#FOWC — Mirth and Melancholy

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Sometimes things just work out. For my One-Word Challenge today, I selected the word “melancholy.” It means “a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression; a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.”

I know the cause of my melancholy, but I promised myself I wouldn’t mention Donald Trump today. Oh wait. I just did. Dammit.

But back to my point. Another daily one-word challenge selected the word “mirth.” Mirth means “gladness or gaiety as shown by or accompanied with laughter.”

So, the two daily word prompts today used words that essentially are the exact opposite, one meaning sad and depressed and the other meaning happiness and laughter. I believe, in the nearly two months since those of us who have stepped into the gap left by demise of the WordPress Daily Prompt, this may be a first. Coincidence or serendipity?

Hmm. I wonder if tomorrow’s words might be “coincidental” (occurring or existing at the same time) and “serendipitous” (occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way).


Written for today’s Word of the Day Challenge, “mirth,” and for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “melancholy.”

Republicans Are Assholes

CEBB81DC-96DB-4BA3-B1F3-574F8531F142I’m sorry, but it has to be said. The majority of Republicans are assholes.

Anyone with a brain who watched, heard, or read about Trump’s “performance” at the press conference that followed the one-on-one summit with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin on Monday could see that Trump’s behavior was treasonous. And his actions since returning to the U.S. since have shown him to be the American Traitor-in-Chief.

And yet two separate polls taken since his return from the summit show that Republican voters think he did a fine job.

A poll from CBS News reveals that 55% of Americans disapprove of President Trump’s handling of the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but 68% of Republicans approve of how it was handled.

Another poll from Axios and SurveyMonkey found that 79% of Republicans approve of how Trump handled his joint press conference with Putin. Among independents, 62% disapprove and 33% approve.

Axios additionally noted that 85% of Republicans see the topic of Russian interference as “a distraction,” while 85% of Democrats say it’s a “serious issue.”

WTF, Republican? Are you blind, stupid, or are you really just a bunch of assholes. It looks like Trump was right when he said this during the campaign:AE2FCC98-887A-4D34-84FC-16F4A8724BE7

Sleep Well, America

Romantic Moon In Starry Night Over CloudsDonald Trump just announced that Russia is no longer targeting the United States. And then he pointed out that no other president has ever been tougher on Russia than he has.

So no worries, America. Your president has successfully denuclearized North Korea (not), he has solved the immigration problem (not), and now he has assured us that we are no longer being targeted by Russia (not).

So you can now sleep well, America (not).

And the Beat Goes On

A6D30048-47AA-4E79-A4B0-D5196C041697Even after what happened in Helsinki on Monday, the gutless, spineless, self-serving Republican senators continue to stand behind their treasonous traitor-in-chief. Today the Senate voted 51-48 to confirm Brian Benczkowski to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division on a near party-line vote. Only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted to confirm Benczkowski.

Benczkowski’s nomination was controversial because of his work as an attorney representing Alfa Bank, a Russian bank that first caught the attention of the FBI in 2016 when a group of computer scientists raised concerns about internet records showing that Alfa Bank servers repeatedly looked up the unique internet address of a Trump Organization computer server in the U.S.

Benczkowski was also a former lead staffer to Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Senate and a Trump transition official. He said that he would not recuse himself from matters involving the ongoing Mueller probe despite that not doing so would be a glaring conflict of interest.

Democrats strongly opposed the nomination because of his Russian ties and because Benczkowski does not have enough experience in federal courtrooms to run the DOJ’s criminal division. But since when does Trump care if his nominees have any relevant experience for the positions to which he’s nominated them?

Sadly, the beat goes on. Does anyone need any more proof that the Republicans in Congress put party over country?

Vote those fuckers out of office in November.