Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July 17, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Day for International Criminal Justice


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 17, 2018 the Trump Putin summit is over and Rand Paul has come to the rescue claiming it is ludicrous not to sit down and talk with our adversaries and trying to shame Russians by calling them liars would have been counterproductive; Chris Wallace interviewed Putin after the Summit and his probing questions casted doubt over his assertion that Russians were not meddling in the election; the new rising leftist/socialist star of the Democratic Party Ocasio-Cortez has raised a firestorm claiming Israel has occupied Palestine then backing down by admitting she is not an expert on the Middle East; MGM International, the owner of the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas has filed suit in federal court to seek the dismissal of litigation brought by the victims of the mass shooting that occurred there; on the racist front Theresa Lund, the Executive Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative was caught on tape asking the mother of a biracial toddler if she lived in affordable housing (she has since apologized for the question); in a glaring example of the quality of education in our inner cities, an eighth grader who was raped while waiting for a school bus is suing her school after she reported it and the school counselor told her to move on with her life;  through July 15, 2018, 1528 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 244 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Post Malone,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not suffer from metrophobia, a relevant quote from Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on the International Criminal Court,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. World Day for International Criminal Justice—created in 2010 to celebrate on the anniversary of the Treaty of Rome which created the International Criminal Court to prosecute crimes against humanity like genocide.
2. World Emoji Day—created by Jeremy Burge, the founder of Emojipedia, in 2014 to promote the use of emojis to spice up email and social media messages.
3. 2018 Number One Song— the number one song in 2018 on a current run of 5 weeks in that position was “Rockstar” by Post Malone feat. Savage. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UceaB4D0jpo
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “metrophobia” which means a fear of poetry which fortunately the Alaskanpoet is free from.
5. Open Borders—celebrating the birth on this day in 1954 of Andrea Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany whose government is surviving by a slender thread due to her immigration policies of admitting hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East who are not assimilating in Germany.
    On this day in: 
a. 1902 Willis Carrier created the first air conditioner in Buffalo, New York.
b. 1984 the national drinking age in the U.S. was raised from 18 to 21.
c. 1996 TWA Flight 800 on a flight from New York to Paris exploded over the Atlantic 12 minutes after takeoff killing all 230 people aboard. 
d. 2001 the Concorde returned to service after it ran over debris on July 25, 2000 while taking off from Paris, puncturing a fuel tank which burst into flames causing the plane to crash into a hotel, killing all 109 aboard and 4 people on the ground.
e. 2014 Malaysia Flight 17, a Boeing 777, was shot down by Russian backed Ukrainian rebels killing all 298 aboard.
    Reflections on the International Criminal Court from an African perspective: "Instead of promoting justice and reconciliation and contributing to peace and stability, (the ICC) has degenerated into a political instrument targeting Africa and Africans. This is totally unacceptable and that is why Africa has been expressing its serious reservation against the ICC." - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, in his role as chairman of African Union, as told to the U.N. General Assembly.
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Joint Press Conference Disaster For Trump


Trump should have foregone the golf in Scotland and for the press conference prepared
Armed with the indictments he should have demanded extradition from the Russian bear
Mueller’s investigation of the collusion delusion is a witch-hunt
In baseball terms not hitting out of the park but a fouled off two strike bunt
But the indictments of the 12 Russians look like a first class piece of work
That should have produced a conference of damming and condemning fireworks
Trump had the chance to demand Putin stop the meddling or consequences face
From cyber attacks to more economic sanctions being put in place
Instead he took Putin at his word giving him a get out of jail card
Letting him off the hook for his no meddling canard
Trump is now being attacked by both sides of the aisle with even the T word being used
A perfect chance to call Putin out and be exposed, an opportunity Trump abused
Instead he threw his intel and their conclusions of meddling under the bus
Fueling the frenzy of his critics with more complaints on his fitness to discuss
Look for his popularity to fall and drop
Look for Russian meddling in elections to not stop
 © July 16, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet    

July 16, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Global Hug Your Kid Day



Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 16, 2018 the Trump Putin summit is over and Trump is being slammed by both Reds and Blues for not calling out Putin for meddling in the election and not believing his intelligence community (sadly no one other that the translators was in the meeting to create a record of what was said); in another example that Russia is not our friend Maria Butina has been arrested as a unregistered foreign agent of Russia for working with American groups like the National Rifle Association to influence them and their views on Russia; Anthony Bourdain’s interview before his suicide has been released and it is a scathing attack on the Clintons for Bill’s sexual predatory actions and Hillary’s attack on his victims along with a castigation of Henry Weinstein; a volcanic eruption from Kilauea volcano sent 13 people on a tour boat to the hospital; Rob Reiner’s anti Bush film “Shock and Awe” totally bombed on its release on Saturday grossing a paltry $41,000;  through July 15, 2018, 1523 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 244 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Louis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not have to practice metatonia, a relevant quote from the Neil Armstrong on the beauty of the Moon,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Global Hug Your Kid Day—started by Michelle Nichol in 2008 after her child died from brain cancer to remind parents no matter how busy they are to hug their children daily.
2. Get Out of the Doghouse Day—created by Heidi Moody, a florist, in 1999 to promote the sale of flowers as a means to give to the person one has offended to get out of the doghouse.
3. 2017 Number One Song— the number one song in 2017 on a run of 16 weeks in that position was “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJQP7kiw5Fk 
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “metonia” which means repentance which the politicians on both sides of the aisle should be performing due to the paralyzing gridlock that affects to Swamp.
 5. Old School—celebrating the birth on this day in 1967 of noted actor and comedian Will Ferrell who also did a seven year stint with Saturday Night Live and is best known for his impersonation of George W. Bush.
    On this day in: 
a. 1945 the USS Indianoplis left San Francisco with parts for the atomic bomb “Little Boy” on the same day that the U.S. successfully detonated an atomic bomb at Alamogordo, New Mexico.
b. 1956 Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed its last tent and henceforth would perform its circuses in arenas.
c. 1969 Apollo 11 the first spacecraft with a mission to land men on the Moon was launched from Cape Kennedy. 
d. 1979 Ahmed Hassen al-Bakr resigned as president of Iraq and was replaced by Saddam Hussein.
e. 1999 John F. Kennedy, Jr and his wife and sister-in-law died in a private plane enroute to Martha’s Vineyard.
    Reflections on landing on the Moon: “It has a stark beauty all its own. It’s like much of the high desert of the United States. It’s different but it’s very pretty out here.” Neil Armstrong.
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

John Shattner Used N Word And Resigns As C0B

John Shattner the founder of Papa John has committed a mortal sin
He used the N word to describe blacks, a faux pas from which you cannot recover, cannot win
In a Stalin like déjà vu the face of Papa John will from all marketing material be erased
New materials without his likeness to be quickly put in place
He resigned from the University of Louisville Board of Trustees
His name on a historic gym in Jeffersonville is no longer there to see
Still on the board and still owns 30 percent of the stock
Investors wonder when customers will get over the N word shock
Hitch your company star to an individual and a company runs the risk of peril
Humans make mistakes some of which put a company over a barrel
Like Subway’s Jared Fogle who was discovered to child pornography possess
Prompting a severance of ties immediately to prevent sales from being suppressed
Moral might be if you are going to use a human as an image use one not alive
Vet the biography extensively to prevent an embarrassment that would be hard to survive
© July 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 

Left Wants To Prevent Trump Putin Meeting


Trump is preparing for Putin by playing golf at his Scotland golf course
To his critics a view that he is soft on Russia to reinforce
Already leftists like Harris are tweeting it is unconscionable after indictments to meet
Perfect time to raise the issue of hacking and expose efforts to deny to defeat
Trump in the eyes of the left can never do anything they can view as right
Still cannot accept the fact that he not Clinton won on election night
Leaders of nuclear armed countries even enemies need to meet face to face
To find common ground through strength to military conflict lessen or erase
To assume that Trump will be taken advantage of in a one on one
Is an idiotic belief that the left would be wise to discard, to shun
Will be interesting to see how Putin tries to on the indictments bob and weaver
Caught red handed will he throw under the bus the charged ones and their commands relieve
Or will he do what he does best with a straight face deny
Face more sanctions until a demand to end hacking he complies   
© July 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

Crying Wolf Sky Is Falling


Blues are in meltdown mode against nomination of Justice Kavanaugh
Cannot stomach a judge who will uphold the Constitution and the rule of law
Like from the shepherd boy Peter we hear their wolf cries
Or like Chicken Little the equivalent of the sky is falling from the sky
Roe v. Wade will overturned and women will in alleys die
Obamacare will end and premiums will go sky high
Worse Trump will be able to pardon himself when Mueller indicts him
Whatever happened to a review of his record showing temperament not acting on a whim
Hillary who like Marvin K. Moody keeps hanging around when she needs to just leave
Claims the Reds’ goal with Kavanaugh was a roll back to 18th Century to achieve
What the Kamala’s and Gillibrands do not realize is that their appeal to the progressive wing
Will in the fall an energizing of Blues and Independents to the polls bring
Coupled with the idiocy of their demands to ICE end
Blues are going to have a hard time bucking send them packing trend
Tied to Pelosi’s and Schumer’s obstructionist scorched earth and delay
The Blue Wave will quickly disappear and fade, fade away
 © July 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet  

July 14, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Bastille Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 14, 2018 Lisa Page testified before the House in closed session in what has been reported as a “smirkless and responsive” session but unfortunately with a transcript not as yet released; despite millions being spent by the left in opposition to the nomination of Bret Kavanah, several Blues in tough elections are indicating they will ignore the ads and vote yes on the nomination; stung by criticism Steve Cohen has apologized for his urging that Strzock be awarded the Purple Heart; Blues are making fools of themselves demanding that as a result of the indictments, Trump cancel the summit with Putin (what a great bargaining chip to thrust in Putin’s face to force a change in behavior or face more sanctions); Sadig Khan, the mayor of London who allowed the anti-Trump balloon and Trump are in a snit fit with Trump and critics slamming him for the rise in crime in London; Alan Dershowitz has indicated the 12 indictments against Russian agents prove that there is no justification for the continuation of the probe by Robert Mueller; in what should come as another example of how difficult it is to drain the Swamp, Strzock is still getting a paycheck from the FBI; Papa John’s Pizza whose CEO John Schattner resigned for using the N word in a conference call has removed his likeness from all marketing brochures;  through July 13, 2018, 1504 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 238 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Drake,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that in dealing with people you are not guilty of metachrosis relevant quote from the Maximilien Du Robespierre on the French Revolution, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Bastille Day—celebrating the storming of the Bastille in Paris in 1789 which led to the French Revolution which toppled the monarchy and resulted in the execution of the French king and queen.
2. National Tape Measure Day—commemorating the issuance of a patent to Alvin Fellows on this day in 1868 for a retractable tape measure which made life for carpenters, tailors and craftsmen much easier.
3. 2016 Number One Song— the number one song in 2016 on a run of 10 weeks in that position was “One Dance” by Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla. Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcer12OFU2g
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “metachrosis” which means the ability of animals to change color a trait which most politicians lack as they will not reach across the aisle to ease gridlock in the Swamp.
5. Change in Color Is Good—celebrating the birth on this day in 1951 of Susana Martinez who switched political affiliation from Democrat to Republican in 1995 and is now the governor of New Mexico, the first Hispanic female to be a governor.
    On this day in: 
a. 1943 in Diamond, Missouri the George Washington Carver National Monument became the first national monument to honor the contributions of an African American.
b. 1957 Rawya Atewa took her seat in Egypt’s National Assembly to become the first female parliamentarian in the Arab world.
c. 1969 the Federal Reserve began withdrawing bills larger that $100 from circulation. 
d. 1962 386BSD was released by Lynn and William Jolitz inaugurating the Open Source Revolution.
e. 2016 a jihadist terrorist in Nice, France in a rental truck killed 86 pedestrians and injured over 400 before being shot and killed by police.
    Reflections on Bastille Day and the French Revolution: “Peoples do not judge in the same way as courts of law; they do not hand down sentences, they throw thunderbolts; they do not condemn kings, they drop them back into the void; and this justice is worth just as much as that of the courts.” Maximilien Du Robespierre Virtue and Terror
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Friday, July 13, 2018

A Tale Of Two Investigations


It is a tale of two investigation almost like a Tale of Two Cities
The best of times and the worst of times for which we should have no pity
Mueller may be investigating Russian attempts to influence the election in 2016
A dangerous threat to our democracy worse than we have ever seen
Indictments in February and those announced today against Russians mean the threat is real
Putrin is hell bent on sowing discord and the results influence and steal
Blues and Reds should together as one come together an unite
Resist to a man attempt by Russians to influence the election results on election night
But Mueller is also pursuing the false collusion delusion that tarnishes the Russian influence threat
A true witch-hunt in search of a crime to unseat a president, an attempt that should make us fret
A witch-hunt tainted by bias plainly in sight
Corrupting the DOJ and FBI by Strzock’s acts not right
Mueller can continue his efforts to find Russian influence and hopefully come up with recommendations on how to prevent
But continuing to try to find collusion that does not exist should be ended against this president
Two investigations one for the best of times and the other for the worse
The best corrupted by the other’s biased curse.
© July 13, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

Purple Heart For Strzock Are You Crazy


At Strzock’s hearing the Blues from the very start
Defended him as the hero even wishing they could award him a purple heart
Stephen Cohen proved himself to be a complete disgrace
Congress is not an enemy force and voters should him replace
Plenty of wounded warriors have sacrificed their bodies and minds to that medal win
To compare Congressional oversight to battle with enemy forces is a disgraceful spin
Strzock with his bias is nowhere near being a hero
Lied during the hearing with credibility less than zero
The FBI under Rosenstein has chosen to Congress ignore
Always choosing to provide less never more
No wonder Strzock as a product of that culture was so smug
Never thought Trump would win and their bias could be swept under the rug
 © July 13, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

Behar Means Bias On The View


When it comes to Joyce Behar bias it is always not if but when
On the The View she makes a fool of herself once again
Defending Strzok from Gowdy’s attack
Calling him out for wanting to from his seat be sacked
Without a clue she is ignorant beyond belief
Trey has announced retirement from D.C.’s political grief
How Meghan McCain can stand her fellow panelists defies the mind
When it comes reality her fellow panelists are blind
To have The View proclaim that Trump supporters belong to a cult
Is a complete and utter insult 
© July 13, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 

July 13, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Fool's Paradise Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 13, 2018 In an attempt to divert claims of being a witch-hunt, the DOJ announced indictments against 12 Russian governmental officials for hacking into the DNC’s server which has prompted Blue calls for Trump to cancel his summit with Putin or at least meet with him with other Americans in the room (Blues still stuck on myth that Trump is a puppet of Putin); Trump is in London today while anti-Trump protestors demonstrate and he held a complimentary joint press conference with Prime Minister May; Harvey Weinstein has admitted that he offered actresses acting roles in exchange for sex but justified the practice as everyone in Hollywood does it (what a pathetic pervert that the left supported as it railed on the Reds’ war on women); Behar has made a fool of herself yet again  on The View attacking Trey Gowdy for supporting Trump because he is afraid of losing his seat when he has announced his retirement in January (talk about a clueless left wing out of touch show that even with Meghan McCain as a panel member does not restore it to sanity); the DOJ has announced plans to appeal the District Court ruling approving the merger of AT&T and Time Warner; a jury has awarded $4.7 billion to 22 women and their families against Johnson and Johnson in their suit that baby powder caused ovarian cancer; through July 12, 2018, 1494 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 237 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Drake,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that in dealing with people you are not mesquin; a relevant quote from the Reverend Charles Rey on the New York City Draft Riots, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Go West Day—celebrating the expansion on manifest destiny of the U.S. to expand beyond the confines of the East Coast so if already here in the West Coast, a great day to go to the beach.
2. Fool’s Paradise Day—in a day with no holidays or observances worthy to not, absolutely clueless on how this day originated.
3. 2016 Number One Song— the number one song in 2016 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “One Dance” by Drake feat. Wiz Kid & Kyla. Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcer12OFU2g
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mesquin” which means mean or ungracious which sadly describes the state of politics to a tee.
5. If I Had A Hammer—celebrating the birth on this day in 1942 of Harrison Ford who while working as a carpenter for George Lucas landed a role in American Graffiti and went on to starring roles in the Star Wars series and Raiders of the Lost Ark and sequels.
     On this day in: 
a. 1863 opponents of conscription began three days of rioting in New York City.
b. 1923 the Hollywood sign was dedicated in Hollywood, California.
c. 1973 Alexander Butterfield revealed the existence of Nixon’s secret taping system in the White House. 
d. 1985 Vice President George H.W. Bush became acting president for a day when President Ronald Reagan underwent surgery for removal of polyps.
e. 2016 David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister of the U.K. to be succeeded by Theresa May who is holding on by a slender thread today due to her handling of Brexit.
    Reflections on the New York City Draft Riots: “But when we had concluded our work with the Relief Committee, our missionary work with these still suffering people was not done; with some of them it had just begun. Their claims for household goods were still unpaid, and they were destitute of everything needful for use and comfort. None know, excepting those who have witnessed it, the extent of the suffering among them.” Reverend Charles Rey, pastor of Bethesda Church in Manhattan 1863
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

12 Hour Peter Strzock Circus


Strzock testified in open session for 12 hours in a smug, smirky manner
Still hiding under the process and methods banner
Tried to bob and weave to no avail
Trying to deny bias a goal in which he failed
Blues went out of their way to distract and treat Strzock as a maligned hero
Though his credibility was near if not less than zero
The circus reached new highs
When Gohmert blasted him for on infideltity to his wife lying
Prompting howls and shouts that Gohmert needed to take his meds
Blues defending wanting a purple heart with relentless attacks by the Reds
Bias was open and above board in text messages for all to see
Hard to with the IG’s conclusion that no bias on investigation not disagree
Page will appear but sadly in closed session
Public will not have chance to view her biased transgressions
The FBI’s credibility has been battered
Reputation and public trust totally shattered
© July 12, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet  

July 12, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Simplicity Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 12, 2018 Great drama on the Hill as Strzok was being grilled by Congress over his anti-Trump text messages with his paramour Lisa Page (mind boggling that the IG came to a conclusion of no bias in the investigation by the FBI); Trump after castigating NATO for not paying its fair share for defense landed in the U.K. to meet with the Prime Minister May who is under severe attack over her handling of the Brexit exit from the EU; feudalism is still alive and well in Iran as a video is released showing a man being flogged for drinking alcohol as a teen at a wedding reception while in Indonesia two Christians were flogged for gambling which violates Sharia; Ben Carson is moving ahead on implementing a requirement that able bodied recipients of federal subsidized housing work; still reeling from the sexual abuse scandal involving the U.S. Olympics Gymnastic Team Sarah Hirshland has been named as the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Association; charges against aging porn star Stormy Daniels for illegally touching patrons at a strip club in Ohio have been dropped; in Chicago, through July 11, 2018, 1485 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 236 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Whiz Khalifa,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that on divisive issues you are able to move to the miseal; a relevant quote from Nikki Sixx on the Rolling Stones, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. National Simplicity Day—celebrating living a simplistic life and observed on the anniversary of Thoreau’s birth on this day in 1817.
2. Different Colored Eyes Day—celebrating the 11 out of 1000 people who have eyes of a different color.
3. 2015 Number One Song— the number one song in 2015 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “See You Again” by Whiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgKAFK5djSk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mesial” which means middle which is a place we desperately need politicians to gravitate to in order to ease the gridlock in the Swamp.
5. Tarnished Star—celebrating the birth on this day in 1937 of Bill Cosby, noted comedian and television star in the series I Spy and The Bill Cosby whose star has been tarnished by being found guilty of sexual abuse.
    On this day in: 
a. 1804 Alexander Hamilton died after being shot the day before in a duel with former Vice President Aaron Burr.
b. 1862 the Medal of Honor was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
c. 1948 Israeli Premier David Ben-Gurion ordered the expulsion of Palestinians from the towns of Lod and Ramia. 
d. 1962 the Rolling Stones performed their first concert at London’s Marque Club.
e. 1973 a fire destroyed one third of the military records at the Military Records Center.
    Reflections on the Rolling Stones: “You have to age gracefully. And that's what I love about Keith Richards. That's what I love about the Rolling Stones. They are aging gracefully. They are falling apart at the seams right before our eyes, and they are doing it gracefully. And that's the most beautiful thing that we can do.” Nikki Sixx noted pop musician and co-founder of the band Motley Crue.
    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, July 11, 2018

Assistant Manager at Academy Sports Fired For Stopping Robbery


We know that we live in a society that loves to sue at the drop of a hat
In Tallahassee at Academy Sports we saw a classic example of that
Jason White had asked to look at a pistol and with it tried to flee
“Stop that man” was shouted by another employee
Dean Crouch, an assistant manager, stopped White in his tracks
To hold until the police could come and cuff him with his hands in back
News did not indicate why White tried to grab the gun and run
A good guess might be that he was a felon and his chance of passing a background test was none
Crouch should be a hero to have prevented another gun making its way to the streets
Where an unsuspecting defenseless  victim of criminal activity it would meet
Guess again as that hero accolade would not exist due to a store decree
Employees cannot lay hands on a shopper even if a thief trying to flee
Crouch was suspended, then fired, had to put his home up for sale
Why the policy that has resulted in this sad and tragic tale?
Was if for the concern that an employee might be hurt
In a shoplifting incident trying to avert?
Perhaps but I think it would be a better guess
A likely lawsuit by an alleged thief the store wanted to suppress  
At the drop of a hat and with a wife and two small kids out of a job
All for stepping up an stopping a thief who was trying to rob
© July 11, 2018 Michael P. Ridley

Flowers Are Wilted In San Francisco


In the 60’s San Francisco was the place to be
Wear a flower in your hair in a life so carefree
The hippies were the rage, the air smelled of sweat perfume
A happy place, a refuge from  Vietnam’s doom and gloom
No so today as the city struggles with an opioid crisis out of control
7,500 people living in the streets, sidewalks covered in urine not a place for a stroll
Thousands of people shooting up, smoking crystal meth
Needle litter everywhere, symbols of overdose deaths
The city is becoming a city on life support
As conventions fearful of crime their gatherings abort
Tourist dollars like a pond of water in Death Valley on a triple digit day
Evaporating quickly as tourists chose to stay away
No one wearing flowers in their hair
If they are they are wilted as the magic is no longer there
© July 11, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

July 11, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Population Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 11, 2018 Trump is at a NATO Summit castigating the  Europeans for not spending the agreed amount of 2% of GNP on defense spending and castigating Germany for buying its natural gas from Russia as opposed to the U.S.; on the obstructionist front Schumer is depending millions of documents relating to Kavanaugh’s time with Ken Starr and the Bush Administration in an attempt to delay the confirmation vote until after the midterms to preserve Blue seats in states Trump won by double digits (the hysteria in opposition to Kavanaugh by the likes of Harris, Schumer, Warren and Blumberg is despicable); Kerry the feckless former Secretary of State that deceived us with the Iran nuclear deal railed against Trump’s criticism of the lack of NATO countries spending on defense; Schumer has his foot in his mouth claiming Trump is friendlier with Russia than NATO and demanding that Trump not meet with Putin one on one; Behar made a fool of herself on The View demanding that Trump does not have the right to pick a SCOTUS Justice since he is under investigation by the witch-hunt for collusion and obstruction of justice (add the Constitution to the list of writings that woman has never read); Lisa Page was a no show before Congress and will be facing potential contempt of congress for failing to appear; Manafort may be in solitary confinement in jail but according to the Special Counsel’s office he is receiving VIP treatment with a private phone, restroom and shower, and laptop and work space; in Chicago, through July 10, 2018, 1468 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 229 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Iggy Azalea,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact if married it is not a misalliance; a relevant quote from Jhumba Lahiri on the effect of writing, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. World Population Day—created by the UN in 1989 to address population issues such as family planning as the Earth continues to become a more crowded planet.       
2. Free Slurpee Day (7-Eleven Stores)—today is the day to escape the heat and humidity with a free ice cold slurpee at 7-Eleven.
3. 2014 Number One Song— the number one song in 2014 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-zpOMYRi0w 
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mesalliance” which means an unsuitable marriage an undesirable condition topped only by the disastrous divorce that is certain to follow.
5. To Interpret Maladies—celebrating the birth on this day in 1967 of Jhumba Lahiri, noted Pulitzer Prize winning author of such works as The Lowland and Interpreter of Maladies.
      On this day in: 
a. 1921 former President of the United States William Taft was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court, becoming the only person in our history to hold both offices.
b. 1924 Eric Liddell won the Gold Medal in the 400 meters after refusing to run the 100 meters because the race was held on Sunday; the win was memorialized in the movie Chariots of Fire.
c. 1962 in a the world became a smaller place moment, the first transatlantic television transmission occurred. 
d. 1977 Martin Luther King, Jr. was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
e. 1979 Slylab, America’s first space station was destroyed over the Indian Ocean upon entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
    Reflections on the power of writing: “For surely it is a magical thing for a handful of words, artfully arranged, to stop time. To conjure a place, a person, a situation, in all its specificity and dimensions. To affect us and alter us, as profoundly as real people and things do.” Jhamba Lahari.
    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 10, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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