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.

Who Won The Week? 12/22/19

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.

My pick for Who Won the Week this week is the Constitution of the United States of America.

Having fought for and won independence from the British monarchy, the leaders of the various states that comprised the nascent country gathered in 1787 to write the Constitution — a set of principles that told how the new nation would be governed.

They wanted a strong and fair national government, and one that would prevent the government from abusing its power. They believed they could do this by having three separate and equal branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial. This separation is described in the first three articles, or sections, of the Constitution.

The three branches of government are supposed to interact with one another through checks and balances. They each have their own distinct powers through the idea of separation of powers. However, they also share in one another’s powers so that it will be possible for them to check and balance one another.

For the first three years of his administration, Trump has run roughshod over the separation of powers, acting more like a king, dictator, and autocrat, than as the president of a democracy. He has claimed, incorrectly, that the Constitution allows him to do anything he wants to do. And, ironically, he has had a lot of support from his Republican cronies in Congress, which is supposed to be a co-equal branch of the government responsible to ensure that what Trump has been doing doesn’t happen.

But on Wednesday of this past week, the House of Representatives, one of the two bodies of the legislative branch of Congress, passed two articles of impeachment, one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress. As a result, Donald Trump has become just the third president of the United States to have been impeached.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Republicans in the U.S. Senate will grow a spine, do their job as impartial, nonpartisan jurers at Trump’s trial, and find Trump guilty and remove him from office.

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

Who Won The Week? 12/15/19

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.

My pick for this week is the House Judiciary Committee for voting for two Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump.

After spending two contentious, marathon days “debating” the merits of the two Articles of Impeachment presented to the House Judiciary Committee from the House Intelligence Committee, each article — one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress — was passed by a 23 to 17 vote. The votes were strictly along party lines and not a single Republican managed to publicly concede that Donald Trump has done anything wrong. Not one Republican voted for either article.

So now the full membership of the House of Representatives will vote this coming week, probably Wednesday or Thursday, on the two articles. And I will be surprised if even one Republican will vote yes for either one.737BA30B-0BE5-411F-B6D7-BBF1DA7DFA46I do believe that the Democrats should be able, given their 36 member majority, to successfully impeach Trump, making him just the third president in U.S. history to have been impeached.

Then, the case will go to the U.S. Senate for a “trial.” The fact is that no president has ever been found guilty and removed from office as a result of a Senate impeachment trial. Unfortunately, the outcome of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is going to keep that statistic intact.

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

The American Nightmare

Putin gloatingI suspect that Donald Trump and his Republican cronies will not be pleased by the cover story in the latest issue of The Week.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin is publicly gloating. “Thank God no one is accusing us anymore of interfering in the U.S. elections,” Putin said in a recent speech. “Now they’re accusing Ukraine.” No wonder Putin and the Russians are laughing at us.

The remarkable aspect of this is that the historically tough-on-Russia Republicans have totally let their guard down and are, instead engaged in a virtual hug-fest with Putin. Trump has embraced Putin’s disinformation campaign and requires that his cadre of loyal Republicans also embrace it. The Ukraine conspiracy theory has become “Trump’s white whale,” and his obsession with it is the main reason why his impeachment is moving forward at such a rapid pace.

Jennifer Rubin, a columnist at Washington Post, wrote, “By spreading Putin’s propaganda, the Republicans’ “useful idiots” are “aiding and abetting a hostile power.”

New York Times journalist Charles Blow suggested that Trump knows exactly what he’s doing. With the evidence leaving “no remaining doubt” about his guilt, he’s doubling down on the Ukraine theory and “eroding truth and bending reality among those who support him.”

Another New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd wrote that Putin sure did “hit the jackpot with Trump.”

There’s really only one way left to alleviate this insanity foisted upon us by Putin, the master manipulator, and that is for the Democratically-controlled House to impeach Trump and for the Republican-controlled Senate to convict him and remove him from office.

Unfortunately, due to extreme partisanship, that’s unlikely to happen, and at daybreak, this American nightmare will continue.


Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (suspect), The Daily Spur (guard), Ragtag Daily Prompt (hug), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (rapid), Your Daily Word Prompt (alleviate), and Daily Addictions (daybreak).