Perfectly Innocent

10/23/19
(456)

There was no conversation I recall.
There’s been no statement on this from my hand.
Where came this notion, I don’t understand.
For I’ve said not a word on this at all.

The phone call was “perfect” and “innocent”
But what he said I said I didn’t say
(O would this Ukraine mess just go away?)
I can’t confirm. Just ask him what he meant.

I did advise releasing the transcript,
Confirming what said was not improper,
Providing our side with a gossip stopper
To counter lies the whistle-blower slipped.

It’s not a lynching. Mitch rejects the trope.
Yet soon he might be reaching for the rope.

October, 2019

10/1/19
(478)

What blasphemy was their words written in
Impassioned threats hard-flung by grim Oath Keepers,
Those camouflage-clad semi-auto creepers.
America, O what a ride it’s been.

For Democrats and other Communists,
The different faith’d, the dark-skinned, and the queer,
Keep moving. You may take no refuge here.
For bullets have replaced loud words and fists.

A tweet re-tweeted by the President
Comes from the heart of one First Baptist preacher
And this is what he learned from Christ, the Teacher
Is Civil War what this man truly meant.

The ravings of a tinfoil boss of bosses
Inciting war to help disrupt due process

10/2/19
(477)

Authoritarian regimes
Went through this a whole lot it seems –
That the things that they did
Just served their leader’s id.
But in republics, only in their dreams.

Timothy Naftali, Historian.

10/3/19
(476)

The leader of Finland looked grim.
The chances for friendship are slim.
He wanted to flee
When Trump touched his knee.
I guess the man’s “Finnished” with him.

10/4/19
(475)

The president sure as hell knows
How the game of big government goes.
Lie in avalanches,
Commandeer all the branches,
And turn them against all your foes.

10/6/19
(473)

For his tactics, the man stands alone:
Deflect, attack, cut to the bone,
Countersue, blame, and lie,
Don’t explain or tell why,
Like his mentor, that scumbag Roy Cohn.

10/7/19
(472)

A witness shot dead within days.
A coincidence that should amaze.
Innocence testifies,
And suddenly dies.
Guess forgiveness does not run both ways.

10/8/19
(471)

The latest from his “great and unmatched wisdom”
Withdrawal – a betrayal of the Kurds
Turns our support to mere and hollow words
Who of us here can understand his system.

A Tower with his name in Turkey stands.
A threat to Donald’s private economics
Concerns him more than radical Islamics.
Is that why he gives reign to Erdogan.

To end an “endless war” is quite becoming,
But not the same as saying that we quit,
And let the natives there clean up our shit.
Beware, North Syria – the Turks are coming.

So many hoped this wasn’t how it ended.
It’s bad – even Pat Robertson’s offended.

10/9/19
(470)

Giuliani, Pompeo & Pence.
Subpoenaed White House documents.
Denials, name-calling,
Accusations, stonewalling
But no truth in Trump’s line of defense.

10/10/19
(469)

Lives, houses and business are gone.
Maps of forced power outages drawn.
Is this the futility
Of our “public” “utility”
What side is the PUC on.

10/11/19
(468)

There once was an ambassador named Yovanovitch
Corrupt foreign schemes simply made her itch
And so she forbade
Ukrainian aid.
Of course, Giuliani fired the witch.

10/12/19
(467)

For taking on Trump from the right,
Shepard Smith said his final “Goodnight”.
Fox News and its minions
Ditch news for opinions
While spewing their cancerous blight.

10/13/19
(466)

Another moment you cannot take back
An instant choice that draws from countless years
Fueled by bias, amplified by fears
Another person killed for being black.

Show me your hands. But then there is no chance.
A shot rings out without time for compliance.
No threat here; no resistance or defiance.
An encore of a sad familiar dance.

Killed for no reason while inside your home
By someone in a uniform, no less
Without a body-cam, would he confess?
What dark justice justifies this syndrome.

How many friends and family members cried.
All touched by some slow motion genocide.

10/14/19
(465)

This constant exposure’s exhausting.
So much peace of mind he is costing.
His image and words –
We’re surrounded by turds
It’s our sanity he is accosting.

10/15/19
(464)

World News Tonight war coverage? Sucky!
That we found out, I guess that we’re lucky.
Their footage was not
Of Kurds getting shot,
But from a gun range in Kentucky.

10/16/19
(463)

Twelve candidates stand in a row.
They tell us how much that they know.
The best? Hard to say.
But the main take-away?
That incumbent has just got to go.

10/17/19
(462)

In witnessing the meltdown of a man,
Each day brings new and troubling surprises.
We see with every issue that arises
The leader of our country has no plan.

His Turkish letter, void of erudition…
Withdrawing aid, the Kurds are surely toast…
With Italy he plays the awkward host…
…and Nancy is the third-grade politician.

Arrests of Giuliani pals mushrooming
Each day more staffers take a worried stance
They cannot all be Democratic plants.
McConnell says impeachment may be looming.

And on the global stage, our nation’s splendor
Corrupted by this base Snake Oil vendor.

10/18/19
(461)

O Baltimore you’ve lost a favored son.
Sharecropper parents who were born of slaves
Pursuing justice, not fearing making waves,
But final challenges could not be outrun.

Revealing truth and unifying factions,
But never backing from a worthy fight,
Put politics beneath his doing right.
Solutions found in human interactions.

To tweet attacks, he sang a higher note
Did not engage in hateful rhetoric
But still he knew which ass deserved a kick.
Sad he’ll be missing the impeachment vote.

The power of his faith his greatest shield.
In Heaven, still, this gentleman won’t yield.

Elijah Eugene Cummings
January 18, 1951 – October 17, 2019

10/19/19
(460)

Their stays are amazingly brief.
While there, from both sides they get grief.
Some are good for a laugh
While they serve on his staff,
But no Oscar ™ for an “acting” chief.

10/20/19
(459)

Trump Doral sounds, at best, unappealing.
Smells of blatant, corrupted self-dealing.
Meet up elsewhere because
That Emoluments Clause
Helps avoid having Heads of State kneeling.

10/21/19
(458)

If you want help from us, well then go for it.
But someone needs something to show for it.
The quid pro quo play’s
The American Way,
And Mulvaney just says to “get over it”.

10/22/19
(457)

The G7’s next hacienda
Won’t be the Doral in its’ splenda.
But the sad information
Is not the location,
But that Climate Change missed the agenda.

10/23/19
(456)

There was no conversation I recall.
There’s been no statement on this from my hand.
Where came this notion, I don’t understand.
For I’ve said not a word on this at all.

The phone call was “perfect” and “innocent”
But what he said I said I didn’t say
(O would this Ukraine mess just go away?)
I can’t confirm. Just ask him what he meant.

I did advise releasing the transcript,
Confirming what said was not improper,
Providing our side with a gossip stopper
To counter lies the whistle-blower slipped.

It’s not a lynching. Mitch rejects the trope.
Yet soon he might be reaching for the rope.

September, 2019

9/1/19
(507)

The earth filled with fire and flood.
A gunman out looking for blood.
Our leader’s a curse
Who’s just making it worse.
A great day for smoking some bud.

9/2/19
(506)

Makers, carriers, fixers, builders, sweepers,
Those who sew and iron, serve and cook and clean,
Who make it work and run behind the scene
And yet so disrespected by their keepers.

Back breaking, mind numbing, and soul destroying
On the line, and on – or off – the clock,
From fact’ry, warehouse, construction site and dock,
The setters of the table we’re enjoying.

Much more than some great 3-day weekend deal,
This day we honor those who do the work.
A meager tip jar pittance of a perk,
And from it, even then, the Bosses steal.

Our lives become a bit less of a fight
When Labor votes to stand tall and unite.

9/3/19
(505)

Suicide Bomber. Hostage. Deaths. Attacks.
Shots Fired. Dirty Bomb. Evacuation.
Shootout. Cocaine. Palestine Liberation.
Weapons Cache. Radiation Leak. Anthrax.

Recruitment. Pirates. Hamas. Hezbollah.
Basque Separatists. ICE. Shelter-In-Place.
Key Logger. Taliban. Decapitate.
Kidnap. Collapse. Disaster. Sinaloa.

Pandemic. Plague. Small Pox. Assassination.
Black Out. Brown out. Grid. Power. Body Scanner.
Cyber Command. Botnet. Keylogger. Scammer.
Extremist. Hazardous. Evacuation.

This partial list for all you rhyming nerds,
DHS monitored phrases and keywords.

9/4/19
(504)

A founder of faith-based conversion
Once condemned gayness as a perversion.
That he’s finally come out
Wipes away any doubt
That his Bible is the Queen James’ Version.

9/5/19
(503)

The Parliament, tamping down Boris,
Set an excellent example for us.
His Brexit deal sucked,
So enough Tories bucked,
And said “NO” in a resounding chorus.

9/6/19
(502)

When Dorian hit with persistence,
The Bahamas had little resistance.
Whole towns, now debris
Leaving those who can’t flee
In need of life-saving assistance.

9/7/19
(501)

Many years and many millions spent
To get the High Court voting 5 to 4.
The Bigtime Donor Interests know the score.
And those black robes know who they represent.

In 13 years, a quarter billion dollars
Anonymously given to the cause
Secures Big Donor sway over our laws
But who’s hand holds the leashes to the collars.

The doctrine that the Federalists preach,
Roadblocks to ballots for those not like us,
Pollution limits are superfluous,
Thumbs down on Labor, thumbs up to corp’rate speech.

It’s hard to not have oligarchic visions
With 73 pro-corporate decisions.

9/8/19
(500!)

Alabama got ready to flee
Based on weather updates from DT.
Information reliance
No longer from science
Will now be pronounced by decree.

9/9/19
(499)
For three years now the clickbait headlines scream
That Donald’s breakdown/takedown soon is coming
How much false hope are these articles drumming.
That ending comes in some collective dream.

The chance the House may soon vote to impeach.
The specter of the man’s ill-gotten wealth
His lies, his insults and his mental health
All fun to read while he stays out of reach.

Who’s strong enough to match him whim for whim
We’ve seen – he simply will not beat himself
His base is strong. Opponents line the shelf.
Who dares show his own nakedness to him.

A chance for any honest confrontation
Unmasks his hollowness before the Nation.

9/10/19
(498)

Four states thinking Trump’s doing swell
Let their primaries slide into Hell.
The man’s on a mission!
There’s no competition!
Call off the election as well!

9/11/19
(497)

I am wary of any such offer
From those who regularly demonize
The vulnerable ones before our eyes.
Beware the remedies these people proffer.

A problem, hard to solve and most persistent.
It’s headline grabbing, yes, but is it wise
When powers choose to but politicize
A matter needing thought and real commitment.

So will our government offer assistance –
The resources to shelter and to house
Or is this policy they now espouse
The next step towards locking up resistance.

Each day a rising in intensities
Next comes demolishing of tent cities.

9/12/19
(496)
Now we must bid John Bolton good-bye.
Tho’ we really may never know why.
Was he fired? Did he quit?
Tell me who gives a shit.
Just be glad that the bombs didn’t fly.

9/13/19
(495)
Who cares what the EPA’s for.
Regulations are such a damned chore.
That stuff that we’re drinking?
Too bad if it’s stinking.
It’s the water – and a lot more.

9/14/19
(494)

So Gregory Cheadle is sore.
And will not tolerate any more.
He decided to flee
The pro-White GOP
And be Trump’s Token Negro no more.

9/15/19
(493)

Those Dems, they don’t get along well.
They finger-point, argue and yell.
While Repubs, of one mind,
Kiss their leader’s behind,
As they follow him straight into Hell.

9/16/19
(492)

Brett Kavanaugh’s back in the press.
But Trump says he has naught to confess.
Was it just harmless fun,
Or assaulting someone
Because she was wearing a dress.

9/17/19
(491)

Above great oil fields the bombs exploded
Who sent the drones was far too obvious
Mess with our Saudi friends, you mess with us.
Our President now boasts – we’re locked and loaded.

For years, our nation’s hawks have bitter longed
For cause to war with what was once great Persia
And now a chance to trump NATO inertia.
For with this act we see the world was wronged.

The finger-pointing and the accusations,
The shocking, witty tweet from Tulsi Gabbard,
The perfect chance to fin’lly raise our scabbard.
What sacrifice awaits this Game of Nations.

Six million barrels lost. Our friend is pissed.
(You know. The one who killed that journalist.)

9/18/19
(491)

GM’s 2% wouldn’t fly.
And the layoffs? Another black eye.
Now, along with no pay,
‘til the strike goes away
They can all kiss their health plans goodbye

9/19/19
(490)

Set aside my political rhyme
On the ongoing government crime,
Cuz for now things are great.
Giants fans celebrate –
Bochy wins for the 2,000th time!

9/20/19
(489)

Tho a few may dismiss it as scuttlebutt,
Donald said things that were inappropriate.
They involve the Ukraine,
And to cause Biden pain.
How long can we go with our eyes wide shut.

9/21/19
(488)

Some partisan hack job dared blow the whistle
On artful dealings with my Ukraine friend
Dear God when will my persecution end.
Two Hundred Fifty Million worth of missile,

I only ask – a favor in return.
With all the resources at my command,
What part of “rival” don’t you understand.
Perhaps we will not meet until you learn.

And yet not many rise to say extortion.
And fewer still have balls to say impeach me
And those who do just lack the length to reach me.
Minority is still the smaller portion.

And right on cue, to offer some distraction,
I’ll send some troops to start some Saudi Action.

9/22/19
(487)

Giuliani is all that we feared.
His approach to truth is multi-tiered.
He’ll admit, then deny,
Proffer rumors, then lie,
And beyond all of that he’s just weird.

9/23/19
(486)

Climate Change is a given for most,
Tho’ them old white republicans boast
That they neither believe
Nor look on and grieve
As our kids slowly turn into toast.

9/24/19
(485)

A young activist, name of Greta,
Advocates climate action mo’ betta
Than the plans I’m supposing
The U.N.’s proposing
To confront this looming global threat-a.

9/25/19
(484)

We must preserve the checks and balances
We must restore our Nation’s public trust
Re-earn a faith long warped by rot and rust,
And see what lurks behind the valences.

For finally Pelosi says “let’s roll”,
And some will ask why did she wait so long
While others, angry patriots, gone wrong
In MAGA madness, know God’s in control.

Four-hundred million dollars worth of aid
Were dangled by one seeking reelection
What spin or twists of truth can give protection
To one who’s very country has been played.

The transcript may reveal what Trump’s hidin’
In dealin’ for the Ukraine dirt on Biden.

9/26/19
(483)

Those “talking points” lie with such style.
Their arrival made Democrats smile.
So now as Trump burns,
Some White House aide learns
The dangers of hitting “reply all”

9/27/19
(482)

From darkness comes

A hopeful glint

The refreshing taste

Of

Im-Peach-Mint.

9/28/19
(481)

This impeachment has caused quite a scare.
It has Donald pulling his hair.
However it ends,
How nice he has friends
Like binSalmon and Putin,
Giuliani, Rasputin,
Lewandowski and Wayne LaPierre.

9/29/19
(480)

In all this scandalous investigatin’
Let’s check the major players that we’ll find:
A part-time envoy who has just resigned,
A wide-eyed, rambling latter-day Tom Hagen,

Two Presidents – one of them once a comic,
The other, sadly funny without tryin’,
An AG who upheld his boss by lyin,
But now avoids all contact telephonic,

A whistleblower (name is still unknown),
Some Congress folk who paused from noble goals
To focus on their standing in the polls,
And all the folks Don talked to on the phone.

But if impeachment has no wind for sails,
We’ll just get stuck with Hillary emails.

9/30/19
(479)

When President Trump has departed,
When we clean up the messes he started,
When Mitch has set sail,
And their friends land in jail,
We can ask ourselves, “Who the hell farted?”

August, 2019

8/1/19
(538)

Beyond politicians campaigning,
Could someone please do some explaining
How industry lobbyists
And billionaire hobbyists
Are helping the swamp get its draining.

8/2/19
(537)

At his rallies, a new full court press:
Dump on cities that he calls “a mess”.
Give that baby a rattle
As he provokes the battle
Of America versus U. S.

8/3/19
(536)

A resumé based on exaggeration
He sees no Russian meddling at all
Experience, at best, is rather small
“Agrees with me” his main qualification.

This self-proclaim’ed border wall protector
Who’s prosecutor role was overstated
Was found by both sides to be poorly rated,
And will not be Intelligence Director.

John Ratcliffe how your comet blazed and fell
But don’t waste time on doubt, regret and fretting
You’re just the next to not survive the vetting
On senior staffers’ longmarch straight to Hell.

And now update your page in Wikipedia
To show how you were trumped-up by the media.

8/4/19
(535)

pop pop pop pop pop

they are not firecrackers

red blossom heart break

8/5/19
(534)

Proud misfits rise devoid of empathy
Dear leader speaks a “no” that smells like “YES!”
What target’s next is anybody’s guess
In real life, an 8-chan fantasy.

Another rambling hate-filled manifesto
Another round of worthless thoughts & prayers
No one inside the Senate really cares.
No votes, because the NRA done said so.

What is this evil crawling at our borders
Why is this crisis filling filthy cages
Where comes this darkness that within us rages
Who are the people following who’s orders.

An angry disaffected white defendant
An exponent of our second amendment.

8/6/19
(533)

White, Black, Brown. The difference is small.
For Green’s the best color of all.
The rich save their cares
And sincere thoughts and prayers
For the stock market in its free fall.

8/7/19
(532)

Palm Springs is the desert, but please.
One-Hundred Twenty-One Degrees (?!?!?!)
Global warming’s complete.
That ungodly heat
Can cause one tremendous unease.

8/8/19
(531)

What a way to break up a fam.
ICE knocks on the door, and then, wham.
Now a child’s alone.
To quote Nina Simone,
Hey Mississippi, Goddam!

8/9/19
(530)

Tucker Carlson is quite a guy.
“White Supremacy’s only a lie”.
Racist, sexist and fake.
Glad he’s taking a break,
And his sponsors are saying “buh-bye”.

8/10/19
(529)

My rally here, it really drew a crowd.
Much bigger than the one held for O’Rourke.
That loser’s really crazy. What a dork.
Cute baby. Bet he’ll do his parents proud.

Camera’s ready. Now, thumbs-up and smile.
Wall-Mart, you say? I hear they like me there.
Don’t let the baby mess my wifey’s hair.
Just let his uncle take him for a while.

I’m here to show America I care,
And tell the world my empathy’s not fake
And pose with all these nurses on their break
And get a tee time at a course somewhere.

To make this country great again’s my credo.
And by the way – too bad about Toledo.

8/11/19
(528)

And as expected, while our eyes wide shut,
With scarce a trace of plausible denial
A certain man is now exempt from trial
As some unseen director hollers “Cut!”.

On private planes, on islands, in penthouses
A bank of faces most of us have seen
Engaged in acts that lay beyond obscene
Their partners’ lack of willingness arouses.

The rare elite – their power is a drug.
When darker forces find the means to flaunt you,
Til your indulgences come back to haunt you,
Yet in your hand, the pow’r to pull the plug.

But Jesus, what a life and what a ride.
(And no, it did not end with suicide).

8/12/19
(527)

The rich and connected Epstein
Raped many an underage teen.
Before he stood trial,
He was jailed for a while,
And then h

8/13/19
(526)

Letting key conservation laws lapse,
With our future, the man’s shooting craps.
He’ll hold the distinction
Of spurring extinction
And world eco-system collapse.

8/14/19
(525)

In Dayton, that guy with the gun
Ended up on a breathtaking run.
26 shot, they reckons
In just 32 seconds.
A new record. He’s Number One.

8/15/19
(524)

Unwanted advances cause grief!
The victims deserve some relief!
The next man down? Bingo!
Placido Domingo.
(But still, not our Grabber-in-Chief).

8/16/19
(523)

Gorgeous land and peaceable folks.
Ah, the images Greenland evokes.
Though his aides may deny it,
Trump wanted to buy it
As ice for all his Diet Cokes.

8/17/19
(522)

Those Rhode Island guards are the worst.
Driving trucks into crowds undispersed.
They find so resplendent
The Second Amendment
While pepper spraying the First.

8/18/19
(521)

Union workers at Royal Dutch Shell
Were given the option from Hell:
Hear what Trump had to say,
Or no pay for the day,
And no shouting or protests as well.

8/19/19
(520)

Afghanistan
Beyond the norm
Needs
Comprehensive
Bomb Reform.

8/20/19
(519)

Grab your surfboard. Catch a wave, and ride.
The water of Lake Michigan awaits
But only time and chance will tell your fates
From that ammonia and cyanide.

A deadly spill for days left unreported
Til fish by thousands floated belly up
But not to worry friends. Relax. Drink up.
The company at fault will get this sorted.

In Indiana flows the Calumet
Upstream, an old steel mill blast furnace blows
Without a word, the toxic mixture flows.
How sad those poor shareholders might get wet.

“Permitted levels” now, they say, relieved.
Without a word why they should be believed.

8/21/19
(518)

Yesterday, Donald Trump was emphatic:
Loyal Jews should not vote Democratic.
Should they just follow orders
Like his Nazi supporters?
His logic’s somewhat problematic.

8/22/19
(517)

The Amazon now is aflame.
Greed and ignorance take up the blame.
Like Atlantis before,
Paradise is no more,
This poor world. It cannot be the same.

8/23/19
(516)

Emboldened by the actions of our leader,
World dictators and despots wield their power
The stronger take and let the weaker cower
What happens next will need no psychic reader.

His ill or good intent does not much matter
For style and result set such example
A blueprint for all those who who wish to trample
And bleed the world while their accounts gets fatter.

Baha’i faith says peace is inevitable.
A true “planetization of mankind”.
And through that, what exactly would we find
And what we found, how would it be profitable.

The forward path, so bloodily debated
And yet each particle inter-related.

8/24/19
(525)

Our Exalted Trade Warrior Wiz
Tweets demands to American Biz.
The man hereby orders
They leave Chinese borders.
Now, who does this guy think he is?

8/25/19
(514)

Joe Walsh is just full of repentances.
Was a racist (but that’s in parenthesis).
Now he wants to be the
GOP nominee.
Hey, at least he can speak in full sentences.

8/26/19
(513)

A bit of fumble on the global stage.
His glib and shallow comebacks miss their tone
The world moves forward as he stands alone
The spin from staff’s success is hard to gauge.

Japan won’t play along with his deception.
Great Britain humbly asks him for Trade Peace.
While Putin’s invitation gets no grease,
Macron’s guest from Iran gets a reception.

His buddy Bolsonaro took a beating
But Donald has no time for climate change.
By afternoon his mind was out of range
And soon enough the man was off a-tweeting.

Some say our Leader isn’t having fun
In Biarritz at the ol’ G6+1.

8/27/19
(512)

One man’s vanity.
Ecological insanity.
A crime against humanity.
Insert my profanity.

8/28/19
(511)

To Doral, Trump gave out invitations
To the folks of the G7 nations
Tho it sounds like a gas,
They may want to pass
Because of Health Code violations.

8/29/19
(510)

The news from our great EPA:
Methane limits get loosened today.
Big Oil gets a pass
On releasing their gas.
Drill away! Frack away, Fart away!

8/30/19
(509)

They’re crowded and unsanitary.
No showers or toothbrushes. Scary.
The food there is rotten
The children, forgotten.
And is Oversight welcome?
Not very.

8/31/19
(508)

Our Government wants you to eat!
The fatty, the salty, the sweet!
Old guidelines? Passé!
The Donald Trump Way
Is processed foods and lots of meat!

July, 2019

7/1/19
(569)

Let’s embrace inoffensive and bland.
Turn the Fourth Estate rock into sand.
Don’t get too close to home,
Or cut near to the bone,
Or satiric cartoonists get canned.

7/2/19
(568)

World Leaders paused and watched her gesture grandly,
And photobomb her way across G20.
Opinions, yes, it seems that she has plenty
For photo ops that may just come in handily.

How pleasant that she represents our nation
(While husband Jared serves his Saudi master
So he can pay his New York mortgage faster)
Yet “Donald’s Daughter”’s not an occupation.

But in the future, not to far away,
These pictures of her sitting at the table
May try to show the masses that she’s able
When time comes for her own Election Day.

I hope I shall not live to finally see
The nightmare of some Trumpian Dynasty.

7/3/19
(567)

A young rapist acquitted, it seems.
A good student. Why ruin his dreams.
This fine Eagle Scout
Has a future, no doubt,
In the White House or on the Supremes.

7/4/19
(566)

In celebration of the brave and free,
Our independence and inter-dependance,
With synchophants and shameless in attendance,
We pay for Donald Trump’s “Salute to Me”.

No Veteran he, but ogling his tanks.
Blue Angels scream for him, just overhead,
As for a tinhorn dictator instead,
While those who serve will barely get a thanks.

Would someone tell me what the Hell I’m missing.
Why let that face reflect a Nation’s cheers
It did quite well without him all those years
This shameless King of right-wing fanny kissing.

The Baby Diaper Trump a-flying tall.
Unnerving that we need it there at all.

7/5/19
(565)

I missed the parade, I’m confessin’
The war planes and tanks were no blessin’
Under grey, stormy skies
People just rolled their eyes
At Donald Trump’s history lesson.

7/6/19
(564)

Our president fights the good fight
For citizen census insight
It really takes grit
To finally admit
It’s to help out the white and the right.

7/7/19
(563)

Pimp to well-connected and to stars
A list of names all known to like ‘em young
With scores of victim stories to be sung.
How many years could be spent behind bars

This friend of Clinton, Dershowitz and Trump,
This pal of heads of state and billionaires,
A private plane to jet away from cares,
A destination isle of teenage rump.

Who are the folks who wish he’d go away.
Those implicated should he testify.
Or will his mem’ry suddenly run dry.
When called upon to tell who came to play.

Perverse elite who find such clever uses
For human trafficked underage masseuses.

7/8/19
(562)

Is the world getting better? Well, nah.
Many problems but ah…
Here today, quite a score –
World Cup Number Four.
USA Women’s Soccer. Brava!

7/9/19
(561)

An ambassador, name of Darroch,
In a leaked memo, gave Trump a knock.
He called him “inept”.
How America wept.
Kim Jong Un wouldn’t stand for this talk.

7/10/19
(560)

She called him on the message he’s exuding –
To make the country great for but the few.
Perhaps he should try harder, and anew
For she’s one of the people he’s excluding

The team will not be coming for a visit
No photo op for this administration.
Her vic’try celebrates a larger nation.
His straight and white agenda’s too explicit.

Four World Cup wins they made upon the field.
The Level Playing Field fight still rages
How sad equality must come in stages
A patriarchy not content to yield.

But Rapinoe, she sees the future beckoning.
To Trump she says, “we need to have a reckoning”.

7/11/19
(559)

More video on CNN.
A deluge that’s beyond my ken.
Louisiana, not again.

7/12/19
(558)

A plea deal in 2008
Let Epstein the pedophile skate.
Acosta protected
The rich and connected
And now, he’s resigned, and that’s great.

7/13/19
(557)

Tennessee gives a nod to the man
Who saw slavery as quite a good plan.
Hip hip hooray,
It’s Bedford Forrest Day,
The first Grand Wizard of the Klan.

7/14/19
(556)

ICE men descend with their hooks.
The world sees how bad this all looks.
So many afraid
To get caught in a raid.
We should arrest crooks and not cooks.

7/15/19
(555)

Have you heard Donald’s latest eruption?
“Go back home and fix the corruption”.
(Greater risk for our nation
Is overpopulation
And catastrophic climate disruption.)

7/16/19
(554)

Though his words were both racist and mean
This was nothing that we haven’t seen.
Although he’s unkind
The man’s color blind.
There’s just one he sees, and that’s green.

7/17/19
(553)

What once was the party of Lincoln
Has too many folks who are stinkin’.
Their man, can’t you tell,
Is George Lincoln Rockwell.
It’s enough to drive one to drinkin’.

7/18/19
(552)

And now a list of evidence he touts
That one’s dissent should call for deportation
To salt the bleeding fissure of our nation
A rally chant as if by soccer louts

Impassioned crowd rings out with “SEND HER BACK!!”
A mob shall solve the problems at our core
While leaders punt on what this Country’s for
It’s hard to see recovery from our lack.

The market’s up. So tell me, what’s the fuss.
Our policies, dark secrets poorly kept,
America, so steeped in moral debt
While others pay the bitter price for us.

The world, I fear, will need to take a bath
Should it survive our neo-Fascist path.

7/19/19
(551)

Werner Horn is void of contrition
For this State Rep’s recent admission
Where he found the bravery
To talk about slavery
As some sort of time-honored tradition.

7/20/19
(550)

Gene Scalia’s a pip of a guy,
And the corporate sector knows why.
Poor labor relations.
More deregulation.
And worker protections, goodbye.

7/21/19
(549)

Does Trump want a nation of fools?
Where lying and ignorance rules?
I’m sad for our Nation’s
Once great Education.
When billions get cut from our schools.

7/22/19
(548)

Yesterday, Donald Trump was a-tweeting
That with Schumer he’ll set up a meeting.
With their separate renditions
Of our border conditions
I’m sure that their talk will be fleeting.

7/23/19
(547)

A fanatical Trump fan named Cesar
Showed how whack his delusional ways are.
To the Trump folks with gripes
He sent bombs stuffed in pipes.
These are zombie apocalypse days, Sire.

7/24/19
(546)

Theresa May’s out on her rump
The Brexiteers get a big bump
A torch has been passed.
The Queen is aghast
And Great Britain gets their own Trump.

7/25/19
(545)

From neither side he stooped to take the bait.
With answers in few words and often terse.
No revelations came to fuel the verse
Was Mueller’s testimony worth the wait.

While one side fumed and spewed about a coup,
The other probed for fodder to impeach.
Yet Mueller, taciturn, beyond their reach,
Referred to his report as if on cue.

The facts his team assembled in those pages
A cautionary tome for those to follow
An image of a future hard to swallow
Corrupt, beyond the finger-pointing rages.

His statements cast a measure of aspersion.
Our leader must have watched a different version.

7/26/19
(544)

The penalty of death is reinstated.
The latest chapter of this endless show.
The chosen five, the lowest of the low,
But is this progress to be celebrated.

Our schools, our air, our health care and our border –
Our Nation’s troubles crying for solutions.
No time for those, but more for executions.
It’s good to have priorities in order.

For 16 years, the executions pause
And now comes Barr all set to throw the switch
Too bad for someone caught up in a glitch
When one is here to serve a higher cause.

Survivors still may see this as a boon,
But politics, not justice, called this tune.

7/27/19
(543)

Dear Leader’s great Art of the Deal
Lampooned on the President’s Seal.
Golf clubs & cash.
A nice Russian sash.
Sometimes truth is just too damned surreal.

7/28/19
(542)

In Moscow, protesters arrested.
A political process gets tested.
The crowds representing
Locked up for dissenting.
Poor Donald, so jealous, is bested.

7/29/19
(541)

So Dan Coats’ tenure now ends.
Is this good or bad for us? Depends.
An Intel chief leaves,
And the new one believes.
That Korea & Russia are friends.

7/30/19
(540)

From years ago, a Randy Newman song
Said “Oh Baltimore, man, it’s hard just to live”.
The images “The Wire” had to give
Suggested that Trumps tweets were not too wrong.

But still it stands a city fierce alive,
Defines itself beyond some rust and rot,
Prepared to offer everything it’s got
Determined to do more than just survive.

Ignore the tweeted insults, Baltimore.
You plus & minus balance of a City.
Who cares if not all parts of you are pretty
Your urban landscape stands as metaphor.

A quote rings out from The Baltimore Sun.
It’s better to have rats than to be one.

7/31/19
(539)

Some things we learned over the din
On the Democrat pathway to “Win” –
Aim for Google looks,
Compromise with the crooks,
And sound lots more Republican.

June, 2019

6/1/19
(599)

Former Ethics Chief Shaub says “Beware”.
Fourteen tweets outline why we should care.
It starts with our guy’s
OVER TEN-THOUSAND LIES
And then, things go downhill from there.

6/2/19
(598)

To some it was hard to explain
Why they moved the warship McCain.
Sure he was a brave Vet,
Decorated, and yet
Just the name may cause “Bone Spurs” some pain.

6/3/19
(597)

When Donnie arrived in Great Britain
He tweeted things that weren’t fittin’.
He went on and on
Insulting Mayor Khan.
Sad it’s with Kim Jong Un that he’s smitten.

6/4/19
(596)

George Nader, perhaps worthy of our scorn,
Once hooked up a back-channel to the Kremlin
With Erik Prince, that ol’ Blackwater gremlin.
And now the man’s been caught with kiddie porn.

His Mueller testimony might bring rage
Or just a shrug, depending on your side
But at the airport, on his phone, inside,
Explicit graphics of boys underage.

In White House, met with Kushner and with Bannon,
Despite reports of previous abuses.
Forget his sins, the man has greater uses –
His Middle East connections are like Manon.

For years, he ducked when conflicts had arisen
Through high-placed friends who kept him out of prison.

6/5/19
(595)

While thousands take to protest in the street
And Baby Blimp is floating overhead,
A robot tweets on gilded toilet seat
But Trump sees “great love all around” instead.

A stiff and awkward photo with the queen
No grabbing here. Behavior unassailable.
The BBC depicts him as porcine
How sad for him Fox News is not available.

Lampooning – such a proud British tradition
Grotesque sarcasm not meant to endear
But now it’s not mere folly but a mission
His right-wing message is not welcome here.

(Although the masses jeering truly grates,
He knows that they were bussed in from the states.)

6/6/19
(594)

There’s no deal with Korea.
There’s no deal with Japan.
There’s no deal with the Democrats.
The Art of Deal Man.

There’s no deal on the table.
There’s no deal on the floor.
And there’s no one in the White House
Who knows what the deal is for.

No deal yet on health care
And there’s no deal on the wall
No deal for the veterans
Except the one that’s raw.

There’s no dealing with our allies
There’s no dealing with our foes
The secret deal’s in armaments
(but everybody knows).

The environment will not be dealt with.
Its marker’s overdue,
And ultimately holds the cards.
A few more hands, and through.

No deal on the future.
No deal on the now.
A close eye on the dealer’s hands
Still won’t reveal the how.

When dealing with a dealer
It’s best to take it slow
For what was once a deal
Soon becomes Pay As You Go.

6/7/19
(593)

I’m afraid that it wouldn’t be slandering
To say North Carolina’s been pandering
To conservative bases
And votes with white faces
Through illegal racial gerrymandering.

6/8/19
(592)

So Trump wants to lower the bar
Of restricting emissions by car.
You know that it’s clear
That his plan’s too severe
When the industry says, “Hey, too far”.

6/9/19
(591)

So D-Day has come and has gone.
Brave soldiers who’s memories live on.
We reflect on their fate
But our Prez is irate
That the “D” in it don’t stand for “Don”.

6/10/19
(590)

Kashoggi, we should not forget,
Was killed by the Saudis, and yet
Trump sees their appeal
And will make an arms deal
Unless our own Congress says, “Nyet”.

6/11/19
(589)

The Mexico Trade Deal’s in place!
Trump shows himself off as an Ace!
(But much of this score
Was agreed months before
And a lot of the rest just saves face).

6/12/19
(588)

In this heat it’s quite hard to write jokes.
So much sun that my rhyming brain chokes
A profound fear of fire
Just helps me perspire
So glad Global Warming’s a hoax.

6/13/19
(587)

A foreign adversary’s now a friend,
Based on a rival’s dirt it may provide.
This statement illustrates a great divide:
Corrupted means to justify an end.

In emphasizing winning over leading,
We live in the United States of Trump
And wait for orders on how high to jump
While at the curb, Democracy is bleeding.

The despots and the strongmen he admires
He sides with over loyal opposition
And yet this un-American position
Helps light the torches for his base’s fires.

His answer that he finds no harm in listening.
Reflected in how bright his slime is glistening.

6/14/19
(586)

The man who said it wasn’t fakin’.
Somewhere an oath has been forsaken.
Impeachment action should be taken.

6/15/19
(585)

Iran wants a war, sez Pompeo
Response should come without delay-o.
All this policy wonkin’
Smells like Gulf of Tonkin
It’s hard to believe what he say-o.

6/16/19
(584)

I’d always felt I’d seen that face before
Unseeing porcine eyes, unsmiling sneer
A flat and scolding voice instilling fear
Just like my 3rd grade schoolyard monitor.

The podium had never looked so bleak
Until this chance to throw her weight around.
She’d drag a once free press down to the ground
And straight face’d lie when ‘ere she’d choose to speak.

Evade, deflect, obscure, ignore, deny,
Amazing work by this Gaslighting Queen
Oh Mama, treat those bad reporters mean
And dully normalize the actions of your guy.

Now Governor in Arkansas’ the goal.
For she devoid of conscience and of soul.

6/17/19
(583)

Needing all the support he could bolster,
He pulled current stats from his holster.
But the numbers he’s hidin’
Trail Warren and Biden
So our Prez simply fired his pollster.

6/18/19
(582)

Soon ICE will descend on our nation
Chasing migrants to Donald’s elation
With his great plan to seize
And deport refugees
In this “crisis” of his own creation.

6/19/19
(581)

Orlando’s where he spilled the loving cup
And let its nectar flow down on his base.
Condemned the present press right to their face,
And led the pungent cry to “lock her up!”.

“Those Democrats, you know they’re out to git ya’,
They only want to trash the things we’ve done
And take away your Bible and your Gun.
Without me you will never know what hit ya’.

So cheer me as you smell the swamp I’m draining.
We’ll stand against the angry Left-wing mob
And as I lie, deflect, deny and rob,
I’ll pee on you and you’ll believe it’s raining.”

A rally for this four year long infection.
I shudder when I think of re-election.

6/20/19
(580)

Will Donald pick up the Red Phone.
Is the chance for diplomacy blown.
Will the arms sale end
To our dear Saudi friend.
Will we go to war over a drone.

6/21/19
(579)

It’s all right, kids

Go out and play

We will not go

To war today.

6/22/19
(578)

So Donald says he never met her.
There’s a picture. How could he forget her.
Which one has the say
Of what happened that day.
Of the two of them, I’d have to bet, her.

6/23/19
(577)

The quaint phrase “safe & sanitary”
Sounds nice but still we should be wary.
No toothbrush. No soap.
How ‘bout some beds? Nope.
For children, this sounds more than scary.

6/24/19
(576)

There’s twenty-five hats in the ring.
How much game does each candidate bring.
The passion and vision
To avoid a collision
And dethrone our wannabe king.

6/25/19
(575)

Iran, oh Persia, wise and ancient land.
Rich history, a culture deep and great,
And yet between our governments, such hate
For reasons that I don’t quite understand.

Is it our issue with the God you serve.
Is it our lack of trust regarding nukes.
Is it your ayatollah’s smug rebukes.
Or is it but your oil rich reserve.

More sanctions take effect as tensions grow
We hold our breath as global leaders spar.
One wrong move, one word, one gesture once too far
And dominoes could shift the world we know.

A permanent closure of diplomacy
Is this a chapter that truly needs to be.

6/26/19
(574)

We’re hearing that come mid-July,
Robert Mueller will go testify.
What will Congress find out?
Was there ever much doubt?
Trump’s lie, after lie, after lie.

6/27/19
(573)

Ten candidates on Prime Time took the stage
To test the phrases that define their brand,
And joust about the topics placed at hand:
Health care, to war, to children in a cage.

The lesser-knowns would go to any lengths
To interrupt, to shine, to grab attention
And many questions barely got a mention
In answers framed to emphasize one’s strengths.

And now the morning pundits set their sights
Dissecting every gesture, word and glance
To analyze this studied, awkward dance,
And see who sweat the most beneath the lights.

(Oh, Beto, just a note before you vanish –
The rest on stage appreciate your Spanish)

6/28/19
(572)

Face down in the mud was their fate
Leaving horrors that we helped create
Governmental disruption,
Poverty and corruption
Meanwhile, who won the debate.

6/29/19
(571)

In Japan at the G-20 Meeting,
Climate Change was a topic, but fleeting.
Some folks think that their pact
Is too mild an act.
How long can our Earth stand the beating.

6/30/19
(570)

At the DMZ zone yesterday
Donald met with Kim Jong Un to play.
How historic and fine
That he stepped ‘cross that line.
Dear God, now if only he’d stay.

May, 2019

5/1/19
(630)

When his facts and his findings got bent,
Bob Mueller expressed his dissent
Barr misled the nation
With his Cliff’s Notes summation
What he said there was not what was meant.

5/2/19
(629)

Stonewalling – a word we hear a lot these days.
The choice that’s made to simply not respond.
A way to screw with whom you are not fond
A way to show the world that lying pays.

And by the way, Barr won’t show up today.
On Wednesday, what he said was quite enough
Kamala’s questioning was just too tough.
It’s all in his four pages, anyway.

In other news, our Government has sued
To wipe away all of Obamacare
Not just the parts Trump doesn’t like in there.
Now that’s our leader’s winning attitude.

Justice, climate, health & education.
The sinking of our once respected Nation.

5/3/19
(628)

Old reporters are standing in breadlines
While online sites rush to beat deadlines
Click bait or gossip.
It’s really a toss up.
While Donald Trump gets all the headlines.

5/4/19
(627)
John Kelly has got our attention
His new gig is sure worth a mention.
This ex Chief of Staff
Rose above the riff-raff
For a future in migrant detention.

5/5/19
(626)

The Derby will not be the same.
Two jockeys were wronged, so they claim.
The winner’s removal
Sparked Trump’s disapproval
I’m sure he thinks Clinton’s to blame.

5/6/19
(625)

Dire news obscured by fierce denial
Our future in a bleak reality
On path to something no one wants to see
Consumption and disposal now on trial.

A million species give or take a few,
Their cries are heard from forest, marsh and ocean
But still this grip upon a toxic potion
Shows clear how very little one can do.

A fragile web in which all are connected
Frayed to a point that’s almost beyond mending
We act as if this party’s never ending
While his’try tells us this is what’s expected.

Our business model praises growth unending
The price: our children’s future that we’re spending.

5/7/19
(624)

Pompeo gets “F” for a grade.
The dude just ain’t right in the haid.
He deserves to get struck
Because only a schmuck
Would praise global warming for trade.

5/8/19
(623)

Amazed by our ‘Boss of All Bosses”.
The number of lies he embosses.
This suave, debonair
Self-made billionaire
Made really a billion in losses

5/9/19
(622)

Get tickets and let’s book some rooms!
Get ready for weird mental zooms!
As time keeps on slippin’
We’ll soon be off trippin’
‘Cuz Denver has legalized ‘shrooms!

5/10/19
(621)

An opulence beyond a global reach
So grand the heights that grace the world’s elite
No gesture of excess too great a feat.
A contrast to the life of those who teach:

A woman, well respected, good repute,
Needs leave her class to seek recovery
Only to make the sad discovery
Her sick leave goes to pay her substitute.

What law creates this gross inequity.
The remedy, the curse of socialism?
Or is our lot forever with this schism
Something about this just seems sick to me.

Could those elected change the status quo
Our his’try gives answer that we know.

5/11/19
(620)

For guys, it’s “wham, bam, thank you, Ma’am”
Raising kids? Some could not give a damn.
With the coming court fights
About women’s rights,
They’ll be sending coat hangers to Alabam’.

5/12/19
(619)

Oh Mary MacLeod
Forgive my troll
But you should have used
Birth Control.

5/13/19
(618)

So with China, we’re in a trade war.
Could you please tell me – what is it for?
This tariff procession
Could cause a recession
We’ll feel when we’re at the store.

5/14/19
(617)

For our problems he has no solution
He colludes as he shouts “no collusion”.
What a twisted sideshow.
Watch our tax dollars go
To fund Barr seeking Trump’s retribution.

5/15/19
(616)

I ask you. What’s wrong with this man.
His insane foreign policy plan.
The only thing fine-a
Than a trade war with China
Is an actual war with Iran.

5/16/19
(615)

It’s hard to fathom all the things we lose
When we restrict a woman’s right to choose.
When men along the line enforce their will,
To make a mess, then stick her with the bill.

We wonder still what constitutes a life,
And ponder rights of woman and of wife
These ongoing debates – they are not new to us,
But government should stay outside the uterus.

A felony for doctors who assist,
While rapists get a slap upon the wrist.
The precious miracle for all to see
Born to a life of pain and poverty.

Please tell me true, what is a child’s worth.
Is life a sacred gift until its birth.

5/17/19
(614)

A fraudster who’s named Conrad Black,
Free from jail, with life back on track.
This convicted crook
Wrote a flattering book
About Trump, who pardoned the hack.

5/18/19
(613)

Venezuela seems under a curse.
The poverty there is perverse.
What sad failed wisdom
Brought death to their system.
In what ways did we make it worse.

5/19/19
(612)

Across the aisle, one man dared to reach
He took the time to read the full report,
Decided Barr’s conclusions fell far short,
And called for Donald Trump to be impeached.

How dare he stoop to put his Country first.
In God’s name, what the hell is this man for.
How could he help his own opponent score.
What made him say “Enough. This is the worst.”

He praised a “brilliant”, “awesome” Constitution.
Said it deserves a government to match it.
Reach past the ones who’d rather break than patch it
And find the just, non-partisan solution.

Uphold the rules and spirit of our system,
E’en when it’s more convenient to resist ‘em.

5/20/19
(611)

With Iran it’s as intense as it gets.
Every day, provocation & threats.
“The end of Iran”
That sounds like a plan.
The hist’ry of war is regrets.

5/21/19
(612)

Robert Smith gave the best present yet
To the fresh Morehouse graduate set.
A donation he’s giving
Will go to forgiving
Forty-million in student loan debt.

5/22/19
(609)

My former staffers have no more to say.
Your flurry of subpoenas do not matter
My talks with Putin? Only idle chatter.
Those black redaction bars are here to stay.

Don’t waste my time with some emoluments clause.
And don’t expect a chat with Don McGhan
Why am I dragging feet? Because I can.
My base could care less if I broke some laws.

My tax returns? I’ve said before. Forget it.
You won’t get far pursuing my finances
Call Deutsche Bank, and you can take your chances.
But push too far and I’ll see you regret it.

This ain’t my first time playing at this game
You know by now, Stonewall’s my middle name.

5/23/19
(608)

While our Prez entertains us with lies,
Where’s the push to de-carbonize?
If we don’t gain some traction
On concerted action,
We’ll be doomed by the sea level rise.

5/24/19
(607)

In an article sad and succinct,
Climate change and inbreeding are linked
With deforestation
To the realization
That Koalas will soon be extinct.

5/25/19
(606)

And now it is time to commence
The politicizing of Intelligence
Barr lied under oath
Let’s impeach them both
And deal with President Pence.

5/26/19
(605)

A record amount for Defense.
As the next round of war will commence.
Enrich those who procure,
Yet we don’t feel secure.
Does this use of our taxes make sense.

5/27/19
(604)

A random cab, behind the wheel a random man.
Articulate, a local, knew the score
Perspectives we had never heard before
His first home, many years ago, Afghanistan.

How many generations grew with war
His work, translating, for a while, took him back
And there he saw an odd man dressed in black
Who knew what his explosive vest was for.

Another time, a Texas poker game
A young man met who’s heart for battle burns
His first time out, he’s not with the returns
The driver slowly, clearly says his name.

A truth in war amidst a many lie
They who are remembered never truly die.

5/28/19
(603)

This weekend, Trump went to Japan.
Cheeseburgers and golf for our man.
He watched Sumo stars.
Spoke about trips to Mars.
If he’s going, that sounds like a plan.

5/29/19
(602)

2016, McConnell said “No.”
Merrick Garland would not make The Show.
But come 2020,
He’ll change his tune plenty
When Trump’s nominee gets a Go.

5/30/19
(601)

A brief appearance, soft, and almost halting.
No revelation and no glib retort
His testimony is in his report
But still, a lack of readership he’s faulting.

A sitting president cannot be charged
And yet quite clearly not exonerated
Now watch intent and wording get debated
And meaning get diminished or enlarged.

Interference in elections of our nation.
Evidence that indicates obstructions
Within those pages, findings and deductions
Now, as expected, Mueller’s resignation.

Before he leaves though, taking time to mention
Some things he needed brought to our attention.

5/31/19
(600)

After Mueller’s news conference adieu,
Trump’s desperate tweets, how they flew.
He spewed allegations
And false accusations.
How sad that his base thinks they’re true.