JusJoJan — So Help Me God

82cab2ad-b8f2-4519-bb50-c409fe129a8dToday’s word for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt is “testify” and it was suggested by Dan Antion over at No Facilities.

What I will never be able to understand is how anyone who is summoned to testify before Congress or who is subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury and who is under oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help him (or her) God can lie.

Share Your World — Magic, Messy, Truthful Art

I’m late with this post. I intended to post it yesterday because yesterday was Monday and you know what Monday means, right? It’s time for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. So, since I’m a day late, without further ado….

What’s the closest thing you’ve experienced to real magic?

At the risk of sounding schmaltzy, I can name four times I felt “the magic.” The night I met my future wife, the day we got married, the day my daughter was born, and the day my son was born.


Who is the messiest person you know? And why? 

Me. Some people think I’m meticulous, but the truth is, when it comes to keeping things like my desk and my office neat, I’m lazy. Hence, despite my attention to detail, my work area is always a mess.


If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?

What’s it all about?


What benefits does art provide society? Does art hurt society in any way?

Art is an artistic expression of creativity and the world would be a dull and boring place we’re it not for various forms of artistic endeavors. Does art hurt society? No. What hurts society is when people attempt to censor or ban artistic expression.


What’s something positive you’d like to share? Can be a smile, a joke, or music…anything that gave you a lift this week!

The New England Patriots won the AFC championship game Sunday night in an exciting overtime victory and will be playing in the Super Bowl for the third consecutive year! Go Pats!E6A88387-60B8-4150-B039-6058135B1840.jpeg

3-2-1 Quote Me — Truth

F1C0927A-AA14-4671-9310-F755C561CE2ATeresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, tagged me for another 3-2-1 Quote Me prompt. This time the word is “truth.”

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the the person who tagged you. Thank you Teresa.
  2. Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day. See below.
  3. Select 3 bloggers to take part in “3-2-1 Quote Me.” My tags will be at the end of the post, so you’ll need to read the whole damn post to see if you’ve been tagged.

There is no deadline for participating in the game, which makes it perfect for everyone.

Today’s topic is truth. It’s a tricky one, especially in the world of Donald Trump. He wouldn’t know the truth if it smacked him in the face. And as his TV lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, infamously said, “Truth isn’t truth.”

But that said, here are my two quotes about “truth.”

Quote #1:

“Most truths are so naked that people cover them up, at least a little bit.”

American journalist and TV anchorman,
Edward R. Murrow

Quote #2:

“Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”

American novelist, short story writer, and essayist,
Flannery O’Connor

Okay, now it’s time for me to tag three other bloggers. But before I do, let me give you this bit of advice:

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.

Okay. I am tagging:

For what it’s worth, you three are under no obligation to participate, although I hope you will.

The Future Is Now

On Wednesday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, shared a video showing CNN’s Jim Acosta struggling with a White House intern to hold onto a microphone during a contentious exchange with Donald Trump. The video appears to have been doctored to make Acosta look more aggressive than he was during the exchange

Fact-checkers and other experts say the video, which was first shared by Paul Joseph Watson, a conspiracy theorist associated with the far-right website InfoWars, was deliberately sped up to make it look like Acosta chopped the woman’s arm with his hand. Authentic versions of the video that weren’t manipulated showed him slowly raising his hand, appearing to gesture to the president. The White House pulled Acosta’s press pass Wednesday, with Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeting that the White House will “not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video.”

In July I wrote a post about something called deepfakes. Deepfakes are videos that use a sophisticated type of software that makes it possible to superimpose one person’s face onto another’s body and manipulate voice recordings, creating fake videos that look and sound real.

“When you see video, you still think that you are peering into reality,” David Ryan Polgar, a tech ethicist, said. “The struggle now is that we are blurring the lines between reality and fiction. That’s extremely dangerous for our notions of truth, what happened, and what didn’t.”

It’s very telling that the American government is now disseminating doctored videos to spread its propaganda and to justify the president’s lies and abhorrent behavior. Authoritarian governments have a history of manipulating images and releasing propaganda films. But now it appears that our very own government, in the age of Trump, continues to deliberately create and promote false realities.

One-Liner Wednesday — Vote

F288B686-B838-4A93-A189-125455455BE6Next Tuesday is Election Day in the United States. Without exaggeration, I can say that this is the most important midterm election in our lifetimes, in that the fate of our American democracy and way of life is at stake.

I never thought I’d see happen what has happened to this country since Donald Trump became president. He has nearly torn the very fabric of America apart. And the only option we have to stop him from tearing it to shreds is to go out and vote on or before next Tuesday. Vote to elect people to Congress who will enable it function, as the Constitution requires, as an appropriate check and balance on Trump, something the Republican-led Congress has refused to do.

So if we care for this country, we must vote. We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines and depend upon others. Voting is our civic responsibility, our duty.

But, hey, I’m just an old man. I may not be alive a decade from now, so while it breaks my heart to witness the events of the past two years, I won’t suffer the brunt of the damage Trump has done and, if left unchecked, will continue to do.

But my children and grandchildren will. So I implore you millennials (and post-millennials who are old enough to vote) — you whose future is on the line — to stand up and be counted. You need to be Supermen and Superwomen. I know it’s a corny cliche, but you need to fight for truth, justice, and the American way.bece7a21-d392-4b3d-8a71-72e966adcc5f.jpeg


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