Friday, August 17, 2018

August 17, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Baby Boomers Recognition Day



Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 16, 2018 Newly released emails and text messages show Bruce Ohr and
Chrisopher Steele along with the wife of Ohr, an employee at Fusion GPS, were working hand in glove to funnel the Steele dossier loaded with unvetted and salacious mistruths about Trump from Russian sources to the FBI and take it before the FISA court while concealing that HRC and the DNC had paid for it (that’s where the real Russian collusion lies and Mueller is totally MIA in pursuing—talk about corruption); the left is going ballistic over Brennan’s loss of his security clearance in echo chamber drumbeats that Brennan’s 1st Amendment rights are being squashed (a clearance is a privilege not a right and Trump and anyone in his administration would be fools to consult with him after his stunt of calling the president guilty of treason and unfit to be president); so much for the Michelle Obama myth that Democrats go high instead of low as black House Democrat Betty Scott blasted her Chinese-American primary opponent as a “ching-chong” and attacked her African-American husband for marrying her (the strategy of racial slurs backfire as Ms. Scott lost and was forced to apologize but demonstrates how fractured our political system has become); in a political bait and switch Richard Ojeda, an Army veteran who claimed to have voted for Trump is now slamming him and proposing a path to citizenship for illegal aliens and opposing the building of the Wall; John Elway revealed that the Broncos offered a chance for Colin Kaepernick to become a Bronco but Colin turned down the offer; as the wildfires in California continue to rage, the struggle has moved to the negotiating table where the state is trying to improve its forest management system by clearing dead vegetation and effecting controlled burns to the former bane of environmentalists; in Chicago while Rahm Emanuel continues to  imitate Nero playing the fiddle through August 11, 2018 1890 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 305 have died (when will Chicago 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color and when will Emanuel who has been MIA resign or be voted out of office?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Sonny and Cher,
factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you have grown out of the scourge of morphew and a relevant quote from David Thibodeau on the assault at Waco,
secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. National Non Profit Day—celebrated first on this day in 2017 to promote awareness of the contributions of nonprofits to our society and welfare.
 2.  Baby Boomers Recognition Day—commemorating since 2011 the contributions to our culture, society and economy of those born between 1946 and 1964 as the country returned to normalcy following the end of World War II and the exodus of some 14 million soldiers, sailors and airmen back into civilian life.
3. 1965 Number One Song— the number one song in 1965 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “I Got You Babe” by the Sonny and Cher. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BERd61bDY7k
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “morphew” which means a skin eruption the bane of too many teenagers.
5. Burn Baby Burn—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your point of view of David Koresh, the head of the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas that was raided by ATF agents on February 28, 1993 which resulted in a 51 day siege that culminated in a tank and tear gas assault on the compound which caught fire burning to the ground killing 76  people many of them children.
 On this day in: 
a. 1807 Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat left New York City enroute to Albany, New York on the Hudson River, instituting the world’s first commercial steamboat service.  
b. 1978 Double Eagle II became the first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean, arriving in Miserey, France 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.
c. 1998 President Bill Clinton admitted to the American public that he had had an improper physical relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and admitted he had lied to the American people.
d. 2005 the first forced evacuation of Israeli settlers began as part of Israel’s disengagement from Gaza.
e. 2008 U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps became the first person to win 8 Gold Medals in a single Olympiad.
    Reflections on Waco by one who survived the assault: “So many of the Davidians have been demonized by the media ... I felt it my duty to tell the true story of a group of people who were trying to live according to their religious beliefs and the teachings of a man they all considered divinely inspired.” Waco: a Survivor’s Story, David Thibodeau
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

August 16, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Airborne Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 16, 2018 The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has died from pancreatic cancer; after 76 people had overdosed on the New Haven Green from either synthetic marijuana or fentanyl, Trump has instructed Sessions to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids  and is calling for the death penalty against opioid traffickers (shades of the president of the Philippines); Omarosa is being slammed by Lara Trump for releasing a secret tape recording of her suggesting that she work for the Trump 2020 campaign (hell hath no fury than a woman scorned especially one with a recorder); the Catholic Church is being rocked with a major child sexual abuse claim in Pennsylvania; the Manafort jury ended its first day of deliberations with questions for the judge but no verdict (if found guilty, will Trump pardon him?); on the technology security front a 16 year old teenager from Melbourne has plead guilty to hacking into Apple’s mainframe (so much for the claim that Apple is a secure platform); on the fire front California continues to burn with the death toll having risen to 11; on the resistance front Democrats have threatened to sue the National Archives if documents relating to Judge Kavanaugh’s time with the Bush Administration are not released for their already prejudged review and rejection; on the Pelosi front the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board has called upon Pelosi to withdraw from the race to be Speaker of the House if the Blues flip the House (hang in there  Nancy-- you are the ace in the hole for the Reds to keep the House and when coupled with Maxine Waters a dynamic duo to energize the Red base); in Chicago while Rahm Emanuel continues to  imitate Nero playing the fiddle through August 11, 2018 1890 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 305 have died (when will Chicago 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color and when will Emanuel who has been MIA resign or be voted out of office?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Supremes,
factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not suffer from morosis, and a relevant quote from Colin Powell on the deterrence of airborne forces,
secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. National Airborne Day—created by President George W. Bush in 2001 to honor the contribution of our airborne forces to the military; the day was chosen to commemorate the first military parachute jump which occurred on this day in 1940.
 2.  National Roller Coaster Day—commemorating since 1988 the epitome of a thrill ride, the roller coasters, which first appeared on the American scene at Coney Island in 1884.
3. 1964 Number One Song— the number one song in 1964 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Where Did Our Love Go” by the Supremes. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izzKUoxL11E
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “morosis” which means pathological feeble-mindness which describes Maxine Waters’ mental acuity to a tee.
5. Off To Portugal—celebrating or bemoaning the birthday on this day in 1958 of Madonna who is one very talented singer but who suffers from a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome and who advocated blowing up the White House at a rally near the White House and has announced she is moving to Portugal.
 On this day in: 
a. 1954 the first issue of Sports Illustrated was published.
b. 1962 Pete Best is dismissed from the Beatles to be replaced two days later by Ringo Starr.
c. 1966 the House Un-American Activities Committee commenced hearings on Americans who had aided the Viet Cong which hearings produced riots with 50 people being arrested.
d. 2008 the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago was topped off at 1389 feet at the time becoming the tallest residence above ground.
e. 2917 the Minimata Convention on Mercury designed to prevent exposure to mercury and mercury compounds went into effect.
    Reflections on the deterrence of airborne soldiers:”Lying offshore, ready to act, the presence of ships and Marines sometimes means much more than just having air power or ship's fire, when it comes to deterring a crisis. And the ships and Marines may not have to do anything but lie offshore. It is hard to lie offshore with a C-141 or C-130 full of airborne troops.” Colin Powell former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August 15, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Failures Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 15, 2018 Brennan who had the audacity to claim that President Trump had committed treason at the Helsinki Summit has had his security clearance revoked, sending Blues into a feeding frenzy; Andrew Cuomo the New York governor who has vowed to not cooperate in any fashion with ICE has declared that America was never great as he has caved on his reluctance to debate Cynthia Nixon (his father must be rolling in his grave over that remark); the jury now has the Manafort case which many claim was solely filed to flip Manafort against Trump in order to impeach him; in New Haven in another reason why we need the wall, 47 people overdosed from ingesting synthetic marijuana but fortunately no fatalities occurred; in Kinkersville, Ohio, the police chief fatally overdosed from fentanyl taken from the evidence room; on the lack of civility front, Blue Representative Stephen Cohen at a prayer breakfast wished that Trump would ask Red Senate candidate Blackburn to jump off a bridge; the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania has been castigated by a grand jury study of massive sexual abuse of minors by priests; on the internet access front and bias against conservatives, Twitter has joined other social media sites in banning conservative Alex Jones for one week; the spat between Turkey and the U.S. arising out of Turkey’s refusal to release an American pastor jailed under house arrest continues as Turkey has retaliated by imposing tariffs on a broad range of American products; fired Peter Strzock’s Go Fund Me account has raked in over $400,000 (why in heaven’s name would anyone contribute to that biased unfaithful agent); Keith Ellison despite allegations of sexual abuse by his former girlfriend prevailed in the Blue primary for Minnesota’s attorney general’s race; in Chicago while Rahm Emanuel continues to  imitate Nero playing the fiddle through August 11, 2018 1890 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 305 have died (when will Chicago 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color and when will Emanuel who has been MIA resign or be voted out of office?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Stevie Wonder,
factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you ideas are not full of morology, and a relevant quote from Melinda Gates on why one must give back,
secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. National Medical Dosimetrists Day—celebrating the contributions of radiology oncologists in the fight against cancer.
 2.  National Failures Day—commemorating the need to examine failures that occur in our society in order to learn from and prevent future failures.
3. 1963 Number One Song— the number one song in 1963 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Fingertips Part II” by Stevie Wonder. Here is a recording of the song by a very young singer/songwriter  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cSjOxqldFs
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “morology” which means nonsense which describes much of the language emanating from the Swamp.
5. To Marry Well—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1964 of Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
 On this day in: 
a. 1969 the Woodstock Music and Art Fair commenced in upstate New York featuring some of the top names in the music business.
b. 1971 President Nixon ended the gold standard by eliminating the right of foreign investors to convert dollars in to gold.
c. 1973 the secret bombing of Cambodia by the U.S. came to an end.
d. 1985 Shannon Faulkner became the first female cadet to matriculate at the Citadel only to drop out one week later.
e. 2013 the Smithsonian announced the discovery of the olinguito, the first new carnivore specie discovered in the Americas in 35 years.
    Reflections on the need to give back: ” If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.” Melinda Gates.
    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 www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
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Monday, August 13, 2018

August 13, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not V-J Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 13, 2018 Omarosa has become unhinged in an anti-Trump bashing binge as she is promoting her soon to be released book detailing her short time at the White House (talk about the perils of dealing with a woman scorned, especially one with a tape recorder); Tesla founder Elon Musk may be in hot water with the SEC tweeting that he had funding for his plans to take the company privatewhen that fact may still be an issue as one of the company’s top ten shareholders Fidelity filed papers with the SEC indicating it had reduced its stake in the company by 21%; the FBI has finally fired Peter Strock and Lisa Page but Strock had the gall to set up a Go Fund page of $150,000 for legal expenses to contest the firing (he joins McCabe who has sued for wrongful termination in the chutzpah race); while working on road repair near Luxor, Egypt, workers have discovered another sphinx; Pelosi has played the victim card claiming the media is out to destroy her chances of regaining the Speaker of the House if the House flips (with her crumbs rhetoric and Armageddon mantra she does not need any assistance from the MSM to sink her chances); three West Virginia Supreme Court Justices have been impeached for lavish spending on their offices; on the education or propaganda front teachers in Newton High School have rejected calls for objectivity in their curriculum and find it impossible to not espouse an anti-Trump agenda; Keith Ellison the deputy chair of the Democratic Party who is running for Attorney General of Minnesota is facing allegations of sexual abuse of a former girlfriend; Andrew Cuomo has finally agreed to debate Cynthia Nixon in the race for governorship; in Chicago while Rahm Emanuel continues to  imitate Nero playing the fiddle through August 11, 2018 1890 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 305 have died (when will Chicago 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color and when will Emanuel who has been MIA resign or be voted out of office?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Neil Sedaka, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your colleagues  are morigerous to your ideas, and a relevant quote from Emperor Hirohito on why Japan must end the war, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. International Lefthanders Day—celebrated by the International Lefthanders Association since 1976 to promote awareness of the problems faced by lefthanders.
2.  V-J Day—celebrating the unconditional  surrender of Japan, thereby bringing an end to World War II.
3. 1962 Number One Song— the number one song in 1962 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Breaking Up Is  Hard To Do” by Neil Sedaka. Here is a recording of the song by a singer/songwriter who is still performing and going strong at 79: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbad22CKlB4
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “morigerous” which means deferent which does not describe the MSM in terms of its interaction with the president.
5. Born To Direct—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1955 of British born director Paul Greengrass who has directed Matt Damon in two Bourne movies and Tom Hanks in Mr. Phillips.
 On this day in: 
a. 1889 William Gray received a patent for coin controlled apparatus for telephones a familiar device now rendered obsolete due to the proliferation of cell phones.
b. 1918 women are allowed to enlist in the Marine Corps for the first time with Opha May being the first enlistee.
c. 1942 the Army Corps of Engineers authorized construction of facilities for the Manhattan Project which built the atomic bomb.
d. 1961 East Germany closed the border between West and East Berlin and began construction of the Berlin Wall.
e. 1969 the Apollo II astronauts enjoyed a ticker tape parade in New York City and at a state dinner in Los Angelese were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Richard Nixon.
    Reflections on the need for Japan to surrender: “Moreover, the enemy has begun to employ a new and most cruel bomb, the power of which to do damage is, indeed, incalculable, taking the toll of many innocent lives. Should we continue to fight, it would not only result in an ultimate collapse and obliteration of the Japanese nation but also it would lead to the total extinction of human civilization.” Emperor Hirohito
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Germany Blocks $400 Million Going to Iran


The left has been mocking Trump for dumping the Iranian nuke deal
Claiming the U.S. imposing sanctions would be alone unable to make Iran heel
For Trump the strategy is very clear businesses have to chose
Do business with Iran with its feeble tanked economy and you lose
Access unfettered to the U. S. mart
Look for the withdrawal and closing of operations to start
Already an important win the should make the mullahs howl
The German Central bank blocked a $400 million transfer despite Iran’s crying foul
What is needed in Iran is not regime change nor war against the people of Iran
But behavior change of end to missile programs and terrorist lending hands
Or the economy already of life support and people angry the carrot has been spent
Not for the benefit of the people but to terrorism is where the money went
Obama and Kerry were sucker punched on the Iranian nuke deal
Obama driven by legacy needs, was willing to sign anything as the warning bells pealed
A plane load of cash in the millions given in the misplaced hope
A president so legacy desperate, on terror support he was myope
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August 11, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Annual Medical Checkup Day



Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 11, 2018 In a shades of Malaysia Flight 370 déjà vu, a suicidal employee of Horizon Airlines took off in an unauthorized take off from Sea Tac in a Horizon Airlines passenger plane and crashed it into Kelton Island in Puget Sound fortunately with no passengers aboard other than the pilot; the Eskimo on the tail of Alaska Airlines must be crying in shame for moving a gay couple so a straight couple could sit together on a JFK to LA flight; Unite the Right supporters planning to march on Washington may find it difficult to get there as Uber and Lyft have advised drivers of their rights to withhold service, Twitter is blocking accounts and restaurants are planning to withhold service; Andrew McCabe who is suing the DOJ for wrongful termination and defamation (good luck on that perversion of justice) has incurred the twitter wrath of Trump who is threatening to get involved in Judicial Watch’s law suit to obtain McCabe emails relating to contributions to his wife’s failed state senate bid; Kylie Jenner’s 21st birthday party was shut down by the police as Australian super model Tammy Hebrow was wheeled out on a stretcher; Judicial Watch has sued the DOJ to turn over communications among Steele, Ohr and Fusion GPS to shed light on how the false anti-Trump dossier paid for by the DNC and HRC provided the basis for the witch-hunt that has cursed this presidency; on the fire front in California the number of wild fires has risen to 20 and the Mendocino Complex fire has risen to over 500 square miles but is now 70 percent contained; in Chicago while Rahm Emanuel continues to  imitate Nero playing the fiddle through August 10, 2018 1868 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 305 have died (when will Chicago 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color and when will Emanuel who has been MIA resign or be voted out of office?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Bobby Lewis,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not in a morient mode today, and a relevant quote from Steve Wozniak on the Apple I and Apple II, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. Annual Medical Checkup Day—promoting the use of annual medical checkups to detect diseases in their infancy to boost one’s chance of survival.
2.  National Bowling Day—created in 1956 to promote the sport of bowling which given the heat being inside an air conditioned bowling alley is the place to be.
3. 1961 Number One Song— the number one song in 1961 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Tossin’ and Turnin’” by Bobby Lewis. Here is a recording of the song by a singer who is still tossin’ and turnin’ at 93: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghFBvBmXv4E
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “morient” which means dying which describes the state of civility in our political discourse to a tee.
5. The Apple of His Eye—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1950 of Steve Wozniak the co-founder of Apple who probably is a very happy man that Apple now has a trillion dollar market cap.  
 On this day in: 
a. 1942 actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil received a patent for a frequency spread spectrum hopping communications system which later became the basis of modern technologies in cell phones and Wi-Fi (and you thought Ms. Lamarr was just another pretty face but unskilled in picking and divorcing 6 husbands).
b. 1965 race riots began in Los Angeles (the Watts Riots) and would not end until 5 days later after 34 deaths, $40 million in property damage, 1032 injured and 3,438 arrests.
c. 1972 the last U.S. ground combat unit departed from South Vietnam after losing over 58,000 soldiers.
d. 1984  President Ronald Reagan joked into an open mike while preparing for his weekly radio address “We begin bombing in five minutes,” to the dismay of the Soviet Union.
e. 2003 NATO took over peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan, its first operation outside of Europe in its 54 year history.
    Reflections on designing Apple I and Apple II:” Steve Jobs didn't really set the direction of my Apple I and Apple II designs but he did the more important part of turning them into a product that would change the world. I don't deny that.” Steve Wozniak
    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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Friday, August 10, 2018

August 10, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Smithsonian Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 10, 2018 The circus over the Manafort trial continues with Mueller’s witch-hunt team filing a complaint that the trial court judge is wrongly attacking them in front of the jury and proceedings were mysteriously delayed for several hours (total joke as the trial has nothing to do with Russian collusion which was supposed to be the rationale for Mueller’s appointment); while Pelosi is urging people to vote Blue to give illegal aliens leverage, a growing number of Blues are indicating they will not vote to support her as House speaker if the House flips (sobering thought--if the House does flip Mad Maxine will chair the House Finance Services Committee); NASA is preparing to launch a space probe to orbit the Sun only 4.3 million miles from it; Chicago pastor Gregory Livingston who has castigated Mayor Rahm Emanuel for being MIA in the gun violence in Chicago has called upon President Trump to send in the National Guard; the DOJ is investigating allegations at Lowell Correctional Facility in Florida that women inmates were forced to have sex in exchange for basic necessities like soap and toilet paper; Vox and Pro Publica are being slammed for downplaying the threat of MS-13 in a recently released video (this gang is one of the most violent deadly gangs to appear on the scene in decades and needs to be exterminated without mercy); the leftist whackos on the 9th Circuit have recently ruled that the mother of a teenager in Mexico killed by a Border Patrol Agent in the U.S. has standing to sue for her son’s death (hopefully SCOTUS will take the case and as it has in so many cases reverse this court’s idiocy); on the judicial front confirmation hearings in Judge Kavanaugh will start on September 4; in Chicago while Rahm Emanuel imitates Nero playing the fiddle through August 9, 2018 1848 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 302 have died (when will Chicago 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color and when will Emanuel who has been MIA resign or be voted out of office?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Brian Hyland,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not overcome with moria in your thoughts, and a relevant quote from Kylie Jenner life after 30, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. International Bio Diesel Day—promoting the use of renewable diesel fuels from oils derived from plants.
2.  Smithsonian Day—celebrating the creation of the Smithsonian Museum on this day in 1846; it is one of the great museums in the world and most definitely worthy of a visit when in Washington, D.C.
3. 1960 Number One Song— the number one song in 1960 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polkadot Bikini” by Brian Hyland. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICkWjdQuK7Q
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “moria” which means folly which describes the gridlock in the Swamp to a tee.
5. Keeping Up With the Siblings—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1997 of Kylie Jenner, noted reality performer and entrepreneur of her own cosmetic line.  
 On this day in: 
a. 1948 Candid Camera made its television debut.
b. 1954 at Massena, New York the ground breaking ceremony for the St. Lawrence Seaway to link the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean was held.
c. 1977 David Berkowitz aka the Son of Sam was arrested for a string of murders occurring for a little over a year that terrorized the city of New York; tried and sentenced to consecutive life sentences, he is still rotting in prison.
d. 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 providing for the payment of $20,000 to each Japanese American interned or relocated during World War II.
e. 1995 Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh were indicted for the Oklahoma City bombing.
    Reflections on life after 30:  “When I'm, like, 30, I want to go off the map, have a family, and live in Malibu with a farm, and just raise my own chickens.” Kylie Jenner Only nine years to go before she crosses that bridge.
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

August 8, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Cat Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 8, 2018 The rising star of the Blues, Socialist Ocasio-Cortez, and the aging star of the Blues, Socialist Bernie Sanders, have flamed out as most of  those supported by them have failed to secure their party’s nomination in the primaries; Gates was subject to grilling cross examination on his infidelity and whether he had engaged in multiple liaisons (how much credibility does an embezzler like Gates have—0?); the US Navy has raised the alarm that Russian submarine activity is the highest it has been since the Cold War; Margot Kidder’s death at age 69 on May 13 of this year has been ruled a suicides; on the flip the House front Red Representative Chris Collins from New York has been indicted for insider trading but will continue to campaign as he denied all charges; the New York City Council has placed a one year freeze on new Lyft and Uber licenses to the dismay of customers; the Union County Sheriff’s office in North Carolina has announced the arrest of a teenager who held up at gunpoint a 9 year old’s lemonade stand for $17; Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, one of the Muslim extremists found at the compound in New Mexico with 3 women and 11 children, has been charged with training children to shoot up schools; on the California fire front, Forest Clark has been arrested for felony arson in the case of the Holy Fire that has burned 6 square miles in the Santa Ana Mountains and Yosemite has been closed indefinitely due to wildfires; in Chicago through August 7, 2018 1829 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 298 have died (when will Chicago 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color and when will Emanuel who has been MIA resign or be voted out of office?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Elvis Presley,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not mopsical in your thoughts, and a relevant quote from Robin Quivers on child abuse, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. International Cat Day—created in 2002 to extol the virtues of having as a pet an animal that has been revered since the time of the Egyptians as long as their litter box is cleaned frequently.
2.  CBD Day—celebrated first this year to promote awareness of the healthy benefits of hemp.
3. 1959 Number One Song— the number one song in 1959 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Big Hunk O’Love” by Elvis Presley. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hHMXyKflCo
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mopsical” which means short sighted which describes Ocasio-Cortez’s plans on college and health care to a tee.
5. Quiver Full Of Stars Not Arrows—celebrating the birthday on this day of Robin Quivers who overcame sexual abuse by her father to become a co-host for the Howard Stern Radio Show for over thirty years and who has overcome cancer.
 On this day in: 
a. 1969 at a zebra crossing in London photographer Iain Macmillan took his iconic photograph of the Beatles which became the album cover for their album Abbey Road.
b. 1974 in a national televised address, President Nixon announced his resignation to avoid impeachment effective at noon the following day.
c. 2000 the Confederate submarine H.L.Hunley was raised to the surface and laying on the ocean floor for 136 years.
d. 2008 the Games of the 29 Olympiad opened in Beijing, China.
e. 2015 in Harris County David Ray Conley, an ex-felon, broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend and killed her and her husband and six children, one of whom was his son, before surrendering to police after a shoot out.
    Reflections on child abuse:  “I keep wondering how to explain the experience of child abuse from the inside. I'm going to try to explain what my world was like when I was sexually abused. The thing you have to remember is that this was the thinking of a child.” Robin Quivers.
    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 8, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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