Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 2, 2017 Ryan tried to make the proverbial silk purse out of a sow’s ear on the 5 month funding deal to avert a government shutdown but in the eyes of the conservatives failed (as long as the Reds do not have 60 votes unless the Senate operates on a simple majority with Schumer as minority leader we have a dysfunctional partisan government); Trump has invited the Philippine leader Duarte to the White House which given his proclivity for killing drug dealers has the left in a frenzy; ironic that on a day we are supposed to honor labor, protests around the nation advocating open borders allowing massive immigration that would drive down wages and bring in more drugs; finally after 8 years of neglect under Obama, the Trump administration has announced to the V.A. that ineptness will not be tolerated by firing Toby Matthew, the director of a V.A. Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana (why we don’t scrap the V.A. and treat veterans like people eligible for Medicare is a complete mystery); two B-1 bombers are headed to Korea for military drills which has prompted the obese madman’s regime to threaten that we are on the brink of nuclear war (when does the world rise up as one and eliminate this lunatic and his entire family?); airline CEO’s are being reamed by Congressional hearings on customer service and overbookings; Alitalia has failed to get union approval to a restructuring plan to reduce pay and cut jobs and is headed to bankruptcy; in a good news story a surfer swept out to sea was found after 32 hours floating on his surf board off the coast of Scotland; Puerto Rico has failed to restructure its massive debt and the law suits by bond holders have begun; almost like a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated in April with a total of 46 killings in for the month of April (24% higher than April of 2016) with total shootings in 2017 through April 30 increasing by 15 to 1056 and the death toll stuck at 183 (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 who seems not to care that 90 percent of the homicides occurring in his city do not result in arrest ?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Usher, factoids of interest for this day in history, happy that you have taken all the Vitamin C you need to take, a relevant quote from Stephen R. Brown, 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. Poem on a Pillow Day—what better way to celebrate the start of a new day than to wake to a poem placed on your pillow by a spouse or lover or if a child by a parent.
2. International Scurvy Awareness Day—commemorating the importance of Vitamin C in one’s diet to prevent scurvy which can appear within a month of not having enough Vitamin C and can be fatal.
3. 2004 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2004 on a run of 10 weeks in that position “Yeah!” by Usher. Here is a recording of Usher performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxBSyx85Kp8 (only 13 more days to endure this rap nonsense).
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “tokoloshe” which a mythical small hairy lascivious water sprite which may describe the denizens of the Swamp in D.C.
5. Like A Rock—celebrating the birth on this day in 1972 of Dwayne Johnson noted former professional wrestler and now successful actor known as the Rock to his fans and friends.
On this day in:
a. 1986 in a disgraceful better late than never moment, the city Chernobyl was evacuated six days after the meltdown the one of the nuclear cores at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
b. 2000 in a sad day for MapQuest and Thomas Brothers President Bill Clinton signed an order removing the restriction of GPS being available only to the U.S. military.
c. 2004 in revenge for the massacre of 78 Christians in February, Christians living in Yelwa, Nigeria slaughtered some 630 Muslims.
d. 2011 an ecoli outbreak occurred in Europe, mainly in Germany, killing 30 people and sending a large number to the hospitals.
e. 2011 Osama bin Laden was shot and killed by Navy Seals in his house in Abbottabad, Pakistan and was fed to the crabs somewhere in the Indian Ocean.
Reflections on scurvy: “The Annual Register for 1763 tabulated the casualty list for British sailors in the Seven Years' War with France. Out of 184,899 men raised or rounded up for the war, 133, 708 died from disease, primarily scurvy, while only 1,512 were killed in action.” Stephen R. Brown noted nonfiction author including his book Scurvy. 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 2, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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