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How do you like them apples?

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I’m a wanna-be apple farmer (photo below).  If I ever get a crop…here are the possible effects on me based on the outcome of the election.

Apples

Newman Farmer

 

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Too big to squish

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Raid

If the Republican party ever wanted to implement their own kind of honor killing it may be now.  That is, taking out a member of the family for bringing shame or dishonor upon the household.  Many even outside of the GOP establishment consider what he’s doing an embarrassment.  Spewing foul language, talking down to opponents, and belittling those who disagree; all part of his collective poke in the eye to the PC culture.  Refreshing in some respects, but only if it’s from a reality TV show moderator.  Conduct that’s particularly far from presidential behavior.

Of course, he actually is the host of the latest reality TV craze that’s playing out daily in front of live audiences everywhere, it’s called Groveling for Vice Presidency.

 

The Medium is the Message

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The media

In his 1964 book “Understanding Media: Extension of Man” Marshall McLuhan coined the term The Medium is the Message.  There’s no more obvious example of this than Donald Trump’s historic rise through his careful, crass, and damn-the-torpedoes-full-steam-ahead approach to getting his coiffed hair in front of every media outlet possible.

Print, radio and television – especially television – have put Trump in his most natural environment.  The actual spoken message matters little.  What matters is the image, and more precisely, his image, in as many places, in as many forms and as often as possible.  The more rude, boorish and lowbrow the actual message, the more the media will hover to catch every insult; the more bleeps required the better.

We’re going from a President who curtsies to every foreign leader he meets, friend or foe, to the possibility of a President Trump, who’s sure to start delicate foreign relations discussions with “pull my finger.”

 

Hillary’s a woman; who knew?

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Woman

Hillary’s message is starting to get sharpened.  She’s just about given up trying to be different that Bernie.  Who can compete against free stuff unless it’s just to equal his extensive list.  But now the difference between the two Democrat candidates is beginning to come into focus.  The divergence in these two candidates is in their genders.  Guess what?  Hillary’s a woman.  No argument there and we’re all very glad that’s been settled.  But her biggest difficulty seems to be admitting that it’s her main vote-getting strategy.  She goes around saying that you shouldn’t vote for her because she’s a woman but then seems to be quick to remind everyone that, yes indeed, Hillary Clinton is a woman.

“Don’t you someday want to see a woman president of the United States of America?”

“I think being the first woman president would be quite a change from the presidents we’ve had.”

“44 boys is too many.”

“Folks want an outsider in this election. Who can be more of an outsider than a woman president?”

And of course there was the Madeleine Albright now famous quote, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”  So it’s not only our duty to vote for Hillary but any women who doesn’t fall in line is also risking eternal damnation.

Here’s a thought though that can put this whole let’s-finally-have-a-woman-president campaign strategy to rest.  If Bill Clinton was the first black president, didn’t we already get our first woman president when we elected Barack Obama?

The haunting of Hillary

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Ghosts with captionHillary’s quick to point out the amount of experience she brings to this campaign.  To go along with that self-identified worldliness there’s an expectation that all she has to do is have her name on primary ballots and it’s a mere formality to get from there to her coronation.  That experience left a legacy of trampled bodies and issues on her way to her crowning.

Trustworthiness:  Bernie Sanders 91%,  Hillary Clinton 5%

The good news is that the voters are starting to catch on.  During the New Hampshire polling it was identified that Hillary’s trustworthiness was shockingly low compared to Bernie Sanders.  From the NY Times, voters who care about honesty in a candidate said that Bernie carries the trust factor by a whopping 91% compared to Hillary’s 5%.  5%!?  We’d be willing to go out on a limb and say that at least 5% of people think the moon’s made of green cheese and Elvis is there right now, living out his retirement years.

Some might call Hillary’s current troubles another example of chickens coming home to roost, but that only brings back unpleasant memories of Reverend Wright disparaging America.  Instead, let’s just say that New Hampshire was Hillary’s fright night filled with ghosts of transgressions-past.

So Hillary and Bill, with your campaign faltering due to ghosts from your power hungry ambitions …. who you gonna call?

The trouble with Hillary

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Hillary

In 1992 Bill Clinton had the charisma thing but he also had the message thing.  His message was “It’s the economy stupid.”  Hillary isn’t Bill, and it may be partly due to the Bernie thing.  Bernie Sanders, promising everything to everyone, well, at least as much as 18 trillion in new spending according to The Wall Street Journal, started making poor Hillary look down right conservative.  How can Hillary compete?  So instead of a focus, she’s spinning wildly, like a grandmother with her finger locked down on the trigger of an automatic weapon, spraying bullets in every direction, unable to relax her grip.  Her focus so far includes climate change, LGBT rights, gun control, free college, minimum wage, family leave, path to citizenship, and even UFO’s.  Taken one at a time, they’re phenomenal liberal causes.  Taken as a collective list of goals, it’s just plain socialism.

If Hillary does manage to hone in on one target to focus her campaign, the going may still be tough.  There’s still the charisma thing.

Celebrating pretenders

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Oscars

Ready or not, here comes the season of the over-hyped celebrity.  The time of year when we can’t get enough award shows that honor people who live in an alternate reality…  a fantasy world, where thinking’s not allowed, where everything is scripted.  Unless it’s not, then it’s called ad libbing and embraced as masterful shrewdness.

Now imagine that we don’t know the names of actors.  The names of people who pretend to be other people.  Who pretend to be cops, teachers, mail carriers, nurses, and plumbers.

Then imagine we honored those who’s every movement is unscripted and ad libbed.  Imagine if we knew the names of those who actually serve us, like cops, teachers, mail carriers, nurses and plumbers.