Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 22, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Earth Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 22, 2017  Keep your fingers crossed as Trump announced that a tax cut package will be announced on Wednesday; in what has to have been one of the most difficult tasks of being president, President Trump and the first lady visited Walter Reed Hospital to meet with wounded soldiers; on Earth Day protest marches across the nation over Trump’s views on climate change; another Obama mole has been removed as Trump fired the Obama appointed  Surgeon General who has been a vocal critic of the NRA; in a déjà vu that we do not need, we face another government shutdown due to a need to pass a budget which has some real land mines in it that Schumer’s obstructionists oppose like funding to build a wall or defunding of the abortion practices of Planned Parenthood (finally a time to end all vacations and recesses for Congress to 24/7 address the issues that face us); no missile launches from the fat lunatic in North Korea; time for all Red voters to call on Speaker Ryan to call the troops back and end 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 21, 2017 increasing to 977 and the death toll increasing by 168 (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 R. Kelley, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Gaylord Nelson, hoping that truckloads of hoggin will be seen on the highways heading for use if Congress approves a needed infrastructure bill, 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.  Earth Dayanother UN General Assembly observance since 2009 but founded by Gaylord Nelson in 1970 to promote awareness of the need to curb human conduct that is damaging to the ecosystems of the planet we call home.
2.  In God We Trust Day—commemorating the resolution of Congress on this day in 1864 to place the statement “In God We Trust” on a two cent coin that was produced for only ten years but the motto survives through today although one might wonder why the ACLU guardians of the separation of church and state have not filed suit to remove it from our currency.   
3. 1994 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1994 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “Bump ‘N Grind” by R. Kelley. Here is a recording of him performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “hoggin” which means a mixture of sand and gravel used in road building which could be the favorite word of Congress if we ever move forward on the infrastructure bill Trump is proposing.
5. Adios—celebrating the birth on this day in 1936 of country music icon Glenn Campbell whose last album Adios recorded five years ago will be released in June of this year. Sadly the singer is in the terminal stages of Alzheimer’s but his music for his fans will live on. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1889 at noon the Oklahoma land rush began as thousands raced across the plains to claim land in the Oklahoma Territory.
b. 1915 the propensity of man to utilize more devastating weapons was revealed in the second battle of Ypres by the Germans who utilized chlorine gas, the same weapon long since outlawed but used by Syrian war criminal Assad less than two weeks ago against a hospital in Syria, prompting a US Tomahawk Cruise missile strike.
c. 1970 the first Earth Day was celebrated.   
d. 1977 optical fiber was used to carry telephone messages for the first time.
e. 2005 in a better late than never moment Japan finally apologized to the world for its horrendous record against civilians and prisoners of war during World War II.    

Reflections on Earth Day:The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.”Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day and former Senator and governor of Wisconsin. 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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