Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 20, 2017 Ridley's believe It Or Not Armed Forces Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 20, 2017   Instead of a groveling Obama apologizing for the U.S., a vibrant and strong President Trump is visiting Saudi Arabia, announcing an over hundred billion dollar arms deal with the Saudis as GE announced a fifteen billion dollar deal to the delight of its shareholders; Blues appear to be up in arms over suggestions that Joseph Lieberman will be named by Trump to replace the fired Director Comey who is expected to testify before Congress soon; the Blue governor of Colorado in an attempt to keep ICE from deporting a convicted violent felon must be smoking too much of his legalized pot as he has just pardoned this felon; Brainherd High School in Minnesota has just joined the list of hate mongering public schools with its yearbook publishing really vile comments about Trump like wanting to behead him; Huma Abedin has filed for divorce against her pervert husband (frightening to imagine her at the right hand of a President Clinton); almost a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated in May  with total shootings in 2017 through May 19 increasing to 1241 and the death toll increasing to 213, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Jimmy Dorsey, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping you are not bleed dry by ichneumous lawyers or politicians, a relevant quote from Doctor Kim, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Fathers’ Day, 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. World Metrology Day—celebrating the field of measurement without which many of our highly accurate instruments and products would not exist; a big round of applause for companies like QPlus Labs here in Orange County.    
2. Armed Forces Day—commemorating since May 20, 1950 the men and women serving in the five branches of our Armed Forces.     
3. 1942 Number One Song—As the Japanese were running rampant in the Pacific,  the number one song in 1942 on run of 6 weeks in that position was “Tangerine” by Jimmy Dorsey and his band. Here is a recording of them performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ichneumous” which is the perfect word to describe politicians, bureaucrats and lawyers expecially family law lawyers as it means parasitical.       
5. Mad Dogs and Englishmen Not Smart Enough Smoke Out—celebrating the birth on this day in 1944 British blues singer Joe Cocker with his gravelly voice and wild stage gyrations but who was plagued  by substance abuse and hooked on a two pack a day cigarette habit and like so many smokers died of lung cancer at the too early age of 70.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1570 cartographer Abraham Ortelius published his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the world’s first modern atlas.
b. 1862 in a move to open up the West, President Lincoln signed into law the Homestead Act. 
c. 1881 Krakatoa in Indonesia began to erupt and violently erupted three months later, killing 36,000 people and plunging the Earth into an early winter with massive crop losses due to the amount of ash spewn into the atmosphere lowering our temperatures.     
d. 1969 the ten day battle to occupy a worthless piece of dirt by American forces ended with 72 American lives lost; the action was strongly condemned in the U.S. Senate especially when the American troops withdrew on June 5 as American focus shifted from killing the NVA to minimizing casualties.     
e. 1983 Luc Montagnier published in Science  his discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS.   
Reflections on why following the money may not be the best idea:” If you look at three diseases, the three major killers, HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, the only disease for which we have really good drugs is HIV. And it's very simple: because there's a market in the United States and Europe. Jim Yong Kim, noted Korean-American physician and President of the World Bank. Africa is ravaged tuberculosis and malaria but not enough wealth to effectively fight those two diseases as sadly drug development always follows the path to the wallet regardless of need. 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.                                                            © May 20, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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