Tell us one thing you hope people never say about you.
I’m neither perfect nor flawless. But I accept my imperfections and my flaws.
I can be cranky and crotchety and angry and impatient. But I can also be kind and generous and witty and empathetic and happy. I can hate and I can love. I am human, no different from most other humans.
The truth is, though, when you reach a certain age — my age, for example — you just don’t really care anymore what other people think or say about you. It’s not like I’m going to change. I am who I am. As far as I’m concerned, people need to accept me for who I am or move along. Makes no difference to me.
Written for today’s WordPress Daily Prompt. Also for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (neither).
For this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Misery Friday Faithfuls, Jim Adams has asked us what we think about climate change.
Let me start out saying that I think human life on Earth is doomed. With that out of the way, let me answer Jim’s specific questions.
How serious of a problem is this? I think this a very serious problem and if it’s not taken seriously and addressed soon, it could spell the end of human kind on the planet.
Do you think that man will be able to slow down or possibly reverse global warming?Do you think that scientists will be able to get control of the carbon dioxide that is warming the Earth and save us before it is too late? I hope that climate scientists will come up with solutions that will stem the tide or possibly even reverse global warming. But unless people are willing to make certain sacrifices in order to implement those potential solutions, including a willingness to fund them, it won’t happen. I think too many people are banking on God saving us from something that is our own undoing, and I think that’s magical thinking.
Do you think that we will be able to reach the ambitious goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 as called for in the Paris Agreement to keep global warming to no more than 1.5°C? I think it’s unlikely. The powerful fossil fuels industries and conservative politicians will ensure that we miss that goal.
Do you want to breathe cleaner air and be able to drink fresher water? Of course I do. Who would argue against breathing cleaner air and drinking potable water?
Do you feel bad that this is happening? I’m an old fart who, with luck, may have between 10–20 years of life left. I feel really bad for our children and grandchildren, who will have to suffer the consequences of the selfishness, shortsightedness, and greed of those who came before them.
Di (aka Pensitivity101) hosts 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. Today fellow blogger Jim Adams has provided our fodder for fibbing, and it’s all about early humans.
1. What are Neandertals? It’s the family name of the Norwegian adventure, Thor Neandertal.
2. Why did man settle in the Euphrates Valley? Because the Euphrates Mountains is where the dragons roamed.
3. What caused the Ice age? The freezer needed defrosting.
4. What kind of water is in the Yellow River? You don’t want to know. Just don’t drink it.
5. What is the world’s oldest city? Methuselaphia.
6. Why did the Nile River rise every summer, overflow its banks, and flood Egypt? Because the damn dam kept breaking.
7. Who invented soap? Mr. Clean.
8. Why did Nimrod build the Tower of Babel? Because he was a foolish person, an idiot (i.e., a nimrod).
9. Who is the Scorpion King? He was posthumously named king after he had promised not to sting the frog in the middle of the river but did it anyway and drowned in the river.
10. Why was the Great Pyramid built? To house a new Casino in Las Vegas.
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 16th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.
This was originally posted on December 16, 2012 on my old blog.
“God Hates Fag Marriages”
In a recent post, I expressed, in the wake of gun-related tragedies such as last week’s horrific shooting in Newtown, CT, my thoughts about the proliferation of guns, including assault weapons, in this country. In that post I commented:
The root causes [of gun violence and mass shootings] they [the NRA and gun advocates] say, are that too few citizens are armed; that we, as a society, have lost our Judeo-Christian beliefs and have forsaken God, who has, in turn, forsaken us; that the media immortalizes publicity hungry mass murders; and that there is too much mental illness in this country.
I then added, somewhat facetiously, I thought, “Surely some nutcases will no doubt blame these mass shootings on the wrath of God visited upon our sick society due to homosexuality and gay marriage.” Well, it didn’t take long for my unfortunate prediction to come true.
The infamous Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing the funerals of fallen American soldiers and claiming that they deserved to die because the country for which they fought tolerates homosexuality, and whose website is, believe it or not, godhatesfags.com (which, since I first published this post, has since been taken down) is planning to picket the funeral of Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung. The WBC might also picket other funerals of the fallen, including those of children, from that tragedy.
The WBC website says the following:
How many more children will you sacrifice to your filthy fag marriages? You proved you hate your kids by making Connecticut one of the first states to institute fag marriage. The blood of the Newtown dead is on the hands of every preacher, teacher, parent, and leader of Connecticut. The dead children of Sandy Hook Elementary are better off dead than to continue being raised for such great wrath and destruction as you have brought to this land. You have a duty to teach your children to fear God or else leave them to desolation, darkness, and destruction.
When I read something like this, I am sorely tempted to go out and get myself a semi-automatic assault weapon and commit a mass shooting of everyone associated with the Westboro Baptist Church.
Hey, isn’t this what the Second Amendment is all about? And it would do wonders for my mental health.
It’s December 16, 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 “neither.”
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.