Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March 21, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Poetry Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 21, 2018 On the terror front, Austin is breathing a great sigh of relief as Mark Conditt, the Austin bomber who terrorized the city during the last 3 weeks blew himself up as SWAT members were approaching him (police as of this morning were warning he may have sent package bombs out the day before and do not have a motive and are interviewing family and roommates); in another example of how polarized and intolerant this nation has become, Salon Spa W’s posting of a picture on Facebook of Ivanka Trump after she had her hair styled before a public appearance in Iowa with the governor of the state has unleashed a firestone of criticism and boycott threats from anti-Trumpsters; the Fed raised interest rates 25 basis throwing the market into a roller coaster ride up and down to close down 44.96; on the bias media front, the MSM is up in arms over Trump’s data mining efforts in the 2016 election but praised Obama’s similar efforts in his two successful election campaigns; on the budget front as the Swamp is being coated with snow today, Congress is struggling to pass a budget that will result in the national debt exceeding 21 trillion dollars (when it comes to spending discipline Congress is MIA); on the Loch Ness front check out the mysterious creature that was washed up on a Georgia beach:
On the PC front, professors at Mount Holyoke, an all female college, have been instructed to not use the term “women” in describing students; on the BLM front 22 year old Stephon Clark was shot and killed in the backyard of his family’s home in Sacramento by police who have claimed that the cell phone in his hand was a tool bar (pretty lame excuse at first glance); on the fashion front San Francisco has banned the sale of any fur products effective January 1, 2019 (this leftist sanctuary city is another example of why people in droves are leaving this state); in Chicago through March 19, 2018, 458 people shot, of whom 86 have died (another rare day of no one dying on the 19th).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Glenn Miller and His Orchestra; factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not a member of the lumpenintelligentsia and a relevant quote by Aberghani on being a poet,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthdays, 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. Education Freedom Day—created by the Digital Freedom Foundation in 2013 to promote free software and free educational resources in education.
2. World Poetry Day—created by UNESCO in 1999 to promote the creation and reading of poetry—a great idea that this poet completely supports.
3. 1940 Number One Song— the number one song in 1940 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “In The Mood” by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lumpenintelligentsia” which means those of the intellectual class whom are regarded with disparagement which describes many a leftist PC professor that dominate faculties today and explain why so many students have trouble finding jobs.
5. Thorns Not Petals—celebrating or bemoaning the birth on this day in 1962 depending on your point of view of Rosie O’Donnell actress, comedian, LGBT activist and talk show host who comes across as a very angry anti-Trumpster (check out her photo and ask yourself “does it reveal a lot of anger and hate?”
          On this day in:                                                               
a. 1970 San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto proclaimed the first Earth Day.
b. 1980 in response to the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union, President Carter announced that the U.S. would boycott the Moscow Summer Olympics which prompted a tit-for-tat boycott of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics.
c. 1986 Stanford graduate Debi Thomas became the first African American to win a World Figure Skating Championship.
d. 1999 Bertrand Picard and Brian Jones became the first humans to circumnavigate non stop the Earth in a hot air balloon named Breitling Orbiter 3, touching down in the Egyptian desert near the Great Pyramid 19 days 21 hours and 55 minutes  after having taken off from Switzerland (long time to spend in a confined space).
e. 2006 the social media site Twitter was founded.
Reflections from a poet on World Poetry Day: “I called it a baptism in flaming ink that forced me to shed my shyness about recognizing myself as a poet and to accept the fact that life had never given me any choice in the matter. And then I had to discover exactly what that meant.” Aberjhani, The American Poet Who Went Home Again  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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