Our Wartime President and the Zombie Apocalypse

As I was casually browsing my newsfeed today I saw two things I felt compelled to share. First, was this political cartoon from Rob Rogers of Andrews McMeel Syndication.86BB6FED-8966-4A97-B099-3C849DA639A3Late last month Donald Trump started trying to redefine coronavirus as a foreign threat (“the Chinese virus”) and himself as a wartime president defending the nation against what amounts to an invasion.

As the crisis deepened, Trump has likened the pandemic to a war. He said, “We’re at war, in a true sense we’re at war, and we are fighting an invisible enemy.”

And now he has vowed, via an executive order, to suspend all immigration into the United States during the coronavirus outbreak, which is kind of ironic, given that the U.S. has, far and away, the largest outbreak of COVID-19 cases and deaths of any nation on the globe. I would think most people from other countries would elect to ban themselves from coming to the U.S. given the statistics.

The second thing I saw was this now iconic photo from AP photographer Joshua A Bickel showing angry people protesting stay-at-home mandates and social distancing rules at the state house in Columbus, Ohio.DFF2097B-7D1E-4DCD-9C12-F5B7E0B05878They were crowding in and pressing up against glass windows, with expressions on their faces that, to me, made it look like we are in the midst of a real life zombie apocalypse.

According to the American Dictionary, a zombie is someone who moves around as if unconscious while being controlled by someone else.

Hmm, that sounds about right. These rabid Trump supportes do seem to be brainless, semi-conscious, and are being controlled by someone else.

One-Liner Wednesday — Windows and Mirrors

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“I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror, where all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you.”

American singer-songwriter and musician Bill Withers

Last month we lost Bill Withers. He was a three-time Grammy Award winner, was nominated for six more, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Withers was known for such popular hit songs as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Grandma’s Hands,” “Use Me,” “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day,” and “Just the Two of Us.”

His quote resonated with me, especially in these dark times. Many of us are looking out at the world through our windows because we are under stay-at-home orders due to the pandemic. At the same time, some of our world leaders — I won’t name names, but one in particular acts like a total rump — seem to be so narcissistic that all they see of the world is their own reflection, as if they are looking in a mirror.


Written for the One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

S is for Strike

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 22nd adage and it starts with the letter S.

Strike while the iron is hot.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #66

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.

As some of you know, I’m using old sayings or adages for my A to Z Blogging Challenge this year. One old expression I came across was “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”571BE568-5C27-41DF-80BC-D1685271F7D6This got me thinking about second chances, as in when someone has seriously “done you wrong,” and then asks you to forgive them for whatever it is that they did.

So my question this week is simply this:

Do you believe in giving people second chances? If so, why? If not, why not?

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. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Crazy

FOWCWelcome to April 22, 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 “crazy.”

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.