Thursday, July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Bastille Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 14, 2016. Unfortunately still 190 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term; Sanders after signing a book deal on his campaign (let’s hear for capitalism that you want to destroy) has endorsed Hillary in what appeared to be a tepid endorsement since he did not release his donor list even though she created a $27 contribution option (average Sanders contribution amount); new polls probably reflecting the disgust over her once again avoiding criminal indictment reflect that this deceptive, untrustworthy felon is in deep trouble in swing states; after Justice Ginsburg’s attack on Trump as a faker whose election would cause her to move to New Zealand, she saw the proper light and apologized to him as her statements were totally outrageous; Trump is set to announce his VP pick tomorrow; House is holding hearings on the threat of ISIS; a Virginia school board is seeking SCOTUS review of its attempt to bar transgenders from using bathrooms other than those of their sex designated on their birth certificate.
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     As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Kay Kyser, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Charles Caleb Colton while looking forward to enjoying a glass of grand Marnier to celebrate Bastille Day (killer recipe below using grand Marnier, 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. Bastille Day—celebrated in France to commemorate the storming of the Bastille and the beginning of the French Revolution that resulted in the Reign of Terror and the beheading of thousands of aristocrats, including the king and queen.  
2. National Tape Measure Day—celebrating the patent issued to Alvin J. Fellows on this day in 1868 for the retractable tape measure.                     
3. 1942 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1942 on a run of eight weeks in that position “Jingle, Jingle, Jingle” by Kay Kyser. Here is a link to Kay Kyser performing “Jingle, Jingle, Jingle.”
4. National Grand Marnier Day—perfect way to celebrate Bastille Day especially if you make crème brule with grand Marnier with this killer recipe if culinary challenged:  
5. LBJ Was Wrong On This Guy—celebrating the birthday on this day in  1913 of Leslie King Lynch, Jr., better known to us all as Gerald Ford, Jr. who took over the presidency when Richard Nixon resigned and in order to spare the nation the agony of criminal proceedings pardoned Nixon. Why was LBJ wrong you ask? LBJ was often quoted that Ford played too much football without a helmet with the implication that he was not very bright although finishing in the top third at Yale Law School refutes that.   
On this day in:
a. 1798 in a blatant rejection of the First Amendment, the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the U.S. government, was enacted into law.
b. 1911 Harry Atwood, an exhibition pilot for the Wright Brothers, landed his plane on the South Lawn of the White House but instead of being arrested was awarded a gold medal by President Taft.
c. 1933 the Nazis commenced a program of eugenics to liquidate or sterilize mentally, emotionally and physically deformed citizens of the Third Reich; some 300,000 people were killed and some 400,000 people were involuntarily sterilized.  
d. 1969 the U.S. formally withdrew its $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills from circulation.      
e. 2015 in what many have called the worst deal of the world, P5+1 and Iran signed an agreement relating to Iran’s nuclear program and freeing up billions of dollars of seized Iranian assets.    
Reflections on the French Revolution: “The consequences of things are not always proportionate to the apparent magnitude of those events that have produced them. Thus the American Revolution, from which little was expected, produced much; but the French Revolution, from which much was expected, produced little.” Charles Caleb Colton, noted 19th Century eccentric English cleric, writer and art collector
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