Sunday, May 3, 2015

Hillary Calls for Restoration of Trust in Politics Really

Trust of a leader can be stronger than millions of strands of a spiders web in a tight weave
It will cause one to follow into the gates of hell to support the positions and act that person believes
But trust can also be more fragile than the gossamer of a butterfly’s wing
Or the white snow flake gently fluttering to earth in the early spring
It can vanish in a blink of an eye
Quicker that a puddle of water disappears in a Death Valley July
But once damaged or gone it is difficult without diversions and major damage control to repair
Especially when the leader’s ethical cupboard again and again reviewed seems all but bare
If you want to repair trust without changing behavior polish off the hypocrisy skills and straight face
Ramp up the ability to defame the critics who exposed the scandals and with your supporters their credibility try to erase
Hillary Clinton in what has to be the number one hypocrisy event of her early campaign
Issued a plea that based on her history of nontransparency and secretiveness, it is hard to not view with distain
That among Americans, “we must urgently rebuild the bonds of trust and respect”
Nice sounding words as calls to see her private server she continues to reject
She called to restore trust in our politics, our markets and our press
All the while save for the Clinton Foundation’s latest scandal, investigations the media seems to suppress
She asked to restore trust between neighbors and those politically with whom we disagree
Noble, empty words as the author of Clinton Cash is portrayed as a right wing hack figuratively worthy only of the nearest tree
Noble, empty words from one who has a large and enduring enemies’ list
Of anyone who has had the temerity to her ideas and actions resist
This woman in her campaign mind wants to be the champion of the middle class
But since Whitewater she has been the Reigning Queen of utmost secrecy during her entire past
She is a smart woman but seems not to fathom that secrecy implies deception making it hard for mere mortals to trust
Especially if you are a Clinton who the laws they seem always able for their gain to ignore or adjust
She is a smart woman but seems not to fathom that millions for a book advance
Means you’re not dead broke on leaving the White House, no way not even the remotest chance
She is a smart woman but seems not to fathom how mere mortals work a decade to earn what she or her husband earn in an hour speech
Many times before a group that has contributed to her foundation and with matters before State and favorable rulings it wants to reach
She is a smart woman but seems not to fathom how mere mortals can accept her attack on accountable money in the presidential campaign
While she will raise over a billion from PACs and Wall Street millionaires not from ideology but a quid pro quo sense of in her office they will have free reign
Foreign governments cannot contribute directly to her campaign
But after being caught, a select group's millions to her foundation will not wane
If she really wants to be a champion of the middle class, have the foundation return all money from foreign states and take no money from any donor of more than one grand
Make that the clarion call for campaign reform and championship of the middle class across this great land
We mere mortals no longer trust her but as Americans we are a very, forgiving sort
A sincere apology for her misdeeds with a sincere no repeat pledge might be her only valid resort
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not May 3, 2015 World Press Freedom Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—May 3, 2015 Trust your weekend half way through is proving to be a great one especially if you were a betting person you picked American Pharaoh to win the Kentucky Derby and Floyd Mayweather to win the fight going in to next morning to squeeze some more PPV dollars. If you are rattled by the difficulties inherent in waiting to the last moment in picking out the appropriate Mothers’ Day gift which (see below) is easy to solve. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a really great music video of We Are the World) and a relevant poem by the Alaskanpoet, having enjoyed several raspberry popovers and the satisfaction of seeing the horse and man, American Pharaoh and Floyd Mayweather, you bet on both win, 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 any memorable event like Mothers’ Day, 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 Press Freedom Day—established by the General Assembly in 1993 to promote freedom of the press and freedom of expression both of which are under assault as radical Islamists’ killings at Charle Hebno indicate or just as troubling are self inflicted here in the U.S. where too many main stream journalists have strayed into advocacy journalism and will not subject this administration or those Blues who wish to replace it to the critical review of its policies if a Red were in office.
       2.  National Public Radio Day— celebrating the advent of public radio created by the Public Broadcast Act of 1967, which is still going strong today with a format that must be noncommercial or educational and operate with a least 5 employees for at least 18 hours a day.
       3. 1985 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1985 on a four week run We Are the World  by USA Africa, an ad hoc group of 44 artists, primarily from the U.S., formed by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie to create and sell the record to raise money for famine relief in Africa. Everyone who performed checked their egos at the gate and created together a record that is a piece of art and along with Hands Across America raised over $100 million. Just another example of what this country can do when we act in a united fashion toward a common goal.  Here is a link to a music video of USA Africa performing We Are the World (Ray Charles, Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie are easy to pick out—see how many of the other 41 you recognize:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SGFcYLO0jg
       4. National Raspberry Popover Day—celebrating a great way to start your morning right from the toaster or the microwave.
       5. White Christmas not a Dream but a Nightmare—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1903 of one of the most successful artists of all time with over 500 million records sold and whose record White Christmas fills the airways each Christmas—the one and only Bing Crosby. God must like the song for he had the Northeast this year blanketed with an incredible amount of snow and He must have had a soft spot for Bing for he allowed him to complete a recording session in England, fly to Spain to play a round of golf which he and his partner prevailed, after pausing on the 9th hole to sing Strangers in the Night to a group of construction workers building a house, then while walking to the clubhouse die of a massive heart attack. Great singer, great man. 
On this day in
       a. 1915 the poem In Flanders Field was composed by Lt. Colonel John McCrae of the CEFBEF; the poem is a classic but although transferred to the medical corps McCrae contracted pneumonia and then meningitis and died in France in January of 1918.

       b. 1921 to the dismay of the consumer, West Virginia became the first state to create a comprehensive sales tax but due to enforcement issues did not implement the collection for several years.    
       c. 1952 CBS televised the Kentucky Derby for the first time and fans with access to TV sets were able to watch Hill Gail ridden by Eddie Arcaro win the first televised Kentucky Derby. 
       d. 1960 the Anne Frank House Museum opened in Amsterdam; it is a very chilling reminder of the evils of the Nazis which despite insurmountable odds were countered by the brave Dutch who tried to protect Jews like Anne Frank.
       e. 1978 in a day of electronic infamy that will be repeated by many continually, a marketing representative for Digital Equipment Corporation sent an unsolicited commercial email (aka spam0 to every ARAPENET address on the West Coast.
Reflections on the most effective form of suppression of the freedom of the press, one of our most important rights:
“If you jailed editors and journalists, boycotted ad revenue, or newspapers and TV stations shut down,
You would have a rebellion of the people similar to that which occurred against the Crown
But if based on political views you slanted the coverage or the stories you chose to print or air
Such that opposing views on issues or candidates, your journalists would never share
Self censorship unseen, but more deadly than any government act
Today, exactly the source of many freedom of press attacks.” Alaskanpoet 5/3/2015 To paraphrase Marx: the last media we shut down will be the last media who our plans chose not to report.
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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not May 2 History Kentucky Derby Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—May 2, 2015 Trust your weekend is off to a great start; if you are rattled by the difficulties inherent in waiting to the last moment in picking out the appropriate Mothers’ Day gift which (see below) is easy to solve. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video of Against All Odds) and a relevant quote by Willie Shoemaker, having enjoyed several chocolate truffles and the satisfaction of seeing the horse you bet on in the Kentucky Derby win, 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 any memorable event like Mothers’ Day, 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. Kentucky Derby Day—celebrating the “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports (or used to be until Secretariat broke the two minute barrier by .6 seconds in 1973),” the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, first race of the Triple Crown, at approximately 6:42 p.m. EDT, so you have plenty of time to check the recipe for a mint julep and invite friends over to watch the race and enjoy a chocolate truffle.
       2.  National Homebrew Day— celebrating not the gatherings of the Homebrew Computer Club whose members included Steve Wozniak and Al Osborne and numerous others instrumental to the creation of the personal computer industry but rather the art of home brewing beer, one of the great ways to create a fresh, drinkable beer and avoid the taxes the brewers and microbrewers have to pay.  
       3. 1984 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1984 on a three week run Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) by Phil Collins, lead singer with the band Genesis and great career as a soloist who along with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney are the only singers to have sold over 100 million albums both with a band and as a solo.  Here is a link to a music video of Phil Collins Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVjEcIANv1o
       4. National Truffle Day—celebrating treat that will knock your taste buds off into ecstasy which according to legend was invented by Louis Dufour in Chambery, France in  1895. Nothing like a chocolate with a creamy gancache filing topped with drizzled chocolate, coconut or cocoa. Take a long bike ride or go jogging so you can with a clear conscience if on a diet enjoy one or more of these tasty morsels.
       5. It’s the Real McCoy Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1844 of Elijah McCoy, an African American inventor of an oil drip cup for mechanical lubrication of steam engines and the holder of 57 other patents. If you have ever wondered where the phrase “the real McCoy (the real thing) came from, you now know.
On this day in
       a. 1863 in a friendly fire incident that helped doom the Confederacy to defeat, especially later at Gettysburg, General Stonewall Jackson was shot by a Confederate sentry at Chancellorsville and died 8 days later.
       b. 1885 Good Housekeeping went on sale for the first time.  
       c. 1887 Hannibal Goodwin applied for a patent for celluloid film which until the advent of digital cinema photography was the medium which was used to show motion pictures in theaters.  
       d. 1941 the FCC agreed to allow regularly scheduled TV broadcasting to begin on July 1, 1941
       e. 2000 in a blow against the clutter in one’s car and a death knell to map books like Thompson Brothers, President Clinton announced that GPS would no longer be restricted to the military
Reflections on the Sport of Kings on this Kentucky Derby Day: “Desire is the most important factor of success in any athlete. If Jack Nicklaus can win the Masters at 46, I can win the Kentucky Derby at 54.” Willie Shoemaker the most successful jockey of all time until his record was broken by Laffite Pincay, Jr. in 1999. In case you are wondering if he won the Derby at 54, the answer is yes in 1986 on Ferdinand, an 18-1 long shot.
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Is It a Bird, Copter, Kite or Baloon?

The news that the most recent gyro copter could have been  a kite , a balloon, weather system or a bird
Unknown, unstoppable, a mailman   as opposed to the first of a terrorist herd
Should cause the hairs of any American to quiver and turn gray or white
If the 911 hijackers could learn to fly large commercial airline jets it would be easy to fly gyro copters into the fight
The most restricted airspace has an Achilles Heal
Susceptible to a suicide bomber’s fatal zeal
Worse, in questions in public session one got the impression too many security chefs were trying to stir the pot
While waiting to point the finger of blame on another agency is a strategy that will come to naught
If radars to detect or differentiate these objects do not exist
How can we these intruders resist?
Maybe like the barrage balloons aloft during the Blitz
Dangling not cables for the Luftwaffe to hit
But fine thin mesh nets strong enough to a gyro copter snare
Gilled like a salmon or knocked out of the air
This concept may be a bit of an illusionary sci-fi
If we can jam frequencies to detonate IEDs that cause our soldiers to die
Cannot we create the jamming that would not allow the copters to fly?
How about infra red sensors aimed into the sky
If the heat signature of copter differs from that of a bird?
If not dangling falcon or hawk scarecrows that all birds would have deterred
Maybe an army of duck hunters armed with shotguns ready to blast
Any gyro copter however benign that tried to fly past
If all gyro copters have within a transponder that could not be removed and if not turned on it would not fly
We might have a chance to keep bomb laden gyro copters out of the sky
Alas, probably wishful thinking that in a classified session our feds have an answer that the problem solves
Because we know that when it comes to bringing terror to us, the radical Islamists have great resolve.
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Memphis 1886 Baltimore 1968 and 2015

In 1866 on the same day the charges were filed against the six officers involved in Freddie  Gray’s death
The black residents in another city in fear held their held their collective breath
An attempted arrest of a black soldier by a white cop blocked by 50 black soldiers sparked a riot that quickly expanded
For three days the black neighborhoods, churches and schools were in flames from roving white bands
Not just citizens but fireman and the many Irish-American cops
Producing an orgy of killing, raping and assaulting blacks that did not stop
The blacks were defenseless as the white cops were part of the mobs and the white mayor would not ask for troops to restore peace
On the third day the federal commanding general declared martial law and sent in his white and black soldiers and the violence ceased.
White resentment over deemed repression of federal occupation of less than a year
Competition for jobs with now freed slaves added to their fears
The riot sparked by such resentment in three days left 48 dead
46 blacks and 2 whites, 1 white by accident and the other by his own hand instead
The 46 blacks however did not die in vain as the Republican Reconstruction was mortified
Very quickly the 14th Amendment insuring equal protection was passed to be four years later ratified
102 years later 110  American cities including Baltimore  across the nation in riots by blacks  burned
From the ashes and the coffins came lessons from the Kerner Report in response that desperately needed to be learned.
A blueprint for what had to be done to in the future prevent riots by those suffering egregious repression
Be it Memphis in 1866 or Baltimore in 1968 from a policing standpoint it matters not who is imposing the oppression 
“Police have come to symbolize white power, white racism and white repression,” Kerner Commission report on policing tactics that led to the race riots found. “[The] abrasive relationship between police and the minority communities has been a major-and explosive-source of grievance, tension and disorder.” 
It seems pretty basic especially when the ratio of white police significantly outnumber the ratio of residents who are black and a lesson we did not learn
So 47 years after its release but in a round file most likely placed
In Baltimore another riot on police conduct to the black community based
By the time the six officers invoved had been charged it was too late to halt the short fuse
Too much history of blacks believing police do not protect and serve them  only abuse
Whether more whites are killed by police as opposed to blacks
Sends the debate on the relations with a community or the use of force down the wrong track
This is not easy and with the bad guys white, black and brown outnumbering the cops and packing heat
Policing procedures that strike the right balance between protection  and deemed oppression will need front row seats
Dust off and take heed the quoted section above of the Kerner Report 
Pedal to the metal to regain the community’s black and white support
To paraphrase Mao: “The police must move amongst the people as the fish swim through the sea.”
If they do not, efforts to prevent another death and resulting riot are barking up a wrong tree
More black and brown cops will help to tension on interactions be reduced
But only if proper procedures on a stop, arrest, or use of force will a reduction in hostility be produced
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not May 1 History International Labor Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—May 1, 2015 Trust your Friday is off to a great start with a great weekend awaiting you; if you are rattled by the difficulties inherent in waiting to the last moment in picking out the appropriate Mothers’ Day gift which see below is easy to solve. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video of Beat It and a relevant quote by Robert Frost, having enjoyed  a chocolate parfait, 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 any memorable event like Mothers’ Day, 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. International Labor Day aka May Day—created by anarchists, socialists and communists to advance the fight for workers’ rights, better pay, an eight hour week and formally recognized by the Congress of the Second International in 1891. It is also the first day of summer and the universal voice distress call which did not originate to the perceived problems of communism but rather from the thoughtful incite of a senior radio officer, Frederick Mockford at Croydon Airport in London asked to create a voice equivalent of the Morse Code SOS. Since much of the traffic was between Croydon and Le Bourget he proposed Mayday which sounds exactly like the French “m’aidez" (help me).
       2. Law Day (U.S.)— proclaimed by Executive Order by President Eisenhower in 1958 and codified by statute in 1961 to promote the rule of law as the foundation of any society ( hope the day is not observed with rioting in Baltimore).
       3. 1983 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1983 on a three week run (thought it would have been longer) Beat It  by the one and only Michael Jackson. Here is a link to a music video of Michael Jackson performing Beat It:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym0hZG-zNOk
       4. National Chocolate Parfait Day—celebrating another one of this omnivore’s favorite deserts which is why the world is populated with chocoholics.
       5. Hard to Keep a Canary in a Cage—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1852 of Martha Canary, aka Calamity Jane, noted frontierswoman along the lines of Annie Oakley. She was married to Bill Hickok and sadly died of alcoholism at the age of 51.
On this day in
       a. 1786 Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro was performed for the first time.

       b. 1866 in a riot that makes the protests in Baltimore look like a Sunday picnic the three day Memphis Race Riot began, resulting in the death of two whites and 46 blacks and massive destruction of homes, churches and schools in the black community and thankfully the passage of the 14th Amendment by a nation outraged by the atrocities committed.  
       c. 1894 Coxey’s Army some 500 unemployed workers who had lost their jobs due to the depression of 1893 which was to last 4 years arrived in Washington, D.C. demanding public works projects be implemented to stimulate the economy (sound familiar?). The first significant protest march in our history died out when its leader Jacob Coxey and others were arrested for walking on the White House Lawn.
       d. 1927 the first airline cooked meals were introduced on an Imperial Airlines flight from Paris to London; unfortunately could not find out what the meals consisted of but without microwares and the short distance would have been interesting.
       e. 2011 President Obama announced to the nation that Osama bin Laden, the head of al Qaeda and mastermind of the 911 attacks had been killed in Pakistan. Unfortunately for us, killing a leader does not kill the ideology especially in the case of radical Islam.
Reflections on work on this International Labor Day: “By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.” Robert Frost, noted poet but unfortunately only partially right on the amount of boss time; it is more like 16 hours.
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

A New Wallenda Great or Not?

As the talk of the coronation begins to dim due in part to self inflicted wounds
And the book tour and the first week on the campaign shows to the middle class she may not be attuned
Hillary is facing a challenge to keep Obama’s support yet walk a tightrope to distance herself from Obama
While with the private email servers and Clinton Foundation mired in continuing drama
If she cannot in the voters’ mind create from Obama some space
Listen for the chorus that we do not need 4 more Obama years from the Reds in the race
But the more space she manages to create
What does that mean for support from Obama’s base she then alienates?
With Sanders, Warren and now O’Malley urging her to move further to the left
While also creating distance from Bill who had a likeable personality and as a politician was more deft
The actions Bill put in place to fight crime she wants to “reform” under the mantra of times change
While fighting off allegations that her role as Secretary enabled him to exorbitant speaking fees arrange
Already she and Warren under pressure from the unions have come to TPP oppose
Obama has already stated Warren is wrong although like Iran details are classified and may not be disclosed
Obama is hell bent for election to ram his second legacy down our throats
While the Senate concerned over “Death to the U.S. and Israel” is demanding a vote
Hillary on the Iran deal has been somewhat coy
On her views on whether this “agreement” if reached will prevent Iran from nukes to employ
In short, she is beginning to look like one of the Great  Wallendas who may not be Great without a safety net
Fearful of the next impromptu unscripted campaign misstep
Like the Johnny Carson of the old game show, the Reds will be the emcee of Who Do You Trust?
After “What Does It Matter? To Whom Should We the Security of this Nation Entrust?”  
Needing an image of transparency, openness and trust to the voters projected
While her whole being and psyche seems to have a case of terminal secrecy infected
Lurking in the wings is the potential candidacy of Jim Webb, former Senator, Secretary of the Navy and Marine
Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star with an understanding of security and the threats to be foreseen
Last but not least is the specter of the House obtaining her server with her emails to recover
God help her if she destroyed government ones or conflicts of interest Reds are able to discover
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