Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Urban Legends


When a wildly swerving driver is pulled over
Is there any cop who thinks
That the guy’s telling the truth when he says,
“I swear I just had two drinks?”

By the same token, we suspect it’s a lie when
Some poor bastard gets chased and
Shot and then the officer involved will insist,
"He went for the gun in my waistband.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/03/03/police-claim-homeless-man-forcibly-grabbed-an-officers-gun-before-he-was-shot-to-death/


Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Unspoken Disgrace About That Secret Detention Center Run In The Windy City By The Chicago Police Department


This is an outrage, a nightmare and a horror
That shouldn’t be allowed to persist.
(Such sites should all be outsourced abroad
So we can pretend they don’t exist.)

http://chicago.suntimes.com/…/homan-square-site-chicago-pol…


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chicago Police Operated A Covert Interrogation Compound, A Domestic Version Of A CIA Black Site


Many arrests weren’t put in official databases,
Investigative reports said.
An unresponsive man in an “interview room”
Was later pronounced dead.

Detaining people as young as 15 ---
The details aren’t pretty.
It would appear in the Second City
There was a second city.

http://www.theguardian.com/…/chicago-police-detain-american…

 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Why "Birdman" Won


Even far more than Oscars
On a shelf
What Hollywood loves most
Is itself.


“We’re artists! Creativity
Is what we do!”
Says the producer of “Big
Momma’s House 2.”

“Zero Dark Thirty” was astonishing
But didn’t win big when
Academy members preferred “Argo”
Which was about them.

And yet another Best Picture Oscar
We all know is
What awaited “The Artist” which was
All about show biz.

“Boyhood” deals with family: voters
Must've been annoyed
Since family is what their careers
Help them to avoid.

12 years on one movie? I’d bet
A top hyphenate disparages
Because that time span’s longer
Than his last four marriages.

http://www.theguardian.com/…/birdman-wins-big-two-oscars-bu…



 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Oklahoma Republicans Vote To Ban Advanced Placement US History


What’s so darn good anyway
About being “advanced?”
Yankees who think they are
Need a kick in the pants.

Drinkin’ beer & watchin’ foo’ball
In your basement
Happens to be the only necessary
Kinda “placement.”

All you college types won’t ever
Be us.
Go drive off a short cliff in your
Prius.

If you maybe disagree with me
All I have to say
By way of response would be,
“USA! USA!”

http://thinkprogress.org/…/oklahoma-lawmakers-vote-overwhl…/

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Putting Pop Culture & Politics In Perspective


Bruce Jenner caused a car crash and someone died:
(The road to his sex change is surely twisty)
And yet as awful and tragic as that event was, Jenner
Had a much better week than Chris Christie.