Monday, July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Carousel Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 25, 2016. Only 179 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term and 234 days since hiding Hillary has held a formal press conference;  on the eve of the DNC opening in Philadelphia, Debbie Wasserman Schultz stung by email leaks showing the DNC bias against Sanders is stepping down as the head of the DNC; Hillary has been quick to play the race card and the gender card but today on “60 Minutes” stooped to new delusional lows by playing the victim card claiming she is subject to more scrutiny than other candidates while CBS displaying the double standard omits any reference in the interview to the email scandal with Wasserman Schulz and directs viewers to go on line after the program; she claims there are two standards one for the Clintons and the other for the rest of the people but she did not and should have said their standard makes them above the law but the rest of the people have to obey the law; in her vetting of VP candidates all potential nominees and their family members had to divulge their passwords while she spent her entire time as Secretary of State with her secret server and when she was caught deleted all and only “personal emails” which the FBI stated was a lie, denied any emails were classified or marked as such which the FBI stated was a lie, and swore under penalty of perjury that all work related emails were turned over to State which the FBI stated was also a lie; I was fearful that the DNC would be boring and not worth watching with no political theater to rhyme about but it appears that Sanders supporters angered over a rigged and biased system may be demonstrating tomorrow.
      Bavaria was rocked with another suicide bombing by a Syrian refugee whose asylum application had been denied but given an apartment and allowed to stay but denied entrance to a music festival so he detonated the bomb in his ruck sack killing no one else but seriously wounding 12 others, 3 seriously. Munich police arrested a 16 year old Afghan as a potential accomplice of the suicide shooter in Munich who killed 9 before killing himself.
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    As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Eddie Fisher, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Patrick Steptoe on her birthday while looking forward to enjoying a hot fudge sundae, 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 Carousel (Merry-Go-Round) Day—although carousels date back 500 A.D. in the Byzantine Empire with baskets carrying riders suspended from a center pole, they did not appear in the U.S. in the 1840’s when Franz Weisenhoffer introduced the first merry-go-round in Hessville, Ohio. July 25th was chosen since William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa was awarded a patent for the first modern carousel on this day in 1871.
2. Culinarians Day—an observance for those who can barely boil water and form whom making hard boiled eggs is an achievement worthy of note to encourage all of us to boycott the restaurants and try to cook something, anything.                        
3. 1953 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1953 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “I Am Walking Behind You” by one of Elizabeth Taylor’s many husbands, Eddie Fisher. Here is a link to Eddie Fisher the song.    
4. National Hot Fudge Sundae Day—another ice cream dish to beat the heat dome blistering a fair amount of the country.  
5. He Who Has the Most Cannon Wins Usually—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1750 of Henry Knox the colonel of the artillery under Washington who was instrumental in bringing British cannon captured from Fort Ticonderoga to the heights surrounding Boston forcing the British to withdraw from the city. After the Revolutionary War he resigned his commission as Major General to become Washington’s first Secretary of War.   
On this day in:
a. 1837 the first successful use of an electric telegraph was demonstrated by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone between Euston and Camden Town in the city of London.
b. 1917 Sir Robert Borden introduced the first income tax in Canada as a “temporary” measure with rates from 4% to 25%. To no one’s surprise income taxes were not temporary even after World War I ended and remain in place today.
c. 1946 at Club 500 in Atlantic City, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team and continued performing together until July 25, 1956.
d. 1978 Louise Brown, the world’s first test tube (petri dish actually) baby, was born. She is alive and well and the proud mother of two sons.
e. 2010 Wikileaks published documents about the U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in U.S. military history.
e. 1998 Russell Eugene Weston, Jr. burst into the United States Capitol and killed two police officers before being apprehended; he was judged not competent to stand trial for their murders and still resides in a federal mental institution.
Reflections on the ethics of in vitro fertilization for humans: It [an ethical problem with in vitro fertilization] depends on whether you're talking ethics from the standpoint of some religious denomination or from just truly religious people. The Jewish or Catholic faiths, for example, have their own rules. But just religious people, who will make very devoted parents, have no problem with in vitro fertilization.” Patrick Steptoe, noted British gynecologist instrumental in the development of in vitro fertilization so important to those couples wanting to bring a child into the world but faced with major biological hurdles.  Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
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