Archive for the ‘governance’ Category

Houston, A Man-Made Tragedy

August 29, 2017

Every populated area should have a sensible emergency evacuation plan in place and it should be practiced on a regular basis, especially in poorly planned, flood-prone cities like Houston. It’s not rocket science. If you know a storm is coming and you also know the forecast amounts of rain will overwhelm your storm sewer systems you move people out of harms way gradually and sequentially, starting with the neighborhoods most likely to flood and working your way to neighborhoods less likely to flood. You don’t try to evacuate everyone at once and cause gridlock or, even worse, not evacuate anyone and cause the human tragedy that is unfolding in Houston. Adage: “Failing to plan is planning to fail”; Haiku: “If you don’t learn from – past mistakes you’ll keep making – them in the future”

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Haiku Duet, Hey Trump

August 18, 2017

“Hey Trump, the Nazis – were jerks; if you don’t denounce – them we denounce you”

“Schwarzenegger reams – Trump a new asshole over – his Nazi support”

Haiku, Socialism

August 18, 2017

“Socialism is – as American as hot – dogs and apple pie”

https://thenib.com/history-american-socialism?utm_campaign=web-share-links&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

Haiku Quintet, The Rule of Straw

July 25, 2017

1. “Trump believes the rule – of law is meant to keep poor – losers in their place”

2. “The framers built an – edifice made of law; Trump – thinks it’s made of straw”

3. “Stonewalling Garland – proved Congress also doesn’t – like the rule of law”

4. “Wizard lawyers at – ACLU resist the – rise of Trumpdemort”

5.  “Trump’s light shines on the – collective stupidity – of Amerika”

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/07/lawyers_and_the_constitution_alone_won_t_save_us_from_donald_trump.html

Haiku Trilogy: Bye, Bye Betsy

July 22, 2017

“Preppie and Ivy, – Betsy Hodges lacks the chops – to be a Mayor”

“Betsy Hodges is – the worst big city Mayor – in Amerika”

“Big city Mayors – almost always Democrats – but not always good”

Betsy Hodges Is Gunning for No. 1 Spot as Worst Mayor in America

Haiku Trilogy, A Call To Arms

July 17, 2017

“Bogus Election – Commission; just more smoke and – mirrors from team Trump”

“Our democracy – is being assaulted by – its own President”

“Now is the time for – all patriots to support – the ACLU”

https://action.aclu.org/secure/sham-election-commission?ms=fb_share_60548

Haiku Duet, The Two Faced Party

July 15, 2017

“GOP exempts – itself from Cruz amendment – we get screwed, they don’t”

“Republicans piss – in our teacup but refuse – to drink it themselves”

http://shareblue.com/senate-republicans-exempt-their-own-families-from-ted-cruzs-amendment-to-gut-health-care/

Haiku Quintet, Save Medicaid

July 14, 2017

1. “The older you grow – the more likely you are to – outlive your savings”

2. “After the nursing – home sucks up all your money – you’ll need Medicaid”

3. “As you grow old your – brain fails first but your body – refuses to die”

4. “Without Medicaid – normal Americans can’t – afford to grow old”

5. “If your senators – are owned by the Koch Brothers – prepare to get screwed”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/07/07/this-dirty-little-secret-is-the-real-reason-why-repeal-is-so-hard-for-republicans/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_3_na&utm_term=.bf60e80999bf

Haiku Duet, A Garden State Of Stupid

July 3, 2017

“Governor Orca’s – carcass washes up on a – closed New Jersey beach”

“Good politicians – empathize with taxpayers – Republicans don’t”

Don’t call Trump a four-year old. It’s insulting to children.

May 22, 2017

Trump might be a narcissist, psychopath and megalomaniac but he’s not a four-year old. Four-year olds care about the truth, are curious, can pay attention, can tell the difference between fantasy and reality, recognize that their own past beliefs might have been wrong, are not egocentric and self-centered but rather empathetic and altruistic, have a strong moral sense, avoid harming others and think that people should obey social norms and rules. Trump has none of these traits.