Seriously, Mr. President?

0D35AD3F-49C5-401A-8273-2D2D63834733In an interview with Breitbart News, the President of the United States seems to have threatened violence if Democrats don’t support him.

Claiming that his opponents are treating him unfairly, he praised the toughness and strength of his supporters and predicted that these “tough” supporters will, at some point, end their restraint.

Here is what he said:

“So here’s the thing — it’s so terrible what’s happening. You know, the left plays a tougher game, it’s very funny. I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don’t play it tougher. Okay? I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

I don’t know how to interpret Trump’s words to be anything but a not-so-subtle threat of violence. Things could get “tough” for Democrats — and maybe for the left in general — he suggested, if they don’t play ball with him.

Is there any other possible way to interpret what he said? Or is this just another case of Trump bluster?

The Collection

afa6f2fd-a690-4593-8898-e559ee1b1cb1“Okay, so what’s the plan?” Eric asked.

“I think the first thing we should do is take up a collection at the church service this coming Sunday,” Don said. “We should hit up those who are his avid supporters, those who share his ideology, as they’re leaving the evangelical church.

“Well,” Eric said, “we’d better do it sooner rather than later. His support is starting to decay somewhat.

Don laughed. “You’re watching too much fake news, Eric. Dad still has plenty of support on the Christian Right. We’ll take in a boatload of money from those zealots as they are exiting the building.”

Written for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (plan), Ragtag Daily Prompt (collection), Nova’s Daily Random Word (service), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (avid), Your Daily word Prompt (ideology), and Daily Addictions (decay).

#FOWC — The Opposite of Kudos

As I said in an earlier post today, I discovered that many of the comments I have made recently aren’t showing up on other bloggers’ posts. I don’t know if my comments are ending up in people’s spam folders or if they are just disappearing into the ether. So I reached out to the WordPress “happiness engineers” and opened up a support ticket.
img_1680That was just after 10 am my time. Hearing nothing more five hours later, I sent a follow-up inquiry.
img_1681It’s now almost eight hours since opening my first ticket and I still have not heard anything back from WordPress.

I also did a search on the WordPress Help Center and saw this:
40A326EF-2286-4DFC-B3EC-E53D4482E7F9So I reached out to Akismet and proved the “more information” the site requested. And this was the response I received was, “Hi there, Hmm, we can’t see why Akismet would be catching your comments.”

Seriously? So I completed yet another Akismet form and got this response:
FE241EA8-DDA6-4AF6-84DE-31FFAFF9207CBut I think “ASAP” means something different to the Akismet Team than it does to me.

So no Kudos for WordPress or Akismet from me. Not yet, anyway. Just whatever the opposite of kudos is.

Written for today’s Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “kudos.”

But My Special Friends Call Me….

1C74552C-AA89-40F4-B889-D37B90693623Ted took a large swallow from his drink and put the empty glass down onto the bar. “Okay, I’m ready.”

“Don’t worry, buddy, I’m your wing man. I got your back,” Randy said. The two of them walked over to where a very attractive older woman sat by herself at the bar nursing her cocktail.

Once next to the woman, Randy said to Ted in a stage whisper, “But you gotta give the guy a chance. He’s our president and he deserves our support and respect.”

“Respect is something you earn and he’s done nothing to earn my respect, much less my support,” Ted responded.

The woman looked over at the two men. “I’m sorry but I couldn’t help hearing your conversation.” Looking directly at Ted, she said, “You’re absolutely right. The man is a sleazy bastard and he doesn’t deserve anyone’s respect or support.”

Randy poked Ted in the back. Ted took a deep breath, swallowed hard, and said, “You got that right.” Then he put out his hand and said, “I’m Ted. Ted Andrews. And you are?”

The woman took Ted’s outreached hand in both of hers and squeezed it hard. “Nice to meet you Ted Andrews,” she said. And then, flashing a broad, somewhat wicked smile, she said, “I’m Stephanie. Stephanie Clifford. But my special friends call me Stormy.”

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “swallow.”