Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 22, 2017 Millions in America including this poet in Salem, Oregon for the event were treated to a spectacular solar eclipse yesterday ( at Salem it was total for almost two minutes and the traffic jam back to Portland was about 100 times longer but worth it); Trump gave a great speech last night focusing on Afghanistan, Pakistan’s being MIA in the struggle against the Taliban and radical Islam and most importantly the need for unity among Americans (total deaf ears by the Waters, Sharptons, Pelosis, Schumers and MSM fake journalists like Acosta; the driver of the van in the Barcelona attack has finally gotten his delusional one way ticket to Paradise punched by Spanish police; the U.S. Navy has never been hesititant to sail into harm’s way but now the harm’s way may not be limited to shells, bombs, or missiles and may include hacking into the navigation systems of our ships of war given two recent collisions of naval ships in the Pacific with civilian vessels (does anyone suspect the Chinese?); looks like ends-justify-the means Clinton supporters are back in the limelight after the USPS has been cited for breaking the law by allowing employees supposedly engaged in permitted union work but instead providing services to Clinton’s campaign prompting Senate Reds sending out letters to 10 Swamp federal agencies demanding explanations of involvement if any of their employees’ potentially criminal activity in working for the Clinton campaign; in another example of why parenting classes should be required in some cases and why it is difficult in this era of everyone has a smart phone, a 34 year old Florida mother of a 14 year old daughter was arrested for felony child abuse after being caught on tape watching her daughter in a fight with a six month pregnant minor urging her on and standing idly by (disgusting!); on the if you don’t acquit time for you to quit, after a hung jury and mistrial, Cosby has hired a new legal team for the retrial; through August 21, 2017 2439 people have been shot in Chicago, of whom 424 have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Robin Thicke, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Bill Parcells, looking forward to not being viewed as a person as someone who is full of jacantcy, 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. National Tooth Fairy Day—this is a day children who are partially traumatized by the loss of a baby tooth relish when they wake up and find that on average the tooth fairy has replaced that baby tooth under the pillow with $4.66 (the $.25 the tooth fairy left under my pillow in 1953 is worth $2.24 today so the tooth fairy has been making a great return on enamel).
2. Be An Angel Day—most of us have been exposed to angels in our lives from the fireman saving our home to the life guard saving us a child to the simple act of someone giving up their seat to a pregnant mother on a bus; created in 1993 by Jayne Feldman to honor those angels and to encourage all of us in our own way to be angels themselves.
3. Number One Song in 2013—celebrating the number 1 song in 2013 on a run of 12 weeks in that position “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. Here is a link to the song: https://www.vevo.com/watch/robin-thicke/blurred-lines/USUV71300454https://www.vevo.com/watch/robin-thicke/blurred-lines/USUV71300454
4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “jactancy” which boastfulness, vainglory” which without any accomplishments to speak out any words out of members of Congress for the great job they are doing is reeks of jactancy.
5. Never Say Never--celebrating the birth on this day in 1941 of Bill Parcells, noted football coach who is the only coach to take four different teams to the playoffs and who kept retiring only to like tuna being drawn to the hook or seine kept coming back as a coach.
On this day in:
1. 1864 in an attempt to ameliorate the hell on Earth known as war especially as it relates to prisoners and wounded, 12 nations signed the First Geneva Convention.
2. 1950 Athea Gibson became the African American to compete in an international tennis tournament, later going on to win 11 Grand Slam Tournaments.
3. 1953 the French penal colony on Devil’s Island infamously memorialized by the movie Papillion starring Dustin Hoffman and Steve Macqueen was permanently closed.
4. 1978 Congress passed the District of Columbia Voting Rights Amendment which would have treated the Swamp for federal elections like a state and granted it 3 Electoral College votes. Fortunately for Reds and Independents only 16 states ratified the amendment so it is not part of the Constitution.
5. 1992 FBI sniper Lon Horuichi after wounding Randy Weaver as he was opening the door to his cabin at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, shot and killed Vickie Weaver who was inside the cabin holding her 10 month old daughter; Horiouchi never spent a day in jail for this illegal use of force against Vicki Weaver but the taxpayers coughed up over three million dollars to settle a wrongful death suit and almost three years later in revenge for FBI actions at Ruby Ridge and Waco, Texas McVeigh and Reynolds blew up the Oklahoma City Federal Building, killing 168 innocents and wounding more than 680.
Reflections on why football is a lot like life with many of the same rules of competitiveness, effort, and practice: “No matter how much you've won, no matter how many games, no matter how many championships, no matter how many Super Bowls, you're not winning now, so you stink.” Bill Parcells 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 www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com 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.
© August 22, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
© August 22, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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