FOWC with Fandango — Petulant

FOWCWelcome to March 20, 2021 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 “petulant.”

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. Please 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.

22 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango — Petulant

  1. bushboy March 20, 2021 / 1:46 am

    Some may say I am petulant writing in the comments. What say you Fandango

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  2. Marleen March 22, 2021 / 3:53 pm

    Petulant righties:

    https://apple.news/Am9gOgLfKRMek4utbFpTYrA
    The MAGA Clowns Making Chaos at the Border Have Ugly Pasts

    TIJUANA, Mexico …. Trump devotees are spreading false conspiracy theories about an orchestrated “invasion” — and “child trafficking” funded by Democrats.

    But one of the influencers, who occasionally contributes to a U.S. right-wing media network, is a deportee with a federal drug-trafficking conviction who has since repeatedly re-entered the U.S. to broadcast with Marjorie Taylor Greene allies, including a longtime friend of hers, The Daily Beast has learned. The other influencer is a U.S. and Mexican citizen who was filmed shoving a migrant child.

    …………

    Ramirez … a Mexican Trump fan …. was featured on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” three times this month as a self-styled “independent” reporter. With … a large “45” tattoo on his arm, he appeared on Bannon’s show with Ben Bergquam, a correspondent for Real America’s Voice, a conservative news network founded in 2018 that streams Bannon’s show.

    Bergquam, who calls himself a Christian conservative, promotes hysteria about immigration and defends the integrity of the Proud Boys, the far-right gang that has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a terrorist entity by the Canadian government, and featured prominently in the January attack on the U.S. Capitol. ….

    ………….

    People who peddle white supremacist and race-baiting ideas have long used brown … allies as shields against criticism. Having Mexicans on the border performing right-wing political stances on immigration blunts allegations of racism, despite the established problem of colorism and internalized racism among Latinos.

    As Ramirez’s star rises by virtue of his fearmongering about the border, Real America’s Voice viewers are likely unaware he has a federal drug trafficking conviction. According to court records … for importing methamphetamine in 2008. A service dog flagged his vehicle at the port of entry resulting in “the discovery of 23 packages of a white crystalline substance concealed inside the rocker panels,” including a package weighing nearly 25 kilograms that tested positive for meth. He said it was his “third smuggling venture,” per the records. …

    Ramirez initially denied to comment on the case, accusing this reporter of trying to “cover up the enormous trafficking of children and humans.” But he later confirmed [it was him].

    Bannon and Real America’s Voice did not respond to requests for comment about their decision to feature a convicted drug trafficker as a talking head on border security.

    In a buried 2019 video, Ramirez alluded to a troubled past, telling viewers he had been struggling after the 2008 recession and made a mistake. “I got busted in the border and they took away everything,” he said, adding that it was his dream to return to the U.S.

    In April 2020, Ramirez’s dream came true: Less than two years after partnering with Bergquam at Real America’s Voice, he was apparently able to re-enter the U.S. in spite of his conviction, which made him inadmissible. A video shows him driving up to the El Paso port of entry with Anthony Agüero, another right-wing influencer whom Ramirez calls a “brother,” the other half of Ramirez’s Border Network News and a Bergquam associate. Agüero allegedly took part in the Jan. 6 insurrection and chanted with the Proud Boys, laughing hysterically as they tore up a Black Lives Matter sign. He is a close friend of Marjorie Taylor Greene, according to a CNN investigation, which also found he has a history of criminal violence.

    In videos published about a month after Trump shut down the border to asylum seekers and all non-essential traffic due to the pandemic, Ramirez and Agüero sat in a car without masks, grinning widely and cracking up as they drove up to the border. … “Second chances in life, they really happen,” [Ramirez] said. Later, apparently in El Paso, he celebrated, “I’m back in the United States of America as an essential worker!” He promised to continue fighting “the invasion of the caravans,” then headed to a rally to reopen Texas …..

    According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, individuals convicted of drug trafficking are inadmissible to the United States without a very hard-to-get waiver from the Department of Homeland Security for a visa. That would be issued with a recommendation from the State Department or the attorney general. ….

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    • Marleen March 22, 2021 / 10:27 pm

      {continuing}

      Zuniga [a dual U.S. and Mexican citizen known as “Paloma for Trump”] claimed Ramirez, who [has become] her rival, turned the camp against her. The[ two] used to be collaborators, but now Zuniga is very upset with [Ramirez] and makes a number of accusations about him. Ramirez declined to comment about Zuniga, whose antagonistic style does its own damage. Wearing a “Make Tijuana Great Again” red baseball cap … Zuniga garnered more than 70,000 followers under Trump… In 2018, she was part of a confrontation in which some protesters hurled rocks and insults at the Central Americans. Zuniga later expressed regret for her involvement in the incident. Then, in 2019, she was filmed chasing and physically shoving a child who was trying to enter the U.S. with his father. “Go back!” she cried in Spanish. “You can’t enter, this is not your country!” Zuniga told The Daily Beast that she felt bad about that incident, too. “I was wrong for doing that,” she said. “What kind of demon got into me?”

      ……….

      In July 2019, Zuniga participated in a [fundraising] border wall symposium near El Paso organized [fraudulently] by Bannon as part of the “We Build The Wall” campaign that got the former Trump aide arrested on charges of defrauding donors — at least until he was pardoned. At the event, speakers railed against an alleged invasion. Days later… a white racist executed 23 people at an El Paso Wal-Mart, citing a “Hispanic invasion.” Zuniga told The Daily Beast she condemns acts of violence, and doesn’t see a connection with her rhetoric. … Still, like Ramirez, Zuniga promotes unfounded conspiracy theories about “well-funded” organizations paying for migrants to flood the U.S.

      … Zuniga previously partnered with Bergquam, who now broadcasts with Ramirez [while]… she has continued visiting the asylum seekers and making videos.

      …..

      Meanwhile, the asylum seekers at the Tijuana camp continue to fantasize about one day finding safety in the country that is footsteps from where they sleep. If the past is any indication, few who manage to enter, even without drug-trafficking convictions or any criminal history, will be permitted to hold onto those dreams for very long.

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      • Marleen March 23, 2021 / 3:38 pm

        I’ve done a little tweaking of a section (the first paragraph below the scriptural ruminating), where the grammar was bugging me. I’ve also contemplated, further, what bothers me about this troubling (even infuriating) picture of how the right functions; it is more important than the grammar. They complain about criminals crossing the border (and Trump spoke as if criminals were/are the majority of who would come over), while they (including, and maybe especially, the leaders of the right) promote, award, enable, and commit criminality and apply funds (and are “well-funded” largely deceitfully). But the overwhelming majority don’t care, to see or even if they do see. They are like petulant imps in the street saying, ‘We played wedding songs, and you didn’t dance, so we played funeral songs, and you didn’t mourn.’ [New Living Translation] (Emphasis on the “we” of their arrogance.)

        https://biblehub.com/matthew/11-17.htm
        Jesus Testifies about John
        …16To what can I compare this generation? They are like … sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: 17‘ We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ 18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’… [Berean Study Bible]

        [Ben] Bergquam, who calls himself a Christian conservative, promotes hysteria about immigration and defends the integrity of the Proud Boys, the far-right gang that has {1} been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, {2 been identifed as} a terrorist entity by the Canadian government, {3} and {been found to be a cohort who} featured prominently in the January attack on the U.S. Capitol. ….

        ………….

        People who peddle white supremacist and race-baiting ideas have long used brown [and black] allies as shields against criticism. Having Mexicans on the border performing right-wing political stances on immigration blunts allegations of racism, despite the established problem of colorism and internalized racism among Latinos.

        As [Oscar] Ramirez’s star rises by virtue of his fearmongering about the border, Real America’s Voice viewers are likely unaware he has a federal drug trafficking conviction. According to court records … for importing methamphetamine in 2008. A service dog flagged his vehicle at the port of entry resulting in “the discovery of 23 packages of a white crystalline substance concealed inside the rocker panels,” including a package weighing nearly 25 kilograms that tested positive for meth. He said it was his “third smuggling venture,” per the records. …

        Ramirez initially denied to comment on the case, accusing this reporter of trying to “cover up the enormous trafficking of children and humans.” But he later confirmed [it was him].

        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

        … [Paloma] Zuniga … was surpassed in followers by Ramirez [on Facebook]. She insists she has nothing against asylum seekers, only their alleged organizers and … criminals [allegedly] hiding among them. ……

        In July 2019, Zuniga participated in a [fundraising] border wall symposium near El Paso organized [fraudulently] by [Steve] Bannon as part of the “We Build The Wall” campaign that got the former Trump aide arrested on charges of defrauding donors — at least until he was pardoned. At the event, speakers railed against an alleged invasion. Days later… a white racist executed 23 people at an El Paso Wal-Mart, citing a “Hispanic invasion.” Zuniga told The Daily Beast she condemns acts of violence, and doesn’t see a connection with her rhetoric.* … Still, like Ramirez, Zuniga promotes unfounded conspiracy theories about “well-funded” organizations paying for migrants to flood the U.S.

        Zuniga previously partnered with Bergquam, who now broadcasts with Ramirez [while]… she has continued visiting the asylum seekers and making videos.

        * This same type of rhetoric led up to the Tree of Life attack (attack on a synagogue).

        I believe The Creator holds the people in the article and the followers of the “right” — who sometimes point out their imagination that they are right as opposed to wrong and, at times, like to cynically dig at “the left” for aspiring toward what is right when supposedly (so say the new so-called conservatives) no one can know what is right — accountable. But they (these new self-styled conservatives) don’t seem to view themselves so (as accountable on the right). They won’t even listen to people who have always been conservative (in a standard way rather than in terms of the burgeoning authoritarianism and anarchy of the right). So determined are they. They disparage reasonable thought as leftist. And, sure, the west is left of trusting in any king (who isn’t The King). Wake up. Stop trusting in any dullard, but loud, king(s) and messengers thereof. (This doesn’t mean we can’t have a government. It’s partly why we do have government.) But the aggregate of those who see themselves as the “salt” have lost the savor. I see the failing; the “right” that proclaims it is conservative doubles down and wills not to acknowledge what is needed at this time. Balances and clarities are inclined to go wrong, at many times, and especially at an end, but “woh to those” by whom the wrong is guided and nourished on the path of power and misdirection. The illustration (article) is one example. Who will hear? It’s better to hear, regardless that everyone in your household or club continues misdirecting and being misdirected.

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