Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 21, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Poetry Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 21, 2017  In something we never witnessed during the aloof and narcissistic presidency of Obama, President Trump was on Capital Hill meeting with House Republicans trying to convince them on the replacement bill for Obamacare while the markets tanked due to concern that a repeal will not be forthcoming and such failure will doom any chance of tax cuts that this country desperately needs; confirmation hearings continue on Gorsuch but it is becoming increasingly clear that the Blues better start looking for the nearest fallout shelter as Reds are prepared to and will exercise the nuclear option and confirm him with a majority vote; in another Willie Horton moment two illegal scumbags from Guatemala and El Salvador one of whom was on a deportation list, repeatedly and viciously raped a 14 year old girl in a Rockville, Maryland high school, prompting outcry from the White House especially since Montgomery County where Rockville is located is actively seeking sanctuary status and according to ICE even now does not cooperate with ICE (Senator Harris has introduced legislation to ban the construction of a wall on our southern border but it is a safe bet that she has not left the confines of the swamp to console the parents of that young victim); the Trump Administration has released a report of those jurisdictions that do not comply with ICE detainer requests and will update it weekly; in a cyber Kitty Genovese moment déjà vu,  6 scumbags in Chicago gang raped a 15 year old girl and streamed it live on Facebook watched by at least 40 people and no one had the decency to call the police and report it (the six are still at large and you have to wonder what this world is degenerating into); Maxine Waters an ideologue so left that she makes Senator Harris look like a member of the John Birch Society is idiotically blowing the impeachment horn (her voters would be in a much better world if this scumbag plantation owner freed them by resigning from office); almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through March 30 increasing to 653 and the death toll increasing by 1 to 119 (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, another music link to the Sgt. Barry Sadler, factoids of interest for this day in history, an original poem from the Alaskanpoet and  a relevant quote from Aberjhani, while hoping that your elected officials are not anfractuous in missals to you, 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 Poetry Day—designated by UNESCO in 1999 to recognize the importance of poetry in our daily lives and to encourage its creation and reading. If I were to find a rose that would not fade and always seem fresh and new/ would I seek it in the florist shop?/ or in the rose gardens or the fields?/where to find this sought after floral jewel/ no matter the water, no matter the food all petals will soon fall/ only the name with a woman will the petals of a rose remain/ name your daughters Rose and for a middle name add Jewel/beauty and eternity in a name/only worry is the ardor of suitors to tame.
2.  International Day to End Racial Discrimination—created by the UN General Assembly in 1966 and observed on the anniversary of the South African police forces opening fire on a peaceful march on this day in 1960 in at Sharpville, South Africa protesting apartheid. Racial discrimination is something all of us should detest and fight against and likewise the tendency of too many politicians and groups to minimalize its existence by throwing down the race card at the drop of a hat regardless of whether there is a basis for the charge.   
3. 1966 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1966 on a run of 5 weeks in that position “Ballad of the Green Beret” by Sgt. Barry Sadler.  Here is a recording of him performing the song in uniform:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5WJJVSE_BE   
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “anfractuous” which means winding or circuitous which probably describes the speech patterns of most politicians.
5. Obesity Can Be Your Friend—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political point of view the birthday on this day in 1962 of “comedian” and LGBT activist Rosie O’Donnell who tends to be on the obese side.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1809 Code Napoleon was adopted as the French Civil Law.        
b. 1861 Alexander Stephens the Vice President of the Confederacy gave his Cornerstone Speech defending in no uncertain terms the institution of slavery.
c. 1965 Martin Luther King, Jr. led a third and successful march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital at Montgomery.
d. 1970 the first Earth Day proclamation was issued by Mayor Joseph Alioto of San Francisco.
e. 1980 President Jimmy Carter announced a boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics to be held in Moscow due to the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union.   
Observations on the nature of a poet “A poet is a verb that blossoms light in gardens of dawn, or sometimes midnight.”Aberjhani, noted American author, historian and poet. Wise words that this poet would add “or blows away the morning fog or leaves footsteps of dew from the night before.” 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.
© March 21, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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