Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Theater Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 27, 2017  The Blues that were as recently as two weeks ago on life support are back in the obstructionist game full time preparing to be nuked over Gorsuch’s nomination and dancing in the streets over the Freedom Caucus’ sabotage of the repeal of Obamacare which is becoming the greatest job killer of all time (fortunately for the Reds it still has Obama’s name on it but it will implode leaving people in a world of real hurt and angrier over professional swamp denizens be they Red or Blue than ever before—term limits); biggest fear facing market is that needed tax cuts will go down the drain due to an emboldened Schumer and his lackeys; finally a revival in Appalachia as coal is being mined again and miners are working seven days a week; another battle brewing over privacy and safety as Scotland Yard in a dispute with WhatsApp is trying to open Masood’s encrypted messages sent before his vehicle attack on Westminster Bridge; the Catholic Church in Mexico has proclaimed that any Mexicans who work on the wall Trump wants to build are traitors and acting immorally (like the women who didn’t vote for Hillary and according to Madeline Albright have a special place in hell, any Mexican so employed will have his or her special place); as Iraqi forces move to retake Mosul, U.S. sends an additional 200 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne to assist; on the sports front, the Stanford women came back from a 16 point deficit in the third quarter to defeat Notre Dame, setting up a potential showdown with UConn and the drama of two sisters named Samuelson playing against each other for the National Championship;   almost like a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through March 26 increasing to 701 and the death toll rising to 123 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight to find and shoot victims) and yet nothing, absolutely nothing, appears to be occurring to address this blight on blacks and minorities which is what racism from a black mayor really looks like.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Tommy Roe, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Jay Leno, while thankful that today is not to deracinate in the garden, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events 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 Whisk(e)y Day—first celebrated in 2009 to honor the making of whisky and whiskey and to raise funds for research into Parkinson’s Disease (no relation to the disease and the consumption of spirits).
2.  World Theater Day—created by the International Theater Institute in 1961 to promote appreciation of and support of live theater and proving Shakespeare’s astute observation that “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.”  
3. 1969 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1969 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “Dizzy” by Tommy Roe.  Here is a recording of him performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2DLMVxg02Q
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “deracinate” which means to tear something out at the roots which is what we desperately need to do with the corruption and lobbying weeds in Washington, D.C.
5. Call It For What It Is—celebrating or bemoaning the birth on this day in 1963 of Quentin Tarantino a director of really violent films who sees no connection between gun violence on the screen and gun violence on the streets and who created a storm of controversy at a Black Lives Matter rally calling police murderers.   
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1915 Mary Mallon aka Typhoid Mary the first asymptomatic carrier of the typhoid virus in the United States was placed in quarantine where she would remain for the rest of her life.        
b. 1964 a 9.2 earthquake, the strongest ever to hit the United States, struck South-central Alaska killing 125 people and causing massive damage to Anchorage and leveling the town of Valdez (the southern terminal of TAPS).
c. 1975 after years of delay due to litigation and Alaska Native claims construction on the Trans Alaska Pipeline
System finally began.
d. 1998 in a let the good times roll moment, the FDA approved the sale of Viagra designed to prevent erectile dysfunction in men.
e. 2016 at a park in Lahore, Pakistan a suicide bomber targeting Christians celebrating Easter detonated his bomb, killing 70 and wounding some 300 others.    
A note of humor on Viagra:  “More coming out about Saddam Hussein. We now know he takes Viagra and he has as many as six mistresses. No wonder Congress is reluctant to take action against this guy - he's one of their own.” Jay Leno.  Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the 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 or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
© March 27, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

On Gorsuch Time To Nuke Schumer

In the event of nuclear Armageddon only the cockroaches will survive
Schumer and his lackeys are not cockroaches and after the nuclear option politically his party will be in destruction overdrive
Schumer is a useless denizen of the swamp that has never worked in the private sector
His ideal is not the businessman creating jobs but public service unions and the federal tax collector
He would not know how to create a job if his life depended on it
His brand of obstruction explains why when solving problems D.C. has run out of gas, has simply quit
He is so biased against Trump that in his distorted reality the Senate should only advise and block
No nominee selected by Trump would cause him to the barriers to SCOTUS unlock
If Trump could somehow resurrect Warren or Douglas from their graves
Under Schumer not even such liberal leanings would a nomination save
Time for Mitch to call Schumer’s bluff and change the rules
Cram down the nomination with the nuclear option tool
Pack the circuit courts with conservative judges especially the ninth with its leftist slant
A sense of following the law as opposed to following personal views supplant
Under the banner of partisanship our government has failed to work
The idea of doing what’s best for the country is an idea our swamp creatures shirk
Wear an arm band of black to the demise of trust thanks to Schumer in our Supreme Court mourn

Leaving probably the military the last standing in which our faith and belief has not been shorn
© March 25, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Puppy Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 23, 2017  The Reds are beginning to look like the Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight as Red moderates and conservatives may not have ironed out their differences and enough members of the Freedom Caucus may vote against it (after 7 years of running against Obamacare it boggles the mind that the Reds would not have created a bill they could all back instead of waiting for a Trump upset and then have to scramble); what may be the real loser here if the Obamacare repeal goes nowhere will be tax cuts we desperately need which if not put in place will doom the Trump presidency as we will have zero chance to reach the 3-4 percent growth Trump expects; on the issue of surveillance of Trump and members of his campaign and transition team, the fat lady is singing and the tune and the notes are really chilling in the amount of surveillance by the intel community of members of the Trump campaign and transition team and the unmasking of those under surveillance and leaking of names (perhaps it is time to launch an investigation of Obama’s involvement even though that would plunge the left into terminal hysteria); worse the surveillance of some individuals has nothing to do with Russians who are believed to have tried to influence the election; the irony that today is the anniversary of the first of 12 interviews by David Frost of former President Nixon on the Watergate Scandal and the Nixon Tapes; Los Angeles which used to be called the City of Angels should now be known as the City of Anarchists issuing directives forbidding airport police or firefighter from cooperating with ICE (Sessions should convene a federal task force at the DOJ to determine whether Mayor Garcetti and other city elected officials are violating the law and if so file charges and jail them (we cannot live in an environment of anarchy); in yet another chilling reminder of the presence of terror and why we need a travel ban however temporary it may be, police in Antwerp thwarted a London copy cat jihadist killing spree, arresting a man of North African descent who was driving his car at a high rate of speed toward a crowd of pedestrians; almost like a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through March 21 increasing to 656 and the death toll fortunately stuck at 119 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight to find and shoot victims) and yet nothing, absolutely nothing, appears to be occurring to address this blight on blacks and minorities which is what racism from a black mayor really looks like.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, another music link to Otis Redding, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Andrew Peterson, while if serving in the military overseas your platoon is not the subject of a comisado, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events 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 Puppy Day—created by Colleen Paige in 2006 to honor mankind’s most lovable friend and to promote adoption of and spaying and neutering of puppies and rail against the puppy mills that stock far too many pet stores.
2.  World Meteorology  Day—created by the World Meteorology Organization in 1961 to promote appreciation of the importance of meteorology in predicting and forecasting weather around a different theme each year. For 2017 the theme is “Understanding Clouds,” not the internet ones but the ones we see in the skies above us.    
3. 1968 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1968 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “Sitting on a Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding.  Here is a recording of him performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTVjnBo96Ug
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “comisado” which means a military surprise attack conducted at night which given the night vision goggles worn by the U.S. Military will give us an advantage over forces of ISIS as we can see and they cannot.
5. Stuff the Sheepskin—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1955 of Moses Malone perennial All Star and Hall of Famer who became the first player to skip college and go directly into the pros; the fierce rebounder and prolific scorer hauled down his last rebound at the age of 60 dying in his sleep a heart attack.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1806 after spending three months near Astoria, Oregon the Lewis and Clark left Fort Clatsop that they have constructed to begin their return journey to St. Louis, Missouri (as a side note upon arrival to the Pacific Ocean the members of the expedition voted on the issue of whether they should move their camp to the south side of the Columbia and a slave York and an Indian squaw, Sacagawea, were allowed to vote, the first time in American history that a woman and a slave were allowed to vote).        
b. 1857 Elisha Otis’ first elevator was installed at 488 Broadway in New York City.
c.  1909 former President Theodore Roosevelt leaves for a post presidency safari in Africa sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society.
d. 1977 British journalist began the first of twelve interviews with resigned former President Nixon on the Watergate Scandal and the Nixon Tapes.
e. 1983 in what would prove to be the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union since it did not have the economic base to compete with the United States, President Reagan made his initial proposal for the Strategic Defense Initiative, a defensive system designed to shoot down incoming ICBMs.  
Reflections of the impact of puppies on human beings:  “I'll put her in charge of the puppies. I've twelve this week that need tending. How does that suit you?"
Leeli's mouth hung open. She tried to say something but instead crumpled to the floor. She had fainted with joy.” Andrew Peterson, The Monster in the Hollows
.  Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the 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 or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
© March 23, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Water Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 22, 2017  Radical Islam is alive and well at least on the bridge leading to Parliament as a bearded presumed Islamist mowed down 20 pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge killing three and injuring dozens before being given his one way ticket to “Paradise” by armed police in front of Parliament; growing outrage over the rape by two illegals 17 and 18  who were in the ninth grade of a Rockville, Maryland high school and gang raped a 14 year old student  (another sad case of collateral damage of a porous border that Blues like our junior senator Kamala Harris are fighting tooth and nail to keep open); shocking and really scary revelations that numerous members of the Trump campaign and Trump transition team were being wiretapped on an “incidental” basis; Gorsuch faces another day of partisan attacks by Blues desperate to find some basis to sabotage his nomination and are demanding the vote on his nomination be delayed until the witch hunt probe of Russian tampering with the election and the supposed influence on causing HRC to lose is concluded; anarchy is sprouting its evil head in San Francisco as Hillary Ronen has introduced legislation to ban the city from doing any business with any company that bids to do work on the construction of the wall on the southern border (are you kidding me—time to cut off any federal dollars to this urine stained cesspool sanctuary city and start prosecuting city officials who are refusing to enforce federal immigration law and in effect harboring illegals); despite arm twisting by President Trump, it is not clear whether the Reds have enough votes to pass the replacement bill for Obamacare tomorrow; almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through March 21 increasing to 656 and the death toll fortunately stuck at 119 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight to find and shoot victims) and yet nothing, absolutely nothing, appears to be occurring to address this blight on blacks and minorities which is what racism from a black mayor really looks like.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, another music link to the Turtles, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Marq de Villiers, while enjoying snorkeling to view the benthos, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events 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.  World Water Day—designated by the UN in 1993 to promote the development and preservation of clean and sanitary water supplies in developing countries.
2.  As Young As You Feel Day—celebrating the fact that with replacement of joints, age is merely a state of mind; today like all days is a day to keep moving and exercise your mental capabilities.   
3. 1967 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1967 on a run of 3 weeks in that position “Happy Together” by the Turtles.  Here is a recording of the group performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRCe5L1imxg
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “benthos” which means the flora and fauna to be found at the bottom of the sea or lake.
5. Shocking Truly Shocking—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1943 of Keith Relf the founder of the Yardbirds who met an untimely early death at the age of 33  while playing an electric guitar that was not properly grounded.   
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1765 in a “no taxation without representation” moment that infuriated the American Colonies and started the path to the Revolutionary War, the British Parliament enacted the Stamp Act which levied a tax on all documents.        
b. 1871 William Holden, the governor of North Carolina, had the dubious distinction of being the first governor removed by impeachment on strict party lines although the legislature recognized the error of its actions and pardoned him in 2011.
c. 1872 Illinois became the first state to require gender equality in employment.
d. 1960 Arthur Schlawlow and Charles Townes received the first patent for a laser.
e. 2016 Islamist terrorists bombed the Brussels airport and the Maalbeck/Maelbeck train station killing 33 innocents and wounding over 300 people; sadly to commemorate that vile act of Islamist terror, a jihadist ran his car into pedestrians walking across the Westminster Bridge and then rammed the gate leading to Parliament, stabbed a policeman to death and then was shot down like the dog he was.   
Observations of the importance of water in our lives on World Water DayThe trouble with water—and there is trouble with water—is that they're not making any more of it. They're not making any less, mind, but no more either. There is the same amount of water in the planet now as there was in prehistoric times. People, however, they're making more of—many more, far more than is ecologically sensible—and all those people are utterly dependent on water for their lives (humans consist mostly of water), for their livelihoods, their food, and increasingly, their industry. Humans can live for a month without food but will die in less than a week without water. Humans consume water, discard it, poison it, waste it, and restlessly change the hydrological cycles, indifferent to the consequences: too many people, too little water, water in the wrong places and in the wrong amounts.” Marq de Villiers, noted South African author and writer now living in Nova Scotia, Canada.  Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the 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 or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
© March 22, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 21, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Poetry Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 21, 2017  In something we never witnessed during the aloof and narcissistic presidency of Obama, President Trump was on Capital Hill meeting with House Republicans trying to convince them on the replacement bill for Obamacare while the markets tanked due to concern that a repeal will not be forthcoming and such failure will doom any chance of tax cuts that this country desperately needs; confirmation hearings continue on Gorsuch but it is becoming increasingly clear that the Blues better start looking for the nearest fallout shelter as Reds are prepared to and will exercise the nuclear option and confirm him with a majority vote; in another Willie Horton moment two illegal scumbags from Guatemala and El Salvador one of whom was on a deportation list, repeatedly and viciously raped a 14 year old girl in a Rockville, Maryland high school, prompting outcry from the White House especially since Montgomery County where Rockville is located is actively seeking sanctuary status and according to ICE even now does not cooperate with ICE (Senator Harris has introduced legislation to ban the construction of a wall on our southern border but it is a safe bet that she has not left the confines of the swamp to console the parents of that young victim); the Trump Administration has released a report of those jurisdictions that do not comply with ICE detainer requests and will update it weekly; in a cyber Kitty Genovese moment déjà vu,  6 scumbags in Chicago gang raped a 15 year old girl and streamed it live on Facebook watched by at least 40 people and no one had the decency to call the police and report it (the six are still at large and you have to wonder what this world is degenerating into); Maxine Waters an ideologue so left that she makes Senator Harris look like a member of the John Birch Society is idiotically blowing the impeachment horn (her voters would be in a much better world if this scumbag plantation owner freed them by resigning from office); almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through March 30 increasing to 653 and the death toll increasing by 1 to 119 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight to find and shoot victims) and yet nothing, absolutely nothing, appears to be occurring to address this blight on blacks and minorities which is what racism from a black mayor really looks like.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, another music link to the Sgt. Barry Sadler, factoids of interest for this day in history, an original poem from the Alaskanpoet and  a relevant quote from Aberjhani, while hoping that your elected officials are not anfractuous in missals to you, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events 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.  World Poetry Day—designated by UNESCO in 1999 to recognize the importance of poetry in our daily lives and to encourage its creation and reading. If I were to find a rose that would not fade and always seem fresh and new/ would I seek it in the florist shop?/ or in the rose gardens or the fields?/where to find this sought after floral jewel/ no matter the water, no matter the food all petals will soon fall/ only the name with a woman will the petals of a rose remain/ name your daughters Rose and for a middle name add Jewel/beauty and eternity in a name/only worry is the ardor of suitors to tame.
2.  International Day to End Racial Discrimination—created by the UN General Assembly in 1966 and observed on the anniversary of the South African police forces opening fire on a peaceful march on this day in 1960 in at Sharpville, South Africa protesting apartheid. Racial discrimination is something all of us should detest and fight against and likewise the tendency of too many politicians and groups to minimalize its existence by throwing down the race card at the drop of a hat regardless of whether there is a basis for the charge.   
3. 1966 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1966 on a run of 5 weeks in that position “Ballad of the Green Beret” by Sgt. Barry Sadler.  Here is a recording of him performing the song in uniform:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5WJJVSE_BE   
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “anfractuous” which means winding or circuitous which probably describes the speech patterns of most politicians.
5. Obesity Can Be Your Friend—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political point of view the birthday on this day in 1962 of “comedian” and LGBT activist Rosie O’Donnell who tends to be on the obese side.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1809 Code Napoleon was adopted as the French Civil Law.        
b. 1861 Alexander Stephens the Vice President of the Confederacy gave his Cornerstone Speech defending in no uncertain terms the institution of slavery.
c. 1965 Martin Luther King, Jr. led a third and successful march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital at Montgomery.
d. 1970 the first Earth Day proclamation was issued by Mayor Joseph Alioto of San Francisco.
e. 1980 President Jimmy Carter announced a boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics to be held in Moscow due to the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union.   
Observations on the nature of a poet “A poet is a verb that blossoms light in gardens of dawn, or sometimes midnight.”Aberjhani, noted American author, historian and poet. Wise words that this poet would add “or blows away the morning fog or leaves footsteps of dew from the night before.” Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the 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 or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
© March 21, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Vernal Equinox (Spring) March 20, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Great American Meat Out

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 20 .2017  On the first day of spring which symbolizes equality and balance, the partisan fireworks on Capital Hill were extensive this morning on the issue of Russian election interference, the unmasking of Flynn’s name to the public, Obama’s involvement in wiretapping of Trump Tower, the existence of or nonexistence of Trump campaign collusion with Russians and where the FBI stands in its investigations; through all the smoke whether there is any fire or not watching the Blue members and their questions is is clear to this observer that they are still in denial mode that the reason of loss was not a failed candidate, a failed campaign, or lack of message that the American workers wanted to hear but delusion of the Russians colluding with Trump’s campaign to snatch her defeat from the jaws of victory; confirmation hearings began on Judge Gorsuch and the snitty tit for tat that should be beneath the dignity of a senator was apparent as Blues were in a first class snit that the Reds did not hold hearings on Obama’s selection in the waning months of the election campaign (Blues are revealing because of the cataracts of bias they are incapable of seeing a way to find common ground on the issues that really concern Americans like jobs, safety, tax cuts, regulatory relief, health care and border security and should be thrown out of office in droves in 2016); Trump budget will significantly cut contributions to foreign aid and the UN but with the UN Human Rights Council wanting to issue a report condemning Israel for apartheid (growing calls to trim our contribution further); in an example that ICE is serious now about illegal immigration and that illegals have difficulty assimilating into our culture, ICE raided an abandoned building in Detroit, found 100 birds equipped for cockfighting which is illegal, and of the 86 people on the premises, 50 were detained for illegal immigration; almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through March 19 increasing to 648 and the death toll stuck at 118 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight to find and shoot victims) and yet nothing, absolutely nothing, appears to be occurring to address this blight on blacks and minorities which is what racism from a black mayor really looks like.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, another music link to the Beatles, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Peter Drucker, while hoping that you or your children will not be the subject of zabernism, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events 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.  Great American Meat Out—celebrating to the joy of farm animals and commercial species of fish since 1985 the pledge by consumers to forego meat on this day as we probably eat far too much of it which saddles us with a host of medical problems.
2.  Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day—promoting awareness of the safeguards to follow to prevent exposure to the HIV virus among Native Americans and Alaska Indians and the need to test for the presence of the virus as 20% infected do not know they have it.   
3. 1965 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1965 on a surprisingly short run of 2 weeks in that position “Eight Days a Week” by the Beatles.  Here is a recording of the group performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZzEvqDQfIA  If they had been carrying briefcases they would have looked like four bankers or lawyers off to work.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “zabernism” which means the misuse of military authority, aggression or bullying which is something we all can agree on should be avoided like the plague.
5. One Less Lawyer Has Made the World a Better Place—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1853 of Frederick W. Taylor who had intended to follow his father’s footsteps and become a lawyer but instead of going to Harvard apprenticed himself out in a machine shop and went on to become known as the “Father of Productivity.” Higher productivity means lower costs to consumers and higher wages for workers—a good thing, actually a great thing.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1815 after escaping from imprisonment on the island of Elba, Napoleon entered Paris with an army of 140,000 regulars quickly swelled by another 200,000 volunteers to begin his 100 days rule which came to end at the Battle of Waterloo and his subsequent exile to the barren island of St. Helena.       
b. 1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe published the epic Uncle Tom’s Cabin which galvanized the abolitionist movement.
c. 1952 a peace treaty with Japan formally bringing an end to the hostilities with the United States was ratified by the U.S. Senate.
d. 1985 in a blow for gender equality Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth. 
e. 2003 in the early morning hours ground forces from the U.S. and three other nations justified by Iraqi possession of  weapons of mass destruction that did exist began the invasion of Iraq without an exit plan or a workable plan on how Iraq was to be governed which was further compounded by Obama’s complete withdrawal of all forces on December 18, 2011 which led to the vacuum that allowed ISIS to take over huge chunks of the country and parts of Syria.  
Observations on the pioneering work of Frederick W. Taylor: “Frederick W. Taylor was the first man in recorded history who deemed work deserving of systematic observation and study. On Taylor's 'scientific management' rests, above all, the tremendous surge of affluence in the last seventy-five years which has lifted the working masses in the developed countries well above any level recorded before, even for the well-to-do. Taylor, though the Isaac Newton (or perhaps the Archimedes) of the science of work, laid only first foundations, however. Not much has been added to them since – even though he has been dead all of sixty years.” Peter Drucker  Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the 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 or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
© March 20, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 19, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Buzzards Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 19, 2017  The 2017 Iditarod is now in the record books as Cindy Abbott the winner of the Red Lantern to the last musher to enter Nome has done so (can hardly wait till next year and will make reservations in Nome shortly to be there watching the dogs come in (unique race of the bonding of humans and canines against the forces of nature and the emotions of loneliness and lack of human conduct); Chuck Berry, the father of Rock and Roll who at 90 was preparing to release a new album shortly when he died today along with 88 year old Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Jimmy Breslin, who early  on in his writing career developed the persona on an earthy, hard drinking Irishman but ended his time on the planet without a drink in the last 40 years; look for dual fireworks at Monday as the confirmation hearings start on Judge Gorsuch although Blue opposition given the man’s qualifications looks like it is starting to fizzle as more and more Americans are getting fed up with Schumer’s delaying and obstructionism and view this as political payback for the Reds to not even hold hearings in the waning month’s of a lame duck's term and Comey’s testimony on hacking and wiretap allegations (the Blues are running out of steam with each new positive economic news and may realize they have enough energy to climb only a very few hills; whereas the Clintons totally used the platform of public office to make millions, the Trump organization appears to be making significant sacrifices to serve this country as Eric Trump announced they will not be doing any new projects internationally; basic Military Science 101 is that helicopters have to be maintained or they cannot fly or if they do fly good chance they will crash so thanks to Obama’s idiotic troop cap limits units of the Screaming Eagles saw their helicopters and pilots sent to Afghanistan but to avoid breaking the troop caps, the mechanics stayed home; Iraqi forces are reported to be regaining ground in Mosul near the al-Nuri mosque known as the Great Mosque where the leader of ISIS declared a Caliphate; on the trade front but to the concern of lobster lovers here, Asian countries especially China are importing record numbers of lobster and as can be expected, even in Little Saigon, the price of lobster continues to rise; music is supposed to be the universal solvent to bridge gaps between races and beliefs but not in Chicago and especially not when the left gets involved as two white owners had to close their music store because they attended a Trump rally on the University of Chicago campus that was cancelled due to threats of violence after they started receiving death threats; may be overreaction but another example of why Americans are concerned over their safety as a 14 year old was viciously and brutally raped by a Salvadorian and by a Guatemalan student one of whom was on a deport list-chilling story http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/19/immigrant-high-school-student-on-deport-list-charged-in-rape-girl-14.html ;almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through March 18 increasing to 641 and the death toll rising to 118 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight to find and shoot victims) and yet nothing, absolutely nothing, appears to be occurring to address this blight on blacks and minorities which is what racism from a black mayor really looks like.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Beatles, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Jimmy Breslin, while hoping the stress you might face will pass and you will not need to become a winebibber, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events 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.  Buzzards Day—another testament of the ability of a local chamber of commerce to attract tourists with dollars to spend, since 1957 Hinckley, Ohio has had a festival to celebrate the arrival of turkey vultures the town on March 15 from their annual migration from South America (moved in the following year to the first Sunday so the town could prepare and more visitors spending money could attend).
2.  Client’s Day—created by a company from Klaipeda, Lithuania in 2010 as a means to celebrate its founding by reaching out to its clients as without them there would be no company. Great idea but like some ideas should be a mantra each and every day.    
3. 1964 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1964 on a surprisingly short run of 2 weeks in that position “She Loves You” by the Beatles.  Here is a recording of the group performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOuu88OwdK8 Wonder where the teens who are looking on in amazement are today 53 years later.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “winebibber” which means a heavy drinker of alcohol and hearing the never ending hysteria from the Trump election from the left would probably be descriptive as they need a means to reduce their sorrow.
5. Seventh Time the Charm?—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1947 of noted six time Academy Award nominated actress Glenn Close but as of today she is  still 0 for 6.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1279 ending on a bad note the Mongols were victorious at the Battle of Yamen bringing an end to the Song Dynasty.      
b. 1918 the U.S. Congress established times zones and daylight savings time.
c. 1931 Nevada legalized gambling
d. 1941 the 99th Pursuit Squadron, better known to us as the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all black unit of the Army Air Corps was activated. 
e. 1982 Argentinean forces landed on South Georgia Island in the Falkands prompting war with the United Kingdom which the Argentineans lost.
In memory of a great writer who died today at the age of 88 with a very irreverent view of the media: Pick up any newspaper in the morning. Count the words in the lead sentences. There will be at least 25 in all of them: Guaranteed. The writers just want to tell you how many degrees they have from this college or that university.” Jimmy Breslin Wise words but perhaps should have added the fact that most if not all went to the same college or the same university taught by professors with the same viewpoint and would not be able to understand the struggles of most Americans if their lives depended on it. Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the 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 or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
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