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Updated 12 October 2017

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Just Some Thoughts...

Note: Extended illness responsible for slow-updating. Hope to be better soon. Check blogs in left column for more. In the meantime, check out this new volume of poems, just published:


GOMORRAH & Other Poems

The mostly-short rhyme/rhythm poems in this collection were written between November 2015 and February 2017, encompassing some 15 or so months of what was perhaps the most bizarre election season in the nation’s history, culminating in the election of businessman Donald Trump to the presidency.  He was given virtually no chance by the premier political commentators, polling agencies, news media, and probably most of the public right up until the day to vote.  Consequently, many of the verses deal with the election and government in general.  During this period, the danger posed throughout the world by the Muslim jihadist-movement was greatly enhanced, with blood literally in the streets in countries like Iraq and cities like Aleppo in Syria.  Domestically, racial tensions were stretched to the limit, never mind that the nation had elected an African-American to the presidency for two terms.  Far from bringing about “togetherness,” whatever that is, his tenure was marked by civil unrest, weird movements like “Black Lives Matter” and “micro-aggression/safe-space,” and a virtual war on law enforcement, especially in cities like Chicago in which an average of more than two murders per day obtained in 2016.  In the writer’s view, governance was mediocre at best and unbelievably disjointed at worst.  Credible, strong leadership was practically non-existent in both the administration and the Congress.  The Courts were stuck with trying to rule on whether or not men can marry each other, an insult to the intelligence, or exactly who may use what bathroom, as if signs indicating gender were not enough.  Internationally, the president led from behind, a mode he established in his illegal undeclared and bloody war against defenseless Libya, an act of infamy which destroyed in real time for all time his legacy as a leader, whose obsession with race or how race impacts every issue or problem indelibly marked his tenure.

Except for the first three months or so, the writer suffered a series of serious health-setbacks, so many of the verses were written during the long dark nights when sleep was not an option but pain was. This allowed for much introspection that found its way into the effort, as well as an outward-observation that did the same with respect to cultures and matters worldwide.

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Clark's Corner -

October 2009

It's interesting occasionally to look back at what was happening in the previous administration at about the same time as that of the present one. With the ladies taking over the court system these days, problems with appropriate bathroom-use, girls joining the Boy Scouts (along with homosexuals and transgenders [whatever they actually are]) and the no-surprise perfidies of Hollywood, a look at the below, offered in October 2009, might provoke thought.

Obama & Rampant Sexism!

In the midst of all the current turmoil regarding the recession, Afghanistan, Iraq, nukes in Iran and North Korea, health-care, unemployment, cap-and-trade, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and whether or not the president smokes or the vice president knows the current meaning of “fluffernutter,” an even greater issue has reared its ugly head, namely, the insensitivity of the president with regard to the blatant discrimination/sexism exhibited in his all-male White House basketball games.

The dear leader made matters even worse in an interview with a lady reporter by labeling the resulting and entirely predictable outcry from the women’s groups as BUNK. Oh, dear Gertrude! That sexist remark was the straw that absolutely broke the camel’s back, an actual metaphorical camel, not the cigarette variety, and, of course, a metaphorical MALE camel.

One wonders if the nation can trust a president who is so shallow and gender-indifferent that he doesn’t recognize that no basketball game can be considered politically correct with regard to DIVERSITY without women participants. And to think...it was largely the women’s vote that put the rascal in the catbird’s seat, in the first place! The ingrate! The majority of men went for septuagenarian McCain (admittedly not a hunk, like the Big O), who, in referencing Lady Hillary’s million-dollar earmark for a “Woodstock Museum,” reckoned that he was otherwise occupied in 1969. It’s a sure bet that there were no women in the Hanoi Hilton.

So...what was a president on the run from the lady voters to do about this matter, earth-shaking in its political – yea, even its governmental – implications? He responded immediately (the very next day?) by doing a round of golf with a female employed in his administration...yeah, a dame...er...lady. One can only wonder at the thrill of it all, although making golf-course whoopee (defined as any hole played in less than five over par) might not look too good...that family thing, doncha know? But Ms. Obama will just have to understand.

The president erred, of course, by not inviting the lady to a basketball game. That would have been the only way to actually set matters right. The ladies didn’t complain because of a golf goof...they were “mad as hell and we won’t take it anymore” over a basketball game. After all, that’s “where the boys are,” not a mere twosome or foursome, as in golf. The gals have made it plain, especially since the game was between a gaggle of congressmen and the president’s men, that sexist shady deals were the real reason for the supposed sport, not just one-on-one grandstanding, like in the NBA.

One wonders what the outcry would have led to if the boys of October had decided on football instead of basketball and actually invited the ladies to an event in which Rahm Emanuel, known for his bloodthirsty spirit, might have bitten off a lady-finger. Or...what would the ladies have complained about if the guys had decided on a wrestling match? Hey...that would have been a show, better than the one put on by Senator Harry Reid the other day during a press conference, when he put his arm around Speaker Pelosi. Whew...just thinking about it!!!!

One thinks back to 2002, when the ladies rose up in arms because the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia – known internationally for the premier Masters Golf Tournament – didn’t have any female members and, what’s more, didn’t intend to have any and still doesn’t have any. The gals screamed bloody murder (and sexism, of course) and contrived to drive Augusta out of the international circuit. Indeed, the tournaments of 2003 and 2004 had no TV sponsors, but the Augusta guys thumbed their collective noses and bankrolled the thing anyway. The golfers (even those with wives, daughters and sisters) paid the whole thing no mind. Nobody who was eligible was about to miss the most honored golf event in this country.

If the president had a clue, he would have paid this thing no mind, just as he would pay no mind to Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, instead of singling them out for his disdain. He should have taken a page from Augusta, where wimps need not apply. Okay, so Augusta is private while the White House is public. Not necessarily! When the president uses it as his residence for a basketball game, for example, it is not public, but private, notwithstanding the venue for “shady deals.” If that were not the case, all the White House bathrooms would be open to the public.

Tempest in a teapot? Well, of course! The president trivialized his office by paying attention to something belonging only to those who scream “sexism” about nearly everything. There are nearly 100 women in the Congress. They can have a basketball game any old day in the congressional gymnasium and it’s a lead-pipe cinch that neither the prez nor any of the legislators would be caught dead near it, that is, with their bodies joining their brains these days.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

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A Hymn of Justice:

O God of Right (pdf).

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Thoughts for the Day:

GOMORRAH
[day of infamy]

Great nation, seemingly you made clear choice
For what makes Satan's demons all rejoice...
Political correctness is your shtick,
Evincing that you err and are now sick,
So sick that you enshrine diversity
As be-all, end-all of civility,
When just the opposite remains the case,
Divergence will civility erase;
Though well-intended or, instead, perverse,
The movers, shakers promulgate this curse,
With populace non-thinking well in tow
To help elitists thus to make it so
As in the case of empires gone before;
Great nation, you engage as Satan's whore
To sell your soul for orgiastic drool,
Become a laughingstock, a worldwide fool;
The Greeks succumbed to gross perversion's spell,
As did the Romans...made their state a hell,
Imploded in unnatural vile acts
As Nature claimed the toll that it exacts
When blasphemed by perversion's sordidness,
Damns Nature's humankind to deep distress;
All Nature's laws perversion will requite
With mercy none and naught but to indict
Societies and all perverts involved
And see that late or soon they be devolved
Into decay, and that amidst great pain,
As Nature sees that all are justly slain;
A warning came millenniums ago,
Gomorrah was the place, Sodom, also,
When Nature's God midst brimstone's fiery glow
Made sure such warning one must not forgo,
The fires upon that plain consumed thus so
The perverts and societies...aglow...
All burned to ashes, wind-blown far away,
Since Nature, as always, has final say.

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From A Layman's THEOLOGY:Taking the course of least resistance is a normal attribute of man. Thus, rather than assume responsibility for some, if not most, of the weightier matters, man is likely to ascribe to God as "acts of providence" all things that happen, especially the ones that are unpleasant. In this, he is correct on only one premise, to wit, that nothing bad or good would happen if there had not been a creation, in the first place. In John 1:2-3, God indicates that He certainly is responsible for the entire creation, since He made it all. This means that God holds Himself responsible for every bad thing that happens - wars, pestilences, earthquakes...even drunken drivers. This also explains why God holds Himself responsible for the sins of mankind. … God is the ruler of all creation, Satan is the ruler of earth, though susceptible at any time to God’s mandates, and man is given the right to follow either entity as he sees fit.

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A Few Laughs, Maybe?

For the sake of a bit of nostalgia, important during the current pervasive malaise that is a mark of postmodern politics and the greed of a couple of generations, as well as a bit of humor, why not take a look at a couple of books that remark in a light way some of the events, especially connected to the Democrat party, that took place 2004-2010. They're described in the left column, DEMOCRATS & Other Suspects 2004-08 and Democrat World 2008-10, a sort of recession account treated humorously. John Kerry thought he had a lock on the presidency in 2004, when the Ohio returns shot him down, and then-President Barack Hussein Obama later saw his Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare, among other appellations—enacted into law, with new costly features of the act becoming known as the days go by, as then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised, with the employer mandate already years behind in its implementation by...yep...executive order, so what else is new? It’s all in good fun and represents for one thing that politicians, like all others, have feet made of clay and brains that are sometimes on vacation, if not altogether removed from the planet, the case for some of them.

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COLUMBUS DAY

[12 October 2017]

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