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Hillary – “It’s been a rough week.”

Last night Hillary had her first public outing since the election and we actually had pity on her. She looked so bad we could not help but think that she just got up from shiva – which is a period of seven days of formal mourning for the dead, beginning immediately after the funeral. Not a drop of makeup, her hair not done, pale lipstick. It looked like just leaving her house was a huge undertaking. The shiva part came because it was exactly a week since losing the mother-of-all-elections.

What happened to Hillary was in fact like a death. The dream of her life is gone forever, a bitter pill to swallow.

No matter how hard mainstream media tries to spin the news that Trump is out of control or his handlers can’t get a handle on their current situation or they are over their heads, he always comes out on the winning side. When, oh when, will the media learn their lesson?

We can’t figure out if they are either very dense or they really think they are going to pin him into a corner. What else, after winning the presidency of the United States does he have to do to make them understand that he does not nor will not play by their rules. That claim belongs to Hillary and look where it got her.

People may not like how he operates but the fact is, he is successful. We are watching as he slowly surrounds himself, for the most part, with good, smart and decent people. He got rid of Christie who was like a noose around his neck. Bannon – the jury is still out on him. It appears that his son-in-law Jared Kushner has the final word and if Bannon gets out of line or causes embarrassment, you can be sure he will be on the other side of the door.

Give them a chance. They never thought they would win and didn’t put their ducks in a row beforehand, unlike other people.

We met a local rabbi this morning who told Blanche that he received a call from Concordia University that they are in need of more grief counsellors of the religious kind. Grief counsellors to deal with the Clinton loss. Wait a minute. Don’t we live in Canada Blanche?

In fact we do, but the university communities are having a very hard time wrapping their heads around what a democracy is. Ironic, eh?

In case you thought flying was expensive, United Airlines is giving you a chance to spend less money – sort of. If you are a skinny pretzel you may be happy with this. If you are a semi-normal sized person you may not.

So how do you save money? First you can’t choose your own seat which means almost 100% that you will be in that dreaded middle seat most likely with Moose on one side and Milly-Mae on the other, both having eaten a big bowl of chili with lotsa beans at an airport restaurant. Get the drift Blanche?

Secondly you can’t bring on any carry-on bag. Which means it will cost you between $50 and $75 to check your bag. Unless you’re saving at least $150, this doesn’t sound very enticing. Oh yes, one more thing. No changes or refunds. At all. If you need to change your ticket, you will have to pay again. Don’t you love airlines?

In a very interesting analysis of the election, the obvious became more obvious. Clinton overwhelmingly won the cities, like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, but Trump won many of the suburbs, isolating the cities in a sea of Republican voters. Small-town America woke up and spoke up. Hillary’s campaign managers completely and totally didn’t get it and missed the boat. We are guessing that this ideology comes from the top down, ie. who needs the plebs.

In land area, Clinton has 15% or 530,00 square miles. Trump? 85% of the land area and 3,000,000 square miles. Obviously many people live in those millions of square miles. In small towns that she did not bother to go to. Even Obama said that he went to all those small towns, to their fairs and farms.

This is also why we are seeing protests in the big cities and nothing in rural America. By the way Blanche, it seems the protests are petering out. Thanksgiving is coming up next week and people are now turning their attention to turkeys and travel.

Time to start keeping a close eye on Turkey which is fast becoming the next China or North Korea. If you are a journalist there and dare to go up against Erodgan, you best be in hiding. As of now there are 120 journalists in jail awaiting trial for treason.

The government and its supporters are behind a wave of demands to Twitter to remove offending posts, more than all other countries in the world put together. So says Twitter itself.

Failing to mention how many people were killed in the attempted coup, in any article about it, is also considered proof of terrorist sympathies.

Said one journalist, “There is no more critical journalism, 90 percent of the free press is destroyed directly or indirectly. Investigative journalism is considered treason.” Pretty scary. It will definitely be something that Trump will have to address once he takes office. Unlike Obama, we hope he actually gets off the fence and does something.

Good Shabbos we’ll talk…

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