Due Diligence

“You’re entitled to your own opinions, Kevin, but you’re not entitled to your own facts,” Doug said.

“Seriously, dude,” Kevin said. “You wouldn’t know a fact if fell from the roof and smacked you on your head.”

“I fear you need to get a grip on reality, Kevin,” Doug said. “I’ve done my due diligence, I’ve read a lot on this topic, analyzed all of the relevant data, and I know that of which I speak.”

“Just zipper it up, Doug,” Kevin said. “This isn’t about you. Not everything is about you.”

“Do you hear yourself, Kevin? You’re suggesting that I don’t know my facts and that any opinion I express based upon those definitive facts is worthless?” Doug said. “Of course this is about me. Who else is this about?”

“Okay, fine, Doug,” Kevin said. “Just remember that opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and they all stink.”

“And now you’re calling me an asshole?” Doug said. “Aren’t you the forgetful one? If I recall correctly, you blew your entire savings in Trump Steaks, Trump Casinos, and Trump University because, in your opinion, he was a savvy businessman and a financial genius. I rest my case.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (fear), The Daily Spur (grip), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (diligence), My Vivid Blog (zipper), JSW Challenge, (This isn’t about you. Not everything is about you), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (opinion), and Word of the Day Challenge (forgetful).

Reblog: NO — It Was NOT “Legitimate Discourse”!!!

Jill, in this very articulate post, has expressed the same anger, frustration, and amazement I feel about the insanity that has infected one of the two major political parties in the United States. So, I’ve decided to share it with my readers because her message needs to be spread far and wide to anyone who cares about the fate of the American democracy.

The Republican Party is claiming that the events of January 6th were merely “legitimate political discourse.”  Naturally, I disagree … strongly …

NO — It Was NOT “Legitimate Discourse”!!!

Fandango’s Story Starter #32

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you an incomplete “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that partial sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing.

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

Eileen was hesitant to open the door leading up to the attic because she was afraid when she got up there she might find…

If you care to write and post a story built from this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with their stories.

And most of all, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Opinion


It’s February 8, 2022. Welcome 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 “opinion.”

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.