Weekend Writing Prompt — Elevate the Dialogue

“We need to have a conversation, sir,” an aide said. “Things are getting dire and you barely have a modicum of respect. You need to elevate the dialogue.”


“No, sir, not levitate, elevate, as in to raise the level by trying to weave some rationality and truth into your speeches.”

“Stop trying to blame me. You’re fired.”

(58 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “dire.”Also for these daily prompts: MMA Storytime (conversation), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (modicum), Your Daily Word Prompt (levitate), The Daily Spur (raise), Ragtag Daily Prompt (weaves) and Word of the Day Challenge (blame).

Setting Up for His Next Super-Spreader

“Did you get the measurements of the arena yet?” Steve asked his intern? “I need to ascertain the optimal speaker size for the sound system. I’ll need to achieve the best sound for the size of the room. There’s a delicate balance when it comes to speaker size and fidelity and I want to make sure we are able to amplify his words to the greatest extent possible yet still make sure the people attending the rally will hear what he says clearly.”

“I don’t know why you’re whipping yourself into such a frenzy,” the intern said. “Most of what he says is bullshit, anyway, and now that he’s a lame duck, all he does is rehash the same leftovers he’s been spewing for the past five years.”

“Just do your job, Jack, if you want to keep it,” Steve demanded.

“Fine,” Jack said, handing Steve a piece of papers with the arena’s measurements on them. “I don’t know why you’re worried about fidelity. The only fidelity this guy has ever shown is toward himself. Just ask his ex-wives and all the people he’s fired by tweet. The best thing you can do is to just shut off the microphones.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (ascertain), The Daily Spur (room), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (fidelity), Your Daily Word Prompt (amplify), Word of the Day (frenzy), and MMA Storytime (leftovers).

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — November 27

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 27th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted my on old blog on November 27, 2009. The good news is that ascendency of Sarah Palin, the subject of this post, never actually materialized and, except for a few times that she has resurfaced into the public light, she’s pretty much out of sight and out of mind.

She’s Back and She’s Going Rouge!

My very first post this past July on this blog was about Sarah Palin. She had just resigned in the middle of her term as the governor of Alaska. There was a lot of speculation about her sudden and unexpected resignation and about what she would do for her next act.

As much as I don’t admire Sarah Palin and her far right ideology, I admit today (as I did back in July) that she’s a savvy operator. I speculated in my musings about how Palin might spend her post-governor and pre-2012 presidential election time. I assumed that, having gotten a shot at the brass ring, she would surely make her own run at the presidency in 2012, this time without the encumbrance of some old geezer at the head of the Republican ticket.

Back in July, I suggested that Palin might bide her time until then by:

  • going on the speaking circuit,
  • becoming a nationally syndicated radio or TV talk show host,
  • becoming a Fox News TV commentator, or
  • doing all of the above.

I also predicted that, no matter what path she would choose to take, she’d rake in the big bucks. It appears that I was right about that. But I must admit that I failed to predict one way in which she would spend her then newly acquired free time. I didn’t think she would write a book, but that’s because I wasn’t sure if she knew how to read, much less to write.Yet author a book she did, though, and it’s a best seller. (And yes, in the image above, I altered the name of the book from “Going Rogue” to “Going Rouge” because, well, that’s the kind of Sarah Palin fan I am.)

Fans and fanatics are falling all over themselves to buy her book, drawn to it like flies are to shit, which is what the book is. But people these days are drawn to all kinds of oddities and curiosities, not to mention calamities and disasters.

Palin is now on a book tour, which, interestingly enough, puts her on the speaking circuit. She’s appearing on all kinds of syndicated TV and radio shows, from Oprah and Baba Walters to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. And given her popularity with the Fox News crowd and the frequent (almost constant) stories about her on that network, she might as well be a commentator for Fox News.

Raking in the big bucks she most definitely is doing. So, I was essentially correct…even though I didn’t predict that she’d write a book. But that’s just a technicality.

I will admit that it galls me that she has parlayed the spotlight that John McCain and the Republican Party shined on her last year. I think she is a charismatic woman with an ideology that is, in my humble opinion, and to use a Palinism, “bass-ackwards.” And to me, that is a dangerous combination.

There is a lot of frustration from grass roots America today about the economy and politics. Palin’s contrived and highly polished image as one of the straight-talking common folks, one of the “real” Americans, will likely resonate with many disenfranchised “middle Americans.” And by “middle Americans,” I mean the white, god-fearing, gun-toting, beer-drinking, NASCAR race-watching, tea party-attending, town hall meeting-disrupting, abortion-hating, disenfranchised-feeling Americans.

Sadly, there are a lot of such people, many of whom will buy her book, go to see and hear her speak, and potentially vote for her for the highest office in the land in three years if the economy doesn’t recover in a meaningful, “down home” way for the Joe six-packs and hockey moms of the country.

The good news is that by 2012, I’ll be almost ready to retire and, should Sarah Palin somehow become the chief executive of the United States, retirement living with my wife in the south of France or the west coast of Portugal will most definitely beckon. You betcha! <wink, wink>

I Shed a Few Tears

I’m normally not one who easily or readily shows his emotions. But I have to admit that yesterday, when Joe Biden introduced the some of the nominees for leadership positions in his new cabinet, my eyes welled up with tears. Tears of relief and tears of a restored pride in my country.

After the impertinence of Donald Trump to name relatives (e.g., his daughter and son-in-law), conservative media personalities from Fox News and other right wing “news” outlets, and Trump donors, loyalists, and ass-kissers who had no relevant experience or applicable knowledge for their roles in top cabinet-level positions, it was cathartic to see the dark clouds of the past four years being lifted and the light beginning to shine again.

Biden’s selection of a highly diverse group of men and women, all of whom have a preponderance of relevant experience and are extremely well qualified for the roles they are being asked to play in the Biden/Harris administration, gave me a sense of tranquility. I felt as if I was witnessing a rebirth of normalcy that we haven’t seen in four long years.

There is no doubt that Joe Biden and his team will have a long road to travel as they work to restore faith in the American democracy and the country’s stature both at home and around the globe. But it’s a road that more than 80 million American voters are excited to be on.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (impertinent), The Daily Spur (dark), Ragtag Daily Prompt (preponderance), Your Daily Word Prompt (tranquil), Word of the Day Challenge (birth), and MMA Storytime (travel).