Today’s quote comes from Luke Cage, a brand new TV series available on Netflix. We watched the first few episodes last week and thought it was interesting and well-written. If it stays on the rails and doesn’t drift to some another other dimension, it’s a good addition to our lineup of comic book superheroes. Luke and his world are Black — a big deal since all earlier supers were (are) white. Otherwise, Luke Cage is a surprisingly traditional superhero.


He’s got all the powers except (as far as I know) he can’t fly.  He’s powerful, bulletproof, but doesn’t kill people. Just disables them and lets the law do its thing. Plenty of pow, biff, wham violence, but hardly any blood and gore.

So here’s the great line.

Scene: A rather bad guy drug dealer and political wannabe — one of many — has just pushed an even worse guy off the roof of a building. Luke comments about his having finally learned humility. And the response is:


Gravity is a very harsh mistress. Ask anyone over the age of 50.


There’s no time pressure here. You don’t have to do all three posts in a week. Put them up whenever you have time and space to fill.

I want to thank Sue Vincent at Daily Echo. She knows how to take a hint and run with it! She got me into this — this time — but, I’d have happily done it anyway. I enjoy word play.


The challenge is three quotes as posts on three separate days. Your quotes don’t have to be posted on consecutive days or immediately. A quote can come from any source: movies, history, politics, television … and from anyone, anywhere, any time. If you only have one quote, that’s okay. Maybe something else will pop up later.

I want to thank Sue Vincent (again) … and Garry who I drafted without asking first. Thanks for being a good sport and a really great writer. Thanks also to Emilio, Bill “Evil” Brown, and Leslie for not getting mad at me for nominating them. This is a fun challenge. Easy. I don’t know about everyone else, but easy and fun is what I needed now. It’s been a rough few months for a whole lot of reasons.

I’m not going to nominate anyone else because I think you all know about this challenge and can decide if you’d like to play. Please if you enjoy word play and quotes, jump right in. Hook your posts to me, Sue, Garry’s quote posts, or any other player.

I really enjoy this and sometimes do quote posts just because a hear something and it tickles my brain. Welcome one and all!


Bunch of hypocrites, I say. The other day, Garry commented that Apple is suing Microsoft (again? still?) over copyright infringements. And Apple is suing Samsung (like Samsung doesn’t have enough problems?) for infringing on the copyrights of the iPhone.

I told him: “In the computer world, every company is suing every other company for copyright infringement. World without end. It keeps the legal profession in business.”


We tell kids — one among many hypocrisies we spew — that “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.” If Julia copies your hairstyle, buys the same dresses, talks and walks like you, it’s because she admires you and wants to be you. “Now, be nice to Julia. She’s just showing how much she admires you, dear.”

But if Julia had the same rights as a corporation, you’d be suing her ass and taking it to the Supreme Court. Oh the lies we tell!

The actual quote is:

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.”  ― Oscar Wilde

Not quite the same. Interesting how big a difference a few words at the end of a sentence can make in its overall meaning.



A Photo a Week Challenge: ONLY One

In this challenge, we are asked to share a picture or several with a single subject. This describes probably 40,000 pictures in my files, so the real problem for me is finding just a couple that are special and singular in every sense of the word.

There’s something lonely about the desert anyhow. Here are three pictures of single subject on a bright January day in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.


Lone set of wires travel through the desert


One big saguaro cactus framed against the sky and mountains


A lonely ironwood in the dry desert


If you think being “politically correct” is ruining your ability to communicate, you’ve got other unaddressed issues … like …. maybe you’re a bigot. If you can’t express yourself without insulting individuals or groups, your problem isn’t political correctness. It goes a lot deeper than that.

Political Correctness is the avoidance of forms of expression or action that exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.”

Simply put, it means treading carefully, gently — and preferably not at all — on other people’s sensibilities and sensitivities. It’s the “golden rule,” sometimes called the ethic of reciprocity: Don’t do something to anyone else that which you wouldn’t want done to youIt’s a fundamental principle of human interaction, the bottom line of being a decent person.

I’m for political correctness. Especially with Orange Head running for president. “Being P.C.” means controlling your mouth. It means not spewing insults at minorities, ethnic, or religious groups, disabled people, disenfranchised, or downtrodden people, or anyone who just happens to be different from you.


Bigotry isn’t okay — whether it’s put straight out there, or presented thinly disguised as humor. We all used to know this. We were taught — most of us — to be polite and careful about not hurting other people’s feelings. We were brought up to not insult others. Not by accident and definitely not on purpose. We all should know this without being reminded … but with You-Know-Who setting a really horrible example, a lot of people are getting a very warped idea of what’s okay. Trump not only doesn’t care who or what he offends, he goes out of his way to make people feel bad. To shame and humiliate people, with a strong emphasis on women. To make those who are already suffering feel worse. He’s a demagogue, a schoolyard bully writ larger and uglier than ever.

What a guy. Just what we need to lead this great land.

So, for the socially challenged, the simple rule is: “IF YOU THINK IT’S OFFENSIVE, DON’T SAY IT.” As a rule, this works better than any amount of sensitivity training. Especially since so many people seem to have no sensitivity to train.

Offensive is what it seems to be, even when whoever said it insists he or she “didn’t mean it”

“Hey, folks, I was just kidding. Can’t you take a joke?” It’s the classic bully’s line. Of course he meant it. Bullies always mean it, but being a bully, he or she counts on you to avoid a confrontation.

It’s time to confront the bullies. Time to tell them they aren’t funny and we aren’t laughing. Bigotry, racism, and cruelty are not funny. It’s not about political correctness. It’s about civility. Kindness. Good manners. Decency. Fairness.

Standing up for what’s right even when it’s inconvenient.

It’s what has really made America great.