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Former president Gerald Ford, that is.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051213/ap_on_..._wh/gerald_ford

 

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Former President Ford, suffering from "a horrible cold," was in the hospital Tuesday for what his chief of staff called routine medical tests.

 

Ford, 92, was admitted to Eisenhower Medical Center late Monday and was expected to be released Wednesday, spokeswoman Penny Circle said from Ford's Rancho Mirage office about 110 miles east of Los Angeles.

 

"He's in for medical tests, routine tests," Circle told The Associated Press by telephone. "He's had a horrible cold and he still hasn't gotten over it."

 

Circle said those tests are scheduled each December. She did not release other details.

 

In January, Ford underwent two days of hospital tests to follow-up on his annual pre-Christmas physical.

 

After the death of

Ronald Reagan in June 2004, Ford became the nation's oldest living former president.

 

Ford was House minority leader when President Nixon chose him to replace Vice President Spiro Agnew, who resigned in 1973. Ford became president on Aug. 9, 1974, when Nixon resigned amid the Watergate scandal.

 

I wonder what kind of press recognition he'll get compared to Reagan. He'll probably die within the week. tombstone.gif

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."

 

- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials

 

"I have also been slowly coming to the realisation that knowledge and happiness are not necessarily coincident, and quite often mutually exclusive" - meta

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That was lame.

 

Really, it was.

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It has made me the man I am today. A man who craves furry hentai.

So let us go and embrace the rustling smells of unseen worlds

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That was lame.

 

Really, it was.

 

 

I'm not sorry that I tricked you.

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."

 

- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials

 

"I have also been slowly coming to the realisation that knowledge and happiness are not necessarily coincident, and quite often mutually exclusive" - meta

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THis reminds me of that SNL skit with Dana Carvey

 

Tom Brokaw Pre-Tapes

 

 

 

 

Tom Brokaw: Okay, who are we up to?

 

Voice of Producer: Uh.. we're still on Presidents. Gerald Ford.

 

Tom Brokaw: Gerald Ford? Well, he's in good shape..

 

Voice of Producer: Just covering our bases, Tom. You never know..

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright, alright.. [ graphic of Gerald Ford, "1913-1996" appears over Tom's left shoulder ] "Gerald Ford dead today at the age of 83."

 

Voice of Producer: Okay, good. Annd, one for next year.

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright.. [ graphic of Gerald Ford, "1913-1997" ] "Gerald Ford dead today, at age 84."

 

Voice of Producer: Uh.. a little sadder.

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright. [ sad ] "Gerald Ford dead today.. at age 84.."

 

Voice of Producer: That was good. Good.

 

Tom Brokaw: Okay, what now?

 

Voice of Producer: Now let's do one for if he's shot.

 

Tom Brokaw: Well, what are the chances of that?

 

Voice of Producer: We're just covering contingencies.

 

Tom Brokaw: I mean, it just seems that Gerald Ford..

 

Voice of Producer: Look - you're the one who wants to spend the whole winter in Barbados, okay? Now, we gotta be ready with something, just in case. Alright, Tom?

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright, alright.. [ graphic of Gerald Ford, "1913-1996" ] "Gerald Ford shot dead today, at age 83."

 

Voice of Producer: Uh.. add the word "senseless".

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright. "Gerald Ford shot dead today, at the senseless age of 83."

 

Voice of Producer: Um.. uh..

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright, alright.. "Gerald Ford shot senselessly dead, at the age of 83."

 

Voice of Producer: Good, good.. Okay, now suicide.

 

Tom Brokaw: What?!

 

Voice of Producer: Just read it!

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright. "Gerald Ford dead today, after jupming out of an office building, senselessly."

 

Voice of Producer: That's a nice touch. Okay, moving on.

 

Tom Brokaw: Okay. "Gerald Ford dead today, from an overdose of crack cocaine."

 

Voice of Producer: Good, good.. Next.

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright. [ graphic of Gerald Ford and a commuter plane ] "Stunning news from Michigan, as former President Gerald Ford was chopped into little bits by the propeller of a commuter plane."

 

Voice of Producer: Good. One take.

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright, we got it?

 

Voice of Producer: No. We've got "eaten by wolves".

 

Tom Brokaw: What? Now, come on!

 

Voice of Producer: Just read it!

 

Tom Brokaw: Gerald Ford isn't gonna be eaten by wolves!

 

Voice of Producer: Taft was.

 

Tom Brokaw: Really? Taft?

 

Voice of Producer: Uh.. yeah.

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright, alright.. [ graphic of Ford surrounded by a pair of wolves ] "Tragedy today, as former President Gerald Ford was eaten by wolves. He was delicious." Now.. now, that's just superfluous, you know?

 

Voice of Producer: It's a former President, Tom. What do you say - he's not delicious?

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright, fine.. what's next?

 

Voice of Producer: The double story.

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright. [ graphic of Ford and map of France ] "A fireball destroyed France today, and Gerald Ford is dead." Now, what are the odds of that?

 

Voice of Producer: Fine. We'll get Stone Phillips to do it. You know, I'm sure Stone Phillips would be thrilled to break a story like that!

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright. Let's keep moving.. [ graphic of Ford and the corpse of Richard Nixon ] "Stunning news from Yorba Linda today, as Richard Nixon's corpse climbed out of his grave and strangled Gerald For to death."

 

Voice of Producer: Excellent.

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright. [ graphic of Ford and circus lion ] "Gerald Ford was mauled senselessly by a circus lion in a convenience store."

 

Voice of Producer: Good. Next.

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright. "Gerald Ford is dead today, and I'm gay." Now, wait a minute!

 

Voice of Producer: What? That'd be a huge story - Ford dying, and you coming out!

 

Tom Brokaw: But I'm not gay!

 

Voice of Producer: Today you're not gay, you know.. but then one day you wake up, you like men, and Gerald Ford dies, and we're screwed. Everyone's hearing about it from Dan Rather!

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright, alright.. what's this for?

 

[ graphic of Gerald Ford and the Zimbabwee flag appears ]

 

Voice of Producer: Alright, this one's for if we're invaded by Zimbabwee.

 

Tom Brokaw: Would I still be the anchor if Zimbabwee invaded us?

 

Voice of Producer: Yeah.. if you break the Gerald Ford story, you will..

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright. "Hola bambe, hungala dimba Gerald Ford.. *click* *click* *click* *click* ..hola bambe, allah bumba bubba hulla humba hey."

 

Voice of Producer: Very nice. Very nice. A little sadder, please.

 

Tom Brokaw: Alright, alright.. [ sadly ] "Hola bambe, hungala dimba Gerald Ford.. *click* *click* ..hola bambe.."

 

[ fade ]

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."

 

- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials

 

"I have also been slowly coming to the realisation that knowledge and happiness are not necessarily coincident, and quite often mutually exclusive" - meta

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I've been struggling with Comcast's router/thingie all morning just so I could read that....not. :D I hate Comcast.

 

Every time I think of Ford, I think of Chase.

“Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.” – Alan Watts
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