Sunday, March 11, 2018

March 11, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Check Your Batteries Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 11, 2018 Trump was on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania campaigning for a Red in a special House election next week by holding a typical large campaign rally; in a welcome relief that some sanity was returning to our legal system in the case of dealing with illegals, SCOTUS ruled 5-3 that asylum seekers and illegals do not have an automatic right to a bond hearing while at the same time Sessions was blasting activist judges on DACA and sanctuary cities; just when we thought that the anti-Trump rhetoric might subside due to good economic news, Kathy Griffin announced a comeback tour hopefully without anymore severed heads of Trump; the media 5 months after the Mandalay Bay mass murders has been fighting with the Las Vegas Police Department to obtain police records surrounding the shooting and a District Court Judge has just ruled that the police cannot charge excessive fees to deny access; many conservatives and liberals are demanding that soft targets be hardened but Kennesaw, Georgia, a community of 33,000 near Atlanta, has gone one step further and has a law on its books requiring each household to possess a firearm to harden the entire community not just schools; the killer of the Pomona police officer has been identified as De Jesus Valencia, an army veteran whom some neighbors have indicated was suffering mental issues following his service in the military (this shooting and the shooting at the Veterans’ Home up north may show the effects of the ticking PTS time bomb we have and the inability to either treat it or insure that suffers do not have access to arms); on the sports front Tiger Woods is only one stroke back in the Valspar Championship and is in the hunt to win his first PGA Tournament since 2013 and today is Selection Sunday for March Madness; in Chicago through March 9, 2018 409 people have been shot of whom 78 have died yet the Superintendent of Police is blasting a plan for more civilian oversight even as 8 people were shot in the previous day.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Fun feat. Janelle Monae; factoids of interest for this day in history, access to other that loxotic views and a relevant quote by Becky Hammon on whom to listen to, 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 Check Your Batteries Day—celebrated first in 1987 to encourage people to check batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors which if functioning properly can save lives.
2. World Plumbing Day—created by the World Plumbing Council to promote awareness of having one’s residential and commercial plumbing in good working order.
3. 2012 Number One Song— the number one song in 2012 on a run of 6 weeks in that position “We Are Young” by Fun feat.Janelle Monae. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “loxotic” which means distorted which when applied to the MSM is too often what we receive.
5. Not Height But Heart—celebrating the birth on this day in 1977 of Becky Hammon, noted collegiate, Olympic and professional basketball player for many years and the first full time female assistant coach in men’s professional basketball for the San Antonio Spurs.
          On this day in:                                                               
a. 1941 President Roosevelt signed into law the Lend Lease Act allowing American built war weapons to be leased to its allies.
b. 1983 Pakistan successfully cold tested a nuclear weapon.
c. 1999 Infosys became the first Indian company to be listed on NASDAQ.
d. 2004 simultaneous explosions on trains during rush hour in Madrid by an Al-Qaeda terror cell killed 192 people.
e. 2011 a magnitude 9 earthquake struck near Sendai, Japan resulting in a tsunami that killed thousands of Japanese and causing a meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant making in the second most destructive nuclear incident dwarfed only by Chernobyl.
Reflections on whom one should listen to: “My story, just in general, is a story of someone who was overlooked, someone who was told they can't, someone who was told, 'You're too slow. You're too short.' I've heard every reason why I shouldn't be successful. And yet, you just take that all in. I always say you should be very careful with the voices you listen to. And my closest voices have always told me, 'You can.'” Becky Hammon Too bad Tara Vanderveer is not near retirement as Ms. Hammon would be a great replacement to a great basketball program at Stanford. 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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