Sunday, April 8, 2018

April 8, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Romani Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 8, 2018  Another day another poisonous gas attack that has killed at least 40 by the world’s current most infamous war criminal Assad on his own people, this time in a suburb of Damascus, kept in power and assisted by another enemy of humanity Putin who was emboldened big time by our feckless former president; hold on to your breath but Republican John Cox is number two in the top two primary leading the former mayor of Los Angeles and closing the gap between him and Gavin Newsome (no one should vote for this leftist who screwed up his marriage with Kimberly Guilfoyle and who has attracted the endorsement of the illegal alien queen Kamala Harris); still have not heard whether Moonbeam will join Arizona and Texas to deploy National Guard troops on the porous southern border but we know that the other Governor Brown in Oregon is easily bought for after receiving $25,000 from leftist George Soros for her reelection bid immediately announced that she would not cooperate with the feds to send National Guard troops to join in the effort; that spineless pro HRC sycophant James Comey is trying to ape Hillary by going on a book tour for A Higher Loyalty (careful of the perjury trap Comey); in Chicago through April 7, 2018, 576 people have been shot, of whom 98 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Bill Hayes; factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are eating well to avoid being macilent and a relevant quote by Bill Hilgard on the genocide practiced by the Germans on the Romani,  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. International Feng Shui Awareness Day—celebrating the Chinese philosophy on where to place a building to flow with the water and wind, a philosophy that has been in existence for over 3,000 years.
2. International Romani Day—created in 1990 by the Fourth Romani Conference to create awareness of the issues faced by the some 15 million Romanis in the world and discrimination against them and to promote an awareness of their culture.
3. 1955 Number One Song— the number one song in 1955 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” by Bill Hayes.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “macilent” which means lean or excessively thin.
5. A True American Hero—celebrating the birth on this day in 1974 of Chris Kyle, one of the most prolific and accurate snipers in American military history whose skill on the battlefields of Iraq saved the lives of countless of his fellow soldiers but sadly after surviving 4 tours of duty in Iraq with a bounty on his head by insurgent forces, was killed on a gun range in Texas by a Marine he was trying to help and who had serious mental issues.
         On this day in: 
a. 1913 the 17th Amendment calling for the direct election of Senators was ratified.  
b. 1959 a team of computer scientists, computer manufacturers and academicians led by Grace Hopper met to discuss the creation of a new computer language known as COBOL.
c. 1975 Cleveland Indians Frank Robinson became the first African American to manage a Major League Baseball Team dead.
d. 1992 retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announced he had AIDS acquired from blood transfusions needed during one of two open heart surgeries.
e. 2008 the Bahrain World Trade Towers, the first commercial structure to incorporate wind power in its design was completed and its wind turbines started to provide close to 15% of the electrical needs for building.
Reflections on the inhumanity of the Germans to the Romanis in addition to the Jews during the Holocaust: “Some estimates place the number between 500,000 and 600,000, most of them gassed in Auschwitz. Others indicated a more conservative 200,000 Gypsy victims of the Holocaust.” Raul Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews  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 8, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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