Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 16, 2018 Mueller indicted 13 Russians and 3 Russian companies for trying to interfere with the 2016 election but in announcing the indictments, the Deputy AG clearly indicted hat any Americans involved did not know that they were dealing with Russians as opposed to people they thought to be American political activists (so much for the pompous and pious liar and leaker Adam Schiff’s harebrained collusion fantasies); it looks like the FBI really dropped the ball on the Cruz shooting in Parkland when it was warned on January 5 of this year that Cruz was posting on the internet that he wanted to be a professional school shooter and governor Scott of Florida is demanding Wray’s resignation (left is beating the drums for more gun control and responsible conservatives including the president are raising the issue of how to harden schools similar to airports to prevent further shootings); Joy Behar of the clueless View slammed Pence for listening to Jesus but nothing but silence when Oprah indicated she is looking to God for guidance on whether to run in 2020 (typical hypocrisy from a total has been); Susan Perez the woman who was booted from a Delta Airlines flight for screaming at a mother with an 8 month old has been suspended from her state job at New York State’s Council of the Arts where she was a program director; the Cack News Network through its leftist hack Chris Cuomo is slamming Ted Cruz for being afraid to be interviewed by that biased advocacy network even though CNN is sitting on an interview Ted Cruz recently gave CNN (no wonder the its credibility as a news organization is zero, absolutely zero); in Chicago through February 15, 2018 272 people have been shot of whom 52 have died (in a rarity in the last two days no one was killed).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, factoids of interest for this day in history, the reading the latest book by a lipsanographer of note and a relevant quote by John McEnroe on being an artist which he was on the courts, 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. Chinese New Year—celebrated by the Chinese to welcome the first day of the Year of the Dog—if you were looking to dine at a Chinese restaurant today you might be looking at a long wait.
2. National Caregivers Day—created by the Providers Association of Home Healthcare and Hospice Agencies in 2015 to promote awareness of the efforts and contributions of caregivers to those suffering from serious problems like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
3. 1996 Number One Song— the number one song in 1996 on a very long run of 16 weeks in that position was “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OldqUCMaKUk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lipsanographer” who is a person who writes about relics and who must not be very busy in describing the relics of compromise and bipartisanship in the Swamp.
5. Tennis With a T--celebrating the birth on this day in 1959 of John McEnroe, one of the greatest tennis players of all time and definitely one of the most volatile tennis players noted for his tantrums on the court against officials and also known for some really classic matches against Bjorn Borg including a over four hour five set Wimbledon final that was won by Borg after a 34 point tie breaker.
On this day in:
a. 1804 in this nation’s foreign war, the First Barbary Pirates War, Stephen Decatur led a group of sailors, literally under the nose of the pirates’ extensive system of cannons, into Tripoli Harbor to burn to the waterline the frigate USS Philadelphia which had run aground two miles from the harbor on October 31, 1803 chasing pirates and had been captured.
b. 1937 to the joy of fashion conscious women everywhere Wallace Carothers received a U.S. patent for nylon.
c. 1968 the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone number was created in Haleyville, Alabama.
d. 1978 the first computer bulletin board system, CBSS, was created in Chicago.
e. 2005 with the ratification by Russia the Kyoto Protocol limiting the emission of greenhouse gases came into effect.
Reflections on sport as an art form from one of the true masters of tennis: “The greatest compliment I ever got was when people called me an artist. I understand that solo aspect of being an artist, when you’re in there by yourself, trying to do something great.” John McEnroe 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 www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com 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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