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September 20, 2017

Jerry's Ink


With thanks to the great sportswriter Jimmy Cannon, who did it first.

It's time to think the unthinkable. Some very reliable sources in the New York Democratic Party are telling me that Bill de Blasio, arguably the worst mayor in the history of New York, is aiming to run for president in 2020.

He's corrupt. He lies. He's disgusting in his pimping of photos of his mixed-race family in a commercial to win African-American votes. In short, de Blasio is the poor man's Donald Trump, and he wants to be president.

Before you bust a gut laughing, think of how you would have laughed in 2013 if you read that Donald Trump – a joke reality-television star – was thinking of running for president in 2016.

The fact is, whoever gets the Democratic nomination will be the next president of the United States. And let's face it: Only you and I know what a disaster Bill de Blasio is as Mayor of New York. To the rest of the country, he is the mayor of the largest city in the United States. I'm told de Blasio has people traveling all over the country, talking him up as a potential president.

So when you go to bed tonight and you're staring at the ceiling ask yourself this question: Who will I vote for in a presidential contest between Bill de Blasio and Donald Trump? Actually, it's better if you sleep on your side. You don't want to throw up at the thought and accidently choke yourself.


Did you notice that the network TV newscasters and weatherpeople sounded so gloomy when they had to announce that Hurricane Irma turned into a mere tropical storm? Remember how excited and happy they sounded when they were saying, "It's a category five hurricane with winds over 200 miles per hour!"

The glee in their voices was just a step away from them shouting, "EVERYBODY IN ITS PATH IS GOING TO DIE! HOOOORAY!"


Is there a worse human being than Bernie Sanders? He's full of crap. He has spent a lifetime screaming about ideas and programs that he knows are not possible. His gullible supporters never ask, "How come nothing he has ever proposed has ever been implemented?"


I'm confused. Around 90 percent of Americans believe that "dreamers" (children brought to this country many years ago by undocumented immigrants) should be allowed to stay in the United States and someday become citizens. Now everyone is happy that President Trump got together with Chuckie Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and they came up with a plan to assure "dreamers" can stay.

So who was the fool who started all this and was against their staying?

Donald Trump.

Oh, I understand now. Donald Trump helped stop a problem he started just a few weeks ago. Whatta guy!!


I love all music except hip hop. Do you think any of today's 16 year olds will remember the lyrics of any hip hop song 63 years from now the way you and I remember the lyrics of "Earth Angel" by the Penguins in 1954?


I think Donald Trump is a terrible disaster as president, but I would rather see him dealing with the fat North Korean kid in a nuclear showdown than Barack Obama. The only thing a crazy respects is another crazy.


If you want to read a great book, get your hands on The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow – a great writer whose latest book, The Force, is worth a read, too.

Another great writer whose books I devour is Tana French. Boy, can she write. Start off by reading her first book, In the Woods, then move on to The Likeness and Faithful Place. She's even more fun to listen to on Audible.com.


In the end, for me, what it comes down to is: It's all about books and food. I love to read, I love to cook, and I love to eat. The New York Times – whose twisted front-page politics I can't stand – has no equal when it comes to its food section. It's magnificent. Here's a recipe from the Times that I cooked last week, and it turned out to be a sensational pasta. Try it. It's so so easy, and your family and guests will love it.


• 10 slices smoked bacon or pancetta

• 1 pound dried mini-shell or other small pasta

• 2 Tbsp olive oil

• 1 Tbsp butter

• Freshly ground black pepper

• 2 cups frozen peas

• 2 Tbsp heavy cream

• 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh mint leaves

• Juice of 1 lemon

• 6 ounces finely grated Parmesan cheese


Cut sliced bacon crosswise into thin slivers. Add pasta to boiling water and cook to taste. Place a large skillet over medium heat, and add 2 tablespoons olive oil and the butter. Add bacon and a sprinkling of pepper, and fry until golden and crisp. Immediately add frozen peas and stir for a minute or two. Add heavy cream and chopped mint. Add pasta to the skillet and stir. Add lemon juice, and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer, and then remove from heat. The mixture should be thick. Add Parmesan and stir to mix.

If you wish to comment on "Jerry's Ink" please send your message to jerry@dfjp.com.

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    Nobody Asked Me, But....
    September 20, 2017 | 05:06 AM

    First Jerry ! David Dinkins was unequivocally the worst Mayor in the recent history of New York City. Next, de Blasio will never get the 2020 DEM nomination for POTUS because Andrew Cuomo will get it before him. Last, Cuomo will win because Trump isn't even going to run for re-election at his age in '20. Just cash in his political chips and contacts, and leverage them for the betterment of the Trump Organization (that's what I'd do for my kids.) Then again, look for N.Y. Senator Chuck Schumer running as a DEM "dark horse" candidate, and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton for the GOP. Real "long shots" being Tillerson, Kelly, Mattis, or McMaster. You heard it first, right here. Best, Bill

    Bill Crandall
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    The Next President of the United States Is.....
    September 21, 2017 | 03:19 PM

    Joe Biden wins if he wants it, yep I know he is old, but he is our kinda old and he is bankable and substantive. Cuomo has a mistress that will come out, DeBlasio is not liked by anyone, and Sanders had his time, and anyone else is just blowing smoke, because there is no loved Democrat at this time, even though Trump is not likeable, he has the power of incumbency. Unless Trump is impeached or resigned, than Pence is the next president as unsettling as that sounds, because he will have the power of incumbency. Any other scenarios are just wishful thinking.

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