I’m Getting Paranoid

8aa61d13-0ded-4a26-89e0-1dd06739d33cI went to my stats page first thing this morning, as I am wont to do, and saw that my “Contact Me” page had been viewed five times, which is unusual. So I logged on to the email account I have exclusively for my blog and I saw that I’d received two emails from bloggers who follow my blog and who are regular contributors to my daily FOWC With Fandango one-word challenge.

Both bloggers said that they were unable to create links or pingbacks to today’s challenge with the word “noble”. Yet pingbacks from several other bloggers worked fine.

I checked my spam file to see if those links from the two bloggers whose pingback didn’t work got marked as spam. But no, they weren’t in spam. Nor were they in the pending approval folder.

So to anyone who responded to my daily prompt today, but who was unable link back via a pingback, please go to my Contact Me page and let me know.

And to WordPress, WTF?

#FOWC — Quintessential Con Artist

43E1BEB9-AF2A-4F7A-AEBD-23C7ED303589I used to think that Donald Trump was the quintessential con artist. I even wrote a post about it not long ago. You can read it here if you want to.

But I don’t think that anymore. Con artists tend to be great talkers. They are well dressed and exude an air of confidence and authority. They can be charming and seemingly sincere.

But isn’t Trump a charming talker who comes across with confidence, authority, and sincerity? No, he is not. He fills all his speeches with glib promises that he never follows through on. And more often than not, what comes out of his mouth is not at all articulate. It’s little more than word salad.

Take his speech at a rally the other night in Montana. Trump went on one of his tirades, this time complaining about how no one congratulates him for how big the crowds at his rallies are.

“They never say I’m a great speaker,” Trump bellowed, pointing at the media attending the rally. “Why the hell do so many people come? It’s got to be something. I guess they like my policy?”

And then he said this, which is quoted exactly as he said it:

“I have broken more Elton John records, he seems to have a lot of records. And I, by the way, I don’t have a musical instrument. I don’t have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No we’ve broken a lot of records. We’ve broken virtually every record. Because you know, look I only need this space. They need much more room. For basketball, for hockey and all of the sports, they need a lot of room. We don’t need it. We have people in that space. So we break all of these records. Really we do it without like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical: the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important.”

WTF, Donald?

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


I read this in my morning paper:

“A little-noticed mandate from the Trump administration has cleared the way for some people with outstanding arrest warrants to purchase guns.”

It seems that the U.S. Department of Justice under Jeff Sessions issued a memo six months ago that redefined who is a fugitive from justice. As a result of that redefinition, fugitives who were previously unable to purchase guns legally now can. And more than a half a million names have been dropped from a national law enforcement database used to determine who may purchase firearms and/or obtain a carry permit. WTF?

Earlier this year, Trump repealed an Obama administration gun regulation that prevented certain individuals with mental health conditions from buying firearms. This enabled those who are unable to work because of severe mental impairment and can’t manage their own Social Security disability benefits, and who were previously considered ineligible to buy guns to be able to buy guns. WTF?

And I previously posted that Republicans in the House of Representatives are considering legislation that would roll back decades-old restrictions on gun silencers. WTF?

So, the Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress want to enable more fugitives to buy guns, to allow seriously mentally ill people to buy guns, and want to make legal the use of silencers on firearms.

Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with these people?