Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Water Monitoring Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 18, 2018 The flood waters from Florence are lingering in the Carolinas and the death toll has risen to 32 as authorities warn residents not to return to their flooded homes; the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on Monday with Kavanaugh and Ford (if she does not Grassley will cancel the hearing) testifying under oath on the alleged sexual abuse 36 years ago while so typically Kamala Harris is beating the drums for the FBI to reopen the background check and for additional witnesses to be called (even if the incident did occur which is doubtful is it grounds for rejecting his nomination or to put it another way does the incident determine his character—the answer should be no in both cases); Matthew Dowd of the Always Biased Cack Network is rightfully being slammed for tweeting that Justice Thomas is a sexual predator and inferring that Judge Kavanugh is one also;  Professor Cheny-Lippold of the University of Michigan is being slammed for his refusal to write a letter of recommendation for a student seeking to study in Israel because it would run counter to his department’s position of Israeli occupation of Palestine (another example of anti-Semitism running wild on our college campuses); not to be outdone on the anti-Semitism front tenured professor Hamid Dabashi as Columbia has tweeted that every dirty problem in the world is the fault of Israel (with tenure you can’t get rid of idiots like this one); on the culinary front the Lobster Pound in Charlotte, Maine is getting its lobster high on marijuana smoke before steaming them to death         http://video.foxnews.com/v/5836485027001/?#sp=show-clips; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 17, 2018, 2208 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a teenage leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 358 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Milli Vanilli, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your face is covered with sunscreen to avoid being naevous, and a relevant quote from Angelina Jolie on landmines, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, 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 Water Monitoring Day—created by the American Clean Water Foundation in 2003 as an educational outreach program to promote the monitoring of water quality of our water resources.
2. International Read an E-book Day—created in 2014 to promote the reading of e-books which take up little or no extra space in a briefcase or suitcase but allow the reader to take a small library with him or her.
3. 1989 Number One Song— the number one song in 1989 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You” by Milli Vanilli. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbUENJ5FjBk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n”  is “naevous” which means spotted or freckled which one can become being out in the Sun with pale skin and no sunscreen on.
5. Enhance for a Chance—celebrating the birth on this day in 1971 of noted cyclist Lance Armstrong who won the Tour de France 7 times but was stripped of his wins after it was discovered he was using banned performance enhancing drugs.
On this day in: 
a. 1793 the first cornerstone for the U.S. Capitol was laid by President George Washington.
b. 1984 Joe Kittinger completed the first solo crossing of the Atlantic in a gas balloon named Balloon of Peace.
c. 1997 media magnate Ted Turner donated $1 billion to the United Nations.
d. 1997 the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention was adopted by 33 countries but not the U.S., Russia, China and India.
e. 2001 the anthrax attacks began with the mailing of letters containing anthrax spores to two senators and various news media outlets; the mailings continued until October 9, 2001 and killed 5 people and injured 17 others. The prime suspect a Doctor Bruce Ivins committed suicide before being brought to justice.
   Reflections on anti-personnel landmines: “The most upsetting thing is that the US is a leader in the world, and if they don't sign, then how do you expect to convince Russian and China and Iran, Pakistan, all these other countries, to sign? They simply won't. (The US government) feels it's against their constitutional right to bear arms, or they've said that it's needed in North and South Korea, on the border. I don't think any of these are good enough excuses for the damage.” Angelina Jolie
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Kavanaugh's Accuser Out In Open


An event that may or may not have happened four decades ago
May have dealt Kavanaugh’s confirmation a death if not a delaying blow
At a beach party in Maryland with teens drinking and no parents home
Christine Ford has broken her silence and claimed Kavanaugh crossed into the sexual assault zone
Pushing onto a bed and trying to her swimsuit
While his friend Judge laughed and rooted
When Judge fell onto the bed all three fell to the floor
Allowing her to escape through a bathroom door
Then when she hear Kavanaugh and Judge heading down the stairs out through window
Dropping to the ground one story below
Cannot remember where the house was for this traumatic event
Or how she managed to get home only that she did not consent
Did not tell her parents, her lips sealed until 2002 before marrying her husband but the perpetrator she did not name
Revealed in a counseling session once again in 2012 with spouse before a therapist but did not name
The reason why subject herself and her family to scorn
Now forced out in the open when her identity became known
Kavanaugh has been vetted extensively by the FBI and this episode never became known
A no at the last moment the Blues are demanding the president his nomination disown
Of the three people that could have been in that room that night two denied
What facts to find the truth should one rely
Or should one condemn the act but not use it as a decades long career as a judge, father and spouse to dimiss
And dump this man into the reptilian brain sordid abyss
Seventeen years old and from the 65 women who knew him and support him in this  one time event
No this is not the time to the fallows of unforgiveness should Kavanaugh be sent
 Maybe if it occurred he was in a brownout or blackout and had no recollection of something he would detest
The issue is what has occurred since becoming an adult and there is nothing remotely derogatorily to suggest
His relationship with his wife may not be affected but with his daughters perhaps
A greater punishment cannot be imagined if in their eyes their knight is being unwrapped
He should apologize to Ms. Ford along these lines I do not remember the event
That seems so out of character and my morals and integrity bent
That I denied when I should have said if it occurred I apologize sincerely for the injury I have caused
It was not who I was nor who I am now and that behavior would have been an inexcusable character flaw
The Blues are using this event as a rallying cry against the War on Women and the silencing of the accused
Whether they come forth immediately or hide for many years in the shadows when abused
© September 16, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

September 16, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Mexican Independence Day



Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 16, 2018 Hurricane Florence has now become Tropical Storm Florence after leaving at least 15 dead and a million without power in its wake as it continues to drench the Carolinas and the Southeast with massive amounts of rainfall and flooding waters (stung by criticism over federal responses in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Pentagon has 9,700 troops to assist in relief efforts); on the Kavanaugh front, the alleged victim of a high school sexual assault by Kavanaugh, Christine Ford, a registered Democrat and professor at Palo Alto University, has come forward with her allegations of a highly intoxicated Kavanaugh forcing her into a bedroom and trying to remove her bathing suit which attempt ended when his friend Judge, who denies the incident ever happened jumped on top of them and rolled off the bed allowing her to escape through a bathroom window to remain silent on the accusations until a therapy session with her husband in 2012 and July when she released a confidential letter to Feinstein in July who sat on it until last week after all the interviews with Kavanaugh, his senatorial interviews, Senate Judiciary grilling, and written questions had ended (the Blues want a full blown FBI investigation and a delay of Thursday’s confirmation hearing while in the face of Kavanaugh’s and Judge’s denial and a letter from 65 women who have known him from high school and support him was to proceed forward which gives rise to the question of how possibly in a blackout stage a non disclosed til now incident involving two teenagers  four decades ago not repeated until now disqualifies a person from serving in a public office even as those sanctimonious Blues whose records in youth must be “lily white” proclaim women must not be silenced); deer hunting will be allowed for 10 days on the National Wildlife Preserve but fortunately for the gang that with rifles cannot shoot straight permitted only with bows and arrows; on the false advertising front, German Ironman competitor Jaroslav Bobrowski has been banned from the Running Sushi’s All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at the Running Sushi in Landshut, Bavaria for devouring 100 plates of sushi; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 15, 2018, 2196 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a teenage leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 355 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Michael Jackson, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you know how to use nackets to lose weight, and a relevant quote from  José Maria Morelos y Pavon on the Mexican Movement for Independence, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, 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 for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer—created by the UN General Assembly in 2007 to promote awareness of the need to reduce the production of chemicals that delete the Ozone Layer that protects the planet from harmful radiation; the date was chosen as it coincides with the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Delete the Ozone Layer on September 16, 1980 which protocol since the signatories observed it had the result of closing the Ozone hole in our atmosphere in 2017.
2. Mexican Independence Day—commemorating the morning of this day in 1810 when Father Miguel Hidalgo Y Castilla rang the bell at his church in Delores, Mexico to raise the call of arms to resist the Spanish as an independent nation.
3. 1987 Number One Song— the number one song in 1987 on a run of 1 week in that position was “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPSS0B1iemQ
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n”  is “nacket” which means a snack or light lunch, the eating of which is a great way to lose weight.
5. Dollars for Pennies--celebrating the birth on this day in 1875 of J.C. Penny’s, the founder of a retail chain that bears his name. After growing the chain to 175 outlets he retired in 1917 by staying active behind the scenes; his stores survived the Great Depression by offering great value. He remained on the Board until his death in 1971 amd must be rolling in his grave over the depressed stock price for J.C. Penny’s.
On this day in: 
a. 1961 the National Hurricane Research Center dropped 8 cylinders of silver iodide into the center of Hurricane Esther which then had wind speeds reduced by 10% which gave rise to Project Stormfury,  a failed 21 year project of seeding hurricanes to reduce their strength.
b. 1979 in a classic example of the human spirit going to any lengths to be fee, 8 people in a homemade hot air balloon escaped from East Berlin to West Berlin.
c. 1992 the trial of Manuel Noriega for trafficking and money laundering ended in a guilty verdict which resulted in a sentence of 40 years, validating that it is hard to hide from the long arm of the law.
d. 1992 the British pound was forced out of the European Exchange Mechanism by speculators and was forced to devalue against the German mark.
e. 2007 security guards for Blackwater Worldwide in a move that severely strained U.S.-Iraqi relations shot and killed 17 Iraqis and wounded 20 others; after several investigations 4 guards were tried and convicted in federal court, 1 for murder and the others for manslaughter and firearms charges.
   Reflections on Mexican Independence Day: I am a servant of the nation because it assumes the greatest legitimate and inviolable sovereignty." José Maria Morelos y Pavon priest who assumed the Mexican Independence Movement after the execution of Father Hidalgo by the Spanish shortly after his declaration of independence.
  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 www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© September 16, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Saturday, September 15, 2018

New Storm Surge-Looters


Natural disasters bring out men at their very best times
But sadly the worst when in Florence damaged areas reports of looting crimes
The good work of the Cajun Navy coming to residents stranded by rising waters aid
Obscured by looters who from the laws against theft have strayed
Or from gougers who due to scarcity caused by a run on grocery stores
Have raised prices on necessities more and more
Looting can be checked by a police presence very strong
To deter looters who believe that stealing from vacated homes and business is not wrong
Or curfews that keep people at home at night
And force looters who wish to steal out into the daylight
Where easier to be seen and  then nabbed
As they smash windows to goods try to grab
Price gouging is more subtle as prices rise
With sellers hiding behind market forces why it was authorized
Curfews in Carolina towns adversely hit are in place
And gougers may in due time face jail for higher prices on scare goods former prices replace
But at the core of the problem is that more people must ape the Cajun Navy creed
It times of disaster it is the primary function of neighbors and citizens to help those in dire need.
© September 15, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

September 15, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Lymphoma Awareness Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 15, 2018 Hurricane Florence has now become Tropical Storm Florence after leaving at least seven dead and a million without power in its wake as it continues to drench the Carolinas and the Southeast with massive amounts of rainfall and rising waters (stung by criticism over federal responses in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Pentagon is  readying 9,700 troops to assist in relief efforts); Paul Manafort who has plead guilty in a plea agreement with the witch-hunter in chief and is cooperating with him as part of that agreement may soon have company as Greg Craig, a lawyer with ties to Clinton and the Obama administration may face charges for failing to register as a foreign lobbyist for his dealings in the Ukraine; Fort Worth police officer Gordon Hull shot in the head in a confrontation with armed robbery suspects  has joined at least 55 other police officers who have died in the line of duty this year; in a I can’t wait moment, Arnold Nash, 65 years old and a convicted murderer scheduled for release on December 14 of this year has escaped from a Maine prison, prompting a warning to nearby residents to be vigilant (which thanks to the 4th Amendment means check to make sure your firearms are loaded and in good working condition); in another nonassimilation moment a rare English speaking customer at a Hialeah, Florida Taco Bell was refused service because she tried to order in English (caught on video, that worker is no longer working at Taco Bell and if an illegal immigrant a damning indictment of our porous border); on the diversity at any cost in Lyon the Emile Cohl art school’s photo ad for the school some of the students had been blackened to appear more diverse; Harrison Ford whose carbon footprint rivals that of Al Gore lectured the audience about climate change in San Fracisco and the need to elect people who believe in the science of global warming (another definition of hypocrisy by a member of the Hollywood elite); in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 12, 2018, 2183 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a teenage leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 353 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Huey Lewis and the News, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not nabilitic, and a relevant quote from Ann, a cancer survivor and member of the Lymphoma Club, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, 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 Democracy—created by the UN General Assembly in 2007 to promote the values and principle of democracy which either do not exist in places like North Korea or are under attack in places like Venezuela or Turkey.
2. World Lymphoma Awareness Day--created by the Lymphoma Coalition in 2004 to create awareness of the symptoms and cures for one of the fastest growing cancers in the world with 1,000 new cases daily.
3. 1986 Number One Song— the number one song in 1986 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Stuck with You” by Huey Lewis and the News. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J08ZwySCoJ8
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n”  is “nabilitic” which means churlish, vulgar or uncivil which is what we hear from politicians on both sides of the aisle more frequently but mostly on the left.
5. Cannibal for Jazz--celebrating the birth on this day in 1928 of Julian Adderley noted saxophonist best known to his fans as Cannonball Adderley and to his childhood friends as Cannibal for his voracious appetite but who played his last note at the far too early age of 46 from a stroke.
 On this day in: 
a. 1812 the French Army under Napoleon reached the Kremlin but instead of forcing the Tsar to capitulate, the city was torched and the Russians fought on, causing Napoleon to retreat in the cold of the Russian winter losing most of his army.
b. 1962 the Soviet ship Poltava carrying medium range missiles headed for Cuba, one of the events that brought on the Cuban Missile Crisis, an event that brought us closer to nuclear war than we have ever been.
c. 1981 in a way the judicial confirmation process is supposed to work as opposed to the theatrics from the left on the Kavanaugh hearings, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously recommended the confirmation of Sandra Day O’Connor.
d. 2004 to the dismay of hockey fans here in the U.S. and Canada, the NHL locked the players out and cancelled the entire season, the first time a professional sport has had its season cancelled in its entirety due to a labor dispute.
e. 2008 Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in the largest bankruptcy of all times which plunged this country into a recession and paved the way for Obama to be elected.
   Reflections on lymphoma: “Life after cancer is what you make of it. You can either focus on worrying or you can choose to embrace your second chance at life and convert that energy to being proactive and living a full life. The same determination you had during your cancer battle is the same determination you need to live a life after cancer.” Ann, cancer survivor and member of the Lymphoma Club
  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 www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© September 15, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Conservatives Fearful Of Coming Out Jack Dorsey

For many years gays and lesbians lived in the closet afraid to admit
Fearful employers would react by firing or asking them to quit
Or voters would not see them for public office fit
Fearful that in a foxhole they would not be allowed to sit
Not right and slowly but surely the closet doors opened and they came out
And the forces of discrimination receded though not in a complete rout
New closets unfortunately are experiencing a building boom
And diversity of thought is suffering great doom and gloom
In college classrooms conservatives are fearful to their ideas express  
In Hollywood conservatives are fearful lest their employment chances be suppressed
In politics poll results are often skewed
As conservatives fearful expressing what they believe is true
In Silicon Valley the social media giants lean to the liberal cause
Anyone expressing conservative thoughts is thought to be flawed
No wonder Dorsey of Twitter indicated conservatives are afraid to come out
A different opinion than the left is quickly put to rout
Somewhat hypocritical and self serving due to Twitter's shadow ban
And algorihyms on conservative speech hard to justify or understand
No one wants to be attacked for one’s social views
Build and hide in the closet so no one has a clue
Who loses when ideas are concealed due to possible ridicule?
Concealed due to a self imposed gag rule
The answer is simple each and every one whether left or right or in between
Tolerance on both sides must be the mantra so the dependence on closets we can wean

 © September 14, 2018 

Anti-Trumpster Jamele Hill Leaving ESPN

Politics and sports do not mix unless the mixture is to unite
Like the ping pong diplomacy or Olympics that call a truce and put conflict in flight
But using sports as a platform to interject personal political beliefs can bring only lost revenues along with grief
Jamele Hill is a classic case
As an anti-Trump pundit totally off base
Rants on ESPN that he was a bigot, as a president not fit
Missing the point-fans watching a game want non sports disputes to quit
Calling advertisers to boycott the Cowboys
Biting the pocket of ESPN who her employs
Not very bright, not very smart
So today she announced she would depart
Good riddance and farewell
On sports absent politics one hopes you dwell
Or shed the sports and join the commentators on the political scene
Hopefully without the rhetoric today so nasty and mean
© September 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet