It's "Metaphor Monday" on The After Show. This is the day when we call things what they are. No Similes allowed. Nope. Not today.

eBay removes an anti-racist painting critical of George Zimmerman, a painting whose proceeds were to go to the Trayvon Martin Foundation the same day George Zimmerman sold one of his paintings for over $100k; The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) says in November alone they dealt with three times the average number of incidents of book bannings, among the books the group fought to keep from being banned were, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits and Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima; A Texas High School student reports she was raped and the school suspended her for public lewdness because, Texas; Just released Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, says the whole country of Russia is built like a penal colony and she ought to know.

All that and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

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(12-String Ovation Balladeer Astoria, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)


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Voices and Soul appears on Black Kos Tuesday's Chile; poetry chosen and critiqued by Black Kos Poetry Editor Justice Putnam.


(Cut Stones and Arch St Ceneri, France / copyright Justice Putnam)


Question: Who is your audience? What are you here for?

Answer: Tribal Alliances, Heart-felt Convictions, Passionate Reason, Random Abandon, Sustainable Civility and a kiss; to comfort the sad and the mad Ones; the Ones roaming the International section of the American Supermarket at night; or roaming the neglected streets looking for an angry malaprop to sink their teeth into; the Ones who seek without seeking and learn as much as they teach; the Ones who embrace and kiss and embrace again; the Ones who sing the song of the city and the ballads of the forest; the Ones who chant the rhythm of the sea and hum the melody of the desert; the Ones who sing the prayer of Her name and Her name is the World. Yes, those are the Ones.    -- JP


(Man, Girl and Broken Window Klamath Falls, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)


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So that explains it... !

Sunlight and Water Pitcher Muir Beach / copyright Justice Putnam


... Or does it?

(Holy Bible and 3 in 1 Oil Berkeley, California / copyright Justice Putnam)



(Rail Road Crossing, Sonoma California / copyright Justice Putnam)


"Many heroes lived before Agamemnon, but they are all unmourned, and consigned to oblivion, because they had no bard to sing their praises."

 -- Horace

"Still the race of hero spirits pass the lamp from hand to hand."

-- Charles Kingsley

O Little Town of Ramadi
Christmas is sights, especially the sights of Christmas reflected in the eyes of a child.

-- William Saroyan

Of course, this is the season to be jolly, but it is also a good time to be thinking about those who aren't.

-- Helen Valentine

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.

-- Stephen Vincent Benet
“Litany for Dictatorships”

(words and music
by Justice Putnam)

(roughly to the tune “O Little Town of Bethlehem”)

O little town of Ramadi,
How still we see thee lie!
Above we creep above your dreamless sleep
As silent as stars we go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
Our Everlasting Might!
The hopes and fears of all these years
Are met in thee tonight.

For we have deemed thee worthy
As we gathered all above
To see who sleeps and those who keep
Their lives from our eyes above.
O mourning cries together
Proclaim another death,
By bombs come from the clouds
Above and kissed with fiery breath!

Now silently, Now silently
The wondrous gift is given!
As body parts and human hearts
Are blasted to high heaven.
No ear will hear our coming;
As we bash the front door in,
Where meek souls will receive us, still
And no one will know our sins.

O little Child of Ramadi,
We bombed your house today
We cast out our sin, as we enter in,
And pillage what’s left away.
We hear the Christian Angels
Their great glad tidings say;

Obey you must, abide you must,
A secret prison is only steps away!

© 2006 by Justice Putnam
Fleur de Sel Musique
and Mechanisches-Strophe Verlagswesen


Rest in Peace Aaron Swartz



(Morning Fog And Surf, Muir Beach, California / copyright Justice Putnam)


Originally posted to The Justice Department on Netroots Radio.com on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 08:50 AM PST.

Also republished by Netroots Radio, Black Kos community, LatinoKos, and Protest Music.

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