The Old Lions Perish
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
The Old Lions PerishThe Ballad of Georgie Porgie
Georgie, Porgie, Puddin' and Pie
Skipped the Guard and let the poor guys die.
When the girls came out to play
Georgie got one in the family way.
Then Georgie went up to Harvard to stay
At the bottom of Business School all the way
Then he came back to Texas but no oil did spout
Daddy's money also then ran out
Daddy said, "I know where Junior can go
To get him a loan for Carlysle for show
I'll just send him to my friends the boys in Dubai
And there he'll be welcome and so will I
I will even take along sons Marvin and Neil
we'll work ourselves up a helluva deal
While we are there, we'll complain and cry
That old Sadaam wants to make me die
Though that's a lie I'll get young Bill
To send Cruise Missiles to blow up a hill
While we are at that and with no elect
I'll convince them that "weapons" they ought to inspect
And when young Bill's terms have all run out
We'll make sure that Junior gets some clout
No need for more votes than the other guy
Junior's chair's in the Oval that I'll buy!!
And with Billions in surplus that Bill has accrued
We'll reduce that to Trillions in deficits, Rude!!
Marvin manages "Security" of buildings that fall!!
We got the country's short and curlies on the ball!!
George'll lie to all the folks about WMD's
Should be Junior's psych Doc if you please
He'll convince Colin and Condi to do the same
For 9/11 we'll give Hussein all the blame
But our real plans won't quite ever be known
If Karl makes sure Wilson's wife's cover is blown
We don't want them to know that in Afghanistan
More heroin is grown than in any other land
We already had a deal with Bin Laden to sign
To guard construction of an Oil Pipeline
We'll pump all the oil all the way from Iraq
And then take back Iran and then all the way back
Through Afghanistan we'll manage to pipeline it all
From the Black Sea, the mediterannean and have a ball
with the money we'll triple what we got from the sheiks
But unlike Oil and Plame none of this leaks
So, we need a bill that will quiet the mob
If they ever heard they'd never give junior the job
We need something too to hush the folks on TV
But in ought six it all came to nought
For all of the lies that the people had bought
Now they wanted their money back for the show
For counterfeit tickets their money did blow
When they realized the guy on the stage was a fraud
Even up to the fiction that he loved his gawd
Turns out that the only worship he gave
Was to his own skin which he ventured to save
As if you could not have foretold all of this
From Georgie the Porgies original kiss
Somewhere up in heaven an aborted child flies
Who knows his/her father is nothing but lies
So, the poor child floats over to his Father in heaven
and lays out a plan for Twenty Oh Seven!!
HE says "Well, you know he says he loves me
But, for proof of that I have yet to see..."
"And everyday there are more and more
of the mothers and children killed by his war
They've been blown up and burned and shot and stabbed
From the war in the Land that his greed has grabbed..."
"Well, I gave Moses a rule against covetry
And W's ignored nine others of the ten you see
He's lied, and stolen and fornicated
dishonered Sabbaths, signs other Gods, and murder's not abated..."
"He's misused my name, and made idols of his own
Dishonors father and mother and that's well known
I guess I can't rely on words he might say
So, child, your plan for their next year I hereby OK"
So, sainted men, women, children all full of contrition
All appear on earth on a holy mission
and they inspire the programmers at Diebold
That the actual results of elections be told
Mysteriously in '06 to POTUS' surprise,
his poll numbers dive portending demise
Of the Senate and Congress incumbents who ride
on the coattails of "the decider" who must abide
There's more to this story as you may well know
As we go into summer wedge issues will show
A desperate father of MORE than two girls will try
to work his way out of trouble till his spin cycle is dry
Watch for Twenty Oh Seven cause then you might see
More journey to take back our REAL country!
in order to realize a good story ending
Election day requires EVERYBODY'S attending!!
Monday, February 13, 2006
Saturday, February 11, 2006
MARKETEX and "The guy"
Funny, there was a time in this country when being Proud of being an American also meant self-promotion. Especially among persons whose leanings were toward Free Enterprise.
I remember a time in 1975. My company was exactly 6 years old, it's 37 now. Myself and a client were in the buying offices of a nationally known Retail Drug Chain located then and now in Deerfield, Illinois. We had just sat down with a buyer after the customary sign in process at the front desk. My client and I, a retired Postman, had just done a whirlwind drive through Springfield to hand carry a charter for his new Corporation, drawn up by an attorney who was a career-long friend of my father, and therefore well trusted, but his respect was much more widespread. He had been the attorney for the first Black Mayoral candidate in Gary, Indiana, and then became the city's first Black Corporation Counsel. Years later, though I did not know it then, I would marry his neice, and we are still married after almost 21 years.
But I digress. We proceeded from Springfield and during a single day drove to St. Louis Missouri, to ink a contract for an Illinois distributorship of the product we found ourselves discussing with the Drug Chain buyer the following business week.
In comes a guy who interrupts our meeting demanding to know who I am, since I signed in as dba/MARKETEX.
I was insulted, my client was amused, and knowledgeable, and the buyer was cautious, but the guy was insistent that MARKETEX was HIS corporate name, and therefore under Illinois Law could not be mine.
In my sales book, as an afterthought, I had placed my Cook County Business name registration certificate. It was on one of the back pages between clear plastic sheets.
I opened it and showed it to the guy and he started with amazement that I could not quite figure out at the time.
Turns out that I had beat him in registering the name by three years, mine in 1969 and his in 1972.
This was the first time we ever had crossed paths, it seems, because of a "clerical malfunction" his Corporation had been acknowledged by the Secretary of State despite my earlier filing.
I did a lot of research and found that we two were the only users of the name in the entire country. I checked all 50 states and the territories and possessions.
That led me in 1977 to open an office in Los Angeles California, downtown, and register, of course, in that state.
I also registered in Wisconsin, Milwaukee specifically, and opened an office there.
So, here I was at 33 years of age with offices in at least three states, not counting correspondence offices in others.
I was naive enough to believe that these offices and inter-state advertising on radio, mainly, one of my products, would suffice in securing my intellectual property rights in the Corporate Identity.
BOY WAS I WRONG!
It seems that a number of persons, who might have seen my nametag at conventions and shows or who might even have individually concocted their own CORP ID liked the name which is actually a contraction of mine and my daughter's name followed by a variable
EXpression that could mean EXpertise, or EXperience, or sort of Techy kind of thing, because I specialized in the marketing of technical products and services and the proprietary development of same along with the development of CORPORATE IDENTITY. I had also concocted a fancy name for my client, who, watching my problems with "the Guy," writ large, caused him to choose his own name and "Corporation." My current choice of slogans for my own is "Marketing Technical Excitement", and I have been and will be an Apple Developer Connection affiliate, right after I figure out whether I really like Dual-Core technology, or not. Nothing about the latter, here, however.
Every now and then I do a search on Google and discover not only Corporate, but product name infringement, on developments of mine which are registered in the Copyright office and should be as searchable, as their infringement.
I digress again, somebody has persisted in asking me if I am "Looking for somebody to Sue..."
I just shared a couple of opinions with her (ha) and mentioned my appreciation of Johnny Cash's music with respect to a certain song in which some poor boy abandoned by his father after being named "Sue" looks for his father and finds him, whereupon he finds out why his father did it. To toughen him up. As they hug each other after a barroom brawl, they become best of friends.
No, dear, I have long passed any statute of limitations on the issues above, and now I will tell you why and conclude this thing.
You see, my dear sainted parents, two of 'em, for those who find that strange for my particular background, were great at teaching.
In this case, after a couple of strongly worded letters from an attorney caused no response and we were headed for court, my mother took me aside and said to me "Son, you know where it says in the bible that you should make peace with your adversary?"
Turns out that Matthew was my favorite book of the New Testament and I said "Yes, mother dear!"
"Well, son, maybe it would be better not to take them to court and just outlive 'em."
As she was ALWAYS right, she lived well past the day, when I could report to her that the offending company had gone out of business, and that the name was again available in the State of Illinois, at least, to just one person, me!"
So, that's the part about "MARKETEX and the guy," but there's more, because this started on a MyWay Political chat board as "People who like George Bush's style but don't want their name in the news"
That IS George's style, and you would think that no one of his follower's would have a problem in gratuitous self-promotion, which is the only reason over many tries at business that he has become POTUS, because it could not have been SKILL.
ONE other thing that my mother and my father always told me along with aunts, uncles, and others along the way was "FOOL'S NAMES, FOOL'S FACES -- always seen in public places"
That is almost impossible for a successful businessman, or a ne'er do well to follow as advice, of the negative kind.
Fact is, you gotta promote yourself, or you ain't gonna make a dime. After all, advertising was one of my functions and product/service sets.
So, even though I didn't fully take her advice, my mother, especially, I tended to keep a lower profile than most businessmen.
George, however, is a different case.
George would like ALL OF US TO JUST SHUT UP, BE QUIET, AND HIDE SOMEWHERE.
I really think that the intimidation of the American People is the WORST problem we have as a people.
Not just in business, mind you, but just as a matter of any Life-Style you can name.
Now, there are those who will ask me to document all of this, and a younger Maurice might have taken the bait.
Problem is, they do NOT want any documentation, they simply want to disagree, disagreeably, and have you do all the heavy lifting.
If you bring them a ton of documentation, they won't even pay the bill for your hernia.
And they won't READ a line of it, except to call out any obvious mistakes made in your haste to satisfy what you might be led to believe is honest interest in the subject matter.
Fact is, my opinion, as stated is documented by numerous acts of his, including the "Valerie Plame Thing."
George wants people's names promoted in a bad way, to cause them harm, but he does not want even the least promotion of his mistakes. And since he is a "businessman" and now POTUS, that does not make sense.
Valerie and her husband deserve privacy and the right to their own opinions, her husband on the advice he gives based on the intelligence estimates he makes, while his wife deserves privacy, by law.
Now, there are certain peoplel, spinners who dispute the latter, as they say that there was no dispute of what the gentleman found in Niger and what Bush stated in his “State of the Union Speech in 2003, or so I have read, with skepticism.
Mintzing words, whether Bush said “sought nuclear weapons-grade material” or “purchased nuclear weapons-grade material” and the difference in the setting of the SOU (my newly adopted acronym for State of the Union address, like the boy named “Sue,” above, not the beginning of “South,” -- well that all makes no sense, either.
There is an awful lot about the WH that simply makes no sense.
Another set of good examples of things making no sense, are the “accounting errors” that reduced a 200 Billion Dollar Surplus (which, according to the Neo Cons, never existed -- and they are great accountants, having been advised, at the time, by none other than the reputable person of Kenneth Lay, himself,) to a 5 Trillion Dollar deficit in only less than 6 months of the first Bush term, after equally prodigous mathematical hattricks the previous year in both the election totals in Florida, and a really curious 5-4 decision, that was apparently too close, though in favor of, a new Bush administration.
Kenneth Lay and his friend and co-defendant Jeffery Skilling say that what they did to the mathematics of the widows and orphans in California and elsewhere is entirely legal, showing that things were BETTER, than they actually were, in the Accounting from Enron.
I almost bought a bunch of IBM laptops from the auction held here in Chicago, spelling the demise of Arthur Andersen as a reputable entity, but with the market as it was, I just couldn’t come up with the money. The next year, I managed to buy the same or better computers for a lot less for more of them, while IBM computers were still made in the USA. They no longer bear that imprimatur, but Lenovo, a fine Chinese firm will sell you a wonderful laptop to do your taxes on this season, so maybe we should thank the good folks at the WH who yesterday claimed that the jobs leaving this country is a “Good Thing” for this country.
File all of these things as “Other things that make no sense” and if they make sense to you, get professional help.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
An Old Lioness Perishes
Source: AP and Reuters
"The value of life in our cities has become as cheap as the price of a gun," she said.
In London, she stood in 1969 in the same carved pulpit in St. Paul's Cathedral where her husband preached five years earlier.
"Many despair at all the evil and unrest and disorder in the world today," she preached, "but I see a new social order and I see the dawn of a new day."
Coretta Scott King surged to the front of the fight for racial equality in America after her husband Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968
Coretta Scott King , often called the first lady of the civil rights movement, was last seen in public on January 14 at a dinner marking the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, where she received a standing ovation from the 1,500 people in the crowd.
Her steely determination, grace and class won her millions of admirers inside and outside the civil rights movement.
Coretta Scott King worked to keep her husband's dream alive with a chin-held-high grace and serenity that made her a powerful symbol of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s creed of brotherhood and nonviolence.
Coretta Scott King died Tuesday. She was 78.
Coretta Scott King, the "first lady of the civil rights movement" died in her sleep during the night of January 30 in Mexico.
She had been recovering from a serious stroke and heart attack suffered last August. Just two weeks before, she made her first public appearance in a year on the eve of her late husband's birthday.
News of the death of Coretta Scott King led to tributes to her from around the World, including a moment of silence in Atlanta at the Georgia Capitol and in Washington, D.C. and piles of flowers placed at the tomb of her slain husband. Flags at the King Center - the institute devoted to the civil rights leader's legacy - were lowered to half-staff.
"She wore her grief with grace. She exerted her leadership with dignity," Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery Co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King in 1957.
Former Atlanta Mayor, Ambassador Andrew Young, one of Martin Luther King's top aides, said Coretta Scott King's fortitude rivaled that of her husband. "She was strong if not stronger than he was," Young said.
The Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson, who was with her husband when he was assassinated, and founded first Operation Breadbasket under the auspices of SCLC and then went on to found Operation Push, which holds it meetings in "Dr. King's Workshop" in Chicago, said that Coretta Scott King understood that every time her husband left home, there was the chance he might not come back. Jackson pronounced her a "freedom fighter."
"Like all great champions she learned to function with pain and keep serving," he said, adding: "She kept marching. She did not flinch."
Coretta Scott King was a supportive lieutenant to her husband during the most dangerous and tumultuous days of the civil rights movement, and after his assassination in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, she carried on his work while also raising their four children.
"I'm more determined than ever that my husband's dream will become a reality," the young widow said soon after his slaying.
She pushed and goaded politicians for more than a decade to have her husband's birthday observed as a national holiday, achieving success in 1986. In 1969 she founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta and used it to confront hunger, unemployment, voting rights and racism.
"The center enables us to go out and struggle against the evils in our society," Coretta Scott King often said.
She also held accountable, movie and TV companies, video arcades, gun manufacturers and toy makers of promoting violence.
King became a symbol in her own right of her husband's struggle for peace and brotherhood, presiding with a quiet, stoic dignity over seminars and conferences.
After her stroke, King missed the annual King celebration in Atlanta two weeks earlier but appeared with her children at an awards dinner a few days before that, smiling from her wheelchair but not speaking. The crowd gave her a standing ovation.
Gov. Sonny Perdue ordered flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff and offered to allow King's body to lie in repose at the Georgia Capitol. There was no immediate response to the offer, the governor's office said.
Coretta Scott was studying voice at the New England Conservatory of Music and planning on a singing career when a friend introduced her to King, a young Baptist minister studying at Boston University.
"She said she wanted me to meet a very promising young minister from Atlanta," King once said, adding with a laugh: "I wasn't interested in meeting a young minister at that time."
She recalled that on their first date he told her: "You know, you have everything I ever wanted in a woman. We ought to get married someday." Eighteen months later, in 1953, they did.
The couple moved to Montgomery, Ala., where he became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and helped lead the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott that Rosa Parks set in motion when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus. With that campaign, King began enacting his philosophy of nonviolent, direct social action.
Over the years, King was with her husband in his finest hours. She was at his side as he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. She marched beside him from Selma, Ala., into Montgomery in 1965 on the triumphant drive for a voting rights law.
Only days after his death, she flew to Memphis with three of her children to lead thousands marching in honor of her slain husband and to plead for his cause.
"I think you rise to the occasion in a crisis," she once said. "I think the Lord gives you strength when you need it. God was using us - and now he's using me, too."
The King family, especially Coretta Scott King and her father-in-law, Martin Luther King Sr., were highly visible in 1976 when former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter ran for president. When an integration dispute at Carter's Plains church created a furor, Coretta Scott King campaigned at Carter's side the next day.
She later was named by Carter to serve as part of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, where Young was the ambassador.
In 1997, she spoke out in favor of a push to grant a trial for James Earl Ray, who pleaded guilty to killing her husband and then recanted.
"Even if no new light is shed on the facts concerning my husband's assassination, at least we and the nation can have the satisfaction of knowing that justice has run its course in this tragedy," she told a judge.
The trial never took place; Ray died in 1998.
King was born April 27, 1927, in Perry County, Ala. Her father ran a country store. To help her family during the Depression, young Coretta picked cotton. Later, she worked as a waitress to earn her way through Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
In 1994, she stepped down as head of the King Center, passing the job to son Dexter, who in turn passed the job on to her other son, Martin III, in 2004. Dexter continued to serve as the center's chief operating officer. Martin III also has served on the Fulton County (Ga.) commission and as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, co-founded by his father in 1957. Daughter Yolanda became an actress and the youngest child, Bernice, became a Baptist minister.
In 1993, on the 25th anniversary of her husband's death, King said the war in Vietnam that her husband opposed "has been replaced by an undeclared war on our central cities, a war being fought by gangs with guns for drugs."