Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 26, 2017 The DNC, to the dismay of the RNC, may be taking some small steps toward remaining as a political party as it turned back the candidacy of the rabid anti-Semite and possible closet Islamist Ellison and elected Perez instead to head the DNC; President Trump has indicated that he will not go to the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner perhaps further highlighting his distaste of the media; in another reminder of the wisdom of the adage that one should never drink and drive, a motorist in a “highly intoxicated state” crashed into a Mardi Gras crowd in New Orleans injuring 28 pedestrians; the blood bath in retail continues as after news that JC Penney would be closing 130-140 outlets, Sears announced that it was laying off more than 130 employees from its corporate headquarters; brace for the celebs at the Oscars lambasting Trump tonight (does anyone care what these highly paid script reciters think?); in yet another example of the reach of Islamist terrorism, the Pentagon announced plans to expand its operations in Somalia to counter the growing threat of al Qaeda there; almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated through February 25, rising to 506 shootings but the aim was off so the total dead remains at 96 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Betty Hutton, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Bernie Sanders, while watching a callithumpian parade, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. Carnival Day—on a day when the holidays and observances are few and far between, what better way to celebrate than to visit a carnival visiting a town near you to be entertained and mingle with real people before watching the pampered elite of Hollywood on the red carpet or on stage spouting off against the deplorables who pay the outrageous ticket prices and totally outrageous concession prices for the privilege of watching movies that belittle them.
2. Tell a Fairy Tale Day—promoting not the tales of a balanced budget or hype that the policies of the politicians are proceeding to accomplish their goals that we hear too often from the Swamp but rather the act of telling or reading to a child a fairy tale that excites them to pursue reading on their own.
3. 1946 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1946 on a run of 1 week in that position “Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief” by Betty Hutton. Here is a recording of her performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZYYqQInrDg
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “callithumpian” which means a discordant band or a noisy parade which often describes the Stanford band’s performances at football games.
5. Kaine Mutiny—celebrating or bemoaning, as the case may be depending on your political view, not the movie with the same homonym but rather the birthday on this day in 1958 of Tim Kaine who the deplorables rose up and trounced along with his pathetic running mate.
On this day in:
a. 1909 fitting that as we approach the Oscars the first successful motion picture process in color, kinemacolor, was displayed at the Palace Theater in London.
b. 1935 the march to war continued as Adolph Hitler ordered the establishment of the Luftwaffe in violation of the Versailles Treaty.
c. 1979 to the joy of rail car passengers including this poet who will be on the Coast Starlight this weekend in a sleeper, the Superliner railcar entered service with Amtrak.
d. 1993 a truck bomb detonated underneath the North Tower of the World Trade Center killing 6 and injuring over a thousand; the “blind sheik” who masterminded the attack finally completed his one way ticket to Paradise by dying in a federal prison recently.
e. 1995 the UK’s oldest investment bank Barings folded after one of its securities traders Nick Leeson lost over $1.4 billion speculating on futures contracts on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange.
Reflections on why this man could never be president as the Trump rally has added over $2 trillion to investors’ net worth since Trump’s election: “Establishing a 0.03 percent Wall Street speculation fee, similar to what we had from 1914-1966, would dampen the dangerous level of speculation and gambling on Wall Street, encourage the financial sector to invest in the productive economy and reduce the deficit by more than $350 billion over 10 years.” Bernie Sanders, socialist, leftist candidate who ran against Hillary Clinton for the nomination and what may be very frightening probably had a great chance of defeating Donald Trump compared to the lifeless, inept candidacy of Hillary Clinton. 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 www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com 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.
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