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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Dramatics . . .


Caught in the the crosshairs
Of my poison-dart, marauding rifle
But then what can a body do?
‘You’re not the man you used to be’
You say with certain relish
But then again you’re here with me
And though you surely cannot hide
You’ll try to run for certain
And I will follow where you go
As we perpetuate the dance
We’ve done through all the ages
Ours is much more than just a show

Bought my ticket
Took time off for
The drama of life
Front row orchestra
Tux, tails just for
The drama of life

Some choose their circumstances
With a dearth of careful thinking
Some can’t make any choice at all
But all the options must be weighed
Outcomes evaluated
And for some flavor add some salt

Take an intermission
Look at what you’re missing

It’s not a natural
Or a simple kind of undertaking
Half-heartedness won’t make it so
To rise above self-serving vanities
Makes all the difference
Sometimes that’s all you need to know



Drama
©2016 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Monday, January 21, 2019

Trouble . . .


(https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/netflix-pulls-episode-patriot-act-hasan-minhaj-after-saudi-complaint-n953681)
". . . Netflix has removed a satirical comedy show from its service in Saudi Arabia following a complaint from authorities in Riyadh. . . The streaming service took down an episode of "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" which was critical of the kingdom’s rulers following the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. . . Netflix said it had been told the episode breached Saudi Arabia’s anti-cybercrime law, which states that anyone who produces, prepares or transmits material “impinging on public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy” will be subject to imprisonment for a period of up to five years and/or a fine of up to $799,850. . ."




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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Shore . . .


(from Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann)
". . . Summer vacation at the shore! Could anyone, anywhere, know what happiness that was? After the sludgy, excruciating monotony of countless days in school - four long weeks of peaceful, carefree solitude, filled with the smell of seaweed and the murmur of the gentle surf. Four weeks, a period that was so immeasurably vast at the start that you couldn't believe it would ever end, and merely to mention the possibility would have been rude,  even blasphemous. Johann could never understand how, at the end of the school term, any teacher could bring himself to say something like: "And we shall pick up here after summer vacation and then move on to this or that . . . . " After summer vacation! He actually seemed to be looking forward to it, that incomprehensible man in his shiny worsted suit. After summer vacation - even to think such a thing! When it was all so marvelously remopte, lost in the gray distance far beyond those four weeks. . . "





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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Ideas . . .


(from https://ineedmotivation.com/45-unforgettable-quotes-about-ideas/)
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
– Oscar Wilde

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
– Buddha

Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about.
– Ashleigh Brilliant

Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.
– Howard Aiken

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
– Henry Ward Beecher

Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.
– Jim Rohn

You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.
– Pablo Picasso


Perfidious Ideas
©2019 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Friday, January 18, 2019

Illumination . . .

Threshold of credibility
Always looming
Rarely crossed
Is there something I'm missing
Has integrity been tossed?
Is there dearth of some real caring?
Has all principle long died?
Did the human race turn-tail and run
From improvement; evolution?
Are we truly moving backwards
Far from knowledge towards confusion?


Illumination
©2019 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Musical Value. . .

. . . what does music do for you? . . .


(from Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann)
". . . He was incapable of drawing nearer to the music that so preoccupied Gerda and that friend of hers, Herr Pfuhl; and Gerda, who was always impatient and exclusive when it came to matters of art, made any approach even more difficult, sometimes in truly cruel ways.  . . He would never have believed that the essence of music could be so totally alien to his family as it increasingly appeared to be. His grandfather had piped a little on his flute, and he himself enjoyed listening to pretty melodies that had either an easy grace or a quiet melancholy about them, or that perhaps roused him with their cheerful vigor. But if he expressed his preference for anything of that sort, he could be certain that Gerda would shrug her shoulders and say with a sympathetic smile, "How is it possible my dear? Something to totally lacking in musical value. . . ". . . "





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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Opinion . . .

. . . Yes . . . 
. . . Valid? . . . Yes. . .



(from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/14/opinion/government-shutdown-trump.html?fallback=0&recId=1FnBiZChWWMxiCy80XJKcQ6qEim&locked=0&geoContinent=NA&geoRegion=MD&recAlloc=top_conversion&geoCountry=US&blockId=most-popular&imp_id=658501061&action=click&module=Most+Popular&pgtype=Homepage&fbclid=IwAR0Q9YKgn51w9FHlhd2m7tPST9DoltrlI0xBldm-DmO2KwlmCiFUde9DYBQ)
". . . Then there’s the Trump effect. Normally working for the president of the United States is a career booster, something that looks good on your résumé. Trump’s presidency, however, is so chaotic, corrupt and potentially compromised by his foreign entanglements that anyone associated with him gets tainted — which is why after only two years he has already left a trail of broken men and wrecked reputations in his wake. . . So who is willing to serve him at this point? Only those with no reputation to lose, generally because they’re pretty bad at what they do. There are, no doubt, conservatives smart and self-controlled enough to lie plausibly, or at least preserve some deniability, and defend Trump’s policies without making fools of themselves. But those people have gone into hiding. . . "





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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Rightness . . .

 . . . being rung in . . .




. . . with a new year. . .


OHO, live at Bourbon Street on the Beach in Ocean City, MD
December 31, 2018



Ring In The Rightness

OHO (Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak) Live, December 31, 21018



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Monday, January 14, 2019

Intelligence . . .


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 Duo [Jay Graboski & Ray Jozwiak] Live at 99 Sea Level, Bethany Beach, December 2018)



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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Questions . . .


. . . I would like to ask


. . . So many people
I no longer see
nor (with whom I) interact

Like, "Didn't we have fun?"
and "What happened to our youth?"
Like, "Why did you punch me?",
and "Do you still punch people?"
Like, "Did you continue in music?'
and "What are you singing now?"
Like, "Where did you two meet?"
and "Any regrets on not continuing your education?"
Like, "Have you considered all the facts?"
and "Do you know that changing your view is not a character flaw?
Like, "Did you consider the details of her personal life?"

. . . and "Did you realize the human being is the most valuable?"





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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Unique . . .

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
from Gazebo by OHO



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Friday, January 11, 2019

Fake . . .

. . . news? 
PLEASE, let me know . . . (I can only hope) . . .

(from https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-trump-mexico-wall-never-said-20190110-story.html?fbclid=IwAR3njtTsp223Ql-0fIiQEGLRXgJ4gUpJvQBoTqip0UicMbsFb0pBynreORk)
". . . “When during the campaign, I would say 'Mexico is going to pay for it,' obviously, I never said this, and I never meant they're gonna write out a check, I said they're going to pay for it. They are," he said as departed the White House for an afternoon trip to McAllen, Texas for a roundtable on border security. . . "





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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Just In Case . . .

. . . you're interested . . . 


(from https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/11/02/president-trump-has-made-false-or-misleading-claims-over-days/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.5b33a485fa5c, By Glenn Kessler ,
Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly November 2, 2018)
". . . In the first nine months of his presidency, Trump made 1,318 false or misleading claims, an average of five a day. But in the seven weeks leading up the midterm elections, the president made 1,419 false or misleading claims — an average of 30 a day. . . Combined with the rest of his presidency, that adds up to a total of 6,420 claims through Oct. 30, the 649th day of his term in office, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. . .)


. . . are we having fun yet? . . . 



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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Grasp . . .

(from https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-2020-chances-changed-midterm-election-he-can-t-ncna955026)
". . . As their January 2 meeting showed, no one in Trump’s “acting” Cabinet seems to have the gumption to even shout, “Incoming!” If national security and the social fabric were not so imperiled on a daily basis, one would be inclined to pity this man who said he can’t reopen the government because it would make him look bad. Given the president’s grasp of history, he surely doesn’t know he has already surpassed the blundering James Buchanan and the dimwitted Warren G. Harding as the most clueless president in history. . ."





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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

More Facts . . .


(from https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/01/08/facts-donald-trumps-border-wall-address-nation-immigration-shutdown-column/2503981002/)
►Illegal border crossings are down. Significantly.
In 2000, 1.6 million people were apprehended trying to cross the southern border into the United States. In 2001, 1.3 million were apprehended. In 2018? Less than 400,000.

►The counties along the southern border are among the safest in the United States.
According to data from the Wilson Center, as summarized by The Washington Post, “The crime rates in U.S. border counties are lower than the average for similarly sized inland counties, with two exceptions out of 23 total.”

►Most undocumented immigrants don’t “sneak” across the border.
The majority of immigrants in the USA without authorization first entered the country legally, and then overstayed their visas. Even the anti-immigration Center for Migration Studies said in a 2017 report that crossing the border is not the way “the large majority of persons now becoming undocumented.”

►The White House is lying about terrorists crossing the southern border.
In an interview on Fox News this weekend, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' careful wording suggests she knew she was more than bending the truth. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace fact-checked Sanders: “Do you know where those 4,000 people come, where they are captured? Airports.”

►Migrant caravans aren’t “sneaking” across the border, either.
It’s important to distinguish between illegal border crossings and migrants lawfully presenting themselves at southern ports of entry in order to apply for asylum.

►Drugs entering the USA across the southern border are most often hidden in legal shipments.
While 90 percent of heroin enters through the southern border, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency, “illicit drugs are smuggled into the United States in concealed compartments within passenger vehicles or commingled with legitimate goods on tractor trailers. . . A wall wouldn’t stop most heroin from entering the country.

►Conservative political figures and think tanks think Trump’s wall is pointless.
(The) reason Trump couldn’t get funding for his wall during the past two years of his presidency when his own party completely controlled both houses of Congress: They didn’t want it.

►There are already 654 miles of border fencing.
The U.S.-Mexico border is 1,933 miles long. Of that, 34 percent already has a wall or a fence — in particular, parts along the areas of the border that are most easily accessed by people traveling by car or on foot.

►Americans do not support Trump’s wall.
“The people of our country want it,” Trump said recently. No, they do not. A mid-December poll found that 54 percent of respondents opposed Trump’s wall.


Facts of Life

©1994 Raymond M. Jozwiak
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Monday, January 7, 2019

Action . . .


(from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/05/opinion/sunday/trump-impeachment.html)
". . . Consider the following descriptions of Trump: “terribly unfit;” “erratic;” “reckless;” “impetuous;” “unstable;” “a pathological liar;” “dangerous to a democracy;” a concern to “anyone who cares about our nation.” Every one of these descriptions comes from a Republican member of Congress or of Trump’s own administration. . . They know. They know he is unfit for office. They do not need to be persuaded of the truth. They need to be persuaded to act on it. . ."






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Sunday, January 6, 2019

A Determination . . .


(from https://thehill.com/homenews/house/423894-gop-leaders-call-on-pelosi-to-condemn-tlaibs-remarks-on-trump)
". . . House Republicans are calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to reprimand Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for using profanity while referring to President Trump. . .Shortly after being sworn into office on Thursday, Tlaib told a group of supporters: “We’re going to go in and impeach the motherf---er.”. . . “She has a freshman, incoming individual that uses that type of language that has a determination of what she's going to do with no facts or basis," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Friday at a press conference. . ."


Isn't having a determination of what he's going to do with no facts or basis what the 'president' does ALL THE TIME??





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