Saturday, February 25, 2017

February 25, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Quiet Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 25, 2017 The DNC is meeting today to elect its new chairman and the question is how much further to the left away from the mainstream the party will move with Ellison and Perez both very liberal the leading candidates http://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2017/02/blues-moving-to-left-at-dnc.html; DHS is moving at flank speed to start constructing the wall although still uncertain how it will be paid for (why not put every abled bodied male caught trying to enter this country illegally to work  building it?); news media outlets are still in an uproar over Spicer’s banning certain news outlets from a briefing while admitting some additional outlets that tend to be conservative; Trump still is having difficulty in staying focused on the economic issues that really concern us like jobs, security and growth and continues to attack the media and the FBI (the smoke coming out the  White House is not the notice of a new Pope but rather the burning of political capital in a wasteful manner); as the mere mortals brace themselves for a wave of political anti Trump rhetoric at the Oscars, George Clooney in accepting an honorary Cesar in France could not restrain himself from attacking Trump implying he represents hate; finally a glimmer of sanity in the Political Correctness Iron Curtain that has descended down on most of our colleges and universities, the trustees of Orange Coast College have rescinded the suspension of a student who taped a professor’s rant that Trump’s election was an “act of terrorism” (unfortunately for the students, the professor was not fired for academic terrorism in making it pretty clear that if a student disagreed with her views, a F would be in that students future);  Justice Ginsburg who looks like death warmed over has indicated she will stay on SCOTUS as long as she can (she really should resign due to age and health but such resignation would really tilt the balance in favor of conservative views for the next decade or so); in another you will not believe this moment a group witches have gathered to cast a spell on President Trump; almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated through February 24, rising to 502 shootings with the aim improving so the total dead has risen by 2 to  96 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight.  
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Andrews Sisters, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Anne Frank, while hoping that your favorite sports team plays in and wins a barn burner of a match, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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 Sword Swallowers Day—celebrated on the last Saturday in February at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museums around the world to raise money for research in swallowing disorders and esophageal cancer.
2. Quiet Day—promoting the solitude and benefits of ramping down the noises that as humans we are constantly exposed to in order to reduce stress and promote tranquility (this is one observance that should be mandated on the political scene to tone down the escalating rhetoric against Trump).
 3. 1945 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1945 on a run of 7 weeks in that position “Rum and Coco-Cola” by the Andrews Sister.  Here is a recording of them performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGxL2uNr7bk
     4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “barn burner” which means an exceptionally exciting event, especially a sporting event or in political arena Trump’s campaign and election.                        
      5. Too Biased and Profane to Handle—celebrating or bemoaning, as the case may be depending on your political view, the birthday on this day in 1975 of one very biased anti-Trump comedian, Chelsea Handler.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1836 Samuel Colt was granted a patent for a revolver. 
b. 1933 the USS Ranger, the first aircraft carrier designed from the start to be an aircraft carrier, was launched.      
c. 1939 in a sign that war was coming in the future the first of 1.5 million Anderson shelters distributed to civilians before the outbreak of war were distributed in London.
d. 1968 in the village of Ha My in South Vietnam, 135 unarmed women, children and elders were killed and buried by South Korean Marines in a common grave. 
e. 1987 after learning that since 1981 Southern Methodist University had been making illegal payments to its football players, the NCAA cancelled the university’s entire 1987 football season.
Reflections on quiet: “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.”  Anne Frank Hiding from the Germans the poor child and her family probably never saw the outdoors after the start of the war until they arrived at the concentration camp for extermination.  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, February 24, 2017

JC Penney Going the Way of the Penny?

JC Penney may be aping its homonym coin
As the brick and mortar retailer struggles to not the ranks of the bankrupt join
130 to 140 stores soon to be closed
As in store sales fall and online sales rose
A tidal wave of closing of brick and mortar outlets is sweeping across the land
Long established big box and chain retailers disappearing faster than castles built of sand
While Amazon continues to expand like the proverbial rocket
Rising stock price putting billions of dollars in shareholders’ pockets
Its drones swarming like flies
Delivering products with drone numbers to almost block out the Sun in the sky
The carbon footprint of UPS and FedEx increasing each day
Sending the growing online orders on their way
Even our hobbled Post Office still bleeding billions of red ink
Has become a valued part of the online to consumer delivery link
Who would have ever guessed back in 1994 when online shopping first started to appear That it would expand at a hyper speed and in 20 years the brick and mortars would start to disappear
Only two flies in the ointment that should cause us all concern
That would cause our retail market to crash and burn
A massive data breach hacking attack or a wave of denial of service hacks
By cyber scumbags who merchants’ security systems have managed to crack
And for those who have defaulted on their bills and ignored their credit scores
No way to access the online shopping stores
 © February 24, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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Banning Leftist Mainstream Media Bad Idea

These are the times that try a poet’s soul
Just when the Trump agenda is gaining momentum and on a roll
Promising at CPAC the wall will be built ahead of time
Focusing on the removal of illegals guilty of crimes
Markets continuing to soar to new highs like a rocket
More than $2 trillion of wealth have been added to Americans’ pockets
Repeal and replace Obamacare coming down the tracks
New sheriff at EPA to job killing regulations sack
The DNC on life support and from the center continuing to flee
Hope and optimism that the economic growth will be running free
Spicer bans from a White House gaggle brief
CPR to the DNC and Blues that will turn into for the Reds grief
One of the main things that make this country unique is its free press
God help us if a government ever is successful in being able to suppress
The mainstream media may be a shadow of its former objective journalism mode
Advocacy journalism to distort, deceive and heaps of “fake news” to unload
But trying to curtail access is something this poet cannot and will not support
A path of action President Trump immediately needs to abort
Ere he will snatch from the jaws of victory a crushing defeat
Enabling the Blues to recover and start refilling Senate and House seats.
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Blues Moving to the Left at DNC

In Poland German panzers facing Polish cavalry armed with lances
But against the British Lion and the land and tank armies of France
Most military experts gave the Germans for victory not a chance
But the Allies were refighting the Great War and like a hot knife through butter did the Germans advance
In six weeks the Brits were pushed into the sea and France was history
Tactics in war trump often trump numbers and quality explains the mystery
In the political front the Blues are totally tatters
In just 8 years there control of the House and Senate has been shattered
With the final insult incurred the Office of the President
Along with some 1000 governors and state representatives out of office sent
The race card, gender card, identity politics and tax, spend and regulatory smother no longer works
Like lemmings over the cliff the Blues save for the coasts Whig like status lurks
Living in the past they are about to elect a new head for the DNC
The two leading candidates are hell bent to further from the center flee
Ellison is an anti-Semite Muslim and maybe a closet Islamist
Perez the “moderate” believes that suits to prevent intimidation against whites by Black Panthers should not exist
If I were one of those truly rare almost extinct moderate Blues
I would be aghast at the DNC that seems not to have a clue
Reduced to the likes of Maxine Waters stirring the scumbag rhetoric stew
While Trump is picking up speed, the markets on a role and the party of obstruction is being crushed by the Trump wrecking crew
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February 24, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Stand Up to Bullying Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 24, 2017 As the stock market rises to new highs and small business optimism rises to new highs over Trump’s ideas of tax cuts and regulatory reform despite the Schumer’s minions doing everything in their tooth and nail pocket to delay, the Reds await President Trump’s address at CPAC today; news that by August which is compared to past administrations hyper speed, tax cuts and reforms will be in Congress (each day of delay gives the delusional Blues another day to consolidate their battered forces to fight to insure that notwithstanding the benefit to the American people that Trump will fail); in yet another problem with Russia emboldened by the pathetic HRC reset and a feckless 8 years of Obama, we are now facing a growing militaristic presence by them in the Arctic but how hobbled are we with $20 trillion of national debt and rising interest rates to respond; if you think the Blues have gone ballistic you have not seen anything yet as Senator Cruz predicted another SCOTUS nomination will become available soon as Justice Ginsburg who can barely stay awake is in her 80’s as is Kennedy who may want to stay on to mentor his former clerk Gorsuch; if you want to see an example of media bias and exploitation of children in action view this short anti-Trump piece from NBC ”News”— http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/23/nbc-news-video-featuring-kids-terrified-about-trump-comes-under-fire; in a day of news of chaos and dismay a slight ray of hope for this polarized planet with the news of discovery of 7 planets orbiting Trappist 1 a star 40 light years away as three of the seven may be in the zone that supports life as we know it here (long way to go so maybe we should focus on harmony and discourse here and damp the rhetoric); almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated through February 23, rising to 497 shootings with the aim bad so the total dead stuck at 94 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight.  
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Glen Gray, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Andrew Vachss, while trying to avoid amphibology in your speaking and writing, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. International Stand Up to Bullying Day—celebrated since 2008 on the last Friday in February and really should be observed every day of the year—no one either physically or cyberly should have to endure a bully and anyone of us not bullied who observes but is silent should be condemned. In honor of the observance today if you have a pink shirt in your wardrobe wear it and if not buy one for next year.
2. International Repetitive Strain Injury Day—promoting awareness of the workplace injuries caused by doing the same task over and over in the absence of proper ergonomically designed workplaces and celebrated on the last Friday in February.
 3. 1944 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1944 on a run of 5 weeks in that position “My Heart Tells Me” by Glen Gray.  Here is a recording of Glen Gray performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhS5qJ-KNRU
     4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “amphibology” which is a phrase or sentence that is grammatically ambiguous which is how the diplomats or politicians typically speak.                       
      5. An Apple a Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1955 of one amazing entrepreneur Steve Jobs, cofounder of Apple taken from us far too soon from prostate cancer.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1803 in a landmark decision SCOTUS in the case of Marbury v. Madison established the principles of judicial review.  
b. 1868 President Andrew Johnson became the first president to be impeached and like the second Bill Clinton was acquitted in the Senate, but unlike Clinton whose Blues voted on party lines, Johnson escaped impeachment by one vote of the required two thirds vote.      
c. 1968 the Tet Offensive was halted by the Viet Cong and NVA and Hue was recaptured by U.S. Marines but the terminal damage to the U.S. political support for the war had already occurred.
d. 1983 in a better late than never moment the Congress formally condemned the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.  
e. 2008 after 32 years of tyrannical rule in Cuba Fidel Castro retired as President aka the Alaskanpoet dictator of Cuba.
Reflections on the cowardice of bullying: “Fighting means you could lose. Bullying means you can't. A bully wants to beat somebody; he doesn't want to fight somebody.” Andrew Vachss, noted American crime fiction author and child protection consultant 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, February 23, 2017

Eagles Versus Drones

American pilots joined the Eagle Squadrons during the Battle of Britain in large flocks
To with the outnumbered Brits soar into the skies to try to the German bombers block
Coming with guns blazing out of the Sun
Dodging the German fighters to knock down the bombers on their bombing runs
So fitting for our national symbol the bald eagle the pilots adorned
To attack the forces of evil and the peace they had scorned
Today other Eagle Squadrons still fly not over Britain but the skies of Holland and France
To insure that the forces terror and tyranny in Europe do not advance
But here instead of Spitfires and Hurricanes propelled by spinning props
These Eagle pilots are not bald and use talons to explosive carrying drones seek to stop
Real Golden Eagles with Kevlar vests and talons to attack any suspicious drones
That appear to be headed into the airspace above a prohibited zone
Speeds of 50 miles an hour with eyesight accurate to a mile away
A feathered agile  drone killing machine on display
The French have named their Eagle Squadrons after the Four Musketeers
Confident that after 8 months of training from the skies any terrorist drone they will clear
Radical Islam may have declared war on our civilized way of life
But at least we have the eagles on our side in this existential strife
© February 23, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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February 23, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Great American Spit Out Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 23, 2017 As the stock market rises to new highs and small business optimism rises to new highs over Trump’s ideas of tax cuts and regulatory reform despite the Schumer’s minions doing everything in their tooth and nail pocket to delay, the Reds gather for their annual CPAC meeting with Pence speaking today and President Trump on Friday; someone in Indiana is a very happy camper since he purchased the winning Powerball ticket worth $435 million (for his sake one would hope the tax cuts planned by Trump go through); backed by U.S. air strikes, Iraqi forces have seized a key runway in Mosul and in a classic example of “mission creep,” U.S. Forces providing training and advice are reported to be exchanging fire with ISIS fighters; we know that Chicago is reeling under a wave of shootings and today we learn that the CPS have instructed all principals to deny entry of any ICE agents without warrants (watch the  coming battle over federal funds and “sanctuary city” status; in a “Footloose” déjà vu moment the town of Henryetta, Oklahoma repelled its decades old ordinance against dancing event within 500 feet of a school or church—welcome to the 21st Century; the carnage in Chicago continues unabated through February 22, rising to 495 shootings with the aim getting better so the total dead has risen to 94 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight.  
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Robert E, Lee, while trying to tone down your zoolatry of your pets, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. The Great American Spit Out—celebrating not a contest to see who can expectorate the furthest but rather a day to forego the use of all smokeless tobacco which has more nicotine than  cigarettes, is filthy, and causes cancer of the tongue, lips, and gums—not a pleasant sight.
2. World Understanding and Peace Day—promoted by Rotary International to promote understanding of and goodwill toward our global neighbors as essential ingredients in achieving and maintaining peace.
 3. 1942 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1942 on a long run of 10 weeks in that position “Moonlight Cocktail” by  Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, Here is a recording of Glenn Miller and his Orchestra performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7mXUmC47oU
     4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “zoolatry” which is the worship of or excessive devotion to animals a trait too often common to many pet owners.                      
      5. Easy Rider—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1939 of Peter Fonda, best known for his role as Wyatt “Captain America” Earp in the iconic Easy Rider and father of Bridget Fonda, giving us three generations of actors and actresses including “Hanoi Jane.”
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1778 Baron von Steuben arrived at Valley Forge to help train the Continental Army.
b. 1861 President-elect Lincoln arrived secretly into Washington, D.C. to thwart an alleged assassination plot (why the U.S. never created a trained protective detail like the Secret Service as a result is mindboggling).      
c. 1903 Cuba leased Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. “in perpetuity” which was a good thing as President Trump is planning to expand the number of detainees there (the war against terror would proceed a lot better if we deviated from the Obama proclivity to drone anything that moved and instead taking prisoners to extract human intel.
d. 1954 to the joy of parents across the nation the first inoculations against the dreaded disease polio began in Pittsburgh.
e. 1991 ground forces cross the Saudi Arabian border into Iraqi border beginning what Hussein touted as the “Mother of All Battles” which ended in an American and its coalition decisive victory in 100 hours.
Reflections on one of the reasons the Confederacy lost: “I have been up to see the Congress and they do not seem to be able to do anything except to eat peanuts and chew tobacco, while my army is starving.” General Robert E. Lee 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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