Friday, February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Stand Up To Bullying Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 23, 2018 The Cack “News” Network is at it again true to its credo of a question of not if showing bias but always when in putting on a Town Hall Meeting in which Parkland students were told to follow the CNN script on gun control and conservatives like Dana Loesch were shouted down, booed and needed security to be able to exit the building; sounds good on paper to harden schools with retired police or military but the reality may be more complex as shocking revelations that Deputy Scott Peterson who was armed and knew that shootings were taking place refused to enter the school building and who has resigned and currently has his home being guarded by police (he was either untrained or worse was not brave enough to put his life on the line armed with only a Glock which may not be so surprising given the wave of anti-police rhetoric and the callous indifference to police deaths in the line of duty); Trump will be speaking at CPAC after the head of the NRA blasted the left and the MSM for blaming his organization; words are powerful and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has eliminated “nation of immigrants” from its mission statement when perhaps the insertion of “legal” would have been a better choice; thanks to DACA and the pool of unaccompanied minors as fertile grounds to recruit, the deadly and vicious gang MS-13 is now in 22 states (another reason why we need a secure border); in another example of a failed judicial system a third time DUI who killed an active duty vet and fled the scene, after being sentenced to six years appealed and had the sentence reduced to six months; lost in the furor of the left for more gun control after Parkland is this troubling fact: in Chicago through February 21, 2018 321 people have been shot of whom 62 have died and in February through the same date 112 people have been shot of whom 26 have died (do not be surprised if at the end of February Chicago is averaging two Parklands per month in terms of number of dead and the left and Blue leaders are silent).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Joe feat. Mystikal, factoids of interest for this day in history, a weekend at a quaint locanda and a relevant quote by Michael Dell on charting your future, 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. International Stand Up To Bullying Day—creating awareness since 2008 that bullying whether physical or online should never be tolerated as it can have deadly consequences.
2. Curling Is Cool Day—one of the great dividends of the Winter Olympics is the ability to watch this team sport with its 44 pound stones gliding down the lane with three sweepers frantically sweeping trying to control the flight of the stones.
3. 2001 Number One Song— the number one song in 2001 on a run of 4 weeks in that position  “Stutter” by Joe feat. Mystikal. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “locanda” which is a lodging-house or inn and a good place to be in the mountains if the slopes are covered in snow.
5. Age Is Not A Barrier--celebrating the birth on this day in 1965 of Michael Dell, the founder of Dell Computer Corporation and at one time the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company and the longest serving CEO of a computer company.
          On this day in:                                                               
a. 1945 in the bloody battle for Iwo Jima, Joe Rosenthal took the iconic picture of the war showing six Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag on the top of Mount Suribachi; unfortunately three of the six Marines never made it off the island alive.
b. 1954 the first mass inoculation of children with the Salk Vaccine in Pittsburgh to the relief of parents everywhere and marking the beginning of the end of this crippling and deadly disease that affected among others FDR.
c. 1974 the Symbionese Liberation Army that had kidnapped Patricia Hearst demanded a $4 million ransom which was not paid; she participated in several crimes with the SLA, was captured by the SFPD on September 18, 1975, tried and convicted and sent to prison only to have her sentence commuted by President Carter and received a full pardon from President Clinton.
d. 1983 the EPA announced its intention to buy out dioxin contaminated Times Beach, Missouri.
e. 2008 in its first operational loss on a routine mission a B-2 Bomber crashed in Guam shortly after takeoff with both crew members ejecting but leaving a $1.4 billion hole on the runway, the most expensive crash in Air Force history.
Reflections on how to map out your future: “As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own.” Michael Dell   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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