Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Victory In Europe Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 8, 2017  It is High Noon in Texas for the misguided politicians who have created Sanctuary Cities and in the case of Travis Sanctuary Counties both of which categories as a result of legislation signed by Governor Scott face cut off of state funding and jail time for officials who release aliens with detainers on them back into the community (really disturbing to see the protestors carrying signs “no borders, no nations”); President Obama whose failed legacy is being shredded received a Profile In Courage Award for facing many challenges during his presidency (most of which in foreign policy were created by his own acts but to his credit he did not attack Trump or the Reds but did not attack the lobbyists whose money makes it tough on Reds or Blues wanting to be reelected to show any courage); Sessions needs to ramp up the effort to destroy MS-13 and the courts ought to understand the rationale for the travel ban to increase our safety as three men chanting “MS-13” stabbed a man in the Queens and relieved him of $600; Trump’s temporary travel ban goes before the full 4th circuit with its majority of judges appointed by democratic presidents; we castigate ISIS for their cubs that are taught to kill but remain silent when a Spanish teacher, name and ethnicity as yet unknown, had a Cinco de Mayo party for her students with a piñata with a photo of President Trump (she has been placed on administrative leave but should be fired for such instigation of hate); California’s junior Senator in a new low of decorum and another high in bias rhetoric dropped the f### bomb at a public meeting in San Francisco against a Red Senator who opposes Obamacare; 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 8 increasing by 15 yesterday to 1107 with the death toll by 4 to 189.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to b.o.b, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping that your day is free of the cantillating like chants of the Blues against Trumpcare, a relevant quote from Mark Bernstein, 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. White Lotus Dayan annual observance of Theosophists  marking the founding of the Theosophical Society   Society founded by Helena  Petrovana Balavatsky who died on this day in 1875. The day is marked by meditation on the metaphor of the lotus born under the mud, striving to rise through the water to seek the surface to enjoy the sun and air.
2. Victory in Europe Day—celebrating the surrender by Germany to the Allies on this day in 1945 at 23:01 (Russia also observes May 9 as that is the date Germany signed again in Berlin with Marshal Zukhov).  
3. 2010 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2010 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “Nothin’ On You” by b.o.b feat. Bruno Mars. Here is a recording of the song performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “cantillate” which means to chant or intone a religious text which might also be a good word to describe what the Blues were doing after the AMCA was passed save that the words were anything but religious.   
5. Travelin Man Who Hated To Fly—celebrating the birth on this day in 1940 of Ricky Nelson, child star of the TV series Ozzie and Harriet, who went on to become a successful actor and award winning singer who hated to fly but refused to tour by bus and was killed on his comeback tour on December 31, 1985 when his private 41 year old DC-3 crashed and burned less than two miles from the landing field at De Kalb, Texas.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1877 at Gilmore’s Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opened.  
b. 1902 in a deadly reminder how puny humans are, Mount Pelee on Martinque  erupted destroying Saint Pierre and killing some 30,000 in the process, leaving a handful of survivors.
c. 1946 two Estonian teenage girls Ageeda Paavel and Aili Jurgenson blew up the Soviet War Memorial which stood before the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn and were caught, “tried,” convicted and sent to the Gulag for many years.   
d. 1972 in what took you so long moment that cost us thousands of lives in the Vietnam War, President Nixon announced the mining of Haiphong Harbor to cut off the supply of war material to North Vietnam.  
e. 1978 Peter Habeler and Reinhold Messner became the first to climb Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen  (never, ever enter a hold your breath contest with these two).       
Reflections on victory in Europe: “Few comments matched those of Bennie Smith, Howard K. Smith’s wife, who told her husband: “No matter what terrible things happen in the future, we must remember this: we won. We might not have. They might have won. Think of what the world would have been like if they had won. Nothing can ever be as terrible as that.” Mark Bernstein noted American biographer and historian. Just as frightening would be if D-Day had failed the Red Army did not stop until it crossed the Rhine and reached the coast with only Italy and perhaps Southern France occupied by the Western Allies. 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.            © May 8, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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