One-Liner Wednesday #2

I know I already posted my response to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt, but I couldn’t resist publishing this quote remarkable quote from Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

“We’ve got lots of theories, we just don’t have the evidence.”

It came out at yesterday’s House Select Committee hearing that, in the ongoing attempt to overturn election results in service of Donald Trump’s Big Lie about voter fraud in his defeat by Joe Biden, Rudy Giuliani told the Republican speaker of the Arizona house, Rusty Bowers, “We’ve got lots of theories, we just don’t have the evidence.”

The problem with what Giuliani said to Bowers is that he, Trump, and all of Trump’s liars, knew full well that their “theories” were 100% bullshit, but they kept on pushing the message. And remarkably still do to this day.

WDYS — The Same Old Story

Well, at least he’s consistent. He’s either way late or he just doesn’t bother showing up at all, she thought. How many times was she going to put herself through this? “This is bullshit,” she said aloud as she leaned her back against window of the restaurant where he had agreed to meet her for dinner.

It was the same old story. He would say he was sorry, would come up with one lame excuse or another, and would promise her that it wouldn’t happen again. But she knew him and she knew that it would continue to happen as long as she let him get away with it. She was so tired of it, of him, of herself. So this is going to end now, tonight, she thought.

She headed back to where she had parked her car, got inside, and was about to start the engine when her phone vibrated. His text message read, “Hung up at work, babe. Rain check? Tomorrow, same time, same place?”

She sat in her car staring at the screen on her phone. One minute. Two minutes. She was so tempted to respond, “Sure.” That’s what she would have done before tonight. But not now, not anymore.

She took a deep breath and typed, “Goodbye.” Then she turned off her phone and drove home to her husband and kids.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Jayson Hinrichsen @ Unsplash.

FFfPP — It’s Not Going to Happen

Isaac took off his glasses and rubbed his tired eyes. He stood up and walked into the kitchen where Hillary was preparing dinner. He knew what he was about to tell her would upset her, but he also knew that he couldn’t do what she had asked of him.

“How’s it going, sweetie?” Hillary asked as Isaac entered the kitchen.

“Listen, Hil,” Isaac said. “It’s not gonna happen.”

Hillary stopped what she was doing. “What’s not going to happen? What are you talking about?”

“I know how important your religion is to you, Hil,” Isaac said, “and I’ve spent the last four days locked away carefully reading the Bible.”

Hillary raised one eyebrow and said, “Yes, so?”

“So,” Isaac said, “it’s like reading a mashup of a fairytale and a soap opera.”

Hillary started to cry. “It’s God’s word. How can you say such a cruel thing?”

“I’m so sorry, Hil,” Isaac said. “I know you want me to embrace your religion and to share your beliefs, but I just can’t. It’s mythology and superstition and fantasy and I can’t take any of it seriously.”

“Then I can’t marry you, Isaac,” Hillary said.

“I know, Hil, I know.”

Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit: Morguefile.

#WDYS — Philosophy of Life

Her ancient face was etched deeply by the years of living a life with the hardihood of a woman of her generation.

“Great grandchild,” she said, taking me to task, “you should not be the kind of man who wallows in the muddy swamp of scuttlebutt. You need to fight the urges you might have to reveal the personal and private business of others. There may be recondite factors in play for which you have no knowledge or understanding.”

I blushed with embarrassment, “Great grandmother,” I said, “you are a very wise woman. I mustn’t be the purveyor of rumor and innuendo.

“That’s right, great grandchild,” she said.

“Great grandmother,” I said, “to what do you attribute your wisdom?”

“I have gained my wisdom from having lived a long, fruitful, happy, and healthy life,” she said to me. “And I have grown even wiser by embracing my fundamental philosophy of life.”

“What is your philosophy of life, great grandmother?” I asked.

She gave me a knowing smile and said, “No bullshit.”

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Pisauikan@Pixabay. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (hardihood), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (scuttlebutt), Word of the Day Challenge (urges), The Daily Spur (reveal), and Your Daily Word Prompt (recondite).

The War on Thanksgiving

Armed turkey From somewhere deep within the sick, bizarre mind of Donald Trump, he told his supporters at a rally in Florida that he wouldn’t let the “radical left” change Thanksgiving’s name. After taking credit for making it okay for Americans to say “Merry Christmas” once again, Trump said, “As we gather for Thanksgiving, you know, some people want to change the name Thanksgiving. They don’t want to use the term Thanksgiving.”

It’s not real clear who on the left Trump believes is trying to change the name of Thanksgiving, which is a secular American holiday. However, it is clear where he got this crazy notion.Fox News War on ThanksgivingApparently some of the “fair and balanced” on-air personalities at Fox News have claimed that progressives in America are trying to “cancel” Thanksgiving. This conclusion was seemingly based on a single article which noted the climate impact of the American holiday.

The article, which appeared in HuffPost, is an examination of the carbon footprint of various parts of the Thanksgiving traditional meal, plus the travel made by the 50 million Americans to visit family. This triggered a series of Fox News shows decrying it as the start of a new “War on Thanksgiving.”

So Trump, watching his favorite channel, ran with this bogus War on Thanksgiving nonsense and warned his adoring fans at a rally to beware of this insidious plot by the big, bad liberals to deprive America of Thanksgiving.

And of course, to give their beloved Trump cover, Fox News framed Trump’s baseless claim with the following headline: “Trump vows not to change the name of Thanksgiving despite cries from the ‘radical left.’”

I am sitting here in our clean house with the aromas of dinner cooking in the oven and on the stove as we await our guests to arrive. But it’s really hard to have a pleasant Thanksgiving when I read about bullshit like this.

Especially when it comes from the mouth of the president of my country.