We could also use an “erase” button.

After he lost his election to Ronald Reagan in a landslide back in November of 1980, President Jimmy Carter remarked that in some ways it would have been less painful had he lost back in 1976 to Gerald Ford since all it would have meant was that the people liked the other guy better. However losing a reelection campaign after being the president for four years meant that the people gave you a chance and then after getting to know you, they rejected you. As anybody knows who’s ever been rejected, it’s not nearly as enjoyable as it sounds. Right now, for most likely the first time in his star-crossed life, Donald Trump is facing the bitter sting of rejection and you bet it most assuredly hurts, bigly. …


Do we get dumber as we get older, or were we always kind of dimwitted?

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When I was growing up and attending the Plainedge Public School system, there were a couple of different sets of identical twins in my grade. There was one in particular though that stands out to me. They were two girls who were fun and gregarious and while they looked very similar, and at times appeared to act in a very similar fashion, they also sported significant differences. Still, when I first met them I remembered that I had trouble telling them apart. One of the ways I learned to tell the difference was that one of them liked to wear a shirt that said, “I’m with stupid,” which underneath the print had a finger pointing to the left. I assumed that the individual branded as being “stupid” was the other twin. I’m not sure if the other sister was insulted by the t-shirt, but I’m beginning to think about buying this shirt for my wife to wear when she’s with me since apparently, at least as far as some of my recent actions are concerned, she may wish to alert people I come into contact with that my critical thinking skills are apparently on the wane. …


2020 took the famous, the not-so-famous, and plenty other things that we cherish.

“Stupid Covid!” That’s become my wife’s mantra over the past 10 months. Occasionally I will chime in with “Covid ruins everything.” The words may vary, but the sentiments are the same. Anytime you come up with an idea that sounds like fun, or an interesting place to go, or think you have found a safe way to break the quarantine, COVID-19 rears its ugly corona head and takes a sledgehammer to the best made plans of mice and men. While this scenario may ring true for many, far too many others have found the coronavirus which has tied the United States and most of the world up in knots over the past year to be far more than just a nuisance. It has basically delivered a body-blow to the livelihood and lives of millions of people, and we’re not done yet. …


Life in a “banana republic.”

Many people claim to have chutzpah, but the very notion of the word has to be reconsidered in light of the recent actions of convicted liar and disgraced former National Security Advisor Lt. General Michael Flynn. Keep in mind that this is the man who lied to the FBI regarding his dealings with the Russians back in 2016, and needed a pardon by the outgoing president, and interference by the Justice Department to avoid jail time. You may also recall Flynn as the man who called for Hillary Clinton to be locked up with no proof or evidence of wrongdoing while he was up to all sorts of illegal shenanigans. However, now that he has been freshly pardoned by “Orange” Mussolini, he believes that this would be a good time for Trump to suspend the Constitution, and put aside the legal and certified results of the presidential election of 2020 so he can claim power for what would appear to be an indeterminate amount of time. Certainly, this convicted liar appears to have learned little. …


The five greatest drum, bass, guitar, and keyboard intros in the history of rock ’n’ roll.

“Let me please introduce myself I’m a man of wealth and taste,” so sayeth Mick Jagger in one of the many great first lines in rock ’n’ roll history. Mick Jagger was a man who never needed an introduction, but that’s not to say he didn’t know how to introduce a song. The Rolling Stones perhaps more than any other band in rock ’n’ roll history understood how important a song’s opening riff, drum beat, or lyric could be, and they could produce them better than almost anybody in that genre. …


10 ways COVID Thanksgiving will differ from the classic version

It’s a Thanksgiving like no other, and why not? After a St. Patrick’s Day like no other, and an Easter like no other, and a 4th of July like no other, and a Simchat Torah like no other, and a school year like no other, and a presidential election like no other, and a Halloween like no other, why should Thanksgiving be an exception to this depressing new normal? Thanksgiving, the most American of all holidays will be a much more subdued experience this year for most. …


5 ways to make unwanted guests and presidents leave after the party is over

There was a great bit, almost a throwaway sketch on the old Saturday Night Live featuring John Belushi where he was starring in a proposed new television program called, “The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave.” In this proposed horror show, Belushi plays a completely oblivious houseguest who has no idea that he has grossly overstayed his welcome. He continues to drink and smoke, and watch his hosts’ television, and then proceeds to begin to invite some of his friends over to visit as well. His hosts, now completely terrorized by the thought of this obnoxious guest from hell never leaving their abode begin to scream in terror. …


8 reasons why 71 million people see a savior in Donald Trump while I see only orange death

I guess I don’t get it. I guess I’m out to lunch. I guess I’m an “elite.” I guess when it comes to elections, I should just stop guessing. I may not have Nate Silver’s “geek cred,” or expertise, or mathematical skills, but we do have one thing in common; neither one of us can predict an election to save our lives. What did I miss? Where did I go wrong? What am I not understanding about this country and its relationship with Donald Trump? Yes I know he lost, but he received 71 million votes. That’s a healthy dose of support. How about the senate? Democrats were sure they were going to flip it blue, and so did all of the pundits. How could they have been so wrong? …

Rob Hoffman

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