Monday, December 10, 2018

December 19, 2018 International Human Rights Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 10, 2018 1,700 arrested in Paris over the weekend as police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse rioters and Macron whose popularity has fallen to 22% is addressing the French people today; in a Marvin K. Moody moment the Bill and Hillary Tour ticket sales have evaporated faster than a pond on a Death Valley freeway on a July day forcing the Clintons to offer deep discounts on Groupon to promote sagging sales (sad to see two people who can’t accept the fact that their time has come and gone); Voyager II has entered interstellar space with instrumentation still functioning; SCOTUS has declined to take up a case involving the ability of a state to block Medicaid funds paying for non abortion services at Planned Parenthood; after Kelley’s announcement of his leaving at the end of the year, President Trump is still looking for a replacement as his chief of staff (tough job for someone with the patience of Job); climate change proponents have just added another argument in favor of being concerned-the Vibrio vulnificus an often fatal  bacteria found in oysters and with the water temperatures rising causes them to multiply; British Prime Minister May has postponed a planned vote of her Brexit deal with the European Union due to fears she does not have the votes; people with Type I diabetes are facing a major problem, sky high increases in the price of insulin they need daily to control their blood sugar; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 9, 2018, 2834 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 479 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Sly and the Family Stone, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are have time to obamulate and a relevant quote from Charles Krauthammer on torture, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. International Human Rights Day—created by the UN General Assembly in 1950 to promote the cause of human rights in all nations.
2. Green Monday—celebrating the promotion of online Christmas gifts sales on the last Monday with at least 10 days before Christmas to insure delivery before Christmas.
3. 1971 Number One Song— the number one song in 1971 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Family Affair” by Sly and the Family Stone. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbT_ask1Cco
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “n” to words beginning with “o” is “obamulate” which means to wander about which when dealing with major issues facing us describes our response to a tee.
5. Sell a Senate Seat Go to Jail--celebrating or bemoaning the birth on this day in 1956 of Rod Blagojevich former governor of Illinois who tried to sell Obama’s Senate Seat he had to vacate following his election as president in 2008 and was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison and who is anxiously hoping President Trump will commute his sentence.
    On this day in: 
a. 1906 President Teddy Roosevelt received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring about an end to the Russo-Japanese War.
b. 1953 Winston Churchill received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
c. 1978 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
d. 1984 the UN General Assembly recognized the Convention Against Torture.
e. 1995 the Israeli Army withdrew from Nablus on the West Bank pursuant to the Oslo Accords.
   Reflections on when to use torture: “Torture is an impermissible evil. Except under two circumstances. The first is the ticking time bomb. An innocent's life is at stake. The bad guy you have captured possesses information that could save this life. He refuses to divulge. In such a case, the choice is easy.” Charles
Krauthammer noted former columnist and commentator.
  
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Saturday, December 8, 2018

December 8, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Shareware Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 8, 2018 Despite the assertions by the anti-Trump MSM the sentencing recommendations filed by Mueller’s band of pro Clinton donors provide no evidence of collusion with Russia (how long does this witch-hunt go on with its flagrant expenditure of funds and when does the nation come to the conclusion that the purpose of the investigation is only to weaken the administration and frustrate the implementation of policies that got Trump elected; 28 year old Ramsey Bearce has been arrested in West Virginia for sending obscene photos to a 15 year old former student (women should have the right like men to pursue winter to summer relationships but given the age of the male this is outrageous); “Spartacus” Booker is heading to New Hampshire fueling speculation that he will join the crowded field of candidate and  run for president in 2020; Alyssa Zabraski was arrested for shoplifting at a Wal-Mart in Boardman Township, Ohio but her mug shot photo has gone viral
                                    
Trump announced that former general Kelley will be leaving as his chief of staff at the end of the year; Comey is being blasted for his selective amnesia and the DOJ lawyer who was acting as his wingman was blasted for obstructing a valid Congressional inquiry; finally the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation may find their criminal past may have caught up to them as three whistleblowers from the foundation have released hundreds of pages of documents that detail criminal activity like comingling of funds and play to pay practices; here’s a news item that will bring tears to your eyes as Kelsey Zwick was flying her 11 month old sick twin daughter from Orlando to Philadelphia to enter Children’s Hospital to treat a lung problem caused by her premature birth when a man in first class gave up his seat to her to make the trip less stressful (political divisiveness there still is a lot of good will and kindness in this country); in Paris 5,000 Yellow Vest protestors demanding Macron’s resignation were met by 8,000 police and numerous armored cars and by tear gas and stun grenades resulting in a 1,000 arrests; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 7, 2018, 2805 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 474 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).

        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not cursed with nyctalopia and a relevant quote from Elon Musk on space travel, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1.  International Shareware Day—commemorating the efforts of thousands of programmers who are creating apps or programs that are free in the expectation usually not fulfilled that the users impressed by the program will pay for an upgrade.
2. National Christmas Tree Day—celebrating since 2015 the sale of Christmas trees during the Christmas season consisting last year of 48.5 million trees, 27.4 million of which were real and the balance artificial.  3. 1970 Number One Song— the number one song in 1970 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Tears of a Clown” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4heHLbchPKk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we moved from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n” is “nyctalopia” which means night blindness which sadly affects most of us fortunate to reach senior status.
5. Speaks Her Mind as the Don Rickles of Political Commentary--celebrating the birth on this day in 1961 of Ann Coulter noted conservative author, speaker and commentator who after ceasing practicing law started her broadcasting career at of all places the mostly slanted news MSNBC where she was fired twice for on air insults.
    On this day in: 
a. 1927 the Brookings Institution, one of the oldest think tanks in the nation, was formed by the merger of three institutions founded by Robert Brookings.
b. 1980 former Beatle John Lennon  was shot and killed outside his apartment in New York City by Mark Chapman who was arrested at the scene of the crime reading Catcher in the Rye, tried, convicted and sentenced to life, denied parole at 10 parole hearings and eligible for the next hearing in 2020.
c. 1987 the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed in Washington, D.C. by President Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail  Gorbachev; due to suspected Russian cheating and Chinese build up of forces in the Pacific, the U.S. announced its intention in October of this year to withdraw from the treaty.
d. 2010 with the second launch of SpaceX Falcon and the first launch of SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX became the first private company to launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.
e. 2013 Metallica performed a concert appropriately titled “Freeze Em All”  in Antarctica, thereby becoming the first band to perform on all seven continents.
   Reflections on the future of space travel from Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX: “The launch rate is increasing exponentially. Particularly when you take tanking or refilling on orbit into account, and taking the idea of establishing a self-sustaining base on Mars or the moon or elsewhere seriously, you need ultimately thousands of ships and tens of thousands of retanking or refilling operations, which means you need many launches per day. In terms of how many landings are occurring, you need to be looking at your watch, not your calendar.”
   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 towww.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to   www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
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Friday, December 7, 2018

December 7, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 7, 2018 Comey, the disgraced FBI Director is on the Hill testifying in close session over his handling of the Clinton e-mail server with the transcript to be released in 24 hours which should make for interesting reading if Comey answered questions which he has not; Zuckerberg, the leftist head of Facebook  that all conservatives despise, has ordered an audit of alleged blocking of conservative posts but has not committed to release the results; Trump has announced that he will nominate former AG under Bush 41 William Bauer as Attorney General and Heather Nuaert former spokeswomen for the State Department to replace Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador; Qantas wants to make it impossible for workers to have funds to put another shrimp on the barbie byi asking its workers to volunteer for extra work during the Christmas season without pay; the NFL Commissioner has shown himself one more time to be incompetent by fining star Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott $13,000 after he deposited $21 in the Salvation Army bucket at the game with the Washington Redskins (what a Scrooge and Grinch); the InSight Martian probe is on the surface of Mars hard a work sending back very clear photos of the planet as it begins to analyze physical data beneath the surface;  a UNAIDS report released stated that 9 million people carry the HIV virus and do not know it increasing the risk of further infection; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 6, 2018, 2801 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 474 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Steam, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not a nupson and a relevant quote from Harry Chapin’s tombstone epitaph, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day—commemorating the attack by the Japanese on this day of infamy in 1941 on Pearl Harbor that crippled our Pacific Fleet and killed 2403 Americans.
2. International Civil Aviation Day—created by the UN General Assembly to promote awareness of the importance of  civil aviation, especially international air travel, to the social and economic development of the planet.
 3. 1969 Number One Song— the number one song in 1969 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by Steam. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaG2Acg8n60
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we moved from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n” is “nupson” which means a simpleton or fool which is how the Blues like Hirono view Trump supporters.
5. Cats in the Cradle--celebrating the birth on this day in 1972 of noted singer songwriter and philanthropist Harry Chapin whose life was cut far too short at the age of 38 due to a semi rear ending him.
    On this day in: 
a. 1963 instant replay made its debut during the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia, Pennyslvania.
b. 1982 In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. had the dubious distinction of being the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States.
c. 1987 a disgruntled employee on Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1671 shot his ex boss the shot the pilot and co-pilot and flew the plane into the crowd near Paso Robles killing all aboard.
d. 1993 Colin Ferguson, a passenger on a Long Island Railroad Train pulled out a pistol after leaving Garden City New York and started shooting, killing 6 and wounding 19 before being subdued by passengers. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to 315 years plus 8 months to life and is now rotting in a New York prison where he will die.
e. 1999 the Recording Industry Association of America in the case of A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster Inc. filed a copyright infringement suit against the peer to peer file sharing practices of Napster, Inc.
   Epitaph on the tombstone of Harry Chapin:
Oh if a man tried
To take his time on Earth
And prove before he died
What one man's life could be worth
I wonder what would happen
to this world
    Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© December 7, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

December 6, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Pawnbrokers Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 6, 2018 ABC aka the Always Biased Cack Network was slammed for joking about what Trump’s funeral would look like during Bush’s funeral; SCOTUS heard oral arguments on a double jeopardy case involving the question of whether an acquittal on a federal crime would preclude a trial on the same crime in a state court or vice versa (the ruling would have implications in the Mueller witch-hunt for Manafort should Trump chose as most believe he will pardon him); in one of the more poignant moments during Bush’s funeral Bob Dole confined to a wheel chair through pure grit and determination managed to rise and salute the casket; wild ride in the stock market as the Dow dropped 700 points to rise again to close at -79.40; Michael Avenatti who loves publicity has announced he has joined the Statue of Liberty protestor’s legal team; Senator Gillibrand is in the news by tweeting the future of the Democratic Party is female and intersectional (appealing to the progressive wing of the party); federal prosecutors have filed the first case arising out of the leak of the Panama Papers detailing tax avoidance schemes of numerous corporations and individuals arresting overseas three of the four defendants named; Comey will appear on Friday before a House Subcommittee to be grilled on the FBI’s handling of the Clinton e-mail probe in a closed session with the transcript to be released to the public within 24 hours; Pelosi is not budging on her refusal to fund the wall  in exchange for DACA deal (in lame duck session ram through wall funding in House and invoke nuclear option in Senate as option of shutting down government is not a good option); Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 5, 2018, 2792 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 473 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Diana Ross and the Supremes, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not going to nuncle someone today and a relevant quote from Erma Bombeck on cooking with a microwave oven, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. National Pawnbrokers Day—celebrating a form of business that originated in China some 3,000 years ago that provides a source of cash to borrowers with bad credit and a source of bargains for the merchandise pawned and not repaid and on the unsavory side a place for stolen goods to be fenced. December 6 was chosen as it coincides with St. Nicolas Day since the Saint was the Patron Saint of Pawnbrokers.
2. National Microwave Oven  Day—celebrating that ubiquitous appliance no kitchen should be which was discovered by accident when an engineer at Raytheon while working on radar improvements after the WWII noted the heating effects of the cavity magnetron when a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
 3. 1968 Number One Song— the number one song in 1968 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Love Child” by Diana Ross and the Supremes. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdmGO-GvHyo
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we moved from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n” is “nuncle” which means to defraud which politicians routinely do to the voters when trying of obtain their votes.
5. We Need More Love--celebrating the birth on this day in 1975 of Mia Love who became the first Republican African-American female to be elected to the House of Representatives in the 2014 elections; sadly she was defeated in the 2018 elections and received the rebuke of President Trump for not embracing him (leave it to the president to put his foot in his mouth).
    On this day in: 
a. 1904 President Teddy Roosevelt announced his corollary to the Monroe Doctrine that the U.S. would intervene in the Western Hemisphere if Latin American governments proved incapable or unstable.
b. 1957 on live TV an attempt to launch our first satellite the Vanguard failed when the rocket rose 4 feet into the air and then exploded.
c. 1973 following confirmation by the Senate of Gerald Ford, the House of Representatives confirmed him 387-35 making him president following the resignation of Richard M. Nixon.
d. 2006 NASA released photos from the Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on the planet.
e. 2017 President Trump announced the formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    Reflections on cooking with a microwave: “It is ludicrous to read the microwave direction on the boxes of food you buy, as each one will have a disclaimer: 'THIS WILL VARY WITH YOUR MICROWAVE.' Loosely translated, this means, 'You’re on your own, Bernice.'” Erma Bombeck, American humorist, columnist and author whose pen was taken away from her permanently on April 22, 1996 
    Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© December 6, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December 5, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Soil Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 5, 2018 President George H.W. Bush’s funeral was held at the Washington National Cathedral today  with a moving and often humorous speech by his son George W. Bush—a moving tribute to “a great and noble man” (in a lack of civility moment President Trump in the front row pew did not shake hands with Hillary or Bill Clinton); Monica Lewinsky spoke before The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 in Entertainment   in Los Angeles urging everyone to learn from their mistakes which no matter how bad are survivable and admitting her affair with Clinton was a big mistake; Bill Priestap the FBI’s Assistant Director of Counterintelligence announced his retirement which means the top management of the FBI who politicized the FBI in favoring Clinton over Trump is now or will be soon gone; finally Mueller has done something useful by referring to the U.S. Attorneys’ Office in New York City potential wrongdoing by the Podesta firm and former White House Counsel Graig by acting as a representative of a foreign entity and not registering; on the climate change front, carbon dioxide emissions have increased 2.7%; Senator Hirono is back in the spot light claiming the deplorables have less intellect than the Blues and to reach them Blues must learn to communicate more from the heart and less from the brain; satellite images show what many of us suspect that North Korea is expanding its missile base near the border with China; Canadian authorities have arrested the CFO of Chinese Huawei Technologies for violating sanctions on Iran (another case of the Chinese not playing by the rules); Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 4, 2018, 2780 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 473 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the the Monkees, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you enjoyed a nummet and a relevant quote from Florence Sabin on living a fast life, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. World Soil Day—created by the UN General Assembly in 2013 to promote awareness of the need to protect soil from erosion due to its importance in agriculture, food security and elimination of poverty.
2. International Volunteer Day—created by the UN General Assembly in 1985 to promote volunteer effort to achieve desirable social goals like reduction of poverty, illiteracy, disease and the achievement of Sustainable Growth Targets.
 3. 1967 Number One Song— the number one song in 1967 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Daydream Believer” by the Monkees. Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvqeSJlgaNk One of original four members Davy Jone suffered a heart attack while riding one of his favorite horses and died after being rushed to the hospital on February 29. 2012.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we moved from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n” is “nummet” which means a light meal or lunch which is the perfect way to lose weight.
5. Not Little in Height nor in Success--celebrating the birth on this day in 1932 of noted rock and roll singer Richard Wayne Penniman better known to his fans as Little Richard though he was six feet tall and is still performing today albeit not actively as he did in the past with such hits as “Tutti Fruiti,” “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “Long Tall Sally”.
    On this day in: 
a. 1933 the Twenty-First Amendment repealing Prohibition was ratified to the joy of party goers who had previously been violating the law in speakeasies and with bootleg spirits.
b. 1952 a cold fog descended on London which combined with air pollution killed at least 12,000 Londoners in the weeks and months that followed.
c. 1955 E.D. Nixon and Rosa Parks led the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
d. 1964 for heroism earlier that year Captain Roger Donlon was awarded the first Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War.
e. 2017 the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics for doping in the 2014 Olympics.
    Reflections on the evils of prohibition justifying the 21st Amendment: “The prohibition law, written for weaklings and derelicts, has divided the nation, like Gaul, into three parts…wets, drys, and hypocrites.”-Florence Sabin, noted American doctor and first woman admitted to the faculty of John Hopkins Medical School.
    Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© December 4, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

December 4, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Wildlife Conservation Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 4, 2018 President H.W. Bush’s funeral will be held at the Washington National Cathedral today after which the casket will be flown to Texas to be put on Bush 4141 Train to be delivered to the Bush Presidential Library for internment; while the MSM is making a fool of itself bashing Trump in comparison to the presidency of George H.W. Bush; the Bush family has reportedly gone to great lengths to insure that the funeral will not turn into a platform of anti-Trump swipes; leftist writer for Slate Ruth Graham is being slammed for her column denigrating Bush’s service dog (so typical of the left-no one not spouse, children or even dog of a Red office holder is out of bounds from criticism); the new darling of the left Ocasio-Cortez is making a fool out herself again claiming accounting errors of $21 trillion in Pentagon spending from 1998 to 2015 could be used to fund her Medicare for all a claim so ridiculous that even left wing publications like Vox and The New York Times called her out noting that the accounting errors do not equate to actual spending; Clinton pal and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has settled the sexual abuse civil lawsuit brought by numerous women on the eve of trial (too bad that we will not hear victims’ testimony of the abuses on his “Orgy Island” and whether Bill Clinton who flew there 26 times on Epstein’s private jet the “Lolita Express” participated; The View is a show with no joy only bias led by Jay Behar as she and Meghan McCann got into a snit fit over her bashing Trump when the segment was to be devoted to reflections on George H.W. Bush; the NRCC reported that it suffered a hacking intrusion which it believes to be by a foreign agent; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 2, 2018, 2776 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 470 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Beach Boys, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not subscribe to a view of nullims and a relevant quote from Dennis Wilson on living a fast life, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. National Cookie  Day—created by the Blue Chip Cookie Company in 1987 to promote the sale of cookies which is still going strong today but a better way to celebrate would be to go to Kelli’s Cookies for Goodness Sakes at  https://forgoodnessbakes.org/  and order some of its mouth watering cookies.
2. World Wildlife Conservation Day—created by the World Wildlife Federation to promote awareness of the illegal slaughter of wildlife for body parts and the need for governments to be more vigilant in stopping poachers.
3. 1966 Number One Song— the number one song in 1966 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys. Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eab_beh07HU
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we moved from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n” is “nullism” which means a view that reality does not exist which describes the viewpoint of those in the Swamp bubble so far removed from the rest of the mere mortals living in the rest of the country.
5. Wipeout--celebrating the birth on this day in 1944 Dennis Wilson, cofounder of the Beach Boys and the only surfer in the band but who battled drug addiction and alcoholism and drowned in the Marina del Rey harbor after a day of drinking after diving into the harbor to try to recover some personal property.
    On this day in: 
a. 1965 the Grateful Dead performed its first concert under its new name.
b. 1991 after 64 years of operations around the world, Pan American Airlines ceased operations.
c. 1992 President George H.W. Bush ordered 28,000 U.S. troops to Somalia.
d. 2017 the Lamborghini Urus gained the title of the world’s fastest SUV with a speed of 190 m[ph.
e. 2017 the Thomas Fire started in Santa Paula to burn over 440 square miles in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties  before it was finally contained on January 12, 2018.    Reflections on the Bhopal disaster from a survivor whose family members did not survive: "They say I live a fast life. Maybe I like a fast life. I wouln’t give it up for anything in the world. It won’t last forever   But the memories will.” Dennis Wilson      Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© December 4, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Monday, December 3, 2018

December 3, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day of Persons With Disabilities


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 3, 2018 Air Force One has picked up the casket carrying the body of George H.W. Bush to deliver it along with his comfort dog Sully and members of the Bush family to the Capitol to lie in state with the nation observing a National Day of Mourning on Wednesday; on the Mueller witch-hunt front Bob Corsi has directed his counsel to file a criminal complaint against Mueller for bullying him to give false testimony against Trump (when will this biased farce end created by a colluded false anti-Trump dossier while the Clintons once again have dodged the bullet); news flash to Meryl Streep--time to your scripts and acting keep as she sounds the clarion call that we should be afraid now that Trump’s children are in danger with the Mueller probe; a member of the Los Altos City Planning Commission was pulled over in his Tesla for motoring while passed out on a freeway with the autopilot steering the car and finally arrested when the CHP got in front of the car and then slowed bringing it to a stop; Trump was in the news extolling an upcoming agreement with China that will cause them to purchase vast quantities of agricultural products; the Clintons have postponed their failing tour scheduled tomorrow for Houston out of respect for President George H.W. Bush (anyone who would pay $177 to listen to this failed duo should have their head examined); Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 2, 2018, 2771 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 467 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Supremes, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your actions and words are free from nugament and a relevant quote from a grieving survivor of the Bhopal disaster, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. International Day of Persons With Disabilities—created by the United Nations in 1992 to promote understanding and awareness of the issues faced by persons with disabilities.
2. Start of Hanukah—celebrating the rededication of the second temple of Jerusalem.
3. 1965 Number One Song— the number one song in 1965 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “I Hear A Symphony” by the Surpremes. Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcylDkRw7dg
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we moved from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n” is “nugament” which means nonsense which describes too often the output of the Swamp to a tee.
5. Splash with Fury--celebrating the birth on this day in 1960 of noted actress and environmentalist Daryl Hannah who starred in Splash and Steel Magnolias.
    On this day in: 
a. 1964 police arrested over 800 students who had occupied the Administration Building at the Cal University Berkeley campus in protest of the Board of Regentslu72 Press Secretary Ron Ziegler announced that since troop levels in South Vietnam had fallen to 27,000, there would be no more public announcements of further troop reductions there..
b. 1982 a soil sample was taken from Times Beach, Missouri which revealed contamination at 300 times the permitted levels of dioxin.
c. 1984 a leak of methyl isocynate from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India killed almost 4,000 people and injured from 150,000-600,000 people making it one of the worst industrial pollution disasters in history.
d. 1994 the Play Station developed by SONY was released in Japan.
e. 1997 representatives of 121 nations signed the Ottawa Agreement prohibiting the manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel mines, an agreement which Russia, China and the United States did not sign.
    Reflections on the Bhopal disaster from a survivor whose family members did not survive: "If they had [sounded the sirens] before or just after the gas leaked out, we would have known what to do," said one survivor. "We'd at least have had a chance to run. I lost my wife and two sons only because they didn't warn us. These people are criminals, butchers, worse than murderers."      Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© December 3, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Friday, November 30, 2018

November 30, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Meth Awareness Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 30, 2018 A 1964 Good Friday déjà vu as Anchorage, Alaska his by a 7.0 earthquake (fortunately no reports of tsunamis being formed like the one that hit Crescent City, California after the Good Friday earthquake); Secretary of the Interior Zinke has blasted Representative Grijalva as a drunken hostile Democrat for whom the taxpayers paid a former staffer almost $50,000 to dismiss a harassment suit after he wrote an OpEd calling for Zinke to resign (so much for a plea of civility and compromise when the person who should resign is Grijalva for his drunken and abusive behavior); at the G-20 Putin and the Saudi Crown Prince are high fiving it and Macron is caught on a hot mike lamenting to the Crown Prince that “You never listen to me.” In regards to Yemen; the welcome mat in Tijuana for the illegals is being yanked as the mayor demands that the organizers of the caravan be arrested while more illegals continue to head north; lady justice is nowhere blind as Clapper and Comey have lied to Congress with no adverse consequences but Cohen is prosecuted and has to plead guilty (when will this biased witch-hunt of Mueller in search of a crime end?); the Asian long horned tick first discovered in New Jersey has spread to 9 Eastern states and is raising concerns of the CDC since the insect is a voracious biter and can lay up to 2,000 eggs on its host without mating; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through November 29, 2018, 2740 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 461 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Lorne Greene, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you have no need to dwell on nugacious issues and a relevant quote from an addict on the dangers of using meth, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Meth Awareness Day—created by President Bush on this day to promote awareness of the dangers of using meth, a drug that destroys large areas of the brain.
2. Computer Security Day—celebrating since 1988 the need for awareness of the need to have strong spyware systems and passwords that are unique to each device and website and updated frequently even more so than ever on a day in which the Marriott announced that a data breach had occurred with respect to 500 million users.
3. 1964 Number One Song— the number one song in 1964 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Ringo” by Lorne Greene. Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCyuq-ofnPc
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we moved from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n” is “nugacious” which means unimportant which far too many of us dwell on nugacious things.
5. Ten Thousand Angels Can Be Trumped by the Depression and Substance Abuse Devil--celebrating the birth on this day in 1975 of noted country singer Mindy McCready best known for her first album Ten Thousand Angels but who struggled with depression and substance abuse and shot herself to death at the age of 37.
    On this day in: 
a. 1972 Press Secretary Ron Ziegler announced that since troop levels in South Vietnam had fallen to 27,000, there would be no more public announcements of further troop reductions there..
b. 1982 Michael Jackson released his sixth record album Thriller which went on to become the most purchased album in history until surpassed by the Eagles—Greatest Hits-1971-1975 in August of this year.
c. 1995 Operation Desert Storm officially came to an end with a crushing defeat by Coalition forces of the Iraqis. 
d. 1998 Exxon and Mobil signed a $73.7 merger agreement to create ExxonMobil the largest company in the world.
e. 1999 some 40,000 anti-globalization protestors violently rioted against a meeting of the World Trade Organization catching the police by surprise and forcing cancelation of opening ceremonies.
    Reflections on the dangers of meth from a meth addict: “Welfare money was not enough to pay for our ‘meth’ habit and support our son, so we turned our rented home into a meth lab. We stored the toxic chemicals in our refrigerator, not knowing that the toxins would permeate into the other food stored in the icebox. “When I gave my three-year-old son some cheese to eat, I did not know that I was giving him poisoned food. I was too stoned on meth to notice it until twelve hours later, that my son was deathly ill. But then I was so stoned it took me two hours to figure out how to get him to the hospital five miles away. By the time I got to the emergency room my boy was pronounced dead of a lethal dose of ammonia hydroxide, one of the chemicals used to make meth.” —Melanie
     Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© November 30, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
Alaskanpoet for Hire, Poems to Admire
Poet Extraordinaire Beyond Compare