Saturday, December 15, 2018

Roundtable Christmas 2018

During Christmas the Orange County Knights of the Roundtable holds a Christmas Brunch for its members, wives, children, grandchildren and guests with balloon puppets, face painting, a visit by Santa complete with a huge bag of toys and a remembrance of any member who had died during the year. I am called upon to create and deliver a Christmas poem. this is what I wrote and delivered; I hope you enjoy it.
Welcome to my fellow Knights, their spouses, children and guests
As we celebrate our Christmas buffet feast and camaraderie we are truly blessed
To my left there is an empty chair
Symbolizes that our fighter pilot Dave Khlages will no longer fly into the air
A reminder to live life with a purpose with sound goals to achieve
Makes it easier for the survivors to celebrate his life makes it easier to grieve
We have survived Black Friday which started after finishing our Thanksgiving pumpkin pie
As we charged off to the malls where decorum and civility in search of sales, the shoppers did defy
Followed by shopping on Small Business Saturday
To see what our neighboring businesses had on display
The on to Cyber Monday in a deluge of computer clicks
Our digital wallets and purses becoming thinner and thinner  no longer as thick
Then on to Giving Tuesday, a holiday so easy to sell
Whether contributing food, dropping off goods at Goodwill or tossing cash into a pot while the Salvation Army trooper rings his bell
On the national scene the Reds have woken up to a Grinch deposited lump of coal
The House has been flipped; in trying to keep the House they have failed in that goal
The race for the White House far too early has already begun
30 plus Blues and one Spartacus have indicated they are thinking about making a run
From this poet a plea that if in the violence of World War I
Where all hold on humanity seemed done
In the trenches Brits, French and Huns
Their generals the soldiers did stun
Observing a truce on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Putting their guns away with no need to continue to slay
Then the two parties should be able to at least during the Christmas season
End the demeaning personal attacks and sermonizing and with each other try to reason
To no longer crucify each other on the cross of demonizing
Together to end gridlock to stand before the altar of compromising
On a personal level seek out and receive the gift of peace
Hold it close to your heart forever not to it release
Give of your time and hug spouse and children each day
Never let business for those loving acts get in the way
Serenity and tranquility as the lasting gift to guide your path
In relationships with loved ones and strangers and in practicing your craft
And to the children waiting anxiously like coiled springs
To see what gifts Santa will bring
Wondering when Santa’s airborne sleigh the roof will arrest
And whether they will pass the naughty or nice test
Worry not that this Christmas celebration will be stolen by the Grinch
Even if he is green no need to worry or flinch
Or hearing Scourge yelling “Bah Humbug” if he nears
That’s not going to happen this year
You have enjoyed a great meal without Green Eggs and Ham
For that you don’t need to be named Sam I am
Rejoice that Santa uses reindeer instead of a team of large moose
Slowing down his sleigh as Thidwick the Big Hearted Moose tries to shake the animals in his antlers loose
Never in the spirit of Christmas and Santa no longer believe, hold on to it so tight
Never give it up without a fight
But now I think it is high time
To end this Christmas rhyme
For on the roof I think a can hear Santa’ reindeer
Soon waiting children he will be here
Wishing one and all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Prosperous New Year
© December 15, 2018 Michael P. Ridley

December 15, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Bill of Rights Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 15, 2018 a Texas District Court Judge has ruled that with the elimination of the individual mandate, Obamacare is unconstitutional (if you are opposed to Obamacare don’t uncork the champagne as this will end up in the Supreme Court; the gaffe master Joe Biden responding to some concerns over this age of 76 has floated the idea of Beto O’Rourke as his running mate (if you thought Obama was not qualified given his meager Senate, that meager experience trumps Beto’s minimal experience in the state senate of Texas; former Democratic Chief Counsel Epstein and former Federal Elections Commission Spakovsky have both agreed that payment of hush money to two women was not a campaign election violation; small signs that Trump is recognizing that he is human and can make mistakes first admitting that he made a mistake in not participating in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans’ Day and then admitting to Fox in an interview that he made a mistake in hiring Cohen and thirdly trying to rectify his Arlington absence gaff by making an unscheduled   stop at Arlington to participate in a Wreaths Across America event; Ann Sonders, the Chief Investment Strategist at Schwab, is raising the alarm that the U.S. is headed for a recession in 2019 due to the trade war with China, the Fed’s path in raising rates and the uncertainty over how and on what terms Britain is going to be able to exit the EU; PG&E already under fire for its role in causing the Woolsey fire with disastrous loss of property, is under investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission over allegations that it has falsified pipeline safety regulations for years (given the financial impact on PG&E a time to short the stock?); Zinke has announced he is leaving the Interior Department and Mulvaney has become Trump’s acting Chief of Staff (still a lot of turmoil going on in the Trump Administration); Cohen the admitted liar and illegal taper of the president has the pot calling the kettle black audacity of getting on the soap box and declaring Trump is a liar (the sooner March comes around and he begins his incarceration isolated from the MSM the better it will be); Mueller has provided to the court documents demanded by the judge concerning his FBI interview and supposed “perjury” and a logical conclusion may be he was set up to get him to flip which he has not in order to get Trump ($25 million and counting and a major distraction to the Trump Agenda to grow this nation—end the witch-hunt!); Rolling Thunder not the operation of bombing North Vietnam but the Memorial Day Parade of thousands of motorcycles will end on Memorial Day, 2019, ending a tradition that has existed since 1988 over allegations that federal agencies had made the event too difficult and costly to organize (if only partly true “Shame!”); Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 14, 2018, 2855 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 480 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 Rod Stewart, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not obfuscate issues and a relevant quote from Thomas Jefferson on the Bill of Rights, 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. Bill of Rights Day—celebrating the ratification of the Bill of Rights the bedrock to our individual liberties on this day in 1791 with Virginia providing the last ratification by the states needed.
2. International Tea Day—celebrated in tea producing countries since 2005 to promote awareness of the contribution of tea to our global economy.
3. 1976 Number One Song— the number one song in 1976 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” by Rod Stewart. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “n” to words beginning with “o” is “obfuscate” which means to confuse an act in which politicians and bureaucrats excel.
5. Downtown Abbey—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1981 if Michelle Dockery, noted British actress and singer best noted for her leading role in the hit BBC series Downtown Abbey.
    On this day in: 
a. 1961 Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death after being found guilty of 15 charges including crimes against humanity and the Jewish people on December 12, 1961; he was executed by hanging on June 12, 1962.
b. 1973 the American Psychiatric Society voted 13-0 to remove homosexuality from its list of psychiatric disorders.
c. 1978 President Jimmy Carter announced the U.S. would recognize the People’s Republic of China and sever relations with Taiwan.
d. 2000 the third reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was shut down.
e. 2001 the Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after 11 years of work to stabilize it and the expenditure of $27 million.
   Reflections on the Bill of Rights that make this country unique and which must be protected at all times: “A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.” Thomas Jefferson
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© December 15, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Harris See No Evil Hear No Evil

Kamala Harris who is a wanna-be fpr the  White house lawn
Is a favorite for whom the MSM likes to fawn
Treatment of her is one of total pampering
A settlement of 400 grand by the State may her aspirations hamper
 One of her administrative assistants filed a complaint against her top aide Wallace while she was still AG
Of course she denied knowledge of the acts that prompted the claim never any improper behavior did she see
The plaintiff against Wallace, Hartley, was forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement
To any discussion of the settlement entered into in May of 2017 prevent
So typical of politicians to protect their own and their aides
The existence of the agreement and the payment was kept from the public in the shade
Fast forward to last week and the Sacramento Bee learned that the agreement did exist
Wallace resigned as an aide to Senator Harris so she did not have to his resignation insist
Harris has defended the #MeToo Movement and against non disclosure agreements has railed
Yet her successor also a Blue demanded one or the state from writing a check would bail
Hard to believe that she did not know of the abuse, the nondisclosure or the settlement
$64,000 question as the AG when the crimes took place if she did, would she have tried to the nondisclosure prevent
To ignore a bill she co-sponsored with Murkowski that would prevent
Facts on a nondisclosure by the victim to the press and the public being sent
Like too many Blues, in defense of women from Red acts, she is always ready to pounce
But if the guilty party is a Blue only the sounds of silence when time comes to denounce
Double standard but from this woman what do you expect
Yet another reason for us to her campaign reject
© December 15, 2018 Michael P. Ridley

Friday, December 14, 2018

Blue North Carolina Governor Cooper Veteos Voter Photo ID I Law

In the U.S. one needs a photo ID to board a plane or ship or buy a ticket to ride a bus or a  train  
      To enter many an office building or government facility, to obtain welfare or to a drivers license            obtain
      To cash a check, to apply for a job, to get a library or social security card, to check into a motel or lodge
      It is a fact of life that having a photo ID is a requirement that is so hard to dodge
      Blue North Carolina Governor Cooper vetoed a photo ID voter bill
      As Blue cries of voter suppression became loud and shrill
      Our voting system is based on trust
      When ends justifies the means the system may go bust
      Too many federal or state dollars at risk
      The lust for power and office may be too hard to resist
      With more and more illegals coming into this country, the temptation of voting may soon be too great
      The legislature can overturn the veto and that vote it should not wait
      We cannot allow illegal voting to the results of our election negate
      A man without an ID is very rare but fraudulent voting awaits

      © December 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet 

College District Sued Ends Free Speech Zone

In this highly charged PC and micro aggression world in which we are cursed to live
Where nanometer thinned skins find it impossible to forgive
The Los Angeles Community College District has settled its case brought by Kevin Shaw
Forbidden by the District from passing out material in violation of its free speech law
What hateful or violence provoking material caused the District to rise up in arms
What was its noble goal to prevent students from being harmed
Shaw refused to be confined to the space of three parking stalls
To pass out copies of the Constitution, a District position for which we should be appalled
The District has agreed to end the restriction over limiting free speech to geographic zones
Finally some light on this curtailment of free speech has been shone
Kudos to Kevin Shaw to against the District stand up
The First Amendment is too important for PC bureaucrats to corrupt

© December 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet 

Venezuela Confiscates Guns Then Shoots Its Citizens

Venezuela under socialists Chavez and Maduro has become an economic disaster
By inflation and lack of goods the population has been plastered
A once wealthy country has been hobbled to its knees
By sinister acts of the feds, the motives of whom are clear to see
Chavez started the confiscate guns drive
Against a military, the population without guns cannot survive
Possess a gun in Venezuela and you are looking at 20 years
No wonder the average citizen lives in a great deal of fear
The Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders of the world need to visit to see the result
The military’s gunning down the people is to humanity a grave insult
A failed nation state with shelves for goods bare
A sense of desperation and hopelessness hangs in the air
A poster child of why we need to the Second Amendment respect
And gun confiscations even with noble aims to end mass shootings reject

© December 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet 

Time to End Demonizing and Start Compromising

If in World War I with death and maiming all around
And the only sounds to hear were incoming artillery rounds
The Brits, French and Huns were able to enact on the front lines a Christmas Truce
Can we not as the 2020 campaigns begins not let the Dogs of Rhetoric to run loose?
Can we not for at least the Christmas season not crucify our foes by demonizing?
And instead approach the altar of civility and compromising
Gridlock and partisanship have become the tarnished rule
Attacks on the person instead of the ideas have become the only political tool
Demonize a person and the natural result is that the attacker is tuned out
What could have been a problem easy to resolve becomes a bloody no holds barred verbal bout
Gridlock rules the day
Any chance to resolve as opposed to blame fades away
We are left with a broken political mess
The governed under unrelenting stress
If politics were viewed as a Rotary Meeting swearing would merit a fine
Maybe over the top political rhetoric could merit similar treatment to keep discourse in line
Just a thought as all of us want functioning government to be sought
To replace the stinking gridlock rot
© Michael P. Ridley December 14, 2018