let’s see if the jury believes in me
Boo doo bee doo

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing, the “sting”
Just make it all go away
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Hurry down the chimney tonight
Hurry down the chimney tonight

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Open Letter to Mary Cheney

Miss Cheney,

I just wanted to congratulate you on your pregnancy. Despite the horrible things your father allows to be said about you and others like you, I’m sure you and your longtime partner will make excellent parents. Heather must be an extremely patient soul, and she must love you a great deal to stick around despite your old man.

Miss Cheney— I can call you “Miss Cheney”, can I not? After all, wasn’t it your father that said gay marriage was an issue for states to decide? How inconvenient for you, Heather, and the baby that you carry that you happen to live in Virginia, one of the states that took his words to heart. As the rest of the nation went to the polls to tell your father and his friends that they didn’t approve of the way they do business, the voters in your state, in accordance with what your father said, went to the polls and said that the love between you, Heather, and your baby is something less than the love between a man and a woman.

The new law in Virginia says that not only can you and Heather not marry, but that she can’t become the adoptive parent of your child. Does Hallmark make a proper thank you card to send your father?

I understand you also have a home in Colorado— I realize it means giving up the position at AOL, but I would highly recommend moving there. Your dad’s evangelist friends couldn’t get the job done there, so there’s still the possibility that you might be able to marry Heather.

Speaking of Heather— You two have been a couple for a very long time. Fifteen years. That’s damn impressive. I truly respect that. Fifteen years is a long time for any couple these days— Much less a couple dealing with the additional social pressures that no heterosexual couple would face.

It does lead to a question you might not want to answer, though— Does your mother have Alzheimer’s?

I ask this because you seem to have been out of the closet for quite some time. Wikipedia has you listed as being one of the people that helped end the gay boycott of Coors Beer— That boycott, according to my research, ended in 1995. By my math, you and Heather had been an item for four years by that point.

In addition, Bush/ Cheney 2000 used your homosexuality as a campaign issue when they were pretending to be “compassionate conservatives”. Yet that same year, your mother scolded Cokie Roberts for acknowledging that you were a lesbian, pretending that you had never come out of the closet. We got an encore of that performance in 2004 when both of your parents, at various points, pretended that John Kerry and John Edwards had “outed” you against your will.

Curious.

Anyway, I wanted to let you know that unlike your father’s friends, progressives are in your corner. Not necessarily all Democrats— I won’t pretend otherwise. But the truly progressive ones don’t feel that the government should be in the business of defining or restricting the relationship between two consenting adults.

Frankly, you, Heather, and the baby deserve to stand beside people that are proud to stand beside you. In light of that, if the baby is a girl, I would recommend naming her “Kerry”. If it’s a boy, I would recommend “Edward”.

Again, congratulations.

Yours truly,
The Freedonian

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