Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Freedom Of Information Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 16, 2017  The drama of who will win the Iditarod is over with the winner by almost three hours over his son, 57 year old Mitch Seavey the oldest musher ever to win and the fastest time ever recorded; but the agony for 42 mushers still on the trail continues including the musher in last place Cindy Abbot who has left the Unalakleet  checkpoint 261 miles from Nome behind five other mushers about in an hour apart; Rachel’s hatchet job on Trump and her bombshell leak of two pages of his tax return which is probably a felony at least by the person who passed them on to Maddow was even slammed by the left media; bureaucrats, probably Obama holdovers, have been taking photos of the president and vice president down in a childish snit fit; a leftist 9th Circuit in Hawaii has struck down the Trump travel version 2.0 that Trump wants to implement until we have a reliable method of vetting refugees from countries that are failed states with little or no record keeping; preliminary notes indicate massive cuts to EPA, the State Department, Amtrak and the National Public Broadcasting Corporation (Big Bird loses his priority) which will get shutdown threats by Schumer and his lackeys (Trump is doing exactly what he promised while creating a massive amount of wealth in the market); big rally in Nashville for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare in three phases which is imploding faster than the exposing of the Hindenburg at Lakehurst (problem is that the fight over repeal and replacement is delaying the tax cuts and repatriation of earnings which this nation must have; almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through March 14 increasing to 618 and the death toll stable at 114 (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) and yet nothing, absolutely nothing, appears to be occurring to address this blight on blacks and minorities which is what racism from a black mayor really looks like; on the sports front USC down by 15 points at the half came back to defeat Providence; the Stanford Women as the Pac 12 Tournament Champion a travel to Kansas as a number 2 seed to play New Mexico State. Go Cardinal!   
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Chubby Checker, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Quaker Minister Stephen Grellet, while urging that the thrutches between the aisles that are becoming Grand Canyons in the Swamp be bridged if we are going to get anything done, 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.  Freedom of Information Day—created by the American Library Association to promote transparency in government especially government in the Swamp and promote awareness of the right of the public to obtain information from their agencies to learn what the government has been doing in a nontransparent fashion.  
2.  Black Press Day—commemorating the publication of the first press published by African Americans on this day in 1827 with the publication of the Freedom’s Journal in New York City and the contributions of the black press to preserve the freedom of the press and provide coverage of issues affecting blacks often overlooked by the mainstream media.      
3. 1961 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1961 on a run of 3 weeks in that position “Pony Time” by Chubby Checker.  Here is a recording of him performing the song:    Check out the long dresses, narrow ties and short haircuts. He is still going strong at 75 but not twisting as many nights away. 
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “thrutch” which is a narrow gorge or ravine which unfortunately cannot be used to describe the divide between the Reds and Blues in the Swamp and elsewhere which is more like a Grand Canyon and growing by leaps and bounds.  
5. Telethons to Die for—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1926 of Jerry Lewis noted comedian, actor and host of   annual telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association that raised $2.5 billion in an almost 50 year run. Still going strong at 90 proving that laughter and good philanthropy are the true fountains of youth.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1802 the Army Corps of Engineers was formed to found and operate the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.      
b. 1916 General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing led the U.S. Cavalry’s 7th and 10th regiments across the Mexican border in a failed attempt to destroy Poncho Villa.
c. 1958 Ford Motor Car Company produced its 50 millionth car, a Thunderbird.
d. 1968 ten years later General Motors produced its 100 millionth car, an Oldsmobile Toronado. 
e.  1995 in a what took you so moment but better late than never, Mississippi became the last state to ratify the 13th Amendment which had been ratified in 1865 and added to the Constitution.                                           
Reflections how to pass through life from today’s birthday boy:  "I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again!" Quaker Missionary Stephen Grellet and Jerry Lewis’ personal motto. 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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