One-Liner Wednesday — Truthiness

“May you only hear from others what you’ve already been telling yourself.”

President Donald J. Trump

Okay, I lied. As much as that sounds like something Donald Trump would say, he didn’t say it. The quote came from Jordan Klepper, comedian and host of The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, a show on Comedy Central, which, sadly, was just canceled.39BC413A-F482-495E-B48B-8703064A11C8But doesn’t wanting to hear only what he already believes sound like Trump’s modus operandi? He labels anything he doesn’t like as “fake news” and calls those journalists who don’t write positive things about him “enemies of the American people.”

Unfortunately, only wanting to hear from others what you’ve already been telling yourself is not unique to Donald Trump and Jordan Klepper. And it doesn’t make much of a difference if you’re on the left or the right. We are such a divided nation right now that most of us tend to read, watch, or listen to whatever it is that reinforces our own partisan positions.

I refuse to watch Fox News. I only rarely watch CNN. I get most of my news from MSNBC. Why? Because they tell me what I am more receptive to hearing and more likely to accept.

About a dozen or so years ago, Stephen Colbert coined the word “truthiness.” Truthiness is the quality of seeming to be true based upon one’s intuition, opinion, or perception without regard to logic or factual evidence. It’s when someone feels, believes, or wishes that something is true even when it is not supported by the facts.

Truthiness is very similar to a concept espoused by comedian Bill Maher when he says, “I don’t know it for a fact…I just know it’s true.”

So fess up, people. How many of you really only want to hear from others what you’ve already been telling yourself?

Come on. It’s America’s birthday. Stand and be counted!


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

One-Liner Wednesday — Turning Blue

5F48C5FC-A164-408D-B9BF-471BDDCD819B“Congressional districts are like body parts. When they turn blue, you know something is terribly wrong.”

Jordan Klepper, Host of “The Opposition” on Comedy Central

Jordan Klepper is an American comedian, producer, actor, and television host. He is best known for being an on-air correspondent on “The Daily Show” and, more recently, as the host the satirical Comedy Central program “The Opposition with Jordan Klepper.” He’s actually a very funny guy and it’s a very funny show.

The show is intended to satirize the alt-right media such as InfoWars, Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh, and even Fox News. Klepper portrays an over-the-top Alex Jones type of character in much the same way as Stephen Colbert depicted a conservative pundit on “The Colbert Report” before he left Comedy Central to take over from David Letterman on “The Late Show” on CBS in September 2015.

The quote at the top of this post is obviously a tongue-in-cheek, comedic statement mocking the fears of conservative Republicans that there will be a “blue wave” at the upcoming midterm elections in November.

Go big blue!


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

The End of the Blogosphere?

Comedian and political satirist Jordan Klepper, host of Comedy Central’s The Opposition, said on his show a few nights ago, “Net Neutrality isn’t for everyone. It’s not like guns.” Of course, he was being sarcastic. At least I think he was.

I don’t own a gun, but like every one of you who is reading this post, I use the internet. A lot.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is going to vote today on whether or not to repeal “Net Neutrality.” In case you don’t know what that is, it’s a term used to describe a set of regulations designed to ensure that all information flowing over the internet is treated equally. It means companies cannot block websites or offer certain companies faster loading speeds for money. Net Neutrality prohibits internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down, or blocking any content, applications, or websites you want to use.

Here’s a short video that helps explain Net Neutrality and what’s at stake.

If Net Neutrality is rolled back, ISPs would be able to block websites or content they don’t like or applications that compete with their own offerings. For example, now that Verizon owns Yahoo, it could force you to use Yahoo as your search engine. If you wanted to use Google instead, you might have to pay more to use it.

Under President Obama, the FCC adopted strong Net Neutrality rules, giving internet users equal protections. But President Trump wants to roll back everything Obama accomplished while he was president. Because, well, Trump hates Obama.

Trump appointed Ajit Pai as chairman of the FCC, and Pai is on record for wanting to end Net Neutrality. The FCC is made up of five commissioners appointed by the sitting president and right now Republicans have a 3-2 majority. All three of the Republican commissioners are going to vote to repeal Net Neutrality. So today, the FCC is likely to do Trump’s bidding.

This is yet another GOP giveaway to large corporations and the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us. And for those of us who are bloggers, this could also mean the end of the blogosphere as we know it.

So what can we do to protect the internet? Probably not much in the short-term. But in the longer-term, we can vote to get the damn Republicans out of the White House and Congress.

One-Liner Wednesday — A Real Marksman

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“Anyone can hit a bullseye with an arrow. It takes a real marksman to paint a bullseye around an arrow that’s already been shot.”

Okay, so my response to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt today is actually two lines. But yesterday’s one-word prompt from WordPress, “one-way,” was arguably two words, “one” and “way,” with a hyphen between them.

Anyway, I heard Jordan Klepper, formerly a correspondent on The Daily Show, say that bullseye quote on his own new show on Comedy Central, The Opposition.

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In that show, Klepper presents a half hour of political hot takes under the guise of a somewhat unhinged conservative talk show host along the lines of Infowar’s Alex Jones.

I actually find The Opposition to be quite good, but I always found Klepper’s bits on The Daily Show to be very witty and often biting. Sure, he’s no Stephen Colbert, but his show is, in my humble opinion, considerably better than the show — The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore — that initially took Colbert’s time slot after Colbert left Comedy Central to replace David Letterman on The Late Show on CBS.

Unfortunately, I can’t remember specifically what Klepper was referring to when he made his comment, but I have no doubt that it had something to do with the manner in which Donald Trump and his supporters justify their “alternative facts.”