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Blake Dowling: A thanks and some last-minute gifts for political junkies

As we end the year, I would like to thank all of those in public service that serve our great nation and state. It has been a long year of politics with heated battles and recounts; they are now behind us.

What lies ahead?

According to the Assistant U.S. attorney Steve Kunz, we have an ongoing public corruption investigation in our Capital City and that there are more indictments to be handed out. Talk about a lousy Christmas present.

But like red beans and rice at Popeyes, justice must be served.

Speaking of presents, have you finished your shopping? It is not too late to get the political junkies in your life something awesome even at the last minute.

Shall we proceed?

To start we have The New Yorker offering a “Famous Presidential Hand Gestures” book that is sure to entertain someone on your shopping list available at Condé Nast for only $85.00. What a deal.

The pic below gives you a sneak peek:

Moving on, there are so many anti- and pro-President Trump gifts that I don’t even know where to begin.

So, how about this: A Trump-scented candle. It could work equally well for supporters or non-supporters of the current President. The manufacturer claims to have made “a great, great candle. It combines all of the classiest smells (suntan lotion and steak) to produce an aroma that is tremendous.”

Count me in for a dozen. Now, that’s funny.

If you miss our past President, there are several spectacular ideas out there; this T-shirt is gold and really stands out.

Or, if something more serious is required, Michelle’s Obama’s book might be in order.

I’m doing my best to cover both sides of the aisle here, so if you are feeling triggered by either the mention of Trump or Obama, just calm down and take deep breaths.

Next is some nonpartisan gift ideas, suitable for anyone.

First on that list: “The 267 Stupidest Things Democrats/Republicans Have Ever Said.

This set promises to deliver the smiles for all. Check out a sample: Whether it’s a Republican mayor on crime — “The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It’s only the people who make them unsafe” (Frank Rizzo) — or his Democratic counterpart on the same subject — “Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country” (Marion Barry).

Up next is one that’s on the verge of being super awesome; it’s called “The Contender.” You get to become the presidential candidate on the debate stage with your friends.

Sounds perfect for our next Christmas Party.

Our last gift item is a classic for the music lover in your life — an album from the one and only Bernie Sanders.

Who knew? Certainly not me.

Yes indeed, the Vermont Senator and former presidential contender recorded a bluegrass album, and I think we all need a copy. Give peace a chance, and all that.

Hopefully, you enjoyed this piece and took something from it.

While there is a lot of humor in this write up, my earlier message of thank you to all of those that serve our great state and country is 100 percent sincere. Don’t forget, we literally put our future in the hands of elected officials.

Thank you to Obama, Trump, Scott, Nelson, McCarty, Gillum, Dailey and all of those who served our state and nation.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

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Blake Dowling is CEO of Aegis Business Technologies. He can be reached at dowlingb@aegisbiztech.com.

Attending a cabinet meeting with Michelle McCarty Iverson as her and her family were being recognized for her Great Uncle Dan McCarty’s service to our state.

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Blake Dowling is CEO of Aegis Business Technologies. His technology columns are published by several organizations. Contact him at dowlingb@aegisbiztech.com or at www.aegisbiztech.com

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