Saturday, March 12, 2011

Saturday Centus - Slick Rick

Good morning fellow Centusians! It's a beautiful day and I'm getting ready to march on the Capitol. But first things first, it's time for Saturday Centus, so graciously hosted every week by the lovely Jenny Matlock at Off on my Tangent. If you don't know the drill by now, Jenny provides us with a prompt and we write a short story of 100 words or less, exclusive of the prompt. I've had an idea for today's Centus in mind all week. I worried that I might have a problem working the prompt into the story, but Jenny must have read my mind. The prompt is PERFECT! Perfect, I tell you. I try very hard to keep politics and rants out of my posts. But our State is in a crisis, and the people who will suffer are the most vulnerable, our children. So I hope you forgive me if I indulge in a bit of a rant this week. The prompt is in bold italics.

"The lieutenant governor, the speaker, their colleagues aren’t going to hire or fire one teacher, as best I can tell,” Perry said. “That is a local decision that will be made at the local districts.” The Senator shook his head in disbelief. Why had the Governor made that statement? He had never been accused of being intelligent, but the Governor was a political animal who knew better than to throw gasoline onto an already explosive situation. What had started as a small rally protesting education cuts had blossomed into a massive public relations nightmare. He turned back to his reading. Texas Constitution, Article 15. Impeachment.















30 comments:

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Ooooh, Kat! The prompt is perfect for you! I hope you have nice weather for your march! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Shellbelle said...

E X C E L L E N T ! ! !

How perfect was this prompt for you this week? Honey, I'll be there marching with you in spirit!

Deborah said...

It couldn't be more perfect, right on!

Judie said...

Excellent, Kat! I'll be marching with you in spirit!!!

Sue said...

Wow. Great job, Kat. This Centus seems to be bringing out the best in every one.

(And you, as always, are one of the best!)

=)

Lois said...

Wonderful job Kat! We must be kindred spirits. I did the same thing this past Tuesday during opening day of the Florida legislature. You go girl!

Nonna Beach said...

Outstanding and very topical !

Be safe and look for the news cameras...maybe you'll be a star on the evening news !!!

Blondie's Journal said...

Right on target, Kat!

XO,
Jane

cj Schlottman said...

Kat!

This is perfect - timely and, as usual, beautifully written.

Namaste..........cj

Dazee Dreamer said...

That was an amazing use of the prompt. And I commend you for writing about the subject.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

As I started reading, I thought, "I didn't know Kat's a Californian like me." Of course, it's bad all over. I love it (your writing, not the circumstances.)
xoRobyn

June Freaking Cleaver said...

Some governors are acting like kings...I think all the elected officials should be reading the statutes on 'Recall Elections'.

Happy marching!

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

It's your blog and you can rant if you want to :-)

Great prompt this week. I can think of a lot of people it applies to!

Hope the march was a success.

Jo said...

oh, that was interesting! rant away!!!

☆☆Mumsy said...

That's indeed a perfect prompt, Kat, and I love it "He had never been accused of being intelligent"! So fine of a statement!

jeff campbell said...

Great idea and a well executed take on our prompt...no, we do not always have our best and brightest in public office...sad...Peace and blessings

Viki said...

Loved this. So relevant in these times. Great job on your centus.

Poetic Justice said...

Really well done Kat and such a relevant issue. Your writing just flows!

gaelikaa said...

I can see that this is a really relevant issue, but I do wish I knew the issue better as I'm from the other side of the globe. Well done though, I can see from the other comments that you've hit home. Is Perry a real person? That's my birth surname, you see.

Thanks for opening my eyes about an issue of which I was unaware.

jabblog said...

Education is always a hot topic. I hope your protest rally was well attended and will reap benefits. Well done:-)

Tracy said...

Hope your rally went well Loved it

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Fabulous topic to use for this prompt, Kat! Cuts in Education is a hot issue these days and you were able to get a message across in only 100 words..wow!

Tgoette said...

LOL! This was brilliant, Kat! I love love love your political take on this! It's so sad that there are so many wingnut politicians out there to skew these days! Great work.

gautami tripathy said...

Wonderful take on this prompt!

coloured perspective

Darlene said...

This is really a great one! I am a little late in reading the posts for Saturday, but I'm convinced that this has been one of the most interesting prompts and you did it Justice.

xinex said...

A perfect use of the phrase, Kat! Always a good one! The pool water is not naturally warm enough yet but we turned the heat on since AJ arrived and she and John started swimming yesterday. I have not joined in yet because I have cold sores and wanted to rest to get rid of the viral infection. I think I am ready to get in today though....Christine

Rekha said...

too bad...but politicians the world over are power hungry dumbos, mostly anyway...hope the march was a success...playing with the lives of future generations is never a good thing....loved this.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, how I have missed you, Kat!

Loved this so much, and it was perfect for you. GREAT JOB!

I want to wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day. I hope to be back to regular blogging in the not too distant future. I have workmen coming at me from all directions, but I played hookey from my supervisory job today. Let's hope I don't pay for it! ;-)

Love you, lady...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Sarah said...

Oh, so clever, Kat. I always enjoy your writing. ;-)
~ Sarah

Jenny said...

Ooooh Kat! Clever, clever girl!

I loved the real life slant into your little gem of fiction.

Excellent use of this prompt!

The ending is perfect.

And the beginning is perfect.

And, gee...ummm....come to think of it the middle was darned perfect, too!

I'm a fan!