Friday, February 3, 2017

February 3, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Wear Red Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 2, 2017Mad Dog” Mathis in South Koreas indicated in no uncertain terms that any nuclear attack on us or our allies South Korea or Japan  would result in the Hermit Kingdom’s destruction (one can only pray that the leadership of North Korea understands that this was not a feckless red line in the sand empty threat); news headlines are that Japan and the U.S. are working on joint efforts to create billions of dollars in investment in U.S. and some 700,000 new jobs; Australia rejected keeping over a 1,000 refugees that Obama in another f-bomb moment to the safety and security agreed to accept (what was he thinking of and why did he not disclose the secret agreement until almost three weeks after the election); in another chilling reminder that radical Islam exists and is at war with civilization, a French soldier on guard at the Louvre shot down a fanatic with a machete yelling Allahu Akbar trying to gain entrance to attack museum visitors (fortunately he was not killed so the French may be able to extract intel);  after seeing the rioters rampage and suffer no consequences at Cal, a déjà vu occurred at NYU by the free speech suppression thugs who shut down a conservative speaker appearing on campus (violent protests akin to riots are becoming the norm sadly on college campuses); watch for bank stocks to soar on news that Trump will be rolling back by executive order many of the regulations under Dodd-Franks that have strangled banks’ ability to loan money to businesses; finally some positive news along our porous border as the morale of the Border Patrol agents is soaring under Trump’s plan to increase the number of agents by 5,000 and build the wall; as President Trump is raising the possibility of sending in federal agents to Chicago, the number of  mostly blacks who  were shot by mostly blacks in Chicago in 2017 through February 2 now totals 319 but from Mayor Emanuel and the BLM nothing but the sounds of silence. 
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Jenifer Lopez and LL Cool J, factoids of interest for this day in history, a reflection on the Four Chaplains’ sense of duty, hoping if a scholar you have a famulus to be viewed as brilliant, 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. Wear Red Day—commemorating not the growing trend of women to support the Republican Party and the election of Donald Trump but rather the efforts of women to promote awareness of the toll taken on women by heart attacks and strokes many of which are preventable by diet, exercise and life style changes.
Four Chaplains Daycommemorating the bravery and heroic acts of four army chaplains aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester carrying 902 men was torpedoed by a German U-Boat only 150 miles from Greenland and sank in 20 minutes. The four chaplains calmed the panic, handed out life jackets and when the life jackets gave out, handed over their own to four men who then might live and perished among the 672 who died.
          3. Number One Song in 2003 —celebrating the number 1 song in 2003 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “ All I Have” by Jennifer Lopez with LL Cool J. Here is a link to the dynamic duo performing the song:
          4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “famulus” which means an assistant especially one working for a magician or scholar; behind every great judge like Justice White and Justice Kennedy there is a great famulus like Judge Gorsuch.     
           5. A Fair Child Can Excel In TV—celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of Patsy McClenny, better known as Morgan Fairchild, noted sultry TV actress in the late 70’s and early 80’s and like many in Hollywood is a Blue and gave money to Hillary Clinton.  
 On this day in:
 1. 1690 the colony of Massachusetts issued the first paper money in the thirteen colonies.
 2. 1870 the 15th Amendment was ratified guaranteeing the right to vote to all American male citizens, regardless of race.  
 3. 1917 the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Germany one day after it announced the recommence of unrestricted submarine warfare against the merchant ships of neutral nations including the United States.
 4. 1959 on a day which would later be known  as the “Day the Music Died” Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and “the Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a private airplane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
 5. 1995 Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a Space Shuttle when the Discovery blasted off at night for a rendezvous and fly around the Russian MIR Space Station (we can cooperate with the Russians)..  
Reflections on the sacrifice of the four chaplains:  “Not for my safe return, that would not be fair. Just pray that I shall do my duty…Never be a coward…and have the strength, courage and understanding of men. Just pray that I shall be adequate.” Chaplin Poling, one of the four chaplains in a letter to his father sent before boarding the ill fated Dorchester. 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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