One-Liner Wednesday — What time is it not?


“When people look at their watches, more often than not, they’re checking to see what time it’s not, rather than what time it is.”

This was an original quotation from yours truly, although I’m sure I’m not the only one who has expressed this sentiment.

I actually posted this in a comment on Marilyn Armstrong’s post, Lighten up, WordPress.

In that post, Marilyn wrote, “I used to look at my watch 3 or 4 times in a row and still not grasp the time thing. So I stopped wearing a watch.”

And that is what triggered my comment, which I thought was clever enough to use for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

P.S. Have you noticed that almost all pictures of watches or clocks show the time as 10:10? Why is that?

Got a second?

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Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt asks, “What question do you hate to be asked? Why?”

I hate it when I’m right in the middle of something — especially when that something requires a certain amount of focus and concentration, like drafting a blog post — and someone walks up to me and asks, “Got a second?”

My first inclination is to say something snide, like “Sure, I’ve got a second. Oh sorry, time’s up.”

Sometimes I want to respond, “Are you blind or just oblivious?” Seriously, can’t he or she see that I’m working on something?

Even if the person asks me if I’ve got a minute, by the time that individual explains what it is that they have so rudely interrupted me to ask or discuss, the minute is usually up.

If I say no, I don’t have a second, then I’m the bad guy, right? I’m the one who is labeled as uncooperative, unhelpful.

Yet if I miss a deadline because I tried to be cooperative and helpful; if I said, “Yeah, I’ve got a second,” but that “second” turns out to be an hour, then it’s my ass that’s in a sling, not the guy who asked me if I “got a second.”

So yeah, I hate it when someone asks me if I got a second. Because it never is just a second…or a minute.

Am I being too literal?

Woe is me


Okay people, listen up. There is only one correct way to spell the word “whoa.”

It’s not “woah.”

It’s not “whoah.”

It’s not “waoh’ or “whao” or “whaoh.”

It’s “whoa.”

And it’s only “whoa.”

Even if you’re British or Canadian. It’s still “whoa.”

Think of the word “who.” You don’t spell who “woh,” do you? Or “whoh.”

Of course, it’s a free country and I suppose, on your blog, you can spell “whoa” any way you want to. As long as you realize that if you spell it any other way, you’re spelling it wrong.

And if you don’t mind spelling whoa wrong…well, woe unto you.

American Exceptionalism


Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt asks, “What’s your ideal Saturday morning? Are you doing those things this morning?” My answer: Yes, I am.

So what is my ideal Saturday morning? I subscribe to a weekly news magazine, The Week. It’s a highly readable magazine with the tagline, “All you need to know about everything that matters.”

Each issue is generally around 40 pages, so its stories are easily consumable. It’s non-partisan and most of the articles show both sides of each issue covered. It is my must read magazine.

The Week is delivered every Friday in the mail, which comes late, usually around 4 p.m. So one part of my Saturday morning routine is to read the latest issue of The Week, while enjoying a cup or two (or three) of coffee.

I was intrigued by two stories that I read this morning. The first was about former New York City major Rudy Giuliani’s comments regarding President Obama. Giuliani said:

“I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up, the way I was brought up, through love of this country.”

Whoa! Seriously? Obama wasn’t brought up the way you and I were brought up? So, Rudy, you’re saying that America’s first black president isn’t really “one of us”?

I have to give Giuliani credit for recognizing that what he said was a horrible thing to have said — but then he went ahead and said it anyway.

Apparently quite a few Republicans believe that Obama is more focused on America’s flaws and imperfections than he is on what makes America great. In fact, according to a HuffPost/YouGov survey, 69% of Republicans agree with Giuliani that Obama doesn’t love America.

Obama, it seems, doesn’t proclaim American Exceptionalism as much as most Republicans want him to, since ours, in their eyes, is a close-to-perfect country.

I suppose drawing attention to the ways in which our country could be better and to forge a “more perfect union” is unpatriotic to Republicans.

And speaking about American Exceptionalism, another blurb in The Week mentioned that Republican legislators in Oklahoma overwhelming voted to cut funding for the teaching Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. history classes in public schools there.

Why? Because these courses teach only “what is bad about America.” AP history, the Republican elected officials believe, is “indoctrinating our youth at the expense of the Christian perspective” and that AP classes “fail to teach American Exceptionalism.”

Oklahoma Republicans are not alone in their concern about how secularists are destroying our youth. Earlier this month, Republicans in the Georgia state senate introduced a resolution to reject a new version of the AP U.S. History course.

They claimed it presents a “radically revisionist view of American history” and minimizes “discussion of America’s Founding Fathers, the principles of the Declaration of Independence, and the religious influences on our nation’s history.”

You can’t make this shit up. I’ve posted previously about how Tennessee and Texas are rewriting history texts and even science curricula in order to reflect a more conservative, religious agenda. Is this not lunacy?

So yes, Daily Prompt, I am doing what I like to do on this Saturday morning. Unfortunately, doing what I like to do is getting me more and more outraged when I read about crap like this.

Republicans, conservatives, and the religious right complain that we aren’t promoting American Exceptionalism enough — in education and in politics — when all the while, what they are promoting is American Delusionalism.

It may not sound that way, but I am grateful

Mine is an award-free blog. I’ve written about that in several posts. I have a page titled “About Blog Awards” at the top of my blog that explains my position on blog awards.

I also have a badge on my sidebar that clearly proclaims my blog to be award-free.

And yet, every once in a while, I will be notified that someone has nominated my blog for an award. In this case, it’s my blogging buddy and fellow University of Maryland alumnus, Mark Bialczak, aka, Captain Poblano.

very inspired blogger awardMark is the recipient of more blog awards than I can count. His latest award is the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and he included my blog as one of the 15 he nominated for that award.

I am honored and humbled by this nomination.

And so I want to thank Mark by posting this note of gratitude on my own blog.

Beyond that, though, I’m not going to follow the rules for this award. Those rules require that I share seven facts about myself and nominate 15 other blogs I enjoy.

If you want to know seven (or more) facts about me, feel free to peruse any of my posts. There are 850 of them to choose from.

And I’m not going to specifically nominate 15 other blogs that I like in order to “pay it forward.”

It’s not that I am ungrateful, obstinate, or just being disagreeable. I just think there are too many really good blogs that I read to choose only 15.

I suggest that any of the 50 blogs that show up on my sidebar under “Take a Peek” are worthy of blog awards. You should, as suggested, take a peek.

And there are 28 others that I regularly read and enjoy, but  that aren’t listed on the sidebar because WordPress has imposed a rather arbitrary maximum of 50 to the number it allows to be displayed on said sidebar. I urge you to take a look at these others, as well. They are:

So, once again, thanks Mark. I do appreciate it and I hope you’re not too upset that I didn’t follow the rules.

WTF Republicans?

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Why is this man smiling?

“The rebellious Republican-controlled House unexpectedly voted down short-term funding for the Homeland Security Department late today, increasing the prospect of a partial shutdown at midnight tonight of an agency with major anti-terrorism responsibilities.”

The vote was 224-203 against the three-week funding, as 52 Republicans abandoned their leaders on the legislation. It was an embarrassing loss after Republican leadership had predicted they had the votes to get the three-week continuing resolution through.

So House Republicans have decided that partisan politics trumps the security of American citizens. Are you fucking kidding me?

And yet you keep re-electing them.