Making Pumpkins Great Again

By Katy Ricalde

A woman in Ohio is trying to make pumpkins great again. Jeanette Paras is known for "pumpkinizing" celebrities and political figures with her artwork since 1998 and her latest creation showcases presidential candidate Donald Trump. The "Trumpkin" as Paras calls it started as a 374lb pumpkin and took about 10 hours to create. Paras says she "pumpkinizes" visible figures in the media--so naturally Trump was an easy choice.

The idea came to Paras and her husband Peter after visiting an agriculture pumpkin show in their home state. The pair brought home a few of the "smaller" pumpkins with the hopes of carving them. Jeanette recounts the story, saying that Peter was getting ready to "stab" the pumpkin when she suggested they sketch it out first. They went to bed and the next morning the sketch became her first creation. Since then the pumpkins have grown and sometimes local growers donate them. Jeanette says she couldn't do it without the local pumpkin growers in Ohio--and gave a special shoutout to this years donor, Dan Kirts of London, OH.

Paras has to find just the right pumpkin to fit the celebrity she wishes to create and they take on average anywhere from 10-15 hours. Recently she was worried Paras Pumpkins would have to skip this year. Jeanette is a 14 year cancer survivor and last month she had to have a nine hour surgery for a recurrence of stage 1 breast cancer. 

"When I found out I had cancer I cried. Not because of the cancer--I knew I could beat that--but because I wouldn't be able to paint my pumpkin." 

Luckily for all involved her doctors said she would be back to painting three weeks post surgery. In fact, they told Paras she had to paint her pumpkin as part of her recovery--"doctors orders" this year she joked. 

She has never sold one of her pumpkins and has no desire to for her own purposes. She is considering partnering with local cancer hospitals in hopes to raise money for cancer research in the future. We asked Jeanette who she plans to "pumpkinize" next, but she says that is a secret. She did say her home has a "non-partisan pumpkin porch" if that is any hint to her fans.

Paras has turned pop-culture icons, politicians, world leaders, sports stars and more into art using giant pumpkins. About 82 over the years. She doesn't call herself an artist, but rather does it "for fun" and because it gives her a lot of joy. Paras told us her greatest moments come from watching others smile and laugh at the pumpkins.

Thank you for sharing your work with us, Jeanette! We wish you the best as you fight breast cancer and we got a good laugh from your art.  We can't wait to see who gets "pumpkinized" next. Might we suggest our anchor--

All photos are courtesy of Paras Pumpkins and to view more of her creations visit her Facebook page!

Krauthammer on Trump’s plea to Iowa voters: ‘I’m melting, help me out here’

By Anna Olson

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday on “Special Report” that presidential hopeful Donald Trump may have slipped up in a speech to Iowa voters Tuesday, after several polls showed him trailing Dr. Ben Carson in that state.

“That was a very weird speech he gave last night,” Krauthammer said, adding, “When you say to the audience openly, 'This election isn't about you, it's about me,' when you're supposed to say, 'It's all about you’…then you've gone over a line.”

Krauthammer said Trump’s comments were amusing, but they weren’t smart strategically.

“What kind of person, even trying to make an amusing point, is going to say something like that, 'Get my numbers up,' basically, 'I'm melting, I'm melting, help me out here,’” he asked.

Krauthammer went on to say that Trump “defines everything in life as winning and losing,” and in a tough campaign, he needs to be able to stay strong.

“When [Trump] loses, can he handle it? If it’s anything like what he did yesterday, this could be an inflection point,” Krauthammer said. “If not, he can recover.”

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Fox Debate at a Glance

By Jay Boyd, Fox News Summer College Associate
The first Republican Presidential debate hosted by Fox News had everything: Donald being Donald, one-liners to remember, and a war of words that ended up taking on a more personal tone.
From the very first question asked by Bret Baier, we had a feeling that this wasn’t going to be just another debate. Donald Trump refused to rule out a third-party run, even though Baier pressed him, saying that experts believe the move could almost certainly hand the race to the Democrats. Trump stood by his words. The real estate mogul and businessman knows he strikes a chord with people because of his ability to speak his mind, and he ensured that trend was continued.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addressed questions ranging from Iraq to Common Core, both of which are issues that could be pivot points in his campaign. Pundits believe he was able to answer those questions effectively, thus playing par for the course. Bush has long been the favorite of the Republican establishment, and most experts believe his performance last night did nothing to hurt that position. 
Governor Scott Walker came into the debate 3rd in the polls, garnering support from various sectors of the party. Walker and Marco Rubio came into the debate with the highest favorability ratings among the Republican candidates, and the general consensus is neither did much to hurt those positions. Governor Walker stayed strong with his convictions on social issues, along with presenting a one-liner on Russia and China knowing more about Hillary Clinton’s emails than the US government. The crowd cheered in approval.
Many today feel that the big winners were from a selection of John Kasich, Rubio, Chris Christie, and political rookie Ben Carson. Kasich had the home-field advantage with the debate taking place in his home state of Ohio. He provided what some felt to be a compassionate answer to the question of gay marriage, in saying he loved people for who they were, not because of their stands on issues. If this was your introduction to Kasich, which it was for a majority of Americans, he made sure you knew about his record, which includes being the architect of the most recent balanced budget in Washington, D.C.
Senator Rubio delivered his personal message of being the child of immigrants who saw America as an opportunity, a staple of his campaign. He moved to appeal to the working class through his discussion of his parents’ financial difficulties, and he sought to present himself as an example of what the American Dream can resemble. In spite of being the youngest presidential candidate, many believed Rubio displayed the presence of a seasoned contender.
Dr. Ben Carson announced himself to America at the debate, demonstrating his demure yet compelling approach to the race, and he was full of memorable one-liners. When discussing his medical background, Carson mentioned he removed half a brain at one point. Immediately following, he quipped, “although you would think if you go to Washington, someone had beaten me to it.”
Perhaps the most unforgettable moment of the debate was when the discussion turned to the NSA, spying, and phone records. Chris Christie laid out his opinions on the issue, saying it’s impossible to delineate between terrorists and civilians if you don’t know whom the terrorists are. Senator Rand Paul, viewed as the champion of the Libertarians, lambasted Christie, telling him to “get a warrant” and “use the 4th Amendment”. Christie snapped back at Paul, saying he “[sits] in a subcommittee just blowing hot air”. But, the war of words had to be cut off once it took on a more personal level, with Christie slamming Paul’s campaign strategy.
This combative nature became a theme for Senator Paul, who came out with guns blazing, picking fights with Christie and Trump, and calling out the Donald multiple times. Paul slammed Trump for his potential independent run (should he lose the nomination) and his previous donations to campaigns such as those of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner.
Not to be outdone, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina gained high marks for her performance in the “Happy Hour” debate earlier in the day on Fox.  Many felt she was clear and concise in her presentation and provided some off-the-cuff statements about Hillary that could live on should she move up in the polls, as some feel may happen after her performance. 
As a result of this debate, we can expect the polls to tighten up. The Hunger Games Primary has only just begun. 


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