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Topless E-mails, Monica, Bill and Jesse Jackson Jr.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Aren't we lucky - the election is over and those annoying political ads and debates are history. Now we can get back to the really important things in life, like Big Bang, Survivor, and those ads for Viagra and fertilizer. The Big Bang Theory is second only to Sunday Night Football in viewers this season. Person of Interest is third.

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The sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center says: "Keep off the Grass."

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"Medical marijuana users are now lobbying for the right to carry firearms. Because no one is a better shot than a stoned old man with glaucoma." --Conan O'Brien

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Beginning with California in 1996, 18 states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, and now high numbers of voters in Colorado and Washington have gone further, legalizing the drug for recreational purposes.

However, regardless of state laws to the contrary, even "medical" marijuana is illegal under Federal law, which overrules state law.

"California had its first medical marijuana job fair. Over 2 million people meant to show up." --Conan O'Brien

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How will the Obama administration handle this stinky kettle of fish? If they pursue it as enthusiastically as they went after Arizona's immigration law, a lot of people will go to jail. But, if they deal with it in the same apathetic manner they've ignored thousands of obvious violations of federal law on medical pot, expect the Obama administration to turn a blind eye. And a stuffy nose.

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Citing labor troubles, the makers of Twinkies are calling it quits, although they are likely to sell off the more popular brands. At least 14 of the 37 ingredients in Twinkies receive federal subsidies, including corn products.

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The Monica Lewinsky sex case only cost former President Bill Clinton disgrace, but like the mythical Phoenix, he has risen. His popularity among Democrats is credited by many with saving President Obama's job. Ironically, a less scandalous affair has cost Gen. Petraus his CIA job.

In a further indication that there are way too many news channels, an email showing a (heaven forbid!) shirtless male FBI agent continues to make big news.

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Approaching 40, the never married Lewinsky is reportedly ready to write a sexually explicit book about her affair with Clinton. The National Enquirer has said she might be able to get $12 million for the book. Question -- would such an expose help or hurt Hillary Clinton in her likely run for president in 2016?

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Chicago politics -- go figure. Admitting mistakes, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Chicago) has resigned. He is expected to serve some prison time for misusing campaign funds. It will come as no surprise to learn that the voters, well aware of his problems, re-elected him with 63% of the vote. He didn't campaign, did no fundraising, and has been undergoing mental health and intestinal disorder treatment for months. He was first elected in 1995, replacing another Democrat, who was convicted on charges including sexual misconduct with a 16-year-old campaign aide and federal bank fraud.

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Geraldo Rivera was fired in 1985 after criticizing ABC for canceling a report on an alleged relationship between John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. In 1986 he hosted a greatly hyped two hour special, The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults. The show was expected to reveal great riches or bodies on live television.

A medical examiner and Internal Revenue Service agents were on hand in case bodies or money might be discovered, but when the vault was finally opened the only things found inside were dirt and several empty bottles.

Despite the anti-climatic ending, the special became the most-watched syndicated television special with an estimated audience of 30 million. "Seems like we struck out," Rivera was quoted as saying after the show.

I, and millions of folks agreed and I continued to think he was an idiot until recently. Turns out he has a good radio show on the Cumulus Network. It is a happy-medium alternative to extremists Limbaugh, Beck, and Hannity and the like. Those guys are more interested in selling themselves than presenting anything resembling a balanced approach. I believe KSOO, 1140 AM, from Sioux Falls, S.D. is the Cumulus station closest to Le Mars.

Don Paulin, 2carpenterdon@gmail.com, 7557 30th Av, Norwalk, IA 50211 - 515-201-7236

By Don Paulin
Been There, Done That