Monday, March 2, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not March 3 History National Anthem Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—March 3, 2015 Trust your Taco Tuesday or Popeye’s two piece chicken special for $1.29 is off to a great start and you are anxiously awaiting the start of the start of the Iditarod in 6 days (when it starts properly befitting my Alaskan heritage and homage to the Last Great Race on Earth I will post daily race standings). As always, I  hope you enjoy the meager holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from Jean Harlow with a smile on your face, enjoying a some cold cuts, 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. Hinamatsuri Day (Japan)--commemorating if fortunate enough to be in Japan today the display of miniature dolls portraying royalty and court attendants from the Heian Period of Japan.
       2. National Anthem Daycommemorating the adoption of the Star Spangled Banner with its difficult notes in eflat on this day in 1931.  
       3. 1971 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1971, as part of a 5 week run One Bad Apple by the Osmonds, a Mormon family band that sold over 100 million records and whose only female sibling is seen daily on Nutrisystems commercials.
        4. National Cold Cuts Day—thanks to the Earl of Sandwich for creating the need for those tasty slices of protein to put between two slices of bread adorned with condiments.
        5. National Pancake Day—celebrating at least at IHOP free buttermilk pancakes with a suggestion to make a contribution to Children’s Miracle Hospitals.
        6. Blonde Bombshell Day—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1911 of one of the icon actresses of the 30’s, an epitome of sexuality, Jean Harlow who died from kidney failure at the age of 26.                                                
On this day in
     a. 1776 the U.S. Marine Corps in its first amphibious operation came ashore to seize British stores of gunpowder at Nassau, Bermuda.   
     b. 1873 in a blow to the First Amendment, the U.S. Congress passed the Comstock Act, which prevented the use of the mail to send obscene, lewd or lascivious books.    
     c. 1923 Time magazine was published for the first time.  
     d. 1938 in a great moment for the Bedouins of Saudi Arabia, oil was discovered.      
     e. 1991 an amateur video recorded the beating of Rodney King by the LAPD.                                                 
Reflections by a sex symbol way before her time: “I like to wake up each morning feeling a new man.” Jean Harlow Actually a longer term relationship might be more rewarding.
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not March 2 History Read Across America Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—March 2, 2015 Trust your weekend was a great one and your Monday also and you are anxiously awaiting the start of the start of the Iditarod in 7 days (when it starts properly befitting my Alaskan heritage and homage to the Last Great Race on Earth I will post daily race standings). As always, I  hope you enjoy the meager holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote by Charlene, Princess of Monaco with a smile on your face, enjoying a slice of banana cream pie, 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. Texas Independence Day--commemorating the execution by 56 Texans of the Texas Declaration of Independence on this day in 1836 severing relations with Mexico.
       2. Read Across America Daycreated by the National Education Association to promote reading on this day which is also the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  
       3. 1970 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1970, as part of a 6 week run Bridge over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel.
        4. National Banana Cream Pie Day—shades of Soupy Sales and the joy of seeing some hit in the face with a banana cream pie.
        5. We’ve Only Just Begun Day—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1950 of a great singer and drummer, Karen Carpenter, who died far too early of heart failure due to anorexia nervosa at the age of 32.                                                    
On this day in
     a. 1807 Congress enacted legislation prohibiting the importation of slaves into the United States.   
     b. 1903 the Martha Washington Hotel opened in New York City, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women.    
     c. 1983 compact discs and players went on sale for the first time in the United States.  
     d. 1989 in a move to preserve the ozone in the upper atmosphere 12 European Community nations agreed to ban the production of chlorofluorocarbons by the end of the century.      
     e. 1998 data from the Galileo space probe indicated that Jupiter’s moon Europa has an ocean covered by a thick crust of ice.                                                    

Reflections on the ozone layer: “What’s happening to our world? Imagine the year 2000 and our ozone layer has vanished. The earth has a fever and what will you do about it?” Charlene, Princess of Monaco

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

FCC On Party Lines Adopts Net Neutrality

By strict party line vote the FCC bends to lame duck Obama’s will
Sure as the Sun will come up tomorrow look for taxes on your coming bill
The internet has been a success story beyond belief
Unfettered flow of data and expression free from government regulatory grief
Hundreds of pages of regulations most likely by the Blue Commissioners not read
Regulating the internet like a public utility is something we probably learn to dread
We have seen what happens when bureaucracies are given pens and an inexhaustible ink supply
Like in Obamacare, EPA, VA and IRS incompetency runs rampant and accountability withers and dies
Maybe we Americans are truly stupid and in internet usage bliss
The imagined issues calling for regulation we somehow missed
The growth of the internet and ecommerce has been a replication of Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand
Innovation and advance when a regulatory burden we did not have to try to withstand
Net neutrality has a nice euphemistic sound
How can one oppose something neutral--almost like taking the high ground?
But when the reality of increased, oppressive regulations comes to cyber town
And there is heard on YouTube the millennials’ howling outraged cry
Over slower speeds, taxes or higher prices; the millennials should any Blue at election time deny
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Jihadi John We Know Who You Are

In a world of DNA and voice recognition you can run and mask but you cannot hide
Especially when the laws of humanity you chose not to abide
Despite showing only his eyes Jihadi John’s identity may have been disclosed
Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti born Brit who all Western values now opposed
Not yet known if he was present when the Iraqis on the Kuwaiti border came across
And the American led coalition prevented his family’s further personal and property loss
If ever we wanted a poster child of misguided Jihad to capture and not drone
Jihadi John is the one as he has his western roots disowned
Obama’s plan against ISIS has been solely to kill from the air
So our needed human intel cupboard is totally bare
If we cannot get a grip on what causes Europeans to Western values defect
And the sanctity of human life and tolerance for other views reject
Then Harf was partially right; we cannot kill enough Islamists to end this plight
To stop the flow of new martyr recruits anxious to enter into the fight
We know who he is and hopefully with bounties his location we will find
We need the special ops to bring him back and delve into his radicalized mind
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The Garden State Weeds Gun Control Idiocy


In a victory for delayed common sense
New Jersey drops prosecution of a firearm offense
The Second Amendment in the Garden State when it comes to pistols barely exists
So the law abiding citizens are stripped of their means to attacks on their safety resist
The felons never believe they will be caught
But the unarmed New Jersey citizen in a crime could very well be shot
New Jersey had recently become a laughing stock
Arresting a retired teacher for possession of a 255 year old Queen Ann flintlock
A one shot pistol, less a firearm and more a piece of art
Why the police from common sense had to depart
The law against pistols does not exempt collector antiques
So the retired Van Gilder was without a paddle up the proverbial creek
May be impossible in this Blue leaning state to this law amend
So another law abiding collector to jail it does not send
Before this day while New Jersey was groping in the idiocy fog
This poet was pleased to have been on the right side of reason with his prior blog  
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Delusional Kerry Calls World a Safer Place


The referendum on the legalization of pot was by two thirds of D.C. residents approved
For two ounces and six plants the threat of incarceration has been removed
But the measure did not go into effect until Thursday morning at 12:01
Listening to Kerry testifying on the absence of terror reveals he may have jumped the gun
What was Kerry smoking?
Pray to God, he had to have been joking
The world is not a safer place and Islamic extremists are on the move
While this Administration cannot even the use of the phrase approve
Boko Haram is killing by the hundreds; Ukraine is a bloody mess
Christians in the Middle East are under increasing radical Islamic stress
21 Christians in Libya have had their heads chopped off
ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda and radical Islam at us scoff
The Kurds are trying to hold their own without the weapons they need
What is the next arena where radical Islam plants and germinates more terror seeds?
Putin eyes the Baltics, and Iran is inching relentlessly toward a nuke
Netanyahu’s upcoming address is by the video fantasy queen, Rice, given a rebuke
The safest state on Earth from terror, Alaska now joins the other 49
FBI now monitoring terror here as part of a counter terrorism design
Clapper today before Congress is trying to set the record straight
Attacks and deaths from Islamic jihadists are increasing and do not abate
All in the context of a U.S. military that is on a funding diet that would make Nutrisystems envy
Kerry’s delusion notwithstanding, the world is getting more and more deadly!
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Foreign Government Contributions To Clinton Foundation Ethical?

If you want to find ethics corrupted, without fail
All you have to do is follow the money trail
The Clinton Foundation while Hillary was Secretary of State from foreign governments was raking in the cash
The conflicts of interest barriers it would seem thrown into the trash
Appearances of impropriety however slight do matter and should be avoided like the plague
Taking money from foreign governments for Clinton’s run is a fuse lit powder keg
It takes a great suspension of disbelief to believe the absence of a quid pro quo
When foreign governments seeking favors are plying the Clinton Foundation with dough
Algeria was lobbying tooth and nail on the issue of human rights
500 grand from Algeria nondisclosed to State coming in like a thief in the night  
Whether in the agreement with the Obama Administration had exceptions is not germane
Ethics 101 would have required Clinton to in the pursuit of foreign funds abstain
Sadly because the press, save Fox, is chomping at the bit
For her to declare and be crowned, any inquiry on impropriety the press will not admit
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