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These are the ‘thoughts’ of the 45th POTUS?

I am going to attach a link to this blog that really ought to stand alone, with little — if any — comment from yours truly.

It’s the transcript of an Associated Press interview conducted with Donald J. Trump, the nation’s 45th president.

One comment has jumped out and received considerable media attention already. It’s the part where the president talks about his ratings on CBS News’ talk show, “Face the Nation,” and how his appearance on the show boosted the ratings to a place not seen since the 9/11 terror attacks.

Narcissism, anyone? Hmmm?

Beyond that, if you read the entire transcript, perhaps you might draw the same conclusion that I have drawn, which is this individual cannot communicate. He cannot focus. He cannot think clearly and express himself concisely.

Here’s the interview.

It’s full of sentence fragments, stream-of-consciousness riffs and rants, and an amazing lack of empathy or compassion.

I am left to ask: Is this how one “tells it like it is”?

What’s wrong with ‘noon’ and ‘midnight’?

My list of pet peeves is long and probably too boring to share with you here.

Here, though, is one that I keep noticing.

It refers to “12 p.m.” and “12 a.m.”

I worked as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers for nearly 37 years and I got dialed in to style guides published by The Associated Press and United Press International. Both news services emphasized that we refer to the time at the middle of the day as “noon” and the bewitching hour in the dead of night as “midnight.” Newspapers where I worked all adhered to the style guides published either by the AP or UPI.

I am somewhat puzzled as to why businesses that advertise, say, their time of operation, have to refer to noon as 12 p.m. and midnight as 12 a.m.

Or is it the other way around?

See? “Noon” and “midnight” would settle it.

Clinton wins Iowa . . . finally!

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There you have it.

The Associated Press has declared Hillary Clinton the winner of the Iowa Democratic caucus.

Now she can declare victory, which she did — albeit a bit prematurely — Monday night.

It’s a victory without much actual meaning, though, if you think much about it.

The former first lady/U.S. senator/secretary of state once held a commanding lead over U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa. Then it vanished. Sanders began gaining traction with his progressive/populist message. He had those big crowds, remember?

So it ended Monday night with Sanders trailing Clinton by two-tenths of a percentage point. She won about four more state delegates than Sanders.

Yes, she won. Will it matter in New Hampshire, or in South Carolina or anywhere else? Probably not.

I am one of those who thought Clinton would be unstoppable. The Democrats would nominate her by acclamation at their Philly convention and she’d breeze to election in November, making history as the nation’s first female president.

She still might be impossible to stop. She’s got a party machine behind her. And, oh yes, she’s got her husband, the 42nd president, also campaigning for her.

Say what you will about former President Clinton, he remains to this very day the nation’s most formidable political figure.

However, this campaign is going to be a lot tougher than Hillary Clinton ever imagined.

Her victory was hard-earned. Then again, she wasn’t supposed to work this hard to get it.