A Call for Violence

The President of the United States is openly calling for an armed insurrection in his own country. He tweeted these this morning.7AEBF4C0-431B-49D5-B685-D36E8EF775DEThese tweets clearly are meant to encourage protests against stay-at-home orders in 2020 election battleground states with Democratic governors, appearing to try to take advantage of public restlessness amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump’s tweets have pushed many online extremist communities to speculate that he is blatantly pushing for armed conflict, an event they’ve termed “the boogaloo,” for which many far-right activists have been gearing up and advocating since last year.

“Boogaloo” is a term used by extremists to refer to an armed insurrection, a shortened version of “Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo,” which was coined on the extremist message board 4chan and has been embraced by QAnon, a far-right conspiracy organization claiming there is a supposed secret plot by an alleged “deep state” against Trump.

I’m sorry, folks, if you think I’m sounding like the little boy who cried wolf, but I’m telling you again that the American democracy is dead. This is not a flash fiction post. I think it’s unlikely that there will be a free and fair election in November. And if, by some miracle, there is an election at all, and Trump loses, he will not slink off quietly into the night.

His unhinged tweets today calling for people to “liberate” states will only be the beginning and they will get worse and it will ultimately lead to violence.

Putin is, no doubt, licking his chops as America disintegrates from within and the American “Electric Boogaloo” gets underway.

Friday Fictioneers — Up on the Roof

6DD04A81-3380-456D-BA4A-A0CECB3F80E6Lately things have really been getting me down and sometimes it’s almost too much for me to take. But I found a place at the top of the stairs where I can go and let all of my cares drift off into space as I watch the stars put on a show for free. It’s beautiful and peaceful as can be and nothing bothers me when I’m there. It’s like a paradise, one that is trouble proof. And if this world starts getting you down, too, won’t you join me? There’s room enough for two up on the roof.

(99 words)

Inspired by the photo from Roger Bultot and by the words of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, this post is for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

O is for Old

A2Z2020For this year’s A to Z Challenge I’m going to attempt to post an old saying or adage each day of the month of April (except for Sundays). I’m going through the alphabet, with the first letter of the adage beginning with the first letter of the alphabet (A) and continuing for 26 adages in alphabetical order until I get through the entire alphabet by April 30 — from A to Z.

I don’t know if it can be done, but I’m going to give it the old college try. Here’s my April 17th adage and it starts with the letter O.

Old habits die hard.

Fandango’s Friday Flashback — April 17

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 17th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on April 17, 2010 on my old blog. I wrote about some news stories at the time that I found of interest. Oh my how times have changed over the past decade.

Just Your Normal, Everyday Stuff

D6C45C8C-3D82-40D4-90EB-80A59448AAB8Did you hear about the two-headed found at a reptile park in Australia? The lizard doesn’t just have two heads, it has a set of forelegs on either side of each head and is even able to eat with both mouths. Sadly for the lizard, it probably won’t live that long because the heads don’t get along. It seems that the larger of the two heads has a tendency to attack the smaller head.

So much for that old adage about two heads being better than one.

Gimme That Damn Cell Phone, Bitch

Then there’s the story of the 14-year old Providence, RI girl who stabbed her 30-year old mother in the chest over an argument about the girl’s cell phone. Apparently the teenager was angry that her mother took away her cell phone when her mother found out that she was taking “provocative” pictures of herself and sending these pictures to her friends’ cell phones, a practice known as “sexting.”

The two were arguing about the phone when the mother allegedly hit the girl with it, and in what some might consider to be a perfectly understandable and reasonable response given the gravity of the issue, the girl plunged a kitchen knife deep into her mother’s chest. When the police arrived they found the daughter chatting on the phone in the basement while her mother slumped, breathless and unable to speak, in the doorway of the apartment.

Don’t stories like this about the special bond that is shared between a mother and daughter make you feel warm and tingly all over?

Over My Dead Body

Speaking about special mother/daughter relationships, a German mother and daughter apparently placed their dearly departed husband/father in a wheel chair, put a large pair of sunglasses on his head, and attempted to board him on a flight from Liverpool to Berlin. The dead man’s wife claimed that he must have died as he was being wheeled into the airport, but authorities suspected that this real-life Weekend at Bernie’s-like stunt was staged in order for the family to avoid having to pay a $5,000 repatriation fee in order to hold the funeral in Germany.

Yet Another Virgin Mary Sighting

055015CC-6D45-4AA4-B4A7-F3CE01739CAEIt seems that Virgin Mary sightings have turned into normal, everyday events.  A Durham, NC woman claimed that the Virgin Mary appeared on her bedroom door. (I don’t see an image of the Virgin Mary on that door, do you?) Anyway, as word spread, hundreds flocked to her apartment to get a glimpse of the holy door. Now she’s trying to decide whether or not to turn her bedroom into a chapel. What a shocker that she hasn’t tried to sell the door on eBay!

Cow Pie Bingo

Bingo is a popular game and fund-raising event, particularly among church groups and the elderly. But it has recently started to gain popularity with the high school crowd, although with a bit of a twist.

The Pueblo (Colorado) South High school band decided to stage a bingo event to raise money, but instead of using traditional bingo cards and chips, they enlisted a cow, a goat, and a pig. The promoters plotted out 3,000 squares on a field. Participants could buy a square for $5 apiece and, believe it or not, nearly all of them were sold. If any of the farm animals took a dump on a square, the buyer of that square won Cow Pie Bingo. A cow dump was worth $1,000, a goat dump $500, and a pig dump $250.

I am curious why a cow pie is worth four times that of a pig turd? Is it four times larger? Four times smellier? Four times messier? Four times better to use as a Frisbee after it has dried? Come on you 4-H club members. What’s the answer?

Yup, just your normal, everyday stuff.

FOWC with Fandango — Indignant

FOWCWelcome to April 17, 2020 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 “indignant.”

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.

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