Friday, February 10, 2017

February 10, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Umbrella Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 10, 2017 To no one’s surprise the leftist of the left 9th Circuit that has been overturned more than any circuit ruled  3-0 to uphold Robart’s enjoining of President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning entrants from seven hotbeds of terror nations (blood will be on their hands and Robart’s hands if Americans are killed by terrorists melting into the refugee stream); a bill has been introduced to split the 9th Circuit into two circuits for the reason that the circuit is too large to deal with the 20% of the nation’s population it represents although the ulterior motive after this last leftist decision may be to marginalize it; Blues continuing to insanely fight tooth and nail on Trump nominees but Price was confirmed as HHS Secretary on straight party vote (Schumer’s scorched earth policy still in full force and effect when we need compromise); in a sign of the continuing polarization and bitterness of the left Betsy DeVos was temporily blocked by a group of retired teachers and BLM members from visiting a Title I public school in the D.C. area (ironic that the school in question is now making progress now that a new principal with past charter school experience has been appointed); HRC has resurfaced in the Twitter world with a “3-0” on Trump’s executive order (does she really believe that anyone cares what she thinks—she is the new political equivalent of Newport Beach’s “Mr. Irrelevant,” the last college football player drafted but lacking any celebration and gifts; in the animal kingdom and on a very sad note, 400 whales were stranded on a New Zealand beach and 275 have died-tragic; after Trump evidently indicated he would honor a one China policy,  a U.S. Navy and Chinese plane had an “unsafe encounter” in the South China Sea (scary as what we do not need is a plane being shot down or colliding due to reckless maneuvers); as  President Trump is raising the possibility of sending in federal agents to Chicago, the number of  mostly blacks who  were shot by mostly blacks in Chicago in 2017 through February 9 now totals 376, 60 of whom died but from Mayor Emanuel and the BLM nothing but the sounds of silence and the fact that of the shooting deaths in 2017  less than 3.5% of the homicide have cleared. 
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Kelly Clarkson, factoids of interest for this day in history, a quote from Elizabeth Banks, hoping that your labarum if waved draws acclaim, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Valentine’s Day, 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 Umbrella Day—celebrating that most useful accessory that can be used to protect you when it is raining and from the UV rays when it is not. If you live in California you will need it today but at least we still need some more rain and snow to really get ahead of the drought.
The Inbox Day—celebrating the urge to keep one’s inbox clean or at least uncluttered so one can be much more productive at work.  
          3. Number One Song in 2009 —celebrating the number 1 song in 2009 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson. Here is a link to her performing the song:
Word of the Day—the word of the day is “labarum” which means a banner bearing symbolic motifs—the labarum of the Blues would have a corpulent pig with red ink saddlebags riding a jackass and sadly before Trump the labarum of the Reds would be that same pig with the same red ink saddlebags  riding an elephant.      
           5. If Hungry Go with the Bank—celebrating the birth on this day in 1974 of noted actress Elizabeth Banks whose is an Emmy Award nominated actress who has appeared in such films as W, Spider-Man and The Hunger Games.
 On this day in:
 1. 1855 the laws governing citizenship were amended such that all children born to U.S. parents living abroad became U.S. citizens.
 2. 1863 the first U.S. patent for fire extinguishers was granted to Alanson Crane of Virginia to the future joy of homeowners and property managers.
 3. 1897 the New York Times began using the slogan “All the news that’s fit to print.” Far from the truth today when the paper seems to be driven to follow “All the bias in the news that’s fit to print.”
 4. 1906 the British battleship HMS Dreadnought which rendered all other battleships obsolete was launched. 
 5. 1933 the Postal Telegraph-Cable  Company delivered the first singing telegram, a great idea but not great enough to save the company which was acquired by Western Union thereafter who terminated the service in 1974 although the art form still exists today and creates a memorable experience.
Reflections from today’s birthday girl on lessons learned: “I'm someone who grew up believing in not everybody gets a trophy. It's okay to lose. Losing teaches you something. Having to try and going through the trials and tribulations to actually overcome, to get there to win, to triumph, that's what makes life interesting.” Elizabeth Banks Too bad we as parents too often do everything in our power to prevent our kids from losing. 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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