Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Uber alle at John Wayne Airport

To kill a monopoly takes a lot of work and a lot of time
So many barriers and steps to climb
Uber and Lyft have declared war on Yellow Cab and its sky high fares
So much cheaper rates and a better experience to share
No need to carry a lot of cash
A better chance a driver speaks English and will not crash
John Wayne now Uber to pick up at the airport permits
Lower costs to passengers to now commit
Riding a cab should not be the equivalent of taking a mortgage out
When getting to one’s destination safely is often in grave doubt
While the fares for cabs are sky high
The drivers trying to make a living barely get by
Over five hundred a week charge a driver must pay
For the privilege of a yellow cab logo to display
Good for John Wayne Airport and hearty accolades
Another step in monopolies to degrade
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To kill a monopoly takes a lot of work and a lot of time
So many barriers and steps to climb
Uber and Lyft have declared war on Yellow Cab and its sky high fares
So much cheaper rates and a better experience to share
No need to carry a lot of cash
A better chance a driver speaks English and will not crash
John Wayne now Uber to pick up at the airport permits
Lower costs to passengers to now commit
Riding a cab should not be the equivalent of taking a mortgage out
When getting to one’s destination safely is often in grave doubt
While the fares for cabs are sky high
The drivers trying to make a living barely get by
Over five hundred a week charge a driver must pay
For the privilege of a yellow cab logo to display
Good for John Wayne Airport and hearty accolades
Another step in monopolies to degrade
© March 31, 2015 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Subpoena the Server

Hillary has more baggage than a queen going on a round the world cruise
 Even more baggage than Ismelda Marcos had with her 1000’s of pairs of shoes
We mere mortals would be facing jail if her acts we aped
As a graduate of the School of Law at prestigious Yale
She must know the consequences when evidence requested you destruct
No one should believe her as web of lame excuses she tries to to construct
Her moral and ethical compass has a mortal flaw
Like her husband she believes she is above the law
Time for Congress to double down on Hillary
Time to bring oout the heavy subpoena aftillery
No more if ands or buts
Time to reveal to the nation her attempts to records destruct
If she can have a tête-à-tête  with Obama to try to protect her deceptive ass
The top Reds should meet with him to demand for her no get out of jail pass
Unless unlike prior scandals which the DOJ has chosen not to pursue
Loretta Lynch commits to investigate Hillary’s potential obstruction of justice, her nomination Congress will eschew
It may be a forlorn hope but as a career D.A., Lynch may not be infected with Hillary’s flaw
What is more important than protecting Blues is for an AG to preserve and follow the rule of law
If someone believes that Hillary’s server has nothing to hide
She should have produced the server immediately so truth could be on her side
She did not due for a simple easy reason to understand
The server was clogged with conflicts involving her foundation gifts  from foreign lands
If this poet were the leaders of the Reds with Obama I would make a deal
Unleash the DOJ on this private email server and Obamacare we will not try to repeal
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not March 31 History Caesar Chavez Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—March 31, 2015 Trust your Taco Tuesday is proving to be a great one and you are preparing to cheer for Stanford in the semifinals of the NIT against Old Dominion tonight. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances albeit somewhat meager today, factoids of interest, music video of K-Ci and JoJo, and a relevant quote by Caesar Chavez, enjoying a plate of clams on the half shell anticipating a Stanford win in the NIT over Old Dominion, 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 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. Caesar Chavez Daycelebrating the legacy of unionist and activist Caesar Chavez in California since 1995.
       2. Transfer Day (U.S. Virgin Islands)—celebrating the purchase on this day in 1917 from Denmark of those favorite cruise ship locations in the Caribbean, the U.S. Virgin Islands.
      3. 1998 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1998, as part of a 3 week run, All  My Life by K-Ci and JoJo, a duo of brothers in the R&B and soul music genre.  Here is a video link to the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXvMT_mVbqw  
      4. National Clams on the Half Shell Day—celebrating a great way to savor clams other than in clam chowder either raw or mixed with olive oil, bread crumbs, garlic and parsley and then baked.
      5. Hypocrite Day--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1948 of the inventor of the internet and with his huge homes and proclivity for flying in chartered jets the possessor of a massive carbon footprint, the one and only Al Gore who but for the grace of chads would have been our president on 911.
On this day in
     a. 1889 that iconic symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, was officially opened.
     b. 1906 the Intercollegiate Sports Association (rename the NCAA) was founded to set rules for intercollegiate sports.
     c. 1918 Daylight Savings Time went into effect in the United States for the first time.
     d. 1931 TWA Flight 599 crashed near Bazaar, Kansas killing eight including Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne.           
     e. 1992 the last active battleship in the U.S. Navy, the Missouri, was decommissioned in Long Beach, CA.
     Reflections on humanity from Caesar Chavez:  When we are really honest with ourselves we must admit our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines the kind of men we are."
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Dolittle Raider Dies

Sadly, another of the Greatest Generation has made his final flight
One of the Doolittle Raiders on Tokyo a man named Wallace Hite
Hard to imagine the desperation and despair
When the the B-25s too early took off into the air
Japan seemed invincible and all territories to take
Time for revenge and a no more advance line in the sand to stake
Pearl Harbor and Bataan like 911 were to America a deadly wakeup call
And the need to the forces of tyranny and repression try to stall
More likely than not this was a one way ride doomed to fail
Launched way too early from the Hornet with not safe place to bail
On capture Hite was not beheaded
Only for 40 months imprisoned instead
We have so few moments to honor these few remaining living heroes
That fought on land the Banzais, on sea the long lance and in the air the Zeros
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Freezing at Starbucks

When it comes to coffee, Starbucks leads the pack
Always looking forward from its Pike Street beginnings and never looking back
Bold moves on the tattoo, gun carrying and racial front
When it comes to expansion and profit it swings for the fences never bunts
But when it comes to carbon foot prints, this coffee drinker has an idea to suggest
It is time for the freezing level of air conditioning to be addressed
If you are in the Starbucks at the corner of Wilson and Harbor
It may not be snowing inside but feels like January in Ann Arbor
Meat lockers or ORs seem like tropical paradises compared to this frigid place
Given the adherence to Green causes and Fair Trade this is an environmental disgrace
We know that Starbucks sells coffee cups and mugs
But not clothing or logoed rugs
Maybe a clothing line of Holsteins
So fitting for cows as part of a meat locker scene
Maybe brewing coffee creates for the baristas a deadly amount of heat
Which might render their prompt and efficient service somewhat effete
Maybe too many people after one cup of caffeine
Are staying too long and from the free Wi-Fi do not want to be weaned
But at this Starbucks and many others I suspect
It is time to the freeze them out strategy at Starbucks to reject
Too much air conditioning at too low a temperature use
Is a major climate change environmental abuse
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When it comes to coffee, Starbucks leads the pack
Always looking forward from its Pike Street beginnings and never looking back
Bold moves on the tattoo, gun carrying and racial front
When it comes to expansion and profit it swings for the fences never bunts
But when it comes to carbon foot prints, this coffee drinker has an idea to suggest
It is time for the level of air conditioning to be addressed
If you are in the Starbucks at the corner of Wilson and Harbor
It may not be snowing but feels like January in Ann Arbor
Meat lockers or ORs seem like tropical paradises compared to this frigid place
Given the adherence to Green causes and Fair Trade this is an environmental disgrace
We know that Starbucks sells coffee cups and mugs
But not clothing or logoed rugs
Maybe a clothing line of Holsteins
So fitting for cows as part of a meat locker scene
Maybe brewing coffee creates for the baristas a deadly amount of heat
Which might render their prompt and efficient service somewhat effete
Maybe too many people after one cup of caffeine
Are staying too long and from the free Wi-Fi do not want to be weaned
But at this Starbucks and many others I suspect
It is time to the freeze them out strategy at Starbucks to reject
Too much air conditioning at too low a temperature use
Is a major environmental abuse
© March 30, 2015 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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When it comes to coffee, Starbucks leads the pack
Always looking forward from its Pike Street beginnings and never looking back
Bold moves on the tattoo, gun carrying and racial front
When it comes to expansion and profit it swings for the fences never bunts
But when it comes to carbon foot prints, this coffee drinker has an idea to suggest
It is time for the level of air conditioning to be addressed
If you are in the Starbucks at the corner of Wilson and Harbor
It may not be snowing but feels like January in Ann Arbor
Meat lockers or ORs seem like tropical paradises compared to this frigid place
Given the adherence to Green causes and Fair Trade this is an environmental disgrace
We know that Starbucks sells coffee cups and mugs
But not clothing or logoed rugs
Maybe a clothing line of Holsteins
So fitting for cows as part of a meat locker scene
Maybe brewing coffee creates for the baristas a deadly amount of heat
Which might render their prompt and efficient service somewhat effete
Maybe too many people after one cup of caffeine
Are staying too long and from the free Wi-Fi do not want to be weaned
But at this Starbucks and many others I suspect
It is time to the freeze them out strategy at Starbucks to reject
Too much air conditioning at too low a temperature use
Is a major environmental abuse
© March 30, 2015 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
Alaskanpoet for Hire, Poems to Admire
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When it comes to coffee, Starbucks leads the pack
Always looking forward from its Pike Street beginnings and never looking back
Bold moves on the tattoo, gun carrying and racial front
When it comes to expansion and profit it swings for the fences never bunts
But when it comes to carbon foot prints, this coffee drinker has an idea to suggest
It is time for the level of air conditioning to be addressed
If you are in the Starbucks at the corner of Wilson and Harbor
It may not be snowing but feels like January in Ann Arbor
Meat lockers or ORs seem like tropical paradises compared to this frigid place
Given the adherence to Green causes and Fair Trade this is an environmental disgrace
We know that Starbucks sells coffee cups and mugs
But not clothing or logoed rugs
Maybe a clothing line of Holsteins
So fitting for cows as part of a meat locker scene
Maybe brewing coffee creates for the baristas a deadly amount of heat
Which might render their prompt and efficient service somewhat effete
Maybe too many people after one cup of caffeine
Are staying too long and from the free Wi-Fi do not want to be weaned
But at this Starbucks and many others I suspect
It is time to the freeze them out strategy at Starbucks to reject
Too much air conditioning at too low a temperature use
Is a major environmental abuse
© March 30, 2015 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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One Email from Disaster Where Is the New Deep Throat

Even Nixon during the depths of the Watergate scandal
Could not force himself to evidence destroy or mishandle
Hillary who was on the Watergate investigating team
Obviously not so constrained with her personal deletion only scheme
30,000 emails that she alone was the public or private content judge
No wonder on the release of her server, she refuses to budge
Anyone who believes her statement that personal only is a complete fool
Needs to put on a dunce hat and sit on a corner stool
How many emails on yoga, wedding dresses, or truly personal stuff
Would she have the need to send so her coronation the voters will rebuff?
For every “public” email sent one private one according to her went into cyber space
Believable only if you are fanatic supporter and into the White House you want her to be placed
Wiping her private email server clean smacks of evidence she had to destruct
Looks like clearly justice she chose to obstruct
For six years Obama’s deceit and nontransparency we Americans have had to suffer
While the president was protected by the bullet proof Holder buffer
One can only hope there are recipients of the “private” emails that have the courage to be a new and needed “deep throat”
Revealing emails so to the trash heap of deception her coronation quest sent along with a righteous rejected vote
Hillary is probably the most calculating, well planning person on the American political landscape
To think she would not release emails that would help her private use case is as believable as Nixon claiming nothing damning on the Watergate tapes
We are ready for a woman president; we should have a woman president but not this one
Too much deception, too little honesty, too much concealment, too little transparency—
 all add up to a coronation we should shun
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not March 30 History National Doctors Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—March 30, 2015 Trust your weekend was a great one and your Monday is off to a great start. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances albeit somewhat meager today, factoids of interest, music video of Puff Daddy, and a relevant quote by Arthur Schopenhauer, enjoying a bowl of turkey neck soup after savoring   watching your favorite team play in the NIT or the NCAA Tournaments (both men and women), 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 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. National Doctors Daycelebrating since 1989 the contribution of doctors to the health and welfare of the citizens of this nation; sadly the practice of medicine has been under great stress due to the decreasing reimbursements to physicians due to cuts in Medicare and Medicaid and the increased regulatory burden imposed HIPPA.
       2. National Pencil Day—celebrating the issuance on this day in 1858 of a patent to Hymen Lipman for a pencil equipped with an eraser (most helpful when marking down golf scores when money is at stake).
      3. 1997 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1997, as part of a 6 week run, Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down by Puff Daddy, a Harlem born rapper whose net worth in 2014 was estimated by Forbes Magazine to be $700 million.  Here is a video link to the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmHMcKN8xlI
      4. Turkey Neck Soup Day—celebrating a great soup especially when made with rice or noodles and mushrooms, carrots, and your favorite spices like basil, tarragon or thyme.
      5. Flat’s Where It’s At Day--celebrating not those who believe in a flat earth but rather the birthday on this day in 1926 of Ingvar Kamprad, the creator of the flat pack and founder of IKEA who started his retailing career selling matches and appropriately, since it is National Pencil Day, pencils.
On this day in
     a. 1867 in what has to be one of the great bargains of all time, the United States purchased Alaska aka “Seward’s Folly from Russia for $7.2 million (revenue from leasing rights to hunt fur seals from 1870 to 1890 generated over $6 million into the U.S. Treasury).
     b. 1964 the TV game show Jeopardy created by Merv Griffin made its debut on television; the host was Art Fleming. The show is still going strong today with Alex Trebek as its host.
     c. 1976 the first Land Day, protesting Israeli land policies affecting Palestinians, was held in Israel resulting in the deaths of six Arabs.
     d. 1981 President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest, almost mortally, by John Hinckley, Jr. Reagan, always known for a great sense of humor quipped to his wife Nancy after exiting from surgery: “Honey I forgot to duck.”           
     e. 2012 MasterCard and Visa announced a massive security breach of cardholder data affecting over 10 million card holders.
     Reflections on humanity from three points of view: “The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.” Arthur Schopenhauer, noted 19th Century German philosopher best known for his book The World as Will and Representation.
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