Sunday, April 9, 2017

April 8, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Buddha's Birthday

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 8, 2017  The news out of Stockholm confirms that radical Islam is alive and well as an Islamist terrorist hijacked a beer delivery truck and crashed it into a department store killing four innocents and injuring 15 others; Trump continues to receive acclaim for missile strike against Assad; Rex Tillerson will be off to Russia to meet with Putin while the world disgusted with the photos of dead Syrian babies must be wondering when Russia will come to its senses and drop Assad like a hot rock; the left evidently not fazed with the photos of gassed children after Susan Rice months ago proudly proclaimed that diplomacy caused Assad to get rid of his chemical weapons is coming to her defense claiming attacks on her are racist and misogynist (what a crock!); Masters excitement for this Saturday; Trump and China’s President concluded their meetings in Mir-a-logo while a U.S. Carrier Task Force was heading to North Korea (will that obese madman be next to see cruise missiles heading toward his ICBM manufacturing facilities?);  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 8 increasing to 813 and the death toll rising to 149 (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 Hall and Oates, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Gregory Petsko, knowing that when you write to complain about Blue obstructionism, you will avoid being sesquipedalian,  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.  Buddha’s Birthdaycelebrating if in Japan the birth of Buddha in Nepal around 563 B.C.
2.  International Romani Day—commemorating since 1990 the contributions of Romanis to our collective culture and to promote acceptance of and tolerance of Romanis.  
3. 1981 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1981 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “Kiss on My List” by Hall and Oates.  Here is a recording of the duo performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “sesquipedalian” which means long winded or using too many words which is typical speech and writing patterns of most bureaucrats.
5. Catfish Plate-—celebrating the birth on this day in 1946 of James Hunter better known to his baseball fans as Catfish who became the youngest pitcher to record 200 wins at age 31 but arm problems forced an early retirement and Lou Gehrig’s Disease prompted the manager in the sky to take the ball from his hand and remove him from the mound permanently at the age of 53. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1895 SCOTUS in the case of Pollard v Farmers Loan and Trust Company found the unapportioned income tax to be unconstitutional.
b. 1906 Auguste Deter, the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease died at the age of 55, 5 years after diagnosis of the disease; unfortunately she has been joined by millions who have died of this terrible disease.   
c. 1913 the 17th Amendment requiring the direct election of Senators was ratified.
d. 1924 Sharia courts were abolished in Turkey as part of Ataturk’s reforms to bring Turkey into the modern world.     
e. 1992 retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announced he had acquired AIDS from contaminated blood used in his heart surgeries.  
Reflections on Alzheimer’s Disease: “As far as protecting yourself against Alzheimer's disease, well, it turns out that fish oil has the effect of reducing your risk for Alzheimer's disease. You should also keep your blood pressure down, because chronic high blood pressure is the biggest single risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.” Gregory Petsko, noted American biochemist and researcher in the field of Alzheimer’s Disease. 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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