Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 1, 2019 NAACP showed that no one is perfect by winning accolades for not awarding hoaxer in chief Smollett an Image Award but failing miserably with an award to the impeachment delusional queen Maxine Waters; Maxine Waters weighed in where as usual she has no business applauding the dismissal the false police reports charge against Smollett (what about the seriousness in today’s racially divided environment does this biased hack not understand of false charges that men with MAGA hats and white robe attacked a black man with a noose);h the t the reptilian brain is getting stronger with respect to Groper Uncle Joe Biden as a second accuser, Amy Loppos, has come forward claiming an improper hug by Biden on her at a 2009 fund raiser for Blue Representative Jim Himes (when will Hirano weigh in with a man up women have to be believed comment?); the younger brother of Alec Baldwin has slammed his brother for signing leftist Alyssa Milano’s petition calling for a boycott on filming in Georgia if its billing banning abortion after detection of a heart beat in a fetus (he also made the correct observation that it would be appropriate for Alec to retire his Trump impersonation on SNL); Rep Nunes has charged with probably a great deal of credibility that the only reason that the Democrats want to have the Mueller Report released is so they can leak it to the media; James Comey whose credibility is full of baloney wins the prize for the best April Fools Day joke implying he is ready to run for president; close behind Comey in terms of jokes is Tom Brady who announced he is retiring; Bernie Sanders has actually espoused some sanity which is totally lacking from his Blue zealots vying for the presidency by coming out against the idea of increasing the size of the court or imposing term limits; to add to our global problems we are now facing the concern of Russian presence in Venezuela and what to do about it (time to revive the Munroe Doctrine?); on the air quality or lack thereof front, growing corn, our largest crop is targeted for being a major contributor of air pollution;; as of March 31, 2019 430 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 74 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Labelle, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not need to write a palinode to an ex; a relevant quote from an unknown source on April Fools Day on farm workers, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, 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. April Fools Day—celebrating a day since the early 16th Century to play hoaxes and pranks on one’s friends, families and population like Brady announcing he was retiring or the BBC show “Panorama” running a segment on April 1, 1957 about the Italians harvesting a bumper harvest of pasta from pasta trees or Cottonelle announcing the introduction of left handed toilet paper in 2015 (don’t be fooled today).
2. Fossil Fools Day—celebrated since 2004 as a dig at those relying on nonrenewable fossil fuels as opposed to renewables and probably celebrated to the max by the supporters of inane economy wrecking AOC.
3. 1975 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1975on a run of 1 week in that position was “Lady Marmalade” by Labelle. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4LWIP7SAjY
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “palinode” which means a poem in which earlier thoughts or feelings are detracted like when a person writes a poem to his or her ex-spouse following a bitter divorce.
5. The Winds of Bias Blow—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political philosophy the birth on this day in 1973 of MSNBC “journalist” and author Rachel Madow who graduated from Stanford with its motto of “Let the Winds of Freedom Blow” and has the distinction of being the first openly gay Rhodes Scholar. For her birthday a wish that she receives a cure for Trump Derangement Syndrome and a dose of objectivity in her biased reporting.
On this day in:
a. 1893 to the future joy of my father who became one during World War II, Congress created the rank of Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy.
b. 1970 Richard Nixon signed into law the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act banning advertising of cigarettes on radio and television and requiring the Surgeon General to create warnings to be placed on packages containing tobacco products and cigarettes effective January 1, 1971.
c. 1976 Apple, Inc. was formed by Steven Jobs, Stephen Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in Cupertino, California.
d. 2001 former President of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic surrendered to police for war crimes and died while in jail during his trial due to a heart attack on March 11, 2006.
e. 2004 Google introduced G-Mail.
Reflections on April Fools Day: ” Isn’t it appropriate that the month of the tax begins with April Fool’s Day and ends with cries of May Day!”Unknown Author
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