Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 19 History Rainforest Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 19, 2014:  Trust your Sunday is proving to be a great one and that you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quote from Mother Teresa, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to a bowl of seafood bisque, blessed with a positive attitude, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.
      1. Mother Teresa Day (Albania)—celebrating in the land of her birth in 1910 of Mother Teresa who lived most of her life in India administering to the poor and sick.
      2. Rainforest Day—observed to create awareness of the importance of rainforests to our ecosystems; sadly, rainforests are being reduced at an alarming rate due to human activity such as logging and farming.  
      3. Fisher Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1489 of John Fisher, a catholic bishop and tutor to Henry VIII who was beheaded in 1522 on orders of King Henry VIII for refusing to recognize his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.  
      4. Seafood Bisque Day—celebrating a really great soup especially when the days start getting colder.  
On this day in
       a. 1950 Iran became the first country to participate in Truman’s Point Four Program, a program designed to bring American technology and know-how to developing countries in agriculture, industry and health to aid in their development—It is a safe bet that the mullahs in Iran have long since forgotten the aid given to that country under the program.
       b. 1960 to the dismay of cigar lovers in the U.S., the U.S. imposed a total embargo on the island of Cuba, which embargo still exists today.
       c. 2003 Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II.
       d. 2005 Saddam Hussein went on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity.  
Reflections as the baby boomers start nearing their life expectancy: “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, 'How many good things have you done in your life?' rather he will ask, 'How much love did you put into what you did?”                
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Carnival Magic Turned Away Due To Ebola Fears


The Carnival Magic is not the Love Boat but a ship of fears
Cutting short its cruise while passengers try to hold back their tears
Like the St. Louis of decades ago carrying Jews seeking from the Nazis to escape
Turned away from resort ports not willing to let possible Ebola on board escape
Back to Galveston with another hospital worker in his cabin now confined
Another case of sloppiness in Ebola protocol defined
One hopes that without symptoms a person cannot others infect
Abundance of caution as opposed to panic and into a life boat eject
We have been rolling the dice and thus far the rolls have been going our way
But luck is not how the CDC should be trying to the possible spread delay.
We now have a czar, an experienced political Blue hack
To marshal and focus the public resources or possibly to protect Obama’s political back?
No medical experience, no training other than as a political op
Hope he is getting medical advice on how to this spread of Ebola stop
 © October 18, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Obama's Credit Card Declined Nation's Next?


Highly symbolic that the President’s credit card was declined
While the nation’s credit continues to decline
Not from over limit or identity theft but for lack of use
A problem not faced when using the nation’s credit reeling from deficit abuse
Fortunately the Selective Service that would for the President a bullet take
Did not have to pass the hat for the President’s dinner and cake
Leave it to the women who manage far better a family’s purse
Michelle whips out a card to the embarrassment reverse
The meal is paid for and the President stays out of the kitchen washing plates
Too bad as a little actual private sector work experience might improve his job performance rate
Wonder when the symbolism becomes reality in spades
When the Chinese stop buying our paper as our standing fades
This time there will be no lady waiting in the wings
To come to our aid and fresh credit availability bring.
© October 18, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 18 History Alaska Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 18, 2014:  Trust your weekend is off to a good start and that you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and  quotes from a note African American poet Maya Angelou, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to a chocolate cupcake as a treat, blessed with a positive attitude, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.
      1. Alaska Day—celebrating one of the great coups of American diplomacy; this day in 1867 that Russia transferred Alaska to the United States for the paltry sum of $7.2 million (about $114 million in today’s dollars or about a day and a half of the value of the oil pumped through TAPS; if you see an Alaskan today hug that person (today the Alaskanpoet will be wearing a red Stanford polo and hugs are always welcome).
      2. Persons Day—observed in Canada to commemorate the decision in Edwards v. Canada by the Canadian equivalent of our Supreme Court that ruled on October 18, 1929 that women were eligible to sit in Canada’s Senate.
      3. National No Beard Day—celebrating the excuse to shave off one’s beard which if one is getting up in years has a tendency to come in gray anyway—a holiday not celebrated in Iraq or among the fanatics of ISIS.  
      4. Great Scott Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1927 of the Academy Award winning actor George C. Scott of Patton and Dr. Strangelove fame.
      5. National Chocolate Cupcake Day—celebrating a great way to blow your diet with this tasty treat.  
On this day in
       a. 1775 Phyllis Wheatley the second published African-American poet and first woman was freed from slavery. After great fame, like most poets she died penniless.
       b. 1851 to the bane and woe of future high school students Herman Melville’s turgid novel The Whale (later renamed Moby Dick) was published.
       c. 1922 the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was founded to create a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide for a national broadcasting service.  
       d. 1954 Texas Instruments announced the first transistor radio.
Reflections on why we need more poets and fewer lawyers:  There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns all clean.  Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.” Maya Angelou noted African American poet who recited a poem at Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 17 History Back Peetry Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 17, 2014:  The weekend is almost upon us which means on Saturday and Sunday you have to go to my blogs to receive these gems. Hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and the quote from Joseph Wresinki, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to a plate of your favorite pasta, blessed with a positive attitude, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.
      1. Edge Day—celebrating since 1999 dancing on the straight edge with hard rock and moshing (slam dancing)—definitely not a dance floor for the baby boomers in Social Security mode.
      2. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty—first observed in Paris in 1987 when 100,000 gathered to honor the victims of hunger, poverty, disease and fear—great idea that gets lost in the fog when entrepreneurship and capitalism get attacked as the cause of poverty. 
      3. Black Poetry Day—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1771 of Jupiter Hammond, the first African American to publish his own verse and expanded today to honor the contributions of African Americans to our literary culture.
      4. Mulligan Day—celebrating the fact that everyone not just those on the golf course deserve a second chance, a “do-over”.
      5. National Pasta Day—celebrating a great way to get your carbs especially in the form of linguine with clams in a white sauce with plenty of garlic.
On this day in
       a. 1881 Thomas Edison filed a patent for the optical phonograph (movie).
       b. 1931 Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentence to serve 11 years.
       c. 1933 Albert Einstein correctly perceiving the future of the Nazis fled Germany to emigrate to the U.S.
       d. 1973 in a wake up call as to why we need the Keystone Pipeline OPEC commenced an embargo on the U.S. for its support of Israel during the Yom Kippur War.                                      
Reflections on International Day for Eradication of Poverty: “Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.” –Joseph Wresinski (1917–1988) founder of ATD Fourth World Amen to that but the discussion is always in the details of how to achieve it.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

If Politics Won't Stop At Waters Edge It Must Stop At Door To Dbola Isolation Ward


As the second home grown Ebola case surfaces and fears continue to grow
It is high time for the finger pointing and blame game to once and for all stow
The Blue ads that falsely on the shoulders of the Reds claim
That Red cuts to CDC are to the Ebola cases blame
Should be immediately shut down and never again see the light of day
We need a calm, rational, nonpartisan for this microbe to control and slay
We may be light years ahead of Africa in terms of our health system but we are not immune
There appear to be in this country only four hospitals like Emory with the total containment rooms
Whatever protocols the CDC had, if followed in the case of the two nurses in Dallas, did not work
Or they were not followed either due to ignorance or too hard or too much time to follow and in human nature shirked
The attack on this disease started off way to rocky
Maybe because the CDC director Frieden was far too cocky
Time to circle the wagons and subject the protocols to a thorough review
Then implement the right protocols and make sure they are followed through
This virus has been identified since 1976 and yet has not yet gone airborne
How many more mutations before it does and leaves our defenses shorn?
We cannot or will not control our border but we can control an aircraft ramp
Anyone whose passport bears a West African stamp
Should we prevent that person from boarding the plane?
Until the disease in West Africa starts to wane?
While procedures for health care workers here are under intense review
What are we doing to protect our troops for them to the virus eschew
Serious issues deserve serious thought and oversight
Above all not another finger pointing partisanship fight
My grandfather lived through the Spanish Flu of 1919 and the bodies piled up recalled was not a pretty sight
In Biblical terms not “a” but hundreds of thieves daily coming to homes in the night
We have had the warning call, the first shots across our health system bow
Time to stop the blame, unite and show the world when it comes to unity of purpose we know how.
© October 15, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Another Fatal Shooting Of A Black Man By White Officer


Another white officer shooting a black man who appeared to be mentally ill
14 times struck by bullets and he was quickly killed
This time the man was with the officer’s baton armed
Still questions of why the officer used lethal harm
Homeless most likely, sleeping on a park bench a danger to no one
Checked on twice by other officers for his safety and no harm to either party done
Officer Manney was the third to check
Mentally illness he quickly detects
But without reason he patted him down and a struggle ensued
Hamilton seized Manney’s baton, hit him, and Manney quickly his gun drew
Do not know the size or strength of Hamilton or Manney or their fighting shape
But instincts tell me that Manney in a struggle would win the tale of the tape
He was fired today for violating department policy use of force
A decision to charge him after six months still has not run its course
This poet was not there and knows not all the facts
Although the officer was fired, calmer minds should not rush to the attack
Sadly, adrenaline will always trump training no matter how much or how well
The reptilian brain has only one thought--to survive and send one’s attacker back to Hell
A tragic ending but if Hamilton had been white, the ending would have been the same
A police baton is lethal and rage of mental illness is hard to rationally tame
Hamilton would be alive today if paramedics had been called to take this man to a treatment center to receive needed mental health care
But the mentally ill have slipped though the mesh  of the safety net, into the prisons, jails, and park benches, as of the health care dollars, mental health does not receive a fair share
© October 16, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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