I’m a big believer in free speech. Society cannot be free and prosperous without it.
Yet, social media is making me feel like some of us can’t handle it.
Most of you heard or read about basketball star LeBron James’s “You’re next” Tweet from Wednesday, April 21st, which targeted Officer Nicholas Rearden who shot and killed 16 year old Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio the prior afternoon.
LeBron deleted his tweet later on Wednesday, after a lot of criticism due to the shooting’s circumstances- Miss Bryant mid-swing, wielding a knife at another teenager, for instance. …
The dark-skinned woman extends her hand. A gust of wind issues from her fingertips, pushing the barn door open. Piles of straw are stacked from floor to ceiling on each side of her as she walks over to the long makeshift bar at the back.
Her friends turn to her, all sitting on stools except the one behind the bar.
“Nice of Jesus to lend us his place.” The four armed female bartender, dressed in a red sari, cleans mugs and glasses and organizes them into neat stacks faster than a dishwasher. “Where is he, anyway?”
“He throws it into triple coverage-amazing, Freeman has it! Touchdown, Packers!”
“Well, six interceptions in one game….can’t get much lower, er…higher than that.”
Watching Brett Favre play quarterback for the Packers was a battle of such extremes. You never knew exactly where or to whom he’d throw the ball. On almost every play I was kept on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t ask for a more entertaining QB growing up.
However, I don’t feel as excited about his political commentary, He sometimes forces his opinions…and much like his many interceptions and fumbles, they’re not always elegant.
April 6th, spring election in Badgerland
The coverage was anything but grand.
Yet, one race affected the entire state
As expected, citizens seemed to hate
Exercising their right to vote.
20% of voters turned out
Of this fact there’s little doubt.
The office? Dogcatcher, perhaps?
That insult might need to collapse….
No, no….it makes sure the kids aren’t fools
You’d think more than one in five
Would for better education strive.
Over a million impressionable youth
Now see the adults are a bit uncouth.
I’m going to suffer from apoplexy…
The end of Q1 is here
Maybe in Q2 less fear
If you’d like some info
A current events intro
This post should (kinda) suffice
Be warned-not all is nice.
Today, a million plus flew the skies
10x last year, half of ‘19…no lies!
The president’s approval holds
Yet sometimes, he’s not so bold.
Massive 2 trillion infrastructure plan
It’s not all up to snuff, c’mon man!
Who gets to deal with the border?
Kamala of course-Joe’s no hoarder.
Pfizer vaccine protects the youth
Will this make them less uncouth?
16% of Americans vaccinated
From the virus soon we’ll be…
I was all set to summarize last week in rhyme….then the Atlanta spa shootings happened.
My internal debate raged: Does doing a Doctor Suess-style poem denigrate the victims and their families? Can I cover what I want to say in a few lines? Will I offer anything new or constructive?
As I deliberated, the Colorado King Soopers grocery store shooting took place.
Two mass shootings in seven days. It’s the quite the awful, bitter beginning of reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown.
I decided rhyme was insufficient.
With the exception of 2020, I’ve written about mass shootings multiple times each year…
Another week has come and gone, but before Monday’s dawn
I shall summarize the news-without giving the blues
Stick around, sit back and listen to this clown!
A la Mark Manson, the f — ks I give, they are quite few.
However, 17 million TV viewers apparently disagree
100,000 more for Pier’s walkoff, oh goodness me!
The civil discussion between him and a co-host
Got me thinking and reflecting the most.
Meghan and Harry should tell their side
Racism and classism no one should abide.
Anyway, here’s a clear truth in…
News Meets Rhyme
March has crept up on me
But a blogger I still want to be
So much news, some of it bleak…
Writing posts about it all makes me weak
Instead, to see if your awareness is fine
Match a rhymin’ line
To what it tells of
Giving your knowledge an upward shove
Here, I’ll be a gent
There’s links inside each event
At the end, get a score
Curiosity is all I ask for.
1. Oh great, the blathering toupee’s here to stay-it always seems to get its way.
2. Six books banned, partisan response…
If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you might know that I have long considered becoming a teacher, as I come from a family of educators.
Over the past few days, I have been browsing Reddit-the website that not so humbly refers to itself as the “front page of the Internet.” For those unaware, it organizes itself into communities called sub-reddits in which members post conversation topics about a particular interest, such as writing, video games, sports, etc.
The posts on…
Winter Storm Uri has ravaged Texas this week. There’s a lot to focus on, though I find analyzing politician responses to the situation most important.
In some cases, depressing.
Senator Ted Cruz has been under fire for going to Cancun, Mexico on Wednesday while millions of Texans went without power. He originally planned on being there for four days but the intense public backlash forced him to come back the next day.