Monday, December 5, 2016

December 5, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Volunteer Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 5, 2016 The body count at the fire at the warehouse in Oakland has risen to 36 and may still climb higher once walls in danger of collapsing have been shored up (the “Ghost Ship” should have been named the “firetrap” and heads hopefully will roll in Oakland building  and fire departments that allowed this menace to public safety exist); in yet another glaring example of Obama’s lack of spine and willingness to cave into the greens, the federal government revoked the permit of the builders of the Dakota Access Pipeline (I hope EPA Secretary McCarthy and her deputies have packed their bags); the theater of the absurd involving Jill Stein continues as she holds a press conference next to Trump Tower to vow going forward in federal courts to the bitter end (what this power, money, and publicity hungry candidate fails to grasp is after 8 years of a spineless, feckless nonleader that foes don’t fear and allies don’t trust is that our next president’s legitimacy is being eroded by all her recount nonsense and the mantra that he’s not our president because he lost the popular vote); in another example of China flexing military muscle, China for the first time sent nuclear capable bombers to circumnavigate Taiwan while in Europe, Russia has installed nuclear missiles in its enclave of Kaliningrad; in another example of how dangerous it is to wear a badge, in New York City an off duty corrections officer was executed while sitting in her car; on the sports front Washington drew the short straw and will face Alabama while this rabid Stanford’s worst nightmare is being realized by SC going to the Rose Bowl to face Penn State while Stanford plays unranked North Carolina in the Sun Bowl on December 30.
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Tony Bennett, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Paula Patton on her birthday, while looking forward to enjoying a slice of a Sacher torte, 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. International Volunteer Day—commemorating and honoring since 1985 the contributions of volunteer organizations around the world to the betterment of society and the improvement of aid and assistance to manmade and natural disasters.
2. World Soil Day—created by the UN General Assembly to promote awareness of the preservation of our soil as a critical part of food production to feed the world’s growing population; the 30’s proved in spades, dust bowls are not your friends and need to be avoided at all costs.
3. 1953 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1953 on a run of 6 weeks in that position “Rags to Riches” by Tony Bennett.  Here is a recording of Tony Bennett performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y22tIJ6toPY
4. National Sacher Torte Day—celebrating Austria’s most renowned torte created by a 16 year old apprentice chef in 1832 in response to Metternich’s demand for a new torte; Sacher hit it out of the culinary park with a three layer chocolate sponge cake with apricot jam between the layers and covered with a chocolate ganache.  
5. Here’s Less Blood and Guts and More Precious Paulas—celebrating the birth on this day in 1975 of Paula Patton (no relation to George S. Patton), a very attractive and talented American actress who has appeared in such great movies as Precious and Mission Impossible.          
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1496 in an example that Christianity even after 1500 hundred years still had a lot of intolerance King Manuel I of Portugal issued a decree expelling all “heretics” from the country (unlike ISIS he did not force conversion or behead them).
b. 1933 to the joy of tavern owners and patrons, the Twenty First Amendment repealing the Eighteenth Amendment which gave us Prohibition and 14 years of illicit booze smuggling and mob violence was ratified.       
c. 1964 Captain Roger Donlon was awarded the first of 258 Medals of Honor awarded for heroism in applying first aid under fire to fellow soldiers during the Vietnam, 162 of  which were sadly awarded posthumously.
d. 1964 Lloyd Old discovered the linkage between the histocompatibility complex (*HMC”) and the disease mouse leukemia thereby creating understanding of the importance of HMC in our immune system. 
e. 2007 at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska, a nineteen year old troubled youth with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire and killed 8 people and wounded 4 before killing himself.
Reflections fame from an actress celebrating her birthday today: “If you're an actress and even one person knows your name, you're lucky.” Paula Patton Wise observation in our fast paced anonymous society and sadly an observation applicable to poets. 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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Sunday, December 4, 2016

December 4, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Wildlife Conservation Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 4, 2016 Two related news items of interest; first Palin who has been floated as a potential VA secretary (disaster when someone like Romney could drain and pave the VA swamp) in one can only be described as stupid attacked the Carrier deal as cronyism capital and the second relates to the resignations of the director of nursing and three other medical professionals from a VA facility in Oklahoma after a patient there was found to have his wound teeming with maggots; major fire raging in Cambridge, MA; finally after 6 years of stonewalling the UN’s General Secretary has issued a very tepid apology to Haiti for the cholera epidemic that has plagued that nation for years with mentioning that the epidemic was brought to the island by UN Peacekeepers in the first place; Castro’s funeral will be held today and the U.S. will not be sending a delegation; speculation mounts as to whether President Obama will be pardoning Beau Bergdahl.    
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Joni James, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from an anonymous source, while looking forward to munching on some cookies either homemade or from Kelli’s Best, 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 Wildlife Conservation Day—commemorating the efforts of environmentalists and governments around the world to stop the illegal slaughter of endangered animals for their ivory, furs and in the case of sharks’ fins.
2. National Kitten Day—promoting the adorable features and personalities of kittens and awareness of the plights of homeless kittens; talk to your vet if you have kittens and find out when it would be a good time to safely spay or neuter them.  
3. 1952 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1952 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “Why Don’t You Believe Me by Joni James.  Here is a recording of Joni James performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmC0CbBELUA
4. National Cookie Day—celebrating another great snack with the best way to celebrate is to log on to http://www.kelliscookies.com/  and order some of her really unique and mouth watering cookies.  
5. Here’s to More Black Sheep in time of Chaos—celebrating the birth on this day in 1912 of Gregory Boyington in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho better known as Marine Corps aviator Pappy Boyington, who was squad leader of the Black Sheep squadron and who after shooting down 28 Japanese planes was shot down and spent a year and a half as a Japanese POW. A heavy smoker all his life he battled cancer in the 60’s and died in 1988 with full military honors befitting a recipient of the Navy Cross and Congressional Medal of Honor.               
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1791 the first edition of the Observer, the oldest Sunday newspaper was published in London and is still being published today.
b. 1881 the first edition of the Los Angeles Times was published.       
c. 1954 the first Burger King was opened in Miami and has grown to well over 7,000 today in the U.S. and Canada.
d. 1978 following the murder of Mayor Moscone, Diane Feinstein became the first female mayor of San Francisco. 
e. 2006 six black teenagers attacked a white student in Jena, LA an attack which provoked huge protests of perceived racial inequality in the justice system.
Reflections on poaching on Wildlife Conservation Day “No one needs an elephant tusk more than an elephant and no one needs a rhino horn more than a rhino—do not be part of the slaughter by buying ivory.” Anon 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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December 3, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 3, 2016 Trump is on his swing state victory and thank you tour while the Blues are still in a state of shock and may name an ardent supporter of Lois Farrakhan to head the DNC (will the last blue collar Blue worker fleeing the Blue tent please turn off the lights); massive fire in a Oakland warehouse where a party was being held with tragic consequences of nine dead and dozens missing and feared dead; kudos to the Penn State Nittany Lions who came back from a 28-7 deficit to the Badgers and with the Big Ten and to the Huskies who defeated Colorado to win the Pac 12; all eyes will be watching to see which four teams go to the National playoffs while the also-rans wonder where they will be bowling; Secretary of Defense Ash Carter acknowledged the inevitable when he indicated the need even when ISIS is defeated to keep a presence of troops in Iraq; Jill Stein Don Quixote style quest to upset Trump has continued into the federal courts in Pennsylvania; Castro’s ashes have been interred in a private cemetery in Cuba—one can only hope like the proverbial Phoenix they will rise up again as a vibrant democracy under capitalism so the Cubans can join the 21st Century.   
          As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Tony Bennett, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Teri Garr, while looking forward to munching on large slice of apple pie, 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. International Day of Persons with Disabilities—promoted by the UN since 1992 to create awareness of the needs of persons with disabilities and to acknowledge the benefits to society of their integration into the economic, cultural and political fabric of our society.
2. Skywarn Recognition Day—celebrating the contribution that amateur radio operators make in times of natural  disasters to the National Weather Service and emergency management systems.  3. 1951 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1951 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “Cold, Cold Heart” by Tony Bennett.  Here is a recording of Tony Bennett performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uORPxmsBJoE
4. National Apple Pie Day—celebrating the about as American as any desert can be whether served al a mode or topped with a slice of cheddar (other than the tart crab apple not native to North America but introduced her in the early 17th Century). 
5. Mermaids and Kill Bills—celebrating the birth on this day in 1960 of Darly Hannah whose career seems to have ebbed but her political activism has soared; appropriate to note her birthday on the day honoring persons with disabilities as she was diagnosed as a child as autistic and her parents received recommendations to have her medicated and institutionalized which fortunately they ignored.     
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1901 in his State of the Union address, President Theodore Roosevelt proposed to curb the monopolistic powers of trusts “within reasonable means.”
b. 1960 the musical Camelot associated with the Kennedy Administration debuted at the Majestic Theater on Broadway.       
c. 1964 police arrested over 800 students who had occupied Cal’s administration building after the UC Board of Regents voted to prevent public demonstrations on public property.
d. 1989 at a meeting off the coast of Malta President H.W. Bush and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev released statements indicating that the Cold War between NATO and the Soviet Union may be coming to an end.   
e. 1992 an engineer at the Sema Group using his personal computer sent the world’s first text message using the Vodaphone network to a colleague’s phone.   
Reflections on the disability that should be the one most feared: “When you hear the word 'disabled,' people immediately think about people who can't walk or talk or do everything that people take for granted. Now, I take nothing for granted. But I find the real disability is people who can't find joy in life and are bitter.” Teri Garr noted American actress who has not acted since 2007 due to multiple sclerosis but still possesses a very positive attitude.
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December 2, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Special Education Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 2, 2016 Trump is not even president yet and already he’s being castigated for taking a congratulatory phone call from the President of Taiwan by the Chinese (first contact since 1979 by a U.S. President or President-elect); deadly wildfires with 13 dead in Tennessee as officials are taking heat (no pun intended) for not sending out evacuation orders by text or cell phone); the Washington Monument, a must see attraction while in Washington, is now closed indefinitely until sometime in 2019 to undergo elevator repairs (seems like a long time but this is the federal government even in cases where the repair is being funded by private philanthropy); in a refreshing note that we are not the only country that transitions power peacefully, Gambia’s president of 22 years conceded defeat in election results; HRC failed in her attempt to move enough people to ignore her flaws and vote for her but with her never ending attacks on Trump she certainly moved more people to go to Merriam Webster to search her words of racist (1), xenophobe, bigot  and misogyny (none of which Trump was or will be). 
      As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Phil Harris, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Harry Reid, while looking forward to munching on some fritters (killer recipe for pumbpkin fritters 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. Special Education Day—commemorating passage of the Individuals with Disability Education Act in 1975 and observed since 2005.
2. International Sweater Vestival—created in 2005 to encourage men and women to wear a sweater to work although I would have placed this day on the first work day following Christmas so one could display for the first and only time some of the wacky Christmas sweaters as gifts before being returned.  
3. 1950 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1950 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “The Thing” by Phil Harris. Here is a recording of Phil Harris performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWPx-fw0mI8
4. National Fritters Day—celebrating fried cake or dough with meat or vegetables inside. Here is a killer recipe for pumpkin fritters:  http://blog.thenibble.com/2010/11/24/recipe-pumpkin-fritters/
5. The Living Proof that Boxing Is Not Good for the Mind—bemoaning the birth on this day in 1939 of a lifelong denizen of the swamp who leaves the swamp for good hopefully on December 31, 2016, Senator Harry Reid who in his tenure as Senate Majority Leader was the most divisive, tyrannical to probably ever occupied that position; he spent too much time in the ring and probably was hit too many times to the head. He will not be missed.           
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1823 President James Munroe in his State of the Union address proclaimed American neutrality in Europe and warned European powers not to intervene in the Americas.
b. 1845 President James Polk in a State of the Union address proclaimed America’s Manifest Destiny to aggressively expand to and settle the West.       
c. 1930 in a too little too late moment President Hoover in a State of the Union address proposed a $150 million stimulus program to put people back to work on public works projects (aka infrastructure).
d. 1956 Fidel Castro and with his 80 supporters landed in Cuba to commence the Cuban Revolution and institute the nightmare that is still present even though Fidel at 90 has smoked his last cigar. 
e. 2015 Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik at the San Bernadino Regional Center returned to a Christmas Party and killed 14 people and wounded 22 coworkers, many of whom had earlier hosted a baby shower for Malik.  
Demented reflections from a biased partisan mind that fortunately will no longer have a forum: “I think it is much easier to be a good member of the Church and a Democrat than a good member of the Church and a Republican.” Harry Reid The sad thing is I really think he believes that dribble. Good luck in retirement; too bad he did not take Pelosi with him.   
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Vanguards Rule Others Drool

In war and struggle the vanguard is the first to reach the beach
The lessons of success to those following to pass on and quickly teach
In business a vanguard is often the pioneer who is the beta site
Imitators soon follow to pick up the pieces and win the black ink fight
The entrepreneur may or may not be a vanguard named
So hard to teach so hard to the passion to succeed against all odds inflame
One will never know who might succeed in the valley of the shadows of Bk
Only a sense that a force field against the inertia of not taking the risk holds sway
Never doubt this nation or its youth will not in meeting challenges meet muster
Students, true vanguards pounding away on computers at a Starbucks rather than Dave and Busters
Never forget that when you board your ship of dreams
The nay sayers, doubters, and lawyers are the barnacles that hobble and make you return downstream
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Obama Blames Loss on Fox

    If only Obama could have governed with the same skill and passion he used to     give a speech
    Not a single goal of his he would not have been be able to have had a chance to     reach
Instead this great community organizer with only the ability not to deliver but only speak
Is facing the rotted detritus of a soon to be erased legacy that not only smells but really reeks
Never again can this nation go down a path strewn only with brave, but delusional  words and lacking deeds
Finally in a moment no one other than the deplorables could ever have surmised
A winning campaign that all the rules in the past had to be completely revised
The art of the speech finally trumped by the art of the deal
Moving forward into a troubled world that failings can no longer be concealed
But the master of the deal more likely than not wants this nation to succeed and the divisions heal
While the legacy loser can only seek those to blame for results he cannot repeal
The Blues led by Obama and Hillary are like a Potemkin village on the coasts, a masterpiece to see
Refined gents and ladies on the patios watching the boats, sipping fine wine and savoring fine brie
Enjoying bagels topped with cream cheese, capers, onions and lox
Smugly listening to solemn voices from Obama and his minions that Trump’s win was due to Fox
Like a Hollywood set where the celebs feel so much at home only an empty shell
When the fa├žade doors opened on the inside where it matters only to the homeland an empty shell
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December 1, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World AIDS Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 1, 2016 Trump is not even president yet and already he’s making America great again, after announcing Carrier had reached an agreement with Trump and Pence to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indiana as opposed to moving to Mexico Trump is off to Indiana to meet with the workers at the Carrier plant in Indiana then off to Cincinnati for the start of his “Thank You America Tour” (wonder if the “only adult in the room” MIA Governor Kasich will meet with him or be on stage); in yet another example of the dangers facing police a Tacoma police officer was shot and killed responding to a domestic disturbance call in Tacoma which resulted in a barricade and ultimate killing of the husband involved after he took his two children hostage; Mark Wahlberg star of the upcoming movie Patriot’s Day made the astute observation as celebrities in Hollywood and New York are slamming Trump’s win that no one between the coasts listen to what these idiots have to say (I would have added even a lot of people on the coasts feel the same way—playing a character with a good script is no substitute for intelligence, common sense, experience and ethics; here’s a news flash to Tom Ford a designer who announced he would not design a dress for our future First Lady because his creations are too expensive—lower your price!; the jet plane that was carrying a soccer team and crashed evidently ran out of fuel (how could that happen?); in the same way the Germans in World War I complained that having Austria-Hungary as an ally was like being tied to a corpse, the Blues to the great delight of the Reds reelected Nancy Pelosi as their Minority Leader; on the economic front the Trump Rally is rolling forward on all cylinders.    
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Frankie Laine, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from the Ryan White, while looking forward to munching or a few crisp red apples to keep the doctor away, 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 Day (International)—commemorating since 1988 the need to create awareness on the spread of the pandemic AIDS caused by the HIV virus and to mourn the millions who have died from it. If you see someone wearing a red ribbon today that person is observing World Aids Day.
2. National Christmas Lights Day—celebrating that great time of the year when houses in the neighborhood are light up with Christmas lights in all sorts of artistic patterns (to avoid utility bill bankruptcy consider LED bulbs and solar power lighting and the further conservation of turning them off when you retire.
3. 1949 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1949 on a run of 6 weeks in that position “Mule Train” by Frankie Laine.  For you cowboy song fans here is a recording of Frankie Laine performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrludWIux8M
4. National Red Apple Day—celebrating another great way to keep the doctor away especially when they seem always to be a low price of 99 cents a pound.
5. The Divine Miss Me—celebrating the birth on this day in 1945 of noted actress and singer Bette Milder.              
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1824 since none of the four candidates running received a majority of the Electoral College votes, the election of the president pursuant to the Twelfth Amendment for the first and only time was given to the House which elected John Quincy Adams.
b. 1913 Ford Motor Company introduced the first moving assembly line for the production of its cars.       
c. 1955 in one of the landmark events of the Civil Rights Movement on this day in 1955 Rosa Parks in Montgomery, Alabama refuse to vacate her seat to a white man and move the back of the bus as required by the Jim Crow laws in effect and that time and was arrested prompting the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the struggle to dismantle Jim Crow.
d. 1969 the first draft lottery since World War II was held in the United States. 
e. 1990 Channel Tunnel sections starting from France and England meet together 40 meters under the seabed of the English Channel and are joined.  
Reflections on AIDS from someone who was in the hospital needing a transfusion at the wrong place and wrong time and received HIV infected blood: “AIDS can destroy a family if you let it, but luckily for my sister and me, Mom taught us to keep going. Don't give up, be proud of who you are, and never feel sorry for yourself.” Ryan White, a very brave teenager who contracted AIDS and fought it with every ounce of his being only to die at the age of 18.
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