Saturday, February 25, 2017

February 25, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Quiet Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 25, 2017 The DNC is meeting today to elect its new chairman and the question is how much further to the left away from the mainstream the party will move with Ellison and Perez both very liberal the leading candidates; DHS is moving at flank speed to start constructing the wall although still uncertain how it will be paid for (why not put every abled bodied male caught trying to enter this country illegally to work  building it?); news media outlets are still in an uproar over Spicer’s banning certain news outlets from a briefing while admitting some additional outlets that tend to be conservative; Trump still is having difficulty in staying focused on the economic issues that really concern us like jobs, security and growth and continues to attack the media and the FBI (the smoke coming out the  White House is not the notice of a new Pope but rather the burning of political capital in a wasteful manner); as the mere mortals brace themselves for a wave of political anti Trump rhetoric at the Oscars, George Clooney in accepting an honorary Cesar in France could not restrain himself from attacking Trump implying he represents hate; finally a glimmer of sanity in the Political Correctness Iron Curtain that has descended down on most of our colleges and universities, the trustees of Orange Coast College have rescinded the suspension of a student who taped a professor’s rant that Trump’s election was an “act of terrorism” (unfortunately for the students, the professor was not fired for academic terrorism in making it pretty clear that if a student disagreed with her views, a F would be in that students future);  Justice Ginsburg who looks like death warmed over has indicated she will stay on SCOTUS as long as she can (she really should resign due to age and health but such resignation would really tilt the balance in favor of conservative views for the next decade or so); in another you will not believe this moment a group witches have gathered to cast a spell on President Trump; almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated through February 24, rising to 502 shootings with the aim improving so the total dead has risen by 2 to  96 (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 the Andrews Sisters, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Anne Frank, while hoping that your favorite sports team plays in and wins a barn burner of a match, 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. World Sword Swallowers Day—celebrated on the last Saturday in February at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museums around the world to raise money for research in swallowing disorders and esophageal cancer.
2. Quiet Day—promoting the solitude and benefits of ramping down the noises that as humans we are constantly exposed to in order to reduce stress and promote tranquility (this is one observance that should be mandated on the political scene to tone down the escalating rhetoric against Trump).
 3. 1945 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1945 on a run of 7 weeks in that position “Rum and Coco-Cola” by the Andrews Sister.  Here is a recording of them performing the song:
     4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “barn burner” which means an exceptionally exciting event, especially a sporting event or in political arena Trump’s campaign and election.                        
      5. Too Biased and Profane to Handle—celebrating or bemoaning, as the case may be depending on your political view, the birthday on this day in 1975 of one very biased anti-Trump comedian, Chelsea Handler.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1836 Samuel Colt was granted a patent for a revolver. 
b. 1933 the USS Ranger, the first aircraft carrier designed from the start to be an aircraft carrier, was launched.      
c. 1939 in a sign that war was coming in the future the first of 1.5 million Anderson shelters distributed to civilians before the outbreak of war were distributed in London.
d. 1968 in the village of Ha My in South Vietnam, 135 unarmed women, children and elders were killed and buried by South Korean Marines in a common grave. 
e. 1987 after learning that since 1981 Southern Methodist University had been making illegal payments to its football players, the NCAA cancelled the university’s entire 1987 football season.
Reflections on quiet: “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.”  Anne Frank Hiding from the Germans the poor child and her family probably never saw the outdoors after the start of the war until they arrived at the concentration camp for extermination.  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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