Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Big Brother Is A Piker

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(Courtesy of/blogs.miamioh.edu)

N.S.A. insists the mega data they collect
Keeps the country safe, with built-in safeguards they respect.
Claim that it's a necessary evil which protects
All of us by only tracking terrorist suspects.

'though it's creepy knowing that Big Brother's watching you
We tend to ignore the fact that others do it, too.
N.S.A. gets numbers and the minutes people use;
Google's now predicting the next purchase that you'll choose.

Government believes the criticism isn't fair;
Say the innocent won't even notice that they're there.
I think they're surprised to find that anybody cares...
At least N.S.A., unlike your Facebook, never shares.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Kitchen Renovation Update


Kitchen renovation isn't moving very fast.
Since the time we started planning (4 months in the past)
Forward progress in the process has slowed to a crawl...
Now the flooring guy we're using won't return my call.

I still need wood samples from him so we can decide
What we want installed but I can't get them (though I've tried.)
I did get some back-splash, sample tiles I found on-line.
Good thing that I did; computer screens (at least on mine)

Make it hard to judge a shade of color that will match.
Always get a sample before buying a whole batch.
Have to make a plan to go and look at slabs of quartz;
"Highly recommended" says my Consumer Reports.

Cabinets are ordered; don't know when they're coming in.
Builder hasn't given me a date when he'll begin.
I am on my mark and set...  But still no starting gun.
It could be the end of summer by the time we're done.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day Rhyme, with Apologies to John McCrae

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Never been In Flanders Fields, where countless poppies grow,
'though I have seen Arlington's white crosses - row on row.
Walked the grounds where those who've fallen make their final bed;
Mourned each time we add another to our honored dead.

Don't forget the sacrifices that so many made
After some fresh wreath to Unknown Soldiers has been laid.
That is what this weekend's for so, when you see a flag,
Think of what it represents. (I know...  I'm such a nag.)

It's not just the start of summer - golf and barbeques -
Nor the day on which you can begin to wear white shoes.
It is row on row of markers - each one with a name -
Silent sentinels at rest beneath eternal flame.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dear David Letterman... Good Luck and Goodbye

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(Photo/Courtesy of www.prefixmag.com)

Farewell David Letterman. I'm sad to see you go
(Even though you've phoned it in the last 3 years or so.)
You shaped our pop-culture with your Nightly Top 10 List;
Gave us 30 years of laughter. You, sir, will be missed.

You were hip and cool when late night comedy was not.
Started watching you when Jay stole your Tonight Show spot;
You were always funnier and edgier than he.
In our house you won the battle for late night T.V.

I wish you the best of luck in what comes next for you.
May good fortune favor you in anything you do.
May the roads you travel lead to someplace where there's pie.
Thank you Mr. Letterman, for years of laughs. Goodbye

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dear Robert Kraft... That Wasn't Helpful

(Photo/Courtesy of AP via The Boston Herald)

In New England fans are feeling like we got the shaft,
One that's just been driven in by owner, Robert Kraft.
After meeting fellow owners, he dropped his appeal
But, unless the speculation that he cut a deal -

Took the hit to save Tom Brady - turns out to be true,
Fans are angry...  Feeling it was wrong for him to do.
Since the Wells Report concluded he'd done nothing wrong
And the evidence against Tom Brady isn't strong

Most fans think he should have chose to fight the N.F.L.
Kraft's capitulation isn't going over well.
 It's seen as admitting that the Patriots are cheats;
That will be our reputation when the team competes.

Non-New England fans have always thought that anyway;
Claiming that we need unfair advantages to play.
Kraft asks fans to trust his judgement in this latest move...
Maybe it's a plan to give the team something to prove?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Smart Policing Doesn't Require Tanks

The Psychotic Militarization of Law Enforcement
(The evolution of policing?)

President has stopped the flow of tanks to the police;
They don't need such heavy calibers to keep the peace.
Don't need armored vehicles for stupid, college pranks.
Cops are not the military...  Why would they want tanks?

Situations escalate when citizens perceive 
Local cops as faceless troops with weapons they receive
From a force that used them to attack the Taliban,
Or pursue al Qaeda ('though that didn't go to plan.)

There's a lot of surplus gear we used to hunt them down
That police will get to keep for use in your home town...
It may not be tanks with treads but there is plenty still.
I don't feel protected, though...  To me, it's overkill.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Photo That Sealed Tsarnaev's Fate

(Photo/Courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Justice)

There's a picture that's been circulating for a while
Of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the Boston Bombing trial.
First time that I saw it, looked my husband in the eye,
Said, that photo guarantees they'll sentence him to die.

In the picture Dzhokhar's lurking there behind a tree
Looking straight at Martin Richards' happy family.
That is when Tsarnaev, standing silent and alone,
Chose to target children - acting, solely, on his own.

I was spared the gory details jurors had to see
But, I bet that if you asked the courtroom, they'd agree;
That's the piece of evidence that sealed Tsarnaev's fate.
Killing children isn't something we will tolerate.