Friday, February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Stand Up to Bullying Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 24, 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 await President Trump’s address at CPAC today; news that by August which is compared to past administrations hyper speed, tax cuts and reforms will be in Congress (each day of delay gives the delusional Blues another day to consolidate their battered forces to fight to insure that notwithstanding the benefit to the American people that Trump will fail); in yet another problem with Russia emboldened by the pathetic HRC reset and a feckless 8 years of Obama, we are now facing a growing militaristic presence by them in the Arctic but how hobbled are we with $20 trillion of national debt and rising interest rates to respond; if you think the Blues have gone ballistic you have not seen anything yet as Senator Cruz predicted another SCOTUS nomination will become available soon as Justice Ginsburg who can barely stay awake is in her 80’s as is Kennedy who may want to stay on to mentor his former clerk Gorsuch; if you want to see an example of media bias and exploitation of children in action view this short anti-Trump piece from NBC ”News”—; in a day of news of chaos and dismay a slight ray of hope for this polarized planet with the news of discovery of 7 planets orbiting Trappist 1 a star 40 light years away as three of the seven may be in the zone that supports life as we know it here (long way to go so maybe we should focus on harmony and discourse here and damp the rhetoric); almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated through February 23, rising to 497 shootings with the aim bad so the total dead stuck at 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 Glen Gray, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Andrew Vachss, while trying to avoid amphibology in your speaking and writing, 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 Stand Up to Bullying Day—celebrated since 2008 on the last Friday in February and really should be observed every day of the year—no one either physically or cyberly should have to endure a bully and anyone of us not bullied who observes but is silent should be condemned. In honor of the observance today if you have a pink shirt in your wardrobe wear it and if not buy one for next year.
2. International Repetitive Strain Injury Day—promoting awareness of the workplace injuries caused by doing the same task over and over in the absence of proper ergonomically designed workplaces and celebrated on the last Friday in February.
 3. 1944 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1944 on a run of 5 weeks in that position “My Heart Tells Me” by Glen Gray.  Here is a recording of Glen Gray performing the song:
     4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “amphibology” which is a phrase or sentence that is grammatically ambiguous which is how the diplomats or politicians typically speak.                       
      5. An Apple a Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1955 of one amazing entrepreneur Steve Jobs, cofounder of Apple taken from us far too soon from prostate cancer.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1803 in a landmark decision SCOTUS in the case of Marbury v. Madison established the principles of judicial review.  
b. 1868 President Andrew Johnson became the first president to be impeached and like the second Bill Clinton was acquitted in the Senate, but unlike Clinton whose Blues voted on party lines, Johnson escaped impeachment by one vote of the required two thirds vote.      
c. 1968 the Tet Offensive was halted by the Viet Cong and NVA and Hue was recaptured by U.S. Marines but the terminal damage to the U.S. political support for the war had already occurred.
d. 1983 in a better late than never moment the Congress formally condemned the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.  
e. 2008 after 32 years of tyrannical rule in Cuba Fidel Castro retired as President aka the Alaskanpoet dictator of Cuba.
Reflections on the cowardice of bullying: “Fighting means you could lose. Bullying means you can't. A bully wants to beat somebody; he doesn't want to fight somebody.” Andrew Vachss, noted American crime fiction author and child protection consultant 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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