Truth, Justice, and the American Way

BCE4D36B-60CA-461A-AA27-9344E9B14287“I’m afraid that all of these investigations and hearings will be in vain.” Frank said. “You know that, between the White House and the Attorney General, who is in Trump’s pocket, they’ll do everything they can to sabotage the hearings and obstruct getting to the truth.”

“As your best friend, Frank, I think you’re being too much of a cynic,” Darren said. “I believe, by the end of the day, truth, justice, and the American way will carry the day.”

“I hope you’re right, Darren,” Frank said. “And for Trump’s sake, maybe they’ll be able to accouter his cell with a gold-plated commode.”

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (vain), Ragtag Daily Prompt (sabotage), Daily Addictions (friend), Fandango’s One-World Challenge (cynic), The Daily Spur (carry), and Your Daily Word Prompt (accouter).

Holy Barnabas!

656DCFC8-F002-4A5E-B7BD-6FAE62D8DB73Sadje, over at Keep It Alive, was kind enough to gift me with the Barnabas Award, an award that is given to those bloggers who encourage and inspire their readers.

As a recipient of this award, I’m supposed to:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and share their blog.
  • Think of five bloggers that encourage and inspire you and nominate them.
  • List five things about yourself.
  • Ask your nominees five questions.

I will thank Sadje — thank you, Sadje. I will also reveal five things about myself. I will also answer Sadje’s five questions. But I will not nominate five bloggers. Instead, I will nominate any and all bloggers and encourage them to participate, which I hope will inspire them to do so.

Okay, ready, set, go:

Five things about me:

  1. I blog anonymously
  2. I am male
  3. I am a baby boomer
  4. I am retired
  5. I am amazing

And now for my answers to Sadje’s questions:

How important it is to reinforce self belief in oneself and others?

I am of the opinion that we each should believe in ourselves, and that must come from within, not from anyone else. It’s not my role to reinforce self-belief in others.

What inspires you on a daily basis?

Right now, I’m inspired by the potential impeachment of Donald Trump, which is becoming more and more likely on a daily basis.

How can we inspire our young generation to do the right thing for our planet?

Simple. Stop telling them that climate change is a hoax, is not real, and that the future of our planet — and their futures — is not at stake. Tell them to listen to what 97% of climate scientists say about climate change instead of listening to know-nothing climate change deniers (i.e., conservative Republicans).

What do you think about teaching moral and ethical values to our children in schools?

I think it’s fine to make kids in school aware of what it means to behave ethically and responsibly. As to teaching morals, though, that’s a different story. The teaching of morals generally has a religious aspect to it, and I think it’s a parent’s role, not a school’s role  — at least not a public school’s role — to teach their children moral values.

What is more important in life, intelligence or hard work?

I would say that this shouldn’t be an “or” question, as both are important. Some people are very intelligent and work very hard. Others can be very intelligent and lazy as shit. And some people might not be that intelligent, but work very hard. And then there are those, like Donald Trump, who are dumb as shit and don’t work very hard.

So has this post inspired and encouraged you, or what?

20/20 Hindsight

39E625E9-865A-4370-B949-F6D0E93D065B“What would you say is your biggest regret?” David, the interviewer, asked.

“You know what’s strange?” Michael said. “There were so many opportunities to do the right thing, options that could have yielded a different outcome.”

“Can you elaborate?” David asked.

Michael’s eyes got watery. He took a deep breath, put his right hand on his chest over his heart, as if he were having a heart attack, and said, “Well, I shouldn’t have put all my eggs in one basket.”

“Well, Michael, you can’t blame yourself,” David said. “After all, even though he’s a conman, he is also a charismatic guy.”

“And yet here I am, having lost everything and spending years in federal prison, while the man I did all of these illegal deeds for is still out there, unpunished, doing his thing,” Michael Cohen said. “Using 20/20 hindsight, I rue the day I first met Donald Trump.”

This strictly fictional tale was written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (regret), Your Daily Word Prompt (strange), The Daily Spur (opportunities), Word of the Day Challenge (yield), Daily Addictions (chest), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge. Image credit, Job Carter at

See, Hear, Speak No Evil

1141D16F-F961-4944-B4B9-A4565821C218The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution today laying out the framework for the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump’s actions regarding holding aid to Ukraine hostage unless they would gather dirt on Trump’s political opponent and for obstruction of justice in the investigation of those actions. The resolution passed on a vote of 232-196.

Apparently the Republican members of the House of Representatives are acting like those infamous three monkeys who, as the old adage says, see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil — at least when it comes to Donald Trump — as not one Republican representative voted to support the resolution. Not one!FAB4C148-BDE4-465F-939E-D22608BB7DE8The symbolism of the three monkeys is that it depicts a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety, looking the other way or feigning ignorance. Such people turn a blind eye to something that is legally or morally wrong. In this case, these elected officials see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil and pretend that they have not witnessed wrongdoing, and, therefore, abdicate all responsibility for righting a wrong.

Clearly 100% of Republicans in the Congress of the United States of America have abdicated their responsibility to uphold the U.S. Constitution and to act in the best interests of their constituents, the citizens of America.

They truly are a basket of deplorables.

Talk About Fake News

740DE7BB-1519-4B9C-91C6-0FB57F6B4A69Donald Trump tweeted a photo showing him allegedly putting a medal around the neck of the “hero dog” that participated in the raid that ended up in the death of ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The reality, though, is that the photo didn’t really happen. Someone photoshopped a picture of the hero dog over an Associated Press photo of 2017 Medal of Honor recipient James McCloughan.155D33C6-1612-480B-A824-C872149925DCIn fact, the hero dog has never been to the White House and is back on duty despite being injured by an electric cable during an explosion at the raid, according to U.S. Central Command.

And, by the way, this was not the first instance of photoshopping of official White House photos. Here’s one that photoshopped Trump’s former National Security Advisor John Bolton out of a photograph, replacing him with Attorney General William Barr.6C1003F6-A4CD-4AE3-99CD-BD9EC58EA958Well, as Trump once said, “Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. … What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”