Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 14, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not V-Dayc

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 14, 2017 General Flynn has resigned over allegations that he misled Pence on his conversations with the Russian Ambassador; 75%  of the hundreds of illegals arrested by ICE had been convicted of violent felonies but the left is in an uproar over our moves to deport them; Yellin is testifying before Congress with predictions of more 25 basis point interest rate hikes; Kim Jong Un’s half brother was assassinated in Kuala Lumpur by two North Korean women who are still at large; Meryl Streep is back in the limelight attacking President Trump; news surfaced today of a Russian spy ship 70 miles off the Delaware coast; President Trump is not a happy camper with the leaks coming out of his administration to the media; in a looks like the drought is over moment, a dam near Oroville, California is overflowing forcing the evacuation of some 200,000 people down river with more rain expected later this week; 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 13 now totals 412, 66 of whom have 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 Wiz Khalifa,  factoids of interest for this day in history, a quote from Emma Goldman, hoping that if you want to engage in natation today that you have access to an indoor heated pool, 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. V-Day—celebrating since 1998 a campaign to reduce violence against women.
Valentine’s Day—celebrating the most favorite day for florists, jewelers, chocolate makers and restaurateurs.  
          3. Number One Song in 2011 —celebrating the number 1 song in 2011 on a run of 1 week in that position “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa. Here is a link to him performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UePtoxDhJSw
Word of the Day—the word of the day is “natation” which means swimming which unless you have an indoor heated pool is probably an activity to be avoided.       
           5. Never to Be Seen Again—celebrating the birth on this day in 1913 of Teamster Leader Jimmy Hoffa who was convicted of bribery, jury tampering and embezzlement of union pension funds, sentenced to 13 years but pardoned by Richard Nixon after serving 4 years. He disappeared on July 30, 1975 after going to a New Jersey restaurant to meet with a local mobster and was declared legally dead in 1982; his body has never been found.
 On this day in:
 1. 1502 King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I issued a decree that required all Muslims in Grenada to convert to Catholicism or be expelled from Spain.
 2. 1779 British explorer James Cook was killed by Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the island of Hawaii.
 3. 1899 voting machines are approved for use in federal elections.
 4. 1989 Union Carbide agreed to pay India $470 million in compensation for the 1984 Bhopal leak of gas used in insecticides produced there in which some 16,000 people near the facility died.   
 5. 2000 the NEAR Shoemaker began to orbit around an asteroid 433 Eros, the first time a space craft began to orbit an asteroid. 
Reflections on Valentine’s Day: “I would rather have flowers on my table than diamonds around my neck” Emma Goldman, noted 20th Century anarchist. 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 www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com 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.
© February 14, 2017 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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