Should Justice Be Served

I plead the Fifth

He made his proclamation, declaring that the election was being stolen from him and the only way to prevent that from happening would be with a show of force.

The buoyant crowd at the rally went wild. But his credulous lemmings didn’t know or refused to believe that it was a big lie.

A lie that precipitated a violent chain reaction, which led to an unprecedented siege of the Capitol building.

The nation watched as a coup attempt was taking place in plain sight.

People watching the events unfolding live on TV, were fuming when he refused, despite lives being lost and serious injuries sustained, to truncate the chaos and violence.

One would think that swift action would be taken to prosecute the seditious individual, but here we are, nineteen months hence, and he goes on, free as a bird.

Continuing to spout the big lie
Continuing to stow discontent
Continuing to rile up his minions
Continuing to threaten violence
Should justice be served

Written for these daily prompts: E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (proclamation), Ragtag Daily Prompt (buoyant), Your Daily Word Prompt (credulous) Word of the Day Challenge (lie), The Daily Spur (chain), Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration (sight), My Vivid Blog (fuming), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (truncate).

Throwback Thursday — Learning Skills

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 noted that, as kids, we are exposed to a huge variety of learning experiences. We can never succeed unless we are willing to make a commitment to the process. Hence, she asks the question about our experience when it comes to “learning new skills”

Here are Lauren’s questions.

1) When did you learn to ride a bike? Were you self-taught or did someone teach you? Any major injuries on the way? Did you master the skill? Do you still ride? If applicable, did you teach your kids?

I don’t remember exactly how old I was, but I think I was pretty much self-taught. My first two-wheeler was a Schwinn. But my pride and joy was when I got my three-speed Raleigh English Racer, similar to the one pictured below.

I will say that I mastered bicycling, although not competitively…just for fun and pre-driving transportation. I didn’t get what might be called “major” injuries. Just minor scrapes and bruises. I do still bike. Last December my wife and I sold our Trek bikes for two electric bikes, so we’re still going strong, even at our advanced age.

Both of our kids are avid cyclists, so I’m going to take credit for teaching them, even though I probably didn’t.

2) Did you learn to play a musical instrument? At what age? Who taught you? How often did you practice? Were you in band at school? How good were you? Do you still play? If applicable, did you encourage your kids to play?

One of my biggest regrets is that I never learned to play a musical instrument. I was in a band in high school, but I was a singer. And in college I was in a barbershop quartet. Our daughter doesn’t play any instruments but our son taught himself to play harmonica and ukulele. He also dabbles in piano playing.

3) Did you sing in a choir in church or at school? At what age? How often did you practice? Did you enjoy it? How good were you? Do you still sing with others?

I sang in a school choir in junior high school, a band in high school, and a barbershop quartet in college. For the junior high chorus, we practiced 2-3 times a week. Our high school band’s practice was sporadic, as was practice for my college barbershop quartet. How good was I? Well, let’s put it this way: I no longer sing with others or in public.

4) Did you have formal instructions on speaking a second language? Were you fortunate enough to be raised in a house with two or more languages? Did you learn a second language in school? Are you fluent in more than one language?

I took French in junior high school. At home we only spoke English. Je parle un peu le Français, mais je ne parle pas couramment.

5) Did you to play on a sports team or learn martial arts? At what age did you start? Did a parent become a coach? Did you practice at home? Do you still play sports? If applicable, did you encourage your children to play on a team?

I played Little League baseball and Midget League football in elementary school. I was also on a bowling team and a mixed softball team with work colleagues after college. When my kids were younger they were on local and school soccer teams. These days I watch, but do not play, sports.

6) Did you ever take dance, tap, ballet, baton, cheerleading, etc. lessons? When did you start? How long did you take lessons? Did you practice on your own in addition to the lessons? How skilled did you become? Did you encourage your children to do the same?

My parents made me take ballroom dancing (waltz, foxtrot, jitterbug, cha cha) and I hated it. I probably went for two years. I never practiced and I was never a very skilled dancer. My wife made me take dance lessons later in life and I hated it then, too. I did not encourage our kids to take dance lessons.

7) Did you learn to roller skate or ice skate? Did someone teach you or did you take lessons? At what age did you learn? Did you become skilled quickly? Can you still skate? Did you teach your children.

I did learn to roller skate in my pre-teen years. No lessons, purely self-taught and I was a decent roller skater. My friends and I would often go to an indoor roller skating rink on weekends. I tried ice skating, but was never very good at it. Nor was I good at rollerblading (in-line skates), although that’s what my kids preferred. I no longer roller skate, as I would prefer to not break any bones when I would inevitably fall on my keister.

The Fifth Amendment Hypocrisy

Donald Trump appeared yesterday in a New York civil case brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office in its probe into the Trump Organization’s business practices. But the former President invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during the deposition.

Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment right more than 440 times during the deposition. He answered just one question — his name — and then cited the Fifth on every other question he was asked.

Isn’t it interesting that Donald Trump has suggested on many occasions that people who invoke their right against self-incrimination are guilty? “You see the mob takes the Fifth,” Trump said during a 2016 rally in Iowa. “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”

You’re right, Donald. If you are innocent, why did you taking the Fifth Amendment? More than 440 times!

One Minute Fiction — Just Like That One

Do you see it?
Look over there
Parked on the street
Just behind the crosswalk
And the one-way arrow sign
Next to the tan brick building
In front of the large window
With the green frame
And the white lacy curtains

Isn’t it gorgeous?
In all my days
I’ve wanted one
A Vespa motor scooter
A red one, too
Just like that one
I’m gonna save up my money
And maybe someday
I’ll have one of my own

Written for Cyranny’s One Minute Fiction prompt, where she shares one of her photos and asks us to type our whole story in a minute or less.

And for Misky’s Twiglet, where the prompt is “all my days.”

FOWC with Fandango — Truncate


It’s August 11, 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 “truncate.”

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.

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