Monday, July 24, 2017

RIP Charlie Gard

We humans may be at the top of the food chain feeling there is nothing we cannot overcome
 When a child is struck with a disease we believe that with science we can overcome
A natural hope and all parents’ belief
That regardless of the diagnosis modern medicine will spare them from grief
A portal to rationed care in England for a tiny infant Charlie Gard
A national health service that experimental treatment barred
Into courts and into the court of public opinion with only the slimmest of hope
Watching their youngest son slip away one can only imagine how they could cope
No parent should ever have to bury a child where there is a saving chance
After all that is the miracle of modern medicine which our longevity continues to advance
Where the English courts were prepared to close the hospital treatment room doors
U.S. doctors and hospitals were prepared to the odds of failure ignore
Alas not to be and Charlie Gard will leave this world before his first birthday
Leaving his parents in grief and tears to display
A sad note that as humans we are mortal despite all the science and miracles of modern medical wonders
Despite all our best efforts and prayers the dark boatman may come for us to tear our dreams asunder
Prayers with the parents of this brave little boy
Sad a lifetime of birthdays they and he will never enjoy

© July 24, 2017 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet 

Gutierrez Poster Child for Term Limits

Luis Gutierrez represents what should be despised rhetoric over the top
Calls for eliminating a president are incitements to violence that must stop
Another poster child for term limits who has never seen a paycheck from the private sector
Save for a role as a cab driver but quick to capitalism and its engine of growth hector
Known as the Dean of the Illinois delegation
Useless and MIA as Chicago minorities are killing each other without mitigation
A useless Don Quixote charging an impeachment windmill and Puerto Rican independence doomed by its progressive spending spree
To even worse crippling and lasting poverty
A news flash to this delusional Dean
Pay more attention to the Chicago butchering scene
Learn and ape how the private sector and  men like Trump create jobs
While Swamp denizens like you the future of your voters rob

© Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet  

A Blue Better Deal?

From the New Deal to a Square Deal to obstruction they could not conceal
Schumer and Pelosi and their aging leadership announce a Better Deal
Talk about making a silk purse from a sow’s ear
Blue spin machine goes into high gear
The art of the deal master
Hobbled by the Blues’ obstructionist disaster
Schumer at least may have accepted that they lost and on the Russians or Comey they cannot blame
Their hands on favorite with no message went down in disgrace in total flames
A message of hope to win back the mere mortals the Blue funding elite view with contempt and disdain
A tough hill to try to climb without fresh ideas to push away the Russian collusion anti-Trump refrain

© July 24, 2017 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet 

Abby Huntsman and Julie Newmar at Starbucks

If you live in Southern California especially in L.A.
You never know what celebrity might be on display
Go further south and even the Orange Curtain will not protect you from a sighting
Of a movie shoot, and all quiet on the set shoot before we lose the natural lighting
Two women at an outdoor Starbucks table with the problems and issues of life to digest
With looks that immediately will bring to mind and suggest
These two are not mere mortals but standins for Julie Newmar of Airplane
And the other the dead ringer for a younger sister of Abby Huntsman of Fox News fame
Helen of Troy may have had a face of myth that launched a thousand ships
But these two unnamed beauties of grace and intellect could easily handle any script
One never knows what images or scenes
Will add flavor par excellence to a dose of Starbucks caffeine
But for a poet always a time of joy
A reminder to the fullest life try to enjoy

© Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet   

Graubart Jumps For Joy Over McCain Cancer fin

Jonathan Graubart represents what is wrong with higher education and how divisive we have become
After learning that McCain has brain cancer with prayers pouring in his Facebook his post should stun
The poly sci professor at SDSU is outraged that strangers are expressing support
For someone whom he considers a war criminal and to the Hague we should report
The rules of engagement in Vietnam went to great lengths to prevent civilian loss in the North from the air
While for the American pilots shot down like McCain torture and privation was their daily fare
How can someone call himself a human being for expressing over a diagnosis of cancer total joy
This sick professor also as each pilot was shot down and headed in chains to the Hilton in Hanoi
Could probably not his happiness over the punishment and torture restrain
Feel sorry for any student dumb enough to be forced to listen to his attack on America refrain
McCain may have his faults but to add “war criminal” to his very short  list
Shows how on the body higher learning Graubart is more like a cancerous cyst
Ironic that because of the deeds of men and women like McCain in uniform
Graubart has the freedom to fail to basic decency norms conform.  
A news flash to Professor Graubart
You are an idiot not at all very smart!
© July 24, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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July 24, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Pioneer Day (Utah)

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 24, 2017 The hysteria of the Russian collusion delusion and the new narrative of obstruction of justice among the left and the MSM continues unabated as all indications point to Trump signing the Russian sanctions bill (news flash to the Waters, Pelosi, and Schumers of the world the threat to our democracy rests with the Blue idiots of the Swamp who will not accept the simple fact that Trump won and a felon lost); Schumer has finally said something that is not insipience that Clinton needs to look herself in the mirror to see the cause of her loss and that the Democrats had had no message only that they were against Trump; in another  example of the feeding frenzy of anti-Trump hysteria, a poll out of 1200 voters evenly split 42%-42% that Trump be impeached (unbelievable); Mueller and his Clinton supporting team are expanding their probe like the oil spill of the Exxon Valdez trying to find anything on what looks like a true political witch hunt with no smoke and certainly no fire;  the San Antonio semi truck driver will appear in court today as the death toll climbed from 9 to 10; on the history front, the USS Constitution left its dry dock for Boston Harbor after a two year restoration project; India and China continue to rattle sabers and Hamas is back to its old tricks of launching  rockets into Israel; through July 23, 2110 people have been shot in Chicago 369 of whom have died (sadly the ATF agents Trump has sent has not put a damper on the carnage).
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Martika; factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Bob Woodward on the Watergate Tapes, hoping your motives in business and personal dealings are intemerate,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. Pioneer Day (Utah)celebrating the entry of Brigham Young and  the first wagon train of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on this day in 1847 who had fled Nuavoo, Illinois.   
2. National Tequila Day—who would have ever imagined that the ingenuity of humans to produce alcohol would have figured out how to turn cacti into tequila.      
3. 1989 Number One Song—the number one song in 1989 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Toy Soldiers” by  Martika. Here is her performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvdLovAaYzM
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “intemerate” which means pure or undefiled which is a trait most politicians quickly lose once in the Swamp as the need to constantly raise money kills whatever idealistic motives that caused them to seek office in the first place.                
5. The Mailman Rang More Than Twice—celebrating the birth on this day in 1963 of Karl Malone, known as the Mailman and with teammate John Stockton were formed and unstoppable back door combo on the court.   
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1847 Richard Hoe patented the rotary type printing press. 
b. 1901 William Sydney Porter who wrote under the pen name of O. Henry was released from prison after serving three years for embezzling a bank.               
c. 1929 the Kellogg-Briand Pact denouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy went into effect only shredded in a little over ten years later with a repeat on a larger scale of the horrors of World War I with the invasion of Poland by Germany.
d. 1974 SCOTUS ruled 9-0 that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold the Watergate Tapes and ordered him to turn the tapes over to the Watergate Special Prosecutor.
e. 2001 Simeon-Saxe-Coburg Gotha, the last tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child was sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, the first monarch in history to regain political power through a democratic election to a different office.    
Reflections on the Watergate Tapes: After Nixon resigned in 1974, he engaged in a very aggressive war with history, attempting to wipe out the Watergate stain and memory. Happily, history won, largely because of Nixon's tapes.” Bob Woodward 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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July 23, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Parents' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 23, 2017 The hysteria of the Russian collusion delusion among the left and the MSM continues unabated as all indications point to Trump signing the Russian sanctions bill (news flash to the Waters, Pelosi, and Schumers of the world the threat to our democracy rests with the Blue idiots of the Swamp who will not accept the simple fact that Trump won and a felon lost); if you want another reason to build the wall look no further to the case of Jesus Lopez an illegal from Mexico who was arrested for arson of an apartment building in Charlotte, North Carolina that has left 130 people now homeless; in another example of how justice is not blind but completely deranged, a man in Texas is facing potential jail time for back child support even though DNA testing shows the child was not fathered by him; in another example of the scumbag nature of human traffickers and why sanctuary cities should be outlawed, a semi was parked in a San Antonio Wal-Mart parking lot with 38 illegals crammed inside, 9 of whom died; hell hath no fury than a women scorned and tropical storm Hillary will be upgraded to hurricane status; through July 22, 2110 people have been shot in Chicago 369 of whom have died (sadly the ATF agents Trump has sent has not put a damper on the carnage).
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Steven Winwood; factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote on the interaction between parents and children, hoping you do not have to put up with a day of speeches by people who are insulse,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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 Sjögren’s Daycommemorating the birth of Doctor Henrik Sjögren, a Swedish ophthalmologist who discovered in 1933 Sjögren’s Disease, an autoimmune disease that causes white blood cells to turn on the moisture producing glands causing dry mouth, fatigue, dry eye and joint pain and affects some 4,000,000 Americans.   
2. Parents’ Day—created by President Bill Clinton in 1994 to honor the contributions of parents, birth, step and adoptive to the raising and education of their children.      
3. 1988 Number One Song—the number one song in 1988 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Roll With It” by  Steve Winwood. Here is his performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWptXUblA4E
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “insulse” which means lacking wit, dull, or stupid which describes too many of our politicians and bureaucrats to a tee.               
5. One of the First Victims of the War on Women—ironic that on the day tropical storm Hillary is upgraded to a hurricane, today is the day we celebrate the birthday in 1973 of Monica Lewinsky whose two year affair almost brought down President Bill Clinton (the thought of that predator roaming the halls of the White House to this day sends shivers down this poet’s back). 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1829 William Burt patented the typographer the precursor to the typewriter. 
b. 1885 former president Ulysses S. Grant a heavy cigar smoker died of throat cancer.       
c. 1962 from a communications standpoint the world became a very small place when Telstar transmitted the first live trans-Atlantic television broadcast featuring Walter Cronkite.
d. 1972 NASA launched into orbit the first Earth Resources Satellite Landsat I.
e. 1982 actor Vic Morrow and two children were killed when a helicopter crashed onto them while they were filming a scene in Twilight Zone: the Movie.     
Reflections on the on parents: “A parent who never apologizes to his children is a monster. If he is always apologizing, his children are monsters.” Anon   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.  
© July 23, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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