Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 19, 2018 On the Winter Olympics front in a Janet Jackson Super Bowl halftime déjà vu, French figure skater Papadakis had a costume malfunction exposing her left breast to a worldwide TV audience and NBC continues to be mocked and slammed for its error and gaff prone coverage (why Megyn Kelly is not over there defies comprehension); on the tell all literature front Rince Priebus’ book The Gatekeepers due out in March claims that Trump wanted Comey out from day one of his presidency; on the political corruption front the step daughter of Bernie Sanders running for mayor of Burlington is being tagged with nepotism allegations for being paid $500,000 over the years thanks a sweetheart deal awarded to her by Burlington College whose president was her mother (FBI is still investigating Jane Sanders for bank fraud an indictment for such activities should put an end to the feel the Berne movement); HRC proved that spending money in huge amounts does not guarantee a win but the DNC rocked by discovery of its role in the false anti-Trump dossier full of Russian generated lies is having a great deal of difficulty in raising money for the midterm elections; a pregnant Kate Middleton appeared with Prince William at the British Academy Film Awards not wearing black in support of the Times Up Movement protesting sexual harassment and was slammed (good to see our English cousins labor under the same PC nonsense as we do); in another example of how badly HRC campaigned Podesta was grilled on the issue of how the Russians knew to concentrate in states like Wisconsin and Michigan while HRC was clueless (she never stepped foot in Wisconsin); in Chicago through February 18, 2018 300 people have been shot of whom 58 have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Usher, factoids of interest for this day in history, the chance to use lixiviation in Scrabble and a relevant quote by Gerald Ford on the internment of Japanese-Americans on her philosophy of life, 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. Prevent Plagiarism Day—promoting the awareness that plagiarism is an act that should be avoided by students, aspiring authors and politicians (ironic that one of our more noted plagiarists Joe Biden is rumored to be contemplating a run for president in 2020 at the ripe old age of 78).
2. Presidents’ Day—celebrating the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two of our most noted presidents.
3. 1998 Number One Song— the number one song in 1998 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Nice And Slow” by Usher. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHFzYvjK6xk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lixiviation” which is the process of separating soluble substances from insoluble substances by dissolving the former in water or other solvents.
5. Palimony Blues--celebrating the birth on this day in 1924 of noted actor and former marine Lee Marvin, best known for his role in Cat Ballou and The Dirty Dozen and the palimony case brought by his live-in girlfriend Michelle Triola which the court of appeals overturned a trial court verdict in her favor to the joy of anyone contemplating a significant other rooming with him or her.
On this day in:
a. 1913 Pedro Lascurain became president of Mexico for 45 minutes and then resigned enabling General Huerta to complete his coup and become president of Mexico. Lascurain held the record for the shortest presidency of any country.
b. 1942 President Roosevelt succumbed to the anti-Japanese hysteria gripping the country after the attack on Pearl Harbor and signed the infamous Executive Order 9066 which allowed the removal of Japanese-American citizens from the West Coast to internment camps inland. Definitely not one of our stellar moments in our history.
c. 1963 Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique was published igniting the spread of the feminist movement.
d. 1976 in a what-took-you-so-long moment, President Ford signed Proclamation 4417 rescinding Executive Order 9066.
e. 1985 William Schroeder having received a Jarvik 7 artificial heart became the first person to leave a hospital after such a procedure; he lived for 620 days but unfortunately all but 602 of which following a series of strokes that started 18 days after surgery put him into a vegetative state.
Reflections the mistake of Executive Order 9066 from the president who terminated it by Proclamation 4417: “Now, Therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim that all the authority conferred by Executive Order No. 9066 terminated upon the issuance of Proclamation No. 2714, which formally proclaimed the cessation of the hostilities of World War II on December 31, 1946.
I call upon the American people to affirm with me this American Promise-that we have learned from the tragedy of that long-ago experience forever to treasure liberty and justice for each individual American, and resolve that this kind of action shall never again be repeated.” Gerald Ford, February 19,1976
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