Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 24, 2017 Congressman John Lewis of Minnesota is just the latest Red to be targeted at their homes by well funded leftist activists to protest the lack of town hall meetings that they can then disrupt and intimidate (make no mistake about it the left will do everything including violence to undermine the Trump agenda); the rhetoric from the Blues continues to flow over the top as Clapper infamous for his blatant lying to Congress on the collection of megadata of Americans claims that Trump is unfit to be President (why isn’t he facing perjury chargers?), Don Lemon of Cack “News” Network accused Trump of inciting civil war (what a crock as anarchy by the left continues unabated) and a former CIA operative agent Valerie Plame who is on a quest to obtain control of Twitter so it will terminate Trump’s tweets pontificated how concerned she was over Trump’s temperament to be Commander in Chief to a willing interviewer from the Cack “News” Network Wolf Blitzer; a federal district court judge has ruled that Senator Menendez’s corruption trial move forward which means he will be absent from voting during the trial (bring Obamacare repeal back as you would only need 49 votes which hopefully Mitch has to send it to Mike Pence to vote the tie breaking vote); in a chilling reminder of why we are so fortunate that a very weak person Hillary Rodham Clinton is not in the White House, she in a promo snippet of her upcoming delusional book What Happened spoke about how threatened she felt during the second debate with Trump roaming the stage (imagine how threatened in dealing with Putin, Kim, or Iran she would be); on the PC athletic front ESPN shifted Korean American sports commentator from covering the UVA football opener because of his name Robert Lee might offend people because of the protests in Virginia (when will insanity stop?); on the European terrorist front, ISIS boasts to Spain that more attacks are coming: Rome officials blast refugee migrants with water cannon; and the mayor of Venice has instructed police to shoot anyone yelling “Allahu Akbar”; hold on to your hats Mitch is sending signals that no tax cut this year as Trump threatens to veto any debt ceiling bill not coupled with funding to build the wall bill; through August 23, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2460, 426 of whom have died sadly only when things like a major snow storm, massive rain, or a total eclipse does the maiming and death daily total sink.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Magic, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by John Lennon on death, wishing the Blue janissaries would abandon Pelosi and Schumer and demand what is best for the nation, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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 Waffle Day—celebrating not the unique and despicable talent of politicians to skirt issues and questions but rather that tasty breakfast item smothered in all sorts of toppings and cooked with a waffle iron for which a patent was issued on this day in 1869 to Cornelius Swarthout.
2. Den' Nezalezhnosti—celebrated by Ukraine to mark its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 but given Putin’s actions in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine not sure how many more celebrations may be held in the future.
3. 2014 Number One Song—the number one song in 2014 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “Rude” by Magic. Here is the performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIh2xe4jnpk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “janissary” which is a member of a highly loyal group of supporters of a person or a cause which describes Trump’s supporters and Sanders’ supporters to a tee and which were far and few between in HRC’s case.
5. Iron Man—celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of Carl Ripken, Jr. who played in 2632 consecutive games, totally smashing Lou Gehrig’s record to set a record given the proclivity of teams and players to trade and be traded that will probably never be broken—great work ethic Carl!
On this day in:
a. 1963 in the quagmire that began even before the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, the U.S. State Department cabled to officials in the American Embassy in Saigon that as a result of raids on the Buddhist Xa Loi Pagoda that South Vietnamese generals be urged to mount a coup against President Diem if he did not dismiss his brother Nhu (he did not but they did and both Diem and Nhu were shot and South Vietnam while trying to fight a war was exposed the musical chairs of ruling leaders).
b. 1967 Abbie Hoffman and his Youth International Party members temporarily shut down trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange by tossing hundreds of dollar bills onto the trading floor from the visitor’s gallery causing traders to stop what they were doing to scoop up the dollars floating down.
c. 1981 Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life for the killing of John Lennon; he is still in prison at age 65 after numerous parole hearings with another scheduled in 2018 (as long as Yoko Ono is still alive a good bet that he will never see the light of a free day).
d. 1995 Microsoft 95 was released by Microsoft.
e. 1998 in a Big Brother is encroaching on your privacy moment the first human implantation RFID was tested in the United Kingdom.
Reflections on death from a person no longer with us because of Mark David Chapman: “I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it. It's just getting out of one car, and into another.” John Lennon I am surprised John did not use the term “submarine,” but the analogy is a good one that all Christians should welcome since the physical car they are getting out of most likely is in need of repair with far too many miles on it and the other is brand new. 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.
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