FOWC with Fandango — Energy

FOWCWelcome to August 17, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “energy.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

43 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango — Energy

    • Fandango August 17, 2018 / 2:50 pm

      Your comment and pingback went to my spam folder. I’m not sure why.

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  1. Marleen August 18, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    I’ve been reading at some of these links variously, one or two each time. I liked XingfuMama’s response above.

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    • Fandango August 18, 2018 / 9:40 pm

      I did as well.


  2. Marleen August 18, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    I haven’t seen this reported anywhere else, so this video is slightly over 11 minutes. tyt
    Did Kris Kobach Rig His Own Election? {Not conclusive.
    My main concerns here are not only this man himself.}

    You might not think you care about whoever Kris Kobach is,
    but he’s been very tied in with Trump’s shenanigans —
    and he’s been up to his own shenanigans already before that.

    Additionally, the machines involved are used in forty-four percent
    of elections in the country. This is another area of inappropriate privatization.

    I also want to point out that I get what Anna (in the video) is saying about not being able to read the print-out concerning a vote, but another consideration is that it wouldn’t be difficult to program a computer to print out one thing, for an individual voter to see, but tally something else for the outcome… whatever the programming or meddling tells it to do.


    • Marleen August 18, 2018 / 10:35 pm

      I forgot to mention that the Kansas City Star has said Election.Commissioner Metzger, who Kobach appointed, should resign. Apparently, there have been two poorly-run poll days now in the county he oversees. I’m mentioning this in response to the last complaint in the video. That local paper is saying something about the situation, but it’s not proportional — that is, in my opinion, new people could take the job every day, but we have to get specific in our curiosity and understand the magnitude of the problem and value of resolution as to why we have machines, why we have the ones we have, and how we want to run elections.

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    • Fandango August 19, 2018 / 8:12 am

      I know who he is and he’s a typical Trump crony and it wouldn’t surprise me at all that he fixed the primary in Kansas.


  3. Marleen August 19, 2018 / 9:30 am

    Sorry. I should’ve been more careful in my wording; didn’t mean to imply you specifically as an individual are likely not to know. One of the weird things about him is that he was supposedly looking into voter fraud (on Trump’s behalf) after the election, and he himself didn’t comply (for Kansas) with what his own national-level commission asked to be divulged by the states. In a way, Trump is a crony of Republicans like Kobach; a real match.

    I don’t have an article on it right now, but Kobach promoted laws in KS and then had to be hired as a lawyer by multiple areas to defend those unconstitutional laws in court. (He was also reprimanded in court by a judge for not knowing proper protocol.)

    Here are articles on what I just mentioned in earlier posts:
    Kobach should butt out of his own recount — and JoCo official behind this mess must go

    August 08, 2018 05:00 PM
    Updated August 08, 2018 06:53 PM
    [I misspelled Metsker’s name earlier.]
    Here’s how to ensure the Kris Kobach recount debacle doesn’t happen again in Kansas BY THE KANSAS CITY STAR EDITORIAL BOARD

    August 10, 2018 03:57 PM
    Updated August 10, 2018 03:57 PM

    The razor-thin primary contest between Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach has exposed flaws in election rules — issues that, if left unaddressed, will further erode Kansans’ confidence in the electoral system.

    The most important reform is ending the absurd practice of allowing the secretary of state to appoint election commissioners in four Kansas counties: Johnson, Wyandotte, Sedgwick and Shawnee.

    There is no legitimate reason the secretary of state should have this power. Every other Kansas county picks its own election supervisor — the county clerk. For no good reason, in the state’s most populated counties, the power rests in Topeka.

    Different rules for counting ballots are a problem for Kansas voters

    August 14, 2018 02:33 PM
    Updated August 14, 2018 05:56 PM


    For all Kansans who value their vote, the week-long process has been helpful. It exposed the confusing, conflicting, contradictory standards officials use to tally their choices.

    This week, for example, Johnson County decided provisional ballots cast without a complete indication of party preference would not be counted. Officials in Sedgwick County decided the opposite.

    What? Why would that be? Why would one county include the ballots, while another rejects them? And what of the other 103 counties in Kansas? What standards are they using?

    The concern isn’t limited to a small box on a provisional ballot. This week, Johnson County disqualified a ballot from an early voter who died before Election Day. State law requires this when “it shall be made to appear” to election judges that the voter is deceased.

    But the standard for notification isn’t clear. Do the judges read about the death online? Does someone mention it in passing? Must a formal process be used? Do all counties use the same approach?

    It’s possible that every county in Kansas uses a different standard for deciding which ballots to count, and which to throw away.

    Election officials appear to provide little guidance. The secretary of state’s office issued one opinion about provisional ballots and party preferences, which prompted a response from the governor’s office with a different view.


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