Monday, November 24, 2014

Ferguson Grand Jury Will Not Indict--Buildings Burn


In a rush to judgment an unarmed 300 pound black youth was killed
Not by a gang member ala Chicago but by a white cop; so tonight justice was “unfulfilled”
A grand jury after hearing all the evidence elected not to indict
Now shots fired, looting, buildings burning, lighting up the Ferguson night
None of us since cameras were not rolling on that August day will know all the facts
Unlike Rodney King’s beating on tape whether Officer Wilson committed an illegal lethal attack
There is not trust between the blacks and the police dominated by the whites
Already violence is seizing the freezing Missouri night
Sharpton thank God has not weighed in to what in his mind should have been a decision to convict
An officer who may have been fearful for his life against a bigger man who injury wanted to inflict
It is tragic a young man has been cut down
But in tragedy there may be a chance to rebound
Lesson learned should be as to the victim never charge an officer gun drawn to put him in fear of lethal harm
He will have no choice, protected by law, to protect himself to discharge his firearm.
Lesson two for the protestors who wanted to lynch,  let the grand jury work
Cheapen them and the rule of law may digress into the lynching quirk
Lesson three is that there must never be a chasm between those to protect and serve
And those men and women in blue who the peace try to preserve
Lesson four is that whatever it takes to make sure a person is not judged by the color of his skin
Any amount of money so spent to insure is well spent and views otherwise into the trash bin!
Regardless of lessons, this poet’s heart goes out to the family to lose a son at just 18
Is a pain and sorrow that should never be part of for their child his parents’ dream
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Hagel Fired Not Resigned


                              Hagel Fired Rice Still Has Obama's Ear
 
The word is that Hagel did not resign but was fired
When independent thought conflicts with the CinC’s insular views, he quickly tires
Obama’s view of the world remains wishfully surreal
He cannot view the world as it is but through glasses unreal
Hagel saw ISIS as a threat and did not believe air alone would contain
He did not along with the top brass buy into the air strikes alone refrain
China’s footprint growing in Asia, Putin knocking on NATO’s Eastern door
Iran with another extension to a nuke build, our military downsizing struggling to remain top drawer
ISIS not contained with air strikes alone, jihadist terror on a steady rise
With Susan Rice advising Obama, we should be terrified of the next surprise
The true JV team is Coach Obama and the players he listens to for advice
Independent lions not but rather more like blind mice
One would hope that Obama has finally realized the world is a dangerous place
And his lack of leadership throughout the world is a complete disgrace
One knows not who the new Secretary of Defense will be Obama’s choice
But the grilling in the Red Senate on defense policy will not give cause for him to rejoice
If Obama’s ego were not so inflated and his narcissism so of the charts
He would not have fired Hagel, not forced him to depart
But to collect a paycheck on the Obama team one must follow the Obama slant
Check your intellectual integrity and assume the role of the sycophant
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Obama quietly releases a turkey not the bird but 3415 regs in fall agenda


Monday marks the beginning a short turkey work week
Americans are more concerned that their chances to remain on diet on Thursday are bleak
Hagel resignation and a failure to get an Iranian no nukes deal
Tension over Ferguson grand jury verdict to be unsealed
Worry over another Arctic vortex with lots of snow coming our way
Just a few items on the worry list heading into Thanksgiving Day
Like the burglar sneaking into your home to steal your possessions
Slowly at great effort though hard work acquired during the never ending Obama recession
With little fanfare, under the radar screen
Obama releases his fall regulatory agenda all 3415
Some may be harmless, a little regulatory tidy up
But others for the EPA on coal will force many a utility to shut
Worse in what could be a huge overreach with only swimming pools exempt
EPA wants to regulate any body of water however small on private land revealing as to property rights its total contempt 
Obama’s policies were on the ballot and the people spoke
In addition to dumping Blues, they voted against regulatory over choke
Washington is about ready to go into holiday slumber land but when a new Congress convenes
Reviewing this agenda and insuring that those regs killing jobs, an act which today is obscene
Must be stopped in their tracks before the ink has time to dry
Reds have the purse, time to cut off funding so any job killers without funds wither and die
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 24 History D.B. Cooper Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not—November 24, 2014:   Posted Friday morning a Thanksgiving poem for your reading enjoyment which can be found on my blog:  http://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2014/11/thanksgiving-thoughts-end-black-friday.html  Trust your weekend was a good one with your favorite pro and college football teams in the win column and more importantly that Monday is proving to be a great start on a short work week.  As always I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quotes from David Millibrand, with a smile on your sunscreened face, wondering if this is the day to enjoy some sardines, 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 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.  You need only contact me for details.
       1. D.B. Cooper Day : commemorating the only unsolved U.S. airplane piracy case emanating from a hijacking on this day in 1971 on a flight from Portland to Seattle in which the hijacker obtained a $250,000 ransom and then after taking off had the ramp on a 727 lowered and parachuted into the night never to be seen again.
      2. Brownie Locks Day—celebrating the simple fact that while blondes are the point of all jokes, brown haired girls are the love of most lives.
       3. Influence Day—celebrating the birthday of Dale Carnegie on this day in 1886, one of the early motivational speakers and the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People. 
       4. Light My Fire Day—celebrating not the great line to a Rolling Stones song but rather the birthday of William Buckley, Jr. on this day in 1925, a noted conservative journalist who appeared for many years of the Firing Line.
       5. National Sardines Day—if you want a great amount of protein in a tin with no mercury, packed in water, this is a great way to go.
On this day in
      a. 1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origin of the Species; this day is also in some circles referred to as Evolution Day.
      b. 1932 the FBI Crime Lab, the premier forensic criminal forensic facility, opened to the bane of criminals not wanting to be caught by evidence left at the scene of their crimes.
      c. 1963 in the first televised live murder, Lee Harvey Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby while being transported from the Dallas Police Station; if only he would have lived to reveal what happened on the 22nd of November.
      d. 2013 Iran signed an interim agreement with the permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany to limit its nuclear weapons program in exchange for reducing sanctions---guess what today that agreement expires and Iran shows no willingness to curtail it program to acquire nuclear weapons.
Reflections on Iran’s unmitigated desire to possess nuclear weapons no matter what and the expiration of the deadline: “The two biggest threats to international security in 2013 are Iran getting a nuclear weapon, and Iran being bombed to stop it getting a nuclear weapon. Both would precipitate a long and dangerous conflict in an already unstable Middle East. Both would be a disaster.” David Millibrand, former member of the British Parliament. Not sure if bombing would produce a more unstable environment than with ISIS is already there.   
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Happiest Place On Earth Not Happy For Kids With ADA--Shame On Disney!


Autism and other childhood diseases have not a magic sliver
But a drain on the child and the care giver
The Magic Kingdom on its disabled ride access
Is putting these poor sufferers into added stress
The new policy is to be issued a card, at least not a large "D" patch
So the rest of the world with non challenged, these kids do not match
Each ride must be visited twice; first to get a time to appear
Then to come back later  to ride after wiping away the disappointment tears 
Why did they change the policy of going to the head of the line?
Were the non physically challenged suddenly to a child starting to whine?
Who among us would trade places in life with a challenged child
Whether the case was severe or the case was mild?
The answer is most certainly none
Why is Disney making it so much more difficult for these kids to share in some fun?
Young non challenged kids can drag their parents at Disneyland into the ground
Their energy does not wane, it only increases and knows no bounds
Someone with ADA is not so lucky and each minute or each step
May be a struggle they and their parents will not soon forget
The Happiest Place of Earth on this issue is totally wrong
Inane policies on kids with ADA do not belong
Sadly a federal court has ruled that this ADA policy is not right for a class action suit
So a series of individual cases are being filed to Disney's policy uproot
When these cases start coming to the court room for trial
Hopefully Disney will find the jurors to them quite hostile
After the first judgment against it, Disney will fold like a house of cards
Leaving their lawyers scratching their heads "On these kids why did my client make it so hard?"  l sd.
 

Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 23 History International Day To End Impunity


Ridley's Believe It Or Not—November 23, 2014:   Posted Friday morning a Thanksgiving poem for your reading enjoyment which can be found on my blog:  http://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2014/11/thanksgiving-thoughts-end-black-friday.html  Trust your weekend is proving to be a great one with your favorite pro and college football teams in the win column. As always I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quotes from Congressman Wolf, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to enjoying a handful of fresh cranberries, 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 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.  You need only contact me for details.
       1. International Day To End Impunity: commemorating  on this day in 2009 the Ampatuan Massacre in the Philippines of 57 civilians including 32 journalists and media workers the deadliest attack of all times on the media and to create awareness of the need for free expression by artists, writers, poets, and journalists.
                                                                              
                                                                                

Although the pen may be mightier than the sword, one might not have the same degree of confidence against the bullet.
      2. Mother Goose Day—founded in 1987 by author Gloria Delamar author of Mother Goose: From Nursery Rhymes to Literature to promote an appreciation for nursery rhymes the first step in a child’s journey of literacy and enjoying it.
                                                                  
                                                                                       
       3. Kid Me Not Day—celebrating not the need for the truth sorely lacking in the White House but observing the birthday on this day in 1859 of William H. Bonny aka Billy the Kid, a notorious gunfighter of the American West who according to legend killed 21 men until he himself was gunned down by Sheriff Pat Garrett in 1881. 
       4. Eat A Cranberry Day—celebrating that great bog berry whether eaten raw or in a cranberry sauce to accompany the Thanksgiving turkey.     
On this day in
      a. 1644 John Milton published a pamphlet Aeropagitica which decries censorship.
      b. 1963 the BBC broadcast the first episode of Dr. Who which became the longest running science fiction series in television history.
      c. 1993 the first Smartphone, the IBM Simon was introduced at Comdex in Las Vegas.
      d. 2001 the Convention on Cybercrime was signed in Budapest, Hungary. Although 50 nations have signed the Convention, hacking by the Russians and Chinese to obtain identities and classified material and steal intellectual property remains a major problem.
     e. 2007 in a déjà vu Titanic moment, the MV Explorer, an expedition cruise liner carrying 154 passengers sank in the Antarctic Ocean after hitting an iceberg; fortunately there were no fatalities.
Reflections on cybercrime: “There are two kinds of people in America: those who have experienced a cyber attack and know it; and those who have experienced a cyber attack and do not know it.” Frank Wolf, Republican Congressman from Virginia since 1981 How true it is and how true it may be especially in terms of our power grid how unprepared we are.  
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 22 History Humane Society Of U.S. Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not—November 22, 2014:   Posted Friday morning a Thanksgiving poem for your enjoyment.  http://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2014/11/thanksgiving-thoughts-end-black-friday.html  Trust your weekend is off to a great start with your favorite football teams in the win column. As always I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quotes from Marian Wright Edelman, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to enjoying a bag of cashews raw or salted, 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 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.  You need only contact me for details.
       1. Humane Society of the United States Day—celebrating the forming on this day of the Humane Society of the United States which is now the largest animal rights organization with a goal to protect the rights of all animal for the stray to the laboratory animal.
      2. National Survivors of Suicide Day—first proposed by Senator Harry Reid, whose father was a suicide victim, in 1999 to bring family members who have lost loved ones due to suicide for mutual support after such a devastating act.
       3. Family Volunteer Day—started by Points of Light as a day of families volunteering together to provide service to their community. 
       4. Respect Is What You Need Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1921 of Rodney Dangerfield whose comic signature line was “I get no respect.” though a highly respected comedian and actor.
      5. National Cashew Day—commemorating this poet’s favorite nut after macadamias---perfect snack on.
      On this day in
      a. 1935 PanAm’s China Clipper, the first plane to offer transpacific service took off from Alameda, California, arriving in Manila one week later. Clipper  service was first class and legendary, with sleeping berths and fine food served on fine china. A one-way ticket to Manila, including overnight stays at Pan Am hotels in Honolulu, Midway, Wake and Guam, cost $950 -the equivalent of $14,650 in current dollars.
      b. 1963 the flags of Camelot came down as President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. If you are over 60 do you remember where you were when the news came out?
        c.  1977 British Airways instituted supersonic air travel on the Concorde between London and New York.  The plane had to be supersonic as the cabin was very cramped in order to achieve speed, something that did not concern the Clipper.
       d. 2012 in a test run for what happened this summer a cease fire between Hamas and Israel after 8 days of fighting and 150 deaths, most likely Palestinians used by Hamas as shields.
Reflections on the assassination of President Kennedy: “So much of the deep lingering sadness over the assassination of President Kennedy is about the unfinished promise, the unspoken speeches, the unfulfilled hopes, the wondering of what might  have been.” Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund She is right on point; although Johnson was able to push through massive Civil Rights legislation, I do not believe Kennedy would have allowed our involvement in Vietnam and as naval officer commanding a boat sunk in combat would have subjected the Gulf of Tonkin Incident to scrutiny. Certainly he would have beaten Goldwater and being alive in 1968 would have campaigned for the Democratic nominee such that Nixon might not have run. Interesting conjecture.
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