Friday, August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Bad Poetry Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 18, 2017 Five terrorists including one believed to be the driver of the van in Barcelona  attacked the seaside town of Bilbo near Barcelona hours after the Barcelona attack with a car that killed a woman and injured 6 others but were themselves quickly gunned down  by police; in the Finnish town of Turku a terrorist killed two and wounded six others in a knife attack before being shot by police and taken into custody; news out of the Swamp is that Steve Bannon after giving an interview with a progressive rag concluding that because of the casualties that would occur in Seoul the fire and fury promised by Trump is nonsense is out effective today; being a white supremacist is not good for your sex life as Chris Cantwell has just been banned for life from the dating site OkCupid (one way to combat bigotry and hatred?); on the sports front, LeBron referred to Trump as the “so called president” and Durant indicated he had no respect for Trump (stick to basketball would be good advice);; through August 17, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2371, 413 of whom have died.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Carly Rae Jepsen, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Kurt Vonnegut on art including poetry, wishing that members of Congress would stop acting like a bunch of jackanapes,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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.
1National Bad Poetry Day—celebrating the fact that one must learn to crawl before on can learn to walk, one may have to write really bad poetry before one can write really good poetry—“Roses are red violets are blue/Too often CNN in its “reporting” is without a clue/ Listen to Acosta will drive one to a cold brew/ Trying so hard not to retch up one’s lamb stew.”
2. Helium Discovery Day—commemorating the discovery of Helium in the Sun by French astronomer Pierre Janssen in 1868 and to celebrate buy a helium filled balloon, breathe in some of its contents and start talking and listen to how different your voice sounds.       
3. 2012 Number One Song—the number one song in 2012 on a run of 9 weeks in that position was “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Here is her performance of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jackanape” which means impudent child which describes the behavior of  the left to a tee when it comes to their ability to accept the election of President Trump.  
5.  Reach 3000 And Is There Anything Left To Live—celebrating the birth on this day in 1934 of Pittsburgh Pirate slugger and first Hispanic Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente who was the first Hispanic player to record 3,000 hits; sadly his bat and glove were taken away for good by a plane crash on December 31, 1972 in his chartered DC-7 cargo plane off the coast of Puerto Rico shortly after takeoff en route to Nicaragua to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Managua.      
On this day in:
a. 1857 Virginia Dare became the first English child born in North America at Roanoke, Virginia.
b. 1958 Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States. 
c. 1965 U.S. Marines launched Operation Starlite in South Vietnam against Viet Cong forces, the first of unfortunately many battles in the tragedy known as the Vietnam War with the names of 51 Marines to be added in the future to the Vietnam War Memorial.
d. 1971 Australia and New Zealand decided to withdraw their troops from South Vietnam. e. 2005 a massive power blackout hit the island of Java affecting some 100 million people, one of the largest power blackouts in history. 

Reflections on getting involve in art in its many forms: “Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something." Kurt Vonnegut, noted American author 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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