Who Won The Week? 10/20/19

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My pick for this week is Tulsi Gabbard.

6D90784A-2497-459F-9202-27A806D9DF6ANever heard of her? She’s an American politician, serving as the U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district. And she’s also a Democratic candidate vying to get the nomination to run against Donald Trump in 2020.

Interestingly, most people, including many Americans, don’t know much about her. Or didn’t, anyway, until this week, when Hillary Clinton suggested that the Russians are currently “grooming” a Democrat running in the presidential primary to run as a third-party candidate and to champion their interests.

Hillary’s comment appears to be directed at Gabbard, who has been accused of being cozy with Russia in the past.

“I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Hillary said. “She’s the favorite of the Russians.”

Clinton didn’t specifically name Gabbard, but there are only five women seeking the nomination — Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Marianne Williamson — and none of the other woman have been accused of being boosted by Russia.

Now everyone is talking about Tulsi Gabbard (including me), even though most Americans had never heard of her and she wasn’t generating much of a buzz. But, after Hillary‘s comments, people are googling her, reading up on her, and you can’t watch cable news over the past few days without hearing about her.

So thanks to Hillary Clinton, my pick for Who Won The Week this week is Tulsi Gabbard.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Basket of Deplorables

681E68DC-FCF5-41C2-98FB-4375F09CA837Do you remember when Hillary Clinton said “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables”?

Well, it turns out that she was right. Now I don’t want to disparage all, most, or even half Trump’s supporters by calling them deplorable. But I will say that the Trump administration is teeming with people who are despicable.

And I include in this cast of despicable characters Trump, himself, his kids (except for Barron, who is probably too young to be despicable), his wife, his entire White House staff, every member of his cabinet, every Republican in Congress, most Republican candidates, and several Supreme Court justices.

In just a few weeks, our American democracy will be faced with its greatest challenge in our lifetimes. Republican governors and legislators in red states are doing everything they can to suppress the votes of those who are most likely to vote for Democratic candidates.

And have you seen these hypocritical Republican candidates dissemble when discussing Obamacare, claiming that they will protect benefits for preexisting conditions while voting for and supporting legislation that would eliminate such benefits? Is that not the very definition of despicable?

It’s time for each and every one of us to make a resolution to vote in the upcoming midterm elections and to sweep the Republicans out of control of the House of Representatives — at least.

We need to save our country! VOTE!


Written for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (deplorable), Daily Addictions (teem), Ragtag Daily Prompt (week), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (challenge), Your Daily Word Prompt (dissemble), Scotts Daily Prompt (resolution).

And Then There Was This

90BC03AE-42DC-42CF-ADB2-6B3C48D3832CEarlier today I published a post, “Rally Fatigue,” in which I lamented that people seem to have grown weary of attending anti-Trump rallies and protest marches. And it’s hard not to feel fatigued, since the despicable moron in the Oval Office gives us reason after reason to go to protest rallies and marches.

Just today the vindictive ignoramous demanded that American flags not be flown at half staff to honor the passing of John McCain. Traditionally, sitting senators who die in office have flags lowered in their honor from date of death until burial. How pathetic, thin-skinned, self-centered, and low-class can “our” president be?

One blogger, some dude who calls himself Jonolan, apparently feels a little different when it comes to those who rally against our asshole-in-chief. He graced my post with this comment:

“Yep. it sucks. I kept hoping that they’d grow and escalate so as to give Americans and OUR President the excuse to gun them down en mass as a matter of national security.

And yeah, you ‘wife’ would look so much better with a bullet hole through her nasty face, just like any other domestic enemy of the American people.”

My blogging buddy, Marilyn Armstrong, responded to that comment. She wrote:

“Ban Jonolan. Anyone who threatens you with a bullet in the face, ban him from your sight and REPORT HIM TO WORDPRESS. Don’t mess around with them. They aren’t cute or funny and ignoring them is a good way to wind up dead.”

I’ve decided not to ban him. Instead  I want to keep his comment there to remind me that Hillary was right all along when she said that half of Trump’s supporters belong in a basket of deplorables. Certainly this Jonolan guy is, as I responded in my post to his comment, “one sick puppy.”

Hidden Truth

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What is truth? Is it definitive? Is it fact-based? In an early post on this blog, Facts Versus Truth, I referenced a quote from William Faulkner, “Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.”

In today’s post-facts/alternative facts Donald Trump era, I finally get what Faulkner was expressing. Facts don’t matter anymore. Truth has become subjective. Truth is something one believes to be true and anything that contradicts that perceived “truth” must be hidden from one’s consciousnesses.

For example, let’s look at what Trump supporters believe to be “the truth.” In a survey by Public Policy Polling, 75% of Trump voters believe, despite all evidence to the contrary, that the entire story about Russia’s meddling in our election process is “fake news.”

Only 45% of Trump voters say that they believe that Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians to get information that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, even though Trump Jr. not only admitted to taking the meeting, but released the emails setting up that meeting. Seriously?

And 77% of Trump voters believe that Trump should remain in office even if the investigations reveal that Trump is found guilty of colluding with Putin and the Russians.

Is the truth somehow hidden from the minds of Trump supporters? Or are they just willfully ignorant of the truth?

I think it’s the latter.


This post is for today’s one-word prompt, “Hidden.”