One-Liner Wednesday — Actions Speak Louder Than Words

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“Watch what they do, not what they say.”

Rachel Maddow, American television news program host

I started watching The Rachel Maddow Show regularly in early 2015 as the 2016 presidential election race was just getting underway. Her weeknight show on MSNBC has since become Must See TV for my wife and me.

In the age of Donald Trump, Rachel has urged her viewer to not get distracted by what Trump says. He lies constantly and most of what he says is bullshit designed to divert and distract while he and his Republican enablers go about systematically destroying everything our country has stood for.

She’s warned us to not focus on the word salad and nonsense that he utters anytime someone points a camera and a microphone toward him. She suggests that we not pay too much attention to his crazy tweets, where he comes across like a king whose mind has been muddled by syphilis.

Instead, Rachel reminds us that “There’s no law that says you have to do and think and feel and focus on subjects of the president’s choosing…. Now, more than ever,” she tells us, “watch what they do, not what they say.”

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

Who Won The Week? 1/19/20

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week I am choosing Rachel Maddow.

D59D7C8A-28E3-4ED0-9661-409C38C10F1FYou know, as I said in this post earlier this month, I am a big Rachel Maddow fan. But this week, on Wednesday and Thursday nights, Rachel had an exclusive interview with Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. In his first televised interview since being indicted, Parnas unleashed a series of explosive allegations against top members of the Trump administration, among them that Trump knew “exactly” what Giuliani was doing in Ukraine. Parnas also implicated Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General William Barr, saying that they were “in the loop” as far as the Ukraine quid pro quo effort went.

I don’t know what, if any, impact Rachel’s interview with Parnas will have on the Senate impeachment trial of Trump, which starts on Tuesday morning. But boy oh boy, it certainly does make Trump look guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Will the Republican Senators continue to wear blinders and stand by Trump, or will some of them finally say that enough is enough? As Rachel Maddow is wont to say, “Watch this space.”

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

SoCS — Must See TV

For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill gave us “ow.” She said, “find a word that contains ‘ow’ or use it as a word in your post.

I know that I said no less than three times in my Share Your World post earlier this week that, in order to reduce stress and maintain my sanity in 2020, I was to going to stop watching so much cable news. And that is, indeed, my plan.

That said, though, there is one cable news show I consider to be “must see TV,” and that’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” 7D2AE061-2099-4419-B4BF-7BD83C688265If you’ve never watched Rachel Maddow, who is on MSNBC weeknights at 9 pm Eastern time, you should tune in. She’s different from most other cable news hosts. She doesn’t have half a dozen talking head pundits trying to get themselves heard above the din. Most nights she’s alone, although sometimes she’ll bring in one big name in political circles for what she calls “The Interview.” And when she does have guests on her show, she doesn’t kowtow or bow down to anyone. She asks the really tough, hard hitting questions, the kinds of questions you want answers to.

Rachel connects the dots. She typically begins her show with a 20 to 25 minute segment that takes a deep dive into one of the day’s pressing political matters. That segment is educational and enlightening. She tries to tell those who watch her show something that they may not have already heard on other cable news shows. There are many nights when I say to myself, “Wow, I had no idea.”

And when it comes to how she covers the Trump administration, her mantra is, “Don’t pay attention to what they say, focus on what they do.” Because, she adds, “it’s easier to cover a fast-moving story when you’re not distracted by whatever the White House denials are.”

So if you have any interest in politics but only have time to watch one cable news show, give “The Rachel Maddow Show” a shot. I’m sure, like me, you’ll be wowed. Well, unless you’re a Republican or a Trump fan.

Or maybe especially if you are a Republican or a Trump fan.

Into the Breach

8B7D0BEE-5656-4490-A950-7BF4EA12C558“There’s been a database breach!” Harold, the head of IT, told the CEO.

“That’s terrible news,” the CEO said. “How widespread is it?”

“As far as we can tell, it’s limited to the northeast region,” Harold said, “But we’ve got our finest technicians working on trying to contain the breach.”

“Do whatever you have to do, Harold,” the CEO said. “I know you’ve got a deep bench on your team. We need a seamless solution and you have to get this breach taken care of before word gets out. The credibility of our data security and protection capabilities cannot be compromised. We can’t afford to lose this contract.”

“We’re all over it, sir,” Harold said.

“Good,” the CEO said. “I don’t want to be watching Rachel Maddow tonight and hear her give an in-depth exposé about how the Russians hacked our voter registration database…again!”


Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (database), Your Daily Word Prompt (region), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (finest), Ragtag Daily Prompt (bench), and Word of the Day Challenge (seam).

SoCS — Too Much Television

For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has given us the word “television.” She asks us to “talk about your favorite show, past, present, or future, or about the apparatus itself.”

I admit it. I watch too much television. But since Trump was elected president in 2016, my viewing habits have changed. I used to watch TV dramas, situation comedies, and, of course, movies, sports, and, occasionally, the news.

Not any more, though. Now I watch cable news most of the time. Sometimes CNN, but mostly MSNBC. And never, ever, ever Fox News.9ae85bb2-61d4-4c27-87bc-d2f52ebeea42 My wife and I, when the news is so damn aggravating that we need a break, will watch HGTV shows, like “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and “Love It or List It.” But at night, it’s Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell.

I think, however, for my own mental health, I need to go back to watching dramas, sitcoms, movies, and sports. Because if I don’t stop watching so much political news, one of these days I’m going get so angry that I might throw the remote control device at my TV and break the screen.eb68267c-5c9b-446a-9f17-7e45fd42596e