Friday, March 30, 2018

March 30, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Good Friday

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 30, 2018  On the Good Friday front pubs in Ireland will be able to sell their pints, breaking a century of no sales of alcohol; on the Walter Mitty front an accountant, Scott Foster, who is also a recreational goalie had to suit up and play the final 14 minutes as goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks who lost their goalies during the game and block 7 shots to preserve the Blackhawks’ win; new data from watch dog groups indicate that while our life expectancy is decreasing but in the case of people receiving government benefit checks ramping up into the billions as death does not seem to terminate checks due to total incompetence by such agencies as Social Security; Russia has performed a second test of its Satan ICBM with range to hit a target anywhere in the world and purportedly immune from being shot down by a missile (just what we don’t need is another arms race especially burdened with a huge national debt thanks to Obama and Bush’s war in Iraq); on the gun control front, some sanity as the feds moved quickly to yank Sanliang Sun’s F-1 Visa after he purchased a sniper  rifle, dyed his hair and stopped going to classes and University of Central Florida due to their concern that he was about to commit a mass murder and on the gun control and PC insanity front a seventh grade teacher in Georgia assigned his students an assignment to write members of Congress demanding stricter gun laws (writing Congress is a good experience, being forced to take a particular position favored by a teacher should merit dismissal); despite growing clamor from Reds that Sessions appoint a special counsel to investigate FISA abuses by the Obama Administration and the sham handling by the DOJ and FBI of HRC’s private email server, Sessions has  declined and announced a career Assistant Attorney General in Utah will lead an investigation (anyone who believes that the DOJ can investigate itself when Rosenstein’s fingerprints are all over the FISA abuses must believe in the tooth fairy); Jeff Zucker the head of the Cack “News” Network and when it comes to any shred of objectivity is a total f**ker has approved a deal to license the CNN name to CNN Turk which is owned by a rabid pro Erdogan group (in an unstable Middle East we do not need another Islamist dictator becoming increasing anti-American); Stephon Clark, the unarmed black father shot 20 times almost instantly after he complied with theirHa order to show his hands by two Sacramento police officers, one black and one white, was buried yesterday amidst peaceful protests which given Al Sharpton’s presence was a great relief to the community (pedal to the metal on the investigation by the D.A.’s office and Internal Affairs to see whether criminal charges should be filed in addition to the wrongful death suit that most certainly will);  in Chicago, a city on this Easter Weekend that is probably praying that it will be peaceful, through March 29, 2018, 519 people have been shot, of whom 93 have died but in what has to be a miracle from March 26-28 no one died after being shot.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Ted Weems and His Orchestra; factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that if you have the flu it is lyterian, a relevant quote by Elon Musk on the one year anniversary of a Falcon 9 reflight and today’s Falcon 9 successful launch of 10 satellites on colonizing Mars in 2024,  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. Good Friday—commemorating the crucifixion of Christ in a world where Christians are under increasing attack and assault.
2. National Doctors Day—celebrating the contributions of doctors to the health of this nation with this day chosen as it marks the anniversary of the first use of ether in surgery by Doctor Crawford Long on this day in 1842 in Jefferson, Georgia to remove a tumor from the neck of James Venable.
3. 1947 Number One Song— the number one song in 1947 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “Heartaches” by Ted Weems and His Orchestra.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lyterian” which is an ending of a disease which is a word on this National Doctors Day or any day a patient would want to hear from his doctor describing his or her disease.
5. Murder In Chicago Nothing New—celebrating the birth on this day in 1914 John Lee Curtis Williamson, a noted and influential black blues singer and harmonica player better known to his fans as Sonny Boy Williamson, but like so many blacks and minorities in Chicago today, he was shot and killed walking home from his performance in the Plantation Club on the Southside of Chicago one and a half blocks from his home in a robbery attempt.
         On this day in: 
a. 1867 the U.S., in one of its best real estate deals, purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2 cents and acre.
b. 1939 the Heinkel 100 fighter set a world speed record of 463 mph but in a move that Hitler, Goering and the Luftwaffe would later rue big time, the plane was never put into production to sweep the skies of P-51 Mustangs that were 23 mph slower.
c. 1961 the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs prohibiting the production of narcotic drugs and drugs with similar effects except under license for specific purposes such as research or medical treatment was signed in New York City (unfortunately as the deaths in the U.S. skyrocket, the Convention has done little to prevent the massive quantities of opioids coming into this nation through our porous border).
d. 1981 in his famous “Honey, I forgot to duck moment,” President Ronald was near fatally shot by John Hinkley, Jr. outside a Washington, D.C. hotel (found not guilty by reason of insanity, Hinkley was finally released from institutional psychiatric care in 2016 but remains subject to a very short quasi probation leash).
e. 2017 SpaceX launched the first  successful reflight of a Falcon 9 rocket (celebrated the anniversary today with another reflight launch of a rocket with 10 satellites aboard).
Reflections on why it is a good idea to watch your diet, exercise, avoid all tobacco and moderate your drinking to be around here in 2024:” “In 2024 we want to try to fly four ships [to Mars]. Two cargo and two crew. The goal of these initial missions is to find the best source of water, that's for the first mission, and then the second mission, the goal is to build the propellant plant. So we should, particular with six ships there, have plenty of landed mass to construct the propellant depot, which will consist of a large array of solar panels, a very large array, and then everything necessary to mine and refine water, and then draw the CO2 out of the atmosphere, and then create and store deep-cryo CH4 and O2.” Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla 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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