Thursday, March 21, 2019

March 21, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Poetry Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 21, 2019 Trump is using the carrot of federal research dollars to force public universities to ensure the freedom of speech on their campuses is not curtailed (UC Berkeley with its left wing mobs attacking conservative speakers is the poster child of why this executive action is necessary); conservative groups are meeting to plan action against social media giants Google, Facebook, Twitter and others over their banning and restricting conservatives from access on their platforms (all options are on the table from anti-trust litigation to reinstalling the fairness doctrine to removal of immunity of content); AOC whose ideas on the economy, immigration and climate change mean doom to our way of life is going to be on the cover of Time touted as the “Phenom”; the failed ideology of ISIS still lives but its Caliphate has been destroyed, something Obama refused to address and seek to defeat but which Trump met head on and crushed; money is the mother’s milk of politics and Trump in that regard is on a role raising millions for his reelection bid with $35 million still in hand; Dukakis whose Alfred E. Newman ad in an M-1 Abrams tank tanked his presidential bid was mocked by Trump at a tank assembly plant in Ohio has fired back calling Trump the draft dodger in chief; Maduro’s hold on power may be showing signs of slipping as 1000 military personnel have fled into Columbia (only one percent but an encouraging sign if it continues to grow); deaths from fentanyl pouring across the border with Mexico are rising at exponential rates giving yet another reason for the National Emergency Declaration and bolstering a case for the wall; as of March 20, 2019 358 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 58 have died.
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to The Supremes, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you are looking forward to your pabulous time; a relevant quote from the Alaskanpoet on poetry, 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. World Poetry Day—created by UNESCO to promote the reading of, creation of and appreciation of poetry.
2. International Day for the End of Racial Discrimination—created by the General Assembly in 1999 to promote the end of racial discrimination.
3. 1965 Number One Songthe number one song on this day in 1965 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Stop in the Name of Love” by The Supremes. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “pabulous” which means of or pertaining to nourishment which describes for politicians what money represents.
5. In a League of Her Own—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political view the birth on this day in 1962 of noted “comedian” and actress Rosie O’Donnell best known for her role in A League of Their Own, her lesbian marriages and her rabid anti-Trump rhetoric.
On this day in:                                        
a. 1952 Promoter Alan Freed presented the Moondog Coronation Ball in Cleveland, Ohio which was recognized as the first major rock and roll concert in this country.
b. 1960 in Sharpville, South Africa police opened fire on black South African demonstrators, killing 69 and wounding 180.
c. 1970 the first Earth Day proclamation was issued by Mayor Joseph Alioto of San Francisco.
d. 1980 in response to the Soviet’s invasion of Afghanistan, President Jimmy Carter announced that the U.S. would boycott the Moscow Summer Olympics.
e. 2006 Twitter is formed to the future joy of Donald Trump.  
        Reflections on World Poetry Day: “An apple a day helps the body to keep the doctor away/ But a daily poem allows for the soul to be blessed with tranquility to stay/ Be it in full rhyme or free verse/ We all need the soothing poems to rid the mind of prose’s curse” Michael P. Ridley aka the 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 for just This Day in History.
© March 21, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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