The Headlines of the Day

I was reading the morning paper this morning and came across these three ominous headlines

Water-Use Limits Now Mandatory

The article warned that violations of the new state regulations could result in fines of up to $500 a day!

Holiday Infections Shatter Records

But the “good” news is that hospitalizations and death are far below last year’s highs.

Fewer Than Half of Republicans Say January 6th Was Very Violent

The above headline is the most disturbing of the three. According to the Associated Press, the fighting at the Capitol Building was so primitive and ferocious that one Capitol Police officer described it as “medieval” and another as a “trip to hell.” It left more than 100 law enforcement personnel injured, some beaten with their own weapons.

Video cameras captured the violence live, with rioters clubbing officers with flag polls and fire extinguishers, even squeezing one officer between doors as he begged for his life.

Yet nearly a year after the siege only about 4 in 10 Republicans recall the attack by supporters of the former president as very violent or extremely violent, according to a new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. About 3 in 10 Republicans say the attack was not violent, and about another 3 in 10 say it was only somewhat violent.

Seriously? How could anyone have watched the siege that day or seen the video clips and come away saying that what happened was only somewhat violent or not violent at all? Are these Republicans so blinded by Trump’s Big Lie that they can’t see that they’re complicit in a plot to destroy democracy in America? When did the paradigm shift so far away from facts and truth that we can’t even agree to the verity of what we see with our own eyes?

This post includes E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (paradigm) and Your Daily Word Prompt (verity).

Karaoke Night

The obviously drunk guy was standing on the stage at the karaoke bar belting out a very out of key version of The Rolling Stones “Satisfaction.”

“That guy has definitely had too much alcohol,” I said to my buddy, Nick. “He’s totally butchering that song.”

Chances are he couldn’t do much better were he stone-cold sober,” Nick said.

“Hey, that reminds me,” I said. “I oughta get up on stage and do my rendition of Johnny Mathis’ song, ‘Chances Are.’ Whaddya think?”

Nick looked at me, shook his head, and said, “Given how many beers you’ve already downed, I think that would not be such a good idea. We probably should get outta here before you get yourself into more mischief.”

I finished the remainder of my beer, slammed the empty glass mug down on the bar top, and said, “You’re a good friend, Nick. And you’ve got a good name, too.”

Nick got a confused look on his face. “A good name?”

“Yeah,” I said. “Before I do something I regret, you’re getting me out of here in the nick of time. Get it, Nick? You’re my nick of time.”

Nick rolled his eyes, grabbed my arm, and helped me get up and off the bar stool. “Whatever, dude,” he said as he led me out of the establishment.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (satisfaction), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (alcohol), Ragtag Daily Prompt (song), Word of the Day Challenge (chances), My Vivid Blog (mischief),

One-Liner Wednesday — Teach Your Children

“Don’t just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.”

George Carlin, American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, and author

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Truthful Tuesday — Good News?

Frank, aka PCGuy, usually publishes his Truthful Tuesday posts, but he’s taking a short hiatus and Melanie from Sparks from a Combustible Mind is sitting in for Frank. This week, Melanie wants to know…

Is there any good news left?

There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of good news left these days, does there? That’s one of the reasons I started my Who Won the Week posts on Sundays. I wanted to highlight something I had seen, heard, or read about that was positive or good that occurred over the past week. And you know what? It’s been occasionally difficult lately to find anything worthy of being designated as having won the week.

So much so that I had been thinking about stopping my FWWTW posts. But I decided that even if I have to dig deep to try and find something good in the news to write about, if I do find something positive, uplifting, and good to focus on, it helps my own state of mind…and maybe it also helps a few of my readers to see that there can be at least a glimmer of light in an otherwise very dark world.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #151


Welcome 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.

My wife enjoys watching TV shows about flipping houses, remodeling homes, buying and selling, etc. on networks like HGTV. I will occasionally join her watching some of those shows. Recently, on one show hosted by a designer that people engage for major remodeling, said host made this statement:

“A massive seven out of ten people are unhappy with the homes they live in.”

That took me by surprise, as I — and most of the people I personally know — don’t outwardly appear to be unhappy with their current abodes.

So my provocative question for you this week is this:

Are you one of the seven out of ten people who is unhappy with the place in which you currently reside? If so, what is it about your place that causes your unhappiness? Or, are you one of the 30% who is not unhappy with your home? What is it about it that makes you happy?

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.