Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 8,2018 Kerry and Obama have just been dealt a legacy death blow over the Iran nuke deal that was deceptively rammed down our throats when Trump just pulled out of the deal (watch for the second legacy ending shoe to drop as Obamacare premiums and deductibles are expected to go through the roof); the biggest threat we consumers may face is not from the Big Brother of the federal government but rather Big Tech as Google is announcing using AI to determine what news we may see online by hindering the receipt of what might be fake news or more troubling what may be viewed as too conservative or politically incorrect (being blocked by Twitter for espousing a conservative viewpoint is the end of free speech); one of the hypocrites in chief at MSNBC, Joy Reid, is seeing her audience disappear after vicious anti LBGT tweets from her were discovered (she compounded the problem by lying that she had been hacked—amazing that the left which is so quick to bash the Reds for anti LBGT positions is guilty of harboring the same thoughts); drivers in Maine and Alaska know that hitting a moose is a bad idea but we learn ditto for hitting a large alligator as a mother with two small children hit a nine foot long gator crossing the freeway in South Carolina and crashed into a tree to burst into flames killing all three; after a bitter mud slinging contest in West Virginia by the Red candidates seeking to replace the Blue incumbent Senator, the voters are going to the polls today; in Chicago through May 7, 2018, 824 people have been shot, of whom 135 have died; on the Northern Lights front, Michigan residents were treated to an awesome display over the Mackinac Bridge:
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Roberta Flack, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that if you don’t watch the MSM your day will be free of malarkey and a relevant quote by Darius Rucker on the work of the Red Cross, 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. World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day—celebrating the creation of the Red Cross by Henri Dunant on this day in 1828 for which he received the first Nobel Peace Prize.
2. V-E Day—celebrating the unconditional surrender of Germany to the allies to end WWII in Europe.
3. 1972 Number One Song— the number one song in 1972 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id_UYLPSn6U Still performing concerts at the ripe old age of 81.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “malarkey” which means humbug, nonsense which describes to a tee the bulk of what we hear coming out of the Swamp.
5. Stung By A Bee—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1932 of noted former convict and heavy weight champion Sonny Liston who was beaten twice by then Cassius Clay and died perhaps from a heroin overdose in 1970.
On this day in:
On this day in:
a. 1902 in a grim reminder of the power of the magma under the Earth’s crust, Mount Pelee on Martinique erupted destroying the town of Saint Pierre and killing 30,000 people leaving only a handful of survivors.
b. 1945 hundreds of Algerian civilians were killed by French troops during the Setif, Algeria massacre.
c. 1972 in a move that should have been done years ago to shorten the war, President Nixon announced the mining of ports of North Vietnam to halt the flow of arms and supplies to that nation.
d. 1980 the World Health Organization confirmed the eradication of smallpox.
e. 1998 a fire at Illinois Bell Hinsdale Central Office damaged the central switching equipment there creating the worst disaster in U.S. telecommunications history and reminding us how fragile our communications infrastructure can be.
Reflections on the work of the Red Cross: “ Whether it is a call to action for blood drives, disaster relief, or just community outreach, the American Red Cross does an extraordinary job at not only meeting the immediate needs of a community, but also the preparation and planning for long-term support.” Darius Rucker, noted American singer and songwriter. 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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