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wSaturday, January 11, 2003


Dead Men Shouting

Five guys convicted of murder
in
Illinois
were
pardoned
by Governor George Ryan
because
their confessions
were
obtained
by
torture.

They weren't interrogated in Iraq
They weren't questioned in Iran
It was
in
the sovereign state
of
Illinois
that
pain was inflicted.

Governor Ryan
then
went
himself one better.
He cleaned out death row.
He commuted the sentences of 156
doomed
humans.

This
Republican politician
discovered
just how
venally viscously unvirtuous
are
the
ways
of
crime
and punishment.
DNA pointed the way!

Saddam opened his prison doors.
George Ryan shut down death row.
Sparks in the deepest darkness
glow even brighter
in the midst
of
despair.


posted by stew at 11:36 AM


wFriday, January 10, 2003


Miracles and Wonders


Yesterday,
a miracle happened
in
Israel.

The Red Sea wasn't split again.
The wall Israel is building
around the West Bank
didn't
come
tumbling
down.
Israelis didn't become
polite
and
safe
motorists.
No.
Something bigger happened.
Israeli election officials
pulled the TV plug
on
Prime Minister Sharon.

He was explaining why a loan
he received
from
an
American admirer
didn't violate Israeli law
forbidding
foreign
loans
in
elections.
And
he broke another law
prohibiting election propaganda
on the tube
in the last month
of an election.
He was calling all his opponents
liars and psychos and crooks
and
they took him off the air
in
mid-speech.

What chutzpah!
Imagine
Big Bad Rumsfield
being
taken down on the tube
and
Brazen Bush
and
Choke Hold Cheney.

Nah,
that's a miracle
somewhat
beyond
even
God:
The not quite almighty.




posted by stew at 9:29 AM


wThursday, January 09, 2003


Bending over America

An appeals court
ruled
that
George Dubya Bush
should be given
deference
in time of war
(exempted from judicial review)
when he throws people into prison
and
plays
judge
jury
and
torturer.

You are an "enemy combatant"
if
Bush says so.
No law
protects
you.
Bush owns you.

Their ruling opines:
Regarding
Bush's war making power
(a war going on forever)
the
court
must
assume
"a deferential posture."

All over America:
The courts
are
bending over for Bush.
The courts
are
raising
their
robes.


posted by stew at 9:37 AM


wWednesday, January 08, 2003


Biting the Big Apple. Yippie!

The Republicans
are bringing
their Coronation
of the Emperor
to New York City.
Like Vampires
they want
to drink up
whatever soul the city has left and sell 9/11
and
the war on terror
as
their private pocket of power.
Four more bloody Bush years!

Maybe Bush
will accept the Republican nomination
at
Ground Zero?
Maybe Giuliani will proffer the honor?
The tragedy of 9/11
continuing in Afghanistan
and Iraq
and
in human and civil rights
is
red raw Republican meat.

Do they know
that
there will be enormous demonstrations
against the Naked Emperor?
Sure they do.
They want them.
And they want to crush them.
The protesters will be substitutes
for
authentic uncaptured terrible terrorists.
The Republicans will show
by their immense and limitless cruelty,
that
not
only
on Wall Street
are
they
taking care of business.

They want us to come.
We must oblige.
In the time
before the Republican Convention
we must develop tactics
that
will leave them in the dust
of
their
own
mediocre confusion.
We must resuscitate the great laughing spirit
of
Yippie.

Intense
harsh
but
shockingly clever
and
hilarious protest
against the Emperor Bush
will make America laugh
at him
and
see him
in an unprogramed state
of
his actual evil.
Attack us then,
you humorless Elephants of the GOP.
America will see you and him,
in the unforgiving light of harsh truth.
New York needs a cosmic joke.
So does America.
Let's start asking
about
what the Yippies
have
up their sleeve.


posted by stew at 8:48 AM


wTuesday, January 07, 2003


Now You Don't


Charles Schwab speaks!
George Bush listens.
Wall Street Charley
came out for eliminating dividend taxes
at a conference
in
Waco
and the Bushman
liked what
the
brother was blowing.

Give money to the rich.
Convince everyone
that
one mellow day
they too
will
be
living
on easy street.
That's
entertainment!


Make up excuses
for
a
rich man rip-off.
It will stimulate the economy.
It will send a message to our enemies.
It's only fair.
It's all-American.
It's wrong to be hurting Charles Schwab's feelings.

The Democrats say it wont work
that nothing
will
get
stimulated
but
greed.

But
who can trust
these fuzzy mathematicians?
The grumpy Democrats
will
get more votes
by the half-million,
and
still
lose.

More is less?


posted by stew at 10:29 AM


wMonday, January 06, 2003


All Expenses Paid


Portland's Police Chief Kroeker
is
on his way
to Israel.
So is his wife.
Israel picks up the tab.

The Chief
will be attending a conference on fighting terrorism,
hoping to pick up
sharp tips
and
helpful hints
from
the
Israelis.
(Yesterday, 2 exploding Tel Aviv street bombs, slaughtered 22.)

Fighting terrorism?
Why would anyone ask the Israelis?
Everything they try,
fails.
They
assassinate
torture
knock down houses
hideously harass
mass arrest
and
absolutely
nothing
works.

Israelis are experts
in
creating terrorists.
If Portland wants more terrorists
it will learn
from
Israel.

There was a time
(a long time ago)
when
African
socialists
visited Israel
to learn about
its
collective farms
and
trade unions.
Back then,
Israel wasn't a
homeland
for
Police Chiefs.


posted by stew at 9:33 AM


wSunday, January 05, 2003


Curtain Call

Days of mercurial weather
rain
sun
fog
wind
unsteady
unsure,
what will happen?

Between
scandals
terror
torture
smog
and
war,
we wait.

What will survive?
Iraq?
Korea?
Civil liberty?
or
Environmental hope?

Between the acts,
in subdued panic,
we wait
for
Bush
to come again
strutting and fretting
upon the stage,
praying
this time
for
catcalls
of
angry laughter
and
rotten tomatoes.


posted by stew at 11:04 AM