Thursday, November 19, 2015


(w/apologies to Emma Lazarus)

Give me your tired,
your poor, your huddled masses
yearning to breathe free

Monday, November 9, 2015

Carson on amateurs & professionals

Carson tweeted to the effect his lack of experience was OK because the Titanic was built by professionals, the Ark by amateurs:

Is brain surgery
Something to be attempted
By an amateur?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Truth? What truth?

Romney seems to think
That facts don't really matter
Just repeat the lies

He keeps insisting
That Obama has relaxed
Work rules for welfare

But this is not true
The rules have not changed at all
But Mitt keeps it up

When the press challenge
Romney, he says they're biased

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Doesn't Romney get it?

Why won't Romney let
Us see his old tax returns
What's he got to hide?

Back in '94
He challenged Ted Kennedy
To release his own

Kennedy refused
So did Mitt, which was their right
Kept their privacy

But ten years ago
He ran for Mass. governor
He claimed he lived there

Although he mostly
Seemed to be out in Utah
Tax returns give proof?

Romney insisted
He was a Mass resident
Taxes should prove it

But he would not let
Anybody check them out
"Take my word for it?"

The press discovered
later that he'd had to file
to amend his tax

He incorrectly
had not filed residency
in Massachusetts

Still he refused to
Release his returns to us
But asked us to trust

How can we depend
On his statements about them
When he lied before?

Running for office
Sometimes means you sacrifice
Your own privacy

If he wants us to
Trust him he must prove to us
That we can do so

A wise man once said
On a much different subject
"Trust but verify."

Friday, March 30, 2012

Mitt's IRA "problem"

Romney's IRA
one hundred million dollars
Taxed like salaries

This includes money
Which would be taxed much lower
If not in IRA

So he pays more tax
Because he used IRA
He should have just saved

People who struggle
To put food on the table
Might like this problem.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Click Clack Moo

Useful idiots
According to the right wing
Indoctrinate kids

Deep thinkers, they say Click Clack Moo
Is union propaganda
Sneaking into schools

Not only that, but they
Charge that the book is against

Why? Because the cows
Are portrayed as equals of
The human beings

I think these great minds
Talking about this on air
Need to get a life
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

In America, they haven't spoken it for years

In Puerto Rico
Rick Santorum visited
For the primary

Spoke with reporters
About possible statehood
For Puerto Rico

Rick is all for it
But only if they adopt
English officially

He seems to believe
That the law forces each state
To speak just English

This is not the case
And besides, if that were true
What about Texas

Friday, March 9, 2012

Climate Change denial based on Genesis?

Senator Inhofe
A climate change denier
Based on Genesis?

He argues simply
Genesis eight, twenty-two
Guarantees climate

"While the earth remains
Seedtime, harvest, cold and heat,
Seasons, days and night"

Will not ever cease"
Inhofe thinks this guarantees
That climate won't change

He ignores context
In this passage of Scripture
The flood has ended

God is promising
Not to destroy the whole earth
Complete with rainbow

There is no promise
That we cannot screw it up
And change the seasons

Even Inhofe must
Recognize bad stuff happens
Even in Scripture

In one case, Jacob
And his entire family
Must go to Egypt

A drought in the land
Changes their local climate
The result?  Famine

Such cases abound
Even though God made an oath
After the rainbow
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Monday, March 5, 2012

Lesson in Contraception

According to Rush
If you use contraception
It's by the sex act

So in other words
Only a "slut" needs as much
as Sandra Fluke claimed

Apparently Rush
And his ilk have yet to learn
Just how The Pill works

Listen carefully
You must take The Pill each day
Even celibate

Perhaps he only
Knows about prophylactics
Or he's ignorant

How can people still
Still let an ignoramus
Influence their thoughts?

He has no children
He has been married four times
Total impotence?

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

The First Amendment

Congress shall make no law
Abridging freedom of speech
Or faith or the press

With an exception
Secret Service protection
Means no protesting

If this becomes law
If protesters don't realize
A bigwig is there

They can be punished
For peaceably assembling
Where the bigwig is

Are politicians
Really so frightened of us
The people they serve?

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Congress shall make no law...

JFK believed
In church-state separation
in the Bill of Rights

Santorum says this
Just makes him want to vomit
As he makes me, too

Constitutional Supremacy Clause

The Constitution
Makes Federal law supreme
Over all the states

Some don't remember
And want to nullify laws
That they do not like

Haven't we done this
Back before the Civil War?
War destroyed Dixie

Is a path to disunion
And then to chaos

Friday, February 24, 2012

higher education--a left wing strategy?

Is college a plot
Rick Santorum says it is
left-wing brainwashing

Was the GI Bill
Intended as a means to

Or maybe college
Gives us productive workers
Not fooled by Rick's lies

No wonder Rick's scared
With better education
He'd be out of work!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

Politicians lie
On a regular basis
GOP debate

In Arizona
Romney, Gingrich, Santorum
Vied for the biggest

Obamacare won't
As Santorum claimed last night
Boost the deficit

Romney suggested
Government workers make more
Than private sector

Research says this is false
Private sector employees
Make more than public

Romney is also
Running from his own record
On contraception

The national press
Has been down on Obama
Liberal press much?

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Santorum and the Constitution

The oath of office
requires that the President
protect and defend

the Constitution
including the amendments
and the bill of rights

Is Rick Santorum
qualified to take the oath
since he seems to think

"God's" law overrides
the protection provided
by the amendments?

This is frightening
Unless "protect and defend"
really means "ignore"

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Santorum argues
Prenatal testing is bad
Immoral parents

He must not know that
Sarah Palin's last baby
Has a birth defect

Trig has Down Syndrome
Palin had prenatal tests
And knew in advance

She was like most moms
Not having an abortion
She prepared instead

Sarah Palin as
An argument against fools
An oxymoron

If Rick Santorum
Receives the GOP nod
Who will vote for him?

Only bigger fools,
Bigots, misogynists,
I sincerely hope

His conception of
The American voter
Has just miscarried
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Friday, February 17, 2012

Contraception wars

Congressman Issa
Heard expert testimony
On contraception

The "experts" were male
Issa allowed only them
An all male hearing

Women excluded
Just like a secret clubhouse
When we were all kids

"Plays well with others"
A kindergarten watchword
But not for Issa

"No girls are allowed"
In Issa's secret clubhouse
He gets to make laws?

Democrats walked out
Removing themselves from an

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

quick hits

Santorum paid tax
On nearly one million bucks
Man of the people


When Newt was Speaker
He was investigated
And had to resign

Now he refuses
To release the documents
From that period

He claims "wild goose chase"
Even though he paid a fine
And had to resign

Cleared by IRS
But unethical actions
Might still be legal


Is Mitt in trouble
With Rick's surge in Michigan
Some favorite son

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Romney's dog

Dogs against Romney
A real animal rights group
Or some kind of front

Apparently Mitt
Kept his dog on the car roof
For twelve poop-filled hours

Fido got distressed
Mitt sprayed a hose to cool him
Life can be a b*tch

Mitt Romney gets little love from mutts

Monday, February 13, 2012

Santorum Surge?

Polls now indicate
Santorum threatens Romney
Just don't Google him.

Can Rick beat Barack?
Can Romney beat Santorum?
Does Gingrich matter?

The GOP race
Seems like a soap opera
Tune in tomorrow!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Obama "designer" fundraising items

Obama campaign
Selling designer handbags
GOP cries foul

Items underpriced
Might mean gift violation
From corporations

With super-pac bucks
And negative ads its a
Drop in the tea pot

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Appeals court rules against Prop 8.

Homophobes beware
State must permit gay marriage
Federal Court rules

Proposition 8
Anti-gay religious groups
Pushed California

They won at the polls
But law by referendum
Must have some limits

Circuit Appeals court
Enhanced human dignity
By ruling this way

Monday, February 6, 2012

Ron Paul on rape, abortion

Ron Paul would allow
Abortions in rape cases
But a caveat

"Rape" means "honest rape"
Whatever "honest rape" means
And who gets to judge

I want to explain
Just how outrageous this is
Metaphor fails me

Ron Paul tells Piers Morgan about "honest rape"

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Romney wins Nevada

Mitt won Nevada
By a very large margin
Did he beat the spread?

The delegate to
Noise ratio up to now
Remains very low      (In spite of multiple wins, Romney only has about 80 delegates, for example)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Short takes

A Gingrich staffer
"polished" wiki pages on
Callista Gingrich

The edits reframe
negative info about
Callista and Newt

Going back three years
Unabashed image upgrades
Conflict of interest?

Newt Gingrich's Communications Director Polished Callista's Wikipedia Page 23 Times

Romney says the poor
not his first priority
Maybe he's tone deaf?

Who Cares about the Poor?

Politics is all
About public perception
These guys don't get it
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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Teacher pay

'Bama lawmaker
Has strong opinions on pay
Say the news reports:

Teachers must be called
Not attracted by higher pay
Or quality falls

But legislators
Must be paid highly enough
So bribes don't tempt them

Clearly his teachers
Were paid insufficiently
Darn Republicans

See article here

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Florida results

Mitt wins Florida
Nearly a majority
Pretty impressive

Other candidates
Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum
Claim to be uncowed

Will they all survive
The whole primary process
Or will they drop out?

Next we get a lull
A few caucuses and then
it's Super Tuesday

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Just a quick roundup

Florida today
Will they ever finish this?
Hell must be like this

Frontrunner Romney
Will he beat the predictions?
High expectations

After Florida
We go to five caucus states
Mitt's favored in all

The happiest news?
The next GOP debate
Not for a whole month!

Monday, January 30, 2012

It's somebody else's fault

Newt's declining polls
In Florida make him mad
"They're attacking me"

Not an insider
He insists.  Establishment
Party is at fault

Who does Gingrich blame
Everybody but himself
Is Gingrich paranoid?

Palin claims party
using Stalinesque tactics
against Newt Gingrich

Will he disappear?
Perhaps he'll get a show trial
Then darkness at Newt.

Gingrich lashes out at Romney, Establishment