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Sunday, March 05, 2017 ISSUE #901

Russia, Oprah, and Sonny Perdue. Oh, baby.   

Are you tired of hearing about Russia?

In the last few years Putin took over the country of Georgia and a big chunk of Ukraine. He rolled into Syria on the side of President Assad, not “our” side. Russia threatened to cut off the main source of natural gas for European countries.

Russia is a huge country, but economically it’s small. The whole country produces far less than California, and even less than Texas.

Now whether our Senators or the President’s representatives should be talking to Russian diplomats, I ain’t so sure.  Those birds know what they’re after, and nobody in Russia cares how they get it. But here, when anyone even speaks to a Russian, if the whole of the conversation is not published the next day some Congressman on one side or the other will demand a resignation.

Oprah Winfrey and Mark Cuban say they might run for President in 2020. Apparently they were inspired by my 2016 “Will Rogers for President” campaign and are convinced they can do better. They could be a good ticket if Mark is willing to be Vice-President. Instead of “Anti-Bunk,” their theme would be “2 Billionaires is better than 1.”

The big controversy this weekend was a “wiretap” in Trump Tower. President Trump stirred up a hornet’s nest Saturday morning while everyone else was asleep. Based on all the evidence so far, it seems he uncovered an old baby monitor installed years ago. Can’t blame Obama for that.

          The Senate has one more Cabinet member to approve: Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. He was Governor of Georgia at one time, but I think the main qualification is that he is a veterinarian. He’s smart. As Will Rogers said, “The best doctor in the world is the Veterinarian. He can't ask his patients what is the matter; he's got to just know.”

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

          “If I wanted to start an insane asylum that would be 100 percent cuckoo, I would just admit applicants that thought they know something about Russia.” DT #1291, Sept. 14, 1930

          “These old diplomats you see sitting around, they don’t look (like) much but they out-deal foreigners all their life.” Jan. 19, 1935

“A man in the country does his own thinking, but you get him into town and he soon will be thinking second-handed.” Sat. Eve. Post, May 1, 1926

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