Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Bicycle Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 19, 2017  Despite raising $8 million in contributions from leftist carpetbaggers Jon Ossoff failed to get a majority and will face a unified Republican party behind Karen Handel in the runoff (maybe this neophyte with almost no experience in the real world should have moved into the district before he ran); another radical Islamist terror attack in Fresno by Kori Muhammad who in a shooting spree of 90 seconds while yelling Allahu Akbar killed three whites and wounded one; on the sports front Aaron Hernandez who was just acquitted of a double murder but serving a life sentence for another murder committed suicide in his cell and four members of the New England Patriots are boycotting the team’s meeting with President Trump (maybe a name change to “Beaners” or “Lobstermen” would be appropriate); Sabers still rattling in North Korea with a movie being shown of North Korean missiles striking the U.S. and erupting into mushroom clouds as Pence aboard the USS Ronald Reagan visiting in Tokyo warns again in no uncertain terms that North Korean use of nuclear or conventional weapons will be met with overwhelming force; Trump signs another executive order promoting federal agencies to buy American and curbing abuses in the H-1 Visa program; time for all Red voters to call on Speaker Ryan to call the troops back and dump the summer recess until we get what Trump campaigned on—reduction in the corporate and individual tax rates along with a tax holiday to repatriate overseas earnings; 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 18 increasing by 15 to 943 and the death toll increasing by two to 163 (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 Wilson Phillips, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Jayne Mansfield, hoping that there are no exequies on your calendar, 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.  Bicycle Daycelebrating not another green observance to encourage commuting by bicycle but rather to commemorate this day in 1943 when Alfred Hoffman who synthesized LSD purposely ingested .25 milligrams of the acid and rode a bicycle home with his lab assistant after experiencing hallucinogenic effects which continued during the ride (must have been quite a trip).
2.  Dutch-American Friendship Day—commemorating this day in 1782 when John Adams was received as the Ambassador from the United States and the purchase in The Hague of the building that was to become our first Embassy.   
3. 1991 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1991 on a run of 1 week in that position “You’re in Love” by Wilson Phillips. Here is a recording of the group performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “exequies” which means funeral rites which is something hopefully you are not attending today or in the near future.
5. Driving Can Be Hazardous—celebrating the birth on this day in 1933 of Vera Jayne Palmer better known to her fans as Jayne Mansfield, noted Playmate, sex symbol and actress of the 50’s and 60’s who was killed instantly in a car crash at the age of 34 but her three children sleeping in the back seat were not seriously injured much like when her father died of a heart attack while driving a car she and her mother were in.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1927 Actress Mae West was sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity for performing in the play Sex.
b. 1960 massive student nationwide pro democracy demonstrations against President Rhee of South Korea over election fraud erupted in South Korea which resulted in his resignation 7 days later.      
c. 1987 the Simpsons first appeared as a series of shorts on The Tracy Ullman Show.
d. 1993 the 51 day siege of the Branch Davidian Compound outside of Waco, Texas the FBI and ATF ended after fire broke out and burned the place to the ground killing 76 people, including the sect’s founder David Keresh.
e. 2011 after 50 years of dictatorship, Fidel Castro resigned as First Secretary of the Communist Party turning the office over to his brother Raul.    
Reflections on success and how to achieve it: “I don't really think I am the most beautiful woman in the world at all. If I can create some illusion to that effect, and it seems I have, then that is what spells success to me.” Jayne Mansfield. 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.                                              © April 19, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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