Monday, August 3, 2015

Helter Skelter Iran Swelters

Maybe God has had it with the mullahs of Iran demanding Israel’s or our death
Imposing a heat dome over the country that will take away your breath
Temperatures in the low 100’s with a heat index of 164
Heat strokes and soon the death rates will soar
Climate change or the wrath of God on fanatics to inflict?
If the latter unlikely the killing temperatures will dip
If the former, let’s increase the use of coal
Hard for the fanatics in deadly heat to increase their deadly toll
How can the mullahs in this stifling and killing heat
Require women to be condemned to be fully clothed from head to the bottom of her feet© August 3, 2015, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not August 3 History International Assistance Dog Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—August 3, 2015 Trust your weekend was a great one and your batteries have been fully recharged to meet whatever issues that are facing you for the week and as always, I hope you enjoy Monday’s holidays and observances,  factoids of interest, a music video by the Carpenters, a relevant quote from Senator Vest, looking forward to enjoying a large slice of a chilled watermelon, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like 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 Assistance Dog Day—celebrating the great service seeing eye and comfort dogs provide for their two legged friends that have physical and emotional challenges.                                                    
       2. Apocalypse Day—celebrating since 1940 the birthday of one of the great actors in our time Martin Sheen who with Marlin Brando starred in one of the classic films of all time Apocalypse Now.                                                         
       3. 1970 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1970 on a four week run in that position  Close to You by that great brother and sister duo the Carpenters one of whom the sister died far, far too early from aneorexia .  Here is a link to the Carpenters performing In Close to You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6inwzOooXRU
      4. National Watermelon Day—celebrating another great way to beat the summer heat ge it with seeds or seedless.  
      5. Leave Your Heart In San Francisco—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1926 of the long term icon singer Tony Bennet.
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1852 in what was probably the first sporting intercollegiate sporting event, Harvard University beat Yale in a rowing contest.  
       b. 1900 the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company was founded.
       c. 1946 Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss of being a member of the communist party.   
       d. 1977 Tandy Corporation introduced the TRS-80 one of the first mass produced personal computers.   
       e. 2004 the pedestal of the Statute of Liberty reopened after being closed as a result of the 911 attacks.  
Reflections on man’s best and most loyal friend:   “The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground when the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only to be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince.” Senator George Graham Vest 
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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not August 2 History International Forgiveness Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—August 2, 2015 Trust your Sunday is off to a great start and as always, I hope you enjoy Sunday’s holidays and observances,  factoids of interest, a music video by Zagar and Evans, a relevant quote from Marianne Williamson, looking forward to enjoying a cold ice cream sandwich, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like 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 Forgiveness Day—celebrating on the first Sunday in August the act of forgiveness whether it is of others or even oneself and the benefits to one’s peace of mind of forgiving.                                                    
       2. American Family Day—celebrating since 1977 in Arizona the importance of the family as the bedrock of the community and society and unlike Mothers’ Day or Fathers’ Day family members observing the day are encouraged not to give gifts other than the gift of spending time together.                                                          
       3. 1969 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1969 on a six week run in that position another great classic of the 60’s In The Year 2525 by Zagar and Evans.  Here is a link to Zagar and Evans performing In The Year 2525: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izQB2-Kmiic
      4. National Ice Cream Sandwich Day—celebrating another great way to beat the summer heat.  
      5. All In The Family On Family Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1924 of Caroll O’Connor best known for his role as Archie Bunker in the classic TV Series All in the Family.
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1790 the first census was completed, showing a population of 3,929,214. In terms of population we have come a long way and with immigration legal and unfortunately illegal continue to expand.  
       b. 1911 in one of the early shots in this nation’s war on drugs, Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 which effectively made the production, use and sale of products containing cannabis illegal.
       c. 1943 PT-109 was rammed and sunk by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri; but fortunately for us, its captain, John F. Kennedy survived. The Amagiri was sunk near Borneo on April 20, 1944.   
       d. 1964  three North Vietnamese gunboats launched unsuccessful torpedo attacks on the USS Maddox but were heavily damaged by gunfire and air attacks while retreating back to North Vietnam. Little did we know this brief encounter would be the steps that with great deception on the part of our government led to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution due to a phantom attack on the USS Turner Joy 2 days later and the beginning of this nation’s worst nightmare, the Vietnam War.   
       e. 1990 in a grave miscalculation of U.S. resolve and a U.S. President who when he drew red lines in the sand really meant it, Iraq invaded Kuwait, leading to the First Iraq War and a crushing defeat of Iraqi forces in 100 hours of ground combat.   
Reflections on forgiveness and how to find lasting peace: Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness." Marianne Williamson, noted American spiritural teacher, lecturer and author of ten books, four of which have been number one best sellers on the New York Times Best Sellers List. Without forgiveness anger turns into resentment which is more toxic to one’s spirituality and tranquility than the strongest poison known to man, a veritable tranquility nerve gas.
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Greece In Puerto Rico

We know of the slow movement in our lithosphere
Tectonic plate forces creating the earthquakes we all fear
But these forces are physical not financial and take millions of years
The financial ones unfortunately take much less time for the results to appear
A financial tectonic plate like the one in Greece is now on a rapid move
Puerto Rico’s plate moving fast but no EU lending package to the financial shocks dampen or soothe
News that our territory on its billions of public debt on a $58 million payment due today will default
Worse in November there will be no dollars left in its general funding vaults
A decade long economic slump coupled with spending more than the island took in
Investors rightfully fearing they will take it on the proverbial chin
In a battle for tourist dollars between Cuba and Puerto Rico guess who will most likely win
Not even close, with the end of the embargo, Cuba will win hands and dollars down
It will be wearing the tourist vacation attraction crown
Another warning which this administration will continue to ignore
A country, even one like the U.S., cannot long survive if its national debt continues to soar
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Cecil Then Jericho What About the Fetal Body Parts?

Amid conflicting reports the media frenzy over Cecil  and  now to his brother Jericho spreads
Fears too that Jericho, like his brother lion shot by a trophy hunter or poacher,  may now be dead
Given the frenzied media attention on Cecil, it would not this poet surprise
Unlike the delay in the case of Chattanooga, Obama would put Old Glory at half mast to bemoan his demise
While on this day over 1,000 potential babies at Planned Parenthood die
Sounds of Silence save for the stampede to Planned Parenthood for fetal parts to buy
Selling fetal parts to finance a Lamborghini should make most people puke
Blue defenders of Planned Parenthood rallying to prevent a defunding rebuke
While the petri dishes are overflowing with soon to be dollar fetal body parts
Sounds of Silence, silent whispers on how far from humanity we can depart?
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Mendoza Gets Green Card at 16 Kills 2 at 18

If you want to feel your blood pressure rise
And understand why Trump’s standing in the polls is no surprise
After reading Adios America  with stories of legal and illegal aliens’ violent deadly crimes
Trashing our parks and turning our cities into hovels fit only for swine
Our unique and exceptional nation, this home of the brave and land of the free
Is becoming a third world pit awash in a legal and illegal aliens crime spree
While the PC left minimizes the open border and sweeps the crime problem under the rug
Trump has it right we get hit twice—the dregs coming in, looking for welfare or bringing in drugs
Even if working and not on welfare a good portion of the dollars not here spent
But back to their families in Mexico sent
                                                
         
In Pryor, Montana  a family of three Native Americans stopped to give Jesus Mendoza a helping hand
Only to have the mom and dad killed and daughter wounded for their being Good Sams
Three more victims in the Country of the Big Sky
In his confession Mendoza chillingly tells us why
Not that the Good Sams didn’t have the money he wanted by gun take
But because the wounded daughter made in his culture a fatal mistake
She laughed at him, did not give him respect, in his sick culture giving him a duty to attack
As the three were running away this coward shot them in the back
Normal first thought would be that another illegal alien committed another heinous crime
Here the thought would be wrong; Jesus is a permanent resident this time
Looking at the photo of Jesus you have to shake your head and wonder why
What skills does this thug possess that we need or this just another deadly example of Obama’s policies gone awry?
ICE assures us that if he is convicted; after he is released he will be departed by ICE
A little late and little condolences for a family due to Jesus has just paid a very, very high price
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not August 1 Mead Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—August 1, 2015 Trust your weekend is off to a great start and as always, I hope you enjoy Saturday’s holidays and observances,  factoids of interest, a music video by The Doors, a relevant quote from an anonymous source, looking forward to enjoying a sandwich enhanced with your favorite mustard, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like 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. Mead Day—celebrating since 2002 and created by the International Homebrewing Association to promote the home brewing of a truly ancient beverage, mead, an elixir of water, honey and yeast.                                                    
       2. National Parents’ Day—celebrating and promoting the role parents have in nurturing and teaching their children which unfortunately in too many families one parent is either AWOL or prevented/discouraged due to a bitter divorce from being involved.                                                        
       3. 1968 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1968 on a two week run in that position another great classic of the 60’s Hello I Love You Fire by The Doors.  Here is a link to The Doors performing Hello I Love You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzM71scYw0M
      4. National Mustard Day—celebrating that tasty spread and garnish that makes the blandest sandwich a five star delight.  
      5. Grateful Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1942 of Jerry Garcia, the lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead who due to heavy smoking and drug use, died way too early at the age of 53.
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1834 slavery was abolished in the British Empire fortunately by an act of Parliament and not in our case the Civil War.  
       b. 1911 Harriet Quimby took her pilot’s test and became the first woman in the U.S. to receive a pilot’s certificate from the Aero Club of America.
       c. 1966 Charles Whitman entered the Texas Tower at the University of Texas and shot and killed 16 people before killed by police.    
       d. 1966 in a great leap backward, the purge of intellectuals and imperialists as part of the Cultural Revolution in China began.   
       e. 1981 MTV began broadcasting. 
Reflections on Parents’ Day: “Honor and respect your parents who managed to get through high school and college without the benefit or help of Wikipedia, Google or Twitter.” Anon
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