Friday, May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Missing Chicldren's Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 25, 2018 The wheels of justice may move slowly against the Hollywood elite and their reptilian brains but they do move as Harvey Weinstein is set to turn himself in to NYPD over sexual abuse charges on Friday; frustrated ICE agents are complaining of bureaucratic red tape that is preventing the feds from walling up tunnels used to smuggle narcotics, illegal prescription drugs and illegals into this country; the head of ICE IS slamming the Blues who have condemned Trump for describing MS-13 gang members as animals as animals kill to survive and MS-13 kills for sport; another school shooting this one at a Middle School in Indiana with two people a science teacher and a student hospitalized and the shooter in custody while in Oklahoma City a man walked into a restaurant and shot four patrons before being confronted by an armed citizen who shot and killed the suspect; save for Meghan McCann, the ladies on The View are clueless when it comes to the protests over the American flag during the playing of the National Anthem; anyone who has had to endure the pain of a cramped seat with no food is probably not a fan of the airlines rapacious behavior in charging fees for checked baggage or changed reservation fees but the Trump administration is opposing a bill that would prevent airlines from charging unreasonable fees; Trump is having a great degree of difficulty in draining the Swamp but greater success in combating a sinkhole that has opened near the White House; HRC has been awarded the Radcliffe Medal by Harvard University for her role as a transformative leader (she has been a transformative leader whose sycophants at the FBI and DOJ have transformed the independence of those two institutions to political attack dogs to protect her from the reality of the quid pro quo practice by her as Secretary of State and the dual standard of “justice” one for the Clintons and the other for non Clintons; in Chicago through May 24, 2018, 960 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 160 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 Whitney Houston, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that the manatolgy practiced by the pollsters and pundits may again prove to be incorrect in the upcoming midterms,  and  a relevant quote by from Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of members of the U.S. Gymnastic Team,  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. National Missing Children’s Day—created by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 to promote awareness of the potential for children to be abducted and the need to prevent childhood abductions.      
2. National Tap Dance Day—first created by President George H. W. Bush to honor a uniquely American form of dance.       
3. 1986 Number One Song— the number one song in 1986 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Greatest Love of  All” by Whitney Houston. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYzlVDlE72w
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mantology” which means fortune telling which the pollsters and pundits missed completely in the 2016 election and may well be off the mark in the predicted Blue Wave during the midterms.
5.  Fierce on the Floor Even Fiercer in Court—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1994 of American gymnast Aly Raisman who won medals in the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics and who spearheaded the sexual abuse charges against the team physician Larry Nassar who has been sentenced to terms for sexual abuse that mean he will die in prison.
         On this day in: 
a. 1986 some 6.5 million Americans held hands across American to raise money for the homeless, to fight hunger and to fight poverty.   
b. 1999 the House of Representatives released the Cox Report which detailed two decade of espionage by the Chinese against our nuclear forces.
c. 2009 North Korea allegedly detonated its second nuclear device and tested several ballistic missiles which produced a lot of rhetoric from Obama but no action to protest the same.   
d. 2011 after 25 years of broadcasting Oprah Winfrey aired her last episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show.
e. 2012 the SpaceX Dragon became the first commercial rocket to dock at the International Space Station.    
         Reflections on sexual abuse practiced by Larry Nassar for too many years: “You already know you're going away to a place where you won't be able to hurt anybody ever again,but I am here to tell you that I will not rest until every single last trace of your influence on this sport has been destroyed, like the cancer it is.My dream is that one day everyone will know what the words #MeToo signify. But they will be educated and able to protect themselves from predators like Larry so that they will never ever, ever have to say the words, 'me, too.'" Aly Raisman from her victim’s impact statement at Larry Nassar’s sentencing. 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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Thursday, May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018 Ridley;s Believe It Or Not International Tiara Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 24, 2018 Trump has called off the summit with North Korea after Kim Jong Un has pulled back on his “agreement” to denuclearize North Korea and indicated sanctions will continue and the U.S. Military will be prepared to take any action against any foolish response by the North; legislation essentially gutting Dodds-Franks was signed into law by President Trump to the great relief of community banks that have been going out of business and have been crippled in their attempts to provided new loans to small businesses due to the onerous regulations generated by the legislation; the Blue voter tsunami that was supposed to sweep Reds out of House Seats in record numbers has disappeared as the tax cuts that Pelosi dismissed as mere crumbs are fueling a job and wage resurgence; the “Gang of 8” is meeting with top officials of the FBI and D0J with respect to the “spy” inserted into the Trump campaign (unfortunately Schiff who is a member of the Gang of 8 is a partisan hack with zero credibility of objectivity); Reds may keep the House and Senate in session to keep vulnerable Blues off the campaign trail; Morgan Freeman an iconic actor has just been accused by 8 females of improper sexual conduct and harassment:; in Chicago through May 23, 2018, 970 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 157 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 Wham!, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that Trump has evidenced any mansuetude in dealing with North Korea and  a relevant quote by from Michael Oren on the Six Day War,  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. National Aviation Maintenance Technicians Day—created by the Congress on this day in 2008 to honor the contributions of our aviation industry by the people whose maintenance efforts keep the planes flying the air and celebrated on this day as it marks the birthday of Charles Edward Taylor, the man who built the engine to propel the Wright Brothers Airplane.      
2. International Tiara Day—first created by Barbara Belisimo as a one time event then through the efforts of Lyanne White expanded to an annual event falling on Queen Victoria’s birthday, May 24, 1819.       
3. 1985 Number One Song— the number one song in 1985 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Everything She Wants” by Wham! Here is a recording of the song: https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=wham+everything+she+eants#action=view&id=52&vid=420c1a8f14a6bf08d35ad5ab3b4a36cb
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mansuetude” which means meekness or tameness, characteristics that Trump totally lacks.
5.  A Nation of Immigrants—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1990 of Leningrad born Joseph Brodsky who after emigrating to the United States became a poet laureate of this country and was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature but died with many verses yet to rhyme at the age of 55.
         On this day in: 
a. 1958 United Press International was formed by a merger of the United Press and the World Press International.   
b. 1967 Egypt instituted a blockade and siege of the Red Sea Coast of Israel which led to the disastrous 6 Day War for Egypt and Jordan with the loss of the West Bank and West Jerusalem.
c. 1976 the Judgment of Paris, a  blind tasting of French and California wines organized by British wine merchant took place in France, the results of which propelled California wines to center stage of wine producing regioins. 
d. 1993 four jihadists were convicted of the truck bombing at the World Trade Center that killed 6 and wounded some 1000 and sentenced to 240 years; the blind sheik who was involved also in the bombing was sentenced to life and died last year from heart ailments and diabetes.
e. 2000 Israeli troops evacuated from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.    
         Reflections on why the Israelis won the Six Day War:” his strongest desire was to return to farming, but Weizman had insisted that Hod replace him as air force chief early in 1966. Since then, he had concentrated on refining Focus, reducing the turnaround time for refueling and rearming jets to less than eight minutes. The Egyptian turnaround rate, by comparison, was eight hours. “He may not be able to quote [the Hebrew poet] Bialik or Shakespeare,” Weizman said of Hod, “but he will screw the Arabs in plain Hebrew.” Michael B. Oren Six Day of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East 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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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

HRC at Commencement at Yale Cannot Accept She Failed


Hillary gave a commencement speech at Yale
Still cannot accept the fact her campaign was a total fail
Still cannot accept the fact that her campaign of no ideas lost
Despite spending millions more than Trump’s campaign of low cost
Millions upon millions spent by a candidate who look exhausted and physically unfit
Toward the end faded from the scene and the battleground states seemed to quit
Even with an attempt for some audio visual humor with a Russian hat as a prop
When it comes to blame other than herself she cannot bring herself to stop
Time to accept defeat and move on
She will never become the keeper of the White House Lawn
To her sanity to try to regain
Needs to implant Lux et Veritas on her brain
Then fade away to the woods or ghostwrite another book
Hoping a real investigation by the FBI will not reveal her to be a total crook
 © May 22, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Reptilian Brain's Latest Victim Archie Parnell


The reptilian brain shows no boundaries and sits on both sides of the political aisle
Especially when it is consumed with the rage of a contested divorce bile
Archie Parnell running as Blue to defeat a Red with a great chance to a House seat flip
Hit by court filings of a divorce filled by his ex Kathleen whom he reportedly again and again hit
An act of rage as a student forty plus years ago
Has dealt his campaign a mortal blow
Blues on his campaign are like rats fleeing from a sinking ship
His party elders and leaders are his behavior to quickly rip
Sexual abuse cannot be tolerated and the perpetrator however young will pay a heavy price
Before hitting a spouse in the heat of a divorce better think once, twice or even thrice
Fail to do so and the past in a campaign will come alive
And your campaign no matter how much time has lapsed may not survive.
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May 22, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not U.S. National Maritime Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 22, 2018 On the political corruption front news that finally the Deep State of Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Yates and Rosenstein may soon be adding a new member, legacy protecting at all costs Obama, as reports surface of another agency trying to infiltrate the Trump campaign (it is hard to believe that Obama did not know of these efforts and approved them and the question becomes how much longer will the American people allow our government to try to take down a political party and bury the evidence that Congress has a Constitutional duty and obligation to see?); as lava flow nears the Geothermal Plant property, new fears that any wells impacted will cause the release of deadly hydrogen sulfide gas; grasping for straws, Pelosi is now encouraging voters to vote for Blues so they can drain the Swamp realizing that their better deal slogan is a complete dud and their vow to repeal the tax cuts will be a disaster for them as the economy continues improve; another thin blue line casualty this time in Baltimore, Maryland as a female officer was shot and killed investigating a home burglary; the Holy Grail of shipwrecks the San Jose believed to be carrying treasure worth $17 billion has been found of the coast of Columbia; Hillary Rodham Clinton continues her can’t believe she lost tour with a commencement speech at Yale University; sanity has just returned to another California city, Carlsbad, as the city council voted 4-1 to tell Moonbeam to take a hike and opted out of sanctuary city status; in Chicago through May 21, 2018, 955 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 156 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 Deniece Williams, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that despite Trump feeling a manqué in his efforts to drain the Swamp he is proceeding forward and  a relevant quote by Pat Buchanan on the Great Society,  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. U.S. National Maritime Day—created by the Congress on this day in 1933 to honor the contributions of our maritime service to our economy, defense and leisure; the day was chosen to commemorate the sailing by the USS Savannah, the first steamship to sail across the Atlantic.      
2. World Goth Day—first celebrated in the U.K. in 2009 to then spread into other countries to include fashion and music.        
3. 1984 Number One Song— the number one song in 1984 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” by Deniece Williams.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI7YHZVc7mM
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “manqué” which means having an unfilled ambition which Trump must feel every day he starts out trying to drain the Swamp.
5.  Hard to Best the Bottle—celebrating the birthday on May 22, 1946 of noted European soccer player George Best whose partying lifestyle led to a way too early exit from the sport and his death from alcoholism on November 25, 2005.  
         On this day in: 

a. 1964 Lyndon Baines Johnson launched his Great Society which was a costly failure.   
b. 1968 the USS Scorpion, a nuclear powered submarine sank with 99 officers and crew aboard some 400 miles off the coast of the Azores, killing all aboard.
c. 1998 a federal judge ruled that Secret Service Agents could be compelled to testify against Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
d. 2002 in a wheels of justice move slowly but they move event, a jury in Birmingham, Alabama convicted Bobby Frank Cherry of the murder of 4 African American girls in the 1963 bombing of a Baptist Church on 16th Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama. Cherry was sentenced to life in prison and died in prison at the age of 74.
e. 2017 23 people were killed and 139 wounded at a Manchester Arena concert held by Ariana Grande when a jihadist Salman Abede of Libyan descent detonated a suicide bomb as people were leaving the concert venue.    
         Reflections on the Great Society and its failure:” Lyndon Johnson, his 44-state landslide in 1964 and Great Society notwithstanding, was by 1968 a failed president being repudiated in the primaries of his own party.” Pat Buchanan, noted conservative author, commentator and adviser to Republican presidents. 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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Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Waiters and Waitresses Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 21, 2018    The IG’s report that will be released very soon will be a scathing critique of the FBI’s “investigation” of HRC’s private e-mail server; History was made today in Arlington when Gina Haspel was sworn in as the first female to head the CIA whose former director John Brennan has been accused of lying to Congress and being part of the Deep State Cabel with James Clapper who also lied to Congress trying to overthrow a duly elected president; Trump is back on the offensive against the FBI/DOJ claiming his campaign was spied upon and demanding that the DOJ and FBI release documents demanded by Congress; a former Bill Clinton pollster and chief political adviser to HRC’s failed 2008 political campaign blasted Mueller’s “probe” and demanded it be terminated even as shiftless Schiff was on the Sunday news blasting Trump for discrediting Mueller; Saddam al Jamal who was behind the burning alive of a Jordanian pilot who was shot down and captured in 2015 was one of the ISIS jihadists captured last week; the reptilian brain claimed another victim as Mayor Mike Bowers, a Blue, resigned as Bloomburg, PA Mayor after being arrested for soliciting a prostitute who happened to be a police informant; on the sports front a relief pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals Jordan Hicks threw two pitches clocked at 105 miles per hour in a 5-1 victory over the Phillies; in Chicago through May 20, 2018, 950 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 156 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 David Bowie, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that Trump has issued a manament to the FBI and DOJ to provide documents demanded by Congress and  a relevant quote by Simon Helberg of waitresses and geniuses approach to simple problems,  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. World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development—created by the UN following the destruction of the Buddha Statues in Bamiyan, Afghanistan in 2001 by the Taliban to promote the idea that cultural diversity is not a threat but rather a goal to be promoted.      
2. National Waiters and Waitresses Days—honoring those servers who often are the difference between a memorable meal and a dining out disaster.        
3. 1983 Number One Song— the number one song in 1983 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4d7Wp9kKjA 
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “manament” which means a command or order which when it comes to draining the Swamp Obama holdovers are fight tooth and nail.
5.  A Lynching of Lady Justice?—celebrating or bemoaning depending upon your political views of the birthday on this day in 1959 of former AG appointed by Obama, Loretta Lynch who is best known for her infamous meeting on the tarmac of Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix with Bill Clinton to talk about “golf and grandkids” but not about the FBI’s “investigation” of HRC’s private e-mail and who now is in a snit fit with fired James Comey over who is telling the truth over certain aspects of that “investigation.” 
         On this day in: 
a. 1976 near Martinez, California a bus carry the Yuba City High School choir crashed into a bridge, killing 29 and seriously injuring 24 others making it the deadliest bus crash in American history.   
b. 1991 former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a female suicide bomber in Madras, India.
c. 1992 after 30 years Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last time with Robin Williams and Bette Midler making appearances. 
d. 2001 French Taubrina Law was enacted which recognized that the African Slave Trade was a crime against humanity.
e. 2011 Christian radio broadcaster predicted that the world would end on this day and Jesus Christ would return to Earth; fortunately like so many of his end of Earth predictions he was wrong.    
         Reflections on the wisdom and waitresses:”There's something very funny about giving a menial task to a genius and watching him find so much complexity and overanalyse it to such a degree that the waitress from Nebraska working at the Cheesecake Factory has passed them all by.” Simon Helberg 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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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Ode to a Stag 3028


I belong to a Round Table that meets weekly during the academic year to one of the members give a speech on a topic of his choice and the quality of the speeches are remarkable and cover a broad range of topics. At the end of the year we have a stag event/outing to some of our interesting venues in Southern California following by lunch and an award of the best speech and most researched speech as voted on by the members. Thought you would enjoy this note on the event and the two winning entries
Ode to a Stage 2018

Another day to end the year, another stag to enjoy
The Knights boarded a bus at eight for a day of gems, water and beer to await
After checking ID’s to make sure we shiftless group
Were not jewel thieves looking to heist some valuable loot
Joined by a man of steel fresh from a dialysis bed
Testimony that when push comes to shove a Knight would prefer a stag instead
Fascinating exhibits of gems and jewelry at the GIA on display
Thank God none were for sale or it would have been a B/K filing day
Two Victoria Secrets bras made of jewels one with a 37 million dollar cost
The other a barely A cup with very little dollars to be lost
Then off to a nearby  Carlsbad sandy beach
To tour a plant that from the ocean waters salt it would leach
With an impromptu speech by Peter on the flower fields
And how his marketing plan brought a higher yield
A history of the dawn of color TV and the poinsettia’s advent
To two acres that may soon a purple haze to stoners be sent
Hard hats and vests to see the renaissance of the new water dawn
From drinking to watering our brown parched lawns
Need to build more desal plants or have more people from California flee
From dried brush and tinderbox ready to be ignited inflammable trees
To the Karl Strauss Brew Pub  for a quick repast washed down with foam
To then learn why on this day we left our Orange County homes
Peter stuck it to the chicken and egg man and returned the favor
Like Peter a year ago Grant won most votes for a sum but no trophy to savor
In a day when power point rules and words of eloquence take the back seat
Russ Leatherby won the trophy for on Hoover and the Osage Indians the best speech
And for best researched Mike Mulvihill unlocked the mysteries of Bitcoin and the Blockchain
Maybe the new wealth as other assets lose value and go do the drain
Rare is the nation or group that has a peaceful transfer of power
We Knights are blessed that from a holdover tyrant we never have to cower
Nick Dauderman of the Bushwood Country Club Spring Party fame
Not present but our chairman for next year was at the end named
Great and outstanding job to the troika of Peter, Jerry and Pete
Enjoy the summer Knights looking forward to another season of fellowship and speeches to greet
© May 19, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet