Thought For the Day: Curtailing Free Speech Strikes Twice At Intellectual Freedom

“To curtail free expression strikes twice at intellectual freedom, for whoever deprives another of the right to state unpopular views necessarily deprives others of the right to listen to those views.” – C. Van Woodward (1908-1999)




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First Principles: The President Is To Periodically Report On the State of the Union Along With His Recommendations

“He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution

Delays in this are strictly political theater…


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Streets Made of Marmalade

A truly wonderful story for children of all ages.  This is my small tribute to a tale that I probably love  more than I should.

Streets Made of Marmalade
by Michael Romani

Rather small
Rather sneezy
As you'll recall
It's always easy

To be rather fond
Of marmalade
A star wished upon
Is the sum of dreams made

Given half the chance
To catch that star
And dance that dance
Paddington would go this far

This far and further
Busy in that baker's square
More than just fur there
Blended into that somewhere

London had become his home
With friends and lots of love
Paddington the Bear was never alone
Filled with marmalade and heaven above

Living on rolling skates
Every day was a memory
To be remembered as his fate
With everyone loved like family

There in the scrapbooks
That shaped Paddington's story
Filled with excited looks
And a very bear-able glory

(c)  January 16, 2019   Michael Romani
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Samson V

Continuing the tale in poetic form and based on the Book of Judges:

Anon - Halatosis

by Michael Romani


Too often living by pleasure and whim
Seeing only what is in front of him
Yet, still the living God is within
There as it is and as it shall begin

In secret council, the Philistines raise
Doubts on gods beyond symbols for false praise
Gods are only a means of control
And the king is his god that he extols

True belief is a spark to be extinguished
The kingdom belongs to the king distinguished
The king is his own god sitting in his throne
This is the truth by which he'll be known

The foolish king teaches this to his son full grown
As the way to rule his kingdom as he is duly shown
Gods simply steal away as silent as a midnight thief
And the prince takes great pleasure in this disbelief

(c) January 16, 2019   Michael Romani
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Mythos Anatoli  - Family of the Gods




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First Principles: An Active Executive Is Essential To Good Government

“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; it is not less essential to the steady administration of the laws; to the protection of property against those irregular and high-handed combinations which sometimes interrupt the ordinary course of justice; to the security of liberty against the enterprises and assaults of ambition, of faction, and of anarchy.” – Alexander Hamilton (1788)




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Thought For the Day: Unite With Anyone To Right; Unite With Nobody To Do Wrong

“I would unite with anybody to do right; and with nobody to do wrong.” – Frederick Douglass




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Price of Pride

Love of power breed ambition and that’s really not what we need in leaders.  What we need is those who have vision and come to serve the people. Yet, that’s rarely the way of those interested in politics is it?

Throne of the Dead

Price of Pride
by Michael Romani

Even the hardest king
Finds in the end
He cannot bring
What it takes to fend
Off that enemy, death
Mortality is fleeting
All we have left
Is the final greeting
Laughing in denial
As we are claimed in the end
Accepting this with a smile
The reaper has become our friend
No one possesses the secret of immortality
In the final score, we meet our fatality

The knowledge sought is not contrary
There in that mystic library
But available  to the turning key
Still, there is a price for this mystery
Secrets pressed beyond imagination
Bringing with it all the frustration
Despite what we think and feel
The oracle will have served us well
There as we lay, our souls bleeding
Sanskrit mumbles cast their spell
Seeping and creeping, taking over until
False words served chilled with a smile
The cruelest blade, they cut and defile

Dark secrets revealed cast us all to hell
In the echoed reflection of desired spells
Power breeds the ambition to be more than we are
Driving us with madness until we've gone too far
Enflamed with our self deceptions that bubble
These boil over as creations of our own trouble
The sands of the desert cover all in dust
All the evils within us and so it is as it must
Until that dark day that evil raises its head
And on which we mortals will wish we were dead
What day comes we will run racing for the sun
Knowing that all of glory will become undone
Running  past our hearts with nowhere to hide
This then, my children, is the price of our pride

(c) January 15, 2019   Michael Romani
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Sphinx of Giza




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First Principles: A Good Moral Character Is the First Essential In All Mankind

“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.” – George Washington (1790)




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Thought For the Day: Words Used Change Like Leaves With the Passing Seasons of Mankind

“Men ever had, and ever will have leave, / To coin new words well suited to the age, / Words are like leaves, some wither every year, / And every year a younger race succeeds.” – Horace, poet and satirist (65-8 BCE)



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Samson IV

Tyranny believes in the power of man over God’s law.  True liberty believes in the guidance of God in effecting a lawful and truly just world over the evils of man.  Based in part on the Book of Judges:

House of JewelZ - Dreamz of Babylon

Samson (IV)
by Michael Romani

The Philistines whispered of this story
About how Samson might be the Hebrews' glory
So much hope in this serious possibility
A hope that might lead to the people's capability

The capacity there for a people to rise up
A people who must be watched and kept from victory's cup
The Philistine king commands his son to obey
And to keep careful watch on these turning days

Though these are not the ways of the sacred steeple
Samson would fight as champion of his holy people
To help them shore up faith enough to be brave
Samson offered his all as he stood and freely gave

Samson, servant of the true and living God
Yields before nothing and no one
Even as he lives on the edge of being outlawed
Samson lived by his vows that the Father's will be done

Evil is defeated at his mighty hands
When he calls upon truth of God's holy command
His is the key of power and no tendered heresy
Even still has he chooses the ways of blessed mercy

(c) January 14, 2019   Michael Romani
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House of JewelZ - The Art of Music



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