More Sunshine

81BA013E-3FD1-4C3A-A3C0-579F12DC16E8My blogger buddy, Rory, over at A Guy Called Bloke, was kind enough to gift me with the Sunshine Blogger Award. According to Rory, “the Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring — people who spread “sunshine” to the blogging world!” So I’m very honored that Rory thought of my blog and me to give the gift of this award.

And now to answer Rory’s five questions.

When looking to create a question and you are faced with a blank canvas – where is your go to for inspiration?

I’ve been posting my Fandango’s Provocative Questions for about a year, and it’s becoming a challenge to come up with new and interesting provocative questions each week. I search the internet for provocative stories, I listen when I hear others talking about philosophical matters, and try to leverage what I see, hear, and read in order to come up with questions that will be compelling enough to prompt other bloggers to respond. It ain’t so easy anymore. But I’ll keep trying until I run out of questions I find provocative enough to ask.

Why do you think politicians feel compelled to lie as blatantly as they do?

Because they know that people want to hear what makes them feel better and voters don’t really want to hear the truth. And politicians pay a surprisingly small price for dishonesty. Look at how frequently Donald Trump has lied and yet more than 40% of voters and almost 90% of Republicans still support him. They clearly don’t care about being lied to.

What is Time?

It’s a magazine.905CCEE0-D2D0-4BBB-BF90-DABA87E84F59

Do you dream? If so, are they in color, black and white, or sepia or indeed a mixture, and what do you think determines the dreams a person experiences if anything?

Yes, I do dream every night. But to be honest, while I think they’re in color, they might not be. I can barely remember what my dreams are about shortly after waking up, much less what color they are. As to what determines what a person dreams about, I have no clue. Most of my dreams make no sense to me whatsoever.

Is success, as Thomas Edison claimed, 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration, or the other way around?

What exactly is success? Well, I look at success as achieving desired visions and personal goals. In my opinion, success does require vision, which some might describe as inspiration, but turning inspiration into achievement requires a lot of hard work. Whether it’s 90% of one or the other or 50/50, I have no idea. If I ever actually achieve my desired visions and planned goals, I’ll let you know. Besides, is how you get there is as important as arriving at your destination?

So, how about you? Do you want to answer Rory’s questions? I pass on his gift to you all!

Credit for image at top of post: jessicanelson1.

If You Can’t Take The Heat…

“You need to show more patience, Peter,” Florence said.

Peter angrily turned down the volume on his portable radio. “More patience, you say,” he said. “Really, Florence? Well that’s just glorious, isn’t it? Even you, my dear wife, are buying into his bullshit. I can’t believe that you’re gullible enough to incorporate his lies into you consciousness. He and his cronies are trying to burn our country to the ground, to erase all of the progress in human rights and freedom we have made over the past three centuries, and to toss our democracy onto the giant ash heap of failed societies. And you want me to be more patient? When did you lose your way?”

“Peter, darling, what the hell is the matter with you?” Florence asked. “I was talking about waiting for the oven to finish preheating.”772BD46C-5926-4652-8A46-E1FFBDA9A653

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (patience), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (portable), Word of the Day Challenge (glorious), Your Daily Word Prompt (incorporate), Daily Addictions (erase), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (ash).

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

28F10CCB-029F-4AC1-91E1-9F961EEDA5C5Rather than attending the annual White House Correspondents Dinner last night like all normal presidents do, Donald Trump did what he loves to do best. He held a rally in front of thousands of adoring assholes fans in Wisconsin. At that rally, Trump spoke for about an hour and a half and talked mostly about his favorite subject: Donald Trump. He also did what he loves to do and does really well: lied.

But of all the lies he told at the rally, his biggest, most outrageous lie of the night, in my humble opinion, was when he falsely claimed that babies in Wisconsin can be “executed” (his word) because Wisconsin’s Democratic governor said he would veto a bill that would require doctors to provide medical care to babies born alive after a failed abortion attempt or face a large fine or/and imprisonment.

“But your Democrat governor here in Wisconsin, shockingly, stated that he will veto legislation that protects Wisconsin babies born alive,” Trump said. “The baby is born, the mother meets with the doctor, they take care of the baby, they wrap the baby beautifully, and then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby.”

Trump’s claim that mothers and doctors are permitted to execute a baby after it leaves the womb is total bullshit. The bill he is referring to would mandate that health professionals do all they can to keep a baby alive if it was “born alive” and would penalize anyone who lets a baby die.

But since when does Donald Fucking Trump ever let facts or truth get in the way of a good, self-serving lie?

He’s truly despicable.

Share Your World —What’s the Point?

Monday has once agained rolled around, and you know what that means, boys and girls. It’s Melanie’s Share Your World time. Those of you who know Melanie know that she’s had a rough go of it, and I’m glad that, with all she’s had to deal with, she is still able to do her Share Your World prompt. Hopefully our answers to her questions will bring a smile to her heart.

What, in your opinion, is the point to life?

I’ve been hanging out around this place for seven decades and I still have yet to figure that out — at least not what the point of my life is. But if someday I have an epiphany and discover what it is, I’ll be sure to let you know.

What was your most recent lie?  You don’t have to get really specific obviously.

“This homemade kale soup you made, sweetheart, is delicious.”

What country do you consider the strangest? (it’s all In fun folks, ALL countries may seem strange to outsiders)

Greenland. It’s a large country mostly covered with ice and snow and yet some optimistic soul named it Greenland. It has a total population of only around 56,000 human inhabitants even though, in terms of land mass, it’s the 12th largest country in the world. And no one from Greenland has ever visited my blog.

What’s your funniest story involving a car?

Just for shits and giggles, I bought a used, 1959 Jaguar XK150. It was drivable, but just barely. In the 3 years I owned it, it spent about 2 3/4 years in the shop of a self-proclaimed Jaguar mechanic who called himself “Jaguar Joe.” I paid Jaguar Joe more than I paid for the car in the first place, and he was never able to get it to run for more than a week or two at a time. I finally ended up just letting him keep the damn thing.4C909071-5C08-4C7D-9367-E43895AA1AF1

Do you have something you’re very thankful for or that showed immense kindness toward yourself or someone?

Not really. Tune in again next week for the next installment of As the World Turns, I mean Share Your World.

One-Liner Wednesday —Lies and Dementia

28C7FE45-0FAE-4C72-A7F0-538B1D82A5A7I did not watch Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last night. Why not? Because he lies and he’s a moron and it would have been a total waste of time.

As comedian Bill Maher, host of his HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” said this past Friday night of Donald Trump…

“I can’t tell where the lies end and the dementia begins.”

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