Scene Cuts

D4BDB9DE-146F-4DA0-8168-444658F896A6Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has come up with yet another of his unique challenges. This one is called “Scene Cuts.” Once a week, Rory says, he will pick a film genre, post three film clips, and tag three readers who, in turn, will post three film clips on the chosen film genre and tag three of their own readers. Why? Because, he says, “everyone loves movies and films and everyone loves ‘ snippets’ from their favorites … those funny scenes, those moments which just captivated you!”

Rory didn’t tag me, but Melanie, at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, did. So thank you, Melanie.

The theme for is this week is “Comedy Clips.” And in case you don’t know it, Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” is one of the funniest movies ever made and one of my all-time favorites. The first clip is a long one, but it gives you sense for the movie’s humor. The two following clips are shorter ones. Enjoy.

So there you go. I hope these clips whet your appetite to watch the movie if you haven’t already seen it.

As to tags, I tag anyone who wants to share comedy clips from their favorite movies.

Civil War II?

I have been expressing concerns for some time about the potential for a new civil war breaking out in America should something happen to Donald Trump (e.g., impeachment, losing the 2020 election, or otherwise being removed from office). I think I may have first mentioned it in this post from December 28, 2017, in which I wrote, “Will our democracy survive or will it trigger a new American civil war?”

But now that an official impeachment inquiry in the U.S. House of Representatives has begun, and Trump is behaving like a cornered rat, which he is, the notion of a new American civil war is starting to sound more like a possibility than an improbability. Because you know that Trump is not going to go silently into the night.

On Fox News this weekend, evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress claimed that, “Democrats don’t care if they burn down and destroy the nation in the process” of impeachment, and mentioned that if Trump is removed from office, it will cause a “Civil War-like fracture….”

Trump then wrote, “I have never seen the Evangelical Christians more angry over any issue than this attempt to illegitimately remove this President from office, overturn the 2016 Election, and negate the votes of millions of Evangelicals in the process.”And then the Tweeter-in-Chief tweeted this:B936AEEB-810D-4567-83FF-348064A8F2B2An organization called the Oath Keepers, described as “one of the largest radical antigovernment groups in the U.S. today,” followed up Trump’s tweet with this:

0F3D40DE-8AF0-4870-A02C-54FECDBA7FC7A “full-blown ‘hot’ civil war.” Yikes.

Some other fringe Republicans have also been suggesting that a new civil war between Democrats and Republicans is on the horizon. Iowa Republican representative Steve King, for example, shared an image “joking” about the potential for a civil war between blue states and red states:F21F55A3-485C-4FBE-9728-17CCC3297C15When I first started mentioning a new civil war in my blog, I was being a bit flippant. But now, while I don’t want to take any credit for being incredibly prescient, we find ourselves dealing with a narcissistic mad man who is tweeting out fiery vapor fanning the flames of discontent and division.

So are we experiencing just a wrinkle in the fabric of time, or is America about to be torn apart? I’m afraid we are about to harvest the seeds that were sown when Trump was elected in November 2016?

Buckle up, America.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (flippant), The Daily Spur (dealing), Ragtag Daily Prompt (vapor), Word of the Day Challenge (wrinkle), and Your Daily Word Prompt (harvest).

Daily Four #10

9C675E88-A7F2-4BBA-AE0A-B682D1E0BFE5Yet another round of intriguing questions posed by the indomitable Rory (aka A Guy Called Bloke). So let’s see how intriguing my answers can be. Or if not intriguing, at least funny, right?

What would make us more non disposable humans?

“Non disposable humans”? Is that a convoluted way asking, “What would make humans less disposable?” I don’t think humans are disposable per se. But I do think that we are very vulnerable to near extinction because of a failure to accept that climate change has the potential to make our planet uninhabitable for human life. So perhaps the question should be, “What would make humans less vulnerable to extinction as a species?” And my answer to that question is that politicians and leaders around the world need to heed the almost irrefutable science that climate change is real and we have a limited time to take the necessary steps to reverse the course of climate change. If we don’t, then cockroaches, rodents, and robots will take over the world.

How much is a human being worth?

I remember reading sometime a while back that scientists had estimated that the chemicals in a human body are worth about $160. But I don’t think this question is about the value of s human’s chemical components. As to the intrinsic value of a human life, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set the value of a life at $9.1 million in 2010. The Food and Drug Administration came up with a value of $7.9 million, and the Transportation Department said it was around $6 million. So given that, I’ve decided to auction my life to the highest bidder. Bidding opens at $160.

Do you enjoy being human or would your prefer to be more digital or robotic?

Never having existed as anything other than a human being, I have no basis for determining if I’d prefer being a digital or robotic being. Can I get a 30-day free trial and then let you know if I prefer being a sentient, human life form, a digital life form, or a robotic life form? My feeling is that, despite the fact that humans break, leak, malfunction frequently, need to eat, drink, sleep, be social, and eventually die, I would still prefer to be human.

When was the last time a book made you 1] laugh, 2] cry, 3] get through a difficult time in your life, 4] really think about you and your life, and finally, is there a book that you enjoy that you recommend to others frequently for them to read?

Some of you might think my answer to this question is a cop-out, but I’ve been told that I have rather unique and somewhat eclectic tastes in the books I choose to read. Thus, those that made me laugh, cry, helped me get through rough patches, or caused me to think about my life would likely not resonate with too many other readers.

And as to recommending a book for others to read, I rarely do that because I wouldn’t want people to think that a book I recommended to them really sucked. That said, and for what it’s worth, I am currently reading fellow blogger Iain Kelly’s book, “A Justified State,” which I started a few days ago, and which I really like so far.07324C45-7F58-4E7B-AB8D-3FD1B6F5FD06

Twittering Tales — Fig Newtons

09F8372F-8C67-41E6-8999-6AE20FFDFB33Look, Dad, a bear is coming toward our car.

Wait, why are you closing the windows, Dad? I was going to give the bear some of my Fig Newtons. I bet he’s hungry.

Why aren’t you supposed to feed the bears, Dad? I’m getting out of the car so I can feed him some Fig Newtons.

Dad, HELP!

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: David Cardinez at

FOWC with Fandango — Flippant

FOWCWelcome to October 1, 2019 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 “flippant.”

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.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

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