Wednesday, July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Chess Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 20, 2016. Unfortunately still 184 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term and 229 days since hiding Hillary has held a formal press conference; RNC featured Chris Christie with the delegates chanting “lock her up” (better chant would have been in relation to the White House “lock her out” and Donald Trump, Jr. who really made the case for his father relating to the mere mortals who are blue collar workers—Hillary has not had any contact with blue collar workers in her privileged I am above the law position since she worked in a fish processing plant in Valdez, Alaska in the summer of 1969; the fixation by the left over Melania’s speech and the claim of plagiarism of two paragraphs of Michelle’s 2008 speech continues in a frenzy to attempt to keep the Trump campaign off message—bring back Camelot and a legal immigrant who loves and is proud to be an American as opposed to a sexual predator prowling the White House to seduce interns; Pence addresses the RNC today in what hopefully will be a unifying moment; on the nonpolitical front and a reminder of how fragile our environmental safety can be, beaches from Long Beach to Seal Beach in Southern California were closed due to a massive sewage leak; on a positive note the best thing about the RNC is that we have not had to endure speeches by HRC which given her volume and moving of her head up and down like a dog on a dashboard are in terms of pain like a Martian in Mars Attacks exposed to the yodeling of Slim Whitman that caused their heads to explode in utter pain:
    Going to 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  Kay Kyser, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Maria Conchita Alonso while looking forward to enjoying a tasty cool ice cream soda cake, 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. International Chess Day—created by UNESCO to promote the mind challenging game of chess which when played against Watson we poor humans, even chess masters are getting trounced. 
2. Take Your Poet to Work Day—great concept but unfortunately does not involve taking poets like me to work but rather coloring books and swizzle sticks with cutouts of famous poets on the head.                      
3. 1948 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1948 on a run of 6 weeks in that position “Woody Woodpecker” by Kay Kyser. Here is a link to Kay Kyser performing the song. Can you possibly imagine dancing to this?
4. National Ice Cream Soda Day—perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day.  
5. Drinking and Boating Never a Great Idea—celebrating the birthday in 1938 of Natalia Zacharenko better known to us as Natalie Wood, an incredibly talented actress starting out as a child in The Miracle on 34th Street and continuing until she drowned off Catalina Island at the age of 43 with a blood alcohol level of .14 percent. On this day in:
a. 1903 the Ford Motor Company shipped its first car and the age of mass produced autos in the U.S. was off and running.  
b. 1938 the Justice Department filed suit against the motion picture industry claiming violations of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act due to its studio system
c. 1969 Apollo 11 successfully landed on the surface of the moon; Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first human beings to walk on the surface of the moon.
d. 1997 the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy set sail again after 116 years of being mothballed.     
e. 2015 the U.S. and Cuba restored full diplomatic relations with each other after five decades following the severing of diplomatic relations due to Castro’s seizing of all American property on the island.  
Conchita  Reflections on Cuba and another failure of those nations who follow the siren call of Sanders’ failed ideas on the anniversary of our reestablishing relations with its repressive regime:Being born in Cuba, a country where freedom of speech is non-existent, it's startling to observe how Venezuela, where I was happily raised, is fast becoming Cuba's mirror image: Dismantling of fundamental democratic rights deserved by its people and citizens of the world.” Maria Alonso,
noted Cuban born and raised in Venezuela actress and singer and critic of Castro and the socialist government in Venezuela
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