Who Won The Week? 12/8/19

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.

My pick for this week is a personal one. Our dog won the week.66B67C7C-2D2F-4205-90DA-CD64E936FE34Our dog, who we rescued from a kill shelter when she was five, turned 14 this week. She’s a German shepherd and Labrador retriever mix. She’s suffering from arthritis and a slight case of doggie dementia. For months we’ve had her on two different medications, Gabapentin and Meloxicam, to treat the arthritis, but her limping continued to get worse and we were really contemplating putting her down, as she was clearly in pain.

But something interesting happened this week. Last Sunday we forgot to give her one of her Gabapentin pills, and when we walked her afterwards, her limping was no worse. We also didn’t give her Gabapentin the next day. And this time, her limping was less pronounced and she walked more briskly than she had in months.

So we decided to stop giving her Gabapentin while continuing with Meloxicam, and now she’s doing great — hardly limping and walking much more briskly and for longer walks. Apparently the Gabapentin was doing more harm than good and was possibly counteracting the pain relief actions of Meloxicam. So now Meloxicam is the only med she is getting.

Our beautiful old lady and beloved companion, who just celebrated her 14th birthday, and who is doing much better, won the week.

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

Who Won The Week? 12/1/19

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.

My pick for this week is Mother Nature.

The headline in today’s newspaper read, “Storm Sweeps in with Rain, Snow, and Gusty Winds.” Normally I would look at that headline and think it was bad news. But for those of us who live in Northern California, it’s just the opposite. The first significant rains in months in the region have extinguished most of the wildfires that have plagued the area, which had caused mass power outages and evacuation orders in many communities. The rains coming in this week should finish the job.

So Mother Nature was able to quickly accomplish what mere mortals were unable to do. And for that, those of us who have had to deal with these destructive wildfires are grateful.

But looking at the forecast, I’m wondering if Mother Nature May be going a bit overboard.816BA0E8-B1A2-4CAF-A62B-8DE26351A170Thanks for dousing the wildfires, Mother Nature, but how about giving it a rest now that the fires have been doused?

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

Who Won The Week? 11/24/19

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.

My pick for this week is integrity.

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives wrapped up a marathon week of public hearings for its impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, where nine more witnesses testified.15A89997-7BA1-4D09-A960-7E6DD5D47CB9Most of those who testified were career diplomats with years of service in the State Department, the military, and/or other roles within the government. And virtually all of them ignored directives from the White House and the State Department to not testify. These courageous individuals put their careers — and some would argue, their personal safety — on the line by coming forth and testifying about what they saw and heard.

Their testimonies made it abundantly clear to anyone who was watching or listening with an open mind that Donald Trump is guilty of bribery, extortion, obstruction of justice, and abuse of power in an attempt to achieve his own personal and political goals.

I can’t imagine a more fitting way that I, a mere blogger, can honor these brave people who publicly testified this past week, along with those from last week, than by saying that the integrity each one demonstrated won the week.

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

Who Won The Week? 11/17/19

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.

My pick for this week is bow ties.

George Kent, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, was the first witness to testify at this past Wednesday’s televised House of Representatives impeachment hearing. Kent is a very high-level official who oversees all U.S. policy over Ukraine and has a deep knowledge of the relationship between the United States and Ukraine.

He testified that Trump wanted Ukraine’s newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to publicly and explicitly announce he’d be investigating matters involving Democrats, and he wanted Zelensky to use the words “Biden” and “Clinton.”

Kent testified that the White House’s effort to get Ukraine to root out “corruption” was actually an attempt to make them dig up dirt on Trump’s 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, and a potential 2020 opponent, former vice president Joe Biden. He spoke of how “corrupt” Ukrainians recruited Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to attack U.S. officials with a “campaign of lies” about then-Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. And he made it clear that Donald Trump was willing to use his power and influence to go after his political rivals by threatening to withholding desperately needed military assistance in Ukraine’s struggle with Russia.EF523D53-E48B-4053-B0B9-05E5CCBB9A85But as damning as Kent’s testimony was for Trump and Guiliani and others doing Trump’s bidding, the most notable thing for those of us who watched the hearing, was Kent’s bow tie. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.

I don’t know if Kent’s bow tie is going to stimulate a resurgence of bow ties in male fashion circles, but as far as I’m concerned, bow ties won the week.

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

Who Won The Week? 11/10/19

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.

My pick for this week is The Equal Rights Amendment.

What is the Equal Rights Amendment, you ask? That’s an excellent question. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. It seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment, and other matters. No brainer, right?

The ERA was originally introduced in Congress in December 1923 — nearly a century ago. In order for the ERA to be added to the U.S. Constitution, it must be ratified by 38 of the 50 states. Right now, 37 states have ratified the ERA, although five state legislatures (Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, Tennessee, and South Dakota) voted to revoke their ERA ratifications. But it remains an unresolved legal question as to whether a state can revoke its ratification of a federal constitutional amendment.

So why do I think the Equal Rights Amendment won the week? This past Tuesday, the elections in Virginia turned that state blue. Democrats won control of Virginia’s legislature and it has a Democratic governor. The incoming state legislators have expressed their intent to hold a vote on ratification, and, if passed, it would make Virginia the 38th state to ratify the amendment, if the five revoked ratifications are included.

Further action from Congress may be required before the ERA can be admitted as a constitutional amendment, but after 97 years since the ERA was first introduced in Congress, America may finally end the legal distinctions between men and women. It’s about fucking time.

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