Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 25, 2017 President Trump is on a roll toward his job creation goals—signed executive orders to start process of building a wall on our porous border with Mexico and executive orders to strip sanctuary cities of federal grants and enhance ICE’s ability to deport illegal aliens; do not be surprised if Obama’s failed policy of admitting thousands of potential radicalized or easy to be radicalized “refugees” will soon be frozen; Chelsea Handler who is a fraud posing as a comedian continues to rail at FLOTUS (once again the left who preach tolerance are the least tolerant of them all when it comes to anyone who disagrees with them in the slightest); the Blues in the Senate led by the chief swamp denizen Chuck Schumer continue to try to delay confirmation of President Trump’s cabinet picks (at least some senators have a sense of duty and confirmed Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador 96-4 with you guessed it out of touch socialist Bernie Sanders voting no); Chicago which cannot keep its black citizens safe from black on black shootings is set to defy the federal government on Trump’s plan to strip federal funding due to its sanctuary city status will have a new ally as its school board will declare it to be a sanctuary school district (pure hype as more likely than not most illegal aliens have probably dropped out by the 9th grade); in yet another example of failure, a non-partisan report on the School Improvement Grant program that under Obama soared to over $7 billion during his term revealed the expenditure was a total failure in terms of improving students’ achievements (Schumer needs to get out of the way and confirm charter school advocate Betsy DeVos); on the economic front the Dow broke through the 20,000 barrier for the first time in its history and closed at 20,068.51 (thanks in large part to the election of President Trump); on the entertainment front Mary Tyler Moore is dead at 80; ending on a sad note through Tuesday as President Trump is raising the possibility of sending in federal agents to Chicago 248 mostly blacks were shot by mostly blacks in Chicago with 44 fatalities and from Mayor Emanuel and the BLM nothing but the sounds of silence.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to TLC, factoids of interest for this day in history, an observation on winning by Steve Prefontaine, wondering what xenology will yield while gazing up into the heavens, 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. A Room of One’s Own Day—celebrating the need of all to have their own private space that can be decorated as that person sees fit and so named to honor the birth of author Virginia Woolf on this day in 1882 who wrote a novel with the same title.
2. National Fluoride Day—celebrating the introduction of fluoride into our municipal water supply which first occurred in Grand Rapids, Michigan on this day in 1945.
3. Number One Song in 1995—celebrating the number 1 song in 1995 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “Creep” by TLC. Here is a link to TLC performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlZydtG3xqI
4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “xenology” which is the scientific study of extraterrestrial phenomenon (are we really alone in the universe or are there hundreds of planets out there with ET’s?).
5. Run Don’t Drive—celebrating the birth on this day in 1951 of Steve Prefontaine, one of America’s greatest long distance runners who tragically with a blood alcohol level of .16 crashed into a wall on May 30, 1975 driving home from a race victory party and was pronounced dead at the scene.
On this day in:
1. 1881 Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell agreed to form the Oriental Telephone Company to sell telephones in Greece, South Africa, Turkey, India, China, Japan and other Asian countries.
2. 1915 the U.S. became a much smaller nation when Alexander Graham Bell instituted transcontinental phone service between New York and California.
3. 1924 the first Winter Olympics were held at Chamonix in the French Alps.
4. 1949 the first Emmy Awards were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club in California.
5. 1998 Pope John Paul II made an historic visit to Cuba calling for an end to repression by the Castro regime and castigated the U.S. for its attempts to isolate the island nation.
Reflections from the birthday boy on how to beat him in a race: “Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.” Steve Prefontaine Sadly, alcohol does not bleed but it sure as hell can cause a drinker to bleed and bleed badly to death. 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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