Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stanford Reunion Stanford en France XIII

Stanford is a great university and one of its incredible strengths is it Overseas Campuses programs. I was fortunate with only two quarters of French to attend Stanford In France XIII at Tours in 1966-67. This Saturday, France XIII will have a reunion following the Stanford Oregon State Game. This poem immediately came to me as I was packing my bags to head back to the Farm for the reunion.  Hope you enjoy it.

Stanford en France XIII, a mon plaisir rarely before seen
On the river in the heart of Vouvray--patisseries to be weaned
NAT0 was out of France beginning to leave
Hamburgers and cokes at Chinon our taste buds no longer to relieve
80 bright eyed bushy tailed students from the Farm
Some fluent and some with meager skills to raise the language alarm
Descended on a hotel on the river in le Jardin de la France
To give their various French skills a meager chance
Four days of class deadened by the Confidence Man
Then three days to explore this amazing land
An Econ professor wading through the medieval fields of war torn France
An English professor whom we would not allow a soccer playing chance
The French rugby players after Kelley Ford taught us the game
Quickly learned triskaidekaphobia was a fear they could not tame
Son et lumiere
Music floating into the chateau air
Trips to Madrid, trips to Florence and Rome
Bitten by the European bug it is a wonder we made it home
All of us will have moments of our time in France  to reflect
Images and lessons we today probably still dissect
This poet remembers the lasting chill
When a fellow student Gary Fleener meningitis chose to kill
And when in Madrid one of us Roger Fink
Was whisked away back to Palo Alto due to a decadent link
Raising money for the children with a Sangria bash
Too much celebration; too soon many of us would crash
In an era of global warming we frolicked a Tours in the snow
Chevaliers de la table ronde as a lasting glow
Friendships made, made to last and to endure
78 united on a river; great memories to insure
All of us are graying and we look over our shoulder to see the first flakes of snow
But none of us will ever forget the France XIII Winds of Freedom Blow
So young, so lucky to an experience beyond our dreams explore
Why a reunion of a very select group our youth refreshes and restores.
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Black Hawk Down Hero Felled By Heart Attack


Another warrior Robert Gallagher has left this earth far too soon
A Ranger, Silver Star, Black Hawk Down too many deads too many wounds
A heart that would pump all manner of blood to save his fellow troops
At 52 a heart attack felling a hero in a very special group
Heroes are a commodity sometimes often too rare
But this man in his heroism under fire we hope others will share
Sgt. Gallagher we mourn your loss from a heart attack
How many soldiers in Black Hawk Down did you bring back?
A wife and two sons Sean and Patrick who will now a hero miss
Arlington and a grateful nation your sacrifices we can never dismiss.
A memorial on all Saints Day seems only fitting and right
For the true heroes that protect us from the evil forces of the night.
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Obama Cannot Use The Word Terror In Otawa Shooting


Once again Obama is clearly in error
He cannot bring himself to use the word “terror”
Another Muslim convert in Ottawa walks up an honor guard and blows him away
Then walks over to Parliament with cold blooded intent to slay
30 shots fired fortunately all misses
Failing not to call this terror is a clear case of parti pris
Why does our President be so quick to terrorism dismiss?
Why is he so quick to fall into the PC abyss?
Canada is a great country and friend and it boggles the mind
That one of its citizens would convert leaving all sense of humanity behind.
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 23 History Mole Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 23, 2014:  Trust your Thursday is proving to be a great one and that you are able to view the partial solar eclipse at 3:30 this afternoon and as always enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quote from the Greek poet Archilochus, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to a slice of Boston cream pie, 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. Mole Day—celebrated, since 1991 by chemists and chemistry students between 6.02 A.M. and 6.02 P.M. with 6.02 x 10/23 representing Avogrados number, the number of particles in a mole, one the seven base systems of international measurements.
      2. International iPod Day—celebrating the release of the first iPod on this day in 2001 and the beginning of the end of CD players.  
      3. Swallows Leave San Juan Capistrano Day—honoring that swallows’ rite of passage, the day they leave to return to their summer homes in Argentina, 6,000 miles away.
      4. Partial Solar Eclipse Day—celebrating one of the amazing bits of celestial viewing a partial solar eclipse, visible today in California and the West Coast at 3:30 P.M.
      5. National Boston Cream Pie Day—celebrating another great desert treat best eaten as opposed to thrown.    
On this day in
       a. 1850 the first National Women’s Rights Convention began in Worcester, Massachusetts.
       b. 1946 the first meeting of the U.N. General Assembly occurred in an auditorium in Flushing, Queens in New York City.
       c. 1983 in Beirut the U.S. Marines Barracks was hit by a suicide bomber in a truck, killing 241 Marines.
       d. 2002 40 armed Chechen terrorists seized the Dubrovka Theater in Moscow, holding over 700 theater goers hostage; Russian security forces two days later stormed the building, killing all terrorists but in the assault over 130 civilians lost their lives. 
Reflections on today’s partial solar eclipse: “"Nothing can be surprising any more or impossible or miraculous, now that Zeus, father of the Olympians has made night out of noonday, hiding the bright sunlight, and . . . fear has come upon mankind. After this, men can believe anything, expect anything. Don't any of you be surprised in future if land beasts change places with dolphins and go to live in their salty pastures, and get to like the sounding waves of the sea more than the land, while the dolphins prefer the mountains." May refer to a total solar eclipse of 6 April 648 B.C. Archilochus, Greek poet (c680-640 B.C.)
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Voter Fraud Alive And Well In Cook County


Chicago has always been infamous for widespread voter fraud
The Daley machine when it came to voting often was to be awed
A man might die but his vote if Blue would continue for years
Corruption the way of life practiced without any fear
The news today of a calibration error in a voting machine comes as no surprise
Voting Red becomes a vote for a Blue right before your eyes
If you vote Red in the County of Cook
 Know it can be the land of voter crooks
The ghost of Daley must still watch over the ballot box
Using every effort to Reds’ efforts to gain office by hook or crook block.
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 22 History Wombat Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 22, 2014:  Trust your Wednesday is proving to be a great one and that you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quote from Jean-Paul Sartre, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to a bowl of nuts to munch on, 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. Wombat Day—celebrating, since 2004 those cuddly marsupials native to Australia, with copious amounts of chocolates and wine gums (I kid you not).
      2. International Stuttering Awareness Day—observed to create awareness of speech impairment that affects one percent of the world’s population—stuttering which unfortunately does not affect our politicians in D.C.
      3. National Knee Day—honoring that joint that was never designed to play football or basketball but fortunately has been the subject of great advances in replacement surgery.
      4. National Nut Day—celebrating not the crazies of the world but rather those delicious nuts we all enjoy as snacks.   
On this day in
       a. 1857 using a filament of carbonized thread Thomas Edison tested the first incandescent light bulb which lasted 13 ½ hours before burning out.
       b. 1924 Toastmasters International was founded.
       c. 1962 President Kennedy after reviewing air reconnaissance photos of Cuba showing the presence of nuclear weapons in Cuba announced a naval blockade of the island bringing the world closer to nuclear war; fortunately the Soviets blinked.
       d. 1964 Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, an award he declined.  
Reflections on the importance of poets in a society: “Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry.” Jean-Paul Sartre Another reason why we need fewer parasitic lawyers and more poets
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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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