Flammeus Gladius

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Tag: liars

False Indeed

False Indeed

It may be false, indeed, what I declare—
But nonetheless I can’t be called a liar.
Expecting facts from me is far from fair.
It may be false indeed, what I declare
With unrestrained conviction. On the air
It may ring loud and never quite expire.
It may be false indeed, what I declare.
But, nonetheless, I can’t be called a liar.

–Tom Riley

Adding Detail

Adding Detail

Once the narrative, lad, is in place,
Then we let them leak out into space,
All the details designed
For the unconvinced mind.
Let our lies put a smile on that face!

–Tom Riley

Adding Detail

Adding Detail

Once the narrative, lad, is in place,
Then we let them leak out into space,
All the details designed
For the unconvinced mind.
Let our lies put a smile on that face!

–Tom Riley

Non sine honore in terris aliis

Non sine honore in terris aliis

The Yankee literati couldn’t bear
A Southern gentleman like Mr. Poe.
Judgmental in their absolutist lair,
They scoffed at Southern genius. Even so
It always is with lamps that truly glow
In the thick dark that apes normality.
Into obscurity must such lights go!
To such truth, how can puffed-up frauds agree?
The messengers of mediocrity
Pushed hard. It seemed that excellence was dead.
The lies of Griswold spread alarmingly.
Delighted Yankees on that poor corpse fed—
But did not long enjoy their ghoulish feast.
Who raised Poe from defeat? Les symbolistes!

–Tom Riley

(The beautiful soul of Edgar Allan Poe passed from our earthly plane on this date in 1842.)

Treason Trial

Treason Trial

In Mark Shea’s view, most everyone’s a traitor.
(He has no principles he could betray.)
His keyboard cry is, “Death to the invader!”
In Mark Shea’s view, most everyone’s a traitor!
Being a chronic gay porn masturbator,
He feels his sissy neurons slip away.
In Mark Shea’s view, most everyone’s a traitor.
(He has no principles he could betray.)

–Tom Riley

(Line 5: Not a literal allegation, but arguably true in a figurative sense. The satirist here of course has no more evidence that Mark Shea is a chronic gay porn masturbator than Shea himself has that Tulsi Gabbard is a traitor. And, if evidence of Shea’s degraded habits actually surfaced, we’d all try to avoid looking at it.)

Creepy Joe and the Great Sanction Orgy

Creepy Joe and the Great Sanction Orgy

Whom shall I sanction (Biden asks) today?
I’ll sanction every state that disagrees.
I’ll sanction every guy that isn’t gay.
I’ll sanction every punk not on his knees
To me and all my buddies. Hard to please,
I’ll sanction those who dare stay uncommitted
To all the lies I pitch as verities.
I’ll sanction those who say they won’t be shitted.
I’m tough as hell, though maybe insect-witted.
I’ll sanction India and China too.
Is it against the facts that I am pitted?
I’ll sanction you and you and you and you!
I’ve soiled my underpants, so why be nice?
America, not I, will pay the price.

–Tom Riley

(Note on the text: Sniffer Joe has of course never been literate enough to use the accusative pronoun “whom” correctly, nor to distinguish between nominative and accusative in such phrases as “America, not I.” And now he’s deep in dementia. He can’t distinguish his fundament from an aperture in the earth. But there’s no percentage in representing Joe’s drooling voice too accurately. T.R.)

Dolores Kearns Goodwin

Dolores Kearns Goodwin

(for Kiki)

Let’s call her DKG. The name spelled out
Would torture any line hand tried to write—
And that’s a signal, isn’t it? No doubt
The sly Fates kept her coming crimes in sight
When first her appellation saw the light.
But, hey, she’s now a glorious success!
Her hymn to Tyrant Lincoln will take flight
As mini-series! Lame execs said yes!
This win shows well our culture’s current mess,
How sheer vacuity now occupies
The place where virtue flourished, more or less,
Where minds were principled, if less than wise.
Hail, Victory! And I alone am pissed.
DKG is a fucking plagiarist.

–Tom Riley

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1e/Doris_Kearns_Goodwin_%2811131%29.jpg

In Practice

In Practice

They found your secret, sir. It’s time to lie.
But then, you’ve kept in practice, pretty much.
You knew determined enemies would try.
They found your secret! Sir: it’s time to lie.
The skills you’ve cultivated now apply.
With fellow liars you have kept in touch.
They found your secret, sir! It’s time to lie!
But then, you’ve kept in practice – pretty much.

–Tom Riley

Listen Close

Listen Close

You can’t, my lad, believe a word they say—
But listen close for evidence of lies.
Distrust, once fostered, never goes away.
You can’t, my lad, believe a word they say.
Serious are the games they opt to play—
And deadly. Caution here is doubly wise.
You can’t, my lad, believe a word they say—
But listen close for evidence of lies.

–Tom Riley

Smear Campaign

Smear Campaign

You dare to smear the hero Harry Dunn?
“Jussie Smollett,” you say? You dare? You dare?
You think such vile comparisons are fun?
May you long suffer in the Devil’s lair!
May your phone fail when you call for repair!
May you writhe in an endless agony!
May daily weights prove more than you can bear!
May all your pain transpire where we can see!
You should have been considerate, like me.
Such vain words of abuse I’d never use.
I strive to be as woke as I can be.
I try to cultivate the proper views.
That line to Harry Dunn I’d never say.
I might, though, call him “Juicy-Ass Smollay.”

–Tom Riley

a man wearing a uniform: U.S. Capitol Police officer Sgt. Harry Dunn testifies before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021 at the Canon House Office Building in Washington, DC.