Wednesday, July 17, 2019

July 17, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Take Your Poet to Work Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 17, 2019 in a sign the residents of AOC’s District have come to the conclusion that this former bartender’s polices stink, 4 Republicans including a Black female business woman are running to send her back to making drinks (only question is whether with this idiot has had enough and funds a primary challenger to down the proverbial electoral toilet her stuff); the Squad is trying to hide behind its rant that you can’t oppose us because we are women of color when their socialist and open border policies cry out for Americans to oppose them tooth and nail because of their policies not their color; scary times on the bacterial front as a Virginia women contracted the flesh eating bacteria after only 10 minutes in the water in Florida and had to have emergency surgery shortly thereafter; in a classic example of a legal bait and switch a Utah boy was selling “Ice Cold Beer” from his wagon but escaped prosecution as the beer was root beer and in small letters the word
“root” appeared above beer (business was reported good as customers thought they were getting a good deal); Bernault Arnault, the CEO of a group that produces and sells luxury goods has surpassed Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the second most wealthy individual; while the city of Los Angeles is awash in homeless as Garcetti has beome the new Nero fiddling while L.A. figuratively burns, Orange County has reached a settlement where police can arrest immediately homeless in sensitive areas like John Wayne Area or flood control channels and in other areas enlist social workers to find shelters with the threat of arrest if the homeless decline to be placed (businesses in L.A. have given up on Garcetti and have started planting prickly shrubbery around their businesses and fences to prohibit the homeless from camping out and forcing out potential customers); the City of Philadelphia is anything but the City of Brotherly Love as its claims that if Trump has to go back to where he came from ala the Squad, he would have to go to hell (another classic example of Blues unable or unwilling to ramp down the vitriolic rhetoric); the Board of Planned Parenthood has fired its president at a time when state legislatures and the Trump Administration are ramping up attacks on the organization especially late term abortions which most Americans oppose; in Chicago through July 16, 2019, 1422 people have been shot mostly of color by mostly people of color, 251 of whom have died, a fraction of those dead from murders in Cape Town, South Africa (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to George McCrae, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you are free from and free from people who have phonomania,  and  a relevant quote from Alexsandra Mir on the grounding of the Concorde, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, 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 Emojii Day—created by Jeremy Burge in 2014 to celebrate the use of the emojii in communications.      
2. Take Your Poet to Work Day—celebrated on the third Wednesday of July by cutting out an illustration of your favorite poet, coloring it if required and gluing on a stick to place in your pocket along with some of your favorite poet’s poems (hopefully in the future that illustration on a stick will be the Alaskanpoet). Not sure who invented the observance but a great idea as nothing improves productivity and job satisfaction more that a poem read during a break or lunch hour at one’s desk.       
3. 1974 Number One Song— the number one song in 1974 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Rock Your Baby” by George McCrae.  Here is a recording of the song: His song “Rock Your Baby” was one of the first of the disco era and his popularity subsided thereafter and he is still rocking albeit not on tour at 74 in Florida.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “phonomania” which means a pathological tendency to murder which describes the members of MS-13 to a tee.
5. Trading Down—celebrating or bemoaning the birthday on this day in 1947 of Camilla Parker Bowles who married Prince Charles after having an affair with him while he was still married to Princess Dianna and whose marriage as a divorced women Prince William must be hoping that his father looks to the precedence of Wallis Simpson and abdicates so he can be king with the charming Kate Middleton at his side.   
         On this day in: 
 a. 1955 the “Happiest Place on Earth” Disneyland was dedicated and opened to the public by Walt Disney.    
b. 1984 in a let the good times roll later moment the national drinking age was raised from 18 to 21.
c. 1989 the U.S. flew its first flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.   
d. 2011 the Concorde was put back in service after the crash of Concorde 4590 on July 25, 2000 on takeoff after running over debris; the return to service was short lived and the plane was retired from service on October 24, 2003:    
e. 2014 Malaysia Air Flight 17, a Boeing 777 is shot down near the Ukraine Russian border with all 298 persons on board dying.
       Reflections on the end of the Concorde: “The moment right now, it's a tragically regressive time we live in, you know. We just grounded the Concorde. Where's the future? We've lost the future.” Alexsandra Mir, noted contemporary artist, who should not worry as more and more private space travel is contemplated to be in the works.
        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  Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.             
© July 17, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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