Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 27, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Bagpipe Appreciation Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 27, 2016. Only 177 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term and 236 days since hiding Hillary has held a formal press conference a fact which Trump pointed out this morning at his press conference of over an hour in front of a potentially hostile press in what has to rank as one of the best press conferences this poet has witnessed in a very long time; Hillary must be sweating blood wondering if the Russians hacked into her private server and have the 30,000 plus emails that she saw fit to delete and will release, many of which may reveal the quid pro quo corruption of her and the Clinton Foundation; despite the show of unity by the Sanders camp, beneath the surface many Sanders supporters will not support Hillary especially since some of the DNC leaked emails reveal bias against Israel; touching moment with respect to the mothers who had lost children to police shootings or gang violence but probably due to BLM influence no mothers of policemen killed in the line of duty; finally the DNC put some American flags on stage; nice love speech by Bill but still no  discussion of radical Islam terror even as the FBI announced a warning that we are facing a worldwide  Diaspora  of radical Islam.
On the crime front, Hinckley was released and all of the charges against the police in the Freddy Grey death were dismissed, prompting Trump in his press conference to suggest that the Baltimore should be prosecuted.
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    As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  music links to Bill Haley and His Comets and the NYPD Bagpipe Band Jaggar, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Alfred Hitchcock while looking forward to sipping a fine Scotch while listening to your favorite bagpipe tune, 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 Transatlantic Communication Day—commemorating the first sustainable transatlantic telegraph cable on this day in 1866 thanks to the risks taken by Cyrus Field.
2. Bagpipe Appreciation Day—celebrating that great musical instrument that emits a continuous migraine inducing sound akin to stepping on the tails of a hundred felines but without which a St. Patrick’s Day Parade is second rate and a funeral of fallen first responders is lacking. Here is a link to one of my favorites Garry Owen (the theme of the 7th Cavalry).
3. 1955 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1955 on a run of 8 weeks in that position “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets, the father of rock and roll. Here is a link to  Bill Haley and His Comets performing the song.
4. National Scotch Day—celebrating the perfect drink to go with bagpipes especially if one is of Scottish heritage.
5. Is It Talent Or Drugs?—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1975 Alex Rodriguez, A-Rod to his fans, who became the youngest player to reach 500 home runs but after being suspended for a year due to doping has only 9 this year, leaving at 696 but still enjoying over $25 dollars on his contract.    
On this day in:
a. 1666 to the displeasure of the Americans, the English Parliament passed the Navigation Act which required that any cargo shipped to the American Colonies had to be shipped by English ships leaving from English ports.
b. 1789 the Department of Foreign Affairs (later renamed the Department of State) was established. 
c. 1890 a very troubled artist Vincent Van Gogh shot himself and died two days later.
d. 1981 six year old Adam Walsh was kidnapped from a Sears Department Store in Hollywood, Florida and his decapitated head was found two weeks later. His death although tragic was not in vain as it spurred the creation of the Code Adam program by retailers, public facilities and amusement venues on what do in the case of missing children, the formation of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the passage of the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act.  
e. 1996 a pipe bomb that killed one person and injured over one hundred detonated in Atlanta, Georgia during the Summer Olympics, planted there by one deranged individual Eric Rudolph who wanted to have the Olympics cancelled due to the government’s funding of abortion. 
Reflections on the bagpipes on Bagpipe Appreciation Day: “These are bagpipes. I understand that the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately the man made sound never equaled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.” Alfred Hitchcock.  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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