Who Won The Week — 04/10/22

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.

This week’s Who Won the Week Winner is, once again, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. I selected her a few weeks ago in this post for having had to sit through a ridiculous partisan attack by Republican senators during her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. As I noted, during that political witch hunt, Judge Jackson comported herself with dignity and grace.

This past week, Jackson’s nomination was put before the entire U.S. Senate. She needed 50 votes (out of 100) to have her nomination confirmed. She ended up get 53 votes when three Republican senators had the courage to cross party lines and voted to confirm her.

But 47 Republican senators voted against Judge Jackson, despite the fact that she is an exceptionally well-qualified jurist whose credentials, experience, and evenhanded approach to the administration of justice made her an outstanding candidate for the Supreme Court.

There are only three reasons that these Republican senators felt compelled to vote against her nomination. First, she’s a woman. There are already three female justices on the Supreme Court. Isn’t that enough? And she’s black, too. How many black justices does America’s Supreme Court really need? But most important she’s a black woman. We can’t have that, can we?

Anyway, justice prevailed (pun intended) and Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed to be the next justice of the SCOTUS. Congratulations to her…and to America.

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.

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

E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt — High School

It’s time once again for E.M. Kingston’s The Sunday Ramble. Her prompt is based upon a certain topic about which she asks five questions. We are invited to ramble on about that topic however we wish. Today’s topic is “High School Days.”

I graduated from high school 58 years ago, so I’m not sure I will be able to answer these questions in any great detail. But I’ll give it a try.

1. What is one thing you remember about your first day of high school?

The high school I graduated from opened in 1962, when I was entering my junior year. Mine was the school’s first graduating class. Because it was a brand new school for the administration, the faculty, and the students, that first day was rather chaotic. It took about two weeks after the opening for things to settle down into a more normal routine.

2. Did you participate in extracurricular activities or sports in high school?

I was a nerdy kid in high school, so I wasn’t on any sports teams, but I did participate on the debate club, did some drama things, and was on the student council.

3. Was Freshman hazing or initiations at trend at your high school?

No. The school had just opened (I did my freshman and sophomore years at a different school), and I don’t recall there being any freshman hazing or initiations there.

4. Did you attend your Senior Prom? If so, do you remember the theme?

Yes, I attended senior prom, but I don’t remember what the prom’s theme was.

5. Is there a favorite memory from your high school days?

This isn’t a favorite memory as much as my most vivid one. It happened on November 22, 1963, the day that then-President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas. It was a Friday afternoon and I was standing on a ladder in the high school gymnasium putting up decorations for a dance that was scheduled for that night. The school’s principal came over the PA system and announced that the president had been shot. Suddenly everyone — students and teachers — went silence. The only sounds that could be heard were people crying, sobbing, and sniffling. It was eerie, sad, heartbreaking, and devastating.

Weekend Quickie — April ‘22 #2

In what is now a weekly prompt, Rory has a new batch of Weekend Quickie questions for us to ponder.

Name one sport that is already dangerous but would be lethal if you were naked?

Wrestling? Maybe not lethal, but it might get kind of interesting depending upon what holds are or are not barred.

If l had three bananas in my right pocket and 17 grapes in my left pocket what would l have in my back pocket?

A can of whipped cream.

How many animals were aboard Noah’s Ark?

Two of each kind. And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.

What is the second largest organ in your body and could you live without it?

I wouldn’t want to live without any organ in my body, but it seems that most Republicans in the United States have opted to live without their brains.

What is the most reckless thing you have ever done as an adult?

My then-future wife and I took a motorcycle camping trip across the country on a Kawasaki KZ 400. If you know anything about motorcycles, you’d know that that is not a proper touring bike for such a trip.

I came, I saw and I didn’t …. [what?]

do that!

What are 5 ways to keep warm when lost outside in a snowstorm with a stranger?

First, kill the stranger. Then slice him wide open, remove all the guts and vital organs, and crawl inside his carcass in order to stay warm until rescued. Hence, #2-5 would no longer be applicable.

How does your mind work – what am I talking about if these words are used – Melons, Jugs, bubbles, and orbs?

Strippers’ names. Duh!

Which language are these words and terms from? – ankle biter, strewth, bludger, sunnies barbie, nuddy, furphy, and woop woop?

Oompa-Loompan.

Do you prefer to ring my bell, push the button, knock on wood, or walk on by and why did you select your choice?

I’d walk on by. I don’t like to bother people unless I’m specifically invited.

Bonus Question
Who said, “It’s just a flesh wound?” And who were they talking to?

Ooh, I know this! It’s the Black Knight from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Song Lyric Sunday — Soldier Boy

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams has leveraged the suggestion from Di, over at Pensitivity101, to go with Army, Soldier, or War. I had no doubt when I saw the words for this week, my song choice would be “Soldier Boy” from the Shirelles.

“Soldier Boy,” written by Luther Dixon and Florence Greenberg, was made famous by the girl group, the Shirelles, in 1962. The Shirelles were one of the biggest ’60s girl groups, and when the song was released as a single, it met with great success, rising to number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Record executive Florence Greenberg, founder of Scepter Records and the Shirelles manager, wrote the song, which was originally titled “I’ll Be True To You.” In this song, the Shirelles sing from the perspective of a girl who is left behind when her boyfriend goes off to war. The main frame of the song’s lyrics make no mention of a soldier. It was only in the studio that the Shirelles gave the song a much better title to reflect its narrative, the profession of someone’s love for her soldier boy in which she promises to remain true to him while he’s away.

Here are the lyrics to “Soldier Boy.”

Soldier boy
Oh, my little soldier boy
I'll be true to you

You were my first love
And you'll be my last love
I will never make you blue
I'll be true to you
In this whole world
You can love but one girl
Let me be that one girl
For I'll be true to you

Wherever you go
My heart will follow
I love you so
I'll be true to you
Take my love with you
To any port or foreign shore
Darling, you must feel for sure
I'll be true to you

Soldier boy
Oh, my little soldier boy
I'll be true to you