Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A NEW CHORUS LINE


It's July 4th and it is important to remember all the good this country did for its citizens.
There will be marches, parades and fireworks throughout the land celebrating our birth.
But I'd be remiss if I did not point out what is next for the people of our once great land.
And so with the unsolicited help of a Marvin Hamlisch altered standard I offer this new Line for the Chorus:

Kiss your rights goodbye
You voted for a fascist
Now we’ll watch our country die
Cause he’s got a list
And though Dems are pissed
Freedoms will be missed
Kiss your rights goodbye
New SCOTUS will remove them
And no matter how you try
They will all be lost
That is just one cost
Of your stupid vote!
Gone
Women’s rights are gone
Healthcare rights are gone
SCOTUS will ensure that!
Same sex marriage dead
Constitution soon will follow
Get it through your thick-skulled head
We are through
Thanks to you
All our rights are GONE
GOP says GONE
5-4 voted GONE
All our rights are gone!
Kiss your rights goodbye……

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

THE GOOD OLD DAYS


When truth was revered
And falsehoods feared
When voting was fair
Not in disrepair

Never had to explain
What’s a two-cents plain
Or translate what you mean
Ordering egg cream

When we earned a fair wage
When there was no road rage
When the water we’d drink
Had no lead, didn’t stink

Before schools had computers
Or active gun shooters
Our kids could ride bikes
And safely take hikes

When father knew best
And Loretta was young
On our days off we’d rest
And have clean family fun

Our parks were unspoiled still
No place for an oil drill
Picnic woes were lots of ants
Not constant tweets of vicious rants

When our leaders would lead
For OUR good not their greed
And promoted no hate
THEN America was great!

IMMIGRANT CHILD'S PLEDGE

The man-child was so impressed by the apparent respect North Koreans had for their 'Dear Leader' and by how easily Xi & Putin won their elections in their quest to be named Leaders For Life.
He too now wishes to be respected in the same way not realizing that respect is earned and certainly not demanded at the business end of a gun!
Nevertheless the traitor in chief insists the jailed immigrant children, stolen from their families stand and show respect for the American flag.
Perhaps some of the children would like to alter the forced words:

Immigrant children:
Stand up in your cells (No Kneeling) and recite the following:

I pledge allegiance
To the flag
Of the country that doesn't want me
And to the evil man
Who rules in DC
This former great nation
In the eyes of God
With malice
And hatred for all!   


Saturday, June 16, 2018

REPRINT OF NEWSDAY'S 6/15 "THE POINT"


This article shows how out of whack Long Island's school taxes are!

That which was confusing in 1955, the year I started school in NYC, has grown into a behemoth for Long Island that threatens Long Islanders' way of life while arguably not returning the best results, at least not for the communities that cannot afford the high costs.
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From the archive:

Confusion spans decades




If you don’t understand the formula by which New York State doles out aid to school districts, you’re not alone. Now, or ever.

On June 13, 1955, Newsday’s editorial board published a cartoon mocking the complicated method of determining such funding. A bewildered taxpayer sits in a classroom with a confused teacher labeled “N.Y. State” staring at an impossible equation on a blackboard.

The editorial board referred to a “crazyquilt” and “hopeless hodgepodge” of laws stitched over 30 years that was “expensive and time-consuming to administer, and inscrutable to the people most concerned — the parents who pay both local and state taxes to send their children to school.”

The board also sounded an alarm about the growing number of school-age children on Long Island and rising property values that would “make school boards responsible for much larger amounts of school taxes before qualifying for state aid.” That, the board said, “could bring many districts, especially on Long Island, to the edge of financial disaster.”

That didn’t happen. And although there are probably several reasons for that, consider the actual bottom line. In that 1955 editorial, Newsday’s board noted that the State Legislature doled out $43 million in state aid that year to Long Island school districts — “cheery news,” according to the board.

Had that level of aid increased at the rate of inflation, it would be nearly $404 million today. But state aid to Long Island schools for the upcoming school year actually is $3.21 billion — nearly eight times as much. And despite that, it’s taxpayers who are closer to ruin.
Michael Dobie

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

#MAPA

How often have we heard that the cover-up is worse than the crime?
Watergate was bad but the cover-up doomed Nixon.
However he resigned prior to impeachment because deep down HE WAS A PATRIOT!
That's right, as much as I disliked the guy he understood the severity of the crime and he realized the damage the cover-up was doing to America and so he chose to end it with his resignation.

Fast forward to another GOP President, GW Bush.
He had some good points and clearly had many bad ones.
But while many viewed him as an idiot he was able to get enough partisan help to get elected twice so who were the dumb ones?
But in keeping with the theme we must admit he cannot be blamed for Hurricane Katrina devastating the State of Louisiana.
But he sure as hell can be faulted for the totally inept response of his administration!
Yeah, he sure did a heck of a job, didn't he?

Skip ahead once again to the culmination of ineptitude in governance, dt! (Sorry but I just cannot bring myself to use it's full name.)
I almost don't know where to begin with this AWFUL leader but in keeping with the crime & response theme:
Once again no one is to blame for Hurricane Maria BUT this bastard's response borders on treason against Americans!
Of course there are many problems in the country today and Puerto Ricans dying or living without power and sadly hope may not be the biggest one but it sure is a festering one!
You cannot fix their on-going problems by throwing paper towels at them like it was a spillage of milk!
And for those who'll undoubtedly say dt can't be bothered by little things I say true leaders know how to delegate.
Even mid level managers know how to delegate!
Have intelligent, caring and capable people in the administration work on helping Puerto Rico while his mind is elsewhere.
Sadly there ARE no intelligent, caring and capable people in his administration

But while his emolument filled pockets & greedy mind think only of himself and how he can gain accolades for what he thinks are his greatest deeds there is a group of mostly old white guys who could put an end to his traitorous behavior, the GOP Congress!
The GOP controlled House of reprehensible Representatives and the GOP owned Senate house the true criminals in this horror filled reality show.
Their silence is deafening!
With everything that has and is happening to America and the World that silence amounts to a criminally negligent  cover-up.

But we're not done yet.
There is still hope for America.
The window of opportunity is small and if we don't act it may  close.
Our next & perhaps last chance to right the wrongs the GOP Congress refuses to address comes on November 6th of this year.
It is clear what the GOP stands for & is standing for!
It also clear that we cannot allow them to continue ruining America.
REPEAL & REPLACE EVERY LAST REPUB & MAKE AMERICA PROUD AGAIN!
#MAPA

Monday, June 11, 2018

18 vs 81 (As in 2018 vs 1981)

It's 2018 but let's reverse the last two digits and compare the two years How has America & the World changed since 1981, 32 years ago? Then: The United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity. Now: dt tears up Iran deal the rest of the World wanted (except Russia.) Then: Rupert Murdoch buys The Times and The Sunday Times for £12 million. Now: His org has basically turned half of America into brain dead zombies doing as told. Then: After 19 years hosting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time. Now: Our minority elected president considers any legitimate newscaster a purveyor of fake news. Then: U.S. President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady are also wounded. Pope John Paul II is shot and nearly killed by Mehmet Ali Ağca, a Turkish gunman, as he enters St. Peter’s Square in Rome to address a general audience. Now: Gun violence is not only de rigueur it is nearly promoted by dt as necessary vs his foes! Then: First combined heart-lung transplant in the world is performed at Stanford’s Medical Center. Now: One Political Party has no heart! Then: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 5 homosexual men in Los Angeles, California have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems (the first recognized cases of AIDS). Now: AIDS is still killing people at an alarming rate the World over. But some progress is being made albeit slowly. Then: Lady Diana Spencer marries Charles, Prince of Wales. Now: Different names - Same 'who cares' moment in England. Then: Repub God Reagan fires all 11,359 Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) for going on strike. Now: The GOP & Repubs are still trying to kill unions as they continue their strategy of destroying any group they feel is organized to support Democrats. Then: An IBM Model 5150 PC with 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 processor released in the US at a base price of $1,565. Now: Apple & Samsung et. al offer phones for less money that are light years more powerful and faster. Then: Pres Reagan appoints first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor. Now: Mitch McConnel blocked a duly nominated justice, Merrick Garland, so he could subvert our democracy and get his hand picked puppet Gorsuch on the bench for life. Then: France abolishes capital punishment. Now: dt wants to bring back capital punishment for crimes he doesn't like. Then: Ronald Reagan was at the beginning of his 8 years in office. Now: dt is actually considering ways to postpone the 2020 election while he explores ways to become president for life! We may be able to right the ship of State and stem the tide of GOP activism against humans but we have very little time left. This coming November 6th vote for every possible Democrat on the ballot as if your lives depended upon it, BECAUSE IT WELL MAY!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

YOU KNOW YOU'RE A trump VOTER IF:

  1. You let your 12 year old daughter smoke at the dinner table, IN FRONT OF HER KIDS!
  2. You've been married three or more times and still have the same in laws!
  3. The Halloween pumpkin on your porch has more teeth then your spouse.
  4. You're amazed at how clean service station restrooms are.
  5. Your wife's hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.
  6. You think the last words of Star Spangled Banner are Gentlemen Start Your Engines!
  7. You lit a match in your bathroom & your house exploded right off its wheels.
  8. You were asked to remove your toothpick by the photographer at your wedding
  9. Your truck's Blue Book value rises & falls based on how much gas is in it.
  10. Anyone in your family's last words were: Watch This!
  11. You can't marry your sweetheart cause there's a law against it.
  12. Your front porch collapses and kills more than 5 dogs. - AND -
  13. Your family tree doesn't fork!

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!