Saturday, January 21, 2017

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

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