Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April 11, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Parkinson's Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 11, 2018 Breaking news that should warm the cockles of the Blues’ black hearts, Paul Ryan, whom to many conservatives is a RINO, announced he will not run for reelection 2018 bringing the total to 43 who have made the same decision; on the Mueller witch-hunt which has long since left the Russian collusion which was the basis for appointing him in the first place and is now hell bent on investigating Trump not any crime (news flash Mueller the American public could care less about your vicarious thrill of uncovering Trump’s sexual exploits and the  raid and confiscation of Cohen’s computers and files should scare the sh*t out of all Americans concerned about the rule of law—Trump’s sexual antics were aired ad nauseum before the election but he was elected anyway but the anti-Trump bias of Mueller’s team and the FISA abuses were not known before Mueller was appointed); Facebook’s branding of Diamond and Silk as “terrorists” because of their conservative views is an outrage and in two days of hearings save Cruz and Blackburn almost no questions on what is really a threat to our democracy—banning conservative views from Facebook as what good is the freedom of speech if you cannot exercise or follow it on the internet and social media?; in an effort to reduce abuse in SNAP, the Trump administration is considering a plan to allow states to require drug testing of recipients and to replace a portion of food stamps with a food box containing shelf stable items; the love bird Trump haters Strzok and Page still have security clearances (why are these people still at the FBI and why do they have security clearances?); Brown bowing to scorn and ridicule announced that he is sending 400 National Guard troops to the border but emphasized they will not enforce federal immigration laws (knowing Moonbeam these poor troops probably won’t be armed and probably prohibited from contacting ICE when they spot illegals); in an only in America and its litigious mindset, the security officer who dragged a passenger off a United Airlines flight to make room for UA personnel is suing the airline and the city of Chicago for not being trained on how to use force; in Chicago through April 10, 2018, 586 people have been shot, of whom 100 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, music links to the Kingsmen and the Champs; factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not have to today listen to the macrology emanating from the Swamp and a relevant quote by Joss Stone on the act of creating,  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. World Parkinson’s Disease Day—promoting awareness of a deadly age-related degenerative brain disease and the need for research in finding the causes and cures for a disease that affects some 7-10 million people world wide.
2. International Louie Louie Day—commemorating a song written by noted rhythm and blues singer Richard Berry, born on this day in 1935 and released by him in 1957 as a B Label, which was recorded by many groups over the years to become an iconic rock and roll song. Here is a link to the song performed by the Kingsmen in 1963:  Check out the narrow ties.  
3. 1958 Number One Song— the number one song in 1958 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Tequila” by Champs.  Here is a recording of the song by the group on a very young Dick Clark’s American Bandstand:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “macrology” which means much talk with little to say which aptly described Zuckerberg’s two days of testimony and the politicians’ two days of questioning.
5. Eat Only Vegetables for Throaty Vocals—celebrating the birth on this day in 1987 of Jocelyn Eve Stoker, noted British singer and actress better known to her numerous British and American fans as Joss Stone, a lifelong vegetarian and animal rights activist.
         On this day in: 
a. 1968 President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 banning discrimination in housing.   
b. 1976 the Apple 1 was created and the world was opened to the PC revolution.
c. 1979 a brutal dictator Idi Amin was forced to flee Uganda and seek exile in Libya then Saudi Arabia until his death on August 16, 1963.
d. 2002 over 200,000 Venezuelans marched in Caracas to demand the removal of Hugo Chavez resulting in the killing of 19 protestors but unfortunately for that once rich country 11 more years of his failed socialistic policies and the replacement when he died in 2013 of an even more corrupt socialist Maduro.
e. 2006 the first step on Iran’s quest to develop nuclear weapons occurred when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran had enriched uranium.
Reflections on creating from the birthday girl: “If you capture the first thought that you have when you're creating, and then play that to people, it's kind of like the listeners are part of that beginning. And that's the most exciting part.” Joss Stone. 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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