Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World No Tobacco Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 31, 2017   Kathy Griffin apologized for her tasteless over the top photo holding a bloody Donald Trump head,  the acceptance of which by the mere mortals outside the Swamp will depend on how quickly she reverts to her sick sense of “humor” in attacking this president (the Clinton News Network finally showed some class as outrage over her sick and tasteless video continues to grow by firing her as a co host of its New Years Eve Show); morale among the Border Patrol seems to be sinking as top leadership positions are not being filled (McConnell is MIA on this dereliction of duty); Connecticut must have money to burn as the legislature is considering a $175 million financial aid package to illegal aliens in its public universities (push may have hit a snag as one of the leading students proposing the aid has been arrested and has admitted to a hundred cases of anti-Trump graffiti vandalism); the former white head of  the Spokane chapter of the NAACP who passed herself off as black has been disinvited from a Baltimore Book Faire; finally CBS has taken the right step albeit small to reclaim its journalistic integrity it had with Walter Cronkite by doing an anchors away with one of the most biased and anti Trumpers, Scott Pelley, by eliminating him as anchor on CBS Evening News (only a small step as instead of firing his biased self only moved him to 60 Minutes); Kabul hit by a wave of bombings; on the climate front it is looking more likely than not that Trump will pull out of the Paris Climate Accords; 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 30 increasing to 1367 and the death toll increasing to 233, 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 Vaughn Monroe, factoids of interest for this day in history, thankful when the temperature drops that you are idiothermous, a relevant quote from the Brooke Shieldssecure 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 No Tobacco Day—mourning the loss of some 6 million people each year to smoking, including some 600,000 whose only fault was to be exposed to second hand smoke and promoting efforts to curtail the use of tobacco.   
2. Save Your Hearing Day—creating awareness of the causes of hearing loss or impairment such as prolonged exposure to high noise like rock concerts or construction equipment, airplanes, auto racing, etc.    
3. 1949 Number One Song—the number one song in 1949 on a run of 11 weeks in that position was “Ghost Riders in the Sky” by Vaughn Monroe. Here is a recording of him performing the song: 
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “idiothermous” which means warm blooded which dinosaurs and family law lawyers are not.          
5. Nothing Comes Between Me and My Calvins—celebrating the birth on this day in 1965 of Brooke Shields, noted model and actress, who started modeling at 11 months and appeared in such films as Pretty Baby and Blue Lagoon.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1790 to the joy of authors present and future, the United States enacted its first copyright statute, the Copyright Act of 1790.
b. 1859 the Clock Tower in the Houses of Parliament which houses Big Ben started keeping time.     
c. 1889 over 2,200 people died when a private dam upriver of Johnstown, Pennsylvania bursts sending a wall of water 60 feet high into the town.        
d. 1977 in a great day for Alaska and a bad day for OPEC, the Trans Alaska Pipeline was finally completed.       
e. 2005 former Deputy Director of the FBI Mark Felt admitted to Vanity Fair that he was the “Deep Throat” who leaked details of the Watergate Scandal to Woodward and Bernstein.      
Reflections on how to sleep at night from the birthday girl: “Being nice to everybody, saying hello to everyone in the room, signing every autograph; it was instilled in me at a very young age that this was what I was suppose to do. But I don't think it helps at all. I see more people who are rude or arrogant being rewarded - but, this way, I can put my head on the pillow at night.” Brooke Shields Wise advice on how to make the world a better place.   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 31, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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