Tuesday, January 21, 2020

January 21, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not One Liners Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 21, 2020 As Schumer makes his final obfuscation that McConnell is destroying the Constitution and engaging in a cover-up by not allowing witnesses to supplement a botched biased impeachment circus in the House led by lying Adam Schiff, while Trump is heavily engaged in the people’s business at Davos, impeachment proceedings begin today in the Senate (Schiff must be passing bricks as House members who will correct his lies during the House’s kangaroo court have been added to Trump's defense team; in a it takes one to know one, Hillary in an interview with Hollywood Reporter, an icon of political reporting integrity, slams one time rival Bernie Sanders as someone no one likes to work with (certainly the same would be true with respect to HRC but Sanders should be more concerned over the trillions upon trillions of dollars his far left plans will cost and the negative impact on our economy such plans will entail); if you were hoping that HRC would fade into the sunset, think again as HULU is premiering a document on her, the trailer for which looks like a campaign ad for her to be nominated to run again for president; the gasping sounds you may be hearing are those of ObamaCare on its last breaths as SCOTUS has refused to expedite an appeal in essence striking it down due to unconstitutionality of the individual mandate without a penalty which was removed by Congress (concern Reds should have is that they do not have a viable replacement and voters loath losing subsidies); don’t pop the corks yet in the belief that Iran is going to join the ranks of civilized nations as an Iranian law maker, Ahmad Hamzeh, from Kernan, the birthplace of Soleimani, has announced a $3 million bounty on Trump and demanded Iran pursue development of ICBMs capable of carrying nuclear weapons (if Britain, France, and  Germany are on the fence on jointing the US in imposing additional economic sanctions on Iran, such threats should get them off it; in the Iranian version of the Texas two step, Iran admitted that a Russian made missile took down the Ukrainian passenger jet but then refused to turn over the black box from the doomed airplane; Virginia’s Blues’ attempt to characterize an anit-gun control regulations protest as a state of emergency failed miserably as the protest by demonstrators many of whom were displaying was totally peaceful; China’s coronavirus outbreak has the world jumpy that a new pandemic is about to be released with deadly consequences as the first case has been reported in the U.S.; in Chicago, as of January 20, 2020, 105 people have been shot of whom 18 have died but none on MLK Day; 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 to a tie with Chicago and suffered 18 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 Roy Noble and His Orchestra,  the fact you do not normally exhibit a obedible personality, a relevant quote from John DeLorean on General Motors' failings,  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. Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day—celebrated on the Tuesday of Healthy Weight Week to promote shying away from the latest fad diet which may result in loss of weight which is quickly reacquired and replace it with a diet that is balanced with an exercise program that is maintainable.
2. National One Liners Day—created to memorialize famous one liners in films like from Lauren Bacall to Humphrey Bogart “If you want me just whistle.”
   3. 1935 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1935 on this day on a run of 7 weeks in the position was “The Isle of Capri” by Roy Noble and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: Roy lived to the ripe old age of 75 before succumbing to cancer.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move to words starting with “o” is “obedible” which means docile or subject to obedience which definitely does not describe our president. 
5. Moon No Longer There For Howlingcelebrating the birthday on this day in 1938 of Robert Westin Smith, better known to his music fans as Wolfman Jack, noted radio disk jockey with a gravelly voice who was the inspiration for American Graffiti but who loved his Camels too much and died in his driveway after hugging his wife on July 1, 1995 at the way too young age of 57.
On this day in:               
    a. 1950 in a scandal that put Richard Nixon on the political map, Alger Hiss, an American lawyer and government official was convicted of perjury following his testimony before HUAC on his membership and involvement with the Communist Party.    
     b. 1981 production of the stainless steel, gull winged DeLorean sports car commenced and continued until 1983 when the last of the 9000 cars had been produced.
     c. 1997 the U.S. House of Representatives in a rare case of true bipartisanship voted 395-28 to reprimand Speaker of the House Newt Ginrich for ethics violations involving the tax exempt status of a college course taught by him, something the House had never done before.                                            
d. 1999 in an example of the magnitude of the drug smuggling problem facing the U.S., a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter intercepted a ship with almost 5 tons of cocaine aboard it bound for the U.S.
e. 2017 in the first display of what many would call Trump Derangement Syndrome, protesters in over 400 cities across America and 160+ countries worldwide participated in a large-scale women’s march on President Trump’s first full day as President of the United States.
 Reflections on what the automobile industry’s leader General Motors could have done to make the world a better place: …Our corporation has lost credibility with the public and the government because each new emissions standard has been greeted by our management’s immediate cries of “impossible,” “prohibitively expensive,” “not economically responsible” — usually before we even knew what it involved. The remarkable thing is that with all of our resources and the amount we tell the government we are spending on emissions research that most of the significant developments in this field have come from someone else … When we tell government about our large expenditures for emissions controls we don’t bother to tell them that very little is being spent on R and D and that most of our money is spent on adapting hardware to our wide variety of engines.” John DeLorean in a non responded to memorandum to his boss which lead to his resignation and starting of DeLorean Motors.
     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 16, 2020

January 16, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Religious Freedom Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 16, 2020 The Impeachment Circus has begun with the ringmaster barely able to hold her glee as she signed the Articles and then passed out pens to her lackeys as Justice Roberts swore in the 100 Senators who with straight faces on the Blue side of the aisle intoned their impartiality (believe that especially those who ran or are running for his job and fear like Rep Green admitted “We can’t beat him so we must impeach him as you believe in the tooth fairy); “trial” starts tomorrow and be alert for the sound bites making a case for or against impeachment; the inane policy of sanctuary cities has claimed another victim, this time in NYC as an illegal alien released despite a detainer request from ICE is back in custody for the murder of a 92 year old woman (wonder in that cowardly idiot De Blasio will show his face at her funeral?); in a potentially damaging report to Trump the IG for the GAO indicated that by withholding funds to Ukraine, the Trump Administration broke the law a contention the OMB has strongly opposed; while Ilhan Omar continues to bite the hand that lifted her out of Somali refugee camp, an Iraqi refugee, Dalia al-Aqidi, is running as a Red to replace her joining a field of 5 other Reds and 2 Blues seeking to replace this anti-Semite BDS incumbent (RNC should remain neutral in primary but hopefully open war chest to defeat Omar if she wins her primary; Trump needs to add as a corollary to “Keep America Great Again” “It’s the unemployment rate stupid” (with apologies to Clinton) as the average unemployment rate during his first 35 months has been better only by George Bush in his first term; President Trump must have heard Sanders intone after being sworn in the Senate must walk and chew gum at the same time as Trump always working to better America will be attending the economic summit at Davos (probably will enjoy the envy as the markets closed to all time highs as the Dow has it sights on 30,000); in Chicago, as of January 15, 2020, 74 people have been shot of whom 13 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 is still ahead of Chicago and suffered 15 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 Roy Noble and His Orchestra with Al Bowlly vocals,  the fact you do not normally exhibit obduracy, a relevant quote from the Columbus mission in orbit by Mission Specialist Laurel Clark,  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. Religious Freedom Day—celebrating the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom written by Thomas Jefferson on this day in 1786 which formed the basis for our 1st Amendment.
2. National Without a Scalpel Day—created in 2015 to promote minimally invasive procedure without surgery to deal with such illnesses as heart disease, stroke, aneurysms, and uterine fibroids and to promote the procedures due to much lower costs and recovery time.
   3. 1934 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1934 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “The Old Spinning Wheel” by Roy Noble and His Orchestra with vocals by Al Bowlly. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkypcZua3-E  Roy lived to the ripe old age of 75 before succumbing to cancer and Al after recording some 1000 songs was killed by a Luftwaffe parachute bomb on April 16, 1941 in London.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move to words starting with “o” is “obduracy” which means stubbornness or persistence which describes to a tee the Blues’ resistance to the Trump Agenda. 
5. Götterdämmerung in the Evergreen Statebemoaning the birthday on this day in 1953 of Robert Jay Matthews the founder of a white supremacist group known as the Order. members of which were wanted for bank robbery and counterfeit; he was surrounded by 75 agents at his home on Whidbey Island who after a brief standoff and in response to over 1000 assault rifle rounds fired at them, shot flares and tear gas into his house on December 8, 1984 killing him by smoke inhalation when the house caught fire.
On this day in:               
     a. 1919 Nebraska became the 36th to ratify the 18th Amendment implementing Prohibition in one year.    
     b. 1964 the play Hello Dolly opened on Broadway for the first of 2684 performances.
     c. 2001 in a symbolically better late than never moment, President Bill Clinton awarded posthumously Teddy Roosevelt the Congressional Medal of Honor.                                            
d. 2003 the Space Shuttle Columbia successfully was launched only to on its return 16 days later disintegrate on reentry, killing all aboard.
e. 2020 the trial phase of the impeachment of Donald Trump moves to the trial phase in the Senate.
 Reflections on space travel before the disaster:”Hello from above our magnificent planet Earth. The perspective is truly awe-inspiring....I have seen some incredible sights: lightning spreading over the Pacific, the Aurora Australis lighting up the entire visible horizon...the crescent moon setting over the limb of Earth... Every orbit we go over a slightly different part of the Earth... Whenever I do get to look out, it is glorious. Even the stars have a special brightness. I've seen my ‘friend' Orion several times. ... I feel blessed to be here representing our country and carrying out the research of scientists around the world. ...Thanks to many of you who have supported me and my adventures throughout the years. This was definitely one to beat all. I hope you could feel the positive energy that beamed to the whole planet as we glided over our shared planet. Love to all, Laurel." Mission Specialist Laurel Clark e-mail to family and friends during STS-107 before its reentry disaster. 
     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, January 14, 2020

January 14, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Poetry at Work Day1


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 14, 2020 In a when it rains it pours moment, Michael Avenatti was arrested by IRS agents during a break in his hearing with the State Bar on whether he had embezzled large sumes of money from a client; hard to believe but the lure of the Oval Office has caused the two socialists Sanders and Warren to violate Reagan’s 11th Commandment and speak no ill will toward a member of your party as the two of them are attacking each other on the near eve of the Iowa primary (maybe not a complete breach because Sanders is technically an Independent running as a Blue); now that Iran PR agent Pelosi has announced she will release Articles from hostage status this week, news out is that Trump has assembled a stellar legal team to contest impeachment (Jim Jordan has indicated he would so serve if asked); in another example of how intolerant the Hollywood left is, Vincent Vaughn was excoriated for the sin of talking to President Trump and shaking his hand during the LSU Clemson NCAA Football Championship Game (yet the left expects the 63 million deplorables to like sheep go to movies featuring leftist directors and performers); Trudeau is off base heaping blame on Trump for the downing of the Ukrainian jet loaded with Canadians but sadly so typical in this hyper anti-Trump atmosphere; Prince Harry may have taken his first step to become financially independent as Burger King is reported to have offered him a new crown; given the poor ratings for the Blue debate is the flare up between Sanders and Warren, like a wrestling match, a choreographed effort to attract viewers?; in Chicago, as of January 13, 2020, 63 people have been shot of whom 10 have died but none on the 12th; 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 pulled ahead of Chicago and suffered 13 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 Fred Astaire and Leo Reisman and His Orchestra,  the fact your oakus is reasonably full;, a relevant quote on the Summer of Love by Paul Krassner,  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. Ratification Day—celebrating the ratification of the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War on this day in 1784.
2. National Poetry at Work Day—celebrated on the 2nd Tuesday in January by bring a copy of your favorite poem to share at work or better yet go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot and print one of his to share with fellow co-workers or if pressed for time go to https://twitter.com/alaskanpoet?lang=en to enjoy and honor the contributions made to our culture and society by poets.
3. 1933 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1933 on this day on a run of 10 weeks in the position was “Night and Day” by Fred Astaire and Leo Reisman and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM5PI6YINAM. Leo and his Orchestra recorded over 80 hits until his death on December 18. 1961.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move to words starting with “o” is “oakus” which means a pocket billfold or wallet, hopefully the credit cards in which have availability. 
5. Death Ends the Life of Riley--celebrating the birth on this day in 1906 William Bendix noted actor best known for his portrayal of the “Bambino” in the Babe Ruth Story and the lead character in the Life of Riley who died for pneumonia and malnutrition due to a stomach ailment on December 14, 1964.
On this day in:               
     a. 1943 in the first major battle between Japanese and American forces in the Pacific, Japan realizing it had lost in Guadalcanal, initiated successfully Operation Ke and successful evacuated literally under the nose of American forces their forces on Guadalcanal.    
    b. 1952 NBC’s long running morning news program Today debuted with anchorman David Garroway and is still going strong today.
     c. 1967 the first Be-In took place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park as a forerunner to the Summer of Love in California (doubt if the event could be replicated today with San Francisco awash in feces and used hypodermic needles)..                                            
d. 1969 the USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear career was racked by a series of explosions and fires that  killed 28 sailors and wounded 311 others but did not sink the ship.
e. 1973 Elvis Presley’s live concert Aloha from Hawaii was broadcast live by satellite around the globe was  watched by more persons than any other performance by an entertainer.
 Reflections on the Summer of Love: ”It was sex, drugs and rock and roll, and those were all fun. But at the core of the counterculture was a spiritual revolution, in a sense of leaving the western religions of control, and exploring the eastern disciplines of liberation. There was meditation. There were workshops in advanced breathing. The counterculture represented a certain economic threat, because here were several people sharing a car, or not getting insurance, but taking care of each other, making their own clothes, using less electricity, making candles.  The Justice Department was trying to infiltrate communes. I spoke to a friend of an ex FBI guy who said they had the FBI hippie squad. And they had to learn how to roll joints, the better to infiltrate with." Paul Krassner an American author, journalist, comedian, and the founder, editor and a frequent contributor to the freethought magazine The Realist, first published in 1958. He became a key figure in the counterculture in the 1960s as a member of Ken Kesey’s Merry Prankster and a founding member of the Yippies. His summer of love with his second wife lasted 32 years until he died of a neurological ailmanent on July 21, 2019 at the age of 87.
     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 13, 2020

January 13, 2020 Ridley's Believe it Or Not National Public Radio Broadcasting Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 13, 2020 LSU beat Clemson for the NCAA National Championship as Trump and the First Lady attended the game to the raucous cheers of those present; first Brexit and now Megxit with the Royal Family meeting to discuss Harry and Meghan’s desire to be self sufficient and reside outside the UK and the Queen issuing a statement that while work remains, a part-time move to Canada while issues are resolved; Blues and Blue Presidential candidates jumped on Trump for killing Soleimani like piranha attacking a steer in a lake ignoring the support of many Iranians for his death but only the sounds of silence when Iranians went to the streets to condemn the mullahs shooting down the Ukrainian jet just departed from Tehran, loaded with Iranians and Canadians (Pelosi breached the sounds of silence on TV by denying that the protesters were protesting the shooting by the government and in so doing looks like the number one PR agent for the mullahs); Trump tweeted this meme which sums up the Blues response to Soleimani, the downing of the Ukrainian jet and the responses of Iranian in the streets of joy as to his death and outrage over the downing: 


 AG Barr has indicated that the shooting at the Pensacola Naval Station by Alshamrani, a Saudi Air Force Officer in training, was an act of terror as 21 Saudi cadets were being sent back to Saudi Arabia (why officers on base are not permitted to carry side arms is a great mystery along with the failure of proper vetting); the DOJ is trying to enlist Apple’s help in accessing Alshamrani’s iPhone to see what additional radicalized jihadists he may have been in contact with before the shooting; Seattle went down to defeat against Green Bay as Pete Carroll was castigated for in the waning minutes of the 4th quarter for not going for a first down on 4th and short; the View is losing one of its saner members as Abby Huntsman is leaving the show to work on her father’s campaign for governor; a Wisconsin judge has ordered the State Election Commission to purge over 200,000 stale voters from registration and found the members of the Commission in contempt for failing to do so (watch for fireworks on this one as Wisconsin is a key battleground state that the Blues are going all out to flip including holding their national convention which may have more than its share of drama as it may be brokered; Spartacus finally was crucified on the cross of no policies, not plans and no solutions, only playing the race card and to the joy of many Booker has dropped out of the Blue race for president; in Chicago, as of January 12, 2020, 60 people have been shot of whom 10 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 pulled ahead of Chicago and suffered 11 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 Mills Brothers,  the fact if traveling you have a pxyus, a relevant quote on public radio by Nellie McCay,  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. Stephen Foster Memorial Day—created by Congress on November 2, 1966 to commemorate the life of Stephen Foster, a 19th Century American songwriter known as “The Father of American Music” with over 200 songs and first celebrated on this day in 1967.
2. National Public Radio Broadcasting Day—celebrating and honoring the contributions made to our culture and society by Public Radio made possible by the Public Broadcasting Act in 1967.
3. 1932 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1931 on this day on a run of 4 weeks in the position was “Tiger Rag” by the Mills Brothers. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-d4PlcAGb4. The Mills Brothers were the first African-American music group to have their own national radio show on CBS.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pyxus” which means a small box for jewels or toiletries, a perfect place to keep them when traveling.  
5. Pirates and the Blow Plank--celebrating the birth on this day in 1970 of Mario Panati, considered one of the best climber professional cyclists whose career was beset by doping allegations though he never tested positive; sadly in his later racing years he became addicted to cocaine and died on November 4, 2004 from acute cocaine poisoning.
On this day in:               
     a. 1910 the first public broadcast of the operas Cavalleria rustican and Pagliacci occurred from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.    
     b. 1968 Johnny Cash performed a live concert for inmates at Folsom Prison in California.
       c. 1978 alarmed over the possible contamination of blood by the HIV Virus, the FDA required that all blood donations be marked “paid” or “volunteer.”                                       d. 1990 Douglas Wilder became the first elected African-American governor of any state and the first African American governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  e. 2018 a false alarm of a pending nuclear strike on Hawaii caused a major panic in the Hawaiian Islands.
 Reflections on public radio: Public radio is the last oasis of free and independent music. For satellite radio channels, you have to subscribe; commercial stations are as corporate as basic cable.” Nellie McKay, a very progressive British-American singer and songwriter.
     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 12, 2020

January 12, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Kiss a Ginger Dayo1


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 12, 2020 If you had a hope that the FBI would reform itself after being caught red handed with its abuse of the FISA Court surveillance of the Trump campaign, think again as David Kris a former Obama appointee, staunch supporter of FBI surveillance, frequent left wing blogger and guest on the Rachel Maddow Show has been appointed to oversee FBI “reforms” as a result of its misconduct (talk about a fox being appointed to clean out the corruption in the hen house in this case by eating all of the chickens); after yet another example of a rogue nation shooting down the Ukrainian jet, it is way past time for the civilized nations of this world to condemn these mullahs by economically boycotting Iran and the first one who needs to do so is China which continues to buy oil from Iran (U.S. is throwing down a gauntlet to China do business with us and work toward trade deal or do business with Iran and face sanctions; Iran has admitted it shot down the Ukrainian jet “in error” as its streets are protesting the mullahs for the killing of innocents including a very large number of Iranians on that plane and news out of Iran is that a journalist and cameraman covering the protests in Iraq have been assassinated;  the Megxit Drama continues with the Queen calling a meeting of the Royal Family to sort out the ramifications and procedures of Meghan’s and Harry’s moves; in a like mother like daughter incident, Dina Lohan, the mother of Lindsay Lohan has been arrested in NYC for DUI after T-boning a vehicle outside a NYC steakhouse;; in Chicago, as of January 11, 2020, 57 people have been shot of whom 9 have died, but none on the 11th ; 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 pulled ahead of Chicago and suffered 11 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 Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians,  the fact if you do not suffer from pyrosus, a relevant quote on Philip Berrigan by his brother Daniel Berrigan,  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. International Kiss a Ginger Day—created by Derek Forgie in 2009 to celebrate the lucky men who are in a relationship with the 2% of women who are red heads with a kiss (too bad my mother is no longer alive as being a redhead she would have loved this day).
2. National Pharmacist Day—celebrating and honoring the contributions made by pharmacists to the health of the nation.
3. 1931 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1931 on this day on a run of 17 days in the position was “You’re Driving Me Crazy” by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMeLSsnxsFE.  He ended his stint of being driven crazy on November 5, 1977 by a fatal heart attack, ending 53 years of bring music to his fans.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pyrosus” which means heartburn and describes to a tee what the impeachment farce and sitting on Articles is causing many Americans.
5. Pinned to the Early Mat by Painkillers--celebrating the birth on this day in 1948 of 1962 of Gertrude Elizabeth Vachon, better known to her wrestling fans as Luna Vachon, a noted WWE wrestler and manager who suffered from bipolar disorder and sadly overdosed from prescription painkillers she had become addicted to on August 27, 2010.
On this day in:               
     a. 1932 Hattie Carraway, 17 years after the House had rejected a bill to allow the states to grant the right of women to vote, from Arkansas, became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.    
     b. 1967 Doctor James Bedford who had died from cancer several hours earlier had his body cryonically frozen and preserved to be unthawed in the even medical advances in the future would allow him to be revived and his 70 year old body cured of the cancer that had killed  him (talk about holding on to dear life).
     c. 1971 Priest Philip Berrigan and 6 others, 5 of whom were also Catholic nuns or priests were indicted but not convicted on charges of conspiring to kidnap Henry Kissinger and blow up underground heating tunnels in federal buildings in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.                                          
 d. 1986 Congressman Bill Nelson took Congressional Oversight to new heights by being launched as a payload specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.
 e. 1991 the House authorized the use of military force by the U.S. to force the Iraqis out of Kuwait which it and its allies did in 100 hours after commencing ground operations after weeks of aerial bombardment of Iraqi forces.
 Reflections on the protests of Philip Berrigan from his activist brother: ”I think of my brother just out of prison again. He will have spent ten years of the last 30 in prison.” Daniel Berrigan
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

January 10, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Lower Your Energy Costs Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 10, 2020 Even the House Resolution passed on party lines has not legal effect, the mullahs in Iran are dancing in the mosques thinking it does and that Trump has been hobbled and barred from any military activity and probably wondering how with the likes of the Squad they can get another resolution removing the sanctions that are destroying their economy;  Omar while pushing big time the BDS movement against Israel is up in arms after Bertrami County in Minnesota became the first in that state and second in the country to thanks to a Trump Executive Order allowing counties to do so banned the resettlement by the federal government of refugees; in a classic example of ineptness by Mayor Garcetti, the $1.6 billion bond issue to build homeless structures has opened its first completed project for a whooping 46 units (most likely over budget and way past over scheduled completion) but at least the city is moving forward in clearing out homeless encampments in the Sepulveda Basin, including a three story tree house; AOC has topped the charts in terms of fund raising but is increasingly in the Blue doghouse for not contributing a dime to Blue House Campaign Reelection Organizations (wonder if this darling of the left is going to incur the wrath of Pelosi for not ponying up); Trump at another massive campaign rally revealed why he did not consult with the Blues before ordering the strike that killed Soleimani because his fears based on experience that the Blues would leak the news of the impending strike; Vermont has had a bill introduced to ban cell phones for people under 21 (talk about nanny state in the extreme); a contingent of US firefighters sent to assist in the wildfires has landed in Australia to cheers of the airport crowd; Steyer is flooding the airways with his own money and it is paying dividends as he is moving up in the Blue primary polls; Pompeo announced new sanctions against Iran which will further add to the crushing of its economy which would really be flattened if NATO members would join big time in imposing as Trump has requested; in Chicago, as of January 9, 2020, 48 people have been shot of whom 8 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 suffered 6 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 Paul Whiteman,  the fact if you take precautions when camping or around your house if in forests to avoid pyrophobia, a relevant quote on the Treaty of Versaille by Captain Hank Bracker, 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. Save the Eagles Day—celebrating an animal comeback success story of the bald eagle once on the endangered species list from 1967 to 1997 when it was moved to threatened to 2007 when it was removed from the list all together (one of the great reasons to visit Alaska is that these remarkable birds are in great abundance, nesting in the trees and soaring over the landscape and waterways in search of fish.
2. National Cut Your Energy Costs Day—celebrating a great idea on how to help the planet in terms of climate change and your pocket book by cutting back your energy costs by such simple steps as turning off the tv, computer and lights when not in use, wrapping your water heater in a thermal blanket, weather stripping doors and windows, and lowering your thermostat and as an incentive use the savings to splurge on a great meal or purchase of a gift to yourself or family member.
3. 1930 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1930 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “Great Day” by Paul Whiteman. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqzSurlIyLk His great day ended with a fatal heart attack on December 29, 1967.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pyrophobia” which means the fear of fires and is a healthy fear to have during the wildfire season if you live in or near forested areas.
5. To Tell Stories--celebrating the birth on this day in 1938 of Stephen Ambrose, noted author and military historian, perhaps best know for Band of Brothers, who was a heavy smoker who died on December 13, 2002 some 7 months after being diagnosed with the disease.
On this day in:               
      a. 1920 the Treaty of Versailles went into effect, ending World War I but planting the seeds for the beginning of World War II that would begin in less than 20 years.    
      b. 1927 Fritz Lang’s futuristic film of the future Metropolis was released in Germany.
      c.1946 the first meeting of the General Assembly of the newly formed United Nations met in London, England.                         
 d. 1985 Sandinista Daniel Ortega was elected a president of Nicarauga and vowed to continue its path toward socialism and support of Castro’s Cuba.
 e. 1990 Time Warner was formed in a merger of Time, Inc. and Warner Communications. 
 Reflections on the Treaty of Versailles that went into effect on this day in 1920: “World War I that ended almost one hundred years ago, following the Armistice on November 11, 1918. The Paris Peace Conference was held to determine the terms under which this devastating war was concluded. A war that was fought for insane reasons and brought devastation to so many families only ended when The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. It had been a war that was brought on by inept bureaucrats and it was “The Treaty of Versailles” that concluded the war between Germany and the Allied Powers. This treaty required Germany to disarm, make extensive territorial concessions, and pay reparations to the Allies. The fact that Germany was required to pay unrealistic reparations during difficult times was the primary reason that the Second World War was fought a little over twenty years later by bringing Adolf Hitler onto the world stage!”― Captain Hank Bracker, "Seawater One"
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