Monday, February 18, 2019

February 18, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Presidents' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 18, 2019 Anti-Semitism is alive and well in the Democratic Party as Ibraheem Samirah, a second generation Palestinian running for the Virginia State Senate has alleged that giving money to Israel is worse than donating to the Klan (caught in the anti-Semitsm cookie jar he has since apologized); the president will address the nation on the humanitarian crisis affecting Venezuela brought on by decades of its socialist policies (hopefully AOC tunes in to learn something on why socialism is and always will be a failure); the illegal alien supporter queen who like most of the leftist wanna-bes jumped on the “attack” on Jessie Smollett, calling it a modern day lynching is now waling back her comments as the “attack” is looking more and more like a hoax and will refrain from further comment until an investigation over the incident has been completed (she was caught with her hand in the rush to judgment cookie jar); on the gun front, Blues in California with their veto proof majorities are looking to legislate an excise tax on the sale of handguns and semiautomic rifles; the Berlin based Global Policy Institute has released a study detailing 336 chemical attacks during the Syrian Civil War, 98% of which were made by Assad’s forces; Andrew McCabe pushing his new book is revealing a large number of Trump Russian contacts but the man with no candor has not concluded that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians; 5 people waiting at a bus stop in New Orleans were shot and wounded in a shoot out between police and an armed robbery suspect who was killed during the shootout.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you can enjoy the orarian life style in California and a relevant quote from George Washington on preserving peace,  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.  Presidents’ Day— aka George Washington’s birthday celebrates the birth of our first president and has been a federal holiday since 1880.
2.  National Battery Day—clueless as to whom created the day but we would be in a world of hurt without batteries especially the rechargeable kinds that power our cell phones, lap tops and notebooks that free us from being tethered to a power cord for those devices.
3. 1940 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1940 on a run of 12weeks in that position was “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. 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 “orarian which means a coast dweller and is a great person to be assuming you live along coasts that are free of hurricanes like the California coast but not a great place when earthquakes are factored in.
5. A Poet With a Burst of Light—celebrating the birth on this day in 1934 of Audre Lorde a leading African-American poet and essayist who wrote on race, sexuality and  gender but after battling cancer for almost 10 years died way too soon at the age of 58.
      On this day in:                                        
a. 1954 The first Church of Scientology was established in Los Angeles.
b. 1972 The California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson invalidated the California death penalty and converted the sentences of all those on death row to life in prison.
c. 1979 Richard Petty won his 6th Daytona 500 when leaders Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough crashed on the last lap of a race that was televised from beginning to end for the first time.
d. 2001 Robert Hanssen, a FBI agent, was arrested for spying for the Soviet Union and Russia for 22 years and to avoid the death penalty he pled guilty to espionage and was sentenced to 15 life sentences without possibility of parole and is currently rotting in ADX Florence, a supermax prison located in Colorado confined to his cell for 23 hours a day.
e. 2010 Wikileaks released the first of thousands of classified documents received from a U.S. soldier now known as Chelsea Manning.
        Reflections on how to keep the peace: “To be prepared for war is the most effective means of preserving the peace.” George Washington
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