Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 4, 2017 Susan Rice that political dishonest hack who misled the American people on the cause of Benghazi, was asleep at the switch when Russia invaded Crimea, is now back in the news again as the person along with another inept political hack Rhodes who was unmasking Trump, his supporters and his Transition Team for what many believe political purposes that had nothing to with counter intelligence (time to put these two under oath while the FBI investigates potential criminal charges as their acts in terms of damage to our democracy dwarfs the Russians’ hacking into the servers of the DBC and its operatives and releasing true copies not distorted of emails found therein; the Clinton News Network masquerading as a news network is refusing to report on the Susan Rice scandal, calling it a diversion; interesting article and video on Obama’s record of spying on Americans including Congress and the press well worth reading http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/04/obama-administration-spying-included-press-allies-americans.html; Senate is debating the Gorsuch nomination and Schumer appears not ready to blink which will force the Reds to use the “nuclear option” to have him confirmed by a simple majority (listening to the Blues it seems clear that they are really grasping for straws to find any justification for voting against confirmation); although the D.C. Swamp is proving to be difficult to drain, Sessions is pedal to the swamp draining metal at the DOJ, asking 46 federal district attorneys to tender their resignations; the barbarism of Assad with Russia defending his back continues unabated with news of a chemical weapons attack on a Syrian hospital that killed at least 100 civilians; on the terror front the subway in St. Petersburg, Russia was bombed by a suicide lslamist bomber, killing 14 people (Russia has a major problem with large Muslim minorities who are targets of radical Islam which gives credence to Trump’s idea of cooperation with them in the fight against ISIS; on the sports front Gonzaga went down to defeat against North Carolina and Tony Romo has retired from football and will replace Phil Simms at CBS; in yet another example of the deterioration of the military caused by 8 years of Obama’s budget priorities, naval instructors are refusing to fly due to oxygen contamination in their 30 year old training jets which is increasing; 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 3 increasing by 7 to 764 and the death toll rising by 2 to 142 (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 ABBA, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Paul McCartney, while avoiding due to your actions being labeled as nesh, 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. Equal Pay Day—first observed in the U.S. in 1996 to promote the simple concept of equal pay for equal work to close the gender pay gap in the workplace.
2. International Mine Awareness Day—celebrating not hard working miners and contributions of mines to the economy, but rather to encourage removal and destruction of anti-personnel land mines that have be buried by the millions around zones of conflict around the world and pose a deadly threat to humans and farm animals alike.
3. 1977 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1977 on a run of 1 week in that position “Dancing Queen” by ABBA. Here is a recording of the group performing the song:https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video;_ylt=A0SO8yg2KORYVzUAWGpXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEydjRqaXQwBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjM2OTRfMQRzZWMDc2M-?p=ABBA+dancing+queen&fr=mcafee#id=1&vid=bd8b4dcf4872e336db0d40e4a875ed01&action=view
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “nesh” which describes someone who is weak or feeble which definitely does not describe our current president but did the prior one when it came to the war against ISIS.
5. Staying at the Bate’s Motel—celebrating the birth on this day in 1932 of Anthony Perkins who is best remembered for playing Norman Bates in the classic film Psycho but was diagnosed in the late 80’s as having the HIV virus and died of AIDS related pneumonia on September 12, 1992.
On this day in:
a. 1768 Philip Astley staged the first modern circus in London.
b. 1841 President William Henry Harrison became the first president to die in office only 31 days into his term (shortest tenure of being president).
c. 1964 in a clear example of Beatlemania, the Beatles occupied the top five records on the Billboard Hot 100.
d. 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his Beyond Vietnam: a Time to Break Silence; on the first anniversary of that speech he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray who was convicted and sentenced to life and died in prison.
e. 1984 President Ronald Reagan called for a ban on chemical weapons which 33 years later Assad continues to ignore, using them against his own people.
Reflections on landmines: "When a war is over I think it's a cowardly thing to leave the war behind you in minefields that hit women and children and the most vulnerable. Imagine the war is finished and you go to work and there are snipers shooting at you. Imagine taking your kids to the beach and you find that the beach is blowing up beneath you. Like there's nowhere safe." Paul McCartney 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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