Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 22, 2017 Rachel Maddow should be ashamed of herself over calling President Trump ’s speech “anti-Semitic” when immediately after it Israel announced plans to continue construction of settlements and its plans to have Netanyahu call President Trump; despite the numerous protest marches in the Capital and across this nation to the election of President Trump, what other nation allows such peaceful assembly (why does the left in demeaning this nation not understand that irony?); President Trump expressed his support for the CIA; deadly tornados in the South; scary news that a British Trident submarine in error launched an unarmed missile off the coast of Florida which veered toward the U.S. mainland (big debate in Britain over whether it can afford to pay 40 billion pounds to modernize its Trident fleet as President Trump campaigned on insisting NATO members step up to the plate on defense spending); on a light hearted note the city of Auburn, Kentucky has declared war on the Amish by requiring equine diapers on their horses when on a public street (remember the fuss over bovine diapers in California to cut down on methane emissions from dairy cows?); pace of killings in Chicago picked up with 3 killed bringing the total to 38 through Saturday and 183 shot and wounded.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to All 4 Love, factoids of interest for this day in history, an observation on the Mac by Steve Jobs, looking forward to using your ulu without cutting yourself 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. Roe v. Wade Day—celebrating or bemoaning depending on one’s point of view the decision of SCOTUS Roe v. Wade to legalize abortion in all 50 states.
2. National Celebration of Life Day—celebrating the lives of our children and grandchildren whose journey in the womb was not aborted but went full term; but really an observance that should be celebrated each and every day as life is so very precious.
3. Number One Song in 1992—celebrating the number 1 song in 1992 on a run of 1 week in that position “Color Me Badd” by All 4 Love. Here is a link to the band performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PccRs1HR7VI
4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “ulu” which a short-handled knife with a broad crescent-shaped blade, used by Inuit women. in Alaska.
5. Don’t Spin My Head Around—celebrating the birth on this day in 1959 of actress Linda Blair, best noted for her role in The Exocist and with the bubious distinction of being nominated for 6 Golden Raspberry Awards, and winning four.
On this day in:
1. 1905 at St. Petersburg, Russia soldiers of the Tsar fired at crowds of protestors marching to the Winter Palace to present a petition to the Tsar; it was the beginning of the end of the Romanovs.
2. 1917 appalled by the carnage in Europe, President Woodrow Wilson of a still neutral United States called for “Peace without Victory” which unfortunately for the men in the trenches was ignored.
3. 1946 the U.S. established the Central Intelligence Group, the forerunner to the Central Intelligence Agency that President Trump visited yesterday.
4. 1970 the Boeing 747, the world’s first jumbo jet began commercial service with a Pan Am flight from JFK to London.
5. 1984 Apple introduced its Macintosh consumer computer to the world during commercials at Super Bowl XVII (the commercial will go down as one of the best ever produced). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtvjbmoDx-I
Reflections on the Macintosh personal computer: “Part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, poets, and artists, and zoologists, and historians. They also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world. But if it hadn't been computer science, these people would have been doing amazing things in other fields.” Steve Jobs Wise words from Steve Jobs even if sometimes technology of computers seems to overwhelm those of us even poets who are members of the first and second class of Baby Boomers while our kids and grandkids are completely at home with computers. 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. Goto 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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