Monday, April 9, 2018

April 9, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Winston Churchill Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 9, 2018 Mueller has crossed the line once again and has strayed miles away from his original charge of investigating Russian collusion with Trump which does not exist as his referral results in a no knock raid against Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen and the seizure of attorney client document involving Trump along with Cohen’s other clients (couple that with the unmasking of Trump supporters and officials and the FISA abuses and you have a real threat to our democracy); Lynch safe at the Nothing But Cack Network is going to with a straight face expect us to believe that the tarmac meeting carefully set up to avoid discovery with Bill Clinton had nothing to do with Hillary and only involved a conversation about innocuous things (anyone who believes it was only a matter not an investigation Lynch needs to have his or her head examined); Zuckerberg and his censorship leftist leaning thugs at Facebook are facing a very hostile Congress when he testifies before Congress on Facebook’s data breach and its blocking of conservative views (in a world where social media rules being denied access to social media by the likes of Zuckerberg is the equivalent of being sent to a Stalinist Gulag); in an example of how dangerous the power of Facebook has become to the free interchange of ideas so critical to our society, Facebook labeled two black conservative women (sit down left, there are such people to your dismay) who support Trump and his agenda as “unsafe” but after being caught with their hands in the censorship cookie jar on Fox, it is now “reconsidering its action”; the leftist policies of the Seattle City Council like a $15 minimum wage, surcharge of high income residents, and requiring Uber and Lyft to provide driver info to union organizers are coming home to roost big time with a growing tent city in the shadow of one of Seattle’s iconic images, the Space Needle; while from Ben Sherwood, president of the Always Bias Cack Network, remains silent the outrage over Kimmel’s outrageous mockery of FLOTUS grows and the petition demanding Kimmel’s apology has gained over 150,000 signatures (when does the right wake up to the assault by the MSM on the values that built this country and take outrage to a new level and start boycotting sponsors of Kimmel’s show; in Chicago through April 8, 2018, 578 people have been shot, of whom 98 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Les Baxter and His Orchestra; factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not suffering macrophobia and a relevant quote by Charles Baudelaire on passion for art,  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. National Prisoner of War Day—proclaimed by President Reagan on this day in 1987 to commemorate the suffering endured by the Americans on Bataan who surrendered to the Japanese on April 9, 1942 and who subsequently endured incredible hardship and death at their hands.
2. Winston Churchill Day—commemorating the second honorary citizenship granted by Congress and bestowed upon Churchill by President Kennedy on this day in 1963.
3. 1956 Number One Song— the number one song in 1956 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “The Poor People of Paris” by Les Baxter and His Orchestra.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “macrophobia” which means fear of prolonged waiting which we must mortals have as the national debt continues to rise and we continue to wait for Congress to rein in spending.
5. Too Often Poets Die Poor—celebrating the birth on this day in 1821 of Charles Baudelaire who spurned a career in law favored by his parents to become a  noted French art critic and poet most famous for his anthology Les Fleurs du Mal but whose life was plagued with hiding from creditors and the use of laudanum, a form of opium, and died in poverty from a stroke at the early age of 46 but as often is the case for poets had many of his unpublished works published to enable his heirs to pay off his debts.
         On this day in: 
a. 1957 after being closed due to the sinking of ships in the Suez Canal on Nasser’s orders and the invasion of Egypt by Israel, France and Britain, in 1956 the Suez Canal was cleared of obstructions and opened once again to maritime traffic.  
b. 1961 the Pacific Electric Railway aka the Red Car, once the largest electric train system, ceased operations, the victim of the automobile and freeway expansion plans.
c. 1967 the first of 10,000 Boeing 737’s made its maiden flight with some 6000 still on back order.
d. 1981 in a demerit moment for its commanding officer the nation’s first ballistic missile submarine the USS George Washington collided with a Japanese cargo ship, the Nishoo Maru.
e. 2013 16 year old Alex Hribal, a sophomore at Franklin Murray High School in Pennsylvania, in a proving that you can prevail in a fight if no guns are around, stabbed 21 students and a security guard with four critically wounded, with two kitchen knives before being subdued by an assistant principal and another student; this felon who planned the attack to coincide with one of the Columbine shooter’s birthday is in prison, serving a 23 ½ to 60 year sentence but having a hearing later this month to reduce it to 15-30 years because of alleged bullying by his fellow students.
Reflections on art by the birthday celebrant on art: “A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.” Charles Baudelaire  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 9, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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