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Updated 06 June 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 -

NFL's Latest Obscenity

“Twerking” Now Acceptable

Football will soon take over the sports-scene. Assuming that the NFL hierarchy actually does endorse more celebrating after the end of nearly every down played and enhanced exponentially after a score, as currently reported on the NFL web-site, one concludes that desperation has set-in vis-à-vis getting the fans’ minds off the constantly increasing carnage connected to the game, magnified in especially recent years with the intensive reporting concerning brain concussions as well as other injuries.  

This is in addition to the testimonies of players, current as well as former, who have described in print and on TV the effects and recovery-durations of these injuries, especially the concussions, which are indisputably connected by the medical community to such things as behavior and ailments such as Alzheimers.  Concussions are okay for prizefighters since the objective of the actually-non-sport boxer is to kill the other guy by bashing out his brains, notwithstanding the high-flown rhetoric otherwise.  If this were not the case, boxers would wear headgear, not that such would be of significant help.

The latest celebration craze is something called “twerking,” described in the Urban Dictionary as “the rhythmic gyrating of the lower fleshy extremities in a lascivious manner with the intent to elicit sexual arousal or laughter in one's intended audience.” The first time I noticed it being performed was courtesy of Carolina quarterback Cam Newton after he had scored a touchdown. He just leaned back, spread his knees, and rotated his crotch to everyone next to the end-zone and, more importantly, watching via TV. In man-circles (like the military), twerking is exhibited by simulating masturbation.

Twerking has different levels, “three-pump-twerking” (use your imagination) being a no-no but fewer “pumps” seem okay. The NBA features celebrations, also, a practice introduced by black players as they have taken over much of the sports-world, though I haven't noticed twerking in basketball, but then I don't watch the NBA—terribly boring. In the NFL, celebrations happen after nearly every play, especially if a player is knocked into the middle of next week and struggles to arise if at all. After making a tackle, the perpetrator is likely to do a “crotch-hop” (use your imagination) or run ten yards toward the opposite goal so everyone won't mistake his act of heroism.

Taunting the opponent is also big, especially if he has been reasonably discombobulated from reality or, better, has to be carried off the field on a stretcher, conscious or not. Taunting is more noticeable in basketball since it can be heard by the spectators, much nearer the action, which now is characterized mainly by physical assault on the “enemy,” a good elbow-to-the-nose shot, for instance, in a game with no protective gear and supposed to exhibit skill and finesse but now is more like kick-and-box. Players, many if not most of whom can reach the rim have only 24 seconds to get off a shot so the fans will not get bored actually watching some finesse rather than knock-down-drag-out and slam-dunk.

NFL Head Honcho Goodell explained that the players wanted to have more fun after a big play, as if having a big play was not satisfying enough to millionaire players, who if they manage their wages after a normal tenure in the game should not have to work again. Baloney! It was just his way of affirming that football is no longer a sport primarily but a rather sanguinary form of entertainment. Remember the “bounty-hunter-affair” of a few seasons ago when New Orleans players were paid bonuses to inflict appropriate injuries upon opponents, especially quarterbacks, in the interest of removing them from the Sunday afternoon carnage.

But the white folks love the entertainment, too, just as multitudes of youngsters have adopted sleazy-lyrics “rap” as the music of the day, some guy mouthing obscenities to the accompaniment of African bongos or other pulsating gadgets. For comparison, check out baseball, where celebrations (fun stuff) are done in the out-of-sight dugout and consist mostly of high-fives. The crowd might as well be in Lower Slobbovia. Latinos are slowly taking over the game and make the “sign of the cross” after just hitting a single, much less a home run, which NFL-wise would be at least a hernia-risking two-pump-twerk at home-plate.

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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Normandy Invasion - 06 June 1944

[3,000 American GIs KIA - WWII]

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