Friday, June 24, 2016

June 24, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World UFO Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 24, 2016. Unfortunately still 210 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term as Blue members ended their fund raising sit-in stunt on the floor of the House and got out of Dodge; unlike Pelosi whose tyranny in 2008 over Red House members was evidenced by her turning off the lights, Ryan showed class and a sense of frustration; Great Britain’s voters, still upset with our president lecturing them on how to vote and probably as disappointed with their ruling elite like we are here, voted to leave the EU throwing world markets into turmoil, hopefully only on a short term basis; the HRC dishonesty and deception beat just never ends with this woman as news of over 75 meetings with advisers, corporate officers, Clinton Foundation donors, and lobbyists while as Secretary of State that were never recorded in her official calendar raising the obvious question what was she hiding; and last but not least Trump unveiled a new website  Brace yourself for a really nasty campaign.           
       On the gun control front, Top Gun co-star Kelly McGinnis after being subject to a home invasion and assault is applying for a concealed gun permit; in a monkey see monkey do moment numerous cities are looking at imitating Philadelphia’s soda tax; Marilyn Mosby is now 0-3 in her politically motivated prosecution of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray and New Haven in the shadow of Yale University is experiencing a wave of overdoses of contaminated heroin.
      As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Irene Cara that will make you want to go disco dancing, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Stephen Hawking while looking forward to enjoying some pralines, 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. World UFO Day—highly appropriate time to be looking up in the sky for UFO as Earth prepares to battle alien forces once again in Independence Day: Resurgence.
2. Swim A Lap Day—another whimsical observance best celebrated at the end of a hot day by swimming a lap or two in the family pool to cool off and shed the stress of work.          
3. 1983 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1983 on a run of six weeks in that position “Flashdance What A Feeling” by Irene Cara. Here is a link to Irene Cara performing “Flashdance What A Feeling.”
4. National Pecan Sandy Day—celebrating a tasty French confection named after the French soldier and diplomat César, duc de Choiseul, comte du Plessis-Praslin (his military title was marshal), who lived in the town of Montargis from 1598 to 1675. According to the story, the duc’s cook, Clément Lassagne, invented pralines in 1636 by dropping almonds into a cauldron of boiling sugar. In the U.S. pecans are often substituted for almonds or hazelnuts.  Bon appétit! 
5. Don’t Forget To Duck—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1885 of heavy weight champion Jack Dempsey, the Manassas Mauler, best known for his line to his wife after Gene Tunney took the title away from him and that Reagan used after being shot, “Honey, I forgot to duck.” and the long count rematch against Tunney which he lost.  
On this day in:
a. 1880 the first performance of “O Canada” which would become Canada’s national anthem occurred at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.
b. 1916 Mary Pickford became the first female star to sign a million dollar contract (worth almost 23,000,000 in today’s dollars).  
c. 1947 pilot Kenneth Arnold made the first widely reported sighting of a UFO near Mt. Rainier.     
d. 1957 SCOTUS ruled in Roth v. U.S. that obscenity was not protected by the First Amendment.
e. 2004 capital punishment in New York was declared unconstitutional by the state’s Supreme Court.    
Reflections on UFOs: “ If aliens visit us the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America which did not turn out well for Native Americans.” Stephen Hawkins noted English cosmetologist and physicist
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