Thursday, April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Adult Autism Awareness Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 18, 2019 Mueller Report is out, lightly redacted and as might be expected disappointing partisan zealots on both sides with Nadler personally attacking Barr and the MSM touting the fact that the Report did not exonerate the President on the issue of obstruction; real question is whether the Blues in their hatred of Trump will commit political suicide by filing for impeachment which will fail and ala Clinton be political suicide or whether they will hamstring the president with hearings on supposed obstruction and prevent any movement on solving problems Americans care about like immigration; Schiff who for over two years has alleged that the evidence of collusion was in plain sight has egg on his lying face as we are still waiting from him proof of such collusion; the percentage of voters interested in the 2020 election is running at levels usually seen only in the later stage of the campaign; the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral appears to have started in an electrical short circuit; on the feudal Muslim front a Bangladeshi female teen who reported sexual abuse by the head of a madrasa had fellow pupils pour kerosene on her and then burned her to death; on the copycat front Patrick Lamparello, a college professor, was arrested for attempted arson at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for bringing into the church two cans of gasoline; in a scene out of Anima House, 10 students at Westhill High School in Stamford, Connecticut were arrested in a massive food fight that hospitalized a security officer and a teacher; after serving a 41 month sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud Joe Giucide, the husband of actress Teresa Giucide of “Real Housewife of New Jersey” has lost his deportation hearing; the leftist 9th Circuit has upheld California’s sanctuary city law and provisions requiring employees to be notified of pending immigration inspections (hopefully SCOTUS will reverse); through April 17, 2019 570 have been shot in Chicago of whom 108 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Tommy Page, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are panurgic, and  a relevant quote from President Kennedy on the Bay of Pigs, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, 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 Day for Monuments and Sites—created by the General Assembly UNESCO to promote the preservation and restoration of monuments and sites of historical and cultural significance.
2. Adult Autism Awareness Day— celebrated since 2009 to promote awareness and understanding of the needs of autistic adults and the issues they face,
3. 1990 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1990 on a run of 1 week in that position was “I’ll Be Your Everything” by Tommy Page. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTki_oqDLqk Everything stopped for him on March 3, 2017 from an apparent suicide.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “panurgic” which means good at all tasks which does not describe most bureaucrats or politicians.
5. Bubba J--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1962 of Jeff Dunham, noted comedian and ventriloquist, best noted for his beer guzzling puppet Bubba J.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1912 the RMS Carpathia brought 705 survivors of the sinking of the RMS Titanic to New York City.
b. 1942 in the dark days of WWII, James Doolittle led 16 B-25’s on a bombing raid of Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama,  and Nagoya, Japan.
c. 1944 Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the architect for the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was shot down and killed by U.S. P-38 fighters over the island of Bougainville in the Pacific.
d. 1983 a suicide bomber destroyed the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 83 people.
e. 1988 American and Iranian air and naval forces clashed in Operation Praying Mantis in response to Iranian mine laying operations in the Persian Gulf.    
        Reflections on the Doolittle Raid: “One of the pilots asked what Doolittle would do if his plane were hit. “Each pilot must decide for himself what he will do and what he’ll tell his crew to do if that happens,” he answered. “I know what I’m going to do.” A silence hung over the men before the pilot asked the logical follow-up. “I don’t intend to be taken prisoner,” Doolittle replied. “I’m 45 years old and have lived a full life. If my plane is crippled beyond any possibility of fighting or escape, I’m going to have my crew bail out and then I’m going to dive my B-25 into the best military target I can find. You fellows are all younger and have a long life ahead of you. I don’t expect any of the rest of you to do what I intend to do.”
― James M. Scott, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor
        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   www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© April 18, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

April 17, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Hemophilia Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 17, 2019 Sol Pais the young woman who had a fascination with the Columbine shootings years ago and whose presence in the Denver triggered a massive manhunt and  Denver area school lockdown has been found dead in a self inflicted shooting; the Mueller Report will be released tomorrow and Barr’s plan to hold a press conference before its release has Blues like Pelosi and Nadler in a total meltdown mode as their 2 year collusion witch-hunt is going down in flames; Trump’s approval rating is at 45% and the Mueller Report has had almost no effect on people’s belief on the existence or non existence of collusion; Rep Omar who continually floods the airways and internet with anti-Semite wrath has had two Blues she gave donations to return those contributions (Blues may be waking up to the fact that being linked to the troika of AOC, Tlaib and Omar is about as desirable as being linked to the plague); on the Jaws front, a study by the Monterey Aquarium has found that Great Whites are in mortal fear of Killer Whales and will flee their hunting grounds when Killer Whales appear and stay away for long periods of time;  on the dismantling Obama legacy front, the Trump Administration is clamping down on non family travel and remittances to Cuba while imposing restrictions and sanctions on the other two stooges of socialism Nicaragua and Venezuela; on the advocacy journalism front that has crippled an objective press, NYU “journalism” professor Talia Levin has slammed Rep Crenshaw who lost a eye in Afghanistan as ”captain s###thead for his attacks on Omar’s 9/11 comments; Alex Trebek who is battling cancer has announced his is feeling fine and will be on hand for Season 36 starting in September; as of April 17, 2019, 570 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 108 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Fine Young Cannibals, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not believe in pantopragmatic acts, and  a relevant quote from President Kennedy on the Bay of Pigs, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, 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 Malbec Day—commemorating this day in 1853 when Argentina President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento tasked Michel Pouget, a soil expert, to go to France to bring back some vines, one of which was Malbec which flourished in Argentina.
2. World Hemophilia Day— created by the World Federation of Hemophilia in 1989 to promote awareness of the hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.
3. 1989 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1989 on a run of 1 week in that position was “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtvmTu4zAMg
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “pantopragmatic” which means meddling in everyone’s business which describes to a tee the proclivity of the big government nanny state.
5. What’s In Your Wallet--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1972 of noted actress and spokeswomen for Capital One Jennifer Garner.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1907 SCOTUS in the case of Lochner v. New York held that laws limiting the amount of work time violated the due process clause of the 14th Amendment to the dismay of labor unions everywhere.
b. 1907 the Ellis Island Immigration Center processed a record 11,747 immigrants.
c. 1942 French General Henri Giraud escaped from German captivity to ultimately lead French forces after Operation Torch against the Germans.
d. 1949 26 counties at midnight left the British Commonwealth to usher in the Republic of Ireland.
e. 1961 Cuban exiles financed by the CIA landed at the Bay of Pigs in an unsuccessful attempt to oust Fidel Castro.    
        Reflections on the Bay of Pigs Invasion: “On that unhappy island, as in so many other areas of the contest for freedom, the news has grown worse instead of better. I have emphasised before that this was a struggle of Cuban patriots against a Cuban dictator. While we could not be expected to lend our sympathies, we made it repeatedly clear that the armed forces of this country would not intervene in any way.
It is not the first time that Communist tanks have rolled over gallant men and women fighting to redeem the independence of their homeland. Nor is it by any means the final episode in the eternal struggle of liberty against tyranny, anywhere on the face of the globe, including Cuba itself.
Mr Castro has said that these were mercenaries. According to press reports, the final message to be relayed from the refugee forces on the beach came from the rebel commander when asked if he wished to be evacuated. His answer was: “I will never leave this country. “That is not the reply of a mercenary…” President Kennedy on the day after the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
        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   www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© April 17, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

April 16, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Voice Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 16, 2019 The Mueller Report which will be redacted will be released on Thursday and already the snake Nadler is fuming that redactions required by law or sources and methods and grand jury testimony are illegal and he will subpoena the full unredacted report (every time he opens his mouth he shrinks in stature to reveal the biased anti-Trump hack he is); while the Blues continue to rail against the rich, tax returns released show that the illegal alien supporter queen Kamala Harris and her husband lead the pack in terms of income, raking in $1.9 million in adjusted gross income (being a leftist redistribute the wealth advocate is always easier when you have earned enough income to sate your spending needs); Bernie Sanders stepped into the Fox Den that the DNC will not allow its primary debates to go to defend his record at a town hall  meeting and calling for immigration reform and a secure border (you may disagree with his socialist ideas but he comes across as a man of character to fight for what he believes in); firefighters have put out the conflagration at Notre Dame as pledges across France are coming in to restore the cathedral which experts are claiming was a disaster waiting to happen to years of neglect in maintenance; when the Mueller Report is released there should be almost certainty that it will not have addressed the “investigation” by Comey’s corrupted FBI of Hillary’s illegal use of a private server nor will it have examined disturbing acts by the Obama Administration to spy on the campaign of Donald Trump (be you a Blue, Red or Indy you should be outraged that a sitting president may have weaponized the FBI and DOJ to spy on a candidate campaigning to reverse its legacy); just when you thought we had nothing to fear, disturbing news that in Siberia, climate change may be melting permafrost and releasing into the atmosphere a host of deadly pathogens like anthrax; on the medical advancement front, in the U.S., gene altering protocol known as CRISPR is being used to treat patients with cancer who have relapsed; thanks to the radical and anti-Semitic views of Rep Ilhan Omar, the Trump 2020 campaign believes it has a chance to flip Minnesota over to the Red column (that woman is so out of touch with our core values that as a poster child for the left he may be right); as of April 15, 2019, 554 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 102 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Starship, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not believe in panpharmacon, and  a relevant quote from Jack Kervokian on euthanasia, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, 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. Four Square Day—created by optometrist Nate Bonilla-Warford in 2010 as a play on squaring the 4th month to increase his business; not sure how successful the promotion was but the observance is now on Wikipedia.
2. World Voice Day— created in Brazil in 1999 to promote awareness of the importance of voice communication in our culture, relationships and business at a time when our youth seem to have lost the art of oral communication, replacing it with texting.
3. 1988 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1988 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car” by Billy Ocean. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNgcYGgtf8M . This vegetarian is still going strong at 69.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “panpharmacon” which means a universal remedy which Blues believe is more spending and higher taxes and Reds less spending and lower taxes.
5. Best Ever Pop Singer--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1939 noted British born singer Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien better known to her fans as Dusty Springfield who was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as the best pop singer ever but battled drug addiction to derail her career but bounced back only to die of breast cancer in 1999.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1947 the French freighter SS Grandcamp caught on fire while docked in Texas City, Texas, igniting over 2,200 tons of ammonia nitrate the explosions and resulting fires from which killed  at least 581 people and spawned the first federal class action law suit under the Federal Tort Claims Act against the U.S. Government.    
b. 1947 Bernard Baruch first used the term ”Cold War” to describe the relations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
c. 1990 Doctor Death Jack Kevorkian assisted in his assisted suicide.
d. 2007 at Virginia Tech, student Seung Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others before killing himself.
e. 2012 for the first time since 1977 no Pulitzer Prize for fiction was announced.    
        Reflections on euthanasia: “My intent was to carry out my duty as a doctor, to end their suffering. Unfortunately, that entailed, in their cases, ending of the life.” Jack Kevorkian Jack was the late term bookend for elderly or terminally ill patient just as the other book end is the late term abortionist.
        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   www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© April 16, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

Monday, April 15, 2019

April 15, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Art Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 15, 2019 The 14 year drought is over as Tiger Woods won his 5th Masters on Sunday duly noted in poetic tribute by the Alaskanpoet https://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2019/04/tiger-now-second-masters-ace.html;  Trump responded to the win by announcing he would award Woods the Medal of Freedom;  Pelosi may be in for another bout of delusion as she downplayed the influence of AOC on the Blues dismissing her as leading a group of five people (somehow I believe she is spooked and is terrified that the leftward drift of the party will doom her reign as speaker); Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris which was undergoing a $6.8 million renovation project is in flames in a massive fire the cause of which has not been determined: https://www.foxnews.com/world/massive-fire-breaks-out-in-notre-dame-cathedral-in-paris; CBS aka Cacky Biased Slant’s The Good Fight is in hot water for tweets encouraging assassination of President Trump (when will this MSM over the top rhetoric come to an end before people start getting really hurt or killed-shame!); AOC has self elevated herself to political pundit and historian by claiming a Biden run would be a turn backward not forward after she was dismissed by Pelosi as leading a splinter group of 5; as the crisis at the border reaches epic proportions heads are rolling at the DHS and CBP (Blues are still stuck with their heads in the sand and MIA in trying to help solve the crisis); in a glaring example of lack of screening for police recruits a former Louisiana police officer who was previously charged with animal sex abuse has been charged with 30 counts of child pornography; Mueller’s 400 page report on Trump will be released on Thursday although it is doubtful any opinions will be changed among the dogs of impeachment of the Blues; today is tax day but at least millions of Americans will be rejoicing in the fact that their taxes will have gone down unless they have the misfortune to live in high tax Blue states like New York, California and New Jersey; as of April 14, 2019, 548 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 100 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Starship, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you believe in panmnesia and better yet can still recover your mental impressions, and  a relevant quote from Dean Ornish on diabetes and heart disease, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, 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 Art Day—created by the International Association of Art to promote creativity and first celebrated on this day in 2012.
2. Jackie Robinson Day— commemorating on this day in 1947 the professional debut in Major League Baseball of the league’s first African American Major League Baseball player, Jackie Robinson.
3. 1987 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1987 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship. Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wxyN3z9PL4.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “panmnesia” which means a belief that all mental impressions are stored in memory.
5. Bewitched--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1933 of noted actress Elizabeth Montgomery best known for her role of witch Samantha Stephens in Bewitched who was knocked off her broom by colon cancer at the age of 62.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1892 the General Electric Company was formed.    
b. 1923 to the relief of diabetes sufferers, insulin became generally available to the general public.
c. 1955 McDonald’s first franchised restaurant was opened by Ray Kroc in Des Plaines, Iowa.
d. 1989 a human crush resulted at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England during the FA Cup Semi-Finals between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest resulting in the death of 96 Liverpool fans and the injuring of 766 Liverpool fans.
e. 2013 at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, two bombs were detonated by two brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev   and Tamerlane Tsarnaev, killing 3 and injuring 264 12 of whom lost their limbs. After a massive manhunt, Tamerlane was fatally run over by his brother trying to escape from police and who was caught, tried, convicted of murder and attempted murder and sentenced to death and currently resides on death row awaiting execution.   
        Reflections on diabetes: “Think about it: Heart disease and diabetes, which account for more deaths in the U.S. and worldwide than everything else combined, are completely preventable by making comprehensive lifestyle changes. Without drugs or surgery.” Dean Ornish, noted physician and advocate of dietary and life style changes to combat diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
         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   www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© April 15, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet


Sunday, April 14, 2019

April 13, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Thomas Jefferson Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 13, 2019 The Blues are coming off the rails in their mantra of investigate not legislate in their demand for 6 years of tax returns of Trump, which Trump has demanded the IRS not deliver setting up a nasty court fight (legislation provides that the Chairman of the House Ways and Means can demand release but able minds question whether what looks like and smells like a fishing expedition can be so used; Trump is going to call the Blues’ pro illegal alien immigration bluff by releasing illegals into Sanctuary Cities causing the Blues to go ballistic and exposing their hypocrisy on their stance; the Masters facing a weather storm disaster will tee off earlier in the final round tomorrow to beat the expected bad storm and Tiger is in the hunt two shots back; workers who are forced to smile at customers and clients like health care workers, food service workers, or teachers to repress negative feelings are more likely to drink more heavily after work; a Houston driver was arrested and charged by police with toll road avoidance of almost $5,500 in tolls by having a flipper that flipped his license when going through a toll booth so the camera was unable to read his plates; Olivia Jade ensnared in the college admissions scandal revealed that she may not be college material as her trademark application for her cosmetics line was rejected by the PTO for spelling and punctuation errors; the cassowary is living up to its reputation as one of the world’s most dangerous birds when it killed its owner in Florida when he fell over  near the bird; on the agriculture front, some scientists are promoting the use of perennials like Kernza and clover to reduce soil loss and carbon dioxide emissions; on the sports front the fast growing game of Quidditch which is a combination of elements of rugby, dodgeball and basketball is facing concerns due to a growing concern over injuries like concussions; broken bones and ligament damage; as Chinese hacking and theft of intellectual property continues unabated, costing us close to $57 billion a year, new evidence is that the culprits are often the victims themselves; as of April 12, 2019, 542 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 98 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Falco, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your goals are realistic not Panglossian, and  a relevant quote from Thomas Jefferson on friendship, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, 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. Thomas Jefferson Day—celebrating the birthday on the day in 1743 of one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, who wrote his own epitaph detailing what he wanted to be remembered for:  "HERE WAS BURIED THOMAS JEFFERSON AUTHOR OF THE DECLARATION OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE OF THE STATUTE OF VIRGINIA FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND FATHER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA."
2. Scrabble Day— commemorating the birth on this day of Scrabble inventor Alfred Butts who after losing his job during the Great Depression invented the popular board game of Scrabble, still popular today and a great way to learn new words.
3. 1986 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1986 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco. Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVikZ8Oe_XA. He was the only singer to have a number one song in German and sadly while making a comeback was killed in a automobile accident in the Dominican Republic.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “Panglossian” which means overly optimistic which often describes politicians’ claims to be able to reduce our spending and national debt.
5. Up in Smoke  celebrating the birthday on this day in 1949 of noted British-American journalist, essayist and author of numerous books Christopher Hitchens, whose prolific pen due to a lifetime of smoking and drinking since being a teen was put down for good on December 15, 2011 due to cancer.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1919 Socialist Presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs was sent to the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary for speaking out against the draft in World War I.    
b. 1964 Sidney Poitier became the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Actor his role in Lilies of the Field.
c. 1976 the US Treasury reintroduced the $2 bill on the 233rd anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth.
d. 1987 China and Portugal signed an agreement returning the Island of Macau to China in 1999.
e. 1997 Tiger Woods in winning his first of 4 Masters became the youngest golfer to win a Masters and in the final on Sunday is only 2 strokes behind the leader.   
        A Jeffersonian reflection on how to end the pervasive gridlock in the Swamp: I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. Thomas Jefferson If only the partisan politicians would listen and shed the Trump Derangement Syndrome of investigate not legislate, we might be able to solve some our major troubling issues that we sent our representatives to the Swamp to try to solve.
         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   www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© April 13, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

Friday, April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day of Human Space Flight


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 12, 2019 In another chilling reminder of why we need a wall, Jorge Rios a Honduran illegal who had been deported twice and sneaked back in has been charged with the rape and drowning of Carolina Cano as she was out for an early morning jog on March 24 of this year in Jersey City which surprise no surprise is a sanctuary city (more blood on the city council’s hands who created this idiocy); Nancy Pelosi is fuming over plans by the Trump Administration to since it does not have funding to detain illegals flooding our border and is facing a preliminary injunction from a leftist Obama judicial appointment preventing  asylum seekers to stay in Mexico until their cases are heard, to release illegals into sanctuary cities so they can choke on the chaos of unrestrained illegal immigration; New York Blues are absolutely insane in blocking tuition aid to children of Gold Star parents who have been killed during their service or disabled 1 week after passing legislation granting $27 million in tuition aid to Dreamers (another reason for New Yorkers to vote with their feet and leave the state); HRC still seething over her loss to Trump blasted Assange and praised his arrest and made another strong pitch to eliminate the Electoral College; Rep. AOC continues to vie with IIhan Omar to become the most despised idiot ever to hold office when she lambasted fellow Rep. Crenshaw, a former Seal who lost an eye in Afghanistan for not going after right wing terrorists after he slammed Omar’s characterization of 9/11 as “people doing something.” (Omar is exactly the sort of person that we never should have let into this country from the refugee camp she was wallowing in); George Conway is doing his best to get his wife Kelly Anne Conway fired by attacking Trump’s fitness to be president (Trump is right this guy must be a husband from Hell); SpaceX Heavy with 5 million pounds of thrust successfully launched into orbit a communications satellite and successfully recovered the 3 rockets used to put it into orbit; Catherine Pugh another Blue mayor of Baltimore who seems guilty of quid pro quo to enrich he pocket and who has gone on medical leave is rightfully facing growing demands to resign; as of April 10, 2019 525 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 96 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Pink Floyd, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you will on passing be the recipient of a panegyric, and  a relevant quote from Robert R. Reilly on the Taliban and polio vaccinations, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, 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 Day of Human Space Flight—created by the General Assembly on April 7, 2011 5 days before the 50th anniversary of the first human to orbit the Earth on April 12, 1961 Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gargin.
2. Big Wind Day— commemorating the highest wind velocity ever recorded on the planet on this day in 1934 on top of the Mountain Washington Observatory clocking in at 231 miles per hour until surpassed by a wind speed of 253 miles per hour generated by Cyclone Olivia on April 10, 1996.
3. 1985 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1985 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” by Pink Floyd. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34ZmKbe5oG4 .
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “panegyric” which means an elaborate and poetic compliment which describes many of the Alaskanpoet’s birthday or funeral poems.
5. A Partridge and a Success Tree—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1950 of actor and singer David Cassidy best known for his role in the TV series The Partridge Family but who battle alcohol abuse and died of liver failure on November 21, 2017.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1945 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died in office from a stroke in Warm Springs, Georgia and was succeeded by Harry S. Truman who had been kept in the dark over the Manhattan Project’s development of atomic bombs.    
b. 1955 the Salk Vaccine for polio was declared safe of use by the FDA to the relief on parents throughout the nation.
c. 1983 Harold Washington was elected as the first African-American major of Chicago.
d. 1992 the Euro Disney Resort officially opened with its theme park Euro Disneyland which subsequently changed its name to Paris Disneyland.
e. 1999 President Bill Clinton in a civil lawsuit was cited for intentionally giving false statements and was fined and disbarred.   
        Reflections on polio vaccinations:  In Taliban-controlled portions of Pakistan, “Polio vaccinations have been declared haram by the ulema, and the government campaign has subsequently stalled.” Like car insurance, vaccinations are a form of presumption. Only with the expulsion of the Taliban from the Swat Valley in the late summer of 2009 was the Pakistani government able to resume vaccinations.” ― Robert R. Reilly, The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Another example of why this abomination of Islam should be wiped off the face of the earth.
         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   www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© April 12, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

April 11, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Parkinson's Disease Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 11, 2019 Assange has just been arrested in London, removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy and now faces possible extradition to the U.S.; the MSM which has had its heads in the sand over the crisis at the border for months, piously claiming there is no crisis finally faced with the overwhelming evidence that on the border we are at the breaking point has come around and acknowledging that there is a crisis (unfortunately their co-perpetrators of this fraud, the Blues, have not yet accepted reality of the crisis); when it rains it pours as Avenatti has been just hit with 36 new indictments for fraud, racketeering and tax evasion (after 254 appearances on cable TV to hype his client Stormy Daniels  and bash Trump, the wind is definitely out of his sails); tempers were flaring on The View over the arrest of Assange with leftist Sunny Hostin blasting the arrest and Meghan McCain praising it (Assange in concert with Chelsea Manning was responsible for the largest leak of classified material in U.S. history and none of his/her superiors have been held accountable); Rep IIhan Omar continues to bite the hand that rescued her from appalling refugee camp status by issuing what looks like a call for jihad by Muslim Americans against the U.S. (what were the non Muslim majority in here district thinking when they made the mistake of electing her); AOC made a fool of herself when she raised concerns over the arrest of Assange and advocated that the IRS prepare your tax returns;  as of April 10, 2019 520 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 95 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Kenny Loggins, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you after pendiculation you are ready to meet the day head on and energized; and  a relevant quote from Stephen Hawking on stem cell research for Parkinson’s Disease and other neural disorders, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, 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 Parkinson’s Disease Day—created by the EPDA and the World Health Organization on April 11, 1997, the birthday of Dr. James Parkinson an English physician who was the first to describe in 1817 the symptoms of the disease that would be named after him, to promote awareness of and promote funding to seek a cure for the disease.
2. National Alcohol Screening Day— National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) is an outreach, education, and screening initiative that raises awareness about harmful and dependent drinking behaviors and connects individuals who are at risk with treatment options held annually on the Thursday of the first full week in April since 1999.
3. 1984 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1984 on a run of3 weeks in that position was “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltrMfT4Qz5Y.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “pandiculation” which means the act of yawning and stretching which usually greets most people on rising from bed.
5. Stone Sessions—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1987 of Joscelyn Eve Stoker of noted British singer, songwriter and music producer better known to her fans as Josh Stone who was introduced to the music world with her first album The Soul Sessions.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1876 the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks was founded in New York City.    
b. 1951 General Douglas MacArthur was relieved of command by President Harry S. Truman.
c. 1963 Pope John XXIII issued his Pacem in terris, the first Papal encyclical addressed to all Christians instead of only to Catholics.
d. 1968 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which banned discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of housing.
e. 1976 the Apple 1 was created.   
        Reflections on Parkinson’s Disease:  Stem cell research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson's and motor neuron disease from which I and many others suffer. The fact that the cells may come from embryos is not an objection, because the embryos are going to die anyway.” Stephen Hawking, noted and extremely brilliant British theoretical physicist who lived with Lou Gehrig’s disease for 55 years when most victims die within 3 years of contracting the disease.
  
       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   www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© April 11, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet