Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 18, 2020 After the DNC has altered the rules of admission to the debates and fueled by his millions spent on ads, Michael Bloomberg will appear on the debate stage and has announced unlike Trump, he will sell his Bloomberg News Network; Trump is in the judicial news again, commuting the sentence of ex Governor Blagojevitch and pardoning Michael Milliken, former NYC Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik and former owner of the 49’s Edward de Bartolo, Jr. (judge is moving forward on sentencing of Roger Stone amidst the furor over the DOJ’s withdrawal of the prosecutors’ recommendations of 7-9 years; anti-Trumper Blue Senator Chris Murphy has admitted to meeting with Iran’s Foreign Minister in Munich totally ignoring the fact that foreign policy should be conducted by the president not members of Congress (Iran must be in a totally depressed mood after the impeachment farce failed and Trump continues to pursue crippling sanctions); Behar who is the head clueless on The View and Meghan McCain, the only sane view on the program got into a snit fit over criticizing Bloomberg for his minority policies and his misogynist views; at a Sanders’ rally in Colorado a black man wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt and a white Sanders’ Supporter got into a brawl while Sanders droned on (Sanders has ridiculed Bloomberg for being unable despite his billions of being able to defeat Trump); conservatives in liberal Oregon fed up with the state’s leftist policies are now trying to move a slice of the state to Idaho (shares of the creation of West Virginia); thanks to well engineered safety features, Randy Newman injured near the end of the Daytona 500 is awake in serious condition talking to doctors; battered by over 300 lawsuits by former Scouts claiming sexual abuse the Boy Scouts of America has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy; in Virginia, Blue Governor Northam’s relentless assault on the Second Amendment was stalled when 4 Blues joined Reds to defeat a sweeping anti-assault weapon bill in committee (wonder if the 2nd Amendment in the state capital had something to do with the vote); in Chicago, as of February 17, 2020, 278 people have been shot of whom 52 have died; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths has dropped back to 9 behind Chicago with 43 murders by shootings (when will Chicago and Baltimore 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 and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to the Nat King Cole Trio, the fact you are not oblselquious, a relevant quote by the Conspiracy prior to the trial of the Chicago Seven, 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. National Drink Wine Day—not sure who created this or when but if a wine lover needed an excuse to enjoy a fine glass of wine today would be a day to do it and if fortunate to live in Orange County, California, the Wine Lab in Costa Mesa in the Camp would be the perfect venue.
2. National Battery Day—celebrating the contribution to our society and a means to reduce carbon emissions of batteries which were first invented by Allessandro Volta at the turn on the 19th century and have evolved to the lithium batteries that power our cell phones and enable electric cars like Tessla to go increasing ranges between charges. The day was chosen as it marks Volta’s birthday in 1745.
3. 1947 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1947 on this day on a run of 1 week in the position was “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” by the Nat King Cole Trio. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47TG8iAs6LU A heavy smoker, the King lost his crown to lung cancer on February 15, 1965 shortly after recording an album against his doctor’s wishes to start treatment to insure his family’s welfare.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “obsequious” which means servilely ingratiating or fawning a trait which affects most which politicians seeking your vote near election day.
5. Clapper Queen—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1957 of noted television game show hostess on Wheel of Fortune who holds the Guinness Book of Records for the most claps.
On this day in:
a. 1954 the first Church of Scientology was established in Los Angeles, California.
b. 1970 the Chicago Seven are found not guilty of inciting riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968.
c. 1972 in California the California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson invalidated the death penalty and converted all sentences to life imprisonment (the state has not executed anyone since 2006 and now has more than 700 prisoners rotting on Death Row).
d. 1979 Richard Petty won his then record 6th Daytona 500 as leaders Donnie Anderson and Cale Yarborough crashed on the final lap.
e. 2010 WikiLeaks published hundreds of thousands of classified documents from a U.S. Army soldier now known as Chelsea Manning who was convicted of espionage and sentenced to 35 years but had “her” sentence commuted by Obama after serving 7 years but is again back behind bars for contempt of court for refusing to answer questions about Julian Assange.
Reflections on the Chicago Seven Trial: “The Conspiracy in the streets needs: freedom, actors, peace, turf, money, sunshine, musicians, instruments, people, props, cars, air, water, costumes, sound equipment, love, guns, freaks, friends, anarchy, Huey free, a truck, airplanes, power, glory, old clothes, space, truth, Nero, paint, paint, help, rope, swimming hole, ice cream, dope, nookie, moonship, Om, lords, health, no hassles, land, pigs, time, patriots, spacesuits, a Buick, people's justice, Eldridge, lumber, panthers, real things, good times." -- Leaflet handed out by the Conspiracy office in the week before the trial of the Chicago Seven. . 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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