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

Fake Numbers

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Wolf Blitzer’s latest breaking news: “Fandango’s polls are seriously slipping.”

Rachel Maddow’s shocking new exclusive report: “This, That, and The Other is in disarray over falling numbers.”

Jake Trapper’s lead story: “Are Fandago’s days numbered?”

Chris Matthews asked, “How much longer can this bumbler last?”

After many hours of avoiding reporters, Fandango was finally corralled by Andrea Mitchell. “Fandango! Fandango!” She called out. “What do you have to say about your falling numbers.”

Fandango looked down at her. “Fake numbers, little Andrea, fake numbers. The mainstream media’s stats can’t be trusted. They’re the worst. They’re all fake. You know, when you’re a star blogger, you can grab a reporter by her microphone and get away with it,” he defiantly said.

“It’s not fake, sir,” Andrea responded. “These numbers come right from the WordPress stats page. How do you respond?”

“My stats are the greatest,” Fandango said. “I have the best stats, believe me. Everyone says so. You know it. I know it. Everyone knows it.”

“But the numbers aren’t fake,” Andrea retorted.

“Then someone has hacked my WordPress account.”

“Was it the Russians?”

“It could have been Russia. It could have been China. It could have been some 400 pound fatty sitting on his bed in New Jersey. No one can really know.”

“But Fandango….”

Fandango cut her off. “I have to go. I need to go collude with someone. Where the hell is Fandango, Jr.?”

Wheel of Fortune

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Is Pat Sajak still alive? What about Vanna White? Is Wheel of Fortune still on the air?

I used to watch Wheel of Fortune all the time. That and Jeopardy. Back in the day, my wife, kids, and I would compete to see who could be the first to solve the puzzles on Wheel or come up with the most correct answers on Jeopardy.

I can’t remember the last time I watched either show.

Oh how the times have changed. Now I’m too busy watching Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC to spend my valuable time watching fun things like Wheel and Jeopardy.

I did think about Wheel of Fortune a few days ago, though, when I came across this meme on Facebook. This is one puzzle to which I know the answer, I just don’t know how to solve it.

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This post is in response to today’s Daily Prompt: Wheel.