One-Liner Wednesday — Take Heed Republicans


“Not to punish evil is equivalent to authorizing it.”

Leonardo da Vinci

I actually saw this quote in a post by Paula B, at The Temenos Journey, titled “The Evil of Standing By And Doing Nothing.” It’s an excellent post and well worth the read.

Leonardo da Vinci was the epitome of a renaissance man: an inventor, artist, painter, sculptor, architect, scientist, mathematician, engineer, botanist, geologist, astronomer, and paleontologist.

His centuries-old sentiment was remarkably prescient for today’s day and age. And as for those Republicans in Congress and in Donald Trump’s administration who do and say nothing as they watch Trump fiddle (tweet) while the country and the world burns, they are not only enabling his evil, they are authorizing it.

It is necessary and appropriate to impeach Donald Trump now.

Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

No Wonder

60F00C78-DD72-4A79-930D-2E638D965902It’s no wonder that the people associated with Donald Trump are defying congressional subpoenas. I mean why not? They apparently are facing no penalties and no negative consequences for refusing to comply with those subpoenas.

But former Trump cronies, from Paul Manafort to Michael Flynn to Michael Cohen, are either in jail or will be going to jail for testifying before Congress. While those who are refusing to respond to subpoenas are walking around scot-free. They are being rewarded for not appearing.

It appears that Congress, the Legislative Branch of our federal government, which is supposed to be a co-equal branch of government (along with the Judicial Branch) and which is supposed to have oversight responsibility over the Executive Branch, is a toothless tiger. What can Congress do when the president, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department, and everyone else in the Trump administration chooses to ignore Congress? Write sternly-worded letters? Ooh!

Oh wait. I almost forgot that Donald Trump, Jr. has agreed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Junior apparently got to dictate the terms of his appearance before the Republican controlled committee. He set the time limit to no more than two to four hours and is willing to address a limited number of questions focusing on just five or six specific topics.

That’s like a defendant in a murder trial agreeing to testify only if his appearance is limited to a few hours max and the prosecution cannot ask him any questions about the murder. Besides, Junior takes after his father and will just lie and lie. And why not? No consequences.

It’s time for Congress to impeach the bastard.

Turning Red

636D8873-B024-4850-9A28-A3C7D8B17DEBI wasn’t actually paying attention to my wife when she came home from shopping at the department store and was showing me all the things she bought at the cosmetics counter. I know it’s not nice to ignore your spouse when she’s talking to you. But seriously, cosmetics? You feel me, right?

But then, out of the corner of my eye I saw her pull something out of her shopping bag and I heard her say the word “blush.” Blush? She bought a cosmetics product called “blush”?

“Did you say ‘blush’?” I asked.

“Yes, blush,” she answered.

“Why would you buy blush? You have always been so self-conscious about how your skin turns red all the time because you blush so easily and so often,” I said. “So why would you buy something to put on your face to make it looking like you’re blushing?”

Her face turned a bright red as she started blushing. “Because, silly,” she said, “I don’t like it when I blush. If putting blush on my face makes it look like I’m blushing all the time, no one will be able to tell when I’m actually blushing, which means I won’t be embarrassed when I blush.”

“Honey, that makes no sense,” I said.

“But you shave your face every morning,” she said, “so no one can tell that you’ve got a beard.”

“But I don’t have a beard,” I said.

“Yes, that’s because you shave every morning. Same with me wearing blush. No one will know.”

“You know,” I said, “I think you make more sense when I ignore what you’re saying.”

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “blush.”

Unsolicited Advice


I know you didn’t ask for it, but I’m going to give you some advice nonetheless. But because my advice is unsolicited, you may feel free to completely ignore it.

Everyone has his or her own preferred way of organizing things. I pretty much follow the haphazard methodology. But I must point out that there is a right way and a wrong way to organize comments on your posts.

Okay, I know this is a real nit, but comments on your posts should appear in chronological order, with the oldest comments at the top and the newer ones below them. Otherwise, how can you expect anyone to follow the logical sequence of the comment threads when the latest comment appears first?

It simply doesn’t make sense to have the newest comments appear at the top of your comments section. That’s like making a kid take a calculus class in school before learning basic arithmetic. It’s like starting with the last chapter of a book and working your way back until you get to the first. It’s like…well, you get it, right?

It’s just nonsensical. It’s bass-ackwards.

But the good news is that you can rectify this matter quite simply in WordPress. Go to Settings, then to Discussion, and then set the comments order to “display older comments at the top of each page,” as shown in the image below. Easy peasy.

comments orders

Don’t be upside down and backwards. Do it now!

Or not. It’s your blog.