Friday, October 31, 2008

Cargo Cult of Capitalism

They promised to return with all the wonderful goods we couldn’t
get on the island.

We waited and waited and the children grew up and left to work
in horrible factories.

Finally, complained to the sons and daughters of those who promised.

They took mercy, we thought. Tramp Ship stopped by.

When we opened our crate it was shit.

Note said: Suckers flow through the generations.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Rocco & Super Fair Jerry

Okay then. 150 thousand for clothes. That's the accounting
from Sarah Palin's campaign. A fact.

How do you know they weren't stolen? Or strongarmed
from these stores with threats?

I go by the newspaper account, which is based on
reading of the published finances. I never judge and
I certainly don't speculate, Left or Right.

Don't you think a Hockey Mom'd go to Sears or Pennys?

I don't know much about women. I had three sisters
and a mother and I'm still in a daze.

About everything!

Sticks and stones...

That's where you're wrong. Just look at McNasty's campaign.
Dr Goebbels but with a whiter, puffier face. Words intended to hurt
very often hurt.

Not me. Besides, you're partisan. I'm not.

You're a useless weight on the earth. Fart in a windstorm. To mix
my metaphors.

Insult for rhetorical advantage. Won't work with me. And I consciously avoid
metaphors and all colorful language.

Nothing works! If Marilyn Monroe were alive I'd like her
to rub her cunt in your face!

And I'd say "Young woman! Cease and desist! Perhaps a psychiatrist could fathom why you would thrust yourself forth so."

You bit that bait. Speculation never being your bag.

I erred. Let's stick to the present and be equitable
to all parties. Now and forever.

That's why you're called Super Fair Jerry! Fanfare with kazoos, please.

A good man, I hope.

Yeah, drain a body of blood and that's what you get!

Rocco contends in S Philadelphia, hotbed of politics and other sports.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

To a Republican

Even if you
mean what you say
and believe the ideas

the fix is always in,
so you never get the chance
to see if those ideas could succeed.

And you worship the fixers. So very sad!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

150K for Candidate Sarah’s Clothes etc.

Click on Avatar of Lady
Astor’s Pet Horse.

Many women relish thus
to trot. Others go to dryer

digs for science, or slosh
through swamps, no? World
being wide enough for

Frou-Frou Girls and sisters
not remotely so.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Business of Business

-Let’s be professional about this. Take your clothes off.

-There must be SOMEthing...I always paid on time before. Lost my job
and can’t get another.

-We don’t listen to all the sad songs. We’d never get anything done.

-But, I can keep my underwear?

-Receipts show you charged underwear too.

-So humiliating!

-We’re professionals. We don’t notice. Now with women, we’d hafta
have policewoman along. We don’t need to with you cuz you’re
a man...though not much of one.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

TR wanted to be

the bride at every wedding,
corpse at every funeral.*

Achieved his portion of
the latter @ 60, embolism,
after using, say, ten

lives or so & driving
a son to nervous collapse.

If there's a God, he
doesn't check résumés.

*Alice Longworth Roosevelt

Saturday, October 25, 2008


The Long Hello*

Well then,
how y'doin?

the same?

*Stare into an abyss, and it
stares back. –Nietzsche (freely)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Anti-Prayer of the Foreclosed

Coy bank scammed me
w/American Dream
& now I'm upside-

down. Smoother to
shove their barb
further in, less

gravity. Foreclosure
looms & life's a mess.

The very time
to get me for
all who wish.

Paranoid? Only if
vile truth is.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Two Opening Statements

I'm a Libertarian Republican. Businesses should be allowed
to fail, regardless of size. That's the Free Market!
The President professes Free Market and then showers untold
billions on failed banks.

I'm a Fair Market Democrat. The President is entirely consistent
with the deeper Republican philosophy: Reward Larceny.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Q&A--Banking Bailout By Federal Government

Q How do you explain a quarter of taxpayer money going to dividends
for bank shareholders and executives holding shares?

A Have you heard of the expression fucking thieves?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Banker, Recently Rejuvenated

-Well, Mr Big Time Banker! Haven't had the chance
to chat since the huge government bailout.
How do you feel about it?

-Like I'm in Vegas playing on House Money, a whore
at each elbow.

-But you don't sense the folks who are furious
over Capitalism, the obscene pay packages and
golden parachutes. And now this payout for
incompetence and greed!


-What would it take to wake you up.

-I could turn that question back on you and your impotent ilk.

-The guillotine worked in another feverishly corrupt period.

-I'll worry about it when the time comes.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Homies Discuss Keating 5

-Was it roundball?

-They drove to the hoop like it be gold!

-How good?

-So good some sponsors went to jail.

-How ‘bout McCain? He little. Point guard or what?

-Distributed, and did all right for himself too.

-Outside shot?

-Better inside, sharp elbows.


-Like white slime!

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Tribute to the Movies

When mutants fight
how can any end
be right?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

(I try to jettison politics on weekends, unless something egregious happens. Well, despite
something egregious happening, really.)


He accounts decay by morning light,
I phrase colors of the corrugated
shed three stories down,

changing the language
as light changes and when

it stops, the words must
advance in order

to save us. We say too much
and yet at a still point are graced.

Now he tells his speech again--no use
to talk to me. But, then, I listen
since we are all of us forgiven.


Friday, October 17, 2008

Joe the Plumber Dude, Dud?

Right down to his Spud
Wrench? So what, or who,

lacks flaw? From me to Joe--
Hamlet midst toilets & coil-
ing media--to obvious

plant on my TV?

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

British Tourists Check In, Cocoa Beach, FL

-Is that debate? For president?

-Yes, clerk says.

-No sound?

-They never have, on the lobby set. “If folks like it, they can go back to room.”

-They’re like to do that anyway, no?

-The black one looks calm. Oooo I’d be a wreck! Bright as a whip they say.

-White one mad.

-In all senses, looks to me.

-I don’t know any equivalent to him at home.

-‘Tis a bit like taking old Uncle on miserable holiday, him making faces
at everyone on the train.

-It’s fun but I best look after me handbag. Two times I almost left it.

-We’ll survive, and America too.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

All You Presently Need To Know About Modern Wall St

Take a Vegas Craps table.
Project thereupon
a spreadsheet.

Put grinners along the rim,
playing with House’s

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Drinks At The Club–2 Bankers

-Government buying toxic mortgages, investing in banks.

-Here's to Socialism!

-To sarcasm, more like. Look! ’ll turn back from public to
private when the ship gets righted.

-I hope not! That's just prose. This is pure poetry!

-Too ironic for that.

-I’ll grant that, too. Frosting on the cake. John Q getting fucked again,
even after the dizzy mortgages we slicked him with.

-Oh well! What’s he there for? I mean, why candy it over?

-The tragedy of the consumer...keeping with our literary theme.

-If tragedy can be applied to such mental midgets.

-Bottoms up! The mental midgets are paying for the drinks.

-Poetic Justice! I’ll take the last lit-ree word. How very silly is
Literature anyway!

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Monday, October 13, 2008



Banker sits at desk, denying building on fire.

Door flings open to reveal interior of giant
prophylactic, spangled Uncle Sam with fireman’s hat.

-Get in here! balky banker. You’re rescued!

-I’ll join you, but further communication must be
through my lawyers.

Conversation in “tunnel”

-Not here to arrest but to help, o paranoid one.
Go ahead and order the new granite countertops for
your vacation palace.

-I’d have to see the bailout details. And I’ve been
reading vindictiveness against my class!

-That’s the liberal press. They want justice, of all things.

-Well, last thing I want!

-Stop worrying. I promise that your nervous gas’ll begin smelling
like roses pretty soon!

-I’m worrying!

-Hasn’t Uncle always taken care of you? And has he always helped
you fuck the suckers?


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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Hitting Walgreens

for makeup fix,2
bound to wedding,

swirls of air-
y fabrics ‘n

Didn't see shoes
but just know how

estimable they must be.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Ego Subsumes

Its fuel others,their
notions. Never
measuring up.


Friday, October 10, 2008



Listen, you guys should perhaps take it just a little little easier.
Things maybe could begin to get a bit crazy.

Thanks for the contribution.

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Saying What’s Been Said

And that day
on the Net.

Next day, 100K
hits. Why

bother? Thousands
do as well. Think, though,

you of more fiery core?
Movement thrusting
from your words?

Yes and no. Thousands
care, though,

and don’t,
same ones.



Wednesday, October 08, 2008


Needle's Cousin, Priest From Oakland

So is Needle dudeing up some ecclesiastical duds for you?

I'm activist, Rocco. Right now getting heating fuel to
Oldsters. Warmup jacket and jeans my vestments.

Activist, hey? And in Socialist Oakland? You're danger
to the Free World for sure.

No theory, Rocco. The practical, real, gritty. That's my
Earthly Paradise.

It's not for me! I'd rather go to that St Regis Paradise the
IGA bankers frolicked at on Treasury's bailout money.

Did Uncle Sam pay for the whores they ran through there?

Father! You were in seminary too long. Uncle IS the whore!

Uh uh. Let's apply the Jesuit razor of logic to this: The whore
doesn't pay the John!


Rocco views the world from S Philadelphia

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Safety (2 pts in Football)

Not debates,
deals. For-

mat tweaked so
A looks good
& B also.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Lefty and the Banker

-So we're bailing you out? Lion of the Free Market!

-Lotta blame to go ’round.

-Do you believe that?

-No, I usually say what I don't believe.

-Are you adjusting your banker's lifestyle upward again?

-Vacation to Paris is back on.

-Your wife'll be glad.

-Her? She stays home. Depressed. Stares out window
like character in a dusty novel. And Ham-and-Egger
psychiatrist on cheap-o health plan can't help.

-I'm sorry. You'll be lonely in France.

-Not if I get the same Indonesian woman.

-So we’re to pay for your whores too?

-I'm not ungrateful. Listen! This woman has art even
a Lefty'd relish. She's bi...

-That too?

-...partisan I mean.


Sunday, October 05, 2008


As lower
case intellect-
ual, been to

these parties.
Energetic talk
& you go

home charged.
This time, though,


Saturday, October 04, 2008

Haste Makes Plenty

We act today! Same bonus scale as last year if you're agreeable. Reason for this hasty meeting: Bailout will pass House and prez signs tomorrow.

So, we’re Free Market today, sorta on Uncle’s dime tomorrow.

I'd like an additional 2-mil gift to our lobbyist, who really suckered...that is skillfully persuaded, vital congressmen.

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Friday, October 03, 2008

Bailout–the Future

-You’re The Man! I've never known Government
to make such an astute move! Congratulations!

-What can I do for you?

-Well, we can't really plan around here until we know
where we stand. Uh...what our number is on the list?

-Top secret, Amigo. Can't...

-For old time's sake. We’re sinking! Lotta people that you know
will be turning their keys back to the car dealer!

-Well...from the side of my eye I do see a number. 68.

-We're doomed! Holy shit! Can you do anything?
Any fuckin thing? We’ll be wiped out before then.

-We're in a mess here! New office, desks, computers,
crap everywhere!

-You...gotta work when you leave there. That has to be
foremost in your mind. I hope you don't mind my
pointing that out?

-Not at all. Just a home truth. Ooops, now the list has
fluttered to the cluttered floor. I’m a poet. Hey! When I pick it up,
number has become 4. How about that? Must be force-field
down there or something.

-God, Science is wonderful!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Bailout Party !!!!!!!!!!!!!

When: Fri Oct 10, 3 hrs prior to “Last” Train to Greenwich.

Where: The Usual Place

Senate has spoken, and House goes along this time!


Don't miss the chorus of young brokers singing

We can't live on half a million.
So we're gonna join a union!

Rush to what our
Bigger Clients crushed!


The older fellows will dance a bonus ballet
wherein the necessary blocks of moolah
will be lifted from Uncle Sam's pocket
while he, of course, snoozes.

Tiffany working on party favor of
gold buckets inscribed to John Q who is

more stupid than we could have dreamed!

The evening will close with a solo by one
we all recognize singing:

I fucked everybody
and instead of jail
they're showering
greenbacks on moi.

Hail to the greatest country
imaginable! Where pirates
like me can stick it so far up,
the nation's eyes water!

Be there or Be Square! Join the tribute to our fellow citizens!

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Protoplasm and the Curmudgeon

Well, there’s a lot of blame to go around.

Don’t give me that watery milk! The blame is on Wall Street Pirates and the legislators and regulators they bribed!

Well, we’ve got to do something.

Yeah, empty out the jails and herd the whole thieving gang into ‘em!

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