WEED ON AISLE 10 & OTHER INSIGNIFICANT FRIPPERIES — What’s your guess about when you’ll able to pick up your edible/chewable marijuana at Walgreens and CVS? They’ll be with the candy at check out.

FOR YOUR APPROVAL — We like to name our generations or at least give them numbers. Ex: The Greatest, The Silent, The Boomer, Gen X, Y or Z Generation. For consideration, how about we name this one The Online Generation. Need confirmation? The next time you’re stuck behind a car that doesn’t move when the light turns green, guess what the driver is doing.

THE AMAZING…


I DO NOT LIKE WEARING A MASK by Tom Alderman

I also do not like eating liver but rejecting liver will not kill me. Rejecting a mask can. Masks are necessary. But it is also true that wearing one is discomforting and annoying, isn’t it? Let us count just some of the ways…

CAN’T HEAR YOU — Those old enough to remember Dick Tracy’s arch enemy Mumbles, know what I mean.

CAN’T SEE YOU — Is she smiling? Frowning? Skeptical? How is he really reacting because I cannot see any facial indications.

I REALLY CAN’T SEE YOU — My glasses…


JEFFERSON, LINCOLN, TRUMP & OTHER FRIPPERIES

WHERE TRUMP GETS SOME OF HIS MATERIAL - “If people believe there is an imaginary river out there, you don’t tell them there is no river. Rather, you build an imaginary bridge over the imaginary river.” Nikita Khrushchev, former Soviet Premier

THIS IS SOME GOOD SHIT - Thomas Jefferson used scraps of paper in his bathroom for hygienic purposes. Some of these scraps are housed in the Library of Congress.

ALWAYS LATE - Do people who wear faceless Movado watches care at all about time?

ANYONE YOU KNOW? -“Mud sometimes gives the illusion of…


ARE WE THERE YET? — “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” Isaac Asimov

WHAT IS EXISTENTIAL HIGHER EDUCATION? — Y. M. I. University.

BIGGER IS BETTER — When companies and presidents claim to have the best, the most and the biggest whatever, it is wise to remember the Titanic

EMBRACE YOUR CLUTTER — If efficiency is of value in your household or office, clutter probably makes you a bit twitchy. Please consideration this: A certain amount of clutter…


BIDEN/TRUMP: THE FICKLE FIGURES

You may be among the many with industrial strength anxiety over a second Trump term. With current polls showing Joe Biden with a decent lead over the TwitterTwit, your heartburn might even lighten up a bite. Please keep in mind the momentary nature of presidential polling.

It is 1948. August-September. The Gallop Poll has New York’s Gov. Tom Dewey with a 6% lead over Pres. Harry Truman. Result: Truman wins by 4.4%

1980. October. Polls show Jimmy Carter topping Ronald Reagan by 6%. Result: Reagan whips Carter by almost 10%.

1988. September. Gov. Michael Dukakis has…


COVID-19, THE GLASS HALF FULL…

…but certainly not for those of us who have lost loved ones, friends, livelihoods and equilibrium. The glass is quite empty. So what could possibly be positive about this most destructive pandemic in over a century? For example, following the death of 50–100 million people from the 1918 Spanish Flu, urban sewer systems, paved streets, housing regulations and various public hygiene systems were initiated around the world.

You may be familiar with the concept of cosmic duality. It’s an ancient philosophy that the universe is composed of competing and complementary forces of dark and light…


THE APPLE BEFORE IT WAS APPLE: a Surprisingly Tipsy Tale

Do you remember The Million Tree Initiative a few years back? Plant trees, diminish carbon dioxide, reduce global warming. Noble concept. Did it work? Who knows? But forest creatures were quite happy.

The last time national tree planting like this got widespread attention is two-hundred years ago. It was not news at the time. But it was in the movies much later on. We are talking about John Chapman, an American nurseryman who treks around Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois throughout the 1800s planting acres of apple trees. …


Seems George Washington is having a bit of an historical encore in the popular media. There’s the History channel’s recent compelling mini-series based on Joseph Ellis’s fine biography, ‘His Excellency: George Washington.’ There’s Alexis Coe’s new bio,‘ ’You Never Forget Your First,’ which Smithsonian Magazine’s Karin Wolf describes as “cheeky.”

Add to these and many existing books, James Thomas Flexner’s ‘The Indispensable Man’ and Ron Chernow’s Pulitzer Prize winning ‘Washington: A Life,’ a masterful account in audiobook. If you grew up with the cannot-tell a-lie Washington, you could be among the been-there-done-that set. You might want to reconsider. Among the many biographies, Ron Chernow’s ‘Washington, A Life’ in audiobook is most engrossing and engaging. Some of the more diverting items…

~ As a military officer, Washington looses more battles then he wins ~ Yes, he owns slaves ~ George is 6’2,” Martha Washington is 5’ 0,” ~ You may know about his miserable teeth but they are not wooden, but ivory and stained ~ He seems to have Irritable Bowl Syndrome while wearing elaborate layers of clothing and before flush toilets are available in the field ~ While he has enormous self-control, he also has an explosive temper.

This is not to suggest that Washington is diminished in any of these books. His extraordinary character and leadership qualities are all here. The fact that he steps down from the presidency after two terms makes him the Father of the country. With his popularity, he could go on and on. But he sets a revolutionary precedent by limiting a president to two-terms. He reminds his fellow founders that this new America is a republic, not a monarchy.

The engaging component in this audiobook is the experienced narration of Scott Brick, who knows how to add drama to an over marbled fixture like George Washington.

Washington, A Life by Ron Chernow, Penguin Audio, narrated by Scott Brick, 41 hrs and 54 mins., Penguin paperback: 928 pages

‘His Excellency, George Washington’ by Joseph Ellis, Recorded Books, narrated by Nelson Runger, 14 hrs & 33 mins, Knopf paperback: 352 pages

‘The Indispensable Man’ by James Thomas Flexner Bay Books, 4 volumes, Paperback abridgment: 423 pages

‘You Never Forget Your First’ by Alexis Coe Audiobook, narrated by Brittany Pressley & Alexis Coe, 6 hrs and 40 mins, Viking print: 304 pages


REMEMBERING ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS

In the 1948 presidential election, communists in government was the go-to Republican issue against incumbent Harry Truman. Truman’s opponent was New York Gov. Tom Dewey, a Republican internationalist who insisted on downplaying the communist issue and would not use it as an attack against Truman. This incensed the base-line, conservative Robert Taft republicans who never forgave Dewey.

For the upcoming national elections, we can expect Trump and most of his party to attack the left-wing ‘socialist’ Democrats and their fake-news NY Times collaborators who are sabotaging our government.

Do Republicans have any Tom Deweys left?


To emphasize Donald Trump’s fondness for authoritarianism, he is often likened to Adolf Hitler. It’s a popular comparison, particularly for older people for whom the Nazi dictator is much more than a black-and-white image from seven decades ago. But younger people may be challenged seeing similarities between the 5’9,” vegetarian, toothbrush mustache, droop-hair of Hitler in a trim military uniform compared to the 6’2” orange face, yellow-mustard hair Trump in a dark suit that fails to contain a Big Mac gut. When you remove the visuals of these despots and focus on what they both said, they do seem to operate from the same playbook. You know Trump-talk, here is a mouthful of the Nazi leader’s favorite lines.

“Strength lies not in defense but attack.”

“It is not truth that matters, but victory.”

“The art of leadership consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention.”

- “The great masses of people will more easily fall victims to a big lie then to a small one.”

- “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it.”

- “What good fortune for governments that the people do not think.”

So while the Trump-Hitler comparison may be over-used, it certainly does seem fearfully relevant.

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SPEAKING OF LEADERS…It might be comforting to remember a president with an approval rating of 22%, the lowest grade in history. But now, historians rank Harry Truman among the top ten best.

This does not suggest that history will eventually upgrade Donald John Trump’s cheerless ratings given his gross ineptness and elastic relationship with reality. But we can compare and contrast Trump to Truman when it comes to mental and physical stability.

The 73 year old Trump weighs 236 pounds, eats Big Macs, doesn’t touch alcohol and exercises by riding around in a golf cart.

At 5’9” and 175 pounds, Harry Truman awoke at the crack of dawn, took long brisk walks at 120 paces per minute, ate breakfast consisting of toast, bacon, sometimes an egg and an occasional medicinal shot of bourbon. He lived to 88 years old.

Perhaps the current president should lose the burgers, a buttload of pounds, stop pacing aimlessly around the White House lawn and lighten up a bit. An occasional beer or wine just might help him — and all of us.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AUDIOBOOK -The Accidental President, Harry Truman by A.J. Baime. Audiobook: 14 hrs, 21 mins, First-rate narration: Tony Messano (Print: 360 pages)

Tom Alderman

Tom Alderman is a thirty year veteran media analyst, trainer and founder of MediaPrep.

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