Monday, August 19, 2019

August 19, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Humanitarian Dayl eive


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 19, 2019 An investigative report by Fox has excoriated Los Angeles Mayor and his administration for an expanding homeless crisis that gets worse every day while Garcetti and Blue politicians are interested only in sound bites and ailing that reaches up to Sacramento where Newsom is more concerned about the welfare of illegal aliens than the needs of California residents; here is a typical photo of a slight portion of the 60,000 homeless clogging the sidewalks and parks of Los Angeles each night:

Scaramucci the quickly fired communications director by Trump is taking from his idiotic role as a MSM political pundit to take aim on a delusional rant and quest to try to assemble ex-Trump Cabinet members to oppose Trump in any Republican primaries; Colin Kaepernick the most failing kneeling has been is encouraging the 2 NFL players who take a knee to “stay strong” (after Colin’s take it to the bank deal with Nike and his settlement with the NFL enough is enough from this wealthy spoiled football player); the Blues who continue to push abortions at any time right up to the moment of birth are having to face the reality that failed abortions resulting in a live birth which Virginia’s Blue governor wants to make comfortable and then let the mother and her doctor decide whether to commit infanticide by denying support; with 60,000 homeless in Los Angeles many of whom are living in rodent infested, drug infested and disease infested squalor the L.A. City Council in a fit of NIMBY anger has repassed an ordinance banning overnight sleeping in cars, vans and RVs in residential neighborhoods and near parks,  schools and daycare (may cause parking problems but RVs unlike tent shelters do not come with needles, trash, rats and disease);  despite pouring rain, protests in Hong Kong against Red China continued albeit peacefully but closing down roads and streets; Prince Andrew name as one of Epstein’s passengers on the Lolita Express to Orgy Island is desperately trying to distance himself from the dead and disgraced pedophile; in another example of the total barbarism and why ISIS should be killed without remorse or letup, an ISIS suicide bomber detonated a suicide vest at a wedding in Kabul with 1,000 in attendance, killing 63 and wounding almost 200; through August in Chicago through August 18, 2019, 1764 have been shot of whom 293 have died and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population.  217 have been murdered in Baltimore ( when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Puff Daddy and Faith Evans feat. 123, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not suffer from plastography and a relevant quote from Joschka Fischer on Iraqi Freedom, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, 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 Aviation Day—created by proclamation by President Roosevelt in 1939 on the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday in 1871 to honor the development of aviation in the United States.         
2. World Humanitarian Day—created by the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Foundation on August 19, 2009 to work with the UN and governments to honor those working in humanitarian causes and to commemorate those who have lost their lives in promoting humanitarian efforts.        
3. 1997 Number One Song— the number one song in 1997 on a run of 11 weeks in that position was “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans feat. 112. Here is a recording video of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKMtZm2YuBE  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “plastography” which is the art of forging handwriting which in the day of online banking and passwords may be a dying art.
5. Spread the Genes—celebrating the birth of rapper Nate Dogg born on this day in 1991 and  whose life after military service mired his rap songs with numerous brushes with the law and bringing six children into this world from multiple relationships and who died early from complications from strokes on March 15, 2011 at the age of 41.
On this day in: 
     a. 1934 the first All American Soap Box Derby was held in Dayton, Ohio.  
    b. 1964 Syncom 3 the first world’s first geostationary communications satellite was successfully launched by the United States.
c. 1981 carrier launched U.S. fighters in the Gulf of Sidra off the coast of Libya shoot down 2 Soviet made Libyan fighters.   
d. 2010 Iraqi Freedom, the operation by the U.S. and certain of its allies to find nonexistent weapons of mass destruction and replace Saddam Hussein ended with members of the last combat brigade returning to Kuwait.  
e. 2017 tens of thousands of non native farmed Atlantic salmon were released into the wild in a pen break near Cypress Island, Washington which resulted in the State of Washington banning the farming of salmon after 2025.   
Reflections on Iraqi Freedom that found no nonexistent WMD and cost us trillions of dollars: “Taking stock of ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’ a decade later, the Financial Times concluded that the US won the war, Iran won the peace, and Turkey won the contracts. I can only agree.” Joschka Fischer, former German Vice Chancellor and popular figure in the Green Party in Germany for many years.
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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Service Dogs Billy Elliot Treat


Service Dogs are a lifeline for those mentally or physically challenged
Four legged threads of a decent or coping life
A set of eyes a set of ears a sense of ills onset
A beacon to the challenged to more forward
And not in a chair or bed be confined
Meaning to more than just exist
Temptation to give up resist
So well trained, priceless beyond compare
No wonder a class of service dogs treated to Billy Elliot
A viral photo that had to be shared
Watching the dogs in chairs perched
True meaning to man’s best friend 
Never to leave us in a lurch
Even after the movie ends
Tail wagging a true companion friend
© August 17, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

City of Roses Dodges Antifa Bullet for Now


The City of Roses and site of many a micro brew
Dodged the bullet from Antifa’s call to violence it spewed
Only 13 arrests, no one wounded or killed
Willamette River better than a police line for parties to chill
But before we pat ourselves on the back and jump for joy
The potential violence of Antifa seething under the surface wanting to again deploy
Portland runs the risk of being another Beirut but without the safety of a Green Line
As the factors that unite us as Americans look more and more that they will unwind
Antifa was there not to discuss or even try to with opposing views reason
In their universe anyone supporting Trump is guilty of treason
If a man is guilty of treason rules against violence no long apply
Duty to beat or kill until with an anti-Trump view he complies
Antifa F*bombs and fingers drown all chance to rationally debate
For Portland a City of Roses violent clashes loom as its fate
© August 17, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet  

Tlaib and Omar BDS Failure


Thank God the MSM has not taken up the cry
Like professional teams in 50’s and 60’s who segregation defied
Will not admit our black teammate because of the color of his skin
Then our money for food and lodging you have no chance to win
The non anti-Semites in the House delegations would not cancel their trip
Just because Omar and Tlaib were locked in their anti-Semite grip
Tlaib and Omar rolled the sound-bite dice and lost
Their BDS call as they were blocked was tossed
Maher not a conservative firebrand said it best
Only thing for Blues to do was their BDS call to arrest
Question for some of us is will Rouda on BDS fall in Tlaib’s and Omar’s line
Or will he act on his non anti-Semite claim and not be so confined?
© August 17, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet  

August 17, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Nonprofit Dayeive 8


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 17, 2019 The shooter in Philadelphia who was Harris’s poster child for her gun control plan while bullets were still flying with his illegally obtained rifle has been charged with attempted murders (with his crimes he should never have been on the street breathing the air of freedom); in a what took him so long moment President Trump has threatened to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization, an action long overdue; Portland is girding for demonstrations by Antifa and right wing organizations and is trying to keep the groups separated by the Willamette River but videos have surfaced of Antifa members trying to pull journalist Ngo who was previously brutally attacked off a bus today (interesting sidelight, only Antifa members wear masks to try to conceal their identity but with conservatives no attempt); Blues evidently still seething over Israel’s right as a sovereign nation to exclude two rabid anti-Semites Tlaib and Omar are now considering the idiotic path of trying to punish Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel (short memories, but consistent with their open border views, of Blues when U.S. banned Arafat from U.N. for his advocating the destruction of Israel); Google is already in the political dog house for its employees signing a petition demanding Google does not do business with ICE (but okay with repressive China which is in a trade war with U.S. and on a path to replace us as a dominant power) has entered a new one as another petition is circulating demanding no Google business with CBP; in what should be a wake-up call to the continuing drift to the left of the Blues, ulta leftist comedian Bill Maher has attacked Blue for their BDS litmus test on candidates; Jessica Aguilar who slapped a Trump supporter at an Orange County rally in 2016 has been convicted of battery and sentenced to 20 days of jail, 10 days of community service and 3 years probation with jail vacated if community service completed (a good step to end this physical anti-Trump nonsense); news that Harris who has filed a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level may take notice of a Florida lawyer who was ordered to pay $370,000 for improper legal advice prompting his clients to grow and use marijuana for personal medical uses); it what sounds like a case of false imprisonment Delta passengers were held on a plane bound for Dublin for 8 hours while the pilot claimed not to know where the ground crew was and police finally being called after fights starting breaking out; in Chicago no shooting and murder updates but 215 murdered in Baltimore (even without updates when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Los Del Rios, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not suffer from planomania and a relevant quote from Monica Lewinsky on the Lewinsky Scandal (thanks God this predator never became the First Man), secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, 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 Nonprofit Day—created by Sherita J. Herring, noted speaker and motivator, in 2017 to honor the good deeds of non profits whose real profits are the thousands of those helped by their services.        
2. International Homeless Animal Day—created by the International Society for Animal Rights in 1992 to reduce the number of homeless animals by spaying and neutering pets and promoting pet adoptions.      
3. 1996 Number One Song— the number one song in 1996 on a run of 14 weeks in that position was “Macarena (Backside Boys Mix)” by Los Del Rio. Here is a recording video of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-2R6B3oFE4  This Spanish duo was formed in 1962  by Antonio Romero Monge (born 1947) and Rafael Ruíz Perdigones (born 1949) and is still going strong today.
 4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “planomania” which describes an abnormal desire to wander aimlessly and ignore social norms which might describe Crocodile Dundee.
5. Still A Raging Bull In His Mind—celebrating or bemoaning the birth depending on your political point of view of actor Robert DeNiro born on this day in 1943 but locked in his roll of Jake LaMotta when re rants about punching Trump in the nose.
     On this day in: 
     a. 1907 Pike Place Market a very popular seafood and other goods market was opened in Seatlle.
    b. 1953 the first meeting of Narcotics Anonymous was held in Southern California.
c. 1962 Peter Fechter, a brick layer became the 27th known victim killed trying to cross the Berlin Wall when he was shot and left to bleed to death.   
d. 1998 our noted sexual predator Bill Clinton admitted in a deposition that he had “an improper sexual relationship” with Monica Lewinsky and later that day on national TV admitted the same after previously lying on national TV.  
e. 2008 Michael Phelps becomes the first athlete to win 8 Gold Medals in an Olympics.   
Reflections on being the Clinton Lewinsky Scandal: “He could have made it right with the book. But he hasn't. He is a revisionist of history. He has lied.” Monica Lewinsky Too bad Epstein died or we might have had to endure Clinton’s real depravity. 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, August 16, 2019

August 16, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Airborne Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 16, 2019 The gaffer in chief was at in again in a fund raiser in Delaware confusing a speech made in Burlington, Iowa with Burlington, Vermont over 1,100 miles away; Rashida Tlaib like AOC is doing squat for her district and spending all her time promoting herself after the firestorm that she and Omar engendered over Israel’s refusal to admit her along with a large Congressional delegation and then relented to let her visit her grandmother in the West Bank indicated she would not visit due to Israel’s “abusive” policies against the Palestinians; Trump is battled by leftist judges at every turn but received a welcome reprieve from an unlikely source, the 9th Circuit that ruled the injunction by a 9th Circuit District Judge applied only to states in which the judge ruled not nationwide; conspiracy theorists are in mourning as are book writers and script writers as the verdict of the New York City Coroner on Epstein is suicide; De Beers must be breathing a sigh of relief that although scientists have discovered vast quantities of diamonds under the Earth they are probably way too deep to be extracted with today’s technology; Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda who smoked pot but not tobacco has died of lung cancer today at age 79;  Mayor Pete Buttigieg mired in the pack and going nowhere has thrown out the idea of doing away with the DH rule (not winning on immigration issues so why not switch to the other side of the plate?); while all Blue candidates rant about climate change, Mayor Pete leads the pack of wannabes in the use of private planes on his campaign (I guess that enables him to get to more rallies in front of less people that want to hear what he has to say); question the performance of long term Blue politicians who are black like Cummings and the MSM like MSNBC come out swinging comparing Trump to Hitler (news flash to the hacks as MSNBC, Hitler didn’t excoriate his opponents on the media, he sent in the Gestapo and sent them off to concentration camps to be executed); Trump will donate his second quarter salary of $100,000 to the Office of the Surgeon General; in a display of sportsmanship that it is all to rare today, in a Little League Tournament the Rhode Island pitcher who threw a home run pitch to the Virginia batter high fived him with his glove hand as he rounded third base; in Chicago through August 14, 2019 (August 16 numbers not it), 1726 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, 287 of whom have died but none in the last two days,  a fraction of those dead from murders in Cape Town, South Africa but barely leading the 215 murdered in Baltimore (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to TLC, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are planiloquent it and a relevant quote from the Airborne Creed, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, 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 Airborne  Day—created by President Bush on this day in 2002 to honor our airborne forces of our Armed Forces that got their beginnings with the first parachute jump by a member of the Armed Forces on August 16, 1940.        
2. National Roller Coaster Day—honoring the issuance of a patent for the first vertical loop roller coaster on this day in 1898; to celebrate the day go to a roller coaster ride at a park like Magic Mountain and prepared to be terrified in a death defying ride which despite its thrills is pretty safe.        
3. 1995 Number One Song— the number one song in 1995 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Waterfalls” by TLC. Here is a recording video of them singing the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WEtxJ4-sh4 This all girl group has sold more records than any other all girl group and has continued to perform as a duo when one of its members was killed in a car crash in Honduras in 2002.  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “planiloquent´which means to speak plainly, a trait politicians and diplomants usually lack completely.
5. Life Must Always Lived to the Fullest—celebrating the birth on this day in 2000 of noted Instagram influencer and fashion designer Felicite Tomlinson who died way too early of a heart attack on March 13, 2019..
     On this day in: 
     a. 1927 the first Dole race from Oakland to Honolulu began with 6 of the 8 planes entered crashing or lost.
    b. 1954 the first issue of Sports Illustrated was published.
c. 1962 Peter Best was discharged by the Beatles and replaced two days later by Ringo Starr.   
d. 1966 the House Un-American Activities Committee began hearings on Americans who had aided the Viet Cong as a first step in introducing legislation to prosecute them, prompting demonstrations in which 56 people were arrested.  
e. 2008 The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago was topped off at 1389 feet at time becoming the highest residence above ground level.   
Reflections on being a member of the Airborne:  “I have pride in being Airborne! I will never let it down! In peace, I do not shrink from the dullest duty nor protest the toughest training. My weapon and equipment will always be combat ready. I will be neatly dressed, show courtesy and watch my behavior in a proper Airborne military manner.

In battle, I fear no enemy’s ability, nor underestimate his ability, power or threats. I will fight him with all my might and skills – staying alert to avoid traps and try to escape if I should ever be captured. I will never surrender while I still have the means to fight, though I may be the last paratrooper.

My goal in peace and war is to succeed in any mission of the day or night, even though I may die doing so. For I belong to a proud and glorious team…” Airborne Creed
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Thursday, August 15, 2019

August 15, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Failures Day1


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 15, 2019 The Coast Guard Cutter may have a small sounding sized name but it floats tall when it comes to drug interdiction as the USS Midgett floats tall by seizing 4,600 pounds of cocaine; the shooting in the misnamed Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia has ended with a career criminal Maurice Hill surrendering to police who given his prior convictions should never have been out of prison (you can take it to the bank that Hill obtained his gun illegally raising for the illegal aliens supporter queen pathetic pitch for her gun control program while shots were being fired of just exactly how with an emphasis of why neighbors viewing the scene were yelling and taunting police); Israel has banned two anti-Semites Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering Israel to spew their rabid anti-Semite and anti-Israel hate, a move predictably assailed by Pelosi and Blues and praised by Trump and Reds; in the Blue Race of the 4 Horsemen Biden is still number one stuck at 31% with Warren off the reservation climbing to 2nd at 20%, Sanders down to 10% and the illegal alien supporter Queen Harris still stuck in 4th at 8% (like the leaves in fall falling, watch for Blues to start to join Hickenlooper by dropping out if they cannot make the debate stage in September); Lemon must be feeling the sour taste of consequences as the former boss of the bartender who accused Lemon of inappropriate sexual behavior has come out to corroborate the incident (how does it feel Lemon to be in a Kavanaugh like hot seat on an event alleged to have just occurred); Dr. Marc Siegel, a frequent contributor on Fox has indicated that the broken neck bones are more consistent with a homicide than a suicide and slammed the medical staff for taking Epstein off a suicide watch after only 6 days (from a life of luxury and perversion to a life of prison knowing that most cons do not take kindly to pedophiles would make most people suicidal and give up); in Chicago through August 14, 2019, 1726 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, 287 of whom have died but none in the last two days,  a fraction of those dead from murders in Cape Town, South Africa but barely leading the 213 murdered in Baltimore (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you can exercise planation when the situation requires it and a relevant quote from Rick Perlstein and Woodstock, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, 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. I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day—celebrating a unique part of our heritage as a nation that flourished in the 19th Century with cattle drives bring cattle to market in the Midwest to feed the hungry denizens of the East. Not sure where this day came from but to celebrate wear a cowboy hat and some boats and go to a barbecue restaurant without packing.        
2. National Failures Day—honoring the failures all risk takers must experience and learn from them as it is a rare success that imparts useful lessons only failures that require the abeyance of ego and finger pointing replaced by acceptance and analysis of one’s role in the failure and how best to avoid repetition in the future.       
3. 1994 Number One Song— the number one song in 1994 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Stay (I Missed You)” by Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories. Here is a recording video of her singing the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dNS70UJlRg This noted singer was the first recording singer to have a number one hit song without a recording song and is still active today and still winning Grammy Awards.  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “planation” which means making level which is what Trump is trying with little help from the Blues to make the field of international commerce.
5. Life Can Imitate Music—celebrating the birth on this day in 1985 of noted rapper Ermias Joseph Asghedom who was better known to his fans as Nipsey Hussle who in addition to his rapping became and community activist and entrepreneur but whose life was cut down outside his clothing store by 10 bullets on March 31, 2019 allegedly by a suspect who was known to him over an apparent personal matter.
     On this day in: 
     a. 1963 Henry John Burnett had the dubious distinction of being the last man hanged in Scotland for killing his victim on May 31, 1963, being caught the same day and tried and found guilty shortly thereafter and hanged on August15, 1963.
    b. 1969 the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in Woodstock in upstate New York featuring the top bands and performers of the era.
c. 1971 President Nixon completed the end of the Gold Standard by ending the practice of foreign currencies being convertible into gold.   
d. 1973 the clandestine bombing of North Vietnamese targets in Cambodia came to an end. 
e. 1995 Shannon Faulkner after a lengthy court battle became the first woman to matriculate into the Citadel in South Carolina only to withdrew due to physical stress and abuse by male cadets less than one week later.   
Reflections on Woodstock and the 60’s: “There's a lot of surplus rage from the '60s that was never really worked through publicly. I think a lot of that rage still exists, and I think you see that when John McCain runs a commercial that beats up on Hillary Clinton's earmark for a Woodstock museum. Rick Perlstein, noted author born several weeks after Woodstock to become an author and chronicler of conservatism and the 60’s.
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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