Friday, February 2, 2018

February 2, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Groundhog Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 2, 2018 This should be a day of great drama as the FISA memo which may contain damning allegations of improper use of the false anti-Trump dossier assembled by Fusion GPS and paid for by HRC’s campaign and the DNC to obtain FISA warrants on Trump supporters and members of his transition team will be released today for the public to make their determination of the real collusion and obstruction of justice; Blues are missing the fact that Trump is blasting the politicization of the DOJ and FBI at the top while praising the work of the rank and file, 99.9% of whom are dedicated patriots; Comey is trying to out tweet Trump and doing a very bad job of it as he rants about no schools or streets named after Senator Joseph McCarthy; ICE is telling where Jerry Brown can take his ideas of a Sanctuary State by raiding 77 businesses in Northern California searching for illegals (the wall we also need is an e-verify wall to eliminate the magnet of finding a job for illegals); that noted four legged meteorologist Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadows so we are in for six more weeks of winter; shades of ping pong diplomacy as North Korean athletes arrive in South Korea for the Winter Olympics and every athlete is reported to have receive condoms for after event fun and excitement;; 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 Tiffany,  factoids of interest for this day in history, enjoying the fact that you are not in a limicolous state and a relevant quote by Gary Paulsen on the Iditarod,  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. Groundhog Day (U.S., Canada and Germany)—celebrating an early end to winter if the groundhogs do not see their shadows upon exiting from their hole and having to endure six more weeks of winter if they do.
2. World Wetlands Day—celebrated first on this day in 1997 to mark the anniversary in 1971 of the Convention of Wetlands promoting awareness of the importance of wetlands for humanity and the need to preserve them to provide habitat for marine and bird life dependent on them.
3. 1988 Number One Song— the number one song in 1988 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Could’ve Been” by Tiffany. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “limicolous” which means living in mud which most of the soldiers in the trenches in World War I on the European front had to endure in the trenches and dugouts.
5. To Have An Angel--celebrating the birth on this day in 1947 Farah Fawcett best known as one the angels in Charlie’s Angels who died way too early at 62  of colon cancer.
          On this day in: 
a.  1925 dog sled relay teams of 20 mushers and 150 dogs that had covered 674 miles in 5 ½ days to bring antitoxin for diphtheria, led by a lead dog Balto, whose statue can be found in Central Park, arrived in Nome to end the epidemic that had devastated the town to inspire the Iditarod Race 42 years later and will commence again on March 3, 2018 and will be followed with daily  updates at www.                                                    
b.  1935 polygraph tests administered by Leonarde Keeler two murder suspects were admitted into evidence at their trial for the first time in American jurisprudence.
c.  1980 reports began to surface that the FBI was targeting political figures for bribery and corruption in a sting operation known as “Abscam” which resulted in the arrests and convictions of six Congressmen and one Senator plus several state officers.
d.  1989 with their tail between their tanks’ legs the last Soviet armored forces left Kabul to withdraw back into the Soviet Union.
e. 1990 South African President F.W. Le Klerk announced he had lifted the ban on the African National Congress and that he would soon release Nelson Mandela.
Reflections on mushing in the Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth:” You're never the same after you run the Iditarod, and I still lust to go out and run with dogs, even though I know that I shouldn't. But I'd give just about anything to be able to do it again. To see the horizon again from the back of a dog team would be wonderful.” Gary Paulsen, noted author and writer who has raced in two Iditarods. 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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