Thursday, April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not 420 (cannabis culture) (International)

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 20, 2017  Fox News suddenly dropped Bill O’Reilly as sexual harassment allegations continue to mount and ad revenue disappearing like a puddle on the pavement in Death Valley on a hot summer day; Tillerson confirmed the State Department is conducting a full review of the Iran nuclear deal; in a not so fast moment, photos of the parade the other day of North Korea’s missiles show they are being pulled by Chinese trucks; the Russians are still in their game of chicken mode for the second day, this time with bombers 36 miles away from the Aleutians (in five minutes time they could be inside our territorial waters and subject to being shot down which is not what we need in terms of de-escalation of tensions); the PC Iron Curtain has descended yet again with Cal Berkeley canceling Ann Coulter’s scheduled speech; in a what took you so long moment, the Secret Service has expanded the perimeter on the South Lawn of the White House; in a political Don Quixote moment Red Assemblyman Travis Allen has introduced into the Assembly AB 54 banning funding of sanctuary cities and requiring law enforcement to cooperate with ICE (a better way to achieve success with a DOA bill would be to instead go the Proposition route directly to the voters) ; 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; on the good news front six student reporters from Pittsburgh High School have been invited to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner which President Trump will skip as a reward for their uncovering bogus credentials of their newly appointed principal who had to resign in disgrace; 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 2 to 945 and the death toll increasing by two to 165 (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 Kriss Kross, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Carl Safina, hoping that you don’t receive a drenching from some flews, 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.  UN Chinese Language Daycelebrating since 2010 the Chinese Language which is best learned at a very young age; unfortunately very few elementary schools offer the language which is spoken by over billion people all over the world and the failure to so speak and write is a definite handicap to American businesses.
2.  420 (cannabis culture) (International)—with more and more states and nations legalizing the use of marijuana both for medicinal and recreational uses and expanding counter culture observance to promote on this day the lighting up of a joint at 4:20 in the afternoon.   
3. 1992 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1992 on a run of 8 weeks in that position “Jump” by Kriss Kross. Here is a recording of the duo performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “flews” which means the thick pendulous lips of a bloodhound or similarly equipped dog.
5. The Silent Killer—celebrating the birth on this day in 1951 of Luther Vadross aka “the Velvet Voice” a multi Grammy Award winning R&B singer and songwriter who suffered from both diabetes and hypertension and suffered a stroke on April 16, 2003 after finishing the final vocals for Grammy Award song Dance with My Father that put him into a coma for over two months and a wheel chair thereafter, dying on July 1, 2005. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1657 freedom of religion is granted to the Jews in New Amsterdam (later to become New York City.
b. 1861 Robert E. Lee resigned his commission to command the armies of Virginia and until Gettysburg out general almost all of the generals the Union assembled against him.
c. 1945 on his birthday Adolf Hitler made his last trip from the Fuhrer Bunker in Berlin to above ground to award Iron Crosses to some very young teenagers from the Hitler Youth.
d. 1999 at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and wounded 24 others before committing suicide.
e. 2010 BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform exploded killing 11 workers and releasing more oil than any other oil spill in U.S. history for 6 months resulting in billions of dollars paid or to be paid for clean up, fines, and compensation to victims caused by the oil release.    
Reflections on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill from the perspective of the finned victims: If you ask the fish whether they'd rather have an oil spill or a season of fishing, I wouldn't be surprised if they'd vote for another blowout.” Carl Safina, noted author, professor and ecologist. 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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