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Is the 2016 Presidential Election a horse race, yet?

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A cheerful outlook on Black Friday

The media was part of the Black Friday on Union Square

America's journey to Election Day 2016 began with a single step in the form of a front page article in the New York Times on November 23, 2012, which effectively anointed JEB Bush as the Republican frontrunner.   Since the World's Laziest Journalist rarely gets news tips and doesn't have well placed sources who will provide him with newsworthy inside information such as we read in a recent Tom Hartman column that described some astounding chicanery used by Richard Nixon in his second bid for the Presidency in 1968, we will have to continue relying on our usual modus operandi of occasionally attempting to point out the obvious in the "naked emperor" manner, ridiculing pomposity, while mixing in some obscure facts and names (which we call Google bait), and pop culture references, as a way to inform and entertain the regular readers while simultaneously conducting the search for topics which we (occasionally) manage to find before the mainstream media does.

For those who doubt that there are any "naked emperor" stories that journalists in America haven't explored fully, we would ask: Why haven't they asked these questions?:

Why did George W. Bush get a pass on Questions (Building 7, the vanished airplane wreckage near in and near the Pentagon, and the mysterious entities who profited from short sales of airline stocks) regarding Sept. 11, while President Obama is being held accountable for a full and immediate explanation of what happened in Benghazi?

Why did the press sit silent when George W. Bush expanded Presidential powers yet they join the chorus denouncing it when the Egyptian President makes a power grab?

Now that voices from the left are virtually extinct, where are the howls of outrage about the "liberal media"?   In a country that says it values free speech, shouldn't there be patriots asking: Where did it go?

Was coach John Madden serious when he suggested on his KCBS radio show that it was a good idea to slather mayonnaise on a peanut butter sandwich?

It is a bit too early for a rogue pundit to start assessing the likelihood of a 2016 contest between Hilary and JEB that will be compared to a horse race, so we will try to find some interesting and entertaining topics that are available to a pundit without "reliable sources" and let the mainstream media report the latest poll results.

On Black Friday, we encountered five young guys from Belgium whose quest for adventure had brought them to San Francisco.   They were part of a group of artists calling themselves Harmony Street (which has a Facebook page) and they were selling hand made post cards to augment their finances to sustain their "on the road" lifestyle.   If we run an item about the San Francisco phase of their journey in one of our columns, isn't it likely that several of their friends back home will be sent some links which will provide an infinitesimally small bump in the total number of hits?  

Later that same day we encountered a young man from San Diego who was interviewing people about their assessment of the annual deluge of holiday films.   We told him that we personally were eagerly anticipating the arrival of the film version of "On the Road."   We managed to give him our opinion without having to forfeit our record of keeping the Internets clear of images of our face.   To see it, click this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfIfyqZHoaY&feature=plcp

If a blogger can be considered a "digital Kerouac, then we have a reason to mention that postings have resumed on the blog that describes the "on the road" facet of life for "the Hitzels."

The road to the next Presidential Election Day is littered with hazards but there is one possibility that all political pundits both conservative and liberal are completely (until earlier this week) discounting:   what if the Republicans want to drive the economy off the fiscal cliff?   (Who will be the first pundit to compare the political showdown for the fiscal cliff to the game of chicken sequence in the film "Rebel without a Cause"?)

The Liberal pundits can not conceive of choosing to make that move so they use the psychological phenomenon called projection to assume that since they wouldn't do that, then neither would the conservatives.

It would take a fair amount of work to write a column suggesting that the "please don't throw me in the briar patch" strategy (from the Uncle Remos stories about B'rer Rabbit) might be lurking in the Republican leaders' minds and neither liberals nor conservatives would give such a column serious consideration, so scratch that idea . . . but if that's exactly what does happen don't blame the World's Laziest Journalist for not writing a tip-off alert column.  

On Black Friday, we went to the Union Square in San Francisco to see how the convention of shoppers, political activists of the animal rights variety, protesters, office workers, tourists, police, and journalists was going.   The contingent of police was augmented by mounted patrolmen who were riding horses wearing badges and Santa hats.  

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