Monday Haiku

Going for something different… Thought about making Monday’s a Haiku kind of day.  I will try to include the prompt word of the day, when ever possible.  But this does not mean that is the title, keeping within the true spirit of Haiku guidelines.  These poems are my own creations.  I hope everyone enjoys them!

 

Loyalty is earned

Actions are stronger than words

My friendship is true

 

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Eminem inspired my latest poem…

When I first had seen that “Fraud” was the word of the day, can you imagine the first word I associated with it?  Yes, that word is trump!  I could easily write an article about him but, today I was inspired.  I had just watched the video that artist Eminem performed the other night.  It was F-N BRILLIANT!

Watching this lit a fire within my soul!  I have written poetry on my blog before.  I have been writing since high school, on and off.  I am starting to think, I need to keep that switch flipped in the on position.  I am going to express myself in Haiku, which is a style that I find extremely challenging.  But today, I am especially inspired!

Foster lies and hate

That is not a president

Simply just a fraud

 

This poem is dedicated to the people who represent EVERYTHING that is not donald trump and his administration!  The ones who believe in FREEDOM of SPEECH, FREEDOM of PRESS and a WOMAN’s RIGHT to CHOOSE!  To the people who see past the colour of skin and look to the goodness of ones heart!  For those who choose to TAKE a STAND by TAKING a KNEE!  To the athletes and celebrities who use their platform to be the voice of the voiceless!  For those non-athletes/celebrities who STAND UP for the RIGHTS of LGBTQ, the RIGHTS of WOMEN’s EQUALITY and STANDING behind those who are bullied because they are “different!”  To all those mentioned above and everyone in between…  “Thank you!”

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Since When Did “Patriotism” Become Fashionable?

Who would have thought the term patriotism would become FASHIONABLE?  Well it seems that trump supporters have been using this word to describe themselves and/or others without really earning it.  I may be biased due to the fact that I have served and played a part in defending freedoms for more than one country.  Does that make me a patriot?  In my mind no.  But it makes me think that I have at least earned the right to include myself in the conversation.

There have been too many times that when I scroll over a profile on Twitter, I see them describing themselves as a patriot.  They are usually the likes of someone who wouldn’t last 5 minutes through training, let alone being ready to die for not so much their freedoms, but the freedoms of others.  They can scream MAGA, trump-train and all the other meaningless catch-phrases they want…  It still doesn’t make them a patriot!

These are the same people who want to take advantage of the F**K*D up state that America is in under this administration.  But when push comes to shove, how many will be willing to enlist, train and fight a war to protect these same advantages?  There will always be a small handful, a very small handful.  I mean a tiny trump-sized handful!  What these people fail to realize is that you do NOT have to serve to be a patriot.  But you will need to be more than a internet-warrior and Twitter troll!

So my message to all those “fake” patriots out there is this:  If you feel that what “YOUR” president (NOT MINE!) is doing is really MAGA?  Then sign yourself up and serve the country for a few years, put the freedoms of others before yourselves and be willing to give the ULTIMATE sacrifice for what you, “your president,” and others like you believe in.  Then and MAYBE then, can you consider calling yourselves “patriots.”

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Coincidence? Help for Puerto Rico… Just not from anyone named trump!

There are many times during my blogging tenure that my articles have revolved around the state of affairs within the US and/or donald trump.  Mostly because I feel that people not just in the US, but around the world need to be informed.  While my words do contain some satire and maybe some bias (wink-wink)…  They are always based on the facts of the matter.  Today though, it is going to be different.  I am officially declaring today a “No trump day-Hump day!”  I encourage everyone else around the world to please take one day, one hour or even one moment AWAY from the chaos, frustration and embarrassment known as donald j. trump.

It is easy to unknowingly be consumed in all the horrific things that trump does…  It is because he does SOOOOOO many of them!  But there has to be times when we can look out, past his actions to catch a glimpse of the overshadowed generous acts that are taking place by people.  Here are a few that represent the good in “SOME” people that are not the “so-called” president.

Jennifer Lopez donates to help Puerto Rico.

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/jennifer-lopez-donates-1-million-to-hurricane-relief-in-puerto-rico-w505182

Mark Cuban & Pitbull lend their private planes to help relief efforts.

https://thegrapevine.theroot.com/mark-cuban-and-pitbull-lend-their-private-planes-to-aid-1818836464

New York steps up to help those in need in Puerto Rico.

New Yorkers Stepping Up With Relief Efforts For Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico

New Jersey residents work towards getting relief to Puerto Rico

http://www.app.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2017/09/26/puerto-rico-relief-after-hurricane-maria-from-new-jersey/702022001/

While there seems to be so much going wrong in the US…  It gives me a glimmer of hope to see how people of all facets joining together to take action, when action is needed so desperately.  I give my heart-felt “thanks” to everyone who is helping!  If you would like to help…  Please go to the provided link provided for ways to help.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/can-help-hurricane-victims-puerto-rico/

Even if you cannot help with money or supplies… Spreading the word can be equally effective!  “Thank you!”

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Future Forecast: A Far From GLORIOUS Outlook For The US And The World.

As if Mondays aren’t difficult enough to navigate?  Throw in the fact that the weather report shows nothing but gloomy skies and rain…  I should consider myself and maybe the rest of the world fortunate that it hasn’t started raining various missiles and nuclear warheads yet!  But I have a feeling that the forecast for the world, does in fact have a serious storm system approaching.  The world can “thank” one Mr. donald j. trump!  Not only has he been provoking North Korea over the past months, but he sent out childish tweets this past weekend.  In these tweets, he called the leader of North Korea, “Rocketman.”   Below is a link to the story.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/18/trump-refers-to-kim-jong-un-as-rocket-man-in-latest-tweets-6935808/

While some may look at this as humorous,  let us look at it for what it REALLY is…  A sign of STUPIDITY!  With the accelerated advancement of North Korea’s missiles…  Maybe taunting the leader of a country who has nothing to lose isn’t the best idea?  But honestly, what good idea(s) has this poor excuse for a leader come up with?  I mean, an original one!  Not one thought up by his think-tank of yes men & women.  You can try to google it, ask Siri, Alexa & Cortina and you would come up with NOTHING!

What does it mean to an individual who has dodged the draft, meaning FAILURE to SERVE & PROTECT the country numerous times?  The answers are simple!

THAT IT IS EASY TO START A WAR WHEN:

  1. NEITHER YOU OR YOUR FAMILY HAS TO FIGHT IN THE WAR.
  2. YOU HAVE A SPECIAL BUNKER TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE.

I am not sure he has the mental capacity to read between the lines but…  Look at who is showing some support for North Korea; Russia, China and possibly Iran.  If trump thinks that the USA can survive a fight with this group?  There would be no good reason to hide that nuclear football from him.  Even more importantly, since distancing the US from it’s once treasured allies…  Where does he expect to find help?  He isn’t succeeding in “MAGA!”  He is ushering in the extinction of not just people, but the extinction of resources.  In a nuclear war scenario between two or more of these countries; how much land and water would remain usable?  For those who think they are not directly affected?  Think again!  Some may want to watch movies like Mad Max to get an idea of what a post-apocalyptic world looks like.  I am sure that the movie version is much more generous.

I encourage all my readers to share this story.  You do not have to be directly in the missiles path to realize the dangers that are potentially ahead.  I am not here to preach about the end of the world.  I am simply here to show everyone just how close we are to it.  Sleep easy my friends…

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Disobeying the laws of basic humanity: The Massacre in the Amazon

If a massacre happens in the remote jungles of the Amazon…  Does anyone hear the screams?  While it may be too late for saving the victims of the Brazilian tribe, it is not too late to prevent these atrocities from becoming a regular occurrence.  But who will step in and do something?  The government?  Some feel that the government has not done enough to protect these tribes.  An online story written by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. of the Washington Post contains a quote from Stephen Corry, the director of Survival International expressing his concerns about the lack of government action.  Corry states:

“If these reports are confirmed, [Brazilian President Michel Temer] and his government bear a heavy responsibility for this genocidal attack,” said Survival International’s director, Stephen Corry. Corry said the government has slashed funds for an agency that protects the tribes, leaving them “defenseless against thousands of invaders — gold miners, ranchers and loggers — who are desperate to steal and ransack their lands.”

This is the link to the full article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/09/11/authorities-gold-miners-at-a-bar-bragged-about-slaughtering-members-of-a-reclusive-brazilian-tribe/?utm_term=.eb02b4528ec3

Once again history repeats itself…  The stealing from and killing of Indigenous people!  This has been a disgusting trend throughout the course of history and many are guilty of it: people, corporations and governments.  It may be safe to conclude that the only thing that saved the Water Protectors in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests were laws and exposure.  What I mean is this…  Had those events taken place in some remote area where it could be hidden from the public eye, I am confident some would have met a different fate.  If you go back and take a look at how the peaceful protesters were met with water cannons during the coldest months of the year, law enforcement dressed in riot gear and PRIVATE security firms that used pepper spray and guard dogs to use against the protesters.  These firms claimed they were attacked by protesters, which had yet to be proven!  If this is what happens in the public eye, imagine what happens in the blind spots of the world.

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In a world that brags about the advances in technologies, we cannot be proud of our progress in humanity.  We have not learned from past mistakes.  Why?  Maybe it is because deep down, people just don’t want to.  That would mean actually acknowledging the fact that there is more concern for resources and the money it brings, than the people it ends up effecting.  People would have to take off their mask of empathy and reveal who they truly are.  Unfortunately, they are not ready, willing or able to accept looking at the face behind the mask.

 

 

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The Protest Of A Protest: Taking A Stand While On A Knee.

The name Colin Kaepernick has grown in popularity over the past year but not for reasons that involve the National Football League (NFL) or his abilities as a quarterback.  The name Colin Kaepernick has been more involved in world of politics and civil rights than fantasy football drafts.  In the land where freedom of speech, religion and expression has gone from a Constitutional right to an optical illusion…  Many people FAIL to see the ACTUAL message behind the blinding light of white privilege, the hood of racism or the bliss of ignorance.  For those who are unclear on Kaepernick’s intentions, I have provided a link to see and hear his own words:

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000691077/article/colin-kaepernick-explains-why-he-sat-during-national-anthem

Fast forward to a preseason football game featuring the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants.  There were twelve players from the Browns that knelt and prayed during the national anthem.  Of these twelve players, Seth DeValve became the FIRST Caucasian/white player to kneel during the playing of the anthem.  This has sparked a growing flame of outrage that is burning into a blaze of contempt towards the NFL organization and their players.  People from not just within the city but around the country continue to fan the flames of hate by twisting the intent and the message the players were trying to send.  Instead of listening to the players stating that the kneeling has NOTHING TO DO WITH DISRESPECT FOR THE ACTIVE/RETIRED MILITARY OR POLICE…  These people CHOOSE TO IGNORE statements and CONTINUE to focus on THEIR BIASED AND FRAUDULANT MESSAGE in order to justify their racial bias, ignorance or hate!  Below is the explanation behind the Browns players demonstration:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/22/sport/cleveland-browns-players-kneel-during-national-anthem/index.html

At the time of this article, Kaepernick, who is DEFINITELY more talented than the 32 second string quarterbacks for all the NFL teams is still unemployed.  He is in the conversation for being more talented than some of the NFL starters.  How many unemployed quarterbacks have led their team to within yards of a Super Bowl win?  I am going out on a limb and say maybe… None?  While a few NFL teams have given consideration to signing him and even fewer teams actually working him out. The majority still refuse to take the chance on improving their team under the muse of distraction or disruption of team dynamics.  Realistically, nobody wants to be the Seth DeValve of NFL ownership and be the first white owner to sign him.

Additionally at the time of this article there are groups such as the Cleveland Police and EMS unions that have refused the invitation to help hold the giant flag used during opening ceremonies for opening day.  There reasons are ironically, IN PROTEST of what the Browns players did and the fact that the Browns organization backed their players RIGHT TO EXPRESSION.  This just shows you how hypocrisy of those who cannot see the true message!  Let me turn the tables a bit and ask those who refuse to hold the flag this question…  How is turning down the opportunity to hold YOUR COUNTRIES SYMBOL OF FREEDOM any more OFFENSIVE THAN KNEELING DURING THE ANTHEM?  

Let me answer that for you…  IT’S NOT !!!

 

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