Thursday, April 28, 2016

Trump Campaign Manchurian Candidate Remake?

Trump descends upon the shrinking Red island due to rising political waters in this state’s sea of Blue
Coming in to Orange County to rally support and enthusiasm for his views
Which Trump will descend upon the Fairgrounds’ stage?
The new Trump trying to look “presidential” or the one against “Ly’n Ted rage?
This observer watching Trump alienate women, Latinos and Muslims and likewise the Red leaders whose disgust for him is hard to conceal
Wonders is this the mark of a loose cannon or the planned template of the master of the art of the deal?
To put it another way, is this campaign another remake of the Manchurian Candidate who is passing himself off as Red to the Party slay?
The art of the deal as practiced by Trump in the business world which his ability to compromise would all impress
Must know that when you attack personally your opponent’s looks, eating manners, energy, honesty, height or wife the chance to get a deal done should have little success.
Even the fear and loathing of Clinton may not be enough to large blocks of Red voters with him unite
The odds of winning the White House may be fast fading from sight
Disagree with a man’s positions on the issues when going after the people’s vote
If you win the loser more likely than not will to the winner support devote
But if you attack his family, his honesty or looks he will build around himself an emotional moat
If you win the loser’s chance of providing any support will be very, very remote
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April 28, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Read Great Poetry Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 28, 2016 Unfortunately still 267 days to go in President Obama’s   pathetic lame duck term; I am not sure whether Cruz’s naming of Carly Fiorina was a sign of desperation or after hearing her speech a brilliant move in the political theater that is the hallmark of this campaign season but one this is for certain it has shifted the focus on Trump’s Tuesday sweep and Trump’s first attempt at delivering a “presidential” foreign policy speech. If you live in Orange County Trump will be holding a rally at the Orange County Fairgrounds. On the Blue side Sanders is cutting staff and Hillary is ramping up the gender card to play with a vengeance. As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to USA for Africa, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Harper Lee,  while looking forward to a large slice of blueberry pie (recipe included), blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that on this Read Great Poetry Day, if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthdays, weddings, or  anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem  at a great price  tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. International Workers’ Memorial Day—promoting awareness of the need to promote and improve workers’ safety and to commemorate those workers who have died or been injured at work. 
2. Read Great Poetry Day—here is a day to pay homage to all those poets either living or dead by reading some of their works, good or bad; by going to my blog www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com or by writing a poem yourself. Since it is also Kiss Your Mate Day try writing a romantic one to your mate—Like the oak that starts as acorn so small/Slowly grows so majestic, sturdy and tall/Love of you can start with a gaze/ A smile to you amaze/Followed  by a gentle kiss/ In holding you I would be remiss/ If my heart did not pound/ With romantic notions to abound/ As we walked along the beach hand in hand listening to the waves’ crashing sounds/ Strolling together barefoot on the sand heading slowly back into town.© April 28 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
3. 1985 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1984 on a run of four weeks in that position We Are The World by USA for Africa. Here is a link to USA for Africa  (see how many of this incredible ad hoc group of talent who checked their egos at the front door to raise money for famine relief you can recognize) performing We Are The World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9BNoNFKCBI                    
4. National Blueberry Pie Day—celebrating one of this highly evolved omnivore’s favorite pies; here is a link to an easy recipe you should enjoy if you want to avoid going to the bakery:http://www.blueberrycouncil.org/blueberry-recipe/blueberry-pie/?gclid=CPrlhvnfsMwCFQ6maQodjZcFmQ     
5. Royalties and Copyrights Are a Writer’s Best Friendcelebrating the birthday on this day in 1926 of Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird which is estimated to have sold over 40 million copies. She never wrote another novel and the book Go Set a Watchman published in 2015 before her death on February 19, 2016, originally thought to be a sequel, was in fact the first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird.  
On this day in:
a. 1789 the crew on the HMS Bounty mutinied against Captain Bligh putting his in an 18 foot boat with 17 loyal crew members and in perhaps one of the greatest feats of seamanship Bligh was able to navigate the boat to Timor, the closet European settlement some 4100 miles away with the loss of only one man. To be expected from a man who joined the British Navy at the age of seven.                                                                
b. 1932 a vaccine for Yellow Fever was announced for use in humans; the vaccine has made cases of Yellow Fever almost nonexistent in the U.S. but it still infects some 200,000 people annually and causes 30,000 deaths, mostly in Africa.
c. 1986 high levels of radiation are detected in Sweden, forcing the Soviets to disclose the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl which had occurred two days earlier and which in typical Soviet fashion had been concealed from their own citizens and the rest of the world.       d. 1988 in a don’t leave home without your parachute moment an Aloha Airlines 737 over Maui, a flight attendant was blown out of the plane and falls to her death when a large chunk of the fuselage separates from the plane. Fortunately for the other members of the crew and the terrified passengers, the pilot was able to land the plane safely.
e. 2001 in what has to rank as the ultimate bucket list achievement for a 60 year old, Dennis Tito, the founder of Wilshire Associates and a billionaire, paid the Russians $20 million to be a space tourist on one of their launch vehicles to spend 8 days aboard the International Space Station.                                                                                
Reflections on attempts of a Virginia School Board to remove To Kill a Mocking Bird from its school libraries: Recently I have received echoes down this way of the Hanover County School Board's activities, and what I've heard makes me wonder if any of its members can read. Surely it is plain to the simplest intelligence that To Kill a Mockingbird spells out in words of seldom more than two syllables a code of honor and conduct, Christian in its ethic, that is the heritage of all Southerners. To hear that the novel is 'immoral' has made me count the years between now and 1984, for I have yet to come across a better example of doublethink. I feel, however, that the problem is one of illiteracy, not Marxism. Therefore, I enclose a small contribution to the Beadle Bumble Fund that I hope will be used to enroll the Hanover County School Board in any first grade of its choice.” Harper Lee. Great writing style to expose fools.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Carly's I Could Have Been A Champ Performance

Political theater in these campaigns has a script that violates all the normal rules
After Trump goes presidential in a major foreign policy address
Cruz plays the gender card to Trump’s march to the nomination suppress
Picks Carly for his VP; with her speech she shows she has all the necessary campaign tools
Watching her galvanize the Indiana crowd to Trump and Clinton boo and on her words  applaud and cheer
You could almost feel a Sanders like electricity and energy in the arena air
As she made the case that a Trump or Clinton win would turn the American Dream into a chilling Nightmare
A clear view into the future and way she is the woman that Hillary should really, really fear
I could almost hear Carly paraphrase to herself after with Cruz she left the stage
“A podium, a podium, my nomination for a podium to express my views”
Bared from the prime time Republican debate she knew her run was through
Her chance lost to show her skills and be the headlines on next morning’s front page
This was a race where polls often wrong determined who by the millions of voters on TV would be seen
Pollsters were the gods of this campaign no ifs, ands, or buts
She withdrew as  the debate door to her was by the pollsters shut
Now back into the race with Cruz to block Trump from 1237 before the delegates convene
“A podium, a podium, my nomination for a podium on the debate stage”
For the media in this campaign today had to be a first
A media whose focus on Trump has been an unquenchable thirst
Trump’s landslides and foreign policy debut to be swept off the news front page
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April 27, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Administrative Professionals' Day

    Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 27, 2016 Unfortunately still 268 days to go in President Obama’s   pathetic lame duck term; the fat lady sang last night on the Red side as Trump won in a landslide in all five states and sang on the Blue side with less volume as HRC won four out of five states; Trump used a teleprompter this morning to deliver a major foreign policy address which outlined his goals in a coherent and presidential fashion, including telling ISIS their days are numbered though he would not tell them when or how which is basic military science 101 and rightfully slammed Obama and Clinton for their foreign policy disasters. As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Phil Collins, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert,  while looking forward to a large serving of prime rib for lunch or dinner, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthdays, weddings, or  anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem  at a great price  tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. National Administrative Professionals’ Day—celebrating the contributions to the work force and reduction in an executive’s stress level of administrative professionals. 
2. Tell a Story Day—here is a great way to get children from playing video games or watching TV; tell them a story from memory or a book or to further the appetite for reading, take them to a library that has story telling hours.                                      
3. 1984 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1984 on a run of only three weeks in that position Against All Odds by Phil Collins. Here is a link to Phil Collins performing Against All Odds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVjEcIANv1o
4. National Prime Rib Day—celebrating one of the world’s greatest ways to enjoy beef, especially with horseradish at Steven’s Steak House in the city of Commerce, California.
5. ... .- -- ..- . .-.. / -- --- .-. ... . / -... .. .-. - .... -.. .- -.--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1791 of the inventor of the single wire telegraph system and, as the title for this gives it away, the Morse Code—Samuel Morse. The Morse Code combined with radio telegraphy was absolutely critical in World War II and its fast moving armies but now is rarely used except by Ham Radio enthusiasts.  
On this day in:
a. 711 Moors under the command of Tarig ibn Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin the Islamic conquest of the Iberian Peninsula which the Moors would rule until January 2, 1492 when Spanish forces united by the marriage of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella forced the Moors to surrender Grenada. One could only imagine the chaos Europe would be facing today with the rise of radical Islam if the Moors still occupied Spain.                                  b. 1861 President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus.
c. 1936 the United Auto Workers left the American Federation of Labor.                                                                                            
d. 1974 ten thousand marched on the White House calling for the impeachment of Richard Nixon which he would have been and almost with certainty convicted by the Senate had he not later resigned as President of the United States on August 9, 1974.
e. 2006 construction began on the Freedom Tower (later renamed One World Trade Center) and was completed in July of 2013.       
 Reflections on administrative professionals on this Administrative Professions’ Day: “Someday, people who know how to use computers will rule over those who don’t. And there will be a special name for them – Secretaries.”  Scott Adamsnoted cartoonist and creator of Dilbert. How true his observation is.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Four Eagles Taking An AP Bio Test Exam

Whenever someone decides to complain
That our public high  schools have gone down the drain
With students tuned out occupying desks, only marking only time
With degrees that worthy in a job search only nickels and dimes
Time to come to a Starbucks and see three juniors and one senior college bound
In a study group taking a Bio AP class test with hard answers to be found
Jaily and Yvonne hard at this test exam work
With a poet suggesting a Stanford try should lurk
Jaily enticed by a poem about the Northern Lights
An Yvonne anxious slant the admission prcess by seeing the Juneau High School sights
Excitement not over new parties to attend
But the sense of the craving for knowledge that does not end
Brings back fond memories when this poet was to Stanford about to be bound
The world waiting for the next great engineer to be crowned
The future for this nation due to the future efforts of these students will be bright
None to accept mediocrity without the most strenuous fight
Estancia High Eagles may not be Exeter but the hunger for knowledge you can feel
Confident that a successful future for these four will be revealed
None are academic nerds but all with a sense of humor with laughter to be heard
A safe be that all will be distinguished from the complacent do not be challenged herd
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The Key To Reduce Muslim Support For A Caliphate

It is often very rare that with Lorreta Sanchez my views would coincide
But she is right on her views of support for a Caliphate  as we witness a rising jihadist tide
Radical Islam is not a 1300 year old locust that in the guise of Al Qaeda, Hamas, the Taliban or ISIS suddenly hatched
From apostate Muslims, Christians and the West peace and tranquility, freedom from violence suddenly snatched
Go back to the First Barbary Coast War where the Islamists off the Barbary Coast were seizing American ships
Selling their crews into slavery’s deadly grip
Their justification is chilling because it is so faith based and paradise’s entry key
Why the rise of ISIS we did not or under the mantra of we’ve killed bin Laden would not foresee
In 1786 Jefferson and Adams sailed to London to Tripoli’s Ambassador meet
To negotiate a treaty with Tripoli to end attacks on our ships by the Barbary Coast fleet
When ask why the Barbary Coast Pirates needed to  the rules of civilized nations defy
Supposedly this was his chilling and unremorseful reply
It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners,
Whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave as holy winners;
And that every mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise.”
With a view of how to get to paradise the suicide bombings, young girls sold as save should not be a surprise
Much like Obama’s reliance solely on attacking from the air
Frigates shelling Barbary Coast forts would be a good compare
When we assembled a force of 8 Marines bolstered by a force of mercenaries 500 strong
Took and held Derna; the stampede of the Barbary Coast Pirates to sign and release their slaves did not take long
Sanchez is right about a significant number of Muslims supporting an Islamic Caliphate
Where within its multination boundaries Christians and Muslim apostates will suffer a dreadful fate
Could be five or twenty percent but until the key to paradise becomes not dying for a jihadist cause
But rather respect for all faiths we are in for a veery long war with very little pause!
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April 26, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Intellectual Property Day

    Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 26, 2016 Unfortunately still 269 days to go in President Obama’s   pathetic lame duck term; fight In political theater continues unabated with five Northeastern states voting this today with Trump in double digit leads and Kasich and Cruz according to Trump colluding (look up the word—not secret, not illegal) and no one should vote for Kasich because of his slob-like eating habits; even as Sanders continues to attract huge crowds and hammer HRC for pandering to Wall Street, this could be his swan song as she is predicted to win all five states. I trust your Tuesday is proving to be a great one also; and as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to a young looking Michael Jackson, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from the Ambassador from Tripoli in 1786  while looking forward to munching on some pretzels, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthdays, weddings, or  anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem  at a great price  tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. World Intellectual Property Day—created by the World Intellectual Property Organization to foster awareness of the importance of patents, copyrights, trademarks, designs and trade secrets to our society and economic well being and to bring awareness of the contributions of inventors and innovators. 
2. Hug a Friend Day—here is an observance that should be observed daily as nothing beats the power of a hug and here is a bonus—if the hug lasts more than 20 seconds one’s body releases a bonding hormone called oxytocin which lowers blood pressure, lowers heart rate, and helps the body remove the stress hormone cortisol.                                      
3. 1983 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1983 on a run of only three weeks in that position Beat It by the one and only Michael Jackson. Here is a link to Michael Jackson performing Beat It:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym0hZG-zNOk
4. National Pretzel Day—celebrating one of the world’s oldest snacks first introduced in 610 A.D. in Southern France where monks baked thin strips of dough folded over like a child in prayer. This highly evolved omnivore recommends a box of Snyder’s hard pretzels.
5. Now Here’s a First Lady That Do To Putin What Jackie Kennedy Did de Gaulle—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1970 of Melanie Trump, one very attractive and poised woman who the Donald needs to listen to on the campaign—Putin might even stop the nonsense he is causing in Ukraine for the privilege of sitting next to her at a state dinner at the White House.  
On this day in:
a. 1777 16 year old Sybil Ludington rode 40 miles in the night in the rain and mist to warn the Connecticut militia that the British were on their way; brave young woman was she and her ride was twice as long as the famous ride of Paul Revere.                                                                
b. 1805 a force of 8 Marines led by ex-consul William Eaton and First Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon captured the eastern port of Derna in what is now known as Libya. The heroic action resulted in the rulers of Tripoli in the west to enter into a peace treaty with the U.S. that terminated the practice of the Barbary Pirates of attack U.S. vessels and selling their crew into slavery and gave us “to the shores of Tripoli” in the Marine Corps hymn.                               
c. 1937 the German and Italian Air Forces during the Spanish Civil War bombed Guernica in the first use of modern air forces bombing innocent civilians. The bombing inspired Pablo Picasso to create in protest one of his iconic works of art known as “Guernica.”
                                                                                      
      
d. 1956 the SS Ideal X, the world’s first successful container ship left the Port of Newark bound for Houston, Texas.
e. 1986 a nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now, assuming Putin encouraged by Obama’s perceived weakness has not marched troops in) resulting in the complete destruction of Reactor Number 4 and the release of vast amounts of radiation into the air as far away as Norway and into the soil.
Reflections on Muslims’ attitudes toward Americans which apparently have not changed in 230 years: “It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy's ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once."  Sidi Haji Abdrahaman, Ambassador from Tripoli in response to Jefferson’s and John Adams’ trying to negotiate an end to the Barbary Pirates' seizing American vessels and selling their crews into slavery 1786. ISIS is selling the same idea that the way to paradise with its mythical virgins is to die fighting the West, Christians and any Muslim who disagrees with their radicalized views.
Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day In History.
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