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The First Draft of

We were shocked and frightened to learn that HerHillaryness broke her wrist while in India.  And let us immediately put to rest the inevitable rumors that she took money from people in India and since she lost the election, she couldn’t pay it back and then well… you know what usually happens.  But that’s nonsense, as they break your fingers or your legs, not your wrist.  Okay, it’s India and maybe it’s a little different there but still.  And besides we know now, that the reason she lost the election was not just the FBI, Comey, and the Russians, it was women!  Specifically white women who let their husbands and boyfriends tell them who to vote for!  Or so HerHillaryness said last week in India.  We guess it was a case of “Et tu feminae!”

Now some wise guys are going to say that of course she really doesn’t believe that.  What it was, was, she was in India and she took their money and since she lost the election and couldn’t pay it back well… she had to say something or they’d break her…  But not us of course, we’re going with Comey, the FBI, the Russians and now et tu feminae.

Now Nancy Pelosi Minority leader of the House has figured out why the Republicans hate her so much, although one Republican said.  “Keep talking Nancy, puhleeze!”  But Nancy knows the real reason and that is. “Republicans don’t like poor children.”  Or so she said.  So forget the G5 she flies around in, the multi millions she’s got stashed away and the birth certificate that says she was born in 1940.  She’s a poor child.

And Vanessa Trump is divorcing Donald Trump Jr.  There’s a pre-nup, a settlement and a non-disclosure form that Vanessa had to sign before the, I do’s.  Seems this is standard operating procedure, if you marry into the Trump family.  So they’ll be no revelations about affairs, drugs or drowned women.  In case you haven’t noticed as yet, these ain’t the Kennedys.

And if you’re wondering why we’re only covering women this week, it’s because this is Women’s History Month and as the Mass Hysteria likes to remind us all the time, the news, is the first draft of history.

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18 comments to The First Draft of

  • markscheel1

    Don,

    Yep, that’s a good observation. Perhaps a “first draft,” but a good observation. LOL I always remember that it’s the winners who write the history. Hmmm. Wonder if that will still hold this time around? 😉

    Mark

  • Mark,

    I actually thought I’d stumbled upon that thought. “The Victors write the history books.” All on my own. It came from reading a lot about the Civil War and my realizing that there were a never ending stream of books about Lincoln, Grant, Sherman and not that many about Lee and company. But then I found out that Winston Churchill had already said it. Oh well. But yes the winners will continue to write the history books. The Losers will fade away. They always do. Don’t mistake a lot of noise and attention given to something or someone as having some lasting value.

    Don

  • Don, you didn’t by any chance have a certain POTUS (like maybe the current one) in mind when writing the last sentence of your comment to Mark, did you? If so, better hope he doesn’t see it, or you’re FIRED! 🙂 (to be replaced by a sad face if that happens.)

  • markscheel1

    Muse and Don,

    Not to worry. I’m not in a position to fire anyone. Even my dear Dee rules the roost here. Ha. 😉 And I’ll make sure she doesn’t see that last remark, or we’ll ALL be fired!

    Mark

  • Sorry Muse but no. I was thinking more in terms of Jeb 3x Bush who all the Cognoscenti told us would be the Republican nominee and well more sorry even HerHillaryness, who the same Cognoscenti told us would be the President of the United States. Or in more general terms some celebrity who gets a lot of hype and then disappears like O.J. who’s televised confession didn’t raise an eyebrow. President the Donald Himself won.

    And full disclosure here everyone. Someone from my old neighborhood remembers a young Donald Trump coming into Karl’s lucheonette back in the 60’s where I worked and that I made him milkshakes, vanilla by the way. Seems he only lived a half a mile away. But that makes Donald John Trump my friend. I would have disclosed this before but I just didn’t remember. My friend remembered him from when she first saw him on T.V. years ago and my friend an I were out of touch for the last 40 years or so.

  • Mark,

    You’re a wise man. One of the lines in the last deciphered Dead Sea Scrolls was. ‘Men get to act like they’re in charge but every married man knows, our wives tell us what to do.’

    Don

  • markscheel1

    Don,

    You were, and now are, friends with “The Donald,” now the POTUS! Well, well….. help me get back up off the floor! If I convey that to my dearest Dee, she’ll begin saying a novena for you and you won’t believe how your fortune will rise! Why, why, Heaven’s the limit! 😉 (Thanks for sharing. And that “Dead Sea Scrolls” allusion will benefit you greatly with my dearest also. Lucky man!)

    Mark

  • Mark,

    I feel honored by Dee’s sentiments even if you don’t tell her. But I’ll appreciate the novena if you do. I do feel remiss as a “journalist” for not disclosing my relationship with the now 45th President of the United States. We did cover the election rather extensively and that is something the people need to know. But I honestly did not remember and I should have because the rich kids would tip. My own friends at the time didn’t as they did not have enough money. But now we’ve set the record straight, Donald John Trump is my friend.

    Don

  • Don, I remember when you asked why I hate Donald Trump, and I replied that I didn’t hate him, I pitied him for being the kind of human being he is (his gratuitous mocking of “losers” and “little” people, his narcissism, etc.). You didn’t buy my response, but I buy that Trump is your friend….albeit a fantasy friend. I don’t what else but “fantasy friend” to call someone who doesn’t know you exist. Nonetheless, I accept that he is your friend, perhaps in the same way that one especially likes a sports star, movie star, or other famous person from one’s home town (for want of a better analogy) who doesn’t know you.

    I write this because we seemed to be talking past each other over something as basic as differing understandings of what a friend is. I now appreciate that there are “real” friends and “fantasy” friends — who am I to say that the latter isn’t as legit as the former, and the difference shouldn’t be cause for casting judgment on that alone, irrespective of the merits (or lack thereof) of the friend.

    At least, that’s how I see it.

  • markscheel1

    Muse,

    Your rumination on what a friend is provides a most interesting question. So here’s a further thread of thought. Let’s suppose that now, since I have an agent, and that agent placed my novel/story collection with a major publisher, and negotiated in my contract a 50/50 split on movie/TV rights–let’s say I hit the moon and the collection sells like crazy and wins a major award and goes into film production and my name is suddenly nationally known in the NY Review of Books, etc., would you then consider me a “real” friend or merely a “fantasy” friend? And what, if anything, would change for us? Just askin’! 😉

    In deep thought and pondering,

    Mark

  • Muse it seem to me that you’ve put a lot of real thought into a joke.

  • Mark,

    You’ve raised a serious question and let’s hope that the whole thing happens as you laid it all out. You certainly write well enough for it all the play out that way. But let me go on record now that I consider you a “real” friend and if your travels take you through New York City let me know and I’ll buy you a drink. The same goes for Muse too.

    Don

  • Mark, a friend relationship has already been established between us. How does that become a fantasy if and when you become nationally known? Of course, if by some fantasy I become nationally known, I would forget that you exist, and the question becomes moot — now THAT’S putting a lot of real thought into a joke).

  • Don, I’ll take that drink — but if you propose a toast to Trump, our friendship is toast (or at least, a fantasy).

  • Muse, my usual toast is. “Cent Anni.” That’s Italian meaning for a hundred years. I picked that up from drinking with certain people and they were real friends too.

  • markscheel1

    Don and Muse,

    Well, I would consider any friends made before fame and fortune descends as “real” friends because they knew me “when.” It’s the ones made after that that I’d be suspicious of as being “fantasy” friends (because likely they’d be after what they might gain someway). Make sense? 😐

    Mark

  • Mark,

    Enjoy the ride my friend. Most writers never get an agent. Most writers never get a book published by a major Publishing Company. So just enjoy the ride. And of course we’re your friends, real friends. Just don’t lend us any money or invest in anything we all of a sudden tell you about.

    But in a real sense we are friends. We have read each others thoughts and feelings over the years. We might know each other better than other people we’ve worked with or know under other circumstances. I’ve known some people for decades who’ve never read a word I’ve written. Yes that might be because some of them can’t read, others who move their lips when they do read and quite a few whose eyes never get past the back of the newspaper but there’s a lot to this life that I’ve never shared with them.

    Don

  • markscheel1

    Wise words, Don. And thanks.

    Mark

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