Thursday, February 20, 2020

February 20, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Great American Spit Out Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 20, 2020 Eric Holder who politicized the DOJ to protect Obama as his wingman lost his cool and told journalist Paul Sperry to “shut the hell up” in a exchange over the contributions to Obama by federal prosecutor Mollie Gaston who signed off on not prosecuting Andrew McCabe; Judge Jackson sentenced Rodger Stone to 40 months and elected not to follow the 7-9 proposed by the federal prosecutors which should cause the left to further lather up over presidential meddling of the judicial process even though the judge said the DOJ proposal of 7-9 years was excessive (most likely Stone will appeal and after the election do not be surprised to see a presidential pardon); last night’s debate in Las Vegas stripped the ad hologram veneer from Bloomberg and he was scalped by Pocahontas and crucified by the other 4 candidates in a refreshing internecine battle of presidential wanna-bes; while Trump was speaking at the graduation ceremonies at Hope for Prisoners, a former consultant for Bernie Sanders 2016 run was arrested for planting weapons in a Tennessee correction facility under construction; Rep Gaetz went into clueless Joy Behar’s The View to scoff at the Venezuelan segment of the Democratic Party and Bloomberg’s poor showing in the Nevada Debate last night;  the MSM desperate for someone to rescue the Blues from the disaster of a socialist Sanders run and looking to Bloomberg as a savior agreed that his performance was a disaster; North Korea which has zero credibility for telling the truth has claimed that it has no cases of coronavirus but experts doubt the claim while in South Korea the number of cases of the virus in 24 hours has doubled to 102; in Germany a right wing extremist with anti immigrant views went on a killing spree against Kurdish patrons of two Hookah establishments before being found dead; the Blue Presidential Debate had 20 million viewers on NBC and MSNBC while Fox programming came in at 3.1 million and the Cack News Network whose ratings continue to fall had a paucity of 569,000 viewers (how long will advertisers continue to air ads on a network that literally no one watches?); in Chicago, as of February 19, 2020, 287 people have been shot of whom 53 have died; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths has has remained 9 behind Chicago with 44 murders by shootings (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?).
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to Evelyn Knight,  the fact your speeches are not obtund,  a relevant quote by Edward “Butch” O’Hare on World War II American pilots and their plains,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, 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. World Day of Social Justice—created by the UN General Assembly and celebrated since 2009 to promote solutions to such social justice issues as poverty, exclusion, gender equality, unemployment, human rights and social protection.
    2. Great American Spit Out Day—celebrating the day which users of smokeless tobacco can stop for one day as a first step in ridding themselves of this dangerous cancerous habit whose only decent aspect is that at least it does not create deadly second hand smoke to kill those around chewers.
    3. 1949 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1949 on this day on a run of 7 weeks in the position was “A Little Bird Told Me” by Evelyn Knight.  Here is a recording of the song: The birds stopped speaking to her on September 28, 2007 when she died of lung cancer at the age of 89.
    4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “obtund” which means to blunt or dull which describes most political speeches to a tee other than those of Trump at one of his rallies. 
5X Can Be a Deadly Lettercelebrating the birthday on this day in 1967 of Kurt Cobain, noted Generation X guitarist, singer and songwriter who battled drug abuse since his teens and committed suicide with a shotgun on April 5, 1994.
On this day in:               
     a. 1872 the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City.
     b. 1931 the U.S. Congress approved the construction of the Oakland Bay Bridge.
    c. 1942 Edward O’Hare became America’s first ace shooting down 5 Japanese bombers in one mission to receive the Medal of Honor; he was later killed in combat and is remembered for having O’Hare Airport in Chicago named after him.                                      d. 1943 as a contribution to the war effort, movie studio executives granted the War Information Office the power to censor movies.
e. 2003 a pyrotechnic display at the Station nightclub in Warwick, Rhode Island during a Great White concert went awry, killing 100 and wounding 200 concert goers.
Butch O’Hare’s reflection on American pilots: “You build them, we’ll fly them and together we can’t be beat” Edward “Butch O’Hare. .    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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