Just What America Needs

The Supreme Court today struck down a New York law that placed strict limits on carrying guns outside the home, saying it was at odds with the Second Amendment. Despite a spate of mass shootings in America, the court’s conservative justices prevailed in a 6 to 3 decision (strictly along party lines) that struck down a New York law requiring a special need for carrying a weapon and puts at risk similar laws in Maryland, California, New Jersey, Hawaii and Massachusetts. The ruling is likely to make it easier to carry guns in some of the nation’s biggest cities.

Enacted more than a century ago, New York’s law requires those who want to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense to show a specific need for doing so.

The court’s dissenting liberals said the majority had distorted history and ignored the court’s precedents. President Biden and Democratic officials called the ruling tone-deaf and ill-timed in the wake of recent mass killings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Tex.

Of course, the National Rifle Association, which helped challenge the New York law and has longed for such a decision clarifying the constitutional right to “bear arms,” called the decision a “watershed win.”

“New Yorkers will soon be able to defend themselves outside of their homes without first having to prove that they have a sufficient ‘need’ to exercise their fundamental rights,” Jason Ouimet, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement. The ruling, he said, “opens the door to rightly change the law” in the half dozen other states “that still don’t recognize the right to carry a firearm for personal protection.”

Great. Just what America needs, more guns on the streets.

Thursday Inspiration — I Got You Babe

For this week’s Thursday inspiration, Jim Adams asked us to “respond to this challenge by either by using the prompt word ‘baby,’ or going with the above picture [what an adorable baby, by the way], or by means of the song ‘Red House’, or by going with another song by Jimi Hendrix, or anything else that you think fits.”

Since Jim’s challenges, including this one, are often musical in nature, I decided to feature “I Got You Babe” from Sonny & Cher. This was Sonny & Cher’s breakout hit. Written by Sonny Bono, the song was the first single taken from their debut studio album, Look at Us. In August 1965, the single spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, it sold more than one million copies, and was certified Gold.

According to Songfacts, Sonny Bono was an up-and-coming record producer when he got Cher a job with Phil Spector as a session singer. They started dating and moved in to their manager’s house, where Bono would write songs on a piano in the garage. He came up with “I Got You Babe” and wrote the lyrics on a piece of cardboard.

Cher didn’t like it at first. She recalled to Billboard magazine: “Sonny woke me up in the middle of the night to come in where the piano was, in the living room, and sing it. And I didn’t like it and just said, ‘Okay, I’ll sing it and then I’m going back to bed.’” Sonny later changed the key in the bridge to fit her voice and she loved it.

Interesting tidbit: Bob Dylan’s use of the word “Babe” in his 1964 song “It Ain’t Me Babe” gave Sonny the idea to use it in this song.

Her: they say we're young and we don't know we won't find out until we grow
Him: well I don't know if all that's true 'cause you got me, and baby I got you

Him: babe
Both: I got you babe I got you babe
Her: they say our love won't pay the rent before it's earned, our money's all been spent
Him: I guess that's so, we don't have a pot but at least I'm sure of all the things we got

Him: babe
Both: I got you babe I got you babe

Him: I got flowers in the spring I got you to wear my ring
Her: and when I'm sad, you're a clown and if I get scared, you're always around
Her: so let them say your hair's too long 'cause I don't care, with you I can't go wrong
Him: then put your little hand in mine there ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb

Him: babe
Both: I got you babe I got you babe

Him: I got you to hold my hand
Her: I got you to understand
Him: I got you to walk with me
Her: I got you to talk with me
Him: igot you to kiss goodnight
Her: I got you to hold me tight
Him: I got you, I won't let go
Her: I got you to love me so

Both: I got you babe I got you babe I got you babe I got you babe I got you babe

Throwback Thursday — Fireworks

Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Lauren asks us about our fireworks celebrations growing up.

Here are Lauren’s questions.

1) What are your earliest memories of watching fireworks?

The first time I saw fireworks live, I was maybe seven or eight and my older sisters took me to see the Fourth of July fireworks show at the Washington Monument in D.C.

2) Were you more afraid or excited at the time?

A little of both.

3) What occasions were celebrated with watching fireworks?

Mostly Fourth of July/Independence Day. One of my sisters was born on July 4th and she tried to convince me that the fireworks were to celebrate her birthday.

4) Did you travel to fireworks shows, or did your family have their own, safe and sane explosives?

We would go into the city or to the local towns that would have fireworks displays. Other than sparklers, we weren’t allowed to have firecrackers in our house, although some of my friends had cherry bombs and other firecrackers that they would set off.

5) Did you ever light off illegal fireworks?

I didn’t, but as I said above, some of my friends did. One of my friends lit and threw a cherry bomb but it didn’t go off. He thought it was a dud, so he picked it up and it exploded in his hand.

6) Did you typically have a family celebration before the nighttime display? What did it include?

Mostly cookouts on the grill with hot dogs, burgers, corn on the cob, baked beans.

7) As you grew older, did your feelings about fireworks change?

I still enjoyed them and we would take our kids to see the big fireworks shows, and they were excited.

8) Now the thinker: Many places are restricting fireworks now because of the trauma it can cause to pets, young children, and sensitive adults. How do you feel about restricting fireworks?

When we lived in San Francisco our dog was indeed traumatized by the sound of fireworks exploding. (Our cat was totally unfazed.) So I hated it when there were fireworks set off, as our poor pup couldn’t stop shaking and crying. Now we live across the Bay in wildfire country. The county we live in bans the use of fireworks because of the wildfire risks. And that’s fine with me.

It Takes One to Know One

For his Wednesday Thoughts prompt, Jim Adams has given us the phrase, “It takes one to know one” and asks us to “consider the phrase.”

This phrase reminds me of elementary school where kids would try to come up with a clever retort to something someone might say to them. For example if one kid called another kid an idiot, the kid who was called an idiot might respond to the kid who called him that with, “Takes one to know one.”

Other classic schoolyard retorts:

  • I know I am, but what are you?
  • I’m rubber, you’re glue; whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.
  • He who smelt it dealt it (fart related)
  • Rat smells its own shit first (also fart related)
  • And, of course there are the “your momma” retorts, as in…
    • Your momma’s so fat
    • …so stupid
    • …so ugly
    • …so lazy

What about you out there? Do you remember any classic childish retorts you can add to those I’ve suggested? If so, be sure to link back to Jim Adams’ post as well as to this one.

FOWC with Fandango — Endeavor


It’s June 23, 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 “endeavor.”

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.