Weekend Writing Prompt — You’re Fired

6F5139F4-804C-4E84-9E4C-1CD0C84F39DBGrimace, in order to be my new Secretary of Labor, you have to be willing to promote alternative facts and support my lunacy. I don’t think you’ve got what it takes.

You’re Fired!

(Exactly 33 words)

F99A06CE-4B67-493E-B110-E95F299D66AEWritten for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “grimace” in exactly 33 words.

12 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt — You’re Fired

  1. Marleen July 13, 2019 / 12:08 pm

    This fellow’s background is kinda interesting… he might not be a bad guy.


    …… 2017 … letter opposing Pizzella as Deputy Labor Secretary.

    “Pizzella worked closely with Jack Abramoff to lobby for policies on the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands that essentially allowed for unchecked slave labor to be performed with the imprimatur of the ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ label on goods and clothing.”


    …….. In response to a question from former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Pizzella said he was not aware of any substandard labor conditions in the Northern Mariana Islands while his firm was lobbying there.

    “I was not aware of any such thing,” Pizzella said. “I did not know. I just learned that 21 of Mr. Abramoff’s colleagues were also convicted of wrongdoing. I was not one of them.”


    Pizzella also registered as a foreign agent for the Republic of the Marshall Islands in 2000, working to convince Congress to relocate and compensate the indigenous peoples for damages stemming for atomic weapons testing in 1946.


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    • Marleen July 19, 2019 / 7:52 pm



      A management-side attorney, who in 2006 argued on behalf of Wal-Mart against a Maryland law that would have required the retail giant to spend more health care money on its employees, Scalia has earned a reputation in legal circles for his track record of victories in cases that deal with government rules. In 2012, the Wall Street Journal described him as “one of the industry’s go-to guys for challenging financial regulations.”

      Scalia played a key role in getting a federal judge to vacate the Obama Labor Department’s fiduciary rule, which requires brokers to consider only the best interests of the client, irrespective of commissions or fees, when providing retirement advice. His client in both the fiduciary rule fight and earlier lobbying efforts on campaign finance reform was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

      His nomination comes a week after Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta was forced to resign over a lenient 2008 plea agreement for wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. He will be replaced temporarily o[n] Friday by his deputy, Patrick Pizzella, who many Republicans had expected to get a formal nomination.

      Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a top Trump ally on Capitol Hill, was among the Republicans urging the White House to pursue Scalia for the post. Cotton accompanied Scalia for his interview with Trump, according to a source familiar with the meeting. In addition to Trump himself, Cotton spoke to Barr, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and other top White House officials to recommend Scalia for the Cabinet post.

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  2. leigha66 July 14, 2019 / 5:16 pm

    How did a big purple blob come to represent a fast food place? I understood, Mayor McCheese and the Hamburgler (I think there was also fries … Fryguy maybe?) but there was no purple food. One of those things I have always wondered.

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