USS Gerald R. Ford

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Last Saturday officials laid the keel of the first of the new class of aircraft carriers, CVN-78, to be named USS Gerald R. Ford.  The Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carriers replaces the Nimitz class, first commissioned in 1975.

Gerald Ford was a guy who always stepped up when no one else would.

During his Naval service in WWII on the USS Monterey a fire broke out as a result of a typhoon.  Admiral Halsey ordered Captain Ingersoll to abandon ship. Instead Captain Ingersoll ordered Ford to lead a fire brigade below. After five hours he and his team had put out the fire.

In 1964 when LBJ led a landslide victory, Ford was approached to be House Minority Leader.  He accepted.

In 1973 when Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned Ford was tagged as the replacement.

In 1974 when President Nixon resigned Ford assumed the presidency.  One month later he pardoned Nixon, with the full knowledge that it would doom his presidency and any chance at reelection.  But it was the right thing to do so that the country could move on from an extremely difficult time.

For this controversial, but selfless and patriotic move he was lauded with praise by Jimmy Carter during his inaugural speech.   The two opponents went on to be pals using their presidential gravitas to accomplish much.  In 2001 Ford received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for the Nixon pardon.

President Ford has done so much for this country, naming an aircraft carrier seems like the least we can do for him.



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17 responses to “USS Gerald R. Ford

  1. TempeBev

    Looking forward to when there will be a U.S.S. Barack Obama.

    Change of subject. I am SO pissed at the Catholic church. Today in the paper the Diocese of Phx publicly announced that they had contributed to stop gay marriage in Maine. It also said that this does not affect their federal tax exempt status which says that religious organizations cannot contribute to “politicians” but it’s OK to spend money to stop political agendas.

    Perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate church tax exempt status laws. Ha-ha, who’s going to start that – the politicians?

  2. dnd

    First Lady Michelle Obama in Denver today on a mentoring program:

    I hope she brought her long underwear. It’s freezing here today.

  3. *stretches and yawns*

    Morning peeps, boy quiet day yesterday around here.

  4. dnd

    Can I get a show of hands of those who are really getting sick of Caribou Barbie? She has so jumped the shark…

  5. TempeBev

    Another hand.

    Are the new guideline for mammography bothering anyone besides me? As one repug acquaintance said today, “they just want to get you on Obamacare.” I went shopping.

    I would rather have a biopsy turn out negative than wait 2 years and have a positive report that could have been detected a year earlier. “Don’t teach self-exams” – are they nuts? “It will save money.”

    They take Rx’s off the market because they kill or make people worse. I’m not clear on how many people have died because of self-exams and mammograms that discover breast cancer. Is this just another repug form of killing health care? I find these new guidelines appalling.

  6. dnd

    Three things I don’t understand:
    1. Self exams may not be very effective, but they cost nothing, so what’s the problem?
    2. Shouldn’t this be based on genetic markers?
    3. Why isn’t there a blood test similar to the PSA?

    To me a blood test makes sense because it would be cheaper, safer (no radiation), more comfortable, and could be given at any age. Plus it could be given to men, who can also get breast cancer but can’t get mammograms.

  7. IMO breast cancer is way over politicized. Also since it involves so many issues that are not directly attached to one’s physical well being it’s very hard to have a rational discussion on the topic and as I male I tend to keep my mouth shut on the subject.

  8. dnd

    The weird thing is that more women die of lung cancer, but that doesn’t get much press. And eight times more women die from heart disease than breast cancer.

    I don’t mean to minimize the need for prevention, detection and cure of breast cancer, but it seems the main focus should be on heart disease.

  9. Well that’s what I mean d, first off no word is more scary than cancer, now attach that to aspects of sexuality and appearance and it’s hard to form a rational consensus.

  10. dog's eye view

    Hello all. Testing what LiveFeed would make of this — am checking in from 35,070 feet via Virgin America. And nowhere near Richardson, Texas. (We seem to be above Utah.) Go figure.

    1) Gerald Ford was a class act and very glad to hear he is being honored with a class of carriers. Truly a good soul, and they don’t seem to make them like him anymore, sadly.

    2) Was astonished to hear the new breast cancer detection guidelines. It does make sense to focus more on those with genetic markers and cancer in the family, but I suspect the yearly mammograms give many women peace of mind.

    3) I don’t think churches should have tax-exempt status either. But am totally fine with some public funding of some churches’ charitable endeavors — they can do a lot on the ground and have experience with mission/development work.

    4) Cannot WAIT to see my little pet tomorrow. Springing her from the kennel asap.


  11. You certainly do get around dog!

  12. dog's eye view

    Yup. And thinking on a visit to NYC to look you up one of these days.

    I hope this is the wave of the future: free wireless on airplanes, so you can read and blog and email. But no cellphones, so you’re not hostage to the asshat in the next seat.

    And most people don’t yap while keyboarding, so it’s a double win!

    I am trying to remain Palinpalooza-free, but it’s hard.

    It would be fun to see some ’50s footage, from when some people thought Joseph McCarthy was a good public servant.

  13. TempeBev

    The repub politicians from Arizona have again shown they are a bunch of dumb s–ts when they open their mouths. Shadegg is starting to gain on McC, Kyle, T. Franks and Jeff Flake. Arizona is getting as bad as Utah.

  14. Bev we’re all adults, it’s ok to type out “shits”

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