Archive for February, 2007

Why I Don’t Hate My Hate Mail

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Why I Don’t Hate My Hate Mail
By Madeleine Begun Kane

There are folks quite averse to my verse.
In their emails, perverse, how they curse!
But I never will fret
Over hate mail I get:
This is freedom, for better or worse. [tags]Hate Mail, Political Verse, Angry Email, Political Anger, Freedom Humor, Free Speech, Free Expression[/tags]

Why Does George Bush Hate Our Troops?

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

By now, you’ve surely read the two-part Washington Post story about the abysmal treatment Iraq War veterans are receiving at Walter Reed Army Medical Center:

Why Does George Bush Hate Our Troops?
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Where’s the medical aid for our troops?
When they’re injured, they’re treated like dupes.
Those who’ve lost arm or leg
Need our help, yet must beg
Us for care, forced to hurtle through hoops. [tags]George Bush, Troops, Iraq War, Medical Care, Injured Veterans, Walter Reed Army Medical Center[/tags]

Happy Presidents’ Day?

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Happy Presidents’ Day?
By Madeleine Begun Kane

It’s Presidents’ Day, but I’m glum,
Cause our President’s worse than a bum.
Dubya’s done so much harm.
(Do you still like his “charm”?)
He is evil and not merely dumb.  [tags]Presidents’ Day Humor, Bush Satire, Bush Limericks[/tags]

I Guess They Miss The “Good Old Days”

Monday, February 19th, 2007

This weekend’s Senate session reminds me of the fuss Republicans made when Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi imposed a substantially longer work week on Congress. Some even argued that the imposition of a 5-day work week proved that Democrats are anti-family.

I Guess They Miss The “Good Old Days”
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“How dare they (Pelosi and Reid)
Make us work 5-day weeks,” goes the screed
Of the GOP members,
Forgetting November’s
Results favored change done with speed. [tags]Pelosi, Reid, 5-Day Weeks, House, Senate, Congress, GOP, Anti-Family[/tags]

Why I’m Qualified To Be Dick Cheney’s Top Aide

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

I take a strange solace in Libby’s “awful memory” defense.  Why?  This limerick should explain it:

Why I’m Qualified To Be Dick Cheney’s Top Aide
By Madeleine Begun Kane

According to Libby’s defender,
His mem’ry’s a major offender:
It is creaky as hell
And it’s leaky, as well.
Mine too —  I could be a contender.   [tags]Lewis Libby, Libby Prosecution, Dick Cheney Aide, Libby Defense, Scooter Libby, Criminal Law Humor, Lawyer Humor, Memory, Leaks[/tags]

To Be Honest…

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

To Be Honest…
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“In all candor” prepares me for lies
When it’s said by political guys.
Politicians proclaiming
They’re honest are aiming
To fool us—a word to the wise.  [tags]Political Animals, Politicians Humor[/tags]

Blogroll Scrooges Must Be Punished

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Some major bloggers (most prominently Atrios/Eschaton and Kos) have recently instituted a blogroll purge, eliminating, for the most part, all but the usual suspects.  And to add insult to injury, they referred to it in Orwellian fashion as “Blogroll Amnesty Day.” 

Now Kos never saw fit to link me, but I was on Eschaton’s blogroll for years until this wholesale purge, discussed  here by skippy, here by Jon Swift, and again by skippy here, cause you can never have too much skippy.

Blogroll scrooges should be penalized, don’t you think?

Blogroll Scrooges Must Be Punished (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Mr. Eschaton’s wholesale de-linkage
Hurts small bloggers through blogroll link shrinkage.
Kos has done the same thing.
Both are scrooges left-wing.
I’ve de-linked them and won’t give them inkage.

Ode To Little John Warner

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

You just have to love it: Senator John Warner helped kill the debate on Bush’s surge, voting to block a vote on his own Warner-Levin Iraq War Resolution:

Ode To Little John Warner
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Little John Warner
Posed in the corner
With Dems, as an anti-surge guy.

But then he devolved,
And replaced his resolve
With “Republican soldier, am I.”

UPDATE:  John Warner has signed a letter demanding a vote on his resolution, after having helped block the vote on that very resolution.  I guess he was for it before he was against it, before he was for it.  I’m getting dizzy. [tags]John Warner Humor, Surge, Iraq Resolution, Filibuster, Iraq War, Bush White House, Warren-Levin Resolution[/tags]

Ode to the Great Molly Ivins

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

Alas, the magnificent Molly Ivins has died.  To call her a great wit and outstanding journalist would be an understatement.  She has always been an inspiration to me and to every other liberal I know who tries to write political satire.

Back when George Dubya Bush was Governor of Texas, way before anyone else had a clue as to Bush’s many failings and failures, Ms. Ivins was exposing them, both in her columns and in a short, but informative, book entitled Shrub.  

Ivins had countless fans, of course, but it’s clear that not enough people were paying attention to her Bush coverage.  For had they heeded her warnings, George W. Bush would never have been able to (with the help of the U.S. Supreme Court) steal Election 2000.

I’m going to end this with a limerick, although I suppose some people might disapprove.  I’d like to think Ms. Ivins would chuckle at the idea of a limerick obit, for nobody had a greater sense of humor than Molly Ivins.

Ode To Molly Ivins
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Who started the anti-Bush club?
Molly Ivins, the author of Shrub.
She alone had Dub’s number.
She warned he’d encumber
Our nation as President Dub.