Thursday, March 9, 2017

March 9, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Get Over It Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 9, 2017 Just posted on  Iditarod Tails for this morning (so nice to do that as opposed to being swamped by chaos coming out of D.C.); the FBI is on a full court  press today to find who leaked the documents to WikiLeaks pertaining to the CIA’s secret ability to hack into cell phones, TVs and other electronic devices (I do not think that anyone believes the CIA’s assertion that American citizens would not be targeted especially after James Clapper flat out lied to the Congress on the NSA not collecting megadata on American citizens); the 8761 documents released to WikiLeaks contain the road map for any hacker to duplicate the efforts and abilities of the CIA to turn your TV or smart phone into a listening device to capture your conversations even when you think the device is off; finally some good news on our open border that in the first month of Trump’s presidency border crossings are down 40 % as the word is getting out that a new sheriff is in town and is on a hiring surge to increase the number of ICE agents;  unfortunately San Francisco, the city infamous for having a multi-deportee Juan Francisco released despite a detainer request who killed Kate Stenle who died in her father’s arms, has filed suit in federal court to block Trump’s executive order threatening to ban federal funding from the 400 or so sanctuary cities that defy federal immigration laws, refuse to honor detainer requests  and prevent their police from cooperating with federal authorities (problem is that the Blues do not believe we have the right as a nation to determine who may enter this country because they believe that Latinos like blacks are voting slaves to the Blue plantation owners); several hundred heavily armed U.S. Marines have been sent to Racca, Syria to assist anti-ISIS forces and the Pentagon is mulling over whether it will put 1,000 combat personnel in Kuwait as a contingency strike force to aid in the war against ISIS; Trump is doing what he said he would do as a House Committee has approved a repeal of Obamacare and immediately furor from the Blues and complaints that no transparency and input (has a familiar ring as Nancy Pelosi during her cram down the American throat of the ACA noted “We have to pass it to know what is in it.”); almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through March 8 increasing to 584 but fortunately the death toll did not increase from the 104  dead as of March 7 (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.   
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Nelson Riddle orchestra, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from an officer of the French Foreign Legion, while looking forward to enjoying some steak tartare, sashimi or other forms of omophagy 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. Get Over It Day—initially I thought this was aimed at the media, Blues, pundits, and Hollywood elite that still have not come to grips with HRC’s loss and Trump’s win but no the observance was created by Jeff Goldblatt to on this day which is midway between Valentine’s Day and April Fools’ Day get over an ex-girl friend. He wrote a poem to commemorate the observance:   
2.  False Teeth Day—celebrating good oral hygiene such that you will never have to wear false teeth which are nowhere as good as natural teeth.      
3. 1956 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1956 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “Lisbon Antigua” by the Nelson Riddle orchestra.  Here is a recording of them performing the song:   
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “omophagy” which means to eat raw food especially meat; next time you want to take somewhat out to sushi and you are not sure that will go over well use omophagy instead. 
5. Don’t Junior Fool You, Totally Top Notch—celebrating the birth on this day in 1824 of the 8th Governor of California, one of the original “robber barons” and the co-founder with his wife of Leland Stanford, Jr. University, the Alaskanpoet’s alma mater.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1831 the French Foreign Legion was formed by King Louis Phillipe to support France’s war in Algeria.       
b. 1841 SCOTUS ruled in the case of United States v. The Armistad that the slaves who had revolted during their transatlantic crossing had been abducted into slavery illegally.   
c. 1862 in a battle that would portend the demise of wooden ships, the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, in the first battle between ironclad ships bounced cannon balls of each other for hours before calling it a draw and returning to their home ports.
d. 1959 Mattel’s Barbie Doll made its debut at the American  International Toy Fair in New York City.
e. 1977 in another example of why we need the input and support of moderate Muslims to counter radical Islam, after a 39 hour ordeal in which two innocents were killed and 149 hostages were taken at three D.C. buildings by a group of Hanafi Muslims, with the aid of Muslim ambassadors from three Muslim countries, the hostages were released and the attackers taken into custody.                                                        
Reflections of the really tough cookies known as the French Foreign Legion:”For the Legionnaire, death is not the enemy, but a close and constant companion who will one day call the Legionnaire to lay down his arms and rest.” Captain Warlito Caronan, Fourth Foreign Legion. 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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