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Been Awhile…

A poem based on the oral traditions of… okay, just a poem.

So here’s a poem, since it’s been awhile. I guess we can call it The Children.

The Children said “No Thank You Ma’am”
The Children said, The Children said;
The Father said “I Have a Plan”
No Thank You Man, No Thank You Man;

“The Children Are Not Up For Sale,”
The Wise One said and Took My Hand;

“The Children Are All We Have Left,
Now That the Veil Has Touched the Sand;”

“The Wise One Cannot Sleep To-day,”
The Children said, The Children said;

“He Must Remain Awake to Play,”
The Children Pled With Certain Dread;

“And Then To-night I Will Remain,”
The One Wise One Affirmed the Claim;

“Remain to Banish Father’s Fame,”
The Wise One Spoke With His Gaze Trained;

“To Discard the Switch And Light the Den,”
I Said to Him with Mighty Grin;

The Dusty Father Came to Get,
The Wise One Watched Him Throw a Fit,
He Tackled Father to the Ground,
And Said to Him Without a Sound,
“Be Gone So That the Children Play,
Or You’ll Drive Yourself to the Grave;”

Father Nodded And Gave His Wave,
Turned to Look In the Wise One’s Eyes,
Father Said “I Apologize,
Play My Children, Enjoy Your Youth;”

The Father Left Us Alone Then,
But Mother Came to Call Us In;

The Children said “No Thank You Ma’am,”
The Children said, The Children said.

Major League

Expressing anger and contempt for the Democrats with a heckler’s need to be wrong.

I feel like Randy Quaid in Major Lague for saying this, but it’s how I feel.

Right now, the Democrats have what looks like an easy enough mid-term election ahead of them. The GOP is crouched and ailing from scandal and failed policy. Bush is at his lowest approval of his presidency.

Hell, the Democrats are even starting to show their teeth a little and seem to be uniting. They are endeavoring to outline plans for national security among other changes; they are starting to move on the offensive.

But I’ve got no confidence in them. They couldn’t run a strong candidate in 2000 or 2004, and as a result allowed both elections to narrowly go to Bush. They lost two senate seats in 2002 and four in 2004. Seven house seats in ’02, three in ’04.

This year the House and one-third of the Senate are up for election. And it just looks too good to be true.

And despite my optimism, that the Democrats might prevail, and that they would then actually do the right things, I have this nagging need to cry out, like Randy Quaid’s character.

As a side note, apparently he was not credited in either Major League or Major League II for his role.

Article I Section VI

Short look at the arrest of a Congressional Representative who was stopped by Capital Police.

They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

I do not know the whole story regarding the Cynthia McKinney case. I do not know in what fashion she struck the officer. I do not know where she was going at the time. It could very well be that she deserves to face charges.

On the other hand, I do know that under certain circumstances she had every right not to be stopped.
And I know that the comments by many of the GOP are flat out wrong in that context. I know that the Congressional Representatives and Senators are exempt from these checkpoints under the US Constitution; I know the only way to change that is to amend that document.