Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 3, 2017 Looks like 2017 in the Pac 12 football is going to be a return to the days USC and the 11 Dwarfs as SC came back from behind to with less than 2 minutes remaining to beat Penn State with a field goal 52-49(going to be tough being a Stanford fan in the fall); in the poor optics of who shall watch the watchmen when the Commander of Twitter is watching, House Republicans first voted to eviscerate the non-partisan (hard to believe the such a word can still exist in Washington, D.C.) Congressional Office of Ethics and move its functions back to the House Ethics Committee and now have delayed that action; Ford wanting to take advantage of the predicted tax and regulatory reform that Trump will push has announced its intention not to build a new factory in Mexico and instead invest $700 million for a facility in Michigan; WikiLeaks founder Assange still hanging out in Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid possible extradition back to Sweden for sexual misconduct continues to deny that Russia was the source of the WikiLeaks from the DNC and Clinton campaign officials; Blues have signaled their intention to “slow walk” eight of Trump’s picks for Cabinet, including one of their own, Senator Sessions, heralding another fierce and bitter fight in the 2018 elections; in the first three days of 2017 33 people have already been shot with 3 fatalities and the 3rd is not yet done as President-elect Trump informs the nation that if Mayor Emmanuel cannot get violence under control he needs to call in for federal help (why this mayor has not called on the governor is mindboggling and why this sanctuary city is going to spend $1.3 million to hire lawyers to represent illegal aliens in deportation proceedings as opposed to spending that money to hire more police officers is mindboggling also); the former head of the Chicago PD leveled the cause of the surge in murders that has claimed mostly blacks shot by blacks on the BLM movement; on a final and happy note a two year old twin in Utah was caught on a nursery video cam of saving his twin from serious injury by lifting a chest of drawers off him (where were the parents while this struggle was going on?): http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/03/caught-on-video-2-year-old-boy-pushes-dresser-off-twin-brother-stuck-underneath.html
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant observation from John Steinbeck; an awesome video link of a two year old twin moving a chest of drawers off his twin, looking forward to enjoying the Word of the Day, dumbsize, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. National Sleep Day—after celebrating way too much on New Year’s Eve and probably spending too much time on New Year’s Day watching football and eating way too much, today might be the day to catch up on some sleep deprivation recovery after Arianna Huffington has been harping for most of 2016 that Americans do not get enough sleep and if catching a few more winks you can dream that all of your New Year’s resolutions are still intact.
2. National Write to Congress Day—commemorating a long standing tradition as the 115th Congress was sworn in today of writing to them to express one’s ideas by email, fax or snail mail (which is slower than ever due to security concerns particularly if a political contribution for the next campaign is enclosed probably will get read).
3. Number One Song in 1977—celebrating the number 1 song in 1977 on a run of 1 week in that position “You Don’t Have to Be a Star” by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Here is a link to the dynamic duo performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nb9jJg_wIU
4. Word of the Day—The word of the day is “dumbsize” which is the act of reducing the staff of a company or organization to a point where it can no longer function effectively; this is the mantra used by bureaucrats when faced with any reduction in budget or staff or in the rate of increase in budget or staff and which one can only hope President-elect Trump ignores as soon as he takes office..
5. Quitting Is So Hard to Do—celebrating the birth on this day in 1956 of actor and director Mel Gibson who unfortunately started drinking and smoking at a very early age (hard not to start smoking when your paternal grandfather was a millionaire tobacco businessman) but after some DUI’s seems to have turned his struggle with alcohol around due to AA and is supposedly smoke free after decades of cigarette usage.
On this day in:
1. 1521 Pope Leo X excommunicated Martin Luther.
2. 1888 the James Lick Telescope, aka “the Big Lick” located on top of Mt. Hamilton near San Jose was first used. Until 1897 it was the largest refracting telescope in the world.
3. 1938 the March of Dimes was organized by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to raise money for research to combat polio, a disease which he suffered from although most voters were unaware of the fact.
4. 1959 Alaska was admitted to the United States as its 49th state.
5. 1977 Apple Computer Corporation, founded by Steve Jobs, Steven Wozniak and Raymond Wayne was incorporated. Ronald Wayne in what has to be the worst deal in history sold his interest back to Jobs and Wozniak (had he kept it, it would have been worth north of $60 billion.
Reflections on the importance of sleep: “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” John Steinbeck, noted American author of such novels as Of Mice and Men and Cannery Row 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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