Sunday, July 31, 2016

July 31, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Ranger Day

Only 100  days to go before we elect a new president and 239 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (although she has finally consented to an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News tonight, where is the outrage of the press?); if you thought we might have a rational discourse on the issues that face us on the campaign, think again rhetoric heating up as Clinton bus heads through PA and Ohio focusing on Trump’s temperament making him unfit to be commander in chief; as continues to talk about himself and blew a real chance to respond appropriately the Indian immigrant father who lost a son in the U.S. military fighting for our freedom  and while targeting Sanders supporters hurls insults at him for having blown it and being worn out (where are the master of the art of the deal’s campaign advisers?); on the independence from Wall Street front, Hillary picked up $48 million in contributions from Wall Street to Trump’s pocket change of $17 thousand while the Koch Brothers will not be donating a dime to the Trump campaign and instead will concentrate on keeping the Senate Red; the Department of Justice is finally acting like one in order to preserve its budget by warning that sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with ICE as required by law will lose federal grants to their law enforcement agencies; tragic accident over the skies of Texas as a hot air balloon crashed killing all 16 aboard; in what has to be the ultimate dare devil feat, Luke Adkins without a parachute jumped from a plane at 25,000 feet and successfully landed in a 100’ by 100’ net and lived to jump up and hug his wife; in a sign that Muslims in France are getting fed up with the senseless killings by ISIS, the local Muslim community announced it would not bury the beheader of the French priest and throughout France Muslims were seen attending Mass as a show of solidarity; the Olympics starts this Friday and to everyone’s surprise no more Russians have been added to the list of banned athletes.
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    As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a  music link to Paul Anka, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Whitney Young, Jr. while looking forward to enjoying some cotton candy, 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. World Ranger Day—celebrating since 2007 (the 15th anniversary of the founding of the 63 nation member International Ranger Foundation) not the Texas Major League Baseball team but the park and forest rangers who toil to preserve and protect our natural and cultural treasures.  
2. Uncommon Musical Instrument Awareness Day—honoring the ability of humans to think outside the box and in the pursuit of music to play a wide variety of instruments you will never see in a band or symphony. Open up this link and scroll down to see the group Stomp playing music with such “instruments” as trash cans and sticks   
3. 1959 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1959 on a run of four weeks in that position “Lonely Boy” by Paul Anka. Here is a link to Paul Anka  still singing at 75 performing the song before a group of gum chewing teeny boppers.
4. National Cotton Candy Day—celebrating a great way to feed your sweet tooth first introduced as we see it made today at the 1904 St. Louis Fair. 
5. In A League By Himself—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1921 of Whitney Young, Jr. who became the president of the National Urban League promoting racial equality in the workplace, housing and education but died way too soon by drowning in Lagos, Nigeria while at a conference.    
On this day in:
a. 1790 the first of what today stands at over six million U.S. Patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process. 
b. 1874 Francis Patrick Healy became the first person of African-American descent to become president of a predominantly white university, Georgetown University.
c. 1970 the official rum ration aboard ships of the Royal Navy was ended.
d. 1991 the U.S. and the Soviet Union sign the START I the first treaty to require reduction in their respective nuclear arsenals.  
e. 2007 the British Army ended Operation Banner, its longest deployment in history, lasting almost 38 years when it withdrew its troops from Northern Ireland originally sent in 1969 to keep the peace between Protestants and Catholics.  
Reflections on advice on how to achieve racial progress that BLM should really listen to from a who had he not gone swimming would be celebrating his 95th birthday today: “You can holler, protest, march, picket and demonstrate, but somebody must be able to sit in on the strategy conferences and plot a course. There must be strategies, the researchers, the professionals to carry out the program.”  Whitney Young, Jr. 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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