Monday, February 6, 2017

February 6, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Ronald Reagan Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 6, 2017 Amazing Super Bowl comeback win for the Patriots in overtime; surprise, surprise Lady Gaga did not use her half time performance as a platform to blast the Trump Administration and his policies though one could detect hints of politics in some of the ads which seemed mediocre; protests around the country to the freezing of immigration and entrance from seven countries primarily Muslim where the president feels we have no ability to vet those entrants; the drama continues on Monday as the DOJ will be filing further briefs with the 9th  Circuit in support of the freeze; on a pre Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump announced that Vice President Pence will lead a study of voter registration irregularities and is looking forward to Americans receiving a tax cut in 2017 and a replacement for the ACA before the end of the year; at the request of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the BIA will be sending agents to close down the campsites protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline as another 76 protestors have been arrested; in yet another example of how crazy this world has become,  an armed shopper came to the aid of a Wal-Mart employee in a South Florida parking lot trying to stop 4 people trying to load shoplifted diapers into their carjacked vehicle and in fear of his life shot and killed one of the four shoplifters; in an interesting make the punishment fit the crime, a Twin Falls judge has sentenced a 19 year old defendant who pleaded guilty to raping a 14 year old girl to five to fifteen years in prison but with a parole condition that he not have sex unless he is married to his partner (not sure if constitutional but has to be a great deterrent); Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate today her 65th year on the English throne; 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 4 now totals 357, 57 of whom died 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 Mario, factoids of interest for this day in history, a quote from Ronald Reagan, hoping that people and things in your life are not hinky, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Valentine’s Day, 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. Ronald Reagan Day—celebrating the contributions of Ronald Reagan to California and this nation as the only governor of California to also become president.
International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilationcreating awareness of this barbaric practice in many Muslim countries and fighting to eradicate this barbaric practice that civilization should condemn; if any man who allowed this to happen to a daughter were to be castrated or at minimum be sterilized the practice would most likely cease overnight.
          3. Number One Song in 2005 —celebrating the number 1 song in 2005 on a long run of 9 weeks in that position “Let Me Love You” by Mario. Here is a link to Mario performing the song:
          4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “hinky” which means a person or thing that is suspect, unreliable or dishonest which describes too many politicians and media to a tee.     
           5. Even an Angel on One’s Shoulder May Not Protect One—celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of the daughter of Nat King Cole who earned seven Grammys but struggled with heroin and crack cocaine addiction; she died at the age of 65 from congestive heart failure exacerbated by hepatitis C infection resulting from the use of needles and a kidney transplant.  
 On this day in:
 1. 1819 Sir Thomas Raffles founded Singapore (his legacy still exists in the form of the Raffles Hotel and the Singapore Sling).
 2. 1843 the first minstrel show, the Virginia Minstrels with whites in black face and demeaning African Americans opened at the Bowery Amphitheater in New York City.
 3. 1918 British women over the age of 30 were granted the right to vote.
 4. 1959 Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments filed the first patent application for an integrated circuit laying the foundation for the Computer Age.
 5. 1976 Lockheed president Carl Kotchian testifying under oath to a Senate Subcommittee admitting paying some $3 million in bribes to Prime Minister Tanaka who was found guilty of accepting bribes but amazingly remained in office while his case dragged on on appeal.
Reflections from the grave on why Hillary lost to Trump:   “The struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.” Ronald Reagan in a speech before the National Association of Evangelicals, March 8, 1983 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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