Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 15, 2018 Parkland is grieving today and joined by a nation shocked by the evil that drove Nicolas Cruz to gun down 17 innocents and wondering how authorities missed the signs of a very troubled youth (look at the photos of the victims and tears will flow down your face); Joy Behar, a rabid leftist, obese unfunny cohost on The View was attacking Pence’s faith, calling Christianity a mental illness (hope the sponsors were listening and pulling their support of that program); if we are going to have any immigration reform, the Senate will have to dump the 60 vote requirement to pass any legislation as the Blues in their desperate quest for new Blue voters will not agree to ending chain and lottery migration and once again will sell this country down the river and shut it down to hold it hostage to their demands for amnesty of the “Dreamers” (their view means these innocents are rapidly becoming ”Nightmarers” if and when they shut the government down and Social Security and Medicare checks and military funding are halted watch the American public turn on them and their Blue sponsors like you would not believe); in Chicago through February 14, 2018 267 people have been shot of whom 52 have died (in a rarity no one on Valentines Day was killed).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to TLC, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you are not suffering from lippitude and a relevant quote by Chris Farley predicting his demise to some extent, 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. Susan B. Anthony Day—commemorating the work of Susan B. Anthony in the movement to bring voting rights to women but observed as a legal holiday with state offices closed only in Florida.
2. ENIAC Day (Philadelphia)—celebrating since 2011 the unveiling on this day in 1946 of the world’s first practical computer developed at Penn’s School of Engineering, the Electronic Numeric Integrator and Computer (ENIAC).
3. 1995 Number One Song— the number one song in 1995 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Creep” by TLC. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlZydtG3xqI
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lippitude” which is a soreness of the eyes which many of us experience watching the debates in Congress over such issues as immigration reform or fiscal restraint.
5. Please Everyone But Yourself--celebrating the birth on this day in 1964 of comedian and actor Chris Farley who was always trying to please the audience be it on Saturday Night Live or in such movies as Tommy Boy but although he could make people laugh he could not overcome obesity coupled with drug and alcohol abuse even after 12 rehabs and died from an overdose on December 18, 1997.
On this day in:
a. 1933 in Miami, Guiseppe Zangara, a naturalized Italian immigrant, tried to assassinate President-Elect Roosevelt with a handgun but missed hitting five others including the mayor of Chicago, Anton Cermak who died of his wounds on March 6, 1933. Justice moved faster then and Zangara was tried, convicted and executed on March 10, 1933.
b. 1972 sound recordings were granted copyright protection in the United States for the first time.
c. 1992 serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was convicted of killing 17 boys and having sex with some of them after death; he was sentenced to life in prison which proved to be a short sentence as he was killed by a fellow inmate in less than three years.
d. 2001 the first draft of the human genome was published in Nature.
e. 2003 in 600 cities around the world, some 6 to 12 million people marched to protest the upcoming war against Iraq to rid it of WMD that it did not possess.
Reflections that success does not guarantee happiness: “I used to think that you could get to a level of success where the laws of the universe didn't apply. But they do. It's still life on life's terms, not on movie-star terms. I still have to work at relationships. I still have to work on my weight and some of my other demons.” Chris Farley Hard to work on demons when one is in grip of addiction. 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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