Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Two Japanese Beheaded?


Is the recent beheading video real or a fake?
Two Japanese beheaded for jihadist terror’s sake
Another nation joins the growing list
Of rage and desire to radical Islam resist
What makes the video so chilling
Is that it is a full circle of earlier killings
Photos of Japanese officers in World War II beheading POWs with swords
Good to have our ally today Japan coming on board
Man hones his ability to take the most precious of all gifts
How can we from thou shall not kill drift?
How can we the hearts and minds
Of Islam to peaceful, tolerant acts realign?
When misguided fanatics by radical Mullahs led
Think a ticket to Paradise is a car bomb or severing off an infidel’s head.
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The Fugitive The Sequel Is Real Life


The news out of Penwell, Texas was like a sequel to The Fugitive
But here the nightmare was real not acted and at least ten men no longer live
A sequel without Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford
Just one fatal release for the men on a prison bus aboard
A bus carrying inmates to El Paso slid off an icy road and flips over onto the rails
Union Pacific carrying freight appears and the bus it nails
Wrong place and the wrong time and for at least ten their lease is up
No time to plan, no time to say goodbye as death comes in a manner abrupt
Just another reason to the purpose of one’s life ponder
Never a time to one’s goals postpone or from them wander
Christ was right; death can come like a thief in the night at anytime, at any place
Live life like today could be your last without a chance to your acts retrace
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