Who Won the Week — 11/21/2021

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity 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.

This week’s Who Won the Week Winner is Self-Defense. Well, actually it’s white supremacist and far-right militia groups and vigilantes who won the week. Such groups were essentially given a free pass to come to protests and demonstrations armed with semiautomatic rifles and to shoot protesters and to claim they did it in self-defense.

Spurred on by white militia groups, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse traveled from his home in Illinois to Kenosha, Wisconsin to allegedly protect the property of people he had never met and did not know. Rittenhouse took an AR-15-style weapon to a demonstration where he had no reason to believe that any of the demonstrators would be armed.

He opened fire and murdered two demonstrators and wounded another. At his trial, he tearfully claimed that he was defending himself and that he was scared for his life.

Just 15 days before the shooting, Rittenhouse was caught on camera saying he wanted to shoot looters outside of a CVS store. And immediately after pleading not guilty, he went to a bar, drank beer, posed for pictures with Proud Boys, and flashed white power symbols.

Does that sound like a remorseful kid who was in fear for his life? Does that sound like he acted in self-defense? And yet the jury inexplicably found Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges.

So congratulations to all white supremacists and right-wing militia groups. You may now feel free to move about the country and shoot peaceful protesters and demonstrations with impunity using your assault-like weapons and then claim you were scared and you were defending yourselves.

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

Song Lyric Sunday — Hush My Darling

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams has given us songs that feature Lion, Tiger, Bear, Eagle, and Shark, as suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II. I’m pretty sure that the song I’m choosing is one that a lot of others will also select. It’s the Token’s song, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

“The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was originally written by Solomon Linda under the title “Mbube,” which means lion in Zulu, for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939. The song was recorded by Solomon Linda with his group, The Evening Birds, who allegedly got the idea for the song from when they used to chase lions who were going after the cattle owned by their families.

It became a huge hit across South Africa. Around 1948, Gallo sent a copy to Decca Records in the U.S., hoping to get it distributed there. Folk singer Pete Seeger got a hold of it and started working on an English version. Seeger thought they were saying “Wimoweh” on the original, and that’s what he wrote down and how it was recorded in English. They were actually saying “Uyimbube,” which means “You’re a Lion.” The Weavers’ version, titled “Wimoweh,” hit number 15 on the U.S. best sellers charts in 1952.

In 1961, the Tokens auditioned for producers Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore by singing “Wimoweh” to them. Hugh and Luigi were impressed by the performance but decided that the song needed new lyrics. With help from George Weiss, Peretti and Creatore rewrote the song, giving it the title “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” In 1961, the version by the Tokens became a number one hit in the U.S. and remains the best-known version of the song.

There have been dozens of covers of “Wimoweh” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” including from artists like Miriam Makeba, The Kingston Trio, Glen Campbell, Robert John, The New Christie Minstrels, Tight Fit, and a host of others.

Here are the lyrics for “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

Wee-ooh wim-o-weh. Wee-ooh wim-o-weh
Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh
Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight
In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight

Wee-ooh wim-o-weh
Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh
Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh

Near the village, the peaceful village, the lion sleeps tonight
Near the village, the peaceful village, the lion sleeps tonight

Wee-ooh wim-o-weh. Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh
Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh

Hush, my darling, don’t fear, my darling, the lion sleeps tonight
Hush, my darling, don’t fear, my darling, the lion sleeps tonight

Whuh whuh whuh wim-o-weh. Wee-ooh wim-o-weh wee-ooh
wim-o-weh wee-ooh wim-o-weh

FOWC with Fandango — Life

FOWC

Welcome to November 21, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “life.”

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.