Friday, August 1, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not August 2 History National Mustard Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—August 2, 2014:  Another meager day of holidays but you are probably on vacation anyway and are already celebrating. Hope you enjoy what is posted, along with the factoids and quote from Fred Thompson which I hope the current occupant of the White House reads with a smile on your face and an ice cream sandwich in your hand.
           1. National Mustard Day—celebrating a favorite condiment believed to be over 5000 years old and mentioned in the Bible in Luke 17:6—And the Lord said “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and be planted in the sea'; and it would obey you.”  
           2. Hunker Down In The Bunker Day—honoring not all those who have endured rockets in Israel but rather the birthday of Carroll O’Connor on this day in 1924 who played Archie Bunker in that humorous TV series All in the Family.
            3. If You don’t Succeed Try, Try Again Day---celebrating not a tribute to motivational speakers but the birthday of a great actor on this day in 1932 Peter O’Toole who starred in such great films as Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated for best actor eight times and failing in all but finally be awarded an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in film.
            4. National Ice Cream Sandwich Day—another great desert treat especially with ice cream as raspberries rule supreme.
On this day in
             a. 1937 the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was enacted rendering marijuana and its derivatives illegal.
             b. 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin North Vietnamese PT boats allegedly fired on the destroyer the U.S. Maddox which led to the Tonkin Gulf Resolution and our nine year nightmare with over 58,000 deaths of the Vietnam War.  
             c. 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait leading to its defeat in the Gulf War in less than 100 hours.
As you listen to our President on foreign policy and red lines in the sand, is there a sense of déjà vu? “We’ve made some mistakes in this country in times past - the Korean conflict proceeding that, some say proceeding the Persian Gulf War, where we were ambiguous as to what we would do.” Fred Thompson, former Senator from Tennessee and now starring in the Persecuted just out in theaters  As we continue to reduce our military we need to be crystal clear in what we will do and then do it.
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© August 2, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

Army Khaki Being Replace With Pink As 550 Majors T Be Let Go

First we learn of a report of the National Defense Panel that raises great alarm
That condemns the Administration for underfunded threat response, putting us and our military in harm  
As one reads the funding gap between the QDR military responsibility designs
With a rapidly defunded military now in steep decline
It is a red line forecast in the sand that with the funds to be spent our foes can ignore
Our President can only huff and puff and talk, emboldening our foes to come back for more
If one scrolls down the news one finds the pink slips for the majors are ready to be sent
550 majors, the tip of our combat spear will be broken if not severely bent
Last week it was 1,200 captains to their pink slips receive
Some even while in combat in Afghanistan were relieved
Most of the 550 will not have enough years in service to be able to retire
Many probably will face a tough transition to civilian life seeking to be hired
We understand that except in safe districts for Reds or Blue a job is not for life
But these captains and majors in addition to signing so this nation could be protected
Must have believed so long as they performed in harm’s way they would not be ejected
We have short memories of what happened at the beginning of World War II and the Korean War
Undermanned, under equipped military forces were sent to defend our interests on distant shores
Lots of casualties, lands lost, and outcomes in doubt until we could our military expand
In the conflicts of today with the weapons of today you can only fight with what you have today on hand
That’s all a nation will be able to bring to the Martian dance
Downsizing the military in an ever increasing non tranquility world means that in the event of conflict we have less of a winning chance
I know it is a word that in D.C. does not exist
But we need to prioritize our spending and these cuts resist
© August 1, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

IS Waging War Of Terror On The Internet Middle East Welcome To The Dark Ages

So IS is trying to bring the Middle East back to the Dark Ages via the internet
Videos of floggings, stonings, beheadings and executions one would not soon forget
More so than ever the world has a chance to see
The true face of radical Islam and all its in color brutality
The videos show Muslims being executed by Muslims in violation of all human laws
Each time a Muslim sees a terror act of IS, another 100 Muslims from their support might withdraw
It is time for a video to end all videos to become viral in the Muslim world
As the forces of IS marching albeit slower to Baghdad their flag unfurled
Scene after scene of fellow Muslims being put to the IS sword
As slowly, more slowly to Baghdad they move toward
Not killed in battle but just killed by cowards acting as rabid beasts
Animals lusting after the blood of fellow Muslims on which to feast
With overlays of Mullahs and Ayatollahs preaching that killing Muslims all Muslims should block
And when these fanatics are fortunate to head to Paradise for the virgins here is the shock
For these fanatics the gates of Paradise are forever and eternally locked
As Jihad grows for those Muslims who do not condemn and sit idly by
IS videos on the internet will soon apply to them and those Muslims may also die
© August 1, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

In War Of Tweets Who Is More Manly Putin Or Obama

It is always better to wage a war of tweets
Than a war of bullets and bodies covered in body bag sheets
A tweet of Putin with a leopard, Obama with a poodle fluffy and white
Images conjured of which man has the greater power and might
If strength is measured in age, both animals live in the 12 to 17 year span
But there are a lot more poodles older than 17 than leopards in the land
Add to that this very simple fact
Poodles have something that leopards lack
Leopards like men like Putin are an endangered species
Putin's Soviet view of the world is covered in feces
And like the life of the leopard which may be all too short
So will Putin's hold on power be as a growing list of sanctions the Russian economy will thwart
Sadly, like Dukakis looking like Alfred E. Newman in an M-1 tank
Obama does look a bit like a wimp, too bad we could not have had Palin mushing through an Alaskan snow bank 
Since most Americans like dogs that only a slipper will occasionally chew
And cats shred sofas and leave a litter smell all of us rue
On this one our President is not completely on the end of a short stick
At least he unlike Putin will get a friendly non sandpaper like lick
© August 1, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet  

National Defense Panel Blasts Obama As Congress Approves 225 Million For More Iron Domesorfowe But

It may be ironic that on the day the national defense panel releases its bipartisan report
Concluding that under Obama our defense capabilities may come up dangerously short
At least to an ally under relentless Hamas rocket attacks
Congress can approve 225 million more funding for more Iron Dome to protect Israel’s back
It was almost like a scene from Golda Meir pleading with Nixon during the Yom Kippur War
Nixon without hesitation to cover weapons loss opened up our armament doors
The sheer numbers of Hamas rockets have Iron Dome missiles severely depleted
Cease fire after cease fire broken by Hamas as its rockets have not retreated
The bloodshed in Gaza is tragic and loss of civilian life we all should all mourn
But the blood is on Hamas hands; Pelosi ideas notwithstanding, it is not a humanitarian group from terrorists reborn
Putting rockets in schools and homes turns civilians into shields
Each civilian body for Hamas is a propaganda yield
Hamas must rule Gaza with a sheer terror iron hold
Or an uprising against them by civilians would unfold
It may be dicey and a gamble and not a sure bet
We in the US may not be smart enough; so the idea let’s forget
But if there is a way to ID civilians in Gaza that would Hamas fight
Time to provide some weapons to shoot these thugs on sight
Mao was a genius when he observed
Guerillas cannot live among the people if the people’s safety they cannot preserve
Behind the scenes Kerry and his minions should also be making the rounds
Not to Israel to hector and complain as more Hamas rockets are shot down
Rather to the Arab capitals and to the mosques to elicit Muslim outrage
Against Iran support and Hamas rocket and tunnel terror it continues to wage.
As long as Iran continues to with weapons and money Hamas support
We should consider acts to the nuke discussions extension with them abort
© August 1, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet