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Millennial Exodus

My wife and I are driving to Charlotte, North Carolina.

My daughter has gotten a job and moved there.

My son is working in College Station, Texas.

Like many parents in the Mahoning Valley,

my children have moved elsewhere to get jobs.

It’s a sad situation for the future of our area.

We are transporting some of my daughter’s furniture.

In West Virginia I noted a Gentleman’s Club

called, “Southern Exposure” and a Bible College

are both located at the same exit.

Along the highway I notice mountains of trees.

I see a fire trail with an observation tower

overlooking the vast expansion of forest.

This while the station on the car’s radio

is eerily playing, Jimi Hendrix’s version

of Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.”

West Virginia is beautiful country to pass through.

Politically I was worried about their future.

Now after the recent primaries the voters

have showed they care about their future.

They have voted against Don Blankenship’s

bid to be their next U.S. Senator.

Don is a coal baron who likes to use racist language.

He spent a year in prison for violating mine safety standards

that led to the death of 29 West Virginia coal miners.

Don has showed no repentance for his crime.

He is happy his parole is up so he can get his guns back.

I was also happy to see that state legislator Rupie Phillips

was defeated in the his bid to be a U.S. Congressman.

Rupie will do anything to win including have run

as a Democrat, an Independent and a Republican.

He was charged with domestic battery in 2012.

Like Blankenship, Rupie does not believe in global warming.

We only spend a short time driving through Virginia.

Local sheriffs have speeders pulled over every mile.

I chock it up to just Virginia being Virginia.

From the on ramp a beat up pickup truck

pulls right in front of our car without even looking.

I cannot get in the other lane as a left lane bandit

has been riding next to me for a dozen miles.

I almost rear ended the dilapidated pickup

as it had absolutely no pickup and go.

In a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina,

we pass a Spanish Evangelic Church.

Its parking lot is filled with modest older cars.

Up the road sits a new huge megachuch.

I dubbed it the Mercedes, BMW church.

We arrive at my daughter’s apartment

and help her move her furniture in.

I call a local pizza shop and place an order.

They said it would be ready for pickup in 25 minutes.

We arrive to pick it up but it takes another 20 minutes.

I forgot to factor in Southern time.

Much like I see in Akron, Cleveland and Pittsburgh,

there are men on street corners holding signs

asking for donations and stating their plight.

My thought is that these guys should dress differently.

I’d suggest a top hat, tuxedo tails, monocle and a cane.

The more they resemble the Monopoly man the better.

I say that because in this country we take care of the rich.

We give them all manner of corporate welfare

while we bash poor people on Social welfare.

We even elected a candidate that filed bankruptcy

several times and stiffed workers who did jobs for him.

Hell, even our so called, elected “representatives”

represent the will of the wealthy not us working stiffs.

We keep voting for millionaires who play golf at County Club’s

So I say, “If you’re begging for money on a street corner

you should dress like you belong to a Country Club.

We stop at a QT which is like our 7/11.

Next to me a car pulls in with a bass booming stereo.

I then hear these lyrics, “Pop Shit, Top Shit,

Pop Shit, Top Shit” real catchy tune.

We go inside to get a fountain iced tea.

Being we are in the South there are several flavors.

The ice is broken and looks like it has been for some time now.

That makes me think about some of the construction standards

I see in places like my daughter’s apartment.

No one seems to be able to miter a corner or spread caulk evenly.

I guess some of that might be because so many people

are moving to Charlotte they are tossing up housing quickly.

From what I see it isn’t necessarily retired people

as much as it is young millennials getting jobs and moving here.

We went to the largest farmer’s market in Charlotte.

We passed on the turnips, okra and greens all which I hate

and we bought the best watermelon I have ever eaten.

It was cool to see senior white men walking

holding hands with senior citizen black women.

Looking around we saw many mixed raced people

and same sex couples all walking holding hands.

Maybe, it is a new South at least in the urban areas.

With an influx of young Northern millennials,

the South could one day turn into blue states.

It would a good thing to see eventually but

it doesn’t take away the hurt of so many of us

having had our children move so far away from us.


Kids sing, “Teach Your Children Well” to songwriter, Graham Nash

“The greatest gift you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” ~ Nishan Panwar



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Use it for Good or Lose it

Religious zealots, talk of God’s great love

but what they believe in is his unconditional hatred

of those he chooses to hate.

Funny how their God always

hates the same things they do.

God doesn’t have a Twitter or Facebook account

but they do and it’s where these bash gays and liberals.

I wonder why God would hate what he created with

his supposed unconditional and boundless love.

These zealots claim God helps those who help themselves.

I say it’s what they help themselves to

and who they harm while helping themselves

that really is what matters.

Some preachers focus on the coming apocalypse

instead of working to create a better here and now.

These preachers have absolutely no need

to buy insurance as they’re already dead.

Their concept of God is a murderous psychopath

who will torture you forever if you don’t agree to be his BFF.

My response to that line of thinking is

“You and I read the Bible very differently.”

God or at least my God doesn’t instruct me to hate anybody.

I prefer a faith of love and understanding

that doesn’t preach condemnation.

But I guess it’s much easier to keep converts

in line with fear than with love.

Racism, homophobia, bigotry,

xenophobia and misogyny

all have historic roots in religion.

These issues wouldn’t be in America without

religious zealots and their God of hate.

We would be so much further ahead,

socially, scientifically and intellectually,

in the world than we are currently.

You’ve heard the “my cross to bear” expression.

Think of the cross as an opportunity.

Use that opportunity to spread a faith of love.

You and everyone you meet in life

will happier and blessed and our short stay

on this planet can be a taste of Heaven

instead of a Hell on Earth. Peace.


Wrong Worship Song 

“Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.” ~ Garrison Keillor

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Torture Research

A Pew Research Center study revealed
the more often people attend church,
the more likely they are to support torture.
I don’t know how you can support torture
while claiming to be a Christian.
I don’t fit the study as
I’m opposed to torture
even though I sat through the torture
of the Catholic Mass for decades.
It was a small glimpse into the Spanish Inquisition.
A University of Maryland study found
people who regularly watch Fox News
are more likely to agree with torture.
That’s because they are masochists
who like being mentally abused by Fox News.

David Bromberg: “Someone Else’s Blues:

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The Last Straw?

I heard a local talk radio host supporting Trump. He said, he just hasn’t seen racism coming out of this White House. I could point out statements some of Trump’s appointees have said. I will instead focus just on Donald Trump.

In the 1980’s back when Trump

owned casinos in Atlantic City,

managers knew he didn’t like black employees.

That meant that when Donald and Ivana

came to the casino, the bosses would order

all the black people off the floor.

The New Jersey Casino Control Commission

fined the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino $200,000

because managers would remove African-American

card dealers at the request of a certain big-spending gambler.

Donald Trump and his KKK rally attending dad

were successfully sued twice for racial discrimination

by the Justice Department because they wouldn’t rent to blacks.

When Trump addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition

he tried to relate to the crowd by invoking the stereotype

of Jews as talented and cunning businesspeople.

Trump said, “I’ve got black accountants at

Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza.

Black guys counting my money! I hate it.

The only kind of people I want counting my money

are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”

Trump talked about a black employee being lazy.

He said it’s probably not his fault because laziness

is a trait in blacks and not anything they can control.

In 1989, Trump purchased ads calling

for the death penalty for the “Central Park Five,”

four black men and one Latino man

accused of rape who were later

exonerated thanks to DNA evidence.

Trump never apologized for accusing them.

He was still insisted they were guilty

during the 2016 presidential election.

He got press insisting America’s first black president

was  Kenyan and not really born in the United States.

He started off his campaign calling Mexicans rapists.

He stated that a judge couldn’t rule on him fairly

in a case because the judge had Mexican heritage.

He trashed a Gold Star family because they were Muslim.

He talked about Africa and said the residents all live in huts.

He claimed the residents of  Haiti all had AIDS.

At a meeting Trump expressed surprised to learn

that it is mostly white people who are on welfare.

At a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus,

Trump asked the elected officials if they knew Ben Carson.

When the members said, no, Trump expressed surprise.

It was as if Trump thought all blacks knew one another.

Trump claimed, there were really good people

on the Nazi White Supremacist side in Charlottesville.

He said, Puerto Ricans were  losers who wanted handouts

after their island have been devastated by a hurricane.

He called, Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas”

when he suppose to be honoring  Navajo code talkers.

Most recently, Trump decided to disrespect

lots of foreign nations all in one fall swoop..

He referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and certain nations

in Africa as “shithole countries” during a meeting

with lawmakers in the Oval Office.

And he added that the United States should

admit more people from places like Norway.

Many people are calling this the final

straw that broke the camel’s back.

It wouldn’t have broken the camel’s back

had not the heavy weight of so many

other straws not already been there.

If this isn’t actually Trump’s final straw

how much more racism from him will it take?

Racism is the very last thing that

will ever make America great again.


“Glory” John Legend and Common

“Our true nationality is mankind.” – H.G. Wells

-“Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

-Joseph Fort Newton












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Braggart Bob

Happy New Year!! I wanted to start 2018 with something light.

Here is my first poem of the year.


My friend Bob went to the Grammy Awards.

Better yet, he went to the after party.

He met lots of musicians and was now,

going around name dropping to everyone.

He met: Akon, Bono, Belly, Nelly, Chamillionaire, Chingy,

Common, Daya, Desiigner, Diddy, Dido, Diplo, Drake,

Eminem, Fergie, Flea, Jibbs, Ludacris, Madonna, Meatloaf,

Moby, Mystika, Nas, Offset, Takeoff, Papoose, Piles, Pink,

Pitbull, Questlove, Redfoot, Ringo, Rule, Sade, Seal, Shakira,

Skyblue, Slash, Sting, Taboo, Tonedeaf, Twista, Wale, Xzhibit and Yelawolf,

He shook hands and chatted personally with:

A-Trak, B-Legit, B-Tight, Cardi B, D’Angelo, DMC, DMX,

G-Eazy, Jay-Z, K Camp, MC Hammer, MC Lyte, Ne-Yo,

Pusha-T, T-Pain, T-Swizzel,  V-Nasty,, Mike Will Made-It,

LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Vanilla Ice, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and T-Wayne.

Bob claimed all the Lil’s were at the party:

Lil Wayne, Lil B, Lil Biddy, Lil Boosie, Lil ‘C, Lil’ Cease,

Lil Dickey, Lil Debbie, Lil Dirk, Lil Flex, Lil fate, Lil Flip,

Lil Herb, Lil Jon, Lil Keke, Lil Kim, Lil Lachty, Lil’ Louis,

Lil Mama, Lil Mo, Lil’ O, Lil Phat, Lil Ric, Lil Peep, Lil Poopy,

Lil Pump, Lil Reese, Lil Rob, Lil Romeo, Lil Ronnie, Lil Rue,

Lil Scrappy, Lil Troy, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil’ Wil, Lil Wyte and Lil Zane,

All generations were represented by these attendees at the after party:

Baby Bash, Baby Boy Da Prince, Soulja Boy, Kid Cudi, Kid Ink,

Young Buck, Yung Child Support, Young Joc, Young Thug, Yung Tone,

Childish Gambino, Blak Younggsta, School Boy Q, Paperboy,

Juvenille, Da Brat, Big Boi, Big K.R.I.T., Big Pun, Big Sean,

Method Man, Redman, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Uncle Murda and Chief Keef.

Bob claims these guys were the life of the party:

Bow Wow, Knockerz, Junglepussy, The Creator, The -Dream, The Game.

The Weekend, Dreddy Kruger, Ghostface Killah, Gun Play, Machine Gun Kelly,

Yoyo Honey, French Montana, Chingo Bling, Gudda Gudda, Bhad Bhabie,

Waka Flocka Flame, Fetty Wap, Flo Rida, Peanut Butter Wolf, Riff Raff,

Shaggy 2 Dope, Rich Homie Quan,Del Tha Funky Homosapien, SpongeBozz,

Dr, Dre, Dr. Luke, Lady Gaga, Iggy Pop, The Edge and Marilyn Manson.

Bob said that musicians not in attendance included:

Patti Smith, Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Sam Smith, Howard Jones, Mick Jones,

Rickie Lee Jones, Steve Miller, Jack Johnson and Joe Jackson.

“Name Dropper” Staxx Brothers

“Birthplace of a new year is in the heart of hope” ~ Munia Khan














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Deplorables Indeed

Alabama Democrat, Doug Jones, is running against

Roy Moore for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Jones is a prosecutor who convicted the scum that murdered four little girls.

Moore his Republican opponent has called Jones, “Soft on Crime.”

It is worth noting that Moore was the only vote in favor

of a day care worker who raped a 4-year-old,

claiming there was no ‘implied threat of serious physical injury’.

District attorney, Roy Moore is also being accused

of molesting a child and sexually assaulting a 14 year-old girl.

Republicans are always tougher on crime,

when those accused of the crime are minorities.

It became obvious that Trump was weak on crime

the minute he pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Many voters are willing to welcome pervert politicians like Moore

with open arms, as long as they destroy Obamacare and pass tax cuts.

I never thought I’d see the day when racism, misogyny and pedophilia

would be part of the attributes to look up to and support in a politician.

Is supporting pedophiles, White Supremacists, Nazis, the KKK and Putin

all part of the president’s master plan for “Making America Great Again?”

I’d say it is the moral decay we got when Trump was elected President.

America needs fewer smart phones and more smart citizens.

Citizens that need to pay attention because the GOP

is showing the world just exactly who they really are.

“George Washington is the only president who didn’t blame the previous administration for his troubles.” ~Author Unknown


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Be Prepared

In Denver an 11 year-old Cub Scout

has been kicked out of his den

after he questioned a state lawmaker

about her position on gun control and

comments she had previously made about

African-Americans eating fried chicken.

I thought scouting was about learning

to be prepared for anything in life.

The lesson here for young Cub Scouts

is don’t question Republican politicians.

If you do, be prepared to be punished for it.


Montana Congressional Republican candidate Greg Gianforte,

attacked and injured a reporter who was asking him a question.

Why would a public figure think a reporter asking questions

at a public event press conference was “harassment”?

Perhaps, Gianforte considers questions a threat,

because if he actually answered them honestly,

it just might put his “political life” in jeopardy.

Gianforte, the pro-life, anti-evolution, anti-gay rights,

anti-retirement, anti-minimum wage, anti-climate change,

anti-Affordable Care Act, anti-immigrant candidate

went on to win despite his assault on the reporter.

The lesson here is don’t question Republicans politicians,

and if it is in your job description, prepare to be assaulted for it.


Karen Marshall, the vice president of programs

for the Montana Gallatin County Republican Women,

said in a radio interview that if the reporter for the Guardian

had questioned her like he did Gianforte, she would have shot him.

Gianforte had been found guilty of assault, fined and sentenced.

Marshall made her comment with full knowledge of that.

Her advocacy of murder against those who dare question politicians

came just a few days after an investigative journalist was killed in Malta.

These are members of the GOP that is after all, the party led by a president

who said he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th avenue and get away with it.

House Republicans voted for an NRA approved bill

to let mentally ill people be allowed to buy guns.

That bill allowed Karen Marshall to be first in line at the gun store.

She is now a gun hugger anxious to use her firearm.

The lesson here is don’t question Republican political women,

as the GOP and brutal dictators have always feared the truth,

so journalists are the enemy and real and news are four letter words.

Journalists be prepared for violence directed at you because

these political cretins believe their lies are worth killing for.


These conservative politicians label themselves,

“Traditional Family Values” Christians.

They don’t follow the peace and love Jesus of the New Testament.

They believe in Old Testament biblical-style flaying and stoning.

These are the kind of violent Christians who tell us

we need to fear Muslims because they are terrorists.

Republican politicians expect journalists to report

just exactly what they tell them to report.

You know, like their toadies over at FOX NEWS.

Conservatives like to zoom right past the 1st Amendment,

on their way to worshipping the 2nd Amendment.

The historic lesson conservatives need to learn is that

journalism is the only profession specifically mentioned

by our Founding Fathers as vital to the functioning of a free democracy.

Are voters going to keep electing people that feel

they can beat journalists or shoot someone

in the middle of 5th avenue and get away with it?

If so, be prepared to live in a very dangerous world.


Bill Bragg: “Waiting for the Great Leap Forward”

“Why We Build the Wall”

“Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.” ~ Murray Edelman









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