Tuesday, September 19, 2017

OH MY GOD
She’s At It Again!


When Will it Ever Stop?
WILL it Ever Stop?








Saturday, September 16, 2017



The Hurricane Drag

Here comes the wind, see how she blows
Down on your knees, suck on your toes
That’s the way to do the Hurricane Drag

Whips up the sea wild as can be
We may get swept away
Wipes out the Grid; now you’re free as a kid
But this ain’t no time to play



Here comes the wind, see how she blows
Down on your knees, suck on your toes
Raise your hackles like the Swastika flag

Each lad and lass, please don’t pass gas 
Nobody needs the stench
While we’re here trembling with fear
Hunkered down in the trench.

EVERYBODY
Down on your knees, suck on your toes
Feel your blood freeze as you face new woes
That's the way to watch the Weather Vane
As you struggle in the Hurricane 
That’s the way to do the Hurricane Drag.


~ Molly Coddler




And here's a recording with members of
the original 1927 Broadway production

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


OUR

DEBT

THREATS






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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SIXTEEN YEARS AGO YESTERDAY



Meditation on a Tragic Anniversary


A radiant cloudless morning
air fresh and clear
sky the brightest blue
mood mellow
A lovely young day bright with promise ––

And then a gleaming silver shell appeared
mirroring beautifully the morning sunshine 
A Thing of Beauty –– but horribly out of place
like a spacecraft from an alien planet

Dipping crazily far too low upon the skyline
before anyone could feel the menace ––
it smashed directly into a gigantic upright construct ––
one of a pair ––

Twin monuments to Greed and Vain Ambition some were quick to say

But sudden violent death eradicated an entire investment firm
in one horrific instant –– 
dozens of bright young lives incinerated –– gone!

Before dazed onlookers could begin to understand what was happening
another silver shell acting as a missile 
crashed into the second of the giant pair.

Ugly buildings!  A hideous blot 
on the once-graceful Manhattan skyline.

“Ada Louise Huxtable might secretly rejoice at this,”
part of me thought wickedly, for I had always resented
the overbearing, outsized twins ––
Bounders! Interlopers ! Invaders!

But before that ruined day was halfway through
three-thousand innocents had been
burned alive, brains and eyeballs boiled 
skulls pulverized, skeletons crushed
between twisting, white hot girders
pelted with falling rubble midst the flames
caught, crippled, crumpled, smashed to bits ––
Smothered in collapsing stairwells and buried alive
in a torrent of red hot cinders and debris

In so many ways the scene must have mimicked the final hours
of the residents of Pompeii and Herculaneum


And then there were those hideous echoes 
of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire ––
Where so many jumped to their deaths
to escape being burned alive ––
In an instant smashed skulls, broken bones and bloody pulp 
were all that remained of their vibrant young lives.


And not so long ago in Benghazi –– to mark the anniversary 
of this Great Triumph of Barbarity over Civilization
our young, handsome, well-meaning, 
hopelessly naive, ambassador to Libya
was surrounded in his quarters, 
dragged out into the streets
beaten, sodomized and brutally murdered.

But what does any of this matter? What difference does it make?
Let’s just forget about it, and MOVE ON.
Might as well. 

We are privileged to live in interesting times.

Kyrie eleison!
Kyrie eleison!
Christe eleison!

~ FreeThinke 




Saturday, September 9, 2017


The World Weary Waltz

They’ve rioted in Baltimore
TRA la la la la LA la!
They’re writhing in pain.
There’s a hurricane in Florida
Blowing in too much rain.
TRA la la la la LA!

The whole world is festering with unhappy souls
Race wars are fomenting from
the North to the South Poles
The Muslims hate the Christians
With atheists we've lost touch
Now most people hate each other very much!


But we may unite yet in alliance proud
Jong Un now possesses a Mushroom-Shaped Cloud
So we can be certain on some lovely day
That jerk will go berserk
And we will all be blown away!

Now an earthquake’s just hit Mexico
TRA la la la la LA la!
Disease stalks the land
What Nature doesn’t do to us
Will be done by the Human Hand!



~ Sheldon Harnick (revisited and updated by FT)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

HERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY for YOU to BEHAVE  DECENTLY, COURTEOUSLY and EMPATHETICALLY
for a CHANGE 

Shaw Kenawe’s Husband Has Passed Away.  Regardless of Any Political Differences We Might Have, I Regard Miss Shaw as a Friend, and Posted the Following at Progressive Eruptions as 
Soon as I Heard the Sad News.

The beautiful Shawe Kenawe and her husband-to-be in 1977

Dear, Shaw, 

I am so sorry your most important relationship has come to such a sad, untimely end. I hope these words by our special friend Emily Dickinson may help you as you struggle to gain a better sense of perspective on life that must seem senseless and unrewarding at times like this.

While I was fearing it, it came —
But came with less of fear
Because that fearing it so long
Had almost made it fair —

There is a Fitting — a Dismay —
A Fitting — a Despair 
’Tis harder knowing it is Due
Than knowing it is Here.

The Trying on the Utmost
The Morning it is new
Is Terribler than wearing it
A whole existence through.

~ Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

I offer too these words from Carousel by Oscar Hammerstein II, whom I have come to regard as one of our finest lyric poets, despite his enormous popularity.  He understood the human heart very well, and expressed his wisdom gently, kindly, with good humor and great empathy for the human condition in words most could easily understand, bless him! 

What's the use of wonderin' 
If he's good or if he's bad,
Or if you like the way he wears his hat?
Oh what's the use of wonderin' 
If he's good or if he's bad
He's your feller, and you love him
That's all there is to that.

Common sense may tell you 
That the endin' will be sad,
And now's the time to break
And run run away

Though common sense may tell you 
That the endin'will be sad
Your his gal and he's your feller
There's nothin' more to say.

Somethin' made him the way that he is
Whether he's false or true
And Someone gave him the things that are his
One of these things is you

So, when he wants your kisses
You must give them to the lad,
And anywhere he leads you, you will walk
And anytime he needs you ––
You'll go runnin' there like mad ––
You're his gal and he's your feller,
And all the rest is talk.


I wish I could offer more. I believe you still have my phone number. If ever you feel a need to talk, –– even in the middle of the night –– I'd be glad to listen.

You were a beauitful couple when you married. I know you produced beautiful children.  I hope those good memories will help sustain you  as work through this period of grief.

Love,


FreeThinke

Shaw's husband in later years. May he rest in peace.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

And What Does THIS Say to YOU?


Please Discuss the Implications and Possible Ramifications of this Phenomenon 

WHO is probably BEHIND it?
Has it arisen SPONTANEOUSLY?
Is it the result of Deliberate AGITATION?
WHAT has MOTIVATED it?
WHY is it not being PUNISHED?
HOW could it be JUSTIFIED?
HOW should it be STOPPED?

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