Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 19, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Buzzards Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 19, 2017  The 2017 Iditarod is now in the record books as Cindy Abbott the winner of the Red Lantern to the last musher to enter Nome has done so (can hardly wait till next year and will make reservations in Nome shortly to be there watching the dogs come in (unique race of the bonding of humans and canines against the forces of nature and the emotions of loneliness and lack of human conduct); Chuck Berry, the father of Rock and Roll who at 90 was preparing to release a new album shortly when he died today along with 88 year old Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Jimmy Breslin, who early  on in his writing career developed the persona on an earthy, hard drinking Irishman but ended his time on the planet without a drink in the last 40 years; look for dual fireworks at Monday as the confirmation hearings start on Judge Gorsuch although Blue opposition given the man’s qualifications looks like it is starting to fizzle as more and more Americans are getting fed up with Schumer’s delaying and obstructionism and view this as political payback for the Reds to not even hold hearings in the waning month’s of a lame duck's term and Comey’s testimony on hacking and wiretap allegations (the Blues are running out of steam with each new positive economic news and may realize they have enough energy to climb only a very few hills; whereas the Clintons totally used the platform of public office to make millions, the Trump organization appears to be making significant sacrifices to serve this country as Eric Trump announced they will not be doing any new projects internationally; basic Military Science 101 is that helicopters have to be maintained or they cannot fly or if they do fly good chance they will crash so thanks to Obama’s idiotic troop cap limits units of the Screaming Eagles saw their helicopters and pilots sent to Afghanistan but to avoid breaking the troop caps, the mechanics stayed home; Iraqi forces are reported to be regaining ground in Mosul near the al-Nuri mosque known as the Great Mosque where the leader of ISIS declared a Caliphate; on the trade front but to the concern of lobster lovers here, Asian countries especially China are importing record numbers of lobster and as can be expected, even in Little Saigon, the price of lobster continues to rise; music is supposed to be the universal solvent to bridge gaps between races and beliefs but not in Chicago and especially not when the left gets involved as two white owners had to close their music store because they attended a Trump rally on the University of Chicago campus that was cancelled due to threats of violence after they started receiving death threats; may be overreaction but another example of why Americans are concerned over their safety as a 14 year old was viciously and brutally raped by a Salvadorian and by a Guatemalan student one of whom was on a deport list-chilling story ;almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through March 18 increasing to 641 and the death toll rising to 118 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight to find and shoot victims) and yet nothing, absolutely nothing, appears to be occurring to address this blight on blacks and minorities which is what racism from a black mayor really looks like.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Beatles, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Jimmy Breslin, while hoping the stress you might face will pass and you will not need to become a winebibber, 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.  Buzzards Day—another testament of the ability of a local chamber of commerce to attract tourists with dollars to spend, since 1957 Hinckley, Ohio has had a festival to celebrate the arrival of turkey vultures the town on March 15 from their annual migration from South America (moved in the following year to the first Sunday so the town could prepare and more visitors spending money could attend).
2.  Client’s Day—created by a company from Klaipeda, Lithuania in 2010 as a means to celebrate its founding by reaching out to its clients as without them there would be no company. Great idea but like some ideas should be a mantra each and every day.    
3. 1964 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1964 on a surprisingly short run of 2 weeks in that position “She Loves You” by the Beatles.  Here is a recording of the group performing the song: Wonder where the teens who are looking on in amazement are today 53 years later.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “winebibber” which means a heavy drinker of alcohol and hearing the never ending hysteria from the Trump election from the left would probably be descriptive as they need a means to reduce their sorrow.
5. Seventh Time the Charm?—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1947 of noted six time Academy Award nominated actress Glenn Close but as of today she is  still 0 for 6.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1279 ending on a bad note the Mongols were victorious at the Battle of Yamen bringing an end to the Song Dynasty.      
b. 1918 the U.S. Congress established times zones and daylight savings time.
c. 1931 Nevada legalized gambling
d. 1941 the 99th Pursuit Squadron, better known to us as the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all black unit of the Army Air Corps was activated. 
e. 1982 Argentinean forces landed on South Georgia Island in the Falkands prompting war with the United Kingdom which the Argentineans lost.
In memory of a great writer who died today at the age of 88 with a very irreverent view of the media: Pick up any newspaper in the morning. Count the words in the lead sentences. There will be at least 25 in all of them: Guaranteed. The writers just want to tell you how many degrees they have from this college or that university.” Jimmy Breslin Wise words but perhaps should have added the fact that most if not all went to the same college or the same university taught by professors with the same viewpoint and would not be able to understand the struggles of most Americans if their lives depended on it. 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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