Saturday, June 15, 2019

Perdue Joins Tyson to Ape Beyond Meat


Beyond Meat’s stock after its IPO has gone off like a rocket
Putting millions in early stage investors’ and those IPO purchasers’ pockets
No earnings only losses but for a brief moment the only game in town
The big boys seeing the hype are coming in to take Beyond Meat down
First Tyson the number one processor of chicken
Entered plant based meat to give Beyond Brands a licken
Followed by Perdue at number four realizing this is a market hard to ignore
Watch for suitors of Beyond Brand to come knocking at the door
Far more efficient to make directly from plants foods with a true chicken like taste
Without the cruelty to the chickens and the cost of handling chicken waste
No good idea goes unnoticed in the world of business
Ape others’ success is the secret of competitive wiseness
We are witnessing a race from the chicken coop
Who among the top ten will be the plant food winner and not fail to around competitors loop?

June 15, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Wind Dayd


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 15, 2019 To the predictable howls of the ACLU and the pro illegal alien lobbies, Governor De Santes of Florida signed a law banning cities from becoming sanctuary cities and failing to cooperate with ICR (finally some sanity on this lawless sanctuary city issue); after the jury tacked on $33 million of punitive damages against Oberlin College in the defamation case brought against by a bakery, Bill Maher lashed out against the political correctness that has infected the progressive movement (the decision might lead the left to think twice or three times before tossing the race card out on the slightest pretext with little prior investigation of the facts and that will be a positive thing); a Fort Worth, Texas deputy sheriff with 19 years on the force was found mortally wounded in his personal car parked in the sheriff’s parking lot across the street from the sheriff’s office; Memphis had a mini-riot on its hands following a shooting incident involving a suspect with felony warrants who allegedly stepped out of his car with a gun and was shot and killed by police; Don Lemon the biased pseudo journalist is at it again slamming Trump for allegedly being behind the move to block Tubman’s replacement of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill; Sarah Sanders the target 24/7 by the MSM who is leaving as press secretary this month is be slammed by the very same media for not make the president more accessible to the press which is a total fabrication of the truth; a three judge panel has ruled it is not illegal to possess pot in prison but it is still illegal to smoke it (having inmates stoned all the time would probably greatly reduce prison violence and deaths); on the medical front people with infections of Clostrodium difficile, a drug resistant bacteria that claimed 25,000 lives in 2015, are experimentally being treated by the transfer of fecal material from an uninfected person to an infected one but such experiment claimed two victims where the transplanted material was infected with e coli; we all know that eagles soar through the but we now have video that they also are graceful swimmers, swimming with a butterfly stroke through the water: https://watchtvnow.co/?adprovider=AppFocus1&source=d&device=c&creative=344075116530&keyword=&matchtype=&adposision=none&placement=www.dailymail.co.uk&target=&gw=1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuNWntNzr4gIVh4VpCh327wphEAEYASAAEgI0g_D_BwE                                              ; through June 13, 2019 1094 people  have been shot in Chicago of whom 205 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
1. World Wind Day—created by the European Wind Energy Association in 2007 to promote the use of wind energy as an alternative to fossil fuels and the reduction of carbon emissions.                                      
 2. National Beer Day (United Kingdom)—created in 2015 by Jane Payton to promote to consumption of beer which the English make in great and varied quantities and celebrated on this date because it represents the date the Magna Carta was signed which in clause 35 mentions there shall be only one measure for beer, the London quarter. 
 3. 1946 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1946 for 10 weeks in that position was “The Gypsy” by The Ink Spots. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG6g5CkyWAo. The group was very popular in the 40’s and 50’s until in disbanded in 1954 but had the unusual distinction since they never protected the name of having some 100 groups subsequent to disbandment use the name.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “perduellion” which Brennan idiotically has a tendency to claim Trump is guilty of.
5. Wailing into Stardom and Hall of Fame—celebrating the birth on this day of 1937 of Waylon Jennings, noted country and western singer who battled and beat cocaine addiction in 1984 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001 before his death from complications of diabetes on February 13, 2002.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to The Ink Spots,  5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are far from being a peduellion; a quote from Donna Reed on blood donations, 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.
    On this day in:                                        
a. 1864 200 acres of land owned by Robert E. Lee are set aside as a National Cemetery by Secretary of War Edward Stanton.
b. 1970 Charles Manson went on trial for the Sharon Tate murders and was convicted, sentenced to death which was converted to life in prison by our California Supreme Court where after numerous failed parole attempts he died in prison on November 19, 2017 of natural causes.
c. 1977 after the death of Franco in 1975 the first democratic elections in Spain took place on this day.
d. 1992 in a run but you cannot hide moment, SCOTUS ruled in United States v Alvarez-Machain that the United States could forcibly extract wanted criminals without the consent of the host country.
e. 2012 in a don’t look down daring feat, Nik Wollanda became the first person to cross over Niagara Falls by walking over a tightrope.
Reflections on alternative energy sources not fossil fuels: “We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy - sun, wind and tide. ... I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Thomas A. Edison very astute observation into the future by a brilliant inventor.
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 for just This Day in History go to   www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com.
June 15, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Special Place In Hell For Swalwell


Madame Albright in the 2016 said it so very  well
“Women who did not vote for Hillary deserved a special place in Hell”
She was later forced to recant and eat crow
As the Trump supporters’ anger began to quickly grow
Eric Swalwell must be searching for his own fiery place
He’s beating the drums for impeachment to Trump replace
Eric Swalwell merits a special place in Hell
Foe his quest to on impeachment of Trump dwell
Blues cannot in the House investigate and legislate at the same time
When will the lights go on to end the MIA and realize there is no Trump crime?
Anyone who would contribute to a candidacy that will not even get out of the primary gate
Is a man whose wallet sanity on Swalwell given a rating of not more that 9nt rate should be making an exit date
What a waste of time to on a stage detract even if only a slim hope how issues the Blues would attack
Total mystery why he should stay in as a stone cold loser who in the race will remain unheard and way back.
© June 14, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

Chaos In Our Cities From Illegals


It is a tale of two cities both without pity but with crushing grief
Humans on the edge of starvation desperate for relief
The first can be found in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala in disease ridden slums
Where desperate poverty stricken people want by any means to the U.S. come
If they dodge the heat, the cartels, the robberies, human trafficking and rape
Claim asylum and into detention centers with a room over their head
Sheltered from cartel violence and three meals to be fed
Then released into the interior never for a hearing to return
Yet the see no crisis, hear no crisis, feel no crisis Blues have no concern
The other cities are found across this nation sprouting up on sidewalks and parks
                                                   
                             
Along bike paths, levees, under bridges,  in subways or any place to stay dry and  warm when it rains or gets dark
A sea of tents, fields of litter and trash and used needles to mark the boundaries of these cities
 Abandoned by the ruling elite to a life full of despair and most gritty, a life most shitty
In L.A, these cites population grows by leaps and bounds
In the suburbs, the NIMBIES rail to have no homeless around
While the Blues make the homeless problem worse
Holding out free health care for illegals a magnet attraction curse
No matter how quickly we build shelters they will overflow
As long as illegals believe that can stay here they will in huge numbers go
No more aid, no more benefits, no more food stamps or housing aid
No asylum unless heard in home country time to stop this illegal parade
Or kiss your standard of living and values down a deep drain
While we at it,  end the chain migration of illiterates and low skilled brains
On illegal immigration Blues remain MIAS
So the chaos on the border gets worse every day
 © June 14, 2919 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

June 14, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Blood DaylBkue


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 14, 2019 US Navy video shows an Iranian patrol boat removing an unexploded mine from one of the damaged tankers which calls into question Iran’s pathetic denial of any responsibility for the damage to two tankers (the main question is what appropriate military response will the U.S. implement as a result of this rogue nation’s aggression against world commerce?); China already ready to take advantage of a situation adverse to the U.S. in meeting with the Supreme Leader of Iran vowed to closer ties with that rogue nation; Newton, Massachusetts District Court Judge Shelley Richmond who has been charged with obstruction of justice for spiriting illegals out the back door of her courtroom to avoid apprehension by ICE has racked up over $127,000 in taxpayer funded legal fees to defend her (total disgrace to the judiciary who should have resigned and if founded guilty be disbarred); Juan de Castro in a town hall on Fox slammed Trump for failing to solve the border crisis ignoring the fact that his party has denied proper funding for the border patrol and border security (so typical of the hypocrisy that plagues him and other Blue wanna-bes wanting to be president); the House is going to study the impact of slavery on blacks today as it moves toward a consideration of reparations (at least when we righted the wrong inflected on interning Japanese-Americans during World War II to those actually interned which is not possible here as all slaves and their grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren are all most like dead); Warren who has introduced legislation that will put her in first place in the give-away the most race as she has pulled away from Sanders in the California primary; 20 out of the 23 Blue candidates made the cut for the first debate. including to everyone’s surprise Bill De Blasio who is polling 0 % in Iowa and who has no business running given his record in NYC; Governor Cuomo signed a bill elimination exemptions for religious beliefs to prevent vaccinations; through June 12, 2019 1086 people  have been shot in Chicago of whom 204 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).

1. World Blood Day—created by the World Health Organization in 2004 to promote awareness of the need to donate blood and means to insure the safety of donated blood.                                      
 2. Flag Day—commemorating the adoption on this day by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States and authorized by President Wilson’s presidential proclamation in 1916. 
 3. 1945 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1945 for 9 weeks in that position was “Sentimental Journey” by Les Brown and his Orchestra with Doris Day on vocals. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5cUU3vA6R8 Les Brown’s journey ended on January 4, 2001 with lung cancer and Doris Day’s sentimental journey ended on May 13, 2019 at 97. 
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “percoct” which well-done or overcooked which describes a way to ruin a good steak.
5. Headwinds and Fake News Central—celebrating the birth on this day of 1946 of President Donald J. Trump who has battled Fake News from the MSM and Resistance from the Blues who have been obsessed with the illusion of Russian delusion and are MIA with dealing with the issues like job security and immigration that are so important to Americans.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Les Brown and his Orchestra with Doris Day as vocalist,  5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you not facing a percoct steak; a quote from Donna Reed on blood donations, 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.
    On this day in:                                        
a. 1776 the Continental Congress created the United States Army.
b. 1966 in a what took you so long moment, the Vatican announced the end of the Index Liborum Prohitorum ”Index of Prohibied Books” which was originally published in 1557.
c. 1982 Argentine Forces surrender to the British in the capital city of the Stanley in the Falkands ending the Falklands War.
d. 1994 a riot occurs in Vancouver, Canada after the New York Rangers beat the Vancouver Canucks to win the Stanley Cup which resulted in 200 arrests and over a million dollars in damages.
e. 2017 Red Representative Scalise was shot and almost killed practicing for a Congressional Red v. Blue baseball game and four others wounded by a left-wing activist who was shot and killed by police.
Reflections on giving blood: I've been involved with blood donation since the 1980s because there is a critical need.” Donna Reed, anoted American actress
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 for just This Day in History go to   www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com.
June 14, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Oberlin Throws Race Card Out $33 Million


Oberlin College rightfully got caught in the racist defamation cookie jar
With a $33 million verdict against it future race card attacks may be barred
Tossing the race card has become so commonplace
Has become a joke and needs to be replaced
Hearing the charge that is tuned out
As all discourse is with the levying  put to rout
But in a court room words matter
No one not even a baker wants his reputation battered
Calling a business racist evokes images of men in white robes
Pulling blacks in the middle of the night out of their shanty abode
Dragged kicking and screaming to the nearest tree branch
Lynched in an act that would turn most of our faces blanche
Hopefully the left will see the judgment and take heed
Racist like nigger is a word that today we do not need
© June 13, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet  

Hypocrisy Alive and Well with Blues


As sure as the Sun will rise in the East and set in the West
Hypocrisy among politicians is never subject to arrest
De Castro while serving as Secretary for HUD was cited for violating the Hatch Act
Touted in 2016 Hillary’s experience and qualification as an accepted fact
When Kelly Anne Conway may have crossed the Hatch violation line
He ranted that she should be prosecuted if she did not resign
De Castro vowed he learned his lesson and would not repeat
Akin to a one bite free pass rule for a wild dog growling at your feet
But Kelly Anne showed no remorse and would violate the law with impunity
So in De Castro’s mind she was not entitled to any immunity
In his book Trump should be prosecuted for listening to foreign agents’ campaign dirt
But not Hillary who paid for Steele’s anti-Trump dossier that laid on Trump a world of hurt
To him HRC has no flaws as she is above the law
We mere mortals must never hold her in contempt only in awe
It would be refreshing to listen to a politician who believes what is good for the goose is good for the gander
Transparency and a two way street swept clean of race and gender cards to the base to pander
© June 13, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

June 13, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Random Acts Of Kindness


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 13, 2019 Trump announced that after praising her profusely, Sarah Sanders, the much MSM maligned White House Press Secretary will be leaving the White House on the end of the month; Iran may have advanced past the rattling sabers stage to sewing mines as two oil tankers were hit by what is believed to be Iranian mines in the Gulf of Oman, damaging but not sinking them (what is striking about these attacks is that they come while President Abe of Japan is in Tehran seeking to cool tensions that have arisen between the U.S. and Iran as the world holds its breath to see what if any military response the U.S. will make if Iran was the culprit while here in the U.S. we should thank our lucky stars of our energy independence the Blues want to abolish); Trump has made potentially a major gaff by indicating he would listen to hearing dirt of opponents from foreign governments without necessarily informing the FBI (even Fox has indicated he needs to explain that remark or he will expose himself to major political attacks); Adler the Snake Nadler is holding AG Barr and Secretary of Commerce in contempt on refusing to provided documentation on the citizenship question on the census prompting a blast from Trump that the Democrats have gone loco; after holding a press conference with the President of Poland, Trump announced plans to send 1,000 troops to Poland and sell F-35 fighters to the nation’s air forces; Adam Schiff who is about as honest as the day is long on December 21 announced subpoenas for Flynn and Gates to grill them on what they testified to Mueller and probably very fearful over what classified documents will reveal with respect to the corruption of the FBI and DOJ blasted Trump for moving to declassify (for Blues like Schiff transparency is a one way street that should be invoked only if it favors Blues and discredits Reds); Klein a former top aide to Clinton and Obama has written an op-ed in the leftist advocacy only Washington Post attacking it as a radical right roadblock to the progressive agenda; as measles cases rise in California, actress Jessica Biel went off script and testified before our one party California State Senate against a bill that would tighten exemptions against vaccinations (when will celebrities come to the conclusion that a movie script or the ability to memorize it does not make you a policy expert to be listened to?); through              June 11, 2019 1080 people  have been shot in Chicago of whom 203 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
1. Random Acts of Light—created by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association to bring the light of kindness to the darkness cancer patients often face in the treatment seeking remission from this deadly disease.                                      
 2. National Career Nursing Assistants Day--celebrating the first line of defense to the problems the elderly, frail or chronically challenged residents in nursing homes and other long term care facilities. 
3. 1944 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1944 for 3 weeks in that position was “I’ll Get By As Long As I Have Yo” by Harry James and His Orchestra with vocals by Dick Haymes. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArtsWq3Zl1s  James was married three times once to Betty Grable who was also a smoker and died of lung cancer at at age 56 on July 2, 1973 but was a heavy smoker and died of lympathic cancer at age 67 on July 5, 1983. Dick Haymes also a smoker died from cancer at the  age of 61 on March 28, 1980. 
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “peracute” which describes a disease that is very acute, short and often fatal.
5. Round Peg In a Square Hole—celebrating the birth on this day in 1926 of actor, comedian, voice actor and game show panelist who had to keep his homosexuality in the closet and struggled with alcohol until the early 80’s; he was best known for being the center square on The Hollywood Squares and died in his sleep on January 11, 1982 from a heart attack.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Harry James and His Orchestra with Dick Haymes,  5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you not in or facing penury; a quote by Justice Potter Stewart on the Pentagon Papers, 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.
    On this day in:                                        
a. 1966 in the case of Miranda v. Arizona  SCOTUS ruled that police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them of a crime they are suspected of committing.
b. 1971 the New York Times began the publication of the Pentagon Papers which revealed the Pentagon’s lies and deceptions to the American people to deceive and mislead the American people over the rationale and justification for the war and touting the “progress” being made by U.S. forces.
c. 1981 a teenager, Marcus Sarjeant, at a Trooping of the Colors Ceremony, fired six blanks at Queen Elizabeth II; he was tried under the Treason Act of 1942, convicted and sentenced to five years, three of which were served before he was released and changed his name to start a new life.
d. 1994 a jury in Anchorage, Alaska found Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelton reckless in the grounding of the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound outside of Valdez, Alaska, paving the way for plaintiffs to seek $15 billion in damages.
e. 2002 the United States withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
Reflections on the U.S. government’s failed attempt to stop publication of the Pentagon Papers: “For when everything is classified, then nothing is classified, and the system becomes one to be disregarded by the cynical or the careless, and to be manipulated by those intent on self-protection or self-promotion."  Concurring opinion of Justice Potter Stewart New York Times v. United States
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 for just This Day in History go to   www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com.
June 13, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Kamala Inanely Believes She Has No Choice But To Prosecute TrumpbcHl

Kamala Harris is without question the open border illegal alien supporter queen
Mired among 22 other wanna-bes desperate to in a higher position be seen
From the Banana Republics where many of the illegals come from
Seems the policies of their leaders she has succumbed
Peaceful transition of power is usually quite rare
Usually it’s a bullet or a long prison term to be kept there
She has been infected with the Banana Republic power grabbing disease
Chain an ex-leader to a post then order the trigger fingers of a firing squad to squeeze
Followed by a coup de grace to the ex-leader’s head
One way to insure a potential rival is now dead
She rants in an interview that if she becomes president she will have no choice
But to have her DOJ prosecute Trump so she and her anti-Trump supporters can rejoice
This power hungry leftist perhaps has never heard of President Ford
Who knew deep divisions among the people being exacerbated the nation could ill afford
He did the right thing after Nixon resigned
He made the right choice as  he pardoned him and put his reelection on the line
Against Carter Ford due to has pardon of Nixon, he lost
Acts the right thing for the country but to him a high personal cost
But Kamala ignores that is what being a president is how you define
Act for the good of the nation and ignore partisan Blue whines
Trump may have his faults and his head winds from the Deep State have been constant and severe
But a criminal he is not and this nation must not be torn further apart by in a criminal courtroom Kamala makes him appear
She’s a desperate woman blinded by hate and a White House power grabbing lust
No way can we ever allow to her to gain the Oval Office when her ideas and acts overflow with disgust
© June 12, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 

June 12. 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Child Labor Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 12, 2019 Kamala Harris eschewing a Ford moment which would be great for the country vows to prosecute Trump if she is elected (talk about energizing the Red base to blow this resister illegal alien supporter queen out of the electoral waters); Blue Representative stoops to House decorum low but reading a letter from a “pastor” calling out Trump supporters as racist and plain dumb (shame on her for giving this “pastor” a podium for bias and racial hate); it’s good to see that the reptilian brain is alive and well and crosses party lines in Virginia home of alleged raptist Lt. Patrick as in the Blue primary for a state senator’s seat Morrissey who had been convicted of a misdemeanor of having sex with a minor and served 6 months in jail won and since the seat is considered a safe Blue seat will take his pedophile ways to the Virginia State Senate; the intolerant LGBT community is up and arms because the Texas Governor signed a bill called the “Protect Chick-a-Filet Bill prohibiting governmental bodies from taking adverse actions against businesses making contributions to religious organizations and with less outcry a bill legalizing children’s lemonade stands; the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has been slammed for excessive celebration over its 13-0 blowout of a hapless Thai team; in a potential overkill prosecution, Thomas Franzen who is suffering from Stage 4 Cancer has been sentenced to 4 years for possessing 42 pounds of marijuana laced chocolate with intent to sell even though he claims the marijuana was to self-medicate due to the pain and nausea of the disease; the massive protests in Hong Kong over the proposed extradition law turned violent as police used tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse demonstrators; Democrats in the House introduced a bill to allow gun shooting victims to sue gun manufacturers which should go nowhere other than to advance their anti-Second Amendment platform; Biden and Trump were both in Iowa where Biden’s plan to eviscerate Trump fell flat before two miniscule crowds, one less than a 100 and the other less than 250  (although could not find reports on turnout for Trump have to believe it was much larger and way more enthused); through June 10, 2019 1070 people  have been shot in Chicago of whom 200 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
1. World Day Against Child Labor—created by the International Labor Organization to promote the end of the use of child labor which deprives children of education, exposes them to unsafe working conditions and condemns them to a life of poverty due to lack of education.                                       
 2. Loving Day--celebrating the decision by SCOTUS in the case of Loving v. Virgina handed down on June 12, 1967 which declared that the law of Virginia and 15 other states banning miscegenation of blacks and white was unconstitutional. 
3. 1943 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1943 was “Taking a Chance on Love” by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra with vocals by Helen Forrest who was known as the “Voice of the big bands” and died at the age of 82. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E65N6d_vBVw  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “penury” which means deprivation or poverty a condition to which far to many Americans are in or within a loss of one paycheck away from.
5. Pretending To Be Sober—celebrating the birth on this day in 1952 if British musician Peter Farndon who co-founded the British rock band the Pretenders; sadly his drug use caused him to be fired from the band on June 14, 1982 an event that did nothing to curtain his drug useage and he died from a heroin overdose less than one year later on April 14, 1983.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Benny Goodman and His Orchestra with Helen Forrest,  5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you not in or facing penury; a quote by Grace Abbott on child labor and poverty, 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.
    On this day in:                                        
a. 1964 Nelson Mandela was sentenced in South Africa to life imprisonment for sabotage and served 26 years before being released in 1990.
b. 1987 at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, President Reagan challenges President Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”
c. 1994 Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman are murdered outside her home in Brentwood, California; O.J. Simpson is charged with their murder but is acquitted by a predominantly black jury in downtown Los Angeles.
d. 2016 Omar Mateen enters a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida and kills 49 and injures 58 others before being shot and killed by police.
e. 2017 Otto Warmbier after spending 17 months in a North Korea prison returns home in a coma and dies one week later.
Reflections on child labor: “Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time. Grace Abbott, noted 20th Century American social worker who campaigned against the use of child labor in this country.
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 for just This Day in History go to   www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com.
June 12, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

June 11, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not King Kamehameha Day (Hawaii);s 81!!


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 11, 2019 Bill Maher admitted what most Americans believe namely that Hillary committed obstruction of justice in deleting her e-mails and destroying her electronic devices; Red House seats are more precious as Reds need to retake the House but the time may have come for a primary challenge to Rep. Amash try to quash after his pediculous demand that Trump be impeached and his withdrawal from the Freedom Caucus of the Reds; convicted felon and liar and rabid anti-Trump hater John Dean had his soap box yesterday in front of the House Judiciary Committee inanely comparing Watergate to the delusion of Trump collusion with the Russians; Blues have come to their senses in the House as they have terminated their efforts for a pay raise amidst their focus on impeaching and investigating Trump while ignoring issues like immigration, border and economic security and infrastructure that Americans care about; the titular head of the House Blues, AOC, is supposedly contemplating a primary run against Chuck Schumer in 2022 or Kirsten Gillibrand in 2024 (both of whom are pretty pathetic but getting rid of Chuck might not be a bad idea especially if a Red could be found to oust AOC; on the judicial front liberal groups are preparing secret list of progressive judges and new Democratic president could not nominate day one after a successful inauguration in 2021 although unlike Trump who publicized his picks well in advance these lists are hidden from the American people and Bridget Bade’s nomination to the leftist 9th Circuit survived a cloture vote and is moving forward to an assured confirmation while 51 judicial nominees are in the pipeline; SCOTUS shot down perennial atheist litigant Michael Newdow’s attempt to ban “In God We Trust” from our currency; David Ortiz was flown to Boston in serious but stable condition after being shot in a Dominican Republican night club (death toll is now four Americans who have died under mysterious circumstances at Dominican Republic resorts); INSYS filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy just days after reaching a $225 settlement with the federal government that had brought civil and criminal charges against the company for bribing doctors to prescribe its addictive opioids; on the wine front new studies have indicated that much of the wine consumed today is made from grapes almost identical to grapes of ancient times while the environment and the pathogens the vines are exposed to have evolved which means they are much more vulnerable to disease and climate change; on the Women’s World Cup front, the U.S. plays Thailand today since North Korea was banned for failing drug tests; through June 9, 2019 1061 people  have been shot in Chicago of whom 199 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
1. Kamehameha Day (Hawaii)—celebrating the reign of King Kamehameha of Hawaii who ruled from 1792 to 1819 and who brought the Hawaiian Island together as one  kingdom in 1810.                                      
 2. Cousteau Day—celebrating the birth on this day and the underwater exploits of Jacque Cousteau who was born on this day in 1910. Best way to celebrate would be to go scuba diving but if not licensed to obtain air for your tanks, go for a walk on the beach with your feet in the water or a ride on a boat, in both cases wearing a red hat which was a signature item of clothing for Cousteau. 
3. 1942 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1942 was “Tangerine” by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell on a run of 6 weeks in that position. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdistoUW4CQ  Unfortunately this smoker had his baton taken away permanently by lung cancer on June 12, 1957 while his last song “So Rare” was number 2 on the charts representing his attempt to branch out into rock music.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “pensum” which means a task assigned in school often as punishment.
5. God’s Wrath—bemoaning the birth on this day in 1956 the two term black American Blue mayor of New Orleans roundly criticized for his handling of the Katrina Hurricane and ridiculed for his assertion that the hurricane was God’s punishment for the U.S.’s invasion of Iraq. After leaving office he was charged in 2013 with 21 counts of corruption to have the dubious distinction in a city rife with corruption of being the first major criminally charged. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison and will be eligible for parole in 2025.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell,  5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that if a student or have students you or they are not facing a pensum; 2 quotes by George Wallace, one in 1963 and the other in  1979 in a 180 of his prior segregationist views, 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.
    On this day in:                                        
a. 1935 inventor Edwin Armstrong made the first demonstration of FM radio at Alpine, New Jersey to joy of radio music lovers.
b. 1963 Governor of Alabama George Wallace stood at the entrance door of the University of Alabama to bar the entrance of two black students trying to enroll to no avail as federalized National Guard troops accompanied them later that day and they were allowed to register.
c. 1998 Compaq Computer Corporation paid $9 billion to acquire Digital Equipment Corporation which was the largest high-tech acquisition until Compaq was acquired by HP for $22 billion in 2002.
d. 2001 Timothy McVeigh was executed by lethal injection for his role in the Oklahoma City Federal bombing that killed at least 168 people and wounded 680 others.
e. 2018 3 World Trade Center officially opened on the site the World Trade Center was destroyed on the attacks of 9/11.
Reflections on learning from mistakes: “It is very appropriate that from this cradle of the Confederacy, this very heart of the great Anglo-Saxon Southland, that today we sound the drum for freedom as have our generations of forebears before us time and again down through history. Let us rise to the call for freedom-loving blood that is in us and send our answer to the tyranny that clanks its chains upon the South. In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever.” George Wallace Inauguration Speech as Governor of Alabama January,1963
“I have learned what suffering means. In a way that was impossible, I think I can understand something of the pain black people have come to endure. I know I contributed to that pain, and I can only ask your forgiveness.” Address to the Montgomery Dexter Avenue Baptist Church (1979), as quoted in "George Wallace – From the Heart" (17 March 1995), The Washington Post.
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© June 11, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet


Monday, June 10, 2019

General Old Age Memorial Day 9/16/2017


General Old Age
Memorial Day
They answered the call by the millions, regardless of inner doubts or parents' fears,
Whether by draft notice or marching to recruitment, some even lying to be able to volunteer.
This was a war not for gold, honor or to occupy another's land,
No, this was a war to not let the gains of tyranny gel and stand,
Dropping plow, lathe, apron, even books and all manner of tools of trade,
A river of men and women to don khaki and join in the Great Crusade,
Ours was not a warrior nation, in standing armies we stood among the world almost last,
In every prior struggle once done, our armies and navies faded quietly into the peaceful past,
Our navy was our oceans that made Europe and Asia distant and remote,
Deeper and wider and more protected than any fortress moat,
No planes no matter how fast or how high they could soar,
Never, ever could they bring the horsemen of war upon our shore,
Our army was 3000 miles of land any foe would have to cross,
Behind each tree and wall, a citizen armed to cause deadly loss,
Or so it seemed, until that early, peaceful December Sunday morn,
In two hours our fathers' and grandfathers' generation in an instant was reborn,
From the sleep of isolation, a nation island in restful and secure peace,
To now chain the dogs of war others saw fit to unleash,
16 million Americans in the colors soldiered and served,
Over 400,000 never reaped the long life they so richly deserved,
These Crusaders lost a few battles and suffered a few defeats,
From time to time either orderly or in disarray they were forced to retreat
But the best generals the Axis could ever put upon the field,
In the long run each and every one died or had to yield,
The oceans soon became guarded American lakes.
No enemy admiral would ever survive in our seamen's wake,
Our airmen drowned out the sun with deadly, lethal planes,
Our foes fell from the skies like the monsoon rains,
There was not a general or admiral they could not best, their deeds fill many a page,
Save one general with forces all would wish never to have to engage,
Yet the battle has at last been joined and throughout this land it will rage,
This general takes no quarter, there are no prisoners and the war is in its final stage,
The men and Crusaders of summer in the winter of their lives are meeting General Old Age,
More leave the field of battle daily than the carnage of their blackest days,
We have hindered his march, but soon we will no longer be able to delay.
Armies reducing to Corps and then to Divisions and then to Brigades,
The numbers of the Greatest Generation slowly continue to fade,
Regiments to Battalions, then to Companies and then to Platoons and then to Squads.
While we still have the time, it is they we should honor and laud,
For sadly, soon there will only be empty reunion halls,
Full only of the memories of heroes who answered the call.
And the prayer that this General will soon never, ever have to fight again such a war,
There will be no combat veterans aging and waiting their turn to storm an eternal peaceful shore.


                                                Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
                                                www.Alaskanpoet.blogspot.com
                                                            © September 16, 2007