Archive for April, 2012

Secret Service Reputation Tarnished

April 23, 2012

The revelations about 11 or 12 Secret Service agents partying with prostitutes in a Cartagena, Columbia hotel prior to a visit by President Obama has tarnished the proud reputation of the agency charged with protecting the president. It apparently came to light when one agent failed to pay one of the girls what she believed she was due. Prostitution is legal in Cartagena so she went to the police. That’s when it all came to light. Ten US military service members are also under investigation.

 The Secret is Out

A Secret Service agent,
I guess with time to kill,
Dallied with a prostitute
And didn’t pay the bill.

The law in Cartagena
Says one must pay for dallies.
She went from the hotel room
To the Federalies.

Those guys are patriotic,
Talented and tough,
But when it comes to service
They’re not secret enough.

The Doolittle Raid 70 Years Ago Today

April 18, 2012

On this date in 1942, Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle led 16 B-25 bombers off the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet for the historic raid on Japan. The action marked the first time B-25s had been launched from the deck of an aircraft carrier on a combat mission. The raiders bombed Tokyo and five other Japanese cities, destroying the belief by the Japanese that their islands were protected by divine winds. Unable to return to the Hornet, one plane landed in Russia and 15 landed or crashed in China or Chinese waters. One raider died bailing out of his B-25 and two drowned in the sea off China’s coast. Eight were captured by the Japanese and three were executed. The raid was a psychological blow to the Japanese and a tremendous morale booster for the Americans after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier.

The Doolittle Raid

When asked to volunteer,
Each held up his hand
To take an outside chance
To answer to Japan.

Each recalled that awful day,
Out of the rising sun,
Japan attacked Hawaii.
A world war was begun.

Eighty stalwart warriors,
Heroes to a man,
Made a pact among themselves
To do the best they can
To avenge the stark aggression
Of that December day,
And send a message to Japan
Of what they’d have to pay.

And what a message they dispatched,
To astonished Japanese,
That they had not immunity
To strike at what they please.

Sixteen US bombers
Took hurriedly off that day,
From an aircraft carrier
Steaming on its way
Toward the island of Japan
To deliver the surprise;
An attack upon their home land.
They could not believe their eyes.

Three airmen lost their lives that day;
Three more, executed.
But within the seeds they’d sown
Victory was rooted.

The Japanese that day knew
That they were not immune
From the wrath that they had wrought.
One day they’d pay, late or soon.

The eighty men that volunteered,
On that fateful day,
Made it clear for all to see;
Aggression would not pay.

Our freedom is ensured, you see,
At home and over seas,
Not by diplomatic ploy,
But by men like these.

Dr. Martin Luther King Assassinated Forty-Four Years Ago Today

April 4, 2012

On this date in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray while he stood on a walkway at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, thus ending the life of a great patriot who led the fight against racial discrimination in America. Almost five years earlier he had given his most famous speech, the I Have a Dream speech, at the Lincoln Memorial during a civil rights rally. This poem paraphrases some of that speech.

He Had a Dream

He had a dream that one day, indeed,
This land would rise and live up to its creed,
As our Founding Fathers so fluently stated,
That all men are equal created.

He had a dream that one of these days
The sons of the owners and sons of the slaves
Would clear a path where bigotry stood
And sit at the table of true brotherhood.

He had a dream in America one day
The yoke of injustice would be swept away;
The heat of oppression would no longer be;
Injustice past and men truly free.

He had a dream that surely one day
His four little kids would grow up to say
They are judged on their character by all honest men
And not by their race or color of their skin.

Yes, he had a dream of a much better day
When hatred and bigotry will be swept away.
We’ll hew out the mountain of doubt and despair
And a stone of hope in it’s place will be there.

But before his faithful work was done
His words were stilled by report of a gun.
One thing’s for certain, one thought supreme,
You can kill the man but you can’t kill his dream!