Late Night FDL: Fred Karger, Composer and Fred Karger, Candidate

 

I am very fascinated by the controversy surrounding GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger and the GOP’s fear of him. And for me it’s personal.

My stepfather, Fred Karger was a film composer and musical supervisor at Columbia, MGM, for Elvis Presley’s goofball oeuvres (Harum Scarum, Kissin’ Cousins, Frankie and Johnny, etc.) and later for a series of campy independent films like Riot on Sunset Strip. He’s best known for the theme songs he wrote: From Here to Eternity, Magnificent Obsession, Gidget, Gidget Goes Hawaiian, and for his love life: He dated Marilyn Monroe for a number of years and was married twice to Jane Wyman. And once to my mom. Fred, who died in 1979, was super cool and a great stepfather. Every day I give thanks for having him in my life, for all the amazing people I met through him, and for showing me you can live life by following your creative dreams.

So when the name Fred Karger first popped up in my inbox during the Proposition 8 campaign, I did a huge double take, it’s a pretty unusual name. Well, this Fred Karger was the founder/director of Californians Against Hate and would send emails detailing his work on four boycotts against the Mormon Church and formal ethics violation complaints leading to investigations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church) and the National Organization for Marriage in California and Maine. This Fred Karger was a Republican, while my stepfather had supported the Kennedys– though he banned them from Marilyn Monroe’s funeral, as the family story goes, telling Joe DiMaggio

None of those sons of bitches are welcome

Since then, Republican Fred Karger–who worked on nine presidential campaigns and served as a senior consultant on campaigns for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford–has become a frequent correspondent since he’s running for president as a Republican.

But Fred Karger has been excluded from the debates by a constantly shifting series of rules put in place by debate organizers. But it seems more like the other candidates and GOP Powers That Be want him excluded because of his political and social stances. He’d like to make the Republican party more open and inclusive. He is also openly gay, supports same-sex marriage, and

Oh and he’s Jewish, not that religion should be an issue in any campaign because the Constitution states that Congress should establish no religion; to run the country under Christian law is the same principle as running the country under sharia law.

Fred Karger, Republican candidate, has been shut out of the Fox GOP debates and the CNN GOP debates, and now:

NBC News will broadcast a GOP presidential debate…And still Fred Karger won’t be permitted to participate. Please sign this petition to get Fred Karger on the GOP stage

My stepfather, composer Fred Karger, never wanted to be president of the United States. But I love seeing someone with his name running. And I would like to hear from a GOP candidate who is not bigot, who doesn’t pander to people’s religious mania, and who doesn’t push xenophobic, homophobic buttons while claiming God is all mad at America. I’d to see the GOP allow a qualifying candidate to speak rationally about the issues that are important: The economy, energy, and getting out of the War-in-’Stans (which would actually solve the other two matters!).

You can sign the petition here.

[Thanks Teddy!]

 


Michele Bachmann, You’re Doing It Wrong. Again. Elvis Fail!

Elvis Presley is a symbol of America–a poor boy who armed only with his Gods-given talent, changed the face of music, became a huge, decades-long success, then died bloated and drug addicted on his toilet. Dead on throne, so appropriate for the King.  But still he lives on in cultural consciousness.

And thus it seems appropriate that Elvis’ memory should be invoked by Michele Bachmann, flushed with success from her Iowa straw man poll victory. Today on the campaign trail in Spartanburg, SC, Michele exhorted the crowd:

Before we get started, let’s all say ‘Happy Birthday’ to Elvis Presley today. You can’t do better than Elvis Presley.

One small thing: Today is the 34th anniversary of Elvis’ death à la commode. Presley was born on January 8, the same day as David Bowie. (Michele, if you’re reading this, Bowie is still alive.  But it’d be really cool if you’d mention him sometime, since you know, he invented the Bowie knife and all.)

Born, died? John Wayne? John Wayne Gacy? Details like this could prove to be Bachmann’s Waterloo.


And this one goes out to Obama and Congress. The King is dead! Long live the King!

photos: video screen grabs


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