Thursday, May 18, 2017

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:
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 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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