Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 16, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Easter

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 16, 2017  Knock on wood but so far no churches bombed on this Easter Sunday as Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ; North Korea’s missile test was a complete failure four seconds after liftoff amid speculation that a U.S. cyber attack was involved; Pence is in South Korea reassuring that ally that unlike Obama, we have their back; in Turkey’s referendum to transition to a presidential system of government with 98 percent of the vote counted, Erdogan was leading with 51.3 percent of the vote in favor (Turkey was also in the news announcing that it was building a border wall with Syria to contain the violence and flood of immigrants); violent clashes in Berkeley occurred between pro Trump and anti Trump demonstrators with multiple arrests (just another example of how divided this country is and the animosity of the left to Trump and his agenda); in another chilling reminder of how difficult it is to stop the flow of drugs from South and Central America, the head of South Com testified before the Senate that the Coast Guard and Navy are intercepting only 25% of those illegal drugs (maybe we should be spending more on ships and planes and less on a wall); in yet another example of PC hysteria, the left are demanding in addition that the MOAB should not have been used but also its designation as the Mother of All Bombs is sexist;   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 15 increasing by 29 to 908 and the death toll increasing by one to 159 (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 Billy Ocean, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from T.D. Jakes, 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 Voice Daycommemorating since 1999 the contribution of the human voice to culture, business and technology and to promote more effective forms of verbal information.
2.  Easter Sunday—commemorating the holiest day for Christians, the day Christ was resurrected to ascend inot heaver to rejoin his Father.   
3. 1988 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1988 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car”  by Billy Ocean. Here is a recording of him performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “bergschrund” which refers to a crevasse located at the junction of a glacier or snowfield with a steep upper slope.
5. Springing To Stardom—celebrating the birth on this day in 1939 of Mary O’Brien, better known to her fans as Dusty Springfield who enjoyed great success in Britain and the U.S. but suffered from problems with drugs and alcohol (met one of her female partners at an AA meeting) and bipolar issues; sadly she died from cancer on March 2, 1999.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1818 the U.S. Senate ratified the Bush-Bagot Treaty establishing the U.S. Canada border.
b. 1862 all slaves in the District of Columbia were emancipated.     
c. 1910 the Boston Arena the oldest indoor hockey rink still operating opened for the first time. Seating less than 5,000 spectators, and home of the Boston Bruins, one has to be surprised that a much larger rink complete with luxury suites has not been built to replace it.
d. 1945 a Soviet submarine torpedoed and sunk the German liner Goya transporting some 6700 refugees and soldiers and crew fleeing from the Red Army that was advancing into Prussia; all but 183 on board died.
e. 2007 in a grim reminder that people with mental illness should never be allowed to possess firearms, Seung-Hui Cho a student at Virginia Tech killed 32 students and wounded 17 others before committing suicide.    
Reflections on Easter: “Here is the amazing thing about Easter; the Resurrection Sunday for Christians is this, that Christ in the dying moments on the cross gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible. T. D. Jakes, noted pastor, author and filmmaker and bishop of the Potter’s House, a nondenominational American megachurch 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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