Wednesday, January 30, 2019

January 30, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Fred Korematsu Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 30, 2019 The arctic vortex that has descended on the Midwest with some  areas being hit with -40 to -65 degree temperatures due to the wind chill factor and has killed 2 people, caused Amtrak to cancel train service through Thursday in and out of Chicago and in many areas caused the Post Office to cancel deliveries (in Antarctica the temperature was a balmy 23 degrees); the only silver lining in this freeze out if living in Minneapolis there are 11 miles of temperature controlled skyways between buildings in 80 city blocks enabling someone to park one’s car underground and walk to one’s destination without ever stepping outside; last Saturday the Navy commissioned the USS Michael Monsoor, a Zumwalt Class destroyer named after a Navy Seal who gave his life protecting his fellow soldiers by falling on a grenade in 2006 during Iraqi Freedom; Anastasia Vekukevich a Belarus model who has claimed she had dirt on Trump colluding with the Russians admitted she lied in order to be released from a Thai jail; Joseph Alcott the alleged Washington, D.C. Antifa leader has been charged with aggregate assault on 2 Marines on November 17 (if guilty this thug and his supporters should have the book thrown at them); hard to believe by advisers to HRC has indicated that she is still considering running in 2020; Virginia is trying to imitate New York’s abortion stance by introducing a bill to allow abortion right up to the moment of birth (talk about immorality how can killing a fetus that is starting its passage through the birth canal not be viewed as infanticide?); we will soon see whether Pelosi and Schumer were lying to the American people when they indicated that they would negotiate in good faith on a wall if the government was opened as a Congressional Panel from the House and Senate Appropriations Committee are meeting today to start negotiations (if the Blues open their ears and listen to the Border Patrol or visit the border how can they not agree to physical barriers)?
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  music links to Beyonce, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are blessed with ontal perceptions  and a relevant quote from Fred Korematsu on interment of Japanese-Americans on abstract art,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, 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.  Fred Korematsu Day (California, Hawaii, Virginia, Floridacelebrated first in California in 2010 to honor the efforts of Fred Korematsu to fight all the way up to SCOTUS, where he sadly lost, the internment in World War II of Japanese-Americans even those born here. The date was chosen as in marks the birthday of Korematsu on this day in 1919.
2.  National Inane Answering Machine Day—created by Ruth and Thomas Roy to get people to change their answering machine messages to something less silly.
3. 2007 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 2007 on a run of 10 weeks in that position was “Irreplaceable” by Beyonce. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “n” to words beginning with “o” is “ontal” which means of or pertaining to reality which rarely describes the views of those politicians inside the Beltway.
5. Not Waiting in the Wings—celebrating the birth on this day in 1941 of Dick Cheney, six term congressman from Wyoming, Secretary of Defense under George H.W. Bush and vice president with George W. Bush where he was much more active in policy and decisions than most vice presidents. In a bite the hand that feeds you at the Golden Globe Awards Christian Bale who was born on the same day in 1974 and who won a Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Dick Cheney in the movie Vice mocked Cheney as Satan.
     On this day in:                                        
a. 1948 Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist.
b. 1956 Martin Luther King, Jr.’s home in Montgomery, Alabama was bombed in retaliation for his involvement in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
c. 1959 the Danish liner Hans Hedhoft, touted as unsinkable like the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage hit an iceberg off the coast of Greenland and sunk, killing all 95 aboard.
d. 1968 American and South Vietnamese forces were caught in the Tet Offensive flat footed by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese who attacked Saigon and countless other cities and towns across South Vietnam and captured Hue and held it from January 30 to March 3.
e. 1975 the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was established as the first Marine Sanctuary and was 1 of the 2 sanctuaries of the 13 that protected cultural resources like the wreck of the USS Monitor, our nation’s first armor clad warship.
       Reflections on the internment of Japanese-Americans: ” As long as my record stands in federal court, any American citizen can be held in prison or concentration camps without a trial or a hearing.” Fred Korematsu
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© January 30, 2019,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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