Monday, June 29, 2015

Best Wishes on Your Upcoming Nuptials

... White House Shines Rainbow Colours in Celebration of Same Sex Marriage
(Photo/Courtesy of The White House)

Same sex couples celebrated; they're allowed to wed
After the decision that what people do in bed
Doesn't make a marriage - shouldn't matter to the State.
Love is love.  It's not their business who we choose as mate.

There are some "religious" people who would disagree,
Fearful that a marriage which is legal civilly 
Means that churches will be forced to bless a wedding vow...
(Why would same sex couples want their blessings anyhow?)

Church and State are separated; thus, a church is free
To continue on a path of righteous bigotry
But, discrimination's not the purview of  the Feds
So let me congratulate the country's newlyweds.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Hurrah for SCOTUS-Care

(Illustration/Courtesy of WGNO.com)

By a vote of 6 to 3, the ruling of The Court
On the role of subsidies in states that don't support
Health care for their citizens has found the law's intent
Was providing coverage...  That it's what Congress meant.

The Chief Justice read the findings, noting that the law
Had some unclear language but deciding that the flaw
Didn't justify destroying the whole ACA,
Which would happen if they took the subsidies away.

From the bench, Scalia read a blistering dissent,
Said that states which opted not to have the money sent
Were within their rights and that the ruling wasn't fair,
That we should rename the law and call it SCOTUS-Care.

Maybe that's a good idea...  If we just change the name,
Keeping the protections and provisions all the same,
Making sure that patients don't get told to take a hike,
They can call the health care system anything they like.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Take It Down

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THIS is the actual flag of the Confederate States of America. (Photo/Courtesy of https://www.flickr.com/photos/artimovich)

I've heard Southerners explaining that the rebel flag
Represents their history and culture, but the snag
Is the banner flying isn't the Confederacy's...
It's the battle flag  that indicated troops were Lee's.

First time since the Civil War that rebel flag was raised
Was in 1961, as burning crosses blazed.
It was meant to signify the South, again, might rise
If forced to desegregate and, thus, it's no surprise

Some might question if that battle banner has a place
Flying over Capitols (or any public space.)
It's a symbol of rebellion and a racist past.
Good ole boys and girls should haul the Stars and Bars down...  Fast.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Unsolicited Advice for E.U. Leaders re: Greece

The Eurozone Crisis: A Failure of Economics or Politics?
(Image/Courtesy of www.bu.edu)

Greece needs bail-out funds to meet a payment on their loan;
And, if they don't get them, Greeks may leave the eurozone.
They'll be forced into default unless the terms are changed...
Now they're running out of time to get a deal arranged.

The Greek GDP is shrinking - it's down by a third -
Thus, you do not have to be an economics nerd
To see more austerity's unlikely to reverse
Greece's situation and, in fact, could make it worse.

Have to reach a compromise which gives the Greeks the time
To save their economy or you won't see a dime
For, although the Europeans won't be overjoyed,
Can't get blood from stones - nor taxes from the unemployed.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The U.S. Open at Chambers Bay

(Artwork by LeeWybranski.com)
So far, this year's U.S. Open's not a pretty sight;
Putting surfaces look like they're suffering from blight.
Course was once a sand and gravel pit and it still shows
There, but for one Douglas fir and weeds, where nothing grows.

So, despite the lovely views they have of Puget Sound,
I hope - next year - that a better venue can be found...
One where trains don't rumble by it 60 times a day,
One where fairways aren't brown and putting greens aren't gray.

Wishing those participating all the best of luck.
May the sports gods grant that all your golf balls be well struck,
That they not find pot-hole bunkers which require stairs.
But I wouldn't count on it...  The sports gods don't do prayers.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Jon Stewart's Going-Away Present

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I still think it's early for discussing candidates
Running to be President of the United States
But I must admit that, when the candidate is Trump,
I cannot resist the urge; I think the guy's a chump.

Is it possible The Donald is so self-involved
He is unaware that those of us who have evolved
Wouldn't let him near the White House, even as a guest?
Donald Trump should stick to doing what he does the best:

Building tacky towers - with their toilets made of gold,
Bragging to the public of apartments that he's sold,
Combing over orange hair that must be plastered down,
Blustering and blathering and acting like a clown.

'though Trump's made Jon Stewart happy for his last few weeks,
(Gaining new material each time The Donald speaks)
Comedy that writes itself but, kinda like Ted Cruz,
This stuff's only funny if we're sure both men will lose.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Kitchen Reno Update - What Were We Thinking?

 ... floor reducer molding sample unfinished red oak 5625 inch by 1 5 inch

Kitchen cabinets are coming in in mid-July
But we still have no idea how much the flooring guy
Plans to charge for hardwood we are hoping to install.
Angie's List gives him an A...  I can't agree, at all.

Weeks ago he promised us that he'd submit a quote.
Since then he has disappeared - no phone call... Not a note.
I am losing confidence in my contractor's subs;
Chewed my fingernails so much I've worn them down to nubs.

Nothing else can start until the flooring guy is through.
After him there's still a million things we've got to do.
Kitchen renovations can produce a lot of stress...
Whether it is worth the pain is anybody's guess.