Saturday, September 23, 2017

September 23, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Teal Talk Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 23, 2017 Senator McCain may be an American hero but on the health care front as Obamacare is going down in flames is a total disaster; we all feel for Kimmel due to the health issues faced by his child but we now find out he has been working hand in glove with the chief Swamp denizen Chuck Schumer for talking points to attack Trump’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare; Trump at a rally for Strange threw the gauntlet down on those overpaid NFL players taking a knee on the playing of the national anthem urging owners to fire anyone who participates in that practice; on the doomsday front, Christian wacko writer Meade has retracted his statement that the world will end today which is a good thing as UCLA fans will want to be around to witness after 9 failed attempts in a row a victory over Stanford in Palo Alto; the death toll in Mexico City from the earthquake has risen to 295; Puerto Rico devastated and without power is facing a new threat as 70,000 people living below a dam which is very close to failing have been ordered to evacuate; Hillary continues on her book tour slamming the president for his tough speech on the Rocket Man oblivious to the fact that a growing number of Americans on both sides of the aisle want her to disappear; through September 21, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2789 and the death toll standing at 478 while the city seems to not be doing anything to prevent the killing and maiming of its minority residents—a real definition of racism which is deadly.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Barry McGuire, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Angelina Jolie on cancer, happy you do not appear to be suffering from kanodoxy  and 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.
1Teal Talk Day—created in 2013 to promote awareness of ovarian cancer that affects almost 250,000 women worldwide annually.
2. National R.E.A.D. in America Day—observed to recognize that reading allows people to accomplish their goals and dreams and encourage people of all ages to read more and often.
3. 1965 Number One Song— the number one song in 1965 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Eve of Destruction” by Barry McGuire. Here is a performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfZVu0alU0I Barry is still avoiding destruction at the ripe old age of 82.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “kenodoxy” which is the love of vainglory which our current and past president have in spades and something mere mortals would do well to avoid.  
5.  Trane Derailed Too Early--celebrating the birth on this day in 1926 of noted saxophonist John Coltrane who battled drug addiction and alcoholism and blew his last notes far too early at the age of 40 due to liver cancer.    
On this day in:                       
a. 1641 the Merchant Royal laden with 100,000 pounds of gold was lost at sea near Land’s End near Cornwall and despite numerous attempts has never been found.
b. 1889 Nintendo Koppai (now the Nintendo Company) was formed by Yamauchi Fusajiro to produce and market the card game Hanafuda.   
c. 1911 Earle Ovington made the first airmail delivery for the U.S. Post Office.
d. 1962 the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts opened in New York City.                                                                                      
e. 2002 the web browser Mozilla Firefox was introduced.
Reflections on cancer from one very brave and inspirational woman: “I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options. Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.” Angelina Jolie Wise words, wise words indeed from a very courageous woman that Brad Pitt had the idiotic thoughts to cheat on. 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.

Friday, September 22, 2017

September 22, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Car Free Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 22, 2017  Disturbing news of Gestapo like tactics by the witch hunter in chief Robert Mueller’s team picking the lock on Manafort’s home while the unmaskers in chief Power and Rice are not the subject of any investigation of really outrageous threats to our democratic way of life; Elizabeth Warren who rails against the one percent while  the  affirmative action rules she totally bent by claiming Native American status to jump ahead of the line is now being properly slammed for her hypocrisy of milking the system to rise to the top (will her pathetic attacks on the one percent ever stop?); another example of why the Golden State is misnamed as Curry’s great contract payments run into the Californian tax blood sucking leech (no star athlete should ever agree to play for a California based team given its tax policy and should move to join any citizen outraged by the designation of California as a “Sanctuary State” and move out of this state; the lunatic now known as the “Rocket Man” is threatening to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific which adds another justification to hammering the nail on his  coffin even if it is a nuclear preemptive strike that eliminates this lunatic and any and all of his supporters or family members; ivy at Harvard seems to find its way into the derriere of the image of Harvard as 150 professors have signed a letter protesting the revocation of fellow status of convicted traitor Manning who should have rotted in prison instead of having a feckless pathetic out going wimp commute his/her sentence (what an absolute crock and why parents should reject sending their kids to this university); with a rogue nation like North Korea, maybe some credence to the Biblical prediction that the world will end tomorrow but this poet is fearful that the only disaster will be that after nine straight losses to the Cardinal, UCLA will prevail on the 23rd; through September 20, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2760 and the death toll standing at 476 while the city seems to not be doing anything to prevent the killing and maiming of its minority residents—a real definition of racism which is deadly.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Roy Orbison, factoids of interest for this day in history, two relevant quotes by Sara Jane Moore on her failed assassination attempt on President Ford, pleased if you are able to avoid the babble of kelter  and 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.
1OneWebDay—created in 2006 to promote awareness of the internet and the need to protect its open and free access.
2. World Car Free Day—observed since 1994 to encourage people to leave their cars in the garage and to use other means of transportation like walking or biking to reach work or shopping.  
3. 1964 Number One Song— the number one song in 1964 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Oh! Pretty Woman” by  Roy Orbison. Here is a performance of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PLq0_7k1jk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “kelter” which means nonsense which is what we have to listen to from most denizens of the Swamp that defies the best efforts of Trump to drain it.
5.  This Jet Takes Off with Great Sounds--celebrating the birth on this day in 1958 of noted rock singer Joan Larkin better known to her fans as Joan Jett; best known for her song “I Love Rock and Roll.”    
On this day in:                       
a. 1692 the last women convicted of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts were hanged bringing a very sad part of our history to an end.
b. 1888 the National Geographic was first published.   
c. 1927 Jack Dempsey lost the “long count” heavy weight championship match to Gene Tunney.
d. 1975 Sara Jane Moore, a five time divorcee and mother of four children failed in her attempt to assassinate President Ford; after serving 32 years in prison she was paroled.
e. 1993 a barges struck a railway bridge near Mobile, Alabama used by Amtrak’s Sunset Limited causing a derailment that killed 47 passengers and terminated future service of the Sunset Limited from New Orleans to Orlando.
Two reflections from Sara Jane Moore on the dog whistles of hate being blown by the left in reference to our president: “The government had declared war on the left. Nixon's appointment of Ford as Vice President and his resignation making Ford President seemed to be a continuing assault on America.”  “I know now that I was wrong to try. Thank God I didn't succeed. People kept saying he would have to die before I could be released, and I did not want my release from prison to be dependent on somebody, on something happening to somebody else, so I wanted him to live to be 100." Let’s hope the left is moved by the second quote rather than the first.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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Thursday, September 21, 2017

September 21, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Autumnal Equinox

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 21, 2017 The death toll in Mexico City from the 7.1 earthquake has soared to at least 245 as first responders and volunteers are frantically trying to save people trapped under massive amounts of rubble from buildings that have collapsed; the obese rocket man will be soon out of fuel if the news from China is correct that the Bank of China has banned all transactions with North Korea (if it follows through the Hermit Kingdom will be toast in less than a month and hopefully the North Korean military will show some balls and execute this madman and dismantle the ICBM and nuclear weapons program); finally with the sanctions imposed by the president of any companies doing business with North Korea, we have a president that is not a feckless Obama wimp and the world is taking notice even though Blues like Hillary and Feinstein are doing the Chicken Little dance over his blunt and forceful talk; Puerto Rico has been totally devastated by Maria with the whole island without power and facing a delay of many months before power is restored; Sessions rightfully blasted California for becoming a sanctuary state compounded by the fact that our leftist AG plans to sue the federal government for moving forward to build the wall (the art of political compromise that the Blues should jump on is repeal and replace Obamacare, tax cuts, infrastructure and the wall in exchange for path to citizenship for DACCA residents); Sanders is ranting over the investigation by the FBI of his wife for bank fraud and his single payer health care plan given the chaos at the VA could be a major hot potato for Blue candidates in 2018 (what about the example of socialism demonstrated in spades in Venezuela or Cuba does this man not understand?); on the perversion front a former Arkansas female high school teacher has been charged with sleeping with 4 students; through September 20, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2750 and the death toll standing at 475 after a rare day in which no one died while the city seems to not be doing anything to prevent the killing and maiming of its minority residents—a real definition of racism which is deadly.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Bobby Vinton, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Albert Camus on the fall season on this autumnal equinox, happy you do not appear to be kef during meetings with co-workers  but 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.
1International Day of Peace—created by the UN General Assembly in 1981 and observed since 1982 to promote the pursuit of peace and the cessation of war and violence among nations a cause when it comes to North Korea will be enhanced greatly if China follows through with its pledge to ban all currency dealings with the rogue nation.
2. Autumnal Equinox—celebrating the first day of fall and another day closer to the end of the hurricane season that has laid waste to parts of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida and most of the Caribbean.
3. 1963 Number One Song— the number one song in 1963 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Blue Velvet” by  Bobby Vinton. Here is a performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icfq_foa5Mo The Polish Prince of Poch still going strong at 82 and hopefully drying out after being in the path of Irma along the east coast of Florida.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “kef” which is a state of dreamy or drug induced repose which seems perfect to describe the speeches of many of the diplomats other than Trump at the UN.
5.  This Jet Takes Off with Great Sounds--celebrating the birth on this day in 1958 of noted rock singer Joan Larkin better known to her fans as Joan Jett; best known for her song “I Love Rock and Roll.”    
On this day in:                       
a. 1780 Revolutionary War hero Benedict Arnold turned traitor and gave to the British the plans for West Point.
b. 1937 J.R.R. Tolkien published The Hobbit.   
c. 1981 Stanford alum Sandra Day O’Connor was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to become the first female justice of SCOTUS.
d. 1996 by overwhelming bipartisan majorities Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act prohibiting the federal government from recognizing same sex marriages but allowing the states to do so. That allowance turned into a mandate almost 19 years later when SCOTUS ruled that same sex marriages had to be allowed in all fifty states (so much for federalism and the will of the people exercised through their elected officials).                                                                                      
e. 2013 radical Islamists from al-Shabaab in Nairobi, Kenya attacked the Westgate Mall and killed at least 67 people, almost all of whom were non-Muslim, and wounded close to 200. Sadly of the 10-15 killers only 4 had their one way ticket to Paradise punched.
Reflections on the beauty of the coming of fall:”Autumn is the second spring when every leaf becomes a flower.” Albert Camus noted French writer. Anyone who lives in New England will confirm Camus’ observation 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.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September 20, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Gibberish Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 20, 2017 The death toll in Mexico City from the 7.1 earthquake has soared past 200 and is expected to go much  higher while Puerto Rico already reeling from the effects of Irma is being pounded by Maria with Cat 4-5 winds; California is no longer the Golden State but has degenerated into the Rogue State defying federal law by passing legislation on Blue votes to become a sanctuary state (how many more Kate Steinles have to die as a result of this insane action) and by announcing that the state would file suit to block construction of the Wall on sections of San Diego and Imperial County (time to see if we can pass legislation in the Swamp that any state or local government that refuses to cooperate with federal immigration authorities receives not a penny of federal aid); as the Reds try desperately to get the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare three RINOs, Collins, McCain, and Murkowski again stand in their way as millions suffer due soaring premiums for insurance mandated by faceless callous Swamp denizens that Main Street Americans do not want and cannot afford (is there not one Blue in the Senate to put country before party and cross the aisle to vote to repeal and replace?); another example of the left’s idea bank being totally NSF with FLOTUS being targeted for what she wore at a UN speech on bullying and the need to prevent it (amazing that with all our issues the left is fixated on complaining about what the most elegant and attractive FLOTUS ever to grace the White House is wearing (can you imagine the uproar if the media criticized Michelle’s taste in clothes?); through September 17, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2743 and the death toll again on the rise to 474 while the city seems to not be doing anything to prevent the killing and maiming of its minority residents—a real definition of racism which is deadly.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Four Seasons, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Michael Bassey Johnson on gibberish, happy you can use a washing machine instead of a keeve  but 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.
1National Gibberish Day—bemoaning the fact that gibberish is usually what we hear from our members of Congress and the legions of Swamp denizens known as federal bureaucrats who operate in the Swamp bubble with values so far removed from Main Street Americans.
2. National School Backpack Awareness Day—created by the American Occupational Therapists Association to promote awareness of damage to backs created by sending students off to school with overloaded backpacks. 
3. 1962 Number One Song— the number one song in 1962 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Sherry” by the Four Seasons. Here is a performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myIG9PEwXZw
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “keeve” which is a large tub or vat for liquids which with washing machine totally replaced in almost all American homes when it comes to laundry uses.
5.  Sail With Me—celebrating the birth on this day in 1995 of Laura Dekker who after a voyage of 510 days became the youngest person to sail solo around the world.     
On this day in:                       
a. 622 Muhammad and Abu Bakr arrived in Medina and the march to create Islam in Arabia would soon begin and expand worldwide after Muhammad’s death.
b. 1863 the two day battle Chickamauga in Georgia came to an end with a Confederate victory; but the battle had the dubious distinction for those who fought there of being the bloodiest two day battle in the Civil War with casualties for both sides adding up to over 34,500 soldiers.   
c. 1946 the first Cannes Film Festival was held in France.
d. 1971 Hurricane Irene, after making landfall from the Atlantic onto Nicaragua the previous day, crossed into the Pacific regained its hurricane status and was renamed Olivia, the first known hurricane to cross from the Atlantic into the Pacific.                                                                                      
e. 2017 129 nations including Iran signed a treaty banning the development, storage and use of nuclear weapons but unfortunately North Korea and all of the existing nuclear powers did not so the planet still is under the shadow of total annihilation in the event of all out nuclear war.
Reflections on why we must avoid gibberish:”Focus your attention on the quality of your words, and not the quantity, because few sensible talks attracts millions of listeners more than a thousand gibberish.” Michael Bassey Johnson, noted Nigerian author whom all bureaucrats and politicians should listen to and heed his advice.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September 19, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National IT Professionals Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 19, 2017 President Trump in no uncertain words informed the UN that the Rocket Man and his nation faced total destruction in his quest for deliverable nuclear weapons which statement of fact was immediately attacked by a doddering 84 year old Diane Feinstein who once was the only adult in the Blue Senators but sadly seems to have been infected with the bias partisanship of her fellow junior Senator Kamala Harris; after being hit with a 8.1 earthquake in southwestern Mexico, Mexico City was hit with a 7.1 earthquake killing over 100 people and causing massive destruction; Maria as a Cat 5 hurricane is slamming the Caribbean Islands already devastated by Irma and is heading for Puerto Rico and hopefully veers away from  Florida and the East Coast; after months of lambasting Trump for claiming he had been wiretapped by Obama before and after the election, the Cack News Network aka CNN released a report confirming that Manafort had been electronically surveiled before and after the election (that is really disturbing especially when coupled with the illegal unmasking of Trump supporters and a far more disturbing threat to our democracy than the Russian collusion delusion Mueller’s witch hunt is fixated on); Obama after bashing for 8 years the billionaires and millionaires on Wall Street is hot on the speaking trail in front of Wall Street raking in millions (a good tax reform item would be barring the deduction of speaking fees over $10,000 of any former president, vice president, cabinet senior member or member of Congress for 10 years after leaving that position); a federal appellate court has reinstated the defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone the day after the magazine announced it was up for sale; riots continued for the 4th night in St. Louis;  through September 17, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2732 and the death toll again on the rise to 473 while the city seems to not be doing anything to prevent the killing and maiming of its minority residents—a real definition of racism which is deadly.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Bobby Vee, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Sylvia Earle on the Deepwater Horizon blowout and spill, watching the left denouncing Trump for his UN address and feeling very keck  but 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.
1International Talk Like a Pirate Day—created in 1995 by two fun loving residents of Albany, Oregon some 300 miles from the ocean; celebrate by wearing an eye patch, have a parrot perched on your shoulder and say a lot of “arrrs” and “Ahoy Mateys.”
2. National IT Professionals Day—created in 2015 by Solarwind, an IT management software provider, to promote recognition of the work done by IT professionals to keep businesses humming smoothly and efficiently. 
3. 1961 Number One Song— the number one song in 1961 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Take Care of My Baby” by Bobby Vee. Here is a performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awNqLO6auQA Sadly this pop teen idol sang his last note on October 24, 2016, dying from complications caused by Alzheimer’s.   
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “keck” which means to retch or feel disgust which describes how this poet feels when he watches CNN or MSNBC.
5.  Big Shoes to Fill—celebrating the birth on this day in 1974 of comedian and talk show host Jimmy Fallon who took over on the Tonight Show for Jay Leno when he retired.     
On this day in:                       
a. 1778 the Continental Congress passed the first federal budget which I could not find the amount but in 1789 nine years later it was 51.8 million dollars in 2017 dollars.
b. 1952 the U.S. barred Charlie Chaplin from reentering the country after a trip to England.   
c. 1982 Scott Fahlman posted the first emoticons :-) and :-( on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board.
d. 1995 the Washington Post and  the New York Times published the Unabomber’s Manifesto. The author Ted Kaczynski is serving 8 consecutive life sentences without possibility of parole in a federal super max prison in  Colorado.                                         e. 2010 the blown out oil well Deepwater Horizon that blew out on April 10 and leaked almost 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico was finally sealed.
Reflections on the Deepwater Horizon blowout and spill: ”Places change over time with or without oil spills, but humans are responsible for the Deepwater Horizon gusher - and humans, as well as the corals, fish and other creatures, are suffering the consequences.” Sylvia Earle noted marine biologist and explorer 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.                    

Monday, September 18, 2017

Emmy Ratings Crater Due to Trump Hatershaer

At the Emmys Award show last night complete anti-Trump bashing nonstop
To no one’s surprise a complete ratings all time low flop
A steady stream of winning “celebrities” total Trump haters
Little wonder the ratings were at and all time big crater
The slams were devoid of humor and  really quite sick
Across the nation you could hear the sounds of the change channels click
Along with the curses at CBS of due to ratings in the proverbial dump
Ad revenue from the show reduced to all time lows due to bashing of Trump
What the Hollywood snowflakes no longer seem to grasp
Is that except in their bubble or in the Swamp no one wants to hear their biased rasps
Led by the president Baldwin who is paid by SNL far too much money
Under the delusion that his Trump portrayal is for the rest of us funny
When it comes to what people will remember as usual he is wrong
In the company of great Americans off script he does not belong
His jokes and slams on Trump reek with the tepid and rotting Swamp smell
What we want is progress on jobs, security, growth, secure borders that Trump is trying to sell
Baldwin is a president of delusion that soon will be relegated to history’s trash heap
Ignore what we mere mortals want and need and falling ratings Hollywood will reap
After listening so briefly this poet is convinced the Academy made a big mistake
Each winner receiving an Emmy should have been required to a one way ticket out the nation take
To make sure their celeb bodies did not suffer like mere mortals in the back of the plane
Upgrade to first class or private jet if an agreement made that returning to this nation they will refrain!
 © September 18, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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September 18, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Read an E-Book Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 18, 2017 The Emmy Awards last night had nothing to do about rewarding and recognizing artistic achievement in television; but rather it was all about seeing which “celebrity” could bash Trump the most and to no one’s surprise the show’s ratings were at all time lows (I hear the howls at CBS over lost ad revenues and the prospect that next years ratings will be even lower); the Senate has just exceeded 50 votes as votes are still being counted in favor of a 692 billion dollar defense bill including and I hope the obese lunatic is listening $8.5 billion for the Missile Defense Agency which means a good number of Blues probably are on board (those of whom voted against it will be listed tomorrow) ; we barely survived the 1-2 punch of Harvey and Irma and now with Maria looking exactly like the track of Irma’s earlier days will Florida get another Cat 4 hit or will it blast drenched but not significantly damaged areas of the East Coast?; Trump may have jumped the gun based on instinct but he called in right on London bombing as two suspects were part of the Syrian refugee exodus plaguing Europe; with no thanks to establishment McConnell and a healthy dose of I will believe it when I see it, the Republicans are growing more confident that they will get the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare; the Marvin K Moody of politics, Hillary Rodham Clinton starts her formal book tour of the delusional What Happened with really surprising news that it is number one on Amazon (even more shocking is that on an “interview” NPR she raised the possibility of contesting Trump’s election if Mueller proves collusion with the Russians by Trump---fade away into oblivion Marvin K); Trump will be addressing the UN tomorrow and it is a good bet that its members are not going to like what they hear (hope he calls for a reduction in our funding which is almost a fifth of the UN’s budget to use the money for the Wall); through September 17, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2726 and the death toll again on the rise to 471 while the city seems to not be doing anything to prevent the killing and maiming of its minority residents—a real definition of racism which is deadly.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Chubby Checker, factoids of interest for this day in history, relevant quotes on ebooks and ereaders by three children, wondering if the Congress should be drinking more kava  but 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.
1International Read an Ebook Day—created by ebook publisher Overdrive to promote the sale of ebooks and the ire of chiropractors who will lose potential patients no longer having their backs aches due to carrying pounds of books to class or on vacations but counterbalanced by the eco warriors who will rejoice that less trees are being cut down.
2. World Water Monitoring Day—created by America’s Clean Water Foundation to promote awareness of the need to protect and preserve our water resources from pollution and disease causing organisms which given the potential for the large areas of Florida and Texas inundated from Harvey and Irma that may be infested with almost 99 percent fatal brain eating amoeba seems very apropos to observe. 
3. 1960 Number One Song— the number one song in 1960 on a run of 1 week (too strenuous to dance well?) in that position was “The Twist” by Chubby Checker introduced by a very young looking Dick Clark. Here is a performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHGXwQeUk7M   Despite his weight that goes with his name he is still alive today at 75 but probably not twisting as fast or as furious.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “kava” which is a psychoactive drink made from the root of the kava plant found in Polynesian Islands but is not considered  physically addictive or leading to dependency and may be perfect to require the Congress to consume to decrease stress and gridlock.
5.  To Split a Pair—celebrating the birth on this day in 1951 of noted neurosurgeon who once successfully separated Siamese twins  conjoined at the head, ran unsuccessfully for president in 2016 and is now serving as Secretary of HUD.    
On this day in:                       
a. 1793 George Washington laid the cornerstone to the Capitol Building which was completed in 1800.
b. 1851 the first edition of the New York Daily News now known as the New York Times was published.   
c. 1882 in a sign of the growth of California the Pacific Stock Exchange opened in San Francisco and remained in business until 2006 when it was merged into the NYSE.
d. 1977 Voyager I took the first photo of the Moon and Earth together.
                                                                
                       
e. 1997 in a move he probably regrets after all of the scandals swirling around the UN, Ted Turner an atheist donated a billion dollars to the UN (wonder it the donation was a result of Hanoi Jane’s pressure and if it was poor Ted got only four more years out of the donation before Hanoi Jane became a devout Christian and filed for divorce in 2001). 
Reflections on e-books from the people who we need to get into the habit of reading the sooner the better, our children: “I read more because I have an ereader” 14 year old girl in Georgia; “You can tap on a word to see what it means or make it big or small.” 9 year old girl in Virginia; “It’s more fun, may cost less and is good for the environment’ ten year old boy in Texas. I rarely leave home unless by Nook is packed in my pocket or in by computer bag. 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.  
© September 18, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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