Friday, May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Metrology Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 20, 2016 Unfortunately still 245 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Still too early to call the downing of EgyptAir flight 804 as a terrorist act but Trump has already thrown down the gauntlet over Obama’s and HRC’s inability to identify radical Islam while HRC, the architect of a failed Libya policy and who put or national security at risk with her private email server, claims Trump is unfit to be president. At least Trump has a sense of humor indicating at a fund raiser for Chris Christie that Chris should boycott Oreos due to Nabisco’s moving facilities to Mexico which would be a plus for his diet. Political theater in high gear as HRC has not committed to another debate with Bernie Sanders—given her unlikeability and perception of complete dishonesty, it is easy to see why she would want to avoid another debate. As always, I hope your Friday is proving to be a great one and that  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link as we have fled rap to Percy Faith, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Loretta Lynch while  looking forward to enjoying a generous serving of quiche Lorraine (recipe below), 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 Metrology Day—commemorating the execution by representatives of 17 nations of the Metre Convention which provided the framework for universal standards of measurement in science and business.     
2. Endangered Species Day—always celebrated on the third Friday of May to promote awareness of the harmful effects on plants and animals by humans in their destruction of habitat needed by plants and animals to survive.  
3. 1953 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1953 on a long run of ten weeks in that position Where Is Your Heart? by Percy Faith. Here’s a link to Percy Faith performing Where Is Your Heart?:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPDF2ORPOFQ
4. National Quiche Lorraine Day—celebrating a dish that is welcomed at breakfast, lunch, dinner or even as a snack at a cocktail party. Here is an easy recipe to follow and enjoy.   http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/cheese/cheese2/cheese-quiche-recipe2.asp
5. I Got You Babe--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1946 of Cher who has evolved from her duo status with Sonny to become an accomplished singer and actress in her own right.                                                                             
On this day in:
a. 1570 Cartographer Abraham Orbelius issued his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the world’s first modern atlas although most of the globe had not yet been discovered by Europeans.   
b. 1862 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law, opening up the American West for settlement and marking the beginning of the end of the American Indians’ way of life.
c. 1882 the volcano Krakatoa began to erupt culminated three months later with a massive eruption that killed 36,000 people.                                                                       

d. 1927 Charles Lindbergh at 7:52 a.m. took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island to attempt the world’s first solo flight across the Atlantic, touching down at Bourget Field in Paris at 10:22 p.m. the next day.      

e. 1996 SCOTUS in the case of Romer v Evans struck down a Colorado statute that barred any governmental entity from passing legislation or taking any action that would have protected the rights of gays and lesbians.    

  Reflections on our obligations as humans to protect endangered species: “We all have a responsibility to protect endangered species, both for their sake and for the sake of our own future generations.” Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Hepatitis Testing Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 19, 2016 Unfortunately still 245 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Very exciting as Google in its daily doodle honors Yuri Konchiyama, an anti-war activist who supported Osama bin Laden and castigated the U.S. in its actions against radical Islam—wonder in the radical Islam world how long the Google founders would live? My guess is not very long. The Sanders and HRC dislike for each other makes the Republican stop Trump movement look like a love fest by comparison as more and more women are coming out to claim HRC was an enabler for the man who wants to be the First Predator Dude as Trump uses the “rapist” term to describe Bill—will be an interesting campaign as two flawed candidates battle each other but only one of whom has the term of “potential felon” hanging over her head. Sadly Obama has been given another opportunity to castigate radical Islam which he will not do even as it certainly appears that a terrorist bomb has blown an Egypt Air plane from Paris to Cairo out of the air. As always, I hope your Thursday is proving to be a great one and that  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link as we have fled rap to Leroy Anderson, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Malcom Little aka Malcom X, while  looking forward to enjoying a generous serving of Devil’s Food cake (recipe below), 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 Hepatitis Testing Day—creating awareness of the need to know the symptoms of hepatitis and the means to prevent its spread.   
2. May Ray Day—since May is the last month in spring, today might be a great day to catch some rays of the Sun before onset of summer and its corresponding increase in temperatures.  
3. 1952 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1952 on a run of five weeks in that position Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson. Here’s a link to Leroy Anderson performing Blue Tango:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnHLKM8hQR8  
4. National Devils’ Food Cake Day—celebrating a cake that first appeared in America in the early 20th Century. Here is an easy recipe to follow and enjoy. http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/cookies/cakes/devils-food-cake-recipe.asp

5. X Marks More Than Little--celebrating the birthday on this day in 192536 of Malcom Little better known to us as Malcom X under whose leadership the Nation of Islam grew to 40,000 members but who later split from the Nation of Islam and was assassinated by three of its members on February 21, 1965.                                                                             
On this day in:
a. 1743 Jean-Pierre Christin developed the centigrade temperature scale. 
b. 1848 Mexico ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ceding California, Utah, Nevada and parts of four other states to the United States for payment of $15 million, thereby bringing an end to the Mexican-American War.
c. 1921 the Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act which established quotas based on countries of origin of immigrants.                                                       

d. 1986 the Firearm Owners Protection Act, designed to curb abuses by federal agents of the ATF Division of the Justice Department was signed into law by President Reagan.    

e. 2016 in what is believed to be a terrorist attack Egypt Air  Flight 804 from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after entering Egyptian airspace killing all aboard.    

  Reflections on Islam from one of its more famous converts: There is nothing in our book, the Koran that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent. Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. That’s a good religion.”
“MESSAGE TO THE GRASS ROOTS,” SPEECH, NOV. 1963, DETROIT (PUBLISHED IN MALCOLM X SPEAKS, CH. 1, 1965)
 
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

HRC Trailing Trump Will DNC Her Dump?

What we are now seeing is the coronation voided curtain call
More and more likely that Hillary will not win in the fall
In a race between two candidates that have negatives that top the charts
Will more from Trump or Hillary throw up their hands and from them depart?
Trump may have his image problems with women and minorities but not the feds
But Hillary may not be able to the quid pro quo beliefs shed
Worse only a fool would believe
She used her private server for convenience and not to deceive
Her lack of judgment in putting pages upon pages of materials that were classified
And then continue to argue only a FBI security check, all common sense defies
So Clinton scandal-like we finally have come to be tired of and completely reject
As her and the wanna be First Dude’s speaking fees we now must from political office eject
The Blues in their haste to coronate this very dishonest, unlikeable queen
Will rue the day they implemented their rigged superdelegate scheme
In the background if the DNC removes its rose colored glassed and comes to realize
Time to dump her now as more likely than not an indictment will in the fall be a major Blue demise
Sanders ideas may be flawed but this poet has to believe
He is a man of integrity and not like Hillary a candidate honed to deceive.
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Perfect Obama Job Killing Storm

The Perfect Storm was a book made into a movie that showed how a storm could kill
A swordfishing boat unable to withstand the Perfect Storm’s butcher’s bill
In 1991 the Perfect Storm laid waste to the Atlantic coast and killed 13
Today a president who probably has never worked a day in the private sector and whose desire to control we cannot wean
With his pen since the elected representatives his misguided policies chose to ignore
Changed the rule on overtime pay so we must now watch employees being shown the door
Many a “manager” now thanks to this delusional president will be sent to overtime wages
Only to be discarded as the relentless push for higher minimum wages rage
In fast foods the designation of manager is not to the overtime rules avoid
But the first step to show the ability to manage, problems solve and a chance to advance not a career to be destroyed
Obama and his minions are the poster children of bureaucrats totally without a clue
Of how this capitalist engine of growth prospered and how despite Obama’s regs it grew
All of us are frustrated that under his watch wage growth is in a complete stall
But insuring “managers” will be laid off or hours reduced will decimate the Blues in the fall!
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May 18, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World AIDS Vaccine Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 18, 2016 Unfortunately still 247 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Very exciting political theater as HRC with the entire Democratic Party behind her barely eked out a victory of less than 2,000 votes over Sanders (recount possibility?) in Kentucky while Sanders cleaned her clock in Oregon; it is beginning to look more and more that the only way this potential felon wins her party’s nomination is due to the superdelagates not chosen by the voters ignore the polls showing HRC and Trump in a statistical dead heat while Sanders beats Trump easily. HRC released disclosure documents showing $1.5 million in speaking fees in 2015 before announcing her candidacy in 2016 although everyone knew it was a foregone conclusion she would run while the potential First Dude, no slouch, garnered $5 million. Speeches in almost all cases were before corporations and associations seeking favors or contracts with the federal government. No wonder Sanders continues to demand release of the transcripts and if HRC wins the nomination due to the superdelegates, watch the energized Sanders’ supporters desert her in the fall like rats leaving a sinking ship. As always, I hope your Wednesday is proving to be a great one and that  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link as we have fled rap to Les Paul and Mary Ford, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Anthony Perkins, while  looking forward to enjoying a generous serving of cheese soufflé (recipe below), 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 AIDS Vaccine Day—celebrated since 1998 to commemorate a speech made by then President Clinton on May 18, 1997 calling for a concerted campaign to create an AIDS vaccine within a decade against a disease that, at least in the industrialized world, is no longer the automatic death sentence it once was but in third world countries close to a million adults and children die of the disease.   
2. International Museum Day—created by the International Council of Museums and its 30,000 museums and observed since 1977 to  support and promote museums as they are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples of the world.
3. 1951 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1951  on a long run of nine weeks in that position How High the Moon by Les Paul and Mary Ford. Here’s a link to that dynamic duo performing How High the Moon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkGf1GHAxhE
4. National Cheese Soufflé  Day—celebrating another great way to enjoy the intake of calcium; here is a recipe the perfect cheese soufflé srry cobbler that will amaze you and your friends.  http://www.thenibble.com/REVIEWS/MAIN/cheese/cheese2/roth-kase-fall-recipes6.asp#gruyere
5. How to Shoot the Career Mooncelebrating the birthday on this day in 1970 of the actress and comedian Tina Fey who is praying each night that Trump selects Sarah Palin as his running mate so she can impersonate her again, and again, and again during the campaign joined  by her friend Amy Poehler’s hilarious impersonations of Hillary Clinton.                                                                      
On this day in:
a. 1291 the city of Acre fell to the Muslim Manluks, ending Crusader control of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. 
b. 1652 Rhode Island became the first English speaking colony in North America to outlaw the practice of slavery.
c. 1896 SCOTUS in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson  in what has to rank as one of its worst decisions of all time upheld the doctrine of “separate but equal” which condemned Afro-Americans for the next 58 years to segregated schools, public facilities and the abuse of Jim Crow race laws in the South until SCOTUS finally came to its senses on May 17, 1954 and reversed itself unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.          d. 1933 as part of his “New Deal” program, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed legislation creating the Tennessee Valley Authority to bring electricity, flood control, and economic development to the Tennessee Valley which had been devastated by the Great Depression.      

e. 1980 at 8:32 a.m. Mt. St. Helens erupted killing some 53 people and causing $3 billion in property damage and sending .7 cubic miles of ash and debris into the air, making it the costliest and most destructive volcano in American history.     

     Reflections on AIDS from one who died from it at the age of 60 two years after being diagnosed as having been infected:   "I have learned more about love, selflessness and human understanding from the people I have met in this great adventure in the world of AIDS than I ever did in the cutthroat, competitive world in which I spent my life.” Anthony Perkins best known as Norman Bates in Psycho and its three sequels. 
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Don't Fire The Underling Rhodes, Fire His Boss

There is an old adage in business proved so many times to be right
Surround yourself with the best and brightest in any bet the company fight
In politics or at least in this White House with super ego not the case
From Obama down to Gruber we have had to endure the rotten dishonest taste
We now see yet another example of Obama’s dishonesty and deceit
One of his neophytes totally clueless on what to do to the dangers facing us defeat
Wove a tale of deception and lies so typical of a keep your doctor lying repeat
Ben Rhodes is a clueless wanna be author too willing to honesty from character delete
Worse, this pathetic, inept adviser, save in one area that he excelled
Deceives the press and the American people on Iran to enable Obama to the deal sell
Fraud in the political arena should be but is not a crime
So this lying sob will not do time
If after we leave this world there is a heaven and there is a Hell
Ben Rhodes in the Inferno will for eternity dwell
And if not, he will in the future see in the Middle East the mushroom clouds erupt
The deadly fruits of a deception policy and evidence that he and his boss were corrupt
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May 17, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Hypertension Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 17, 2016 Unfortunately still 248 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Very exciting political theater as HRC with her anti-coal stance is going to be potentially a world of hurt if she loses Kentucky today as Trump is tweeting to Sanders to run as an independent; Sanders is slamming Wall Street for its attempt to manage the debt crisis in Puerto Rico while demanding strict austerity but collecting millions in placement fees; and Venezuela continues in economic free fall proving once again that socialism fails when the government runs out of other people’s money to spend. As always, I hope your Tuesday is proving to be a great one and that  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link as we have fled rap to Anton Karas, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Thurgood Marshall, while  looking forward to enjoying a generous serving of cherry cobbler (recipe below), 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 Hypertension Day—created by the World Hypertension League, an umbrella organization of 83 groups to promote awareness of the silent killer, hypertension, and celebrated since 2005.   
2. World Information Society Day—observed since 2005 to promote the unfettered transmission of information over the internet free of government censorship.  
3. 1950 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1950  on a long run of eleven weeks in that position The Third Man Theme by Anton Karas. Here’s a link to Anton Karas performing The Third Man Theme:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oEsWi88Qv0
4. National Cherry Cobbler Day—celebrating an incredible way to enjoy cherries as they are beginning to hit the produce markets in increasing numbers; here is a recipe using fresh cherries to make the perfect cherry cobbler that will amaze you and your desert loving friends (assuming of course you successfully pit all the cherries to avoid an unplanned trip to the dentist.  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/72815/fresh-cherry-cobbler/
5. The Big C Is Not An Easy Ridercelebrating the birthday on this day in 1936 of Dennis Hopper, best noted for the film Easy Rider with Peter Fonda. Dennis died at the age of 74 from prostate cancer.                                                                             
On this day in:
a. 1792 24 stockbrokers executed the Buttonwood Agreement which created the New York Stock Exchange Board, the forerunner to the New York Stock Exchange, requiring members to deal only with each other and limiting commissions to .25%. 
b. 1875 Aristides won the first Kentucky Derby which was won this year by Nyquist.
c. 1954 SCOTUS in the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas unanimously outlawed segregation in public schools.                                                                      

d. 1990 the World Health Organization of the UN General Assembly eliminated homosexuality from its list of psychiatric diseases.    

e. 1915 in a wild shoot out between rival biker gangs and the police, nine bikers are killed and 18 bikers wounded at a bar in Waco, Texas.    

   Thurgood Marshall’s closing words in his argument before the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas: The only thing can be is an inherent determination that the people who were formerly in slavery, regardless of anything else, shall be kept as near that stage as is possible, and now is the time, we submit, that this Court should make it clear that that is not what our Constitution stands for.” 
 
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