Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Photo Opts on the Border Favor Blues

Ever since Janet Reno authorized armed agents of the FBI to a Miami house raid
The optics of a child separated from family members never makes the hit parade
 7 year old Elian Gonzales lost his mother trying to from Cuba flee
Maternal relatives took him in but Reno ignored their pleas
A father lived in Cuba and wanted back his son
After weeks of delay and litigation with pointed guns that was what was done
The child looked terrified and one could only imagine the screams
What about question of what being best for the child—Castro’s Cuba or chance for American Dream?
 At the border it is bad optics déjà vu illegals coming across with children playing the asylum card
Housing adults waiting trial for illegal entry with children who may or may not be theirs is now barred
Until Congress acts we have only a choice of releasing children to protective custody or letting the family unit go
Knowing that their promise to appear in court is an empty one and they will never at a hearing show
We need to change the law so unaccompanied minors are sent back
Family unit stays together and their asylum hearing put on fast track
We need more ICE, immigration judges, and detention centers and the building of a wall
Funnel the illegals to ports of entry where petitions for asylum are heard in Mexico and those coming across slowed  a crawl
The photo opts of children dragged from their parents will reach all but the most callous hearts
We cannot let the Blues seize the issue to flip House and Senate on us they are able to impart
© June 19, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Stanford Commencement 2018 Shine A Light With A Purpose

Last year the climate change gods ruled supreme
Commencement at Stanford was oven like, a  perspiration scene
100 plus degrees in full academic garb
Revenge of the release of the fossil fuel carbs?
A California Supreme Court Justice in speaking in hip hop
Words of wisdom lost into the air, sweltering, stifling and hot
This year in 2018 the climate change gods were in full retreat
A gentle breeze to the grads Wacky Walk caress and greet
All manner of creativity of over academic robes to express
A day of hope and beginning of life’s journey could not be repressed
A time to the pomp and circumstance enjoy
A message from the president for grads to a life with purpose employ
Guided by a moral compass to deploy
Then capped off by Sterling K. Brown’s Commencement address for all to enjoy
Encouraging grads to shine lights on themselves and others and to not others vilify
Traits in our divisive political world we wish our leaders would defy
All good things must come to an end and degrees must be confirmed
With a rousing “Hail Stanford hail” the quest for a life with purpose to be affirmed
Led by the president and trustees down the stage out of the stadium’s parting applause and cheers
June 17, Fathers’ Day—a joyous end to another Stanford Academic Year
© June 19, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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June 18, Ridley's Believe It Or Not Autism Pride Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 18, 2018 Fear of a trade war with China is heating up as the Trump Administration is taking steps to levy an additional $200 billion in new tariffs against Chinese goods as the economy heats up and prompts the fed to increase its benchmark rate by 25 basis points with two more rate hikes indicated for the remainder of the year; the DOJ is appealing a federal court injunction which blocked the feds from withholding public safety grants to sanctuary cities; chaos at the border as asylum seekers who have entgered the county illegally not at a port of entry are having their children held separately in juvenile detention facilities; in Chicago, principal Mary Beth Cunat invited a radical anti-police activist to speak at a Career Day to sixth through eighth graders to the ire of parents and then abruptly retired; 20 year old rapper XXXTentacion was shot dead in South Florida while shopping for a motorcycle; Reds are demanding the names of the five unnamed biased FBI employees in the IG’s report while controversy is stirred over the IG’s conclusion that no bias occurred in the investigation; in Chicago throught June 17, 2018                                                               1251 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 203 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 people of color by people of color?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to All-Four-One, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you may be blessed with mathesis,  and  a relevant quote from Tmple Grandin on autism, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, 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. Autistic Pride Daycreated by Aspies for Freedom in 2005 to celebrate the neurodiversity of austistics throughout the autism spectrum.      
2. International Go Picnic Day—celebrating a great way to enjoy the outdoors at a park or beach.        
3. 1993 Number One Song— the number one song in 1994 on a run of 11 weeks in that position was “I Swear” by All 4 One.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25rL-ooWICU  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mathesis” which means mental discipline.
5.  Some Like It Hot—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1915 note oil well firefighter Red Adair who successfully put out over 1,000 oil well fires.
         On this day in: 
a. 1815 British and Prussian forces defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.    
b. 1979 the U.S. and the Soviet Union signed the SAALT II Treaty. 
c. 1981  the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, the first plane designed around stealth technology made its first  flight.   
d. 1983 Astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman to orbit the Earth.   
e. 2018 a 6.1 earthquake hit Osaka, Japan.
    Reflections on autism: “What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done,” Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and autism spokesperson 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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Friday, June 15, 2018

K-9s At Overdose Risk In Line Of Duty

We are so very aware of the opioid crisis that is sweeping our towns
Too many of our youth are in OD’s going down
What we did not know is that K-9 drug sniffing dogs are also at risk of an overdose
Inhaling drugs while sniffing them out then dying is really gross
Most dog handlers do not know the overdose signs
May not reach for the Naloxone in time
Only 4 states allow an ambulance to transfer a working dog for care
Only 2 allow EMS personnel to attempt them to from an OD death try to spare
K-9s should be treated like humans when exposed to deadly opioids
All must be done to their untimely death in the line of duty avoid
Just another reason to secure the border and build a wall
A death of a K-9 should all of us really appall
© June 15, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

Open Season on Police

The thin Blue Line and the thin Green Line are under line of duty strain
44 uniforms this year marked by deadly, bloody red stains
Open season on cops killed in the line of duty
Lives cut short before enjoying all of life’s beauty
Too often targets of open hostile scorn
Trying to protect the slim threads of civility from being shorn
To wear the badge remains a constant source of mortal danger
From a traffic stop to serving a warrant to responding to a disturbance call or even a park ranger
When a officer suits up at the station to go on patrol
Will he achieve that day coming home for dinner in one piece goal
Zero tolerance for assaults on officers as respect for law unwinds
Guilty if charged and tried must mean long prison time
Black Lives do matter
So too Blue as society’s peace is shattered
But for the thin lines of Blue and Green to protect and serve
Imagine a world where we were responsible for our safety to preserve
Armed to the teeth packing heat
Confined to our houses afraid to drive or walk in the streets
Not a pleasant thought
A society in total rot
© June 15, 2018 Michael P. Ridley

Support for Mueller Probe Sinking Fast

Mueller and his band of biased warriors have been given in their minds a blank check
20 million and counting no wonder this witch hunt Americans are beginning to reject
With the bias of Strzock and Page making a mockery of any sense of objectivity
And five more unnamed FBI agents show a complete lack of protocol sensitivity
More and more cries for the witch-hunt to come to an end
So Wray can begin to clean house and end this bias trend
Flawed from the start with a false anti-Trump dossier paid for by the DNC and HRC
 While Comey was on a insubordination breach of protocol spree
While Rosenstein who will be a witness in any collusion trial
Is supervising the probe and all canons of ethics to defile
In the end HRC once again has sadly proven the Clintons are above the law
For the continuity of this fragile republic a fatal flaw
© Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

Beware of AG Report 2.0 on Collusion Probe

If HRC was dancing in the street over the IG’s report
Something on the horizon to cause her celebration to abort
There may be another IG shoe to drop
The IG should be looking at the Russian collusion probe which is proving to be a total flop
Already we have seen bias by FBI staffers displayed
24/7 attempts by Strzok and Page to derail Trump come into play
An insurance policy to insure that even if Trump were to win
He was being set up by the FBI and a false anti-Trump dossier to foster the collusion spin
Mueller’s team is biased to its very core
A great leap of faith to believe their bias they could ignore
Withholding evidence of the source of the info to a FISA warrant obtain
Any sense of honesty before the court flushed down the drain
Collusion with a foreign power may be politically stupid but not a crime
Withholding of the basis for the FISA warrant should merit impeachment of Rosenstein
Our Republic whose existence depends on adherence to the rule of law
Is at great risk when the FBI and DOJ are corrupted by deep biased flaws
Let us hope the IG investigates with all due speed
The biased role of the DOJ and FBI in the probe now that we have seen the sprouting of the bias seeds
© June 15, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet