Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 22, 2018 Trump met with students, parents, and teachers from Parkland to make school safety a top priority (why schools are soft targets remains a complete incomprehensible mystery when airports or office buildings are not); Ronan Farrow who exposed that pervert Harvey Weinstein is back in the spotlight claiming Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal had a sexual relationship with Trump back in 2006 based on 8 pages of handwritten notes she wrote in 2016 either before or after her receipt of $150,000 from the National Enquirer (one can only hope the relationship which was consensual does not add more straws to his agenda and back); the anti-Trump dossier that justified the FISA warrants is back in the news as a former Obama State Department official and associate of John McCain Fred Kramer took the 5th Amendment regarding its creation and distribution just as did Christopher Steele (really time to appoint special prosecutor to fully investigate the dossier and its impact on FISA warrants and the Uranium One deal that reeks of quid pro quo by the Clintons and their foundation); really troubling news out of the Parkland shootings as the sheriff revealed there was an armed deputy at the school who took a position outside the school building where the shoots were being fired but did not enter and was fired from the department (understandable if a deputy was armed with a Glock and the shooter was armed with an AR-15 and raises questions over the idea of arming teachers with handguns to counter shooters with rifles or shotguns); on the sports front, the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team upset Canada to win the Gold Medal 3-2 prompting one Canadian to remove her Silver Medal in disgust; on the reptilian brain front, the Red Governor of Missouri has been indicted on a felony invasion of privacy involving a women with whom he was having an extramarital affair with who is now divorced from her husband; in Chicago through February 19, 2018 319 people have been shot of whom 60 have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Savage Garden, factoids of interest for this day in history, the not being a lobcock and a relevant quote by anon on quitting the use of smokeless tobacco, 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. Great American Spit Out—today if you are a user of smokeless tobacco is a day to abstain from this habit that creates cancers in the mouth, lips, and tongue in addition to staining the teeth and creating a huge mess when being spit out.
2. National Margarita Day—started by Todd McCalla in the late 2000’s to spice up the gray and cold days of February although Cinco de Mayo would be the more logical choice.
3. 2000 Number One Song— the number one song in 2000 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “I Knew I Loved You” by Savage Garden. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjnmICxvoVY
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lobcock” a person who is a bumpkin, lout, or boor, apt descriptions for most of the Swamp denizens.
5. Hard To Find A Better Way To Die--celebrating the birth on this day in 1962 of the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, an avid naturalist and television personality who was stung by a stingray while filming a new show on September 4, 2006 and died of cardiac arrest.
On this day in:
a. 1819 in another great real estate deal for the United States, Spain sold Florida to the U.S. for $5 million.
b. 1909 the Great White Fleet consisting of 16 battleships returned to the United States after a 14 month seven day show the flag cruise around the world.
c. 1994 CIA counterintelligence agent Alrich was arrested for spying for the Soviet Union and accepted a plea bargain of life without possibility of parole to escape the death penalty.
d. 1997 British scientists announced that they had successfully cloned a sheep named Dolly.
e. 2018 an unarmed man threw a grenade into the compound of the American Embassy in Podgorica, Montenegro then blew himself up making him the only casualty.
Reflections on quitting smokeless tobacco: “Quitting is not a spectator sport. Participation is required.” Anon 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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