Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Teacher Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 10, 2017  What a refreshing interview to hear a Rice, Condi, who knows what she is talking about as opposed to a Rice, Susan, who is a deceptive serial liar probably behind the unmasking of hundreds of Trump supporters who is not (Condi stated in no uncertain terms that if you have no credibility on Syria, you have no credibility on North Korea—unstated but obvious thanks to Obama until Trump, we had little if any credibility in the rest of the world); another gruesome video from ISIS, this time of a Russian intelligence officer held captive since September beheaded by ISIS (when does Russia get the message that with its Muslim population ripe for radicalization that ISIS is an existential threat to it exacerbated by its support for Assad); flying continues to become more and more like a root canal--needed but totally detested as a brawl breaks out Ft. Lauderdale Airport when Spirit Airlines cancels flights due to a pilot work stoppage; the friendly skies continue to become unfriendly as United Airlines flies a French only speaking passenger with a ticket to Paris to San Francisco and the owners of the giant rabbit Simon are suing UA for its death enroute from England to New York; the Texas AG has already filed preemptive actions against Travis County, Austin, and several officials for violating the state’s anti-sanctuary city law; in testimony before the Senate, Clapper once again testified that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia (testimony the Blues want to ignore to push their anti Trump agenda) and Yates asserted that Flynn would be susceptible to blackmail by Russians (with the quid pro quo surrounding the uranium deal and Bill’s speech in Moscow, the person that would have been subject to blackmail would have been Hillary 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 8 increasing by 3 to 1110 and the death toll by 1 to 190.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, music link to Katy Perry featuring Kanye West and Billy Joel, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping that your day is free of the need to deterge your house, a relevant quote from Billy Joel, 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. Europe Daycommemorating on this day in 1950 the Schuman Declaration which proposed the placement of German and French steel production under one higher authority as a step to unite European common interests which led to formation of the European Economic Union and ultimately the European Union which failed its first test in Britain but succeeded in France.  
2. National Teacher Day—promoted by NEA to recognize the contributions of teachers to the education of our children and celebrated on the Tuesday of the first full week in May. 
3. 2011 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2011 on a run of 5 weeks in that position “E.T.” by Katy Perry feat. Kanye West. Here is a recording of her and West performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5Sd5c4o9UM
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “deterge” which means to cleanse thoroughly which is something Trump is finding more difficult than he thought with respect to the Swamp.    
5. Going Uptown to Play the Piano—celebrating the birth on this day in 1949 of Billy Joel still growing strong at 68 although no longer married to Christy Brinkley. Here is a link to a young Billy Joel singing one of his first mega hits “Piano Man”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxEPV4kolz0.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1887 Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show opened in London. 
b. 1945 the British the British liberated the Channel Islands after 5 years of German occupation.  
c. 1960 in a let the good times roll moment, the FDA approved birth control as an additional use for Searle’s Enovid, making it the first oral contraceptive pill.    
d. 1970 in yet another sign of the growing unpopularity of the Vietnam War, 70-100,000 protestors marched on Washington, D.C. to protest the war.  
e. 1974 the House Judiciary Committee opened formal hearings on the impeachment of Richard Nixon.       
Reflections on music from one of the masters enjoying his 68th today. “[Music is] an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.” Billy Joel.  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 10, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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