Toe the Party Line

In today’s Republican Party, you have to toe the party line. You have to play by their rigid, uncompromising rules or you have to pay. Let me give you an example.

Today, a New York Republican congressman, Chris Jacobs, whose district in a Buffalo suburb near the grocery store where 10 Black residents were killed in a mass shooting a few weeks ago, has abandoned his campaign for re-election after his support for a federal assault weapons ban caused a GOP backlash.

Jacobs, serving his first term in the House of Representatives, stunned fellow Republicans by embracing a federal assault weapons ban and limits on high-capacity magazines. Jacobs said, “I can’t in good conscience sit back and say I didn’t try to do something.”

It took only seven days for political forces to catch up with him. There was an intense backlash from party leaders, who started pulling their support of Jacobs. A local gun rights groups doxed him by posting his phone number and address on the internet. And he was subjected to a “forceful dressing down” from Donald Trump, Jr. Ooh!

Rather than backing away from his support for a federal ban on assault weapons, Jacobs announced that he would abandon his re-election campaign. Imagine, a Republican politician with a conscience and scruples. No wonder his party is shunning him.

This situation demonstrates that Republican Party officials and activists will not tolerate any deviation whatsoever from their lawmakers on gun policy, despite broad support for gun safety measures by Americans.

The Nest Egg

Some say that my constant drive to be thrifty makes me a bit kooky. But it has been a strategy that has literally paid off by enabling me to retire with enough of a nest egg that I don’t need to worry about how I’m going to pay for necessities like food, shelter, detergent, and clothing made from hemp.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (constant), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (thrifty), Ragtag Daily Prompt (kooky), E.M’s Random Word Prompt (strategy), My Vivid Blog (detergent), and Word of the Day Challenge (hemp)

This, of course, is flash fiction. I would never wear clothing made from hemp. Too rough on my tender, sensitive skin.

Fibbing Friday — Silly Adages

Di (aka Pensitivity101) and Melanie (Sparks From a Combustible Mind) 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. This week is Melanie’s turn and she wants us to complete some silly adages.

  1. Cool as a? Shower when you run out of hot water.
  2. Is that a [ ? ] in your pocket or are you just glad to see me? Rocket
  3. Green as? Moldy cheese.
  4. Wet your [what]? Pants.
  5. Too many[ ? ] spoil what? Too many typos spoil the post.
  6. You can put lipstick on a what, but it will still be a what? On a politician, but he will still be ugly and self-serving.
  7. O what a tangled web we weave, when first we what? Comb out braids.
  8. Don’t throw the what out with the what? Garbage with the recyclables.
  9. Many hands make light what? Lightbulbs.
  10. It must be what, because what don’t shake like that! Body fat because jello don’t shake like that.

Note to readers. I accidentally trashed my original Fibbing Friday post for June 3rd, so this is an attempt to recreate it, but some of my answers in this recreation may be different from my original.

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — June 3rd

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 3rd) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on June 3, 2017.

SoCS — Whether the Weather


“What’s tomorrow’s weather outlook?” she asked as we were getting ready for bed.

I checked the weather app on my smartphone. “Mostly sunny with a high of 65,” I said. “Why?”

“I’m trying to decide whether we should take a day trip up the coast with the kids or whether we should just stick around the house and have a backyard cookout in the afternoon,” she responded. “What do you think?”

“I think the weather will work either way, whether you want to take that drive or hang out at home.”

“Let’s do the cookout,” she said after tossing the two option around in her head for a few minutes. Then she gave me a rather wry look and said, “Now we need to decide whether or not to invite my parents over.”

“Um, on second thought,” I said, “maybe we should take that ride up the coast with the kids.”

Well, I thought, whether she knows it or not, my wife definitely has got my number!

This post is for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt over at Linda G Hill’s blog, where we’re asked to use the words “whether” and “weather.”

FOWC with Fandango — Thrifty


It’s June 3, 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 “thrifty.”

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.