Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Water Monitoring Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 18, 2018 The flood waters from Florence are lingering in the Carolinas and the death toll has risen to 32 as authorities warn residents not to return to their flooded homes; the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on Monday with Kavanaugh and Ford (if she does not Grassley will cancel the hearing) testifying under oath on the alleged sexual abuse 36 years ago while so typically Kamala Harris is beating the drums for the FBI to reopen the background check and for additional witnesses to be called (even if the incident did occur which is doubtful is it grounds for rejecting his nomination or to put it another way does the incident determine his character—the answer should be no in both cases); Matthew Dowd of the Always Biased Cack Network is rightfully being slammed for tweeting that Justice Thomas is a sexual predator and inferring that Judge Kavanugh is one also;  Professor Cheny-Lippold of the University of Michigan is being slammed for his refusal to write a letter of recommendation for a student seeking to study in Israel because it would run counter to his department’s position of Israeli occupation of Palestine (another example of anti-Semitism running wild on our college campuses); not to be outdone on the anti-Semitism front tenured professor Hamid Dabashi as Columbia has tweeted that every dirty problem in the world is the fault of Israel (with tenure you can’t get rid of idiots like this one); on the culinary front the Lobster Pound in Charlotte, Maine is getting its lobster high on marijuana smoke before steaming them to death         http://video.foxnews.com/v/5836485027001/?#sp=show-clips; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 17, 2018, 2208 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a teenage leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 358 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Milli Vanilli, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your face is covered with sunscreen to avoid being naevous, and a relevant quote from Angelina Jolie on landmines, 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 Water Monitoring Day—created by the American Clean Water Foundation in 2003 as an educational outreach program to promote the monitoring of water quality of our water resources.
2. International Read an E-book Day—created in 2014 to promote the reading of e-books which take up little or no extra space in a briefcase or suitcase but allow the reader to take a small library with him or her.
3. 1989 Number One Song— the number one song in 1989 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You” by Milli Vanilli. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbUENJ5FjBk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n”  is “naevous” which means spotted or freckled which one can become being out in the Sun with pale skin and no sunscreen on.
5. Enhance for a Chance—celebrating the birth on this day in 1971 of noted cyclist Lance Armstrong who won the Tour de France 7 times but was stripped of his wins after it was discovered he was using banned performance enhancing drugs.
On this day in: 
a. 1793 the first cornerstone for the U.S. Capitol was laid by President George Washington.
b. 1984 Joe Kittinger completed the first solo crossing of the Atlantic in a gas balloon named Balloon of Peace.
c. 1997 media magnate Ted Turner donated $1 billion to the United Nations.
d. 1997 the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention was adopted by 33 countries but not the U.S., Russia, China and India.
e. 2001 the anthrax attacks began with the mailing of letters containing anthrax spores to two senators and various news media outlets; the mailings continued until October 9, 2001 and killed 5 people and injured 17 others. The prime suspect a Doctor Bruce Ivins committed suicide before being brought to justice.
   Reflections on anti-personnel landmines: “The most upsetting thing is that the US is a leader in the world, and if they don't sign, then how do you expect to convince Russian and China and Iran, Pakistan, all these other countries, to sign? They simply won't. (The US government) feels it's against their constitutional right to bear arms, or they've said that it's needed in North and South Korea, on the border. I don't think any of these are good enough excuses for the damage.” Angelina Jolie
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Kavanaugh's Accuser Out In Open


An event that may or may not have happened four decades ago
May have dealt Kavanaugh’s confirmation a death if not a delaying blow
At a beach party in Maryland with teens drinking and no parents home
Christine Ford has broken her silence and claimed Kavanaugh crossed into the sexual assault zone
Pushing onto a bed and trying to her swimsuit
While his friend Judge laughed and rooted
When Judge fell onto the bed all three fell to the floor
Allowing her to escape through a bathroom door
Then when she hear Kavanaugh and Judge heading down the stairs out through window
Dropping to the ground one story below
Cannot remember where the house was for this traumatic event
Or how she managed to get home only that she did not consent
Did not tell her parents, her lips sealed until 2002 before marrying her husband but the perpetrator she did not name
Revealed in a counseling session once again in 2012 with spouse before a therapist but did not name
The reason why subject herself and her family to scorn
Now forced out in the open when her identity became known
Kavanaugh has been vetted extensively by the FBI and this episode never became known
A no at the last moment the Blues are demanding the president his nomination disown
Of the three people that could have been in that room that night two denied
What facts to find the truth should one rely
Or should one condemn the act but not use it as a decades long career as a judge, father and spouse to dimiss
And dump this man into the reptilian brain sordid abyss
Seventeen years old and from the 65 women who knew him and support him in this  one time event
No this is not the time to the fallows of unforgiveness should Kavanaugh be sent
 Maybe if it occurred he was in a brownout or blackout and had no recollection of something he would detest
The issue is what has occurred since becoming an adult and there is nothing remotely derogatorily to suggest
His relationship with his wife may not be affected but with his daughters perhaps
A greater punishment cannot be imagined if in their eyes their knight is being unwrapped
He should apologize to Ms. Ford along these lines I do not remember the event
That seems so out of character and my morals and integrity bent
That I denied when I should have said if it occurred I apologize sincerely for the injury I have caused
It was not who I was nor who I am now and that behavior would have been an inexcusable character flaw
The Blues are using this event as a rallying cry against the War on Women and the silencing of the accused
Whether they come forth immediately or hide for many years in the shadows when abused
© September 16, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

September 16, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Mexican Independence Day



Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 16, 2018 Hurricane Florence has now become Tropical Storm Florence after leaving at least 15 dead and a million without power in its wake as it continues to drench the Carolinas and the Southeast with massive amounts of rainfall and flooding waters (stung by criticism over federal responses in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Pentagon has 9,700 troops to assist in relief efforts); on the Kavanaugh front, the alleged victim of a high school sexual assault by Kavanaugh, Christine Ford, a registered Democrat and professor at Palo Alto University, has come forward with her allegations of a highly intoxicated Kavanaugh forcing her into a bedroom and trying to remove her bathing suit which attempt ended when his friend Judge, who denies the incident ever happened jumped on top of them and rolled off the bed allowing her to escape through a bathroom window to remain silent on the accusations until a therapy session with her husband in 2012 and July when she released a confidential letter to Feinstein in July who sat on it until last week after all the interviews with Kavanaugh, his senatorial interviews, Senate Judiciary grilling, and written questions had ended (the Blues want a full blown FBI investigation and a delay of Thursday’s confirmation hearing while in the face of Kavanaugh’s and Judge’s denial and a letter from 65 women who have known him from high school and support him was to proceed forward which gives rise to the question of how possibly in a blackout stage a non disclosed til now incident involving two teenagers  four decades ago not repeated until now disqualifies a person from serving in a public office even as those sanctimonious Blues whose records in youth must be “lily white” proclaim women must not be silenced); deer hunting will be allowed for 10 days on the National Wildlife Preserve but fortunately for the gang that with rifles cannot shoot straight permitted only with bows and arrows; on the false advertising front, German Ironman competitor Jaroslav Bobrowski has been banned from the Running Sushi’s All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at the Running Sushi in Landshut, Bavaria for devouring 100 plates of sushi; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 15, 2018, 2196 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a teenage leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 355 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Michael Jackson, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you know how to use nackets to lose weight, and a relevant quote from  José Maria Morelos y Pavon on the Mexican Movement for Independence, 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. International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer—created by the UN General Assembly in 2007 to promote awareness of the need to reduce the production of chemicals that delete the Ozone Layer that protects the planet from harmful radiation; the date was chosen as it coincides with the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Delete the Ozone Layer on September 16, 1980 which protocol since the signatories observed it had the result of closing the Ozone hole in our atmosphere in 2017.
2. Mexican Independence Day—commemorating the morning of this day in 1810 when Father Miguel Hidalgo Y Castilla rang the bell at his church in Delores, Mexico to raise the call of arms to resist the Spanish as an independent nation.
3. 1987 Number One Song— the number one song in 1987 on a run of 1 week in that position was “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPSS0B1iemQ
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n”  is “nacket” which means a snack or light lunch, the eating of which is a great way to lose weight.
5. Dollars for Pennies--celebrating the birth on this day in 1875 of J.C. Penny’s, the founder of a retail chain that bears his name. After growing the chain to 175 outlets he retired in 1917 by staying active behind the scenes; his stores survived the Great Depression by offering great value. He remained on the Board until his death in 1971 amd must be rolling in his grave over the depressed stock price for J.C. Penny’s.
On this day in: 
a. 1961 the National Hurricane Research Center dropped 8 cylinders of silver iodide into the center of Hurricane Esther which then had wind speeds reduced by 10% which gave rise to Project Stormfury,  a failed 21 year project of seeding hurricanes to reduce their strength.
b. 1979 in a classic example of the human spirit going to any lengths to be fee, 8 people in a homemade hot air balloon escaped from East Berlin to West Berlin.
c. 1992 the trial of Manuel Noriega for trafficking and money laundering ended in a guilty verdict which resulted in a sentence of 40 years, validating that it is hard to hide from the long arm of the law.
d. 1992 the British pound was forced out of the European Exchange Mechanism by speculators and was forced to devalue against the German mark.
e. 2007 security guards for Blackwater Worldwide in a move that severely strained U.S.-Iraqi relations shot and killed 17 Iraqis and wounded 20 others; after several investigations 4 guards were tried and convicted in federal court, 1 for murder and the others for manslaughter and firearms charges.
   Reflections on Mexican Independence Day: I am a servant of the nation because it assumes the greatest legitimate and inviolable sovereignty." José Maria Morelos y Pavon priest who assumed the Mexican Independence Movement after the execution of Father Hidalgo by the Spanish shortly after his declaration of independence.
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Saturday, September 15, 2018

New Storm Surge-Looters


Natural disasters bring out men at their very best times
But sadly the worst when in Florence damaged areas reports of looting crimes
The good work of the Cajun Navy coming to residents stranded by rising waters aid
Obscured by looters who from the laws against theft have strayed
Or from gougers who due to scarcity caused by a run on grocery stores
Have raised prices on necessities more and more
Looting can be checked by a police presence very strong
To deter looters who believe that stealing from vacated homes and business is not wrong
Or curfews that keep people at home at night
And force looters who wish to steal out into the daylight
Where easier to be seen and  then nabbed
As they smash windows to goods try to grab
Price gouging is more subtle as prices rise
With sellers hiding behind market forces why it was authorized
Curfews in Carolina towns adversely hit are in place
And gougers may in due time face jail for higher prices on scare goods former prices replace
But at the core of the problem is that more people must ape the Cajun Navy creed
It times of disaster it is the primary function of neighbors and citizens to help those in dire need.
© September 15, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

September 15, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Lymphoma Awareness Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 15, 2018 Hurricane Florence has now become Tropical Storm Florence after leaving at least seven dead and a million without power in its wake as it continues to drench the Carolinas and the Southeast with massive amounts of rainfall and rising waters (stung by criticism over federal responses in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Pentagon is  readying 9,700 troops to assist in relief efforts); Paul Manafort who has plead guilty in a plea agreement with the witch-hunter in chief and is cooperating with him as part of that agreement may soon have company as Greg Craig, a lawyer with ties to Clinton and the Obama administration may face charges for failing to register as a foreign lobbyist for his dealings in the Ukraine; Fort Worth police officer Gordon Hull shot in the head in a confrontation with armed robbery suspects  has joined at least 55 other police officers who have died in the line of duty this year; in a I can’t wait moment, Arnold Nash, 65 years old and a convicted murderer scheduled for release on December 14 of this year has escaped from a Maine prison, prompting a warning to nearby residents to be vigilant (which thanks to the 4th Amendment means check to make sure your firearms are loaded and in good working condition); in another nonassimilation moment a rare English speaking customer at a Hialeah, Florida Taco Bell was refused service because she tried to order in English (caught on video, that worker is no longer working at Taco Bell and if an illegal immigrant a damning indictment of our porous border); on the diversity at any cost in Lyon the Emile Cohl art school’s photo ad for the school some of the students had been blackened to appear more diverse; Harrison Ford whose carbon footprint rivals that of Al Gore lectured the audience about climate change in San Fracisco and the need to elect people who believe in the science of global warming (another definition of hypocrisy by a member of the Hollywood elite); in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 12, 2018, 2183 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a teenage leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 353 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Huey Lewis and the News, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not nabilitic, and a relevant quote from Ann, a cancer survivor and member of the Lymphoma Club, 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. International Day of Democracy—created by the UN General Assembly in 2007 to promote the values and principle of democracy which either do not exist in places like North Korea or are under attack in places like Venezuela or Turkey.
2. World Lymphoma Awareness Day--created by the Lymphoma Coalition in 2004 to create awareness of the symptoms and cures for one of the fastest growing cancers in the world with 1,000 new cases daily.
3. 1986 Number One Song— the number one song in 1986 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Stuck with You” by Huey Lewis and the News. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J08ZwySCoJ8
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n”  is “nabilitic” which means churlish, vulgar or uncivil which is what we hear from politicians on both sides of the aisle more frequently but mostly on the left.
5. Cannibal for Jazz--celebrating the birth on this day in 1928 of Julian Adderley noted saxophonist best known to his fans as Cannonball Adderley and to his childhood friends as Cannibal for his voracious appetite but who played his last note at the far too early age of 46 from a stroke.
 On this day in: 
a. 1812 the French Army under Napoleon reached the Kremlin but instead of forcing the Tsar to capitulate, the city was torched and the Russians fought on, causing Napoleon to retreat in the cold of the Russian winter losing most of his army.
b. 1962 the Soviet ship Poltava carrying medium range missiles headed for Cuba, one of the events that brought on the Cuban Missile Crisis, an event that brought us closer to nuclear war than we have ever been.
c. 1981 in a way the judicial confirmation process is supposed to work as opposed to the theatrics from the left on the Kavanaugh hearings, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously recommended the confirmation of Sandra Day O’Connor.
d. 2004 to the dismay of hockey fans here in the U.S. and Canada, the NHL locked the players out and cancelled the entire season, the first time a professional sport has had its season cancelled in its entirety due to a labor dispute.
e. 2008 Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in the largest bankruptcy of all times which plunged this country into a recession and paved the way for Obama to be elected.
   Reflections on lymphoma: “Life after cancer is what you make of it. You can either focus on worrying or you can choose to embrace your second chance at life and convert that energy to being proactive and living a full life. The same determination you had during your cancer battle is the same determination you need to live a life after cancer.” Ann, cancer survivor and member of the Lymphoma Club
  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 www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Conservatives Fearful Of Coming Out Jack Dorsey

For many years gays and lesbians lived in the closet afraid to admit
Fearful employers would react by firing or asking them to quit
Or voters would not see them for public office fit
Fearful that in a foxhole they would not be allowed to sit
Not right and slowly but surely the closet doors opened and they came out
And the forces of discrimination receded though not in a complete rout
New closets unfortunately are experiencing a building boom
And diversity of thought is suffering great doom and gloom
In college classrooms conservatives are fearful to their ideas express  
In Hollywood conservatives are fearful lest their employment chances be suppressed
In politics poll results are often skewed
As conservatives fearful expressing what they believe is true
In Silicon Valley the social media giants lean to the liberal cause
Anyone expressing conservative thoughts is thought to be flawed
No wonder Dorsey of Twitter indicated conservatives are afraid to come out
A different opinion than the left is quickly put to rout
Somewhat hypocritical and self serving due to Twitter's shadow ban
And algorihyms on conservative speech hard to justify or understand
No one wants to be attacked for one’s social views
Build and hide in the closet so no one has a clue
Who loses when ideas are concealed due to possible ridicule?
Concealed due to a self imposed gag rule
The answer is simple each and every one whether left or right or in between
Tolerance on both sides must be the mantra so the dependence on closets we can wean

 © September 14, 2018 

Anti-Trumpster Jamele Hill Leaving ESPN

Politics and sports do not mix unless the mixture is to unite
Like the ping pong diplomacy or Olympics that call a truce and put conflict in flight
But using sports as a platform to interject personal political beliefs can bring only lost revenues along with grief
Jamele Hill is a classic case
As an anti-Trump pundit totally off base
Rants on ESPN that he was a bigot, as a president not fit
Missing the point-fans watching a game want non sports disputes to quit
Calling advertisers to boycott the Cowboys
Biting the pocket of ESPN who her employs
Not very bright, not very smart
So today she announced she would depart
Good riddance and farewell
On sports absent politics one hopes you dwell
Or shed the sports and join the commentators on the political scene
Hopefully without the rhetoric today so nasty and mean
© September 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet

65 women refute Feinstein charge of improper conduct

Grassley has released a letter from 65 women who knew Kavanaugh when he was in high school
That with her last minute smear job of Kavanaugh makes Sen Feinstein look like a biased fool
No vetting of the claim in the letter you received
Chomping at bit to a delay or rejection to be achieved
No longer in an advise and consent role
But only a cog in the resist Blue role
She has disgracefully a good man demonized
If there is any integrity left she should publicly apologize
Better yet she should with Schumer and fellow Blues break rank
Vote to confirm and throw this idiotic reflex resist movement into the tank
© September 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley
This is what the 65 women wrote

“Through the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity,” the women wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect. That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day.”

Pelosi Vows to Reignite War on Coal

The battle lines for the midterms are being drawn
Pelosi and the Blues desperate to return to control the White House Lawn
A party that seems to be without ideas or platform other than impeach and resist
Has decided that coal will be reduced if not ceasing to exist
Pelosi has vowed to close one out of three coal fired power plants by 2020
As she supports tax hikes that will move us from the land of growth and plenty
The Reds’ biggest fear should be that from Speakership contention she will disappear
She is the lightning rod that will cause Red voters to at the polls appear
Americans should all want some R and R
Which if the Reds stay focused the Blues they will bar
Not the vacation away of work
But results versus resistance as the left goes violently beserk
Look to the results of the tax cut and regulatory reform
A thriving economy on all cylinders with optimism reborn
Across all segments with no one left behind
Voting to reinstall the party of Pelosi and Waters one would have to be blind
So Pelosi wage your war on economic growth and coal
Wave goodbye to your retaking the House goal.

© September 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley

Feinstein Booker and Harris the Trio of Smear

Just when after grueling sessions by the Senate, a confirmation vote on Cavenaugh nears
Senator Feinstein launches a last minute Bork or Anita Hill like Cavenaugh smear
A cryptic note to cast doubt on his fitness to serve
Not for something as an adult but as a teen a false charge he does not deserve
No wonder the best and brightest when it comes to public service more and more take a pass
Who wants to be ravaged by the likes of Harris, Booker and now sadly Feinstein who are devoid of class
Booker with his theatrics of what proved to be a deceitful lie
A Spartacus moment about releasing documents already declassified
Kamala Harris boasting her 4 Pinocchios for editing a clip
The Blue Senators have on civility honesty and integrity lost their grip
Feinstein’s cryptic note she solemnly noted she had referred to the FBI
Designed only to smear a good man as he categorically denied
What 40 years ago someone did or did not do
Even if remotely or partially true
Does not merit being smeared and crucified
This poet will hold his nose and his vote for fellow alum deny

© September 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley

September 14, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Stand Up To Cancer


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 14, 2018 Hurricane Florence has made landfall as a Cat 1 hurricane over a very large area with a storm surge of over 6 feet with massive amounts of rain and moving very slowly leaving close to 400,000 people without power but so far no reported deaths (although that number may change as the day continues)  as most people heeded the evacuation warnings; while FEMA battles Florence, Trump faces criticism for his doubting of the revised total of 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Mariah which he claimed was done by Blues to discredit his administration’s response; the New York Times has slammed Nikki Haley for the expenditure of $53,000 for curtains at the Ambassador’s official residence an expenditure authorize by the Obama administration (so typical of the paper to criticize when the Trump administration had nothing to do with the authorization); Halley also claimed the new sanctions on Iran are suffocating that nation; on the 2nd Amendment front in Cicero, Illinois a Good Samaritan with a concealed weapons permit seeing police engaged in a shootout with a gunman joined in the shootout that left one officer hit with 4 bullets in surgery and the suspect wounded and in custody; on the illegal alien front Bryan Codero-Castro a 20 year old illegal from Guatemala has been charged with the stabbing death 15 year old Madison Wells of Long Branch; Zamoro-Calderon once deported and wanted for raping his teenage daughter was apprehended crossing the border back into the United States (another example of the work done by the Border Patrol in trying to keep this nation safe); Andrew Cuomo got one step closer to his dream of the White House by crushing progressive Cynthia Nixon in the New York Governor’s primary race on the Democratic ballot; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 12, 2018, 2168 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 350 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to John Parr, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not prone to mythomania, and a relevant quote from A.S. King on the draft lottery, 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 Hug Your Boss Day—celebrated since 2009 but given the #NeToo Movement and the potential for sexual harassment claims given the number of reptilian brains in the workforce, not sure if this holiday is a great idea.
2. Stand Up to Cancer--created by the Entertainment Industry Foundation in 2009 to raise money online and through televised performances for research in finding cures and treatment options for cancer.
3. 1985 Number One Song— the number one song in 1985 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” by John Parr Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOvMpND2OZY
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mythomania” which means exaggerating or lying to an abnormal extent which describes most politicians on the campaign trail.
5. Wrong Name--celebrating the birth on this day in 1983 of Amy Winehouse, noted English singer who battled drugs and alcohol and although she was able to cease drug use was not so successful with alcohol and died from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 with a BAC of over 4%.
 On this day in: 
a. 1960 to the dismay of consumers everywhere the Organization Of Petroleum Exporting Companies (OPEC) was formed.
b. 1969 the U.S. Selective Service selected September 14 as the first draft lottery date.
c. 1994 the Major League Baseball Season was cancelled due to a player’s strike.
d. 1998 MCI Communications and WorldCom completed their $37 billion dollar merger to form MCI WorldCom.
e. 2000 Microsoft announced the release of Windows ME.
   Reflections on the draft lottery: “I guess it was hard for him to look at the logic behind the draft lotteries, because that same logic had taken away his father. And, anyway, what’s so logical about the day you were born deciding when you might die? That’s just a cruel joke, as I see it.”― A.S. KingEverybody Sees the Ants
   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 www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© September 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ryan Is Spineless


Ryan proves once again he is without a spine
Of the proposed nine spending bills nothing for the wall at this time
While they still control the House funding for the wall and more patrols for the border
To create some order instead of at the border creating more disorder
To the Senate where the Blues will filibuster against opposed to any money spent
Reds can either campaign against the Blues and on illegal immigration and drugs have the voters’ anger vent
Or the nuclear option on the wall funding and border security elect
An end around the resist filibuster select
Otherwise if they until after the midterms wait and the House control lose
Not sure whether a lame duck majority would a wall chose
Promises made and promises kept slogan for 2020 election then at risk
A gamble the recovery is still going strong and a second term may not exist
We need a secure border to stop the illegal alien and drug flow
Ere expenditures for benefits to illegals and deaths from crime and drugs continue to grow
© September 13, 2018 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet 

Last Minute Borking of Kavanaugh by Feinstein


Feinstein is guilty of a last minute Borking sexual harassment hatchet job
A letter the contents not disclosed but believed to be a sexual harassment incidence lob
Against Kavanaugh when he was in high school four decades ago
Even if true which is doubtful, to paraphrase Sen. Baker the question is what and when  did of this incicent Rep Eschoo or Feinstein know
Prior to the hearing or during her meetings with him or during the hearings to confirm to be held back as damaging ammo?
Supposedly a letter from someone connected with Stanford who heard the victim or participant on the incident expound
To hold in reserve to prove based on an incident four decades ago he as a justice is today unsound
No questions have been asked of his youthful experiences as a teen with the opposite sex
40 years ago the meaning of no means no was a view not uniformly what society would totally accept
So there is no perjury trap
Only an attempt by the Blues to create a confirmation gap
No, this is a rumor based on hearsay not admissible in the court of public opinion or a court of law
A desperate attempt by Feinstein to beat back DeLeon because she exhibited courtesy which to the left is a fatal flaw
No judge or politician going back into the person’s childhood or teen past
Is completely without a perceived fault that with hypocrisy merits a sanctimonious gasp
Time to end this mockery and bias and vote to confirm
To sit on the SCOTUS bench for this year’s fall term
© September 13, 2018 Michael P. Ridley

Another Insurer Drops Purdue Pharma's Oxycontin

On the opioid abuse front some encouraging news that Purdue Pharma may detest
But the overdose increases linked to OxyContin may be subject to arrest
Cigna and Blue Cross of Florida announced that OxyContin prescriptions they would no longer cover
Other newer drugs less addictive or harder to abuse have been discovered  
Now Purdue Pharma has been informed that the largest insurer in Tennessee will no longer reimburse for OxyContin use
Too easy for the user to recover the opiods and snort or inject in an addictive abuse
Purdue Pharma is the poster child
Of deceptive marketing on minimizing the addictive risks run wild
A $600 million settlement paid by the company in 2007
For too many opioid addicts going to an early hell or heaven
As the opioid epidemic continues to grow the class action lawsuits again Purdue Pharma pile up
Against marketing efforts the book Dopesick described as greedy and corrupt
Take away insurance for OxyContin and limit the number and types of painkiller drugs for which insurers will pay
And reducing this crisis of overdoses we will have gone and long way.

© September 13, 2018 Michael P. Ridley