Monday, January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Fred Korematsu Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 30, 2017 President Trump sounds like an infomercial signing an executive order that requires for each new proposed federal regulation, two must be eliminated; troubling news that Iran is once again thumbing its nose at the world by test firing another ballistic missle;  President Trump’s executive orders temporarily blocking admission of visa holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries with massive terrorist attacks has been stayed by a federal court judge in Brooklyn and has been accompanied by numerous protests at airports across the land; the myopic chief denizen of the swamp Chuck Schumer has vowed with tears to empathize his commitment  to fight President Trump’s attempt to protect this country tough and nail; the big winner in the bro ha-ha over banning potential terrorists from Muslim countries is the ACLU which has reported a flood of contributions in excess of $24 million; President Trump will announce his pick for a SCOTUS Justice tomorrow and after seeing the reaction by the Blues led by Schumer to the banning of refugees, the Senate Blues should be shopping for lead jackets as my prediction is that regardless of who President Trump selects the Blue Senators will Bork him or her which means the Reds should use the nuclear option; stunning news out of Quebec on the shootings in a mosque that killed six is that one of the two shooters arrested is a Moroccan (the biggest threat to Muslims and why they need to join the fight against ISIS is radical Islam); celebs were on a rant and rave last night at SAG awards against President Trump—when will they wake up to the fact that normal Americans may appreciate their talent but think on political issues they are useless and clueless; Masaya Nakamura the creator of the Pac Man video game has passed away at 91; ending on a sad note through Sunday 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 293  with 50 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 Britney Spears, factoids of interest for this day in history, a reflection on internment by Fred Korematsu , hoping in your speaking and writing that you are not viewed as a blatherskite, 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. Fred Korematsu Day—observed in California, Illinois and Virginia to honor the birth of Japanese-American civil rights advocate Fred Korematsu who was the plaintiff in one of the worst decisions SCOTUS has ever handed down, ruling that FDR was justified in interning Japanese-American citizens on the West Coast after the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese.
           2. School Day of Nonviolence and Peacecelebrating since 1964 the idea that nonviolence and peace should be the cornerstones of any civilized education and observed on the anniversary of the death of Mahatma Gandhi.
          3. Number One Song in 1999 —celebrating the number 1 song in 1998 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears. Here is a link to her performing the song:
          4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “blatherskite ” which means a person who talks at great length without making much sense—a perfect word to describe most politicians whether they be Red or Blue.     
           5. Guns of August—celebrating the birth on this day in 1912 of noted historian and journalist Barbara Tuchman who won two Pulitzer Prizes for The Guns of August and Stilwell the American Experience in China.  
 On this day in:
 1. 1835 in the first assassination attempt on a U.S. President, a house painter Richard Lawrence tried to assassinate President Andrew Jackson but was subdued by Andrew Jackson and bystanders and ended up spending the rest of his life in an insane asylum.
 2. 1908 Mahatma Gandhi was released from prison in South Africa after serving two months by Premier Jan Smuts. 
 3. 1930 the Politburo under the urging of Joseph Stalin ordered the extermination the Kulaks which resulted the deaths through starvation and executions of over 2,000,000 innocents (had the Germans been thinking correctly, they would have harnessed the Ukrainians to their side and wiped the Soviets off the the map in WWII).
 4. 1945 in the deadliest maritime disaster of record, the Wilhelm Gustloff crowded with refugees fleeing from the advancing Red Army in East Prussia was sunk by a Soviet submarine in the Baltic Sea killing some 9,500 civilians. .
 5. 1948 after fulfilling his dream of independence for India Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu extremist Nathuran Godse who in a deranged sense believed that Gandhi was favoring Muslims over Hindus.   Godse was apprehended, tried, convicted and executed although two of Gandhi’s sons pleaded that his life be spared.   
Reflections on a really bad SCOTUS decision that has never been overturned and still is precedent that probably could be used against Muslim Americans: “As long as my record stands in federal court, any American citizen can be held in prison or concentration camps without trial or hearing. I would like to see the government admit they were wrong and do something about it, so this will never happen again to any American citizen of any race,  creed, or color.” Fred Korematsu  Scary thought as we become more and more polarized and fearful for our safety. 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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