Friday, January 6, 2017

January 6, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Take a Poet to Lunch Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 6, 2017 The first week of January is not over but 57 people have been shot in Chicago, 8 of whom have died while the mayor’s office and the CPD seem paralyzed and BLM seems mute ( for a good link to update the carnage); growing concerns that North Korea may be much closer to being able to construct a nuclear tipped ICBM capable of reaching the United States (China needs to hear the call of the world community for all hands on deck to force North Korea to terminate its nuclear weapons program or face destruction on a level the world has not yet seen); Hillary's emails are like the toxic spill that keeps on leaking and show a pattern of complete disregard for security in an age of unrelenting cyber warfare by hostile nations (Obama should spare the nation of the agony of this felon and pardon her so the incoming Trump administration does not divert political capital needed to end Obamacare and creating jobs through lower taxes and repeal of the myriad of job killing regulations implemented by 8 years of Obama); in a sign that maybe the Blues may be receptive to learning the lessons of 2016, as opposed to trying to find someone, anyone, anything to blame, the mayor of South Bend has tossed his hat into the ring of a crowded field that includes a rabid anti-Semite Rep. Ellison to head the DNC; in a rare show of bipartisanship the House voted  342 to 80 to condemn the UN Security Council Resolution which this feckless administration abstained from (next step hopefully is to cut back our funding); in a scene reminiscent of Animal House before his legacy begins to burn and crash, Obama planning a last White House party bash with A-list celebs coming to fawn over in their minds the greatest president to ever grace the White House lawn; Seattle voters in droves voted for HRC and now voters in Seattle will get vouchers of $100 each to either donate to the candidates of their choice (read Blues) or have it come back to the city (already the Evergreen State seems to be toking way too much).      
          As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Rupert Holmes, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant observation from Khalil Gibran, looking forward to using the Word of the Day, “gasconade”, blessed with a positive attitude and 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. National Take a Poet to Lunch Day—this is a whimsical holiday this poet can really get into—what better way to have and digest a great meal if accompanied by a poet/who knows it/ready to your great traits extol/ while between munches rhymes to sooth your soul/ not in rap or hip hop or punk rock/ but poetic thoughts to the stress and worries of the day block/ and if lunch would put you in hock/ there is always a Starbucks down the block.
          2. World Day of War Orphans—creating awareness and funds for the plight millions of children who have lost their parents in the civil wars and terrorist acts in the Middle East, Afghanistan and large swaths of Africa.
          3. Number One Song in 1980—celebrating the number 1 song in 1980 on a run of 3 weeks in that position “Escape” (the Pina Colada Song) Rubert Holmes. Here is a link to Rubert Holmes performing the song:                                                       
          4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “gasconade” which means extravagant boasting or bragging, a word that fits our departing president like a well tailored suit when he talks of his accomplishments as he prepares to leave office.
          5. You Don’t Need to Be a Prophet to See Where a Path May Lead--celebrating the birth on this day in 1973 of Khalil Gibran, noted Lebanese-American author, artist and poet, best known for The Prophet, who died with way too many poems and books not yet written at the age of 48 from cirrhosis of the liver from way too much alcohol.
On this day in:
1. 1838 Alfred Vail demonstrated a telegraph system over a distance of two miles using a series of dots and dashes (the forerunner of the Morse code.
2. 1907 Maria Montessori opened her first school and daycare center for children of working class parents in Rome, Italy.
3. 1929 Mother Teresa began her steps toward ultimate sainthood but arriving in Calcutta to begin her tending to the poor there.    
4. 1947 in a making the world smaller event, Pan American Airlines became the first airline to offer a round the world ticket.
5. 1974 in response to the OPEC oil embargo of the United States as a result of its support of Israel, daylight savings time commenced 4 months earlier. 
Reflections on how to retain wisdom from the sagacity of a prophet: “Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” Khalil Gibran, how true, how true and probably most egotists and narcissists have long ago ceased to be pillars of wisdom except in their own minds. 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.
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