Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 2, 2017 McConnell is finally showing some backbone and telling the myopic swamp denizen Chuck Schumer to take a hike to find the nearest fallout shelter as the obstructionist Blues will be nuked and Gorsuch will be confirmed on SCOTUS; the head of China and Trump will be meeting at Mir-a-Lago with hints that the U.S. is going to deal with the fat pathetic creature who tyrannizes North Korea with or without Chinese help (given the amount of goods we buy from China, would be a good idea for them to join with us in eliminating this threat to world peace and stability); the swamp hypocrisy continues to reek as Podesta’s brother is alleged to have taken money from Russian interests but failing to register as required as a foreign lobbyist; some hope that the insanity of big cities ruled by Blue mayors may be coming to grips with reality that releasing illegals back into the population despite detainers from ICE is not in our best interests was brought to light when the NYPD notified ICE that two criminals were about to be released (how long will it take Sessions’ DOJ to start arresting idiots like Emanuel, Garcetti and Di Blasio whose sanctuary policies are putting Americans at risk?); on the sports front March Madness comes to an end with Gonzaga and North Carolina meeting for the National Championship (since Obama picked North Carolina I am rooting for the Zags); 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 2 increasing by 20 to 757 and the death toll rising by 3 to 140 (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, music links to Johnnie Taylor and Doris Day, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Harlan Coben, while avoiding due to your actions being labeled as a mimsy, 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. Opening Day MLB—March Madness fades away this afternoon with the Zags playing North Carolina; today is the official opening of our national pastime, baseball (even though President Trump has departed from tradition and will not be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch).
2. Tweed Day—another observance the origin of which is not totally clear—could be to celebrate that Scottish woolen fabric that makes woolen pants and sport coats so fashionable or could be to celebrate or bemoan the birthday on this day in 1823 of Boss Tweed, a corrupt politician in New York City whose corrupt political machine stole millions of dollars.
3. 1976 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1976 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “Disco Lady” by Johnnie Taylor. Here is a recording of him performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDpC5YUhE5Y
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mimsy” which describes someone as rather feeble which would fit our departed president in his dealings with foreign issues to a “T.”
5. It’s a New Day—celebrating the birth on this day in 1922 (used to be 1924) of Doris von Kappelhoff, better known to her fans as Doris Day who became the oldest singer to release an album with new material to reach the top ten on the charts in the UK in 2011. Here is a link to a recording of one on the songs on the album My Heart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jykW6d6ATc0
On this day in:
a. 1946 four years after Japanese forces started their assault on American and Filipino forces in the Bataan Peninsula, Japanese general Homma was executed for atrocities committed by Japanese troops on the Bataan Death March.
b. 1948 President Harry Truman signed legislation creating the Marshall Plan to provide $5 billion in aid to 16 countries in Europe; such legislation saved those nations from collapse and possible revolution by communist uprisings fomented by the Soviet Union.
c. 1955 the ACLU announced it would defend Alan Ginsburg against obscenity charges against his work Howl (the ACLU was successful in that regard).
d. 1973 Martin Cooper a researcher at Motorola made the first phone call from a hand held device to Dr. Joel Engels at Bell Labs using a phone that weighed almost 2 ½ pounds, took 10 hours to recharge and had a battery life of 30 minutes—amazing how far we have advanced.
e. 1981 the Osborne 1, the world’s first successful portable computer was unveiled at the San Francisco Computer Faire.
Nothing like an analogy to start one’s week on the opening day for MLB:”I like to see the difference between good and evil as kind of like the foul line at a baseball game. It's very thin, it's made of something very flimsy like lime, and if you cross it, it really starts to blur where fair becomes foul and foul becomes fair.” Harlan Coben, noted American author of 25 novels. 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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