Better watch where you step:
"The baby, born Saturday, has long, knobby legs like a llama. His skinny tail resembles that of a giant rat. His floppy ears are reminiscent of a kangaroo. Someday, when he’s older, long, matted dreadlocks will coat his sides, the signature hairstyle of his breed. His mother, Duchess, was pregnant for a year and three days. She and the newborn’s father, Duke, came from Tennessee about a year ago."
"Ex-Sen. Baker remembered for crossing the aisle" Associated Press July 02, 2014
Who knew he was transgender and bisexual?
HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Former Senate majority leader Howard H. Baker Jr. was remembered Tuesday for his ability to bridge political divides in Washington while also establishing the Republican Party as a statewide force in Tennessee.
The Republican’s 18-year tenure in the Senate drew accolades from both sides of the aisle. Baker, who died Thursday at age 88, is known for cutting to the core of the 1973 Watergate hearings when he asked of then-President Richard Nixon: ‘‘What did the president know and when did he know it?’’
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander eulogized his former boss at a funeral at the First Presbyterian Church in the former Senate majority leader’s rural hometown of Huntsville on the Cumberland Plateau near the Kentucky state line.
All of a sudden they shivered me timbers.
Alexander described Baker as an ‘‘eloquent listener’’ and ‘‘the great conciliator’’ for his ability to gather disputing senators into a room, listen for a while, ‘‘then his summary of the discussion would become the senators’ agreement.’’
By the time Nixon resigned in 1974, Baker was a household name with a reputation for fairness and smarts that stuck throughout a long political career. Besides being Senate majority leader from 1981 to 1985, he later became chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan and one of the GOP’s elder statesmen.
Vice President Joe Biden, who attended the service, said in an op-ed in the Knoxville News Sentinel, ‘‘He was honorable, he was tough, and he was fair — traits that served him well as he took on two of the most challenging jobs in Washington.’’
Dignitaries attending the funeral included former vice president Al Gore, Senate majority leader Harry Reid, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, and Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee.
More secrets dead and buried with him.
Also see: Former Cambridge monk wins $259.8 million lottery
The Cockrum was $weet for the monk?
Before ending this post I wanted to offer my congratulations to Tennessee on being the worst state to live in-- as far as bu$ine$$ is concerned (you must not be shoveling enough tax loot at them). Not wanting to flash Yankee self-centered arrogance here, but I think mine has you beat. Either way, they all $ort of $uck, if you know what I mean. I know I'm tired of the divisive insults coming from the ma$$ media. Hope you are having an enjoyable summer as much as possible down there.
Update with tip-of cap:
John Seigenthaler, Tennessee journalist, dies at 86
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