Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 25, 2017 North Korea appears to be hell bent to remain on its collision course with the United States and South Korea and is conducting massive live fire artillery drills and spewing out inflammatory rhetoric (scary stuff especially for the millions of South Koreans living in Seoul only a few miles south of the border); tomorrow the entire Senate has been invited to the White House for a briefing on the escalating tensions with North Korea; in an attempt to raise the PC iron curtain the students who invited Ann Coulter to speak at Cal have filed a law suit in federal court against the University for blocking her right to speak (the left thugs who use violence to prevent conservatives from airing their views should be expelled and put in jail); it what should not come as a surprise donors to Drexel are withdrawing their funding due to the inane rants of a professor George Ciccariello who wants to off the pigs and praises Venezuela as a model country (in total collapse due to socialist policies as people are starving); in yet another example of the sheer and unrelenting hypocrisy of politicians, news today is that Obama will be speaking at a health care conference put on by a Wall Street investment banking firm and will be paid $400,000 (if this is how the firm spends its dollars to listen to a speech, how dumb would someone have to be trust these people with their money or rely upon them for investment advice); almost like a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through April 23, 2017 increasing by ten to 1001 and the death toll increasing by two to 174 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight to find and shoot victims) and yet nothing, absolutely nothing, appears to be occurring to address this blight on blacks and minorities which is what racism from a black mayor really looks like who appears to care only about the rights of illegal aliens in his sanctuary city (when will Chicago residents through the city council try to impeach this pathetic, inept mayor?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Puff Daddy, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Steve Maraboli, hoping that you don’t lollygag through the day, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Parent Alienation Awareness Day—creating awareness for the damage caused by a custodial parent who is hell bent out of revenge and anger to try to alienate the children from the noncustodial parent to the detriment of the children who deserve a healthy relationship with both parents.
2. World Malaria Day—celebrated since 2007 and designed to promote awareness of this killer of close to one million people a year and raise money for eradication efforts of the carrier of the disease—mosquitoes.
3. 1997 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1997 on a run of 6 weeks in that position “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” by Puff Daddy. Here is a recording of the rapper performing the “song”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmHMcKN8xlI
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lollygag” which was one of my father’s favorite words which means to spend time in an aimless or lazy manner.
5. Deadly Camels—celebrating the birth on this day in 1908 of Edward R. Morrow, note CBS radio and television broadcaster who unfortunately smoked three packs of Camels a day and died of lung cancer at the way too early age of 57.
On this day in:
a. 1859 British and French engineers broke ground for the construction of the Suez Canal which was completed ten years later.
b. 1901 in a typical if it moves regulate it moment, New York became the first state to require license plates for automobiles.
c. 1915 allied forces landed in Turkey near Gallipoli but unfortunately lollygagged on the beaches allowing the Turks to fortify the surrounding heights which resulted in a subsequent disaster for the allied armies and their humiliated withdrawal in disgrace after having suffered 302,000 casualties.
d. 1953 Francis Crick and James Watson published an article describing the double helix structure of DNA and the biochemistry race was on.
e. 1954 the first practical solar cell was demonstrated by Bell Labs.
Reflections on parent alienation which too often is the collateral damage of divorce with victims who are truly innocent: ”Parental Alienation is an emotional act of violence that is aimed at an adult, but critically wounds a child.” Steve Maraboli, noted author and motivational speaker. From personal experience he is right on point with his observation. Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
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