Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September 21, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day Of Peace

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 21, 2016 Only 49 waning days to go until the only polls that matter close for Trump to continue his pivot before we elect a new president; more troubling concerns over the overstretched FBI’s abilities to track and prevent radicalized Islamists as Rahami’s father supposedly called the FBI two years before the bombing and they closed the file (anyone who goes to Pakistan or Afghanistan without really legitimate business reasons may well be a suspect for radicalization); CNN is rightfully getting slammed for falsely accusing Trump of calling for racial profiling; another police shooting following the one in Oklahoma captured on camera but this one may involve a black officer shooting a black with a gun but that nuance did not stop rioting in Charlotte, North Carolina; Obama’s address to the UN in the wake of the recent terror attacks was silent on the need to destroy radical Islam (not surprising since he cannot even speak the words) as he promoted the need for us to admit thousands more refugees (new data now shows the number of Muslim immigrants exceeds Christian immigrants) while growing concerns that there is no way to vet radicals or young men that most likely will be easily radicalized from this group; in yet another frightening portent of what secular Islam and Sharia would mean Sudan is now trying several Christian pastors on trumped up charges that could mean the death penalty; on a final sad note after she hired a private investigator who provided evidence that he was cheating on her, Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce against Brad Pitts; market on pins and needles awaiting a Fed decision on Wednesday on whether it will raise rates as the president of Mylan is going to face another round of hearings over its outrageous gouging of the EpiPen.
          As Trump is trying to become more presidential, going to is a great way to start your day along of course and reading Clinton Cash would be a great read to understand the quid pro quo mentality of the Clintons.
          As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, music links to Perry Como and Faith Hill (it’s her birthday),  factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Denis Waitley, while  looking forward to enjoying a few pecan cookies, blessed with a positive attitude and 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. International Day of Peacecreated by the UN in 1982 to promote peace and abhor violence as a means to resolve national differences; ironic that it comes one day after the Russian allegedly bombed a UN relief convoy bringing in food and medical supplies to the civilians trapped in Aleppo.  
2. World Gratitude Day—celebrated since 1965 for celebrants to pause and reflect on the many things in their lives that one should be grateful for as opposing to bemoaning what they may lack regardless of how important those toys may be in terms of happiness and tranquility.   
3. 1945 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1945 on a run of nine weeks in that position “Till the End of Time” by Perry Como. Here is a recording of Perry Como performing the song:
4. National Pecan Cookie Day—another great way to get pecans into your diet. .
5. Soul2Soulcelebrating the birth on this day in 1967 of Audrey Faith Perry, better known to her millions of country western fans as Faith Hill and whose Soul2Soul tour broke records in terms of attendance. Here is a link to her performing one of her platinum songs:     
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1780 Benedict Arnold our noted traitor in the Revolutionary War gave the plans to West Point to the British.
b. 1937 J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was published.   
c. 1981 in an era when we had compromise, Stanford alum Sandra Day O’Connor was unanimously approved by the Senate as the first female Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.      
d. 1996 the Defense of Marriage Act prohibiting federal recognition of same sex marriages was passed by overwhelming majorities in Congress only to have the Supreme Court in 2015 to overturn it and require that all states must recognize same sex marriages.
e. 2013 in another chilling reminder that radical Islam is alive and well al-Shabaab jihadist terrorists attacked the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, slaughtering at least 67 innocents.      
Reflections on gratitude: Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” Denis Waitley, noted American motivational speaker and writer. 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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