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2020 – the very definition of crazy.

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Wordle #481

As a family, our country is a winning teampassing on what we owe to our future. When we actively choose to seek progress for the cities and the rural lands, it is for the good of our soul and others’ lives. Let us become the compassionate ones, the kinder ones. Let us choose to foster growth—giving back power to those deserving of it. May an act or two or ten thousand of kindness and justice bring joy and betterment to those who require it and who have earned it from the suffering endured.

May we all feel at peace.

An American Conflict – Part 5

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Part 4

Hang on to your hats, ladies and gentlemen – the ending presented here today will be wild, happy and as requested, the author’s choice!

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2 PM – July 8th, 2025 – Oklahoma City, OK

**Live Stream from the White House – President Kamala Harris**

“My fellow Americans, the group responsible has come forward and proclaimed their involvement in the grid take-down in the state of Texas. The previously unknown terrorist organization – The Rapture on Earth Group (ROEG) – contacted the White House just a few hours ago to inform us of their involvement. We now understand this was not a foreign entity but rather a home-grown grassroots American Terrorist organization. They claim to be in harmony with nature by eschewing technology and believing that we must save our environment through any means necessary. Their lives are modeled after survivalist living while they cling to extreme pro-life stances and flat-earth evangelism. 

This administration is doing everything in its power to bring them to justice. The group has maintained anonymity by literally being off the grid, not just until recently but since its inception. What I mean by that is there have been no paper trails of any kind. There are no digital footprints to be followed that we have been able to detect. In other words, they have existed old-school as in way before technology. But fear not, good old fashioned detective work is bringing us closer to their identities and locations. I promise it will not take much longer to find their whereabouts or determine how the grid breakdown occurred or how the explosions were implemented. They will be caught. They will be stopped. I tell you earnestly that life will resume in Texas quicker than expected. Believe me when I say, yes, every Texan and every person in the United States can feel safe again. I give you my word. 

Now, as to Texas and the progress we are making there. The entire state’s residents can expect to have their power restored in the next three days. In keeping with its promise to move forward towards energy independence and no longer be bound to fossil fuels, the US government has found the company to not only do that but get us there a lot quicker than ever thought possible. Even though this crisis has created a lot of chaos and disrupted American lives, thankfully no deaths, it has given us the capability to advance what is best for this state and our country. Furthermore, we are talking to all the state Governors about this incredible new technology, which will enable to meet even more goals of clean energy in our nation. You can expect to see rapid changes across the country, and hopefully, across the world.

My dear Americans, what felt like a considerable set-back happening to our nation on July 4th, this has proven to have a silver lining where we can take our country to greater heights. The good news is we are saving our planet too. This is truly an extraordinary time.

As always, Vice-President Ocasio-Cortez and I strive to do what is best for our country and its people, offering the most rational, reasoned, and sane resolutions to the problems we face, and not just in times of crisis but every day. This administration will protect you and ensure that your lives are free to live to the best of your ability.

I wish you all peace and a good rest of the afternoon. God Bless.”

Tess and Dale were happy to hear President Harris’s announcement, Jennifer and Harold, not so much.

THE END

Thanks so much for your patience and for voting! See you next month!

An American Conflict – Part 4

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Flashback to 2020

On October 26th, 2020, Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as the next Associate Supreme Court Justice of the United States. She filled the seat left vacate by Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In November, Trump did not win the election as he had predicted.

The ROE Group began planning.

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7:10 AM – July 8th, 2025 – Oklahoma City, OK

**CNN BREAKING NEWS**

From White House sources, we have learned that an organization has claimed responsibility for the Texas grid take-down, where 96% of the population is still without power.

Later this afternoon, during the president’s briefing, she intends to announce the intel received, the group’s identity and what will likely happen next in more detail.

No other information has been released. Stay tuned for more to come.

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Tess emerged from their bedroom excitedly. “Dale! Did you hear?” 

He nodded, and so did his mom sitting next to him. “Yep, just waiting for the press conference to start. I really want to know who did this to our state.” He looked anxious.

“Where’s Dad?” Tess asked Jennifer.

“Oh, he’s still sleeping. I’ll keep breakfast warm for him. He should be up soon.” She rose to get more coffee. “Do you want anything, honey?”

“No, I’m too nervous to eat anything just yet. But maybe later. Right now, I have to finish writing up this manual for my boss. He needs it for a meeting scheduled this evening. Luckily, he’s in California, so it gives me quite a few extra hours to work on it. I’ll just head off to my cave now,” she said with a wry smile and a hand wave.”

“Dale, I know it’s only been a few days, but have you given any more thought to just selling your house in Fort Worth and moving in here permanently? You know it’s no bother at all for you guys to stay with us, and honestly, we love having our family close.” Jennifer’s eyes gave away a very heartfelt expression, one of deep love and concern. “Plus, with the economy the way it is, it definitely helps us out financially, and having the emotional support has been a bonus.”

“Not yet, Mom,” Dale feeling a bit pressured. “I want to wait to see how quickly the grid repairs take. If they continue to predict it will be months instead of just weeks, it might make sense to move in with y’all. It’s only been four days, so that could change in a week. Be patient, and please, don’t get your hopes up. You know how independent Tess and I are.”

“I know! But a momma can dream, can’t she?” Jennifer smiled widely and chuckled a bit. “Well, let me go check on the old man. I let him sleep long enough. If I don’t wake him up now, he’ll be mad he has to rush for work.” Getting up, she gave Dale a hug and a kiss on the back of his head. “I love you. I’ll catch up with you later, Son.”

TO BE CONTINUED ON FRIDAY…

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An American Conflict – Part 3

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Tess rang the doorbell. You could hear the shuffling of feet behind the front door of Dale’s parent’s house. He and Tess were tired from the ride but also, the rush of adrenaline from the early morning excitement had left their bodies. Losing half a night’s sleep didn’t make it any better; the exhaustion was evident on their faces. They were both glad to see his mother open the door even with a bewildered look on her face. She welcomed them in, but they could see she was confused about what they were doing there.

“Why are you here, and why so early in the morning? What’s going on?” Jennifer spoke up quietly, searching their faces for a clue. “And keep your voices down; Dad is still sleeping. He had to work a double yesterday.”

“Well, I hope you don’t mind, but we decided to high-tail it up here because Texas is under a terrorist attack,” Dale said matter-of-factly. “The entire power grid was breached and got shut down. We didn’t want to call you at four in the morning to let you know, but we just knew this would take a while to get rectified. I hope you don’t mind that we decided it would be best to relocate until everything was back to normal.”

“OMG! And we slept right through it!”

“Well, they weren’t bombed, Mom. The terrorists somehow breached the power grid remotely and went in through the computer system, then shut it all down. We figured we’d be safe here and could also work from here instead. Are you okay with us being here?”

“Of course! I’m just in shock right now.”

Tess could see there were still so many questions on Jennifer’s face. “We found out the power went out after the A/C died, and you know how hot it gets in Texas. I woke up in a sweat around 4 AM, then checked the Internet. When I saw that the President had made a nation-wide announcement about the attack, I knew it was serious. They still don’t have very much information other than it was only in Texas, thank goodness. We should probably turn on the news broadcast for more developments.”

“Well, let me go get the bags out of the car and put them in my old bedroom. I’ll meet you in the living room in a minute.”

Both Jennifer and Tess were holding each other’s hands as Dale approached them, hearing the latest news report – “We are told from the field that the Amistad Dam, the ten biggest coal plants, the ten biggest wind farms, and the twelve biggest solar farms have all exploded. All the explosions happened just ten minutes ago. It seems the bombs were all detonated at the same exact time. Emergency personnel from around the state are being called in to help with this situation. The state of Texas will likely be without power in most major cities for weeks, if not months. This situation will hit rural areas harder.”

Tess was shaking her head in disbelief. “Well, I guess we’ll be here a lot longer than I thought,” she said looking at Dale.

TO BE CONTINUED ON THURSDAY…

An American Conflict – Part 2

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… and my commitment to you this early morning is that every person responsible for this will rue the day they decided to mess with America.

The International community has reached out to us and is also on high alert. They are working closely with our administration to determine who committed this heinous attack on our country. For right now, we do not know who is responsible. But we are pursuing some leads.

I’ve instructed the Secretary of Defense to update you as new information becomes available.

God bless you all, and may God bless this great American nation.”

Tess and Dale stared at each other dumbfounded. The air in the room became heavier, both feeling like it was getting harder to breathe.

Tess stood up from the bed and moved towards the window. “Wow, this is huge. The whole state of Texas? It was probably one of them Muslim countries, don’tcha think?” There was fear in her eyes.

Dale rose to console Tess. “I don’t know, honey, but don’t worry until we know more, okay?” He put his arms around her shoulders and hugged her tight. She leaned into him and welcomed the comfort of his broad shoulders. They both wondered how long it would be before power was restored.

“Let’s just make some coffee and wake up since we really can’t sleep without cool air. Oh, wait, well shit, can’t do that either,” Dale moaned and desperately thought about how he was going to get a cup of coffee. He wasn’t a boy scout, nor had he ever camped outdoors.

“Dale, I think we need to pack up our car and go to your family’s house in Oklahoma. We have a full tank of gas and will make it there in three hours,” Tess said in a manner that told Dale she was serious. “If the entire state of Texas is down, we live in a rural enough area; it’ll be weeks before they get to us! We can’t survive this out here all alone!”

“I know, you’re right. Let’s pack a week’s worth of clothing since we can always wash them at Mom’s and all our work stuff – computers, headsets, cameras, etc. Man, it’s a good thing we both work from home.”

Both calmed down a bit, thinking this was more just a bit of an inconvenience. What’s one week or even two? They’d be with their family and would enjoy spending time with them. It had been a good while since they’d visited. Now, it felt like they had something to look forward to. Life would continue as it always had, just in a different location. No big deal.

“Road trip!”

TO BE CONTINUED ON WEDNESDAY…

An American Conflict – Part 1

12:10 AM – July 4th, 2025 – Texas
**CNN BREAKING NEWS** 

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has advised POTUS there was a breach of their security systems. At exactly Midnight, a cyber attack completely disabled the power grid. Currently, 30 million people are without electricity. The entire state of Texas has gone dark. 

The President will be speaking directly to the nation on an emergency broadcast within the next hour. The hope is that ERCOT will restore power as soon as possible. No terrorist organization has yet to claim responsibility for the attack. During the broadcast, the administration will update the public with current details about those responsible for this action on American soil. 

We will update this story as we receive more information. 

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Tess woke up around 4 AM, experiencing what she thought was a fever dream, sweating profusely and feeling very hot. Sitting up, not hearing the A/C running, she realized it had shut down. Groaning with irritation, Tess rolled out of bed, stomping her feet on the floor, not fully awake yet. She didn’t know that everything was off because of the attack. Slowly, it dawned on her that nothing was working as she walked through the house, trying to turn on lights.

Damn, we must be having a brown-out, Tess thought to herself. She slowly crept back to the bedroom to pick up her phone from the bedside table. There was a notification flashing, a news alert, about the ERCOT breach.

“Dale, wake up,” she said as she tugged on her partner’s arm. He rolled over in a daze wiping sweat off his brow. “Why is it so darn hot in here?”

“The Texas power grid got attacked. No one in our state has power. I kinda wish now we’d bought that generator from Earl when he said he was selling his.” Tess looked a bit defeated.

“Attacked how?”

“I don’t know. Let me see what I can find out. At least, our phones will work for a little while till we can see when we should have power back.”

Tess searched for more news stories and saw a link for the Emergency Alert System (EAS) broadcast and clicked on it. “Here’s something that should tell us what’s going on.” They both listened intently.

“My fellow Americans, sadly, I must share the news with you that some entity attacked our great country at Midnight. Without a doubt, it is a terrorist organization responsible for leaving the entire state of Texas without power. We haven’t yet ascertained who breached the security systems of ERCOT and disabled the power grid, but we will. I promise you that. And we will take swift action to not only restore it but ensure that whoever is responsible will face severe consequences for their actions. 

In the meantime, we’ve deployed the National Guard to Texas, specifically to the borders. Please do not panic; we are taking all the necessary measures to keep Americans safe. I promise you this; we will keep all citizens safe…

TO BE CONTINUED ON TUESDAY…

Wordle #480

I hope we all answer the call for justice. Voting in this election is paramount! It would rattle me if things went differently than I hope they will. Word on the street is victory belongs to us, but until it’s confirmed, who knows? 

These last few years, I’ve been feeling shame for this country for choosing a path of hatred and division. Yet, I’ve also seen hands come together for the common good. This Fall, a bell will toll for one side.

We are at a crossroads, and I suspect there will be quite a few butthurt people. 

Maybe me?

A note to all eligible voters out there, PLEASE do you civic duty and VOTE!!
We need you now more than ever!

Politics

the stench of foulness emanates
from the building of the people
every utterance witnessed
feels like diabolical chicanery
the detriment evident to those they claim to represent

we the people need to rise to the occasion
remove the blatant unseemly behaviors
replace dishonesty and deceit
restore the ethics of governing
we the people deserve honorable service

PLEASE VOTE FOR INTEGRITY THIS AND EVERY ELECTION CYCLE

Wordle #475

The hypocrisy of the GOP is astounding! 

I harshly wrapped the foil around the sad filet. Hopefully, the dill, butter, and lemon would liven the salmon up a bit. 

This whole administration is a hoax! 

I am growling as I prepare my cat‘s nice lunch

Why, how did we end up with such an uninformed electorate? I miss sanity. How can people watch this crap on Fox? How can they trust that show? They are liars, these so-called friends.

I prepare to leave for my cottage. Far, far away from the news, social media, everything which negatively taints my reality.