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Category Archives: Economics

Airport Taxi

Mark didn’t like late night arrivals at any airport especially in Mexico City where some people get hyper when they see a gringo. He should’ve been ready when a young man rushed up and in Spanish said, “Here, Señor, come with me.” “Where?” “To a place with no lines and low taxi fares.” “Taxis are […]

Also posted in Crime, Kidnapping, Mexico, Mexico City, Poverty

Carmel Winter

Daily, it seems, I either see or read about tragedy and pain. One of my neighbors has Alzheimer’s and is beating his wife. Another suffers from cancer leaving her dependent on a daughter more interested in her money than health. Always there are wars aplenty and domestic murders in the streets. Rapes, fires, and traumatic […]

Also posted in Boston, Caribbean, Del Mar, Housing, Ingmar Bergman, Movies, Philippines, Russia, San Diego, Weather

White Heat

angry old men crave war and dissolution

Also posted in Poetry - GTC, Republicans, War

Slots

Sarah didn’t enjoy husband, family, or friends and had no interests save gambling and was happy to live near casino she rushed to three, four, five times weekly and pushed credit card into slots she played hours, stopping only to curse rigged system. She said this was best part of life so didn’t mind burning […]

Also posted in Friendship, Gambling, Marriage, Mental Health

Night Court

This story is from the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Art, Crime, Great Depression, Painters, Phil Paradise, Poverty

Ocean View

From patio on highest hill endless ocean rolls green back onto hill. Other way city sits in smog. Damn four story house next door ruins view, owners say. Not bad, I note, three in ravine. Suppose we’re lucky to live here fifty years. Used to be in tract house below.

Also posted in Housing, Oceans, Short Pieces - GTC

Black Friday Binge

I love Black Friday, MY favorite event of year. After stuffing myself Thanksgiving Day I’m ready to stand in A crowd of cold shoppers. We feel like Christmas is about here, panting, pushing, and groaning, and finally cheer when through glass we see them coming to open THE store. I’m A pretty big guy, almost […]

Also posted in Christmas, Short Pieces - GTC, Stores, Thanksgiving

Savings

Pushing hand between armrest and cushion of ragged sofa, I searched for unknown artifacts and pulled out faded savings pass book revealing thirty years ago had opened account with hundred dollars, inauspicious total for man in twenties. Two weeks later I needed ninety dollars. That happens when make few hundred monthly. I still rebuilt balance […]

Also posted in Cars & Driving, George Thomas Clark, Housing, Short Pieces - GTC

Executive Confusion

New executives understand little about business yet often rudely give nonsensical orders to experienced professionals. Pros are quite upset but executives proclaim way of future. They never actually learned any way but no matter since all have special degree authorizing to transform ignorance into arrogance. Expect more problems until system changes. It will change when […]

Also posted in Employment, Psychology, Short Pieces - GTC

Enforcement

money men who rage against crime appreciate stylish new gallows on wall street

Also posted in Capital Punishment, Crime, Employment, Poetry - GTC, Poverty, Wall Street

Iron Women

iron curtain lifted and shoved into bones of women looking west

Also posted in Communism, Europe, Immigration, Marriage, Mental Health, Poetry - GTC

Profile of a Suit

if he bombs pollutes and steals he’ll be wearing a suit

Also posted in Bombs, Clothes, Poetry - GTC, Psychology

State of the Union

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, George S. Patton, George W. Bush, Immigration, Iran, Iraq, Lyndon Johnson, Mexico, Mitt Romney, Nuclear Weapons, Poetry - GTC, Richard Nixon

Amiri Baraka Clears Mind

decades ago when poet amiri baraka’s surname jones rebuked for obscenity by langston hughes in essay “that boy leroi” boy now almost eighty on stage with fiftyish daughter at hammer museum and can’t remember abstract impressionist painter who dripped jackson pollock she said and the mexican muralist my man diego rivera she said baraka generally […]

Also posted in Amiri Baraka, Art, Charles White, Diego Rivera, Duke Ellington, Hammer Museum, Jackson Pollock, Music, Painters, Poetry, Poetry - GTC, Poverty

Concerned Citizen

eli constantly rails online denouncing greedy bemoaning hungry as shoves more food into belly

Also posted in Food, Internet, Poetry - GTC, Poverty

Trickle Down

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Poetry - GTC, Texas

Executive Prowess

executives eat wallow and dump in your face

Also posted in Poetry - GTC, Politics, Wall Street

Wall Street Bonus

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Poetry - GTC, Wall Street

Arnold Schwarzenegger Must be President

I know many of you believe I failed as Governor of California and am now indisputably a cur since I fathered a child, now age thirteen, with a member of my domestic household staff. You sympathize with my wife, Maria Shriver, because she long endured my infidelities and didn’t learn of this one until recently, […]

Also posted in Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barack Obama, Bodybuilding, California, Debt, George W. Bush, Maria Shriver, Marriage, Movies, Real Estate

CEOs Jailed, The Rolling Stones Take Over

Until recently I would’ve simply fired all criminal CEOs and unholy underlings who preside over multi-billion-dollar annual losses yet reward themselves millions in bonuses, which, in a sane world, would be extra money paid for jobs especially well done. These brigands have so severely damaged us that a fortnight ago more than ninety percent of […]

Also posted in Anaheim, Charlie Watts, Corporations, Executives, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Music, Ronnie Wood, The Rolling Stones

Blockhead

Riding bull market Bob bought stocks appealing to addled brain and sold U.S. bonds guaranteeing 13.5 percent annually he planned to beat every month. He should’ve begun treatment. After binge phone woke him five p.m. October 19, 1987 when man said, “I heard rumor market dropped 500 points. Possible?” “No, recent weeks stocks down about […]

Also posted in Debt, George Thomas Clark, Housing, Stock Market

Politicians Condemn Your Debt, Deepen Theirs

I wasn’t looking for anything controversial, just a few quick early-morning facts before I began work.  I suppose I should have been reading an almanac instead of a newspaper, for on one page an article explained why many people are sinking in credit card debt and on the other side a headline announced the United […]

Also posted in Debt, Politics

Arnold Acting on Budget

Doesn’t Arnold look good?  No matter what the camera angle or lightning, day or night, inside or outside, that rascal is chiseled and tanned and verily glowing with handsomeness and charm.  You know it.  He’s got a hell of a smile, too, at once split-front toothy and warm and empathetic.  It’s a smile full of […]

Also posted in Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bodybuilding, California, Debt, Movies