Tuesday, January 15, 2019

January 15, 2019 Believe It Or Not Wikipedia Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 15, 2019 Trump invited Congressional leaders to the White House but Democrats under Pelosi’s mandate of no negotiation did not attend (are there any Democrats in the House with a what’s best for the nation spine to cross this Banana Republic’s dictatorship and try to govern); optics of the 30 Blues and their families frolicking in the Puerto Rico sun while 800,000 are without paychecks are really bad for the Blues who like the Reds are being paid (cutting them off during the shutdown would mean AOC would not have the money to pay her rent); the UK Parliament has rejected Prime Minister May’s EU withdrawal agreement which has put British politics into a turmoil with a March 29 deadline fast approaching; super leftist mayor who is pushing free health care for illegals is now proposing to seize rental property from owners that are making their properties unliveable to have tenants leave and thereby remove units from rent control; the former general counsel to Comey’s politicized FBI is under criminal investigation for media leaks (transcripts are being leaked that the FBI started a criminal investigation over whether Trump was influenced by Russia to fire disgraced Comey—very dangerous precedent akin to Banana Republics using police forces to remove officials over policy disputes which is not the proper scope of the FBI);
the DNC has pulled its head out of the anti-Semitic sand and will not be sponsoring the Women’s March due to its connection and praise of Louis Farrakhan (wise move as Farrakhan is a toxic anti-Semite); SCOTUS has upheld a Circuit Court of Appeals decision dismissing suits brought by veterans claiming injury due to the use of burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq; my daily source for murders and shootings has stopped publishing so this feature will no longer appear in Ridley's Believe It Or Not-This Day In History.
     As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Mariah Carey, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that today you can enjoy giving one of our beautiful California girls an oiellade and a relevant quote from Stephen Cobert social media and being famous,  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.  Wikipedia Day—celebrating the formation on this day in 2001 of Wikipedia.
2.  National Kambucha Day—created by KeVita in 2018 to promote the consumption of kambucha which is a slightly alcoholic fermented green or black tea.
3. 1994 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1994 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Hero” by Mariah Carey. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IA3ZvCkRkQ
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 “oeillade” which means the a wink or a glance.
5. NFC Championship Ring As a Great Present—celebrating the birth on this day of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees who will play the Los Angeles Rams on the 20th of January for the right to go to Super Bowl LIII.
     On this day in:  
a. 1870 Thomas Nast published in an issue of Harper’s Weekly a political cartoon symbolizing the Democrat Party as a donkey.
b. 1889 the Pemberton Medicine Company, later changed to the Coca-Cola Company was incorporated.
c. 1965 The Who released their first single, “Can’t Explain,” in the U.K.
d. 2007 Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former head of Iraqi’s Intelligence and half brother of Sadddam Hussein and Awad Hamad al-Bandar former Chief Justice of the Revolutionary Court were executed by hanging.
e. 2009 U.S. Airways Flight 1549 after colliding with two birds that knocked its engines successfully landed in the Hudson River without the loss of a single life.
    Reflections on Wikipedia: “In the media age, everybody was famous for 15 minutes. In the Wikipedia age, everybody can be an expert in five minutes. Special bonus: You can edit your own entry to make yourself seem even smarter.” Stephen Colbert, noted late night talk show host.
    
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© January 15, 2019,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Monday, January 14, 2019

January 14, 2919 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Ratification Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 14, 2019 The government remains partially shut down with the Blues showing no sign of blinking or even negotiating (total gridlock and a broken system); while 800,000 federal workers have missed a paycheck, in Puerto Rico a large delegation of Blues and their families are being wined and dined by lobbyists; Trump is still weighing in on declaring a national emergency to fund a large portion of the wall powers he believes Congress has already given him; just when you thought members of the bar could not go lower than the antics of Avenatti, El Chapo’s lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman who is married is evidently in a sexting scandal with a former client Sarma Menglaisis who was convicted of defrauding investors and served 4 months in jail; Republican Steve King has been stripped of his committee assignments over controversial remarks about white supremacy and white nationalism and is facing two censure resolutions filed by two Blue Representatives; Stormy Daniels already reeling from a judge’s order to pay Trump’s legal fees of $300,000 is fighting back by suing the Columbus, Ohio police department for arresting her for inappropriately touching patrons at a strip club last summer; fiery exchange on The View as Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory was grilled by Meghan McCain and Sunny Hustin over her ties with noted anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan (breath of fresh air for a usually biased anti-Trump anti-conservative program); on the employment front unemployment among veterans has dropped to all time lows thanks to the Trump agenda; PG&E intends to file for bankruptcy due to potential liability for wildfires in 2017 and 2018 including the Camp Fire, the largest in the history of California, the could top $30 billion; my daily source for murders and shootings has stopped publishing so this feature will no longer appear in Ridley's Believe It Or Not-This Day In History.
     As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Whitney Houston, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that today you can enjoy the odiferous odors emanating from your morning  coffee and a relevant  quote from Elliott Abrams on the Arab Spring,  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.  Ratification Day—celebrating the ratification on this day in 1784 of the Treaty of Paris bringing an end to the Revolutionary War.
2.  Caesarian Section Day—commemorating the first caesarian section on this day in 1794 by Doctor Jesse Bennett on his wife without anesthetics; the operation was successful and his wife lived for another 36 years.
3. 1993 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1993 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JWTaaS7LdU Sadly the possessor of one of the most talented voices on the planet died of a drug overdose on February 11, 2011.
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 “odiferous” which means the emitting of usually pleasant smell which would not describe the lobbying and politics coming from the Swamp.
5. Hippocratic Oath Be Damned—bemoaning the birthday on this day in 1946 of British doctor Harold Shipman who was one of the most prolific serial killers in history, believed to have killed almost 250 patients mostly elderly women; he was tried, convicted and sentenced to life for 15 homicides and hung himself one day before his 58th birthday while in prison.
     On this day in:  
a. 1943 President Roosevelt became the first president to fly in an airplane when he flew from Miami to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill at the Casablanca Conference to plan the next steps to be taken against the Axis in World War II.
b. 1967 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco the first Be-In was held marking the Summer Of Love.
c. 1967 The New York Times reported that the U.S. Army had been conducting secret germ warfare experiments.
d. 1980 Indira Gandhi became the prime minister of India of India for the second time.
e. 2011 Tunisian President Zine El Abidene Ali fled to Saudi Arabia after nationwide protests against his rule, marking the Tunisian Revolution and the Arab Spring.
    Reflections on the Tunisian Revolution and the Arab Spring: “Al Qaeda's message that violence, terrorism and extremism are the only answer for Arabs seeking dignity and hope is being rejected each day in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Bahrain and throughout the Arab lands. Elliott Abrams lawyer, diplomat and political pundit who served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations
    
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© January 14, 2019,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Friday, January 11, 2019

Build the Wall


There was a time when Reagan faced Gorbachev and urged him to tear this wall down
Today it is Trump facing Pelosi urging her to build this wall up
When it comes to border security Pelosi is a complete fleckless clown
Her support of open borders and opposition to border security is corrupt
Trump could give her amnesty to DACA and millions more
And she will not fund a dollar to  close an open border door
Matters not to her how many Americans are killed only that more potential Blue voters cross
A new generation of voters for the Blues such that their power will never be subject to a loss
Build the wall, illegal immigration hinder and stall
Regain House and Trump Agenda in the 2020 fall  

© January 10, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

Thursday, January 10, 2019

January 10, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Margaret Thatcher Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 10, 2019 Trump is visiting the border at McCallem, Texas meeting with Border Patrol agents who are demanding a wall to aid them in their efforts to combat the flow of illegal aliens and drugs (he is getting an earful on why a wall works); Pelosi is urging a false narrative that a wall does not work and falsely portraying the Dems’ meeting with Trump as his being unpresidental, pounding on the table and storming out of the room, behavior denied by other Reds in the room (why is this political hack refusing to believe the DHS and Border Patrol in their assertions that walls have worked in sections of the border where they are in place); Jim Acosta who is pain in the ass to the president inadvertently helped the president’s case for a wall by filming a selfie of himself at the border at McAllem, Texas and pointing out there is no flood of illegals trying to get across which is the point the Border Patrol is trying to make; MSM is back in the bias anti-Trump news by canceling coverage of Trump’s and the Border Patrol’s news conference on the border responding to questions on the effectiveness of barriers which they asserted are very effective; the first of many Pelosi investigations will begin on February 7 with Michael Cohen appearing before the House Oversight Committee to probably in great detail bash Trump; the magnetic North Pole has been moving at an increased rate and scientists are clueless as to why prompting the need to update the Earth’s magnetic model in the interests of safe navigation; a TV editor at Seattle’s Q13 for altering the video of Trump’s Oval Office address by adding orange to his hair and making appear that Trump stuck his tongue out ahs been fired; hold on to your wallets if living in California as leftist Gavin Newsom has introduced a budget increased by 4 % and includes health care for illegals; my daily source for murders and shootings has stopped publishing so this feature will no longer appear in Ridley's Believe It Or Not-This Day In History.
     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 today your acts do not merit the odium of others and a relevant  quote from Doctor Sun Yat-Sen on the Versailles Treaty,  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 Cut Your Energy Costs Day—promoting energy conservation and the use of renewable energy to combat CO2 emissions.
2.  Margaret Thatcher Day—in a slow day for holidays and observances, if you are adventurous enough to be in the Falkland Islands you can celebrate the visit by Thatcher on this day in 1983, 7 moths after the British had defeated the Argentine invasion.
3. 1992 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1992 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Black or White” by Michael Jackson. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2AitTPI5U0
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 “odium” which means hatred which describes the MSM’s feelings toward Trump to a tee.
5. Deep Throat--celebrating the birth on this day in 1949 of Linda Boreman better known to her fans as Linda Lovelace forever memorialized as the star of Deep Throat but after her career in pornography, she became a born again Christian and anti-pornography activist. Her life ended at age 53 in a fatal automobile accident.
     On this day in:  
a. 49 B.C.1923 Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon igniting a civil war in Rome.
b. 1920 the Treaty of Versailles wemt into effect, ending World War I.
c. 1946 the first General Assembly of the United Nations consisting of 51 nations held its first meeting in London.
d. 1984 the United States and the Vatican reestablished diplomatic relations after 117 years of termination of relations by Congress.
e. 1990 Time Warner was formed by a merger of Time, Inc. and Warner Communications.
    Reflections on the Versailles Treatry: “When the war was in progress, England and France agreed wholeheartedly with the Fourteen Points. As soon as the war was won, England, France, and Italy tried to frustrate Wilson's program because it was in conflict with their imperialist policies. As a consequence, the Peace Treaty was one of the most
unequal treaties ever negotiated in history.” Doctor Sun Yat-Sen, founding father of the
Republic of China .
    
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© January 10, 2019,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

January 9, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Law Enforcement Appreciation Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 9, 2019 The President addressed the nation from the Oval Office, making a persuasive case for border security including a wall and the threat to our national security that the absence of a wall entails (the response of Schumer and Pelosi was delusional ignoring the flood of illegals and ignoring the fact that a wall works and is being begged for by the Border Patrol); Pelosi and Schumer met with Trump this morning for a fruitless meeting that quickly ended when Pelosi responded that she would not consider building a wall (Schumer and Pelosi want to reopen the government with a promise to discuss border security, a trap that Reagan fell into when the Blues snookered him to grant amnesty under the promise of border security, a promise which they failed to keep); MSM predictably was all over itself blasting Trump for his speech as a sign of a defeated president (Ryan should be hiding his head in shame for not getting the House when he was speaker to appropriate the funds for a wall while the Senate voted for no wall with the two chambers having to reconcile which would take only a majority vote in the Senate; that’s how we ended up with the ACA being shoved down our throats); the pathetic excuse for an Assistant Attorney General who has allowed Mueller to run amok is expected to resign as soon as William Barr
is confirmed; Bill Steyer the delusional billionaire, who once thought voters for his progressive views would be willing buyers, has announced he would not run in 2020 but instead will concentrate on impeaching Trump; Blue Rep. Tulsi Gabbard slammed Blue Senator Hirano for religious bigotry for her opposition to judicial nominee Brian Buescher’s Catholic faith and membership in the Knights of Columbus (good for her and shame to Kamala Harris who has joined Hirano); Mexico a large producer of oil has a fuel shortage because the government has closed several pipelines due to illegal fuel theft from them and opted to deliver fuel by trucks with the problem that there are not enough trucks to supply service stations; my daily source for murders and shootings has stopped publishing so this feature will no longer appear in Ridley's Believe It Or Not-This Day In History.
     As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Madonna, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that today you have a new word for the pound sign and a relevant  quote from Jon Kyl on illegal immigration and law enforcement, 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 Word Nerd Day—celebrating the passion of those individuals who love words including the etymology and are often seen with a dictionary and thesaurus and who enjoy reading Ridley's Believe It Or Not-This Day In History for its daily word of the day.
2.  National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day—created by the Concerns of Police Survivors in 2015 to promote appreciation of and respect for police in the performance of their duties keeping us safe.
3. 1991 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1991 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Justify My Love” by Madonna. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np_Y740aReI
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 “octothorp” which means the pound sign which seems to be used more frequently as politicians and celebrities are using more and more profanity these days.
5. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down--celebrating the birth on this day in 1941 of noted singer and social activist Joan Baez who is still performing on tour. Here is a link to one of her more popular songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnS9M03F-fA       
    On this day in:                              
a. 1923 Juan de la Cierva made the world’s first successful autogyro (helicopter) flight.
b. 1991 representatives from Iraq and the United States met in Geneva in a failed attempt to peacefully resolve the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.
c. 2007 Apple introduced the iPhone.
d. 2015 the two jihadist brothers Said and Cherif Koachi, who had attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo killing 12 and wounding 11 two days earlier were cornered and killed by French police.
e. 2015 a mass poisoning occurred at a funeral in Mozambique from drinking homebrewed pombe beer that was contaminated with the Burkholderia gladioli bacteria, killing 75 and leaving over 230 people ill.
   Reflections on law enforcement and illegal immigration: “Illegal immigration is a genuinely national issue, and resolving it requires a national commitment not just on health care but also border control, law enforcement and other resources.” Jon Kyl, former Republican Senator from Arizona who became an interim Senator upon John McCain’s death.
    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.
© January 9, 2019,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

January 8, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Poetry At Work Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 8, 2019 The President will be addressing the nation from the Oval Office on the need to construct a wall to aid in the securing of the border which the Blues refuse to consider as their tyrant leader Pelosi considers a wall immoral (what is immoral is the killing of residents by illegals and the opioids pouring across our border); on the government shutdown front a federal workers’ union has filed a lawsuit over the shutdown; the DHS has released statistics showing a dramatic increase in illegal families, unaccompanied minors and illegal deadly drugs like meth, fentanyl and heroin crossing the border in 2018 (statistics that without any basis Pelosi delusionally dismissed); the wasteful witch-hunt is still being funded during the partial shutdown while the DOJ is facing severe funding issues; Mika whose anti-Trump bias and lack of objectivity is about as welcome as a Zika bite is demanding that her network MSNBC (mainly slanted news biased cack) not air Trump’s prime time speech; Gavin Newsom’s swearing in ceremony was interrupted by a protestor claiming blood was on his hands for sanctuary cities causing the death of officer Singh (Newsom in his speech promised California would be on the cutting edge of the resistance to Trump and be progressive representing the people which as the death of Singh shows means illegals above citizens and legal immigrants); Broward County Sheriff Israel who was roundly criticized for his department’s response to the Parkland school shooting and refused to accept responsibility has been suspended by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis; on the sports front, Clemson finished its season undefeated by routing Alabama 44-16 to claim the National Championship; my daily source for murders and shootings has stopped publishing so this feature will no longer appear in Ridley's Believe It Or Not-This Day In History.
     As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Phil Collins, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that today would be a great day to create an octastich and a relevant  quote from Sidney Harman on the value of poets as managers, 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 Typing Day—created in Malaysia to encourage people to express themselves in written communications.
2.  Poetry At Work Day Day—celebrating the axiom that the most useful skill in leadership is creativity and what could be more creative in the workplace than poetry; so take a book of poetry or create a poem while at work today.
3. 1990 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1990 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Another Day In Paradise” by Phil Collins. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt2mbGP6vFI
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 “octastich” which means a poem of 8 lines.
5. The Promoter--celebrating the birth on this day in 1931 of noted rock concert promoter German-American Wulf Wolodia Grajonca better known to the rock and roll industry as Bill Graham who after signing up Huey Lewis to perform at a benefit concert for the victims of the Oakland fire disaster was in a helicopter that crashed into a utility tower and died on October 23, 1991.      
    On this day in:                              
a. 1815 after the Treaty of Ghent signed on December 24, 1814 ending the War of 1812, Andrew Jackson led American forces defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans (talk about dying in vain).
b. 1975 Ella T. Grasso became the governor of Connecticut, the first woman to become a governor not succeeding her husband who was the prior governor.
c. 1982 AT&T agreed to divest itself of 22 subsidiaries.
d. 2002 President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act which if one looks at our urban schools has largely failed.
e. 2016 Joaquin Guzman aka “El Chapo” escaped from a maximum security prison in Mexico; believed to be the most powerful drug trafficker in the world, he was captured and extradited to the U.S. to face a myriad of charges including murder and is now in trial for those charges.
   Reflections on poetry at work: “I used to tell my senior staff to get me poets as managers. They look at our most complex environments and reduce the complexity to something they can begin to understand.” Sidney Harman Canadian born American entrepreneur and philanthropist.
       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.
© January 8, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez Expands War on Coal to All Fossil Fuels


Ocasio-Cortez who does not know how to produce a job in the private sector if her life depended on it
Is touting her new Green Plan that makes as much sense as a warm bucket of spit
She wants to expand the job killing war of coal
To ban the use of fossil fuels throughout this land in electricity generation, agriculture and manufacturing as its goal
At least 40 trillion dollars of additional costs
Whatever gains in the economy will be lost
Every time she opens her mouth her ignorance is revealed
No wonder the statistics on costs and lost jobs are concealed
She has no understanding of the relationship between economic growth and a rise in national debt
Her plans to rapidly to increased the national debt is a plan we should all forget
© January 6, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

January 6, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Take A Poet To Lunch Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 6, 2019 For those of us who harbored hope that a return of Blues to control the House might bring a sense of civility and compromise to the People’s House that hope looks to be forlorn when followers of the socialist darling of the Blues, Ocasio-Cortez’s followers responded to a twitter debate with Scalise on her economy wrecking idea of taxing high income taxpayers at 70% with tweets like “snipe his a—“ which prompted Scalise to terminate the discussion (can’t debate with an ideologue whose followers support violence); Pelosi did not condemn Blue Representative Rashida Tlaib’s calling for impeachment of Trump and labeling him a mother f##k while Ocasio-Cortez defending the call and the profanity; Trump hauled out verbatim quotes from Obama, Clinton, Schumer and Biden supporting a wall that they now consider immoral (what changed their mind as the flow of illegals and drugs and terrorists continues? Animus for Trump trumping what is needed by the country); another Red Kansas Senator Pat Roberts has announced he will not seek reelection in 2020; government shutdown continues with Pelosi firm on her pledge that not one dollar will be appropriated and Schumer indicating the government must be reopened before Blues will even discuss the issue (Blues really need to listen to the Border Patrol and look at the evidence that walls work instead of closing their ears); Costa Rica an oasis of safety and magnet for tourism is losing that reputation with an increase in crime including crime against tourists; the House introduced HR-1 For the People Act which would impose requirements on ethics, campaign finance, voting, redistricting and social media disclosure of political ads over $500 and tighter restraints on social media use by foreign entities (since it also mandates that the president and vice president but not members of Congress disclose their tax returns good chance that even if passed by the Senate, it will be vetoed); in Chicago on the first day of 2019, nine people have been shot at least two of whom have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Poisonn, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that this government by and large is not a oblocracy and a relevant  quote from President
Roosevelt on our goals in the beginning of 1941, 
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 Take a Poet Out to Lunch Day—since most poets do not make a lot of money but enhance the quality of our lives, a great observation to celebrate by taking a poet out to lunch.
2. National Take Down Your Christmas Tree Day—all good things have to come to an end especially when the needles start to fall and the tree is getting drier by the moment and more of a fire hazard.
3. 1989 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1989 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2r2nDhTzO4  
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 “ochlocracy” which means a government by mobs which is what we have seen two often with the antifa protests.
5. The Prophet--celebrating the birth on this day in 1883 of Lebanese-American Khalil Gibran essayist, art and poet who wrote The Prophet but while the pen is mightier than the sword, the bottle is not and he died in 1931 of cirrhosis of the liver from his alcoholism.      
    On this day in:                              
a. 1912 German geophysicist Alfred Wegener presented his theory of continental drift.
b. 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his State of the Union with its “Four Freedoms—of speech, of worship, from fear and from want.”
c. 1950 the United Kingdom recognized the People’s Republic of China causing the Republic of China of Taiwan to sever relations.
d. 2005 Edgar Killen, a member of the Klu Klux Klan, was arrested for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights volunteers, Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, in Mississippi. He was found guilty, sentenced to 60 years and died in prison on January 11, 2018 6 days prior to his 93rd birthday.
e. 2017 Estaban Santiago-Ruiz opened fire with a pistol in a terminal at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport in Florida killing 5 and wounding 6 others; he was arrested within 90 seconds of starting to shoot, was diagnosed as schizophrenic and plead guilty, receiving 5 life sentences.
   Reflections on America’s goal in the beginning of 1941: “We Americans are vitally concerned in your defense of freedom. We are putting forth our energies, our resources and our organizing powers to give you the strength to regain and maintain a free world. [...] This is our purpose and our pledge." Franklin D. Roosevelt 1941 State of Union Speech.
       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.
© January 6, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Poet Extraordinaire Beyond Compare

Friday, January 4, 2019

Billions Spent On Illegals Not A Penny For A Wall


When it comes to illegal immigration Pelosi is now the guardian of the purse
Demanding not a dollar spent on the wall to avoid the red ink curse
Penny wise and pound foolish when costs to build we compare
With the tens of billions we spend on illegals who our laws on entry forswear
Swamping our ERs, schools, welfare rolls and jails
While the Blues claiming xenophobia against Americans rail
National security is put at risk
Solely due to the Blue animus of Trump that exists
St. Pelosi needs to get off her sanctimonious horse
A wall is not immoral as a flood of illegals continue in their northern course
She needs to put her money where her statements on securing the border are empty palter
We cannot be sacrificed on a bias toward favoring illegals altar  
© January 4. 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

January 4, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Braille Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 4, 2019 Nancy Pelosi’s concept of transparency and civility went quickly down the drain when new Blue Rashida Tlaib called for Trump’s impeachment and labeled him a mother###er (showing her true colors of hate and anti-Trump animus our new Speaker of the House did not condemn her); Blues are moving to reopen the government by funding appropriations for all level of government but only a temporary funding without a wall for the Department of Homeland Security (deaf ear and blind eye for Pelosi and the Blues from the pleas of the Border Patrol on the need for a wall and increased border security funding); House is moving forward with proposed legislation to eliminate the Electoral College which would eliminate the role of smaller states; the president and Blue and Red leaders met today to try to resolve the funding of the wall and reopening the wall without success (what is so bad is that years ago the Blues voted in favor of building fencing to secure the border and given the animus against Trump will not support efforts to build a wall to secure our borders (how many more Americans have to be killed by illegals and sanctuary city policies that put American lives at risk before sanity returns to the Swamp?); while idiots like Sherman and Waters want impeachment, the U.S. economy fueled by the Trump agenda added 312,000 jobs in December (if the Blue anti-Trumpers would stow their anti-Trump animus and work with him, economic growth would prevail even stronger); the panel that investigated the Parkland school shootings has released a report which among other recommendations has advocate arming trained teachers to carry concealed weapons (unless one is motivated to have a suicide attacking a place where people might be packing heat is a great deterrent); Chicago slightly improved on the grisly toll in 2017 with the year ending in 2018 with 2962 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 495 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 the George Michael, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your New Year’s goals are not being obverted and a relevant  quote from Carl Karcher on the use of Braille, 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 Braille Day—celebrating the birthday of Louis Braille on this day in 1809 who was blinded by an accident as a child but went on to develop the Braille language to enable the blind to read with their fingers.
2. National Trivia Day—created by Robert Birch, Grand PunScorpion of the Puns Corp to create awareness and appreciation for the importance of trivia in our curiosity, culture, science and fun.
3. 1988 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1988 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Faith” by George Michael. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cs3Pvmmv0E The bisexual HIV positive English singer died too early in his sleep of December 25, 2016 of an apparent heart attack.
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 “obvert” which means to turn or alter which describes the movement of the Blues to the left.
5. Undefeated Is the Way to Go--celebrating the birth on this day in 1930 of Don Shula, coach of the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins who he led to the only team to end with an undefeated season and is the winingest coach in NFL history and who after retirement created the Shula Restaurant Chain famous for its 48 ounce Porterhouse challenge which this poet took and successfully completed at a Shula’s in Portland, Oregon several years ago.      
    On this day in:                              
a. 1958 Sputnik 1 the world’s first satellite fell back into the Earth.
b. 1974 President Nixon in a march to impeachment or resignation moment refused to turn over documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
c. 1999 former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as the governor of Minnesota.
d. 2006 Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon suffered a second more serious stroke resulting in power being transferred to Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
e. 2007 the 110th Congress elected Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House, a vote which the 116th Congress repeated yesterday.
   Reflections on the use of Braille: “We have developed overlays for the keys of the cash registers with the help of the Braille Institute, so that blind crew members can take orders and help our guests.” Carl Karcher, founder of Carl’s Junior
       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.
© January 4, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
Alaskanpoet for Hire, Poems to Admire
Poet Extraordinaire Beyond Compare

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Gridlock Deja Vu


Nancy Pelosi has been sworn in for a second time
With a speech that sounded like she may cleanse the body of gridlock grime
Her bipartisan era lasted less than a New York City second
With Sherman’s filing of impeachment articles new partisanship war to beckon
We soon will see the Blues’ under Pelosi true face
Zero chance of compromise only Trump agenda to erase
While the border remains porous as a sieve
Gridlock with no compromise to give
The people’s house will compromise mock
Two years of fruitless gridlock
Always 9 to 5 to Trump investigate
Zero time to on matters he will sign legislate
© January 3, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

January 3, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Write to Congress Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 3, 2019 Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as Speaker of the House of a government still shut down over the refusal of the Blues to fund a border wall and the plea of bipartisanship fading quickly away; Blue California Representative Sherman has reintroduced articles of impeachment against Trump (déjà vu moment like when a Republican Congress impeached Clinton only to  have the Senate acquit him with the resulting huge defeat of Republicans in the subsequent elections); on the great genes front Pippa Middleton, the sister to Kate Middleton, has just displayed her bikini body 11 weeks after delivering a child; trial for 11 suspects in the killing of journalist Khashoggi in the Saudi Embassy in Turkey has commenced; the Department of Homeland Security has asked the Pentagon to provide troops to upgrade fencing on 160 miles of border fence along the Arizona and California borders; Sanders has responded to claims by 2016 staffers of harassment that his campaign will do better this time; China has announced that a space probe by it has become the first space probe to land on the dark side of the Moon; NASA is planning to implement its Double Astroid Redirection Test by slamming a probe into an asteroid to see how much the asteroid is deflected and thereby hopefully avoid a collision with Earth; Chicago slightly improved on the grisly toll in 2017 with the year ending in 2018 with 2961 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 496 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 the Bangles, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your awareness and intellect is not being obtunded and a relevant  quote from Walter Isaacson on Steven Jobs observation on God, 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 Write to Congress Day—created by Congressman Higgins of New York in 2005 to promote the contacting of members of Congress by their constituents which is appropriate as the 116th House was sworn in today.
2. Memento Mori Day—a day to reflect on what you have accomplished and what you wish to accomplish before you die which like taxes is one of the few events certain in one’s life.
3. 1987 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1987 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Walk Like An Egyptian” by the Bangles. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv6tuzHUuuk
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 “obtund” which means to blunt or dull which what the over the top rhetoric hurled by Blues and Reds at each other does to our senses or ability to rationally discuss issues.
5. Mad Mel Mad Max--celebrating the birth on this day in 1956 of noted actor and director Mel Gibson best noted for his Lethal Weapon and Mad Max films and Academy Award winning Braveheart.     
    On this day in: 
a. 1977 Apple Computer was incorporated and marked the anniversary with an almost 10% decline in its stock price today.
b. 1990 former dictator of Panama Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces.
c. 2000 the last newly created daily comic strip for Peanuts was published.
d. 2009 the first block of the decentralized payment system Bitcoin, called Genesis Block was created by its founder Satoshi Nakomoto.
e. 2018 computer security experts announced the existence of two viruses “Meltdown” and “Spectre” that affected microprocessors around the world.
   Reflections on life by Steve Jobs: “I remember sitting in his backyard in his garden, one day, and he started talking about God. He [Jobs] said, “ Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don’t. I think it’s 50/50, maybe. But ever since I’ve had cancer, I’ve been thinking about it more, and I find myself believing a bit more, maybe it’s because I want to believe in an afterlife, that when you die, it doesn’t just all disappear. The wisdom you’ve accumulated, somehow it lives on.”
Then he paused for a second and said, “Yea, but sometimes, I think it’s just like an On-Off switch. Click. And you’re gone.” And then he paused again and said, “ And that’s why I don’t like putting On-Off switches on Apple devices.” Joy to the WORLD! There IS an after-life!”  Walter Isaacson author of  Steve Jobs.
       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.
© January 3, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
Alaskanpoet for Hire, Poems to Admire
Poet Extraordinaire Beyond Compare