Fibbing Friday — Whatchapoo

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as host for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. Today is Di’s turn to host and here are her questions.

1. What is a huskador?

It’s a husk of Indian corn that you hang on your door in autumn.

2. What is a cavapoo?

It’s a cavalcade of Winnie the Pooh characters.

3. What is a chorkie?

It’s the sound you make when you accidentally get something you’re drinking down your windpipe.

4. What is a lollie?

It’s a round piece of hard candy mounted on a cardboard stick.

5. What is a dorkie?

It’s that nerdy guy who everyone picked on in gym class.

6. What is a springador?

It’s a door mounted on a spring that will hit you in your butt if you don’t go through it fast enough.

7. What is a scottie?

It’s a common nickname for anyone who talks with a thick Scottish accent.

8. What is a puggle?

It’s a 500 piece puzzle with a picture of a bunch of cute pug puppies on it.

9. What is a pekalier?

I don’t know, but whatever it is, it sounds very peculiar.

10. What is a schnappy?

It’s that feeling you get after consuming half a bottle of peppermint schnapps.

Thursday Inspiration — The Partner

“He’s an antagonistic son of a bitch,” Jeremy said. “That guy is toxic.”

“Honey, don’t let your emotions get the best of you,” Barbara said. “You can’t exactly tell him it’s your way or the highway. He’s your business partner.”

“More like my nemesis,” Jeremy said. “First, he spent a ton of money buying junk bonds a few years back and when they defaulted, we lost everything. Then he paid way too much for what he called a nifty parcel of land near old Route 9, and the business doesn’t generate enough income to even pay the property taxes, which are due next week.” Jeremy put his head down in his hands.

“There must be something you can do,” Barbara said. “Can’t you just sit down with him and discuss the situation?”

“He’s so defensive and can be extremely volatile when confronted,” Jeremy said. “I think he is a dangerous man.”

“What about contacting the authorities, tell them he defrauded you, and have them arrest him and haul him off to jail?” Barbara asked.

“They’d probably tell me it’s my own fault for going into business with him.”

Barbara shrugged. “Well, it’s quite a dilemma. I certainly don’t covet your situation.”

Written for the Thursday Inspiration prompt, hosted for the first time by Jim Adams, where the theme is “jail.” Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (antagonistic/income), MMA Storytime (toxic/highway), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (emotions/nemesis), Ragtag Daily Prompt (junk/dangerous), Your Daily Word Prompt (nifty/covet), Word of the Day Challenge (parcel),

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — March 26

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your 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 26th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on March 26, 2013 on my old blog.

Better Yet, Just Shut Up

Have you seen the claim circulating the internet that baseball bats kill more Americans every year than firearms? Yup, just go to any site that is promoted by right-wing gun nuts (or the NRA) to read statistics like 11,000 Americans were killed by baseball bats in 2010 compared with only 8,775 gun deaths. “Don’t ban guns,” they say, “ban baseball bats!”

Never mind that the FBI keeps no specific statistics for baseball bat homicides. This is just another myth being passed around on the internet and social media by those who claim to be true American patriots defending the Second Amendment.

Have you seen the statistic being touted by right-wing sources and the NRA about how hammers and knives kill more Americans than guns? Or that hammers kill half again as many Americans each year as rifles and that knives kill twice as many.

That statistic on more hammer (and other blunt objects) deaths than rifle deaths is interesting — and technically accurate. But you need to take a closer look at how the NRA spins things.

According to the FBI, there were, in fact, “only” 323 deaths by assault rifles in 2011. But what about the other 8,240 deaths by handguns and other firearms? Are those victims any less dead because they were killed by handguns rather than by rifles?

What the eye-catching, clever graphic above doesn’t tell you is that, while 496 people were killed by blunt objects, such as hammers and baseball bats, 8,583 were killed by firearms in the same year, firearms including rifles and handguns.

The FBI’s data on homicides shows quite clearly that firearms account for more than two-thirds of the homicides in the U.S. The same FBI database reports that only slightly more than 13% of homicides were committed with knives or other cutting instruments, while under 4% were done with blunt objects, including baseball bats, clubs, and hammers!

As was noted in, in any debate about gun control, someone will inevitably make the argument that “kills more people than guns do,” where X is anything other than guns. Sure people die from cancer, heart disease, and all kinds of health matters, and even from medical malpractice. People die in car accidents, plane crashes, from poisoning, and choking. They die from old age.

But when it comes to homicides, the fact is that in America, the probability of being murdered by a gun is more than double that of being killed by all other weapons combined. And “all other weapons” includes knives, baseball bats, hammers, poison, fire, pushing someone out of a window, cars, hands and feet, explosives, drownings, narcotics, strangulation, asphyxiation, and “other” causes or method.

And these gun death statistics don’t include the more than 19,000 Americans who committed suicide with firearms in 2011. Half of all suicides in the U.S. are committed with guns.

So before you publicly quote and pass along “statistics” claiming that more people die from hammers, baseball bats, and knives than from guns, check your sources. Stop being a tool for the NRA.

Or better yet, just shut up.

FOWC with Fandango — Plethora

FOWCWelcome to March 26, 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 “plethora.”

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.