3-2-1 Quote Me! — Yummy!

Carol Anne, over at Therapy Bits, tagged me for Rory’s latest 3-2-1 Quote Me! challenge, where the topic is “Food, Glorious Food.”

In order to participate, I’m supposed to follow three steps:

  1. Thank the selector. Thank you Carol Anne.
  2. Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day. See below.
  3. Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3-2-1 Quote Me!’ See even below that.

Okay, food quote #1:

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And quote #2:

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And now for the tagging part. To be honest with you, tagging is not my strong suit. In fact, more often than not, the bloggers I tags tend to ignore my tags. So instead, I’m going to tag any bloggers who wants to be tagged. So if you want to post two quotes about food, glorious food, consider yourself tagged.

Plagiarism

6ED022BF-F49F-4731-84D3-1EBE76217FA7“Did you finish your homework yet?” Josh’s mother asked him.

Yeah, I’m wrapping it up. I just need to pull another snippet or two from Google and copy and paste them into my term paper,” Josh said.

“Wait, Josh,” his mother said. “You can’t just copy and paste snippets from the internet to write your paper. That’s plagiarism.”

Semantics, Mom,” Josh said. “You call it plagiarism and I call it research and leveraging.”

“It’s not just semantics,” she said. “You’re being jejune if you think you can get away with plagiarism.”

“Jejune? What’s that mean?”

“You’re so smart, Google it,” his mother said.

Josh tapped his keyboard and looked at the screen. “Okay,” he said. “Naive, simplistic.”

Exactly, and you’re being naive if you think that copying portions of your term paper directly from articles on the internet won’t be tagged as plagiarism,” she said. “There are software programs available to your professors to catch that sort of thing. You should be grateful to me for stopping you from doing something that could get you kicked out of college.”

“Thanks, Mom, but I’m going to play the odds,” Josh said. “I don’t think they’ll bother running some plagiarism program on my paper.”

“But, Josh, have you no scruples? Don’t you want to reach the full apex of your potential?” his mother asked. “Are you really going to pass someone else’s academic work as your own? Have you no shame?”

“Oh come on, Mom, now you’re being jejune.” Josh countered. “Besides, I plan to go into politics after college and you know that politicians these days have no scruples. And no shame, either.”


Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (homework), Weekly Prompt (snippet), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (semantics), Your Daily Word Prompt (jejune), Ragtag Daily Prompt (grateful), and Word of the Day Challenge (apex).

It’s No Longer a Laughing Matter

2FC387DA-D5B3-42D0-B3EA-EEF7D24688AFTrevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Maher, Samantha Bee, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, et. al. These are the late night comedians who, since the ascendency of Donald Trump to the throne, have kept me sane over the past two-and-a-half years.

Their biting wit and spot-on comedic commentaries have provided a kind of therapeutic comic relief for me. They’ve given me an opportunity to laugh at what might otherwise cause me to cry. And I can’t express how much I appreciate what they have done for me.

But it’s gotten to the point that it’s just not funny anymore. We have a moron in the Oval Office who is a puppet of the former head of the Russian KBG, who wants to destroy our country from within.

He has surrounded himself with hand-picked, incompetent sycophants who are afraid to tell him the truth. He has stacked the courts, with the assistance of his enabler-in-chief, Mitch McConnell, with conservative judges who do not reflect the wishes or needs of the majority of the American people.

We have a pathological liar, a con man, a grifter, and a crook in the White House. We have someone who claims transparency but who tries to hide his every dirty deed. We have a Republican Congress and a Justice Department who look at Trump and see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil and give him carte blanche to continue to act as if he’s above the law.

And so, when I watch Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Maher, Samantha Bee, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, et. al. these days, I can’t even crack a smile anymore. It’s no longer a laughing matter. It’s very, very serious and very, very dangerous. We need to stop joking about him and start doing something about him.

Because what Trump and his cronies are doing is beyond the pale and it’s just not funny anymore.

One-Liner Wednesday — Our Stories

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“We get so used to the stories we tell about ourselves that sometimes we need to find ourselves in the stories of others.”

American novelist and essayist Leslie Jamison

We all tell stories about what’s happening in our lives. Some stories are about ourselves or about other people. We construct our stories based on our experiences, our perspectives on the world around us, and our interpretation of facts as we see them.

The more interesting stories, though, might just be those that others tell about us.


Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #22

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

The universe is vast. Some say it’s so vast that its vastness is beyond human comprehension. Scientists agree that the fabric of space is expanding throughout the universe — everywhere and in all directions. And based upon recent Hubble Space Telescope findings, the universe is expanding much faster than expected.

If the universe is almost unimaginably vast and is expanding, that, to me, begs this question:

“Are we alone in this vast and expanding universe? Do you believe that intelligent, alien life exists? Defend your answer.”

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ 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 most important, have fun.

Note: some bloggers have had issues with pingbacks showing up lately, so if you don’t see it shortly after you published your post, you might want manually add your link in the comments.