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So goes the old saying. And this campaign of 2008 has provided plenty of cannon fodder for every pundit's gag artillery!

Sarah Palin, "Queen of Gaffes," leads the pack, and might just as well be calling out "mush" all along the snowy election trail. But then I think her shrill, yelling voice would be too much for any sleigh dogs to bear! 

However humorous may be her fashion wardrobe and glasses, she has proved devoid of any true knowledge in many particular matters - especially foreign affairs and the workings of Washington.

Meanwhile, one psychologist on Larry King live suggested that  McCain, under so much pressure, is showing signs of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

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But, if nothing else, the jokes are being lost in translation, if only by ceaseless repetition.  It's time for Tuman  "plain talk" and the citizen buyer to beware!

In the end the economy will determine a lot of decisions. As I go forward these days I discover that at one moment a charge is accepted on my credit cards,and the next declined. One simply can't tell where he or she stands in the world of private and business accounts.

And racial prejudice has reared its ugly head. Thank God for no quips about eating fried chicken,grits, and watermelon - or Obama "having rhythm" - have been trotted out within my hearing! To any two people who might endeavor to do that I'd respond as I used to hecklers on stage: "It's too bad you guys aren't bald-headed. You could put your heads together,and make a perfect ass of yourselves!"

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There's no business like show business, and of this election I can say, as did Dudley Moore's grandmother in the movie "Arthur": "Burt,this ain't my first time at the rodeo!"

This whole period, from primaries and caucuses till these last days running up to the election, have resembled a whole lot of politicians trying to ride bucking broncos!

If the subject wasn't race, it was religion. Having read Obama's "The Audacity of Hope,"I told fellow Democrats at our first Pueblo caucus that "Barack" is derived from the Aramaic, as in the "Schma" (a sung Hebrew prayer): "Barach, ch'ha t'Adonai, elechenu Adonai, Malech Olem." Translated, it means: "Give praise to the Lord, the one and only Lord, King of the world or universe."

And yes, he is a Christian, educated at least in part, at a Catholic school.

All too few people realize that, notwithstanding his unfortunate middle name, Hussein. But you know the old saying: "You can't pick your family, but you can pick your friends. And you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose!"

And, also in the bargain, you can't pick your names either, without resort to a court proceeding.

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Joe the plumber has also been flung into the limelight, doing his damnedest to stay there. Okay, so he's attempting to extend his five minutes of fame. I hear is going to write a book. What about? Maybe a study of the crooked and rusted pipes in the Watergate Hotel!

This country's endured more than its fair share of Republican crooks. Tricky Dicky lead that parade. Reagan came next, with incipient Alzheimer disease, all too often asleep at the switch. He never got taken to task for illegal arms dealing over Iran-Contra. The current George Bush's father claimed not even to have met Manuel Noriega, and the following day newspapers showed him seated comfortably on a sofa having coffee and chatting with that dictator - the ridiculous, Panamanian klutz!

In short, we've grown awful damn tired of being lied to. Truth tellers are in short supply these days. But I think Americans will award Barack Obama a gold star on the elementary subject of truth come November fourth. And "true" is the only four letter word that we should use in these times!

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