Sunday, May 13, 2018

May 13, 2013 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Mother's Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 13, 2018 Happy Mother’s Day to all  We need another concern over Mother Nature’s fury like we need a hole in the head, but concerns that the 18th fissure that has prompted new evacuations on Sunday in Hawaii may portend disastrous volcanic activity in our ring of dormant volcanoes like Shasta, Hood, St. Helens and Rainier (events in Hawaii show how puny the human race is compared to the forces that drive this planet); pedal to the metal on the summit in Singapore on the 12th of June as North Korea announced it will  be dismantling its nuclear test site as goodwill gesture prior to the summit  (cynics might say no need to have test site as they have successfully tested and in the process caused the mountain where it was located to collapse); the passengers on a Spirit Airline flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas were in anything but good spirits when a late passenger sprinted past a closed gate to board and refused to deplane causing all passengers to deplane and reboard and a very abusive late passenger Ms. Allen to be cuffed and removed (civility takes another blow exacerbated by the airline’s practice of charging rebooking fees if a person misses a flight); sick news out of Indonesia where six members of one family including children and teens detonated themselves on motorbikes in front of three Christian churches in Indonesia, killing 13 worshippers; on the salmonella front, 206 million eggs have been recalled due to dozens being reported sick from salmonella; in a where was Doctor Carson when you needed him, a rare conjoined pair of fawns were found by a mushroom hunter stillborn and then mounted by a taxidermist  (why this is being reported today when the discovery occurred two years ago is a mystery); civility in the Swamp continues to disappear as billionaire William Steyer releases on Mother’s Day a really bizarre and pathetic ad warning mothers how to spot Trump support in their children; Sarah Sanders, a mother of three children under the age of six, revealed how that experience has helped her deal with whining and snit mongering CNN “journalist” Jim Acosta; California under Moonbeam and the Blues continues to accelerate its drift to the left, seeking to replace Lincoln or Washington Birthdays with a Communist May Day as a state holiday; in Chicago through May 12, 2018, 873 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 143 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Leo Sayer, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that the malisons from the Swamp are lessening as Trump drains it and a relevant poem by the Alaskanpoet on Mother’s Day,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Mothers’ Day, 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. Mother’s Day—celebrated in ancient Rome and Greece with the modern Mother’s Day created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 perhaps also predated in 1870 with Julia Ward Howe’s “Mother’s Day Proclamation” which resulted in Mother’s Day Parades in Boston for a decade on June 2.     
2. Mothers at the Wall Day—commemorating the anguish and sadness of those mothers who have lost sons or daughters in our armed forces defending this country in time of war or peace.       
3. 1977 Number One Song— the number one song in 1977 on a run of 1 week in that position was “When I Need You” by Leo Sayer, noted British born singer now an Australian who has overcome dyslexia and cancer genes in his family and still performing today.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “malison” which means a curse which when it comes to the Swamp, Trump is trying weaken by draining it.
5. Even the Only Adult In The Room Was Trumped—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1952 of John Kasich who went directly into politics after graduation to graduate to the House of Representatives for 9 terms but then to venture into investment banking with Lehman Brothers until its bankruptcy and then go to Fox and then return to politics as a governor of Ohio to run for president in 2016 but fail and become an anti-Trumpster boycotting the RNC National Convention. 
         On this day in: 
a. 1958 during a visit to Caracas, Venezuela Vice President Nixon’s limousine was surrounded and then attacked by anti-American demonstrators causing the Secret Service detail with him to draw guns and prepare to open fire but were instructed by Nixon to stand down and shoot only on his orders which were not given as his motorcade reached the American Embassy.
b. 1971 in a remote village in Bangladesh in Demra Province, Pakistani forces lined up over 900 unarmed Hindu  men and women then raped the women in front of the men and killed all the men and women.
c. 1885 after a short standoff preventing police from serving arrest warrants, police bombed MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia, killing 11 including 5 children when the bombs ignited fuel for a roof top generator; the fire spread and 65 nearby homes were destroyed as the fire fighters stood down. 
d. 1995 Alison Hargeaves, a 33 year old British mother became the first woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest without the aid of a Sherpa or supplemental oxygen. She died doing what she loved to do when descending from the K2 Summit on August 13, 1995.
e. 1998 India tested two nuclear weapons at Pokhran following three conducted on May 11, 1998, prompting the U.S. and Japan to impose economic sanctions.   
Reflections on Mother’s Day: Alaskanpoet.  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.             
© May 13, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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