Friday, October 28, 2005

Cheney of fools

If Dick Cheney were only astuter
He'd have steered clear of using that Scooter.
They are said to cause falls
That can injure one's balls
And might end up by leaving you neuter.

Cheney Adviser Resigns After Indictment
The Washington Post, 10/28/05

Awaiting indictments

Oh, what a tangled web they wove,
Who practised tactics with Karl Rove.

[With apologies to Sir Walter Scott]

Rove, Libby Prepare for Possible Indictments
By Jim VandeHei and Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post, 10/28/05

Thursday, October 27, 2005

No end to burning questions

They're extinguishing Harriet Miers!
Seems the more that the Senate requires,
The less Bush supplies.
So, they thought it unwise
Her providing more fuel for the fires.

Harriet Miers Withdraws Nomination
By Fred Barbash, Washington Post, 10/27/05

What's Jermaine to Clevelanders

In Cleveland, we stayed up all night
Bemoaning the season that might
Have led to the Series.
Here's one of our theories:
Next year, we must shock the Sox, White.

Chicago's sweeping beauties
Sox win their first Series title since 1917
Paul Hoynes, The Plain Dealer, 10/27/05

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

A message from Ahnuld

"Ah'll be bahking your state's Issue 4
Just to give Gerry Mander what for.
If you draw the lines straighter,"
Says the famed Governator,
"It won't look like Kuala Lumpur."

Conan says,

"Only a barbarian would
draw voting districts like this!"

Schwarzenegger backs Ohio's Issue 4 reform initiatives
By Jim Tankersley, The Toledo Blade, 10/19/05

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

From her seat, she stood tall

When her heavenly transit embarks,
At the forefront will sit Rosa Parks.
For her one simple act
Will forever impact
And teach us from whence Freedom sparks.

Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks Dies
NPR, 10/25/05

Thursday, October 20, 2005

The view from the "North Coast"

Met with bloggers from NEO*, last night
And we talked of "what is" and "what might."
Whatever their bent,
They all represent
A future for Cleveland that's bright.

*[That's Northeast Ohio for you Matrix fans]

Oct Blog Meetup
The Town Fryer, 10/19/05

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Wake up and smell the city

Does he have universal appeal?
Don't know, but the postings are real.
He brews local news
And elicits your views.
In Cleveland, that's "BFD."

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

What, me curry?

Cowtown Pattie uncovered the clues
That will lead to my comical muse,
But I swear Alfred E.
Ain't got nuthin' on me.
If I'm MAD, should that come as real news?

Monday, October 17, 2005

A new hat in the ring?

Remember that powerful ring which
Mr. Frodo "destroyed?" It's the thing which
Has lured Mr. Newt
To begin the pursuit
That could lead us from Gollum to Gingrich.

Gingrich Considers White House Run
CBS News, 10/14/05

Friday, October 14, 2005

No previous history of violence

Those with children who love Papa Smurf
Better censor the sites that they surf.
As to mayhem and death:
Who'da thunk UNICEF
Could out-shock Cronenberg on that turf?

Smurfs 'bombed' in UN ad campaign
BBC News, 10/12/05

Thursday, October 13, 2005

It's the infrastructure, stupid!

Shi`a, Sunni, and Kurds can't deny
That a new constitution won't fly
Unless it proceeds
To provide for the needs
Of Iraqis who barely get by.

He said that the portrayal of Iraq by Western leaders of efforts to introduce democracy, including Saturday's national vote on the country's proposed constitution was "unreal" to most of its citizens. In Baghdad, children and women were kept at home to prevent them from being kidnapped for money or sold into slavery. They faced a desperate struggle to find the money to keep generators running to provide themselves with electricity. "They aren't sitting in their front rooms discussing the referendum on the constitution."
-Iraq has descended into anarchy, says Fisk
By Nigel Morris, The Independent, 10/13/05

Iraq reconstruction shows 'limited progress'
By Tom Regan, The Christian Science Monitor, 8/26/05

Iraqi Lawmakers OK Last-Minute Amendments
By Mariam Fam, The Guardian, 10/13/05

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

GriM Prophecy

Don't you think that the industry ceded
Years ago, when the omens weren't heeded?
When every outsource
Determined that course,
Why is Delphi, as oracle, needed?

Staggering blow: Delphi's bankruptcy ominous sign for fading auto industry
By Bill Vlasic and Brett Clanton, The Detroit News 10/9/05

Monday, October 10, 2005

Hear Yee, Hear Yee!

Though they voice a more tolerant tone,
Anti-Islam abuses have grown.
Wonder how that could be?
You must read Captain Yee
And you'll see how they act toward their own.

"I was sure that I was being imprisoned in large part because I had fought so hard to ensure the detainees at Guantánamo were given the things they needed to practice their religion, yet here I was being denied those things myself."
-James Yee, For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire, 2005

Chaplain cites anti-Islam zeal
By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald, 10/7/05

Friday, October 07, 2005

Earning their "Honorable" title

The country can count on McCain
To act as the president's bane.
Who better to know
How to deal with a foe
By making the torture humane?

Senate Supports Interrogation Limits
90-9 Vote on the Treatment of Detainees

Is a Bipartisan Rebuff of the White House
By Charles Babington and Shailagh Murray
Washington Post, 10/6/05

Thursday, October 06, 2005


From: Karl Rove
Subj: Justice "Cypher"
To: President Bush

When Justice O'Connor retires,
Who'll replace her? Why, Harriet Miers!
What's there to assail
With no paper trail
Of tenets to which she aspires?

Rove played an active role in selection of Miers
By Joseph Curl, The Washington Times, 10/6/05

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

A Russell of Fall leaves

It makes the Savant a bit tipsy
To recall all the comical quips he
Delivered in rhyme.
A man of his time;
There's a chill in the air without Nipsey.

"The opposite of pro is con
that fact is clearly seen
if progress means move forward
then what does Congress mean?"
- Nipsey Russell

Rhyming Funnyman Nipsey Russell Dies
By Joe Holley, Washington Post, 10/4/05

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

One, for the money; and two, for the show

Delay says, indictments, he'll quash
And that laundering charges won't wash;
But his obvious greed
Reminds one, indeed,
Of the work of Hieronymous Bosch.

Tom Delay (in bed) with several unindicted co-conspirators

Grand Jury Re-Indicts DeLay on New Charges
By April Castro, Associated Press Writer
The Guardian, 10/4/05