Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kitzhaber Sees Nothing Wrong At Press Conference


Though not yet married to Kitzhaber, Hayes calls herself Oregon’s first lady
Facts on her consulting deals with Oregon are really appearing shady
One would never want to inquire about Kitzhaber’s sex life
With Hayes who presumably as his fiancée will become his wife
The image of her being paid by a consulting group while whispering advice on energy issues while whispering to his head
Have the appearance of great impropriety, especially if the advice was given while both were in bed.
This is a woman whose past is not beyond reproach
And payments to her on the integrity of the governor's office seem to encroach
From a sham marriage to let an Ethiopian stay
To not reporting all of her pay
To having state employees book her flights
This calls for Oregon's ethics auditors’ and AG's combined investigatory might
It would hard to believe that the governor will on climate change his fiancĂ©e’s wishes he would ignore
Unless he would like sleeping in the guest bedroom with her protected by a locked door.  
Sadly, iI has become so common among politicians that our senses are now numbed
Politicians feel they are above the law and do something which may be illegal but certainly is dumb
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Mitt Out Will Hillary A Race Aksi Shun?

One tried and failed Red candidate down; time for one more Blue to go,
A Blue fixture on the Washington scene still expects to run the White House show
Mitt Romney who many of us now want a Mulligan  instead of the vote in 2012 we cast
Has decided though his ideas were right, his time to run for President is now past.
Hillary in the modern day equivalent of the divine right of kings
Has not yet joined Mitt and is waiting to see what coronation frenzy will bring
Tired ideas, tired face, ignoring the gender more like an Obama clone
And in foreign policy the mistakes she has to own
"What difference does it make that corporations don’t create jobs"
Or that with her book advances and speaking fees income equality for Blues she robs
On the Red side there is the matter of Jeb Bush trying to become the last member of the Bush Over the Line Team
Though a good man and not his brother’s keeper against the angst of his brother’s wars he will be like a salmon swimming upstream,
New faces on both sides needed without the baggage of the past
Fresh ideas to prevent or at least delay this country’s last gasps
No matter how much a  candidate in the general wants to win the top political prize
A devotion to resurrect the lost art of no more winner take all but rather the art of political compromise
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Value of Ruble Like Homonym Of Debris Name


Russia is in a world of hurt not from the sanctions imposed by the West
Too much like gnats, Putin’s desires for Russian expansion they will not arrest
In the grip of winter Russian holds all the natural gas cards
Once again Obama on Crimea and Ukraine was surprised and his strategy is marred
But Russia is being hit with the Perfect Financial Storm of oil and gas prices in free fall
Moving into a recession that by even pumping more it will not be able to delay or forestall
Russia is a one horse economy in which over two thirds of its exports are oil and natural gas
Decrease EU demand and it will be like throwing a large rock through plate glass
Interest rates are so high it is hard for Russian business to borrow
Falling GNP will only add to the Russian people’s economic sorrow
The Russian ruble is starting its free fall taking on a homonym of debris of like sounding name
But still Putin is playing the Eastern European acquisition game
When will the oligarchs seeing their wealth being subject to loss
Rise up and seek to terminate Putin as Russia’s boss?
When will the U.S. start liquefying its fracked natural gas and selling it to the EU?
To enable them to bid their dependence on Russian energy adieu
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Naturalized U.S.Citizen From Somalia Makes FBI "Terrorist" List

Another case of a man seeking to bite the hand that that made him one of us
No wonder there is a growing fear that Muslims from the Middle East we cannot trust
Liban Muhamed a former cab driver is now on the FBI’s “terrorist” list for recruiting martyrs
With a reward on his capture instead of a drone bulls eye FBI may be getting smarter
We need more than anything in this war on jihad is human intel
Especially when the terrorists are naturalized American citizens in sleeper cells
But with all the chaos in Somalia tracing back to the Days of Blackhawk Down letting him in seems a nonstarter
A naturalized citizen with his Muslim faith encrusted with jihadist tarter
Another example of the joys of riding in a cab driven by someone from God knows where
Non English speaking or barely hoping death or injury is not part of the fare
Another example why Uber may well succeed although the VC’s may have over paid
Cheaper and more reliable than a medallion cab without the foreign accent over the amount of tip tirade.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not January 30 History Martyrs' Day (India)

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—January 30, 2015 Trust your Friday is off to a great start and your squares selected in the office Super Bowl pool will prove to be winners. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from Mahatma Gandhi,  with a smile on your face, enjoying a warm croissant, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event like Valentines’ Day soon approaching, 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. Martyrs’ Day (India)—commemorating the assassination on this day in 1948 of Mahatma Gandhi, a man of nonviolence so important to India’s gaining independence from Great Britain.
       2. National Inane Answering Machine Day—commemorating the ability to end prank calls and inane messages on one’s answer machines—caller ID.
       3. 1999 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1999 as part of only a 2 week run Baby One More Time by Brittany Spears, who has sold over 100 million albums.
        4. National Croissant Day—good reason to head to France to the nearest patisserie.  
        5. One Heartbeat Away With A Bad Heart Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1941 of Dick Cheney Vice President under George W. Bush who experienced his first of five heart attacks at the age of 37 after smoking three packs of cigarettes a day and among other accomplishments memorialized in joke and satire accidentally shot one of his quail hunting partners.
 On this day in
     a. 1835 Richard Lawrence attempted the first assassination attempt on a U.S. President Andrew Jackson but failed when both pistols misfired.
      b. 1969 the Beatles performed their last public concert which was held on the roof of Apple Records in London, only to have it broken up by police.
      c. 1975 the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was established one of two marine sanctuaries created to protect a cultural resource the wreck of the U.S.S. Monitor as opposed to the other eleven which protect natural resources.  
      d. 1982 Richard Skrenta, a 15 year old high school student wrote one of the first PC computer virus codes disguised as an Apple boot program, the “Elk Cloner”—a glimpse into the future of things to come in cyber world.   
      e. 1995 workers from the National Institute of Health announced successful clinical trials for the treatment of sickle-cell disease which affects African Americans.
Reflections on theocracy by Mahatma Gandhi: “If I were a dictator, religion and state would be separate. I swear by my religion. I will die for it. But it is my personal affair. The state has nothing to do with it. The state would look after your secular welfare, health, communications, foreign relations, currency and so on, but not your or my religion. That is everybody's personal concern!”  When it comes to separation of church and state the mullahs need to read some of Gandhi’s views.
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Lindsay Graham Testing Waters For 2016


The ballots have just barely been counted and the focus of the parties is in a massive shift
As without a party change in the White House many Reds and Indies fear aimless drift
For the Blues Hillary seems a locked in choice
Even as more liberals hear Warren’s progressive voice
For the Reds it is looking more and more like a hockey rink
More and more hats on the ice as hopefuls to money seek to link
Lindsay Graham is the latest to test the waters with his toes
With his Security Through Strength formed to see how far his ideas will flow
In hockey a rink covered with hats means a hat trick from one Gretsky like star who brings a win
In politics it will mean millions spent in the primaries by the Reds sapping their general election firing pins
Worse, it will mean most likely their committing the mortal sin
Attacking fellow Reds with strident negative spins
While Hillary watching a stream of candidates bitter and broke thrown off Survivor Isle
Needs only to raise money and between her and Obama increase the distance in miles
Last Man Standing may be a great title for a Bruce Willis movie or a wrestling free for all
But for the Reds it has a great chance of their moving into the White House forestall
Unless during the primaries all pledge and religiously observe
No negative ads so a chance to dance at the inaugural balls preserve
For a negative ad is like playing Russian Roulette
To be used  by Hillary that the winning Red target will regret.  
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Alibaba Stock Falls On Weak Anticounterfitting


In the Arabian Nights we were mesmerized with ”Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves”
With his “Open Sesame” to take some treasure from the cave and leave
Today a new Alibaba has opened the treasure cave
To the tune of a huge public offering and investors’ raves
A new Alibaba  now sharing the pages with 40 Regulators not 40 Thieves
Causing the investors from the cave with their paper gold to grieve
Rapid increase in revenues for Alibaba but today its stock price fell
As on the issue of counterfeit goods sold through Alibaba the Chinese regulators wished to dwell
Ironic that we have been like Cato against Carthage but against the Chinese in a repetitious refrain
Exported Chinese counterfeit goods and stealing of IP are acts that China must abstain
One hates to see investors take a nine percent  one day bath
But maybe Alibaba will take anticounterfitting steps to avoid its regulators’ wrath
Even if the Chinese regulators attacking Alibaba is like the pot calling the kettle black
The manufacturers  in China may be encouraged  to follow a new non cheating tack
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National Debt Rot Festers Obama Wants To Remove Sequester


Obama is becoming cockier with each passing day
Angered that the voters did not give him his way
Elections even midterms have consequences; the results matter
The Blues’ stranglehold on the Senate was shattered
Just like in foreign policy where ISIS was the Jayvee team
And al Qaeda was beaten and on the run, passing his budget is in a world of dreams
Not content with 18 trillion in debt he is ready to pick up the pace
Spending 7 percent more with the illusion that offsetting cuts and revenue adds will be put in place
As the rot from the increasing national debt continues to fester
Obama is on a course to remove the hard fought prior sequester
We are sadly to our children's detriment in this disastrous mess
 Because spending priorities both parties are loathe to address
But you have to hand it to this President who loves to tax and spend
Dangles the bait of military increases to into his pet projects more money send
We cannot have a secure nation whose options are hobbled in crushing debt
Especially when the odds of this President cooperating are anything but a sure bet.
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Water Vapor Or Toxic Cloud From E-cigs


To vape or not to vape and with what risks
E-cigs rising use among the youth continues to be brisk
The vapor cloud may not be just water vapor
The risk free use may look good only on paper
At least 10 carcinogens may be in the vapor cloud
How soon before we are measuring for a funeral shroud?
For the vaper and others not vaping but too near
Second hand vapors we may grow to fear
Time for a lot of science to the toxicity of vapor clouds analyze
Time for the lauding of risk free perhaps revise
If someone whose addiction to nicotine drives him or her to vape
Fully warned it is his or her decision but for nonvapers the mist they should be able to escape
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not January 29 History Free Thinkers Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—January 29, 2015:    Trust your Thursday is off to a great start and your squares selected in the office Super Bowl pool will prove to be winners. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from Thomas Paine,  with a smile on your face, enjoying a bowl of corn chips, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event like Valentines’ Day soon approaching, 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. Free Thinkers Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1737 of Thomas Paine author of Common Sense, The Age of Reason, and The Rights of Man and a key architect in creating the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution.
       2. Seeing Eye Dog—commemorating the founding of the nation’s seeing eye dog training school on this day in 1929 and the accomplishments of the thousands of seeing eye dogs who brought the gift of mobility to blind persons.
       3. 1998 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1998 as part of a 2 week run Together Again by Janet Jackson, who has sold over 140 million records but may be best remembered for her “clothing failure” during the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXVIII.
        4. National Corn Chip Day—good reason to buy some corn chips today first marketed by Fritos in 1961 and the perfect holder for salsa and guacamole.
        5. O Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1960 of Oprah Winfrey, the first black female billionaire who is reported to be worth north of $2 billion.
 On this day in
     a. 1936 the first five players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, and  Walter Johnson were announced.
      b. 1963 the first  17 inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including such notables as  Sammy Baugh, Harold “Red” Grange, George Halas, Earl “Curly” Lambeau, Tim Mara, Bronco Nagurski, Ernie Nevers (great Stanford fullback) and Jim Thorpe, were announced.
      c. 1967 in the ultimate high of the hippie era the Mantra-Rock took place in San Francisco featuring Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead and poet Alan Ginsburg.
      d. 2002 in his State of the Union Address President George W. Bush named North Korea, Iran and Iraq as sponsors of terrorism and referred to them as an Axis of Evil.   
      e. 2005 for the first time since 1949 commercial air service was restored between China and Taiwan.      
Reflections on reason from the pen of Thomas Paine: “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead” Thomas Paine. Sadly, in D.C. we see too much wasted medicine and not a lot of reason and compromise.
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Oh No In Boston More Snow


Another test of the resiliency of Boston Strong
Two more feet of snow driving drivers from the roads where they belong
Yet two more storms on a Boston blizzard track
Cold and snowy nights as Mr. Winter continues his relentless attack
Hard to convince people of climate change with these blizzard trends
Many in Bean Town wondering if winter will ever end
Snow at first glance brings out the skis, snowshoes, and sleds
Fun at first, but loses its charm when into slush instead
Driveways blocked, icy sidewalks on which to slip and fall
Stores empty, cash registers silent, red ink hard to forestall
Nothing lasts forever including winter even with two more storms to bring
Boston hopes that on Ground Hog Day, the furry rodent will predict an early spring
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not January 28 History Data Privacy Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—January 28, 2015:    Trust your weekend was a good one and your Monday is off to a great start. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from John Perry Barlow,  with a smile on your face, enjoying a stack of blueberry pancakes, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event like Valentines’ Day soon approaching, 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. Data Privacy Day—observed since 2007 to create awareness of the importance of one’s need to protect his or her confidential and private data especially in the context of social networking; this another holiday that should observed each and every day.
       2. Thank a Plugin Developer Day—commemorating the efforts of plugin developers who make WordPress such an excellent tool---4,000 and counting plugins.
       3. 1997 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1997 as part of a 11 week run Un-break My Heart by Toni Braxton.
        4. National Blueberry Pancake Day—good reason to go to IHOP today to enjoy a great pancake.
        5. Slim Day—celebrating not the efforts of dieters around the world but rather the birthday on this day in 1940 of Carlos Slim a Mexican business magnate and philanthropist,  who was the world’s richest man from  2010 to 2013.
 On this day in
     a. 1878 the nation’s first college daily newspaper, Yale Daily News, commenced publication.
      b. 1934 the first ski tow in the U.S. commenced operations.
      c. 1938 Iceland became the first western nation to legalize therapeutic abortions.
      d. 1985 USA for Africa recorded the hit single We Are the World to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. 
      e. 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff, killing all seven astronauts aboard.     
Reflections on data privacy: “Relying on the government to protect your data privacy is like asking a peeping Tom to install your window blinds.” John Perry Barlow, noted poet, former lyricist for the Grateful Dead and cyberlibertarian activist
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not January 27 history International Holocaust Rembrance Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—January 27, 2015:    Trust your weekend was a good one and your Tuesday is off to a great start. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from Yehuda Bauer,  with a smile on your face, enjoying a slice of chocolate cake, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event like Valentines’ Day soon approaching, 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 Holocaust Remembrance Day—observed since 2005 but sadly we continue to witness genocide since the evils of the Nazis from Bosnia to Cambodia to Rwanda to the ISIS in Iraq.
       2. Vietnam Peace Day—commemorating the signing on this day in 1973 of the Paris Accords ending the agony of American involvement in the Vietnam War.
       3. 1996 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1996 as part of a 16 week run  One Fine Day by Mariah Carey and BoyzII.
        4. National Chocolate Cake Day—celebrating with or without ice cream, a great desert.
        5. Lakers Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1933 of Jerry Buss the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers who watched his last Kobe Bryant jump shot on February 18, 2013.
 On this day in
     a. 1785 the first public university in the United States, the University of Georgia, was founded.
      b. 1888 the U.S. National Geographic Society was founded.
      c. 1967 in a dark day for the U.S. space program astronauts Grissom, White and Chaffee were burned to death on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center.
      d. 1984 during the filming of a Pepsi commercial at the Shrine Auditorium, Michael Jackson burnt his scalp.   
      e. 2011 the Yemeni Revolution as part of the Arab Spring began with massive demonstrations in the nation’s capital; four years later the president and his cabinet has just resigned destroying Obama’s claim that our efforts in Yemen were a success.    
Reflections on the Holocaust and why genocide must never, ever occur again: “Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” Yehuda Bauer, noted Czech born Israeli scholar of the Holocaust.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Moore and Dean Still Attacking American Sniper


A poet should attack a person’s beliefs and not how he appears
But in Michael Moore’s case from that goal I must veer
Moore is the pathetic poster child
Of the effects of obesity run wild
The fat that bloats his face has lodged into his leftist brain
No wonder the remarks he makes verge on the insane
Still raging on his American Sniper attack
Against a hero protecting troops because he shot terrorist in the back
Tweeting that Christ would never have climbed up on a roof to terrorists kill
Even if Chris Kyle in so doing prevented them from adding to the butchers’ bill
Compared to Eastwood, Moore is a failure, and worse a pathetic piece of leftist crap
Anyone who views his attempts at film should demand their money back
At least in terms of film criticism stupidity he is not alone
He is joined by Howard Dean famous for his campaign ranting moans
200 million in ticket sales for American Sniper
Linked to the Tea Party anger by this leftist ranting viper
Hope Dean is right that movie goers are all from the angry Tea Party right
Means at least 100 million voters that will in 2016 put Hillary and  more Blues into retirement flight.
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not January 26 History Republic Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—January 26, 2015:    Trust your weekend was a good one and your Monday is off to a great start. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from A.B. Bedakar,  with a smile on your face, enjoying a handful of pistachios, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event like Valentines’ Day soon approaching, 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. Republic Day—celebrating in India, the world’s largest democracy, the ratification of the Constitution of Indian on this day in 1950.
       2. Lotus 1-2-3 Day—commemorating the release on this day of Lotus 1-2-3.
       3. 1995 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1995  Creep   by TLC, a female trio that sold over 20 million albums.
        4. National Pistachio Day—celebrating another great snack.
        5. Unbroken Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1917 of the Torrance Torpedo, Louis Zemperini who competed in the 1936 Olympics and managed before his death last year to have a private screening of the film Unbroken with the director Angelina Jolie. One can only pray as the members of the Greatest Generation head to their graves that their grandchildren and great-grandchildren will take up the task to defeat the tyranny that now faces us.     
On this day in
     a. 1838 to the dismay of all future lovers of Jack Daniels, Tennessee enacted the first prohibition statute in the United States.
      b. 1978 in a warning to what will hit the Northeast today the Great Blizzard occurred in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. with snowfall over 2 feet in certain areas (forecast today in the Northeast is for 30 plus inches—so much for the fear of global warming).
      c. 1980 Israel and Egypt established diplomatic relations.
      d. 1998 in a straight face moment perhaps never to be surpassed by politicians, President Bill Clinton announced on TV to the American people: “I want to say one thing to the American people. I did not have sexual relations with that woman Miss Lewinsky.” The stains on her blue dress would prove otherwise.   
      e. 2005 Condoleeza Rice became the first Afro-American to serve as Secretary of State.  
Reflections on the passage of the Constitution of India, the world’s most populous democracy:
"Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them." B.R. Ambedkar, noted Indian jurist and author of the Indian Constitution
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