Thursday, June 22, 2017

Killer Lentil Soup at Gardunos

Gardunos Ristorante Italiano
When it comes to legumes, Lentils are in the basement rank
Only redeeming feature is that there is no need to soak overnight
But when it comes to soup grab your spoon and take this to the bank
Versus a minestrone, these lentils will winning the taste buds fight
Go to a great restaurant with patio on 17th Street
Where fresh made not dried pasta you will only meet
Not like in Italy where the café lined streets may be narrow
But where one’s appetite needs a large barrow
Owned by a husband and wife not some impersonal Olive Garden chain
“Honey your lentil soup tops the charts” should be the refrain
Not just lentils in a bowl all by themselves
But mushrooms, carrots and treats from the wife’s shelves
Gardunos is more than a piece of Italy in only name
On a warm summer night, eat not and your taste buds will be crying “On you shame!”
© June 22, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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June 22, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Onion Ring Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 22, 2017 Obamacare is like Rome, burning to the ground as insurers leave the individual market and the mandates still in place are strangling job creation and what we hear is not debate but the Nero like fiddling of Schumer and his lackeys joined by four Republican Benedict Arnolds—what a complete disaster; Schumer sound bites do not solve the problem nor do Pelosi’s as she faces increasing fire from Blues that her time is through (hope she stays as she is the Red turnout magnet); Congress will soon be missing in action for their recess that we mere mortal serfs would die for without doing their jobs of tax cuts, repealing and replacing Obamacare as it  implodes in a fireball, and no work on infrastructure (Trump can do only so much with executive orders); on the North Korea front, disturbing news that a U.S. anti missile test failed as North Korea tested another rocket motor (when does the world and North Korea’s neighbors come to the realization that the only solution is regime change by any military means including assassination and that solution must be implemented while Kim Jong Un does not possess nuclear tipped missiles); on the PC university front Trinity College professor Johnny Williams went on a f* bomb tirade that because he was white Scalise should have been left to die (time for parents and donors to express their displeasure by sending their kids and dollars elsewhere as with idiots like him teaching there they are overpaying for the “education”; in further proof that must be drilled into the sick minds of jihadis that you may run but you cannot hide, a Canadian sniper shot and killed a terrorist in Iraq from a distance of 2.2 miles away;; Rahm Emanuel’s top priority for Chicago remains making it the premier sanctuary city in the country as the carnage continues unabated in June with total shootings in 2017 through June 21 increasing to 1646 and the death toll increasing to 292, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore except for those fortunate enough to own a mortuary.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Peter and Gordon, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping that our politicians will not create billions more of imprests for wasteful purposes; a relevant quote from President Roosevelt on the G.I. Bill of Rights, 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. National Onion Ring Dayin a day in which holidays and observances are almost nonexistent bemoaning another high fat treat we Americans are too prone to consume.
2. National Chocolate Éclair Day—celebrated by eating a favorite mid-19th Century French pastry invention made with choux dough as opposed to long johns make with donut dough. 
3. 1964 Number One Song—the number one song in 1964 on a run of 1 week in that position was “A World Without Love” by Peter and Gordon. Here is a performance by the two British pop stars who were part of the British Invasion of “A World Without Love”:  https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=peter+and+Gordon#id=1&vid=f8f304add3eed94fa93d3e58702fcd87&action=click
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “imprest” which means a loan or advance of funds for a particular purpose.            
5. Drums Along the Reservation—celebrating or bemoaning, depending on your political persuasion, the birth on this day in 1949 of a women who claimed to be Native American in order to further her political ambitions. Along with Sanders she is a rabid foe of banks and is symbolic of the leftist tilt of the Democratic Party.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1941 in what will prove to be Germany’s biggest mistake in World War II, German forces launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union.    
b. 1944 President Roosevelt signed into law The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 ( aka the G.I. Bill of Rights ) which dramatically increased the number of college and technically trained students from the ranks of returning veterans.       
c. 1969 the Cuyahoga River running through Cleveland, Ohio caught fire which led to the passage of the Clean Water Act and the creation of Trump’s nemesis the Environmental Protection Agency.          
d. 1984 Virgin Airways commenced operations with its first flight from London’s Gatwick Airport.
e. 1990 that symbol of the Cold War, Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, was disbanded.            
Reflections on the least this nation needed to do for its returning veterans: “First, mustering-out pay to every member of the armed forces and merchant marine when he or she is honorably discharged; mustering-out pay large enough in each case to cover a reasonable period of time between his discharge and the finding of a new job.Second, in case no job is found after diligent search, then unemployment insurance if the individual registers with the United States Employment Service. Third, an opportunity for members of the armed services to get further education or trade training at the cost of their Government….”—President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Fireside Chat,” July 28, 1943 Probably along with the Marshall Plan, the best investment this nation has ever made.  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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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Yoga Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 21, 2017 Blues poured millions upon millions of dollars into the special election in  Georgia and even sent in the Botox of youth queen Nancy Pelosi and still managed to lose in their failed anti-Trump no tax cuts message (Blues are now 0-4); the death spiral for Obamacare continues as Anthem, the second largest healthcare insurer announced it plans to pull out of Obamacare in Wisconsin and Indiana next year on the heels of an announcement earlier this month that it was exiting Ohio (meanwhile back in the Swamp, the Blues are doing everything they can to delay the Senate’s repeal and replace bill); the rogue nation led by an obese lunatic appears to be readying for more nuclear tests while China is still dragging its feet on helping us to shut this nation completely down (the clock is ticking down for us to eliminate Kim Jong-Un, his family and its nuclear and ICBM program by any means necessary); the depravity of North Korea for in essence giving 22 year Otto Warmbrier a death sentence for removing a poster from his hotel room is horrific beyond belief (makes you wonder what the IOC is smoking with reports of a possibility of North Korea co-hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics with South Korea); while the Blues continue to wallow in the Russian collusion delusion no action from the Swamp to address the issue of what to do about future attempts by Russians and others to hack into out voting machines as they appeared to have done in 21 states (even if we have to return to paper ballots or offline voting devices and delay the results this potential problem has to be solved); on the terror front an airport cop in Flint was stabbed by an assailant in what preliminary but not conclusive reports indicate as a terrorist attack; on the political front where delusion among the Blues is the norm, reports surfacing that Eric Holder is thinking of running for president; Rahm Emanuel’s top priority for Chicago remains making it the premier sanctuary city in the country as the carnage continues unabated in June with total shootings in 2017 through June 20 increasing to 1637 and the death toll increasing to 290, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore except for those fortunate enough to own a mortuary.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Kyu Sakamoto, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping that our politicians will listen to our importunes to cut taxes, repeal and replace Obamacare and increase jobs; a relevant quote from Amit Ray on the benefits of yogasecure 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. International Hydrography Daypromoting the creation of hydrographic information and the dissemination of it on a global basis.
2. International Yoga Day—celebrated since 2015 to promote the practice of and the benefits of yoga; maybe before each committee hearing or meeting, the members of Congress participating ought to be required to practice ten minutes of yoga to promote flexibility of thought and elimination of angry rhetoric.       
3. 1963 Number One Song—the number one song in 1963 on a run of 3 weeks in that position proving that music transcends national borders and language was “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto. Here is a performance by him of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUA-DcW1lFc  Regret not being able to speak Japanese so I found a link to translated lyrics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C35DrtPlUbc This crooner joined 508 passengers and 15 crew members in dying in a Japanese Air plane crash on August 12, 1983, the deadliest single plane crash in history.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “importune” which means to press or urge someone with repeated requests which when it comes to compromise Congress turns a deaf ear.            
5.The Man Who Will Be King—celebrating the birth on this day in 1982 of the man who will be king as opposed to his father, who hopefully for the good of the British people will not, Prince William.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1900 as part of the Boxer Rebellion, China declared war on the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Japan.    
b. 1915 SCOTUS handed down its decision in Guinn v. United States invalidating Oklahoma’s grandfather clauses that had the effect of eliminating the ability of black voters to cast their ballots.       
c. 1964 three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, Mickey Schwerner and James Chaney were murdered by members of the Klu Klux Klan and in a first for its time, an all white jury convicted several of the perpetrators of violated the victims’ civil rights but the ring leader’s trial ended in a hung jury and he was not retried.          
d. 1989 SCOTUS in the case of Texas v Johnson ruled that burning of the American flag was protected by the First Amendment.
e. 2005 in a reaffirmation that the wheels of justice often move slowly but at least they move, Edgar Ray Killen, the mastermind of the murders back in 1964, was convicted of manslaughter for the murders of Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney and sentenced to 60 years and is now serving that sentence and at age 92 will die in prison.             
As one goes into the half lotus for one’s yoga session, reflections of the benefits of yoga“Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements.”  Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style 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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June 20, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Refugee Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 20, 2017 A sweltering but great week at Stanford watching my youngest son join over 500 fellow Stanford students to receive his diploma in computer science; unfortunately as befitting a former Trustee I was clothed in academic robes that were like a solar heat magnet; on the security front HRC and her bungling aides still have access to classified material and finally the State Department is getting around to investigating why that access has not been removed (anyone with a last name other than Clinton would be in prison garb); on the political front close race in Georgia to see who will replace Tom Price who left to join Trump’s Cabinet (if Blues lose no matter how close it could have devastating effect on their ability to get donors to throw money down their failed rat hole); on the terror front in Brussels police shot and killed a Islamist terrorist after he detonated a small suicide vest; on the tragic PC front plaguing our schools, June Chu, the Dean of Pierson College at Yale has left due to being exposed for having posted inflammatory anti-white views on Yelp; take an aspirin before reading this--the Regents running the University of California have implemented a policy to limit out of state students to 18% while imposing no limits on illegal aliens (when is someone going to ask why are any illegals allowed on campus?); while Scalise was fighting for his life, the Queen of Bias Joy-Ann Reid was slamming Scalise not the  gunman who tried to kill him and four others (like blaming a rape victim for wearing a provocative outfit); Rahm Emanuel’s top priority for Chicago remains making it the premier sanctuary city in the country as the carnage continues unabated in June with total shootings in 2017 through June 19 increasing to 1627 and the death toll increasing to 286, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore except for those fortunate enough to own a mortuary.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Ray Charles, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping that our politicians will not be impignorating our future, a relevant quote from Jeff Duncan on the refugee crisissecure 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 Refugee Daycommemorating the adoption by the General Assembly on December 4, 2000 and observed on this day since 2001; unfortunately the resolution has done nothing to slow the rapid growth of refugees and of the frustration and anger over governments’ lack of ability to assimilate and protect their citizenry from attack. 
2. Summer Solstice—although from an astronomical standpoint, the Summer Solstice occurs at 12:24 a.m. EDT tomorrow, today is the longest day of the year in terms of daylight. Enjoy it but with sun screen of course.      
3. 1962 Number One Song—the number one song in 1962 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Ray Charles. Here is a performance by him of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQXsM1l2wZ8  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “impignorate” which means to pledge, pawn, or mortgage which is what our leaders are doing to our children’s and grandchildren’s future by a continuing increase of the national debt.            
5. She Did Not Lose Without Cruise—celebrating the birth on this day in 1967 of Nicole Kidman, noted actress and former wife of Tom Cruise who starred in such hits as Moulin Rouge.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1819 in a the world just got smaller moment, the USS Savannah became the first steam powered vessel to cross the Atlantic.    
b. 1877 in another the world just got smaller moment, Alexander Graham Bell installed the world’s first commercial telephone system in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.      
c. 1895 in yet another the world just smaller moment, the Kiel Canal, connecting the North Sea and Baltic Sea by cutting through the Jutland Peninsula and shaving almost 300 miles off the trip opened.          
d. 1991 the German Bundestag voted to return the capital of Germany to Berlin.
e. 2003 in another example of the world of knowledge getting really, really smaller, Wikimedia Foundation was founded in St. Petersburg, Florida.             
Reflections on the refugee problems that will get exponentially worse not better: “We need to hit pause, and possibly reset, as we think about this whole Syrian refugee resettlement issue.” Jeff Duncan, noted Red Representative from South Carolina. Hopefully SCOTUS will agree and uphold Trump’s ban until we have a chance to figure who we should or should not admit into this country for security purposesPlease 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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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tone Down the Rhetoric in Swamp Town

Finally the rabid rhetoric needs to come to an end
A shooting spree in the Swamp a really disturbing trend
Another deranged leftist a Sanders campaign volunteer
Anti Trump rants a sense of killing violence to adhere
In the left it has now become open season
Killing fields against the right without reason
It is time for the left to cease and desist
Their hatred for Trump to finally resist
This is a nation that is supposed to be a nation of free speech and respect for the law
Where shutting down the points of your opponent or killing him should be a fatal character flaw
We may have some social media posts and rants
To try to determine what moved the shooter to go beyond his leftist slant
What motivated his deadly attempt to kill anyone who was Red?
We may never know what sick thoughts infected his head
But this poet’s guess is that when Julius Caesar Trump is executed on stage
Or when Kathy Griffin holds a severed Trump head in rage
And a pathetic Madonna wants to blow up the White House
Finally from the political rhetoric it is time to from it rouse
No one is without blame
Both sides should be some blame
In this day of mourning nothing could be grander
Than the indignation over the crime of his volunteer by Bernie Sanders
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D.C. Shooter Sanders Volunteer

We now know that the over the top rhetoric is releasing the dogs of hate
Dog whistles calling for violence, a blood lust that will be impossible to sate
Only by the graces of God and the fact that the Majority Whip loves to baseball play
Did the shooter not have the ability to dozens of Reds try to slay
Taken down by the Whip’s two man security team
After unleashing a five to ten minute bullet stream
Each day mainly coming from the artistic left and the Congressional Blues an inciting violence stream
From Griffin holding up Trump’s blood stained severed head
To Julius Caesar wearing not a toga but a very Trump like suit instead
Knifed to death by angry actors as members of the Senate cast
Life imitating art as bullets today streamed past
We learned that the shooter was a Sanders campaign volunteer
Wonder how the anti Trump rhetoric to violence this man was steered
Look back at all the anti Trump protests and rallies and there seems to be a common thread
A lot of anger, a lot of violence, a lot of silence from MSM, a growing sense that it is only when not if more will be dead
Perhaps a time to the policy of not providing police protection to rethink
But certainly a time for all to rise up that this rabid partisanship stinks
Time for Congress to lower the rhetoric and put the dog whistles for violence back into the drawers
Time for rational discourse on issues to replace the increasing partisan roar
If we can take those tiny baby steps

Those who can compromise we will owe a great debt. 
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June 14, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Blood Donor Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 14, 2017 It may be jumping to conclusions but in Alexandria we may have seen the dog whistles being blown by the left resulting in tragic consequences as a 66 year old gunman James Hodgkinson who before being shot and dying at the hospital opened fire at Republicans practicing for the annual Congressional baseball game between Reds and Blues that raises over $500,000 for disadvantaged youth in the Swamp, firing some 50 rounds and hitting Majority Whip Congressman Scalise and two police officers (fortunately the Majority Whip was on the team and at practice with his security detail or in the words of several witnesses there would have been a massacre); what sort of further tragedies do we have to endure before the left tones down the rhetoric against our president and the Reds?; horrific fire in an apartment tower in London killing six people and many more bodies expected to be found; it would appear that the only reason the rogue nation released Warmbier is due to the fact he has been in a coma for months and the North Koreans did not want him to die in their custody; as to be expected the Blues with their fantasy Russian collusion delusion came across during questioning of AG Sessions as complete idiots with the classless Senator Harris relentlessly browbeating Sessions; in a chilling omen on what we face with an expanded refugee program, Germany reported that sex crimes committed by migrants almost all of whom are Muslims into Germany doubled last year (no wonder Germans are getting sick and tired of their open border government); Rahm Emanuel’s top priority for Chicago remains making it the premier sanctuary city in the country as the carnage continues unabated in June with total shootings in 2017 through June 13 increasing to 1538 and the death toll increasing to 273, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore except for those fortunate enough to own a mortuary.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Ricky Nelson, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping Trump will destroy the impedimentary tactics of Schumer and his lackeys, a relevant quote on donating bloodsecure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Fathers’ Day which is right around the corner, 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. Flag Daycommemorating the adoption of our flag by the Continental Congress on this day in 1777. 
2. World Blood Donor Day—celebrated since 2004 as one of eight public health observances by the World Health Organization to promote safe and reliable blood supplies and to promote gratitude for those donors who donate blood.      
3. 1961 Number One Song—the number one song in 1961 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Travelin’ Man” by Ricky Nelson. Here is a performance by him of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0janfcZ8LUw Nelson and 5 members of his band were killed in a plane crash just outside of Dallas on December 31, 1985 at the age of 45.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “impedimentary” which means obstructing or hindering which is what Schumer and his lackeys have become so skillful at when it comes to the Trump agenda.            
5. What to Give a Man Who Has Everything—celebrating the birth on this day in 1946 of Donald Trump whose birthday would be greatly enhanced if the Blues in Congress would cease their fanatical impedimentary tactics. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1775 the Continental Army was established by the Continental Congress.    
b. 1941 the Soviets begin the mass deportations and murder of Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians.      
c. 1954 President Eisenhower signed legislation that inserted the phrase “under God” into our Pledge of Allegiance.          
d. 1967 China exploded its first hydrogen bomb. 
e. 2002 in the near Earth asteroid 2002 MN passed within 70,000 miles of Earth; had it struck the planet the effect would have been similar to the asteroid that hit Siberia in 1906 and leveled 800 square miles of trees.             
Reflections on donating blood, the gift of life “Blood is meant to circulate. Pass it around.” ANON Good advice and another reason to donate a pint that you can thrive without but may save a life.  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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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Trump as Julius Caesar?

Julius Caesar has been around for 400 years
A classic by the noted bard William Shakespeare
In New York the dog whistles of hate continue to blow
With a new rendition to graphically and violently show
Caesar is not in a toga but in a suit looking a lot like Donald Trump
Senators with knives flashing attacking to into the mortuary dump
When it comes to violence and profanity this president is fair game
From severed head to *bombs the Blues and the left are without shame
While the mere mortals’ recovery needs are totally ignored
Any chance for tax cuts, border security, job growth painfully gored
Turn on the news and the only item on MSM to be seen
Is the Russian collusion delusion focus from which the MSM will not be weaned
Obstruction, obstruction is their unrelenting battle cry
Hoping and praying Trump fails and job growth is denied
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Senate F*Bomb Queens

Will this rancor and tasteless rhetoric ever end
Will any chance of partisanship be drowned out by the this f* bomb trend?
Senator Harris was spewing f* bombs faster than a Spandau machine gun
Any sense of dignity or grace as the holder of a Senate seat to quickly shun
The latest female Blue Senator to join the f* bomb parade
Is Kirsten Gillibrand with f* bombs to the Trump agenda degrade
Maybe the quest for gender equality the women senators use the language of the locker room
Out man the men to use profanity and send any chance of compromise to its doom
Profanity is the sign not of intelligence but a complete lack of class
Whether coming from a man or coming from a  lass
Profanity is also the refuge of someone whose ideas on problem solving have long since fled
Cannot propose solutions only to launch profanity laden attacks instead
Why is it that politicians like Harris, Schumer and Pelosi cannot accept something so simple, not complex
You can get am opponent to accept your position by not attacking him personally so he rejects as a reflex
When will politicians stop fighting for this and fighting for that
F* bombs levied in a steady stream at the drop of a hat?
Getting absolutely nothing done only kicking the ever increasing cans down the road
Then months later having to another vitriolic stream of f* bombs again unload
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Comey a Wimp?

Instead of a tale of two cities yesterday we witnessed a tale of two directors
As the Russian collusion delusions was still subject to Blues’ false conjecture
Efram Zimbalist Junior and Mike Connors must must be rolling in their graves
After Thursday any chance of a remake of their FBI series a goodbye wave
One director had presidents and politicians living in fear
That a scandalous story about their transgressions would in print appear
The other director was supposedly a choir boy of integrity but as we learned was lacking any spine
Leaking to the press not transgressions but memos of conversations and would not stand up when a president or AG crossed the line
J Edgar Hoover was the first director of a fledging force known as the FBI
Served as such for 48 years and after coming home after a day at the office died
The Fourth Amendment to him was a nuisance better to have on politicians secret files
No politician or bureaucrat dared to cross him on either side of the aisle
A rabid anti Communist and a closet gay
He ruled the FBI with an iron fist in his day
Comey on the other hand was a director serving under a newly politicized DOJ
Where politics not pursuit of justice first and foremost held sway
Either unwilling or unable to stand up to the troika of Holder, Obama and Lynch
Willing to accede with yards upon yards when Hoover would not bend an inch
An FBI Director without any spine
Could not tell Lynch or Trump they had crossed the line
All he seemed willing to do over Trump’s alleged obstruction on Flynn
Was to open his FBI computer to create a memo with the best CYA spin
Not to be delivered to his boss but indirectly to leak to the New York Times
Written in such a way with great effort to avoid being classified so the leak would not be a crime
Integrity in any agency has to start at the top
In Comey’s case a complete and utter flop
No one wants an FBI in the Hoover mode
Where secret files are the rule and the 4th to quickly unload
But when a president or DOJ crosses the line
We expect a Director to do the right thing and in protest resign.
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