Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 23, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Great American Spit Out Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 23, 2017 As the stock market rises to new highs and small business optimism rises to new highs over Trump’s ideas of tax cuts and regulatory reform despite the Schumer’s minions doing everything in their tooth and nail pocket to delay, the Reds gather for their annual CPAC meeting with Pence speaking today and President Trump on Friday; someone in Indiana is a very happy camper since he purchased the winning Powerball ticket worth $435 million (for his sake one would hope the tax cuts planned by Trump go through); backed by U.S. air strikes, Iraqi forces have seized a key runway in Mosul and in a classic example of “mission creep,” U.S. Forces providing training and advice are reported to be exchanging fire with ISIS fighters; we know that Chicago is reeling under a wave of shootings and today we learn that the CPS have instructed all principals to deny entry of any ICE agents without warrants (watch the  coming battle over federal funds and “sanctuary city” status; in a “Footloose” déjà vu moment the town of Henryetta, Oklahoma repelled its decades old ordinance against dancing event within 500 feet of a school or church—welcome to the 21st Century; the carnage in Chicago continues unabated through February 22, rising to 495 shootings with the aim getting better so the total dead has risen to 94 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight.  
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Robert E, Lee, while trying to tone down your zoolatry of your pets, 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. The Great American Spit Out—celebrating not a contest to see who can expectorate the furthest but rather a day to forego the use of all smokeless tobacco which has more nicotine than  cigarettes, is filthy, and causes cancer of the tongue, lips, and gums—not a pleasant sight.
2. World Understanding and Peace Day—promoted by Rotary International to promote understanding of and goodwill toward our global neighbors as essential ingredients in achieving and maintaining peace.
 3. 1942 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1942 on a long run of 10 weeks in that position “Moonlight Cocktail” by  Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, Here is a recording of Glenn Miller and his Orchestra performing the song:
     4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “zoolatry” which is the worship of or excessive devotion to animals a trait too often common to many pet owners.                      
      5. Easy Rider—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1939 of Peter Fonda, best known for his role as Wyatt “Captain America” Earp in the iconic Easy Rider and father of Bridget Fonda, giving us three generations of actors and actresses including “Hanoi Jane.”
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1778 Baron von Steuben arrived at Valley Forge to help train the Continental Army.
b. 1861 President-elect Lincoln arrived secretly into Washington, D.C. to thwart an alleged assassination plot (why the U.S. never created a trained protective detail like the Secret Service as a result is mindboggling).      
c. 1903 Cuba leased Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. “in perpetuity” which was a good thing as President Trump is planning to expand the number of detainees there (the war against terror would proceed a lot better if we deviated from the Obama proclivity to drone anything that moved and instead taking prisoners to extract human intel.
d. 1954 to the joy of parents across the nation the first inoculations against the dreaded disease polio began in Pittsburgh.
e. 1991 ground forces cross the Saudi Arabian border into Iraqi border beginning what Hussein touted as the “Mother of All Battles” which ended in an American and its coalition decisive victory in 100 hours.
Reflections on one of the reasons the Confederacy lost: “I have been up to see the Congress and they do not seem to be able to do anything except to eat peanuts and chew tobacco, while my army is starving.” General Robert E. Lee 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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