We’ve already told you about PD’s flag-wearing angst, and OWS Oakland’s need for lighter fluid, but we have yet to cover the 4th of July Expansion of Freedom Wedding (so dubbed by Nancy Pelosi, not us) of fratboy (or is it pratfall?) Barney Frank and his partner of so many Democrat and Republican administrations, Jim Ready.


At first the romantic union seemed doomed from the start. No, that they were both dudes, come on. This isn’t Kabul. First there was the glaring age difference. Frank is a young, spire 72, and Ready (who was born ready- now that’s a true man) is an itchy old 42. 30 is an age gap not easily surmounted.

Photographer of few ideas. Typical engagement shot.Then of course there was the marijuana farm Ready was growing at their Boston home. Barney of course pleaded no knowledge of what that plant even was, and Ready escaped with a gentle slap on the wrist.

Just as Frank overlooked his partner’s foray into crime for love, so too did Ready when he learned of Frank’s brothel business in the 80’s. Looking at it now, if they were able to survive all of that, then maybe this marriage really does have a chance of lasting.

The reception was held at a Boston Marriott in Netwon, Mass. (Newton being home to the delicious non-cookie/non-cake fruity snack.) With a guest list busting at the seams with 300 people, highlights include the aforementioned Botox-beauty, Nancy Pelosi, Dennis Kucinich, John Teresa Kerry, and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick who acted as the officiate for the happy couple. POTUS and FLOTUS were not invited, in order to ensure a low key evening.

Mercifully the ceremony was only 5 minutes, sprinkled with them writing their own vows:

“Do you promise to love each other and be each other’s best friend,
In sickness and in health,
In Congress or in retirement,
Whether the surf is up or the surf’s flat,
For richer or for poorer,
Under the Democrats or the Republicans,
Whether the slopes are powdery or icy,
Whether the book reviews are good or bad,
For better or for worse,
On MSNBC or on Fox,
For as long as you both shall live?”

Yup. True story. Of course for PD the highpoint came when Ms. Kucinich, red-head daughter of Dennis Kucinich said gesturing outside at the fields surrounding the Marriott, “Did you see all the rabbits? It’s a sign of fertility for their marriage!”

Thanks, Jackie. PD agrees.