Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January 31, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 31, 2017 The hysterical theater among the Blues continues unabated and getting worse from Schumer’s fake tears to an acting AG refusing to enforce President Trump’s executive order resulting in her firing (too bad she will not be disbarred) to Senate Blues boycotting the hearings on Price and Mnuchin and doing everything they can to delay a vote on Sessions (are there any adults left among the Blues?); not sure if one can take this with a grain of salt but the American Action Forum reported that Trump’s freezing of regulations will save the economy almost $200 billion; the UN Security Council is meeting to consider what to do over Iran’s flaunting of Security Council resolutions banning them from conducting ballistic missile development (great job Obama and Kerry); rumor has it the U.S. will pull out of the Paris climate accord in days; news that the attack on a Saudi frigate off the coast of Yemen was a suicide bomber not a missile and the target was believed to have been a an American ship and the attackers, you guessed it were an Iranian backed terror group (thanks again Kerry and Obama); on the ISIS front an infamous ISIS beheader has been killed by assailants in Iraq; ending on a sad note through Monday 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 305   with 52 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 Savage Garden, factoids of interest for this day in history, a reflection on life by Tallulah Bankhead, hoping in you are able to avoid any cacoesthes urge, 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. Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day—celebrating the payment on January 31, 1940 of the first Social Security checks sent out to retirees (the first check was to Ida Fuller in the amount of $22.54). Sadly with the aging of the population coupled with increases in longevity, this is an observance that we may not be observing in the future unless the program is reformed.  
           2. Inspire Your Heart with Art Daycelebrating one of the things that separate humans from all other animals on this planet, the ability to create art and to appreciate art; surprise your Valentine with a homemade card and a poem customized by the Alaskanpoet.
          3. Number One Song in 2000 —celebrating the number 1 song in 2000 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “I Knew I Loved You” by Savage Garden. Here is a link to Savage Garden performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjnmICxvoVY
          4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “cacoethes ” which means an urge to do something inadvisable like eating too much or exercising too little or in the case of politicians an urge to spend, spend, spend and then tax, tax, tax.     
           5. Good Girls—celebrating the birth on this day in 1902 of Tallulah Bankhead noted stage actress who struggled with alcoholism, smoked way too much, fought addiction and sexual proclivities and who died at age 66 from emphysema and pneumonia with her last words being “codeine bourbon.”  
 On this day in:
 1. 1747 the first clinic for venereal disease opened at London Lock Hospital.
 2. 1917 after a two year hiatus, Germany announced that its U-boats would resume unrestricted warfare against merchant shipping including ships of neutral nations like the United States.   
 3. 1930 the 3 M began marketing Scotch Tape.
 4. 1968 Viet Cong attacked the U.S. Embassy in Saigon while launching simultaneous attacks across South Vietnam, seizing Hue and holding it for weeks; the Tet Offensive as it was called spelled the beginning of the end of Johnson’s presidency and support for the Vietnam War.
 5. 2010 Avatar became the first film to gross over $2 billion in ticket sales worldwide.    
Reflections on a decadent life style from one who lived it: “It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.” Tallulah Bankhead 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.
© January 31, 2017 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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