The Notorious DJT

aa5f9270-5155-46b4-a1f9-4692d2ecaa06He was a showman and a con artist, notorious for his bombast. So full of himself, he decided to seek the highest office in the land.

Most pundits thought it was a narcissistic whim, a buffoonish lark, a fluke, something he did as a self-promotion tool.

But he entered the race, building his campaign around frustration, anxieties, fear, and nationalism.

He said he was going to make America great again. He would build a wall to keep out bad hombres who are rapists, drug dealers, and criminals, all part of his nationalist agenda.

He said he was going to drain the swamp in the nation’s capital of corruption.

He said he was going to protect us from fanatic Islamist terrorists.

He said it was a good idea to get along with, kowtow to, and have negotiations with dictators and adversaries.

But all along, the needs and interests of the American people were secondary to his own unenlighted self-interests.

With his scare-filled rhetoric, his lies, and his bullshit, he won primary after primary. And he secured the nomination.

And with the help of, and collusion with, the Russians, he amazingly won the election, something even he didn’t expect.

And for the past two years, he has slowly been destroying the American democracy, devalued America’s standing on the world stage, diminished the long-held alliances with our western allies, and given Putin a free pass.

And worst of all, instead of making America great again, all he’s accomplished is to make America hate again.

Written for Nova’s Daily Random Word Prompts: #41-42 (primary and secondary) and #43-47 (notorious, negotiation, nationalism, nationalist, and nomination). Caricature by Mitchell Cowell.

Eleven Brand New Questions

034BE707-F913-4B24-B811-9C09AB076DA0Sadje, over at Keep It Alive, was nominated for her fourth Sunshine Blogger Award. As is custom, she responded to the eleven questions the person who nominated her, Ruby, asked her. And as is also custom, Sadje nominated eleven other bloggers to answer the same questions. And it happens that I am one of the eleven. So thank you for that, Sadje.

Here goes.

If you had to choose to be on a reality show, which one would it be?

I am not a fan of reality shows. In fact, I hate them. The only “reality” show I watch is “The Voice.” So I suppose I’d choose to be on that one. But I’m actually too old to compete and I can’t sing for shit.ED173509-F7D8-490B-8E69-6648CD5E0310

2. If you could change your name, what would it be?

If you’re asking about my real name, I wouldn’t change it. After all these decades I can’t imagine having any other name. As to my blogger name, Fandango, I selected it and I think it’s great, so no way I’d change it.

3. How long have you been blogging?

I started this blog, Fivedotoh, in May 2017, but I started my first blog on October 10, 2005. If you’re so inclined, you can read about it here.

4. How frequently do you blog?

These days I usually post between three and five times a day.

5. Share the link to a favorite post of yours, why is this your favorite?

I think I’ve answered this question before. I’ve published more than 2,000 posts on this blog and I can’t just pick out one as my favorite. But this is my most viewed post to-date: Better Than Sex.

6. Do you check your stats for the countries that have ‘visited’ your blog?

Occasionally. Here are my top 10 countries so far this year:204A926D-A395-4A1C-AACD-004290EF0CA3

7. Which countries are you missing from your WordPress globe and would really like to see filled in on your map?

Greenland. Does anyone actually live in Greenland? But I am surprised that Trinidad & Tabago made my top 10.A3BE7871-B8C1-49A7-8B31-37B724A2BC25

8. Are you a ‘crafty’ person? (knit, sew, paint, macrame … ?)

I don’t knit, sew, paint, or do macrame. As to the other definition of “crafty” — someone skillful in underhand or evil schemes; cunning; deceitful; sly — I plead the fifth.

9. Assuming that you celebrate, do you shop in advance for Christmas or do you leave everything to the last minute?

I don’t really celebrate Christmas, but most of my family and friends do celebrate either Christmas or Hanukkah. I am a last minute kind of a guy, but my wife is a well-in-advance person, so she does the planning and I execute her plan.

10. Do you participate in sports?

Not anymore. But I watch sports on TV.

11. Are you a sweet or savory person?

Is this about whether I prefer to eat sweet food or savory food, or if my personality is sweet or savory? Relative to food, I actually like both sweet and savory. A nice, flavorful main course followed by a sweet dessert. Yum.

As to personality, I wouldn’t say that I’m a particularly sweet guy. But if you ask my wife, by the end of an active day, I can be pretty savory.

Now here’s where I depart from custom. I’m not going to nominate eleven other bloggers. I’m going to nominate all other bloggers to answer these very same questions.

It’s An Honor To Be Nominated

Sadje, who blogs at Keep It Alive, was nominated for the Liebster Award, and was kind enough to include my blog as one of the eleven other blogs she selected to pass the nomination on to. I have declared my blog to be an “awards-free” blog, but I nonetheless appreciate it when someone takes the time to recognize my work. So while I won’t be “paying it forward” by nominating others, I will happily answer the questions Sadje posed to those she nominated. Here goes.

1. What is your biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is people who ask me what my biggest pet peeve is. No, just kidding. It’s actually people who are too ignorant, too apathetic, or too lazy to vote.3D26B26E-4FA9-4201-9EC0-625F2AFEAE2C

2. Where did you get your name?

My parents gave it to me. Oh wait, do you mean my blog name? It’s Fivedotoh (5.0) because this is my fifth blog since I first started blogging in 2005, as I explained here earlier this month.

3. If you could change your name, what would it be?

My real name, my blog name, or my blog pseudonym? Actually, I’m happy with all of my names.

4. What was your favorite TV show as a kid?

This is a tough one since I was a kid for a good 12 or 13 years and the TV shows I liked when I was four or five versus when I was 12 or 13 were very different. I guess if I had to pick one show, it would be “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends.”873F8E81-714F-472E-9773-CBF6FF8EB35D

5. Do you have any weird habits?

Define “weird.” I don’t think I do, but one person’s normal might be another person’s weird.

6. Do you like fall scents/tastes?

I like the scent of fires (in fireplaces or fire pits; I’m not a pyromaniac for crissake). But I’m not a fan of what is referred to as fall or autumn veggies, like pumpkins, squash, etc.1FC58D28-857F-484F-AB7C-EAAC156DB9CB

7. What is your favorite holiday and why?

My favorite holiday is any holiday that gives my two adult kids a day off from work so that they are able to spend some time with my wife and me.

8. Do you prefer writing it down or typing it up?

My handwriting is illegible even to me, so I’ve gotten into the habit of typing everything from grocery lists to reminder notes to my blog posts on my iPhone’s virtual keypad. Yes 

9. Netflix or cable?

Comcast in my area offers Netflix as part of its cable lineup, so I get both.

10. If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life?

It’s a three way toss up between traveling, writing, and doing absolutely nothing.

11. What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My extraordinary good looks, my sharp wit, my keen sense of humor, my intelligence, my creativity, and, above all, my modesty.

Eleven More Questions

Okay, I had a brain fart. This post originally gave credit to Rory, from A Guy Called Bloke, as having been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. My bad. It was actually Kristian, from Tales From the Mind of Kristian, who received the coveted Sunshine Blogger Award nomination. So now that I’ve corrected the record, let’s proceed.

And as is custom, Kristian came up with eleven questions he posed to the eleven bloggers he nominated. Of course, I was not among the eleven, but it’s a free country, right? (Well, it used to be before Trump, anyway.) So I’m going to go ahead and answer Kristian’s questions even though I wasn’t invited to.

  1. Do you like Halloween? I can take it or leave it.
  2. What method of murder do you most like to see in films/movies? Clever, intellectual murders. I don’t like slasher movies or movies with blood, guts, and gore.
  3. Horror or Comedy? Comedy. Although comedic horror movies like “Beetlejuice” and “Young Frankenstein” are two of my favorite movies.1923A1B9-AABE-4F26-A8D7-27DB4A9760D3
  4. What’s your favorite thing to do with a pumpkin? Smash them. I am not a fan of anything pumpkin — spice, pie, seeds, whatever. I will admit, though, that when my kids were young, we used to carve pumpkins for Halloween. And that was fun.A250D068-E884-468E-B457-B835D421C9B1
  5. If you could choose between ruling the world or living in paradise, which would you choose? Paradise. 
  6. What human trait do you like the most? Sincerity.
  7. Which human trait do you dislike the most? Insincerity, duh!
  8. If we discovered an inhabitable planet and had the option to start a new life there, would you? Were I a younger man with most of my life ahead of me, sure. But being an old guy who will die long before, due to unchecked climate change, our planet will no longer be able to support human life, I’ll pass on starting a new life on another planet.
  9. Do you believe in ghosts? If yes, have you had an experience you’d like to share? No.
  10. Have you ever had a recurring Nightmare? Share it with us, if so. Yes. Click here to find out about them.
  11. If you had to remove either Halloween or Christmas from the calendar so no one could celebrate it ever again, which would you choose? Neither. Why would anyone want to take away anyone’s holidays, even if you don’t celebrate them themselves? Sheesh!

And the Beat Goes On

A6D30048-47AA-4E79-A4B0-D5196C041697Even after what happened in Helsinki on Monday, the gutless, spineless, self-serving Republican senators continue to stand behind their treasonous traitor-in-chief. Today the Senate voted 51-48 to confirm Brian Benczkowski to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division on a near party-line vote. Only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted to confirm Benczkowski.

Benczkowski’s nomination was controversial because of his work as an attorney representing Alfa Bank, a Russian bank that first caught the attention of the FBI in 2016 when a group of computer scientists raised concerns about internet records showing that Alfa Bank servers repeatedly looked up the unique internet address of a Trump Organization computer server in the U.S.

Benczkowski was also a former lead staffer to Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Senate and a Trump transition official. He said that he would not recuse himself from matters involving the ongoing Mueller probe despite that not doing so would be a glaring conflict of interest.

Democrats strongly opposed the nomination because of his Russian ties and because Benczkowski does not have enough experience in federal courtrooms to run the DOJ’s criminal division. But since when does Trump care if his nominees have any relevant experience for the positions to which he’s nominated them?

Sadly, the beat goes on. Does anyone need any more proof that the Republicans in Congress put party over country?

Vote those fuckers out of office in November.