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?

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?

3TC — The Keepsake

5FB55454-D49E-4248-AF52-A81D74FC2FA8“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,” the defense attorney said, “the matter before you is a simple case of he said/she said. The prosecutor will stand before you spewing a nonsensical word salad in which he will muddy the fundamental issue before this court. He will claim that my client, Miss Meadows, stole the jewel-encrusted, iridescent brooch from her former fiancé, Mr. Donnelly. But we will demonstrate that the relationship between Miss Meadows and my client was, for a time, nothing if not magic.”

The attorney walked over to the table where his client was seated. “In celebration of the one year anniversary of their engagement, Mr. Donnelly presented a beautiful brooch, appraised at $10,000, to Miss Meadows at a party he threw to celebrate the occasion, as a keepsake,” he said. “But after she found about his infidelities, Miss Meadows broke off their engagement and is simply trying to seek possession of the gift Mr. Donnelly gave her.”

The attorney stepped up to the jury box and in a quiet, confident voice said, “What you will be learning through the testimony of eye witnesses who attended the anniversary party will be the unfiltered truth. I have no doubt that, at the end of this trial, you will do the right and just thing and will find in favor of my client.”


Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “salad,” “keepsake,” and “filter.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (case), Ragtag Daily Prompt (iridescence), Your Daily Word Prompt (magic), and Word of the Day Challenge (learning).

50 Word Thursday —Blasphemous

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Mobile, AlabamaThey said that God wanted him to be president, that he was a gift to America from Jesus, and they began to worship him. As he achieved his political zenith, he declared it to be a crime to openly criticize him. It was considered blasphemous to even speak his name in any negative sense.

As a blogger, I thought I would be safe. But then some of my more outspoken fellow bloggers began to mysteriously disappear. Through April, May, and into June there was no word of John, Ross, Giles, and the others. They simply vanished from the face of the Earth.

I knew that if I wanted to avoid that same fate, I would have to be careful. I didn’t want to be labeled a heretic, which is punishable by imprisonment and possibly death. But I still needed to speak my mind on my blog. I would just need to camouflage my messaging in such a way as to avoid detection by the ever present thought patrol who searched the blogosphere for any blogger who dared to stand up to him.

A week later I was arrested for a critical post I wrote. I’m now in jail awaiting trial.

(200 words)


Written for this week’s 50 Word Thursday prompt from Kristian. Kristian’s rules:

  1. Completed piece must be in multiples of 50 words – maximum of 250 words. Anything is acceptable – poetry, story, anecdote.
  2. There will be a photo and a random phrase that I will take from the current book I am reading – you can use either or both
  3. Please pingback and tag 50 word Thursday, so I can do a summary.

The random phrase Kristian chose was: Through April, May, and into June there was no word of John, Ross, Giles, and the others. It was taken from “Outback Heroes” by Evan McHugh.

Here is the picture that was included in the prompt:759ddf07-a203-48ee-81b2-4377948f5ef2I couldn’t figure out a way to fit this into the story, so just imagine that this is the alley the narrator lived next to before he was hauled off to jail.

I also managed to fit in three daily prompt words into this dystopian tale: Word of the Day Challenge (zenith), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (heretic), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (camouflage).