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It doesn't matter if he's a drooling vegetable. As long as he's alive and doesn't resign, he can keep his seat.

Posted by Gitai | December 28, 2006 10:11 PM

Very interesting bit about Ford, Dan. It's like when you talk about "tolerance" being about treating gay folks equally, whilte "tolerance" doesn't have to mean "I love gay people!!"

I imagine Ford was like my deceased Catholic grandma when it came to the gays: as long as they're civil and they keep their yards nice, who cares about the rest?

Posted by Will | December 28, 2006 10:58 PM

What Gitai said...

FWIW, last June, Peter Gammons of ESPN had a sudden brain hemorrhage, had to undergo emergency surgery, was in critical condition, was transferred to a rehab hospital after about three weeks. He was back on the job, seemingly none the worse for the experience, within three months. Granted, that was an aneurysm rather than an AVM, and brain bleeds are like real estate -- location, location, location -- but the comparison may be valuable.

Posted by N in Seattle | December 28, 2006 11:13 PM

Wow, check it out. Savage is strangely silent about the Capitol Hill blog vote on the Slog, instead sending his minions to try to rally support. But look at this posting from the Portland Mercury site:

How unfair...Karl Rove tactics! Vote for the good guys- VOTE SQUIRRELS

Posted by Slog Cheats | December 29, 2006 2:10 AM

Yeah, the huge block of ice breaking off from the arctic. But at least in our "environmental" city you still have to struggle to find people who will actually car pool or use public transit on the weekends. Hell, take a look at downtown and count the SUV's in Seattle! Seattle will never be a green city until our Mayor gets serious about pushing for real public transit options FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK IN SEATTLE!!! Honestly, take a bus on a Saturday or Sunday evening from Ravenna to Magnolia and tell me how long it takes.

I will get off my soap box.

Posted by Andrew | December 29, 2006 5:11 AM

I don't know what to say, Dan. I've always been proud to know that Gerald Ford was Michigan's only citizen to become President, but to find that he was also supportive of gay rights and opposed President Bush's invasion of Iraq makes me giddy beyond belief. Unbelievable. God bless you Mr. President. Go Blue. Oh yeah, the thing about sweeping Nixon's Watergate stuff under the carpet... Good Job!!!

Posted by Larry Clark | December 29, 2006 5:30 AM

I hope Michael Crichton is up there hunting down the environmento-fascists who obviously are running amok in the arctic with jackhammers in a fanatical attempt to influence our Way of Life.

Posted by Levislade | December 29, 2006 8:28 AM

The Stranger Vs. Squirrels
Don't let the stranger end up like this kid.

Posted by sputnik | December 29, 2006 8:36 AM

I understand that the "football field" is an accepted unit of measurement in the US (and apparently Canada), but COME ON... 11,000 footbal fields? That's a little hard to grasp. Is the the size of Rhode Island? Bigger?

Posted by DOUG. | December 29, 2006 9:40 AM

My back-of-the-envelope calc says that 11,000 football fields is 633,600,000 square feet or close to 23 square miles. Rhode Island is 1,214 square miles.

Posted by Fnarf | December 29, 2006 10:16 AM

Quick question for you constitutional experts (!): If Johnson isn't actually present for votes, and there's a tie, say due to another senator being absent - does that allow Cheney, as President Pro Tem, to use his tie-breaking authority? Or are the two non-voters in this example merely recorded as "not present" or whatever, and the tie vote stands?

Posted by COMTE | December 29, 2006 10:29 AM

Manhattan is about 23 square miles in area. A much better descriptor in my opinion.

Posted by DOUG. | December 29, 2006 10:41 AM

I remember hearing about the Rhode Island sized chunk of ice that broke off in the late 80s. But, you know, those care-free late Reagan years, when the most important issue then was bad words in music.

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | December 29, 2006 10:47 AM

Dan, I'm glad you mentioned the bit about Gerald Ford and the Republican Unity Coalition. A lot of press coverage seems to imply (incorrectly) that Republicans are monolithically behind the social conservative wing and its anti-gay agenda. Nice to see the inclusive wing of the party making the news too.

Most of the GOP activists I know locally would agree with the RUC's message of tolerance and inclusion and that sexual orientation should be a non-issue for the GOP. We make this point both internally and externally. I can't repeat this often enough.

Happy New Year.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky | December 29, 2006 12:18 PM

Do they really mean football fields? Or soccer pitches?

And where will the Coca-Cola polar bears play soccer now?

Posted by RonK, Seattle | December 29, 2006 12:30 PM

UPDATE: the big berg is 41 sq mi., so it must be soccer talk.

And Rhode Island has nothing to fear ... for now.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | December 29, 2006 7:05 PM

Regarding Gerald Ford, he and his wife are also pro-choice, and non-apologetic with their stand on the issue.

Posted by Jenny in CA | December 30, 2006 6:57 PM

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