Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 15, 2017 The violence in Syria goes on without let up as a suicide car bomber detonated his van along the road side as a convoy of evacuees was passing by killing 45 innocents; final day of campaigning in Turkey on a referendum on whether to change to an executive presidency that could keep Erdogan in power until 2029; a déjà vu of anti-Trump marches planned in 150 cities to protest his failure to provide copies of his tax returns (do we really care anymore?); U.S. has a new sheriff and that fact was demonstrated in Afghanistan as the commander there without having to follow the timid micromanagement of Obama saw an opportunity to kill a host of ISIS fanatics and dropped a MOAB (21,000 pounds of explosives) on them on provoking the wrath of mega leftists like Warren even as former Obama staffers are going public with opinions that Obama’s feckless policies in Syria, South China Sea and Ukraine have left the world as a far more dangerous place http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/14/ex-obama-officials-say-hesitation-to-use-force-in-syria-elsewhere-emboldened-adversaries.html; as Christians prepare to celebrate Easter, chilling news of the rise of persecution of Christians around the world and fears that the religion may not survive in its birthplace; if you want to read something that will absolutely bring tears rolling down your cheeks read this Facebook post by a mother’s last moments with a four year old who died of cancer in her arms http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/04/14/love-mommy-heartbroken-mother-shares-4-year-old-sons-final-moments-cancer-battle.html; on the sports front Hernandez was found not guilty of murder; almost like a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through April 14 increasing by 6 to 879 and the death toll still standing at 158 (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 who appears to care only about the rights of illegal aliens in his sanctuary city (when will Chicago residents through the city council try to impeach this pathetic, inept mayor?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Aretha Franklin and George Michael, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Princess Dianna, hoping on this Easter Eve you are free of an afreet attack, 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 Art Day—the UN may be powerless to stop slaughter of Christians by radical Islam or women and children by Assad, but when it comes to holidays and observances it is on the front lines to since 2012 celebrate and honor the contributions of art to our culture.
2. Jackie Robinson Day—commemorating the breaking of the ban on blacks playing in Major League Baseball when a a visionary Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers on this day in 1947.
3. 1987 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1987 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me” by Aretha Franklin and George Michael. Here is a recording of duo performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “afreet” which refers to a powerful demon in Muslim mythology which is what the ISIS fighters in Afghanistan must have thought hit them when the MOAB was dropped on them.
5. Cameras on the Rich and Famous Can Be a Death Sentence—honoring the birth on this day in 1955 of Dodi Fayed who was speeding away from paparazzi in a Paris tunnel with Princess Diana was killed along with her at a far too early age.
On this day in:
a. 1755 Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language was published in London.
b. 1861 President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to fight against the Confederacy.
c. 1912 RMS Titanic sank in the early morning hours after hitting an ice berg the just before midnight on the 14th taking all but 710 of its passengers and crew to Davy Jones Locker because of a shortage of lifeboats because the ship was supposed to be “unsinkable.”
d. 1923 insulin became available to treat people suffering from diabetes.
e. 2013 in a grim reminder that radical Islam was alive and well on American soil, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding 264. One perpetrator was later killed in a shootout with police and his brother was caught, tried, convicted and sentenced to death but will probably spend years before he is executed which is a sad comment on the state of our justice system when it comes to the death penalty.
Reflections on a pathetic husband who hopefully will never become the King of England when that proud nation has an incredible Prince William and an unbelievable wife Kate Middleton:“What must it be like for a little boy to read that daddy never loved mummy?” Princess Diana 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.
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