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Oh surely this is not a threesome? 27 December 2006

Posted by marisacat in Culture of Death, DC Politics, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.
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You know the old adage… Deaths come in threes.  But I do reject Gerry Ford as the whip end of Ahmet and James Brown.  No no.  And no again!

It is clear… we have a phenomenal music threesome to play out… and ol’ Gerry will start off a threesome.  Or! As a bright bulb lights over my blonde hair:  we could say Turkmenistan started it off and Gerry is Numero Two.

That does sort of fit.

C-Span played an early speech of his this am… 1954.  Nice little paper map of SE Asia pinned to the wall behind him.  He called it Veet-Nam.  Not much esle was right.  He assured us of dominoe theories,  Commies, both Red Chinese and Soviet, were slathering to suck our blood [Nosferatu!] and there were NO NO NO plans to send US troops.  Oh, and Cambodia, Laos and Veet-nam understood ”we wanted their freedom”.  And believe it or not, he said our advisors were there ”to ensure our equipment was used properly” and ”did not fall into the wrong hands”.

Oh Irony.  Satire.  We are a living joke.  And a horror.

Someone has got to break the scripts.  And to think, Hollywood is Prime USDA Choice part of the US.  Can we get better scripts? 

Please? 

more to come I am sure… ;)

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UPDATE, 10:21 am…

Well… On to the Wars!

Here is a dicey tid bit… I had been hunting for something different about the Fords (it came out during one of the runs, probably ’76, that the Fords had not written checks to cash for many, many years, 15 or more… but, long ago and small potatoes) and landed on this:

[T]he original first draft of the Warren Commission Report stated that a bullet had entered Kennedy’s “back at a point slightly above the shoulder and to the right of the spine.” Ford realized that this provided a serious problem for the single bullet theory. As Michael L. Kurtz has pointed out (The JFK Assassination Debates): “If a bullet fired from the sixth-floor window of the Depository building nearly sixty feet higher than the limousine entered the president’s back, with the president sitting in an upright position, it could hardly have exited from his throat at a point just above the Adam’s apple, then abruptly change course and drive downward into Governor Connally’s back.”

In 1997 the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) released a document that revealed that Ford had altered the first draft of the report to read: “A bullet had entered the base of the back of his neck slightly to the right of the spine.” Ford had elevated the location of the wound from its true location in the back to the neck to support the single bullet theory. [snip]

You just get so tired of the soldiers, the made men of both parties.

Either you get truth, or you get lies.  If you alter reports meant to reassure (oh sure) the “American people” well, why do we fuss that evolution is losing out and belief in angels is rising? 

And for anyone missing Hunter Thmpson here is a really good scrawl in the piece he wrote at the time Nixon died (1994):

[I]t is Nixon himself who represents that dark, venal and incurably violent side of the American character that almost every country in the world has learned to fear and despise. Our Barbie-doll president, with his Barbie-doll wife and his boxful of Barbie-doll children is also America’s answer to the monstrous Mr. Hyde. He speaks for the Werewolf in us; the bully, the predatory shyster who turns into something unspeakable, full of claws and bleeding string warts, on nights when the moon comes too close….

At the stroke of midnight in Washington, a drooling red-eyed beast with the legs of a man and head of a giant hyena crawls out of its bedroom window in the South Wing of the White House and leaps 50 feet down to the lawn … pauses briefly to strangle the chow watchdog, then races off into the darkness…toward the Watergate, snarling with lust, loping through the alleys behind Pennsylvania Avenue and trying desperately to remember which one of those 400 iron balconies is the one outside Martha Mitchell’s apartment.

Ah…nightmares, nightmares. But I was only kidding. The President of the United States would never act that weird. At least not during football season. But how would the voters react if they knew the President of the United States was, according to a New York Times editorial on Oct. 12, presiding over “a complex, far-reaching and sinister operation on the part of White House aides and the Nixon campaign organization … involving sabotage, forgery, theft of confidential files, surveillance of Democratic candidates and their families and persistent efforts to lay the basis for possible blackmail and intimidation?”

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UPDATE, 4:20 pm…

Cat descendant, Hemingway House, Key West FL

Honestly, I did not want a pic of Ford, or Carter or Nixon or any of them on the page today.  I can only stand so much indigestion…

But Madman popped me this on what seems to be, with much fur flying down at the Hemingway house in Key West … a dispute between neighbors… but then I spied this in the text (quickly catapulted it to important political story!):

At the height of the USDA’s investigation of the museum, the agency rented a room in a guesthouse near the Hemingway property in order to videotape the cats.

If there are no Quakers protesting the war, there will always be cats to surveille.  Or, rather, try to surveille.

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1. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 December 2006

My goodbye to the dead hack.

2. JJB - 28 December 2006

Madman,

That’s a great piece. An excellent antidote to the rubbish being spewed by the MSM, and the idiotic comments issuing from historical ignorance at places like Big Orange Slop. Today’s WaPo is particularly godawful, I may burn it when I get home. One thing that strikes me about Ford is that he spent over a quarter of a century in Congress, and yet there isn’t a single piece of noteworthy legislation that bears his name, nor did he play a major role in any bit of significant legislative action. His one attempt at this, the campaign to impeach SCOTUS Justice William Douglas, was a loathsome smear job that is too conveniently forgotten. Had he not been elevated to the Vice Presidency, he’d be deservedly remembered by a handful of people plagued by a compulsion to pay attention to political matters as an ineffective partisan hack who failed to get his party even close to a majority in the body in which he served. He took over as House Minority Leader in the aftermath of the Goldwater debacle, and ten years later, he wiped out whatever advances the GOP had made in the House during his tenure as their leader with his pardon of Nixon. Maybe, as Lyndon Johnson said, he couldn’t break wind and chew gum at the same time, but he sure could shoot himself in one foot while stepping on his johnson with the other!

As for the words which people will remember him for:

“My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws not men.”

Thanks to two godawful people Ford would bring into the White House, the nightmare would continue and get worse for many, many years – it still isn’t over. The whole “Watergate” crisis showed that in fact our system did not work. As a then first-rate pundit by the name of George F. Will pointed out (he was the only one to do so, as I recall), Richard Nixon was brought down by an extra-Constitutional entity, the Special Prosecutor, and without it it’s very likely he would have managed to serve out his term. And by his pardon of Nixon (which was acts that Mad Dick may or may not have committed, and absolved him of everything he might have done while President) he demonstrated that the law does matter a damn when corrupt people conspire to evade it.

I suppose the MSM’s canonization of this dreary, seedy political hack has a purpose, however ignoble. If the truth about him were told, we would have to come to the conclusion that a political system that allows such a woefully inadequate person to reach the summit of power is one that ought to be junked.

3. JJB - 28 December 2006

OOppps! That should read:

And by his pardon of Nixon (which was for acts that Mad Dick may or may not have committed, and absolved him of everything he might have done while President) he demonstrated that the law does not matter a damn when corrupt people conspire to evade it.

4. marisacat - 28 December 2006

I read that his attempt to move against Douglas was due to his friendship iwth Hoover. Apparently they hooked up very early… FBI operatives on the ground in the races (think his first was ’48) identified Ford as a friendly and they just greased along to friendship and back scratching and whatever else when Ford came to DC.

Gotta love our reps. LOL

5. JJB - 28 December 2006

MCat,

Yes, that’s very likely. And given his Yale connection, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that he had a close relationship with Langley Corporation.

BTW, I strongly recommend The Good Shepherd. The script could have been fleshed out a bit more, especially towards the end, when some very important plot twists occur in Leopoldville, Congo in the early 1960s and you’re left wondering how and why the characters are there. Still, an awfully good look at the CIA, and Matt Damon is splendid, IMHO.

6. marisacat - 28 December 2006

JJB

Yeah he protected the CIA – very clearly.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 December 2006

thanks JJB. I felt both sick and angry everytime I came across coverage.

8. JJB - 29 December 2006

Madman,

Oh yes, and today it’s even worse. Today’s WaPo should have come with barf bags included in the plastic bag with the paper. E.J. Dionne’s emitic contribution was probably the nadir, but there’s another 4 days before they shove him in the ground, so I’m sure that new depths are to be plumbed.

9. marisacat - 29 December 2006

oh for god’s sake.

I just read (Reuters RSS feed) that the NYSE will close Jan 2 in honor of the Ford death.

what a joke!!


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