Monday, February 19, 2018

February 19, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Prevent Plagiarism Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 19, 2018 On the Winter Olympics front in a Janet Jackson Super Bowl halftime déjà vu, French figure skater Papadakis had a costume malfunction exposing her left breast to a worldwide TV audience and NBC continues to be mocked and slammed for its error and gaff prone coverage (why Megyn Kelly is not over there defies comprehension); on the tell all literature front Rince Priebus’  book The Gatekeepers   due out in March claims that Trump wanted Comey out from day one of his presidency; on the political corruption front the step daughter of Bernie Sanders running for mayor of Burlington is being tagged with nepotism allegations for being paid $500,000 over the years thanks a sweetheart deal awarded to her by Burlington College whose president was her mother (FBI is still investigating Jane Sanders for bank fraud an indictment for such activities should put an end to the feel the Berne movement); HRC proved that spending money in huge amounts does not guarantee a win but the DNC rocked by discovery of its role in the false anti-Trump dossier full of Russian generated lies is having a great deal of difficulty in raising money for the midterm elections; a pregnant Kate Middleton appeared with Prince William at the British Academy Film Awards not wearing black in support of the Times Up Movement protesting sexual harassment and was slammed (good to see our English cousins labor under the same PC nonsense as we do); in another example of how badly HRC campaigned Podesta was grilled on the issue of how the Russians knew to concentrate in states like Wisconsin and Michigan while HRC was clueless (she never stepped foot in Wisconsin); in Chicago through February 18, 2018 300 people have been shot of whom 58 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Usher,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the chance to use lixiviation in Scrabble and a relevant quote by Gerald Ford on the internment of Japanese-Americans on her philosophy of life,  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. Prevent Plagiarism Day—promoting the awareness that plagiarism is an act that should be avoided by students, aspiring authors and politicians (ironic that one of our more noted plagiarists Joe Biden is rumored to be contemplating a run for president in 2020 at the ripe old age of 78).
2. Presidents’ Day—celebrating the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two of our most noted presidents.
3. 1998 Number One Song— the number one song in 1998 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Nice And Slow” by Usher. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHFzYvjK6xk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lixiviation” which is the process of separating soluble substances from insoluble substances by dissolving the former in water or other solvents.
5. Palimony Blues--celebrating the birth on this day in 1924 of noted actor and former marine Lee Marvin, best known for his role in Cat Ballou  and The Dirty Dozen and the palimony case brought by his live-in girlfriend Michelle Triola which the court of appeals overturned a trial court verdict in her favor to the joy of anyone contemplating a significant other rooming with him or her.
          On this day in:                                                               
a. 1913 Pedro Lascurain became president of Mexico for 45 minutes and then resigned enabling General Huerta to complete his coup and become president of Mexico. Lascurain held the record for the shortest presidency of any country.
b. 1942 President Roosevelt succumbed to the anti-Japanese hysteria gripping the country after the attack on Pearl Harbor and signed the infamous Executive Order 9066 which allowed the removal of Japanese-American citizens from the West Coast to internment camps inland. Definitely not one of our stellar moments in our history.
c. 1963 Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique was published igniting the spread of the feminist movement.
d. 1976 in a what-took-you-so-long moment, President Ford signed Proclamation 4417 rescinding Executive Order 9066.
e. 1985 William Schroeder having received a Jarvik 7 artificial heart became the first person to leave a hospital after such a procedure; he lived for 620 days but unfortunately all but 602 of which following a series of strokes that started 18 days after surgery put him into a vegetative state.
Reflections the mistake of Executive Order 9066 from the president who terminated it by Proclamation 4417: “Now, Therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim that all the authority conferred by Executive Order No. 9066 terminated upon the issuance of Proclamation No. 2714, which formally proclaimed the cessation of the hostilities of World War II on December 31, 1946.
I call upon the American people to affirm with me this American Promise-that we have learned from the tragedy of that long-ago experience forever to treasure liberty and justice for each individual American, and resolve that this kind of action shall never again be repeated.” Gerald Ford, February 19,1976
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, February 18, 2018

February 18, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Battery Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 18, 2018 James and Kimberly Snead who took in Nicolas Cruz after his mother died must be wondering how they missed any signs that he was about to commit his horrific crime; FBI admitted that they blew it in not passing the tip phoned in that Cruz wanted to be a mass school shooter; Pelosi and her lackeys calling for more gun control and Reds like Limbaugh and Hannity calling for armed guards and armed teachers in schools to protect against mass shootings (making schools gun free zones may be a magnet for copy cat killers who know they will have at least 5 minutes of unhindered shooting time before police respond if everyone in a school is unarmed); on the unfriendly skies front, a flight from Dubai to Amsterdam was diverted to Vienna when passengers got into a fist fight over a passenger refusing to stop passing gas and an Alaska Airline’s flight from Anchorage to Seattle had to return to Anchorage when a passenger locked himself in a restroom and took off his clothes and refused to come out; in a too good to last moment in Chicago through February 17, 2018 294 people have been shot of whom 56 have died ending the string of two days of no one dying after being shot.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Spice Girls,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the being lissome and a relevant quote by Vanna White on her philosophy of life,  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 Battery Day—celebrating an electrifying observance of the importance of batteries in our daily life e.g. no batteries no cell phones and no hand held gaming devices.
2. National Drink Wine Day—celebrating a drink that has been around since 6000 B.C. and when consumed in moderation has many health benefits like lowering blood pressure.
3. 1997 Number One Song— the number one song in 1997 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Wannabe” by Spice Girls. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJLIiF15wjQ
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lissome” which means lithe, nimble or flexible which is a word not suited to describe politicians in this gridlocked partisan Swamp.
5. Show Me A Letter--celebrating the birth on this day in 1957 of Vanna White, stunning co-host of Wheel of Fortune and former model.
          On this day in:                                                               
a. 1947 the French gained control of Hanoi, forcing the Viet Minh to flee into the mountains to continue guerilla warfare against them.
b. 1970 the Chicago 7 were found not guilty of inciting a riot at the Democrat’s National Convention in Chicago.
c. 1972 the California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson  ruled that the state’s death penalty statute was unconstitutional and commuted all death row inmates sentences to life imprisonment, including Charles Manson who recently died of natural causes in prison and Sirhan Sirhan who had assassinated Robert Kennedy.
d. 2001 FBI Agent Richard Hanssen was arrested for spying for the Russians, pled guilty to avoid the death penalty and is now serving 13 consecutive life sentences in a federal Super Max prison where he is in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.
e. 2010 WikiLeaks released the first of hundreds of thousands of classified documents given to them by a soldier now known as Chelsea Manning who sadly had his/her sentence commuted by Obama as he was leaving office.
Reflections on a great philosophy for living from the birthday celebrant: “My philosophy in life is: 'Go for it!' If I wanted an ice cream and didn't have any money, I always figured out a way to get it.”Vanna White 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, February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Susan B. Anthony Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 15, 2018 Parkland is grieving today and joined by a nation shocked by the evil that drove Nicolas Cruz to gun down 17 innocents and wondering how authorities missed the signs of a very troubled youth (look at the photos of the victims and tears will flow down your face); Joy Behar, a rabid leftist, obese unfunny cohost on The View was attacking Pence’s faith, calling Christianity a mental illness (hope the sponsors were listening and pulling their support of that program); if we are going to have any immigration reform, the Senate will have to dump the 60 vote requirement to pass any legislation as the Blues in their desperate quest for new Blue voters will not agree to ending chain and lottery migration and once again will sell this country down the river and shut it down to hold it hostage to their demands for amnesty of the “Dreamers” (their view means these innocents are rapidly becoming ”Nightmarers” if and when they shut the government down and Social Security and Medicare checks and military funding are halted watch the American public turn on them and their Blue sponsors like you would not believe); in Chicago through February 14, 2018 267 people have been shot of whom 52 have died (in a rarity no one on Valentines Day was killed).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to TLC,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you are not suffering from lippitude and a relevant quote by Chris Farley predicting his demise to some extent,  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. Susan B. Anthony Day—commemorating the work of Susan B. Anthony in the movement to bring voting rights to women but observed as a legal holiday with state offices closed only in Florida.
2. ENIAC Day (Philadelphia)—celebrating since 2011 the unveiling on this day in 1946 of the world’s first practical computer developed at Penn’s School of Engineering, the Electronic Numeric Integrator and Computer (ENIAC).
3. 1995 Number One Song— the number one song in 1995 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Creep” by TLC. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlZydtG3xqI
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lippitude” which is a soreness of the eyes which many of us experience watching the debates in Congress over such issues as immigration reform or fiscal restraint.
5. Please Everyone But Yourself--celebrating the birth on this day in 1964 of comedian and actor Chris Farley who was always trying to please the audience be it on Saturday Night Live or in such movies as Tommy Boy but although he could make people laugh he could not overcome obesity coupled with drug and alcohol abuse even after 12 rehabs and died from an overdose on December 18, 1997.
          On this day in:                                                               
a. 1933 in Miami, Guiseppe Zangara, a naturalized Italian immigrant, tried to assassinate President-Elect Roosevelt with a handgun but missed hitting five others including the mayor of Chicago, Anton Cermak who died of his wounds on March 6, 1933. Justice moved faster then and Zangara was tried, convicted and executed on March 10, 1933.
b. 1972 sound recordings were granted copyright protection in the United States for the first time.
c. 1992 serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was convicted of killing 17 boys and having sex with some of them after death; he was sentenced to life in prison which proved to be a short sentence as he was killed by a fellow inmate in less than three years.
d. 2001 the first draft of the human genome was published in  Nature.
e. 2003 in 600 cities around the world, some 6 to 12 million people marched to protest the upcoming war against Iraq to rid it of WMD that it did not possess.
Reflections that success does not guarantee happiness: “I used to think that you could get to a level of success where the laws of the universe didn't apply. But they do. It's still life on life's terms, not on movie-star terms. I still have to work at relationships. I still have to work on my weight and some of my other demons.”  Chris Farley Hard to work on demons when one is in grip of addiction. 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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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February 14, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Valentines Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 14, 2018 Another day of troubling signs ignored and at least 17 innocents killed at a Parkland, Florida high school shooting by a suspect in custody who had been expelled for disciplinary reasons; the innocents have not arrived at the morgue or identified and Handler is already tweeting that Republicans are responsible and have blood on their hands—she is a pathetic creature who should get down on her knees and thank God she is allowed a forum to spread her hate and bile; Flynn’s sentencing has been postponed so Mueller can extract leverage over him as questions continue to mount over why Comey told legislators that the FBI believed Flynn had not lied to them and why the FBI in filing for a FISA warrant that led ultimately to the appointment of Mueller and the bogus Russian collusion delusion did not disclosure that the DNC and HRC campaign paid for the false anti- Trump dossier (why has the judge who was deceived not called the FBI and DOJ before him or her and had a hearing on whether they should be held in contempt and any evidence used by them to pressure Flynn to plead guilty be thrown out along with his guilty plea?); on Inauguration Day the lying and deceiving “It’s a video queen” created a CYA memo to herself detailing a meeting involving Obama who was insisting that the investigation of Trump and possible Russian collusion be done by the book; in a new poll out in New York the troika of Blues who have presidential aspirations, Gillibrand, Cuomo and DeBlasio,  should forget those aspirations as large majorities believe these leftist politicians will lose; in Chicago through February 13, 2018 256 people have been shot of whom 51 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Celine Dion,  factoids of interest for this day in history, learning another word “lipogram” that you can use in Scrabble and a relevant quote by Tim Buckley on his vision of where he was going,  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. Valentines’ Day—celebrated since 1400 as a day to express one’s love for one’s valentine with flowers, dinners, candy, cards and other gifts.
2. Ash Wednesday—celebrating the first day of Lent and the 46 day countdown to Easter.
3. 1994 Number One Song— the number one song in 1994 appropriately for Valentines’ Day on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “The Power of Love” by Celine Dion. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8HOfcYWZoo
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lipogram” which is a style of writing which a certain letter is omitted-definitely a word to use in a Scrabble game and cause your fellow players a great deal of anguish.
5. Thrown Off A Bucking Horse--celebrating the birth on this day in 1947 of Tim
Buckley, noted American singer song writer who produced nine successful album but who experimented in his music and unfortunately in his drugs and died of an overdose of heroin at the age of 28.
          On this day in:                                                               
a. 1899 voting machines were approved for use in federal elections, the same elections that we now believe the Russians are working 24/7 to hack into to affect the results of voting in 2018..
b. 1989 Union Carbide agreed to pay $470 million to the Indian government for deaths and damages suffered by people near the Bhopal disaster.
c. 1989 in an example of the lack of tolerance, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa urging Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, the author of The Satanic Verses.
d. 2005 YouTube was launched by three former PayPal employees who must be laughing all the way to the bank as Google bought the company in 2006 for $1.65 billion.
e. 2018 17 people were shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and the suspect, a former student who was expelled last year is fortunately in custody for the shootings.
Reflections on what might have been but for heroin: “ I can see where I'm really headed, and it will probably get farther and farther away from what people expect of me.” Tim Buckley Sad but another creative life cut short by drugs. 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, February 9, 2018

February 9, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Read In The Bathtub Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 9, 2018 The dreamers fixation by the Blues faded enough to enable the Congress to pass a budget and keep the government open but Congress really gets scathing reviews for this process and loading on debt like a drunken sailor on a spree; Trump maybe hot to have a military parade but the Seal who killed bin Laden thinks the idea sucks; we know the reptilian brain crosses the political aisles and we now have received news it crosses the gender lines as California Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, a leader in the #Me Too movement, has been accused of grabbing the crouch of one of her male staffers; in another example of why cities that fail to cooperate with ICE should receive no federal funding, NYC last year refused to honor 1,526 detainer requests last year which means 1526 criminals were released back onto the streets instead of being deported; California is a basket case in terms of spending but UC Berkeley has managed to find $800,000 to address the needs of its undocumented student aliens; the poster child for failure of socialism, Venezuela, will hold elections on April 22, 2018 as it slides further into bankruptcy and soaring inflation thanks to Maduro’s policies; Rob Porter, secretary to President Trump, has resigned over allegations brought by his two ex-wives that he physically abused them during their marriage; Pence in Korea passed on an opportunity to have dinner with the a delegation from North Korea; despite Obama’s denials to the contrary that he never talked to Comey about the “investigation” of HRC’s server, texts between the two love birds Page and Strzok indicate they were spending a lot of time preparing info for release to the president;  in Chicago through February 7, 2018 244 people have been shot of whom 46 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to C+C Music Factory,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not suffering from limophoitos and a relevant quote by Abraham Lincoln on the Department of Agriculture,  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. Read in the Bathtub Day—clueless where this delightful combo of a relaxing bath while reading came from but as soon as I finish with Ridley's Believe It Or Not-This Day In History will celebrate the day.
2. International Winter Bike to Work Day—clueless where this came from and why anyone would want to ride a bike if the roads were covered with ice and snow or if it was snowing (have yet to see a bike equipped with chains for traction).
3. 1991 Number One Song— the number one song in 1991 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Gonna Make  You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now.)” by C+C Music Factory. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaTGrV58wec
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “limophoitos” which means insanity caused by a lack of food which in this obese nation would  be a rare occurrence.
5. The King of the Hill--celebrating the birth on this day in 1942 of Carole Klein better known to her fans as Carole King who has written over 400 songs and is still singing and writing today.
          On this day in: 
a.  1870 President Grant signed a joint proclamation of Congress creating the U.S. Weather Bureau.                       
b.  1889 President Grover Cleveland signed a bill elevating the Department of Agriculture to Cabinet level status.
c.  1950 Senator McCarthy accused the State Department of being riddled with Communists.
d. 1964 the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and were viewed by 73 million in the U.S.
e.  1971 the Sylmar earthquake measuring 6.5-6.7 hit Los Angeles, killing 64 people and injuring 1,000.
Reflections on the Department of Agriculture: “"The Agricultural Department, under the supervision of its present energetic and faithful head, is rapidly commending itself to the great and vital interest it was created to advance. It is precisely the people's Department, in which they feel more directly concerned that in any other. I commend it to the continued attention and fostering care of Congress." Abraham Lincoln in his last address to a joint session of Congress.  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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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February 6, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Ronald Reagan Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 6, 2018 Taiwan was hit by a 6.4 earthquake, killing 2, injuring almost 150 and causing huge damage; the troika of Democratic state AGs from California (to no one’s surprise), Illinois and New York have launched into a taxpayer wasting Don Quiote charge against the Trump Agenda from trying to ban fracking to overturning the tax cut due to limitations on SALT deductions under a false mantra of trying to enforce the rule of law (total joke, really about more scorched earth in another venue); just when you thought the stench of corruption emanating from Obama and the HRC campaign on the Russian collusion could not get worse, the Senate has released its memo on the collusion of the Obama Administration, HRC campaign and Steele in funneling false Russian information designed to destroy Trump’s candidacy (since when it comes to reporting on the illegal activities of the HRC or Obama the MSM always seems to lose its tongue, here is a news link: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/02/06/sean-hannity-senate-releases-memo-2-0-and-it-should-scare.html); on the dueling memos, the 10 page Blue version is supposed to have a lot of sources and methods endangering our national security that was Leaker and Liar Schiff’s argument for not releasing the Red’s 4 page memo (redact and release to the American people along with the supporting material for the FISA warrant and appoint a special counsel to investigate the sham investigation of HRC’s private email server); freight in the U.S. is handled by private companies while passengers are hauled by a quasi public AMTRAK dependent on the government which has been hit with 24 derailments since 2014 and just had the misfortune of having one of its high speed (125 mph) trains have a car separate from the train in Maryland (not sure whether this is a justification for more infrastructure or the result of government incompetence but for trainophiles like me it’s scary); not all illegals are criminals but some are and that brings into clear focus that the needs of the “Dreamers” should never trump the needs of Americans to be protected from assault by illegals as represented in Maryland when an illegal from El Salvador urinating in public (which is probably acceptable behavior) at a bus terminal attacked someone who had the temerity to suggest he should use a public restroom with a box cutter (hopefully he is convicted on assault with a deadly weapon and after serving time is deported and when he returns as it is almost certain he will, the Senate will have come to its senses and passed Kate’s Law and should he cross and be be caught face 5 years in prison);); in Chicago through February 5, 2018 240 people have been shot of whom 43 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Paula Abdul,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that many of our lakes and streams are not polluted for our limnetic friends and a relevant quote by Joseph Osuigwe Chidiebere on FGM,  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. International Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation Day—created by the UN in 2003 to attack this feudal barbaric practice emanating primarily out of Muslim countries which sadly immigrants from them often bring their barbaric beliefs with them (wonder how long the practice would continue if the fathers or husbands complicit in the practice  on their daughters or wives would suffer a similar fate).
2. Ronald Reagan Day—created by proclamation of 21 governors in 2011 on the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth and increased to 40 to honor his service as a two term governor of California and two term president of the United States.
3. 1990 Number One Song— the number one song in 1990 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Opposites Attract” by Paula Abdul. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xweiQukBM_k
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “limnetic” which means living in fresh water which in D.C. has been diluted and contaminated by the features and creatures of the Swamp.
5. The Greatest Generation and There But For the Grace of God--celebrating the birth on this day in 1940 of the man who turned down an offer to be the press secretary for Richard Nixon, Tom Brokaw, noted television journalist for NBC News and co-anchor for many years of the Today Show and anchor for many years of NBC Nightly News and author of The Greatest Generation.
          On this day in: 
a.  1918 British women over the age of 30 who meet certain property requirements were given the right to vote upon passage of the Representation of the People Act 1918 by Parliament.                      
b.  1922 the London Naval Agreement limiting the size of the navies of the United States, England, Japan, France and Italy was signed.
c.  1959 Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments filed the first patent for an integrated circuit.
d. 1976 the president of Lockheed Corporation testifying before a Senate Subcommittee admitted that the company had paid $3 million in bribes to Japanese Prime Minister Tanaka.
e.  2016 two years before Taiwan was hit by a massive earthquake today, Taiwan was hit with a 6.6 earthquake which killed 117 people.
Reflections on the barbaric practice of FGM: “You or any of your family members may not have practiced female genital mutilation, but that is not enough reason to keep silent about it. You need to speak out against it to discourage others from the practice”- Joseph Osuigwe Chidiebere, noted Nigerian author, anti gender violence activitist and anti-trafficing advocate. 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, February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Western Monarch Butterfly Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 5, 2018 Brady ran out of rabbits to pull out of his helmet and the Patriots’ dream of another Super Bowl via a Hail Mary into a crowd in the end zone fell short; in the movies we had Deliverance  with “Dueling Banjos,” but in politics we have dueling memos as the House Intel Committee will meet today to vote on whether Lying and Leaking Adam Schiff’s counter memo will be released to Trump to declassify (not my words but Trump’s new label which is obviously not designed to bring people to the table); George Stephanopoulos’ $15 million salary at ABC exposes the hypocrisy of the term “public service” when it should be called “deferred or accrued private enrichment” as this Clinton crony pseudo journalist evidently is in the financial hot seat over his salary to the extent he and his wife have had to reduce the sale price of their Hampton Roads Mansion by $1 million; in another example of the consequences American citizens are enduring because of an open border,  Manuel Orrego-Savala, a twice deported illegal from Guatemala with a BAT of .15 killed Indianapolis Colt linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver yesterday; workers are now receiving higher paychecks due to reduced withholding (watch Trump’s popularity continue to rise as ads are already rolling out reminding workers not a single Blue voted in favor of the tax cut and Pelosi continues to mislead the people that 86 million taxpayers will have their taxes increased); in Chicago through February 4, 2018 236 people have been shot of whom 42 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Paula Abdul,  factoids of interest for this day in history, enjoying the fact that you can limn people and situations and a relevant quote by Louie Schwartzberg on butterflies,  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 Weatherpersons’ Day—celebrating the contributions made by meteorologists for the accurate weather forecasts needed for our safety, minimization of property damage and our economy and recreational choices and celebrated on this day in honor of one of the first weather forecasters to take meteorological measurements, John Jeffries who was born on this day in 1744.
2. Western Monarch Day—created by the California State Legislature in 2004 to celebrate the migratory Western Monarchs’ return to the Central Coast of California to winter there from October to March.
3. 1989 Number One Song— the number one song in 1989 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=El1kgCqD7Xk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “limn” which means to describe or portray in paintings or words, be they in prose or be they in poetry and with twitter as we have seen with Trump can be a 24/7 effort.
5. Bridging The Child Star Gap To Accomplished Actress--celebrating the birth on this day in 1962 of Jennifer Jason Leigh, daughter of Vic Morrow was killed while filming of The Twilight Zone who started acting when she was nine and was fortunate to star in Fast Times at Ridgemount High, a career launching pad for her and her co-stars.
          On this day in: 
a.  1919 Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, and Charlie Chaplin launched United Artists.                      
b.  1958 in a real “oops” moment of the coast of Savannah, Georgia, after a collision in a training mission with an F-86 fighter, a B-47 carrying a Mark 15 H-Bomb was forced to drop it off the coast of Tybee Island near Savannah, Georgia but fortunately it did not explode but the bomb has never been recovered.
c.  1962 after years of guerilla warfare by Algerians seeking independence from France, President Charles de Gaulle called for the independence of Algeria to the dismay of the 20% of the population that was of European descent.
d. 1985 in a better late than never moment, Ugo Vetere, the mayor of Rome, and Chedli Kibli, the mayor of Carthage, met in Tunis to officially end the Third Punic War which had started 2,131 years earlier.
e.  1997 the three largest banks in Switzerland announced the formation of a $71 million fund to aid victims of the Holocaust.
Reflections on butterflies: “Metamorphosis has always been the greatest symbol of change for poets and artists. Imagine that you could be a caterpillar one moment and a butterfly the next.” Louie Schwartzberg, American director, producer, cinematographer and pioneer in high end time lapse photography. Another reason to judge a person by not the coler of his skin, religion or creed but rather what lies within. 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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