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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Whitewash? . . .


(from https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/12/01/george-hw-bush-legacy-222730?fbclid=IwAR3n08B3DWyK8HnOgrgvEjl378hnwa2eFtSgFKNWl1QvGb40w7zelIs-bwA)
". . . In the case of (George H.W.) Bush, this balancing act means acknowledging not only his positive qualities and achievements—as so many news outlets have already copiously done—but also what may have been his defining political hallmark: his cynicism. From his opportunistic criticism of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, to his 1980 election-season embrace of supply-side economics and anti-abortion politics, to his last act as president—pardoning many of the Iran-Contra crew in order to protect himself—there was a recurring tendency to place short-term gain above long-standing values. . ."





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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

We Can . . .

. . .  hope and ACT . . .



". . . "Gary Cohn, former CEO Goldman Sachs addressing new members of Congress today: 'You guys are way over your head, you don't know how the game is played,'" Tlaib (Rashida — newly elected progressive House Democrat from Michigan) tweeted. "No Gary, YOU don't know what's coming - a revolutionary Congress that puts people over profits." . . . "








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Monday, December 10, 2018

We Can Only . . .

. . . hope

(from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/01/us/politics/trump-mueller-lying.html?fbclid=IwAR0hAKeLGLid4Sel6oj8pesUKDHxPLDZ4fcfF2h5eNuT2KCfvfvznwH4n80)
". . . In a confidential memo to the special counsel, Mr. Trump’s legal team admitted that the president, not his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., drafted a misleading statement about a Trump Tower meeting in 2016 between a Kremlin-tied lawyer and campaign officials. That statement could figure in the special counsel’s scrutiny of whether the president obstructed justice. . ."





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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Worry? . . .

Norman Mingo

(from https://www.newsweek.com/why-does-president-trump-get-away-lying-opinion-1222478?utm_campaign=NewsweekFacebookSF&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR2TG5CfwwGXFOcVizXhnCoKrqevy0P9xcMqxNqKzb9m2NJRUUMkfhENmOo)
". . . Should we be worried about this flight from mere lying to post-truth? . . . Even if all politicians lie, I believe that post-truth foreshadows something more sinister. In his powerful book On Tyranny, historian Timothy Snyder writes that “post-truth is pre-fascism.” It is a tactic seen in “electoral dictatorships”—where a society retains the facade of voting without the institutions or trust to ensure that it is an actual democracy, like those in Putin’s Russia or Erdogan’s Turkey. . . In this, Trump is following the authoritarian playbook, characterized by leaders lying, the erosion of public institutions and the consolidation of power. You do not need to convince someone that you are telling the truth when you can simply assert your will over them and dominate their reality. . ."




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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Steps . . .

. . . and hours . . .


On and on flow the hours
Like rolling waves upon the sea
And like so many and so varied flowers
Each one some nectar for the bee

We're keeping tabs and writing numbers
Logging each minute in the book
We have a choice to
Either dread the counting
Or see the forest if we look

Store the knowledge
Hoard the wisdom
Take the years
And just run like crazy
Party’s only
What you make it
Make it into the
Best you can

There’s no protection from the power
Generated everyday
The blazing lights shine
From each lofty tower
To illuminate the way

Things that never occur to you
In the spring
Become clear with each
Passing season

All options must be on the table
All points of view be understood
And if you don’t do ev’ry thing you’re able
Make sure you do those which are good

Store the knowledge
Hoard the wisdom
Take the years
And just run like crazy
Party’s only
What you make it
Make it into the
Best you can


The Hours

©2014 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Friday, December 7, 2018

Am I? . . .


What do I know about happiness
Do I possess some kind of key
To things that no one else can see

Just as far back as my memory goes
Sometimes it seemed I was alone
Only my point of view and me

As I reflect
Some disconnect
Could be afflicting me
Am I just one
Under the sun
Or am I quite unique

Others speak out very easily
No fear about who may get hurt
By words so hastily dispensed

For some reason I step back away
I hesitate to be so bold as to
Presume some insight gained

As I reflect
Some disconnect
Could be afflicting me
Am I just one
Under the sun
Or am I quite unique


Unique
OHO duo Jay Graboski & Ray Jozwiak live, Nobember 2018



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Thursday, December 6, 2018

To Creed . . .


. . . or not to creed . . .



Yes, he's a fuckhead but, we're splitting hairs on the creed thing. I wouldn't have read it either. But let's get after him about the THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER!! DECENCY, EMPATHY, COMPASSION, PRINCIPLES!!! [Science, reading, education, facts. . . the creed is really not what we need from our president right now] Let us be careful not to bark up the wrong tree!



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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Reality . . .

. . . NOT reality tv, but reality economics . . .


(from https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/fact-checking-trump-no-tariff-man-china-doesn-t-foot-n943686)
"The people who are purchasing foreign goods are paying tariffs," said Columbia Business School professor Amit Khandelwal, who teaches on international trade. . . If you went to an electronics store right now and bought a foreign-made, big screen television hit by tariffs, the sale price will likely include a sizeable price hike thanks to the U.S. tariff — potentially to the tune of hundreds of dollars.




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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Right(ness) . . .



 . . . being rung in by OHO (the duo Jay Graboski & Ray Jozwiak at a recent live performance at Bourbon Street on the Beach . . .




Bosley Beach

©2018 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Monday, December 3, 2018

Another . . .

. . . perspective . . .

(from https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/02/george-hw-bush-family?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR1F4d30ZTepn8KBtjm3HCwmjVZKH_6lcTlVVzpH7PjwJV_Dzk4x2HBz3qQ)
". . . Suddenly, the former president lifted his right arm into the air, his fingers extended backward, snapping them without, however, deigning to look at the man behind him. The officer reacted with celerity, producing, seemingly out of nowhere, a tube that he deposited in his master’s hand. It turned out to be a sun tan lotion, as George Senior, without losing his stride and definitely without thanking the aide, began to lavishly apply it to his exposed forearms and neck. . . That night, pondering the experience . . . from the man who once held the fate of humanity in his hands. I was disturbed by the unintentional message he had sent me. Without the slightest notion that I was witnessing his cavalcade from my smug and far too self-satisfied position on a beautiful balcony, he had given me the finger, offered a lesson about what matters in the grand scheme of history. . ."



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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Regularity . . .


When too much time has moved along
And little has been said
I perceive a fine delinquency
Has infested my own head

Sure, there's no obligation
And no deadline thus imposed
Remuneration's nebulous
My masquerade's exposed

Yet there's still so much left
To be expressed on topics numberless
That I feel somewhat inadequate
When, in frequency, remiss




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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Another What . . .

. . . I believe . . .


The church of music
Holds no ham and oyster suppers
We're all just deacons
With our boots upon the ground
Marching into mystery
In command but
Still can't quite see

The church of music
Won't require your weekly presence
You'll find it stays with you
No matter where you are
No dogmatic postulates
No demands on
Your fidelity

It can end the darkest night
Carry you through the hours
Know not if it’s wrong or right
Make no mistake
It’s divine
This church of mine

There are no fiery demons
In what I believe
It’s not for me to say
Who’s  what and where they go
All things flowing naturally
No controlling
Power over you or me

Stricly spiritual
No trace of any politics
Lurking in the mix or in the fabric
Only what is good
No room for hate and no deceit
Honesty
Sincerity will move you
And me

This church won’t interfere
With what you think or do
Your body and your mind are
Yours and yours alone
No one tells you what to say
No one criticizes
What you feel inside

It can heal the deepest wound
Shine a light in the darkness
Warm a chill in any room
Make no mistake
It’s divine
This church of mine


Church
©2016 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Friday, November 30, 2018

What . . .

. . . more do you need? . . .


(from http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-says-his-gut-more-reliable-everyone-elses-brains?cid=sm_fb_maddow&fbclid=IwAR26prHQczR9CRP4taBiw-uyqI2aXsla37umpw1P6qAKkk1brbX6eAhEjgU)
". . . I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me . . . "




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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Smart? . . .


(from https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/11/trump-general-motors-subsidies-threat?fbclid=IwAR0uCf7rjN_SK2HIE3OuUgxYvCZKRFAZ9_9cHzTBVSCA_K3r7DyMQdc_WLU)
". . . the president of the United States threatening to punish a private company for making a decision based on market realities that are partially his fault is . . . really something! But the whole thing takes on some extra hilarity when you realize, for the 927th time this year, what this not-at-all-smart guy is unintentionally proposing. As Dan Primack points out, subsidies for G.M.-specific electric vehicles do not exist. Rather, there are industry-wide federal tax credits of up to $7,500 available for purchasers of U.S. electric cars, with “aggregate caps of 200,000 vehicles per manufacturer.” In other words, getting rid of the subsidy in its current form would hurt both American consumers and other auto manufacturers. . ."





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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Clown? . . .

. . . mean girl? . . . or clueless? . . .


(from https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation-world/ct-trump-climate-change-20181127-story.html?fbclid=IwAR3f5plNFDsghxt0EKZky-e4Z9sE_BVbP_6ywYSK1WcZDXR0KdgqUxcp2tk)
". . . "One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we're not necessarily such believers," Trump said during a freewheeling 20-minute Oval Office interview with The Washington Post. . . Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, said . . . that the president's comments risk leaving the nation vulnerable to the ever-growing impacts of a warming planet. . . "Facts aren't something we need to believe to make them true - we treat them as optional at our peril," Hayhoe said. "And if we're the president of the United States, we do so at the peril of not just ourselves but the hundreds of millions of people we're responsible for.". . ."


(from https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/01/how-actual-smart-people-talk-about-themselves/549878/)
". . . Here are three traits . . . (of). . .  people who by any reckoning are very intelligent. They all know it. A lifetime of quietly comparing their ease in handling intellectual challenges—at the chess board, in the classroom, in the debating or writing arena—with the efforts of other people gave them the message. Virtually none of them (need to) say it. . . They know what they don’t know. . . the most consistent marker of real intelligence. . . generally the cliche is true: The clearest mark of intelligence, even “genius,” is awareness of one’s limits and ignorance. . . On the other hand, we have something known as the Dunning-Kruger effect: The more limited someone is in reality, the more talented the person imagines himself to be. Or, as David Dunning and Justin Kruger put it in the title of their original scientific-journal article, “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments.” . . . Odds are that the world’s most flamboyant illustration of this dangerous misperception, despite his claimed omniscience, would not even recognize the term, nor its ominous implications in his case. . ."





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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

More . . .

. . . live OHO
Heard somebody say
They overheard you
Just the other day
A simple word
About the way we get along
If only I were sure
Of the semantics
Having doubts 'cause I'm
One hopeless romantic
Could it be
You're slipping away from me

What will I do
If what I'm thinking is true
And you want to be
Really free of me
I won't last very long
Very far from your heart
And this third-hand intelligence
Might be the way that it starts.

Heard somebody say
They thought they saw you
Walking in their way
You were not alone
They said he didn't look like
Thinking to myself
Must be mistaken
Try not to believe
but still badly shaken
Why would you
Deceive me in things you do

So many years
Sharing our laughter and tears
Lasted very long
Maybe I was wrong
Not to ask you
Why you feel
We've drifted apart
And this third-hand intelligence
Might be the way that it starts

Are my sources reliable
Wait and see
Wait and see
Is my psyche too pliable
It could be
It could be

If somebody said
The sky was falling
Would you believe it's true
And change your direction
From spinning round
When it hits the ground
That's just not true
Any believers are few
When you've seen it all
It could never fall

Any more than
I think you could
Tear us apart
And this third-hand intelligence
Might be the way that it starts




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Monday, November 26, 2018

Crazy . . .


(from https://twitter.com/MichaelSteel, former chairman of the Republican National Committee)
 “. . . just shut the hell up and get on the helicopter. Give us a rest from your crazy. You don’t know the 9th circuit from a circuit breaker. It’s Thanksgiving for crying out loud. Let us be thankful for your silence. You’ve said enough this week.”





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