Sunday, April 22, 2018

April 22, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Earth Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 22, 2018 California can add another dubious distinction to its list of disasters like the most number of homeless, the high cost of housing, the most burdensome business regulations and the fact that due to Moonbeam’s idiotic Sanctuary State status it leads the nation in releasing gang members subject to ICE detainer requests to continue their criminal activity (Moonbeam is so out of touch with reality of criminal illegal alien activity and its adverse effects on public safety); another shooting this time at a Waffle House near Nashville that left four people dead and four wounded and created a predictable more gun control response by the Blue Mayor but created one hero, Robert Shaw, Jr., a 29 year old patron who ran to the sounds of gunfire and managed to tackle the shooter and wrest his weapon away and force him to flee (a photo of a very brave young man):

To add to California’s potential woes, the U.S. Geological Report that the Bay Area is sitting on a ticking tectonic time bomb that could kill close to a 1,000 residents and injure 18,000; after slow walking legitimate document requests from Congress in exercise of its Constitutional mandate for oversight of the Justice Department and FBI, Chairman Nunez announced that no official intel was utilized to launch the Russian “collusion” probe and that long time Clinton hack Sidney Blumenthal has his fingerprints all over false information used to justify the probe (aka the Mueller witch-hunt); Pompeo’s nomination will be voted on a Senate committee where unless Rand Paul comes to his senses and votes in favor, his nomination will go to the Senate this week with a negative recommendation (what an absolute lunacy and travesty by the Blues as Trump is doing what no other president has been able to do—meet with Kim to hammer out a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula); in Chicago through April 20, 2018, 653 people have been shot, of whom 109 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Righteous Brothers, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you can change channels and avoid magpiety and a relevant quote by Chritine Lagarde on the Paris Agreement and how to implement it,  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. Earth Day—created by Senator Gaylord Nelson to promote awareness of the for environment protection and preservation and now observed by 193 nations.    
2. April Showers Day—celebrating the April showers that bring May flowers but sadly not today in drought plagued California on a very sunny and clear day.    
3. 1966 Number One Song— the number one song in 1966 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration” by The Righteous Brothers.  Here is a recording of the song: The duo was disbanded on Bobby Hatfield’s death on November 5, 2003 from something very unrighteous cocaine addiction that caused a heart attack. Medley revived the duo with Bucky Heard in 2016 and they are performing today.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “magpiety” which means garrulity especially on religious or moral issues which sadly describes far too many politicians who drone on and on in support of their positions or oppositions.  
5. Dying Not In Bed But Doing What One Wants To Do Is New Immortality—celebrating the birth on this day in 1944 of  Steve Fossett, who made millions trading options and commodities and used the freedom created by that wealth to set numerous records in sailing, ballooning, gliders, jets, boats and other daredevil exploits including finishing 47th in the Iditarod and was on a routine pleasure flight soloing over the Sierra Nevada Mountains and never reached his destination prompting a search by hundreds of volunteers. After being declared dead by a probate judge in February, 2008, his remains and the wreckage of his plane were found in October of that year.
         On this day in: 
a. 1864 the U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864 which mandated the us of In God We Trust on all coins minted as official currency.
b. 1915 in a frightening escalation of man’s inhumanity to fellow men, the Germans utilized chlorine gas on hapless Allied forces ill equipped to be protected from its use in the Second Battle of Ypres.
c. 1977 optical fiber is used for the first time to carry telephone traffic..
d. 2000 in a predawn raid ordered by AG Janet Reno, federal agents, guns drawn, forcibly removed 6 year old Elian Gonzalez, whose mother had died fleeing Cuba with him in a boat, to his father living in Cuba.
e. 2016 the Paris Agreement which sets forth commitments of its signatories to limit the emission of greenhouse gases, which agreement President Trump has indicated he will withdraw from in November, 2020 before the end of his first term.   
Reflections on the Paris Agreement and how best to implement it: “Governments must now put words into actions, in particular by implementing policies that make effective progress on the mitigation pledges they have made. That is why my key message is to price carbon right and to do it now.” Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund.  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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