“Ancient Footprints”

Awoke at a farmhouse in Scandicci high on a hill
Olive trees and Sangiovese grapes
espresso in the morning
Chianti at night
Take a tram to the city
“The David,” eyeing his opponent, ready to strike
The Bald Head Prophet, “Lo Zuccone” coming out of his skin trying to speak
Brunelleschi death mask scary to see
Donatello buried in the basement of The Basilica of San Lorenzo
Hop a train to Rome
Walking the streets, feeling the vibe
A Roman dressed as a Gladiator wants 20 euros for a photo of me and him
Cat sanctuary at the Largo di Torre Argentina
City trying to close it down for years
The Cupia Pompeia, the temporary home of the Roman Senate where Caesar was killed
Turn the corner, Ristorante da Pancrazio look inside, “You know where Pompeii’s Theatre is?” “Downstairs,” the waiter said
Don’t believe a word he saying
Don’t believe all the lies
A comb over of a bald spot he’s trying to hide
Workers with hoses scrubbing horses’ heads on The Trevi Fountain
Bernini’s “The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa” at ‘Santa Maria della Vittoria’
The church of Trinita’ del’ la’ Monte at the top of the “Spanish Steps”
A view of the “Ruins of the Forum” from the terrace of the Musei Capitolini
Awoke at a farmhouse in Scandicci
Olive trees, Sangiovese grapes
espresso in the morning
Chianti at night
Long lines at the Duomo
Check out the view from the Piazza across the street
Ancient footprints walking in my shoes

 

Powerless

Ineffectual inept unable yet will crush you in a heartbeat if get in their way congress let 2004 assault weapons ban expire killer’s assault weapon jammed 100 rounds of ammunition would have killed many more victims unable to act yet will crush you in a heartbeat money key to politics not freedom

The Disconnect

Trickle-down economics, the policy of the Trump Administration as evidenced by a huge tax cut for wealthy individuals  and big corporations, will not make America great again, and will not make the American economy more productive. What will make America great again is to empower individual Americans so they can fulfill their potential.

Workplace abuse

I worked for 2 companies in the private sector wherein the authority to discipline employees and the authority to administer discipline laid solely in the hands of one individual. In one case, the owner of the company was the sole authority and in the other case, one of the managing partners had the authority to administer discipline. In both cases, the HR department had no real authority to enforce any violations of workplace decorum and conduct. In the second case I mentioned, a senior partner of the law firm would yell and scream out obscenities from his office suite that was in earshot of most of the other employees, and he did this obnoxious verbal abuse 3 or 4 times a day. The HR administrator’s office was right next to his. But the administrator and now I’m just guessing, seemed afraid to discipline the attorney for fear of losing his job. There is an old adage that never seems to get old: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely”; (Lord Acton, 1887); and that is what workplace abuse is:  the power to wield one’s will over another without fear of reprisal.

Do players have the right to protest?

Do NFL players have the right to protest perceived social injustice at a football game during the playing of the National Anthem? It’s an interesting question. Is there a “team” or “league” rule that prohibits such conduct? It doesn’t appear so.  I guess the owners can fire someone if they want to; then it becomes an internal matter, and the NFL Players Union gets involved and law suits get filed. What does the US Constitution say about it? Is it a matter of free speech?  Conduct, i.e., kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem, is considered an expression of free speech under the US constitution.  As long as your conduct doesn’t involve harm to another human being it’s protected under the 1st amendment of the Bill of Rights to the US constitution. So it appears players do have a right to protest during the playing of the National Anthem. But some if not most people look at the issue emotionally not logically, which  includes the legal definition of free speech as defined by  the US Supreme Court. Emotions run high on this issue because soldiers have died to protect our freedoms. The irony is: protesting perceived social injustice either verbally or through conduct is an expression of free speech that those soldiers died to protect.