We have another primary today. The candidates have been taking their dog and pony shows around the state of New Hampshire, kissing babies, eating breakfast with the voters and generally performing any trick you want to see as long as they garner your vote. All you have to do to see them perform is to pay the organ grinder.
I'm a bit amused at the saintly media, especially television, busy as bees, running hither and yon, to cover the escapades of these witless candidates who profess to have what it takes to lead this country. They have this poll and that poll, this reaction or that reaction, with coverage about as consistent as your cell phone in 5 o'clock traffic. While sitting in their lofty positions looking down at the candidates and giving their "esteemed" opinions, some of these media types strike me as just another dog and pony show, in and of, itself.
So, what's the plan? Just relax, have a beer and watch about one hour's worth of political news a day. Take it with a grain of salt because if your candidate's ahead in the polls today, chances are that he or she will be trailing by tomorrow. Bottom line, things will sort themselves out and sooner or later there will be a nominated candidate for each party running for president. That's when the real dog and pony show begins.
The scary thing is that people who aren't patient enough for gradual, logical change can wreak havoc and the end result could be another Schwarzenager - California debacle. Be careful what you wish for ! Your next president's choice for vice president could be "Podium Al" Sharpton or Donnie Osmond.
The Pictures: I found a quantity of pictures in a remote area of my files which I think you'll like. The only problem is I have no idea if I've shown them before. Fortunately for me, most of my readers won't remember if they've seen them before. Moreover, most of them don't know how they even got to my site (the trick is to leave candy on the front porch).
This Date In History: 1815; The Battle of New Orleans is fought. 1867; Black men in Washington, D.C., gain the right to vote as the U.S. Congress overrides President Andrew Johnson's veto. 1889; American inventor Herman Hollerith patents his electric counting machine. 1916; The Allies retreat from Gallipoli. 1918; Following the end of World War I, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proposes a 14 point peace plan.
Birthdays: Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll (1935), Stephen Hawking, British theoretical physicist (1942), David Bowie, British singer and songwriter (1947).
The Hits Just Keep On Coming: I love a good pun and thanks to my pal Vivian, I'll be giving you a few this week.
Energizer Bunny arrested - charged with battery. A pessimist's blood type is always B-negative. Practice safe eating - always use condiments. A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother. Shotgun Wedding: A case of wife or death. I used to work in a blanket factory, but it folded. Marriage is the mourning after the knot before. A hangover is the wrath of grapes. Corduroy pillows are making headlines. Is a book on voyeurism a peeping tome?
Thinning The Herd 2008 - Darwin Awards:
In Detroit, a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate while trying to retrieve his car keys.
A 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker -- who often bragged he was "totally-zoned when he ran" -- accidentally jogged off a 100-foot high cliff on his daily workout.
Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed as he fell through the ceiling of a bicycle shop he was burglarizing. Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his mouth to keep his hands free rammed into the base of his skull as he hit the floor.
That's it for today my little short cakes. More tomorrow.