The Melting Pot Society

A8CB24F1-15EC-430D-98A8-6C1FE9C544B3“America was founded on the notion of its ability to assimilate others into its newly developing society,” the teacher said. “All races, religions, and national origins were welcomed to our shores.”

One of the students slapped his knee and got a sardonic grin on his face. “Yeah, right,” he said, sarcastically.

The teacher looked over at the student. “Well, Darnell, aren’t you the precocious one this morning. “Is there something you’d like to say to the class?”

“Yeah,” Darnell said. “My great great grandparents were kidnapped from their ancestral homes in Africa and brought over here in slave ships. Once here, they were forced into slavery by their white European masters. Is that what you call the the notion of assimilation?”

Dakota stood up and said, “And how well did those of white European heritage assimilate my Native American ancestors into their newly developing society?”

Then Jose shouted out, “And even now, white Americans are balking at trying to assimilate people of my Mexican heritage.”

The teacher sighed. “Okay, scratch what I said about assimilation. As the next generations of Americans, it is going to be up to you to combat this racism and divisiveness and to unite us all into the diverse, heterogeneous, melting pot society the United States was intended to be.”


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (assimilate), The Daily Spur (knee), Ragtag Daily Prompt (sardonic), Your Daily Word Prompt (precocious), Daily Addictions (scratch), and Word of the Day Challenge (unite).

One-Liner Wednesday — Take Heed Republicans

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“Not to punish evil is equivalent to authorizing it.”

Leonardo da Vinci

I actually saw this quote in a post by Paula B, at The Temenos Journey, titled “The Evil of Standing By And Doing Nothing.” It’s an excellent post and well worth the read.

Leonardo da Vinci was the epitome of a renaissance man: an inventor, artist, painter, sculptor, architect, scientist, mathematician, engineer, botanist, geologist, astronomer, and paleontologist.

His centuries-old sentiment was remarkably prescient for today’s day and age. And as for those Republicans in Congress and in Donald Trump’s administration who do and say nothing as they watch Trump fiddle (tweet) while the country and the world burns, they are not only enabling his evil, they are authorizing it.

It is necessary and appropriate to impeach Donald Trump now.


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

Truth in Jeopardy

64163B3E-707C-44A4-9E6D-2B56B1240679.jpeg“I was just reading about that on some blog earlier today,” Jeff said.

“Damn, Jeff, I would have thought it unlikely that you’d be interested in that,” Carolyn said.

“Are you kidding me?” Jeff said. “Who wouldn’t be interested in the huge schism between the President and the truth?”

“I know,” Carolyn said, “but you’ve always seemed so apolitical.”

“Well, I’ve dabbled a little in political stuff to some extent,” Jeff said, “but that moron in the White House instigated this assault on truth with his constant lying, the latest of which is his lie about the path of the hurricane. He even went so far as to alter an official National Weather Service map with his Sharpie. I’m on the side of accuracy instead of his deceitful ways and his bullshit. I didn’t think I could ever have imagined that the actions and words of the head of our government would put the very notion of truth in jeopardy.”


Written for these daily prompts: Weekly Prompts (reading), Word of the Day Challenge (unlikely), Ragtag Daily Prompt (schism), Your Daily Word Prompt (dabble), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (instigate), The Daily Spur (accuracy), and Daily Addictions (could).

Sweet Home Alabama

F6C376A4-0FDD-44D8-87E9-16AC1B5DB833Donald Trump is so insecure that when he is caught saying something wrong, he goes to extreme lengths to make it seem like he didn’t make a mistake.

Over the weekend, Trump tweeted that, in addition to Florida, “South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.”

Trump suggested the same thing about Alabama in comments to reporters on Sunday on the White House South Lawn. “We don’t know where it’s going to hit, seems to be going to Florida, now it should be going to Georgia, the Carolinas. Alabama to get a bit of a beat down. You’ll be learning more probably over the course of the next 24 hours.”

In fact, even after forecasters predicted Dorian would make a northward turn over the weekend, Trump insisted three times on Sunday that the hurricane would hit Alabama (and Mar-a-Lago).

In an unprecedented move, the National Weather Service tweeted out a correction to Trump’s misinformation about Alabama. “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian, We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east.”

But rather than admitting that he misspoke, Trump did something extraordinary. At a hurricane briefing earlier today, Trump, determined to prove himself right, showed an outdated forecast for Hurricane Dorian that seemingly corresponded with his incorrect prediction about Alabama getting hit by the hurricane that he had made several days before.

“We had an original chart that it was going to be hitting Florida directly, maybe I could just see that,” Trump instructed one of the officials before showing the chart to the camera. The chart he displayed (see the photo at the top of this post) indicated that it was made around 11 a.m. ET last Thursday, making it about six days old.

But when I looked closely at the chart he showed, something jumped out at me.AFD1FA3B-EB1E-4C16-92C0-4C89288F55E1It looks as if someone took a black Sharpie and extended the NWS track to reach into southeast Alabama. Look closely. It does, doesn’t it?

You know who likes to use a Sharpie? Trump does. He seems to sign every one of his executive orders with one. And he autographs his supporters’ MAGA hats with a Sharpie.

So I don’t know this for sure, but I think someone (Trump?) took a Sharpie and manually drew a semicircle extending the NWS storm track into Alabama in order to prove that he didn’t get it wrong when he tweeted and repeated that Alabama was going to get “a beat down” from Hurricane Dorian.

Did Trump just show a bogus, altered map to support his misstatements? As I said, I don’t know for sure. I’m just sayin’.

One-Liner Wednesday — Don’t Be An Asshole

18854FBE-1D3C-47FA-9DD2-22314DA989FDI know this is supposed to be a one-line quote for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. But this week I decided to include an entire quote from Texas Republican Congressman Will Hurd. Last month, Hurd, the only black Republican in U.S. House of Representatives, announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2020.

At a meeting this past June of “Log Cabin Republicans” — an organization that works within the Republican Party to advocate for equal rights for lesbian and gay Americans — Hurd said of the Republican Party:

“This is a party that is shrinking. The party is not growing in some of the largest parts of our country. Why is that? I’ll tell you. It’s real simple. Don’t be an asshole. Don’t be a racist. Don’t be a misogynist, right? Don’t be a homophobe. These are real basic things that we all should have learned when we were in kindergarten.”