Thursday, February 1, 2018

February 1, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Freedom Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 1, 2018 This has to be a nervous day at the FBI as the infamous 4 page memo which is believed to document what should be really scary to Americans concerned over government intrusion into the 2016 elections-- abuse of FISA warrants through the use of false information in the anti-Trump dossier from Fusion GPS funded by HRC’s campaign and the DNC which led to the firing of Comey and the appointment of Mueller with his team of rabid anti-Trump members should be released to the American public tomorrow; in a classic case of delusion Schumer had the gall to claim that Obama should be given credit for the economy’s performance in 2017; not to be outdone Pelosi must think she still is speaker in a letter to Ryan demanding that Rep. Nunes be removed as chairman of the Intel Committee claiming he is not fit; Michael Wolff’s 15 minutes of fame for his anti-Trump diatribe Fire and Fury is fast fading as even the MSM questions his credibility (you know you are in trouble when the most anti-Trump critic Mika Brezinski cut him off and stated the credibility of the whole book was in question); Maxine Waters was in the news again making a fool of herself demanding that whenever Trump is on TV there should be a parent’s advisory warning (how with all that bile and hatred can she properly represent her district?); Trump is meeting with Republican lawmakers at a resort in West Virginia to strategize plans for the agenda in 2018 and keeping control of both houses); in Chicago through January 31, 2018 209 people have been shot of whom 36 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Madonna,  factoids of interest for this day in history, enjoying the fact that your limicoline address is where you want to be and a relevant quote by Eddie Adams on his iconic Tet Offensive photograph,  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. National Freedom Day—commemorating the signing by President Lincoln of a Joint Resolution of Congress that would later become the 13th Amendment which outlawed slavery; the day is also the first day of Black History Month.
2. World Hijab Day—created in 2013 and observed in 140 nations to encourage Muslim and non Muslim women to wear the hijab.
3. 1987 Number One Song— the number one song in 1987 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Open Your Heart” by Madonna. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “limicoline” which means living on the shore which assuming we do not have climate change and rising sea levels a great place to live.
5. The Good Die Young--celebrating the birth on this day in 1984 of Lee Thompson Young, a talented young actor and graduate of USC who sadly committed suicide at the young age of 29.
          On this day in:                                                               
a. 1942 the Voice of America began broadcasting to areas controlled by the Axis.
b. 1946 Trygve Lie of Norway was picked to be the first United Nations Secretary-General.
c. 1960 four black students staged a lunch counter sit-in at the Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina igniting a wave of similar sit-ins across the South which ultimately forced Woolworth’s to end its segregated lunch counter policy in July of the same year.
d. 1968 in what would become one of the iconic videos and still photographs of the Vietnam War the leader of a Viet Cong sapper unit who had just killed a South Vietnamese colonel, his wife, his six children and his 80 year old mother  was captured in Saigon during the beginning of the Tet Offensive and was summarily executed by South Vietnam’s National Police Chief.
e. 2003 the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated on reentering the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
Reflections on an execution on a Saigon street of a Viet Cong sapper during the Tet Offensive: “ Two people died in that photograph: the recipient of the bullet and General Nguyen Ngoc Loan. The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapons in the world. People believe them; but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. ... What the photograph didn't say was, 'What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American people?'.... This picture really messed up his life. He never blamed me. He told me if I hadn't taken the picture, someone else would have, but I've felt bad for him and his family for a long time. ... I sent flowers when I heard that he had died and wrote, ‘I'm sorry. There are tears in my eyes.’" Eddie Adams the photographer who took the photograph. 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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