Presidential Purge

What do George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, Teddy Roosevelt, William McKinley, and Herbert Hoover have in common?

If you said that they were all American presidents, you’d be right. But what else do they all have in common? Yes, they were all old, white men. But, come on. What else do they have in common?

Give up?

They are all historical figures who have San Francisco schools named after them.

Cool, right?

Well, apparently not. The San Francisco School Names Advisory Committee has identified more than a third of the city’s public schools that are named after people and places that don’t meet its exacting criteria for the honor. This august committee scrutinized every school’s name for any association with genocide, slavery, colonialism, exploitation, oppression, racism, or environmental degradation. The result is that the schools named for those presidents listed at the top of this post do not fall within the framework of what the committee deems acceptable and the committee wants to change the names of those schools.George Washington, one of the Founding Fathers and the first President of the United States, and Abraham Lincoln, who saved the union, are two of our most revered and respected American president. Yet the committee wants to blackball them and remove their names from the schools because the former owned slaves and the latter perpetuated brutality toward Native Americans.

It’s one thing to purge Confederate statues, monuments, and school names. Those “heroes” fought against the United States during the Civil War in the cause of slavery and lost. They don’t deserve to be memorialized. But American presidents? They founded this nation. They saved this nation. Were they flawed humans? Sure? But the “sins” they’re now accused of were, right or wrong, the customs of society at the time. Trying to erase these America icons from history is ludicrous.

All I can do is shake my head and wonder what has become of common sense.

Hide the Body

The ever inquisitive Rory, aka A Guy Called Bloke, wants to know…

How many friends do you have in either real life, social platforms, and WordPress, that would help you hide the body?

Rory was kind enough to categorize “friends” into these brackets:

  • Intimate Friends
  • Bestest Friends
  • Close Friends
  • Friends
  • Casual Friends
  • Casual Acquaintances

First, let me say that I have a very small circle of friends in real life. I probably have fewer than twenty, excluding family members, across the top five categories Rory itemized. And as to “casual acquaintances,” helping me to hide a body is probably the last thing I’d ask a casual acquaintance.

Second, I assume that Rory’s question serves as a metaphor for someone who would do virtually anything you would ask of them and is not literally about hiding a body.

Operating under that assumption, I think the answer is one, and that one would be my one and only intimate friend, my wife. Note I said “I think” because I can’t be 100% certain that even she would go along with something she thought to be a bridge too far, such as, perhaps, hiding a dead body.

As to social media friends, the only Facebook friends I have are extended family members. I have no other “social platform” friends. While I have a lot of people I know from WordPress, many of whom I’d like to think are at least casual friends, I have never met any of them in real life. And since I blog anonymously, none of them even knows my real name. So I would hardly expect any of them to help me hide the body.

Bottom line, if I had a body to hide, I think I’d be on my own.

Truthful Tuesday — Authors and Books

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know about the authors and books we like. He asks:

Do you have a favorite author? If so, who and why? If not, why not?

This is tough because it depends upon genre and my reading taste spans a lot of different genres. I like authors who transport me to a different place and/or a different time. Authors like James Clavell or James Michener. For sci-fi Isaac Asimov. Horror: Stephen King. Spy novels: Robert Ludlum. Fantasies: JRR Tolkien. Humor: Dave Barry. Shall I go on?

What was the first book you remember enjoying reading?

What three books best sum up your taste in literature?

Issac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. James Clavell’s Shōgun.

All of My Friends Are Doing It

Fibbing FridayWhenever I said to my mother, “But Ma, all of my friends are doing it,” her response inevitably was, “If all of your friends were jumping to their death from the Brooklyn Bridge, would you do it?” That never really made sense to me because (1) we didn’t live anywhere in or near Brooklyn, and (2) why would any of my friends jump to their death off of any bridge?

That said, a lot of my fellow bloggers are playing this Fibbing Friday game that Frank (aka PCGuy) at Thoughts and Theories and Di at Pensitivity101 alternate hosting each Friday. Today was Frank’s turn.

So, since many of my blogging friends are doing it, yes, Ma, I’m going to do it too. The way it works is that we are supposed to answer the questions below in whatever manner we see fit; just be sure to bend, stretch, break, or outright ignore the truth.

Alrighty then. Let’s fib our asses off.

1. Who was the first President of the United States?

Gen. Charles Cornwallis. By the way, Donald Trump will probably be the last, as he’s bound and determined to turn the U.S. into a monarchy with him at the throne.

2. What was Abraham Lincoln’s best known nickname?

“Headshot.”

3. Whose faces are carved into Mt. Rushmore?

Chico, Groucho, Harpo, and Zeppo Marx.Marx Brothers

4. What historic event started on April 19th, 1775?

I don’t know. I missed school the day we covered that in class.

5. What act of infamy is Benedict Arnold best known for?

He stole the recipe for Wonder Bread’s Classic White bread and gave it to his father at Arnold’s Bakery.

6. Who was Gen. Charles Cornwallis?

See my answer to question 1. Seriously, this test is too easy.

7. Why do we celebrate Labor Day?

To honor our mothers who spent hours in agony trying to pop us out of their ovens.

8. What is so special about the Autumnal Equinox?

It is one of the most effective remedies for intestinal imbalance.

9. Why do tree leaves change color in the fall?

So that the apples can fall far from the tree.

10. What do people mean when they say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”?

See my answer to question 9. I’m telling you, this test is too damn easy.


And there you have it. Now maybe you understand why I’ve never participated in the Fibbing Friday prompt before and probably never will again.

Ten of My Favorite Feelings

Sadje, over at Keep It Alive, tagged me for something called Ten of My Favorite Feelings. Apparently all I have to do is post a list of ten of my favorite feelings!142C332F-E507-44AC-9F6A-047D5631C6EBOkay, here goes. And in no particular order.

  1. Savoring that first sip of coffee in the morning.
  2. Eating a half pint of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream half way between dinner and going to bed.
  3. Watching the Rachel Maddow Show while eating that half pint of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream.
  4. Waking up at 6:30 am and checking to see that my blog got 100 or more views overnight while I was sleeping.
  5. Waking up in the morning and realizing that I slept through the entire night without having to get up and go to the bathroom to pee.
  6. Stepping into a steaming hot shower on a cold, winter morning.
  7. Walking into my air conditioned house after being outside on a hot summer day.
  8. Reaching the point at which the high from that marijuana-infused edible I consumed starts to kick in.
  9. Sitting with my wife while roasting marshmallows over our backyard fireplace and gazing up at the sky on a clear night and seeing a gazzilion stars.
  10. Experiencing the unconditional love I receive from our dog and our cat (and, on occasion, from my wife, although conditions usually apply in her case).

Now I’ve got one more favorite feeling, but it’s NSFW, so you might want to stop reading here. I’ll give you to the count of three to close this post.

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Are you still here? Okay, here’s that bonus favorite feeling: That instant when you have an orgasm. BOOYAH!57C581C3-F2B5-4A7B-96F9-7E3C1599EB52Okay, so what are your ten favorite feelings? Do tell!