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

Beauty Writer on the Rails

How lucky can a poet be heading north on a Surfliner as the drab of LA flows past
Grafitti walls, junk yard auto malls how much longer before the surf will this last?
Four people avoiding the drive in a train in which the internet does not work
Without a personal hot spot we would all be beserk
Shades of Niki Haley across the aisle is a writer from India a total beauty with a great smile
Whatever script she will be writing is where I would want to turn my TV changer dial
Life on Amtrak even without the internet is a tranquil way to travel the Camino Real road
No stress, no strain, no worries, clearly a great trip to forebode
If my TV script writer would ever from canned laughter and prose depart
Would iambic be a place she would start?
If so where could she look to find a rhythmic heart?
To applaud her work as she entered the poetry mart
Or would poetry be a house of empathy and emotion she would rather enter not
Heading instead to the novel or biography or nonfiction where fortunes are more easily sought  

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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

Farewell Celebration of Life of Randy Johnson

Farewell Celebration of Life of Randy Johnson
As a poet not Marc Antony I need not bury but can praise
A fellow Knight, a true Renaissance Man taken from us to a far too early grave
In Medieval times two classes of men were held in high esteem
The knights, of course, with their chivalry and honor always in the extreme
The others less known were the jesters to bring laughter and entertainment to the court
Laughter, the needed tonic to combat the hardships and diseases that often cut life short
Randy would have been the king of the jesters in King Arthur’s time
A repertoire of humor in prose and in limerick rhyme
Always a joke to break any ice and to bring to the listener tears of joy
A friend, a patron of the arts, a skilled mortgage banker to employ
This has been a hard year for the Knights almost like their ancient cousins on the fields of Crecy in France
Too many, even those fully armed with modern medicine’s shield, sword and lance
Have left us behind, leaving memories of their friendship and traits with us
Never again to ride on the annual stag party bus
Never again to give an enlightening, entertaining speech
Never again to the joy of movies like the Third Man teach
I had sent our head jester a fear not poem
To not worry Randy for it was not your time before he entered the OR zone
The world has become such a crazy and dangerous place
God and his angels are juggling too many balls trying to save the human race
No time for laughter, no time to be distracted by Randy’s jokes
Sadly, I was wrong big time and misspoke
God needed Randy’s love of symphony to hit the right notes
Music to fill each and every room in His house and across the Sea of Galilee float
Music to welcome Randy home
Amazing Grace highlighted by a Seasons poem
God needed Randy’s over flowing humor sense
To hold it together, to get humanity laughing, to get them off the Martian fence
As the notes floated upward, rest in peace as we will be blessed by God’s tears of joy
Pleased beyond belief that finally He in His labors has a Knight and jester to deploy
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Hunger Games Script Into A Crypt

Hunger Games Script Into A Crypt
Hotel Irvine breakfast but without Hotel California song
Second Harvest trying to right the hunger wrongs
Hard to believe in the land of million dollar yachts moored unused in Newport Bay
The pirate ship of hunger sails the Main and too often rules the day
Beamers, Rovers, Porsches, Mercedes clog the streets
Hidden in the shadows are thousands with not enough daily to eat
A million dollars buys a small shack on a postage stamp of land
While the malnourished drift slowly in a growing despairing band
Something in this county of prosperity is out of focus and so very wrong
Hunger is a blot on our prosperity image that does not belong
Hunger is a cruel fact of life for 315,000 souls of Orange County
Hidden, invisible—the hunger walking dead shut out from its bounty
Waving goodbye to the American Dream hello to the Hunger Nightmare
Impossible to advance or achieve when the belly is empty and the cupboard bare
Time to open one’s wallet to rewrite the Hunger Games deadly script
Time to bury hunger in a locked and secure crypt
Great title for a movie but in real life the idea sucks
Time to fill the plates of those hungry and down on their luck
Instant gratification for the donor who volunteers or money gives
Nothing more basic than needed food allowing a person to live!
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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.  
Reflections on getting things done from a master: “You can’t be that kid standing on the top of the water slide over thinking it. You have to go down the chute.” Tina Fey. 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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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Hypertension Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 17, 2017   After all the drama in Washington and irresponsible calls for impeachment by ideologues like Al Green, the market concerned that Trump’s pro growth deregulation and tax cut agenda may be stalled (zero progress on those vital components of a successful growing economy which will be dead in the water if the Blues get their way and have a special prosecutor appointed) tanks today with the Dow down over 250 points (if a public union member call and thank Schumer and his lackeys for whacking your pension); Comey’s memo which has created the firestorm still not released and questions arise as to why if true he did not go to the DOJ but sat on it; North Korea, Russia, Iran and all the other despots of the world must be thanking their lucky stars that the Blues are pedal to the metal bent on destroying the Trump Presidency; even Canada is not safe from the PC police as Nova Scotia cancelled the vanity license plate “Grabher” used for over 20 years by Lorne Grabher (when will this nonsense ever end?); on the 420 front Colorado’s pot sales for the ninth straight month are running at over $100 million a month as one town Durango is feeling the adverse effects of being overwhelmed by homeless tokers and panhandlers; the death toll of police officers killed in the line of duty rose to 51 with the death of a Montana deputy; 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 16 increasing by 19 to 1204 and the death toll increasing by 2 to 207, 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 Khaled and Quavo feat. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping your doctor is not guilty of iatramelia, a relevant quote from Joe Baistianich, 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 Hypertension Day—created in 2005 to create awareness of the “silent killer” high blood pressure which is a leading cause of strokes and heart attacks particularly among obese, smokers and those who rarely exercise. Today if in a drug store with a blood pressure measuring machine, take your blood pressure and if it is not below 140/90 it would be a great idea to make an appointment to see your doctor.    
2. World Information Society Day—commemorating since 2006 the importance to society of ICT and to promote awareness of the need to bridge the digital gap among nations and communities.    
3. 2017 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2017 on a current run of 1 week in that position “I’m The One” by Khaled and Quavo feat. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne. Here is a recording of them performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weeI1G46q0o
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “iatramelia” which means medical negligence and why one should try to check out one’s doctor before going into surgery.     
5. Big Love, Weak Heart—celebrating the birth on this day in 1955 of noted actor Bill Paxton who appeared in such films as Apollo 13 and Titanic and the TV series Big Love but who died of a stroke following heart surgery at the age of 61 hopefully not due to iatramelia.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1792 the New York Stock Exchange was formed.   
b. 1814 to the joy of my Norwegian friends the Constitution of Norway was approved and Crown Prince Christian Frederick of Denmark was elected King of Norway by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly. 
c. 1875 Aristides won the first Kentucky Derby.     
d. 1954 in a what took you so long moment, SCOTUS in the case of Brown v. the Board of Education voted 9-0 to overturn the precedence of Plessey v Ferguson to outlaw segregation in public schools.    
e. 1990 in another what took you so long moment, the General Assembly of the World Health Organization voted to remove homosexuality from its list of psychiatric disorders.
Reflections on how to fight high blood pressure: “Your pantry is your first line of defense against food-borne illness and things like high blood pressure and cholesterol.” Joe Bastianich, noted restauranteur and author. If a Red I would add TV channel changer to avoid watching the Clinton News Network or MSNBC with their steady stream of pinhead leftist high blood pressure inducing  biased trash. 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 17, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Comey's CYA Memo Not Worth Paper Printed On

The mainstream media are in a frenzy like rabies infected dogs frothing at the mouth in circles running
While any sense of objectivity pouncing on rumors with a ferocity that is simply stunning
They smell blood and are trying to move in for the kill
The “I” word is being voiced more and more, the cries being more shrill
Comparisons over Watergate are being drawn and the pinheads are nodding their heads in accord
Trump is being lambasted by all manner of verbal hysteria swords
Warner and Schumer are ready to the appointment of a new FBI Director block
The sky is falling, time to dust off the Watergate clock
The only sanity to be found the mainstream media press
None other than the man who uncovered the Watergate mess
Woodward made it clear that this is not Watergate not even slightly near
An observation the Holts, Maddows and Mathews of media bias chose not to hear
Comey like a good bureaucrat well versed in the CYA Swamp
Has written a CYA memo alleging Trump asked him to back off adding to the anti Trump stomp
Where were his memos detailing the obstruction by Obama and Lynch?
An investigation of HRC going through the motions with no chance to an indictment clinch
A presidency may hang in the balance based on a he said I said view of a private conversation
Even if Trump is telling the truth, the media and some wobbly reds will not  believe him and  demand his resignation
The Trump rally that has created billions upon billions of new wealth may be doomed to burst
Job growth and income growth to collapse and go from optimism to a pessimistic worst
Tax reform, forget it, border security forget it, repatriation forget it, Obamacare replacement forget stronger military forget it-the list goes on
Hobbled by the Blues our chance of needed economic growth now becoming long since foregone
Schumer and Pelosi aided by the media mainstream
Will do anything to sate their seize power dreams
The losers each and every non Swamp denizens who will be crushed by flat or negative growth soon to return
Failed Blue policies of redistribution, over regulation and taxation allowing us to keep less and less of what we earn.
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May 16, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Wear Purple For Peace Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 16, 2017   As the world scrambles to recover from a major computer hacking assault some indications justifying more so than ever the need to eliminate the rogue nation of North Korea as the finger of possible guilt points to them; the main stream media is frothing at the mouth like rabies infected dogs over the supposed leak of classified information by Trump to the Russian Ambassador and Foreign Minister on the issue of potential terrorist attacks which all present to the meeting deny (come hell or high water the Blues and the media will stoop to any low or falsehood to remove this president); Syria is denying any charges that it has been systematically hanging prisoners and cremating their bodies (this thug Assad has the credibility of a sewer rat); KellyAnne Conway turned on the two most biased duo in TV, Mika and Joe, to defend her loyalty to the president (watching those two and their stooges on Morning Joe is a total waste of time in bias land); parents seeing the protests and PC bias at MIZZOU are pulling the plug and enrollment has fallen by 25% putting landlords in a bind as they cannot find student renters to fill their apartments; on the good news front a 14 year old has just graduated from TCU with his 11 year old brother following in his footsteps (one way to avoid the temptation of binge drinking in a fraternity); 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 15 increasing to 1185 and the death toll increasing to 205, 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 Drake and WizKid and Kayla, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping your wardrobe has some ianthine clothing, a relevant quote from Tori Spelling, 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. National Wear Purple for Peace Day—not sure where this observance came from but if it implies the color created by mixing blue and red symbolic colors for those members in the Swamp that refuse to cross the aisle to compromise and instead wage holy war on each other; this is an observance we should celebrate each and every day to end gridlock. 2. Biographers Day—commemorating the meeting in 1763 of biographer James Boswell with Samuel Johnson who would be the subject of his celebrated biography.  
3. 2016 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2016 on a run of 10 weeks in that position “One Dance” by Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla. Here is a recording of them performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_uYn8AVqeU
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ianthine” which is highly appropriate for this day as it means violet colored and violet is a shade of purple.     
5. Having A Father In The Business Helps—celebrating the birth on this day of Tori Spelling, long time star of Beverly Hills 90210 and now the mother of five children and a successful author.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1843 in a bad day for Indians in the Northwest, the first major wagon train set out for Oregon on the Oregon Trail from Elm Grove, Missouri.    
b. 1866 the Congress authorized the introduction of the nickel, which is 75% copper and 25% nickel but unfortunately costs nine cents to make which makes one wonder why it is still in circulation.  
c. 1966 the Communist Party in China published the May 16 Notice which set in motion the disaster known as the Cultural Revolution that set China back years in terms of economic growth and prosperity.     
d. 1988 in a what took you so long moment, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a report identifying that the addictive affects of nicotine are similar to heroin and cocaine.   
e. 1991 Queen Elizabeth II became the first English Monarch to address the Congress.
Reflections on validation from the birthday girl: “I wasn't truly comfortable with myself until I was about 30. I spent so much time and energy wondering if I wasn't worthy, and trying to find people to validate me, instead of validating myself” Tori Spelling How true and how astute and a great recipe for tranquility and peace. 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 16, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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