Saturday, January 28, 2017

January 28, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Tet

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 28, 2017  President Trump received support for his proposed wall from Netanyahu; President Trump and Putin were on the phone discussing how to improve strained U.S./Russian relations especially in the area of defeating radical Islam; Reds after meeting in Philadelphia are coming to realize that repealing Obamacare will be easy replacing it is going to be a lot more difficult and will require votes of Senate Blues which are problematical at best; President Trump’s executive order freezing the admission of refugees from 7 countries claimed its first victims as 12 refugees were detained at JFK, an event that 2 Blue representatives turned into a partisan anti-Trump media event; President Trump tweeted that he will announce his pick to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Scalia on Thursday and the big issue in Washington is whether the Reds will exercise the “nuclear option” if Blues filibuster his pick; in another example of how divisive this nation has become Secret Service agent Kerry O’Grady has been placed on administrative leave for posting on Facebook that because of his policies, she would no longer be willing to take a bullet meant for him; more drama on the entertainment front as Oscar favorite Casey Afflect has been hit with a growing number of sexual harassment claims; on the sports front, Serena Williams beat her sister in the Australian Open for her 23rd major tournament win to pass Steffi Graf who had previously held the record in the Open era. ending on a sad note through Friday as President Trump is raising the possibility of sending in federal agents to Chicago, the number of  mostly blacks were shot by mostly blacks in Chicago rose to 282  with 48 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 Janet Jackson, factoids of interest for this day in history, a reflection on art by the birthday boy Jackson Pollock, hoping in your speaking and writing any adscititious words improve  the clarity of your thoughts, 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. Tet—observed by the Vietnamese as the lunar new year; if going to Little Saigon  today expect long waits in line at any restaurant located there.   
          2. Data Privacy Daycelebrating since 2007 the need to create awareness of need for data protection and privacy and promote best practices to insure the protection of data.
          3. Number One Song in 1998—celebrating the number 1 song in 1998 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “Together Again” by Janet Jackson. Here is a link to her performing the song:
          4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “adscititious ” which means forming an addition or supplement which is not integral— something politicians are prone to do in their long winded speeches when on camera during hearings and hoping to create the sound bite that makes it to the evening news.     
           5. On the Canvass of Life Bodies Splatter—celebrating the birth on this day in 1912 of noted abstract painter Jackson Pollock noted for splattering, dripping or pouring paint directly onto canvas; unfortunately at the age of 44 after a night on the town, less than a mile from his home,  he drove his car into a tree and died.  
 On this day in:
 1. 1878 the Yale Daily News became the nation’s first college newspaper.
 2. 1898 Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent became the first person to be ticketed for speeding for traveling at 8 mph and was ultimately fined one shilling.  
 3. 1909 U.S. troops left Cuba with the exception of those remaining at Guantanamo Bay who have remained to this day.
 4. 1915 Congress established the U.S. Coast Guard as a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
 5. 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff killing all 7 astronauts aboard.  
Reflections on art from one of its masters:”Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end. He didn’t mean it as a compliment, but it was.” Jackson Pollock  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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