Monday, March 11, 2019

March 11, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Johnny Appleseed Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 11, 2019 Canada has not escaped the PC quagmire as a university professor at the University of Quebec at Montreal has filed a complaint against the Quebec City police department for having a poster of Chuck Norris’ Invasion U.S.A. affixed to one of its squad cars; Mayor de Blasio was caught making a fool of himself flapping his arms to disgraced alleged sexual predator R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” while visiting a church in South Carolina; an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max crashed shortly after take off from Addis Abba.killing all 157 aboard; in a Jonah and the whale moment Rainer Schmipf was snorkeling off the coast of South Africa when he was engulfed in a whale’s mouth who fortunately realized he could not swallow him and spat him out; the Cack News Network for its defamatory and slanderous attacks on Nick Sandmann and the Covington Catholic School students is above to be hit with a $250 million lawsuit (maybe this news network which masquerades as journalism will learn a lesson and stop the spread of fake news); in a sad moment Olympic silver medalist Kelly Caitlin has committed suicide at 23; Sanders continues to pander to the left promoting Medicare for all but in an apparent rift with AOC was silent on her Green New Deal at a rally in New Hampshire (Medicare for all will be the end of our ability to schedule medical visits without weeks of waiting in line or have medical care rationed); leftist Juan Castro has joined the reparations movement for African American descendants of slaves which if the reparations for Japanese-Americans is a yard stick of $20,000 for only 2- 3 years of internment will bankrupt this nation; after a 3 ½ year investigation Seattle police have arrested 6 and rescued 26 women victims of sex trafficking involving massage parlors in Seattle; Lowndes County Sheriff’s Deputies stopped two Columbian males for weaving in an out of lanes and discovered $500,000 in cash in the car most likely from a drug deal; As of March 9, 2019 308 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 49 have died.
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra McGuire Sisters, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you do not suffer from ostosis; a relevant quote from Rudolf Höss on cremation problems at Auschwitz,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. Johnny Appleseed Day—commemorating the planting by 18th Century nurseryman John Chapman of apple seeds in large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Ontario, Indiana, Illinois and the northern counties of West Virginia.
2. World Plumbing Day—created by the World Plumbing Council in 2010 to promote indoor plumbing in parts of the world where it does not exist and to extol the skill of plumbers.
3. 1956 Number One Songthe number one song on this day in 1956 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Lisbon Antigua” by Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: Nelson Riddle whose 3rd Grammy was awarded posthumously died from cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 64 on October 6, 1985.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “n” to words beginning with “o” is “otosis” which means mishearing of speech a trait found in many politicians when it comes to listening to their constituents needs.
5. More Not Less—celebrating the birth on this day in 1962 noted actress Demi Gene Guyness, better known to her fans as Demi Moore; once married to Bruce Willis she had three daughters with him. She is best known for St. Elmo’s Fire and Ghost.
On this day in:                                        
a. 1946 the first commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, was captured by British soldiers and was charged with crimes against humanity and convicted to face the gallows on April 16, 1947.
b. 1978 at least 37 Israelis are killed and more than 70 wounded in a Fatah hijacking of an Israeli bus which prompted Israel to invade Lebanon up the Litani River.
c. 1999 Infosys became the first Indian company to be listed on NASDQ.
d. 2004 3 days before Spain’s general elections Al-Qaeda cells in Madrid exploded a series of bombs on Madrid’s subway system, killing 193 and wounding more than  2,000; 20 out of the 29 defendants arrested were found guilty.
e. 2012 Staff Sergeant Robert Bates shot and killed 16 Afghani citizens and wounded 6 others; he was arrested, tried and sentenced to life without possibility of parole.
Reflections Auschwitz by one very evil and sick man: “Burning 2000 people took about 24 hours in the five stoves. Usually we could manage to cremate only about 1700 to 1800. We were thus always behind in our cremating because as you can see it was much easier to exterminate by gas than to cremate, which took so much more time and labor.” Rudolf Höss  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 for just This Day in History.
© March 11, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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