Monday, February 12, 2018

February 12, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Darwin Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 12, 2018  On the political front the builder-in-chief will introduce his $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan and the thorny issue of immigration reform will find its way to the Senate with fate uncertain due to Blues inability to compromise on Trump’s demands for a wall and end to chain and lottery migration; the Cack News Network’s fawning treatment of Kim Jong Un’s sister’s appearance at the Winter Olympics is being castigated by conservatives; in another glaring example of the over the top rhetoric that is killing compromise in this country, MSNBC commentator Giridharadas   was bashing Trump for being the “commander-in-chief of rape culture”; Mirai Nagasu made  history at the Winter Olympics figure skating by becoming the first American to complete a triple axel;  on the gift that keeps on giving front an unexploded WWII bomb in the Thames River leading to the closure of London’s airport; in a no not again moment of darkness, a power plant in Puerto Rico suffered an explosion which caused a partial blackout on the suffering island; on the stuck record front HRC was back in the news blaming sexism and misogyny for her loss; on the disease front the CDC has announced the 63 children have died from the flu; in Chicago through February 10, 2018 250 people have been shot of whom 50 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Whitney Houston,  factoids of interest for this day in history, a cold drink from a lacterium and a relevant quote by Abraham Lincoln,  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. Red Hand Day—proclaimed by the General Assembly to protest the employment by too many revolutionary movements of child soldiers.
2. Darwin Day—celebrating the contributions of Charles Darwin to science on the anniversary of his birth on this day in 1809.
3. 1993 Number One Song— the number one song in 1993 on a very long run of 14 weeks in that position was “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston, a woman with a voice that will last forever but snuffed out by addiction. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lacterium” which is a dairy and which in California is on Brown’s hit list due to the amount of methane released into the atmosphere by the cows producing the milk.
5. To Worth More Than A Penny--celebrating the birth on this day in 1809 of President Abraham Lincoln, one of our greatest presidents.
          On this day in: 
a.  1909 the NAACP was founded.                       
b.  1915 the cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid.
c.  1947 Christian Dior introduced his “New Look” in fashion and reestablished Paris as a fashion center.
d. 1994 thieves broke into the National Gallery of Norway to steal Edvarde Munch’s iconic painting The Scream.
e.  1999 on party lines Bill Clinton was acquitted of impeachment by the Senate.
Reflections on intelligence from our birthday president:“Better to  remain silent and be thought of as a fool  than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Abraham Lincoln.  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.
© February 12, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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