The Herald


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Constant access to a screen

makes sure you don’t miss a thing:

Sharpened arrows, shots are slinging

toward the parents, children fleeing[1]

to find peace upon the earth.

But little frankincense or myrrh

from any of our nativity scenes

will be spared – in the name of safety.

Constant access to a screen

makes sure you don’t miss a thing.

 

The conviction[2] of an Oklahoma cop

of raping black women didn’t stop

the questions to his thirteen victims:

why did you wait so long to report him?

What kind of police do you call on police?[3]

(On half the counts, he’s being released.)

Amid media claiming “justice being done;”

a millionaire goes free on “accidental penetration.”[4]

Constant access to a screen

makes sure you don’t miss a thing.

 

A white girl from Texas denied admission

to her top-choice school, blames affirmative action.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

(who didn’t get into his first-pick school, either)

opines that maybe “ill-prepared blacks”

are better off in schools with easier tracks.[5]

SCOTUS ruled for the University

but affirmative action still faces sharp scrutiny.[6]

Constant access to a screen

makes sure you don’t miss a thing.

 

Two weeks after Paris is torn by terror,[7]

world leaders began gathering there

for a grueling 10-day deliberation

among over 200 nations

to strike a last-chance climate accord:

despite celebrations, it’s non-binding words.[8]

At least the Keystone pipeline was axed,

while many oil projects loom in the Northwest.[9]

Constant access to a screen

makes sure you don’t miss a thing.

 

While the world was looking elsewhere,

having no inkling of what was being prepared,

the full text of the TPP

was finally (at first by leak) released.

The same is true for Darren Wilson

and Daniel Pantaleo,[10] who will avoid prison.

Gay marriage was made legal – barely

and five more states will soon green-light weed.[11]

Constant access to a screen

makes sure you don’t miss a thing.

 

Hark! the world’s heralds didn’t ring

out news of Muslims protesting

violence and ISIS in London town[12]

or how US cops gun more people down

than forces in any other developed country

(and how you’re more at risk if you’re mentally suffering).[13]

Hark our heralds but remember:

those who lived it get the story’s last word.

Maintain constant access to a screen

and make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Merry Christmas, happy Chanukah, happy Kwanza and blessed whatever holiday you celebrate.

[1] http://www.worldvision.org/news-stories-videos/syria-war-refugee-crisis

[2] http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/11/us/oklahoma-daniel-holtzclaw-verdict/

[3] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/daniel-holtzclaw-and-the-reality-of-police-brutality-against-black-women_566b0b4ee4b080eddf580671

[4]http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2015/12/16/millionaire-who-claimed-he-accidentally-fell-and-penetrated-teenager-acquitted/

[5] http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/09/politics/scalia-black-scientists-scotus/

[6] http://www.scotusblog.com/2013/06/finally-the-fisher-decision-in-plain-english/

[7] http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/11/paris-attacks/415953/

[8] http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/cop21-father-of-climate-change-awareness-james-hansen-denounces-paris-agreement-as-a-fraud-a6771171.html

[9] http://grist.org/climate-energy/keystone-is-dead-but-oil-and-coal-projects-in-pacific-northwest-could-be-5-times-worse/

[10] http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/03/justice/new-york-grand-jury-chokehold/

[11] http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-5-next-states-to-see-legal-marijuana-20151023

[12] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/muslim-anti-isis-march-not-covered-by-mainstream-media-outlets-say-organisers-a6765976.html

[13] http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/10/risk-of-being-killed-by-police-16-times-greater-mental-illness

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