Meet the Press

“That is not only a slur on my good name, it’s also a total fabrication,” the political said. “You reporters have a proclivity toward sensationalism for clickbait or to get people to buy your printed newspapers. This is a dangerous game you’re playing and it’s not at all pertinent.”

“Sir,” the reporter said, “can you explain why you paid for sex with a fifteen year old girl?”

“I’m perfectly capable of explaining that,” he said. “I was attending my niece’s wedding and it was a very muggy day. This very attractive young woman came up to me and said she was just so hot and uncomfortable and she would love a dip in the pool. So I accompanied her to the pool, but I had no idea that she would strip her clothes off and go skinny-dipping.”

“And yet you removed all of your clothes and joined her in the pool, where you had sex with her even though she was only fifteen,” the reporter said.

“Have you seen the body on that girl?” the politician asked. “If she was only fifteen, I was the victim of her witch’s sorcery. She seduced me.”

“And then, after you had sex with her,” the reporter said, “you paid her $500.”

“That wasn’t payment for sex,” the politician said. “It was a largesse for funding her education. I was being very gracious.”

“Sir, you really should mend your ways if you wish to be re-elected,” the reporter suggested.

“Nonsense,” the politician said. “I’m bulletproof. I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and not lose any voters.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (slur/fabrication), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (proclivity/largresse), The Daily Spur (print/muggy), Word of the Day Challenge (dangerous/pertinent), My Vivid Blog (explain/capable), Ragtag Daily Prompt (wedding/gracious), and Your Daily Word Prompt (sorcery/mend).

It Ain’t Over Yet

I got this article on my iPhone’s newsfeed this morning:

The article pointed out that there’s been an upturn in new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the Bay Area as new COVID-19 infections in the region have risen 167% in the same month that saw the state dropping most mitigation measures, including vaccine verification and mask requirements for schools and public transit.

Do you think we might have jumped the gun by easing mask mandates and vaccination certifications? I do, but I’m apparently one of those stubborn “woke” individuals who still wears my mask in public places and who avoids coming in close contact with anyone who isn’t masked.

I got my second COVID booster shot yesterday, and other than a bit of a sore arm, I’ve suffered no adverse effects. I don’t expect this booster to completely protect me from being infected by COVID, but I do expect being fully vaccinated will significantly reduce the potential for me to become severely ill or having to be hospitalized.

Normally I would say that, if you are not vaccinated and/or refuse to wear a mask, “hey, whatever floats your boat.” But if your boat is responsible for causing other people’s boats to capsize, I think you need to think again.

So if you still aren’t vaccinated or you refuse to wear a face mask in public places, I believe you are guilty of perpetuating this highly contagious disease.

One-Liner Wednesday — Politics and Hatred

“Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.”

Henry Adams, American historian, descended from two U.S. Presidents

Henry Adams died in 1918, and I find that this quote from him was incredibly prescient, given when he said it. It’s certainly an accurate reflection of the hatred displayed in politics in America today.

And if that isn’t controversial enough for you, let me suggest that if you were to substitute the word “religion” for the word “politics,” the statement is equally as true.

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

Fandango’s A to Z Reflections

If you were expecting to be reading a new Fandango’s Provocative Question in this time slot, please forgive me. I will resume them again next week. Instead, this post is my wrap up post for the 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

The folks behind the A to Z Challenge have tasked us to reflect upon this year’s challenge. To that end, they’ve suggested that we respond to a bunch of questions. However, I’m just going to give my overall thoughts and impressions.

Back on March 9th, in my Theme Reveal post, I said that I would be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. And that is exactly what I did.

I have to admit that I winged it all month long. I know many of you who participated in the challenge had your posts — or at least a lot of them — drafted, and maybe even schedule to be published, well in advance. In my case, though, I scheduled my A to Z posts to publish at 6:00 am Pacific time each day, but I didn’t actually start to write most of them until the night before.

In fact, it was often the night before when I Googled “Movies that start with the letter ___,” where the blank was the letter of the day. So that meant a few late nights for me last month.

But in the end, it was worth it. I enjoyed rediscovering so many great movies across a number of different genres: comedy, drama, horror, science fiction, thrillers. And, based upon the comments and likes my movie posts received, it seems that many of you enjoyed them too.

On the other hand, when it came to views, my top A to Z view getter, S is for Some Like It Hot, was only my 18th most viewed post of the month.

Stats-wise, I published 166 posts last month — my highest monthly posts total since August 2020. Of course, only 26 of those were my A to Z posts. My blog received 10% more views, 11% more visitors, 16% more likes, and 14% more comments in April than it did in March. So that felt good.

For those of you who follow my blog and who also participated in the challenge, I read all of your A to Z posts and I thought you all really did a great job. So bottom line, I’m glad I stepped up again this year, my fourth consecutive year participating in the A to Z Challenge. And assuming I’m still around next year, I probably will again in April 2023.

I am looking forward to reading the Reflections posts from those of you who also participated this year.

If you’re interested in reading any of my A to Z posts from this year’s challenge, please click on any letter of the alphabet: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

FOWC with Fandango — Slur


It’s May 4, 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 “slur.”

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. Show them some love.