Spam Comment of the Week — Week 45 2022

I get some interesting spam comments on my blog, most of which are captured by Akismet, WordPress’ spam blocker. I generally do a mass delete of all of my spam comments after checking to see if any legitimate comments got caught up in Akismet’s spam-catching net.

I thought it might be fun to select a particularly interesting or unique or outrageous spam comment and highlight it each week.

This week’s spam comment was ironically made on my “Spam of the Week 43” prompt.

Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite justification seemed to
be on the web the simplest thing to be aware of.
I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people think about worries that they just do not
know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined
out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal.
Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

I’m happy that I was able to “hit the nail upon the top,” as I’ve found that hitting the nail on the bottom can be counterproductive. And I’m also pleased that my post had no adverse side-effects. That’s certainly a relief.

Anyway, have you read some catchy spam comments that you’d like to share with us? If so, put them in the comments or create your own post and tag it #FSCW.

Weekend Writing Prompt — By the Sea

I wasn’t going to participate in Sammi’s prompt when the word she gave us was “thalassic.”

I never heard of that word, nor ever used it. I googled it and learned that it means “related to the sea.”

Now I know what “thalassic” means. I will still never us it.

(Exactly 50 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “thalassic.”

Who Won The Week — 11/13/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

It’s been almost a month since I last published a Who Won the Week post. Frankly, there hasn’t been much to crow about in my humble opinion. But this week there is.

Republicans were anticipating a big red wave in this year’s midterm elections, but what they got instead was barely a trickle. On Tuesday, in a repudiation of GOP election deniers and hard-core Trumpism, voters came out in droves to save democracy in America.

Democrats maintained control of the U.S. Senate when the incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto won a close race in Nevada to give the the Democrats 50 seats in the chamber, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote. Democrats could still gain a true majority (51-49) in the Senate, depending on the outcome of the Senate race in Georgia, which is headed to a runoff between Raphael Warnock, the Democratic incumbent, and Herschel Walker, a Donald Trump-endorsed former football star, after neither won a majority of votes on Election Day.

Democrats also fended off the GOP in most of the tossup districts Republicans had targeted in the House of Representatives. Hence, it’s not likely either party will have more than a slim majority next year, even though the Republicans will likely have more seats in the House than the Democrats. That said, there is still a very slim chance that, when all the votes are tallied, the Dems might still be in the hunt for an upset win.

So who (or what) do you think won the week?

If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

Cellpic Sunday — 11/13/22

John Steiner, the blogger behind Journeys With Johnbo, has this prompt he calls Cellpic Sunday in which he asks us to post a photo that was taken with a cellphone, tablet, or another mobile device. I thought this might be fun so I decided to join in.

The photo below was taken with my iPhone on a few mornings ago. We finally had a very welcomed, decent rain on Tuesday in our drought-stricken part of the world. When I woke up and looked out into my backyard the morning following the rain, this is what I saw. I thought it was worth taking a snap.

If you wish to participate in this fun cellphone photo prompt, please click on the link to John’s post at the top of my post to see his photo and to read his instructions.

Song Lyric Sunday — On the Cover of Rolling Stone

For this week’s edition of Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has asked us to focus on songs by an artist or a group that was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The artist I have selected is Tina Turner. In November 1967, Turner became the first female artist and the first black artist to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Above is Tina Turner appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone Volume 1, Number 2 published on November 25, 1967. The Tina Turner song I’m featuring is “What’s Love Got To Do With It”

“What’s Love Got To Do With It” was written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle. It was recorded by Tina Turner and released in 1984. It was taken from her fifth solo album, Private Dancer, and became Turner’s most successful single. Interestingly, the song was offered to a number of other singers, including Cliff Richard, Phyllis Hyman, and Donna Summer, but ultimately Tina Turner recorded it and was her “comeback song.”

Tina Turner first hit the pop charts with her husband Ike in 1960, and their biggest hit came in 1971 with a cover of “Proud Mary.” After enduring years of spousal abuse, Tina split from Ike in 1976 and her career was in limbo until “What’s Love Got To Do With It” thrust her back in the spotlight 13 years after “Proud Mary.”

In “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” a woman enjoys having sex with her lover, but feels no emotional attachment. She wants him to know that there’s nothing more to it, as for her it’s purely physical. Their relationship has nothing to do with love, which she dismisses as “a sweet, old-fashioned notion.”

Turner initially hated what she called an “anti-love” song. She balked at recording it, but she ultimately deferred to her manager, Roger Davies, who was engineering her comeback and was sure the song would be a hit.

The song won Grammys in 1985 for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Female Vocal Performance. Tina gave one of the awards to Davies, whom she credited with reviving her career.

Turner set two records when this song went to number 1 on the Hot 100 on September 1, 1984. At 44, she became the oldest female solo artist ever to top the chart, a remarkable feat in an industry that prizes youth, especially among female singers.

She also set the record for longest time between first song to chart and first number 1 hit. Her first song to chart was “A Fool In Love” with Ike Turner in 1960, 24 years earlier.

Here are the lyrics to “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”

You must understand though the touch of your hand
Makes my pulse react
That it's only the thrill of boy meeting girl
Opposites attract
It's physical
Only logical
You must try to ignore that it means more than that
Oh, oh, oh

What's love got to do, got to do with it
What's love but a second hand emotion
What's love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken

It may seem to you that I'm acting confused
When you're close to me
If I tend to look dazed I've read it someplace
I've got cause to be
There's a name for it
There's a phrase that fits
But whatever the reason you do it for me
Oh, oh, oh

What's love got to do, got to do with it
What's love but a second hand emotion
What's love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken


I've been taking on a new direction
But I have to say
I've been thinking about my own protection
It scares me to feel this way
Oh, oh, oh

What's love got to do, got to do with it
What's love but a second hand emotion
What's love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken

What's love got to do, got to do with it
What's love but a sweet old fashioned notion
What's love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken

(What's love got to do) Ooh got to do with it
(What's love but a second hand emotion)
What's love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken
(What's love got to do with it) Oh oh, got to do with it
(What's love)