Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Jerusalem Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 24, 2017   Obama was tweeting hypocrisy in full mode that we stood shoulder to shoulder with Britain as Manchester identifies its dead caused by radical Islam and ISIS that Obama’s JV Team response allowed to morph into the killers they are today; three thugs arrested in Manchester in conjunction with the suicide attack as Britain is on high alert for more terrorist attacks which have already occurred in the Philippines; surveys coming out on high chilling percentages of Muslims in Europe that believe in Sharia and support terrorist attacks (our federal judiciary that is blocking the temporary Muslim unvetted travel ban needs to start going to some funerals of innocents in Manchester killed by this deranged fanatic radicalized by an evil ideology); the mayor of Minneapolis which has a large unassimilated radicalized Somali refugee population thanks to Obama’s misguided policies, many of whom have traveled to the Middle East to fight for ISIS  had the idiocy to deliver, when the dead from Manchester had not yet be buried,  her state of Minneapolis speech in a mosque with to be expected slams on Donald Trump; more testimony that North Korea remains hell bent to develop an ICBM with the capability to reach the U.S. with a nuclear weapon (when does the left unite behind this president to nuke this rogue regime out of existence if China does not get its act together and replace this lunatic?); on the PC academic front the University of Chicago has the distinction of student groups demanding race based housing for blacks, Asians, and Latinos and a core diversity curriculum before one can graduate; in the real world away from the delusion of PC academia in the University of Chicago, 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 22 increasing to 1284 and the death toll increasing to 219, 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 Bing Crosby, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping your study of ichthyology will include a lunch at Catalina Fish Kitchen, a relevant quote from the birthday boy Joseph Brodskysecure 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. Aviation Maintenance Technicians Day—celebrating since 2008 by Congressional resolution the contribution to aviation by the skilled technicians that keep our planes where they belong in the sky transporting people, cargo and our military.
2. Jerusalem Day—celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem as a result of the Six Day War in 1967.
3. 1944 Number One Song—the number one song in 1944 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “I Love You” by Bing Crosby. Here is a recording of him performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ichthyology” which is the study of fish which given the benefits of eating seafood is an area of science that we need more devotion to insure sustainable fish catch levels for a growing human population.        
5. More Poets Less Parasites—celebrating the birth on this day in 1940 of Joseph Brodsky, Russian born poet who was sentenced to five years of hard labor for being a social parasite but was able to emigrate to the U.S. where he became a Poet Laureate and won the Nobel Prize for Poetry, but his literary genius was cut short by smoking and died of a heart attack in 1996.   
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1844 Samuel Morse using the Morse Code sent the first telegraph message “What has God wrought?” from Washington. D.C. to his assistant in Baltimore, Maryland.
b. 1883 the Brooklyn Bridge was opened after 14 years of construction.   
c. 1941 the German Battleship Bismark sank the HMS Hood, killing all but three of her seamen and damaging the HMS Prince of Wales.     
d. 1976 a wine tasting competition took place in Paris known as the Judgment of Paris in which California vineyards blew away the French, establishing California as one of the prime wine growing regions of the world.      
e. 1999 the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicted Slobodan Milosevic for crimes against humanity for the genocide of Albanians in Kosovo. He avoided the hangman’s noose by dying of natural causes before the trial concluded.     
Reflections of life from a poet who is no longer with us due to smoking:” Life is a game with many rules but no referee. One learns how to play it more by watching it than by consulting any book, including the holy book. Small wonder, then, that so many play dirty, that so few win, that so many lose.” Joseph Brodsky If there is a God which this poet believes in his heart there is, one can only wonder if He would act as a referee to blow the whistle on all the chaos brought about by the evil losers of the world that are bent on killing innocents.  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 24, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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