Tuesday, February 18, 2020

February 18, 2010 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Battery Day

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. 
5Clapper Queencelebrating 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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Monday, February 17, 2020

February 17, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Presidents' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 17, 2020  Denny Hamlin won his third Daytona 500 and Randy Newman was hospitalized in serious condition in a fiery collision near the end of the race; Blumberg’s ad only campaign may be coming to an end as his numerous misogynist and anti-minority statements are coming to the forefront to the disappointment of minority leaders (Al Sharpton is warning that other Blue candidates like Sanders, Biden, and Klobuchar have racial baggage and that they should not attack Bloomberg as means to distract from their own baggage); not sure how serious Bloomberg is but speculation is growing that he would pick Hillary as his running mate (can’t believe that he would and if he did she would not accept but if she did and the ticket was successful would we see her again in 2024 trying to go 0-3?); the coronavirus death toll stands at almost 1800 and the number of cases mainly in China have risen to 71,000 as the concerns over adverse economic effects rise as flights to China are cancelled, supply chain disruption due to factory closings may soon be upon us and Apple announced its revenue will be lower due to the virus; AG Barr, facing calls from Blues to resign over his rescinding the prosecutors’ recommendations for a 7-9 year prison sentence for Roger Stone or be impeached, announced he is appointing independent prosecutors to review a number of Russian-Ukrainian cases involving Trump associates; Flynn has moved to withdraw his guilty plea on grounds prosecutorial misconduct as AG Barr also appointed an independent prosecutor to review his case; Christopher Sign, the journalist who  broke the story of the “secret meeting” of Lynch and Bill Clinton on the tarmac has just published a new book Meeting on the Tarmac confirming what we all must have known that this was not a coincidental meeting (have not ordered it yet as not on Nook yet but suspect it will not reveal what was actually said as opposed to the hogwash of stories of golf and grandchildren); Michael Avenati, who had appeared on MSM 229 times and was heralded by “pundits” like rabid anti-Trumper Brian Stelter as presidential timber against Trump, was convicted of extortion of Nike but instead of members of MSM acknowledging that they had failed to vet him, blamed Trump (shades of George Orwell); both Red and Blue challengers are coming out of the weeds to seek to take away AOC’s seat; MSM and Obama are beating a dead horse over Trump’s economic success, defying all statistics of the economic boom by claiming Obama should get most if not all of the credit (delusion reigns at MSM);  in Chicago, as of February 16, 2020, 274 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 Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra,  the fact you are opposed to obscurantism,  a relevant quote by Ferdinand de Lesseps on the Suez Canal,  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. Presidents’ Day—honoring the birthday of George Washington and all presidents who have served after him.
2. World Spirit Day—created in 2003 by Michael Levy of Point of Life to encourage all people at 3:00 P.M. Eastern Time to meditate in silence to find the tranquility and spirituality that lies within all of us.
   3. 1946 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1946 on this day on a run of 5 weeks in the position was “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” by Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra with vocals by him and the Norton Sisters. Here is a recording of the song: https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-mnet-001&hsimp=yhs-001&hspart=mnet&p=vaughn+monroe+let+it+snow#id=4&vid=c7fe5e31bb15276b1523841fc9b7ee2d&action=click  
   4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “obscurantism” which means the practice of withholding information from the public which the government practices far too often, regardless of party. 
5Heiress Unchainedcelebrating the birthday on this day in 1981 of heiress of the Hilton fortune, Paris Hilton, noted model and party-goer.
On this day in:               
    a. 1867 the world became a much smaller place when the first ship transited the Suez Canal.
    b. 1968 in Springfield, Massachusetts the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was established.
    c. 1974 Robert Preston, a U.S. Army soldier who had enlisted to become a helicopter pilot but was dismissed and reassigned as a helicopter mechanic stole an Army helicopter and landed it on the South Lawn of the White House to demonstrate his skills, resulting in one year in prison and a fine of $2400.                                            
d. 1979 the Sino-Vietnamese War begin exposing the fallacy advanced by the U.S. that North Vietnam was a pawn of the Chinese in ignorance of the fact that the Chinese have long been historical enemies.
e. 2011 protests against Libyan dictator Khadafy began which would ultimately lead to his overthrown and execution and a nation in turmoil.
Reflections on building the Suez Canal: ““Since 1849 I have studied incessantly, under all its aspects, a question which was already in my mind since 1832. I confess that my scheme is still a mere dream, and I do not shut my eyes to the fact that so long as I alone believe it to be possible, it is virtually impossible. ... The scheme in question is the cutting of a canal through the Isthmus of Suez. This has been thought of from the earliest historical times, and for that very reason is looked upon as impracticable. Geographical dictionaries inform us indeed that the project would have been executed long ago but for insurmountable obstacles. [On his inspiration for the Suez Canal]” Ferdinad de Lesseps who tried to duplicate his success of the Suez Canal in Panama and failed.     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 12, 2020

February 12, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Red Hand Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 11, 2020 New Hampshire created a new top Blue 3 with Sanders edging out Buttigieg and Klobuchar finishing a strong 3rd with Pocahontas off the reservation in 4th and the Biden campaign fleeing to South Carolina as gap between dream of the White House and reality for Biden seems to be fatally widen; Sanders may have a problem in the upcoming Nevada Primary after the Culinary Union attacked his campaign for promoting Medicare for all (which means for union workers with their excellent insurance programs health care for none ala the Canada and UK wait forever model; ignoring the fact that a federal judge will sentence Roger Stone, the left has gone ballistic that the DOJ is not recommending a 7-9 year sentence which given Stone’s age may well be the equivalent of condemning him to die in prison (only the sounds of silence when the judge in Menendez’s trial declared a mistrial and the DOJ  failed to intervene and subject a leftist senator to a retrial); 3 icons of judicial objectivity on the Schiff Impeachment Circus Committee,  Reps. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Lucy McBath, D-Ga. have been hit with complaints filed with the House Ethics Committee; although the number of infections from the corona virus and its deaths continue to increase, some sense in the market is that the worse is over and it closed at record highs (how the Blues are going to pull a fear of recession rabbit out of the hat to use against Trump remains a great mystery and daunting challenge to them; Nadler humiliated in his Judiciary Committee hearings on impeachment and his role before the Senate as a House Impeachment Manager must be jumping for joy to try to be able to redeem his pathetic biased self as AG Barr has agreed to appear before the Judiciary Committee on March 31 to discuss Stone and the management of the DOJ; Nadler’s Judiciary Committee has on party lines passed legislation ending Trump’s Travel Ban from certain Muslim countries which if passed will be DOA in the Senate to add to the growing list of bills sharing that fate; even as Trump’s support in the black community continues to rise, the President of Black Lives Matter, Hawk Newsome, in an interview with Toni Lahren of Fox, justified riots against police as “the voice of the unheard”; Harrison Ford has allowed his role of playing President of the United State get to his head while slamming and ridiculing President Trump; the wheels of justice have finally caught up with Smollett as new charges have been filed against him arising out of his fabricated police report of almost being lynched by two people wearing MAGA hats; in Chicago, as of January February 11, 2020, 235 people have been shot of whom 45 have died but in a miracle of miracles none for the previous 2 days; last ; 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 4 behind Chicago with 41 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 Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters,  the fact you do not have to obnubilate your views on issues,  a relevant quote by Sir Roger Moore on child soldiers,  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 Freedom to Marry Day—created in 2004 by Lamba Legal, a gay rights law firm, to promote same sex marriages, an observance that Pete Buttigieg is breaking from the campaign trail to observe.
    2. Red Hand Day—created in the United Nations to promote the end of the use of soldiers under the age of 18 in armed conflicts around the world.
   3. 1945 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1945 on this day on a run of 8 weeks in the position was “Don’t Fence Me In” by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMnLoOnrwbgAfter selling some 90 million records the last surviving Andrews Sister Patricia Marie had the gate closed to her fence on January 13, 2013.
   4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move to words starting with “o” is “obnubilate” which means to obscure which politicians running for office are gearing up to big time in search voters.
   5Winning on the Range and in Spacecelebrating the birthday on this day in 1915 of noted Canadian-American actor Loren Greene best known for his role as Adam Cartwright on Bonanza and Commander Adama on Battleship Galactica.
   On this day in:               
    a. 1909 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded.
   b. 1935 the USS Macon, one of two largest helium filled airships ever built after two years in the service with the U.S. Navy crashed off the coast of Big Sur, California and sank with the loss of 2 of the 66 crew members aboard.
    c. 1947 to the joy of fashion conscious women everywhere, Christian Dior launched his “New Look” fashion designs in Paris reclaiming its position a fashion Mecca of a world slowly recovering from the horrors of World War II.         
d. 1974 Alex Solzhenitsyn, the 1970 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, was exiled from the Soviet Union.
e. 1999 on straight party lines, President Bill Clinton is acquitted of Impeachment by the U.S. Senate.
Reflections on the use of child soldiers: “The saddest sight these days is the image of hundreds of thousands of children kidnapped and lured into being child soldiers from the age of eight. " Sir Roger Moore, noted British actor who portrayed James Bond.
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Monday, February 3, 2020

February 3, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Four Chaplins Day1

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 3, 2020 The Kansas City Chiefs ended their Boston Red Sox imitation by ending 54 years of Super Bowl frustration with a win over the 49ers in a game marked by some questionable calls and two political ads one for Blumberg and one for Trump; Senate will have its members explaining to the nation willing to watch the same the reasons for their votes prior the State of the Union Address tomorrow and the actual vote on Wednesday; the news cycle has shifted to Iowa and its caucuses now voting for the Democratic nominee with Biden’s chances really riding on a strong outcome which may not be in the cards (Quid Pro Joe may be getting a bit testy over the fallout over his son Hunter’s questionable Ukraine and China dealings as he lashed out at DNC lackey and NBC reporter Savannah Gutherie over her grilling of him on Hunter); the DNC has announced that quality control problems are delaying release of results of the caucus voteing;  while pharmaceutical companies are scrambling to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus which has now expanded to some 17,000 infected with 360 deaths, some potentially helpful news that the transmission is fecal to digestive which once more proves the adage on should always was one’s hands after going to the restroom; in a reminder that the coronavirus is a serious matter Apple has announced it is closing its Apple Stores in China; 5 passengers were wounded and 1 killed in a shooting on a Greyhound Bus bound for San Francisco near the Grapevine in Southern California early this morning with the suspect now in custody; in a reason why this poet calls CNN the Cack News Network, that moniker was reinforced by CNN Reporter John Harwood tweeting that the 25 Republican Senators voting for no witnesses were from the states that had joined the Confederacy, implying in some fashion Dixie still exists; we may be in climate change, but Mother Nature is doing a great job of disguising that fact by unleashing another arctic storm heading to the Midwest with snow and freezing temperatures; J.C. Penny, once a retail icon is in great danger from internet sales and shifting consumer patterns from being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange;  in Chicago, as of February 2, 2020, 189 people have been shot of whom 32 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 4 behind Chicago with 28 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 Glenn Gray and The Loma Linda Orchestra,  the fact you are not in the grips of obnixely acts,  a relevant quote by Marine General Smedley Butler on war,  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. Four Chaplains Day—commemorating the heroic acts of 4 chaplains aboard the SS Dorchester which was torpedoed and sunk by a U-Boat who gave up their life jackets and life jackets to save 4 soldiers and civilians in the water out of the 220 of the 900 aboard who survived.
2. Women’s Physicians’ Day—celebrated since 2016 on the birthday on this day in 1821 of Elizabeth Blackwell,  the first woman’s doctor in the United States, to honor the achievements of women as doctors and promote their joining the profession.
3. 1944 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1944 on this day on a run of 5 weeks in the position was “My Heart Tells Me (Can I Believe My Heart?) Glenn Gray, leader of The Casa Loma Orchestra. Here is recording of the song with Eugenie Baird as vocals:  https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-mnet-001&hsimp=yhs-001&hspart=mnet&p=glenn+gray+can+i+believe+my+heart#id=12&vid=83f8714f4bdeab86ba63f67404f9b1e1& action=click  This note saxophonist died from cancer at the age of 63 and Baird retired from singing in 1962 after marrying the president of Smith Corona and died at age 64.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move to words starting with “o” is “obnixely” which means earnestly or strenuously which describes to a tee the resistance of Blues to Trump’s agenda.
5Hunger Strike While Livingcelebrating the birthday on this day in 1909 of noted French philosopher, activist and mystic, Simone Weil who fled to the United States with her parents and was recruited by the OSS to return to France as an agent but because she felt that she had to support the French starving under Vichy and Nazi occupation ate very little and ultimately starved herself to death on August 24, 1943.
On this day in:               
    a. 1917 after running on a campaign that heralded the fact he had kept the U.S. out of war, President Wilson severed relations with Germany due to unrestricted submarine warfare and began the move toward a declaration of war against it on April 6, 1917.
    b. 1945 U.S. and Philippine forces began a month long campaign to fulfill Mac Arthur’s promise that he would return and liberate Manila from the Japanese and in the process destroyed much of the city.
    c. 1959 in the “day in which the music died” a private plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richards crashed in bad weather near Clear Lake, Iowa killing all aboard.                                      
d. 1984 John Buster and the research team at UCLA-Harbor Medical Center announced the first embryo transfer from one woman to another.
e. 1995 Astronaut Eileen Collins in piloting the Space Shuttle Discovery became the first female pilot of the a Space Shuttle when she piloted it to a fly around of the MIR Space Station in preparation for the next launch of a Shuttle which would dock at the MIR Space Station.
Reflections on war by a Marine General who fought in many including World War I and at the time of his death in 1940 was our most decorated Marine: “I have visited eighteen government hospitals for veterans. In them are a total of about 50,000 destroyed men -- men who were the pick of the nation eighteen years ago. The very able chief surgeon at the government hospital; at Milwaukee, where there are 3,800 of the living dead, told me that mortality among veterans is three times as great as among those who stayed at home.   Boys” ― Smedley D. Butler, War Is A Racket!: And Other Essential Reading
 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 30, 2020

January 30, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Fred Korematsu Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 30, 2020 On the coronavirus front as the total deaths have climbed to 179 and infections to at least 7,834, the first human to human transmission has been reported in the U.S. by a husband living in Chicago to his wife following his return from China (both are now in a hospital as fears grow with some pet owners of dogs here donning surgical masks and airlines ending hot foods and blankets on flights); the WHO has declared the virus outbreak to be a health emergency but is not yet recommending the banning of travel from infected areas; even with the Chief Justice of SCOTUS presiding over the Impeachment Proceedings, Blues seem to have completely forgotten the existence of the Third Branch that they failed to go to enforce their subpoenas as Nadler does the pound the table equivalent of a lawyer having no law and no facts as he warns of dictatorial consequences if Trump is not removed; not sure if it has any chance as it would impact Save the Winter Olympics Romney, but a Red state legislator has introduced a bill allowing voters to recall members of the U.S. Congress (conservative Utah voters probably not pleased with Romney’s call for witnesses like John Bolton); while many believe that Joe Biden has lost it when it comes to mental acuity a new documentary on his role in trying to block Clarence Thomas’ appointment to the bench with cryptic questions about natural law raise the question of whether he ever had it to lose; Joe Biden, freed from the chains of the Senate Impeachment Trial, was in Iowa on the campaign trail railing against Trump as being more of a bully than president (still nursing the fact that he was not able to go back in time and meet Trump in the back of the gym and beat the crap out of him); the Senate Trial drones on with senators submitted questions to Justice Roberts to ask counsel (when will this farce end and the Senate take a vote and hand the election back to where it belongs—in the votes of the American people?);  in Chicago, as of January 29, 2020, 156 people have been shot of whom 26 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 2 behind Chicago with 24 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 Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra,  the fact you are not in the grips of obluctation,  a relevant quote by Justice Frank Murphy on the Korematsu SCOTUS decision,  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. Fred Korematsu Day—created by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 23, 2010 to commemorate the birthday of Fred Korematsu on this day in 1919, a Japanese-American who was the plaintiff who protested the incarceration of Japanese-Americans on the West Coast following Roosevelt’s Executive Order and who lost before SCOTUS in one of the worst decisions decided by the court in terms of Civil Liberties. Hawaii, Virginia and Florida have since followed California in recognizing the day.
2. School Day of Non-Violence and Peace—created in 1994 and observed on the day of the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death to promote the early teaching of the need for non-violence and peace.
3. 1943 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1943 on this day on a run of 4 weeks in the position was “There Are Such Things” by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Frank Sinatra as vocals.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move to words starting with “o” is “obluctation” which means resistance which describes the Blues relations with Trump and his agenda to a tee. “obluctation” which means resistance which describes the Blues relations with Trump and his agenda to a tee. 
5The Trout Stopping Bitingcelebrating the birthday on this day in 1935 of noted author and poet Richard Brautigan who battled alcoholism and depression arising there from and who put the pen down and picked up a 44 Magnum and shot himself fatally in the head on September 16, 1984.
On this day in:               
    a. 1835 a painter Richard Lawrence unsuccessfully attempted the first assassination attempt of a U.S. President by trying to shoot Andrew Jackson but was restrained by onlookers including Congressmen. He was found guilty of innocent by reason of insanity and spent the rest of his life in a insane asylum.
   b. 1956 Martin Luther King’s home is bombed in retaliation for his role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
    c. 1958 the MV Hans Hedtoft, a Danish liner and like the Titanic, known as unsinkable and like the Titanic ran into an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank, killing all 98 aboard.                                            
d. 1975 the Monitor Marine Sanctuary, the U.S.’ first national marine sanctuary was established.
e. 1995 workers at the National Institute for Health announced the first successful clinical trials for the preventive treatment of sickle-cell disease.
Reflections on the SCOTUS decision in the Korematsu case that are wise beyond belief: “But to infer that examples of individual disloyalty prove group disloyalty and justify discriminatory action ... is to deny that ... individual guilt is the sole basis for deprivation of rights.” Dissent of Justice Frank Murphy.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

January 29, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Seeing Eye Dog Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 29, 2020 Alan Dershowitz totally shredded the farcial “case” of the House who as one of the premier constitutional scholars of the nation established without any doubt that if the facts alleged were true there is no impeachable offense period; Blues are continuing with the mantra of no witnesses no trial making them look more and more like the party hell bent on stripping Americans of the result of their votes in 2016 and trying to impact 2020 with bogus impeachment charges; the cack stench was overpowering from CNN as former Clinton hack now pundit, Joe Lockhart claimed Dershowitz’s arguments were un-American compared to those of Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini (the rhetoric from the left is going to new heights of absurdity as Americans are tired of this farce and want to regal in the positive economic news; on the coronavirus front, deaths and new cases continue to climb while vaccine makers are scrambling 24/7 to create a vaccine (one such stock is VIR which soared almost one third in two days); the View lived up to its clueless moniker while looking like ignorant biased fools in arguing with Alan Dershowitz on impeachment; no one on the Trump has ever claimed the Wall would be an easy and complete fix as a tunnel under the border ¾’s of a mile long has been discovered between Tijuana and Otay Mesa to be used in smuggling drugs and maybe illegals (hopefully we are emplacing thousands of sensors to detect excavation and underground traffic); when you have billions to spend on ads maybe an urge to hit the wall with anything and see if it sticks as Mike Bloomberg infamous for his war on sugar in large sodas has and ad touting a pint of Big Gay Ice Cream (which has three outlets in New York (trying to purge Nanny moniker or making a play for the gay vote?); in a reminder of how crowded space has become, two defunct satellites narrowly missed each other in the skies over Pennsylvania to send a path of debris into space;  in Chicago, as of January 28, 2020, 151 people have been shot of whom 26 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 second behind Chicago with 24 murders by shootings (lead (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 Glenn Miller and His Orchestra,  the fact you are not guilty of obloquy,  a relevant quote by Taylor Swift comparing crosswords,  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 Puzzle Day—created by Jodi Jill, a nationally known puzzle maker, to promote solving puzzles as a means of enjoyment and keeping the dogs of dementia at bay.
2. Seeing Eye Dog Day—commemorating the opening of the Seeing Eye Dog School by a blind man Morris Frank on this day in 1929 and the tremendous contribution to mobility seeing eye dogs provide to the blind and visually impaired.
3. 1942 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1942 on this day on a run of 6 weeks in the position was “Chattanooga Choo Choo” by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGBwmLRNLJ4    Glenn served in the U.S. Army during World War II entertaining the troops and sadly his plane flying from England to Paris to move his band to France to be closer to the front to entertain the troops was lost over the English Channel on December 15, 1944.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move to words starting with “o” is “obloquy” which means slander or censure which is what Schiff deserves for his lies during the Impeachment farce.  
5Runway to Addictioncelebrating the birthday on this day in 1960 of one of the first super models, Gia Caranga, who unfortunately became addicted to heroin and died of AIDs from HIV contaminated needles on November 16, 1986.
On this day in:               
    a. 1936 to the joy of Major League Baseball fans, the first inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown were announced.
    b. 1963 to the joy of pro football fans, the first inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio were announced.
     c. 1980 Rubik’s Cube made its international debut at the Ideal Toy Corp. at Earl’s Court in London.                                            
d. 2002 President Bush in his annual State of the Union Speech castigated three nations that sponsor terrorism as the Axis of Evil—Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
e. 2009 Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was removed from office following his conviction of trying to sell the Senate Seat vacated by Barack Obama following his election to the presidency.
Reflections on crosswords “Fighting with him was like trying to solve a crossword and realizing there's no right answer” Taylor Swift, noted popular singer.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

January 28, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Data Protection Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 28, 2020 Pseudo journalist Don Lemon of the Cack News Networks sheds any vestige of objectivity blasting Trump supporters as “illiterate rubes” (wonder if his statement validates the adage “takes one to know one”; although the market has bounced back from coronavirus fears inflicted on it yesterday, the number of victims keeps rising to over 4,500 with deaths now at 106 (for reasons that must have to do with face or the desire to obfuscate the extent of the epidemic, China has refused the help of our CDC); Trump may have pulled a decades old rabbit out of the hat in welcoming Netanyahu to the White House and revealing a new peace plan which involves a contiguous Palestinian state and large amounts of economic aid (biggest question is whether the Palestinians hobbled by Iran backed Hamas will buy into it and whether zealots like Squad member Rashida Tlaib will swallow her anti-Trump prided and support the deal); Trump’s legal time ends its defense today while the Blues remain fixated on Bolton and the need for witnesses, ignoring the simple fact that the House after listening to Trump’s legal time has not made its case for an impeachable crime (questions that we should be asking is whether there are any Blues, especially those in the Senate still in the race to replace him and who have a conflicted vested interest in not having to face him, able to ape Ford’s pardon of Nixon in order to not further divide the nation and vote to acquit; in New Jersey, a solid Blue state, a massive crowd is awaiting Trump who has a rally planned there; stepping back to feudalism in Indonesia, a female flogging force has been introduced in one province to punish women who violate Sharia by flogging; in one looks like a pro Clinton déjà vu that has Sanders supporters up in arms, key Clinton supporters have been put in place to manage the Democratic Convention (HRC simply cannot let go and must be in a huge delusional state believing that she can be the savior of the Blues by having her selected by the delegates in a brokered convention); six months after Oakland had announced it was closing down a homeless encampment in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Oakland, the city is finally doing just that;  in Chicago, as of January 27, 2020, 138 people have been shot of whom 23 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 a tie with Chicago with 23 murders by shootings (lead (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 Artie Shaw and His Orchestra,  the fact you are not in the grips of oblivesence,  a relevant quote by Nick Mancuso on “We Are the World”,  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 Data Protection Day—finalized by the U.S. Senate on this day in 2009 to promote and enhance the ability of people to protect against the unwanted dissemination of their personal data, a worthy goal but difficult in the era of Google and Facebook to achieve.
     2. International Lego Day—commemorating the filing of a patent for Legos on this day in 1958 to the joy of parents watching their children be creative in building structures followed by the bane of those in bare feet running to the nursery on hearing their child crying and then stepping on one of them.
   3. 1941 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1941 on this day on a run of 12 weeks in the position was “Frenesi” by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlVCCENmT_I    Artie’s performances thrilled thousands, especially U.S. Forces serving in the South Pacific where he performed during World War II as a sailor in the U.S. Navy, until his retirement from music in 1954. Married 8 times, he died on December 30, 2004.
   4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move to words starting with “o” is “oblivesence” which means forgetfulness which is the scourge of too many baby boomers as they start to move into their mid 70’s. 
5Drink and Paint But Not Drink and Drivecelebrating the birthday on this day in 1912 of noted painter Jackson Pollock who struggled with alcoholism and sadly after drinking too much in the prime of his career crashed his car one mile away from his home, killing himself and one passenger.
On this day in:               
    a. 1915a to the joy of boaters and to the bane of future drug smugglers, Congress passed legislation creating the United States Coast Guard.
      b. 1960 to the joy of professional football fans the NFL announced the expansion of the league to Dallas in 1960 and Minneapolis-St. Paul for the 1961 season.
    c. 1985 USA for Africa, an ad hoc group of 42 famous singers recorded “We Are The World” to raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9BNoNFKCBI for an amazing tribute to the creative genius of our artistic community coming together to face suffering.                                            
d. 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly on takeoff, killing all 7 astronauts on board.
e. 1988 the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of R v. Morgantaler struck down Canada’s anti-abortion laws.
Reflections on “We Are the World” “We are the world. We are the people and we deserve better not because we're worth it but because no worth can be put on the incalculable, on the infinite, on life.”Nick Mancuso, noted Canadian actor
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