Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June 29, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Camera Day,

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 29, 2016. Unfortunately still 205 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term as the financial markets recovered somewhat yesterday but Turkey took it on the chin yesterday with yet three more ISIS suicide bombings at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul killing over 40 and wounding over 230 (terrible loss of life but maybe Turkey will finally get its act together, close its border and bring its armed forces to bear on crushing the ISIS caliphate that is celebrating its two year anniversary today); the Benghazi Committee Report was released which shows a complete failure of Obama and Clinton leadership and indecision while 4 Americans died—Hillary in typical Clinton fashion hypocritically slammed the $7 million spent in taxpayer funds and intoned that it is time to “move on” (to some extent she is right as it is time to move on for we as a people to move on and leave this felon in the trash heap of history on the outside of the White House, never to step her unfit feet through its doors); Trump and Hillary responded to the Istanbul tragedy but only sounds of silence from Obama, Kerry touting the ridiculous idea that ISIS is desperate and Lynch winning the prize more the most ludicrous statement of all delivered before the attack that we should fight ISIS with “love.” is a great way to start your day along of course with
       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Billy Ocean, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from John Grisham while looking forward to enjoying almond butterscotch, 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. National Camera Day—celebrating that great device that has brought memories to life and still growing strong in now a digital format.  
2. Feasts of St. Paul and St. Peter—honoring the martyrdom of these two Apostles and patron saints of Rome and observed in Rome as a public holiday.                     
3. 1986 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1986 on a run of one week in that position “There Will Be Sad Songs” by Billy Ocean. Here is a link to Billy Ocean performing “There Will Be Sad Songs.”
4. National Almond Buttercrunch Day—celebrating a tasty candy which in the case of Almond Roca has been around in the U.S. since 1923.
5. The Little Prince Has Legs—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1900 of noted aviator and author of The Little Prince  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who was lost on a reconnaissance flight over France during World War II; his works live on and The Little Prince has been made into a movie scheduled for release in 2016.  
On this day in:
a. 1888 George Edward Gouraud recorded Handel’s "Israel in Egypt” on a phonograph cylinder; it is believed to be the oldest musical recording.
b. 1927 The Bird of Paradise, a U.S. Army Air Corps Fokker Tri-Motor completed the first Transpacific slight from the United States to Hawaii. 
c. 1956 the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 was signed into law by President Eisenhower creating our Interstate highway system.
d. 1972 SCOTUS in the case of Furman v. Georgia ruled that arbitrary and inconsistent application of the death penalty violated the 8th and 14th Amendments and constituted cruel and unusual punishment.
e. 2014 ISIS declared its caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria; the JV team as Obama foolishly called them is still there and as the attack in Istanbul showed yesterday it is still very lethal, totally mocking Obama’s assertions that it has been contained.  
Reflections on the death penalty: “I'm not in favor of the death penalty. But I'm in favor of locking these people away in maximum security units where they can never get out. They can never escape. They can never be paroled. Lock the bad ones away. But you gotta rethink everybody else." John Grisham, noted American author.
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