Thursday, March 31, 2005

Pentagon passes brass

The prisoner abuse epidemic
Has turned into quite the polemic.
In the latest report
Adm. Church will purport
That the problem was never systemic.

Documents show widespread prisoner abuse
Air Force Times, 3/28/05

Pentagon Report Clears Top Officers in Iraq Prison Abuse
NPR, 3/10/05

Friday, March 25, 2005

Old Ojibwe saying: Never laugh at your children

[Gego baapiineminaken gidaabinoojiiyug]

In Red Lake we have reservation
As to whence came this sad aberration.
The pox of our age -
The white-man's dark rage -
Has infected the Chippewa nation.

Horror and hope at Red Lake Nation
By Scott Richard Lyons, Indian Country Today, 3/23/05

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Where there's a Will, there's a way

Now conservatives scramble to muster
Enough votes that will kill filibuster;
And so it appears,
That over the years,
Mr. Smith and George Will lost their luster.

Why Filibusters Should Be Allowed
George F. Will, The Washington Post, 3/20/05

Monday, March 21, 2005


Exposing political crimes
May prompt these polemical rhymes
But the cruelest of curses
Gives fuel to these verses:
That we live in such int'resting times!

May You Live in Interesting Times
By Tereze Gluck

[an unashamed plug for a friend]

Saturday, March 19, 2005

The Savant's living will

Let me go without Delay!

What a shock that we can't all agree
Over what Terri's fate ought to be.
Well, if e'er comes my day,
Please don't let Tom Delay
Be the one who will watch over me!

[NB: For a description of Tom Delay, please see previous post]

Keep politics out of end-of-life care, doctors say
The Boston Globe, 3/19/05

Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is removed amid a political storm that rages in Congress
San Jose Mercury News, 3/19/05

Experts: GOP may have stepped out of bounds, 3/19/05

Friday, March 18, 2005

Pumping Irony

'Roid rage is disingenuous

Don't you think it a little ironic
That the House is dispensing this tonic?
While Baseball avoids
The cure for its 'roids,
Flaming assholes in Congress are chronic!

Steroid hearings all political grandstanding
San Jose Mercury News, 3/17/05

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Wearing o' the green

It's the day to forego your routine
And abandon your usual mien.
For, to honor the saint,
You must act like you ain't
And drink 'til you're sallow and green!

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Partying it up
on St. Patrick's Day?
MSNBC, 3/16/05

Friday, March 11, 2005

Serious radio vs. Sirius radio

Though our world seems to teeter on edge
NPR brings us down from the ledge
With grounded reporting
That calls for supporting
So, why not call back with your pledge?

My local public radio station is fund raising again so probably yours is too. Though these pledge drives annoy the hell out of me because I'm already a loyal member and supporter, and I really just want them to get back to my daily fix of All Things Considered; my irritation is tempered by a scary realization of the alternative. If my only option for commercial-free radio was paying $150 a year (not to mention the outlay for the radio itself) for Sirius radio, or one of that ilk, just to get a daily dose of Howard Stern; a pledge drive or two seems a small inconvenience. And yes, Sirius does provide news programming but the best of it still comes from their public radio offerings.

So, where would you rather invest your time and money? I've made my choice and I support serious radio!

Find your local NPR station

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Bedtime for gonzo?

The debt owed by bloggers is clear
But, for "gonzo," this Duke had no peer.
Can that spirit live on,
Or will, now that he's gone,
We be left with just loathing and fear?

In Memoriam: Hunter S. Thompson, 1937-2005
NewsWeek, 3/7/05

Friday, March 04, 2005

No heavy lifting allowed

I received the following missive from Seany the other day:

"It is nearly three weeks" I declare
"Since you had any limericks to share"
I keep clicking my link
But I'm starting to think
That the Savant is blogging elsewhere

Posted by Seany to Limerick Savant at 3/1/2005 05:21:15 PM

The Savant is consoled to know that he has at least one fan who actually noticed his recent absence and thus feels the following explanation is due. Actually, it's a bit more complicated but, then, aren't all of our lives?

The Savant has been under the whether
His surgeon could pull him together.
He found that a hernia
Will rapidly turn ya
To thoughts that are light as a feather.

If you find that your funny bone itches
I suggest you try dropping your britches
And go under the knife.
It could well save your life
And it surely will keep you in stitches!

Click on "Get the story" to visit Seany at his blog.