Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 1, 2017 Another day, another day of ratcheting up of the rhetoric on North Korea as North Korea boasts it will increase its nuclear capabilities to the maximum while we announce a test firing of a ICBM, Trump announces he would meet with Kim Jong Un and Congress approved a 5 month spending bill that includes the largest increase in military spending in a decade; South and Midwest were hammered by tornadoes and flooding that have left 14 dead; instead of rallies promoting workers the left is urging people to skip work and march for illegal immigrants’ rights (although the five month spending bill did not provide funding for the wall it did ramp up funding for increased border patrols); United may have settled with the doctor who was dragged off its plane but is still in hot water over the death of a three foot long rabbit named Simon that died while on a flight from London to the U.S. since the airline may have tried to conceal the cause of death by cremating what its president Munoz compared to “lost baggage” to the outrage of pet owners everywhere; in Venezuela, that failed socialist state, suffering from inflation that will be most likely at 1000 percent by year’s end forced Maduro to increase the minimum wage by 60% while shelves are bare of medicine and food with 28 people killed in protests over his policies; Puerto Rico saddled with $70 billion of public debt is facing bankruptcy if it cannot restructure its debt load by midnight tonight (another example of failed policies of the left); as summer approaches so approaches the Zika virus which poses a great threat to the fetuses of any pregnant woman infected so watch for increased state action to kill the mosquitoes that carry the virus; 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 30 increasing by 11 to 1041 and the death toll increasing by 2 to 183 (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 who seems not to care that 90 percent of the homicides occurring in his city do not result in an arrest ?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, music links to 50 Cent and Little Walter, factoids of interest for this day in history, happy if you are fishing today on the ocean you have a boat with a motor rather that being forced to use a shallop, a relevant quote from Mehmet Murat ildan, 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. International Workers’ Day—celebrated as a national holiday in many parts of Europe to promote appreciation of the working class and the promotion of failed socialist ideals but in the U.S. today a day to march and protest for immigrant rights.
2. Law Day—celebrated in the U.S. as a counterpoint to International Workers’ Day to promote the rule of law (ironic that after 8 years we finally have a president committed to the rule of law as opposed to a president whose goal was to enforce only those laws he agreed with).
3. 2003 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2003 on a run of 9 weeks in that position “In Da Club” by 50 Cent. Here is a recording of a former drug dealer performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qm8PH4xAss (only 14 more days to endure this rap nonsense).
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “shallop” which is a light sailing boat used in coastal fishing or as a tender for other fishing boats.
5. Blues Better Than Black and Blue—celebrating the birth on this day in 1930 of Marion Walter Jacobs better known to his fans as Little Walter, a harmonica virtuoso and blues singer in Chicago but hampered by alcoholism and a really bad temper which resulted in his death from a street fight on February 15, 1968. Here is his last hit “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2ICTy_9tlo
On this day in:
a. 1956 to the relief and joy of parents fearful of their children being confined to an iron lung, the polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk was made available to the public.
b. 1961 Fidel Castro proclaimed Cuba to be a socialist nation and abolished elections, condemning the nation to the economic stagnation during his rule.
c. 1971 Amtrak took over the operation of U.S. passenger rail service but not the rails themselves which is why routes that would make money hand over fist like Los Angeles to Las Vegas or Los Angeles to Phoenix do not exist.
d. 1978 Naomi Uemura, a Japanese adventurer who excelled in sole feats like climbing Mr. Denali or rafting the Amazon River, traveling by dog sled became the first human being to reach the North Pole solo. He disappeared while climbing down from the peak of Mt. Denali in February of 1984 and his body was never found although much of his gear was.
e. 2003 in a not so fast moment President Bush aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln gave his “Mission Accomplished” speech announcing that major combat operations in Iraq have ended; we are back after Obama turned tail and ran allowing ISIS to enter and declare a caliphate.
Reflections workers and International Workers’ Day: “Today, in the May Day, find a worker and shake his hand with gratitude! Without workers, no civilization could be built!” Mehmet Murat ildan, noted Turkish novelist and playwright. 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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