Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May 30, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Mint Julep Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 30, 2017   The good news for Tiger is that no alcohol was found in his blood but the bad news is that a prescription for pain pills is no defense to a DUI (highlights the epidemic problem faced in medicine with overprescriptions of pain pills); great news of a successful test by US of an anti ICBM missile but before the applause ends, the insane leader of North Korea needs to be replaced and if China will not do it we may need to nuke his nuclear and ICBM program back to the stone age;  Kathy Griffin who tries to sell herself as a “comedian” is attracting a lot of well deserved scorn for her video of imitating an ISIS thug and holding up a bloody, realistic looking  beheaded head of Donald Trump (when does this insane rhetoric end?); the impeachment queen who has long overstayed her tenure and is a poster child for the need for term limits in Congress was confronted by a voter in her plantation safe district in California who argued that by attacking Trump’s pro growth agenda she was not representing her; the Russia collusion witch hunt probe continues while the Trump pro growth agenda appears to be dead in the water (special place in Hell for Schumer and Pelosi and their lackeys who are working to damage this country so Trump will fail and they will return to controlling the Senate and the House); 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 29 increasing to 1356 and the death toll increasing to 232, 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 Wynonna Judd, factoids of interest for this day in history, know knowing a word to explain why you don’t understand what your kids are saying, a relevant quote from the Cluster Munitions Coalitionsecure 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. Loomis Day—celebrating the accomplishment of a humble dentist Mahlon Loomis in the Swamp who filed a patent to transmit information through the atmosphere by using kites flying at the same height and may have been the inspiration for the wireless telegraph that ultimately followed.  
2. National Mint Julep Day—another observance in which the creator and the rationale for celebrating it today as opposed to on the day of the Kentucky Derby are forever lost.   
3. 1948 Number One Song—the number one song in 1948 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole. Here is a recording of him performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “idioglossia” which means a private language developed by children to communicate with other children or could be used to describe the Swamp speak found in Washington where a cut in spending is used to describe a decrease in the rate of growth of spending.          
5. See the Light—celebrating the birth on this day in 1964 of Wyonna Judd, noted country singer who has released many number one country songs, including “I Saw the Light.”  
 On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1431 at Rouen, France 19 year old Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy after being condemned by an English dominated tribunal.
b. 1868 Decoration Day, the predecessor to Memorial Day, was observed for the first time. c. 1911 Ray Harroun in his Marmon Wasp won the first Indy 500 in a blistering average speed of 74.6 mph.      
d. 1972 three members of the Japanese Red Army at Lod Airport in Israel attacked the terminal and killed 24 innocents and wounded 78 others before two were killed and the other wounded.       
e. 2008 the Convention on Cluster Weapons, banning the use of cluster bombs, was adopted and ultimately signed by 108 nations excluding the United States.      
Reflections on the barbarity of cluster bombs which 108 nations have agreed to ban: “Not only are these cluster bomb attacks killing civilians, including Syrian children, right now, the unreliability of this weapon means that years, even decades after the conflict in Syria has ended, unexploded submunitions will put lives and livelihoods under threat. This leaves a deadly legacy as we have seen in Lebanon, Laos, Serbia, Iraq and other countries." Cluster Munitions Coalition 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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