Lost in Translation

A friend of mine sent this to me in an email. I thought it was spot on and decided to share it with you, my WordPress community.

Democrats: We wish cops would stop killing minorities.
Republicans: Dems hate the police.

Democrats: Women should have the right to choose.
Republicans: Dems want to kill babies.

Democrats: LGBT people should have equal rights and not be discriminated against.
Republicans: Dems want to pervert our Christian nation.

Democrats: We need reasonable immigration policies.
Republicans: Dems want open borders.

Democrats: We kneel in protest of inequality.
Republicans: Dems hate the flag, soldiers, and America.

Democrats: We should wear masks and get vaccinated to protect others.
Republicans: Dems want to take away your freedom.

Democrats: We should have common sense gun control laws including universal background checks.
Republicans: Dems want to take away your guns.

Democrats: Feds should not be policing in cities.
Republicans: Dems are encourage rioting

Democrats: People should have a living wage.
Republicans: Dems want to give everyone free stuff.

Democrats: We want religious freedom for everyone.
Republicans: Dems want Sharia Law.

Democrats: Taxes should be used for the benefit of everyone.
Republicans: Dems want socialism.

Democrats: We need definitive action on climate change.
Republicans: Dems want to bankrupt our country to fix a problem that doesn’t really exist.

I’m looking forward to reading your comments. Please feel free to add other mistranslations.

WDP — Community Support

Daily writing prompt
What do you do to be involved in the community?

I’m assuming that this question is about the real world community in which I live, not the online community here on WordPress. In that context, truth be told, not much.

We moved to our relatively small suburban town about 35 miles east of San Francisco in February 2020. Within a month, everything went on lockdown due to COVID-19. So for our first two-plus years here, we hardly ever left our home. We did patronize local restaurants and grocery stores via available delivery services, but that was about it.

Of course, just as things were opening up and returning to “normal” after almost three years of modified behavior, I go and fall off a ladder and fracture my left hip and my right arm. So I am back to being, for all intents and purposes, housebound again.

Maybe I’m a victim of circumstance. Had it not been for the COVID lockdown, I might have gotten more involved in my new community.

Oh hell, who am I kidding? At my age, I’m no longer interested in being actively involved in my community. I’ll leave that to the younger, more energetic folks.

One-Liner Wednesday — Conservative Hypocrisy

“Conservatives say if you don’t give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they’ve lost all incentive because we’ve given them too much money.”

George Carlin, American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, and author

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #213


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.

It’s been about 21 months since I bought an electric car. That means 21 months since I last went into a gas station and filled my car with gasoline. Most of the time I charge my car when it’s needed, which is about once a week, using a charging station I have installed in my garage. In the 21 months since I bought the electric car, I’ve only charged it five times at public charging stations. I love my electric car.

I read an interesting article yesterday about electric vehicles. It seems that the share of Americans who say they’re “very unlikely” to consider an EV for their next vehicle purchase has been growing in each of the first three months of this year. Apparently, persistent worries about EV charging infrastructure (or lack thereof) and vehicle pricing have dampened enthusiasm. Other concerns include range anxiety (most gas cars can go farther on a full tank of gas than most EVs can go on a full charge), time required to charge an EV, and power outage and grid concerns. The market share of EVs of all new-vehicle sales dropped to 7.3% in March, down from a record high of 8.5% in February.

And that leads me to today’s provocative question.

Do you currently own an electric vehicle? If not, are you considering purchasing an EV for you next vehicle? What are your reasons for either considering or not considering buying an EV?

If you choose to participate in Fandango’s Provocative Question, you may respond with a comment or write your own post in 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 — Tepid


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 “tepid.”

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.