Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not July 1 History Canada Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—July 1, 2015 Trust your 2015 is enjoying its near  midpoint of the year today  and as always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances which are somewhat meager, factoids of interest, a  music video by Paul McCartney and Wings, a relevant quote by Wilfrid Laurier, looking forward to enjoying a some gingersnap cookies along with a bowl ice cream, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event 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. Canada Day—celebrating since 1867 the formation of our great neighbor to the north as a Dominion of Great Britain and a federation of four provinces—great day to fly the Maple Leaf.
      2. National Postage Stamp Day—celebrating the first use by the U.S. Postal Service on this day in 1847 of a postage stamp to mail letters from a U.S Post Office in New York City. The cost of that first stamp? Five cents which would be the equivalent of $1.43 in today’s dollars.          
        3. 1980 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1980 on a three week run at that position, coming Up (Live at Glasgow) by Paul McCartney and Wings. Here is a link to their performing the hit song Coming Up (Live at Glasgow) with an apology for the lack of video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsvEla7KTuU
         4. National Gingersnap/ Creative Ice Cream Flavor—great combo especially if as a highly evolved omnivore you have an ice cream maker and an artistic flair to become the next Ben and Jerry in terms of wowing taste buds.
        5.  Hard to Blow out a Candle in the Wind—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1961 of Princess Diana died in a traffic accident far too early at the age of 36; Andrew, the Prince of Wales should have had his head examined for divorcing her after his affair with his current wife. Elton John’s recording of Candle in the Wind at her funeral went on to become one of the biggest hit singles of all time.
On this day in:                                           
         a. 1770 in a too close for comfort moment Lexell Comet discovered just 16 days earlier millions of miles away from the Earth by French astronomer Charles Messier came within 1,400,000 miles of the Earth, never to be seen again. Had it hit the Earth it is doubtful that the human species and most of all other animal and plant life would have survived.
          b. 1863 the Battle of Gettysburg began; the defeat of Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee doomed the Confederacy.
      c. 1881 the first international telephone call between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada and Calais, Maine was completed.
      d. 1963 in an attempt to increase the speed of the snails, zip codes were introduced in the United States.
       e. 2007 in a what took you so long moment to improve health, smoking was banned at all public places in England.
Reflections on Canada as they celebrate their formation as a Dominion and federation back in 1867:  “Two races share today the soil of Canada. These people had not always been friends. But I hasten to say it. There is no longer any family here but the human family. It matters not the language people speak, or the altars at which they kneel.” Wilfrid Laurier, 7th Premier of Canada and considered by many its greatest statesman, a tireless advocate of individual liberty, decentralized federalism and a proponent of compromise between the French and English speaking population. We may have more ethnic diversity and greater issues in the difficulties to assimilate our growing immigrant population, but we would be well advised to review his efforts and take heed of his words on compromise.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Searching for a Studio In San Francisco.

       What a great joy to be a poet and be sitting in a Starbucks creating away only to meet three graduated seniors  heading up in the fall to San Francisco State and looking on the internet for a place to stay. Three beautiful young women obviously with smarts and dreams; another example of why at the end of the day when the chips are counted this nation with its dreams will be supreme. No one should head off to college without an apartment in which to stay, which is why the following poem came into play.
        What a breath of coffee scented fresh air
        Some dreams of seniors off to college to a studio share
       The American Dream even without a dorm room to crash
       Will not prevent the hopes of desired careers to hinder or mash
       A nurse, a talon, and the better choice
       Ears still listening to the to be  selected career voice
       What makes this vignette one watching children to select
        Is that three young women more likely than not will on their dreams failure an option to elect
        Bookended between the shadows of Cal and the Farm
        Learn well, but save time for the City’s allure and charm
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not June 30 History World Social Media Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—June 30, 2015 Trust your Taco Tuesday is a great one  and as always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances which are somewhat meager, factoids of interest, a  music video by Anita Ward, a relevant quote by JR, looking forward to enjoying a Mai Tai, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event 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 Social Media Day—celebrating since  2010 the growth of social media  across the globe as a means to bring people together while bemoaning its use to radicalize far more people to join the ranks of terrorist fanatics like ISIS.
      2. NOW Day—celebrating the formation of the National Organization for Women on this day in 1966.          
        3. 1979 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1979 on a two week run, Ring My Bell by Anita Ward. Here is a link to Anita Ward performing Ring My Bell:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URAqnM1PP5E
        4. National Mai Tai Day—celebrating another cocktail to enjoy responsibly during the summer.
        5.  Who Needs Weight Watchers Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1985 of Michael  Phelps the winner of more Olympic medals than any other Olympian and was reported during the Beijing Summer Olympics to be consuming 12,000 calories a day without gaining an ounce.
On this day in:                                            
       a. 1882 Charles Guiteau the man who assassinated President Garfield was hanged in Washington, D.C.
       b. 1906 the U.S. Congress passed the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act.
       c. 1937 the world’s first emergency telephone number 999 was installed in London.
       d. 1971 Ohio ratified the 26th Amendment lowering the voting age to 18 thereby putting the amendment into effect.
       e. 1986 the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Bowers v. Hardwick ruled that states can outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults. 29 years later the court ruled that states cannot prohibit same sex marriages.
Reflections on social media: “The more social media we have, the more we think we're connecting, yet we are really disconnecting from each other.” JR, noted French contemporary artist
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Dirty Dozen The Clinton Sequel

A great war movie was the Dirty Dozen with a stellar cast
Not a sequal but new revelations that highlight a sordid past
At least 12 emails that the queen in waiting from her private server chose to delete
Another example of her desire to any examination of her conduct as Secretary defeat
Trust is only a five letter word
Electing leaders without that virtue is absurd
There should never be a gender based barrier to the highest of this office of this nation hold
But in the world of political trust do you give a free pass for favors quid pro quo sold
The Clintons are the Sopranos of the real world to so many scandals dodge
As the dishonesty of her message grows will her false appeal to the middle class be dislodged?
We as voters in a democracy can accept by the vote of others a leader we did not support
But how can anyone support a candidate whose trust comes so far short?
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ACA Dodges Gruber Bullet

The Supremes have spoken and Gruber’s voice on intent must not have made it into the briefs
Red political candidates must be breathing a collective sigh of relief
The Reds do not have come up with a replacement plan to eliminate a culling of the roles
As long as Obama is in the White House, any improvement to the ACA is a fantasy goal
So Obama on legacy now has his great win
In the long term as deductibles rise the anger may outweigh the political spin
It may be a Pyrrhic victory due to his assault on the Supremes
Even FDR as his New Deal was being shredded did not go to such extremes
“The poor you will always have with you, “a wise sage once said
“A debate on health care will always be there, “will now be heard instead
The sons and daughters of Hillary care have now been blessed 6 to 3
Subsidies, clear language notwithstanding, are okay according to Roberts’ decree
A Rose Garden announcement thank God without the Obama dunk or spike
And even better yet no Biden’s comments on an unknown open mike
The Reds failed to find the megaphone
That would have brought their message of alternatives home
Time for the candidates to focus on national security and the creation of jobs
Ere any promises of healthcare and insurance our security vulnerability and debt will mortally rob
Since candidates will promise the moon, sun and all the stars while honesty completely lowering the bar
Perhaps vote for someone you can trust not someone whose integrity and honesty is junk bond rated, totally subpar.
© June 25, 2015 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not June 29 History National Camera Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—June 29, 2015 Trust your weekend was a great one and your batteries were totally charged to meet the challenges of the week and as always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances which are somewhat meager, factoids of interest, a  music video by Andy Gibb, a relevant quote by Tyler Durden, looking forward to enjoying a generous serving of almond crunch, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event 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 Camera Day—not sure where this came from but given the importance of cell phone video cams and the growing demand of body cams for police officers probably appropriate to celebrate.
      2. Hug Holiday Day—another unknown holiday but one that is a great one commemorating a goal to visit senior centers, nursing care homes, and hospices to offer a hug to those residing there.          
        3. 1978 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1978 on a seven week run, Shadow Dancing by Andy Gibb. Here is a link to Andy Gibb performing Shadow Dancing:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcHlL6PR5NU
        4. National Almond Crunch Day—celebrating another great way to enjoy almonds.
        5. Pickens Were Never Slim—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1919 of the iconic movie actor and cowboy Slim Pickens who appeared in Blazing Saddles and is probably best remembered as the B-52 pilot who rode an atomic bomb to his destruction in the iconic movie Dr. Strangelove.
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1874 in a chilling prediction of the future as Greece defaults on its IMF loans sending financial markets into turmoil,  Greek politician Charilaos Trikoupis published a manifestor in the Athens daily Kairoi  entitled “Who’s to Blame?” laying out his complaints against the ruling monarch King George; he was elected Prime Minister of Greece the next year.
       b. 1927 a U.S. Air Corps trimotor Fokker named the Bird of Paradise completed the first Transpacific flight from California to Hawaii.
      c. 1956 the Federal Aid Act of 1956 was enacted which created the U.S. Interstate Highway System.
       d. 1975 Steve Wozniak tested the prototype of the Apple 1 computer.
       e. 2014 in a sad day for humanity and civilization ISIS self declared its caliphate which, notwithstanding our president’s vow to degrade and destroy it, is alive and well and growing.
Reflections on the Trojan Horses that are entering this nation in increasing numbers that will ultimately cause this nation to imitate Greece as it nears default: “For every 1.65 employed persons in the private sector, 1 person receives welfare assistance. For every 1.25 employed persons in the private sector, 1 persons receives welfare assistance or works for the government…the punchline: 110 million privately employed workers; 88 millionAndy  welfare recipients and government workers and rising rapidly.” Tyler Durden.
Please enjoy the 140 character poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and join 160 growing followers and please 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. Go to Rhymes On The Newsworthy Times for comments on important and breaking news events that should be of interest. www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com Ridley's Believe It Or Not  Rhymes On The Newsworthy Times
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Hillary Email Deceptions Can You Trust Her

A great war movie was the Dirty Dozen with a stellar cast
Not a sequal but new revelations that highlight a sordid past
At least 12 emails that the queen in waiting from her private server chose to delete
Another example of her desire to any examination of her conduct as Secretary defeat
Trust is only a five letter word
Electing leaders without that virtue is absurd
There should never be a gender based barrier to the highest of this office of this nation hold
But in the world of political trust do you give a free pass for favors quid pro quo sold
The Clintons are the Sopranos of the real world to so many scandals dodge
As the dishonesty of her message grows will her false appeal to the middle class be dislodged
We as voters in a democracy can accept by the vote of others a leader we did not support
But how can anyone support a candidate whose trust comes so far short?
© June 28, 2015 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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