Monday, May 21, 2018

FOLK SONGS FOR 21st CENTURY AMERICA

We don't seem to be able to fix some basic problems in our country these days.
But this is not the first time we've had this problem.
I seem to remember some talented and caring folk singers mobilizing a generation of young 'uns (who are now old farts) into voting their minds and conscience and straightening out the country.
Songs like Eve of Destruction by P. F. Sloan & sung by Barry McGuire sadly need no alterations to be current.
So Maybe we all just need a reminder or two.
And with that in mind some of your favorite folk singers of the past have updated some of their old hits.
They hope you enjoy them and understand that:
The Times, They NEED A Changin.



Blowin in the White House
by Dob Bylan

How many lies must a president tell
Before he is just sent on his way
And how many women must swear he's a pig
Before we believe what they say
How many wars can he threaten to wage
Before we can all turn the page
The answer my friend is Dump the GOP
The answer is Dump the GOP!
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Where Has All The Caring Gone
by Petey Paulie & Maria

Where have all the students gone
Lone gun massacres
Where have all the students gone
They cower under desks
Where have all the students gone
Run from High Schools everyone
When will they ever learn
When will they ever learn 
When will Congress finally act
Stop gun massacres
When will Congress finally act
Gun lobbies own them all
When will Congress finally act
When voters finally change them out
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn? 
When will parents say enough
Love your children
When will parents say enough
And keep our children safe
When will parents say enough
Shout it loud with every vote
When will WE ever learn?
When will WE ever learn

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The Web of Darkness
Saul Pieman

Hello dark web my old friend
I’ll use the fear of you again
Because the breaking news keeps dissing me
And you’re the only thing can set me free
And my followers are way too dumb to know
How low I’ll go
Within my web of darkness.

On restless nights I eat big macs
And think of ways to not pay tax
Neath the covers in my royal suite
I think of lies that I can type and tweet
When my eyes were stabbed by the sun rising in the sky
You all ask why
I have a web of darkness.

And all the naked teens I saw
At my pageants I’m the law
Getting ready without wearing tops
None of my girls ever called the cops
And the crotches the boobs and butts I groped
No girls were doped
No need in my web of darkness.

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Drumpf
By Yipton & Larrow

Drumpf the evil man-child lived in DC
And frolicked with his friends on Fox and spoke dishonestly
Little Drumpfy junior feared his daddy so
And brought him deals to seal the fate of each of daddy’s foes
OH
Drumpf the evil man-child lived in DC
And listened only to his friends on Fox & Hannity
But Drumpf the evil man-child only loves his girl
And wishes she was not his kid so he could taste that pearl
Oh… 

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Swamp Swamp Swamp
By Pietro Seeker

My cabinet's filled (swamp, swamp, swamp)
With all the worst (swamp, swamp, swamp)
And they’re all doing just what I expected
A time to hire and then say you’re fired
A time to deal and then about face
A time to lie then blame someone else
A time to rally and rile up my base

My cabinet's filled (swamp, swamp, swamp)
With all the worst (swamp, swamp, swamp)
And they’re all doing just what I expected 
A time to build walls and fences and such
A time to not care about harming so much
A time for love that turns into hate
A time to end witch hunts now it’s not too late.

And Finally:


All drumpf Sides Now
By Jojo Michelle

Rows and flows of orange hair
And iced emotions in the air
Illegal doings everywhere
I’ve looked at drumpf that way

But now all things are getting worse
His evil’s known chapter and verse
And on this land he’s brought a curse
That deepens every day

I’ve looked at drumpf from all sides now
How did he win I ask you how
And if the GOP won’t fall
We won’t again be great at all!

Monday, April 23, 2018

PRESIDENT'S QUOTES AND ACTIONS


SUBTITLE:
FROM TRUMAN TO LIE-MAN

During my lifetime there have been 12 Presidents and one reality semi-star questionably elected to the office.
Many have inspired us and moved the country forward with their beliefs, actions, words and or ability to govern.
They have all been good for the country in some ways and not so much in others but at least they appeared to have our best interest at heart.  At least until now.
Did they seek out their own enjoyment from time to time? Of course they did!
Did they try to do some things out of the public eye? Of course they did!
Did they all make some questionable decisions? Of course they did!
But in their hearts and minds were they constantly thinking of helping as many Americans as they could? Of course eleven of them were!
This post will not examine every policy move they made as that would tend to be a book longer than War and Peace.
Instead I offer a few of their public statements those of us of a particular age should be familiar with along with some major policy move they espoused.


Harry S Truman (Democrat 1945 – 1953)

I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
The buck stops here.


Dwight D Eisenhower (Republican 1953 – 1961)

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do.
Pessimism never won any battle.
A former World War II general and hero, Eisenhower helped end the Korean War and steered a moderate course during the Cold War.
Beware of the vast industrial military complex!


John F Kennedy (Democrat 1961 – 1963)

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
In 1962, the United States and the Soviet Union hovered on the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy eventually forced the Soviets to back down. 
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.


Lyndon B Johnson (Democrat 1963 – 1969)

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
Organized crime constitutes nothing less than a guerrilla war against society.
Passed sweeping antipoverty and civil rights programs.


 Richard M Nixon (Republican 1969 – 1974)

Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty.
Always remember others may hate you but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
During Nixon's first term, he improved relations with the Soviet Union and China and wound down the Vietnam War.
When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.
I am not a crook.
Only President to resign his office so far!


Gerald R Ford (Republican 1974 – 1977)

Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.
My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our constitution works.
Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you'll still 'beat the pack.
Ford is the only President never elected President or Vice President.
His pardon of Nixon was unpopular, probably costing him reelection.

James E Carter (Democrat 1977 – 1981)

We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.
Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.
Carter had success promoting Middle East peace. But soaring oil prices, high inflation, and the Iran hostage crisis made him look weak and ineffectual.
Habitat for Humanity and Human Rights around the World.


Ronald W Reagan (Republican 1981 – 1989)

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.
Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer.
He enjoyed great popularity, though his conservative policies were controversial and tremendously injurious to the middle class.
Reagan is the only President to survive after being wounded by a would-be assassin. Another gun issue the country forgets about in the days after it occurs.

 George H W Bush (Republican 1989 – 1993)

Read my lips: no new taxes.
I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don't always agree with them.
No problem of human making is too great to be overcome by human ingenuity, human energy, and the untiring hope of the human spirit.
During Bush's term, the Soviet Union collapsed and the Cold War ended. He also led the United States in the 1991 Gulf War against Iraq. But economic troubles at home cost him his reelection bid.


William J Clinton (Democrat 1993 – 2001)

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
Clinton presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history. The Non-Partisan Congressional Budget Office reported budget surpluses of $69 billion in 1998, $126 billion in 1999, and $236 billion in 2000, during the last three years of Clinton's presidency.
If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.
Clinton achieved goals such as passage of the NAFTA trade agreement and cuts in the budget deficit. But his popularity was uneven and his second term was marred by scandal, including impeachment.
  

George W Bush (Republican 2001 – 2009)

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.
Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?
Ignored glaring reports of impending attack by terrorists then blamed wrong country & plunged America into unfunded wars.

I can hear you!
A leadership is someone who brings people together.
  

Barack H Obama (Democrat 2009 – 2017)

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress. AND I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody.
Affordable Care Act commonly known as Obamacare.

donald j trump (republican 2017 - )

All of the women on 'The Apprentice' flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That's to be expected. A sexual dynamic is always present between people, unless you are asexual.
The mainstream media is Fake News.
Only I can fix our government.
When you’re a celebrity women let you do anything, grab them by the pussy…
Reality television host.
Some say he may very well have pre-frontal lobe dementia.
He is the first president who hasn’t previously held public office or served in the military. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A FEW OF trump's FAVORITE THINGS


Controlling news cycles with mad rants on Twitter
Staying the course to show I’m not a quitter
Making my staff think that they will go nuts
These are the reasons they call me a putz

Seeing my daughter dressed up and quite gorgeous
Making believe that my family’s the Borgias
Knowing all Dems really do hate my guts
These are the reasons they call me a putz

Meeting with spies
Telling big lies
And then Sarah denies
Reporters are mutts
There’s no ifs ands or buts
And so they call me a putz.

Flying down south playing golf where it’s sunny
Ending entitlements to get your money
Raising the debt with my huge budget cuts
These are the reasons they call me a putz

East to west coast
Hillary’s toast
So now let me boast
More gold than King Tut’s
And I still love my sluts
And that’s why I am a putz!

Friday, February 23, 2018

WHAT'S WRONG WITH OTHERS?

Going through my old papers and junk to toss out I came across this poem.
Frankly as I get older I forget stuff from the past, even from MY past and this appears to be a fine example.
I really don't remember writing it but the original is in my handwriting so...
Nevertheless I agree with, well myself and hope you will too.


You don't know my story
You don't know my tale
Don't try to define me
You're certain to fail

We all have our reasons
To do as we do
Those reasons are private
They don't concern you

My dreams are my dreams
They should give you no pause
For as strange as that seems
I'm sure you have yours

So looking at someone
And thinking there's danger
Is fully shortsighted
He's only a stranger

A wise man once said
That you just should not fret
For the stranger is only
A friend you've not met!


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

EXCERPT FROM GOP GET YOUR GUN


Anything I can do I can blame you for.
I can blame you for the shit that I do!

No U can't.
Yes I can.
No U can't.
Yes I can.
No U can't, No U can't, No U can't! 

Look at the polls and you'll see our base loves us.
All of those jerks love us no matter what!

No they don't.
Yeah they do.
They should not.
But they do.
No they don’t. No they don’t. No they don’t.

All you do is pander
And you gerrymander

But we say with candor
At White House take a gander
You will see that our guy’s there

With that orange hair?
Yup.
You sure make a pair!
Ha

Any bills you guys passed we can now undo
We can undo all the good that you did 

No U can't.
Yes we can.
No U can't.
Yet we do.
No U can't, No U can't, No U can't! 

If we find we must sir
We’ll simply filibuster 

Our side you can’t fluster
You’re just like General Custer

This will be your final stand 
Is that what you’ve planned?
Yup, down to a man
No girls? You creep!

Why do you hate Middle Class and the poor folk?
Why must you always the wealthy guys stroke? 

No we don’t.
Yeah you do.
No we don’t!
Yes you do!
No we don’t. No we don’t. No we don’t.

You canceled out kids’ healthcare
And then made taxes unfair
But we did it with flair
And plenty of fake fanfare

You guys just don’t have a clue
To be evil like you?
Please, you play games too!

If there’s a bill you want passed, we’ll ignore it
We can ignore anything you guys want. 

You should not.
But we do.
You cannot.
Yeah we can
You must not not not!
Yes we do do do!
You should not!






Monday, January 15, 2018

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES – OUR LATEST WAKE UP CALL!


There were terrible wildfires in California this year that killed many people and ruined the lives of countless others.

And once the fires had consumed thousands of acres and burnt down an incredible number of trees officials started warning residents of the imminent danger of floods and mudslides.

The mudslides did indeed come, and more lives were lost.

How did they know?

What crystal ball did they use to forecast this next deadly round of nature’s wrath?

None.

They used good old-fashioned logic.

If you lose trees you also lose a natural defense against floods.

There is no way to prevent ALL fires, especially wildfires from happening but we can prepare for the inevitability of the next one and possibly even lessen its severity.

California had suffered under a drought that lasted half a decade. Then they enjoyed a very wet winter with plenty of snow in the mountains. The snow melted and together with the increased rainfall created a lush new growth of greenery.

Then the drought returned with a vengeance.

California’s trees and underbrush dried drastically and became dangerous fodder for fires.

The Santa Ana winds picked up as they do every year and sparked a tremendous windblown disaster.

This is nothing new for our 31st State but with our knowledge, know-how and capabilities we should have been able to dampen its damage!

The World’s climate is definitely changing despite what the nay-sayers and flat Earth people claim, and we must change with it or go the way of the dinosaur.

No drought should consume large areas of the country while floods threaten the lives of those in other regions.

Had we been able to irrigate the dangerously arid lands on the west coast throughout the periods of drought the vegetation would not have dried and added fuel to the fires and not as many trees would’ve been destroyed clearing the way for floods and mudslides and death and destruction!

I continue to beat this dead horse (terrible analogy but occasionally useful) but if America had a national system of water mains to move the precious liquid from flooded areas to places suffering extreme drought we could limit the damage caused by either extreme.

Below are links that provide lists of deadly floods as well as awful droughts this country has endured over the past few decades.









How much pain and suffering could have been avoided if all we had to do was flip a few switches to stem the tide?

And one important by product of the plan to produce this system is the number of non-outsourceable jobs it would create. And once the project was completed in 20 or 30 years there would be ongoing permanent jobs maintaining the mains and helping Americans live safer lives.

A subtler benefit would be the continued lives of trees that not only protect us from floods but also purify our air and provide a safe habitat for many important animal species.

The World already cuts down too many trees to make room for so-called progress.  This deforestation has consequences that is clearly man-made. 

And while the debate over other man-made problems such as climate change inexplicably rages on one thing is clear, doing nothing is not an option.

Mother Nature is not fooled by pig headed ignorance.  She and will continue to test us. And trust me, that is not a fight we can win!