Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May 9, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Victory Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 9, 2016 Unfortunately still 256 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Very  exciting political theater as Kentucky sues the federal government over Kentucky’s bathroom law that requires a person transgender or otherwise to use the bathroom of his or her born sex—we have major problems of debt and an anemic economy and the feds are pandering to slighted feelings of the Caitlin Jenners of the world! Ryan offered to step down as GOP Convention Chair and Christie is heading up Trump’s transition team. Knowing full well that since she is represented by counsel the FBI would never contact her about testifying before them but she continues to deceive the American public that she has not be contacted but a dime against a dollar her lawyers have. As money from Wall Street continues to pour into her campaign, HRC continues to refuse to release her speech transcripts. As always, I hope your Monday is off to a great start with your batteries fully charged to meet the challenges of the week and that  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Montell Jordan, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Newton Minnow, while looking forward to enjoying some butterscotch brownies, 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. Victory Day—celebrating the victory over Nazi Germany in Russia and the former members of the Soviet Union and Israel as Germany  had to wait until May 9 for their surrender to be effective as Stalin wanted the surrender executed in Moscow.    
2. Women’s Checkup Day—promoting awareness of the need for women to have annual checkups with their doctors.
3. 1995 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1995  on a long run of seven weeks in that position This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan. Here’s a link to Montell Jordan performing This Is How We Do It:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqu132vTl5Y   
4. National  Butterscotch Brownie Day—celebrating a tasty brownie to feed your sugar tooth.     
5. The Piano Mancelebrating the birthday on this day in 1949 of the legendary rock singer Billy Joel whose records have sold in the millions.                                                                          
On this day in:
a. 1386 England and Portugal signed the Treaty of Windsor calling for mutual support between the two countries; the treaty is still in force and is the longest surviving treaty between two nations.  
b. 1887 Buffalo’s Wild West Show opened in London to large crowds enamored over the images of the American West and probably in deep remorse over the failed policies that unlike Canada drove the Americans to declare their ndependence.     

c. 1960 the FDA approved Searle’s drug Enovid as an oral contraceptive, making it the world’s first birth control pill.                                                                 

d. 1961 FCC Chairman Newton Minow gave his famous “TV is a wasteland” speech. Sadly even with cable he was and still is right.   

e. 1974 the Senate Judiciary Committee began Impeachment hearings on Richard Nixon; a young lawyer Hillary Clinton took great notes and learned that the existence of the Nixon Tapes doomed his presidency which trumps the pathetic and misleading “convenience” excuse and explains why as Secretary of State she used a secret private email server.   

Reflections on the great electronic wasteland “"When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better. But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your own television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland.” Newton Minnow
How true he was and unfortunately how true those words are today.
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