Poetry Wednesday – A Reminder to All

To an Athlete Dying Young

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.
Today, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.
Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.
Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears.
Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.
So set, before its echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.
And round that early-laurelled head
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl’s.

Sunday Woes: Trump and America’s Destruction

If it is not painfully obvious to you that Trump has abandoned America and its values in order to bring about the destruction of our country then you have not been paying attention.

Covid – 19.  Remember comparing Covid-19 deaths to the flu or car accidents? You have been noticeably quiet about that lately.

Remember telling us that it was a New York problem and the rest of the country was safe. It was New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts who were to blame for their own inept response to the virus you said?

Remember point to how bad Europe was and how you said that they were failed Western democracies that did not how to handle the virus. You told us how much better we were with Trump in charge in America? You probably don’t want to recall any of it because you were so wrong.

The Most Well Informed Man in the World:

I lucked out. I had a chance to talk to the most well informed man in the world. He had his diet coke; I was sipping something  hardly much stronger.

Looking at my glass I commented “it’s fairly weak”. He said, “yes, I know that” as you’d expect the most informed man in the world to reply.

He went on, “I believe every week around this time they honor a different  ferry that played a major role in our history. That’s why they call it Ferry Week. It’s unofficial you know. I probably should issue a declaration about it. This year I believe it is the Harper’s  Ferry that is being honored, the one George Washington used to cross the Potomac.”

I had no idea what to think being in the company of the most informed man. I sought clarification. I replied, “I associate Harper’s  Ferry with John Brown.”

He said: “Jim!”

I looked around to see if someone was approaching. Seeing no one I looked back at him.

He smiled and repeated, “Jim!”

I hated to correct him being who he was but I really was cornered so I indicated to myself and said: “Matt!”

After Trump Was Notified of Russian Bounty on US Troops – Secret Transcript of Meeting

Saturday, June 27, 2020 at a Golf Course in Virginia.

Trump is standing at the first hole warming up. His military aide rushes of to him.

Aide: – excuse me sir, there’s an article in the NY Times you may want to read.

Trump: – Do you like your job? If you do you should know better than to interrupt me when I’m warming up.

Aide:  – But, but, Mr. President I just . . .

Trump: – You just?  You just. Do you think I care what you just? The only just I care about is you just better do your job and just stop bothering me. Now you just beat it!

Later that day after working hard on the golf course Trump relaxes in the club house over a Diet Coke. The DNI enters with three other men. 

DNI; –  Mr. President you’ve heard the news?

Why Trump Was Not Notified of Russian Bounty on US Troops – Secret Transcript of Meeting

March 2020: Meeting of American Intelligence Officials:

Mr. Q –  Did you see the latest news about the Russians paying the Taliban to murder our soldiers?

Gen. U –    Yes, there’s little doubt about it. It’s been going on for a bit. I think that what’s his name, yes, ah, Mr. Moustache was told about it last year.

Mr. Q –   What did Bolton do about it?

Gem U – Not sure – I think he’s busy with other things like writing a book about himself, oh, here’s the DNI.

IDN – Good morning gentlemen – no ladies present so I’ll leave it there – I have an idea you are all concerned about the verification that the Russians are behind the bounty on American troops – and that’s why I called you here today – I need a volunteer to carry a message about this to the president and vice-president. Who will do it? —  Come on, someone gotta volunteer. This is critical information that they should have, so one of you, come on you are all the heads of our intelligence, I need one of you to tell them about it. What about you Mr J?

Compensating Criminals For Their Crimes

This is one of my biggest gripes to come out of the episodes involving James Whitey Bulger and others: giving money to people whose involvement in criminal activities caused their own deaths. We learned as kids that if you play with fire you might be burned. As adults we should know that if you play with murderers you may be murdered.

One of the most disgraceful episodes of the Whitey Mania was the obsequious behavior of the investigators and prosecutors in the case. John Martorano was a government witness against John Connolly a retired FBI agent. He never met Connolly. He started off his testimony by telling of the twenty lives he had taken in cold blood – shooting unarmed people in the back of the head. Some of the people were government witnesses.

The Whitey Bulger Mania: The Denial of Equal Justice

During the period from 1955 to 1975 which I am writing about over 100 gangland murders were committed in the Boston area. Of that amount, James Whitey Bulger murdered none one by his own hand. He was present at about as many fingers as you have on one hand if you believe the stories told by admitted liars who put him into whatever murder they could knowing that was the wishes of the people from whom they were trying to get better deals.

Surprised, you should be if you bought into the hype that has surrounded him created by the media frenzie created by the federal prosecutors and the willful members of the media.  After 1975 there were some others but again implicating him in them were the same people who lied, wrote books full of lies and falsely testified under oath.

The New Jesus. The Perfect Man

It is Sunday. A day for Christians to reflect upon the day God took a rest during the creation of the universe, especially the World. Jews do this on Saturdays, Muslims on Fridays, I believe although not quite sure it is in the same way. On this day Orthodox Jews shut down their businesses. So do strict Christians.

Some Christians attend church every Sunday or at least on a somewhat regular basis. Catholics used to attend each Sunday but somehow slipped in Saturday. I often wondered if that was done to make way for the other religion that grabs most people’s minds which is the worship of sports.

Writing of sports and religion how can one not admire Sandy Koufax who refused to pitch on his religious holy day. It was, of all times  during  a critical World Series game. Has any other big star ever done such?

No I’m not suggesting Koufax was the perfect man although he may have thrown a perfect game. I don’t  know enough about him to suggest that but I assume he was just another guy with the usual faults and blemishes in his life along with his tremendous talent.