Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February 1, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Freedom Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 1, 2017 Shades of the Nullification Crisis and John Calhoun the idiotic Blues in California are introducing legislation to make California a Sanctuary State; Trump has nominated to SCOTUS an appellate court veteran who was confirmed by voice vote but the Blues under a myopic Schumer appear to be preparing to filibuster his nomination (Schumer should realize that if he orders a filibuster there will be at least 10 fewer Blues in the Senate after the 2018 elections—go for it Chuck); the Blues are in a complete childish snit fit over Price and Mnuchin and looking like spoiled temper tantrum two year olds by boycotting a committee vote on their nominations so the Reds voted in favor without them to move their nominations to the floor of the Senate; Mr. Irrelevant Barack Obama is getting ready to become the dissenter in chief to President Trump as his legacy is being flushed down the toilet (who will be listening as HRC ran as an Obama clone and lost); Whoopi Goldberg is a total joke and an overweight disgusting has been and why anyone with any sense of sanity would watch her rantings on the View is unbelievable but for her to compare President Trump to the Taliban tops the charts for being pathetic and ridiculous; Nancy Pelosi is not among my favorite biased ideologues but this news item of her pathetic response at a Town Hall meeting defending sanctuary cities will stun you; ending on a sad note through Tuesday 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 for the month of January rose to 310  with 53 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 Shaggy, factoids of interest for this day in history, a reflection on Black History Month by Carter Woodson, hoping in you are able to avoid choking when you are experiencing deglutition, 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. National Freedom Day—commemorating the passage of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery on this day in 1865 and it being sent out to the states for ratification.  
          2. Start of Black History Monthcelebrating the contributions of African-Americans to our culture and society.
          3. Number One Song in 2001 —celebrating the number 1 song in 2001 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy. Here is a link to Shaggy performing the song:
          4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “deglutition” which means the act of swallowing which when it comes to most pronouncements out of D.C. bureaucrats definitely difficult to do.     
           5. King of Hollywood—celebrating the birth on this day in 1901 of Clark Gable who led quite a life with five marriages but was a binge drinker and three packs a day smoker who died from a heart attack at age 59.  
 On this day in:
 1. 1884 the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary A to Ant was published.
 2. 1942 the Voice of America began broadcasting to countries controlled by the Axis Powers.  
 3. 1960 four black students began the first of the Greensboro sit-ins at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.
 4. 1979 the Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Tehran after 15 years in exile in France.
 5. 2003 the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated on reentry to the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all 7 astronauts aboard.   
Reflections on Black History Month “We should emphasize not Negro history, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race, hate, and religious prejudice.” Carter Woodson,  noted 20th Century African-American historian, journalist and author and one of the first to study African-American history. 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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