Friday, December 25, 2009

Why do you want to live

You’re behind bars
Confined to death row
For heinous crimes
They won’t let you go

A cell that’s too small
A commode and a sink
Once a week showers
Soon after you’ll stink

Time’s running out
No more appeals
Years spent in jail
Eating horrible meals

You still want to live
I don't know why
You killed someone
But are scared to die

You fought in a war
And lost your leg
Don’t amputate
They heard you beg

A hero they say
Now missing a limb
He's not giving up
He says life's not grim

The Nazi’s took power
In World War 2
What a terrible time
To be a Jew

Beaten and starved
Sent to be gassed
Some of the strong
Were able to last

Families scattered
Most of them died
Some of the lucky
Were able to hide

Those who survived
Did not want to die
To tell their story
They say that’s why

A middle-aged lady
Fighting depression
Does not want to live
It’s her confession

Not able to function
As she had in the past
No friends will call her
She's now an outcast


By, Randee Saber 12/25/09

Friday, December 18, 2009

Nice Jewish Girl

A nice Jewish girl
When I was young
Many Jewish girls
I once was among

When Chanukah came
There’d be no tree
And just a menorah
With candles to see

One or two presents
I would receive
Not one for each night
As some may believe

As I got older
I asked for a tree
And lights on the house
But that wouldn’t be

Exchanging presents
With a non Jewish friend
Enjoying the season
That quickly would end

Christmas carols
Were sung at school
Some schools won’t allow
It’s now the new rule

A gentile boy
I could never date
A Jewish boy
Had to be my mate

It wasn’t until
My much later years
I learned of the Nazis
And had many fears

I learned about Hitler
And what he had done
Killing six million Jews
Most couldn’t outrun

Ann Frank’s diary
Made me upset
Her family in hiding
Being found was a threat

I’m a grown woman
But reluctant to tell
People I’m Jewish
We’re not liked too well

In the suburbs of Houston
It’s been hard to find
Friends that are Jewish
Though I don’t mind

My neighbor is Jewish
How lucky to meet
One Jewish family
On the same street

Suicide bombings
The Arabs will choose
They don’t value life
Plus they hate the Jews

Our President says
There’s a good rapport
With the Israelis
Who he won’t ignore

By, Randee Saber 5/28/06

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Tiger Woods has fallen down

Adapted from: “London Bridge is Falling Down” (Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme)

Tiger Woods has fallen down
Fallen down, fallen down
Tiger Woods has fallen down
The golfer who’s renown

A lady said she had an affair
Had an affair, had an affair
A lady said she had an affair
With Tiger, should we care

Things like this are nothing new
Nothing new, nothing new
Things like this are nothing new
Will his wife now say adieu

Tiger Woods should mend his ways
Mend his ways, mend his ways
Tiger Woods should mend his ways
Otherwise big bucks he pays

Tiger Woods they’ll build you up
Build you up, build you up
Tiger Woods they’ll build you up
So you can win another cup

By, Randee Saber 12/5/09

Friday, December 4, 2009

New Years Resolutions

I can hardly believe
It’s two thousand and ten
And new resolutions
I’ve made again

Losing weight
Is priority one
Giving up sweets
I’ve now begun

Getting in shape
Is priority two
A leisurely walk
I know I can do

Spend less money
Cook my own meals
No eating out
With coupon deals

These resolutions
I make every year
I say to myself
So no one can hear

By, Randee Saber 12/4/09

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Taste Test

Steak and chicken
And even an egg
Whatever I’m eating
My dog will beg

A steak that's burnt
Or one that's rare
It makes no difference
My dog doesn’t care

Bagels are chewy
And not eaten quick
Plus my dog licks
The ice cream stick

To bribe my dog
I’ll give her a treat
But never chocolate
Or anything sweet

Less crumbs to sweep
My dog cleans the floor
When begging for food
She’s hard to ignore

She has her own food
But loves tasting mine
She’ll eat her own food
After I dine

By, Randee Saber 11/24/09

Sunday, November 15, 2009

David Letterman, the joke's on you

David Letterman
What’s so funny
Embarrassing people
For lots of money

Making a joke
Out of men who stray
And the wives
They did betray

You got many laughs
And had lots of fun
Your audience knew
What had been done

And then one day
The jokes on you
Your indiscretions
Nobody knew

Your ratings increased
You had to share
Your personal life
Was on the air

Hillary Clinton
Hid her shame
A politician
She became

Mr. Letterman
What do you say
Hillary Clinton
Had gotten her way


By, Randee Saber 11/15/09

Women's group blasts Letterman over sexual affairs with staff
Story Highlights – Washington (CNN) Updated 11:29 a.m. EDT, Thu October 8, 2009
NOW calls David Letterman's behavior inappropriate in the workplace
Letterman on air admitted to sex with employees, apologized to wife
Feminist group urges CBS "to take action immediately"
CBS producer accused in extortion plot against talk-show host
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The National Organization for Women has sharply criticized comedian David Letterman, accusing him of promoting a hostile, uncomfortable work environment.

David Letterman's behavior with employees has created "a toxic environment" in the workplace, NOW says.
"The latest Letterman controversy sheds new light on the widespread objectification of women in the workplace," NOW said in a statement Tuesday. "Most women can attest to the fact that many workplaces are plagued with inappropriate behavior by men in power."
The "Late Show With David Letterman" host admitted last week on his CBS program that he had sex with unnamed employees and had testified about those liaisons before a New York grand jury as part of an alleged extortion attempt.
A CBS producer, Robert "Joe" Halderman, is accused of threatening to go public with embarrassing information about Letterman's private life unless the 62-year-old funnyman ponied up $2 million. Watch NOW's president slam Letteman, CBS »
Letterman made a public apology Monday to his wife, Regina Lasko, who, he said, had been "horribly hurt by my behavior." He said he is trying to repair that relationship.
"Either you're going to make some progress and get it fixed, or you're going to fall short and perhaps not get it fixed, so let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me," Letterman told the audience Monday night.
Letterman married Lasko in March, and they have a 5-year-old son together. All the affairs took place before the marriage, Letterman's production company has said.
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One of the women who engaged in a sexual relationship with Letterman was identified as Stephanie Birkitt, an assistant to the talk show host and also a former live-in girlfriend of Halderman.
Letterman spokesman Tom Keaney said that Birkitt is on a paid leave of absence from the show.
NOW said Letterman's behavior was inappropriate in the workplace, saying all employees should be respected for their talent and skills.
"Recent developments in the David Letterman extortion controversy have raised serious issues about the abuse of power leading to an inappropriate, if not hostile, workplace environment for women and employees," NOW said in Tuesday's statement.
Men such as Letterman make decisions on hiring and firing, who gets raises, who advances and who does entry-level tasks, NOW said.
"As 'the boss,' he is responsible for setting the tone for his entire workplace -- and he did that with sex. In any work environment, this places all employees -- including employees who happen to be women -- in an awkward, confusing and demoralizing situation," the group said.
"The National Organization for Women calls on CBS to recognize that Letterman's behavior creates a toxic environment and to take action immediately to rectify this situation. With just two women on CBS' board of directors, we're not holding our breath."

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Poachers

Definition: poacher: One who hunts or fishes illegally on the property of another.


For elephant tusks
These poachers kill
They do it for money
Any maybe the thrill

These giant beasts
Are in harms way
Wherever the poachers
Decide to prey

But what about those
Who kill for no reason
He went to Fort Hood
And did commit treason

A Muslim doctor
Who got his degree
Paid by the Army
He wanted to flee

Assigned to Iraq
He'd soon be deployed
Telling the Army
He was annoyed

Killing his comrades
Now they suspect
Iraqi soldiers
He would protect

By, Randee Saber 11/16/09

Fort Hood Massacre Sends Wake-Up Call to the Nation
Michael Bell
Issue date: 11/12/09 Page 1 of 1
The recent Fort Hood Massacre is the latest "black-eye" to the Obama presidency. This is the first time in history that American soldiers were attacked and killed at a United States military base. The most shocking piece of the puzzle is that the killer was an American soldier. Major Nidal Malik Hasan took the lives of 12 soldiers and wounded 31 men and women. Reports have indicated that Hasan was against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hasan, a Muslim, reportedly shouted "God is great," in Arabic and then proceeded to open fire on his fellow soldiers. How could this horrific tragedy, executed by an American soldier, happen on American soil?With the increased amount of intelligence and surveillance tactics, implemented under the Bush administration, one would believe that this episode could have been avoided. Surely someone knew of and reported Hasan's discontent and unwillingness to be deployed to the Middle East. Surely someone noticed the warning signs of a man on the brink of total insanity. This leads to the question of why. Why would Major Hasan fear deployment to the Middle East? His ethnicity and faith would have made him a target of retaliation from the rebels in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Islamic militants would have viewed Hasan as a traitor to Allah. Likewise, Hasan's faith would have played a factor in his ability to carrying out his duties to the American military. Many soldiers may have found it difficult to trust him in the line of fire. The Fort Hood Massacre opens of the door to discussion, debate, and deliberation as to the mental stability of our American troops. Our troops are constantly fighting for their lives in foreign lands. They should not have to fight for survival at a "secure" base in Texas. This tragedy is a slap in the face to the American military and a blemish on the Obama report card. What a way to mark the one year anniversary of the President's election. However, the question remains - "What are we fighting for?"

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The bearded lady

The bearded lady
In a circus sideshow
She said it was real
This beard she’d grow

A big thick beard
Or just a goatee
Maybe a moustache
This isn’t for me

I don’t want to kiss
A face full of hair
I can’t find his lips
It’s quite unfair

No excess hair
Will be on my face
Eyebrows are waxed
This hair they’ll erase

Every few days
I must maintain
And pluck some hair
It’s really a pain

Five o'clock shadow
I’d rather not kiss
A clean shaven face
Now hardly exists

By, Randee Saber 10/24/09

Dead or alive

You’re at her bedside
Many hours each day
You quit your job
So you can stay

She’s a real fighter
And has been for years
Her treatment is painful
She’s shed a few tears

A beautiful girl
Who lost her hair
Without her wig
People will stare

A high school student
Her future was bright
She isn’t willing
To give up the fight

Returning to school
It’s too soon to tell
Now she’s too sick
But time will tell

Wanting to go
To her senior prom
If she’s not asked
She’ll go with her mom

Football games
And her first kiss
For the time being
She’ll have to miss

She wasn’t abducted
They know she’s here
On the side of the road
Her remains won’t appear

A child abducted
You may never see
Once she’s kidnapped
She’s unable to flee

She’s misses her family
She’s very scared
A child who’s sick
This can’t be compared

A daughter who’s ill
May often survive
A daughter who’s missing
Was not found alive

By, Randee Saber 10/24/09

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Are you two faced?

Most people have two faces
But only one you’ll see
The face that’s always pleasant
And treats you cordially

Don’t trust them with a secret
When they’re behind your back
They like to talk about you
They’re talking you can't track

Most people have two faces
Though you might never know
Unless you overhear them
Or someone tells you so

By, Randee Saber 10/4/09

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What's casual?

I went to a party
Was I a disgrace
Because what I wore
Was way out of place

Casual attire
Is what I thought
A casual outfit
Is what I bought

The women wore dresses
The men looked great
The pant suit I brought
I started to hate

At least I didn't wear
Jeans that were torn
Perhaps I looked good
In what I had worn

By, Randee Saber 9/14/09

Business Partner

I have a business partner
And he’s a wealthy man
He always asks for money
I give him what I can

And if I’m real successful
More money I will make
Although he's never worked
My money he will take

My partner Uncle Sam
Knows when he’s not paid
His buddies at the IRS
Will make me quite afraid

Collecting so much money
Has me quite concerned
But I will keep on giving him
The money I have earned

By, Randee Saber 9/14/09

Another Celebration - Emily & Derek

No walking down the isle
No wedding vows exchanged
A wonderful reception
Their parents had arranged

Married in St. Thomas
Though some could not attend
Would think about their wedding
Best wishes they’d extend

Today we’re all together
Another celebration
With relatives and friends
Enjoying this occasion

And happy that we’re here
To meet the groom and bride
A very handsome couple
Admire them with pride

By, Randee Saber 9/14/09

In honor of Emily and Derek's
wedding receptiion 9/13/09

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Little baby you're not aware


Asleep in mommy’s belly
How could you be aware
That you’re a wanted baby
The answer to a prayer

Most mothers eat real healthy
And wouldn’t smoke or drink
But those who harm their baby
Don’t care what people think

And what about those young girls
Who get pregnant the first time
When there are married couples
Not conceiving in their prime

Eventually these babies
Will be making their debut
Some parents know the sex
Some parents never knew

Perhaps the little baby
Is born to someone wealthy
Of course it’s just important
For the baby to be healthy

A crack addicted infant
Whose mother is unfit
She says sworn off dope
But knows she can’t commit

And what about those babies
Whose mothers will confirm
They do not have a father
He just donated sperm

Beginning in a test tube
Not carried by its mother
The money she’ll get paid
She just may have another

Unmarried teenage girls
Are no longer sent away
Because there is no stigma
Or adopting if you’re gay

You precious little boy or girl
Your sex she does not care
A new addition to her life
Much love she has to share

By, Randee Saber 8/30/09

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Don't abandon your dog

You called my name
To go for a ride
And so I sat
Right by your side

And after a while
You stopped the car
I didn’t know where
We must have gone far

You let me out
But you didn’t stay
You left me alone
Now I was a stray

Without any food
How could I survive
Didn’t you care
When taking this drive

For years I had been
Your loyal friend
Plus your home
I’d always defend

It might have been better
To go to the pound
With other dogs
That had been found

You left me alone
Near a trailer park
Where I wandered
Alone in the dark

No comfy place
For me to lie
I’m here alone
And wondering why

A friendly dog
I was your pet
A healthy dog
Avoiding the vet

The trailer folks
Were very kind
Their table scraps
I didn’t mind

One day in the rain
And chilly weather
Another stray came
And we stayed together

Your loveable dog
But you were unkind
Abandoning me
Were you out of your mind

By, Randee Saber 8/25/09

Friday, August 21, 2009

Misplacing something

I hate when I misplace
Something that I had
I often blame my spouse
It makes me very mad

It may be something big
It may be something small
Where could it have gone
I try hard to recall

I’m usually quite lucky
And don’t lose many things
In fact I’ve never lost
My pretty diamond rings

My house is very big
I'll put things everywhere
Something I once needed
And now I just don’t care

I'll try hard not to lose it
I need to keep my mind
One day I really had it
Some days I cannot find


By, Randee Saber 5/24/06

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Daughter with depression

If I had a daughter with depression
Who almost took her life
Swallowing bottles of pills
She was more than someone’s wife

She had worked and raised a family
She would cook and clean and shop
She did so much laundry
There was little time to stop

I didn’t know she was suffering
I didn’t know she was depressed
Did I do something wrong
If I did, I would confess

If I had a daughter with depression
I’d know just what to do
Because I suffer from depression
I’d know what she’s going through


By, Randee Saber 6/28/06

I paid my dues

I did what they said
So I could fit in
I went and got married
I didn’t live in sin

Of course I had children
Just two and not three
So now they‘re added
To my family tree

Money was tight
I needed to work
I had horrible jobs
That made me berserk

Too much pressure
As a mother and a wife
Plus having to work
Was a stressful life

Weeks became months
Months became years
When the children left
I couldn’t stop the tears

Not enough time
I could hardly find
To spend with my kids
When looking behind

I paid my dues
I did what they said
A major depression
I had instead

By, Randee Saber 9/20/06

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Stand by your man

President Clinton’s
Affair was well known
Promising Hillary
He would atone

Governor Spitzer
With his wife by his side
This former Governor
Proved he had no pride

An upstanding man
They often said
Till the governor
Took a hooker to bed

Senator Edwards
Though he could lie
About an affair
He tried to deny

A candidate
For the presidency
His wife let him stay
Did he have to plea

Hillary Clinton
The Secretary of State
She stood by her man
Now this is her fate

By, Randee Saber 8/15/09

The Gentlemen's Club

A Gentlemen’s Club
A billboard sign
To entertain men
They think its fine

Approaching the men
In just a thong
A skimpy place
Where tips belong

Some clubs advertise
A free buffet
Hoping they’ll get
The men to stay

Calling their wives
And saying they’re late
They’ll eat at work
No need to wait

A Gentlemen’s Club
I never have been
One day I may get
The nerve to go in

By, Randee Saber 8/15/09

Femme FATale

Kristie Alley
A sitcom star
With her weight
She’s been at war

Jenny Craig’s diet
Helped her get slim
But two years later
She wasn’t trim

Butter and sugar
Plus no exercise
Put the weight on
To her surprise

Why must she try
To lose the weight
Perhaps it’s because
Fat people we hate

Christie Alley
Don’t worry honey
Eat what you want
And enjoy your money

By, Randee Saber 8/15/09

Monday, August 10, 2009

The fourth of July


The fourth of July
It’s already here
The party will start
We just got the beer

Join the parade
The people are ready
To march down the street
It started already

Some people are sitting
And watching the crowd
Carry the flags
We’re all very proud

The red, white, and blue
Is worn by all
In so many sizes
Both big and small

A little parade
It’s just on one street
Come join in the fun
Put sneaks on your feet

And if you get hot
There’s no need to worry
The fire hose sprays you
You’re cool in a hurry

The fourth of July
It’s already here
Let’s celebrate freedom
Which we hold so dear


By, Randee Saber 6/13/06

The Ford Model-T changed our country

They massed produced
The Ford Model T
An affordable car
Yet a luxury

The horse and carriage
Would have to go
It couldn’t keep up
It was too slow

Our country changed
Just overnight
People could travel
And what a delight

A burger and fries
They’d take a ride
Where it was once
The countryside

Gas was cheap
No need to worry
Unpaved roads
They couldn't hurry

Bridges were built
With the interstate
Cars traveled faster
Less people would wait

More and more cars
Traffic congested
On the highways
Fumes ingested

A new century
Since Ford’s invention
What’s in the future
Is now the question

By, Randee Saber 9/10/09

Saturday, August 8, 2009

I cut myself shaving

I cut myself shaving
That’s what he said
A very deep cut
That bled and bled

Every morning
He has to shave
And to his razor
He feels like a slave

I cut myself shaving
But no one could tell
Because her pants
Hid the wound well

More hair to shave
Than that of a man
Shaving less often
Because she can

Shaving her legs
And under each arm
If not wearing shorts
Then what’s the harm

More and more men
Have hair on their face
Moustaches, goatees
It's not a disgrace

Disposable razors
You must discard
Keeping too long
You may be scarred

By, Randee Saber 8/8/09

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A tattoo artist

He started to draw
At a young age
Pretty pictures
Filled each page

A vase with flowers
A scenic place
And skillfully
He’d draw your face

In college classes
He would enroll
A famous painter
That was his goal

Not enough money
Could he earn
A different skill
He had to learn

A new technique
A canvass of skin
A tattoo artist
To his chagrin

On arms and legs
Fingers and toes
On men and women
Tattoos are exposed

Tattoo artists
Amazing to me
They need to draw
So accurately

A tattoo artist
In this day and age
It’s not hard to earn
A living wage

By, Randee Saber 7/23/09

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Money versus life

Don’t steal money
From the rich or poor
Much time in prison
You’ll serve for sure

Embezzling funds
In prison for life
Stuck behind bars
No children or wife

Injuring someone
May not result
In much jail time
Now what an insult

At his parole hearing
The prisoner may say
He’s very sorry
And prays everyday

Released on parole
He seemed so sincere
And now his victim
Is filled with fear

He stole their money
So many deceived
They’ll be no parole
For life he received

By, Randee Saber 7/13.09

Bernie Madoff Won't Appeal 150-Year Prison Term, Attorney Says
Ponzi Scammer Awaits Prison Assignment for $65 Billion Fraud
By MEGAN CHUCHMACHJuly 9, 2009

Notorious Ponzi scammer Bernie Madoff will not appeal the 150-year prison sentence that was handed down to him late last month, apparently resigned to the fact that he will spend the rest of his life behind bars for his $65 billion fraud.

Ponzi scammer Bernie Madoff, has left the Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center, on his way to a permanent federal prison. He has decided not to appeal his 150-year prison sentence for his $65 billion fraud, his attorney said. Madoff's attorney, Ira Sorkin, said Madoff had reached the decision, but would not comment on his reasons for doing so. Judge Denny Chin sentenced Madoff to the maximum term June 29, saying it was a symbolic sentence for a crime that showed "extraordinary evil" and "took a staggering human toll." As Chin read his sentence, the courtroom, filled with many of Madoff's devastated victims, broke into applause.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

A famous person

A famous person
Got lots of attention
Yet our soldiers
Got no mention

Music’s important
And it was played
During each war
New songs were made

With iPods and walkmen
Our soldiers control
The music they'll play
Like rock and roll

So don’t get upset
They made a big deal
Michael Jackson's
Songs have appeal

Listening to music
Our troops will do
And to our troops
We must say thank you

By, Randee Saber 7/9/09

OMG, Michael Jackson died: a look at the coverage surrounding the death of Michael Jackson

July 9, 2:41 PM

It’s raining Michael Jackson. Everywhere you go, despite if you are a fan or not, despite if you thought he was a pedophile or not, there he is staring at you usually from a photo taken circa 1986ish. Here are some undisputable facts. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009. Earlier on that very same day Farrah Fawcett died after a long battle with cancer. She had been in the news for the last month or so because she had made her condition public. When she died the pop culture presses were ready, the eulogies were written, the orbits waiting for someone to press publish…then Michael Jackson ups the press coverage ante by also dying. His death seemed to come out of left field and for that reason it was shocking. I imagine even his most devoted fan must admit that the man must have gone under the knife more than once or twice to alter his appearance so. Further, there had already been some allegations of drug use in the tabloids so the idea of Jackson dying wasn’t as shocking as say someone who appears to be in perfect health, but nevertheless it was shocking.
Jackson was in the last stages of rehearsal for fifty sold out concerts to be held at the O 2 arena in London which were to take place from July 13, 2009 to March 6, 2010. I am not even going to guess at Jackson’s financial status at the time of his death because reports are all over the place. From the various sources I have read, these concerts would have cleared Jackson of his debts and given him a substantial profit margin unless his spending got out of control or something tragic happened…like his death. As it stands presently I am sure his family, friends, and the world public are going to hear about the hashing out of the Jackson estate until his youngest child, known commonly as Blanket, is in his 80’s.

Friday, July 3, 2009

War Hero

You were too young
To lose your arm
By fighting a war
You did risk harm

Plenty of wheelchairs
For those who returned
Prosthetic limbs
Amputees earned

Many more soldiers
They now can save
In previous wars
They’d be in their grave

Prisoners of war
How many if any
In Viet Nam
There were plenty

John McCain
Must have shed tears
In Viet Nam
Held captive for years

When he was released
His family cheered
Uncertain he died
Until he appeared

A prisoner of war
There’s no guarantee
That you’ll get to win
The Presidency

By, Randee Saber 7/2/09

Thursday, July 2, 2009

I'm praying for rain

It’s awfully hot
And very dry
It will not rain
I wonder why

My lawn is brown
And barely alive
Some of my plants
Will not survive

Mosquitoes are gone
I don’t know where
I’m not getting bit
So I don’t care

An Indian Rain Dance
I must learn how
Keep praying for rain
I must do now

By, Randee Saber 7/2/09

Houston hits record high with 104 degrees
Heat wave and drought during the summer of 2009
(CNN) -- Houston, Texas, had a record high temperature Wednesday as a heat wave continues to grip the nation's midsection, the National Weather Service said Thursday.
The city sweltered with a high temperature of 104 degrees Wednesday, a record high for June 24, forecasters said. The previous record high for the date was 99 degrees, set in 1980.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Immitation

Imitation butter
Many will use
Because they like it
While others refuse

Imitation sugar
In coffee and tea
For those on a diet
Or trying to be

Imitation flowers
I often will buy
You don’t have to water
And they’ll never die

Imitation Diamonds
So real they appear
Don’t get upset
If they disappear

Imitation singers
Try to look alike
Those who are famous
While they have the mic


By, Randee Saber 6/18/09

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A dangerous job

Behind a desk
Reporting the news
A job that’s safe
Many will choose

A dangerous job
Reporting the war
Among the soldiers
They can't ignore

Kidnapped reporters
Are thrown in jail
In foreign countries
They’re denied bail

Invading a country
Without a gun
Only their camera
Continues to run

In North Korea
They're forced to live
Twelve years of labor
These ladies will give

A misunderstanding
On enemy soil
Innocent people
Are forced to toil

When in harms way
Reporting the news
Who's eager to go
Will any refuse

By, Randee Saber 6/9/09

Lisa Ling's Sister and Fellow Reporter Sentenced to 12 Years Hard Labor in North Korea
Monday, June 8, 2009 Last updated 10:30 a.m. PT

U.S. journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, sister of former View co-host Lisa Ling, have been sentenced to 12 years in a labor prison by North Korea's Central Court.
The reporters, who were working for Current TV, a company co-founded by Al Gore, were convicted of a "grave crime they committed against the Korean nation and their illegal border crossing," the Korean Central News Agency said.
Claiming suspicion of "hostile acts," North Korean authorities detained Lee and Ling along the China-North Korea border on March 17. The two were on assignment reporting on the plight of North Korean refugees.
"We are deeply concerned by the reported sentencing of the two American citizen journalists by North Korean authorities, and we are engaged through all possible channels to secure their release," U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelley said in a statement. "We once again urge North Korea to grant the immediate release of the two American citizen journalists on humanitarian grounds."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday the charges were "baseless" and that the women should be allowed to return home. The sentencing comes amid rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, which detonated its second nuclear device in as many months on May 25.
Lee's and Ling's families made public pleas for the journalists' release last week before the start of the five-day trial. Lisa Ling said she hopes the women's predicament will serve as a catalyst for diplomacy between the countries.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Likes and dislikes

I don’t like the opera
Or the ballet
Or shows where you sit
So far away

I don’t like museums
There’s too much to see
That walking around
Is not for me

I mostly watch movies
At home on TV
Where no one can sit
In front of me

Shopping for bargains
I love to do
But I won’t be going
To the zoo

By, Randee Saber 5/16/09

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What's behind the curtain

The red velvet curtain
Soon will rise
The show will begin
It will be a surprise

Curtain call
The actors appear
After the show
The people will cheer

Window curtains
Keep out the light
And conceal you
When it’s night

A gown from curtains
Scarlett once wore
In Gone with the Wind
When she was poor

The iron curtain
No one could see
Was once a threat
To our country

Behind the curtain
A choice to make
Or keep the prize
That’s yours to take


By, Randee Saber 5/12/09

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Count

Count the money
You have earned
Count the lessons
You have learned

Count the years
Since you were born
Count the times
You’ve been forlorn

Count the cookies
In the jar
Count the times
You’ve driven far

Count the times
You were unsure
Count the times
You’ve helped the poor

Count the weeks
We’ve had no rain
Count the times
You’ve been in pain

Count the days
Till you’re released
Count your family
That’s deceased

If you’ve ever
You’ve fought with fiends
Count the times
You’ve made amends

By, Randee Saber 3/12/09

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Last Banana

I’m a Chiquita Banana
The last one of the bunch
Hoping I’ll be eaten
Perhaps when you have lunch

When I was very green
You put me on a plate
To ripen with the others
Of the bunch you already ate

I went from green to yellow
That is, at the very same time
The others right beside me
Were eaten in their prime

Because I now have age spots
My final days are few
So put me in your cereal
I'll add flavor as you chew

I hope that you are thinking
Of something you can make
Mix me with some other fruit
Or make a banana cake

The longer that I sit here
My skin will get too brown
My insides will get mushy
I soon won’t be around

You shouldn't buy bananas
While I’m still sitting here
Worried I’ll be discarded
So now I live in fear

By, Randee Saber 5/1/06

Thursday, February 26, 2009

You can be anything you want

You can be anything you want
Anything at all
Except you cannot choose
To be extremely tall

You can be anything you want
You can learn how to sing
And play the guitar
So much fun it will bring

You can be anything you want
The choice is yours to make
Whatever you decide to do
You may make a mistake

You can be anything you want
Whatever comes to mind
No need to be famous
Do something that is kind

If you can’t be what you want
Be happy with who you are
Everyone is important
Everyone is a star


By, Randee Saber 6/6/06

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Octuplets

You weren’t infertile
Six children you had
Destroying your eggs
Was making you sad

Your doctor injected
The eggs that remained
They wouldn’t be frozen
And self-contained

A seventh child
You strongly desired
Without a husband
It wasn’t required

Your seventh child
Was never alone
Seven siblings
With him had grown

To care for these babies
Will cost quite a lot
You're not concerned
No income you’ve got

You said your children
Have filled a void
But most outsiders
Are quite annoyed

A litter of babies
Women shouldn’t carry
The health of each baby
Is very scary

You went to a doctor
Who should be blamed
For getting you pregnant
He should be ashamed

By, Randee Saber 2/25/09


Octuplet mom and doctor benefited from alliance
By GILLIAN FLACCUS – 4 days ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Long before she gave birth to her octuplets, Nadya Suleman delivered for her fertility specialist.
Like clockwork, she had babies every year but one between 2001 and 2006. The six children she had during that period accounted for a big share of the success stories at Dr. Michael Kamrava's clinic. And Kamrava touted his feats with Suleman on the local news.
But that track record — together with the birth of the octuplets on Jan. 26 — has raised eyebrows among doctors and ethicists who wonder whether Kamrava disregarded professional standards and used Suleman to boost his stats and improve his standing in the highly competitive and lucrative field.
"from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Suleman, a 33-year-old unemployed single mother, has said Kamrava implanted her with six embryos for each of her six pregnancies — an apparent violation of national guidelines that specify no more than two embryos for a healthy woman under 35. In her last pregnancy, two of the six embryos split to create eight babies.
Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that between 2000 and 2006, Suleman's children accounted for five out of 24 live births to women under 35 who underwent the same procedure at Kamrava's clinic. (She had six children in all during that period, including a set of twins, which are counted as one live birth in CDC data.) The figures do not include 2005, when Kamrava did not file with the CDC.
During that same period, no more than one in five fertility cycles at Kamrava's clinic in any given year resulted in a live birth for women under 35 using fresh embryos and their own eggs. The national average for U.S. fertility clinics in 2006, the most recent year reported, was about 30 percent.
In 2006, when Suleman was pregnant with the twins, she was featured with Kamrava in a KTLA-TV news story about an embryo implantation procedure he pioneered that he claimed could boost pregnancy rates by 70 percent. The controversial technique buries the embryos in the uterine lining.
A high success rate could turn heads in the highly competitive field, where doctors keep close tabs on their standings in clinic-by-clinic statistics. That pressure is magnified in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, where there are many high-volume clinics, said Dr. Hal Danzer, of the Southern California Reproductive Center.
"You look at what everybody else is doing across the country and if everybody is doing better than you do, you start looking at your lab," Danzer said.
The field is also lucrative: In vitro fertilizations can cost up to $15,000 per cycle, and many patients undergo multiple cycles.
He also noted that fertility specialists come under pressure from their patients.
"By Suleman's own account, that may have happened in her case.
Suleman was in her early 20s and had had several failed pregnancies when she first underwent in vitro fertilization with Kamrava in 2000. On the first try with Kamrava, Suleman became pregnant and gave birth to a son in 2001. Thirteen months later, she delivered a daughter and went back for a third try a few months later, she said.
"At that point, the doctor's like 'You're the only person who's come back more than twice,'" she said on NBC's "Today." Suleman said she was able to persuade her doctor to implant more embryos because "he knew I wanted a big family and this is my only option."
Associated Press Writer Alicia Chang in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

The mail must go through

It’s an old saying
“The mail must go through”
So you’ll get your bills
And magazines too

No matter the weather
A landscape of snow
The mail must go through
I'm sure you all know

Neither rain nor snow
Nor sleet nor hail
Will ever keep you
From getting your mail

If you get only junk mail
On a cold rainy day
Your mailman still comes
When it's not a holiday

By, Randee Saber 2/15/09

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Some will get healthy, some will stay sick

Hospitals rising
Up to the sky
Some people will leave
Some people will die

It doesn’t matter
How old you are
If you took a cab
Or came by car

Cancer knows
No limitations
It will invade
Millions of patients

Fighting cancer
With chemo pills
It's best to have
Living wills

Some will get healthy
Some will stay sick
If not caught soon
It ends a life quick

By, Randee Saber 2/11/09

Monday, February 9, 2009

Reborn Dolls

You play with reborn dolls
I think you’re way too old
To own a life like doll
They cost a lot when sold

The dolls are always girls
They're dressed in baby clothes
They'll never makes a mess
You’ll never wipe their nose

Their diapers won't get soiled
You’ll never see them weep
They do not drink a bottle
You’ll never lack for sleep

You 'll walk them in a stroller
Though many stop and stare
Most think that their alive
Let's hope they're not aware

You're children are all grown
But dolls will not get old
Your pretty reborn baby
You love to sit and hold


By, Randee Saber 2/9/09

By Mike Celizic
TODAYShow.com contributor
updated 8:00 a.m. CT, Wed., Oct. 1, 2008

They’re called “reborns”: incredibly lifelike baby dolls that sell for up to $4,000 to adult women who collect them, change their clothes, and in some ways treat them like real babies. “It fills a spot in your heart,” Lynn Katsaris told TODAY’s Matt Lauer Wednesday in New York as she cuddled “Benjamin” and “Michael” in her arms. A realtor from suburban Phoenix, Katsaris is also an artist who has created 1,052 reborn dolls and sold them to women around the world. She was one of three grown women visiting the show with five of the the bogus — but eerily realistic — babies cradled tenderly in their arms.Dolls have been around for thousands of years, but the so-called reborn dolls, which are hand-painted and provided with hair whose strands are individually rooted in their vinyl heads, date back to the early 1990s. Since they first were created in the United States, they have become increasingly popular around the world, selling on dedicated Web sites and on eBay for $500 to $4,000, and even higher.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Another scandal

For heavens sake
Another scandal
It seems every week
There’s more to handle

Investors’ money
Was given away
An Evangelist preacher
Said he was once gay

The Chicago governor
Attempted to sell
A senate seat
Though it didn’t go well

An airline pilot
Sure knew how to fly
Into the river
But no one would die

One man was a hero
I must convey
The other scoundrels
Should just go away

By, Randee Saber 2/2/09

*Bernard Madoff: Securities & Financial Fraud known as a Ponzi Scheme defrauded people and charities out of millions of dollars. (story broke 12/11/2008)
* Pastor Ted Haggard who founded the New Life Church In Colorado Springs, Colorado was removed from leadership when he admitted to soliciting a male prostitute for homosexual sex and drugs. (On-going since 11/2006)
* Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, charged in scheme to sell Obama's former Senate seat. He was later removed from office (story broke 12/9/08)
* Hero pilot and Air Force vet landed a US Airways jetliner in the Hudson River with 155 people aboard and all survived. His name is Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger 111. (Happened 1/15/09 in the afternoon)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Rescue Me

A Poodle, a Beagle
A Basset Hound
They’ll be rescued
When they are found

Chihuahuas, Dachsunds
And Chow Chows
When they are loose
They like to browse

A Great Dane, a Schnauzer
A Border Collie
Each of these dogs
Are very jolly

German Shepherds
Golden Retrievers
Even the Shelties
Are high achievers

St. Bernards, Bull Dogs
And Boxers too
With funny faces
They're more than a few

Cocker Spaniels
Expensive to buy
Rescuing pure breeds
While mongrels die

By, Randee Saber 2/1/09

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Jewish Mother

I am a Jewish mother
No different from another

My fears will not subside
They’re always deep inside

I try hard to be neat
My guests get lots to eat

I spoiled both my boys
I bought them lots of toys

And when they learned to drive
I hardly could survive

I worry who they’d date
And when they came home late

No chicken soup I’d make
Just medicine to take

I am my husband’s wife
I married him for life

I know my family’s great
I’m sure my boys are straight

Most moms are all the same
I have a Jewish name

By, Randee Saber 1/31/09

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Happily Ever After

The handsome groom
Walking down the aisle
For his soon to be bride
He’ll wait just a while

In a lovely white gown
A beautiful bride
Proceeded by bridesmaids
With ushers alongside

Escorted by her father
Who will leave her to meet
Her husband to be
With a smile, she’ll greet

From this day forward
Until death do you part
To love, honor and cherish
A marriage you’ll start

By, Randee Saber 8/18/06

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Pizza Delivery

In front of my car
Stopped at the light
A car with a sign
Was shining bright

The sign on the car
Was on the roof
Pizza was coming
No need for proof

A difficult job
Trying to find
So many houses
I’d lose my mind

You may have to wait
As long as an hour
Enough time to take
A nice hot shower

Why not pick up
Your own pizza pie
It won’t come late
It’s cheaper to buy

Delivering pizza
This job isn’t easy
Enjoy your pizza
That’s extra cheesy

By, Randee Saber 1/22/08

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A Miracle on the Hudson River


A flock of geese
Came flying by
While the plane
Was in the sky

Engines seized
They had to land
An excellent pilot
Was in command

Quite a sight
A floating plane
Filling with water
Few would complain

Fellow travelers
Eager to aide
Outside the plane
Everyone stayed

It was a cold
And bitter day
Huddled together
Many would pray

All were rescued
No one died
Boats came rushing
To their side

Into the river
The captain knew
How to land
They said, “thank you”

By, Randee Saber 1/17/09

NEW YORK - Federal investigators said Saturday that the right engine of US Airways Flight 1549 is still attached to the plane, contradicting their earlier statements that both engines broke off after the aircraft hit the water. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the water was so murky earlier that authorities couldn't see the right engine. "We're now looking for one engine, not two," Knudson said Saturday. The investigation played out as authorities released a frantic 911 call that captures the drama of the flight from almost the minute the ill-fated jetliner took off. A man from the Bronx called 911 at 3:29 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, three minutes after the plane took off. "Oh my God! It was a big plane. I heard a big boom just now. We looked up, and the plane came straight over us, and it was turning. Oh my God!" the caller said. Investigators began interviewing the pilot, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, and his co-pilot for the first time Saturday, said NTSB spokeswoman Bridget Serchak. Sullenberger glided the crippled aircraft into the river on Thursday afternoon when he couldn't make a nearby airport, saving the lives of all 155 people on board.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

He wasn't Robin Hood

He took from the rich
And kept from the poor
Bernard Madoff
Knew how to lure

Corporate investments
A man they could trust
Soon finding out
They had gone bust

Retirement money
They thought was secure
Now finding out
They've become poor

A Ponzi scheme
That's what it's called
Those not involved
Were also appalled

Returns on their money
A higher percent
From charities
Their funds he spent

If the investment’s
Too good to be true
It could be someone
Who's fooling your

By, Randee Saber 1/6/08

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bernard Madoff, a quiet force on Wall Street for decades, was arrested and charged on Thursday, Dec.,11, 2008 with allegedly running a $50 billion "Ponzi scheme" in what may rank among the biggest fraud cases ever. The former chairman of the Nasdaq Stock Market is best known as the founder of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, the closely-held market-making firm he launched in 1960. But he also ran a hedge fund that U.S. prosecutors said racked up $50 billion of fraudulent losses. Madoff told senior employees of his firm on Wednesday that "it's all just one big lie" and that it was "basically, a giant Ponzi scheme," with estimated investor losses of about $50 billion, according to the U.S. Attorney's criminal complaint against him. A Ponzi scheme is a swindle offering unusually high returns, with early investors paid off with money from later investors. "There is no innocent explanation," Madoff said, according to the criminal complaint. He told the agents that it was all his fault, and that he "paid investors with money that wasn't there," according to the complaint. U.S. prosecutors charged Madoff, 70, with a single count of securities fraud. They said he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $5 million.Madoff has been conducting a Ponzi scheme since at least 2005, the U.S. said. Around the first week of December, Madoff told a senior employee that hedge fund clients had requested about $7 billion of their money back, and that he was struggling to pay them.