Sunday, January 22, 2017

January 22, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Roe v. Wade Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 22, 2017  Rachel Maddow should be ashamed of herself over calling  President Trump ’s speech “anti-Semitic” when immediately after it Israel announced plans to continue construction of settlements and its plans to have Netanyahu call President Trump; despite the numerous protest marches in the Capital and across this nation to the election of President Trump, what other nation allows such peaceful assembly (why does the left in demeaning this nation not understand that irony?); President Trump expressed his support for the CIA; deadly tornados in the South; scary news that a British Trident submarine in error launched an unarmed missile off the coast of Florida which veered toward the U.S. mainland (big debate in Britain over whether it can afford to pay 40 billion pounds to modernize its Trident fleet as President Trump campaigned on insisting NATO members step up to the plate on defense spending); on a light hearted note the city of Auburn, Kentucky has declared war on the Amish by requiring equine diapers on their horses when on a public street (remember the fuss over bovine diapers in California to cut down on methane emissions from dairy cows?); pace of killings in Chicago picked up with 3 killed bringing the total to 38 through Saturday and 183 shot and wounded. 
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to All 4 Love, factoids of interest for this day in history, an observation on the Mac by Steve Jobs, looking forward to using your ulu without cutting yourself events, 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. Roe v. Wade Day—celebrating or bemoaning depending on one’s point of view the decision of SCOTUS Roe v. Wade to  legalize abortion in all 50 states.
          2. National Celebration of Life Day—celebrating the lives of our children and grandchildren whose journey in the womb was not aborted but went full term;  but really an observance that should be celebrated each and every day as life is so very precious.
          3. Number One Song in 1992—celebrating the number 1 song in 1992 on a run of 1 week in that position “Color Me Badd” by All 4 Love. Here is a link to the band performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PccRs1HR7VI
          4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “ulu” which a short-handled knife with a broad crescent-shaped blade, used by Inuit women. in Alaska.  
           5. Don’t Spin My Head Around—celebrating the birth on this day in 1959 of actress Linda Blair, best noted for her role in The Exocist and with the bubious distinction of being nominated for 6 Golden Raspberry Awards, and winning four.
 On this day in:
 1. 1905 at St. Petersburg, Russia soldiers of the Tsar fired at crowds of protestors marching to the Winter Palace to present a petition to the Tsar; it was the beginning of the end of the Romanovs.
 2. 1917 appalled by the carnage in Europe, President Woodrow Wilson of a still neutral United States called for “Peace without Victory” which unfortunately for the men in the trenches was ignored.
 3. 1946 the U.S. established the Central Intelligence Group, the forerunner to the Central Intelligence Agency that President Trump visited yesterday.
 4. 1970 the Boeing 747, the world’s first jumbo jet began commercial service with a Pan Am flight from JFK to London.
 5. 1984 Apple introduced its Macintosh consumer computer to the world during commercials at Super Bowl XVII (the commercial will go down as one of the best ever produced). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtvjbmoDx-I
Reflections on the Macintosh personal computer: “Part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, poets, and artists, and zoologists, and historians. They also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world. But if it hadn't been computer science, these people would have been doing amazing things in other fields.” Steve Jobs Wise words from Steve Jobs even if sometimes technology of computers seems to overwhelm those of us even poets who are members of the first and second class of Baby Boomers while our kids and grandkids are completely at home with computers. 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. Goto 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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Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 21, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Hugging Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 21, 2017  Talk about a short honeymoon as hundreds of cities are holding organized  protest marches by women, BLM, leftists and the LGBT community over President Trump ’s inauguration despite his call for unity and to make America great again; MSNBC and ABC were quick to pounce on President Trump’s  speech as being “dark” and anti-semitic (are you kidding me from the man who promised to eradicate radical Islam? You be the judge http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/20/full-text-president-donald-trumps-inauguration-speech.html); President Trump  is already on the job with a full head of steam meeting with staff at the CIA which because of political posturing by Senators Schumer and Wyden blocking a confirmation vote on President Trump’s selection for Director will not have a Director until Monday (hope the jihadists around the world took the weekend off); at least Mattis and Kelly have been confirmed as Defense Secretary with one dissenting Blue vote (Kirsten Gillibrand) and Secretary of Homeland Security with eleven dissenting Blue votes (some hope that there may be bipartisanship possibilities in the Senate; the House Blues who skipped the Inauguration are a disgrace to the nation and to Congress; slow day for shootings and killings in Chicago as the total shot through Friday climbed to 193 with 35 fatalities; Italy which has been inundated with refugees is stepping up deportation efforts. 
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Surface, factoids of interest for this day in history, an observation on equality by Geoffrey Perret, looking forward to enjoying a day that is blessed with some thalassic events, 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. National Hugging Day—celebrating an act that usually lifts the spirits of anyone thanks to Kevin Zaborney who created the observance on January 21, 1986 in Clio, Michigan to overcome American reluctance to exhibit affection in public.
          2. National One Liner Day—celebrating that classic form of humor the one liner joke.
          3. Number One Song in 1991—celebrating the number 1 song in 1991 on a run of 3 weeks in that position “The First Time” by Surface. Here is a link to the band performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Sz2HOAb54w
          4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “thalassic ” which means relating to the sea.  
           5. Lady Justice Needs to Be Blind—celebrating or bemoaning  the birth on this day in 1951 of the most political Attorney General ever to occupy the office Eric Holder who viewed his job primarily protect President Obama, not to dispense justice.
 On this day in:
1. 1789 the first American novel The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth was published in Boston.
2. 1907 the New York City Council passed the Sullivan Ordinance making it illegal for women to smoke in public but the legislation was vetoed by the mayor.
3. 1968 the Battle of Khe Sanh, one of the most publicized and controversial battles of the Vietnam War began.
4. 1968 a B-52 bomber crashed near Thule, Greenland contaminating the area when its nuclear bombs ruptured; in a very frightening thought of nuclear bomb was never recovered.
5. 1999 the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a ship carrying almost five tons of cocaine. 
Reflections on unequal treatment based on gender: “Before the First World War women were arrested for smoking cigarettes in public, for using profanity, for appearing on the beach without stockings, for driving a car without a man beside them or for wearing outlandish attire like shorts.”Geoffrey Perret, noted English author who focuses on American history.  His observation could easily be applied to feudal places like Saudi Arabia  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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Thursday, January 19, 2017

January 19, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Tin Can Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 19, 2017  The number of spoiled childish Blue Representatives who have announced they are boycotting the Inauguration of President-elect Trump  following the idiotic claim of John Lewis that President-elect Trump  is illegitimate president has now grown to 62 and have been joined by the mushroom cloud producer over Israel in the future John Kerry, our wimp soon to be former Secretary of State;  President-elect Trump  has arrived in Washington, D.C. and less than 24 hours remain in Obama’s term; Obama has commuted the sentence of FALN terrorist Lopez Riviera who was found guilty of numerous bombings in the 70’s to the outrage of his victims; Jackie Evancho has confirmed what all the scumbags in the entertainment world seem to have forgotten that it is an honor to perform for her country at the Inauguration; good news on the ISIS front as Mosul is almost completely in government hands and B-2s have destroyed an ISIS training camp in Libya killing hundreds; President-elect Trump  has filled out completely his cabinet selections and although the Blues are engaging in a lot of posturing, it looks like all will be confirmed; on a final political note, a lawyer for HRC wrote an op ed strongly encouraging Obama to pardon her (not a bad idea if she and her husband dissolved the Clinton Foundation and agreed to forego any future speaking engagements and admitted the extent of her quid pro quo crimes while she was Secretary of State); through Wednesday 166 people shot in Chicago with 30 fatalities.
         As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, music links to Michael Bolton and the birthday girl Janis Joplin, factoids of interest for this day in history, an observation on performing by Janis Joplin, looking forward to enjoying a day that is not rawky, 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. National Brew a Potion Day—celebrating whimsically the idea that one can create beverages with magical qualities like a love potion.
          2. National Tin Can Day—celebrating invention by British inventor Peter Durand of the tin can in 1810 but I am totally clueless as to why  January 19th was picked as his patent was issued in August of that year.
          3. Number One Song in 1990—celebrating the number 1 song in 1990 on a run of 3 weeks in that position “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?” by Michael Bolton. Here is a link to him performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFood_bTOX4
         4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “rawky” which means foggy, damp and cold which for those living in Southern California is a word we rarely get to use to describe our weather even in the winter.  
          5. Freedom Is Just Another Word—celebrating the birth on this day in 1943 of Janis Joplin who like far too many singers of the 60’s and 70’s died of a drug overdose at the age of 27. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXV_QjenbDw
 On this day in:
1. 1915 George Claude patented the neon discharge light and the advertising world would never be the same especially in places like Las Vegas.
2. 1920 the U.S. Senate voted against joining the League of Nations, ultimately insuring its failure.
3. 1953 almost 72% of all television sets in the U.S. were tuned into watch Lucille Ball deliver Desi Arnaz, Jr. on an episode of  the I Love Lucy Show.
4. 1983 Apple released its Lisa Personal Computer, the first PC to have a graphical user interface and mouse.
5. 2012 the Hong Kong based internet file sharing company Megaupload was shut down by the FBI. 
Reflections from a lonely, miserable artist: “On stage I make love to twenty five thousand people; and then I go home alone.”Janis Joplin   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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Monday, January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 16, 2017  The number of spoiled childish Blue Representatives who have announced they are boycotting the Inauguration of President-elect Trump  following the idiotic position of John Lewis has now grown to 30—what about a celebration of a peaceful transition of power do these idiots not understand?; the quid pro quo supermarket aka the Clinton Global Initiative is laying off staff as donations are drying up in the wake of criminal allegations and HRC’s loss (hopefully the outrageous Clinton speech machine will see its business evaporate also); finally a sense of hope for sanity on immigration as a bill was introduced into the House that would eliminate any foreign aid to countries that refuse to accept illegal aliens from those countries after they have committed crimes in the U.S.; on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day news that BLM activists are seeking to rewrite King’s legacy of peaceful protest to that of radical extremism (not really what we need as we face a problem of healing the divisions which many claim are a result of Obama’s failed policies); Noor Salman the wife of the Orlando Pulse Club mass murderer has been arrested by the FBI in conjunction with the killings; in Chicago through the 15th 139 people, mostly blacks have been shot mostly by blacks with 24 of them dying.
         As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Phil Collins, factoids of interest for this day in history, an observation on education and Prohibition by Will Rogers, looking forward to having problems and issues that are not Pantagruelian, 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. Do Nothing Day—an unevent first proposed by columnist Harold Coffin in 1972 and added to Chase’s Calendar of Events in 1973 to give Americans one day in the year to celebrate, honor or observe nothing.
          2. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—celebrating the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr. whose unifying messages are needed more so than ever today as the list of Blue House members boycotting the inauguration continues to grow each day, now reaching 30 (a pathetic partisan childish spoiled grapes act).
          3. Number One Song in 1989—celebrating the number 1 song in 1989 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “Two Hearts” by Phil Collins. Here is a link to him performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SidxJz94Svs
         4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “Pantagruelian” which means huge or enormous and unfortunately describes the many problems President-elect Trump will face upon assuming office on Friday.
          5. Heroin Chic—celebrating the birth on this day in 1974 of British super model Kate Moss who started modeling at the age of 12 with her very thin body known for the “heroin chic” look.   
 On this day in:
1. 1786 Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom which became the foundation for our First Amendment and was penned by Thomas Jefferson.   
2. 1919 the U.S. ratified the 18th Amendment requiring that the failed experiment Prohibition be put in place on the first anniversary of its ratification.     
3. 1979 abandoned by the U.S. the Shah and his family fled Iran, never to return, leaving a vacuum that was quickly filled by the Ayatollah Khomeini and his radical Islamic followers.     
4. 2001 in a better late than never moment, President Bill Clinton posthumously awarded Theodore Roosevelt the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.  
5. 2003 the Space Shuttle Columbia took off in what would prove to be its last mission as it disintegrated on reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere 16 days later due to a puncture from a piece of insulation foam striking the leading edge of its wing. 
Reflections from a humorist view on Prohibition and how to reduce student debt:  ”Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people on earth.” Will Rogers Given the PC nonsense and fear of microaggression that has infected college campuses these days, it is easy to agree with Will Rogers!  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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Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 15, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Religion Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 15, 2017  John Lewis’ childish comments on the legitimacy of President-elect Trump  and his reaction to them continue to raise controversy despite calls by more rational voices for unity and an end to diviseness that the likes of Michael Moore are preaching threats to disrupt the Inauguration  and Rosie O’Donnell is calling for martial law to postpone it (I do not know who has be charged to write the Inaugural Address but I would hope that person reads carefully Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address especially the last paragraph); from Chicago which has managed to in  the first two weeks in January record 129 shootings, 23 of which were fatal news out that Blue leaders want to meet with President-elect Trump  to discuss the DOJ report slamming the CPD and the gun violence in Chicago which consists primarily of black on black shootings which its Blue mayor is like the proverbial ostrich with its head in the sand; in unsettling statements the outgoing CIA Director has warned President-elect Trump  to be very careful in his statements involving Russia as he appears not to understand the Russian threat; China is rattling its sabers and denouncing  President-elect Trump ’s overtures to Taiwan;  Senator and doctor Rand Paul is laying out details of what the replacement for Obamacare will look and despite Pelosi’s and Schumer’s chants that the Reds will make America sick again many Americans burdened with mandates they do not want will be pleased.
         As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to George Harrison, factoids of interest for this day in history, an observation on unity by Martin Luther King, Jr., looking forward to being able to avoid the an otalgia from listening to politicians, 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. World Religion Day—first celebrated on the third Sunday in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahia’is to promote interfaith cooperation and awareness of the contributions of religion to our society.
          2. International Wikipedia Day—celebrating the rolling out to the public of Wikipedia on this day in 2001;hard to imagine what the world was like before the existence of Wikipedia in terms of the dissemination information and misinformation.
          3. Number One Song in 1988—celebrating the number 1 song in 1988 on a short run of 1 week in that position “Got My Mind Set On You” by George Harrison: Here is a link to him performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZGYYDvZnpg
         4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “otalgia” which means an earache that many of us get listening to the inane ranting of ideologue politicians be they Red or Blue.
          5. The Good Die Young—celebrating the birth on this day in 1929 of Martin Luther King, Jr. who must be rolling in his grave watching the antics of his fellow Civil Rights protestor John Lewis trying to delegitimize President-elect Trump.  
 On this day in:
1. 1782 Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris recommended the establishment of a national mint and decimal coinage. 
2. 1870 for the first time the Democratic Party was symbolized as a jackass by Thomas Nast in Harpers Weekly.   
3. 1919 a large storage tank containing 2,300,000 gallons of  molasses burst in Boston and resulting wave 28 feet tall and moving at speeds estimated to be 35 miles per hour killed 21 Bostonians and injured some 150 more.     
4. 1943 the Pentagon, the world’s largest building opened for business.  
5. 1967 the first Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs both of whom are in Divisional Playoffs today. Green Bay was victorious 35-10. 
Words to live by as we approach the inauguration of President-elect Trump  that people like John Lewis, Michael Moore, and Rosie O’Donnell seem to be deaf to: “We many have come in different ships but we are all in the same boat now.” Martin Luther King, Jr.   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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January 14, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Ratification Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 14, 2017  John Lewis may be a hero as a result of his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement but his childish outburst that by being scheduled as the last witness in the Sessions confirmation hearing was like “being sent to the back of the bus,” was totally out of line (whatever happened to the old adage “save the best for last?) and his arguments that President-elect Trump  is not a “legitimate president” are even more so; President-elect Trump  as is his style fired back that Lewis’ 5th District was falling apart and crime infested (17.3% of the households have income below the poverty level compared to one in nine nationally, the unemployment rate is higher than the state and national averages and Atlanta which lies completely within the 5th District ranks 12th in terms of violent crimes per 100,000 residents (Lewis should be happy that a law and order president with a top priority of job creation will be helping his district); the world continues to be getting more dangerous as 3500 American troops are now in Poland (shades of 10,000 troops in Berlin during the Cold War as a trip wire to the Soviets and full scale MAD); the left is alive and well in the form of storm trooper like threats on the UC Davis Campus to force the Republican Club there to cancel a speech by a conservative talk show host; a report recently released revealed that 70,000 birds have been killed near New York’s three major airports in response to the bird strikes that brought the flight that Captain Sully was piloting into the Hudson River; through the 13th of January 115 people in Chicago have been shot of whom 19 have died (where is the mayor and why in the DOJ’s response limited to finding the CPD uses excessive force against minorities?); on an ending note that must have made Elon Musk a happy man a SpaceX rocket carrying ten communication satellites for Iridium successfully launched from Vandenberg and returned to land on a ship at sea.
         As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Gregory Abbot, factoids of interest for this day in history, an observation on our founding fathers by Christopher Hitchens, looking forward to being able to avoid the plague of the Word of the Day “nagware,” 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. Ratification Day—this is a day celebrating the ratification by the Confederation Congress in 1784 of the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War.
          2. National Dress Up Your Pet Day—even though the news today featured a pit-bull biting members of a family in Tampa who were trying to dress it in a sweater, today is the day to dress up your pet, hopefully in clothes your animal finds fashionable and to its liking.
          3. Number One Song in 1987—celebrating the number 1 song in 1987 on a short run of 1 week in that position “Shake You Down” by Gregory Abbot. Here is a link to him performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc8wmLul3uwe  
         4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “nagware” which means software you download for free for a trial period and  then continues to nag you to pay for it or upgrade.
          5. Give This Ship a Wide Berth—bemoaning the birth on this day in 1946 of Doctor Harold Shipman, a British family practitioner who suffered from pain pill addiction and before he was caught killed over a prolonged period of time at least 215 patients by administering lethal doses of morphine. Sentenced to three life sentences, he hung himself in prison.      
 On this day in:
1. 1639 Connecticut adopted the “Fundamental Orders” the first written constitution to establish a government. 
2. 1943 Japan, acknowledging it had been defeated in its attempt to take Guadalcanal, began Operation Ka, the evacuation of all of its forces on the island, literally right under the nose of the American forces.   
3. 1943 President Franklin Roosevelt became the first president to fly in an airplane, flying from Miami to Morocco to be with Winston Churchill to plan joint actions against the Axis Powers.     
4. 1952 NBC’s long running news program Today debuted with host Dave Garraway.  
5. 1967 the Human Be-In was held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and attended by some 20-30 thousand attendees. It was the prelude to the Summer of Love and introduced main street America to the hippie movement and flower children and a growing protest against the Vietnam War.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bch1_Ep5M1s to capture the essence of the event.
Reflections on why we must never forget our Founding Fathers and their contributions to this nation: “Without Thomas Jefferson and his Declaration of Independence, there would have been no American revolution that announced universal principles of liberty. Without his participation by the side of the unforgettable Marquis de Lafayette, there would have been no French proclamation of The Rights of Man. Without his brilliant negotiation of the Louisiana treaty, there would be no United States of America. Without Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, there would have been no Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom, and no basis for the most precious clause of our most prized element of our imperishable Bill of Rights - the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.” Christopher Hitchens, noted Anglo-American author, essayist and critic of Christianity.  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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Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Korean-American Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 13, 2017  While mostly black on black shooting have killed 672 victims in Chicago in over 4,000 shootings, the DOJ as might be expected of a highly politicized department has castigated the CPD for the use of excessive force against minorities; if you wondered what kind of ideologue we in California would be burdened with our new junior senator, Kamala Harris left no doubt of how bad her term is going to be during the confirmation hearings for the new CIA director spending her whole time playing cross examining attorney to grill him on climate change, Muslim, gay and transgender rights and completely ignoring the threats from Russia, China, North Korea Iran and radical Islam we face; Senator Franken once again misunderstood the Senate is not a comedy venue by ranting and raving over a procedural vote on starting the process of repealing the albatross of all albatrosses on the American public and the businesses that want to expand, Obamacare; news circulating that George Soros may have lost $1 billion with his bearish outlook after President-elect Trump’s win (bet against America Soros and you deserve every loss you suffered); in a sad but refreshing moment that we are not alone in the PC madness destroying this country, the British Home Secretary has run afoul of the PC police who have lodged a complaint that her speech calling for a restriction of immigration especially immigration that takes jobs from British citizens is a hate crime; President-elect Trump’s pledge to drain the swamp may have to be expanded to drain what is looking like more and more a highly politicized intel community to the detriment of our national security as more revelations surface over the discredited dossier on President-elect Trump that was leaked by intel officials; have not been able to update to see how many black victims have been added to the list of 100 shootings in Chicago but have confirmed that through January 11, 2017 13 black males have been shot to death in Chicago (where is the outrage of the BLM, where is this feckless mayor, where is the governor—a total failure of law and order in Blue run city for decades—no wonder blacks started voting for President-elect Trump; on the sports front after having to go without a pro team for years, Los Angeles will now be blessed with two as the Chargers will be moving from San Diego to Los Angeles (actually given the resurgence of USC with their new phenom quarterback, some might argue we have three teams).
         As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Dionne and Friends, factoids of interest for this day in history, an  observation on North Korea by Barbara Demick, looking forward to not having an occasion to use the Word of the Day “misogamy,” 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. Stephen Foster Memorial Day—this is a day created by act of Congress to honor since 1967 the most influential American songwriter of the 19th Century with such songs as “Oh Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” and “My Old Kentucky Home.”
          2. Korean-America Day—commemorating the immigration of Koreans to this nation that started occurring in 1883 and their contribution to the culture and economic well being of this nation by those who obeyed the law and did not enter this country illegally.
          3. Number One Song in 1986—celebrating the number 1 song in 1986 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne and Friends. Here is a link to her ad hoc group band performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyTpu6BmE88 
         4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “misogamy” which means the hatred of marriage which is misplaced as the true hatred should be a hatred of divorce and the family law lawyers that bring havoc and ruin along with their exorbitant fees to the suffering couple and their children.
          5. A Don’t Bet on the Nags, Train Them--celebrating the birth on this day in 1953 of Bob Baffert noted trainer of Triple Crown Winner American Pharaoh.      
 On this day in:
1. 1842 William Brydon, an assistant surgeon with the British East India Company is the only survivor of an army of 4,500 burdened with 12,000 camp followers that tried to flee from Kabul, Afghanistan. 
2. 1888 the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C.   
3. 1942 Henry Ford in a visionary moment typical of the man, obtained a patent for a plastic automobile which was 30% lighter than a car built from steel.     
4. 1978 the FDA required all blood donations to be labeled as either “paid” or “volunteer.”   
5. 2012 in a massive “oops” moment of navigational error and negligence, the cruise ship Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Italy, killing 32 passengers. 
Reflections on the living hell that is North Korea on a day when we marvel and admire the creativity and prosperity of the South Koreans: “A coal miner from Chongjin whom I met in 2004 in China told me, ‘People are not stupid. Everybody thinks our own government is to blame for our terrible situation. We all know we think that and we all know that everybody else thinks that. We don't need to talk about it.’” Barbara Demick Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea.  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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