The Final Voyage — Mutiny on the Enterprise

“I repeat, Captain, we must jettison the excess cargo if we are going to outmaneuver the Klingon warships,” Chekov said.

“Don’t be ridiculous, Chekov,” Captain Kirk said. “I have total confidence in our ability to defeat the Klingons. Ours will be a victory of truly memorable proportions.”

Unable to remain silent, Mr. Spock interrupted Kirk’s tirade. “As much as I admire your artistic battle skills, Captain, logic dictates that the odds are seriously stacked against us should we go into battle.”

Spock turned to the ship’s doctor. “Dr. McCoy, sedate the Captain immediately.” Then he said to Scotty, “Once the Captain is helpless, beam him off the ship and then jettison the excess cargo.” Spock then ordered Uhuru, “take us to warp speed and get us the fuck outta here.”

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (repeat), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (jettison), Ragtag Daily Prompt (confidence), Word of the Day Challenge (memorable), and MMA Storytime (artistic).

Weekend Writing Prompt/Sunday Writing Prompt — Forage and Freedom

“Hey you, what are you doing in that field in your underwear?” the woman yelled at the young man.

“I’m foraging for mushrooms, lady,” he answered, as if doing so in one’s boxers was not at all unusual. “It’s hot and I love the feel of the breeze on my, um, privates. It gives me a sense of freedom. At least I’m not naked.”

A hungry look graced the woman’s face. “Drop those boxers and I might just give you a hand.”

(82 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “forage.”Also for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt, where the word is “Freedom.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (underwear) and The Daily Spur (love).

Who Won the Week? 04/11/2021

FWWTWThe idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

Unlike last Sunday, where I was unable to choose a clear winner, this week was easy. The winner this week is Joe Biden, the President of the United States.With more mass shootings and a rise of gun violence in the country, and with Republicans in both Congress and state legislatures refusing to take any action to stem the tide of gun violence, other than with “thoughts and prayers,” Joe Biden acted. He issued a series of executive actions designed to address gun violence. And he pledged to push for sweeping changes to the country’s gun laws.

Biden said, “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment. The idea that we have so many people dying every single day from gun violence in America is a blemish on our character as nation.”

As president, there is very little that Biden can unilaterally do in this case, but he did sign executive actions this past Thursday focusing on some relatively “low hanging fruit.”

The DOJ will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.” Ghost guns are homemade weapons that are hard to trace and where gun kit buyers don’t have to submit to a background check.

The DOJ will also issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.

It will also publish model “red flag” legislation for states. Red flag laws allow family members or law enforcement to petition for a court order temporarily barring people in crisis from accessing firearms if they present a danger to themselves or others.

The DOJ will also issue a new annual report on firearms trafficking, which is one way firearms are diverted into the illegal market where they can easily end up in the hands of dangerous individuals.

Biden nominated David Chipman, a veteran of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), where he spent 25 years as a special agent, to serve as ATF director. ATF is the key agency charged with enforcing our gun laws, and it needs a confirmed director in order to do the job to the best of its ability. But ATF has not had a confirmed director since 2015.

These executive actions are just a start — small steps — in the fight to do something about gun violence in America, but they sure beat thoughts and prayers.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Image credit: Anson Stevens-Bollen

Song Lyric Sunday — Just Say the Word

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams is asking us to focus on songs with one-word titles. There are tons of such songs, but the one I chose is “Desperado.”

“Desperado” was a song by the The Eagles and was written by band members Glenn Frey and Don Henley. It appeared on their 1973 album Desperado, which, overall, had an Old West theme. Henley began writing some of the lyrics in the late ’60s. He said it was written in the style of old songs by Stephen Foster, and when he played and sang it, he thought of Ray Charles and Stephen Foster. He said that the song was originally about a friend named Leo and began with “Leo, my God, why don’t you come to your senses….”

The song wasn’t arranged into its final form until Henley’s songwriting teammate, Glenn Frey, came along. “Desperado” was the first of many songs Henley and Frey wrote together. According to Henley, he played Frey the unfinished version of the song, who thought they could give it more of a country-rock sound. Frey “leapt right on it, filled in the blanks, and brought structure to the song.”

“Desperado” was the last song The Eagles performed in concert with Glenn Frey. It closed out their show in Bossier City, Louisiana on July 29, 2015, the last stop on their History of The Eagles tour. Frey died about six months later.

Linda Ronstadt recorded this song and released it on her 1973 album Don’t Cry Now a few months after The Eagles’ Desperado album was issued. Don Henley and Glenn Frey had toured as part of Ronstadt’s backing band in 1971 and formed The Eagles shortly after playing on her 1972 self-titled album, which also featured the two members they recruited to round out the group: Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon.

On the surface, this song is about a cowboy — perhaps an outlaw — who refuses to fall in love. Or maybe who is longing for love but can’t find it. Some suggest that it could also be about a young man who discovers guitars, joins a band, pays his dues and suffers for his art. The stress of being a rock star is a recurring theme in The Eagles’ music. The overall theme is how you must suffer for your art.

For what it’s worth, “Desperado” is my wife’s favorite song, although she favors the Linda Ronstadt version to The Eagles original. She says that the song brings tears to her eyes every time she hears it.

Here are the lyrics to “Desperado.”

Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
You been out ridin’ fences for so long now
Oh, you’re a hard one
But I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin’ you
Can hurt you somehow

Don’t you draw the Queen of Diamonds, boy
She’ll beat you if she’s able
You know the Queen of Hearts is always your best bet

Now, it seems to me some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can’t get

Desperado, oh, you ain’t gettin’ no younger
Your pain and your hunger, they’re drivin’ you home

And freedom, oh freedom, well that’s just some people talkin’
Your prison is walking through this world all alone

Don’t your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won’t snow and the sun won’t shine
It’s hard to tell the night time from the day
You’re losin’ all your highs and lows
Ain’t it funny how the feeling goes away?

Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, open the gate
It may be rainin’, but there’s a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you (let somebody love you)
You better let somebody love you
Before it’s too late

FOWC with Fandango — Jettison

FOWCWelcome to April 11, 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 “jettison.”

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.