One-Liner Wednesday — The Prescience of Lincoln

48793930-2AC7-4806-A9ED-AA1A49F1A7CCI always knew that Abe Lincoln was a man who was way ahead of his time. In addition to being president, the man was prescient. I mean how else can you explain him knowing about the internet a hundred years before it was invented?

And you know it must be true if you saw it on the internet.

Plus, he was called “Honest Abe,” for crissake.

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

One-Liner Wednesday — Chicken Plucker


“If you pluck a chicken one feather at a time, then people won’t notice.”

Benito Mussolini
Italian politician and journalist,
Leader of the National Fascist Party.

While creating the appearance of chaos through widely-reported distractions and diversions, Donald Trump is quietly reconstructing the American judicial system.

As of May 15th, the United States Senate has confirmed 39 federal judges nominated by President Trump, including one Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, 21 judges for the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and 17 judges for the U.S. District Courts.

During his first year in office, Trump set a record for the most ever federal appeals judges confirmed during the first year of a presidency. And he is continuing at his fast pace. The vast majority of his appointees have been white and male. And all have been pretty far to the right on the political spectrum.

So while we have all been watching the clown car that is the Trump presidency, Trump has been plucking away at the American judicial system one feather at a time and hardly anyone has noticed.

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

One-Liner Wednesday — Happily Ever After

5C992C14-C039-41C5-A1E8-9027E2683E74“There was never a ‘once upon a time’ and there will never be a ‘happily ever after.’”

Jon Meacham,
Presidential historian and author

Last time I checked, I was living in the real world and not inside a fairytale. That said, I do believe that we’ve each had our own personal “once upon a time” experience. It’s something in our lives that caused us to go through a metamorphosis from who we were once upon a time to who we’ve become today.

For example, once upon a time I was 6 feet 1 inch tall. Now I’m only 5 feet 11 and 1/2 inches tall.

On the other hand, when it comes to “happily ever after,” I have to go with Jon Meacham. That really is fairytale fodder.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t be living a relatively content, even a happy, life. But happily ever after? Come on, really? Shit happens, people. Real life has its ups and downs, its highs and lows. And just how long is “ever after”?

You may think I’m jaded or cynical. But I’m simply a realist, a pragmatist. Can you honestly say that you believe in “happily ever after”?

If so, let me introduce you to one Donald J. Trump. That should bring you back to reality real fast.

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

One-Liner Wednesday — Freedom is Fragile

343DDAD5-8182-46D7-BEBB-FA7D81233D11“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

Ronald Reagan

Never in a million years did I think I’d ever be quoting Ronald Reagan, of all people. But now is the time for all of us to heed his prescient warning.

The unfortunate truth is that have reached the point in our country where, thanks to Donald Trump, the members of his cabinet, and the spineless Republicans in Congress, we are starting to lose our core freedoms in America.

Freedom of the press and of free speech. Freedom of — and from — religion. The freedom to live our lives based upon who we are, what we look like, what we believe. The freedom to make our own choices. The freedom to drink clean water and to breathe clean air. The freedom to vote no matter where we live or the color of our skin.

All of these freedoms that for so long we have taken for granted in our country have begun to erode over the past 18 months. Yet because of all the chaos, distractions, and diversions that are emblematic of the Trump administration, our diminishing freedoms have gone almost unnoticed by many.

Ronald Reagan’s quote continued, “We didn’t pass [freedom] to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

If we don’t do something soon to save our fragile freedoms, to fight for and protect them, we may not have many left to hand over to the next generation.

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

One-Liner Wednesday — Don’t Ask


“Never ask anyone over 70 how they feel. They’ll tell you.”

Barbara Bush 

I’m one of the lucky old farts who is in relatively good health for my advanced age. So go ahead. Don’t be afraid to ask me how I feel. I’ll simply say something like, “I’m fine. Thanks for asking.”

Well, except for my tinnitus, occasional bouts of vertigo, periodic lower back pain, an assortment of various muscle aches and pains, some digestive tract issues, frequent acid reflux, and intermittent migraines.

But otherwise, I’m fine.

Rest in peace, Barbara Bush.

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