Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February 7, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not "e" Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 7, 2017 Often times this poet has railed at Pelosi for her bias but maybe after Meet the Press on Sunday one should worry instead that Ms. Pelosi is losing it due to her bias as she railed against our new president, President Bush; the delay and obstruction party of Chuck Schumer loses again as Vice President Pence casted the deciding vote to confirm DeVos as the new head of the Department of Education (every Blue running for election should be punished in 2018 for voting against this champion of real education of kids as opposed to prior Blues heading the office who were mere puppets of the teachers’ unions); first the rust belt unions and now the teachers’ unions will fade off into the sunset as a wave of charter schools resulting in decent education will devastate the Blues’ campaign coffers; in another example of why illegal aliens are allowed to flourish here in this country, the nominee for secretary of labor admitted that he had hired (he claims unknowingly) an illegal alien as a housekeeper; in yet another classic example of government ineptitude and fraud Liang Zhao Zhang, a janitor for BART who fleeced his employer in 2016 for $270,000 in compensation including overtime was caught on camera for hours upon end each day hiding out in a closet and not working (his supervisor should be fired and Zhang should be criminally persecuted); in yet another chilling reminder of the brutality of the Assad regime, Amnesty International is claiming Assad’s regime has executed up to 13,000  civilians by hanging since 2011; the drama continues over Trump’s temporary ban of residents from 7 nations previously identified by Obama as hotbeds of terrorist activity and failed nation states in terms of vetting abilities with briefs being filed by the DOJ and plaintiffs (who must be praying that before the court reviews the briefs the inane argument of the plaintiffs that no terrorist attack by an illegal occurs in the United States); 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 5 now totals 360, 59 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 Beyonce and Slim Thug , factoids of interest for this day in history, a quote from Charles Dickens, hoping that if you are making gravy to complement your dinner tonight it does not excessively inspissate with lumps, 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. “e” Day—celebrating Euler’s number if you are a mathematician as today represents the first two numbers of the letter e--2/7.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Daycreating awareness of the infection of African-Africans by the HIV virus and the means to prevent such infection.  
          3. Number One Song in 2006 —celebrating the number 1 song in 2006 on a run of 5 weeks in that position “Check On It” by Beyonce and Slim Thug. Here is a link to Beyonce and Slim Thug performing the song:
          4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “inspissate” which means to thicken or congeal (do not pronounce the “p”).     
           5. The Boz Sketches Well—celebrating the birth on this day in 1812 of noted 19th Century author Charles Dickens who initially wrote under the nom de plume the Boz and in his two tours of America giving lectures became somewhat of a celebrity and earned the equivalent of over $1.5 million for his speeches.  Unfortunately, he died way too early at 58 of a stroke.
 On this day in:
 1. 1795 the 11th Amendment was ratified which granted to the states sovereign immunity.
 2. 1894 the Cripple Creek 5 month long miners’ strike began which quickly degenerated into violence and marked the only time in employee/employer relations during a strike that a state militia had been called up to protect the strikers.
 3. 1962 the United States banned the import of all Cuban products including to the dismay of cigar aficionados all Cuban cigars.
 4. 1992 the Maastricht Treaty was signed creating the European Union which after Brexit may be in the process of dissolving.
 5. 1907 NeXT merged with Apple leading to the creation of Mac OS X.
Reflections as to whether Michelle Obama was an English major: “I never knew what it was to feel disgust and contempt, till I traveled in America.” —Charles Dickens Since he received today’s equivalence of over $1.5 million for his lectures during his tours of America before and after the Civil War, mystified why he would make that comment. 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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