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The Ballad of: What is Obscenity? Or: It’s All Upside-Down

Clemens is on trial for “juice”

Edwards for campaign abuse

But Cheney and W

Reduced Iraq to rubble who

Lied just to do it – are loose


Alice in Wonderland (1988 film)

Alice in Wonderland (1988 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bradley Manning told all of us facts

The Pentagon’s political hacks

Don’t want us to know

So now he must go

On trial for his heroic acts


One hundred sixty thousand are dead

By George Bush’ hand, Cheney’s head

Yet they walk around free

In our “democracy”

Where the rich run what’s done and what’s said


Julian Assange with some verve

Threw the militant warhawks a curve

When he used Wikileaks

To bust the Pentagon freaks

Imagine; the truth –what a nerve!


So tell me again – what’s obscene?

I need to be clear what this means

Why’s a war where kids die

That’s based on a lie

Just a matter of ho-hum routine


And a blowjob is really the sin

Not the bloodbath Dick and Bush got us in

I’m really perplexed

Values voters think sex

Is dirty – but war’s never been


So tell me again –what’s obscene?

What’s dirty and what the hell’s clean

Why pornography’s vile

But we wave flags and smile

When we bomb and send in the Marine’s


And is it okay that the blood

Of the dead in the dust and the mud

Be washed from the hands

Of the liars who scammed

Us by claiming Iraqis had Scuds


And Cheney and Bush who’re to blame

For all this death walk unashamed

While John, Rog, and Brad

Not only break bad

But may enter some prison in chains


So I ask once again what’s obscene

What is filth, what is dirt, what’s unclean?

A ballplayer’s on trial

While the vilest of vile

Live in high style on our TV screen


So let me ask just one more time

Is this now the new paradigm?

Do we now let real villains

Who did some real killin’

Go free for this most heinous crime?


Yes, Bush and Dick are who I mean

One stupid, one slick, both obscene



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14 thoughts on “The Ballad of: What is Obscenity? Or: It’s All Upside-Down

  1. thank you all for these wonderful comments. i am back for now. see you all tomorrow. xo


    Posted by barkinginthedark | May 7, 2012, 8:50 am
  2. Bush, Cheney, Rice and Rumsfeld, should all be tried for lying, and starting two wars all paid for by the middle and lower class. Talk about a nation that has been turned upside down on its head. go on…

    p.s. hoping your pilot script is coming along.


    Posted by Don in Massachusetts | May 5, 2012, 7:39 pm
  3. Dead on, Tony. Not a word out of place.
    Shout it from the rooftops, man.

    Hope the pilot is coming together well.

    And Rachael – you should fill the trunk with marinade for situations like that.
    Or so I’ve been told… 😉


    Posted by El Guapo | May 4, 2012, 6:33 pm
    • EG: well there’s still some snow up there which could have been used with the marrow and rib meat to make a nice stock. Have to remember to keep a bottle of garlic olive oil, Worcestershire and some spices in the emergency kit.
      Just as well this trip anyway. Forgot the damned Fava beans


      Posted by Rachael Black | May 4, 2012, 9:03 pm
  4. So poignantly and painfully truthful. Another masterpiece penned (or typed) by the Master (okay, that was redundant). It made me ache to read it, so that means it’s so vividly truthful, I can feel the horror in our society and government.

    Hope the script is going well! Later gator!


    Posted by Michelle at Motley News | May 4, 2012, 3:19 pm
  5. To paraphrase Jack Nicholson: Fondle a boob, you get an R rating. Chop it off, you get a G.
    As for Bush and Cheney, you are right. They are war criminals, along with Condi and Rumsfeld. But they did it with our permission. If there had been a draft with no deferments allowed – the war would have lasted less than a year or wouldn’t have happened at all. Even with that said, it took 58,000 deaths and a million plus Vietnamese deaths before that war stopped. When I contemplate all this, I have to wonder if my ideas about this country are simply the result of years of denial. Can we keep saying, “But we’re the good guys?” If we are the good guys, by what metrics are we good? Our health care system ranks well below other countries. Our infant mortality rate is shockingly high. Our per capita charitable giving rate is way below other countries. We spend more on our pets than we do on helping poor people escaping from the poverty cycle. But we’re definitely the best at saying “We’re the best!”
    I dunno.


    Posted by chancedagger | May 4, 2012, 3:03 pm
  6. Painfully true once again Tony!


    Posted by Frugalistablog | May 4, 2012, 2:18 pm
  7. Thoughtful in a thoughtless nation.


    Posted by Valentine Logar | May 4, 2012, 10:03 am
  8. What a thought provoking brilliant ballad this is Tony…..absolutely marvelous…clever choice of words…
    Oh i so loved it 🙂
    great to see you back..and how 🙂


    Posted by Soma Mukherjee | May 4, 2012, 7:06 am
  9. Tony, good to see you and hope the script is going well.
    This was so good.
    Spent the day from Truckee, actually Donner Pass (are you hungry? want some dinner? How about YOU?) to Carson City (our state’s capitol where prostitution and all else that is Nevada is five minutes away legally… but there too. Oh and our governor has been caught on at least three different occasions with hookers… and has spent less than 10 days a year in the capitol seat) looking for a cheap-ass RV. Me. Not the married governor.
    Get to the Point! -best Woody Allen film voice-

    You are so right, On the travels today saw no less than 11 HUGE billboard sized signs debasing Obama, proclaiming Bush as a hero and so many more showing the redneck idiocy endemic in this state.
    Your post is JUST what I needed to see tonight. Truly,. You give me hope.

    Have said since I was 12 years old… ‘what is worse? pornography -before I even knew what it really was, just seeing the parent’s Playboy magazines on the coffee table- or the death I saw on the TV every night as a kid during the Vietnam war?’
    Did a debate on this in 8th grade. Won. Piss off to the psychos. We know who they are. You reveal them with rhyme and style,
    Rock on my dear.


    Posted by Rachael Black | May 4, 2012, 5:52 am

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