Saturday, April 21, 2018

April 21, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Grounation Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 21, 2018 On the desperation front as the DNC is failing on the public court of opinion Russian collusion delusion front, it has moved into a real courtroom and has filed suit against Russia, Wikileaks, Donald Trump, Jr. and others connected with the Trump campaign (when will Perez and his stooges realize that they lost because of a failed candidate, no ideas, and a perception by the public that she was dishonest and probably not physically fit for the office?—hope never as that will prevent self examination to come up with ideas like Trump is propounding to grow the economy); Comey and McCabe should be counting their days not behind bars on two hands (Comey should really get off the book tour as each word out of his mouth puts him closer to indictment); on the food front, the CDC due to an ecoli outbreak has warned consumers to avoid all Romaine lettuce; on the wrongful death front, the teen crushed to death by the flipping of a third row seat onto him, called twice to 911 with description and location of car but police called never got out of their cruiser; Senate subcommittee should vote on Pompeo and their will be hell to pay as Trump readies himself for a meeting with Kim if he is not confirmed; in Chicago through April 19, 2018, 645 people have been shot, of whom 108 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you can change channels and avoid magniloquent speeches and a relevant quote by the birthday girl Patti LuPone on need for hard work,  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. Grounation Day—an important Rastafari holiday celebrating Haile Selassie’s visit to Jamaica on this day in 1966.   
2. National Thank You For Libraries Day—celebrating the importance of and contributions to our culture of libraries especially as they move at flank speed into the digital and internet world.    
3. 1965 Number One Song— the number one song in 1965 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Game of Love” by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “magniloquent” which means a speaking in a grand or pompous manner which is what we have come to expect from the denizens of the Swamp.  
5. Don’t Cry For Me—celebrating the birth on this day in 1949 of Patti LuPone, noted film, theater and television actress best known for her starring Tony Award winning roles in Evita and Gypsy.
         On this day in: 
a. 1962 the Seattle World’s Fair with its iconic Space Needle and Seattle Monorail opened as the first World ‘s Fair in America since World War II.
b. 1975 after the last South Vietnamese outpost in the path of the North Vietnamese Army advancing toward Saigon fell, President Thieu fled Saigon.
c. 1977 the musical Annie opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theater where it would run for almost 7 years.
d. 1993 in a justice may move slowly but it does move, Bolivia’s Supreme Court sentenced former dictator Luis Garcia Meza to 30 years without parole for murder, theft, fraud and violating the Bolivian Constitution;  he still has 5 more years to go and at 88 more likely than not will die in prison.
e. 2014 the city of Flint, Michigan changed its water supply to the Flint River which led to an outbreak of lead poisoning that infected 12,000 residents and the deaths of 15 from Legionnaires’ Disease and the indictments of 15 officials, 5 of whom charged with involuntary manslaughter and awaiting trial.  
Reflections on professionalism and work ethic: “I have a very high standard. I expect everyone around me to work equally as hard because people pay a lot of money for tickets. They demand the best that we have.” Patti LuPone in her book Patti LuPone: A Memoir.  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.             
© April 21, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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