The Brotherhood

“Okay, Karl, it’s time for your initiation,” the Brotherhood pledge master said.

“I’m ready,” Karl said. “What do I need to do?”

Andy handed Karl an iPad and instructed him to log in to the Brotherhood’s initiation app. “Once you log in, the app will give you a task.”

Karl logged in and eagerly awaited his initiation task. But his enthusiasm diminished when the screen came up with a picture of a fish.9F9F592D-16EB-4091-8A03-F601C7109FE0 “What’s this?” he asked Andy.

“Ah, that’s the raw fish challenge,” Andy said. “We bring you a raw fish on a platter and your task is to eat the whole thing.”

Karl started to gag involuntarily. “I can’t do that, Andy,” he said. “I have sporadic issues with IBS and there’s no way I’m going to eat a whole raw fish.”

“Are you a winner or a loser?” Andy barked.

“I’m not a loser, Andy,” Karl said, “But I’m also not going to make myself ill just so I can pledge your stupid, fucking Brotherhood.”

“Just as I thought,” Andy said. “You’re just one of those rich assholes who thinks he’s too good to join our fraternal Brotherhood. You’re going to pay for your bigotry, Karl.”

With that, two large men moved to either side of Karl, lifted him up by the arms, and dragged him off. The last words Karl heard were Andy’s saying, “You shoulda ate the fucking fish, Karl.”

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (initiation), Daily Addictions (log), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (raw), Ragtag Daily Prompt (sporadic), Word of the Day Challenge (winner), and The Daily Spur (bigotry).

The Idiots We Elect

5A3BBFDF-0528-4CCB-855C-68E030A54342Matt Schaefer is an American attorney and Republican politician who is currently serving in the Texas House of Representatives.

In light of the yesterday’s mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, the second mass shooting in Texas in less than a month, this Texas politician went on Twitter to express his position, as a Texas state lawmaker, on how he would “do something” about all of the gun violence in Texas and all across the country. Are you ready for this?78C7EE00-A6CF-4328-AF93-3C7F662E8EB3Here are his statements for what he is and is not vowing to do:

  • I am NOT going to use the evil acts of a handful of people to diminish the God-given rights of my fellow Texans. Period. None of these so-called gun-control solutions will work to stop a person with evil intent.
  • I say NO to “red flag” pre-crime laws. NO to universal background checks. NO to bans on AR-15s, or high capacity magazines. NO to mandatory gun buybacks.
  • What can we do? YES to praying for victims. YES to praying for protection. YES to praying that God would transform the hearts of people with evil intent. YES to fathers not leaving their wives and children. YES to discipline in the homes. 
  • YES to supporting our public schools. YES to giving every law-abiding single mom the right to carry a handgun to protect her and her kids without permission from the state, and the same for all other law-abiding Texans of age.
  • YES to your God-given, constitutionally protected rights. YES to God, and NO to more government intrusions.

So, in summary, Matt Schaefer, a Republican Texas state representative, says no to any and all gun reform initiatives and yes to prayers. No to bans on high capacity, military-style assault weapons and yes arming mothers. Oh, and yes to God and “God-given rights.”

By the way, if you’re interested in my thoughts on “God-given rights,” you might want to read this.

Who Won The Week? 9/1/19

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think won this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My selection for this week is the state of — and the people of — Florida. All week long, weather forecasters have been saying that Florida was going to get slammed on Monday, by a potential Category 5 hurricane. Well, it turns out that, while Hurricane Dorian is, in fact, a Category 5 hurricane on its way toward Florida, it is now expected to turn northeast. The latest forecasts say Dorian is likely to spare Florida a direct hit, but will move close to the state’s east coast late Monday.A042E828-DC9E-4CF0-90C2-EEE03FE86645That’s good news for the people of Florida and not such good news for those along the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas.

Truth be told, early forecasts had the storm making landfall in southeast Florida, near Palm Beach. I was kind of hoping that it would stall right on top of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and destroy the place. Am I bad for hoping for a direct hit? Well, maybe next time.

So tell us. Who do YOU think won the week?

Another Daily Four from Rory

0017D8B6-5A27-4732-AA15-E0F3F05ABEF6Four more questions from Rory, over at A Guy Called Bloke.

How important is your birth family to you?

Pretty important, since if it wasn’t for my birth family I would never have been born. Of course, they’re all dead now, so I answered the question from the perspective of how important was my birth family to me?

What gets too much attention in the news?

Donald Trump.

If you could change 3 things about your country, what would you change?

Donald Trump would not be President, Mitch McConnell would not be Senate Majority Leader, and the Electoral College would be eliminated.

What fact amazes you every time you think of it?

That Donald Trump is POTUS.

Song Lyric Sunday — No Name

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams has given us Cowboy, Gun, Hat, Horse, and Western. For me (and probably a few others, as well), the first song that popped into my head was “A Horse With No Name” by America.

Recorded in 1971 and released in the U.S. in early 1972, the song was written by Dewey Bunnell, lead singer for the folk rock band America. It was the band’s first and most successful single.

The song was commonly misinterpreted to being about drugs, given that “horse” was often used as slang for heroin. It was even banned from being played by some radio stations in the U.S. because of its alleged drug references. But according to Bunnell, the song’s original title was “Desert Song,” and it was written about the desert scenery and images he encountered when he was visiting his father when he was stationed at an Air Force base near Santa Barbara, California.

According to Bunnell, the “horse” represents a means of entering a place of tranquility, and this tranquil place was best represented by the desert. As to why the horse had no name and why it went free after nine days, Bunnell doesn’t have any answer.

Personally, I’ve always thought that the lyrics to this song, as is the case with the lyrics to many of America’s songs — the group, not the country — were written under the influence of pot or acid, but the band members strongly deny that.

Here are the lyrics to “A Horse With No Name.”

On the first part of the journey
I was looking at all the life
There were plants and birds and rocks and things
There was sand and hills and rings
The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz
And the sky with no clouds
The heat was hot and the ground was dry
But the air was full of sound

I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name
It felt good to be out of the rain
In the desert you can remember your name
‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain
La, la

After two days in the desert sun
My skin began to turn red
After three days in the desert fun
I was looking at a river bed
And the story it told of a river that flowed
Made me sad to think it was dead

You see I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name
It felt good to be out of the rain
In the desert you can remember your name
‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain
La, la

After nine days I let the horse run free
‘Cause the desert had turned to sea
There were plants and birds and rocks and things
There was sand and hills and rings
The ocean is a desert with it’s life underground
And a perfect disguise above
Under the cities lies a heart made of ground
But the humans will give no love

You see I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name
It felt good to be out of the rain
In the desert you can remember your name
‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain
La, la