On Wheels and Walls

994c23b5-55c0-49c5-9e21-8d2a0f5c5f0b“They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel. A wheel is older than a wall,” Trump said today, later adding, “The wheel is older than the wall, you know that? There are some things that work. You know what? A wheel works and a wall works. Nothing like a wall.”

Then our imbicile president said, “And I looked, and every single car out there, even the really expensive ones that the Secret Service uses — and believe me they are expensive — I said, ‘Do they all have wheels?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Oh. I thought it was medieval.’”

It’s kind of ridiculous to have to fact check every “fact” our lying leader spews, but here goes.

The oldest walls found in existence so far are those of the temple of Gobekli Tepe in Urfa, southeast Turkey, which date to 11,500 years ago.

Conversely, the first wheels were created to serve as potter’s wheels around 3500 BC, or around 5,500 years ago, in Mesopotamia.

Donald, Donald, Donald. Haven’t you heard what a truly great president, Abraham Lincoln, said? “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

What Will It Take?

32654DAC-CA88-4674-9F3F-3373A7640313.jpegI wonder how many Trump voters are feeling remorse for having put their hopes and faith in Donald Trump. Are they experiencing any sense of frustration for having fallen for his con?

And what about the feckless, unscrupulous Republicans in Congress who, knowing that he’s a liar and a con artist who is a danger to our country and to society, continue to partner with him and give him cover? Do they seriously believe, all evidence to the contrary, that he did not conspire with the Russians in order to steal the election?

In what alternative universe do these lemmings reside? Are they blind to the narcissism of the forlorn old man who sits alone at his empty desk in the Oval Office? When will they get up off their fat, complacent asses and on their feet and say “enough is enough”? When will his next set of irrational executive orders be his last orders?

What will it take to end this chaos? What will it take to remove this menace, who prefers dealing with the Kremlin and with China than with the US Congress, from office? What will it take to restore sanity to our nation. What will it take to make America great again?


Written for these one word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (remorse), Your Daily Word Prompt (frustration), Ragtag Daily Prompt (partner), Daily Addictions (universe), Word of the Day Challenge (forlorn), Nova’s Daily Random Word (feet), and Michael’s Writing Prompts (last orders).

Ursula Asks; Fandango Answers

2ed17876-b8e3-4f98-a0c9-ab49e3ab544eUrsula, An Upturned Soul, was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Sadje. Oh Ursula, we have so much in common (cuz Sadje also nominated me for that very same award).

So Ursula has posed five questions in her response to the blog award for which she was nominated and has opened them up to anyone who would like to answer them. And I do, indeed, wish to answer them.

#1 – What is the best compliment you could get or have received for one of your creations?

“Oh wow, I wasn’t expecting that.” Because I like writing posts with a twist and I hate being predictable (except when it comes to my feelings about Donald Trump).

#2 – Which creative person has had the most influence on you and your creativity?

My answers to this question will demonstrate just how shallow of a person I am. In terms of the written arts, it’s columnist, humorist, and author Dave Barry. I love the wit and ingenuity of his work and and he always brings a smile to my face when I read him. At one point in my early days of blogging I tried to emulate his style and I failed miserably.cace55c5-2f80-40e6-9d1e-5a1cc62ca332

In terms of visual arts, it’s M.C. Escher. His graphic art always blows my mind.5cf21db9-ed99-43d8-9224-bf3e6dcacf78

#3 – Which work of art, literature, invention, song, film, etc, which has already been created do you wish you could have created?

Anything written by Dave Barry or drawn by M.C. Escher. Duh!

#4 – Do you have a creative muse, someone who or something which never fails to get your creativity flowing? Do you want to share your muse or keep them a secret?

Donald Trump. Just kidding. No, come to think of, I’m not.

#5 – You find a book and begin to read only to discover that it is your life. You get to the point that you are at now, do you turn the page knowing that you will not be able to change the events to come?

Whoa. I wish I would have thought of this question for one of my Fandango’s Provocative Questions posts. Actually, that book about my life would be so damn boring that I would have stopped reading it and put it down way before getting to the “now.”5eb98113-7e20-4a8f-80a6-f9763661c654

Share Your World — Oops

Ugh. I was in the middle of drafting this post and before I even started answering Melanie’s Share Your World questions, the damn draft somehow got published. Yikes. So before that happens again, let’s get to it.

Did you have to help out with chores when you were growing up?  If so, what were you assigned to do?

Of course. I wasn’t a spoiled brat. I had to keep my room clean, make my bed every day, wash the dinner dishes, mow the lawn in the summer, and shovel the snow in the winter.

Have you ever researched your family tree?   What do you know about your family’s roots? 

No, not formally. I’m a first generation American, so everything I know about my family’s roots came from my parents. Unfortunately, they didn’t share too much of their families’ histories with me, so my knowledge of my family tree only goes back to my grandparents.

What’s your cure for hiccups?

The good news is that I rarely get them. And when I do, I hold my breath for as long as I can, and when I do that, my hiccups stop.4476f726-8609-4a3a-a780-2e6e84570b5a

What makes you roll your eyes every time you hear it?  Either figuratively or literally?

Donald Trump. Figuratively and literally.

Share a gratitude or positive moment or experience from 2019 so far.

I’m positive that something good will happen this year. Like Trump’s impeachment, indictment, arrest, and conviction. But, hey, we’re only seven days into 2019.

The Wrong Direction

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It was a very rainy Sunday where we live, so my wife and I searched for a lightweight movie to watch and we finally settled on “The American President,” starring Michael Douglas and Annette Benning.

The movie was entertaining and enjoyable in a rainy Sunday afternoon kind of way. But what struck me most about this 1995 movie is that the Michael Douglas’ character, the President, was trying to push gun control legislation through Congress. And Annette Benning’s character, a lobbyist, was trying to get legislation passed to reduce carbon emission levels in order to combat global warming and climate change.

So we are, almost a quarter of a century later, and our Congress has not only not made any progress in either of these critical issues, but since Donald Trump was elected President, we’re actually moving in the wrong direction.

Our lawmakers should be ashamed of themselves.