Who Won the Week — 01/16/2022

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) 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.

This week, the Who (or What) Won the Week winner this week is justice, maybe.

Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group, has been arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The federal seditious conspiracy statute can be used to charge two or more people who conspire to “overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States” or “by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States.” A conviction can carry a 20-year prison sentence.

Rhodes is charged, along with more than a dozen other members and associates of the Oath Keepers, who authorities say came to Washington intent on stopping the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

Rhodes is the highest-ranking member of the extremist group to be arrested in the deadly siege and it is the first time the Justice Department has brought a seditious conspiracy charge in connection with the attack on the Capitol.

The Oath Keepers case is the largest conspiracy case federal authorities have brought so far over January 6th, when thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed past police barriers and smashed windows, injuring dozens of officers and sending lawmakers running.

Rhodes, himself, did not enter the Capitol that day, but is accused of helping put into motion the violence that disrupted for hours the congressional certification Joe Biden’s election.

Now that Rhodes and the other members of the Oath Keepers have been arrested, the next step is for them to actually be convicted. Maybe justice will be served if they actually are convicted.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Photo credit: REUTERS/Jim Urquhart.

Reblog: January 6th Anniversary — Demand Accountability!

I’m reblogging Jill’s post because I believe she has very effectively expressed the anger and frustration that those of us who were shocked and outraged by what happened in Washington, DC one year ago today are feeling. The true perpetrators, those who planned and encouraged what led to the siege upon the Capitol Building remain unpunished. And as long as they go unaccountable and unpunished for the horror they wrought that day — their efforts to overthrow the democratic underpinnings that have enabled our republic to survive and to be the world’s oldest democracy — will continue unabated.

Please take a moment to read Jill’s post. This is important.

Today is January 6th 2022, exactly one year after the insurrection, riots, attempted coup, or whatever terminology you choose to use, at the U.S. …

January 6th Anniversary — Demand Accountability!

The Headlines of the Day

I was reading the morning paper this morning and came across these three ominous headlines

Water-Use Limits Now Mandatory

The article warned that violations of the new state regulations could result in fines of up to $500 a day!

Holiday Infections Shatter Records

But the “good” news is that hospitalizations and death are far below last year’s highs.

Fewer Than Half of Republicans Say January 6th Was Very Violent

The above headline is the most disturbing of the three. According to the Associated Press, the fighting at the Capitol Building was so primitive and ferocious that one Capitol Police officer described it as “medieval” and another as a “trip to hell.” It left more than 100 law enforcement personnel injured, some beaten with their own weapons.

Video cameras captured the violence live, with rioters clubbing officers with flag polls and fire extinguishers, even squeezing one officer between doors as he begged for his life.

Yet nearly a year after the siege only about 4 in 10 Republicans recall the attack by supporters of the former president as very violent or extremely violent, according to a new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. About 3 in 10 Republicans say the attack was not violent, and about another 3 in 10 say it was only somewhat violent.

Seriously? How could anyone have watched the siege that day or seen the video clips and come away saying that what happened was only somewhat violent or not violent at all? Are these Republicans so blinded by Trump’s Big Lie that they can’t see that they’re complicit in a plot to destroy democracy in America? When did the paradigm shift so far away from facts and truth that we can’t even agree to the verity of what we see with our own eyes?

This post includes E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (paradigm) and Your Daily Word Prompt (verity).

Who Won the Week — 7/4/2021

Today’s Who Won the Week is going to be a little different. Today, being July 4th, America’s Independence Day, I’m going to create a little bit of fiction about the dystopian future that is evolving in the United States. At least I hope it’s fiction.

“Today is July Fourth, students,” the teacher said to her ninth grade social studies class. “Does anyone know the significance of this date?”

One student raised her hand. “I do,” Debra said. “My grandfather told me that when he was a kid, people used to celebrate July Fourth by shooting off fireworks.”

“That’s right, Debra,” the teacher said. “Why did they set off fireworks on this day?”

Danny chimed in. “It had something to do with when the country was created and declared its independence from England.”

“And why don’t we celebrate the Fourth of July anymore?” the teacher asked.

Isabel called out, “It was forbidden after the Revolution of 2021,” she said, “when the followers of the glorious God Donald took back our country from the corrupt elitists who had stolen the election from their Lord and Master.”

“That’s right, Isabel,” the teacher said. “And what national holiday do we celebrate now, children, in place Independence Day?”

All the students stood up in unison, put their hands over their hearts, and turned to look at the large mural on the wall.

And they all yelled, “January Sixth, America’s Insurrection Day!”