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  • A Farce at Forty: Reexamining Watergate, amid the continuing media outbursts

    09/25/2014 8:23:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/25/2014 | Conrad Black
    Over the summer, the 40th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon and President Gerald Ford’s pardon of him passed, not, unfortunately, without the usual clangorous outburst of self-righteous claptrap and exercises in pseudo-historical mind-reading and amateur psychoanalysis. Many years ago, I happened to have dinner with the former president a few days after the New York Times had run another speculation about his psychological make-up and, when I volunteered that he probably didn’t enjoy these pieces, though he must by then have been used to them, he replied that the first such published insight into his psyche was...
  • The Nixon pardon 40 years later: The decision looks better and better with age

    09/09/2014 8:21:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/09/2014 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    It was President Ford’s biggest and most courageous decision.  It probably hurt the GOP in the 1974 midterm elections. In fact, I was a college volunteer on some campaigns in that election. The party people that I was listening to agreed with the pardon but screamed the same question: "Why didn't he do it after the election"? Many in the GOP correctly felt that the new Ford presidency would spare them the Watergate backlash and 6th year losses.   And it probably cost him the very close presidential election of 1976. The pardon was used by the Carter campaign to promote their campaign of...
  • The American Flag Daily: Birth Of Gerald Ford

    07/14/2014 7:09:26 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 14, 2014 | JasonZ
    The 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford, was born on this date in 1913 in Nebraska, and was the first person to hold the office of President of the United States without receiving any electoral votes - he had been appointed to the Vice Presidency in December, 1973 following the resignation of Spiro Agnew, and assumed the Presidency in August, 1974 following Richard Nixon's resignation. An Eagle Scout and longtime congressman from Michigan, he was also the last surviving member of the Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination of President Kennedy. Today, we raise the Michigan state...
  • James R. Schlesinger, CIA chief and Cabinet member, dies

    03/27/2014 10:40:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 27, 2014 | Timothy R. Smith
    James R. Schlesinger, a Republican economist who advanced rapidly to some of the highest positions of government power in the 1970s but whose abrasive leadership style led to conflicts with presidents, bureaucrats and the American public, died March 27 at a hospital in Baltimore. He was 85... Mr. Schlesinger specialized in the economics of national security, which helped propel his rise during the Cold War from academia to influential jobs in the federal government, including CIA director, secretary of defense and the nations first secretary of energy...
  • Don't look for Obama at shipyard (Can't be bothered to honor President Gerald Ford)

    11/09/2013 12:34:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Newport News Daily Press ^ | November 9, 2013 | Michael Shapiro
    Ship christenings at Newport News Shipbuilding are typically a who's who of political figures, and Saturday's event honoring the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is no exception. Past aircraft carrier christenings have drawn presidents to the shipyard, but not this time. A shipyard spokeswoman said Ford administration figures Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and chief of staff (and eventual veep) Dick Cheney will be there. Democratic heavyweight Carl Levin, a senator from Ford's home state of Michigan, will also be on hand. President Barack Obama, who gave a major policy speech on sequestration at the shipyard in February,...
  • Army general from Wayne, NJ had key role at Ford funeral

    01/01/2007 11:44:51 AM PST · by Coleus · 10 replies · 910+ views
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 01.01.06 | JAN BARRY
    As the world watched the solemn state funeral for former President Gerald Ford on television, the family and friends of Maj. Gen. Guy C. Swan III were especially proud of the man in charge of those ceremonies. Swan, who grew up in Wayne, was the military escort for Betty Ford at the funeral ceremonies in California and in the nation's capital, where he is the commander of the Military District of Washington. "We're proud of the way he's handling himself," Swan's father, Guy Jr., who now lives in the Cedar Crest retirement village in Pequannock, said Sunday. "He seemed to...
  • So Mitts got the most delegates? Done deal?

    03/01/2012 3:26:53 PM PST · by landsbaum · 21 replies
    We want to share a headline from an ABC News-Harris press release from March 10, 1980. The latest poll was summed up thus: . . .
  • Obamas Mythical Political Skills Not Enough

    10/25/2011 8:36:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Bloomberg | Oct 24, 2011 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-24/obama-s-mythical-political-skills-won-t-save-him-ramesh-ponnuru.html
  • Betty Ford Dead at 93

    07/08/2011 5:58:26 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 146 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | July 8, 2011 | CNN
    Betty Fordhas died at the age of 93.
  • Bernstein: Ford's Nixon Pardon 'Right Thing To Do'

    03/09/2011 5:20:44 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Just a minor historical footnote, but arguably an interesting one . . . A man whose Watergate reporting made his career and led to Richard Nixon's downfall has declared that Pres. Gerald Ford did the right thing in pardoning Nixon. Carl Bernstein made the--to me at least--surprising statement on today's Morning Joe, in the course of a discussion of Jeff Greenfield's new book about various what-ifs in history. View video here.
  • The Left, Not the Right, Owns Political Violence

    01/10/2011 1:33:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 10, 2011 | Michael Filozof
    It took less than 24 hours for the political Left to seize upon the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six people on Saturday to blame the political Right for the shooting. Perhaps the most egregious example came from Paul Krugman of the New York Times, who wrote "We don't have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was." (The newspaper that published plagiarized and fabricated accounts of the "D.C. sniper" by affirmative-action hire Jayson Blair in 2003 is still publishing unsubstantiated suppositions without "proof," eh?) "[Giffords'] father says that the...
  • The Press at War ___ The patriot reporter is pass.

    11/26/2006 12:45:04 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 458+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2006 | James Q. Wilson
    We are told by careful pollsters that half of the American people believe that American troops should be brought home from Iraq immediately. This news discourages supporters of our efforts there. Not me, though: I am relieved. Given press coverage of our efforts in Iraq, I am surprised that 90 percent of the public do not want us out right now. Between January 1 and September 30, 2005, nearly 1,400 stories appeared on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news. More than half focused on the costs and problems of the war, four times as many as those that discussed...
  • Lessons From Failed Cold War Spy Mission in China

    06/20/2010 10:44:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | ROBERT BURNS
    Detail by painful detail, the CIA is coming to grips with one of the most devastating episodes in its history, a botched cloak-and-dagger flight into China that stole two decades of freedom from a pair of fresh-faced American operatives and cost the lives of their two pilots. In opening up about the 1952 debacle, the CIA is finding ways to use it as a teaching tool. Mistakes of the past can serve as cautionary tales for today's spies and paramilitary officers taking on al-Qaida and other terrorist targets. At the center of the story are two eager CIA paramilitary officers...
  • Report: Justice Stevens to Decide on Retirement Within Weeks

    03/15/2010 8:07:13 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 109 replies · 5,218+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/15/10 | Ashby Jones
    Justice Stevens has in recent days become the Justice To Watch, namely because rumors continue to swirl that the 89-year old will soon step down, paving the way for another President Obama appointment.
  • Republicans and Big Government.( GOP, Never a Small Gov Party )

    12/11/2009 4:05:23 PM PST · by Leisler · 28 replies · 925+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | February 19, 2002 | James Ostrowski
    George W. Bush's State of the Union address must have baffled anyone who voted for him based on his pledge to cut the size of government. That speech has been properly and efficiently pilloried by Joseph Stromberg, Alan Bock, and others. The speech was both Wilsonian and Clintonian, which is to say that it proposed a political solution for all human problems and backed this idea with a promise of massive increases in federal spending on just about everything. But should we really be so surprised? Contrary to popular myth, every Republican president since and including Herbert Hoover has increased...
  • Bigger government means less liberty

    08/20/2009 2:09:59 PM PDT · by Military family member · 2 replies · 250+ views
    The Tribune-Star ^ | 8/20/2009 | Robert Flott
    Understanding the opposition to the Health Care Bill (H.R. 3200) is actually rather easy and can be achieved using bipartisan support. In a 1974 address to Congress, Republican President Gerald Ford stated: Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
  • Manson follower 'Squeaky' Fromme out of prison

    08/14/2009 8:11:24 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 41 replies · 1,802+ views
    AP ^ | 081409 | RICH MATTHEWS
    FORT WORTH, Texas The Charles Manson follower convicted of trying to assassinate President Gerald Ford was released Friday from a Texas prison hospital after more than three decades behind bars, a prison official said. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme was just 26 years old when she pointed a semiautomatic .45- caliber pistol at Ford in September 1975 in Sacramento, Calif. Secret Service agents grabbed her and Ford was unhurt. Fromme, now 60, left the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth at about 8 a.m. Friday, spokeswoman Dr. Maria Douglas said in a statement.
  • Woman who tried to kill Ford to be released August 16

    08/05/2009 2:32:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies · 1,050+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 5, 2009
    The woman who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford is expected to be released from prison on August 16 after serving her sentence. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a one-time follower of mass murderer Charles Manson, has been serving a life sentence . Fromme has been incarcerated at a prison in Fort Worth, Texas. Fromme had told her defense attorney she staged the attack because she "wanted to get some attention for a new trial" for Manson and members of his gang.
  • After 34 years, Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme to be released

    08/05/2009 1:19:33 PM PDT · by james500 · 79 replies · 6,445+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/5/2009 | Ashley Hayes
    The president she tried to assassinate has been dead for nearly three years, and her longtime idol and leader, Charles Manson, remains in prison. However, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme is about to get her first taste of real freedom in more than three decades. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Fromme, now 60, is set to be released on parole August 16. Fromme is housed at the Federal Medical Center at Carswell, Texas. For years, she was one of Manson's few remaining followers, as many other "Manson Family" members have shunned him. A prison spokeswoman would not say whether Fromme...
  • CBS VIDEO: The 1976 Swine Flu Pandemic and Vaccine ( Remember judy roberts )

    07/31/2009 2:55:57 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 34 replies · 1,897+ views
    CBS video via DM ^ | 1979 | Mike Wallace
    Swine Flu Epidemic Of 1976 inspired the vaccination of 40 Million people a little known fact was that those vaccinations caused devastating side effects to over 4000 victims. The frightening revelations about this event are the similarities today. A company by the name of Baxter international has the contract to vaccinate 4 billion worldwide. The problem is very few know that Baxter recently was caught sending tainted Bird Flu vaccines to 18 countries. This vaccination that KILLED the host it was tested on was caught just in time.
  • American leftists were Pol Pot's cheerleaders

    04/10/2008 8:01:03 AM PDT · by Interesting Times · 75 replies · 2,272+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 30, 1998 | Jeff Jacoby
    The death of Pol Pot, 23 years to the day after he and the Khmer Rouge seized control of Cambodia, occasioned long backward glances at one of the 20th century's most horrific genocides. It was noted everywhere that the communist reign of terror in Cambodia lasted nearly four years and that at least 1 million human beings -- by some estimates as many as 2 1/2 million -- were murdered in an orgy of executions, torture, and starvation. "In the name of a radical utopia," The New York Times recalled in its long obituary, "the Khmer Rouge regime had turned...
  • '75 Gerald Ford attacker hoped to start revolution

    05/28/2009 1:35:37 PM PDT · by Borges · 8 replies · 858+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 5/28/09
    NEW YORK The woman who fired a gun at President Gerald Ford in 1975 and spent the next 32 years in prison said in an interview Thursday that she believed the country would change only through a violent revolution. Sara Jane Moore told NBC's "Today" that she now realizes that her actions, stemming from her involvement in radical politics, were "wrong ... a serious error." In Sept. 22, 1975, Moore, then around 45, fired on Ford as he waved to a crowd in San Francisco. A man near her knocked the pistol out of her hand and the shot...
  • Attempted Ford Assassin: Im Going To Go To The Obama Thing

    05/28/2009 5:19:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies · 2,347+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    No, shes not planning to attend a fundraiser for the president . . . Sara Jane Moore, who in 1975 attempted to assassinate then President Gerald Ford, is out on parole after serving 32 years in prison. Asked by Matt Lauer on Today this morning what she would say to people who think that an attempted presidential assassin should spent the rest of her life in jail, her response began with this cryptic remark: Well, Im going to go to the Obama thing. View video here.
  • Early Show Highlights Republican Royal Gaffes

    04/01/2009 5:14:38 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies · 1,214+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With Pres. Obama about to meet Queen Elizabeth, the Early Show decided to focus on gaffes various past presidents have committed when encountering Her Majesty. Surprise! All the socially maladroit moves mentioned were by Republicans. Katie Couric sniped from London . . . KATIE COURIC: Shes met with every president since Harry Truman and many of them by the way have committed a few faux pas along the way. The first President Bush apparently sat before Queen Elizabeth, which was a real no-no. But my favorite story was at a state dinner during the Ford administration. When the Queen started...
  • Who Killed JFK?

    02/04/2009 11:49:12 AM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 293 replies · 12,340+ views
    The Andrea Shea King Show ^ | Feb. 4, 2009 | Andrea Shea King
    Do you believe that the November 22, 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy was the result of shots fired by a lone assassin from the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository? Or are you one of many who believe it was a conspiracy that involved the highest levels of our government? The case is not closed regarding what actually happened on that fateful day. The late President Gerald R. Ford, the last surviving member of the commission admitted that the CIA destroyed pertinent documents, covering up the investigation of the assassination, in a recently published book....
  • PSA: Ronald Reagan's Response to his 1976 Loss

    11/11/2008 9:10:59 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 5 replies · 246+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | November 11, 2008 | Scott Ott
    REAGAN at CPAC: Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people? A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.
  • 1976 Gallup tracking poll: Ford vs. Carter(very interesting reading!!)

    09/20/2008 11:35:28 AM PDT · by maccaca · 38 replies · 1,340+ views
    General Election Campaign In presidential trial-heat matchups between Ford and Carter, Ford trailed the eventual Democratic nominee by small margins in March, April, and early May. By late May, Carter opened up a double-digit lead and maintained it until late September. Carter's lead swelled to as much as 33 points, 62% to 29% among registered voters, after the Democratic convention that year. Ford cut into the margin after the Republican convention, reducing a 25-point (57% to 32%) early August deficit to 13 points (50% to 37%). ... In a poll conducted immediately after their first debate, Carter maintained a double-digit...
  • Ford Told FBI About Panel's Doubts on JFK Murder

    08/09/2008 11:11:36 PM PDT · by kellynla · 93 replies · 3,633+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 9, 2008 | MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
    WASHINGTON Former President Ford secretly advised the FBI that two of his fellow members on the Warren Commission doubted the FBI's conclusion that John F. Kennedy was shot from the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository in Dallas, according to newly released records from Ford's FBI files. Ford, still a congressman at the time, also told a senior FBI official about internal panel disputes over hiring staff, Chief Justice Earl Warren's timetable for completing the final report on the assassination and what panel members said about the FBI. In turn, Assistant FBI Director Cartha "Deke" DeLoach confidentially advised...
  • Ghosts of 1976 in Today's Campaign

    07/19/2008 12:04:38 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 28 replies · 153+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 7/19/08 | Michael Barone
    Looking back over the last 40 years, the presidential campaign that most closely resembles this year's is the contest between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter in 1976. The Republicans were the incumbent presidential party that year, as they are now, but the Democrats had a big advantage in party identification -- on the order of 49 percent to 26 percent then, far more than today. The Republican president who had been elected and re-elected in the last two campaigns, Richard Nixon, had dismal favorability ratings, far lower than George W. Bush's. His name could scarcely be mentioned at the Republican...
  • ANN COULTER: THE NEW YORK TIMES VS. HELMS, PART 529,876 (Free Republic Quoted)

    07/09/2008 3:06:12 PM PDT · by Syncro · 74 replies · 610+ views
    Ann Coulter Website ^ | July 9, 2008 | Ann Coulter
    THE NEW YORK TIMES VS. HELMS, PART 529,876July 9, 2008 Last Friday, on the Fourth of July, the great American patriot Jesse Helms passed away. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson also went to their great reward on Independence Day, so this is further proof of God. Helms is now the second great American patriot I've always wanted to meet and never will, at least in this lifetime. The only other one is the magnificent Reagan aide Lyn Nofziger. (Wikipedia quote: "I sometimes lie awake at night trying to think of something funny that Richard Nixon said.") After a week of...
  • (Reagan's)Remarks at the 1976 Republican Convention

    02/11/2008 1:26:27 PM PST · by mnehring · 18 replies · 106+ views
    Thank you very much. Mr. President, Mrs. Ford, Mr. Vice President, Mr. Vice President to be -- the distinguished guests here, and you ladies and gentlemen: I am going to say fellow Republicans here, but also those who are watching from a distance, all of those millions of Democrats and Independents who I know are looking for a cause around which to rally and which I believe we can give them. Mr. President, before you arrived tonight, these wonderful people here when we came in gave Nancy and myself a welcome. That, plus this, and plus your kindness and generosity...
  • Sara Jane Moore, would-be assassin of President Ford, released from prison in Dublin

    12/31/2007 2:20:38 PM PST · by kingu · 69 replies · 116+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 12/23/2007 | Michael Taylor, Chronicle Staff Writer
    (12-31) 13:17 PST Dublin - -- Sara Jane Moore, the 1970s radical and FBI informant who attempted to assassinate President Ford outside a San Francisco hotel in 1975, was released from a federal prison facility in Dublin today after serving nearly 32 years in custody. Moore, who is 77, was released sometime during the morning from the Federal Correctional Institution and it was not immediately known where she went, according to Mike Truman, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons. On Sept. 22, 1975, Moore fired a shot at Ford from a .38-caliber handgun outside the St. Francis Hotel...
  • Would-be Ford assassin freed from prison on parole

    12/31/2007 12:28:04 PM PST · by james500 · 28 replies · 356+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/31/2007
    One of the women who unsuccessfully tried to assassinate President Ford 32 years ago was released on parole Monday from a federal prison in California, according to a Bureau of Prisons spokesman. Sara Jane Moore was released in the morning from the federal women's prison in Dublin, outside San Francisco, according to Mike Truman of the Bureau of Prisons. There was no immediate comment from the prison facility itself, where Moore had been Inmate No. 04851180. Officials said she had a recent parole hearing, but did not know what prompted her release at this time. Nor was it clear what...
  • 21st-Century Reaganism (IBD endorsing Fred?)

    11/26/2007 7:40:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies · 990+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | November 26, 2007
    Presidential Race: The war for the soul of the Republican Party was won in 1980 by Ronald Reagan. Presidential candidates who want to re-wage the conflict in 2008 will only weaken the GOP against the Democrats' nominee. In the aftermath of Vietnam, Watergate and a Jimmy Carter presidency that rendered America an economic and foreign policy basket case, Republicans discovered a tried-and-true recipe for electoral success. They would stand for three sets of principles: Lowering high taxes and stemming the growth of government in order to revive the private economy, lower inflation and interest rates, and generate jobs. ...
  • Kucinich plans to force vote on Cheney impeachment

    11/05/2007 9:43:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies · 287+ views
    The Hill ^ | November 05, 2007 | Mike Soraghan
    Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), a long-shot presidential candidate, plans to force the House to vote this week on whether to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney. If he pulls it off, it could make for an uncomfortable situation for Democratic leaders and centrist Democrats. Liberal activists are pushing for impeachment, while leaders worry such a move could turn off independent voters. They have made it clear that impeachment of Cheney or President Bush is off the table. Kucinich says he will offer a privileged resolution on Tuesday requiring House members to vote on what to do with the impeachment measure, which...
  • Newser's book: Ford saw Clinton as a sex 'addict'

    10/28/2007 4:43:13 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 29 replies · 35+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | October 28th 2007 | TRACY CONNOR
    Gerald Ford was disturbed by Bill Clinton's skirt-chasing ways - and thought he should check into a sex addiction clinic. A new book on the late 38th President reveals he had strong views about the Clintons: He thought Hillary wore the pants and that Bill couldn't keep his zipped. "He's sick - he's got an addiction. He needs treatment," Ford told Daily News Washington Bureau Chief Thomas M. DeFrank, author of "Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford." Ford's wife, Betty, who founded a pioneering treatment center after her battle with alcoholism and drugs, agreed....
  • Corn Maze Bears President Ford Likeness

    09/16/2007 6:50:02 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 18 replies · 314+ views
    AP on AOL News ^ | September 16, 2007
    RICHLAND, Mich. (AP) - It's a corny tribute to the late Gerald Ford - and it can be fully appreciated only from the air. A farm not far from where Ford grew up created a maze in a cornfield in the likeness of the nation's 38th president, who died last December. Each year, Gull Meadow Farms near Richland cuts a maze in its corn fields. A company that specializes in corn maze design drew up the plans for the Ford portrait, which says PRESIDENT FORD across the top and THANKS below. "Instead of just creating a path for people to...
  • Michigan farm has corniest tribute to Gerald Ford

    09/15/2007 8:03:38 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 20 replies · 549+ views
    AP ^ | September 15, 2007 | Unk
    RICHLAND, Mich. - Its a corny tribute to the late Gerald Ford and it can be fully appreciated only from the air. A farm not far from where Ford grew up created a maze in a cornfield in the likeness of the nations 38th president, who died last December. Each year, Gull Meadow Farms near Richland cuts a maze in its corn fields. A company that specializes in corn maze design drew up the plans for the Ford portrait, which says PRESIDENT FORD across the top and THANKS below.
  • Ford called Carter a 'disaster'

    01/12/2007 1:45:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 266 replies · 10,614+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/12/07 | AP
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - In 25 years of interviews with his hometown paper that could only be released upon his death, former President Ford once called Jimmy Carter a "disaster" who ranked alongside Warren Harding, and said Ronald Reagan received far too much credit for ending the Cold War. "It makes me very irritated when Reagan's people pound their chests and say that because we had this big military buildup, the Kremlin collapsed," Ford told The Grand Rapids Press. The best president of his lifetime, Ford said, was a more moderate Republican: Dwight D. Eisenhower. Harry Truman "would get very...
  • Pinkerton: 'Dumb' Gibson Fell for Pelosi Photo-Op, Hall Agrees With Bozell [Video]

    01/06/2007 5:27:16 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 83 replies · 3,045+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    This evening's episode of Fox News Watch was more jam-packed than Smucker's at harvest time. But for space restraints, the headline would have been much longer. Let's get this party started: Jim Pinkerton took an unvarnished shot at Charley Gibson, anchor of ABC's World News. Said Pinkerton, discussing Nancy Pelosi's shameless photo-op, shown here:: "The picture of Nancy Pelosi holding the baby inspired that genius of analysis Charles Gibson on ABC to say 'Oh! Nancy Pelosi is taking care of a baby and taking care of the country at the same time.' That's a total home-run for the spin...
  • U.S. deserves respect (Canada's silent majority: 'God Bless America!')

    01/06/2007 9:32:44 AM PST · by GMMAC · 32 replies · 903+ views
    Toronto Sun - Canada ^ | Saturday, January 6, 2007 | MICHAEL COREN
    U.S. deserves respect By MICHAEL COREN Toronto Sun Saturday, January 6, 2007 It was impossible not to see the obvious parallels between the deaths of despot Saddam Hussein and democratic Gerald Ford. The former was surrounded by insults and hatred, the latter by love and praise. Yet Saddam had decades to make the world a better place, Ford merely a few years. It's important that we don't merely attribute this to circumstance, accident or country. Because while the hyena of Iraq may have been particularly repugnant, there is hardly a leader anywhere in the Arab world whose death would...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 1-3-07

    01/03/2007 5:11:10 PM PST · by silent_jonny · 226 replies · 3,811+ views
    President Bush held his first Cabinet meeting of 2007 today. After the meeting, he and his Cabinet officers gathered in the White House Rose Garden to make a short statement to the press. Click HERE for the complete transcript. Former President Gerald R. Ford was laid to rest today at his museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Vice President Cheney was in attendance. Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • DUmmie FUnnies 01-03-07 (DUmmies Slam Gerald Ford During His Funeral)

    01/03/2007 5:31:57 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 71 replies · 1,315+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | January 3, 2007 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    The DUmmies want to make sure you know they are utterly lacking in either class or compassion. Not content with letting you think that their SLAM was a fluke, they are now ensuring you know that being slimeballs is the norm for them as you can see in this DUmmie THREAD with this tasteless title: "Dayaam! Bury this Republican thug and bring me my mail already." Contrast the anger of the DUmmies in particular and the Leftwing in general towards Gerald Ford with their sympathetic mourning for Saddam Hussein. Some Newsweek guy was on the O'Reilly Factor last night...
  • Video from President Ford's Funeral

    01/02/2007 2:46:36 PM PST · by Huntress · 10 replies · 673+ views
    AP Video | 1/2/2007 | Unattributed
    Video link here: http://video.ap.org/v/en-ap/v.htm?g=B5D36D03-D975-466B-A811-81330FED9619&t=s60&p=ENAPus_ENAPus&&f=MOKAS
  • The Adopted President ...(Today we bury a president whose name was Leslie Lynch King Jr)

    01/02/2007 4:42:10 AM PST · by IrishMike · 28 replies · 1,530+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 1/2/2007 | Jay D. Homnick
    Kid: I have a feeling I'm adopted. I must ask my Mom. Friend: Why cause her pain by asking? Kid: Because I must know the truth, if I am really her child. Friend: I still think it's a bad idea. Kid: Mom, am I adopted? Mom: You can't be adopted. Kid: Why not? Mom: Because I would never have chosen you. This reminds us of the enduring virtue of adoption. The decision to bear a biological child is a sort of abstract selection, more an endorsement of one's partner: "I want for us to have a kid with our genes...
  • Bushes pay respects to Ford in Capitol

    01/01/2007 1:09:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 191 replies · 5,794+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/1/07 | Deb Reichmann - ap
    WASHINGTON - President Bush and first lady Laura Bush briefly paid their respects Monday to Gerald R. Ford, joining thousands of ordinary Americans in saying goodbye to the former president. At midafternoon on a rainy, overcast day, the first couple stood at Ford's flag-draped casket and bowed their heads. Their stay at the U.S. Capitol lasted just a few minutes. Afterward, the Bush motorcade took the president to Blair House, across the street from the White House, where the Bushes visited former first lady Betty Ford for a half-hour and then walked back to the Executive Mansion. Vice President Dick...
  • Jerry Ford in history

    01/01/2007 11:51:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 574+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2007 | Michael Barone
    Gerald Ford, who died last week at age 93, lived longer than any other president and survived after leaving office longer than any other president but Herbert Hoover. So we've had time to reflect on where he and his presidency stand in history. As commentators have been reminding us, Ford healed the wounds of Watergate and provided steady leadership in difficult times. But there is more to be said. Ford came to office when the postwar consensus on foreign and economic policy was in ruins. The nation seemed on a downward trajectory at home and abroad. By dint of hard...
  • Insider Report: Haig Denies Ford-Nixon Deal

    12/31/2006 8:08:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 1,169+ views
    Newsmax ^ | December 31, 2006
    Bob Woodward insists that then-White House chief of staff Al Haig offered Vice President Gerald Ford a deal to pardon Richard Nixon if he resigned the presidency. Haig flatly denies that assertion and calls it an "insult." Appearing on CNN's "Larry King Live" on Dec. 27, the day after Ford died, Woodward who interviewed Ford extensively in recent years was asked why he thought Ford pardoned Nixon. Woodward responded: "Well, first of all, one of the things Ford told me, which I published a number of years ago, is that he believes, he, Gerald Ford, believed that Al...
  • Vice President's Remarks at the State Funeral of Former President Gerald R. Ford

    12/30/2006 9:00:50 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 70 replies · 1,750+ views
    The White House ^ | December 30, 2006 | Vice President Cheney
    The United States Capitol Rotunda Remembering President Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) 8:11 P.M. EST THE VICE PRESIDENT: Mrs. Ford, Susan, Mike, Jack, and Steve; distinguished guests; colleagues and friends; and fellow citizens: Nothing was left unsaid, and at the end of his days, Gerald Ford knew how much he meant to us and to his country. He was given length of years, and many times in his company we paid our tributes and said our thanks. We were proud to call him our leader, grateful to know him as a man. We told him these things, and there is...
  • That's Character - The dignity of Ford's post-presidency

    12/30/2006 8:54:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 647+ views
    The Atlantic Online ^ | December 29, 2006 | Robert D. Kaplan
    In all the commentary about Gerald Ford, one aspect of his life that has received little notice, but which I suspect is subconsciously behind a lot of the accolades, was his public role after he left the White House. It was understated to the point of disappearance. Two years ago in a piece about the media in Policy Review, I wrote that it may take long "for the realization to seep in that Ford has been our greatest contemporary ex-president. For in an age of mass media, where divinity is dependent upon being noticed by the crowd and being forgotten...