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BULLSHIT! SONNETS by BOKE

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{1/8} Music (MOV 229K [MP3-COMPRESSED QUICKTIME])

SEQUENCE CONTINUES / SCROLL DOWN
LOOKING BACKWARD {1 of 8} -- Op-Ed Verse by BOKE

{1_01} "HEY! CHANGE THE TITLE -- FORWARD!," Arnold smiles.

{1_02} His steroid-strengthened cheeks like JFK's

{1_03} so handsome and commanding as he dials

{1_04} expression [number four] -- HIS POWER PLAYS ...

 
{1_05} ... SO WELL beneath the lights set up RIGHT NOW.

{1_06} YOU'D HAVE TO GO A LONG WAY BACK to find

{1_07} THE STORIES that might wrinkle up your brow --

{1_08} The stories that might change a voter's mind.

 
{1_09} The bullied son who learned the bully's way

{1_10} to push the weak around without remorse.

{1_11} HUMILIATE, BUT SMILE, so it's OK.

{1_12} The power pleasures of well-muscled force.

 
{1_13} A little, poor girl's books thrown in a stream.

{1_14} Barbaric joy to hear a 'weakling' scream.

{2/8} Music (MOV 362K [MP3-COMPRESSED QUICKTIME])

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LOOKING BACKWARD {2 of 8} -- Op-Ed Verse by BOKE

{2_01} "JUST ASK ABOUT THE FUTURE," Arnold beams.

{2_02} "Let's leave dirt-slinging politics behind.

{2_03} Let's talk about OUR CHILDREN and their dreams."

{2_04} NOT whether long ago if he was kind ...

 
{2_05} ... or terrifying to SOME little girl.

{2_06} UNFAIR to lift old stories from the past?

{2_07} He's WELL-LIKED now -- Behavior that might curl

{2_08} your hair, well surely, was not meant to cast ...

 
{2_09} ... a life-long shadow. We can hardly wait

{2_10} to cast our ballots lifting him to pow'r.

{2_11} (SINCE WHEN do Californians contemplate

{2_12} how bold initiatives might turn out sour?)

 
{2_13} Boo hoo -- he got some little girl's books wet.

{2_14} He couldn't help he didn't have a net.

{3/8} Music (MOV 207K [MP3-COMPRESSED QUICKTIME])

SEQUENCE CONTINUES / SCROLL DOWN
LOOKING BACKWARD {3 of 8} -- Op-Ed Verse by BOKE

{3_01} "I'LL CALL MY LAWYERS IF you do not stop

{3_02} harassing me about that hometown tale."

{3_03} HE WOULDN'T say that now -- not at THE TOP

{3_04} of California runners. He won't fail ...

 
{3_05} ... to "stay on message" "this far" in THE RACE

{3_06} (contracted as it is to just ONE LAP).

{3_07} With his built-in advantage -- famous face

{3_08} encoded with a movie-hero's rap ...

 
{3_09} ... he will not need humiliation's art

{3_10} which served him oh so well SO LONG AGO.

{3_11} NOT "near" so long ago as that sad part

{3_12} we've mentioned where young Arnold was so low ...

 
{3_13} ... he grabbed a little girl's schoolbooks and tossed

{3_14} them in the river. Wonder what that cost?

{4/8} Music (MOV 263K [MP3-COMPRESSED QUICKTIME])

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LOOKING BACKWARD {4 of 8} -- Op-Ed Verse by BOKE

{4_01} THE EDITORS -- ON WATCH for JAYSON-BLAIR

{4_02} FIASCO-like explosions -- raise their eyes

{4_03} up from their coffee stains to ASK: "JUST WHERE

{4_04} d'you hear that nasty story? Campaign LIES ...

 
{4_05} ... will NOT be SPREAD unvetted -- IT'S OUR JOBS

{4_06} TO GUARANTEE 'the facts' we print are TRUE.

{4_07} SO WHO's 'the girl,' and WHERE, and WHEN did sobs

{4_08} flow from her 'little' mouth. WHY DID 'HE' DO ...

 
{4_09} ... THE DIRTY DEED OF tossing 'her' schoolbooks

{4_10} into a 'river' -- OR was that a 'stream' ?

{4_11} WE UNDERSTAND THAT rhyming SOMEWHAT cooks

{4_12} the details slightly, BUT our lawyers scream ...

 
{4_13} ... ABOUT such fricasseeing of the facts.

{4_14} (EXCEPT FOR White-House stories, WHERE WE'RE lax)."

{5/8} Music (MOV 350K [MP3-COMPRESSED QUICKTIME])

SEQUENCE CONTINUES / SCROLL DOWN
LOOKING BACKWARD {5 of 8} -- Op-Ed Verse by BOKE

{5_01} DEAR EDITORS: "I CANNOT TELL A LIE,"

{5_02} said Washington, I think? ... BUT ANYWAY,

{5_03} "a confidential source" in Thal's the spy

{5_04} who told "The Schoolbook Tale" to Wendy Leigh ...

 
{5_05} ... who wrote the "ARNOLD" bio without help

{5_06} (unauthorized) by ARNOLD who might sit

{5_07} upon "disloyal" folks until they yelp

{5_08} a diff'rent story -- One to better fit ...

 
{5_09} ... the image he's transmitted for some time.

{5_10} UNFAIR TO TAKE THE WORD of one afraid

{5_11} to give their name? Ashamed? A payback crime?

{5_12} IS THIS the bed on which this tale is laid?

 
{5_13} AND EVEN IF IT'S TRUE, does it bear weight?

{5_14} DEPENDS ON other facts, and how they mate.

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LOOKING BACKWARD {6 of 8} -- Op-Ed Verse by BOKE

{6_01} IT'S 1980: SYDNEY -- CAM'RAS ROLL

{6_02} AS ARNOLD WINS his seventh "Mr. O."

{6_03} OUT FRONT there's SHOUTS of "B***S***!" -- Take a poll

{6_04} and you'd have learned that LOTS OF FOLKS screamed "NO!"

 
{6_05} (REMEMBER Dubya's B***S***! victory

{6_06} WHEN psycho-warfare and foul judges ruled?

{6_07} WHEN poop-heads crapped on our Democracy?

{6_08} YEAH, JUST LIKE THAT, AND NO we were NOT fooled!)

 
{6_09} THEN AFTER Arnold's red face turned back pink,

{6_10} HE BRAGGED that EVERYONE would soon FORGET

{6_11} the "B***S***!"s and the anger -- WITH A WINK

{6_12} to those he knew were well-caught in his net ...

 
{6_13} ... HE SAID they'd just remember that he won:

{6_14} IT WOULDN'T MATTER HOW the deed was done.

{7/8} Music (MOV 268K [MP3-COMPRESSED QUICKTIME])

SEQUENCE CONTINUES / SCROLL DOWN
LOOKING BACKWARD {7 of 8} -- Op-Ed Verse by BOKE

{7_01} NOW WHEN the document'ry film was cut,

{7_02} the soundtrack with the "B***S***!"s was wiped clean.

{7_03} WHO WANTS TO TAINT A HERO -- 'cept some nut

{7_04} who's never had a girl? (That's why they're mean.)

 
{7_05} NOT LIKE "our Arnold" who could come right out

{7_06} and say, "I want to f*** you," to seduce

{7_07} the woman of his choice. No need to pout

{7_08} about lost chances -- FLEX, and they'll come loose ...

 
{7_09} ... as mis-laid stones in contract patios

{7_10} which Arnold will convince the contractee

{7_11} was laid that way on purpose. Arnold crows

{7_12} about "the European way." They see ...

 
{7_13} ... the "conning baby smile" and buy right in

{7_14} to Arnold's fresh-cooked "B***S***" -- ONE MORE WIN!

{8/8} Music (MOV 299K [MP3-COMPRESSED QUICKTIME])

END OF "LOOKING BACKWARD" SONNET SEQUENCE [BUT SEE BELOW]
LOOKING BACKWARD {8 of 8} -- Op-Ed Verse by BOKE

{8_01} "I want to f*** you," NOT JUST, "I'll be back,"

{8_02} are lines that Arnold's lips have wrapped around.

{8_03} BOTH cheers AND calls of "B***S***!" WHAT WE LACK:

{8_04} CLEAR VISION of "the man" -- What is the sound ...

 
{8_05} ... of his true voice inside the icon's smile?

{8_06} THE QUARTER CENTURY he's held our gaze

{8_07} should NOT be coded JUST "SUCCESS" and "STYLE."

{8_08} IT MATTERS HOW we choose to run life's maze.

 
{8_09} WE MUST examine HOW he's played the game --

{8_10} NO MATTER HOW MUCH Arnold says ignore

{8_11} the "unimportant" past that built his name

{8_12} into a sure-fire winner at the door ...

 
{8_13} ... of POWER merged with his celebrity.

{8_14} THERE'S MORE to learn, I've ONLY said, "JUST ... SEE!"

Boke - comment

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Arnold's advantage
is we only "know" the star --
GOVERNOR "BLANK SLATE."


LIMERICK REFRAME
A movie star is such a FUN vote.
But ponder what's under
               that top coat.
I'll bet all the cops
the Term'nator drops
wished that robot's PROGRAM
                  was re-wrote.

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