Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Voter Fraud Alive And Well In Cook County


Chicago has always been infamous for widespread voter fraud
The Daley machine when it came to voting often was to be awed
A man might die but his vote if Blue would continue for years
Corruption the way of life practiced without any fear
The news today of a calibration error in a voting machine comes as no surprise
Voting Red becomes a vote for a Blue right before your eyes
If you vote Red in the County of Cook
 Know it can be the land of voter crooks
The ghost of Daley must still watch over the ballot box
Using every effort to Reds’ efforts to gain office by hook or crook block.
© October 22, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 22 History Wombat Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 22, 2014:  Trust your Wednesday is proving to be a great one and that you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quote from Jean-Paul Sartre, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to a bowl of nuts to munch on, blessed with a positive attitude, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.
      1. Wombat Day—celebrating, since 2004 those cuddly marsupials native to Australia, with copious amounts of chocolates and wine gums (I kid you not).
      2. International Stuttering Awareness Day—observed to create awareness of speech impairment that affects one percent of the world’s population—stuttering which unfortunately does not affect our politicians in D.C.
      3. National Knee Day—honoring that joint that was never designed to play football or basketball but fortunately has been the subject of great advances in replacement surgery.
      4. National Nut Day—celebrating not the crazies of the world but rather those delicious nuts we all enjoy as snacks.   
On this day in
       a. 1857 using a filament of carbonized thread Thomas Edison tested the first incandescent light bulb which lasted 13 ½ hours before burning out.
       b. 1924 Toastmasters International was founded.
       c. 1962 President Kennedy after reviewing air reconnaissance photos of Cuba showing the presence of nuclear weapons in Cuba announced a naval blockade of the island bringing the world closer to nuclear war; fortunately the Soviets blinked.
       d. 1964 Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, an award he declined.  
Reflections on the importance of poets in a society: “Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry.” Jean-Paul Sartre Another reason why we need fewer parasitic lawyers and more poets
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 19 History Rainforest Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 19, 2014:  Trust your Sunday is proving to be a great one and that you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quote from Mother Teresa, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to a bowl of seafood bisque, blessed with a positive attitude, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.
      1. Mother Teresa Day (Albania)—celebrating in the land of her birth in 1910 of Mother Teresa who lived most of her life in India administering to the poor and sick.
      2. Rainforest Day—observed to create awareness of the importance of rainforests to our ecosystems; sadly, rainforests are being reduced at an alarming rate due to human activity such as logging and farming.  
      3. Fisher Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1489 of John Fisher, a catholic bishop and tutor to Henry VIII who was beheaded in 1522 on orders of King Henry VIII for refusing to recognize his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.  
      4. Seafood Bisque Day—celebrating a really great soup especially when the days start getting colder.  
On this day in
       a. 1950 Iran became the first country to participate in Truman’s Point Four Program, a program designed to bring American technology and know-how to developing countries in agriculture, industry and health to aid in their development—It is a safe bet that the mullahs in Iran have long since forgotten the aid given to that country under the program.
       b. 1960 to the dismay of cigar lovers in the U.S., the U.S. imposed a total embargo on the island of Cuba, which embargo still exists today.
       c. 2003 Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II.
       d. 2005 Saddam Hussein went on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity.  
Reflections as the baby boomers start nearing their life expectancy: “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, 'How many good things have you done in your life?' rather he will ask, 'How much love did you put into what you did?”                
Please enjoy the 140 character poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and join almost 150 growing followers and please follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs--click on 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. Go to Rhymes On The Newsworthy Times for comments on important and breaking news events that should be of interest.
© October 19, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Carnival Magic Turned Away Due To Ebola Fears


The Carnival Magic is not the Love Boat but a ship of fears
Cutting short its cruise while passengers try to hold back their tears
Like the St. Louis of decades ago carrying Jews seeking from the Nazis to escape
Turned away from resort ports not willing to let possible Ebola on board escape
Back to Galveston with another hospital worker in his cabin now confined
Another case of sloppiness in Ebola protocol defined
One hopes that without symptoms a person cannot others infect
Abundance of caution as opposed to panic and into a life boat eject
We have been rolling the dice and thus far the rolls have been going our way
But luck is not how the CDC should be trying to the possible spread delay.
We now have a czar, an experienced political Blue hack
To marshal and focus the public resources or possibly to protect Obama’s political back?
No medical experience, no training other than as a political op
Hope he is getting medical advice on how to this spread of Ebola stop
 © October 18, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Obama's Credit Card Declined Nation's Next?


Highly symbolic that the President’s credit card was declined
While the nation’s credit continues to decline
Not from over limit or identity theft but for lack of use
A problem not faced when using the nation’s credit reeling from deficit abuse
Fortunately the Selective Service that would for the President a bullet take
Did not have to pass the hat for the President’s dinner and cake
Leave it to the women who manage far better a family’s purse
Michelle whips out a card to the embarrassment reverse
The meal is paid for and the President stays out of the kitchen washing plates
Too bad as a little actual private sector work experience might improve his job performance rate
Wonder when the symbolism becomes reality in spades
When the Chinese stop buying our paper as our standing fades
This time there will be no lady waiting in the wings
To come to our aid and fresh credit availability bring.
© October 18, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 18 History Alaska Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 18, 2014:  Trust your weekend is off to a good start and that you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and  quotes from a note African American poet Maya Angelou, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to a chocolate cupcake as a treat, blessed with a positive attitude, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.
      1. Alaska Day—celebrating one of the great coups of American diplomacy; this day in 1867 that Russia transferred Alaska to the United States for the paltry sum of $7.2 million (about $114 million in today’s dollars or about a day and a half of the value of the oil pumped through TAPS; if you see an Alaskan today hug that person (today the Alaskanpoet will be wearing a red Stanford polo and hugs are always welcome).
      2. Persons Day—observed in Canada to commemorate the decision in Edwards v. Canada by the Canadian equivalent of our Supreme Court that ruled on October 18, 1929 that women were eligible to sit in Canada’s Senate.
      3. National No Beard Day—celebrating the excuse to shave off one’s beard which if one is getting up in years has a tendency to come in gray anyway—a holiday not celebrated in Iraq or among the fanatics of ISIS.  
      4. Great Scott Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1927 of the Academy Award winning actor George C. Scott of Patton and Dr. Strangelove fame.
      5. National Chocolate Cupcake Day—celebrating a great way to blow your diet with this tasty treat.  
On this day in
       a. 1775 Phyllis Wheatley the second published African-American poet and first woman was freed from slavery. After great fame, like most poets she died penniless.
       b. 1851 to the bane and woe of future high school students Herman Melville’s turgid novel The Whale (later renamed Moby Dick) was published.
       c. 1922 the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was founded to create a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide for a national broadcasting service.  
       d. 1954 Texas Instruments announced the first transistor radio.
Reflections on why we need more poets and fewer lawyers:  There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns all clean.  Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.” Maya Angelou noted African American poet who recited a poem at Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993
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© October 18, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 17 History Back Peetry Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 17, 2014:  The weekend is almost upon us which means on Saturday and Sunday you have to go to my blogs to receive these gems. Hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and the quote from Joseph Wresinki, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to a plate of your favorite pasta, blessed with a positive attitude, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.
      1. Edge Day—celebrating since 1999 dancing on the straight edge with hard rock and moshing (slam dancing)—definitely not a dance floor for the baby boomers in Social Security mode.
      2. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty—first observed in Paris in 1987 when 100,000 gathered to honor the victims of hunger, poverty, disease and fear—great idea that gets lost in the fog when entrepreneurship and capitalism get attacked as the cause of poverty. 
      3. Black Poetry Day—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1771 of Jupiter Hammond, the first African American to publish his own verse and expanded today to honor the contributions of African Americans to our literary culture.
      4. Mulligan Day—celebrating the fact that everyone not just those on the golf course deserve a second chance, a “do-over”.
      5. National Pasta Day—celebrating a great way to get your carbs especially in the form of linguine with clams in a white sauce with plenty of garlic.
On this day in
       a. 1881 Thomas Edison filed a patent for the optical phonograph (movie).
       b. 1931 Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentence to serve 11 years.
       c. 1933 Albert Einstein correctly perceiving the future of the Nazis fled Germany to emigrate to the U.S.
       d. 1973 in a wake up call as to why we need the Keystone Pipeline OPEC commenced an embargo on the U.S. for its support of Israel during the Yom Kippur War.                                      
Reflections on International Day for Eradication of Poverty: “Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.” –Joseph Wresinski (1917–1988) founder of ATD Fourth World Amen to that but the discussion is always in the details of how to achieve it.
Please enjoy the 140 character poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and join almost 150 growing followers and please follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs--click on 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. Go to Rhymes On The Newsworthy Times for comments on important and breaking news events that should be of interest.
© October 17, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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