One-Liner Wednesday — Patriotism and Stupidity

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“When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent.”

American science fiction and popular science writer Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov, author of such classic books and series as the Robot Series, the Foundation Series, and the Galactic Empire Series, died in 1992. But with the quote above, he must have anticipated the political climate in 2020, where Donald Trump and his Republican sycophants apparently believe that it’s patriotic to be blindly loyal to one of the most moronic, incompetent, and downright stupid presidents the United States has ever seen.


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

Why Trump and Republicans Love the Pandemic

8D9FF8F6-14EF-4EE8-B9A8-1BE377CC3F45While most of us have been focused on the coronavirus, Trump and his Republican enablers have been quietly changing the shape and future of America.

Trump is back to being a reality show host and is holding daily rallies from the White House, where he’s bragging about how great his ratings are — while Americans are dying.

Trump has been ramping up construction of his vanity project, the border wall, despite the fact that there are stay-at-home orders in the border states between the U.S. and Mexico.

The stock market is soaring — the Dow is up more than 2300 points this week — while COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise and unemployment applications are setting new records, highlighting the differences between the haves and have nots in this country as the rich get richer and the regular folks lose their jobs — and their health insurance.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority leader, is continuing to pack the federal court system by nominating young, unqualified, ultra-conservative judges, which nominations the Republican senators will rubber stamp.

And speaking of the federal courts, in a 5-4 vote along ideological lines, the conservative justices on the Supreme Court sided with Republican state lawmakers in Wisconsin by halting a lower court order to extend absentee voting in that state’s primary election to April 13, a measure that would have expanded options for avoiding in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This decision, at the urging of the GOP, will effectively disenfranchise tens of thousands of Wisconsin voters. And by requiring in-person voting when people should be staying at home, the Republicans would rather risk exposing more people to COVID-19 and risking their health, if not their lives, than permit more people to submit mail-in ballots.

But as Trump said this week of Democratic voting proposals in the face of the pandemic, “They had things, levels of voting that if you’d ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.” Duh!

Yes, the coronavirus pandemic is the best thing that has happened to the Republican Party since 2016, when Trump lost the popular vote but won the White House.

When They Go Low, Kick ‘em in the Nuts

Bill Maher has suggested that the Democrats need to fight as dirty as the Republicans do. The Dems are too nice, he says. They follow all the traditional rules of politics. The Republicans, on the other hand, lie and cheat and make their own rules. And they play by their own dirty rules.

So Maher and his Real Time with Bill Maher staff put together this commercial that they think the Dems should air. And you know what? I couldn’t agree more! It’s time for the Dems to start playing by their own rules too. Otherwise, America is fucked!

One-Liner Wednesday — Knowledge and Wisdom

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“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

American writer and professor Isaac Asimov

I was only able to catch brief glimpses of the opening day U.S. Senate’s impeachment trial of Donald Trump, but based upon what I did see, the proof of Asimov’s quote was on full display for anyone who was tuning in to watch it.

I think the actions on the part of Mitch McConnell and every single Republican senator showed not only their unwillingness to gather knowledge, but their inability to exercise wisdom.


Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Share Your World — New Year Edition

Share Your WorldI’m late for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt this week because I had surgery on Monday and was not feeling so great through New Year’s Day. But I’m doing a little better now, so I thought I’d go for it even though I’m late. So here we go.

What was the single best thing that happened in your life this past year?

My son got married and he and his wife are expecting a baby — my first grandchild.

 The most challenging?

Finding out that I had a mass growing in my left middle ear and that it was causing me to lose my hearing in that ear and that I’d need to have surgery.

One thing you learned in 2019?

That Mitch McConnell and most Republican members of Congress are spineless scumbags. Okay, I already knew that, but it was made even more evident in 2019.

Given all your experiences, insights, and lessons learned in 2019, what’s the best advice you could give yourself for 2020?

Stop watching so much cable news.

What’s the best meal/food you ate in 2019?  

When I had a bushel of fresh Maryland jumbo blue crabs shipped overnight to my home in San Francisco last summer.

What are three activities you plan to use in the coming year to relieve stress?

1. Stop watching so much cable news.
2. Walk at least 10,000 steps a day.
3. Continue to blog because it lets me vent my frustrations, which reduces my stress levels.

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Any resolutions you’d care to share?

Only one: Stop watching so much cable news.