January, 2020

1/1/20
(385)

May your dreams make it over the hump,
And your path be without halt or bump.
May joy be instilled,
And your year be filled
With things that do not rhyme with “rump”.

1/2/20
(384)

Even tho on the job they were pleasin’
Trump’s workers got canned for a reason.
Tho’ undocumented,
The Donald relented
‘Til after the harvesting season.

1/3/20
(383)

This drone attack – a tactic, or a whim
Deserved response or mindless escalation
And in what form will come retaliation
Upon the heads of those who martyred him.

Trump’s words were few, a playground bully’s taunt,
As clear as an articulate explosion.
His switches thrown to further the erosion
To end or start – what does our leader want.

Two presidents before him chose to pause.
They didn’t call for an official hit.
But Suleimani didn’t shy from it
His resume provided ample cause.

So much for New Year peace and mending fences.
Now comes the calendar of consequences.

1/4/20
(382)

The fires we’ve seen
The fires still yet to come
The fires right now

1/5/20
(381)

Iranian tempers on boil
Troops flying to Middle East soil
Assassination
Brings retaliation
Someone tell me this ain’t about oil.

1/6/20
(380)

And after Trump’s Baghdad attack,
More threats to Iran and Iraq.
His petulant rage
On the global stage
Is daring them both to push back.

1/7/20
(379)

For revenge some Iranians thirst,
With Americans fearing the worst.
Tho folks may admit
Of the targets to hit,
Perhaps Mar a Lago comes first.

1/8/20
(378)

Intelligence, we’re told, sketchy at best
Perhaps there was no imminent attack
But now we see Iran is striking back
And foreign policy by Trump is put to test.

Retaliation talk was met by threat
To target life and culture as they knew it
And could he be just nuts enough to do it.
Iran displays the guts to take the bet.

Oil. Greed. Abuse of power. Rage.
The politics of threat. The thrill to war.
Reveal the splintered rotting at the core
Of where we stand upon the global stage.

And still all those equipped to make it stop
Enabling the madman at the top.

1/9/20
(377)

A president who we all know
Made our lives a Reality Show
Each day a new crisis
Climate, trade wars (stacking the courts, putting children in cages, obstructing of justice, spreading lies, polarizing the citizenry, attacking the media, promoting his own interests, pedaling influence, cozying up to dictators, selling off our natural resources, trashing the EPA, alienating our allies, sending dog whistle cues to the radical right, pandering to evangelicals who are convinced that he’ll bring about the second coming) and ISIS…
Oh Christ, how I wish he’d just go.

1/10/20
(376)

From Iran, a few missiles were sent.
A plane is down “by accident”
Some folks have the notion
This was set in motion
By the actions of our president.

1/11/20
(375)

Each death a ripple matrix of a loss
Each hole at depth beyond our understanding
So little time to fight to remain standing
When it’s your turn to give the dice a toss

Presented as a number or statistic
A singular and abstract distillation
Whitewashing every heart’s own devastation
Emotion unexpressed in things linguistic

So vital, then so suddenly departed
With those remaining left to contemplate
The nexus of a single tragic fate
But wait – t’was only yesterday we started.

Daughter, sister, partner, lover, friend
In absence still, these roles, they shall not end.

1/12/20
(374)

At an Ohio rally, this time
Trump said Dems just want chaos and crime –
They’re “vicious and horrible”.
This man is incorrigible!
His lies leave a trail of slime.

1/13/20
(373)

Our politics are a fat mess
Each who serves has a thing to confess.
We’ve soaked in regressive.
What’s wrong with “progressive”?
In the word itself you find PROGRESS.

1/14/20
(372)

Journalism’s a challenging chore
So many newspapers cry poor
But I’d rather have read
About what’s done or said
Than the gossip about what was wore.

1/15/20
(371)

The Bernie and Liz rift begins.
The Corporate Dem camp just grins.
Spreading lies, sowing doubt,
Let the Left duke it out
While Donnie, without effort, wins.

1/16/20
(370)

Yes, Virginia,

What a day.

You’ve ratified

The E.R.A.

1/17/20
(369)

With Dershowitz now on the case
Trump’s Dreamteam Defense is in place!
He helped OJ skate!
Thought Epstein was great!
For defending the guilty, he’s ace!

1/18/20
(368)

Happy Birthday to Michelle Obama
From Donald, in her honor, a surprise!
A banquet full of pizza, burgers, fries
A little taste of schoolyard luncheon drama.

We’ll fill those kids with sugar, starch and grease.
Good health is such a Socialistic plot.
Fresh fruits and veggies just sit there and rot.
Let grades go down and average weight increase.

Roll back that woman’s call for healthy meals,
Walk back from dated concepts like nutrition
Poor kids, again, assuming the position
To pave the way for fast food outlet deals.

Such tasty food Sir. May I have more please?
More diabetes and more heart disease.

1/19/20
(367)

Our economy’s one to adore,
Cancer deaths down, and Blacks earning more.
Our trade balance sings.
How many more things
Does Donald Trump take credit for.

1/20/20
(366)

His message fell deaf upon fools
He was slain by establishment tools
Celebrate on this day
As his dream fades away
While his name still adorns streets and schools.

1/21/20
(365)
Impeachment? Who’s in – Yes or No.
Most have had quite enough of this show.
It smells like manure
But one thing’s for sure –
There’s 3 – 6 – 5 days left to go!

1/22/20
(364)

So many words we find to rhyme with Mitch,
Sometimes we get distracted by the game
Of making clever put-downs with his name.
But focus on the goal – to make the switch

And toss him on his ass come voting day.
To suit his party’s goals he twists the rules
Then gleeful, plays the Democrats for fools
Enough of this. Let’s send him on his way.

His loyalty is only to the wealthy
While stacking courts with dim, regressive judges.
And in his Holy Quest, he never budges
To keep Kentucky dumb, poor and unhealthy.

It’s time to dump this chicken-necked disaster,
And un-employ the Senate’s sham ringmaster.

1/23/20
(363)

The Dems offer up each demand.
Witnesses they’d call to the stand,
Documents by the ream
Of Trump’s corrupt scheme,
All they get tho, is “talk to the hand”.

1/24/20
(362)
Is there really any doubt about the facts.
Could one say true he’d not do such a thing.
Does it not count, this evidence we bring.
He lies, then moves to cover up his tracks.

Coercion, pow’r abuses and obstruction
But “in his mind, the man did nothing wrong”,
Sings Lindsay Graham in a fawning song
Preparing for his Hall of Shame induction.

Republicans say they’ve heard nothing new
But if it’s new, they’ve turned a deafened ear
New evidence, says Mitch, ain’t welcome here.
What is our sad Democracy to do.

We see beneath this partisan hysteria –
Trump only loves the ME that’s in aMErica.

1/25/20
(361)

Someone at the meeting was wired
When Trump made clear what he desired.
He was heard without doubt
Saying just, “take her out”.
Some believe that he only meant “fired”.

December, 2019

12/1/19
(417)

The trillions we’ve poured into war
Could have paid for our health care and more
Fully fund education,
Feed and shelter the nation.
The machine is corrupt at its core.

12/2/19
(416)

A climate summit starts now in Madrid
May it undo the damage that we did
Before a woeful global lack of will
Results in massive planetary kill.

Impeachment hearings carry on. That’s great
But Donald says he won’t participate
He’d rather spend time preaching to his minions
And from the sideline, tweet out his opinions.

Then, Lisa Page’s talking points anew –
What she and Strzok did and did not do,
And Trump’s relentless mocking of the two,
Including their orgasmic noises. Ewww.

So many topics but so little time
To sit here and create my daily rhyme.

12/3/19
(415)

Trump’s new tariffs are drawing the flies.
They’re just shafting our long-time allies.
His odd strategy
Spells trade tragedy,
Turning once good-buys into goodbyes.

12/4/19
(414)

The definition of impeachable
A clear delineation of offenses
A leadership that’s baldly lost its senses
And Trump declares himself unreachable.

This is our now, as audience and actors,
With scripts of lies and spin across a spectrum
A close-up shot of Democracy’s rectum
The loss of decency no longer factors.

What we see here is not all that there is.
This tightly scripted staged reality.
The numbness of lurid banality.
Don’t underestimate the business of the biz.

Beyond this tragic sideshow one thing’s certain –
There’s more that’s going on behind the curtain.

12/5/19
(413)

Yesterday, ranking Rep. Collins said
These are Democrat lies we’ve been fed.
Lawyer Karlan objected –
No vendetta detected,
But based on the facts that she read.

12/6/19
(412)

With the squabbling between each faction
No Democrat seems to have traction.
You’d think that the fears
Of four sucky more years
Would inspire some positive action.

12/7/19
(411)

More than 500 Law Profs agree
Donald Trump behaved impeachably.
But each one’s just a tool
From some liberal school.
Their bias is quite clear to me.

12/8/19
(410)

Joe Biden says it’s plain to see
Where he stands environmentally.
If you want to ban fracking
And send lobbyists packing
Then vote for one other than he.

12/9/19
(409)

The latest Trump outburst of note?
His wooing the “Killer Jew” vote.
“You may not like me,
And it’s mutual, see?
But I’m the Democrat tax antidote”.

12/10/19
(408)

Some Republicans are so obtuse.
For their tantrums there is no excuse.
All the pointing at Biden
And witnesses hidin’
Will not cover up Trump’s abuse.

12/11/19
(407)

Through 18 years and three administrations
The Afghan War Machine rolled right along
While each report revealed nothing wrong
Through countless and destructive conflagrations.

Conflicting strategies, unclear objectives
Corruption masked by data points distorted
The harder facts that never got reported
On countless and unwinnable directives.

No intel here for telling friend from foe
No real metrics found for keeping score
No sense of what we’re really fighting for
No end in sight for paying for this show.

The space between the truth and what we’re told
Makes wonder of what other lies we’re sold.

12/12/19
(406)

Trump Junior went hunting big game.
An endangered Argali, its name. A permit he lacked.
Got it after the fact.
A trophy kill. Totally lame.

12/13/18
(405)

For Obama, the man never budges.
He just stalled with obstruction and fudges.
For Trump, Mitch got moving,
The senate approving
A quarter of all active judges.

12/14/19
(404)

The outgoing Gov of Kentucky
Helped some 400 felons get lucky.
Some rapists and killers –
Community pillars
Whose donations to him were just ducky!

12/15/19
(403)

Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham,
In the Senate will choose to O.K. him.
They’ve said the will play it
As Trump’s lawyers say it
And they both lack the guts to betray him.

12/16/19
(402)

The impeachment soap opera continues.
To the Senate, we’ll see change in venues.
May Mulvaney, his crew,
And John Bolton too
Have their testimony on the menus.

12/17/19
(401)

A New Jersey Dem named VanDrew
Thinks impeach is the wrong thing to do.
To save his own ass
He’ll give Trump a pass,
And become a Republican too…

(So six staffers told him “Go screw!”)

12/18/19
(400)

The Countdown dwindles to four-hundred days
Until we see the next inauguration,
But still there is this nauseous sensation –
What if he’s re-elected and he stays.

Impeach him now. Democracy can’t wait.
While slowly die the things that really matter,
The rich get richer and fat cats get fatter.
Don’t just drain swamps. It’s time to clean the slate.

This Trump’s a symptom of a larger ill,
All those who profit from our house divided
Then buy the outcome already decided
And plot to bend the masses to their will.

Our public servants pledge, then fail the tests.
And still we vote against our own best interests.

12/19/19
(399)

The lines were drawn
The vote was reached.
The president
Has been impeached.

Burma-Shame

12/20/19
(398)

“Remember who you are and whom you serve”.
The words of Christianity Today.
Jim Bakker tho, has other things to say.
Those anti-Trump believers have their nerve.

How dare to lecture on morality.
How dare to buck the faith so now in fashion,
To contemplate the depths of Christ’s compassion,
And question our anointed one’s legality.

Such passion Trump’s dominion arouses
With thoughts and actions for which none atones
For some are just so busy throwing stones
They can’t see their reflections in glass houses.

It’s said to be not of the world, but in it.
And could it be your soul to lose to win it.

12/21/19
(398)

A Republican staffer is gloating
Suppressing the rolls of those voting
Is a great secret mission
To scare opposition
And win the election. Worth noting.

12/22/19
(397)

This country’s a hard thing to run.
All work and no play is no fun.
In Trump’s tenure here,
One statistic is clear:
In golfing dates, he’s Number One!

12/23/19
(396)

In the White House there’s folks acting snotty.
In the House and the Senate? Too haughty.
Is that Santa we see
Flying over DC
Because everyone there is too naughty.

12/24/19
(397)

That Iowa woman’s not nice.
Assault with a vehicle – twice!
She should be behind bars,
Hitting brown kids with cars,
But she’ll prob’ly get hired by ICE.

12/25/19
(394)

This Christmas Day, some pointers from the right
To win debates that crop up at the table.
Some talking points, assuming you’re not able
Alone to wreck your loved ones’ appetite.

No quid pro quo, but “yes” to Russian hoax.
Add salt and raise the flame to fan the schism
By dissing Democrats and Socialism.
Call out the human scum amongst your folks.

Don’t fret about this conversation’s fitness.
This holiday it’s all about the winning
And keeping Orange Mussolini grinning
By escalating Donald’s war on Christmas.

The Prince Of Peace’s birth? No time for that.
Here’s Jesus sporting his red MAGA hat.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE
REGARDLESS OF WHO YOU VOTED FOR. NO, REALLY.

12/26/19
(393)

And so for once the news reports can wait.
To set aside the scrolling, scrolling madness,
The never ending feed of doubt and sadness
A break from contemplating global fate.

Today, no president is needed here
Collapsed amidst the food and gift debris
No words of politics with family
To truly hold the things that we hold dear.

McConnell and his senate are on hold.
The congress spat resumes another day
For now, a time for sloth and gentle play
Some coffee then a stroll out in the cold.

The dramas of our world will all continue.
This rhyme’s to celebrate the peace within you.

12/27/19
(392)

Not much from the Trump camp we hear.
But the image I have conjures fear:
On the White House john lid,
Spewing tweets from his id,
Gearing up for the battles next year.

12/28/19
(391)

In the late waning days of December,
As the year flickers down to an ember,
Our Trump’s in Palm Beach,
Sitting just out of reach,
At a club where he’s the only member.

12/29/19
(390)

For a long time, his name was in doubt.
A secret that one should not flout.
It’s not about knowin’
Who was whistle-blowin’,
But what he was blowin’ about.

12/30/19
(389)

Through a callous and wide-ranging stunt-y,
We’re now seeing purges aplenty.
It’s not about polls –
It’s about voter rolls,
And who can vote in 2020.

12/31/19
(388)

Together we have seen and been through plenty
A decade that began with hope and change
And then would slow and sadly turn to strange
Ten years that feel as if they’ve aged us twenty.

You’ve seen it all. No need here to remind.
The sad events, the scared and grieving faces,
The lives disrupted by relentless races
Of progress that may leave us all behind.

And yet within, perhaps the will to start
Afresh and listen to those inner voices
That softly whisper to us kinder choices,
For know that with each asshole beats a heart.

Another day brings forth another chance
I hope your year will give you cause to dance.

November, 2019

11/1/19
(447)

A New Yorker for most of his life,
He just split with his golf clubs and wife.
Now our president’s
A Palm Beach resident.
Let the southland put up with his strife.

11/2/19
(446)

The DHS head for our nation
Devised “family separation”.
Chad Wolf is the hero
Of “tolerance? zero!”
So much heartbreak from this man’s creation.

11/3/19
(445)

Our money’s been wasted by fools
To keep out the smugglers and mules.
Trump’s Wall’s getting breached
And America’s reached
By folks armed with cheap power tools.

11/4/19
(444)

Republicans really don’t care,
But Liz & Bern lay it out bare:
The very, very, very,
Very, very, very, very
rich, they ain’t payin’ their share!

11/5/19
(443)

Now we begin to formally withdraw.
That Paris Climate Deal just was terrible.
What matter if your shithole life’s unbearable.
We’ll not be tied to any global law.

What does a scientist know about growth?
The smell of progress -is- carbon emission.
Why should I ask some vague future’s permission.
The here and now of winning is my goal.

The Socialism of that Green New Deal
The lab coats pushing Celsius two degrees
Do polar ice caps really need to freeze?
The answer, soon enough in its reveal.

No more must makers choke on regulation –
Pursuing endless growth and innovation.

11/6/19
(442)

In Virginia, a woman named Juli
Once got press when she acted unruly
With a finger displayed
To Trump’s motorcade
But today, she’s elected quite duly.

11/7/19
(441)

(Guest writer Lindsay Graham)
Testimony and transcripts will show
There was not a hint of quid pro quo.
He didn’t, he didn’t,
He didn’t, he didn’t,
He didn’t – and if he did, so?

11/8/19
(440)

Each posting on the ‘net invites inspection.
Drill down and you will find the comments section
Poor grammar, lousy spelling, brute insanity
Enough to make one lose faith in humanity.

The MAGA 2020 crowd in force
Condemning all but Fox as fake of course
Insults and threats and braggadocio,
Defending their Orange Pinocchio.

They’ll spew statistics of all he’s achieved
All counter-claims are not to be believed,
For Democrats and Hollywood and Science
Are in conspiratorial compliance.

I hope our country and our world remain
When they find out their leader is insane.

11/9/19
(439)

He’s never met a war he didn’t like
And now he’s got one with his former boss.
When paths judicial and executive cross,
O where will Bolton’s testimony strike.

His view of Rudy making like Tom Hagan
An offer that Zelensky can’t refuse
It’s time to pay some diplomatic dues
Or else that Ukraine air support goes beggin’.

Now to your relevant conversations,
And meetings where some dirty deeds were done
The dates and times of justice overrun
Of this and every past administration.

Could someone be impeached on this alone.
Recall, accountants brought down Al Capone.

11/10/19
(438)

The Republicans are of One Mind,
And the Corporate Dems are in-kind.
Protect the Elite
By law or deceit,
And leave no Billionaire behind.

11/11/19
(437)

the soul marches on
seasoned wounded veteran
soldier of all wars

11/12/19
(436)

Does anyone envy their task
As we hear what lurks under the mask.
With what they have got,
Impeachment or not?
It depends much on whom you should ask.

11/13/19
(435)

Bill Taylor relating the trauma
Of Donald’s Ukrainian drama.
We hear what was said
While Repubs ask instead,
“What about Hillary and Obama?”

11/14/19
(434)

Some say he knows just what to do.
Some suggest he’s a self-hating Jew
Or just the reviled
Clandestine Love Child
Of Goebbels & Nosferatu.

11/15/19
(433)

Yovanovitch, out on her rump.
An unceremonious dump.
Her only malfeasance
Was that her allegiance
Was to the U.S., not to Trump.

11/16/19
(432)

The trickster spider in his web ensnared.
A jury finds him guilty on all counts
And from his high horse Roger Stone dismounts
Has ever there been one so truth-impaired.

A rabid dog inside a fancy suit
Relentless master of the smear campaign
No bottom line is found within the brain
Of he who peddles right-wing poison fruit

Intimidate, deny, obstruct, attack
A playbook that would make Dick Nixon proud.
With Manafort and Flynn, please join the crowd
It’s off to prison sir, and don’t come back.

The subterfuge and pain in which he’d revel.
Where does one find the sympathy for this devil.

11/17/19
(431)

Tho some friends of mine say it’s but hearsay,
Those listening in were quite near-say.
What was said, what was meant
What was Trump’s true intent,
All of this is becoming quite clear-say.

11/18/19
(430)

In Lou’siana and in Kentucky
Trump-backed candidates were quite unlucky.
Despite the support,
His guys came up short
Could it be cuz the President’s sucky??

11/19/19
(429)

The rumors and the speculations fly
The White House denies anything abnormal
A visit. That is all. Nothing was formal.
Our President’s a hella healthy guy.

His massive brain is ge-ni-us and stable.
No problems with his heart, for he has none.
In going “number two”, he’s Number One,
And don’t you dare put diet on the table.

This physical was part-one of a study
And then he met a young man in recovery
Stop looking for some sinister discovery
The fact is Walter Reed’s a golfing buddy.

A fear of something serious, but nope.
Yet even so, the rest of us can hope.

11/20/19
(428)

It’s not about the witness on the stand.
Reject their very presence out of hand
Instead, call out the Hunter Biden mess
And dirty deeds by Fusion GPS.

The dark alternate narrative returns,
Ignores a career diplomat’s concerns
Discounts alleged hearsay caught on phones,
But loves the talking points of Alex Jones.

Our President has not been treated fairly
The Dems, the Hollywood Cabal, the Ukraine crooks,
The former staffers with their tell-all books
You know, the blame lies with Obama, squarely.

(I’m tired of these never ending tunes
As sung by ranking member Devin Nunes.)

11/21/19
(427)

Yesterday Sondland gave us the scoop:
Zelensky – a quid pro quo dupe.
The aid we’re providin’
For dirt on Joe Biden,
And everyone was in the loop.

11/22//19
(426)
Netanyahu indicted? What for.
A leader with greed at his core.
Some bribery and fraud?
Selling favors? How odd!
Somewhere, I have heard this before

11/23/19
(425)

Our Prez lacks connection with fact,
And Ratcliffe and Nunes? No tact.
But still it is noted
That Democrats voted
Extending the Patriot Act.

11/24/19
(424)

It’s a federal crime to solicit
Something seen of value to a campaign
From a foreign agent, and now spreads the stain
To Nunes, who it seems may have been complicit.

So many saw Ukraine opportunity
So many now may have something to fear
Should ethics apply to what is done here
Or do we just take with impunity

One hand in the pot. The other points fingers
All sides have a defense with “what about you?”
Each player, a chance for turning the screw
And yet for all, a strange aroma lingers.

What’s going on is more than we can see.
Meantime, our best to Justice RBG.

11/25/19
(423)

There once was a Prince named Andrew.
His buddies and he liked to screw.
Queen Mother got pissed –
Scratched him off of her list
For the nasty-ass things he would do.

11/26/19
(422)

A Judge notes Democracy’s flaw:
It puts no one above the law.
“Presidents are not Kings”.
Let’s hope McGann sings
About what he did, heard and saw.

11/27/19
(421)

Opinions – there sure are a lot.
They’re something that everyone’s got.
But if you don’t agree
With Trump or DNC,
You’re obviously a Russian bot.

11/28/19
(420)

For near a thousand days, each day a verse
A troub’ling time on this long-troubled earth
Observed with gnawing doubt disguised as mirth
Yet thankful, knowing well it could be worse.

Each day new reasons why we stand apart
And battle over what is meant by “free”,
As those who rule show clear how not to be
If one should have a conscience and a heart.

I offer though, a gratitude profound
For where it is I get to stand, and how,
And who I stand with in this precious now
More grateful though if they’d but stick around.

Yet deep and far, my thankful nature dropped
When seen his head on Rocky, photoshopped.

11/29/19
(419)

Yesterday things were happy and stable
Even tho’ some were simply not able
To keep the mood light
Til the end of the night
By avoiding his name at the table.

11/30/19
(418)

Impeachment proceedings still run.
Time now for Trump photo-op fun.
Hand food to some troops
Sing your praise to small groups
And act like you’re getting things done.

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.

10/5/19
(474)
Trump says, “I was investigated!”
Trump says, “I was investigated!”
“ME ME ME, ME ME ME,
ME ME ME, ME ME ME!”
Trump says, “I was investigated!”

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.

10/24/19
(455)

The FaceBook harvesting of billions of eyes
A public utility that stretches global
And lacks a leadership with causes noble
Perverting Free Speech with silos of lies

Each targeted for me, and you, and you
Through algorithms linked to fingertips
As into clouds the self that we are, drips
While sweet Alexa tells us what to do.

A college online project, rating chicks
That morphed into ubiquitous addiction
That shoots us up with kittens, friends and fiction
And made a platform for electing dicks.

Zuch knows that Trump won’t battle over turfs,
And won’t disturb his kingdom or his serfs.

10/25/19
(454)

Two people with a tell-all book to sell:
A pattern over decades traced, as well
As forty-three assaultive allegations
And one man’s predatory inclinations.

A grope, a grab, a kiss – his famous quote.
What woman wouldn’t want that tongue slid down her throat.
He’d show her off just like a new Ferrari,
And never feel the urge to say, “I’m sorry”.

From pee tape hints and matters more perverse,
To outright purchasing Miss Universe
Some went against their will and some got paid
By just another schoolboy getting laid.

And all this from a man chosen by God?
Expose this faulty vessel as a fraud!

10/26/19
(453)

A lay’r of dirt or froth on liquid’s surface
Coagulating into human form.
These are Republicans who won’t conform
And lockstep serve their leader’s higher purpose.

How sad this insult isn’t hard to find.
It’s used to denigrate the opposition
By leaders with a tyrant-like condition.
Hitler, Stalin, Putin, come to mind.

And so with his impeachment probe proceeding
And daily bringing damning testimony
(Despite the meeting-storming dog & pony)
Dear Leader drops a tweet to stop the bleeding.

His Presidential insult echoes loudly.
How nice that some opponents wear it proudly.

10/26/19
(452)

With PG&E lines in doubt
There’s much to be worried about
Wind and fire we’re told
So put Donald on hold,
And wait til’ the power goe

10/28/19
(451)

Entire towns evacuate
No power, some gas – but you’ll wait.
America’s great!
Climate action can wait!
And California’s a Third World State!

10/29/19
(450)

Our forces came through in the clutch
Struck a blow against ISIS and such
Our Donald was thrilled
Baghdadi got killed,
But he relished the telling too much.

10/30/19
(449)

How int’resting to hear from Kenneth Starr
(The purple-lipped ol’ Grand Inquisitor
Of Clinton and his kneeling visitor)
Who now claims that impeachment goes too far.

He clearly feels “high-crime-and-misdemeanor”
Does not relate to foreign quid pro quos
Or Donald’s gain under Congress’ nose,
But more to do with Presidential wiener

These hearings are just some Pelosi plot.
Her eyes, as third in line, are on The Throne
Those charges are but hearsay, overblown.
O fading Starr – is that the best you’ve got?

Select your facts and twist your history
To justify your moral bankruptcy.

10/31/19
(448)

The Series is done and we’re through with it.
Each team had a chance, but one flew with it.
We send our congrats
To the Washington Nats.
(But Donald had nothing to do with it).

 

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!