Fandango’s Provocative Question #34

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

For this week’s provocative question, I am going to leverage the social and political upheavals going on all around the globe. So my question for this week is relatively straightforward.

What are the three biggest challenges your country (or, if you prefer, the world) is facing right now?

If you don’t follow current events, you may answer the question from a personal perspective:

What are the three biggest challenges you are facing in your life right now?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

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Fandango’s Provocative Question #23

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

I don’t know about you, but I know that I’ve been pretty stressed out lately. The world, over the past several years, has become a chaotic place and many people are finding it disquieting and disturbing.

Most people, at some point in their lives, feel stress. Whether our stress is due to political, financial, personal, or other matters, we all have to figure out how to best cope with it. So my provocative question is this:

“How do you manage or deal with stress? Is there a specific strategy or approach that you’ve found to be particularly effective?”

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And most important, have fun.

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3TC — The Sounds of Music

5F9616AC-5CB4-427A-918A-0E520C4873F2The three men, representing three generations — a grandfather, a father, and a son — were sitting at a table in the Half Note Jazz Club waiting for the night’s first performers to take the stage. They were discussing their musical preferences and some of their favorite artists.

“My favorite band from back in the day was Junior Walker and the All Stars,” Mack, the eldest, said. “They were a really big Motown group in the sixties.”

“My personal favorite group from the eighties was the Electric Light Orchestra, or ELO,” said Mack’s son Jack. “ELO’s sound was a marvelous fusion of pop, rock, and classical. They were great.”

“What about you, son?” Mack asked his grandson, Liam.

“Well, Gramps,” Liam said, “You and Dad may find this surprising, but my favorite musical group spans multiple generations. I’m all about the Beatles.”

Mack and Jack smiled. “That was a politically astute answer,” Liam’s father said.

“So son,” his grandfather said, “when are you going to run for office?”


Written for yesterday’s Three Things Challenge from Teresa, wher the three things are orchestra, half note, and All Star.

SoCS — Yet Another Political Rant

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill asked us to “find a word that uses the suffix “-ic” or “-ical.”

31F97D82-3C9B-43FD-BBFA-5794C6CA74ADI like to consider myself to be a logical, practical, realistic person. I am also a stoic individual, always keeping my basic emotions in check in almost all things, with the possible exception of that which is political.

In fact, since the election of Donald Trump, I have become quite cynical and skeptical. I can even, at times, come across a bit maniacal, as I cannot abide by those hypocritical, spineless Republicans who, along with that orange lunatic in the White House, are engaging in the systematic destruction of our democratic republic. I might otherwise find our current political climate almost comical were it not so tragic.

Some would suggest that I’m being overly dramatic, but I have to be emphatic. My concerns aren’t that drastic. It’s not that I’m about to panic, but I find these times to be somewhat enigmatic. I’m enthusiastic in my support for those who are sympathetic to the efforts to combat the autocratic tendencies of our diabolical president.

We are at a critical time for our country. The situation we find ourselves in is not a hypothetical one. It’s not metaphorical. It’s very real. I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic when I say that we must be highly energetic and we must be heroic. We can’t afford to be apathetic; it’s our apathy that got us here.

I’m actually more of a flight than a fight kind of a guy, but now is not the time to take flight. It’s time to fight. It’s time for patriotic Americans to stand against the radical extremism and nationalistic, bombastic, almost fanatical rhetoric of the far right.

We must act now to save America. November is coming. Vote Democratic.


Okay, I may have gotten a bit carried away in my political rant filled with words ending in “ic” and “ical.” This is really atypical of me, as I’m not generally this caustic. While I try to be more didactic in expressing my opinions, I fear I became somewhat apoplectic in this post. And for that I’m feeling quite apologetic.

But hey, this is Stream of Consciousness Saturday, is it not? One must go with the flow.

Democracy Loses In Court

788A93E5-A349-456E-9BF2-24438BB9A5C7I always thought that the role of the Supreme Court’s justices was to evaluate cases based upon legal merits and constitutionality. But in today’s America, it’s all about politics, with many of their recent decisions based upon a 5 to 4 vote strictly along party and ideological lines.

The Supreme Court has heard a number of consequential cases this year. Here are a few of these important cases where the SCOTUS decisions seem to be politically based.

  • Refusal to consider the underlying issue related to a baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.
  • Allowing racially motivated state gerrymandering to stand.
  • Permitting states to remove voters from their list of registered voters if they don’t respond to a notification after four years and vote again.
  • Permitting anti-abortion, religiously-based “crisis pregnancy centers” in California to not be required, per state law, to post notices that free or low-cost abortion, contraception, and prenatal care services are available to low-income women through public programs.
  • Upholding Trump’s Muslim travel ban.

As the image at the top of this post suggests, the sun seems to be setting on America’s democracy based upon a series of 5 to 4 vote.