Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February 28, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Rare Disease Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 28, 2017 Tonight Trump appears before a Joint Session of Congress to deliver his vision for America in first State of the Union Address (we can expect zero applause from the blues who will be glued to their seats and the only suspense from them will be can they in their devastated state refrain from showing no class and boycotting the speech?); 39 days into his term and already Blues led by the defeated Islamist anti-Semite Ellison and the scumbag accuser Maxine Waters are calling for impeachment (no wonder Trump is bemoaning their ultimate disappearance; Pelosi was on a full snit fit with cries that Trump is trying to make America sick again;
while we are moving full speed ahead to build a wall on our Southern border, news out of Europe is that EU charities are encouraging traffickers to set sail with boats overloading with  migrants from Africa to Europe under barbaric conditions and dangers; Mardi Gras at New Orleans was marred by another vehicle e plowing into a crowd of high school band members; ranking of all 50 states came out to add spice and interest at cocktail party conversations (for what it’s worth Massachusetts is number 1, California number 23 (with the government sector near last even with not a single Red state wide office and overwhelming majorities by Blues in both state houses of the legislature) https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rankings; almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated through February 27, rising to 517 shootings with 98 persons dead (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 Art Mooney, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from the National Organization of Rare Disorders, while regaling your guests with your abilities as a deipnosophist, 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. Rare Disease Day—first observed on 3/29/2008 to promote awareness of the needs of those patients that are suffering from diseases that affect a very small portion of the population thereby making it difficult to conduct research on trying to find a cure given the market size. 
2. Tailors’ Day—clothes may or may not make the man but they provide sources of income for thousands upon thousands of garment workers and tailors; observed on this day as it is the birthday of Elias Howe on 1845 of the sewing machine.  
 3. 1948 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1948 on a run of 3 weeks in that position “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover” by Art Mooney.  Here is a recording of him performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NobGWZEkKsk Do not ask me why the song was not released to time with a number one ranking on St. Patrick’s Day.
     4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “deipnosophist ” which means a person skilled in the art of after dinner conversation which you will if you regularly read Ridley's Believe It Or Not-This Day In History.                         
      5. Stoning Ends Rolling—celebrating the birth on this day in 1942 of Brian Jones, the founder of the Rolling Stones whose drug and alcohol use caused the band to ask him to leave in June of 1969; one month later he was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1827 the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company was formed as the first railroad to offer commercial freight and passenger service.   
b. 1847 regular steamboat service between the West Coast and the East Coast was inaugurated when the SS California steamed into San Francisco Bay four months and twenty-two days after it had left New York Harbor.      
c. 1940 the first college basketball game to be televised was won by University of Pittsburgh 47-37 over Fordham in Madison Square Garden.
d. 1954 the first color TV sets using the NSTC standard went on sale to the public.
e. 2004 over one million Taiwanese participated in the Hand to Hand 228 Incident rally, creating a human chain 500 kilometers long across the island to commemorate the 228 Incident where some 30,000 civilians were massacred by Chiang Kai-shek’s armed forces that had fled to Taiwan from Mao’s Red Chinese.  
Reflections on rare diseases from the National Organization of Rare Disorders: “Alone we are rare. Together we are Strong.”  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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