Friday, May 26, 2017

May 36, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Heat Awareness Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 26, 2017   The mainstream media is in a froth that Gianforte won in Montana and is blaming Trump for his body slamming a reporter to the floor after he badgered Gianforte; the Swamp is leaking like a sieve primarily from Obama holdovers in the Intel community (the Brits are beside themselves over leaks concerning the Manchester slaughter by ISIS and refusing to share intel with the Trump Administration); Trump lectured our allies in NATO that have failed to spend 2% of their GDP on defense and now is at the G-7 Summit to soon end his very presidential foreign trip; in another reminder of radical Islam’s war on Christians, in Egypt a bus carrying Coptic Christians en route to a monastery was attacked by 10 evil losers who killed at least 28 men, women and children and wounded 24; Jared Kushner is evidently now under investigation for ties with Russia as the media having struck out on the issue of Trump’s “collusion” with Russia is trying to pivot to claim obstruction of justice; while illegal immigration is down at our border, the flow of drugs is on the rise (another reason why any parent of a child dead from an OD should vote against any and all Blues who have fanatically opposed the construction of the wall that would be the proverbial nail in the coffin of the illegal drug trade coming across our border; in a where there is smoke there is a fine fire moment, UPS has been hit with whopping $247 million fine for smuggling   cigarettes from Indian reservations into New York and New York City; on the insane academic front, an angry mob of 200 students at Evergreen State College in Washington confronted a biology professor who had the gall to object to a day when all white students and faculty would be forced off campus as opposed to minorities voluntarily leaving to emphasize their “contributions” (another example of the left intolerance threatening anyone who questions or disagrees with their ideology”; Katy Perry who has a great voice but totally clueless on the need to secure our borders is all too quick to jump at $25 million going her way by ABC to be a judge on American Idol; in the real world away from the delusion of PC academia in the University of Chicago, almost a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated in May with total shootings in 2017 through May 25 increasing to 1300 and the death toll increasing to 224, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Ink Spots, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping you don’t see any unfortunates looking icteroid, a relevant quote from John
Wayne
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1. Heat Awareness Day—celebrated on the last Friday in May to highlight the dangers to humans and animals of excessive heat that if one is not hydrated, engaging in excessive physical activity or not in the shade or air conditioned venue.
2. National Paper Airplane Day—celebrating that great simple and inexpensive toy; today instead of telling someone to fly a kite tell that person to go fly a paper airplane or throw a paper airplane party with a contest to see whose plane will go the furthest or stay in the air the longest. 
3. 1946 Number One Song—the number one song in 1946 on a run of 10 weeks in that position was “The Gypsy” by the Ink Spots. Here is a recording of them performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG6g5CkyWAo
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “icteroid” which means to resemble jaundice which is due to a damaged liver and is common among alcoholics and sufferers of Hepatitis in the later stage of their disease.         
5. That’s Why We Have Two—celebrating the birth on this day in 1907 of Marion Morrison better known to his fans as John Wayne, one of the iconic film stars of the 20th Century who unfortunately was a six pack a day smoker, losing one lung to cancer, and survived it only to die of stomach cancer in 1979 (61 of the cast of The Conqueror, filmed downwind of the Nevada nuclear testing grounds, also came down with cancer probably from nuclear contamination). On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1783, a Monday, at North Stratford, Connecticut a Great Jubilee celebrating the end of the Revolutionary War was held and was the first celebration in the Colonies to mark the end of hostilities.
b. 1868 President Andrew was acquitted in the Senate from impeachment by one vote.  
c. 1938 the House Un-American Activities Committee began its first hearing.      
d. 1998 SCOTUS ruled that Ellis Island was located mainly in waters belonging to New Jersey not New York.       
e. 1998 Australia held its first National Sorry Day apologizing for its treatment of that nation’s indigenous population; over a million Australians participated in the ceremonies.    
How to be remembered if you are an icon: “I would like to be remembered, well, the Mexicans have a phrase, 'Feo fuerte y formal.' Which means he was ugly, strong and had dignity.” John Wayne  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.            © May 26, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Missing Children Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 25, 2017   A family that terrorizes together stays together as the evil loser Salman Abedi’s father and two sons were arrested and the Brits are combing the country for the alleged bomb maker who is still at large; if you want to be exposed to the theater of the leftist absurd, the four leftists of the View win the prize hands down for ranting that Trump’s characterization of radical Islamist terrorists as “evil losers” offended Muslims and would encourage more attacks; even that rant was outdone by another delusional HRC supporter Katy Perry who made the ludicrous comment that the only way to fight ISIS was “no barriers, no borders” so we could come together and love each other (what a total crock); the race for a vacated House seat in Montana is getting ugly as the Red candidate body slammed a reporter to the ground and the Sanders supported socialist Blue candidate in an oops moment under reported income by $57,000 on his federal ethics forms (fortunately Montana votes today before somebody is killed by an opponent); another Obama inspired scandal over immigration as Reds are investigating whether some really bad MS-13 gang members instead of being locked up with keys thrown away were released into unsuspecting communities; on the banana front in Seattle, Amazon has been giving away 8,000 bananas a day as an eco friendly snack to all (some truth to that in fight type 2 diabetes), causing great concern from shoppers finding bananas disappearing from food store shelves; in the real world away from the delusion of PC academia in the University of Chicago, almost a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated in May with total shootings in 2017 through May 23 increasing to 1292 and the death toll increasing to 220, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Les Brown and his Orchestra with Doris Day on the vocals, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping your favorite alma mater is not hit with an outbreak of iconoclasm, a relevant quote from author Dennis Lehanesecure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Fathers’ Day, 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. Towel Day—celebrating on this day since 2001 the works of Douglas Adams, best known for the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, whose journey by galactic thumb had ended 14 days earlier.
2. National Missing Children Day—celebrated since 1983 as declared by President Reagan to create awareness of a parent’s worst nightmare—to find a child missing and not know whether the child is alive or dead. Hopefully there is a special place in hell for child abductors be they total strangers or estranged family members.  
3. 1945 Number One Song—the number one song in 1945 on a run of 9 weeks in that position was “Sentimental Journey” by Les Brown and his Orchestra. Here is a recording of them and Doris Day (who is still going strong at 95) on the vocals performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h20YomuQ-XQ
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “iconoclasm” which is an attack on established beliefs which we are seeing more of each day on college campuses when it comes to the freedom of speech and expression.       
5. Two For the Price of One—celebrating the birth on this day in 1970 of identical twins Sidney and Lindsay Greenbush who alternated in the role of Carrie on Little House on the Prairie.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1810 the citizens of Buenos Aires expelled the Spanish Viceroy from the city marking the beginning of Argentina’s War of Independence.
b. 1935 in a omen on what was going to happen to Hitler’s Master Race, Jesse Owens from Ohio State at the Big Ten Track and Field Championships broke three world records and tied a fourth.  
c. 1968 the St. Louis Gateway Arch was dedicated.       
d. 1977 in a galaxy far, far away Star Wars with, when compared to today, almost primitive special effects which awed us, was released.       
e. 1999 the  House of Representatives released the Cox Report which detailed two decades of concerted Chinese espionage of our nuclear weapons program.    
Brace yourself for a really disturbing statistic if true: “Each day 2300 children are reported missing.” Dennis Lehane, author of Gone Baby Gone.  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.                                                                                                                      © May 25, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Jerusalem Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 24, 2017   Obama was tweeting hypocrisy in full mode that we stood shoulder to shoulder with Britain as Manchester identifies its dead caused by radical Islam and ISIS that Obama’s JV Team response allowed to morph into the killers they are today; three thugs arrested in Manchester in conjunction with the suicide attack as Britain is on high alert for more terrorist attacks which have already occurred in the Philippines; surveys coming out on high chilling percentages of Muslims in Europe that believe in Sharia and support terrorist attacks (our federal judiciary that is blocking the temporary Muslim unvetted travel ban needs to start going to some funerals of innocents in Manchester killed by this deranged fanatic radicalized by an evil ideology); the mayor of Minneapolis which has a large unassimilated radicalized Somali refugee population thanks to Obama’s misguided policies, many of whom have traveled to the Middle East to fight for ISIS  had the idiocy to deliver, when the dead from Manchester had not yet be buried,  her state of Minneapolis speech in a mosque with to be expected slams on Donald Trump; more testimony that North Korea remains hell bent to develop an ICBM with the capability to reach the U.S. with a nuclear weapon (when does the left unite behind this president to nuke this rogue regime out of existence if China does not get its act together and replace this lunatic?); on the PC academic front the University of Chicago has the distinction of student groups demanding race based housing for blacks, Asians, and Latinos and a core diversity curriculum before one can graduate; in the real world away from the delusion of PC academia in the University of Chicago, almost a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated in May  with total shootings in 2017 through May 22 increasing to 1284 and the death toll increasing to 219, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Bing Crosby, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping your study of ichthyology will include a lunch at Catalina Fish Kitchen, a relevant quote from the birthday boy Joseph Brodskysecure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Fathers’ Day, 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. Aviation Maintenance Technicians Day—celebrating since 2008 by Congressional resolution the contribution to aviation by the skilled technicians that keep our planes where they belong in the sky transporting people, cargo and our military.
2. Jerusalem Day—celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem as a result of the Six Day War in 1967.
3. 1944 Number One Song—the number one song in 1944 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “I Love You” by Bing Crosby. Here is a recording of him performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-qp5T2urf8
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ichthyology” which is the study of fish which given the benefits of eating seafood is an area of science that we need more devotion to insure sustainable fish catch levels for a growing human population.        
5. More Poets Less Parasites—celebrating the birth on this day in 1940 of Joseph Brodsky, Russian born poet who was sentenced to five years of hard labor for being a social parasite but was able to emigrate to the U.S. where he became a Poet Laureate and won the Nobel Prize for Poetry, but his literary genius was cut short by smoking and died of a heart attack in 1996.   
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1844 Samuel Morse using the Morse Code sent the first telegraph message “What has God wrought?” from Washington. D.C. to his assistant in Baltimore, Maryland.
b. 1883 the Brooklyn Bridge was opened after 14 years of construction.   
c. 1941 the German Battleship Bismark sank the HMS Hood, killing all but three of her seamen and damaging the HMS Prince of Wales.     
d. 1976 a wine tasting competition took place in Paris known as the Judgment of Paris in which California vineyards blew away the French, establishing California as one of the prime wine growing regions of the world.      
e. 1999 the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicted Slobodan Milosevic for crimes against humanity for the genocide of Albanians in Kosovo. He avoided the hangman’s noose by dying of natural causes before the trial concluded.     
Reflections of life from a poet who is no longer with us due to smoking:” Life is a game with many rules but no referee. One learns how to play it more by watching it than by consulting any book, including the holy book. Small wonder, then, that so many play dirty, that so few win, that so many lose.” Joseph Brodsky If there is a God which this poet believes in his heart there is, one can only wonder if He would act as a referee to blow the whistle on all the chaos brought about by the evil losers of the world that are bent on killing innocents.  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.            © May 24, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Turtle Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 23, 2017   Manchester rocked by an evil loser who detonated an IED at a concert killing himself and 22 innocents and wounding 59, many of whom were children; Trump ended his trip to Israel and is off to the Vatican but not before lambasting the Palestinian Authority for paying blood money to suicide bombers; John Burton who is a poster child for why we need term limits and who is stepping down as chairman of the California Democratic Party led the delegates at a convention in Sacramento in a rousing F* Donald Trump chant complete with flipping the bird (what childish idiots); the AHCA may be in trouble if the CBO scoring does not show significant cost savings as many in the House believe that if voted on again, it would not pass; almost a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated in May  with total shootings in 2017 through May 21 increasing to 1283 and the death toll increasing to 219, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Glenn Miller and his band, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping your carbon ichnogram is a small one, a relevant anonymous quote on Crohn’s Diseasesecure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Fathers’ Day, 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 Turtle Day—celebrating since 2000 the need to protect and preserve the habitat of turtles and tortoises, especially those that are endangered like the Ridley Kemp Sea Turtle.
2. World Crohn’s and Colitis Day—celebrated since 2007 on this day to promote awareness of the disease and pain and suffering endured by those with it.
3. 1943 Number One Song—the number one song in 1943 on a brief run of 1 week in that position was “That Old Black Magic” by Glenn Miller and his band. Here is a recording of them performing the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIGupnB1OUI
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ichnogram” which is a footprint.      
5. Way Up North Is A Real Gem—celebrating the birth on this day in 1974 of noted singer Jewell who grew up in Alaska and started singing at the young age of six. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1911 the New York Public Library was dedicated.
b. 1934 bank robbers Bonny and Clyde were ambushed and killed by police in Bienville  Parish, Louisiana. 
c. 1995 the first version of Java programming was released.     
d. 2006 the volcano Mount Cleveland in the Aleutian Islands erupted.     
e. 2013 in a chilling reminder of the dangers of not repairing our infrastructure, the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River near Mount Vernon, Washington collapsed.    
RAdvice on how to deal with Chron’s Disease: ” I've made a conscious effort to reduce the stress in my life and to learn to say ""no"" when I don't want to do something. Additionally, I've been eating smaller, more digestible portions of food at a time, and have cut back my alcohol consumption to an occasional glass of wine."Anon Wise advice especially the note on stress and alcohol. 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.            © May 23, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 20, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Armed Forces Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 20, 2017   Instead of a groveling Obama apologizing for the U.S., a vibrant and strong President Trump is visiting Saudi Arabia, announcing an over hundred billion dollar arms deal with the Saudis as GE announced a fifteen billion dollar deal to the delight of its shareholders; Blues appear to be up in arms over suggestions that Joseph Lieberman will be named by Trump to replace the fired Director Comey who is expected to testify before Congress soon; the Blue governor of Colorado in an attempt to keep ICE from deporting a convicted violent felon must be smoking too much of his legalized pot as he has just pardoned this felon; Brainherd High School in Minnesota has just joined the list of hate mongering public schools with its yearbook publishing really vile comments about Trump like wanting to behead him; Huma Abedin has filed for divorce against her pervert husband (frightening to imagine her at the right hand of a President Clinton); almost a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated in May  with total shootings in 2017 through May 19 increasing to 1241 and the death toll increasing to 213, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Jimmy Dorsey, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping you are not bleed dry by ichneumous lawyers or politicians, a relevant quote from Doctor Kim, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Fathers’ Day, 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 Metrology Day—celebrating the field of measurement without which many of our highly accurate instruments and products would not exist; a big round of applause for companies like QPlus Labs here in Orange County.    
2. Armed Forces Day—commemorating since May 20, 1950 the men and women serving in the five branches of our Armed Forces.     
3. 1942 Number One Song—As the Japanese were running rampant in the Pacific,  the number one song in 1942 on run of 6 weeks in that position was “Tangerine” by Jimmy Dorsey and his band. Here is a recording of them performing the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-JDUnZv1N0
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ichneumous” which is the perfect word to describe politicians, bureaucrats and lawyers expecially family law lawyers as it means parasitical.       
5. Mad Dogs and Englishmen Not Smart Enough Smoke Out—celebrating the birth on this day in 1944 British blues singer Joe Cocker with his gravelly voice and wild stage gyrations but who was plagued  by substance abuse and hooked on a two pack a day cigarette habit and like so many smokers died of lung cancer at the too early age of 70.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1570 cartographer Abraham Ortelius published his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the world’s first modern atlas.
b. 1862 in a move to open up the West, President Lincoln signed into law the Homestead Act. 
c. 1881 Krakatoa in Indonesia began to erupt and violently erupted three months later, killing 36,000 people and plunging the Earth into an early winter with massive crop losses due to the amount of ash spewn into the atmosphere lowering our temperatures.     
d. 1969 the ten day battle to occupy a worthless piece of dirt by American forces ended with 72 American lives lost; the action was strongly condemned in the U.S. Senate especially when the American troops withdrew on June 5 as American focus shifted from killing the NVA to minimizing casualties.     
e. 1983 Luc Montagnier published in Science  his discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS.   
Reflections on why following the money may not be the best idea:” If you look at three diseases, the three major killers, HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, the only disease for which we have really good drugs is HIV. And it's very simple: because there's a market in the United States and Europe. Jim Yong Kim, noted Korean-American physician and President of the World Bank. Africa is ravaged tuberculosis and malaria but not enough wealth to effectively fight those two diseases as sadly drug development always follows the path to the wallet regardless of need. 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.                                                            © May 20, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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Friday, May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Hepatitis Testing Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 19, 2017   The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has managed to dodge the rape allegations bullets from Sweden as the Swedes have now indicated they are no longer pursuing the charges (when does the U.S. get serious and apply pressure on Ecuador to push this guy out of their London Embassy into the U.S. to face potential criminal charges for hacking into the U.S. elections?); our potential “ally” Russia in violation of UN resolutions to isolate the rogue nation of North Korea is opening up ferry service to Vladivostok; as we now have a special prosecutor, Trump blasts Comey on the issue of collusion with the Russians and his “obstruction of justice” while the Trump agenda of tax cuts, repatriation, border security, and infrastructure to the delight of Schumer and his obstructionist lackeys will be put on hold; President Trump will be going on his first foreign nation tour which will be so very different from Obama’s pathetic apology tour of American influence in the world; in the conservation front two scum bags have been charged with illegally smuggling $17 million dollars of sea cucumbers into the U.S. for sale to, you guessed it, the Chinese; almost a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated in May  with total shootings in 2017 through May 18 increasing by 16 to 1227 and the death toll increasing by 2 to 211, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Jimmy Dorsey, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping you are not blinded by iceblink, a relevant quote from Doctor Kini as you celebrate her birthday, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Fathers’ Day, 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. Hepatitis Testing Day—created to encourage the estimated 4 million Americans who are infected with the hepatitis virus and have no symptoms to get tested.    
2. Malcom X Day—commemorating the civil rights leader but celebrated officially only in Berkeley, California.     
3. 1941 Number One Song—as we slowly drifted into World War II, the number one song in 1941 on run of 10 weeks in that position was “Amapola” by Jimmy Dorsey and his band. Here is a recording of them performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcFNRGsDQ1s
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “iceblink” which means the glare in the sky caused by sunlight reflected off the ice.       
5. Raisin In the Sun—celebrating the birth on this day in 1930 of Lorraine Hansberry, a noted Afro-American playwright who although gifted was a heavy smoker and died of cancer at a way too early age of 33.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1535 Ann Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII was beheaded for treason, incest and adultery.   
b. 1921 Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act placing limits on immigration. 
c. 1950 Egypt announced that the Suez Canal was closed to all Israeli shipping.     
d. 1959 North Vietnam, anticipating a war to unite the country, created a planning group to establish what became known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail which despite massive bombing attacks, the U.S. was never really able to sever.     
e. 1962 a birthday salute to President Kennedy highlighted by Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday” to him was held at Madison Square Garden.   
Reflections on why someone should test today for hepatitis: “HBV is 100 times more infectious than HIV. Both HBV and HCV can remain in the patient’s blood for years without any symptoms, and by the time the disease is detected, the patient would already have a severe form of liver disease. But both viruses are treatable, and results of the treatment, lasting from about 28 to 48 weeks and including anti-viral tablets with sometimes weekly interferon injections, are very good.”  Dr Dinesh Kini 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.                                                                                        © May 19, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World AIDS Vaccine Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 18, 2017   More drama in the Swamp surrounding Flynn and his foreign lobbying entanglements now with Turkey and his opposition to a plan to attack ISIS that Turkey opposed (who ever vetted Flynn did a terrible job); Turkey is in the news quite unfavorably due to the fact that Turkish police protecting Erdogan ruthlessly attacked protestors outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C.; with the appointment of Robert Mueller by the DOJ as a special prosecutor to investigate any charges of collusion of the Trump campaign with Russia, one can only hope that the irresponsible impeachment cries of the frothing Blues will subside and the Trump job creating agenda of lower taxes, repatriation, Obamacare replacement and reduced regulations can move forward again with full steam; the unmasking big brother mentality of the Obama Administration is growing beyond the serial liar Susan Rice (the video queen) and should hopefully produce indictments maybe even of Obama who in his legacy preservation quest may have authorized the effort; almost a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated in May  with total shootings in 2017 through May 17 increasing by 7 to 1211 and the death toll increasing by 2 to 209, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Glenn Miller, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping you are not suffering from iatraphobia, a relevant quote from Tina Fey as you celebrate her birthday, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Fathers’ Day, 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 AIDS Vaccine Day—created in 1998 to promote awareness of the need to develop an effective vaccine against AIDS which no longer carries the automatic death sentence but financially devastates families with the high cost of drugs needed to combat it.    
2. International Museum Day—commemorating the importance of museums to our culture and understanding of our history.    
3. 1940 Number One Song—cleaving the present rapping scene and heading back to the past to celebrate the  number one song in 1940 on run of 7 weeks in that position “The Woodpecker Song” by Glenn Miller and his band. Here is a recording of them performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B_d5UUvl-g
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “iatraphobia” which means the fear of going to a doctor which given the costs and problems with going to a hospital as a breeding ground for super staph infections may be a justified phobia.       
5. Sarah May See Russia But Tina Sees Stardom—celebrating the birth on this day in 1970 of that iconic comedian Tina Fey whose impersonation of Sarah Palin took SNL ratings off the charts.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1896 SCOTUS in one of its worst decisions in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson ruIed that the doctrine of “separate but equal” was constitutional although separate was established, equal was a complete delusion that took the court 59 years to rectify its mistake to the detriment of the education of millions of Afro Americans in the South.   
b. 1917 the Selective Service Act of 1917 was passed which gave the president the powers of conscription and enabled us to raise the forces necessary to enter World War I. 
c. 1933 in a great day for the supporters of electricity, President Roosevelt signed legislation approving the Tennessee Valley Authority.     
d. 1974 India under the code name Smiling Buddha successfully detonated a nuclear weapon to become the 6th member of the nuclear club.    
e. 1980 Mount St. Helens erupted killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in property damage and spewing volcanic ash into states as far away as Montana.  
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