Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Water Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 22, 2017  Radical Islam is alive and well at least on the bridge leading to Parliament as a bearded presumed Islamist mowed down 20 pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge killing three and injuring dozens before being given his one way ticket to “Paradise” by armed police in front of Parliament; growing outrage over the rape by two illegals 17 and 18  who were in the ninth grade of a Rockville, Maryland high school and gang raped a 14 year old student  (another sad case of collateral damage of a porous border that Blues like our junior senator Kamala Harris are fighting tooth and nail to keep open); shocking and really scary revelations that numerous members of the Trump campaign and Trump transition team were being wiretapped on an “incidental” basis; Gorsuch faces another day of partisan attacks by Blues desperate to find some basis to sabotage his nomination and are demanding the vote on his nomination be delayed until the witch hunt probe of Russian tampering with the election and the supposed influence on causing HRC to lose is concluded; anarchy is sprouting its evil head in San Francisco as Hillary Ronen has introduced legislation to ban the city from doing any business with any company that bids to do work on the construction of the wall on the southern border (are you kidding me—time to cut off any federal dollars to this urine stained cesspool sanctuary city and start prosecuting city officials who are refusing to enforce federal immigration law and in effect harboring illegals); despite arm twisting by President Trump, it is not clear whether the Reds have enough votes to pass the replacement bill for Obamacare tomorrow; almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through March 21 increasing to 656 and the death toll fortunately stuck at 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 Turtles, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Marq de Villiers, while enjoying snorkeling to view the benthos, 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 Water Day—designated by the UN in 1993 to promote the development and preservation of clean and sanitary water supplies in developing countries.
2.  As Young As You Feel Day—celebrating the fact that with replacement of joints, age is merely a state of mind; today like all days is a day to keep moving and exercise your mental capabilities.   
3. 1967 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1967 on a run of 3 weeks in that position “Happy Together” by the Turtles.  Here is a recording of the group performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “benthos” which means the flora and fauna to be found at the bottom of the sea or lake.
5. Shocking Truly Shocking—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1943 of Keith Relf the founder of the Yardbirds who met an untimely early death at the age of 33  while playing an electric guitar that was not properly grounded.   
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1765 in a “no taxation without representation” moment that infuriated the American Colonies and started the path to the Revolutionary War, the British Parliament enacted the Stamp Act which levied a tax on all documents.        
b. 1871 William Holden, the governor of North Carolina, had the dubious distinction of being the first governor removed by impeachment on strict party lines although the legislature recognized the error of its actions and pardoned him in 2011.
c. 1872 Illinois became the first state to require gender equality in employment.
d. 1960 Arthur Schlawlow and Charles Townes received the first patent for a laser.
e. 2016 Islamist terrorists bombed the Brussels airport and the Maalbeck/Maelbeck train station killing 33 innocents and wounding over 300 people; sadly to commemorate that vile act of Islamist terror, a jihadist ran his car into pedestrians walking across the Westminster Bridge and then rammed the gate leading to Parliament, stabbed a policeman to death and then was shot down like the dog he was.   
Observations of the importance of water in our lives on World Water Day: The trouble with water—and there is trouble with water—is that they're not making any more of it. They're not making any less, mind, but no more either. There is the same amount of water in the planet now as there was in prehistoric times. People, however, they're making more of—many more, far more than is ecologically sensible—and all those people are utterly dependent on water for their lives (humans consist mostly of water), for their livelihoods, their food, and increasingly, their industry. Humans can live for a month without food but will die in less than a week without water. Humans consume water, discard it, poison it, waste it, and restlessly change the hydrological cycles, indifferent to the consequences: too many people, too little water, water in the wrong places and in the wrong amounts.” Marq de Villiers, noted South African author and writer now living in Nova Scotia, Canada.  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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