What were they thinking?

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You know they probably thought this was a good idea, personalized stickers with our first names emblazoned on them. “Freds for H”, “Marys for H”. It works for most names, but my first name is John and somehow I can imagine this might be taken in the wrong context. I should donate and get one before someone in the Clinton team  has an “Oops” moment.


I wonder of that team of advisors were inspired by a satirical piece that was published in February 2016?

Presidential Joke Day – August 11

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On August 11, 1984, United States President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, was preparing to make his weekly Saturday radio address on National Public Radio. During a sound check before the address, Reagan made the following joke to the radio technicians: “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” The joke was a parody of the opening line of that day’s speech: “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you that today I signed legislation that will allow student religious groups to begin enjoying a right they’ve too long been denied — the freedom to meet in public high schools during nonschool hours, just as other student groups are allowed to do.”[1]

Contrary to popular misconception, this microphone gaffe was not broadcast over the air, but rather leaked later to the general populace.[2] But the Tokyo newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported in October 1984 that the Soviet Far East Army was placed on alert after word of the statement got out and that the alert was not withdrawn until 30 minutes later. An unnamed aide to US Representative Michael Barnes (D-Md.) confirmed that the Pentagon was aware of the alert.[3] There was no report of any change in the DEFCON level for the United States. The Soviet reaction, and mild confusion it created, was covered by NBC newsanchor Tom Brokaw.[citation needed]

This was not the first time Reagan had joked before giving a speech or address.[4] The Soviet official news agency, TASS, condemned the joke, declaring that “The USSR condemns this unprecedented and hostile attack by the US President” and that “this kind of behavior is incompatible with the great responsibility borne by heads of nuclear states for the destinies of their own people and mankind”.[5][6]

The quip became the basis for a song titled “Five Minutes“, as well as “A is for Atom (B is for Bomb)” by Monte Cazazza‘s band The Atom Smashers, both of which began with a clip of the recording.[7] – 

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Imagine what President Trump might say

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Reeling Trump Campaign Unveils New Strategy: Insult Gandhi

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Staggered by a series of blunders and missteps, Donald Trump sat down for an interview with NBC anchorman Lester Holt and revealed his new campaign strategy.

“I have never once said a single thing to offend Hindus!” Trump declared in the interview.  “Well, that’s about to change.”

The Republican presidential nominee, who has already offended Hispanics, veterans, disabled people, Muslims, blacks, women and babies, and has even used a Star of David from a white supremacist website in an anti-Hillary tweet, was widely believed to be seeking other groups to offend.  Still, the news caught many by surprise.

“So your plan to catch up to Secretary Clinton,” asked the evidently startled Holt, “is to insult Gandhi, one of the founders of Modern India, and a symbol of peace and humanity around the world?”


“Do you think that will be effective?”

“I’ll be great.  I mean that sincerely.  It’ll be…

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Huh? What is he trying to say?

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Maybe if you read the transcript it might make more sense:

Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart—you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world—it’s true!—but when you’re a conservative Republican they try—oh, do they do a number—that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune—you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged—but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me—it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right—who would have thought?), but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners—now it used to be three, now it’s four—but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years—but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.

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I enjoy sharing photos and thoughts on blogs and a while back I thought it would be a good idea to get paid money for doing it. I submitted some example posts to an outfit called Examiner.com and after being accepted (I think everybody is) I waited for the big bucks to start rolling in for my thoughtful missives and wise observations.

It didn’t quite work out that way for me. I had the toughest time with the photos which had to be a certain size. There was no automatic saving in the editor and I lost what I wrote a few times. Eventually I used another editor and cut and pasted the completed posts.

What I found most annoying was the number of ads that appeared in the final online edition. I even had ads thrown at me as I wrote the articles.

The money started rolling in in pennies. Approximately a penny a click. I was writing about New Ipswich, NH which is not exactly that exciting (I like it that way). Too much hassle for the effort. Apparently they are going to suspend publication in July. My articles are still floating in cyber space but they stopped paying me when I stopped writing for them. I am probably out about thirteen dollars and 23 cents by now.

They didn’t offer to a way to zip up the old articles but I found a way to recycle them using Chrome. Here is an example.

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