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?]