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Cattle Prod c 1950 With the advent of chutes, some cowboys turned in their lariats or lassos for cattle prods. This battery operated prod helped give cattle the incentive to move up through the chute. Ferruos metal, plastic, leather . L 65, D 4 cm Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, GRKO 1506
Cattleprod (Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, GRKO 1506)

Perhaps you’re back at work after an extended holiday break. Or just suffering from the Monday blahs. You might even be at home and intending to work on a project or complete some chores.  But for whatever reason, you don’t want to do what you need to do and instead you’re staring at this screen.

I think the prospect of reading this melted mess of a Salon article by a former Washington Times writer might make doing anything else more palatable.

Recipe for a new Camelot: Donald Trump needs to ask what he can do for the country first

Donald Trump might have the right ingredients to become a JFK-like president — if his ego and ambition will let him

I know this may seem rather cruel.

Obviously President-elect Donald Trump isn’t the shy type, and whatever his presidency becomes, it will be rendered in bold strokes. Bill Gates, Microsoft cofounder and the richest person in the world, said in an interview with CNBC last month that he thinks Trump has the potential to cut a John F. Kennedy-like figure.

It hurts me more than it hurts you.

This is a clearly a high bar, and based on Trump’s campaign behavior alone, one that he was unlikely to clear. But Trump appears to be shedding the more incendiary components of his campaign persona now and taking a more palatable approach as Inauguration Day nears.

(To provide proof of the more palatable approach, Sheffield links to another article she wrote.)

Perhaps a sudden wave of nausea caused by a ghoulish strawman with a note reading GOTCHA LIBS pinned to its head will do the trick.

There’s also the question of a Trump family dynasty, and whether this White House could start a neo-Camelot narrative. Ironically, many liberals today are enamored with the Camelot mythology, even after President Kennedy named his brother Bobby attorney general. Forbes ran an interview with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, pointing out that it’s unlikely Kushner can hold a formal position in the Trump White House because of nepotism laws signed by Lyndon B. Johnson after JFK to prevent the president from giving government roles to relatives — including in-laws.

Well, if no one else is sick of this shit, I am.

 

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