Saturday, December 15, 2018

Roundtable Christmas 2018

During Christmas the Orange County Knights of the Roundtable holds a Christmas Brunch for its members, wives, children, grandchildren and guests with balloon puppets, face painting, a visit by Santa complete with a huge bag of toys and a remembrance of any member who had died during the year. I am called upon to create and deliver a Christmas poem. this is what I wrote and delivered; I hope you enjoy it.
CHRISTMAS 2018
Welcome to my fellow Knights, their spouses, children and guests
As we celebrate our Christmas buffet feast and camaraderie we are truly blessed
To my left there is an empty chair
Symbolizes that our fighter pilot Dave Khlages will no longer fly into the air
A reminder to live life with a purpose with sound goals to achieve
Makes it easier for the survivors to celebrate his life makes it easier to grieve
We have survived Black Friday which started after finishing our Thanksgiving pumpkin pie
As we charged off to the malls where decorum and civility in search of sales, the shoppers did defy
Followed by shopping on Small Business Saturday
To see what our neighboring businesses had on display
The on to Cyber Monday in a deluge of computer clicks
Our digital wallets and purses becoming thinner and thinner  no longer as thick
Then on to Giving Tuesday, a holiday so easy to sell
Whether contributing food, dropping off goods at Goodwill or tossing cash into a pot while the Salvation Army trooper rings his bell
On the national scene the Reds have woken up to a Grinch deposited lump of coal
The House has been flipped; in trying to keep the House they have failed in that goal
The race for the White House far too early has already begun
30 plus Blues and one Spartacus have indicated they are thinking about making a run
From this poet a plea that if in the violence of World War I
Where all hold on humanity seemed done
In the trenches Brits, French and Huns
Their generals the soldiers did stun
Observing a truce on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Putting their guns away with no need to continue to slay
Then the two parties should be able to at least during the Christmas season
End the demeaning personal attacks and sermonizing and with each other try to reason
To no longer crucify each other on the cross of demonizing
Together to end gridlock to stand before the altar of compromising
On a personal level seek out and receive the gift of peace
Hold it close to your heart forever not to it release
Give of your time and hug spouse and children each day
Never let business for those loving acts get in the way
Serenity and tranquility as the lasting gift to guide your path
In relationships with loved ones and strangers and in practicing your craft
And to the children waiting anxiously like coiled springs
To see what gifts Santa will bring
Wondering when Santa’s airborne sleigh the roof will arrest
And whether they will pass the naughty or nice test
Worry not that this Christmas celebration will be stolen by the Grinch
Even if he is green no need to worry or flinch
Or hearing Scourge yelling “Bah Humbug” if he nears
That’s not going to happen this year
You have enjoyed a great meal without Green Eggs and Ham
For that you don’t need to be named Sam I am
Rejoice that Santa uses reindeer instead of a team of large moose
Slowing down his sleigh as Thidwick the Big Hearted Moose tries to shake the animals in his antlers loose
Never in the spirit of Christmas and Santa no longer believe, hold on to it so tight
Never give it up without a fight
But now I think it is high time
To end this Christmas rhyme
For on the roof I think a can hear Santa’ reindeer
Soon waiting children he will be here
Wishing one and all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Prosperous New Year
© December 15, 2018 Michael P. Ridley

December 15, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Bill of Rights Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 15, 2018 a Texas District Court Judge has ruled that with the elimination of the individual mandate, Obamacare is unconstitutional (if you are opposed to Obamacare don’t uncork the champagne as this will end up in the Supreme Court; the gaffe master Joe Biden responding to some concerns over this age of 76 has floated the idea of Beto O’Rourke as his running mate (if you thought Obama was not qualified given his meager Senate, that meager experience trumps Beto’s minimal experience in the state senate of Texas; former Democratic Chief Counsel Epstein and former Federal Elections Commission Spakovsky have both agreed that payment of hush money to two women was not a campaign election violation; small signs that Trump is recognizing that he is human and can make mistakes first admitting that he made a mistake in not participating in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans’ Day and then admitting to Fox in an interview that he made a mistake in hiring Cohen and thirdly trying to rectify his Arlington absence gaff by making an unscheduled   stop at Arlington to participate in a Wreaths Across America event; Ann Sonders, the Chief Investment Strategist at Schwab, is raising the alarm that the U.S. is headed for a recession in 2019 due to the trade war with China, the Fed’s path in raising rates and the uncertainty over how and on what terms Britain is going to be able to exit the EU; PG&E already under fire for its role in causing the Woolsey fire with disastrous loss of property, is under investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission over allegations that it has falsified pipeline safety regulations for years (given the financial impact on PG&E a time to short the stock?); Zinke has announced he is leaving the Interior Department and Mulvaney has become Trump’s acting Chief of Staff (still a lot of turmoil going on in the Trump Administration); Cohen the admitted liar and illegal taper of the president has the pot calling the kettle black audacity of getting on the soap box and declaring Trump is a liar (the sooner March comes around and he begins his incarceration isolated from the MSM the better it will be); Mueller has provided to the court documents demanded by the judge concerning his FBI interview and supposed “perjury” and a logical conclusion may be he was set up to get him to flip which he has not in order to get Trump ($25 million and counting and a major distraction to the Trump Agenda to grow this nation—end the witch-hunt!); Rolling Thunder not the operation of bombing North Vietnam but the Memorial Day Parade of thousands of motorcycles will end on Memorial Day, 2019, ending a tradition that has existed since 1988 over allegations that federal agencies had made the event too difficult and costly to organize (if only partly true “Shame!”); Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 14, 2018, 2855 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 480 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 Rod Stewart, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not obfuscate issues and a relevant quote from Thomas Jefferson on the Bill of Rights, 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. Bill of Rights Day—celebrating the ratification of the Bill of Rights the bedrock to our individual liberties on this day in 1791 with Virginia providing the last ratification by the states needed.
2. International Tea Day—celebrated in tea producing countries since 2005 to promote awareness of the contribution of tea to our global economy.
3. 1976 Number One Song— the number one song in 1976 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” by Rod Stewart. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZr6AE-u2UM
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “n” to words beginning with “o” is “obfuscate” which means to confuse an act in which politicians and bureaucrats excel.
5. Downtown Abbey—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1981 if Michelle Dockery, noted British actress and singer best noted for her leading role in the hit BBC series Downtown Abbey.
    On this day in: 
a. 1961 Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death after being found guilty of 15 charges including crimes against humanity and the Jewish people on December 12, 1961; he was executed by hanging on June 12, 1962.
b. 1973 the American Psychiatric Society voted 13-0 to remove homosexuality from its list of psychiatric disorders.
c. 1978 President Jimmy Carter announced the U.S. would recognize the People’s Republic of China and sever relations with Taiwan.
d. 2000 the third reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was shut down.
e. 2001 the Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after 11 years of work to stabilize it and the expenditure of $27 million.
   Reflections on the Bill of Rights that make this country unique and which must be protected at all times: “A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.” Thomas Jefferson
 
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© December 15, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Harris See No Evil Hear No Evil


Kamala Harris who is a wanna-be fpr the  White house lawn
Is a favorite for whom the MSM likes to fawn
Treatment of her is one of total pampering
A settlement of 400 grand by the State may her aspirations hamper
 One of her administrative assistants filed a complaint against her top aide Wallace while she was still AG
Of course she denied knowledge of the acts that prompted the claim never any improper behavior did she see
The plaintiff against Wallace, Hartley, was forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement
To any discussion of the settlement entered into in May of 2017 prevent
So typical of politicians to protect their own and their aides
The existence of the agreement and the payment was kept from the public in the shade
Fast forward to last week and the Sacramento Bee learned that the agreement did exist
Wallace resigned as an aide to Senator Harris so she did not have to his resignation insist
Harris has defended the #MeToo Movement and against non disclosure agreements has railed
Yet her successor also a Blue demanded one or the state from writing a check would bail
Hard to believe that she did not know of the abuse, the nondisclosure or the settlement
$64,000 question as the AG when the crimes took place if she did, would she have tried to the nondisclosure prevent
To ignore a bill she co-sponsored with Murkowski that would prevent
Facts on a nondisclosure by the victim to the press and the public being sent
Like too many Blues, in defense of women from Red acts, she is always ready to pounce
But if the guilty party is a Blue only the sounds of silence when time comes to denounce
Double standard but from this woman what do you expect
Yet another reason for us to her campaign reject
© December 15, 2018 Michael P. Ridley

Friday, December 14, 2018

Blue North Carolina Governor Cooper Veteos Voter Photo ID I Law

In the U.S. one needs a photo ID to board a plane or ship or buy a ticket to ride a bus or a  train  
      To enter many an office building or government facility, to obtain welfare or to a drivers license            obtain
      To cash a check, to apply for a job, to get a library or social security card, to check into a motel or lodge
      It is a fact of life that having a photo ID is a requirement that is so hard to dodge
      Blue North Carolina Governor Cooper vetoed a photo ID voter bill
      As Blue cries of voter suppression became loud and shrill
      Our voting system is based on trust
      When ends justifies the means the system may go bust
      Too many federal or state dollars at risk
      The lust for power and office may be too hard to resist
      With more and more illegals coming into this country, the temptation of voting may soon be too great
      The legislature can overturn the veto and that vote it should not wait
      We cannot allow illegal voting to the results of our election negate
      A man without an ID is very rare but fraudulent voting awaits

      © December 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet 

College District Sued Ends Free Speech Zone

In this highly charged PC and micro aggression world in which we are cursed to live
Where nanometer thinned skins find it impossible to forgive
The Los Angeles Community College District has settled its case brought by Kevin Shaw
Forbidden by the District from passing out material in violation of its free speech law
What hateful or violence provoking material caused the District to rise up in arms
What was its noble goal to prevent students from being harmed
Shaw refused to be confined to the space of three parking stalls
To pass out copies of the Constitution, a District position for which we should be appalled
The District has agreed to end the restriction over limiting free speech to geographic zones
Finally some light on this curtailment of free speech has been shone
Kudos to Kevin Shaw to against the District stand up
The First Amendment is too important for PC bureaucrats to corrupt

© December 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet 

Venezuela Confiscates Guns Then Shoots Its Citizens

Venezuela under socialists Chavez and Maduro has become an economic disaster
By inflation and lack of goods the population has been plastered
A once wealthy country has been hobbled to its knees
By sinister acts of the feds, the motives of whom are clear to see
Chavez started the confiscate guns drive
Against a military, the population without guns cannot survive
Possess a gun in Venezuela and you are looking at 20 years
No wonder the average citizen lives in a great deal of fear
The Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders of the world need to visit to see the result
The military’s gunning down the people is to humanity a grave insult
A failed nation state with shelves for goods bare
A sense of desperation and hopelessness hangs in the air
A poster child of why we need to the Second Amendment respect
And gun confiscations even with noble aims to end mass shootings reject

© December 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet 

Time to End Demonizing and Start Compromising


If in World War I with death and maiming all around
And the only sounds to hear were incoming artillery rounds
The Brits, French and Huns were able to enact on the front lines a Christmas Truce
Can we not as the 2020 campaigns begins not let the Dogs of Rhetoric to run loose?
Can we not for at least the Christmas season not crucify our foes by demonizing?
And instead approach the altar of civility and compromising
Gridlock and partisanship have become the tarnished rule
Attacks on the person instead of the ideas have become the only political tool
Demonize a person and the natural result is that the attacker is tuned out
What could have been a problem easy to resolve becomes a bloody no holds barred verbal bout
Gridlock rules the day
Any chance to resolve as opposed to blame fades away
We are left with a broken political mess
The governed under unrelenting stress
If politics were viewed as a Rotary Meeting swearing would merit a fine
Maybe over the top political rhetoric could merit similar treatment to keep discourse in line
Just a thought as all of us want functioning government to be sought
To replace the stinking gridlock rot
© Michael P. Ridley December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Monkey Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 14, 2018 while the Blues and the MSM continue to attack Americans who want a secure border as being racist, interesting news out of Tijuana that city leaders want the caravan to leave their city due to crime, filth and burdening of city services (when is the last time you heard a rational argument that illiterate unskilled migrants is good for the country accepting them?); actress and director Sondra Locke who starred in 6 films with Clint Eastwood has died at 74 (Clint is still going strong with his role in The Mule); a seven year old girl who had not eaten or consumed water for several days died in Border Patrol custody after being held in a temporary facility with her father prompting a huge outcry from the Blue presidential wanna-bes (tragic but points out why we need a wall to deter people from making a trip that is often fatal and why the left needs to stop encouraging illegal immigration seducing illegals with a false notion that if they get here they can stay here); Melania Trump bashed the MSM for its attacks on her young son Barron, saying “children should be off limits”; the FBI is back to its rogue partisan status as it missed a deadline to provide documents concerning a raid on a whistleblower’s house who had provided documents to the IG detailing potential criminal activity concerning the Uranium One Deal and the Clintons and Clinton Foundation; Joy Behar who is joyless made the outrageous claim devoid of reality that retiring Senator Orin Hatch should go to jail for not speaking out against Trump and Cohen for the payment to Stormy Daniels (what an outrage by a biased partisan hack); in another example of why the death penalty is not a deterrent Angelo Jimenez convicted of a brutal murder in 1994 was finally executed by Florida yesterday; on the partisan judicial front the California Chief Justice announced that she had left the Republican Party due to its confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh; Virgin Galactic made a historic flight to the edge of space as it moves toward recreational sub orbital space travel at $250,000 a pop (pretty expensive for 5 minutes of being weightless); Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 12, 2018, 2842 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 479 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 KC and the Sunshine Band, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you can obelize the MSM on its coverage of Trump and a relevant quote from Chris Murphy on the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 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. Monkey Day—created in 2000 by two Michigan State University art students Casey Sorrow and Eric Millikin to honor monkeys and all simian creatures.
2. Free Shipping Day—created by Kinoli, Inc. in 2008 to provide free shipping and guarantees that the package in question will arrive by Christmas Eve.
3. 1975 Number One Song— the number one song in 1975 on a run of 1 week in that position was “That’s the Way I Like It” by KC and the Sunshine Band. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3svW8PM_jc
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “n” to words beginning with “o” is “obelize” which means to condemn as spurious, doubtful or corrupt which describes what we should be doing in critiquing MSM coverage of Trump and his agenda.
5. Partisan Hack in Sheep’s Clothing—bemoaning the birthday on this day of disgraced and sanctimonious FBI Director James Comey who violated the law by leaking sensitive information and lied to Congress which led to the disastrous appointment of the witch-hunter in chief Robert Mueller.
    On this day in: 
a. 1963 the dam for the Baldwin Hills Reservoir in Los Angeles burst, killing 5 nearby residents and damaging hundreds of homes.
b. 1994 construction began on the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in China and was completed on July 4, 2012.
c. 2008 Muntadhar al-Zaidi at a press conference in Baghdad tossed his shoes at President Bush.
d. 2012 28 people including the gunman were shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School at Newton, Connecticut.
e. 2017 the Walt Disney Company announced it would acquire  21st Century Fox including its 20th Century Fox studio for $73.4 billion.
   Reflections on the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary:  “Instead, I will remember the two simple words whispered to me by one Sandy Hook mom earlier this year. As I readied to leave my office one evening, the front desk rang me to say that one of the Sandy Hook parents had dropped by unannounced. Of course, send her in, I said. She walked into my office, and without saying a word, draped her arms around me in a giant, warm bear hug.
‘Keep going,’ she said quietly to me. She wiped a few tears back, took a few steps backwards, and continued, ‘That’s all I wanted to say.’ Then she left, unable to muster the energy to say anything more.” Chris Murphy, U.S. Senator from Connecticut
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Nanking Massacre Memorial Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 13, 2018 Maxine Waters is making a fool of herself on the impeachment trail thanks to the platform of MSNBC so willingly given to her by the Mostly Slanted News Broadcasting Company (she needs to read what happened to Reds after they impeached Clinton after he was acquitted by the Senate and just maybe her rants would disappear); Theresa May’s thread just got a little thicker as she survived a no confidence vote yesterday but she still has not pulled a rabbit out of the hat for a Brexit deal with the EU that Parliament will support; Schumer and Pelosi have opted to take the insanity path in dealing with Trump over the issue of the wall and border security as opposed to compromise (pass a funding bill in the House send it to Senate after invoking the nuclear option); MSM still going ballistic over Cohen’s sentencing and allegations that the hush payments were illegal campaign contributions which they were not; interesting interview with Trump by Harris Faulkner in which Trump admitted in hiring Cohen he had made a mistake (Trump has rarely if ever admitted to making a mistake in the past); Mika of Morning Joe has rightfully been slammed for her calling Pompeo a dictator’s butt boy over our dispute with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and the killing of Khashoggi; French police have shot and killed the suspect wanted in the shooting spree at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France; on the bio sciences front researchers have proven that viruses can eavesdrop on the chemical communications of bacteria perhaps paving the way to utilize viruses in the battle against bacteria; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 12, 2018, 2842 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 479 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 Carl Douglas, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not subject to obedible in dealing with issues and a relevant quote from Iris Chang on the Nanking Massacre, 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.  Nanking Massacre Memorial Day—created in 2014 to commemorate a six week orgy of rape, murder and violence committed by the Japanese army against civilians and surrendering Chinese soldiers following the capture of Nanking by the Japanese on this day in 1937 that resulted in the deaths of upwards of 300,000 Chinese.
2. National Violin Day—celebrating the contribution of violins to our music culture but totally clueless of the creator of the holiday or the date the holiday was created.
3. 1974 Number One Song— the number one song in 1974 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhUkGIsKvn0
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “n” to words beginning with “o” is “obedible” which means docile or capable of obedience which describes to a tee the Blues’ exploitation of black voters.
5. No Triskaidekaphobia To Be Found--celebrating the birth on this day in 1989 of noted singer and songwriter Taylor Swift whose favorite number is 13.
    On this day in: 
a. 1962 the Earth became a smaller place as NASA successfully launched Relay 1, the world’s first active repeater communications satellite.
b. 1972 Apollo 17 Astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt began the third and final “Moonwalk” on the lunar surface to become the final human beings to explore the surface of the Moon.
c. 1988 PLO Chairman Yassar Arafat gave a speech to the General Assembly meeting in Geneva after the U.S. refused to issue him a visa to address the General Assembly in New York City.
d. 2003 former president of Iraq Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces near his hometown of Tikrit, Iraq after which he was tried, convicted and hung on December 30, 2006.
e. 2011 a jihadist at a Christmas market in Liege, Belgium killed six shoppers and wounded 125 before killing himself with a revolver.
   Reflections on the Massacre of Nanking: ““Perhaps the most fascinating character to emerge from the history of the Rape of Nanking is the German businessman John Rabe. To most of the Chinese in the city, he was a hero, “the living Buddha of Nanking,” the legendary head of the International Safety Zone who saved hundreds of thousands of Chinese lives.” ― Iris Chang, The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II.
  
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Mountain Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 11, 2018 Schumer and Pelosi met with President Trump over building the wall in a very contentious meeting with Trump threatening to shut the government down and Schumer and Pelosi indicating their absolute refusal to allocate funds to building the wall (totally consistent with their policy of an open border and in Pelosi’s case put her foot in her mouth with an absurd claim questioning Trump’s manhood and once again showing her value as a lightning rod to galvanize Red voters); France already wheeling under protests of the Yellow Vests has just been hit with a terrorist shooting in Strasbourg killing 2 and wounding 12 by a gunman who may have been wounded but is still of the run; Prime Minister May whose hold on power is shaky at best has postponed a vote one her Brexit plan over fears of not having the votes to pass it; now we know why Stormy Daniels is claiming that her lawyer Avenatti acted without her permission in filing a defamation lawsuit against Trump as a judge has ruled she is liable for $293,000 of Trump’s legal fees (that is a lot porn films); Paul Krugman an op ed writer for the New York Times has gone off the deep end with his tweet that the U.S. has joined the Axis of Evil of Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for its opposition to the UN’s latest report on climate change; the president of Google somehow managed to keep a straight face in his testimony before Congress with the absurd claim that there is no bias against conservatives at Google; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 10, 2018, 2837 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 479 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 Helen Reddy, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not subject to obduracy in dealing with issues and a relevant quote from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous on helping other alcoholics, 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 Mountain Day—created by the UN General Assembly in 2003 to promote sustainable development of our mountains.
2. National App Day—created by C.J. Thompson, the founder of Platinum Media to promote the development and promotion of apps that make our smart phones such a integral part of our daily lives.
3. 1972 Number One Song— the number one song in 1972 on a run of 1 week in that position was “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6fHTyVmYp4
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “n” to words beginning with “o” is “obduracy” which means stubbornness, persistence which describes the opposition of the Blues and the MSM to President Trump.
5. Weight Is A Fatal Depression--celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of Christina Onassis who ran the Onassis business empire after the death of Aristotle Onassis but who suffered depression and problems keeping her weight off and endured four divorces and died from a heart attack at the age of 37.
    On this day in: 
a. 1934 Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous took his last drink and checked into rehab for the last time.
b. 1946 the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was created.
c. 1972 Arthur Lucas convicted of murder had the dubious distinction of being the last person executed in Canada.
d. 1972 Apollo 17 became the sixth and final Apollo mission to land on the Moon.
e. 2008 Bernard Madoff was arrested in conjunction with a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.
   Reflections on working with other alcoholics from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous: “Cling to the thought that, in God's hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have-the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can advert misery and death for them." Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous page 124.
  
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© December 11, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Monday, December 10, 2018

Even With Groupon Clintons' Tour Colossal Flop


In the anti-Vietnam protests a popular slogan “What if they had a war and no one came”
In the Clintons’ tour the same would apply as the two rocket down from past fame
Ticket sales are a total flop
Projected attendance continues to drop
The near empty attendance in Toronto was merely the beginning of a trend
Public is dissatisfied with their corruption and want their public spotlight to end
The Clintons have had to resort to Groupon to sell heavily discounted seats
Ignoring the fact that they are oblivious to the question who would want to listen to a loser who can’t accept defeat
Hillary’s face at Bush’s funeral sitting near Trump was one of utter contempt
Any effort on civility and respect not even the slightest attempt
Why their effort to in the public arena stay
It can’t be for the money as they’ve made millions with their pay to play
It must be ego coupled with loss nonacceptance driving this last hooray
While most of us mere mortals wish they would quickly fade away.
© December 10, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet  

December 10, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Human Rights Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 10, 2018 1,700 arrested in Paris over the weekend as police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse rioters and Macron whose popularity has fallen to 22% is addressing the French people today; in a Marvin K. Moody moment the Bill and Hillary Tour ticket sales have evaporated faster than a pond on a Death Valley freeway on a July day forcing the Clintons to offer deep discounts on Groupon to promote sagging sales (sad to see two people who can’t accept the fact that their time has come and gone); Voyager II has entered interstellar space with instrumentation still functioning; SCOTUS has declined to take up a case involving the ability of a state to block Medicaid funds paying for non abortion services at Planned Parenthood; after Kelley’s announcement of his leaving at the end of the year, President Trump is still looking for a replacement as his chief of staff (tough job for someone with the patience of Job); climate change proponents have just added another argument in favor of being concerned-the Vibrio vulnificus an often fatal  bacteria found in oysters and with the water temperatures rising causes them to multiply; British Prime Minister May has postponed a planned vote of her Brexit deal with the European Union due to fears she does not have the votes; people with Type I diabetes are facing a major problem, sky high increases in the price of insulin they need daily to control their blood sugar; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 9, 2018, 2834 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 479 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 Sly and the Family Stone, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are have time to obamulate and a relevant quote from Charles Krauthammer on torture, 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 Human Rights Day—created by the UN General Assembly in 1950 to promote the cause of human rights in all nations.
2. Green Monday—celebrating the promotion of online Christmas gifts sales on the last Monday with at least 10 days before Christmas to insure delivery before Christmas.
3. 1971 Number One Song— the number one song in 1971 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Family Affair” by Sly and the Family Stone. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbT_ask1Cco
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “n” to words beginning with “o” is “obamulate” which means to wander about which when dealing with major issues facing us describes our response to a tee.
5. Sell a Senate Seat Go to Jail--celebrating or bemoaning the birth on this day in 1956 of Rod Blagojevich former governor of Illinois who tried to sell Obama’s Senate Seat he had to vacate following his election as president in 2008 and was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison and who is anxiously hoping President Trump will commute his sentence.
    On this day in: 
a. 1906 President Teddy Roosevelt received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring about an end to the Russo-Japanese War.
b. 1953 Winston Churchill received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
c. 1978 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat were awarded the Nobel Preace Prize.
d. 1984 the UN General Assembly recognized the Convention Against Torture.
e. 1995 the Israeli Army withdrew from Nablus on the West Bank pursuant to the Oslo Accords.
   Reflections on when to use torture: “Torture is an impermissible evil. Except under two circumstances. The first is the ticking time bomb. An innocent's life is at stake. The bad guy you have captured possesses information that could save this life. He refuses to divulge. In such a case, the choice is easy.” Charles
Krauthammer noted former columnist and commentator.
  
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 towww.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.
© December 10, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Saturday, December 8, 2018

December 8, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Shareware Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 8, 2018 Despite the assertions by the anti-Trump MSM the sentencing recommendations filed by Mueller’s band of pro Clinton donors provide no evidence of collusion with Russia (how long does this witch-hunt go on with its flagrant expenditure of funds and when does the nation come to the conclusion that the purpose of the investigation is only to weaken the administration and frustrate the implementation of policies that got Trump elected; 28 year old Ramsey Bearce has been arrested in West Virginia for sending obscene photos to a 15 year old former student (women should have the right like men to pursue winter to summer relationships but given the age of the male this is outrageous); “Spartacus” Booker is heading to New Hampshire fueling speculation that he will join the crowded field of candidate and  run for president in 2020; Alyssa Zabraski was arrested for shoplifting at a Wal-Mart in Boardman Township, Ohio but her mug shot photo has gone viral
                                    
Trump announced that former general Kelley will be leaving as his chief of staff at the end of the year; Comey is being blasted for his selective amnesia and the DOJ lawyer who was acting as his wingman was blasted for obstructing a valid Congressional inquiry; finally the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation may find their criminal past may have caught up to them as three whistleblowers from the foundation have released hundreds of pages of documents that detail criminal activity like comingling of funds and play to pay practices; here’s a news item that will bring tears to your eyes as Kelsey Zwick was flying her 11 month old sick twin daughter from Orlando to Philadelphia to enter Children’s Hospital to treat a lung problem caused by her premature birth when a man in first class gave up his seat to her to make the trip less stressful (political divisiveness there still is a lot of good will and kindness in this country); in Paris 5,000 Yellow Vest protestors demanding Macron’s resignation were met by 8,000 police and numerous armored cars and by tear gas and stun grenades resulting in a 1,000 arrests; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 7, 2018, 2805 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 474 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 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not cursed with nyctalopia and a relevant quote from Elon Musk on space travel, 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 Shareware Day—commemorating the efforts of thousands of programmers who are creating apps or programs that are free in the expectation usually not fulfilled that the users impressed by the program will pay for an upgrade.
2. National Christmas Tree Day—celebrating since 2015 the sale of Christmas trees during the Christmas season consisting last year of 48.5 million trees, 27.4 million of which were real and the balance artificial.
 3. 1970 Number One Song— the number one song in 1970 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Tears of a Clown” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4heHLbchPKk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we moved from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n” is “nyctalopia” which means night blindness which sadly affects most of us fortunate to reach senior status.
5. Speaks Her Mind as the Don Rickles of Political Commentary--celebrating the birth on this day in 1961 of Ann Coulter noted conservative author, speaker and commentator who after ceasing practicing law started her broadcasting career at of all places the mostly slanted news MSNBC where she was fired twice for on air insults.
    On this day in: 
a. 1927 the Brookings Institution, one of the oldest think tanks in the nation, was formed by the merger of three institutions founded by Robert Brookings.
b. 1980 former Beatle John Lennon  was shot and killed outside his apartment in New York City by Mark Chapman who was arrested at the scene of the crime reading Catcher in the Rye, tried, convicted and sentenced to life, denied parole at 10 parole hearings and eligible for the next hearing in 2020.
c. 1987 the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed in Washington, D.C. by President Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail  Gorbachev; due to suspected Russian cheating and Chinese build up of forces in the Pacific, the U.S. announced its intention in October of this year to withdraw from the treaty.
d. 2010 with the second launch of SpaceX Falcon and the first launch of SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX became the first private company to launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.
e. 2013 Metallica performed a concert appropriately titled “Freeze Em All”  in Antarctica, thereby becoming the first band to perform on all seven continents.
   Reflections on the future of space travel from Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX: “The launch rate is increasing exponentially. Particularly when you take tanking or refilling on orbit into account, and taking the idea of establishing a self-sustaining base on Mars or the moon or elsewhere seriously, you need ultimately thousands of ships and tens of thousands of retanking or refilling operations, which means you need many launches per day. In terms of how many landings are occurring, you need to be looking at your watch, not your calendar.”
   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 towww.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.
© December 8, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Poet Extraordinaire Beyond Compare