Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Horse Protection Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 1, 2017 Last night even the most leftist of the main stream media had to admit the Trump hit it out of the park, especially with the tribute to the Navy Seal who recently was killed in a raid in Yemen and acknowledging his widow; the market responded positively to the idea of unity and strength and after eight years of anemic growth under Obama the hope of real economic recovery by cracking the 21,000 barrier; as expected the Blues other than a few independent thinkers willing to put country ahead of party sat lifeless, glued to their seats still in a state of shock about what they were witnessing; two Blue rebuttal speeches were given, one by the former governor of Kentucky defending Obamacare and the other by a community activist (aka probably as someone without a job) Silvia Astrid whose focus typifies why the Blues lost—women’s rights, climate change and LGBT concerns when Americans are concerned about safety, jobs, drugs, and a porous border; the fantasy lives on in France where a petition is circulating (in ignorance of our Constitution) calling for Obama to run for a third term; highly symbolic that the Blue women all wore white—perfect snowflakes; nice article on the difficulties of living in San Francisco from a housing cost standpoint;  almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated through February 28, rising to 523 shootings but the death count still stuck at 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 Evelyn Knight, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Nicholson Baker, while not having to squint because of your emmetropia, 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. Beer Day—if in Iceland you would be celebrating the end of prohibition which had lasted from 1915 to 1989. 
2. Horse Protection Day—celebrated since 2005 to promote awareness of the plight of unwanted or abused horses and campaigning in states other than California where the practice of slaughtering horses for food is illegal to ban the practice in such states.   
 3. 1949 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1949 on a run of 7 weeks in that position “A Little Bird Told Me” by Evelyn Knight.  Here is a recording of her performing the song:
     4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “emmetropia” which means perfect vision which too many of us lack.                         
      5. The Cat in the Hat—celebrating the birth on this day in 1904 of Theodor Geisel, better known to his fans as Dr. Seuss who attended Dartmouth and wrote for the on campus humor magazine but was caught in his dorm drinking and kicked off the magazine but continued to write for it under the nom de plume Seuss, his middle name.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1642 Georgeana, Massachusetts (now York, Maine) became the first city to be incorporated in the 13 Colonies.    
b. 1692 in one of our darker historical moments Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba were brought before a local magistrate in Salem, marking the beginning of the Salem Witch Trials.       
c. 1781 the Continental Congress passed the Articles of Confederation.   
d. 1872 Yellowstone National Park was established as the nation’s first national park.
e. 2006 Wikipedia published its 1 millionth article (there are currently 5,344,821  English wikipedias and over 40 million non English wikipedias). 
Reflections on Wikipedia: “Wikipedia is just an incredible thing. It is fact-encirclingly huge, and it is idiosyncratic, careful, messy, funny, shocking and full of simmering controversies - and it is free, and it is fast. Nicholson Baker, noted American essayist and novelist  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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