Saturday, December 7, 2019

True . . .

. . . colors . . .

What are you trying
To hide from me
Do you think that your protests
Can change what I see
So much is so obvious
Quite clear and so true
From the clouds of this bluster
Real colors show through


True Colors
©2017 Raymond M. Jozwiak
(from the unreleased 'Phatso'; improvisations on Moog Little Phatty)



Friday, December 6, 2019

Standing . . .




". . . Barack Obama’s GOP detractors seemed absolutely convinced that the Democratic president had done real damage to the United States’ international standing. The opposite was true, but GOP officials nevertheless argued, with unnerving vigor, that America had forfeited the admiration of the world – and it was Obama’s fault. . . During the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, for example, Jeb Bush insisted that during the Obama era, “We have lost the trust and confidence of our friends.” Around the same time, Scott Walker and Trump had a chat about “how poorly” the United States was “perceived throughout the world.” (In 2014, Trump also tweeted, “We need a President who isn’t a laughing stock to the entire World. We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning. Respect!”) . . . Mitt Romney added, “It is hard to name even a single country that has more respect and admiration for America today than when President Obama took office.”’ . . . It wasn’t true then, but it is true now, and it’s poised to become part of the 2020 debate. . ."





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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Hurry . . .

. . . up and wait . . . 


What's the rush
There's always a rush
Everything's important
Particularly mine

I've got to go
I've got to be
I'm getting nowhere
Presently

That was before
As sow and plow
Spent well or not
It's long gone now

That was before
All the hurry up
And all the wait
Are for me no more


Hurry Up and Wait
©2017 Raymond M. Jozwiak
(from the unreleased 'Phatso'; improvisations on Moog Little Phatty)



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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Stakes . . .



(from https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/democrats-ready-explain-why-trump-should-be-impeached-n1093846)
". . . The fate of Trump's presidency, his re-election hopes, the makeup of the next Congress and the ability of the three branches of government to check and balance power under the Constitution all hang in the balance as the Judiciary Committee opens its first hearing Wednesday. . ."





Tuesday, December 3, 2019

More 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



The Hours
©2014 Raymond M. Jozwiak
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Monday, December 2, 2019

The Devil. . .


. . . you say?


". . . Trump’s Christian critics don’t really care whether he leans more in the direction of predestination or free will; what troubles them is that he’s a pathological liar engaged in an effort to annihilate truth as a concept; a conspiracy-monger; and a misogynist and bully who dehumanizes his critics and mocks former prisoners of war, the parents of fallen soldiers, and people with disabilities. What upsets them is Trump’s open admiration for brutal dictators, including Kim Jung Un, who ranks among the worst persecutors of Christians in the world; his easy betrayal of everyone from his wives to allies like the Kurds; and his history of engaging in predatory sexual behavior. What alarms them is that we have a president who fans the flames of ethnic and racial hate, who is willing to pressure foreign nations to dig up dirt on his political opponents, and who was the subject of a nearly 500-page report by a special counsel offering a portrait that was damning and went unrefuted. . ."




Sunday, December 1, 2019

Change?. . .



(from The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley from 1965)
". . . The black man never can become independent and recognized as s human being who is truly equal with other human beings until he has what they have, and until he is doing for himself what others are doing for themselves. . . "



Saturday, November 30, 2019

There's More . . .



. . . and then there's Mondo Cane
Excess, pun intended, abounds
The trick, I reckon, to this dilemma
Is not becoming one of the hounds

We've mentioned oysters and complications
And we're not through yet you may rest assured
A word here, if you will, upon disparity 
Lest we all become inured

There's thems that got and thems that haven't
There's kind and nasty and in between
A saint, I'm not asking, to be's very tough
But 'allowing' in practice is still rarely seen


There's More
©2017 Raymond M. Jozwiak
(from the unreleased 'Phatso' collection of improvisations on Moog Phatty)



Thursday, November 28, 2019

Seriously . . .

. . . do you Really think this person is well???


(from http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/pointing-imagined-threat-trump-vows-rescue-happy-thanksgiving?cid=sm_fb_maddow&fbclid=IwAR1DgPglUjXGo2ABJgnrL9SdT527O60jc3mR4vV5Jlg9ptnzXwX9JJmsIM4)
". . . The president did not appear to be kidding. “You know, some people want to change the name ‘Thanksgiving,’” Trump told his followers, failing to identify who these “people” are. “They don’t want to use the term ‘Thanksgiving’, and that was true also with Christmas, but now everybody’s using ‘Christmas’ again. Remember, I said that? But now we’re going to have to do a little work on Thanksgiving.” . . . He added, “People have different ideas why it shouldn’t be called ‘Thanksgiving,’ but everybody in this room, I know, loves the name ‘Thanksgiving’ and we’re not changing it.”. . . Obviously, this is deeply foolish, even by Trump standards. At least when some on the right got hysterical about “Happy Holidays,” conservatives could point to actual examples of people and businesses using the inclusive phrase. There is no comparable effort to change Thanksgiving’s name. . .Trump just made it up. . ."





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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Druthers . . .



Good people called it black
He says it’s white
They said he never would
He said he might
When will it end

Out of the question seemed
Prospect to be
Taking it seriously
Not you or me
Like make-believe

Who could foresee it
Who had the crystal ball
Undo bit by bit
Without one clue at all
Without decorum
Without a principle
Without a common decency to others
Need my druthers

Malice and arrogance
His stock and trade
Simply his character
Born with or made
Nature or raised

First thing and foremost in his mind
Ever so clearly appears he

Time now is way past due
Things have to change
Longer we let it go
The more he’s deranged
Give him his due


Druthers
©20179 Raymond M. Jozwiak



Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Complications . . .


Challenges and opportunity
Success and mitigation
Competition's everywhere
I feel some hesitation

Buzzwords lingo jargon slang
Powerwords abound
The power isn't in the words
And using them confounds

Sometimes simplicity is really
Best for sharing
Expressing teaching passing-on
And when one's soul you're baring


It's Complicated
©2017 Raymond M. Jozwiak
(from the unreleased 'Phatso'; improvisations on Moog Little Phatty)


Monday, November 25, 2019

Shame . . .



(from https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/devin-nunes-impeachment-defense-trump-possible-ukraine-collusion-redefines-partisan-ncna1090261)
". . . As Trump’s loyal attack ferret on the House Intelligence Committee, (Rep. Devin) Nunes has continually pushed the same debunked conspiracy theories about Ukraine, the Democratic National Committee and Crowdstrike . . .  in all of its bizarre contempt for facts, its willingness to ignore and defame witnesses and its zeal to defend the president at all costs — including actively colluding with efforts to dig up dirt on his political opponents. . . we now learn that Nunes may also have travelled to Europe to meet with a former (and highly corrupt) Ukrainian prosecutor to discuss the effort to vilify former Vice President Joe Biden. (Speaking with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, Nunes dodged questions about the report.). . . Nunes’ behavior has become so openly outlandish its drawing fire from former colleagues. . . former Republican congressman and current (long-shot) presidential candidate Joe Walsh tweeted: “One takeaway for what it’s worth: @DevinNunes is a stupid, partisan hack.”. . . Old-fashioned hackery generally consisted of loyalty and a willingness to take one for the party, because hacks were concerned with self-preservation. But the thing about this form of hackery is that there were limits — a point beyond which even the most devoted hack would not go. (See: Watergate.). . . In a world where politicians still retained the capacity for shame, Nunes might have been chagrined by Fiona Hill’s rebuke. It was as close as we have come to the moment when Army counsel Joseph Welch asked Sen. Joseph McCarthy, “Have you no shame?”. . . But shame requires a shared moral universe, and Nunes did not blush. . ."





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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Glittering . . .


Gold and silver and platinum
Money, love and time
Many are our earthly desires
Be they secondary or prime

Many hours are devoted to the lofty pursuit
Of any explanation or rhyme
Try hard to stay grounded, distinguish between
The ridiculous and sublime


All That Glitters

©2017 Raymond M. Jozwiak
(from the unreleased 'Phatso' collection of improvisations on Moog Phatty



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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Airtight . . .



. . . explanation . . . 



(from https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2019/11/spewing-conspiracy-theories-and-rambling-and-ranting-trump-goes-off-the-rails-in-fox-news-interview-video/)
". . . Bobby Lewis
@revrrlewis
On Fox & Friends, President Trump promotes the completely debunked Crowdstrike conspiracy theory about Ukraine. Steve Doocy asks if he is sure that's what happened, and Trump replies "that's what the word is," going on to ramble about other countries not "putting up money". . . "






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Friday, November 22, 2019

Makeup . . .

. . . since it is obviously okay to make-up your own stories when you work in government, and in light of current events, I thought maybe a refresher on Devin Nunes was in order . . . 


". . . In February 2017 Nunes, who served on the Trump transition team, was the first leading House Republican to deny that the intelligence community had evidence of contact between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. He rejected repeated calls for an investigation by a select committee, saying that the House should not engage in a "witch hunt" and that "at this point, there's nothing there". Nunes also rejected calls that he request President Trump's tax returns. . . At a White House communications aide's request, Nunes spoke to a reporter for The Wall Street Journal to challenge a story about the Trump campaign's connections to Russia. . . When Trump's national security adviser Michael T. Flynn resigned after it was revealed that he had misled Mike Pence about his communication with Russian officials, Nunes said he would not seek to investigate Flynn's ties to Russia: "From everything that I can see, his conversations with the Russian ambassador—he was doing this country a favor, and he should be thanked for it.". . . On March 22, 2017, during the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, Nunes held a press conference to announce that he had received information that communications of members of Trump's transition team had been "incidentally collected" by the intelligence community. The communications had been obtained legally during foreign intelligence surveillance, but were not related to Russia. He added that the information was "widely disseminated" in the intelligence community and later clarified that Trump associates were not necessarily participants in the intercepted conversations. Nunes had met his source for the information one day earlier at the White House grounds, with a spokesman for Nunes saying this provided "a secure location" to view the material. Although Nunes had characterized his intelligence sources as whistleblowers whose identities he had to protect . . . "






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Thursday, November 21, 2019