Sunday, April 15, 2018

April 14. 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Slow Art Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 14, 2018 On the Syrian genocide front, the U.S., France and Great Britain launched over 100 cruise missiles from ships and bombers from multiple locations that all arrived on target in a two or so minute window on three chemical weapons manufacturing and storage facilities as the Russians stood down and watched their emergency UN Security Council condemnation resolution also go down in flames (talk about a difference between a feckless former president who idiotically drew a red line in the sand and then cowered back afraid to act and this president who acted last year and after warning the Russians that the missiles would be coming followed through again and castigated Russia and Iran for being on the wrong side of history while Haley reiterated the point that the U.S., France and Great Britain are “locked and loaded” to insure Syria suffers dire consequences if that genocidal monster is stupid enough to use chemical weapons again against his own people); MSM going ballistic implying that missile strikes were like Wag the Dog  to divert attention from Stormy Daniels (news flash no one cares about whether Trump was in Stormy Daniels’ pants but they do care that FBI agents disguised as Gestapo made three no knock searches of Cohen’s office, home and hotel room; in Chicago through April 13, 2018, 508 people have been shot, of whom 102 have died (another rarity no one died on April 13).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Percy Faith and His Orchestra; factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your face is not maculose and a relevant quote by Ronald Reagan on the importance of the Space Shuttle Columbus,  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. Pan American Day—observed by several North and South American countries to celebrate the cultures and traditions of the region since 1930.
2. Slow Art Day—celebrated on the second Saturday of the month since 2008 by slowly moving through a museum or gallery to enjoy the art found there. If you live in Los Angeles go to to find unique and not well known museums and galleries to spend some time to really enjoy art as opposed to rushing through it.   
3. 1960 Number One Song— the number one song in 1960 on a run of 9 weeks in that position was “Theme From A Summer Place” by Percy Faith and His Orchestra.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “maculose” which means spotted like leopards.
5. Vampires Never Walk Near A Mirror If She’s Around—celebrating the birth on this day in 1977 of noted actress Sarah Gellar best known for her role as Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
         On this day in: 
a. 1981 the first operational Space Shuttle, Columbia, completed its first test flight.   
b. 1988 the Soviet Union signed an agreement in Geneva to withdraw its armed forces from Afghanistan.
c. 2003 the Human Genome Project was 99 percent completed with an accuracy of 99.99 percent.
d. 2005 the Oregon Supreme Court nullified same sex marriages licenses issued earlier by Multnomah County.
e. 2014  276 school girls were kidnapped by the jihadists Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria.  
Reflections on the Space Shuttle: “Through you, once again, we feel as giants.” Ronald Reagan to the crew of Columbus on the completion of its first mission on April 14, 1981. 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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