Saturday, May 19, 2018

May 19, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Armed Forces Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 19, 2018 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were married today in a ceremony of total Camelot, elegance and class (thank God in our divisive world of partisan politics there will always be an England); another school shooting this one in a high school in Sante Fe, Texas where 10 people were killed with a shotgun and 38 revolver owned and legally acquired by the shooter’s father; more lava and evacuations in Hawaii with warnings that the volcano is still very active and could blow at any moment without any warning; Johnny Football after another stint at rehab has been given another chance to return to professional football by announcing that he had signed with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League; the odd shooter at Trump’s Doral Resort, Johnathan Oddi, evidently is a male porn stripper with a crush on Melania Trump; don’t hold your breath but rumors are that China and the U.S. have agreed to an agreement to reduce our trade deficit with China but at the same time in a tension escalating move China landed a bomber capable of carrying nuclear weapons on a disputed island in the South China Sea; Trump finally is fed up with the stalling and obstruction at the FBI and DOJ and wants documents requested by Congress to be turned over pronto to Congress; conservative Republicans have joined with Blues to defeat the Farm Bill with its work requirements to get food stamp requirements over a snit with Republican leadership on the need to vote on a restrictive immigration bill first; in Chicago through May 18, 2018, 924 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 143 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that none of your children are mammothrepts and  a relevant quote by Geraldine Laybourne on youth and our future,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations,  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. Hepatitis Testing Day—safe and easy way to determine if you have been exposed to hepatitis A, B, or C is to be tested to avoid a whole bunch of medical headaches.       
2. Armed Forces Day—honoring since 1950 on the third Saturday in May, the contributions to the nation of the men and women serving and who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States.       
3. 1982 Number One Song— the number one song in 1982 on a run of 9 weeks in that position was “Ebony and Ivory” by Paul McCarty and Stevie Wonder.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mammothrept” which means a spoiled child which probably describes too many of our politicians or celebrities when they do not get their way.
5.  No Wasteland Here Newton—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1947 of TV programming giant Geraldine  Laybourne who joined Nickelodeon when it had only 5 employees as a program manager to grow it into 8 billion dollars in sales and then after a stint at Disney founded Oxygen Media which she grew to 10,000,000 subscribers and sold it for almost 1 billion dollars. 
         On this day in: 
a. 1921 the U.S. passed the Emergency Quota Act imposing limits on immigration into this country which resulted in proportionally more residents of Northern Europe being admitted and total legal immigration falling.    
b. 1959 North Vietnam established Group 559 whose responsibility was to insure the movement of men and supplies into South Vietnam over what came to be known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail, a task for which it had great success despite all attempts of the U.S. to stop the flow with massive bombings.
c. 1963 The New York Post Sunday Magazine published Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” protesting Jim Crow laws on the books in Alabama. 
d. 1986 President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Firearm Owners Protection Act which curbed the federal government’s power to prosecute gun owners for minor technical violations of gun laws, allowed for the sale of ammunition through the Post Office and allowed gun owners to transport guns through states where that transportation would be illegal.
e. 2015 a twenty-eight year old oil pipeline near Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara ruptured, spilling 3,400 barrels of oil before being shut off manually since the operators had disconnected the automatic shut off valve.    
         Reflections on the youth’s influence on the future: “Who cares about 17-21 year olds? Jack Myers does, and you should, too, if you want a front row seat on where the future of business and civilization is going.”Geraldine Laybourne 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 19, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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