Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Mother Language Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 21, 2017 There may be a hiring freeze in federal employment but not at DHS as it ramps up to hire thousands more ICE agents to start enforcing the immigration laws of this country and end the “catch and release” policies of the Obama administration (Trump campaigned on a secure the border policy and he is carrying out that promise); Sweden is now sowing the seeds of an unwise admit without vetting refugee policy as following an arrest of a refugee for drug possession in a suburb of Stockholm heavily populated by refugees a riot broke out, burning cars and throwing rocks at police; Trump comes out swinging at the latest wave of anti-Semitism and threats against Jewish centers; more bloodshed in eastern Ukraine as Putin seems hell bent on testing Trump (probably emboldened by mainstream media’s speculation that Trump has ties to Russia which is a crock); in another sign of intolerance of religious beliefs French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen who is running on a conservative and nationalistic platform refused to don a head scarf for a meeting with Lebanon’s top Sunni leader and left without seeing him (French law bans head scarves and other religious symbols for its pupils); the carnage in Chicago continues unabated through February 20, rising to 478 shootings with the aim getting better so the total dead has risen to 87 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets better.  
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Glenn Miller Orchestra, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Russ Limbaugh, while avoiding swallowing any verjuice, 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. International Mother Language  Day—created by the UNESCO in 2000 to promote the right of people to speak and write in their native mother language even if the official language of a nation is different.
2. Card Reading Day—in a day meager on holidays and observances, a day set aside for sentimental people to pull out cards they have received and saved over the years for anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, and other memorable moments and read them to savor the memories of the events and the person sending the card.
3. 1940 Number One Song—leaving 2017 to go back to 1940 to celebrate the number one song in 1940 on a long run of 12 weeks in that position “In the Mood” by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Here is a recording of the Glenn Miller Orchestra performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPXwkWVEIIw
     4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “verjuice” which is a sour juice obtained from crab apples or unripe grapes.                      
      5. The Wild Life Begats the Wild Bunch—celebrating the birth on this day in 1925 of director Sam Peckinpah noted for such really graphic violent movies such as the Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs; he was troubled by alcoholism and died far too soon in 1984.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1842 to the joy of future seamstresses John Greenough was granted the first U.S. Patent for a sewing machine.
b. 1848 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto.      
c. 1972 President Richard Nixon visited China to normalize relations with that country.
d. 1975 former Attorney General John Mitchell and former White House Aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman were sentenced to prison for their roles in the Watergate Scandal.
e. 1995 Steve Fossett became the first balloonist to fly solo in a balloon across the Pacific Ocean after taking off from South Korea and landing in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Reflections with a familiar ring to them: “Reagan won because he was real. He believed in America. He told people he was gonna make it great again coming out of a disastrous four years of Jimmy Carter and Watergate before that.” Russ Limbaugh Change Reagan to Trump and Carter to Obama and four to eight and you have the perfect explanation of why Hillary lost and Trump won. 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.
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