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March 2, 2016

People are saying . . .

“Mad Max, Fury Road” won the most Oscars at the Academy Awards ceremony. The movie “Spotlight” and actors Leonardo Di Caprio and Brie Larson also won awards at the ceremony which was notable for its lack of black nominees.

PeoplearesayingCan Trump be stopped? Donald Trump’s big wins on Super Tuesday put him very close to winning the Republican nomination for President. The only way that he might be stopped now seems to be in a brokered convention. In other words, if no candidate has a majority of 2472 delegates at the convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July, then the delegates could chose virtually anyone to be the nominee (is Paul Ryan paying attention?). If neither Rubio, Cruz, Kasich, nor Carson drops out before the convention, it could happen.

The Republican party “establishment” is desperate to stop the vulgar and abrasive Trump who has alienated almost every major voting block – – African Americans, Hispanics, and women. The last Republican debate before Super Tuesday was one of the lowest points in American political rhetoric. The candidates repeatedly insulted each other and shouted over each other. Trump called Cruz a “liar” and Rubio a “choke artist.” Rubio called Trump a “con artist.” Rubio said Trump needed a full-length mirror “maybe to make sure his pants weren’t wet.” The Reps seem to be taking their cue from Larry, Moe and Curly.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is ahead of Bernie Sanders after her wins on Super Tuesday and in the South Carolina primary last week. Her strength is among older African American women who have strong memories of her standing by the side of the “First Black President of the United States” – – her husband, Bill Clinton. Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, has excited many Millennials who want a political revolution ending the power of the super-wealthy in government.

The race for the Presidency is getting interestinger and interestinger.

According to my informed sources, Ted Cruz is NOT the Zodiac killer. Nevertheless, you can buy a t-shirt saying he is the Zodiac killer ($15, proceeds go Texas abortion clinics), and you can buy a book with the title “Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer, a Time-Travel Romance” on Amazon (for $2.99, Kindle format). Cruz, so far, has not denied the allegation.

Peace in Syria? A partial truce in the fighting started on Saturday after negotiations between U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry and Russia. The United States has apparently given up on removing the brutal dictator, Bashar al-Assad from power, in an attempt to stop ISIS, and stem the migration crisis in eastern Europe.

Another hopeful sign: In Iran, moderate politicians have won almost all of the thirty seats in the Iranian Parliament, defeating their hard-line, anti-West opponents in their first election since the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal was signed.

What do you think?

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March 2, 2016