Thought For the Day: Invoking the 25th Amendment Against A Sitting President For Fundamental Policy Disagreements Is A Grievous Offense Against the Constitution

“The 25th Amendment is about Woodrow Wilson having a stroke. It’s about a president being shot and not being able to perform his office. It’s not about the most fundamental disagreements. Any Justice Department official who even mentioned the 25th Amendment in the context of President Trump has committed a grievous offense against the Constitution.” Alan Dershowitz, Former Harvard Constitutional Law Professor and Author

 

 

 

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First Principles: This Republic Would Be Unfaithful To Itself Were We To Allow Partiality To Infect Our Elections

“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.”  – John Adams (1797)

That’s precisely where the cards appear to be playing out.  The decision was made by the Deep State to conspire against the election of President Donald Trump.  This is the stuff of Banana Republics and not the nation for which I have fought and may die for.  Were there anything that seemed conclusively against President Trump’s winning of this election beyond sore losers, I would be against him as well.  To my trained and I believe unbiased eyes, all appearances are that a group of well placed (read that ill placed) bad actors simply decided that Donald Trump did not deserve to be president regardless of the election results.  It saddens me to the core to know that members of the FBI and Department of Justice were among those conspiring.  It is my sincere and deep hope that once Muller’s report is released, that these bad actors including HRC and Obama are thoroughly investigated for this malfeasance against our Republic.  Even after President Trump is cleared, this remains a sad day in America.

 

 

 

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First Principles: Those Citing Scriptures In Support of the Bondage of Slavery Are Reminded of Its Consequences to Egypt

“[E]ven the sacred Scriptures had been quoted to justify this iniquitous traffic. It is true that the Egyptians held the Israelites in bondage for four hundred years, . . . but . . . gentlemen cannot forget the consequences that followed: they were delivered by a strong hand and stretched-out arm and it ought to be remembered that the Almighty Power that accomplished their deliverance is the same yesterday, today, and for ever”. –  Elias Boudino, President of Continental Congress from 1782-1783

 

 

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Thought For the Day: Egotism Is the Anesthetic That Dulls the Pain of Stupidity

“Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.” – Frank Leahy

 

 

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Thought For the Day: The Choice Isn’t Left Or Right; It’s Up Or Down

“You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down.” – Ronald Reagan

My response to Bernie Sanders opening calling for revolution!

 

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First Principles: Justice Is the End of Government and Civil Society Ever Pursued Until Liberty Is Lost

“Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.” – James Madison (1788)

 

 

 

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Late Night Nachos Pantoum

Milkwood’s Poem A Day #15 is the Pantoum.  The word prompt for this form is ‘swan song’.

The Pantoum form is:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantoum

“The pantoum is a form of poetry similar to a villanelle in that there are repeating lines throughout the poem. It is composed of a series of quatrains; the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated as the first. The pattern continues for any number of stanzas, except for the final stanza, which differs in the repeating pattern. The first and third lines of the last stanza are the second and fourth of the penultimate; the first line of the poem is the last line of the final stanza, and the third line of the first stanza is the second of the final. Ideally, the meaning of lines shifts when they are repeated although the words remain exactly the same: this can be done by shifting punctuation, punning, or simply recontextualizing.”

“A four-stanza pantoum is common (although more may be used), and in the final stanza, lines one and three from the first stanza can be repeated, or new lines can be written. The pantoum form is as follows”

Stanza 1
A
B
C
D

Stanza 2
B
E
D
F

Stanza 3
E
G
F
H

Stanza 4
G
C
H
A

Home, Sweet, Home - Mmmmmm Sushi!!!

Late Night Nachos Pantoum
by Michael Romani

Late night cravings for nachos
Simmering until these simply must be had
The question becomes what meat and cheese
Swan song regardless of how healthy this is

Simmering until these simply must be had
Kid's gloves off this will be sublime
There is no better meat than bacon
And three cheeses spiced up nicely

Kid's gloves off this will be sublime
No microwave this time, these will bake
Looking at the clock, looking at the time
I know I shouldn't but will power won't make

No microwave this time, these will bake
Late night cravings for nachos
I know I shouldn't but will power won't make
The question becomes what meat and cheese

(c) February 18, 2019   Michael Romani
All Rights Reserved

Misty Shores - The Day of the Dead Awakens

 

 

 

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Talk Is Cheap Rondel

The Poem A Day form for Day#14 is the Rondel form.  The word prompt is ‘sunspot’.  Sorry to say. But, I am not going to use the word prompt.  It’s only provided here in case there is a reader out there playing along.  😉

The Rumor from the Milkwood experts is that there are there are so many varieties of the Rondel as to almost render the form in any way you wish.  All that being said, the basics on the format are:

“Rondel goes back to 14th century France but with its alternating rhyme scheme and refrains, it’s a form that works well in modern poetry.”

“The basic plan is 13 lines, like this: ABba abAB abbaA —the capital letters are refrains; lines that repeat. There are often 8 syllables per line,” but  it doesn’t always have to be 8.

LEA24:  -Echoes, Metaphyisics of Frequencies - Bonus Track

Talk Is Cheap Rondel
by Michael Romani

Everyday I find myself moody
Acting like just a bit broody
Feeling lost up in what we had
Wasted moments of blues in E

This life can bring such misery
With a jump beat to feel less sad
Everyday I find myself moody
Acting like just a bit broody

Lockstep caught up in melody
Dissonant notes played harmony
These always get the best of me
The Blues played quick time, key of E
Everyday I find myself moody

(c) February 18, 2019   Michael Romani
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LEA24:  -Echoes, Metaphyisics of Frequencies - He Quickly Found the Conversation A Little Heavy and Stiff....

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Thought For the Day: The Way of Truth and Love Has Always Won

When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always. – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 Oct 1869-1948)

 

 

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First Principles: Facts Are Stubborn Things

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” – John Adams (1770)

 

 

 

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