Of all the bullies in the world

Of all the bullies in the world, the bureaucrat is worst;

he has no heart, he is not swayed by being blessed or cursed.

The rules and regulations are his only deity;

for breaking them, he’d strand his mother in the Bering Sea.

Once he sniffs transgression he will never give up hope

that somebody he tracks down will soon dangle from a rope.

The only way to beat him is to find a bureaucrat

with a bigger desk, who can order him to scat. 

Airline Price Gouging Investigated by Transportation Department

(Washington. July 24. 2015.)

The Transportation Department has decided to investigate alleged price gouging by 5 airlines after an Amtrak derailment in May, the second time recently that the Transportation Department has looked into the industry’s competitive practices.

The investigation is looking at the five biggest U.S. airlines: American Airlines Group Inc., United Continental Holdings Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., Southwest Airlines Co. and JetBlueAirways Corp.  The time period involved is immediately following the derailment in a Philadelphia suburb on May 12, which killed 8 persons and disrupted train service for several days along the bustling Northeast corridor. The Transportation Department will be looking into the prices on airfares in the Northeast corridor.

Secretary Anthony Foxx of the Transportation Department is quoted as saying they have authority to look into unfair trade practices by airlines, and to put a stop to any illegal price gouging.

(Wall Street Journal)

AND SO TO VERSE:

The Wright Brothers decided long before old Kitty Hawk

that they would gouge their customers, or leave ’em all to walk.

And so today the airlines carry on this fine tradition.

At finesseing customers, each one’s a great tactition. 

They do not fly with angel’s wings; on that I’ll lay good odds.

Whene’er I buy a ticket now I think they’re fiendish frauds!

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The Marriage of Nephi and His Brothers. (1 Nephi; Chapter 7)

The story is familiar to the saints of Latter Days —

how Lehi taught his sons to marry in the proper ways.

They traveled to Jerusalem, a final trip to find

brides that to their hearts and souls they would etern’lly bind.

Man and woman make the only pair that God ordains

to fill the earth with children and replenish his domains.

Today the marriage compact stays the same and has not changed, 

though all the world perverts it with new laws that are deranged. 

Lehi's Family

The Defective Defector.

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(Inspired by an article by Choe Sang-Hun)

The USA has always welcomed those with lurid tales.

Of torture for no reason in abominable jails.

Our jaded media wants blood and gore in ev’ry byte;

Paying beau coup bucks for all those ready to recite.

 

We want to be diverted from abuses here at home

Worse than anything they used back there in ancient Rome.

And so when some escapee from a prison camp abroad

Comes to us with wagging tongue we never call him ‘fraud’.

 

Encouraged by our appetite, the refugee may pander

To our lust for outrage with a lack of total candor.

Can you blame him for his ebullient exaggeration,

When we will ignore him if he uses moderation?

 

Advice on Marriage.

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Marriage is a partnership that ought to last through time

As a noble friendship, not the scene of some dull crime.

Statistics and research point to a longer life that’s happy

If the marriage state is kept alive and feeling snappy.

 

If you’re educated and have got a wad of cash,

The marriage bed is likely a sweet place in which to crash.

But if you are a pauper and do not have a degree,

Marriage is more likely to become pure misery.

 

 

Having said the obvious (for who could disagree?)

I have to add that marriage isn’t just romantic spree.

There’s drudgery and sorrow and a host of plaguy items

That fall under the heading of required ad infinitums.

 

Marriage is for heroes (though the romance is a perk)

And requires daily resolution not to ever shirk.

I do not give this wisdom as a novice, but of course!

For I am working happily now on my third divorce.

 

High Speed Internet . . . Big Deal.

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High speed Internet connections are said to decrease stress;

Tho why a person can’t wait thirty seconds I can’t guess.

The Internet’s a marvel; that is something I’ll confess.

But seems to me we use it mostly just around to mess.

 

We look at clips on Youtube that are just a waste of time.

We get our news from websites that play up the sex & crime.

We tweet away the hours looking for a phrase sublime.

Our blogs are mostly jejune, like a fetid nurs’ry rhyme.

 

The fiber optic cable that we’re laying by the mile

Will bring to us more faulty facts in faster, sleeker style.

Perhaps the Cloud will save us from this everlasting bile

By blowing up and leaving not a single darn text file.

Song of my Ex.

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When Jimmy Carter shelled his goobers in the White House manse,

I took to me a helpmeet with a dewy-eyed romance.

I shut out ev’ry rival and bore off my trophy bride

To the Salt Lake Temple where the merry Mormons hide.

 

We loved each other dearly, so it came as no surprise

When we welcomed many children like a pack of hot French fries.

We bought a home; I mowed the lawn; we shared both meals and books.

And then about the twelfth year in she gave me such wry looks.

 

A cancer ate away her love; her eyes were veiled and brooding.

I felt that imps had stole my heart, were smashing it and looting.

My love died long after hers had gone – long after the divorce.

I drank away my sorrow – as so many fools do, of course.

 

But now that I am single and completely sober too,

I look past shattered hopes and dreams and take the longer view.

There are no chains to hold our love; no cell with bars of steel,

That captures love when we’re convinced it isn’t true or real.

 

Love can die, but can it resurrect if God decrees?

The muse cannot give answer – it remains a mortal tease.

Ode to Marriage.

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Ev’ry man who does succeed

On life’s great battlefield

Has a wife behind him

Who does prompt him not to yield.

 

She blazes forth with glory

When he feels like giving up.

She steels him to his purpose

When he shuns the bitter cup.

 

All she asks for in return

(so modest that it’s droll)

Is a little kindness

(and a mortgage on his soul).