Monday, January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Word Nerd Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 9, 2017  73 shootings in Chicago through January 8, 2017 and the mayor, governor of Illinois and for that matter the CPD seem totally helpless or maybe because most of the victims are black shot by fellow blacks indifferent (President-elect Trump  hit the nail on the head and threatened to involve the feds although the proper response should be the Illinois National Guard and assuming Chicago withdrew its sanctuary city status millions of dollars to put more police on the streets); the elite came out in force at the Golden Globe awards to intersperse their acceptance speeches with attacks on President-elect Trump  and true to form he could not refrain from tweet attacks back; great political drama by the buttercups in the Senate starting on Tuesday as confirmation hearings start on President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominations; another tragic black on black shooting in not in Chicago but Orlando where a true scumbag shown on the right who had been arrested 20 times in the last 23 years and was wanted for killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend shot and killed a female police officer shown on the left;   

while Iraqi special forces appear to be regaining Mosul, ISIS released a video showing “Cubs of the Caliphate” executing prisoners by shooting them in the head or beheading them (when will the civilized Muslim, Christian and all faiths and nonfaiths in this world declare war on these fanatics and kill every last one of them now that Obama is soon to depart); the Iranians continue to play naval chicken in the Straits of Hormuz forcing a U.S. destroyer to fire warning shots (in no uncertain terms the U.S. should convey a real as opposed to Obama red line message that it this nonsense continues those Iranian vessels will be blown out of the water as a new and real as opposed to feckless sheriff is in town); in a sad note that the nonsense in academia that has terminally infected our universities is alive an well in Europe students at SOAS in London are demanding that white philosophers like Plato be removed from the philosophy curriculum because they are white; on a really sad not the hollowed out redwood in Sequoia National Park has been toppled by the recent storm hitting California.
          As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, music links to Down Under and Joan Baez, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant observation on humbleness by Joan Baez, looking forward to having to use the Word of the Day “jumentous,” 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. Word Nerd Day—this is a whimsical observance honoring those of us who pride themselves on the use of the English language especially those chosen few who religiously check to Ridley's Believe It Or Not-This Day In History to see the word of the day and use it.
          2. National Choreographers Day—commemorating the art form of dance that brings so much life to movie or Broadway musicals and celebrated on the birthday of George Balanchine, one of the world’s greatest choreographers, on this day in St. Petersburg in 1904.
          3. Number One Song in 1983—celebrating the number 1 song in 1983 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “Men at Work” by Down Under. Here is a link to the group performing the song:                                      4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “jumentous” which might be the perfect insult as no one probably will know that it means relating to or smelling like horse urine which would be the perfect characterization of Meryl Streep’s diatribe against President-elect Trump.
          5. Like a Rolling Stone--celebrating the birth on this day in 1941 of noted singer and anti-war activist Joan Baez who was instrumental in introducing Bob Dylan to the music world and who is still going strong at 75 best known for her great voice and songs like “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”      
On this day in:
1. 1349 the good Christian tolerant residents of Basel, Switzerland believing that the Jewish population of the town was the cause of the Black Death rounded them up and burnt them to death.
2. 1894 the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company installed the first battery operated switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts.   
3. 1957 in a glaring example of the decline of the military power of Great Britain, British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden resigned as Prime Minister due to Britain’s failure to retake the Suez Canal.     
4. 1960 Egyptian President Gamal Nasser commenced the construction of the Aswan Dam (completed July 21, 1970) by detonating 10 tons of dynamite to remove 20 tons of granite from the east bank of the Nile.  
5. 2007 Steven Jobs introduced the iPhone to the public. 
Reflections on being humble: “I said in concert once, 'In my humble opinion...' and burst out laughing. I've never had a humble opinion in my life. If you're going to have one, why bother to be humble about it?” Joan Baez Probably in a nut shell explains why the birthday woman has had difficulties in intimacy great voice notwithstanding.  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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