Thursday, August 22, 2019

Sham. . .

. . . "support" required HERE. . .


(from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/17/us/politics/trump-shell-workers.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=aut&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000&bicmp=AD&fbclid=IwAR20kEv6gF_w0JjRu4KnyAIbbT1wivce6kgmE6tx4MWZoi65UCA9C1pO5aI)
". . . Thousands of union workers at a multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant being built outside Pittsburgh were given the choice of attending a speech by President Trump on Tuesday or staying away — and losing some of their pay for the week. . . Ray Fisher, a spokesman for Shell, said in an email to The Times that workers who didn’t show up for the speech would still have gotten paid for their workweek, but not as much as those who scanned in and stayed on site all day. . ."




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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Articulate. . .

. . . reasonable and well-informed . . . 
. . . (as a brick) . . .



(from https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-recession-denial-panic-conspiracy-873239/?fbclid=IwAR3vNmQfrevFdGnY01fchBMWtqOhTihSzj2gaMCimtKB6BEcNXx_HMZuVoI)
". . . President Trump: "I don't think we're having a recession. We're doing tremendously well. Our consumers are rich. I gave a tremendous tax cut and they're loaded up with money.". . ."





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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

And . . .

. . . mirrors

Can you hear all that I way
Beneath all clever wordplay?
Don’t think that I’m insulting you
That I don’t want your point of view
Working from limited base
So Easily losing your place
Why feign a blatant expertise
With no obvious philosophies?

Do you know
What you want
To accomplish here?
Will you go
To the length you say you will
Or is this just all
Smoke and mirrors?


Smoke
©2019 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Monday, August 19, 2019

Should We . . .

. . . STOP . . .
. . . the hate?


I spotted a family, consisting of a man, woman and two young boys (8 - 10 years of age) in the neighborhood the other day.  The man was wearing a t-shirt bearing the following note:
"Hit the road Amigo".

While it was tempting to tell him that I had considered wearing my "Elect A Clown Expect A Circus" shirt that day, I instead considered that not only do such antics only serve to exacerbate the current political polarization, but that anyone who considered that clothing item appropriate would most likely not consider physical violence an inappropriate reaction to such a remark.





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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Fakes . . .

. . . and facts . . .



(from One Nation After Trump by E.J. Dionne, Jr., Norman J. Ornstein & Thomas E. Mann)
". . . The road to "fake news" was paved by the disdain in a large part of the conservative movement for real news. The trail to "alternative facts" was blazed by a mistrust of those whose jobs and professional ethics required them to report and rely on real facts. . .  the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan's coinage: "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts". . . "




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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Sing . . .

. . along.  . . 

. . . with 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


Third-Hand Intelligence
OHO Live at Bethany Beach, DE (August 2019)



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Friday, August 16, 2019

Check . . .

. . . it out . . . 







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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Confusing. . .

. . . or illogical? . . .


(from The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis)
". . . The Department of Agriculture is responsible for the safety of all meat. The FDA handles all other food. An American killed by his spinach can justifiably blame the FDA, but an an American killed by his steak is the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture. Cheese pizzas are the FDA's problem; pepperoni pizzas are supervised by the USDA. . . "





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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Perfidy . . .

What’s in a name
Words are just words
Such compromise
Faithless was she
Deceitfulness; treachery
Breeching a trust; perfidious
No way to know
Well in advance
Now it’s all clear
Reaped what she sowed
She had to go

Dishonor waits
On perfidy
Rising above
Your misery
False man forgets worldliness
Minus or plus; perfidious
Cowards and fools
Hiding beneath lies
Accusat’ry
In you just like me
Will not die

Duplicity; two-facedness
Untrustworthiness confuses me
Such perfidy

Disloyalty
Baseless intrigue
Can it go on
Indefinitely;
Perfidy?


Perfidy
©2019 Raymond M. Jozwiak




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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

More Parade . . .

. . . work on Parade . . .
It’s a parade
A satire for oppression
Provocateur
To oversee dissection
Notoriety; a craving
Never ending ’til it’s quenched
But no sooner than accomplished
Viciously starting all over again

Just what we need
More hatred for a weapon
Follow the lead
Against your own discretion
Try offending this offender
At each opportune moment
Though there’s little chance of succeeding
Save who you can but survivors are scant

Sure of your place
Certain of you own infamy
Confident of the position you have
Should you expand
Magnanimity to fellow man
Loss of some acolytes
Is a price you suspect
You’re simply not
Able to pay

Then through it all
In disrepute emerging
You took the fall
Sacramental; a purging
Now the party days are over
You don’t have to check IDs
Hubris took you down with much ease


Parade
©2019 Raymond M. Jozwiak




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Monday, August 12, 2019

Par . . .

. . . for the course (Trump pun INTENDED). . .


. . . that while so many things are transpiring around the world (and at home alike) . . .

Conservative Alejandro Giammattei has blazed a long, strange path to Guatemala's presidency, which he won Sunday on his fourth try

Fire east of Athens under control; some homes damaged
A big fire that spread quickly overnight in an eastern suburb of Athens appeared to be under control soon after dawn Monday

AP estimate finds $97B in pharma and insurer profits as Democratic hopefuls take aim at industry gains

Uneasy calm prevails in Indian-administered Kashmir as people celebrate Islamic festival during an unprecedented crackdown after India moved to strip the region of its constitutional autonomy

The mass shootings in El Paso and Gilroy, California, that killed nearly two dozen Latinos have some Mexican Americans and Latino immigrants looking over their shoulders, avoiding Spanish and seeking out possible escapes amid fears they are targets.

Authorities say a day care center where children could stay overnight as their parents worked has been ravaged by a fire that killed five and sent the owner to the hospital


. . . Our president(?) is busy re-tweeting right-wing commentator-inspired conspiracy theories????





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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Eat . . .

. . . it ALL up!  (if that's the extent to which you care. . .)


(from https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-0803-trump-cincinnati-20190802-lkjzouxc2zfxtftjao5wsspouy-story.html?fbclid=IwAR35um35tp9lZUa27WwIum885AOMuuEhyCYR9RLTvrSsOhjs-CK_PFd_jCo)
". . . We have seen much in our day. Crime, poverty, drug abuse, racial discrimination, human trafficking, hate crimes. We have witnessed soldiers marched off to wars, some justified, others not. We have reported on horrible car accidents, serial killings, political corruption, disease outbreaks, air crashes, natural disasters, tragedy heaped on tragedy. But we can’t recall a president of the United States making light of the violent deaths of his fellow Americans. And to make it clear how meaningless those lives are to him, he then, in a breathtaking leap of logic, connected it all to his favorite topic, illegal immigration. . . "


Hidden Agenda

OHO (duo-Jay Graboski & Ray Jozwiak) live in Ocean City, August 2019




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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Whaddayaget? . . .



“In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed. They produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace. And what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”
- Orson Welles (from The Third Man)






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Friday, August 9, 2019

Reasons . . .

. . . to support local music . . .


(from https://puckermob.com/entertainment/top-5-reasons-you-should-support-local-music/)
". . . **That guy or girl sitting in their basements writing songs for nobody might just be one of your favorite artists, and you don’t even know it yet. Maybe their music will speak to you on a level that no one else has been able to reach. You’ll never know if you don’t get the opportunity to experience it!
**Wherever there are musicians sharing their love for creating, there is no doubt a community of people supporting them and befriending each other. My own experiences in music scenes have seen bands of all genres sharing the staging, supporting each other’s music, finding places to sleep while out on tour, and genuinely caring for each other. For fans and musicians alike, a thriving scene for local music provides a group of people that are welcoming to anyone.
**Entertainment. Obviously. Why go to the bar and listen to a DJ when you have the option to hear real life instruments and singers playing live? The passion you get from musicians performing provides an altogether different experience than just listen to popular music being played through speakers.
**It makes your city more interesting! In Annapolis, street performing musicians are encouraged to park themselves on a bench, or on a sidewalk, or really anywhere they can accommodate their craft, and provide music for anyone exploring the streets. Doing this creates a great atmosphere and helps people enjoy themselves, even if they are just there to shop.
**If you’re a musician, having an outlet and support can be the most important aspect of succeeding. Everyone feels anxious performing for the first time, or showing a new song off to a friend, so the encouragement can drive them to keep pursuing their passion. That’s one thing our current society needs more of: people happy with what they are doing and pursing something they love. We’d all be a little better off. . ."
***Brewers Alley [124 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701; (301) 631-0089; https://brewers-alley.com/]- Songwriter Showcase Concert  7:30PM
Piano Prelude - Ray Jozwiak
3 Songs           - Jazlyn Sligh
Dual Features - Jeff Talmadge
                        - Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus



Parade
©2019 Raymond M. Jozwiak




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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Sunday . . .





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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Appropriate? . . .

. . . you tell me . . .
(. . . "presidential" response to mass shooting in El Paso . . . )


(from https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/heal-or-divide-amid-their-grief-el-paso-residents-brace-n1039801)
". . . Trump . . . took a jab at O'Rourke's nickname calling it 'phony' and implying that he uses it for political gain. The Democratic presidential candidate, whose full name is Robert Francis O'Rourke, goes by 'Beto,' a childhood nickname. . ."





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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Time . . .


A much-considered topic
Of both philosophy and rhyme
Affecting all; exceptions none
Is the provocative concept of time

No one escapes its extensive reach
Though some, that they have, make the claim
But that is not of my current concern
At piano,  considering a song once again


The Hours
©2014 Raymond M. Jozwiak
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