Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 24, 2017 Brexit fever crossed the Channel as the French sent Le Pen into the run off against Macon; we face another potential government shutdown as the Blues are digging in their heals on the wall and funding the abortion factory Planned Parenthood; for fantasy football fans in the political arena a poll released by the Washington Post with headlines touting Trump’s low approval ratings buried at the end of the article that if the election granted the voters a mulligan they would still vote to elect Trump over the worst candidate the Democrats have ever fielded in modern times; Tom Perez is receiving flack from both sides including Nancy Pelosi (finally I can agree with her) on his inane statement that someone who is pro life cannot be a Democrat (even in the ninth month of a pregnancy?); 57 year old Peggy Whitson with 535 cumulative days in space is now the American record holder for the most cumulative days in space but still way between the world record of 879 days held by a Russian cosmonaut; the fat lunatic in North Korea is still ranting he will destroy the USS Vinson and its task force and incinerate Australia for its support of the U.S. as oil from China starts disappearing and coal exports shrivel up; almost like a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through April 23, 2017 increasing by nine to 991 and the death toll increasing by four to 172 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight to find and shoot victims) and yet nothing, absolutely nothing, appears to be occurring to address this blight on blacks and minorities which is what racism from a black mayor really looks like who appears to care only about the rights of illegal aliens in his sanctuary city (when will Chicago residents through the city council try to impeach this pathetic, inept mayor?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Celine Dion, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Joseph Markwart, hoping that you don’t junglis, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Armenian Genocide Rembrance Day—commemorating since 1919 the expulsion of Armenians from Constantinople and genocide committed against them by the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) a crime against humanity that the Turks still have to come to grips with.
2. Fashion Revolution Day—commemorating the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1133 garment workers and injured over 2500 and observed since 2014 to identify where clothes are being manufactured and to promote safer and better working conditions for those workers.
3. 1996 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1996 on a run of 6 weeks in that position “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion. Here is a recording of her performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNognZzh4do
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jungli” which is used in India to describe someone who is uncultured or wild which the denizens of the Swamp must think they are facing in the form of Donald Trump.
5. Grand Slam—celebrating not the birth of any prolific home run hitter with the bases loaded but the birth on this day in 1942 of one of only fourteen entertainers to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy award, Barbara Streisand whose politics are way too much on the liberal side but at least she delivers her views with a great voice.
On this day in:
a. 1704 the first newspaper in the colonies The Boston News Letter was published and continued to do so until the British evacuated in 1776 due to the presence of American cannon on the surrounding heights.
b. 1895 Joseph Slocum the first person to circumnavigate the globe single handily left Boston on the Spray a single mast sloop oyster boat to begin his sailing feat arriving back in Rhode Island on July 3, 1895.
c. 1922 in another making the world a smaller place the first segment of the Imperial Wireless Service proving wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England and Cairo, Egypt opened for business.
d. 1967 Vladimir Komarov had the unenviable distinction of being the first human being to die during a space mission when the parachutes on his Soyuz I spacecraft failed to deploy properly on reentry from orbit.
e. 1990 in a making the universe smaller moment the Shuttle Discovery launched the Hubble Telescope.
Reflections on the Armenian Genocide: Even after proclamation of the Constitution the man slogan of the Turkish policy has been ‘Without Armenians there will be no Armenian problem.’”Joseph Markwart, noted German scientist so proclaiming in 1916. What is really sad about the genocide is that Stalin and Hitler were aware of the lack of any response from the West which indicated that Hitler would be able to implement the Holocaust and Stalin could wage genocide against the Ukrainians with impunity.
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