Saturday, February 11, 2017

February 11, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Inventors' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 11, 2017 The lights are burning late in the DOJ as the Trump Administration must be plotting how to respond to 9th Circuit’s biased ruling refusing to stay Judge Robart’s decision (one can only pray that a better prepared and more capable lawyer will present the government’s case); ICE has been conducting raids to find and deport illegal felons these past few days and predictably the Blues are up in arms over the removal of felons (when will Blues understand the concern most Americans have over a very porous border for drugs, terrorists and illegals?); one of the great questions not yet answered in our voter registration system is how many aliens are voting as of today we know of at least one Maria Ortega a noncitizen who was sentenced to 8 year in Texas for voter fraud; in a it is sometimes hard to be a capitalist moment Marathon Pharmaceutical has obtained FDA approval to sell a drug to treat a rare form of muscular dystrophy among boys that has been sold in Europe for years at a price that is 50-70 times less than patients pay in Europe (Marathon’s price will be $89,000 a year); seven GOP controlled states have introduced legislation to end funding to any sanctuary cities within their borders as several cities across the country are bowing to federal moves to do the same (finally a sense of the rule of law is starting to creep into our political fabric); as  President Trump is raising the possibility of sending in federal agents to Chicago, the number of  mostly blacks who  were shot by mostly blacks in Chicago in 2017 through February 10 now totals 384, 63 of whom died but from Mayor Emanuel and the BLM nothing but the sounds of silence and the fact that of the shooting deaths in 2017  less than 3.5% of the homicide have cleared. 
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Ke$ha, factoids of interest for this day in history, a quote from Simon Cowell, hoping that in facing any issues today you are not a meacock, 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 Inventors’ Day—celebrating since 1983 the contributions of inventors to our society and celebrated on this day which is the birthday of Thomas Edison who held over 1,000 patents.
112 Day—celebrating in the European Union since 2009 the emergency number 112 which is the European equivalent of our 911.  
          3. Number One Song in 2010 —celebrating the number 1 song in 2010 on a run of 9 weeks in that position “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha. Here is a link to her performing the song:
Word of the Day—the word of the day is “meacock” which means a coward or effeminate person which definitely does not define President Trump.      
           5. I Can See Russia—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political view the birth on this day in 1964 of Sarah Palin former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate in 2008 and thoroughly lampooned Tina Fey on SNL.
 On this day in:
 1. 1808 Jesse Fell of Pennsylvania was the first to heat a building by burning anthracite over an open grate.
 2. 1929 Italy and the Vatican executed the Lateran Accord which recognized Vatican City as an independent country.
 3. 1937 a sit down strike at General Motors ended when GM recognized the United Auto Workers.
 4. 1953 President Eisenhower denied pleas for clemency from the Rosenbergs who had been found guilty of passing secrets on our nuclear weapons program to the Soviets and the husband and wife were executed in the summer of 1953. 
 5. 1971 87 countries including the U.S., USSR and the United Kingdom signed the Seabed Arms Control Treaty banning the placement of nuclear weapons on the ocean floor in international waters.  
Reflections on Inventors’ Day on invention: “When I think of invention, I always think of America. You're always seeing ads: 'Have you got the next big idea?' There seems to be that spirit in America of inventions and inventors. Simon Cowell, noted English reality show judge and entrepreneur. 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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