Archive for ‘Joel’

February 20, 2017

A “Bad Cop, Worst Cop” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz
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“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………

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….

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…..

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.

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

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.

February 13, 2017

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

by Joel Kravitz

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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….

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.

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.

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….

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…..

February 8, 2017

A “DeVos American Dream” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

A billionaire lobbyist with no background in public service or education wants to be the Secretary of Education. You have to ask why, because billionaires don’t become billionaires without asking the essential capitalist question, “What’s in it for me?” That question has no altruism attached to it and public service and especially education are supposed to be about altruism. Teachers are the most altruistic people in this country and they certainly are not in it for the money.

February 7, 2017

A “Trump and Truth” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-wants-be-seen-the-sole-authority-truth?cid=sm_fb_maddow

In defining truth, it is first helpful to note what truth is not:

February 7, 2017

Magic

by Joel Kravitz

Poetry challenge: Valentines poem.

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It is something in which I would like to believe,
Despite being the fine art of how to deceive.
The incantations say “Love Is Grand,”
But hearts can be broken by sleight of hand.

February 4, 2017

A “Trump Has Whose Back?”Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-begins-assault-on-dodd-frank-financial-regulations/ar-AAmAFNb?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartandhp

President Trump has set in motion the dismantling of the Federal regulations that were put in place after the 2008 financial crisis which wiped out so many of his supporters, leading to their disillusionment and willingness to turn to anyone who would promise them that he would improve their lots without ever telling them how he was going to do it. Though it may appear that it is “the blind leading the blind,” be sure that Trump has a clear vision of what he is going to do….and not for his blind followers who will be worse off when Trump’s plan goes into effect. And that led to this….

February 3, 2017

An “And Now For Some NOT Comedy Relief – Kellyanne CLOWNway” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/kellyanne-conway-admits-%E2%80%98bowling-green-massacre%E2%80%99-error/ar-AAmAuBc?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp

This woman is about to make the expression “You can’t make this shit up” obsolete. What an evil imagination. Coupled with her malicious intent, she is a dangerous person. And sadly, her boss loves her for it. She is his bullshit barometer. And her latest Fascist fiction led to this…..

February 2, 2017

A “What Would Jesus Do?” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/report-administration-drafts-religious-freedom-executive-action/ar-AAmwiUl?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp

How is it that so many people that claim to be Christians and cling to the misguided belief that America is a Christian nation show total disregard to the teachings of Jesus? Hypocrisy is living a lie, which would explain how these people would be drawn to a pathological liar instead of guided by The Truth – Love Is God’s Greatest Gift. And that led to this….

February 2, 2017

A “Going Kicking And Screaming Where The Screams Are Real”Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

Getting back to humor (or humour, for my friends that spell it that way.)

I turn 65 this year. Keeping with my mantra of “going kicking and screaming,” I am guarding my health with diet and exercise. Guarding my health is very important as there may not be any Medicaid or Medicare around by August. I have always tried to stay fit.  I am at my college weight and I usually feel great. But it is starting to take a little longer to recover from a hard workout and I find myself kvetching a lot more …. and it led to this…

January 31, 2017

A Trump Transparency Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

One thing can be said about President Trump – he is completely transparent. He certainly was during the campaign. Sadly, the more outrageous and egregious the revelations, and the more that the fringe and the disillusioned disregarded the misogyny, bigotry and lies, the bolder Trump became. Then the unthinkable happened – those who thought he couldn’t be elected because he is so defective made a bad decision by not voting and the fringe, the disillusioned and the women who rejected Hillary Clinton elected him President. His delusional megalomania increased exponentially. But when faced with a moment of truth – his inauguration and the women’s march – he showed his true colors (which is as close to “truth” that he’s going to come) and turned the vindictive bully loose with his executive orders. Which led to this…..

January 30, 2017

An “The Anti-Santa Is Making A List”Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

I never imagined that The President Of The United States would be a bully. The position of Leader of the Free World demands being a calm and composed Voice Of Reason. That is not what we have been hearing. The not-alternative-fact is that what we’ve been hearing is quite the opposite…And it led to this

January 29, 2017

A “Will There Be A New Pledge of Allegiance?” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

President Trump may be trying to make good on his campaign promises with his executive orders. This may be as close to him keeping his word that we are going to see; he has gone above and beyond to make sure that the world knows that his word means nothing with his pathological lying. I am sure that many people who voted for him never expected him to go through with all of the things that he told the disenchanted to seduce them. Now many of that constituency will suffer because he is following through with his promises/threats. The problem is that he doesn’t know what he is doing but he trusts Steve Bannon to tell him what to do…And that led to this

January 27, 2017

A “First Week Of Making America Great Again” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

This quote is from Dan Rather –

“A recurring headline as we document Trump’s first week in office: ‘President Trump Declares War on _________’. Mexico. Immigrants. Women. Scientists. The GOP. Journalists….a dizzying attack on a cross section of people. His executive actions of the last 7 days emphasize division and destruction.”

These are not alternative facts and they led to this…..

January 26, 2017

A “Goodbye To What Really Makes America Great” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

The Executive Orders are flying out of the Oval Office and they are disturbing to Americans that believe that America is at it’s best when we are a kinder and gentler nation. That was the political ideology of a Republican President who spent his entire life in public service and followed by the two Democratic Presidents that came after him. Sadly, President Bush’s son abandoned it with disastrous results as we went to war and had a brutal recession. Now it appears that kinder and gentler have been cast to the void. Fortunately, we live in a country where We, The People, can bring it back. But until we do…..

January 25, 2017

A Couple of “A Little Pack of Rats vs. Legions Of Ferocious Felines – My Money’s On The Pissed Off Pussies” Limericks

by Joel Kravitz

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They are messing with the wrong Super PAC. Just because many middle class educated women decided that Hillary Clinton was not whom they wanted to be the first woman President, that doesn’t mean that they are going to passively submit to having their reproductive health put in jeopardy by a bunch of dicks.

January 24, 2017

A “Demoralized Well Intended First Briefing” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/stand-heat-sean-spicer-article-1.2953830

The drama is compelling. It should be. It could be all about the future of life on this planet as we know it since the end of World War II. How could anyone think that President Trump will not come under scrutiny like no one before him. There has been no one like him before him. I don’t remember any other President ever sending out his mouthpiece to tell the White House Press Corps that the Administration “intends” to tell the truth. So, if you are going to be the front man for him, you better wear a hazmat suit and be able to get out of the way of flying rotten vegetables. I watched Sean Spicer today. I don’t think he got the memo…and that led to this

January 23, 2017

A Pictures Worth A 1000 Words Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

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January 21, 2017

A Couple of “I’m Hopeful and Doubtful At The Same Time” Limericks

by Joel Kravitz

It is reality. Donald Trump is The President of the United States. A truly remarkable accomplishment from a truly remarkable man. He did whatever he had to do. He embraced the fringe. He clearly represents change to a disillusioned constituency who responded to his cult of personality without needing to see a plan…or his tax returns. He was willing to bear his soul or lack thereof, depending on whether you are for or against him.

We have to give President Trump a chance to make changes and then we will see if the changes make America a stronger nation, where every citizen’s life is better and the greatest good is enjoyed by the greatest number of Americans.

January 19, 2017

A Few “Post-Inauguration” Limericks

by Joel Kravitz

It started yesterday and the world is watching. What we have is a President Elect whose past is, sadly, not a great unknown leading the United States on a path that at this time is a great unknown. No one can dispute that for Baby Boomers, we are going to have a Leader of the Free World like none we have had in our lifetimes.