Wednesday, March 27, 2019

March 27, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Theatre Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 27, 2019  Chicago police department and mayor continue to fume over prosecution’s decision to drop case against Smollett after Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff interceded on his behalf with Kim Foxx the state’s prosecutor while he continues to show no remorse and continues to lie about the incident (video of Michelle dancing with Smollett adds credence to the idea of two classes of justice one for mere mortals and the other for the Obamas, Clintons and their friends); Kamala Harris with a straight face indicated she was confused over the decision when it had to be clear to her that money and connections walk and justice for all merely talks); CNN continues to shovel cack as Chris Cuomo and others at CNN continue to push their propaganda narrative that the Mueller Report was wrong that there was collusion with the Russians; ESPN’s pivot away from injecting politics was dealt a blow when Max Kellerman excoriated Tiger Woods for opining that we should respect the office of the president calling a man who went to Stanford “dumb”; the Trump administration will soon be proposing reform of Fanni Mae and Freddie Mac; amid reports that the Border Patrol is releasing illegals from detention because of overcrowding the MSM and the Blues continue to ignore the pleas of the Border Patrol that there is a crisis of unprecedented proportions and tout the false narrative that there is no crisis; Tommy Hilfiger has just joined The Gap, Lord and Taylor and Ralph Lauren in closing their flagship stores on Fifth Avenue as the decline in brick and mortar continues to devastate the retail sector; Wendy Williams who recently revealed her struggle with drugs and alcohol had left a rehab facility to be found drunk and rushed to the hospital after her husband’s mistress had given birth to a baby; we send legislators to the Swamp to legislate not to become spineless wimps to vote “present” as 43 Blues and Bernie Sanders did on the Green New Deal passed by the House (I believe that all Blue presidential candidates led by the illegal alien supporter Queen Kamala Harris voted shamefully “present”); Rockland County in New York, hit by a measles epidemic, has banned all minor children from public places (another example of the anti-vaccine zealots’ endangering the public health of this nation); the struggle over abortion and the judicial activism to hinder the states’ abilities to restrict or regulate it is alive and well as a federal judge William Osteen, appointed by President Bush has struck down North Carolina’s law to prohibit abortion after 20 weeks except in limited cases to protect the health of the mother; as of March 29, 2019 392 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 67 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Simon and Garfunkel, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact if you are in front of a jury, the pais would be favorably disposed to your case; a relevant quote from Dennis Powers on one of the tsunamis created by the Good Friday Earthquake, 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. International Whisk(e)y Day—celebrated since 2009 on the birthday of noted beverage critique Michael Jackson and in parenthesis as Scottish, Canadian and Japanese whiskies have no “e” but American and Irish do.
2. World Theatre Day—created by the International Theatre Institute in 1961 create awareness of the importance of the theatre to our culture and promote theatrical performances around the globe.
3. 1970 Number One Songthe number one song on this day in 1970 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel. 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 “pais” which means a panel from which a jury is drawn which explains the rise in high priced jury selection consultants in an effort to stack the odds of a favorable verdict.
5. The Octaves Have It But Not Perfect—celebrating the birth on this day in 1970 of noted singer Mariah Carey who has sold over 200 million records and is one of the few singers to sing in four octaves but capable of making big mistakes when her 2016 New Year’s Eve lip synching Times Square performance was a disaster.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1964 on Good Friday an earthquake registering at 9.2 struck Southcentral Alaska, killing 125 people and causing massive damage to Anchorage and almost leveling Valdez and killing 12 with the resulting tsunami slamming Crescent City, California.
b. 1977 a KLM 747 and Pan Am 747 collided on a fog shrouded airport in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing all 583 persons on board.
c. 1981 Solidarity staged a warning strike in Poland when 12 million Polish workers walked off their jobs for 12 hours.
d. 1990 the U.S. began broadcasting anti-Castro messages on TV Marti to Cuba.
e. 1998 in a let the good times for the elderly roll, the FDA approves the use of Viagra for erectile dysfunction.  
        Reflections on one of the tsunamis spawned by the Good Friday Earthquake:” "It was like a violent explosion. A thunderous roar mingled with all the confusion. Everywhere we looked, buildings, cars, lumber and boats shifted around like crazy. The whole beachfront moved, changing before our very eyes. By this time, the fire had spread to the Texaco bulk tanks. They started exploding one after another, lighting up the sky," recalled Peggy Coons in The Raging Sea by Dennis Powers. 
        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 27, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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