NOTHING IS UN-WISER THAN TO PUT YOUR FAITH IN FISA

The NSA is capturing large amounts of data, including data about Americans, under supposed authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), as amended by the U.S. Patriot Act.  Now a declassified 2011 ruling of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court reveals that the NSA had been violating the Fourth Amendment from 2008 to 2011 in collecting purely domestic communications in its sweep of data. Thus, the secret court established to protect our constitutional rights from overly intrusive government acts ruled those acts unconstitutional but no one thought it necessary to reveal the breach or court rejection to the public.  Many are concerned but others are rather blasé about this revelation.

 

NOTHING IS UN-WISER THAN TO PUT YOUR FAITH IN FISA
(To tune of “Carolina in the Morning,” by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson).

Nothing is un-wiser, than to put your faith in FISA,
I am warning:
You’re on their horizon, if your cell phone’s with Verizon
Any morning,

They may snatch your email,
In case you’d hatch a plot.
Whether male or female,
If you’re a threat or not.

For you’ve been on their menu, if Yahoo’s your e-mail venue,
Stop your yawning.
They’d plant a bug beside-ya, ‘cause you might be with al Qaeda
Is it dawning

On you: that their spying on you?
Privacy? Well, kiss that adieu.
Nothing is un-wiser than to put your faith in FISA-
Heed my warning!

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE THE HOUSE

THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE THE HOUSE
(To tune of “There is Nothing like a Girl,” by Rodgers and Hammerstein from the Broadway show and movie, “South Pacific.”)

There is no place like the House
Nothing’s like the House
Need a venue to delouse
There’s a thriving nest in the House

Nothing else can make us grouse
Like that noble House
Hearing muck that they espouse
We’d be better off with no House

Nothing irks like the House
Has more jerks than the House
Never votes like the House
Self-promotes like the House

There’s not a thing that’s wrong in the country here
That’s not made worse when they interfere
That greedy, arrogant
smugly partisan,
House

There is no place like the House
Sitting in D.C.
In a bar with patrons soused
Hear more wisdom than in the House

There is no place like the House
With complacency self-dowsed
Light a fire in there to rouse
Elected imbeciles of that House

Nothing lies like the House
Then denies like the House
No place smells like the House,
Reason quells like the House

Who’s spent 40 votes on Obamacare?
Where obstruction’s all that members dare
That servile, petty and
gross incompetent
House

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E-VERIFY

The USCIS E-Verify data base can be used by employers to check whether information provided by a prospective employee on his or her I-9 agrees with federal records. Some have worried that the system will be abused by both employers and ever more intrusive federal agencies. My concern is with those undocumented workers who have been in the U.S. for some time, have families and now will be denied the ability to support a family.  We plan to spend billions to build a Berlin Wall along the U.S. – Mexican border.  Perhaps we would more wisely invest those funds on programs to help Mexico create sustainable jobs in Mexico and safer conditions there  that its citizens do not have to risk life, limb and deportation to earn a decent living and find a livable life.  I do not here debate the cost versus benefit to the economy of illegal immigration.  I address only the human hardship that causes migration.  I chose a fight song because some support deportation with the fervor of a collegiate football fan.

E-VERIFY

(To tune of “Roar Lion Roar,” fight song of Columbia University, by Corey Ford and Roy Webb – originally written to different lyrics – source of fight-song lyrics unknown)

E-Verify
Is now the echo of the right and royal,
loyal republicans who chime:
Fire those, illegal immigrants,
who earn a dime.

Report them all!
Deport them all!
Bus them back home.

Mean laws make life a crime.
E-verify,
and any Mexican a job deny.

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OBAMA THE RED-NOSED LEADER

OBAMA THE RED-NOSED LEADER
(To the tune of, “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” by Johnny Marks, made famous by Gene Autry’s recording)

Putin’s exploiting Snowden
‘Cause it makes Obama mad
December when he’s snowed-in
Snowden won’t be quite as glad

Russians are always spied on
Snowden will be watched as well
Such irony stings like frost-bite
But who will listen when he’ll yell?

He leaked secrets to the press
About the NSA
They’re unhappy, what a mess
Caught snooping in the U.S.A.

Now all the Russian’s love him
For making, through embarrassment,
Obama the red-nosed leader
Of the U.S. government

Additional verses

Moscow is home to snowmen
That frolic in the midnight glow
When winter comes he’ll know then
Whistleblowers can’t spend snow

Putting his trust in Putin
Is lolling in the lion’s track
Rudely he’ll learn the truth when
Putin stabs him in the back

He leaked secrets to the press
Of wrongs the world should see
Where did he run off to confess?
Straight to the former KGB.

Now all the Russian’s love him
For making, through embarrassment,
Obama the red-nosed leader
Of the U.S. government

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COME LIVE IN FLORIDA

What does Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground madness say about us? 

COME LIVE IN FLORIDA
(To tune of, “People Will Say we’re in Love,” by Rodgers and Hammerstein from Broadway show “Oklahoma”)

Come live in Florida
We don’t fund mental health
We flaunt monumental wealth
We spend our money on guns

People in Florida
Love dropping names too much
Love violent games too much
We spend our money on guns

We hate Obamacare
Our governor, fed money shuns
Come film, your crime drama here
We spend our money on guns.

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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