One-Liner Wednesday — Knowledge and Wisdom


“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.

One-Liner Wednesday — Certainty


“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.

One-Liner Wednesday — Poor Planning

There’s a TV commercial that is airing in the San Francisco Bay Area for a law firm. A woman is sitting in her car looking in her rearview mirror as a large truck approaches her car from behind. A female voice in the commercial says,

“I never planned on being in an accident, but that truck didn’t stop.”

Every time I see that fucking commercial I yell at the TV. I say, “Of course, lady, you didn’t plan on being in an accident. By definition an accident is an unplanned event, you stupid bitch!”

Okay. I got that off my chest. I feel so much better now.

Have any of you ever planned to be in an accident? Be honest, now. 😉

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

One-Liner Wednesday — Make the Leap!


I hope we all can make a successful leap from 2019 to 2020.

I originally wrote this post on Sunday night, December 29th and scheduled it to post at around 6 am my time today because I was scheduled for surgery first thing in the morning on December 30th and I didn’t know what shape I’d be in by Wednesday morning. But I’m doing okay and I just want to wish a very Happy New Year to all of my blogger friends. Make the leap!

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

One-Liner Wednesday — Happy Generic Winter Holiday

461658BE-B138-48FD-B467-036C3D796A33Merry Christmas to all of my Christian friends. Happy Chanukah (or is it Hanukkah?) to all of my Jewish friends. Happy New Year everyone.

And to one and all, no matter what holiday you do or do not celebrate at this time of year, Happy Holidays.

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