“You will be assimilated!”
These were the ominous words of one of the most insidious television villains ever: the Borg.
The Borg were the creation of the Star Trek franchise, appearing on numerous episodes of Star Trek: the Next Generation and Star Trek Voyager. They even appeared in one of the Star Trek films.
They remind me of the Obama Presidency …

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When a president loses the trust of the American people, he’s done.
President Obama was able to get Obamacare passed because it was early in his first term. The American people were still caught up in the emotion of “hope and change.”
Yes, yes, polls showed most Americans opposed Obamacare fromm the git go. But when it passed, they figured the president knew what he’s doing, let’s hope for the best.
Four years have passed …

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What do Elton John and Barack Obama have in common?
A song.
Today is the 43rd anniversary of Mr. John’s first live album titled 11.17.70. It was recorded on November 17th, 1970, in the A & R Studios in New York and was broadcast live on radio.
This album was one of my first exposures to Mr. John’s music, and I was quite taken with it. I’m a piano player. Most of the rock music of the mid and late 60s was driven by the electric guitar. I like rock music that is driven by the piano. I like it even better when accompanied by strong melody.
That’s what Elton delivered then and now: pop rock music with infectious melodies and great piano accompaniment.
Listening to some of the tracks from 11.17.70 today, I couldn’t help but think of President Obama as I reacquainted myself with the song, “Can I put you on?” which I’ve linked above …

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“Did you see the front page of the newspaper?”
I was enjoying morning coffee with my wife. We were reading the newspaper. Having finished the main news section, the Metro Iowa section, and the Sports page, I turned to my favorite section, the comics.
As I chuckled over “Rhymes with Orange,” I noticed Karen was glancing at the front page.
“Are you reading the article about the school teacher who was forced to resign for having sex with a staffer in the closet of his classroom?”

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