Monday, March 20, 2017

Vernal Equinox (Spring) March 20, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Great American Meat Out

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 20 .2017  On the first day of spring which symbolizes equality and balance, the partisan fireworks on Capital Hill were extensive this morning on the issue of Russian election interference, the unmasking of Flynn’s name to the public, Obama’s involvement in wiretapping of Trump Tower, the existence of or nonexistence of Trump campaign collusion with Russians and where the FBI stands in its investigations; through all the smoke whether there is any fire or not watching the Blue members and their questions is is clear to this observer that they are still in denial mode that the reason of loss was not a failed candidate, a failed campaign, or lack of message that the American workers wanted to hear but delusion of the Russians colluding with Trump’s campaign to snatch her defeat from the jaws of victory; confirmation hearings began on Judge Gorsuch and the snitty tit for tat that should be beneath the dignity of a senator was apparent as Blues were in a first class snit that the Reds did not hold hearings on Obama’s selection in the waning months of the election campaign (Blues are revealing because of the cataracts of bias they are incapable of seeing a way to find common ground on the issues that really concern Americans like jobs, safety, tax cuts, regulatory relief, health care and border security and should be thrown out of office in droves in 2016); Trump budget will significantly cut contributions to foreign aid and the UN but with the UN Human Rights Council wanting to issue a report condemning Israel for apartheid (growing calls to trim our contribution further); in an example that ICE is serious now about illegal immigration and that illegals have difficulty assimilating into our culture, ICE raided an abandoned building in Detroit, found 100 birds equipped for cockfighting which is illegal, and of the 86 people on the premises, 50 were detained for illegal immigration; almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through March 19 increasing to 648 and the death toll stuck at 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, another music link to the Beatles, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Peter Drucker, while hoping that you or your children will not be the subject of zabernism, 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.  Great American Meat Out—celebrating to the joy of farm animals and commercial species of fish since 1985 the pledge by consumers to forego meat on this day as we probably eat far too much of it which saddles us with a host of medical problems.
2.  Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day—promoting awareness of the safeguards to follow to prevent exposure to the HIV virus among Native Americans and Alaska Indians and the need to test for the presence of the virus as 20% infected do not know they have it.   
3. 1965 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1965 on a surprisingly short run of 2 weeks in that position “Eight Days a Week” by the Beatles.  Here is a recording of the group performing the song:  If they had been carrying briefcases they would have looked like four bankers or lawyers off to work.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “zabernism” which means the misuse of military authority, aggression or bullying which is something we all can agree on should be avoided like the plague.
5. One Less Lawyer Has Made the World a Better Place—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1853 of Frederick W. Taylor who had intended to follow his father’s footsteps and become a lawyer but instead of going to Harvard apprenticed himself out in a machine shop and went on to become known as the “Father of Productivity.” Higher productivity means lower costs to consumers and higher wages for workers—a good thing, actually a great thing.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1815 after escaping from imprisonment on the island of Elba, Napoleon entered Paris with an army of 140,000 regulars quickly swelled by another 200,000 volunteers to begin his 100 days rule which came to end at the Battle of Waterloo and his subsequent exile to the barren island of St. Helena.       
b. 1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe published the epic Uncle Tom’s Cabin which galvanized the abolitionist movement.
c. 1952 a peace treaty with Japan formally bringing an end to the hostilities with the United States was ratified by the U.S. Senate.
d. 1985 in a blow for gender equality Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth. 
e. 2003 in the early morning hours ground forces from the U.S. and three other nations justified by Iraqi possession of  weapons of mass destruction that did exist began the invasion of Iraq without an exit plan or a workable plan on how Iraq was to be governed which was further compounded by Obama’s complete withdrawal of all forces on December 18, 2011 which led to the vacuum that allowed ISIS to take over huge chunks of the country and parts of Syria.  
Observations on the pioneering work of Frederick W. Taylor: “Frederick W. Taylor was the first man in recorded history who deemed work deserving of systematic observation and study. On Taylor's 'scientific management' rests, above all, the tremendous surge of affluence in the last seventy-five years which has lifted the working masses in the developed countries well above any level recorded before, even for the well-to-do. Taylor, though the Isaac Newton (or perhaps the Archimedes) of the science of work, laid only first foundations, however. Not much has been added to them since – even though he has been dead all of sixty years.” Peter Drucker  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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