Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 30, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Honesty Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 30, 2017  Another day another ratcheting up of the rhetoric on North Korea as our leadership is sending crystal clear messages that we will not permit North Korea to possess a nuclear weapons hat are deliverable by missiles; if that obese dictator is the “smart cookie” Trump claims he is he needs to shut down his program or face annihilation which given the size of his conventional army would involve nuclear weapons by us; Trump attended a rally in Pennsylvania instead of going to the White House Correspondents Dinner in D.C. to be roasted by the entertainment and speakers; SpaceX made history last night by launching into space a rocket that had previously been launched into space and landed back on Earth which means that they have lowered the cost of space launches by at least 20 million; deadly tornadoes were striking Texas yesterday; Congress back in session tomorrow facing another shutdown if budget not passed which given the obstructionism of Schumer and Pelosi is doubtful; 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 29 increasing by 6  to 1041 and the death toll remaining at 181 (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 Ashanti, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Abu Bakr, 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. Honesty Daycreated by Hirsch Goldberg, a noted American author, as a means of ending April which begins with April Fools’ Day to encourage honesty and straightforward communications in our political lives, relationships, business dealings and historical education; unfortunately when it comes to journalism and politics we have a long way to go due to the swamp of bias.
2.  International Day of Jazz—created by UNESCO in 2011 to promote jazz as unifying force to bring about unity and peace.
3. 2002 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2002 on a run of 10 weeks in that position “Foolish” by Ashanti. Here is a recording of Ashanti performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “retiform” which means of or like a net.
5. Wonder Gal—celebrating the birth on this day in 1985 of Israeli born actress Gal Gadot who has starred in Fast and Furious 4 and as Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 311 in a bad day for lions but a great day for Christians the Diacletianic Persecution of Christians came to an end. .
b. 1789 George Washington took the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States. c. 1939 NBC inaugurated daily TV broadcasting by televising President Roosevelt’s opening of the New York World’s Fair.
d. 1993 in a great day for the internet CERN announced that the www protocol would be free.
e. 2009 in a this job has its issues moment, Queen Beatrix survived an assassination attempt in the Netherlands in which 7 innocents were killed and the assassin was killed also. Queen Beatrice abdicated the throne four years later to the day of the attempt.    
Reflections on honesty: “The greatest truth is honesty and the greatest falsehood is dishonesty.” Abu Bakr, father-in-law to the prophet Muhammad. 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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