Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Intellectual Property Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 26, 2017  San Francisco District Court Judge William Orick III who issued a TRO against the DOJ from banning funds to sanctuary cities is the latest example of a politicization of the judiciary when it was revealed he has bundled over $200,000 to Obama’s campaign (when do answer with a yes the basic question of do we as a nation have the right to bar illegal aliens?); bombshell report from a state auditor on the University of California and Napolitano who heads it that she has created a secret fund of close to $200 million while demanding more money from the state and raising tuition (so typical of a political hack from the Blue side of the aisle); another day in the Persian Gulf and another provocative encounter by Iranian fast attack boats (after 36 such encounters in 2016 isn’t it time to sink one of these vessels the next time to stop this nonsense?); Senate heads to the White House for a rare classified meeting on the rising tensions in North Korea as Trump again vows that the “nut job” ruling that country will not be allowed to possess an ICBM; on the sports front rumor has it that Trump will end the ban on sports gambling;  on the unfriendly skies front UA has been whacked again as Simon destined to become the world’s largest rabbit mysteriously died in the cargo section on a flight from England to the United States; 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 April 24 increasing  to 1012 and the death toll increasing to 176 (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 who appears to care only about the rights of illegal aliens in his sanctuary city  (when will Chicago residents through the city council try to impeach this pathetic, inept mayor?). 
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Next, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Svetlana Alexievich, hoping that you don’t encounter a minacious person, 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 Intellectual Property Daycelebrating since 2000 the importance of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets in our daily lives (look only at the stock market with companies like Facebook, Apple and Google surging to new highs to appreciate IP’s importance).
2.  Hug a Friend Day—since hugs are beneficial to the receiver and the giver this is an observance that should be observed more than one day a year.   
3. 1998 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1998 on a run of 5 weeks in that position “Too Close” by Next. Here is a recording of Next performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwEZRPkAAu8
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “minacious” which means menacing or threatening which is what Trump may use in describing to the 100 Senators the North Korean dictator.
5. Camelot Déjà Vu—celebrating the birth on this day in 1970 of Melania Trump, the second FLOTUS born outside the United States and the first naturalized citizen to occupy the position.  http://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2017/04/camelot-deja-vu-with-melania-trump.html 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1805 in the First Barbary War the U.S Marine Corps added a second line to their hymn by capturing Derne.
b. 1865 Union cavalry cornered and shot John Wilkes Booth dead.
c. 1937 in a terrifying preview of the destruction to be caused in World War II, during the Spanish Civil War the Condor Legion of the German Luftwaffe bombed continuously for three hours the town of Guernica in Spain, killing 1,654 civilians.  
d. 1986 at Chernobyl in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine) at the Chernobyl Power Plant a meltdown of the reactor core of Reactor 4 occurred spewing radioactive material over a large area extending to as far as Norway. It ranks as one of the worst nuclear power plant explosions of all time.
e. 2005 under international pressure, Syria, after 29 years of military domination, withdrew the last of its soldiers from Lebanon.    
Reflections on nuclear power “At that time my notions of nuclear power were utterly idyllic. At school and at the university we'd been taught that this was a magical factory that made "energy out of nothing," where people in white robes sat and pushed buttons. Chernobyl blew up when we weren't prepared.” Svetlana Alexievich , Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster. 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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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Parent Alienation Awareness Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 25, 2017  North Korea appears to be hell bent to remain on its collision course with the United States and South Korea and is  conducting massive live fire artillery drills and spewing out inflammatory rhetoric (scary stuff especially for the millions of South Koreans living in Seoul only a few miles south of the border); tomorrow the entire Senate has been invited to the White House for a briefing on the escalating tensions with North Korea; in an attempt to raise the PC iron curtain the students who invited Ann Coulter to speak at Cal have filed a law suit in federal court against the University for blocking her right to speak (the left thugs who use violence to prevent conservatives from airing their views should be expelled and put in jail); it what should not come as a surprise donors to Drexel are withdrawing their funding due to the inane rants of a professor George Ciccariello who wants to off the pigs and praises Venezuela as a model country (in total collapse due to socialist policies as people are starving); in yet another example of the sheer and unrelenting hypocrisy of politicians, news today is that Obama will be speaking at a health care conference put on by a Wall Street investment banking firm and will be paid $400,000 (if this is how the firm spends its dollars to listen to a speech, how dumb would someone have to be trust these people with their money or rely upon them for investment advice); 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 April 23, 2017 increasing by ten to 1001 and the death toll increasing by two  to 174 (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 who appears to care only about the rights of illegal aliens in his sanctuary city  (when will Chicago residents through the city council try to impeach this pathetic, inept mayor?). 
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Puff Daddy, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Steve Maraboli, hoping that you don’t lollygag through the day, 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.  Parent Alienation Awareness Daycreating awareness for the damage caused by a custodial parent who is hell bent out of revenge and anger to try to alienate the children from the noncustodial parent to the detriment of the children who deserve a healthy relationship with both parents.  
2. World Malaria Day—celebrated since 2007 and designed to promote awareness of this killer of close to one million people a year and raise money for eradication efforts of the carrier of the disease—mosquitoes.     
3. 1997 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1997 on a run of 6 weeks in that position “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” by Puff Daddy. Here is a recording of the rapper performing the “song”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmHMcKN8xlI
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lollygag” which was one of my father’s favorite words which means to spend time in an aimless or lazy manner.
5. Deadly Camels—celebrating the birth on this day in 1908 of Edward R. Morrow, note CBS radio and television broadcaster who unfortunately smoked three packs of Camels a day and died of lung cancer at the way too early age of 57. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1859 British and French engineers broke ground for the construction of the Suez Canal which was completed ten years later.
b. 1901 in a typical if it moves regulate it moment, New York became the first state to require license plates for automobiles.  
c. 1915 allied forces landed in Turkey near Gallipoli but unfortunately lollygagged on the beaches allowing the Turks to fortify the surrounding heights which resulted in a subsequent disaster for the allied armies and their humiliated withdrawal in disgrace after having suffered 302,000 casualties.   
d. 1953 Francis Crick and James Watson published an article describing the double helix structure of DNA and the biochemistry race was on.   
e. 1954 the first practical solar cell was demonstrated by Bell Labs. 
Reflections on parent alienation which too often is the collateral damage of divorce with victims who are truly innocent: ”Parental Alienation is an emotional act of violence that is aimed at an adult, but critically wounds a child.” Steve Maraboli, noted author and motivational speaker. From personal experience he is right on point with his observation. 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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Monday, April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 24, 2017  Brexit fever crossed the Channel as the French sent Le Pen into the run off against Macon; we face another potential government shutdown as the Blues are digging in their heals on the wall and funding the abortion factory Planned Parenthood; for fantasy football fans in the political arena a poll released by the Washington Post with headlines touting Trump’s low approval ratings buried at the end of the article that if the election granted the voters a mulligan they would still vote to elect Trump over the worst candidate the Democrats have ever fielded in modern times; Tom Perez is receiving flack from both sides including Nancy Pelosi (finally I can agree with her) on his inane statement that someone who is pro life cannot be a Democrat (even in the ninth month of a pregnancy?); 57 year old Peggy Whitson with 535 cumulative days in space is now the American record holder for the most cumulative days in space but still way between the world record of 879 days held by a Russian cosmonaut; the fat lunatic in North Korea is still  ranting he will destroy the USS Vinson and its task force  and incinerate Australia for its support of the U.S. as oil from China starts disappearing and coal exports shrivel up; 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 April 23, 2017 increasing by nine  to 991 and the death toll increasing by four to 172 (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 who appears to care only about the rights of illegal aliens in his sanctuary city  (when will Chicago residents through the city council try to impeach this pathetic, inept mayor?). 
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Celine Dion, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Joseph Markwart, hoping that you don’t run into any junglis, 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.  Armenian Genocide Rembrance Daycommemorating since 1919 the expulsion of Armenians from Constantinople and genocide committed against them by the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) a crime against humanity that the Turks still have to come to grips with.
2. Fashion Revolution Day—commemorating the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1133 garment workers and injured  over 2500 and observed since 2014 to identify where clothes are being manufactured and to promote safer and better working conditions for those workers.     
3. 1996 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1996 on a run of 6 weeks in that position “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion. Here is a recording of her performing the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNognZzh4do
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jungli” which is used in India to describe someone who is uncultured or wild which the denizens of the Swamp must think they are facing in the form of Donald Trump.
5. Grand Slam—celebrating not the birth of any prolific home run hitter with the bases loaded but the birth on this day in 1942 of one of only fourteen entertainers to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy award, Barbara Streisand whose politics are way too much on the liberal side but at least she delivers her views with a great voice. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1704 the first newspaper in the colonies The Boston News Letter was published and continued to do so until the British evacuated in 1776 due to the presence of American cannon on the surrounding heights.
b. 1895 Joseph Slocum the first person to circumnavigate the globe single handily left Boston on the Spray a single mast sloop  oyster boat to begin his sailing feat arriving back in Rhode Island on July 3, 1895.  
c. 1922 in another making the world a smaller place the first segment of the Imperial Wireless Service proving wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England and Cairo, Egypt opened for business.  
d. 1967 Vladimir Komarov had the unenviable distinction of being the first human being to die during a space mission when the parachutes on his Soyuz I spacecraft failed to deploy properly on reentry from orbit.  
e. 1990 in a making the universe smaller moment the Shuttle Discovery launched the Hubble Telescope. 
Reflections on the Armenian Genocide:  Even after proclamation of the Constitution the man slogan of the Turkish policy has been ‘Without Armenians there will be no Armenian problem.’”Joseph Markwart, noted German scientist so proclaiming in 1916. What is really sad about the genocide is that Stalin and Hitler were aware of the lack of any response from the West which indicated that Hitler would be able to implement the Holocaust and Stalin could wage genocide against the Ukrainians with impunity.  

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.

© April 24, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 23, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Book Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 23, 2017  The fat lunatic in North Korea is ranting he will destroy the USS Vinson and its task force heading to North Korea from Australia while photos are released of his luxurious palace where he and his lackeys are splurging on great food and wine while the nation starves (where is our propaganda to alert the people of the Hermit Kingdom of the excesses of this madman who is causing their day to day suffering?); ironic that the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, UC Berkeley, is in the tempest over Ann Coulter’s speech planned for April 27 as news that the conservative group who invited her will be filing suit in federal court if Cal blocks her speech (no wonder the Trump administration is considering blocking further funding to the university but even more refreshing is the defense of her right to speak by Bill Maher); more news of the tension between Comey and Lynch over the FBI’s handling of the email probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email server (not sure if the nation is ready of more investigations of her but the issue of quid pro quo especially the uranium deal, Clinton Foundation donations and Bill Clinton’s speaking fee in Moscow should be looked at in a bipartisan manner by Sessions); the EU bureaucrats are on pins and needles as the French vote today with one candidate who appears to be leading and who has been helped by the latest Islamist attack in Paris, le Pen, is in favor of aping Britain with respect to the EU; 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 April 21, 2017 increasing to 982 and the death toll increasing to 168 (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 who appears to care only about the rights of illegal aliens in his sanctuary city  (when will Chicago residents through the city council try to impeach this pathetic, inept mayor?). 
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Montell Jordan, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Louis Brandeis, hoping that you don’t fall for any illywhackers, 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 Book Dayanother UNESCO observance celebrated since 1995 to promote reading, publishing and copyrights.
2.  English Language Day—commemorating one of the six languages at the United Nations and the lingua franca of the commercial world.     
3. 1995 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1995 on a run of 7 weeks in that position “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan. Here is a recording of him performing the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hiUuL5uTKc
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “illywhacker” which is an Australian term describing a small time con artist.
5. Big O—celebrating not the birth of Oscar Robertson but rather the birth on this day in 1936 of noted singer and song writer Roy Obertson who also was known as the Big O but sadly died way too soon from a heart attack at the age of 52. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1516 Bayerische  Reinheitsgebot requiring that only water, barley and hops be permitted as ingredients for beer was adopted in Bavaria.
b. 1635 the first public school in the colonies, the Boston Latin School, was founded in Boston.  
c. 1968 students protesting the Vietnam War occupied the administration building at Columbia University shutting the university down.  
d. 1985 Coca-Cola changed its formula and introduced its Edsel like New Coke which met with massive rejection and was quickly discontinued in less than three months, much quicker than Ford took to withdraw its ill fated Edsel.
e. 2005 the first of millions upon millions of UTube videos “Me at the zoo” was released by jawed.    

Reflections on the English Language and its Americanization: “What is Americanization? It manifests itself, in a superficial way, when the immigrant adopts the clothes, the manners and the customs generally prevailing here. Far more important is the manifestation presented when he substitutes for his mother tongue the English language as the common medium of speech.” Louis D. Brandeis, noted U.S. Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. 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.

© April 23, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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April 22, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Earth Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 22, 2017  Keep your fingers crossed as Trump announced that a tax cut package will be announced on Wednesday; in what has to have been one of the most difficult tasks of being president, President Trump and the first lady visited Walter Reed Hospital to meet with wounded soldiers; on Earth Day protest marches across the nation over Trump’s views on climate change; another Obama mole has been removed as Trump fired the Obama appointed  Surgeon General who has been a vocal critic of the NRA; in a déjà vu that we do not need, we face another government shutdown due to a need to pass a budget which has some real land mines in it that Schumer’s obstructionists oppose like funding to build a wall or defunding of the abortion practices of Planned Parenthood (finally a time to end all vacations and recesses for Congress to 24/7 address the issues that face us); no missile launches from the fat lunatic in North Korea; time for all Red voters to call on Speaker Ryan to call the troops back and end the summer recess until we get what Trump campaigned on—reduction in the corporate and individual tax rates along with a tax holiday to repatriate overseas earnings; 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 April 21, 2017 increasing to 977 and the death toll increasing by 168 (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 who appears to care only about the rights of illegal aliens in his sanctuary city  (when will Chicago residents through the city council try to impeach this pathetic, inept mayor?). 
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to R. Kelley, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Gaylord Nelson, hoping that truckloads of hoggin will be seen on the highways heading for use if Congress approves a needed infrastructure bill, 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.  Earth Dayanother UN General Assembly observance since 2009 but founded by Gaylord Nelson in 1970 to promote awareness of the need to curb human conduct that is damaging to the ecosystems of the planet we call home.
2.  In God We Trust Day—commemorating the resolution of Congress on this day in 1864 to place the statement “In God We Trust” on a two cent coin that was produced for only ten years but the motto survives through today although one might wonder why the ACLU guardians of the separation of church and state have not filed suit to remove it from our currency.   
3. 1994 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1994 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “Bump ‘N Grind” by R. Kelley. Here is a recording of him performing the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAXxkNaRkp8
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “hoggin” which means a mixture of sand and gravel used in road building which could be the favorite word of Congress if we ever move forward on the infrastructure bill Trump is proposing.
5. Adios—celebrating the birth on this day in 1936 of country music icon Glenn Campbell whose last album Adios recorded five years ago will be released in June of this year. Sadly the singer is in the terminal stages of Alzheimer’s but his music for his fans will live on. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1889 at noon the Oklahoma land rush began as thousands raced across the plains to claim land in the Oklahoma Territory.
b. 1915 the propensity of man to utilize more devastating weapons was revealed in the second battle of Ypres by the Germans who utilized chlorine gas, the same weapon long since outlawed but used by Syrian war criminal Assad less than two weeks ago against a hospital in Syria, prompting a US Tomahawk Cruise missile strike.
c. 1970 the first Earth Day was celebrated.   
d. 1977 optical fiber was used to carry telephone messages for the first time.
e. 2005 in a better late than never moment Japan finally apologized to the world for its horrendous record against civilians and prisoners of war during World War II.    

Reflections on Earth Day:The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.”Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day and former Senator and governor of Wisconsin. 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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Friday, April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Use Big Words Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 20, 2017  The violence during anti-government demonstrations in the failed poster child of socialism, Venezuela continued as the death toll has risen to 21 including 8 electrocuted in looting a bakery for food (GM has been added to the victim list as the government has seized its properties in the country); the PC Iron Curtain is still alive and well although with some signs of rust as UC Berkeley claims it has reversed its decision to ban Ann Coulter by rescheduling (sadly to a date in which students are not present) but Ms. Coulter rightfully has told the school to pound sand and she will appear—will be interesting if the thugs of the left riot and burn (if they do everyone caught should be criminally prosecuted and expelled if a student which probably most are not); keep your fingers crossed but Trump indicated he will release the details of his tax cut and reform plan next week (good luck on the reform idea as every line in the Tax Code has a score of paid lobbyists behind it who will contribute (“bribe”) and fight tooth and nail to prevent elimination or reduction in their clients sacred cows); France votes on Sunday amidst speculation of whether Le Pen will be helped by the latest terrorist attack on police in Paris; amazing news out of Hawaii as the former two term Democratic governor of the state is calling upon Trump to cease funding of the $20 billion 10 mile elevated rail project in Honolulu (wish Brown would end the nonsense here in California of the multibillion high speed rail project that no one will use); for four continuous nights Russia has flown bombers or spy planes close to Alaska or Canada (a dangerous game of chicken Putin that will get someone killed); great video by Silk and Diamond castigating a really useless swamp dweller Maxine Waters http://100percentfedup.com/diamond-silk-open-large-can-whoop-maxine-waters-painfully-funny-video-come-donald-trump-coming/; time for all Red voters to call on Speaker Ryan to call the troops back and end the summer recess until we get what Trump campaigned on—reduction in the corporate and individual tax rates along with a tax holiday to repatriate overseas earnings; almost like a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017  in the last two days through April 2018 increasing by 9 to 952 and the death toll increasing by two to 165 (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 who appears to care only about the rights of illegal aliens in his sanctuary city  (when will Chicago residents through the city council try to impeach this pathetic, inept mayor?). 
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Snow, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Queen Elizabeth II, hoping that Sessions will make progress in containing and destroying the goodfellas of MS-13, 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.  Use Big Words Dayif you want to impress someone of if a bureaucrat or politician and want to deceive someone, use big words which another reason to visit Ridley's Believe It Or Not-This Day In History and look for the word of the day.
2.  Kindergarten Day—commemorating the contributions made to education by kindergartens and marking probably the first separation anxieties a child will have experienced; celebrated today as it is the birthday on this day in 1782 of Friedrich Frobel who opened the first kindergarten in 1837.   
3. 1993 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1993 on a run of 7 weeks in that position “Informer” by Snow. Here is a recording of the white rapper performing the song:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0yGvypBwyA
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “goodfella” which means a gangster, especially a member of the Mafia or as one watches the IRS in action against legitimate businesses that operate only on cash and carry and do not accept credit cards an agent of the IRS.
5. Still Growing Strong At 91—celebrating the birth on this day in 1926 of Queen Elizabeth II and who was crowned queen in 1953 to become the longest serving monarch in British history (wonder if Prince Charles will do the right thing when she dies and abdicate so the British will not have to endure the sight of his wife instead of the vivacious Kate Middleton). 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1506 in another example of how long it takes a religion to become tolerant and accept the religion of others the three day Lisbon Massacre of over 1900 Jews by Portuguese Catholics came to an end (which means that if Islam founded in 632 follows the same path before it achieves tolerance we could be looking at at least another 121 years
of terror).
b. 1918 Baron Manfred von Richthofen also known as Red Baron after achieving his 80th victory the day before, was shot down and killed  by as many believe not another airplane but rather ground fire.
c. 1962 the Seattle World’s Fair, the first World’s Fair in the United States since the New York World’s Fair closed  in October of 1940. The Space Needle still dominates the Seattle skyline and the Seattle Monorail still operates.  
d. 1985 not wanting to ape the Branch Davidians, the compound of the right wing militant The Covenant, The Sword and the Arm of the Lord surrendered to federal authorities after a two day siege.
e. 1992 confirming what many astronomers have believed for years two extrasolar planets were discovered by astronomers Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail. 
Reflections on the driving forces of success for a nation: The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.” Queen Elizabeth II How true and how true with the Blues’ campaign slogan that “You didn’t build it” the denizens of the D.C. Swamp are totally out of touch with mainstream non Hollywood “values.” 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
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