Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving feast 2017

2017 Thanksgiving Feast

As we approach Thanksgiving with family and friends before carving the turkey, time to pause and reflect
That while in gatherings across this nation, millions will gather around a table to a caloric banquet inspect
From turkey with stuffing, to cranberries, to mashed potatoes and gravy, to scalloped corn, to baked yams
To Brussel sprouts with bacon, to peas and onions, to sweet potatoes, to rolls, and maybe even a ham
Space will be at a premium on the dining room table and on plates as dishes and platters are passed around
Soon all you will hear are pleasant conversations free of politics or strife, punctuated by contented sounds
Proving once again it is hard to find anger or spite with a mouth turkey or ham full
Or while in deep concentration to make a wishbone request or to off the turkey a drumstick pull
Bemoaning that when it comes to passing on seconds or thirds most of us have not the will
But hoping that one would for the expected pumpkin pies with whipped cream have room still
On this day when we give thanks for the bounty enjoyed across this land
Content are those who can give thanks to the new Pilgrims by giving a helping hand
Like the Pilgrims of old wondering how they would in the cold winter survive
Notching up belts racked by hunger, hoping some in the spring would still be alive
Indians appeared out of the forest not carrying bow and arrow, war clubs or spears
But platters laden with oysters, clams, fish, corn, yams and deer
If the Indians could have into the future gazed
Would they have withheld the food or worse war chants raised?
Or maybe they knew but their Great Spirit drove them to not arrows release
But open hands willing to take a chance and live with the white men in peace?
Throughout this land the new Pilgrims, the hungry, are too often invisible as we stream by on ribbons of concrete
As we stuff ourselves hard to imagine that thousands upon thousands here in Orange County will go to bed without enough to eat
The lucky ones on Thanksgiving will sit down to a Thanksgiving Day meal
For a day to know that the gnawing wounds of hunger will heal
Show you are thankful by donating to the local food banks
Urge your supermarkets and restaurants to do the same to join the caring ranks
If you do, a poetic guarantee that such acts will carve out some room
When the pumpkin pie servings with such fanfare now loom

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Friday, November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Prematurity Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 17, 2017 After being placed under house arrest by the military, President Mugabe made his first public appearance in Zimbabwe since tanks rolled into the capital in a coup on Wednesday; needed tax cuts that the Blues to the detriment of the nation are fighting tooth and nail to stop cleared the Senate Finance Committee late Thursday night on a straight party line;  Al Franken is not out of the ethics woods yet as the photo of him fondling a sleeping woman went viral and some of his crude skits while a writer fantasizing raping Leslie Stahl reveal the depravity of this “comic” passing as a Senator; Jerry Jones wants to sack Goodell’s $50 million a year contract he is seeking and blasted Goodell’s handling of the kneeling protest; on the NFL medical front, doctors have confirmed the existence of CTE in the brain of a dead retired NFL football player by comparing them with scans done 4 years earlier while still alive due to repeated brain trauma (concussions); on the teacher exploitation of their minor students front, married (not for long) Hunter Day a teacher at Yukon High School in Canadian County, Oklahoma has been arrested for having sex with one of her minor students and in Colorado former teacher Benjamin Forbes was sentenced to 7 years in prison for sexual assaults of a 15 month old female student (always a great chance of getting caught; why these perverts do not zip it up is a mystery especially when cons take a dim view of child molesters); Tesla unveiled a new $200,000 roadster capable of going 0 to 60 in 1.9 seconds; Joe Biden is making news that he is considering running in 2020 as another Blue slurping a lot of fountain of youth elixir but his hands on style after the Weinstein and Franken disclosures may no longer be in vogue; looks like Hollywood is not the only cesspool of sexual abuse, as there are an estimated 70,000 sexual assaults occurring which has prompted Kirsten Gillibrand to introduce legislation to have independent prosecutors in charge of receiving complaints as opposed to the chain of command;  ; almost a stuck record or a gruesome  remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated with total shootings by mostly minorities against mostly minorities in 2017 through November 14 increasing to 3260  of whom 570 have died while nothing is being done to hinder or prevent the killings of minorities by minorities.
      As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Rihanna, factoids of interest for this day in history, looking forward when the Summer and Winter Olympics occur to have the ability to see the lampadephorers coming by, a relevant quote from Roy Miller on the effect of premature births, 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 Students Daycommemorating the storming of Czech universities by the Nazis on this day in 1939 to arrest students and professors and then send them to concentration camp for subsequent execution.
         2. World Prematurity Day—celebrated first on this day in 2011 to promote awareness of the plight of the some 15 million infants born prematurely. 
        3. 2010  Number One Song—the number one song in 2010 on a run of 1 week in that position was “What’s My Name” by Rihanna. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0CGsw6h60k 
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lampadephorer” which means a torch bearer.   
         5. Amazing Grace—celebrating the birth on this day in 1966 of noted singer and songwriter Jeff Buckley noted for “Grace” and “Hallelujah” who sadly drowned in a slack channel of the Mississippi River on May 21, 1997 while swimming at night and being sucked under by the wake of a passing boat.
On this day in:                                                                                   
        a. 1947 the Screen Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist oath the actors would have to execute in order to work in films.
       b. 1947 American scientists John Bardeen and Walter Braittain observed the principles of the transistor which heralded in the Electronic Age for the 20th Century.  
       c. 1962 President John F. Kennedy dedicated Dulles International Airport to service the Washington, D.C. area.   
d. 1967 based on false information he had received four days earlier, President Johnson told the that that the U.S. was winning in the Vietnam War; the fallacy of that statement would be demonstrate during the Tet offensive the following year.
e. 1973 in a statement that would be quickly proved false President Nixon told 400 editors from the Associated Press that he was not a crook.       
        Reflections on the need for good prenatal care, diet and exercise: “Bright futures begin with healthy babies. When this reality is ignored it begins a line of economic and social failures that strain parents, families, communities and the overall health and economic stability Florida’s population.” Roy Miller, president of The Children’s Campaign.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Gillibrand Clinton Should Have Resigned Lewinsky

The adage that a picture is worth a 1000 words in the case of Franken is right on point
A photo of him with hands on both of Tweeden’s breasts give a clear groping viewpoint
His abuse is compounded by the fact she is asleep
But for the photo she would never have known she was fondled by that creep
Worse is the leer, the “I am getting away with the groping smirk”
No humor in sexual abuse Franken, it is no joke
Your actions only total outrage and disgust evoke
The only thing that may allow you to keep your seat though you should really resign
Is that every Blue vote is needed to destroy Trump’s job growth tax cut designs
And the fact that from the progressives like Harris only the sounds of silence abound
The courage to face abuse straight on as of yet not found
Flagrant groping may have two positive effects
The idea that Congress is above the law of sexual abuse you will be forced to reject
Franken to save his perverted hide
Should be on Gillibrand’s and Spier’s side
The second is that Bill Clinton in his relationship with Lewinsky should have resigned
His positive legacy in history like his wife’s will fade and both will be much maligned
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Franken Needs To Resign Over Groping

It takes great courage for a woman who has been victim of a sexual harassment
To come out publicly to seek charges be filed to the culprit to jail sent
Too much of the male culture wants to blame the victim because of what she wore
Or how much she flirted with the culprit to justify the no’s he felt he could ignore
From the celebs in Hollywood we almost expect such sleaze
Starlets forced to use the casting couch, to get the role his reptilian brain they must please
But a member of Congress elected to the people’s best interests represent
Sexually harassing an aide or voter is a mind twisted and bent
Images of Wilbur Mills and Fanne Foxe or Monica and Bill
Or Gary Hart on Monkey Business with Donna Rice hard to swallow such bitter pills
Weiner with his sextexting of young girls is now where he belongs  for 21 months—prison
And now Al Franken photoed groping a sleeping Leeann Tweeden sees the number of accusers has risen
For those in Congress that cannot or will not keep their pants zipped up
Deserve all of the condemnation and calls for resignation that has and will erupt
Apologies may be sincere and maybe this comic is ashamed but Franken should be shown the door
For stupidity of the photo with his grin and the reality that sexual harassment we must no longer ignore!
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The woman is asleep What a pathetic sick creep. 
                                                             

November 16, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Great American Smoke Out

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 16, 2017 After successfully transmitting over 1.5 billion barrels of oil through the Keystone Pipeline since 2010, TransCanada reported a leak of some 5,000 barrels; we have suspected for some time that Al Franken is a joke who has not business being in the Senate a feeling that has been confirmed by L.A. radio host Leeann Tweeden who charged him with trying to kiss her and fondle her breasts during a USO tour in 2006 and worse fondled her when she was asleep on the plane returning home (what a pathetic pervert apology notwithstanding); Schumer on Franken belatedly got his act together and followed McConnell in calling for a ethics probe of this pervert (Congress needs to pass the Spieir Bill calling for mandatory sexual harassment avoidance training for its members and remove the barriers to filing a claim by a sexually harassed aide); despite more women coming out to join the parade of minors harassed by Moore, Moore is defied calls from the RNC and a growing list of Republican Senators that he withdraw from the race (the casualty of this pervert is that millions upon millions may not see a tax cut if the Democratic candidate who is surging in the polls wins); on the celeb sexual harassment front, Sylvester Stallone has by charged by a women that he molested her when he was 40 and she 16 in a Hilton Hotel room in Las Vegas; the House passed a tax reform and cut bill to send to the House where due to the obstructionism of the Blues will face an uncertain future (if living in this Blue state time to write the Bobsey Twins of the left Feinstein and Harris);the trial of Senator Mendez has ended in a mistrial with the jury voting 10-2 for acquittal; almost a stuck record or a gruesome  remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated with total shootings by mostly minorities against mostly minorities in 2017 through November 14 increasing to 3253  of whom 567 have died while nothing is being done to hinder or prevent the killings of minorities by minorities.
      As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Owl City, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping our police are able to find any lamisters, especially the one who ambushed a Detroit police officer yesterday, a relevant quote from the American Cancer on the dangers of smoking and second hand smoke, 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 Day of Tolerance—created by UNESCO in 1995 to promote tolerance of different races, cultures and religions as a means of making the world a safer, less violent place.
          2. Great American Smoke Out—celebrated first on November 16, 1976 to call upon smoker to forgo cigarettes for one day and then to build on that one day at a time until all 40 million smokers give up the habit which is the leading preventable cause of death, causing lung cancer, strokes, and heart attacks both to the smoker and those unfortunate enough to be near them when they are puffing away. 
          3. 2009 Number One Song—the number one song in 2009 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Fire Flies” by Owl City Here is a recording of the song:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psuRGfAaju4
  4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lamister” which means a fugitive.   
           5. Greed Is a Terrible Magnet—celebrating or rather bemoaning the birth on this day in 1946 of Dennis Kozlowski, who rose up from the ranks to become CEO of Tyco but even a salary of $8.8 million in 1997 increasing to $170 million was not enough to sate his greed and he was convicted of 38 fraud counts of pocketing $170 million plus another $400 million in tainted stack sales. He was released on parole after serving almost nine years in prison.
On this day in:                                                                                   
           a. 1904 English inventor John Fleming received a patent for the thermionic valve (vacuum tube).
                 b. 19914 the Federal Reserve Bank was founded.  
          c. 1938 Albert Hoffman working at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland synthesized LSD to the future joy of Timothy Leary.
             d. 1969 Richard Nixon went to Robert F. Kennedy Stadium to become the first sitting president to attend a NFL football game pitting the Dallas Cowboys against the Washington Redskins.
   e. 1973 after years of delay brought by environmental groups and Native American tribes, President Nixon signed the Trans Alaskan Pipeline Authorization Act of 1973 which ended all litigation blocking the construction of the pipeline which is still in use today.       
         Reflections on smoking and second hand smoke: “Smoking does not make you a KILLER per se, but your heart will drown in GUILT if second hand smoke gave someone in your own family a life-threatening disease. Save a lifetime of regret – quit today.” American Cancer Society How very astute and why it is so important to observe this day by not smoking.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November 15, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Free Enterprise Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 15, 2017 The head of Fusion GPS admitted to Congress that he shopped the false anti-Trump dossier to the press which then found its way to the FBI which found its way to the witch -hunt of appointing Robert Mueller and to the FISA courts issuing warrants to enable Obama appointees to intercept Trump Transition Team and Trump supporters’ conversations (that Mr. Schiff and all Blue Russian collusion delusion supporters is the real clear and present danger to our democracy); Congress appears to be getting its act together on the issue of tax reform despite the obstructionist behavior of the Schumer and Pelosi lackeys who continue to chant the false narrative that the tax cut is for the rich on the backs of hard working Americans; Trump is back from a successful trip to Asia despite the idiocy of Schumer claiming he was a disgrace to the office (due to the false narrative from the Cack News Network at a Japanese koi pond?) even though China was sending a high level diplomatic delegation to North Korea most likely to talk some sense to these idiots pursuing a nuclear arsenal; as more and more Republicans clamor for a special counsel to investigate HJC, the Clinton Foundation, Comey and the Uranium One Deal, Sessions testified that he was not in favor as the DOJ seems to be pursuing its own investigation and also dropped a chilling bomb that 27 investigations are proceeding on the issue of leaks most likely by Obama appointees; the union representing ICE is blasting Trump for violating a campaign promise to drain the ICE Swamp of Obama appointees (why he has not purged the federal government of all Obama appointees is a great mystery); almost a stuck record or a gruesome  remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated with total shootings by mostly minorities against mostly minorities in 2017 through November 12 increasing to 3248  of whom 566 have died while nothing is being done to hinder or prevent the killings of minorities by minorities.As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to T.I. factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping your pet is able to practice his or her lambitive skills, a relevant quote fromWinston Churchill on the value of private enterprise, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a giftfor any memorable events like birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet canprovide 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. Day of the Imprisoned Writer—created by PEN International, founded in 1921, to advocate for the release of writers imprisoned for their criticism of governments and other institutions of power and influence for although the pen may be mightier than the sword it is weaker when the writer has been jailed and unable to communicate with the outside world.
    2. Free Enterprise Day—created by President Jimmy Carter on August 8, 1980 to promote and advocate for the American free enterprise system, the engine of wealth creation and improved standards of living which after 8 years of oppressive regulations and crony capitalism is back to growing at 3% and poised if Congress could ever get its act together and cut taxes to grow at 4-5%+. 
     3. 2008 Number One Song—the number one song in 2008 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “Live Your Life” by T.I. Here is a recording of the song:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY6mr9fO-9M
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lambitive”  which describes the act of licking upwith one’s tongue, like what cats and dogs do to drink water or milk.   
      5. Life Imitates Art—celebrating the birth on this day in 1968 of rapper Russel Tyronne Jones better known to his fans as Ol’Dirty Bastard who rose to fame with the hip hop band Wu-Tang Clan and his hit “Ghetto Supastar.” Like so many rappers his over the top profanity laden performances led him down the  path of crime, incarceration, fugitive status and addiction to die of an overdose 2 days before his 36th birthday.
On this day in:                                                                                   
          a. 1914 in a chilling reminder that football is a violent sport, Harry Turner center for the Canton
Professionals playing in the Ohio League. During a game against Akron he fractured his back making a tackle, severing his spinal cord, and dying in a hospital bed shortly thereafter, the first professional football player to die of game related injuries.
           b. 1920 the first assembly of the League of Nations was held at Geneva, Switzerland.  
           c. 1939 Franklin Roosevelt laid the cornerstone for the Jefferson Memorial (wonder how long it will remain before the left starts protesting its existence due to Jefferson’s status as a slave owner.   
d. 1971 Intel released the world’s first single chip microprocessor the 4004.
e. 2006 after watching the liberal bias of the MSM, Al Jazeera English  was launched out of Qatar to reach the one billion English speakers who do not adhere to an Anglo-American world view. If the left of the MSM want to hone their anti-Trump message and crusade they should watch it.       
         Reflections on the contributions of private enterprise that the left has great difficulty
in accepting:Some regard private enterprise as if it were a predatory tiger to be shot. Others
 look upon it as a cow that they can milk. Only a handful see it for what it really is--the strong 
horse that pulls the whole cart.” Winston Churchill Please enjoy the poems on events of
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History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of 
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Diabetes Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 14, 2017 In Vegas the house always win but the diversity lottery with chain immigration the citizens betting on jobs and security always lose as the Trump Administration revealed that 6 terrorists (6 too many) were admitted to the U.S. via the diversity lottery and 30,000 were admitted from countries that are designated state sponsors of terror (the program should be ended immediately); last night only 3 Dolphins took a knee and maybe God also looking down was like most of the fans disgusted especially with all the men and women in uniform present and the Panthers destroyed the Dolphins 45-21 with McCaffrey scoring two touchdowns; tragic news out of Red Bluff, California as a shooter shot up multiple locations including an elementary school, leaving in total 5 dead including the shooter and wounding ten including two children (the neighbor told reporters the shooter was acting crazy and shooting large number of rounds and evidently did not call the police even after being threatened and having his truck stolen); still smarting from spiking the story on Harvey Weinstein’s predatory sexual practices, NBC acted quickly to dismiss Matt Zimmerman, Senior Vice President Booking, for inappropriate behavior with women (time for men in power in entertainment and media to send their reptilian brains to a cold shower); Jeff Sessions was grilled by Democrats over his prior testimony to the Senate involving contact with Russians while Reds focused on the need to investigate allegations of quid pro quo involving HJC, the Uranium One Deal, Comey’s and Lynch’s obstruction of justice and the false anti-Trump dossier using Russian false information that was used to create the special counsel and justify illegal interception of communications by the Trump Transition Team and Trump supporters (no wonder Americans are fed up with the politicalization of their government and wonder why Mueller’s witch-hunt has not been shut down); while NFL players albeit in smaller numbers are kneeling in disrespect of the flag those in uniform are bleeding and dying for, no wonder the Army is having difficulty filling its recruitment quotas and has lowered its standards to allow recruits with mental and addiction issues; to the dismay of many hunters, Arby’s has brought back the deer steak sandwich involving venison procured from deer farms in New Zealand; almost a stuck record or a gruesome  remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated with total shootings by mostly minorities against mostly minorities in 2017 through November 12 increasing to 3243  of whom 564 have died while nothing is being done to hinder or prevent the killings of minorities by minorities.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Chris Brown, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping you can deal with issues in a lambent manner, a relevant quote from Sherri Shepherd on how to deal with diabetessecure 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 Diabetes Dayobserved since 1991 and created by the International Diabetes Foundation to promote awareness of the need for diet and exercise to control the epidemic like increases in Type II Diabetes which sadly if one looks and the growing trend of obesity in this country and many developed countries is not going well. The day also promotes the need for research in the cause and cure of Type I diabetes which although not preventable today is manageable with improved delivery systems of insulin and diet.
    2. Operating Room Nurses  Day—commemorating and honoring the contributions of the nurses in the care of patients before, during and after surgery; from experience one of the great sources of satisfaction after being put under anesthetics to wake up to the sound of a nurse’s voice feeling no pain and covered with a warm blanket. The day stems from the proclamation of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad creating the day on November 14, 1989. 
     3. 2007 Number One Song—the number one song in 2007 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Kiss Kiss” by Chris Brown. Here is a recording of the song:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNII9PDlFJ0
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lambent”  which describes the act of dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject which is rarely seen in the take no prisoners, my way or the highway mentality of the partisan denizens of the Swamp.   
      5. Tough Guys Aren’t Tough Enough—celebrating the birth on this day in 1904 of multitalented Dick Powell, noted actor, singer, director, and studio head who was the first to play Phillip Marlow and was at ease on the silver screen and TV. But like many chain smokers of his era he died way too early on January 2, 1963.
On this day in:                                                                                   
    a. 1886 Freidrich Sonnecken developed the hole puncher, a usual office for filing papers in binders and feature on Google’s home page today.
    b. 1922 the British Broadcasting Company began radio broadcasting in the United Kingdom.  
     c. 1967 American physicist Theodore Maiman received a patent of his ruby laser, the world’s first laser.   
d. 1995 Republicans and Democrats in Congress could not agree on an increase of the national debt ceiling, forcing the government to shut down museums and national parks and operate its agencies with significantly reduced staffs until it reopened for business as bloated as usual 5 days later instead of continuing operations with a reduced staff.
e. 2001 with American assistance on the ground and in the air, the Northern Alliance drove the Taliban out of the capital of Kabul, Afghanistan.       
     Reflections on how to avoid Type II diabetes and how to beat it if one comes down with it:“ I am a type-2 diabetic, and they took me off medication simply because I ate right and exercised. Diabetes is not like a cancer, where you go in for chemo and radiation. You can change a lot through a basic changing of habits.” Sherri Shepherd, noted comedian and TV personality who is a Type II diabetic. 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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