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.  
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beauty in Plaid at Starbucks

Nothing like seeing a beauty in flannel on a warm summer day
Memories of being at a logging camp in Alaska where all dress that way
Or better yet in a tartan plaid even without the kilt
Watching the trees being felled for houses to be built
No logo just plaid that exudes softness and a sense of warm
Coupled with a smile that exudes nothing but charm
Two young children outside enjoying a treat
A joy being at Starbucks never knowing what your eyes will greet
Rhyming up a storm and enjoying the scenery
Finally drought over and brown replaced by greenery
Looks like a book is about to the children going to be read
With school out always in the game of life the best way to get ahead

© July 22, 2017 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet 

Baristas At Flank Speed

Sitting in a Starbucks near Bristol and Redhill
Transported back to Alaska to fight the chill
Airconditioning cranked down to near Fairbanks clime
Something about the cold that brings out the Alaskanpoet rhyme
Watching a barista with a name of Jess plying her caffeine rounds
A burst of total speed dispensing the liquid from the coffee grounds
Maybe because this is a drive through the baristas are driven by speed
A sense of urgency to give the customers the caffeine they need
Poetry and beauty in motion defines this barista Jess
A dynamo in shapely black dress
A pony tail like tail feathers to flight stabilize
Service and the right attitude never a surprise  
Others may try to the growth of Starbucks suppress
To know they will fail due to the baristas just come to this address

© July 22, 2017 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet 

Blonde Teacher Pervert Sues Victim

We may be the land of the free and the home of the brave
But we are also the land where reason is swept away by a litigation wave
The land of rapacious lawyers so anxious to file suit
To line their pockets with the victims’ loot
Tara Stumpf is a 36 year old blonde fox
A teacher in SLO having sex with a student for 180 in jail to lock
Beg for forgiveness for this charade of sexual predator romance
In the land of litigation don’t hold your breath, not a chance
From behind bars is she exuding remorse, hiding her head in shame?
No she has filed suit against the victim saying he has her defamed
An attractive married woman at 36
Having sex with her 16 year old student is in a word sick
One would hope the jury if this case ever proceeds to trial
Tells this pervert that justice and decency she has defiled
Verdict for the defendant and wish her the worst as she walks down the divorce aisle
We fail as a society and a nation if from teacher predators we fail to protect our juveniles
Everyone including teacher perverts is entitled to his or her day in court
If she is represented by counsel, once again our litigious bar comes up way short

© July 22, 2017 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet 

July 22, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Drowning Prevention Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 22, 2017 Americans could care less about the Russian collusion delusion that has terminally infected the MSM, the Blues and the denizens of the Swamp but they really should be concerned about the integrity of Robert Mueller’s “investigation” and the expanding team of lawyers he is engaging almost all of who are Clinton contributors; the spineless former director of the FBI who violated executive privilege with his leaks and would not stand up to Obama and Lynch is rumored to be in line for a $10 million book deal while the Trump agenda is being hopelessly stalled with the fake news distraction of unnamed sources claiming the Russian collusion delusion; Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS a pro Clinton backer who was behind the false Trump-Russian dossier has asserted his 5th Amendment rights and will not testify before the Senate Intel Committee; anyone who advertises in the New York Times should reconsider as reports come out that we were very close to capturing the head of ISIS until that leftist rag leaked information that derailed that effort; the police chief of Minneapolis has resigned in the wake of the tragic killing of Ms Damond by Somali-American Officer Noor who should be charged with murder of a citizen reporting a possible sexual assault; on the fish revenge front, a large fish probably a pike or a muskie attacked an 11 year old girl dangling her feet in a lake near Deluth, Minnesota requiring stitches and surgery to repair tendon damage (are piranha communicating with their American fish cousins?); President Trump, looking and sounding very presidential, attended the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford (ironic that this aircraft carrier is the largest aircraft carrier in the fleet compared to the small light aircraft carrier USS Monterey that Gerald Ford served on in WWII and from which during a typhoon he was almost swept overboard); through July 20, 2066 people have been shot in Chicago 363 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 Richard Marx; factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Dennis Prager on drowning, hoping you do not have to put up with people who are plagued with insouciance in their attitudes to your needs and issues,  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. Ratcatchers’ Daycommemorating the myth of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. 
2. National Drowning Prevention Day—promoting the need for vigilance on behalf of parents and caregivers to prevent drowning of small children in pools and beachgoers even if they are great swimmers.     
3. 1988 Number One Song—the number one song in 1988 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Hold on to the Nights” by  Richard Marx. Here is a performance by him of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBmNTLxclXE
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “insouciance” which means a indifference or apathy which describes the perception most of us have to the denizens of the Swamp.              
5. No Pineapple--celebrating the birth on this day in 1923 of Bob Dole, former Congressman, Senator and Vice President and failed presidential candidate who  overcame significant wounds suffered in World War II and who for many years was a pitchman for Viagra. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1893 Katherine Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” after being motivated by the scenery from Pike’s Peak. 
b. 1916 a suitcase bomb was detonated on Market Street in San Francisco during a Preparedness Day Parade in anticipation of America’s entry into World War I, killing 10 and wounding 40. The bombers were never discovered.              
c. 1937 the Senate rejected President Roosevelt’s plan to increase the size of SCOTUS as a means to circumvent a conservative court that was rejecting many of his New Deal programs.
d. 2003 troops from the 101st Airborne attacked a compound in Iraq, killing Sadam Hussein’s two sons Uday and Qusay.
e. 2011 Norway was hit by two terrorist attacks perpetrated by Anders Breivik, a bomb blast in Oslo that killed 8 and mass shooting at a youth camp on Utoya Island that killed 69.     
Reflections on ethical issues in case of drowning: Since the 1970s, I have asked students if they would first try to save their drowning dog or a drowning stranger. And for 40 years I have received the same results: One third vote for their dog, one third for the stranger, and one third don't know what they would do.” Dennis Prager, noted American conservative talk show host and author So much for the sanctity of human life.
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© July 22, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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Friday, July 21, 2017

July 21, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Junk Food Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 21, 2017 Las Vegas bets on almost anything but so far no odds on the Juice violating the terms of his parole and being returned to prison (not a betting man but my guess it will be fairly certain as something about committing murder and getting away with it makes a man a bit too cocky); shakeup in getting the message out as Spicer resigns and is replaced by Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Scaramucci is in as new communications director (hopefully the White House can get its act together on the communications front especially by ending its idiotic tweets); the acting director of ICE will soon be implement a surge of significant numbers of agents to head to the 300 sanctuary cities that are in open rebellion with federal immigration law (about time and the first places I would suggest to file an aiding and abetting case against the mayor, city council and the police chief would be New York City, Chicago and San Francisco); finally some hope that authorities will put an end to the wave of anti-free speech violence promoted by the left as a leader of By Any Means Necessary Ms. Felarca was arrested for her part in inciting and participating in a riot in Sacramento in 2016 (what is really scary is that this thug is a teacher in a middle school in Berkeley—great role model for her kids); whoever is in charge of the Massachusetts teachers union should have his or her head examined since the union has not taken a position on a bill in the state which would ban sexual relations between teachers and any students under the age of 19; only in America the land of the free and rapacious lawyers can a convicted child molester former teacher of the year Tara Stumpf now in jail sue her 16 year old victim for defamation (attractive lady and one’s heart has to feel sorry for her husband that she cheated on); through July 20, 2066 people have been shot in Chicago 363 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 Heart Gabriel; factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Janet Myers on the moon and optimism, hoping you do not have to put up with people who are plagued with insipience,  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 Tug of War Tournament Daya great day to find seven of your strongest friends and form a tug of war team to challenge all comers in the park or on the beach or better yet on a place where a creek separates the two so the victor can drag the losing team into the water.  
2. National Junk Food Day—bemoaning in an era of increasing obesity, diabetes, and hypertension this holiday which if celebrated today should be avoided at all costs on the other 364 days of the year.      
3. 1987 Number One Song—the number one song in 1987 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Alone” by  Heart. Here is a performance by the group of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cw1ng75KP0
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “insipience” which means a lack of wisdom or stupidity which sadly describes far to many of our politicians on both sides of the aisle when it comes to solving issues Americans outside the Beltway care about.              
5. Cat On a Hot Note Roof--celebrating the birth on this day in 1948 of Stephen Georgiou better know to his fans as Cat Stevens, not songwriter and singer who battled alcohol abuse and after a near drowning converted to Islam. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1861 the first major battle of the Civil War occurred at Manassas Junction  (Bull Run) resulting in a costly defeat of the Union Army and dashed any hopes this would be a short and sweet war ending in a Union victory. 
b. 1925 teacher John Scopes was found guilty in Dayton, Tennessee of teaching evolution and fined $100.              
c. 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the Moon.
d. 1970 after 11 years of construction the Aswan High Dam in Egypt was completed.
e. 2011 in a sad day for American dominance in space the Space Shuttle Program ended with the landing of Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center.      
Reflections on the landing on the Moon: “Why doesn’t anyone go to the moon anymore? What happened to our optimism?” 
― Janet Turpin MyersNightswimming, noted Canadian poet and author. Fortunately we have dreamers like Elan Mosk who want to go to Mars   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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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Private Citizen Saves Toronto Almost $50K

When it comes to fraud, abuse and sheer waste
There are other governments than the Swamp to lambaste
When cities or other bodies have a project to build it’s other people’s money they must spend
No wonder in an era of unaccountability or job loss over budget is the never ending trend
In Toronto there was a need to build a flight of stairs in a public park
Prevent patrons from slipping on a slope in the day or in the dark
The pigs sensing the public pork trough was about ready to be filled were quick to bids submit
$50-150 grand enough to cause one retiree a real case of the anger fits
Off to Home Depot for materials and to neighbors’ help enlist
For $500 a wooden flight of stairs painted white on the slope now exists
From the mayor a sense of fiscal gratitude?
No outrage a taxpayer saving money chose to intrude
Do not be surprised if the idiots in the Toronto City Hall
Tear it down and rebuild to further attempts at saving money stall
Saving money and being under budget is in Toronto a bad rap that gives bureaucrats a bad name
What to expect from the city that had Rob Ford as its major infamous for smoking crack cocaine
© July 20, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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July 20, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Chess Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 20, 2017 It was student body right before the Nevada Parole Board and the Juice will in October be running free to the Florida sands and surf, playing golf and “looking for Nicole’s murderer” making sure there are no mirrors in any room; it took 8 years to overcome Lois Lerner’s illegal attempts to quash free speech but a New Mexico Tea Party has finally achieved tax exempt status (why is the head of the IRS still in place and why has Sessions not impaneled a grand jury to seek indictments of Lois Lerner?); 7,000 documents from Weiner’s laptop are to be released as speculation mounts that the “investigation” on the Clintons’ and the Foundation’s potential criminal activity should be reopened and replaced with a real investigation involving a grand jury; CNN which masquerades as a legitimate news network is in a rabid foaming lather over a “secret” meeting between Trump and Putin at the G-20 while ignoring for the most part the open mike gaffe of Obama telling the Russian president several years ago that on reelection he would have more flexibility in dealing with the Russians (sounds like collusion does it not); John McCain going in for surgery for a blood clot in his eye was diagnosed as having a very malignant brain cancer (pray for this patriotic American’s recovery); on the music front Linkin Park Chester Bennington has died at 41 from a possible suicide and French singer Barbara Weldens collapsed on stage and died during a performance; on the anti-police front, a MacDonald’s restaurant in Virginia refused to serve an officer in uniform in a squad car after he had paid for his meal (that employee should be kissing his job goodbye and MacDonald’s needs to get its act together on customer service http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2017/07/20/virginia-mcdonalds-employee-refuses-to-serve-uniformed-police-officer.html; through July 19, 2052 people have been shot in Chicago 361 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 Peter Gabriel; factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Terri Irwin on the difference between crocodiles and humans, hoping you do not have to put up with people who are insidiating against you,  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. International Chess Dayproposed by UNESCO and celebrated since 1966 this centuries old game is probably a great way to keep the mental juices flowing and stimulated.
2. National Fortune Cookie Day—celebrating the only way to top off a great Chinese meal and maybe get the winning numbers to the next lottery.     
3. 1986 Number One Song—the number one song in 1986 on a run of 1 week in that position was “sledgehammer” by  Peter Gabriel. Here is a performance by him of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g93mz_eZ5N4
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “insidiate” which means to conspire against or to betray which defines what the Red controlled Senate appears to be doing when it comes to repeal and replace Obamacare promises that Reds have been running on for seven years.                  
5. It’s a Croc--celebrating the birth on this day in 1964 of Terri Irwin, noted zoologist and producer and sadly the widow of Steve Irwin, the “Crocodile Hunter” who died from a stingray barb in Australia. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1807 Nicephore Niecpe was awarded a patent by Napoleon for the Pyreolophore, the world’s first internal combustion engine after it was used to propel a boat in the River Saone in France. 
b. 1903 Ford Motor Company shipped its first automobile.              
c. 1938 the Department of Justice filed suit against the motion picture industry for violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act for its utilization of the studio system.
d. 1968 the International Special Olympics were held for the first time in Soldier Field with 1,000 athletes with disabilities participating.
e. 2015 diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S. were reestablished after five decades.      
Reflections on the difference between crocodiles and humans: “Crocodiles are easy,' Steve said. 'They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.”  Terri Irwin Steve and Me Spend a few days in the Swamp or climbing the corporate ladder to see how right she is on this.  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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