What Would You Do?

Billionaire businessman Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share in a filing published yesterday, saying the social media company needs to be transformed privately. Musk’s offer values Twitter at about $43 billion.

According to Musk, the social media company needs to go private because it can “neither thrive nor serve” free speech in its current state. “As a result,” he said, “I am offering to buy 100% of Twitter for $54.20 per share in cash.”

$43 billion to buy total control (100% ownership) of Twitter? Seriously? Doesn’t that make you wonder…

What would you do for the world if you had 43 billion dollars to spend on anything and, when your done, you’d still be a multi-billionaire?

Friday Fictioneers — Street Parking

“Why does Grandpa always put that chair in the street, Momma?” Linda asked.

“He doesn’t have any off-street parking for his car, and that’s a big problem for him in the winter when it snows,” Linda’s mother explained.

“But how does putting a small wooden chair on the street help with that?” Linda asked.

“That way people won’t park their car in that space when Grandpa’s car is not parked there.”

“Can’t someone just pick up the chair and move it and park their own car there?”

Linda smiled. “Seems the shotgun he aims at them discourages that.”

(98 words)

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt. Photo credit: Dale Rogerson.

Fibbing Friday — Who Sang These Songs?

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. Today is Di’s turn and she wants to know who sang these songs:

1. Money, Money, Money: Donald Trump.
2. Another Brick in the Wall:
Also Donald Trump, about his precious wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
3. Rocket Man:
This was a duet with Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.
4. Everybody wants to rule the world:
Vladimir Putin.
5. Life on Mars:
Neil deGrasse Tyson.
6. Monster Mash:
Gene Wilder in the movie Young Frankenstein.
7. Tiptoe through the Tulips:
Former President Bill Clinton. It was about Gennifer Flowers, the woman who he testified under oath that he had had a sexual encounter with.
8. I Wanna Hold Your Hand:
Donald Trump (but it was an allegorical song where “hold your hand” was code for “grab ‘em by the pussy”).
9. Ruby Tuesday:
Jack Ruby, the guy who shot JFK’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.
10. Get the Party Started:
Donald Trump, on January 6th, 2021, right before the siege of the U.S. Capitol building by his MAGA mob in an effort to stop the peaceful transition of power in the United States.

I bet you didn’t know that Donald Trump was such a prolific singer.

M is for Memento

For this year’s A-To-Z Challenge, my theme is MOVIES. I will be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. Today’s movie is “Memento.”

“Memento” was a 2000 American film noir mystery/thriller written and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film’s script was based on a pitch by Nolan’s brother Jonathan, who wrote the 2001 story “Memento Mori” from the concept. Guy Pearce starred, with Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano as co-stars.

The film was acclaimed by critics, who praised its nonlinear structure and motifs of memory perception, grief, and self-deception. It earned $40 million over its $9 million budget and received Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing. “Memento” is widely regarded as one of Nolan’s finest works and one of the best films of the 2000s. In 2017, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

The protagonist, portrayed by Guy Pearce, is a man who is struggling to put his life back together after the brutal rape and murder of his wife. But having been savagely beaten by the same man who killed his wife, his short-term memory had been destroyed and he was no longer able to retain any new information. Thus, he had to resort to copious note-taking and Polaroid photographs in order to keep track of what happens to him over the course of a day. He even tattooed himself with a few crucial bits of information that he couldn’t get along without. The character is obsessed with taking revenge against the man who has ruined his life, and he sets out to find him, getting help from some questionable characters.

What’s most intriguing about this movie, to me, anyway, is that it progresses backwards in time. The protagonist kills the murderer of his wife in the film’s first scene, and it then moves backward from that point, in roughly five-minute increments, allowing us to see how he tracked the guy down, and then ending with what is, chronologically, the story’s beginning. It sort of blew my mind. I loved it.

If you love dark mysteries and thrillers, do yourself a favor and watch this film.

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Fandango’s Flashback Friday — April 15th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 15th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on April 15, 2018.

Is God Really Pro-Life?


I saw this bumper sticker above on a car the other day and it made me wonder how someone would know that God is pro-life.

Is this the same pro-life God who killed all the first born males in Egypt so that Pharaoh would “let His people go?”

Is this the same pro-life God who drowned all life on earth except for Noah and his family and the pairs of animals that gathered on Noah’s ark?

The same pro-life God who permitted the Nazis to exterminate more than six million living human beings (including, no doubt, pregnant women) during World War II? Who allowed hundreds of thousands of Japanese (including, no doubt, pregnant women) to die when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Who stands by twiddling His thumbs while Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad gasses his own people (including, no doubt, pregnant women)?

So where, exactly, do people get the idea that God is pro-life? From the Bible, you say? Oh really?

The God depicted in the Bible is the greatest mass murderer of all time. He killed millions of pregnant women and their fetuses in Noah’s flood. And what about the conquest of Canaan, the incineration of Sodom and Gomorrah, and in numerous other major slaughters described in the Bible? When the entire populations of towns are massacred as part of “God’s will,” you can be sure that pregnant women and their unborn children were among the victims.

Why did God, who allegedly loves the unborn and hates abortion, kill so many unborn children — as well as living children, adolescents, and adults — throughout biblical history? What makes anyone believe that God cares about unborn children?

The anti-abortion movement continues to declare that, in the name of God, abortion is murder. Do those opposing abortion on religious grounds know that the Bible does not consider a fetus to be a full human life or the killing of a fetus to be murder? The Bible requires the death penalty for 60 specified “criminal” violations, but abortion is not one of them.

In fact, nowhere in the Bible will you find any passage that describes a prohibition or penalty for a woman who chooses to terminate her pregnancy. Not a single verse. Yet many politicians and advocacy groups claim that their belief that abortion is murder originated in the Bible.

So where, then, is the evidence that God loves the unborn and disapproves of abortion?

Better yet, where is the evidence that God exists?

I realize that this post may piss some people off and I may even lose some followers as a result. But as Pharaoh said, “So let it be written, so let it be done.”