Monday, March 30, 2015

Dolittle Raider Dies

Sadly, another of the Greatest Generation has made his final flight
One of the Doolittle Raiders on Tokyo a man named Wallace Hite
Hard to imagine the desperation and despair
When the the B-25s too early took off into the air
Japan seemed invincible and all territories to take
Time for revenge and a no more advance line in the sand to stake
Pearl Harbor and Bataan like 911 were to America a deadly wakeup call
And the need to the forces of tyranny and repression try to stall
More likely than not this was a one way ride doomed to fail
Launched way too early from the Hornet with not safe place to bail
On capture Hite was not beheaded
Only for 40 months imprisoned instead
We have so few moments to honor these few remaining living heroes
That fought on land the Banzais, on sea the long lance and in the air the Zeros
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Freezing at Starbucks

When it comes to coffee, Starbucks leads the pack
Always looking forward from its Pike Street beginnings and never looking back
Bold moves on the tattoo, gun carrying and racial front
When it comes to expansion and profit it swings for the fences never bunts
But when it comes to carbon foot prints, this coffee drinker has an idea to suggest
It is time for the freezing level of air conditioning to be addressed
If you are in the Starbucks at the corner of Wilson and Harbor
It may not be snowing inside but feels like January in Ann Arbor
Meat lockers or ORs seem like tropical paradises compared to this frigid place
Given the adherence to Green causes and Fair Trade this is an environmental disgrace
We know that Starbucks sells coffee cups and mugs
But not clothing or logoed rugs
Maybe a clothing line of Holsteins
So fitting for cows as part of a meat locker scene
Maybe brewing coffee creates for the baristas a deadly amount of heat
Which might render their prompt and efficient service somewhat effete
Maybe too many people after one cup of caffeine
Are staying too long and from the free Wi-Fi do not want to be weaned
But at this Starbucks and many others I suspect
It is time to the freeze them out strategy at Starbucks to reject
Too much air conditioning at too low a temperature use
Is a major climate change environmental abuse
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When it comes to coffee, Starbucks leads the pack
Always looking forward from its Pike Street beginnings and never looking back
Bold moves on the tattoo, gun carrying and racial front
When it comes to expansion and profit it swings for the fences never bunts
But when it comes to carbon foot prints, this coffee drinker has an idea to suggest
It is time for the level of air conditioning to be addressed
If you are in the Starbucks at the corner of Wilson and Harbor
It may not be snowing but feels like January in Ann Arbor
Meat lockers or ORs seem like tropical paradises compared to this frigid place
Given the adherence to Green causes and Fair Trade this is an environmental disgrace
We know that Starbucks sells coffee cups and mugs
But not clothing or logoed rugs
Maybe a clothing line of Holsteins
So fitting for cows as part of a meat locker scene
Maybe brewing coffee creates for the baristas a deadly amount of heat
Which might render their prompt and efficient service somewhat effete
Maybe too many people after one cup of caffeine
Are staying too long and from the free Wi-Fi do not want to be weaned
But at this Starbucks and many others I suspect
It is time to the freeze them out strategy at Starbucks to reject
Too much air conditioning at too low a temperature use
Is a major environmental abuse
© March 30, 2015 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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When it comes to coffee, Starbucks leads the pack
Always looking forward from its Pike Street beginnings and never looking back
Bold moves on the tattoo, gun carrying and racial front
When it comes to expansion and profit it swings for the fences never bunts
But when it comes to carbon foot prints, this coffee drinker has an idea to suggest
It is time for the level of air conditioning to be addressed
If you are in the Starbucks at the corner of Wilson and Harbor
It may not be snowing but feels like January in Ann Arbor
Meat lockers or ORs seem like tropical paradises compared to this frigid place
Given the adherence to Green causes and Fair Trade this is an environmental disgrace
We know that Starbucks sells coffee cups and mugs
But not clothing or logoed rugs
Maybe a clothing line of Holsteins
So fitting for cows as part of a meat locker scene
Maybe brewing coffee creates for the baristas a deadly amount of heat
Which might render their prompt and efficient service somewhat effete
Maybe too many people after one cup of caffeine
Are staying too long and from the free Wi-Fi do not want to be weaned
But at this Starbucks and many others I suspect
It is time to the freeze them out strategy at Starbucks to reject
Too much air conditioning at too low a temperature use
Is a major environmental abuse
© March 30, 2015 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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When it comes to coffee, Starbucks leads the pack
Always looking forward from its Pike Street beginnings and never looking back
Bold moves on the tattoo, gun carrying and racial front
When it comes to expansion and profit it swings for the fences never bunts
But when it comes to carbon foot prints, this coffee drinker has an idea to suggest
It is time for the level of air conditioning to be addressed
If you are in the Starbucks at the corner of Wilson and Harbor
It may not be snowing but feels like January in Ann Arbor
Meat lockers or ORs seem like tropical paradises compared to this frigid place
Given the adherence to Green causes and Fair Trade this is an environmental disgrace
We know that Starbucks sells coffee cups and mugs
But not clothing or logoed rugs
Maybe a clothing line of Holsteins
So fitting for cows as part of a meat locker scene
Maybe brewing coffee creates for the baristas a deadly amount of heat
Which might render their prompt and efficient service somewhat effete
Maybe too many people after one cup of caffeine
Are staying too long and from the free Wi-Fi do not want to be weaned
But at this Starbucks and many others I suspect
It is time to the freeze them out strategy at Starbucks to reject
Too much air conditioning at too low a temperature use
Is a major environmental abuse
© March 30, 2015 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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One Email from Disaster Where Is the New Deep Throat

Even Nixon during the depths of the Watergate scandal
Could not force himself to evidence destroy or mishandle
Hillary who was on the Watergate investigating team
Obviously not so constrained with her personal deletion only scheme
30,000 emails that she alone was the public or private content judge
No wonder on the release of her server, she refuses to budge
Anyone who believes her statement that personal only is a complete fool
Needs to put on a dunce hat and sit on a corner stool
How many emails on yoga, wedding dresses, or truly personal stuff
Would she have the need to send so her coronation the voters will rebuff?
For every “public” email sent one private one according to her went into cyber space
Believable only if you are fanatic supporter and into the White House you want her to be placed
Wiping her private email server clean smacks of evidence she had to destruct
Looks like clearly justice she chose to obstruct
For six years Obama’s deceit and nontransparency we Americans have had to suffer
While the president was protected by the bullet proof Holder buffer
One can only hope there are recipients of the “private” emails that have the courage to be a new and needed “deep throat”
Revealing emails so to the trash heap of deception her coronation quest sent along with a righteous rejected vote
Hillary is probably the most calculating, well planning person on the American political landscape
To think she would not release emails that would help her private use case is as believable as Nixon claiming nothing damning on the Watergate tapes
We are ready for a woman president; we should have a woman president but not this one
Too much deception, too little honesty, too much concealment, too little transparency—
 all add up to a coronation we should shun
© March 30, 2015 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not March 30 History National Doctors Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—March 30, 2015 Trust your weekend was a great one and your Monday is off to a great start. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances albeit somewhat meager today, factoids of interest, music video of Puff Daddy, and a relevant quote by Arthur Schopenhauer, enjoying a bowl of turkey neck soup after savoring   watching your favorite team play in the NIT or the NCAA Tournaments (both men and women), blessed  with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event 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. National Doctors Daycelebrating since 1989 the contribution of doctors to the health and welfare of the citizens of this nation; sadly the practice of medicine has been under great stress due to the decreasing reimbursements to physicians due to cuts in Medicare and Medicaid and the increased regulatory burden imposed HIPPA.
       2. National Pencil Day—celebrating the issuance on this day in 1858 of a patent to Hymen Lipman for a pencil equipped with an eraser (most helpful when marking down golf scores when money is at stake).
      3. 1997 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1997, as part of a 6 week run, Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down by Puff Daddy, a Harlem born rapper whose net worth in 2014 was estimated by Forbes Magazine to be $700 million.  Here is a video link to the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmHMcKN8xlI
      4. Turkey Neck Soup Day—celebrating a great soup especially when made with rice or noodles and mushrooms, carrots, and your favorite spices like basil, tarragon or thyme.
      5. Flat’s Where It’s At Day--celebrating not those who believe in a flat earth but rather the birthday on this day in 1926 of Ingvar Kamprad, the creator of the flat pack and founder of IKEA who started his retailing career selling matches and appropriately, since it is National Pencil Day, pencils.
On this day in
     a. 1867 in what has to be one of the great bargains of all time, the United States purchased Alaska aka “Seward’s Folly from Russia for $7.2 million (revenue from leasing rights to hunt fur seals from 1870 to 1890 generated over $6 million into the U.S. Treasury).
     b. 1964 the TV game show Jeopardy created by Merv Griffin made its debut on television; the host was Art Fleming. The show is still going strong today with Alex Trebek as its host.
     c. 1976 the first Land Day, protesting Israeli land policies affecting Palestinians, was held in Israel resulting in the deaths of six Arabs.
     d. 1981 President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest, almost mortally, by John Hinckley, Jr. Reagan, always known for a great sense of humor quipped to his wife Nancy after exiting from surgery: “Honey I forgot to duck.”           
     e. 2012 MasterCard and Visa announced a massive security breach of cardholder data affecting over 10 million card holders.
     Reflections on humanity from three points of view: “The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.” Arthur Schopenhauer, noted 19th Century German philosopher best known for his book The World as Will and Representation.
     Please enjoy the 140 character poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and join 155 growing followers and please 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. Go to Rhymes On The Newsworthy Times for comments on important and breaking news events that should be of interest. www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com Ridley's Believe It Or Not  Rhymes On The Newsworthy Times
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Llama Drama at USDA

Two llamas get spooked and run along an Arizona highway
No one hurt, no damage to property but for the owners it’s hell to pay
The twitter scenes went viral and rattled the bureaucrats of the USDA
An edict from the USDA quickly came to the owners’ way
The owners had to have a permit in order for the llamas to the public be on display
So to the owners’ ignorance and dismay
No more llama drama to nursing home residents’ depression allay
Congress passed the Animal Welfare Act to require permits for animal display
We continue to become more and more regulated in almost all activities known to the human race
With more and more regulations killing and hindering business activity to take place
More and more regulations means more and more bureaucrats need to them draft
More and more obstacles on a road to black ink path
Obama in his zeal to overregulate is destroying millions of board feet
Transformed from pristine forests to millions of Federal Register sheets
Llama drama is really another tragedy of a growing government run amok
Why at least a third of the civilian federal work force we should chuck
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not March 29 History Palm Sunday

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—March 29, 2015 Trust your weekend is continuing to be a great one. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances albeit somewhat meager today, factoids of interest, music video of Celine Dion, and relevant quotes Colonel Wilson and 2nd Lieutenant Calley, enjoying a serving of lemon chiffon  cake while watching your favorite team play in the NIT or the NCAA Tournaments (both men and women), blessed  with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event 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. National Mom and Pop Business Owners Daycelebrating the cornerstone of our economy which our federal and state governments seem hell bent to regulate and tax to death.
      2. Palm Sunday—celebrating the Sunday before Easter.
      3. 1996 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1996, as part of a 6 week run, Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion, a Canadian born bilingual French speaking singer whose voice has been rated one of the most influential pop music voices. After a brief Geico ad, here is a link to her performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih1945e4q7I
      4. National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day—celebrating a lighter cake after splurging on the Black Forest chocolate cake yesterday.
      5. Sam I Am Day--celebrating not that great Dr. Seuss poem immortalized by Ted Cruz during his filibuster, but rather the birthday on this day in 1918 of Sam Walton, founder of Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart.
On this day in
     a. 1806 construction of the Cumberland Road, the first federal highway in the United States, was authorized.
     b. 1882 the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, was founded in New Haven, Connecticut.
     c. 1961 the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to vote in presidential elections was ratified.
     d. 1971 2nd Lieutenant William Calley was convicted of murder of 22 civilians at My Lai, South Vietnam and sentenced to life imprisonment (later pardoned by President Nixon). Sad stain on the honor of the U.S. Army.                                         
     e. 1973 finally after the deaths of over 58,000 members of U.S. armed forces, the last combat troops left South Vietnam and two years later Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese.
     Reflections on My Lai from an investigator and the culprit: “I had prayed to God that this thing was fiction." - Colonel William Wilson, a combat veteran who conducted an investigation into the massacre at My Lai
"I was ordered to go in there and destroy the enemy...That was my job on that day. That was the mission I was given. I did not sit down and think in terms of men, women and children.” 2nd Lieutenant William Calley at his court martial Sadly My Lai was not fiction; nor was the reality of the 1.5—3.6 million civilian deaths in North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
     Please enjoy the 140 character poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and join 155 growing followers and please 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. Go to Rhymes On The Newsworthy Times for comments on important and breaking news events that should be of interest. www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com Ridley's Believe It Or Not  Rhymes On The Newsworthy Times
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Carly Ready to Run?

The Reds quest for the White House so far has all men in suits
Maybe this might end as Carly Fiorina may join the pursuit
We are ready for a woman president but only someone with some integrity and skills
After the private emails, foundation conflicts, Benghazi, no record, Hillary does not fit  the bill
Hillary with a 10 million advance left the White House "dead broke"
She is so out of touch with us mere mortals it is a complete joke
Carly stared breast cancer in its evil often fatal face
Double mastectomy and chemo to this cancer fight to erase
Strong woman, bright woman to rise to the Hewlett Packard chief executive chair
Ten years with a tough merger and the dot com bubble burst sinking HP’s price for its shares
We have not had a president from Stanford since 1928
It is now time since when it comes to ethics, Hillary is second rate
The only fly is that the Reds and Indies may still wonder why
How could she have lost to Boxer on her first political office try?
My guess is that Carly during the campaign was still in cancer recovery mode
Running for a Senate seat and recovering from breast cancer is for any women a heavy load
Flying is not an accomplishment nor are four years of concealment
Time for us to listen carefully to the ideas and vision Carly will present
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