One-Liner Wednesday — Knowledge and Wisdom

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“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

American writer and professor Isaac Asimov

I was only able to catch brief glimpses of the opening day U.S. Senate’s impeachment trial of Donald Trump, but based upon what I did see, the proof of Asimov’s quote was on full display for anyone who was tuning in to watch it.

I think the actions on the part of Mitch McConnell and every single Republican senator showed not only their unwillingness to gather knowledge, but their inability to exercise wisdom.


Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Who Won The Week? 1/19/20

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who 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.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). 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.

This week I am choosing Rachel Maddow.

D59D7C8A-28E3-4ED0-9661-409C38C10F1FYou know, as I said in this post earlier this month, I am a big Rachel Maddow fan. But this week, on Wednesday and Thursday nights, Rachel had an exclusive interview with Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. In his first televised interview since being indicted, Parnas unleashed a series of explosive allegations against top members of the Trump administration, among them that Trump knew “exactly” what Giuliani was doing in Ukraine. Parnas also implicated Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General William Barr, saying that they were “in the loop” as far as the Ukraine quid pro quo effort went.

I don’t know what, if any, impact Rachel’s interview with Parnas will have on the Senate impeachment trial of Trump, which starts on Tuesday morning. But boy oh boy, it certainly does make Trump look guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Will the Republican Senators continue to wear blinders and stand by Trump, or will some of them finally say that enough is enough? As Rachel Maddow is wont to say, “Watch this space.”

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

One-Liner Wednesday — Certainty

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“Ideological certainty easily degenerates into insistence upon ignorance.”

U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

In his 1996 book, Miles To Go, the late Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan related a story about a 1993 communication with Laura D’Andrea Tyson of the Clinton administration. After receiving and reading two studies he had requested from the White House, he noted that both studies actually concluded that similar programs had failed to produce any positive results. In response, Moynihan wrote the following in a letter to Tyson,

“In the last six months I have been repeatedly impressed by the number of members of the Clinton administration who have assured me with great vigor that something or other is known in an area of social policy which, to the best of my understanding, is not known at all. This seems to me perilous. It is quite possible to live with uncertainty, with the possibility, even the likelihood, that one is wrong. But beware of certainty where none exists. Ideological certainty easily degenerates into an insistence upon ignorance.

What struck me about this quote is how applicable it is to the current political situation in the United States. Were Moynihan still alive today, I think he would find that his quote could easily apply to the highly partisan ideological certainty that Republicans in our Congress use to justify their blind support for Donald Trump, which, to me, is clearly an insistence upon ignorance.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesdayprompt.

He’s Either a Moron, Insane, or Both

Can you guess who I’m talking about? This morning our Moron-in-Chief sent out this tweet.7b70e703-7ef2-427e-b68b-9fdf2dada123.jpegOkay, first, a 409K is not a thing. What Trump presumably meant was a 401(k) plan, which is an employer-sponsored retirement account to which employees contribute a certain amount that employers match either fully or partially. Second, the plural of 401(k) is not “401K’s,” it’s “401(k)s.”

Third, only 44% of private sector workers participate in a defined contribution — 401(k) — plan. So a booming stock market has little to no impact on 56% of Americans. And if you’re very wealthy, yes, you’ve made a lot of money in the stock market this year, but the average balance across all age groups in 401(k) accounts was only around $103,700 as of last March.

Trump followed up his 409k tweet with another one linking the lowest cancer-death rate in history to his presidency.C113359D-27BE-4427-B565-019AEC2D6B1BThe American Cancer Society says that’s not true. Trump’s tweet appeared to be referring to the findings of an American Cancer Society report released on Wednesday, which said the rate of people dying from cancer in the United States declined in 2017 for the 26th year in a row. Trump took office in January 2017. The fact is, the cancer death rate has fallen continuously from 1991 through 2017.

Yet the Trump administration has proposed drastic cuts to science and medical research programs. Under the administration’s latest budget proposal, the National Cancer Institute would have been among the divisions to see the biggest slash in funding.

Trump is quick to take credit for good things that he had little or nothing to do with, while he shifts the blame to others, (e.g., Obama) for anything he thinks is bad.

We need to vote this man out of office later this year, because it looks like the Republican senators are going to stand by their man and let him off the hook, meaning he won’t be removed from office due to impeachment.

Who Won The Week? 1/5/20

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who 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.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). 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.

This week I am reluctantly picking Vladimir Putin for Who Won the Week. Doesn’t he look happy?E9647072-B37F-4601-BD7C-A96486CA78C8In the wake of Trump’s ordered drone strike at Baghdad’s international airport that killed Major General Qassem Suleimani, head of the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, Iraq’s parliament voted in favor of expelling U.S. troops from that country and shutting down the American embassy.

Putin was already the most influential world leader in the Middle East, including in Turkey, Syria, and Iran. Now Trump has essentially ceded American influence in the region, now including in Iraq, to the Russian leader.

Putin can point to U.S. actions as seeming to justify Russia’s current campaign to push back against the world order the U.S. represented. It also allows Putin to play the sober statesman, compared with the erratic American leader.

By the way, Trump allegedly spoke with Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before ordering the drone strike. Not to any American Senators, but to Putin and Netanyahu! Hmm, I wonder what advice they gave him. No doubt it was in the best interest of the United States, right?

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?