The Assignment

We are mercenary soldiers. We have been hired to flush out our foreign client’s greatest enemy so that he can extradite him back to his country for trial — or maybe for execution. As surreal as it may sound, ours is not to reason why. Ours is to deliver the goods. And invariably we do. Which is why we are remunerated well for our efforts.

This won’t be a walk in the park. Our target is crazy smart and he’ll be anything but docile. So we have to be cagey, but this is our assignment and we will prevail.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (flush), The Daily Spur (enemy), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (extradite), Ragtag Daily Prompt (surreal), My Vivid Blog (invariably), Your Daily Word Prompt (remunerated), and Word of the Day Challenge (docile).

Abortion: Bad News/Good News

First the bad news:

Librarians in Oklahoma received the above email memo in their inboxes. It warned them of the risk termination, jail time, and a $10,000 fine if they help library visitors find information about abortion. Oklahoma’s Metropolitan Library System advised staff that, with abortion now illegal statewide, they should avoid even speaking the word “abortion,” especially since patrons might try to trick them into using it so as to report them.

Library staff should avoid speaking the word “abortion”? So much for free speech in America… or at least in Oklahoma.

Now for the good news:

The question presented to Kansas voters yesterday was whether abortion protections should be stripped from the state constitution. A “yes” vote would have allow the state’s Republican-led legislature to pass future limits on abortion — or to ban it altogether — in its coming session in January. A “no” vote would leave those protections in place.

Kansas voters cheer the outcome of the vote on abortion rights. Photo credit: Dave Kaup/AFP/Getty Images

Kansas voters in the traditionally conservative state overwhelming voted to support abortion rights. More than 60% wanted to maintain those abortion protections.

The vote sent a decisive message to Republican lawmakers about the issue’s popularity in the first political test since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. Subsequent to the Supreme Court’s ruling, more than a dozen Republican-led states have moved to ban or further restrict abortion.

Let’s hope this message will give pause to GOP lawmakers, letting them know, loud and clear, that their constituents want women to maintain their reproductive rights granted in Roe v. Wade.

Oh, who am I kidding? Republican lawmakers don’t give two shits about what their constituents want. Unless those constituents are mega donors who are willing to buy politicians to do their bidding. I’m just saying.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #176


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Today’s provocative question is a little outside of the box and I think you could have some fun with it. I’m asking you to peer into your personal future and to consider how you think or hope it will be. Use your imagination and respond to this question however you see fit.

What will your last day on Earth be like?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Flush


It’s August 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 “flush.”

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.