Archive for ‘Joel’

March 23, 2017

A “Real Deal To Repeal” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

deal with the devil

The recurring theme of the Trump Presidency has been, “What do we know?” We know that Trump is the lying scumbag that he basically told us he was during the campaign. It may be the only thing he didn’t lie about. He was caught on camera and tape. He just tossed it aside as insignificant as long as those easily persuaded by his hate and fear rhetoric and false promises of being a populist leader took the bait. Once he hooked them, reeled them in and won the election, America began what has been a difficult, painful process of trying to discover “What do we know?” His tweets are from The Twilight Zone. He is running a carny sideshow out of the White House. The Russian connection is real. But with regard to the extent, purpose and people involved there is still a lot of “What do we know?” still to be asked. And it is going to have a much louder voice that gains volume from the growing number of Republicans who still believe it is their sworn duty to serve the public and know that Trump does not. They know that the Republican Party is going to die a painful death if they don’t fix this fast….And that led to this……

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March 22, 2017

An “Is The Tide Turning?” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

marvel villain

Trump had a pre-election core of supporters who are white and part of a middle class that is experiencing a decline in their standard of living. They are disillusioned and frustrated by this and feel that the last eight years of government has failed them. Donald Trump represented a chance for them get back what they feel they have lost or have had taken from them. He used proven methods to appeal to their emotions. He was counting on the fact that when emotion runs high, IQ runs low and he could incite them to drop their IQ’s to a level low enough where they would overlook that he is unashamed and unapologetic for being a scumbag and vote for him. It appears that he also feels that if they were dumb enough to vote for him, they deserved what he had in store for them.

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March 18, 2017

A “Game Show Budget From A Game Show Host President” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

trust me game show

When I watched game shows growing up, the losers always went home with “a lovely parting gift.” I can picture Trump and Bannon signing off on the budget and laughing. That budget could be called “a lovely parting gift” for the old, the sick and the poor, while advancing all their Swamp Buddies to the Bonus Rounds, where they play for the real money.

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March 17, 2017

A “Re-writing The Unreality TV Script” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

unreality tv

Low approval ratings. That’s a surprise that President Trump didn’t see coming. How could he after he had such an impressive victory and crushed his opponent in the election, facts about the popular vote notwithstanding? Now his Unreality TV Presidency may be in jeopardy of being cancelled because the people who did not vote in the election and the educated middle class white women who did not want Hillary Clinton to be the first woman President are realizing what a terrible mistake they made. It was these two groups that turned the election and, hopefully, they will have the power to correct the mistake. Trump seems to have forgotten where babies come from and what the most powerful force on Earth is. You don’t mess with Mother Nature without severe consequences, which in this case will save America….And it led to this…..

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March 15, 2017

A “Consumer Protection Defection” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

nutritional label

The Consumer Protection Agency is about to become a thing of the past. Consumer Protection is in direct conflict with corporate profits. Safety, shmafety. They’ll take away a woman’s right to choose because abortion is murder, but we’ll kill the kids after they’re born by removing child safety from food, clothing, and toys. No hypocrisy there. Maybe if the Republicans can find a way to make money off of Planned Parenthood….just thinking out loud…And it led to this….

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March 15, 2017

A “Repeal, Replace And Bury” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

healthcare for all

The President and his Republican henchmen in Congress are trying to keep their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. They have run into a little snag – their constituents have realized that when they do, they are going to get screwed. And those facing re-election in 2018 are not liking the backlash which is telling them that they are vulnerable to losing their jobs and having to go back to the same real world as their constituents and deal with the consequences that the repeal will have on their own ability to have affordable healthcare for themselves. Nothing like a little equality to get them to rethink the whole thing….And that led to this….

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March 11, 2017

A “Putz Putts” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

trump the golfer

I think that President Trump believed that being the President of The United States was going to be the same thing as being the CEO of his Trump businesses. In the business world that he lives in, there are more deals made on the golf course than in the board room and I believe he truly thinks that will work for him now that he is President. Negotiate a nuclear arms treaty in the snack bar over lunch after the front nine, work out a trade agreement in the men’s locker room while trading “locker room” jokes. It doesn’t quite work like that. In fact, his golfing has been the subject of intense scrutiny regarding how seriously he takes his new job. If he doesn’t get his game together real soon, he may find that America will be taking a Mulligan on the last election.

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March 9, 2017

An “Advice For New Parents” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

I am no expert on parenting. I have thirty five years of experience and I know that it is a continuous education, they will always be your babies and  John Lennon couldn’t have been any more right – ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. If you approach parenthood with an open mind and an open heart, God Willing, the kids will be just fine. Of course they need to be protected from danger, educated and taught to be self reliant and taught to be respectful of their fellow man. Clearly, the Republican Congress needs a refresher course in parenting and they need to treat this country and their constituents as their children. But this is not a political post even though I couldn’t help myself with that last remark. Hopefully, this little limerick may go along way towards helping new parents just starting out and everyone else trying to cope with the dirty diapers now running this country…for now.

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March 8, 2017

Russia-gate Limerick #5

by Joel Kravitz

Trump alleged that President Obama had a wiretap placed in Trump Tower. He has offered no proof. Just when you think that the White House can’t sink any lower, they always find a way. How long can this go on? I am beginning to think that the GOP is setting him up. They have what they wanted, the Presidency and a majority in both houses of Congress. Once they are done using him as a diversion and get their “rich get richer, poor get poorer” legislative agenda completed, they are going to toss him to the curb. I hope they enjoy their power while they have it, because we still live in a Democracy and in four years we’ll do it again and flip everything back. And all that led to this….

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March 7, 2017

Russia-gate Limericks 3 & 4

by Joel Kravitz

His Russian connections are under attack,
And Trump responds by tweeting smack.
A minor memory lapse
And alleged wiretaps….
Yet, the GOP still has his back?!?!?

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March 7, 2017

Russia-gate Limerick #2

by Joel Kravitz

On February 15, I wrote a post called “A First Of What I Expect To Be Many ‘Russia-gate’ Limericks.”

https://poetscornerblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/a-first-of-what-i-expect-to-be-many-russia-gate-limericks/

I was right. It was the first of many. And the plot has thickened considerably since February 15th. Flynn resigned, Sessions recused himself from any investigation due to his lying during his confirmation hearings. Sessions said he “forgot” and “misspoke.” Investigations are going forward and that means that Trump is breaking out the Roy Cohn/Steve Bannon playbook (which is eerily similar to the Hitler/Goebbels playbook.)

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March 6, 2017

A Few “Most Surreal Seven Weeks” Limericks

by Joel Kravitz

statue of liberty

Seven weeks. Wow. From Inauguration Day until today, everyday has seen controversy and confrontation from the White House which has provided the Republican Congress with a smoke screen while they pass legislation for their ultra-conservative agenda which promotes their “rich get richer, poor get poorer” ideology. And that led to this… a limerick look at the lowlights so far.

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March 6, 2017

A “Reluctant Pundit” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

I have been resisting and protesting Donald Trump the best way I know how – by using my limericks to bring attention to the  Un-American and Un-Democratic things that he says and does. He likes to call things “sad.” What’s sad is that we have a President intent on blowing smoke up America’s ass. As a Baby Boomer who saw how people standing up against bigotry and discrimination and then the Viet Nam War were able to bring about change, I feel it is my patriotic duty to use my voice now when I see bigotry and hate making a revival and a President who will take this country into war. But believe me, I wish my voice was being used for what God gave it to me to do with it – make people laugh and smile. Hopefully, I have been able to do both while getting my points across.

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March 5, 2017

A Few “Addressing The Congressional Address” Limericks

by Joel Kravitz

trump-secret-hand-signal

For the first time since his inauguration, President Trump stood in front of Congress and a live television audience and looked and sounded presidential. It was encouraging for the short time that it lasted. The speech drew applause as he said the right things about rebuilding the country. The widow of the fallen Navy Seal was an emotional high point, though critics questioned Trump exploiting her.

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February 26, 2017

A “Putting A Value On What The White House Is Thinking” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

On Friday, President Trump addressed the CPAC Conference. In his speech, he stepped up his attack on the media and did a lot of chest thumping. After calling the media and “fake news” as enemies of the people, he vowed to deliver on all of his promises. A New York Times commentary was titled “Trump’s Blistering Speech at CPAC Follows Bannon’s Blueprint.” That is very scary, especially because it appears that Bannon is following the blueprint of the most evil person that ever lived. I shudder when I think about it…..and it led to this…..

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February 24, 2017

A “‘Honey, Rollover’ Days Are Over” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

women-protesting

Women will save America. That’s our only chance and they will come through. Women leaders will emerge and Democracy will work the way that it is supposed to, when it affects positive change where the greatest good is shared by the greatest number of people. Trump made a big mistake by turning his back on the women who put him in the office. He believes that the educated middle class women that voted for him support him, which is not the case. They voted against Hillary because they saw her as a “business as usual” scumbag politician. They closed their eyes, they held their noses and they voted for a business man who was exposed as an unusually vicious and unashamed scumbag.

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February 22, 2017

An “A Dream Disappears And A Nightmare Reoccurs” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

camps

The Trump Administration is ready to take another shot at an immigration ban. The “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” approach to business has worked for him and with no regard for the collateral damage that comes with the “if at first you don’t succeed” part (or comprehension of the scope of damage a government will cause versus a casino going belly up), Trump plows on with his anti-immigration policies and immigrant discrimination. He also took the time, or didn’t take the time until he could avoid it no longer, to denounce the rise of anti-Semitism and heinous anti-Semitic hate crimes, which are terrorist acts and need to be treated as such.

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February 20, 2017

A “Bad Cop, Worst Cop” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz
trump-shame-fame-shmame

“Shame, Fame, Shmame – what’s the difference?

I was watching news commentary about V.P. Pence’s trip to Europe and his message to NATO. The Vice President had a different message for NATO than what they had been hearing from President Trump when he was campaigning. The question came up as to whom we should believe when Trump says one thing and someone speaking on his behalf says another thing. The commentator suggested that this may be the Trump administration using the old business strategy of “good cop, bad cop” and he remarked that Trump may be a bad actor and type cast the bad cop, but he is good at it…..He’s as good as Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada…..And it led to this………

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February 18, 2017

A “Standup Comedy Blocking Dummy?” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

https://t.co/BjVQ4GbqtF

The above link is to a Twitter post by former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich. The post is a conversation between him and a former GOP congressman –

“I spoke w/ my friend, a former GOP congressman, who’s as worried as I am about Trump’s mental state & potential ties to Russian operatives.”

What then follows is a script of the dialogue. The former GOP congressman asserts that the Republicans are waiting for him to implode, but before he does, they are using his reality television behavior and White House circus as a smoke screen so they can ram through as much of their agenda as they can without that becoming a focal point of the media who is now hanging on Trump’s every word and act. After I read the script….it led to this….

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February 17, 2017

A “Festivus Press Conference” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

After watching todays Press conference that was as much improv as it was impromptu, I watched the post-Press conference analysis on CNN, Trump’s arch enemy. I heard Jake Trapper, a CNN political analyst include this in his statement -“But then instead of focusing on his accomplishments and offering an optimistic, positive view of what he’s doing for this country, it was an airing of grievances. It was Festivus.” A presidential press conference was compared to an episode of a sitcom. There is nothing comical about this situation….but it did lead to this…..

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February 16, 2017

A “Let’s Get Along?” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

I am mesmerized by what I am watching on television every day. I’ve never seen anything like this before and it is hard for me to take my eyes off of it. It unfolds like fiction or a movie, but it is all too real. I just heard 45 say that none of his predecessors engaged the Russians in a positive friendly manner and “look how that’s worked out.” The last time I checked America is still The Land Of The Free. I don’t think 45 has really assessed the risk.

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February 15, 2017

A First Of What I Expect To Be Many “Russia-gate” Limericks

by Joel Kravitz

You have to give the guy credit. With all the fake news, rigged elections, tweeting and executive orders, Trump still found time to get himself smack dab in the middle of a real scandal – a potentially much worse than Watergate scandal. Now that takes some skill. But of course, we are finding out that he had been working on it for a long time. His first appointee gone over “a matter of trust.” That’s rich….and it led to this

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February 14, 2017

A “Leaky Flynn Spin” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

Rather than focusing on everything that is wrong about Michael Flynn having his “private meeting” with the Russians and being less than forthright about it, President Trump is worried about where the leaks about this diplomatic fiasco and other damaging information about problems within the White House are coming from. It is a classic case of a bad guy getting caught and rather than being contrite about the shady dealings, he’s pissed about someone turning him in and being caught.

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February 13, 2017

An “If ‘Con’ Is The Opposite Of ‘Pro'” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

john-adams-on-congress

I saw this post from a high school friend on Facebook this morning –

If “con” is the opposite of “pro,” then what is the opposite of “progress”? Good morning, Monday.

I sent her a quick reply – There is a limerick waiting to be written.

Thanks Debra. It led to this….

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February 12, 2017

A Valentine’s Day Smitten Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

Poetry challenge: Valentines poem.

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I’ve been smitten; there’s no way I’d mistake it
And I don’t know how you will take it.

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February 11, 2017

A Valentine’s Day Giggle Poem

by Joel Kravitz

Poetry challenge: Valentines poem.

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If you’re a gentleman and can make a gal giggle,
There’s a good chance that she will like you.

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February 10, 2017

A Couple of “Trump Takes A Dump…Badly” Limericks

by Joel Kravitz

Did he ever think for a minute that he it might be unethical and illegal for him to self-promote his brand after he became President? Ethics and knowledge of the law are clearly not his strong suits as they never entered into his decision making process when he was running his billion dollar businesses. I am sure he was licking his chops at the possibilities of using his platform for self-promotion and he couldn’t wait to use his platform for free advertising. Bet he never thought he’d be doing it from a defensive position…And it led to this….

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February 9, 2017

A “Legal Distress, He Won’t Know How to Dress” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

Jeff Sessions was confirmed as the new Attorney General. His record as a racist, bigot and homophobe made no difference to the confirming bodies. It is a clear statement to the American People that there will not be Justice For All. And it led to this…..

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