Monday, April 22, 2019

April 22, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Earth Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 22, 2019 ISIS may have been waxed in Iraq and Syria but as the coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter against churches and luxury hotels catering to foreign visitors, the ideology of radical Islam is alive and well, killing over 290 innocents and wounding over 500 (to compound the tragedy the government had prior warnings from international organizations and was caught asleep at the wheel); Otero C in New Mexico has declare a state of emergency over the tidal wave of illegal aliens; the State of Washington is set to become the first state to permit burials allowing for organic decomposition of the corpse (wonder if the body’s DNA is preserved if a exhumation is required due to a criminal investigation); Nadler has subpoenaed Trump’s White House lawyer as he is pedal to the metal on the investigate don’t legislate path; the Federation of American Immigration Reform has released a study conforming what most Americans suspect that illegal aliens are sucking over $100 billion in federal benefits not including the cost of border enforcement (federal grants to states based on population must be reduced based on the number of illegals residing in a state (SCOTUS must overturn the 9th Circuit and permit the Census Bureau to question one’s immigration status); on the family law front, Nicholas Cage has filed for annulment of his 4 day old marriage to Erica Koike who surprise, surprise is seeking spousal support and legal fees (Cage has claimed that he was MUI (married under the influence); Patricia Heaton of “Carol’s Second Act” has slammed MSNBC for ambushing Robert Mueller as he was leaving Easter church services and Obama’s and Clinton’s condemnation of the church bombings for not indicating the murder victims were Christians; the Trump Administration announced it was eliminating waivers of sanctions for countries that continue to buy Iranian oil (turning up the screws on a despotic sponsor of terrorism); Bill De Blasio announced that steel and glass skyscrapers would be banned in the Big Apple and building owners must reduce emissions by 30% by 2030 or face huge fines yet he continues in the do as I say mode not do as I do mode driving a gas guzzling SUV from the Mayor’s Mansion 11 miles to his gym workout; on the abortion front, Kansas Democratic governor has just vetoed an abortion reversal bill and now faces Republican opposition that has more than 2/3rds of the votes needed to overturn her veto; through April 21, 2019 612 people  have been shot in Chicago of whom 117 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 Vanessa Williams, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are free from papules, and  a relevant quote from Gaylord Nelson on the environment, 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. Earth Day—celebrated internationally since 1970 to promote preserving and protecting the environment.
2. White House Easter Egg Roll— celebrated on the Monday after Easter on the White House Lawn since 1878.
3. 1992 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1992 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Save the Best For Last” by Vanessa Williams. 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 “papule” which means a pimple which is the curse of too many teenagers.
5. Comeback Kid--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1950 of British musical prodigy Peter Frampton, a singer and guitarist who once held the record for most albums sold, Peter Framption Comes Alive, and who is still performing today.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1864 the Congress of the U.S. passed the Coinage Act of 1864 which required the phrase “In God We Trust” to be placed on all coins used as U.S. currency.
b. 1977 optical fiber was used for the first time to transmit telephone messages.
c. 1983 the German magazine Stern claimed that the Hitler Diaries had been found in East Germany, a claim which proved to be a hoax.
d. 2008 the U.S. Air Force retired the F-117 Nighthawk stealth bomber from service.
e. 2016 the Paris Agreement designed to limit the increase of greenhouse emissions was signed (the U.S. under the Trump Administration announced in 2017 that it would be withdrawing from the agreement in November of 2020).    
        Reflections on Earth Day: “The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.” – Gaylord Nelson former Senator from Wisconsin      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.
© April 22,, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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