Saturday, January 7, 2017

January 7, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Programmers' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 7, 2017 Tragic news out of Florida as an Iraq War Iraqi vet retrieves a handgun (the only item in his checked baggage which leads some to believe this might have been terror not mental illness) from his checked baggage and proceeds to kill 5 people and wound 8 others before surrendering after running out of bullets; the four black thugs who tortured a young white mentally challenged man are being held in Chicago without bail; President-elect continues to waste capital by casting doubt on intel concluding that the Russians were trying to influence the election; the twitter wars between Vincente Fox and Trump continue unabated over the payment of the wall Trump and his 62 million deplorables want built (build the wall and then figure out on how Mexico will reimburse us—an idea might be to impose a surtax on any money remitted to Mexican relatives by illegal aliens); shootings continue unabated in Chicago with the total now 66 for the first week of 2017 and the first week not complete; Israel is withholding its $6 million contribution to UN in protest to the Security Council vote to condemn Israeli settlements (when does the U.S. follow suit with the billions in contributes to the UN?) and ending on a good note Mardi Gras has opened in New Orleans to chilly weather but no rain to be a wet blanket on the partygoers.
          As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to John Lennon, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant observation from Jo Brand, looking forward to avoiding to having to use the Word of the Day “hoody-noody” to describe someone you have the misfortune not to be able to avoid, 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. International Programmers’ Day—this is an observance that honors the creativity of computer programmers and their contributions to our economy, culture and society or in the case of aging baby boomers complications of trying to adapt to and understand new and innovative devices loaded with technology many of us without young children or grandchildren are clueless on how to use.
          2. National Pass Gas Day—celebrated following National Bean Day on the 6th of January to lessen the embarrassment of flatulence or in California to protest Governor Brown’s war on methane emitted by dairy cows.
          3. Number One Song in 1981—celebrating the number 1 song in 1981 on a run of 5 weeks in that position “(Just Like) Starting Over”. Here is a link to John Lennon performing the song:                                     4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “hoddy-noddly” which means a fool or a simpleton which is what the architect of the ACA believed most Americans to be which is why the Democrats were able to pass this disaster which “knock on wood” the Congress and Trump will be able to repeal and replace.
          5. America’s Sweetheart--celebrating the birth on this day in 1957 if a liberal Blue and bemoaning it if you are a Red of Katie Couric noted liberal and many say very biased anchorwoman, journalist and writer who probably views almost all Reds especially President-elect Trump as hoddy-noddies.
On this day in:
1. 1894 William Kennedy Dickson received a patent for motion picture film to the delight of future denizens of Hollywood.
2. 1920 the New York State Assembly refused to seat 5 duly election representatives because they were socialists.  
3. 1927 transatlantic phone service was established between New York City and London.    
4. 1959 the U.S. recognized Castro’s government in Cuba only to watch it confiscated land and businesses owned by Americans in Cuba.
5. 2015 in another chilling example of the fact that civilization is at war with radical Islam; Islamists attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo killing 12 and wounding 5. Sad day for journalistic freedom but an example of what would happen if Sharia were imposed. 
Reflections on bias in journalism: “Anybody who has had the pleasure of reading an article about themselves in the press knows that, on the whole, there is a huge amount of inaccuracy, value judgment and the use of a crowbar to insert editorial bias that reflects the current political leaning of that particular paper.” Jo Brand, noted English comedian and writer. 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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