Monday, February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Western Monarch Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 5, 2018 Brady ran out of rabbits to pull out of his helmet and the Patriots’ dream of another Super Bowl via a Hail Mary into a crowd in the end zone fell short; in the movies we had Deliverance  with “Dueling Banjos,” but in politics we have dueling memos as the House Intel Committee will meet today to vote on whether Lying and Leaking Adam Schiff’s counter memo will be released to Trump to declassify (not my words but Trump’s new label which is obviously not designed to bring people to the table); George Stephanopoulos’ $15 million salary at ABC exposes the hypocrisy of the term “public service” when it should be called “deferred or accrued private enrichment” as this Clinton crony pseudo journalist evidently is in the financial hot seat over his salary to the extent he and his wife have had to reduce the sale price of their Hampton Roads Mansion by $1 million; in another example of the consequences American citizens are enduring because of an open border,  Manuel Orrego-Savala, a twice deported illegal from Guatemala with a BAT of .15 killed Indianapolis Colt linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver yesterday; workers are now receiving higher paychecks due to reduced withholding (watch Trump’s popularity continue to rise as ads are already rolling out reminding workers not a single Blue voted in favor of the tax cut and Pelosi continues to mislead the people that 86 million taxpayers will have their taxes increased); in Chicago through February 4, 2018 236 people have been shot of whom 42 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Paula Abdul,  factoids of interest for this day in history, enjoying the fact that you can limn people and situations and a relevant quote by Louie Schwartzberg on butterflies,  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. National Weatherpersons’ Day—celebrating the contributions made by meteorologists for the accurate weather forecasts needed for our safety, minimization of property damage and our economy and recreational choices and celebrated on this day in honor of one of the first weather forecasters to take meteorological measurements, John Jeffries who was born on this day in 1744.
2. Western Monarch Day—created by the California State Legislature in 2004 to celebrate the migratory Western Monarchs’ return to the Central Coast of California to winter there from October to March.
3. 1989 Number One Song— the number one song in 1989 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “limn” which means to describe or portray in paintings or words, be they in prose or be they in poetry and with twitter as we have seen with Trump can be a 24/7 effort.
5. Bridging The Child Star Gap To Accomplished Actress--celebrating the birth on this day in 1962 of Jennifer Jason Leigh, daughter of Vic Morrow was killed while filming of The Twilight Zone who started acting when she was nine and was fortunate to star in Fast Times at Ridgemount High, a career launching pad for her and her co-stars.
          On this day in: 
a.  1919 Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, and Charlie Chaplin launched United Artists.                      
b.  1958 in a real “oops” moment of the coast of Savannah, Georgia, after a collision in a training mission with an F-86 fighter, a B-47 carrying a Mark 15 H-Bomb was forced to drop it off the coast of Tybee Island near Savannah, Georgia but fortunately it did not explode but the bomb has never been recovered.
c.  1962 after years of guerilla warfare by Algerians seeking independence from France, President Charles de Gaulle called for the independence of Algeria to the dismay of the 20% of the population that was of European descent.
d. 1985 in a better late than never moment, Ugo Vetere, the mayor of Rome, and Chedli Kibli, the mayor of Carthage, met in Tunis to officially end the Third Punic War which had started 2,131 years earlier.
e.  1997 the three largest banks in Switzerland announced the formation of a $71 million fund to aid victims of the Holocaust.
Reflections on butterflies: “Metamorphosis has always been the greatest symbol of change for poets and artists. Imagine that you could be a caterpillar one moment and a butterfly the next.” Louie Schwartzberg, American director, producer, cinematographer and pioneer in high end time lapse photography. Another reason to judge a person by not the coler of his skin, religion or creed but rather what lies within. 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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