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Pint-Size Outlaws at Your Front Door

A trick or treatise on welfare fraud; Plus: The City of Brother Glove (and Ball).

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
October 31, 2008

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Pint-Size Outlaws at Your Front Door

Pint-Size Outlaws at Your Front Door
A trick or treatise on welfare fraud

October thirty-first is here
when pint-size outlaws will appear.
Instead of saying "stick 'em up"
they shout out "trick or treat."

They wear a mask but point no gun.
Their aim is candy bars and gum.
From door to door these bandits move
oblivious to greed.

Yes, Halloween breeds criminals
disguised as ghouls and animals.
In just one night they learn the rules
for playing welfare's game.

Like those who rob the government
these children of entitlement
expect a handout without work
and gripe when they're denied.

The City of Brotherly Glove (and Ball)
A six month campaign ends in victory

The City of Brotherly Glove (and Ball)
where Phillies gallop free
deserves to hear a cracked bell ring.
That one called Liberty.
Long may it peal! Cheese steaks around!
Yes, C B Park is holy ground.
The citizens of this storied town
can bank on more to come.
And Harry Kalas claims a thrill
he dreamed about in Naperville.
At Central High he fantasized
about World Series fame.
Old Jamie Moyer can retire.
He's reached for what he'd long aspired.
To go the distance with a team
he's loved since he was young.
In such contentious scary times
when all economists seem blind
and when the candidates spew hate,
nine innings calms our stress.
And so in Independence Hall
beside the bell let's place a ball.
A horsehide sphere that calls to mind
our national pastime.
* Harry Kalas, the play-by-play broadcaster for The Phillies since 1971 was born and raised in Naperville, IL (where Greg Asimakoupoulos lived from 1994-2005)
** At 45 years of age, Jamie Moyer is the second oldest pitcher to take the mound in a World Series game. 

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Karen Stein from Walnut Creek, CA writes:
November 3, 2008
Grinches abound
But let is resound
Good neighbors live
Right on our street.

Most days we don't know then
One night we behold 'em
In costumes made
Frightful or sweet.

Candy is cheap
For an annual repeat
Of traditions
Which puzzle or amuse

But one night of community
Over sugar-y incongruity
Is one that
The Body could use.

elm from 98801 writes:
November 4, 2008
Poverty and the under-privleged are a huge moral issue facing America.The Big Black Book text in Deuteronomy 15.4 says Jesus said, "The poor you will always have with you.."

Also, the Big Black Book text reads, " The blessing and abundance of the Promised Land are dependent on the faithfulness of God's people to God's commands." It is at this point that an apparent contradiction enters the text: "If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend to him whatever he needs." (Deut. 15:7-8)

Sounds like a type of welfare system approach to me! How can this be? We've just been told that "there should be no poor among you," and then we are given instructions as to what to do if there is a poor person. A confusing direct contradiction in the text of the Big Black Book. Either a state of welfare is either a given or not a given. Can't have it both ways. I class welfare as a gift that keeps on giving!!

Oh well, -- the gospel synoptics in Mathew, Mark and Luke --say that it is harder for the rich than the poor to get to the Big Sky, so those that are poor and or on welfare need not worry, they may have a passport over the rich. Quote - "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." -Unquote.

In America, food banks, food stamps and welfare recipients have been a given ; from the blind begger with the accordian and his monkey on the sidewalks to the 1st Ave soup kitchens and on to the Salvation Army. Been more poor inhabitants on Earth over the millions and millions of years that human life has existed -- than rich inhabitants.

The downward trend of our economy, spiral leftover from right-wing reign, looks as if the "sweet by and by" (as some know it) will be over-crowded with the poor. Add the many many millions of poor humans of the past tense to the many many poor millions of humans of present tense while figuring in the many many future poor millions of people to come in the future and you will come up with a staggering total after figuring in the lost civilizations under the sea-beds. Continents like Atlantis and etc.

The rich get rich and the poor get poorer. Greed will never be extinguised by a mass of paupers. MONEY TALKS!

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