Friday, July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Tiger Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 29, 2016. Only 175 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term and 237 days since hiding Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press?); nice speech for Hillary at DNC last night but a speech cannot wash away the baggage of four decades of scandal, deception and dishonesty; as two San Diego police were being shot, one fatally, last night the BLM agitators in the convention hall interrupted a moment of silence for fallen police officers; under Obama’s pathetic leadership and failed policies, the economy grew at 1.2 percent in the second quarter; after taking millions from Wall Street Hillary with a straight face announced once again that Wall Street can never be allowed to damage Main Street; in all a lot of vague empty promises, a lot of attacks on Trump, and a lot of appeals to Sanders; at least after the first three days of being a endangered symbol there were a lot of American flags being waived.
       On the non political front, Florida confirmed that 4 cases of the Zika virus have occurred in the Miami area (thank the Blues in the Senate for blocking funding for Zika prevention); Rio Olympics to open in a week under a cloud of potential Islamist terror threats; IRS is investigating Facebook’s valuation of transferred assets overseas (company may face claims of unpaid taxes of several billions of dollars).
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    As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a  music link to Elvis Presley, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Mike Taibbi while looking forward to enjoying a plate of lasagna, 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 Tiger Day—observed since 2010 to promote awareness of the need to protect tigers whose habitat is under extreme stress due to expanding human population.
2. Rain Day—honoring the lore that on July 29 in Waynesburg, PA since the mid 1800’s it always seems to rain on that day and applauding the ingenuity of Americans to turn any occurrence into a festivity to attract tourists to spend money in their town; this is probably the only event on the planet where success is measured by whether it rained. Waynesburg may be skunked today, however; there is only a 20 percent chance of rain according the weather forecasts.
3. 1957 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1957 on a run of seven weeks in that position “Teddy Bear” by Elvis Presley. Here is a link to Elvis performing the song.
4. National Lasagna Day—celebrating that great layered pasta dish dating back to the Romans but until the Spanish returned from Peru in the 1500’s the dish lacked tomatoes. 
5. Trust Someone Under 30—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1938 of Peter Jennings who at 26 became the youngest news anchor at a major television network (ABC) only to quit after three years of competing with the likes of Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley to become a foreign correspondent. Sadly, he was a smoker and although he had quit in 1981 picked up the habit after 9/11 and died from the disease in 2005 at the age of 67.    
On this day in:
a. 1836 the dedication of one of Paris’ iconic landmarks, the Arc de Triomphe, was dedicated.  
b. 1958 President Eisenhower signed into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act which created NASA.  
c. 1976 David Berkowitz, aka the son of Sam, killed the first of his six serial killing victims in New York City.
d. 1981 Lady Dianna Spencer and Charles the Prince of Wales are married at St. Paul’s Cathedral in a ceremony watched on TV by some 700 million people.   
e. 1987 Prime Minister Thatcher and President Mitterrand signed an agreement to build a tunnel under the English Channel to link the two nations. 
Reflections on smoking from a colleague of Peter Jennings who after decades managed to quit and stay smoke free. I guess what’s different is that now I want to live as long as I can. There are stories I want to cover or at least see how they turn out.  More things I want to write, places I want to travel to. I want to sail some more, get better at golf, enjoy my marriage and continue being a father.  Forget about getting hit by that bus: I want to live.” Mike Taibbi    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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