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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Your . . .

. . . 'public servants' at work . . .

(from https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/republicans-tried-kill-obamacare-now-they-re-embracing-its-most-n921561)
". . . GOP Senate candidate Josh Hawley in Missouri: “We've got two perfect little boys. Earlier this year, we learned that our oldest has a rare chronic disease. Pre-existing condition – we know what that means,” he says to camera in a TV ad. “I support forcing insurance companies to cover ALL pre-existing conditions. And Claire McCaskill knows it. You deserve a senator who’s driven to fix this mess – not one just trying to hang on to her office.” . . . But as attorney general of Missouri, Hawley signed on to a conservative lawsuit in February 2018 arguing that Obamacare – and everything in it, including protections for pre-existing conditions – is unconstitutional. “Once the heart of the ACA—the individual mandate—is declared unconstitutional, the remainder of the ACA must also fall,” the lawsuit states. . . "




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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Evil . . .


(from https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/amid-jokes-al-smith-dinner-nikki-haley-says-our-opponents-n921916)
". . . "In our toxic political environment, I've heard some people in both parties describe their opponents as enemies or evil," (Outgoing United Nations ambassador Nikki) Haley said. "In America, our political opponents are not evil." . . . "In South Sudan, where rape is routinely used as a weapon of war — that is evil. In Syria, where the dictator uses chemical weapons to murder innocent children — that is evil,” she said. “In North Korea, where American student Otto Warmbier was tortured to death — that was evil. . ."





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Friday, October 19, 2018

Facts (again). . .


(from https://www.boldprogressives.org/ronald-reagan-in-1984-social-security-has-nothing-to-do-with-the-deficit/)
". . . Social Security, let’s lay it to rest once in for all…Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit. Social Security is totally funded by the payroll tax levied on employer and employee. If you reduce the outgo of Social Security, that money would not go into the general fund to reduce the deficit. It would go into the Social Security trust fund. So Social Security has nothing to do with balancing the budget or erasing or lowering the deficit. . . . "






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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Power . . .

. . . is grossly misinterpreted by many in relation its use regarding repression, deception or even selfishness. True power is a much more positive concept. It brings to my mind things such as consoling in the event of a death or assisting victims of a natural disaster.  Walking along the calm ocean recently reminded me again of power; a power over which no one exerts any control. 

Power also brought to mind this song. (I disregard its reference to 'he' - it's a personal thing)




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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Satisfied? . . .


I can actually get some
Satisfaction
'Cause I try
But I'm smart
And prudent
Common sense
I can get some
Satisfaction
When I'm drivin' in my car
And the mane comes on the radio
Tellin' me more and more
About some useless information
I just turn him off
I can get some
Satisfaction

When I'm watchin' my TV
Which very rare for me
'Cause I'm not a Rolling Stone
I there's so much music still to be
And my shirt are not all white
But I like the colors, they still suit me
And I like to smoke but I know
That it's really not so good, you see
But I get lots
of Satisfaction
I still get that
Special girl's reaction
I 'm retired
I got satisfaction
blah, blah, blah. . .
:)





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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Ideally . . .


. . . seeking position a solo, instrumental piano performer in restaurant, bar, nightclub etc in the DelMarVa region, preferably in the Rehoboth/Ocean City/Berlin corridor, on your acoustic, grand (or baby grand) piano.  Must require mostly original, instrumental music, no vocals, one day per week max. (Negotiable). Price - very reasonable and very negotiable.




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Monday, October 15, 2018

Take . . .




Shouts in the street
I hear them as I'm walking home
Shoes on my feet
Touch down and take off as I roam
Dreams lifted up
So many pies in the sky
U-flying-o's
I duck them as they fly on by

Tomorrow takes care of itself
Today has its trial and its call
Janus he waits at your door
Rising or breaking his fall
You've got your "Time"
And secrets that love has betrayed
The long yellow line down your spine
That your feeling has frayed

Take my hand we may see
Everything we mean to be

When we meet again
Should it be under blanket of night?
All that remains
Is the matter of choice in disguise

Take my hand we may see
Everything we mean to be
Am I with you or you with me?
We have our time then take our leave

Deep in the heart
Where paradox finds its resolve
Long bodies live
They've learned how to bend to absolve
Now desire is the tie
That holds us fast to life
For the sweetness of the honey
Risk the peril of the hive

Now I'm running through your veins
In exchange I know your pain
All the lies have run aground
And to this earth I'm bound


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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Beachy . . .

Sunday and Monday The OHO Duo (keys-man Ray and Just Jay) return (after the full power trio of OHO's appearance Saturday) on Monday (3-7) cause they love it at Bourbon Street On the Beach (11604 Coastal Hwy,/Ocean City, Maryland 21842/443-644-2896). Hope you show up for the fun we're all bound to have.


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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Gossip. . .

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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Friday, October 12, 2018

Guilt . . .


If there's guilt in your conscience
Perhaps you should think
Did you really do all
That you could?

Did you cover all ground
From the middle to brink
Did you serve the right purpose
That you should?

Or maybe the good
Was just too good to miss
You may well have been selfish
Fearing losing your bliss

And indignant you blustered
Full defending your place
At the height of your privilege

We all surveyed your face
With its alternate smirks,
Grimaces and tears
Leaving us to wonder
What precisely were your fears?

But now its quite clear
That you joined the right club
Those many long years ago
Your position's protected
You have gained your desire
Now your whim and your membership
Join the list of MY fears





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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Once . . .

. . .  again, made America respected???. . .
(from http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-respect-20180607-story.html)
". . . "We are respected again, I can tell you that. We are respected again," Trump told the naval cadets. "A lot of things have happened. We’re respected again.". . . The evidence — both in nonpartisan polls and in the increasingly critical remarks of exasperated allies — suggests otherwise. . . leaders of long-standing allies like (Japan's President Shinzo) Abe, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May — all initially deferential to Trump and his famous ego — have grown frustrated and at times disapproving. . . Significantly, so have their citizens, increasing the pressure on foreign leaders to distance themselves from Trump’s America. Across 134 countries, the median approval of U.S. leadership dropped 18 points in Trump's first year, to a record low of just 30%, according to a Gallup survey released in January. That was before Trump's decisions to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and impose tariffs on a number of allies, which further alienated many of them. . .The finding echoed a Pew Research Center survey last year that found in all but two of 37 nations polled, Trump got far lower marks than President Obama; the exceptions were Russia and Israel. . . "In the main, it's a preposterous claim to say the U.S. is better regarded in the world when we haven't had for many decades this many crises with our allies," said Nicholas Burns, a career diplomat under several presidents — serving as ambassador to NATO and Greece and as undersecretary of State — and now a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. . ."



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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Work . . .

. . . -out (or applying 'exercise' wisdom to playing music. . .


(from http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/exercise-quotes/)
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."
-Joseph Addison

“To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise."
-Gene Tunney

“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united."
-Wilhelm Von Humboldt

“Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn't formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them. "
-Lee Haney

“Exercise is labor without weariness. " 
-Samuel Johnson

“Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.  " 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health."
-Hippocrates


'Working out' on an old composition. . .
Epilog
(originally appearing on Critics Choice)
©2005 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Irrespective . . .

. . . of differences, we must respect . . .


(from https://www.luvze.com/respect-quotes/)
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?
– Confucius

 Honest communication is built on truth and integrity and upon respect of the one for the other.
– Benjamin E. Mays

 Be kind, don’t judge, and have respect for others. If we can all do this, the world would be a better place. The point is to teach this to the next generation.
– Jasmine Guinness

Every animal has his or her story, his or her thoughts, daydreams, and interests. All feel joy and love, pain and fear, as we now know beyond any shadow of a doubt. All deserve that the human animal affords them the respect of being cared for with great consideration for those interests or left in peace. – Ingrid Newkirk

Most good relationships are built on mutual trust and respect.
– Mona Sutphen

Respect is what we owe; love, what we give.
– Philip James Bailey

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.
– Bruce Lee

 If we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
– Maya Angelou

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.
– Bryant H. McGill





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Monday, October 8, 2018

Report . . .

. . . card

. . . for Mitch McConnell


(from https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/mitch_mcconnell/300072/report-card/2017)
-Held the fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)
-Held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session.
-Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to All Senators
-Joined bipartisan bills the 5th least often compared to All Senators
- Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others) McConnell tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 5 of McConnell’s 24 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.
-Got influential cosponsors the 10th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 8 others)
-Got bicameral support on the 13th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)
-0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate



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Sunday, October 7, 2018

I know . . .

. . . a place
That's not too hard to reach
Where the music is good
And the sand almost bleached

The sun rosy red
About twice every day
Salt air will invigorate
As waves gently play

The ocean is rolling
Almost as in speech
Soothing, cajoling
Down at Bosely Beach


Bosley Beach

(work in-progress)
©2018 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Stuff . . .

. . . I want to know . . . 


(from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opiliones)
". . . Opiliones are a distinct order that is not closely related to spiders. They can be easily distinguished from long-legged spiders by their fused body regions and single pair of eyes in the middle of the cephalothorax. Spiders have a distinct abdomen that is separated from the cephalothorax by a constriction, and they have three to four pairs of eyes, usually around the margins of the cephalothorax. . . English speakers may colloquially refer to species of Opiliones as "daddy longlegs" or "granddaddy longlegs", but this name is also used for two other distantly related groups of arthropods: the crane flies of the family Tipulidae, and the cellar spiders of the family Pholcidae, most likely because of their similar appearance. Harvestmen are also referred to as "shepherd spiders" in reference to how their unusually long legs reminded observers of the ways that some European shepherds used stilts to better observe their wandering flocks from a distance. . ."




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Friday, October 5, 2018

Judging . . .


(https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/07/judge-brett-kavanaughs-impeccable-record-of-constitutional-conservatism/)
". . . Judge Kavanaugh in 2010 wrote a lengthy concurrence drawing on American historical tradition and the original meaning of the Constitution to defend the invocation of God and the practice of prayer at official government ceremonies, such as the presidential inauguration and Supreme Court sittings. The Supreme Court adopted a similar approach several years later in upholding prayer before a town meeting in New York. . ."



(from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_and_state_in_the_United_States)
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...". . . (and in a) letter by Thomas Jefferson, addressed to the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut, and published in a Massachusetts newspaper. Jefferson wrote, "I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. . . "






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