Sunday, April 22, 2018

April 22, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Earth Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 22, 2018 California can add another dubious distinction to its list of disasters like the most number of homeless, the high cost of housing, the most burdensome business regulations and the fact that due to Moonbeam’s idiotic Sanctuary State status it leads the nation in releasing gang members subject to ICE detainer requests to continue their criminal activity (Moonbeam is so out of touch with reality of criminal illegal alien activity and its adverse effects on public safety); another shooting this time at a Waffle House near Nashville that left four people dead and four wounded and created a predictable more gun control response by the Blue Mayor but created one hero, Robert Shaw, Jr., a 29 year old patron who ran to the sounds of gunfire and managed to tackle the shooter and wrest his weapon away and force him to flee (a photo of a very brave young man):
                                                  

To add to California’s potential woes, the U.S. Geological Report that the Bay Area is sitting on a ticking tectonic time bomb that could kill close to a 1,000 residents and injure 18,000; after slow walking legitimate document requests from Congress in exercise of its Constitutional mandate for oversight of the Justice Department and FBI, Chairman Nunez announced that no official intel was utilized to launch the Russian “collusion” probe and that long time Clinton hack Sidney Blumenthal has his fingerprints all over false information used to justify the probe (aka the Mueller witch-hunt); Pompeo’s nomination will be voted on a Senate committee where unless Rand Paul comes to his senses and votes in favor, his nomination will go to the Senate this week with a negative recommendation (what an absolute lunacy and travesty by the Blues as Trump is doing what no other president has been able to do—meet with Kim to hammer out a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula); in Chicago through April 20, 2018, 653 people have been shot, of whom 109 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Righteous Brothers, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you can change channels and avoid magpiety and a relevant quote by Chritine Lagarde on the Paris Agreement and how to implement it,  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 Day—created by Senator Gaylord Nelson to promote awareness of the for environment protection and preservation and now observed by 193 nations.    
2. April Showers Day—celebrating the April showers that bring May flowers but sadly not today in drought plagued California on a very sunny and clear day.    
3. 1966 Number One Song— the number one song in 1966 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration” by The Righteous Brothers.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjuaVo74meY The duo was disbanded on Bobby Hatfield’s death on November 5, 2003 from something very unrighteous cocaine addiction that caused a heart attack. Medley revived the duo with Bucky Heard in 2016 and they are performing today.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “magpiety” which means garrulity especially on religious or moral issues which sadly describes far too many politicians who drone on and on in support of their positions or oppositions.  
5. Dying Not In Bed But Doing What One Wants To Do Is New Immortality—celebrating the birth on this day in 1944 of  Steve Fossett, who made millions trading options and commodities and used the freedom created by that wealth to set numerous records in sailing, ballooning, gliders, jets, boats and other daredevil exploits including finishing 47th in the Iditarod and was on a routine pleasure flight soloing over the Sierra Nevada Mountains and never reached his destination prompting a search by hundreds of volunteers. After being declared dead by a probate judge in February, 2008, his remains and the wreckage of his plane were found in October of that year.
         On this day in: 
a. 1864 the U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864 which mandated the us of In God We Trust on all coins minted as official currency.
b. 1915 in a frightening escalation of man’s inhumanity to fellow men, the Germans utilized chlorine gas on hapless Allied forces ill equipped to be protected from its use in the Second Battle of Ypres.
c. 1977 optical fiber is used for the first time to carry telephone traffic..
d. 2000 in a predawn raid ordered by AG Janet Reno, federal agents, guns drawn, forcibly removed 6 year old Elian Gonzalez, whose mother had died fleeing Cuba with him in a boat, to his father living in Cuba.
e. 2016 the Paris Agreement which sets forth commitments of its signatories to limit the emission of greenhouse gases, which agreement President Trump has indicated he will withdraw from in November, 2020 before the end of his first term.   
Reflections on the Paris Agreement and how best to implement it: “Governments must now put words into actions, in particular by implementing policies that make effective progress on the mitigation pledges they have made. That is why my key message is to price carbon right and to do it now.” Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund.  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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Saturday, April 21, 2018

April 21, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Grounation Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 21, 2018 On the desperation front as the DNC is failing on the public court of opinion Russian collusion delusion front, it has moved into a real courtroom and has filed suit against Russia, Wikileaks, Donald Trump, Jr. and others connected with the Trump campaign (when will Perez and his stooges realize that they lost because of a failed candidate, no ideas, and a perception by the public that she was dishonest and probably not physically fit for the office?—hope never as that will prevent self examination to come up with ideas like Trump is propounding to grow the economy); Comey and McCabe should be counting their days not behind bars on two hands (Comey should really get off the book tour as each word out of his mouth puts him closer to indictment); on the food front, the CDC due to an ecoli outbreak has warned consumers to avoid all Romaine lettuce; on the wrongful death front, the teen crushed to death by the flipping of a third row seat onto him, called twice to 911 with description and location of car but police called never got out of their cruiser; Senate subcommittee should vote on Pompeo and their will be hell to pay as Trump readies himself for a meeting with Kim if he is not confirmed; in Chicago through April 19, 2018, 645 people have been shot, of whom 108 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you can change channels and avoid magniloquent speeches and a relevant quote by the birthday girl Patti LuPone on need for hard work,  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. Grounation Day—an important Rastafari holiday celebrating Haile Selassie’s visit to Jamaica on this day in 1966.   
2. National Thank You For Libraries Day—celebrating the importance of and contributions to our culture of libraries especially as they move at flank speed into the digital and internet world.    
3. 1965 Number One Song— the number one song in 1965 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Game of Love” by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzVLQTovv_g
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “magniloquent” which means a speaking in a grand or pompous manner which is what we have come to expect from the denizens of the Swamp.  
5. Don’t Cry For Me—celebrating the birth on this day in 1949 of Patti LuPone, noted film, theater and television actress best known for her starring Tony Award winning roles in Evita and Gypsy.
         On this day in: 
a. 1962 the Seattle World’s Fair with its iconic Space Needle and Seattle Monorail opened as the first World ‘s Fair in America since World War II.
b. 1975 after the last South Vietnamese outpost in the path of the North Vietnamese Army advancing toward Saigon fell, President Thieu fled Saigon.
c. 1977 the musical Annie opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theater where it would run for almost 7 years.
d. 1993 in a justice may move slowly but it does move, Bolivia’s Supreme Court sentenced former dictator Luis Garcia Meza to 30 years without parole for murder, theft, fraud and violating the Bolivian Constitution;  he still has 5 more years to go and at 88 more likely than not will die in prison.
e. 2014 the city of Flint, Michigan changed its water supply to the Flint River which led to an outbreak of lead poisoning that infected 12,000 residents and the deaths of 15 from Legionnaires’ Disease and the indictments of 15 officials, 5 of whom charged with involuntary manslaughter and awaiting trial.  
Reflections on professionalism and work ethic: “I have a very high standard. I expect everyone around me to work equally as hard because people pay a lot of money for tickets. They demand the best that we have.” Patti LuPone in her book Patti LuPone: A Memoir.  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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April 19, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Bicycle Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 19, 2018 On the FBI illegality front the Inspector General recommended criminal charges be filed against Andrew McCabe- great first step in draining the anti-Trump bias in the Swamp; when does sanity return to the Russian collusion delusion witch-hunt and we end this Mueller travesty?; IG is not finished and very soon we should see a report that really slams Comey, Lynch and the FBI for the whitewash “investigation” of HRC’s private email server (what we really need to see is a real investigation of the blatant quid pro quo practices of her as Secretary of State that funneled millions of dollars into her Foundation and Bill’s pockets in speaking fees—if there was anyone that should be locked up it is the Clintons); after seeing McCabe in the crosshairs of criminal prosecution, Rosenstein comes out and states Trump was not a target in the raid on his lawyer Michael Cohen (when does this rogue special prosecutor have his Russian collusion delusion terminated so we can continue in Trump’s quest to make America great again?); Elizabeth Warren moment déjà vu as Andrew Cuomo makes the ridiculous claim that he is an undocumented alien (does he know that illegals vote in droves during an election?); as the world has high hopes that the meeting between Trump and Kim that Pompeo has vetted favorably in a secret meeting with Kim, our aging senior senator from California Diane Feinstein totally infected by the progressive disease that funs unchecked through our Barbara Boxer on steroids junior senator Kamala Harris has announced that she will vote against Mike Pompeo (totally outrageous for Blues to hinder and obstruct Trump being able to name his team in this really critical push to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula—McConnell off your ass and push this nomination to an immediate vote even if you have to use the nuclear option); any idiot would know that the only weapon effective against a gun is another gun in the hands of a trained person but in Illinois Democrats want to reallocate funds for school security to hire therapists; in Chicago through April 18, 2018, 637 people have been shot, of whom 107 have died.
        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, the fact that you are blessed with magnalities today and a relevant quote by Jannie Coverdale on the death penalty verdict for McVeigh,  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. Bicycle Day—commemorating this day in 1943 when Albert Hoffman three days after he had accidentally absorbed some LSD purposely ingested .25 micrograms of LSD and after commencing hallucinogenic effects had his assistant ride with him on a bicycle to his house and then to record the effects of the dose.   
2. Dutch American Friendship Day—commemorating this day in 1782 when the Netherlands recognized John Adams as the Ambassador from the United States and the U.S. purchased a house at Fluwelen Burnwal 18 in The Hague to become its first embassy.    
3. 1964 Number One Song— the number one song in 1964 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Can’t Buy Me Love” by The Beatles.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srwxJUXPHvE
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “magnality” which means a great act or event which fits the tax cut to a tee.  
5. Cars Can Be Unsafe Places In Which To Be—celebrating the birth on this day in 1933 of Vera Jayne Palmer better known to her fans as Jayne Mansfield, noted actress, pinup and Playmate who like her father many years earlier when she was a small girl was killed while driving the family car but in Jayne’s case she was killed when a car she was in with three adults in the front seat and her three children asleep in the back seat ran into a semi-truck, killing all three adults but only slightly scratching the children.
         On this day in: 
a. 1984 “Advance Australia Fair” was adopted as Australia’s national anthem.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8tswkr25A0
b. 1985 200 federal agents besieged a right wing white supremacist survivalist cult The Covenant, The Sword and The Arm of the Lord in Arkansas. Fortunately for all involve the group surrendered two days later.
c. 1993 the 51 day siege of the Branch Davidian Complex ended when a fire broke out, killing 76 Davidians including 16 children under the age of 10.
d. 1995 in revenge for the ATF assault on the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols parked a Ryder Rental Truck loaded with more than 4800 pounds of explosives in a drop off zone under the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City which also contained a day care center for the children of federal employees and lit the fuse. When the truck exploded five minutes later, 168 people in the building were killed, over 670 injured and a one third of the building destroyed.
e. 2011 Fidel Castro resigned as Party Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, a post he had held since 1961.  
Reflections on the verdict of death against Timothy McVeigh: “"This is not a time for celebration. A man's life is being taken from him. It's something that we wanted, and it's not done out of revenge. It's because we felt it was necessary." Jannie Coverdale whose two grandsons died in the bombing.  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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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Newspaper Columnists Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 18, 2018 On the illegal alien front news that should really make you want to take to the streets in protest as DHS released a report on the dozens upon dozens of illegal alien gang members including MS-13 that were released from incarceration despite the fact that there were outstanding detainer requests from ICE with the greatest number being released in California (thanks for putting us at risk Moonbeam while you are fully protect by police packing heat and thank God that Orange County has told Moonbeam to take a hike and will publish names and release dates of illegals in its jails-- http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/18/dhs-reveals-dozens-ms-13-other-gang-members-released-by-sanctuary-policies.html; former FLOTUS Barbara Bush has passed at age 92 leaving her husband of over 72 years in a world of grief as outpourings of sympathy and prayers pour in (save from one very angry progressive English professor at Fresno State who in a profanity laced tweet was glad she had died-what a disgrace mocking academic freedom); the passengers on the Southwest Airlines’ flight that had one jet engine fail are very lucky to have had one of the first female naval aviators, Tammie Jo Shults, as a pilot to safely land the damaged aircraft; Comey continues to embarrass himself and the FBI with the aid of the Cack News Network by spreading a discredited salacious rumor that Trump was watching prostitutes urinate on each other as he tries to sell what is turning out to be a complete dud of a book; Trump wants to remove some irresponsible domestic spending increases in the Omnibus spending bill recently passed which McConnell has said is an idea DOA (Reds are smoking crack or meth if they think after their miserable performance that voters will give them another two years in control of both houses of government); in Chicago through April 17, 2018, 631 people have been shot, of whom 106 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to The Chiffons, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you have mastered magirics and a relevant quote by Samantha Cameron on being a conservative,  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 Day for Monuments and Sites—created by UNESCO in 1983 to promote awareness of the cultural diversity represented by such monuments and sites, their vulnerabilities and the need and means to protect them.  
2. National Newspaper Columnists Day—created by National Association of Newspaper Columnists formed in 1977 to promote and recognize the contributions of newspaper columnists to our society and celebrated on the anniversary of Ernie Pyle’s death on this day in 1945 while covering the war in the Pacific.    
3. 1963 Number One Song— the number one song in 1963 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “He’s So Fine” by The Chiffons.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rinz9Avvq6A
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “magirics” which means to the science or art of cooking, which is a great skill to possess especially if you want to entertain at home.
5. Creative Line of Royalty—celebrating the birth on this day in 1971 of Samantha Cameron, direct descendant of King Charles II, successful creative director of Smythson of Bond Street and wife of former British Prime Minister David Cameron.
         On this day in: 
a. 1906 a large 7.9 earthquake and ensuing fire destroyed 80 percent of San Francisco and killed some 3,000 people.  
b. 1943 Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the architect of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was shot down and killed by U.S. P-38 fighters while flying to inspect troops on Bougainville Island.
c. 1946 the International Court of Justice held its first session at The Hague, Netherlands.
d. 1954 Gamal Abdel Nassar seized power in Egypt.
e. 1983 a suicide bomber detonated outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon,  killing 63 people.  
Reflections on what it means to be a true conservative: “I'm definitely a Tory. My dad was a Conservative councillor, and I spent years as a child knocking on doors with him. I'm a Tory because I'm passionate about business and enterprise. But I am also a compassionate Conservative. There should always be a net through which no one should fall.”Samantha Cameron. Definitely right on point and advice we all should heed. 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 17, 2018

April 17, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Malbec Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 17, 2018 On the RINO front, 7 term “Republican” Congressman Dent announced that he would be leaving Congress in a few weeks; on the slow walking front, Rod Rosenstein has missed the deadline imposed by Congress to turn over the Comey memos that were leaked by Comey to Columbia Law School professor Daniel Richman as part of Comey’s plan to get a special counsel appointed (it is an outrage that memos were leaked to find their way into the The New York Times but Congress dealing with its Constitutional authority to exercise oversight is being frustrated by the FBI and should merit contempt of Congress with Rosenstein being jailed and/or impeached); on the unfriendly skies front, a Southwest Airlines’ flight from La Guardia to Dallas experienced a jet engine failure, killing one passenger and causing it to be diverted to Philadelphia to land safely; Comey hits the book tour circuit today while continuing to slam the president as being unfit (if the leaked Comey memos contained classified material, this spineless coward could and should be facing jail time); SCOTUS ruled 5-4 that federal law which authorized automatic deportation for those convicted of “crimes of violence” was vague and therefore unenforceable with Justice Gorsuch joining the liberal members of SCOTUS (change the law by setting forth crimes that merit deportation so we can remove these scumbags once they have served their sentences); Moonbeam is back in the news as backlash in California builds over the idiocy of California’s sanctuary status law by slamming low life politicians who oppose the idea of keeping our communities safe (only a true low life like Moonbeam would be able to identify Reds as low lives); Stormy Daniels appeared on the clueless The View with a sketch of a man she alleged approached her and threatened her if she told anyone about her affair with Donald Trump (when will MSM come to the realization that people are more concerned with pocket book issues that Trump is solving?); in Chicago through April 16, 2018, 627 people have been shot, of whom 105 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Elvis Presley; factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you have reasons to maffick your accomplishments and a relevant quote by Jennifer Garner on the importance of education,  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 Malbec Day—commemorating the decision by the President of Argentina on this day in 1853 to hire French soil expert Michel Pouget to bring over from France new vines to transform Argentina’s wine industry; one of the vines brought over from France was Malbec which flourished in Argentina and produced wine superior to that produced by the vine in France.
2. World Hemophilia Day—created by the World Federation of Hemophilia founded by Frank Schnabel in 1963 to promote awareness of the disease affecting some 400,000 people worldwide many of whom afflicted by it have no awareness of having the disease and therefore do not seek treatment.    
3. 1962 Number One Song— the number one song in 1962 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Good Luck Charm” by Elvis Presley.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0gx4kPDW0w
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “maffick” which means to celebrate in a  boisterous and hilarious manner the Reds will do if against expectations of the Blues they keep control of the House of Representatives.
5. What’s In Your Wallet—celebrating the birth on this day in 1972 of noted actress Jennifer Garner and great spokesperson for Capital One with her signature question “What’s in your wallet?”
         On this day in: 
a. 1524 Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano under the employ of the King Francis I of France entered New York harbor (the Verrazano Narrows Bridge) connecting the Buroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island is named after him although his name is misspelled).  
b. 1907 the Ellis Island immigration center processed a record number of immigrants, 11,747 in one day.
c. 1961 a group of some 1500 Cuban exiles trained and financed by the CIA landed at the Bay of Pigs in the hope that the Cubans would rise up and join them to overthrow Castro which they did not and the invasion was crushed by the Cuban military in three days.
d. 1969 Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating Robert Kennedy after he had won the California primary on June 5, 1968 and would have been the Democratic nominee for President of the United States and is today rotting away in prison with another parole hearing scheduled for 2021.
e. 2014 in a we may not be alone moment,  NASA’s Kepler Satellite launched on March 7, 2009 confirmed the first Earth sized planet in the habitable zone of another star.  
Reflections on the importance of education in improving one’s lot in life: “My mom grew up in poverty in Oklahoma - like Dust Bowl, nine people in one room kind of place - and the way she got out of poverty was through education. My dad grew up without a dad, with very little and he also made his way out through education.” Jennifer Garner Could not agree more which makes it so disappointing to see how urban public schools are totally failing in their mission to educate inner city youths who drop out like flies and end up far too often in gangs and/or prison. 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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Sunday, April 15, 2018

April 15, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Art Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 15, 2018 On the Comey corruption of the FBI front, Comey on the news circuit indicated he thought Hillary would win (not alone on that front with the sycophantic MSM seduced by the same belief) and that belief influenced how he handled the FBI “investigation” of her private e-mail and misuse of classified information; recommend all read the 39 pages of the IG report if they have any questions on why McCabe was fired and why many Reds believe the investigation of Hillary was a complete sham doing everything possible to make sure her anticipated coronation was not going to be sidetracked by her usage of a private e-mail server and her mishandling of classified information: https://www.vox.com/2018/4/13/17188262/inspector-general-report-horowitz-mccabe-comey; Comey is shedding credibility faster than a man with terminal dandruff as he prepares to go on his dud book tour on next week for “Disloyalty” or “Higher Royalty;” on the food contamination front, 207 million eggs shipped to the states of Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia have been recalled due to potential salmonella contamination; on the over the top rhetoric front, DNC co-chair Keith Ellison is making the outlandish claim that because of Blue losses, women are dying in childbirth; although you need ID to enter an increasing number of office buildings, board a ship, train, plane or intercity or enter many federal or state buildings, or cash a check, etc., Joe Biden trying to remain relevant is slamming any attempts by Red led states to require ID when voting as a means to deter voter fraud;  in Chicago through April 14, 2018, 508 people have been shot, of whom 103 have died (another rarity no one died on April 13 and 14).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to The Marcels; factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not suffering from madarosis and a relevant quote by Ruslan Tsarni, the uncle of the two Boston Marathon Bombers on the need to forgive and turn oneself in,  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 Art Day—proposed by the General Assembly of the International Association of Art to be first celebrated on this day (birthday of Leonardo da Vinci) in 2012 to promote the importance of art in our daily lives and to promote peace and understand among the peoples of the world. If fortunate to live in the great L.A. Metropolitan Area, good way to celebrate would be to click on https://curate.la/.
2. Universal Day of Culture—proposed the Russian artist Nicholas Roerich in 1935 as a day to ”be consecrated to the full appreciation of all national and universal treasures of culture.” His vision became a reality in December of 2008 when NGO’s from six countries agreed to adopt April 15 as the Universal Day of Culture.   
3. 1961 Number One Song— the number one song in 1961 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Blue Moon” by The Marcels.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoi3TH59ZEs
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “madarosis” which means the loss of eyelashes or eyebrows which can be a marker for other diseases such as syphilis or herpes.
5. Witches Are Not Immortal—celebrating the birth on this day in 1933 of noted actress Elizabeth Montgomery who perhaps is best remembered for her long running series where she played Samantha in Bewitched. Supposedly a chain smoker like many of the cast, she was part of the 85% of the cast that died from cancer.
         On this day in: 
a. 1892 the General Electric Company was founded by Thomas Edison and others.  
b. 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in MLB when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
c. 1955 McDonald’s marked its founding when Ray Kroc opened a McDonalds in Des Plaines, Illinois.
d. 1989 soccer may not be dangerous for the players like football but it can be for spectators as at Hillsborough Stadium in England, 96 Liverpool Football Club fans were killed by being crushed by spectators crowding into the stadium fences.
e. 2013 two pressure cooker bombs were detonated 12 seconds apart near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and wounding 264 others, 12 of whom lost at least one leg.,  
Reflections on the Boston Marathon Bombings: “I respect this country. I love this country. This country which gives chance to everybody else to be treated as a human being and to just to be human being. To feel yourself human being…. My wife opened up Internet, and on A.O.L., on A.O.L. I saw a picture of Dzhokhar. I say, Dzhokhar, if you are alive, turn yourself in, and ask for forgiveness from the victims, from the injured, and from those who left, ask forgiveness from these people….Turn yourself in.” Ruslan Tsarni, uncle of the the two Tsarnaev Brothers in a interview with Nicholas Thompson, The New Yorker, April 19, 2013 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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April 14, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Slow Art Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 14, 2018 On the Syrian genocide front, the U.S., France and Great Britain launched over 100 cruise missiles from ships and bombers from multiple locations that all arrived on target in a two or so minute window on three chemical weapons manufacturing and storage facilities as the Russians stood down and watched their emergency UN Security Council condemnation resolution also go down in flames (talk about a difference between a feckless former president who idiotically drew a red line in the sand and then cowered back afraid to act and this president who acted last year and after warning the Russians that the missiles would be coming followed through again and castigated Russia and Iran for being on the wrong side of history while Haley reiterated the point that the U.S., France and Great Britain are “locked and loaded” to insure Syria suffers dire consequences if that genocidal monster is stupid enough to use chemical weapons again against his own people); MSM going ballistic implying that missile strikes were like Wag the Dog  to divert attention from Stormy Daniels (news flash no one cares about whether Trump was in Stormy Daniels’ pants but they do care that FBI agents disguised as Gestapo made three no knock searches of Cohen’s office, home and hotel room; in Chicago through April 13, 2018, 508 people have been shot, of whom 102 have died (another rarity no one died on April 13).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Percy Faith and His Orchestra; factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your face is not maculose and a relevant quote by Ronald Reagan on the importance of the Space Shuttle Columbus,  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. Pan American Day—observed by several North and South American countries to celebrate the cultures and traditions of the region since 1930.
2. Slow Art Day—celebrated on the second Saturday of the month since 2008 by slowly moving through a museum or gallery to enjoy the art found there. If you live in Los Angeles go to www.Curate.la.com to find unique and not well known museums and galleries to spend some time to really enjoy art as opposed to rushing through it.   
3. 1960 Number One Song— the number one song in 1960 on a run of 9 weeks in that position was “Theme From A Summer Place” by Percy Faith and His Orchestra.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFi_CKNJjwE
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “maculose” which means spotted like leopards.
5. Vampires Never Walk Near A Mirror If She’s Around—celebrating the birth on this day in 1977 of noted actress Sarah Gellar best known for her role as Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
         On this day in: 
a. 1981 the first operational Space Shuttle, Columbia, completed its first test flight.   
b. 1988 the Soviet Union signed an agreement in Geneva to withdraw its armed forces from Afghanistan.
c. 2003 the Human Genome Project was 99 percent completed with an accuracy of 99.99 percent.
d. 2005 the Oregon Supreme Court nullified same sex marriages licenses issued earlier by Multnomah County.
e. 2014  276 school girls were kidnapped by the jihadists Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria.  
Reflections on the Space Shuttle: “Through you, once again, we feel as giants.” Ronald Reagan to the crew of Columbus on the completion of its first mission on April 14, 1981. 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 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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