Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Wave of indifference

Tens of thousands have gone to their grave,
Whom a warning might easily save.
A child cries for mommy
When, like the tsunami,
We dismiss her with simply a wave.

Tsunami warnings too little, too late
The Seattle Times, 12/28/04

Monday, December 20, 2004

Naked Truth

In Texas, you'll find it's now true,
You can't dance without top unless you
Have permit displayed;
For thusly arrayed,
You're giving us license to view.

Hey, Can I Get a Closer Look at That Permit?
Reuters, 12/20/04

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Nuts! to the Squirrel

I'm so pleased that you mentioned my site.
Will I lose any sleep over spite?
You can say want you want
About the Savant,
Just so long as you get the link right.

"Worst Blog Ever"
Rico the Squirrel, Shut Yer Blog, 12/12/04

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Hitting the books

The effects will be decades to gauge
But the notion is clearly the rage.
With libraries scanned
As Google ® has planned,
We're turning the digital page.

Top libraries to go online in deal with Google
The Guardian, 12/15/04

Saturday, December 11, 2004

On the Beach

I've read what the diet docs preach.
So, I'm putting the carbs out of reach
And starting the diet.
Just wish I could try it
While actu'lly there on South Beach.

Friday, December 10, 2004

An iron-clad defense?

That Rumsfeld is such a snake charmer!
When asked, "What's become of the armor?"
While soldiers hunt scraps
To withstand booby-traps;
He tried to convince us it's karma.

GIs come up short on armor, answers
Chicago Sun Times, 12/10/04

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Intelligence overhaul requires intelligence, overall

Prepare for the gathering storm
As Congress enacts this reform.
We'd trust the new bill
From Capitol Hill
If intelligence, there, were the norm.

Senate to Vote on Intelligence Reform Bill
NPR Morning Edition, 12/8/04

Sunday, December 05, 2004

And Barry, "There is no Santa Claus either!"

His records are not what they seemed:
Poor Barry was just double-teamed?
No steroids he'd claim;
His trainer's to blame.
It appears he was "cleared" and got "creamed!"

What Bonds told BALCO grand jury
San Francisco Chronicle, 12/3/04

Friday, December 03, 2004

Justice delayed and denied

Twenty years have now past since Bhopal
And its tragic events touched us all.
Yet, even today,
The toxins hold sway;
Half a million are touched by the pall.

After 20 Years, Effects of Bhopal Tragedy Linger
NPR, 12/3/04

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

No, it's not Tom Ridge!

The nation's been wondering when
He'd return to the ranks of mere men.
A Jeopardy star
And longest, by far.
In the form of a question: "Who's Ken?"

Ken Jennings from 'Jeopardy!' ends 74-game win streak
Seattle Post Intelligencer, 12/1/04

Rude-olph Awakening

It's too early for Christmas, by golly,
And, at five in the morning, it's folly.
So, guess my surprise
When I woke to Burl Ives.
Well, I felt neither "holly" nor "jolly!"

Look Who's 40: 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'
NPR, Morning Edition, 12/1/04

[N.B. The Savant's clock radio is tuned to NPR. What else?]

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Canadians' beef with Bush

The Canucks have been wondering how, boy
We can still ban their beef, even now, boy.
They believe Bush's war
Kinda evens the score
Since we have our own case of mad cowboy!

Frigid Embrace for Bush
washingtonpost.com, 11/30/04

Monday, November 29, 2004

OH my gawd!

A solution that seems almost sane?
New elections without any pain?
The Dems in Ohio
Are wondering why, oh
Why can't they act like the Ukraine?

Departing Ukrainian President Would Support New Election
The New York Times International, 11/29/04

One Month Later, Fight Over Ohio Continues
The Guardian, 11/29/04

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Rememberin' Tiananmen

For today, I'll be joining the ranks
Of dissenters who want to give thanks
That, unlike in Ukraine,
We are free to complain
Without fear of reprisal with tanks.

Ukraine's chorus of protest grows
BBC News, Kiev, 11/25/04

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Team America Bush

A mixed review

You will love the celebrity zings
And be howling as Kim Jong-Il sings;
But it's not as absurd
As our own Thunderbird,
Mr. Bush, and those pulling his strings.

Ready to set up another puppet regime

Team America: the movie

Friday, November 19, 2004

His Holy Grail: T.Hanks for the movie deal

Dan Brown always knew it a cinch he
Would gain some renown from "Da Vinci."
But how lazy writing
Gets deemed so exciting?
This must be a dream; someone pinch me!

Cracking the 'Code'
NewsWeek, 11/22/04

Thursday, November 18, 2004

DeLayed Action

Republicans say there's no trouble
With leader, DeLay, on the bubble:
"We're changing the rule
And won't that be cool.
Our ethical standards will double!"

GOP Moves to Protect Majority Leader DeLay
The Guardian, 11/17/04

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Abandon hope, all ye who enter here

--Dante Alighieri

Whether kidnapped or shot where they fell,
When captives are killed we can tell
What Sherman once noted
And often is quoted:
Suffice it to say, it's all Hell!

It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.
--William Tecumseh Sherman

Rules of engagement
The Guardian, 11/17/04

Kidnapped Aid Worker Hassan Feared Dead
NPR, All Things Considered, 11/16/04

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

The last of his Tribe

Adios, Senor Omar Vizquel -
You're the last of a Tribe we knew well.
It was such a short stop
From bottom to top
But you leave as a Giant. Farewell!

Omar's farewell letter
The Plain Dealer, 11/16/04

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

The New World

The extremists are easily spied
For a trait that they share in their pride.
No matter the name,
They sound much the same
When they claim they have God on their side

"Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side;
my greatest concern is to be on God's side..."
--- Abraham Lincoln

Thanks to Anonymous whose comment in the previous post inspired this one.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Don't change horses on the way to the Apocalypse

The Apocalypse looms ever nearer.
Hear that bell as it rings all the clearer?
For whom does it toll?
Just look to your soul;
Mr. Bush can just look in the Mirror.

London Daily Mirror, 11/4/04

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Once upon a time...

Looks like Bush will be claiming the laurel
So we guess that's the end of the quarrel?
It's the same fairy tale
But, this time, it can't fail
Since we're told it has more than one moral.

Issue of Moral Values Trumps other Voter Concerns
NPR Morning Edition, 11/3/04

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Trolitcal poupe

They're a troupe of political reps
Lifting spirits like comic adepts.
See demockracy work
With a musical quirk
When you visit the Capitol Steps

Limerick Savant seen with niece at the Capitol Steps
Cleveland, 10/30/04

Friday, October 29, 2004

I quote: "Please vote!"

"If one candidate is trying to scare you, and the other's trying to get you to think; if one is appealing to your fears, and the other is appealing to your hopes - it seems to me you ought to vote for the person who wants you to think and hope."
--William Clinton

There's no graver decision this year
And the choice now is perfectly clear.
When casting your vote,
Don't do it by rote
And please vote from your hope not your fear.

Yes, this limerick is really a chain
Which is something I mostly disdain
But pass on this note
To ten friends who vote
If you do then we all stand to gain

Click the envelope icon below to send this reminder

The carrot vs. the stick
Brian McGrory, The Boston Globe, 10/26/04

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Red Sox Reverse

To the psychics computing the odds
That St. Louis would leave us in shards:
We curse the Bambino;
He's dead, so wha's he know?
Guess winning was not in the Cards!

[note: it rhymes if you're from Boston]

Red Sox complete sweep, win first Series since 1918
Boston Globe, 10/28/04

Monday, October 25, 2004


Tired of pundits predicting the races
And opinions without any basis?
You'll know where you stand
On this partisan sand
When you visit the Liberal Oasis.

Friday, October 22, 2004

It's about time

It's cheers to those miracle Sox
Who've suffered through years of hard knocks.
But now they give thanks;
Down three to the Yanks,
They finished by cleaning their clocks!

Red Sox want to blast the past
USA Today, 10/21/04

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

A question

To Mr. Bush:

Have you done everything that you can
To end genocide in Sudan?
You say you abhor
The deaths in Darfur
But you've buried your head in the sand.

Kerry outraged at Bush's 'toothless' response to Darfur
TurkishPress.com, 10/17/04

Monday, October 18, 2004

Is that a bulge in your suit or...

are you just happy to see us

So, was Dubbaya poorly attired
Or did Rove have the president wired?
The bulge in his suit
Is an issue that's moot.
His performance should get someone fired!
(preferably, him)

Bush's bulge stirs media rumours
BBC, 10/9/04

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Of a different color

"We must not let our president down;
Stay the course," many say, but I frown.
Things are not as they seem.
Change the horse in midstream?
Yes, I would, if he caused me to drown!

Meanwhile: Being Bush means never having to say you're sorry
International Heral Tribune, 10/13/04

Monday, October 11, 2004

He stood tall

For Christopher Reeve we will mourn;
His stem cell support was well worn.
A true super hero -
While President Zero
Just values a life when unborn.

Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Maybe you meant 'fatcheck.com?'

We all make mistakes now and then;
Mr. Cheney, but gosh, you know when
I went to check facts
Your intel was lax
And I knew you'd misled us again!

Factcheck.org's take on the debate

Cheney's 'Factcheck.com' Plug Yields Questions
NPR, 10/6/04

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Tuesday's double play:

Santana/Edwards vs. Mussina/Cheney

"We're sittin' on needles and pins
Just waitin' to find out who wins.
No, not the debate!
On Foxthat don't rate
On a par with da Yankees and Twins."

Baseball vs. debate?
The State, 10/6/04

Monday, October 04, 2004

The decision makes scents

Their research was sure to impress
Though it won by a nose, I would guess.
Now Axel and Buck
Can share the good luck
And enjoy the sweet smell of success

Two Americans Share Nobel for Smell Research
NPR, 10/4/04

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Bush's rebuttal

Well, so what if I scowl and I smirk!
Yes, I know; it's a personal quirk!
My brain was a hummin';
A thought could be comin',
And, you know, "it is really hard work!"

Reaction shots may tell tale of debate
Washingtonpost.com, 10/2/04

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Of debatable value

To call it "debate" is a sin
For each side will declare "it's a win!"
It's a partisan skirmish
Where truth is a dervish
Caught up in political spin

Voters Chew Over Dissected Debates
Washington Post, 9/29/04

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Close the door! You might let in a...

Security Mom Alert

The solution they're likely to craft
For an Army that's so understaffed
Will get a new name.
They don't want the blame,
So our leaders are dodging "The Draft."

It's a place that they don't want to venture
For the fear of severe public censure.
But the final prescription
Could bring back conscription
Cuz it's not just a job it's indenture.

"I would vote for Howdy Doody if I thought it would keep my boys home and safe."
Beverly Coco, mother of two grown sons - CBS

We're Dodging the Draft Issue
By Jonathan Alter, Newsweek, Oct 4 issue

Friday, September 17, 2004

Rain of terror

The south coast is barely survivin'
After weeks, now, of stormin' and strivin'.
With Charley then Frances,
Just what are the chances
This terrible reign ends with Ivan?

Hurricane wreaks more havoc in US
BBC News, 9/17/04

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Like Bush, the "memos" may not fly

CBS has the press in a lather
Over truth of the news that they gather
Says Dan, on appeal,
"It's all basically real,
Unless actual proof you would Rather..."

Rather defends 'thrust' of report on Bush service
The Washington Times, 9/16/04

Cellblock: the "it" color for fall

Though Martha is headed to jail,
The Stewart cachet cannot fail.
A nation now waits
To scarf up tin plates
When her Prison Collection's on sale.

Martha Stewart opts for prison
CNN, 9/16/04

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Maybe we should elect an optometrist

It's enough with the steel and the flint.
Mr. Bush, let us give you a hint:
You claim it's your mission
To bring a "clear vision,"
So why is it, then, that you squint?

Bush shouldn't accuse anyone of flip-flopping
Statesman Journal, 9/9/04

Monday, September 13, 2004

Banned guns don't save lives;

People, who ban guns, do!

For a decade, we'd brought to a halt
Sale of weapons, used just for assault.
So when Billy or Suzi
Get killed by an Uzi
Please remember the gun's not at fault.

Assault weapons ban to expire Monday
CNN, 9/13/04

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Grim prediction

I posted the following image in April under the headline "Is this picture worth a thousand lives?" - an unfortunately prophetic question. Common Ground magazine made it the cover of their July issue and they were kind enough to post my comments on it there:

Art is art and should not have to justify itself. What the viewer brings to the experience always colors the experience. In the tradition of the best of art, your image is neither didactic nor easily interpreted. As a veteran myself, I find the images of my fellow servicemen and women to be both poignant and a tribute to their willingness to serve. What wartime leader would not acknowledge that their "image" is truly built on those that serve at the frontlines? I congratulate you on creating an image whose meaning and motive is not simply discerned, unlike the subject of that image.
- The Limerick Savant

The War President
courtesy of Joe Wezorek at American Leftist

Click image for enlarged view

Fortunate Son

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Some folks are born made to wave the flag,
Ooh, they're red, white and blue.
And when the band plays "Hail to the chief",
Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord,

It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no senator's son, son.
It ain't me, it ain't me;
I ain't no fortunate one no,

Some folks are born silver spoon in hand,
Lord, don't they help themselves, oh.
But when the taxman comes to the door,
Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes,

It ain't me, it ain't me,
I ain't no millionaire's son, no.
It ain't me, it ain't me;
I ain't no fortunate one, no.

Some folks inherit star spangled eyes,
Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord,
And when you ask them, "How much should we give?"
Ooh, they only answer More! more! more! yoh,

It ain't me, it ain't me,
I ain't no military son, son.
It ain't me, it ain't me;
I ain't no fortunate one, one.

It ain't me, it ain't me,
I ain't no fortunate one, no no no,
It ain't me, it ain't me,
I ain't no fortunate son, no no no,

(c) Creedence Clearwater Revival - Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits, 1976 & 1991 Fantasy / Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willie And The Poor Boys, (Original 1969) Fantasy / John Fogerty - Premonition(Live), 1998 Warner / Creedence Clearwater Revisited - Recollection(Live), 1998 Fuel 2000

U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Surpasses 1,000
NPR, Morning Edition, 9/8/04

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Another bypass operation

Unlike Clinton, a man it behooved,
Dubya's "surgery" won't be approved.
Even though Mr. Powell
May throw in the towel,
Bush is sh*t if his Colin's removed!

End of the rainbow
The Guardian, 9/6/04

Friday, September 03, 2004

Accept nomination?

How about accepting responsibility?

Ideas aplenty you tossed,
Mr. Bush, but at really what cost?
Tax cuts are no perk
For those out of work.
So, where are the jobs that we lost?

Bush vows to protect America
Guardian Unlimited, 9/3/04

From the GOP convention floor

We don't think, any longer, it queer
That George Bush is a monger of fear.
For what fool would say "nope"
Now to "safety" and "hope?"
So, instead, all the stronger we cheer.

Bush casts himself as strong leader in time of peril
San Jose Mercury News, 9/2/04

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Best performance by a tool

Yes, Arnold, I may be a girly-man.
When views disagree, as they surely can,
Some men stay the course
Instead of endorse
Like a big hypocritical burly-man.

GOP flexes muscle
Variety, 8/31/04

Monday, August 30, 2004

Extreme makeover

The Republicans hope their convention
Will bury the bones of contention.
The platform's not new
But, with mod'rates on view,
They will dish up a Bush reinvention.

GOP's opening scene carefully scripted
USA Today, 8/29/04

Sunday, August 29, 2004

No child left?

A letter to Mr. Bush from Cleveland:
There's a need, in your deed, you ignore
By focusing just on a "score;"
And any excuse
That permits such abuse,
Mr. Bush, like our children, is poor.

Your "compassion" is simply unkind.
For you can't feed a child's hungry mind
By leaving unfed
His body instead.
Now that's when a child's left behind!

Cleveland rates as big city with highest poverty rate
Ohio News Network, 8/27/04

NB: Mr. Bush made no mention of these census statistics on his visit to Ohio the very next day.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Took the hypocritic oath?

For thinking outside of the box
What compares with those Abu Ghraib docs?
It seems that the medics
Weren't tortured with ethics
Like prisoners were tortured with shocks.

US army medics accused in abuse
BBC News, 8/20/04

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Paved with good intentions

Want to feel your political oats?
Well, then put on your hats and your coats
And get in the swing.
that freedom will ring
While you're hitting the road Driving Votes.

Driving Votes - Visit a Swing State, Get Bush Out

Friday, August 13, 2004

Annul result

San Francisco's the city that carried
The banner for Love, free and varied;
But now the state court
Has erased that support
If your gay and you thought you were married.

California High Court Voids S.F. Gay Marriages
NPR 8/12/04

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Bin Laden who?

Iraq's such a hotbed that now we
Are faced with Abu al-Zarqawi;
But the man is well hid,
So that what we forbid
Only heightens the threat to Allawi.

Purported Zarqawi threat against Iraqi PM
MSNBC 8/7/04

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Kellen Wins High!

Many thought there was really no tellin'
As to whether the Browns would sign Kellen,
But for forty odd mill
Seems the team has the will
Now to buy what the young man is sellin'.

Browns, Winslow finally agree
The Plain Dealer, 8/11/04

I spy...

So now Bush has announced Porter Goss
To become CIA's current boss;
But, with this appointment,
The fly in the ointment
Is: is this a gain or a loss?

Bush Nominates Rep. Goss to Run CIA
The Washington Post, 8/11/04

Friday, August 06, 2004

Fragile peace

When vi'lence erupts like a geyser,
It won't really take an advisor
To tell the Marines,
In Najaf, this means
The mood is al-Sadr, but wiser.

Marines report 300 insurgents killed in Najaf
CNN International, 8/6/04

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Athletic supporters exposed!

To host this biennial clash
Cities needn't do anything rash.
For it's easy, you see,
When you know I. O. C.
Stands for major Infusion Of Cash

Olympic agents 'who sell votes'
BBC News, 8/3/04

Monday, July 26, 2004

Vacation in ruins

(The news from Turkey)

Decided to not take the autobus
To top of the city of Ephesus
But walk in the sun
Was not very fun
And sweltering heat was the death of us

Ephesus - An on-line Panoramic Virtual Tour

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Still not goin' ta Crawford

I like this one so much, I thought I'd repeat it just Beykoz

Despite the demands of his station,
And aware of the risk to the nation;
The Savant must postpone
The next sine qua non
Just because he deserves a vacation!

Make a change, learn glass in Istanbul, Turkey
The Glass Furnace

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Hair today - what's tomorrow?

Someone tell that well manicured pair
That the public does not really care
If they've got the best "dos."
It will only make news,
In the end, if they win by a hair!

Kerry, Edwards head out on first campaign swing as running mates
Cleveland.com, 7/7/04

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Gephardt defeats Truman!

In the flurry to be number one
It seems that the Post jumped the gun.
But forgive them their haste
For it wasn't a waste:
They no longer believe Dewey won.

Egg on Post's face in Gephardt vp pick story
The Hollywood Reporter, 7/7/04

First he checked his map...

John Kerry had already said words
That made it quite clear he would head t'wards
A choice, whose selection
Could steer the election.
The only direction was Edwards.

Kerry Picks Edwards and Business as Usual
The Village Voice, 7/6/04

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Fed Med

For excitement, there's really no contest
'Tween the Fed and a coroner's inquest;
But will Mr. Greenspan
Do what no one else can
And manage to stir up our int'rest?

Fed begins debating interest rates
USA Today, 6/29/04

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Who says he didn't have a plan?

The president's plan for Iraq:
First begin with an unjust attack.
Then stir up the factions
With ill-conceived actions.
After which, they can have it all back.

Handover advanced but problems remain
BBC, 6/28/04

Friday, June 25, 2004

What's Hot? - Fahrenheit 9/11

Two(?) movie reviews

In this lesson in hist'ry, complete,
Michael Moore has unmasked the deceit.
We're sure that this flick
Leaves conservatives sick,
And has Dubbaya feeling the heat.

Will response to the film be replete
With George Bush's November defeat?
Or will the election
Go in the direction
Of DodgeBall, as final conceit?

Your Vote Matters

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Saudi Bank Amnesty Statement

On behalf of King Fahd, we announce
That your violent acts we renounce.
So you have thirty days
To give up your ways
Or we'll just have to cut your allow'nce.

Saudis offer militants amnesty
BBC, 6/24/04

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Question to Mr. Bush

The Iraq that you led us astray for
Has a basis as thin as a wafer.
Three years down the road,
Has your bellicose mode
Made Americans feel any safer?

Friday, June 18, 2004

An Unsolicited Endorsement

I'll use Google's new mail happily.
It's blazingly fast, and it's free!
The searching's a dream
With their labeling scheme.
Yes, the buzzword in email is "G!"

Thursday, June 17, 2004

From the E.P.A. to your C.P.A.

The cost, in pollution, is steep
When thousands of companies keep
Their monitors on.
So, when you are gone,
Please let your poor monitors "sleep."

A Revisionist Nursery Rhyme

Little Abdullah sat with his mullah
Saying his evening prayers.
Along came George Bush and booted his tush
Right down the minaret stairs.

So Little Bin Laden, feeling quite mad, in-
Formed George Bush, "You are done!
I'm sending a list to my terrorists;
The bombing begins 9-1-1.

Said Bush to George W., "Don't let it trouble ya;
I know how to get them all back.
Just trump up a link and let people think
Al-Qaida's in bed with Iraq."

So Dubbaya said, "Osama's in bed
With Saddam, who's a real nasty guy!"
And started a war to give him "what for,"
But, of course, it's all based on a lie.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

A Missing Link

The September 11th Commission
Has just about ended its mission
And, just as we think,
They prove there's no link
Between Dubbaya's brain and cognition.

9/11 commission discounts Saddam-Bin Laden link
The Guardian, 6/16/04

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Shop 'Til They Drop?

Did our jaws all collectively drop
On the news from the nation's first cop?
By making the call
To target a mall
Qaida's hitting us right where we shop!

"No. We treated it just like a rumor
While keeping our senses of humor.
Nothing comes between me
And my own shopping spree!"
Says the red-blooded die-hard consumer.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Mixed Emotions

Though he left our economy dreary;
We forget and our eyes become teary
As tears of the greedy
Get passed to the needy
All because of the "trickle down" theory.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Which Legacy?

A chivalrous slayer of communism;
Or modern soothsayer of optimism;
Or simply a man,
Whose simplistic plan
Still leaves us in financial schism?

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Point2Point Counterpoint

A charming young fellow, Graham Lester,
Made comments that started to fester.
He misses my meaning:
I'm not just "left-leaning,"
But inclined to become the court jester!

Resigned to His Fate

Re: George Tenet

The news was a little mind numbing
To the pundits, with all their nose thumbing;
But he leaves unashamed,
Since he cannot be blamed
For failing to see this was coming!

Monday, May 31, 2004

Just Memories

Remember the fallen: we must,
Even as we are filled with disgust
For recent abuses.
The simpler truth is
We remember when war could be just.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Your responsibility?

To Mr. Rumsfeld:

It was clear, from the very first day,
You'd be fighting the war your own way.
The Geneva Convention
Was ne'er your intention,
So why would the soldiers obey?

When you act toward the world like its cop,
The buck has but one place to stop.
We can only construe
That, by acts "of a few,"
You meant acts of the few at the top.

The Price of Arrogance
Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek, 5/17/04

Saturday, May 29, 2004

What more recommendation do you need?

I'm good enough;
I'm smart enough;
and doggone it, Republicans hate me!

I'm the fella you oughta be thankin'
For givin' George Bush a good spankin';
On American Air
There is no one as fair
Or as balanced as me, Al Franken.

Al Franken Show Blog
Air America

Friday, May 28, 2004

Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge,
unable to come up with a complete thought balloon
over the recent terrorist threat announcements

(unaltered photo from the AP)

Thursday, May 27, 2004

To John Ashcroft:

So now your intelligence guys
Say the risk of attack's on the rise;
The malevolent seven
Aren't destined for heaven.
Should this come as a great big surprise?

Feds warn of terror attack
The Nasua Telegraph, 5/27/04

Monday, May 24, 2004

Cannes Do

Those keeping political score
On the real architects of the war
Will note, from now on,
The opinion in Cannes
As to peace: less is less; Moore is more.

Fahrenheit 9/11 Wins Palme d'Or
WorldPress.org, 5/23/04

Monday, May 17, 2004

Brown out

Fifty years since the Court took the view
That "separate but equal" was through.
It was only a tool,
Not the cure for your school.
So, don't ask, "What can 'Brown' do for you?"

Brown vs. Board of Education
NPR, 5/17/04

Let no one put asunder

Behold what has now come to pass
Between lad and lad; lass and lass
We'll remember this date
As gays celebrate
And line up to marry en Mass.

Gay Couples Marry in Massachusetts
NPR, 5/18/05

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Do the pictures tell a story?

Who really is to blame?

When you study the look on each guard's face
You wonder who's also been scarred. Place
That soldier's young mind
In those horrors, unkind,
And they're caught 'tween Iraq and a hard place.

Monday, May 10, 2004

Four more years?

When the captors can play fast and loose
With the rules, well, there's just no excuse;
But what Bush has created
Can't be overrated
As a subtler form of abuse

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Not Goin' ta Crawford

Despite the demands of his station,
And aware of the risk to the nation;
The Savant must postpone
The next sine qua non
Just because he deserves a vacation!

Sunday, April 18, 2004

All the President's Plans

(To Mr. Bush:)

Mr. Woodward gives us the impression
That it wasn't Iraqi aggression;
But, from your first day,
The one thing in play
Was your clear and apparent obsession.

Friday, April 16, 2004

The Letter

Office of the Secretary
Department of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000
April __, 2004

Dear Mrs. _________;

The message, I guess you suspect,
That your son won't be home, is correct.
Outside of Fallujah,
His squad met a huge
Attack that we did not expect.


Donald H. Rumsfeld

Thursday, April 15, 2004

The Prez Sez:

The outlook for jobs isn't black.
The recovery, you see, is on track.
My plans for employment
Include the deployment
Of thousands more troops in Iraq.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

A Brief Comment

Don't you think our Commander-in-Chief's
Lack of knowledge defies all beliefs?
So if more P.D.B.'s
Were to get a release
Mr. Bush would be caught in his briefs.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Condo for Rent

Condoleezza Rice demonstrates President Bush's
"fly swatting" technique to the 9/11 Commission

Even though she would testify twice,
The commission was not making nice.
So, while breaking for lunch,
One was left with the hunch
That the menu included steamed Rice.

Monday, April 05, 2004

Does he appreciate the irony?

"... 'we'll decide the course of democracy by the use of force,' and that is the opposite of democracy"

- George W. Bush 4/5/04

Is this picture worth a thousand lives?

The War President
courtesy of Joe at American Leftist

Manufactured Jobs?

To Mr. Bush -

Like the truest, conservative snob
Who looks down his nose at the mob;
You've cut unemployment
By timely deployment
Of that cunning new plan: the McJob.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

15 Minutes of Irony

If it's true "what is past is prologue,"
Mr. Warhol cut straight through the fog.
If you want to lay claim
To your minutes of fame,
Then your future belongs to the blog!

No Fooling

Lest you worry your group might be missed,
We'll attempt, now, to give you the gist:
To prevent killing error,
Qaeda's primer of terror
Now includes everyone on the list.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004


His reality show is inspired,
But his gambling casinos are mired
In stacks of big debt.
So waddaya bet,
The Don tells the Donald, "You're fired?"

Saturday, March 27, 2004

He Bangs!

He's the hero that won't go unsung,
Even if, from the bottommost rung.
Who better to rival
American Idol
Than a fellow who's also Will Hung?


Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Do as I say, not as I do

By acting so quick on the draw
Sharon can't escape this one flaw:
If you're the assassin,
Your actions won't pass in
A world that expects rule of law.

World anger after Hamas killing
BBC News, 3/23/04

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Blog from the Bog

The Savant has been looking for a more immediate method of publishing his semi-weekly rants on the news and the other nonsense that surrounds him. And, lo and behold, he discovers the blog! Yes, he is a little slow on the uptake.

Yet he now realizes that, for the past three years, his website has basically been a weblog, only with a lot more effort. So he now intends to focus primarily on posting to this new blog and only occasionally updating the website. Apologies to all his current fans but he hopes this decision will help him concentrate on his first love, the limerick.

For those unfamiliar with his peculiar brand of commentary, I sugggest you click on the link below to sample some of his past efforts.