Saturday, May 4, 2019

May 4, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Anti-Bullying Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 4, 2019 Country House, a 65-1 long shot won the Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security which had finished first was disqualified for blocking horses marking the first time a winner has been disqualified; we all know that measles is contagious and we now know that Hillaryitis, the failure to accept defeat, is contagious also as Stacey Abrams continues to claim she was not defeated in her race for governor a claim which kis also made by Gillum in Florida (game over you lost both of you, move on); Bill De Blasio has added his name to the list of presidential wanna-bes (what a joke he and his policies have been for New York City as thousands flee its high tax environment); Abby Johnson, a star in the pro-life movie Unplanned, amplified her unborn baby’s ultrasound heart beat in a pro life demonstration in Times Square; Kevin Costner showed once again what happens when celebs go off script to spout their political views blasting Trump and ranting he does not recognize America to on the clueless The View; scores of rockets were launched from Gaza City prompting massive air strikes in return as many of the rockets were knocked out of the sky by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system; in a Miracle on the Hudson déjà vu a 737 from Gitmo with 143 passengers and crew aboard landing in Jacksonville slid off the runway into the St. John’s River fortunately with no fatalities and only 21 minor injuries; the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that prisons and jails must provide treatment for those suffering from opioid addiction (addiction is a disease and the ruling makes sense given the amount of drugs that are smuggled into jails and prisons); through May 2, 2019 693 people  have been shot in Chicago of whom 136 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 Pink, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not paravail, and  a relevant quote from David Wrentmore, a student shot by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State, 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. Star Wars Day (International)—celebrated first in Toronto in 2011 on this day which dovetails nicely into “May the Fourth Be with You.”
2. Anti-Bullying Day —created by the United Nations in 2012 and commemorated by wearing a pink shirt to support all who stand up to bullying both physical and cyber bullying.  
      3. 2002 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 2002 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Don’t Let Me Get Me” by Pink. 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 “paravail” which means inferior which describes a majority of our politicians today on both sides of the aisle and vast number of members of the MSM.
5. Art in the Eye of the Beholder—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1958 of noted artist Keith Haring who was famous for his chalk drawings on subways but whose chalk ran out on February 16, 1990 when he died of AIDS.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1959 the 1st Annual Grammy Awards were held.
b. 1970 soldiers from the Ohio National Guard sent to Kent State University to quell students protesting the invasion of Cambodia shot and killed four unarmed students enroute to classes and wounded nine others.
c. 1979 Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
d. 1994 Israeli Prime Minister Yitshak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed an agreement giving self rule to the Gaza Strip, which is under attack by jets and tank fire due to scores of rockets being fired into Israel, and Jericho.
e. 1998 a federal judge in Sacramento, CA pursuant to a plea agreement sentenced “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski to 8 life sentences plus 30 years meaning he will die in prison. 
        Reflections on Kent State shootings by a student who was there and wounded: “I was in the parking lot near Taylor Hall just watching the demonstration. The guardsmen, about 50 to 75 of them, had just had a confrontation with the students in the practice football field, and they were marching away. All of a sudden I heard a volley of shots. Girls started screaming. I saw people fall, and I started running and then I fell. I didn't feel anything. One minute I could run and then I could not. Then I saw blood coming from leg. The volley wasn't preceded by a sniper's bullet. I heard later that there was supposed to have been one from the roof, but I never heard it. Anyhow, if it came from the roof, I just don't understand why the troops fired into the crowd," Douglas Wrentmore a student at Kent State interviewed by Philip Caputo a reporter for the Chicago Tribune who had served in Vietnam, May 5, 1970.
        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.
© May 4, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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