The Stupid

it’s taken years
decades even
to silence the frustration within me
fomented by the uneducated, misinformed and willfully ignorant

the things they say are detrimental
to our well-being and existence on this planet
cohabitation with those who wish us harm
is not the kind of world i want to live in

they wouldn’t know an informed decision
even if it came up and introduced itself
no progressive action stands a chance in the hands of the stupid
as they continue to breed disinformation

while i fear for our future
i’m learning to let go of unproductive anger
and turning off the desire to engage
or even trying to educate a non-existent intellect

they are beyond help
they are the die-hard ignorant amongst us
i will leave it to the professionals
to change their minds and hearts

Our Reality

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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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

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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…