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You Can Observe A Lot By Watching (Yogi)

Have you been watching the political debates? I have been interested to see the popularity polls after each debate. The TV political pundits will tell us what we just saw on the debate, and then tell us who won. Then, the polls tell us who really won the debate. In many instances, the pundits got it wrong. (That word pundit is sometimes a slam and sometimes a compliment)

So far, during this Presidential campaign, it seems to be beneficial to have no political experience. For the Republicans, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carla Fiorina are leading the polls. Very diverse backgrounds that include everything but political office.

That brings me to Jeb Bush, who apparently is taking the brunt of having political experience. Instead of being the anointed one like most initially thought, he is now scrambling for viability.  So, he has taken on a new strategy of claiming experience… while being an outsider.

He has seen the Trump/Carson/Fiorina effect and he wants in on it. As he burns through political cash, his donors are reportedly getting anxious. They call it the campaign burn rate. How much do you spend compared to what you take in from donors. For Bush, his September rate was 85% intake to spending. That’s high! So, what’s the new strategy?

Bush recently told supporters that he is such a Washington outsider, that he wouldn’t be able to drive a car in downtown D.C. because he knows so little about the area. Now that has got to have impact for voters… if you are planning on being a taxi driver.

Since I am a Washington Wizards fan, I can navigate D.C. pretty well. Plus, it helps to have numbered and alphabetical streets, and then there’s that new-fangled thing called GPS. Of course, Jeb’s father was the Vice President for 8 years, and then the President for 4 years. His brother was the President for 8 years, so it’s understandable that Bush wouldn’t….. wait a second, it’s not understandable.

The point of all this is that being real seems to be in season right now. Most of us have just about had enough. When we hear Hilary Clinton say that she is going to be more spontaneous on the campaign trail, it made me remember that old slogan, “be sincere, whether you are or not”.

Being real… it makes me want to get up and announce that I plan on being two inches taller tomorrow. And I decide to be more spontaneous because my pants will be too short.  Of course maybe Yogi Berra had it right when he said to Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours. That’s what I call real right there!

And our pic o’ day, speaking of driving:

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The Winds of Change

Seinfeld is a well known sitcom that ran during the years of 1989-1998. Usually with comedy, you can get away with saying some outrageous things. However, NBC ran into some major criticism over one of the episodes during that time because it was considered politically incorrect to joke about certain topics.

The episode Puerto Rican Day became that seminal episode of the show. Seinfeld and NBC were criticized for several items in the show.

First, there was criticism over the character Cosmo Kramer, who accidentally set a flag on fire and then was stomping on it to put it out.

Not only was the flag-burning incident not well received;  but, also the perceived negative portrayals of Puerto Ricans.

The show has a scene where an angry mob of parade-goers damages Jerry Seinfeld’s car. Later in the episode, Kramer is heard uttering, “It’s like this every day in Puerto Rico!”  The episode brought angry letters to the studio as well as physical protests outside  of NBC’s Rockefeller Center in New York, and complaints from Puerto Rican activists.

NBC formally apologized for the episode, and later pulled it from summer repeats. Public opinion had influenced the airing of the show. It did show back up in the box sets that were sold, as well as in later syndication.

It goes to the topic of what is considered to be publicly acceptable. I just mention this because immigration is now a hot topic in the presidential race. Now, some are arguing that this is a country that was built on being all-inclusive as the Land of the free and the home of the brave.

This campaign has brought out the other side of the issue. This country needs to mind its borders and send back those who are illegals. Public opinion through the voting booth may decide what is publicly acceptable for this country. The winds of change may be in the air!

And for pic o’ day… choices and consequences:

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