Friday, October 24, 2014

Teenage Boys Are Stupid

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(Photo of Robel Phillipos/Courtesy of

Bomber of the marathon in Boston's college friend,
On trial and now waiting 'til deliberations end,
Has to hope the jury members know some teenage boys
Or of all the brain cells that their smoking pot destroys.

This kid didn't help police; at least, not right away.
Phillipos seemed slow to realize it's not okay
Sticking to the rule that college friends don't talk to cops...
When your friend's a terrorist, the code of silence stops.

Even though the part he played, in fact, was rather small
He tried hard to cover-up he was involved, at all.
So he started lying - which you shouldn't oughta try
When you're being questioned by police and FBI.

Didn't get the details right, he said, 'cause he was stoned.
Wasn't sure his friend was guilty or he would have phoned.
Now he could get 16 years because of what he did.
Though he might be guilty, I feel sorry for the kid.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Building an Ark

It's very difficult for me to say "no" to this face. (Photo/Courtesy of Kate Corr Walsh)

It's cold and it's windy and wet
So, as I've explained to our pet,
No walks in the park...
I'm building an ark,
'cause we're gonna need one, I'd bet.

I fear that our dog is upset
For there's not a puddle she's met
That she doesn't mark.
She's starting to bark
But I haven't given in yet.

Uncaring how drenched we'll both get
The dog's still insisting I let
Her out in the dark.
Refusing to hark...
Perhaps we'll go visit the vet.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Massachusetts' Governor's Debates - 2014

Massachusetts Governor's Council

2 weeks 'til the Midterms so I'm watching the debates,
Like the one last night between the leading candidates
For the state's new Governor (on local PBS)
Moderated by respected members of the press.

Format was a conversation; there weren't many rules.
Pointed questions led into some heated, verbal duels.
Baker had a hard time looking Martha in the face.
Both were pressed for details and allowed to make their case.

Martha Coakley did appear a little less uptight;
Baker seemed to come across a lot like Bill Weld Lite.
Both were very well prepared.  It's hard to say who won;
But, in recent polling, Charlie's pulled ahead by 1.

I'll be voting Coakley 'cause her values match with mine
(Though, if Charlie Baker wins, I think we'll still be fine.)
I just cannot make myself support the GOP;
They will never - ever -  get another vote from me.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Goosing Turkey

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 As Kobani's Kurds - with help from the United States -
Hold off ISIL fighters, Turkish forces shut the gates;
Haven't let the Kurds from Turkey reinforce the town,
And it isn't just their borders Ankara's shut down.

They've been less than useless - even bombing local Kurds.
Were their promises to help with ISIL only words?
Erdogan's demanding more than we're prepared to do;
(He wants us to promise that Assad's a target, too)

Taking on another foe before we've crushed the first.
Assad is a tyrant, true...  But ISIL's still the worst.
Let's take care of ISIL before adding to our list.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Vlad the Great?

Czar Vladimir I
(Portrait/Courtesy of

Putin and his cronies are attempting to suppress
Journalists in Russia who must toe the line unless
They would like a visit from some functionary who
Makes sure that the day they crossed the line is one they'll rue.

Not so subtle clues that Russian media's not free.
If a visitor's harassed, imagine what it's like
Living in the shadow of a looming Putin Reich.

So much for the freedoms that the Russian people gained.
Not since in the days when Tzars (or Joseph Stalin) reigned
Has there been a press less free and fearful of the State,
Forced to sing the praises of their leader - Vlad the Great.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday Night Football - Whew!

Welcome to our Tailgate for the New England Patriots vs New York Jets
Thursday Night Football was a great game...  If you're not a fan of either team.

Patriots are 5 and 2.  Last night we beat the Jets
And I can be happy 'cause I'm not someone who bets.
For, although New England won, we didn't win by much.
Luckily the Defense, finally, came through in the clutch.

Didn't cover point spreads, though. We gave up lots of yards.
New York had no trouble getting players past our guards.
Any time they got the ball they marched it up the field...
But they, mostly, settled for the 3 points field goals yield.

Only one thing pains me now; I have to eat my words
Since I've said that Danny Amendola's for the birds.
Last night he did everything and did it very well.
Still, at least I'm not the Jets - whose season's shot to hell.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Freaking Out About Ebola


Here in the United States, with people freaking out,
(Even though there's just two cases we're concerned about)
I cannot imagine how West Africans must feel
Knowing their Ebola epidemic's all too real.

With so many sick and dying they've run out of beds,
They don't have clean water - never mind the latest meds.
I can see why they'd be freaking out...  I would be, too.
They've got cases in the thousands.  We've just had a few.

Still, I can't believe the CDC's phone help-line guy
Told the second, Dallas nurse that she was cleared to fly.
That seems rather feckless in the face of this disease.
Let's be much more careful of the public's safety, please.