Thursday, November 20, 2014

Four Worshippers Slain While Praying to God


What Is Holy
 
A piece of ground?
Foundations below a place of worship?
Years of struggle between two faiths?
Or is it the miracle of human life?
One small cell struggles before death
To unite and the miracle begins
Nine months later a human being
Complete in all its wonders
Complete in all its hopes
Complete in its soul
Life is holy!
What is sacrilege?
What is blasphemy?
What is apostasy?
Thou shall not kill!
On a holy site sacred
Or on any piece of dirt
Thou shall not kill!
Slaying of four worshipers praying to their God
By two praying to the same God of different name
While their brethren danced in the streets
As children so taught received candy and cakes
Is that not the most unholy act of all?
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Egypt May Block Hamas Tunnels While U.S, May Block Aid To It


The news that Egypt is considering massive efforts to prevent Hamas from using tunnels from Gaza into the Sinai is a great start
The world, Arab, Christian and Jews must unite so from this world Hamas’ hatred and killing will soon depart
Unfortunately, we once again may be falling into the democracy human rights trap
The discussions over democracy efforts in Egypt may our military aid sap
Having the tunnels in essence bookends blocked
May well have the Palestinians wanting to clean Hamas’ clock
But then again watching the Palestinians over five slayings dancing in the streets
Means we have a long way to go before yet another peace attempt goes down to defeat
Obama once again in his condemnation of the slaying of three Rabbis who were Americans/ Israelis was weak
There is no moral balance when the death of worshipers these Palestinians seek
When the leader of the Palestinians mouths condemnation then indicates in essence it’s Israel’s fault
Means despite the words to achieve peace we have high barriers to vault
When will Obama learn America’s role should not be to solely preach?
But rather to be strong and respected such that our foes know they are not beyond our and our allies’ lethal reach
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 20 History Great American Smokeout,


Ridley's Believe It Or Not—November 20, 2014:  Trust your Thursday is going well as you near the weekend and Thanksgiving; and as always I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quotes from two journalists on the Nuremberg Trials, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to enjoying a few pieces of peanut butter fudge, 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 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.  You need only contact me for details.
       1. Universal Children’s Day—established by the UN in 1954 encouraging all countries to promote exchange among the children of the world and to promote policies to benefit the children.
      2. African Industrialization Day—another UN observance established in 1990 to promote investment in Africa, a continent which badly needs it but is sorely hampered by lack of infrastructure, abysmal health conditions (e.g. Ebola in West Africa), corruption and in places like Nigeria, Somalia, and Mali jihadist movements.
      3. Great American Smokeout—promoted by the American Cancer Society to encourage the almost 44 million Americans who despite all evidence of the mortal dangers continue to smoke to take the first step toward quitting and stop for 24 hours. If you see someone continually reaching for his pocket or her purse, encourage them in their efforts as it might save a life from an early and painful death.
      4. Gaffes Are Your Friend Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1943 of the most prolific gaffer of all time and the best life insurance policy or impeachment protection a president could ever have Joe Biden.
       5. National Peanut Butter Fudge—celebrating, but if you wear dentures only if your Polident is liberally applied, a great chewy candy.
On this day in
      a. 1789 New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
      b. 1945 in Nuremburg, Germany the Nuremberg Trials commenced against 24 Nazi war criminals; the court adjourned on September 1, 1946 and 12 of the defendants were executed on October 16, 1946 and 7 of the defendants received prison sentences.
     c. 1974 the Justice Department filed an anti-trust suit against AT&T, leading to the breakup of it and its Bell System and generation of millions upon millions to dollars in legal fees incurred by the defendant.
     d. 1985 Microsoft released Windows 1.0 which despite its inadequacies was not declared obsolete and no longer supported until December 31, 2001.
Reflections on the Nuremberg Trials:
     a. “The Nuremberg Trials of Nazi leaders in open court before an international tribunal had a profound long-term effect on the Germans, bringing them back to democracy and humanity.” Anthony Lewis, noted American journalist and twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize
      b. “When you look at the ruins of Nuremberg, you are looking at the startling effects of war. When you look at the prisoners on view in the courthouse, you are looking at 22 of the causes.” Janet Flanner, noted 20th century columnist for the New Yorker who served in Paris
If the waging of war regardless of how it waged becomes a war crime in and of itself, will leaders be less willing to wage it unless victory is a certainty?
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Pelosi's Pick Rejected Crack In Her Grip?


Why after losing so many seats in the House with a former Speaker who incites
The Blues would vote for her as Minority Leader would keep inquiring minds up all night
She has ruled her party with an iron fist and quashed any dissent
But when the smoke cleared all she could do is deny why against the Blues the election went
So it is refreshing that her rank and file are starting to show signs of revolt
Refusing to elect her choice for a plum chair in a secret vote
One would hope that the drubbing against Reid
Might prompt some  independence from Reid that the Senate on both sides needs
Keystone needs not just sixty votes but 7 more
To overcome Obama’s threatened veto if it passes on the Senate floor
Pallone the new minority chair on energy is not is the shadow of the Bay Area Greens
Maybe he can help his fellow Blues from the War on Fossil Fuels be weaned
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Vermont Cans Gruber


The first rule of stupidity is to speak when there is a video to record
All sorts of undesired things will be the speaker’s unwanted reward
Gruber must have felt when he spoke the stupid voters would hold him in awe
Even though through his deception he was able to engineer the ACA law
A brief tape with him and a member of the legislature of the Green Mountain State
Showed an arrogance and belittling attitude so termination is his fate
Before we feel sorry for this arrogant professor from MIT on losing his contract
It’s only a 240k lesson to help him acquire some humility he obviously lacks
I wonder if he was raking in over 4 million 5 to consult with the state and feds
Was he ever in the classroom to teach his students and have their exams read
Interesting question on his academic performance for which he must have been paid his dean ought to ask
Even the brightest cannot be in the White House and in the classroom to complete
his task
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Iron Wall Descending On Virginia Tech


It is ironic that in a speech not in Congress but on Westminster College campus grounds
In 1946 Churchill warned of an Iron Curtain that Eastern Europe would soon surround
Preventing voting and expression; residents could no longer leave
Any new ideas outside the Soviet Union would be given the heave
If Churchill were still alive and invited to almost any campus to give a speech
He would find the rapid movement of a new Iron Curtain continuing to extend its reach
Students could come and go but not conservatives from outside
The two way exchange of ideas from without and within were more like the outgoing tide
The academic beach of sand on which ideas and discourse could easily walk
Was now a slippery path covered in barnacles and sharp rocks
Academic Freedom is supposed to be about discourse free from threats or raised fists and shouts
Heckling and drowning out a speaker because you disagree is not what Academic Freedom is all about
Nor is it about a student not questioning a liberal professor’s mind
Not if the grade is needed and he does not want in his career to be left behind
The issue of immigration is a major issue which requires some sense of civility and on both sides discourse
Not whistles, jeers, shouts, stomping of feet and heckling out the speaker until the protestors are hoarse
Bay Buchanan was invited by Virginia Tech’s Young Republicans to give a speech
On immigration with some conservative views to the attending students
reach
The news accounts indicate the speech prompted a spirited but civil debate
This is an issue in which violence and threats from both sides needs to abate
Yet when the academic freedom dust had settled and cleared,
The Student Board controlling funds voted to ban them for the rest of the academic year.
Banning funding to bring speakers from the conservative side
The concept of Academic Freedom completely derides.
The Young Republicans announced the decision they will appeal
I hope they prevail; after all the exchange and debate of ideas is the heart of the Academic Freedom deal
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CTO Park "Not My Problem" What A Joke


The botched Healthcare.gov website rollout is a nightmare that will not go away
A year later like oil seeping slowly from the ocean bed to the shore new revelations to dismay
Todd Park, not some low level staffer,  but the CTO of this nation finally testified
Almost the first words out of his mouth was any obligations on the website to deny
In the glacial speed of transparentcy in order to confuse, deceive and hide
Emails finally a year old are being revealed sent to Park of security and other issues that would grow not subside
In the private sector if the CTO received emails that security on the website was at risk
High level staff meetings with the CTO present to address and solutions to whisk
The rollout of the signature legislation of Obama and his CTO did not seem to care
That issues and problems were threatening the success and expenses ensnare
Is mind boggling and makes one wonder if he like Tavenner had only one mission
Not functionality, not security only that whether it worked or not October 1 it was open even if for a nanosecond for applicants’ submission
Wonder what Park was paid to basically not be involved
As a manager or advisor so he could disclaim any responsibility to problem solve
After listening to his testimony which summoned a ton of disbelief
Whoever hired him in the private sector may be heading for a lot of technology misstep grief.
My mother always use to tell me in times or sorrow or despair
Always look for the silver lining in the storm clouds that fill the air
$500 million later with a scathing GAO report on management or lack thereof
Anyone who argues the government can solve our problems needs to look at the rollout of Healthcare.gov
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