Wednesday, August 10, 2016

August 10, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Biodiesel Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 10, 2016 Only 90  days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 249 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press?); Clinton campaign is making the ludicrous claim that Trump is advocating violence against Hillary as opposed to calling on 2nd Amendment supporters to organize and vote against her and the leftist biased media is buying it hook line and sinker; Trump will go down as the only candidate to have to fight a three front war—against his opponent, against the media and sadly against many establishment members of his own party; more emails released today at minimum showing the pay to play nexus of Hillary and contributors to the Foundation or employers of Bill at completely outrageous speaking fees who were seeking favors (read Clinton Cash); Hillary whose mantra has always been to support the gay, transgender and lesbian community on the surface is caught with the father of the Islamist mass killer at the Pulse Club in Orlando seated right behind her at a rally (true to form on leaving she refused to answer any questions from a curious press); while Obama continues to allow thousands of unvetted Syrian refugees into this country, thousands of Afghan translators who served with great distinction and saved American lives are twisting in the wind trying to relocate here, knowing that they will be killed in a heartbeat if the Taliban and ISIS overthrow that fragile government; emboldened by a president who is getting better at golf but completely pathetic in terms of foreign policy, China appears to be building jet hangars on its artificial islands in the South China Sea.
    On the sports front, St. Patrick’s Day came early in Brazil as the Olympics diving pool was green not from dye like the Chicago River but  due to an algae outbreak, the Final Five women won the gold in gymnastics and Michael Phelps at 31 captured his 21st Gold Medal and still has three more events in which to compete.
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       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s meager holidays and observances, a music link to Zager and Evans, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from President Bill Clinton, while looking forward to enjoying some S’mores, 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 Biodiesel Day—celebrating and promoting diesel fuel produced from plants as a source of renewable energy and commemorating this day in 1893 when Rudolph Diesel’s first diesel engine ran on peanut oil.
2. Smithsonian Day—celebrating the creation of the Smithsonian Institute, the largest museum in the world, on this day in 1846 (originally endowed by a $500,000 bequest by a British scientist James Smithsonian in 1836 but unfortunately so typical of Congress being unable to pick winners and losers in the market was parked in state bonds that defaulted; fortunately ex-President John Quincy Adams was able to persuade Congress to restore the lost funds and we are now blessed as a people with an incredible museum well worth the trip to Washington, D.C. to see it.        
3. 1960 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1969 on a run of six weeks in that position “In The Year 2525” by Zager and Evans. Here is a link to Zager and Evans performing “In The Year 2525”
4. National S’mores Day—celebrating another great Girl Scout snack first popularized in 1927 and a great way to utilize any unused marshmallows from a camping trip.    
5. Chicken In Every Pot—commemorating the birth on this day in 1874 of Herbert Hoover who was elected on a slogan in 1928 of a chicken in every pot but this accomplished Stanford graduate ran straight into the Great Depression and was swamped by FDR. Until Jimmy Carter in addition to his tower at Stanford he once held the distinction of being alive for the longest number of years following his retirement from the presidential office.        
On this day in:
a. 1628 in a bad day for the legacy of the Vikings, the Swedish warship sank only 20 minutes into its maiden voyage; located in 1961 in a shipping lane in Stockholm harbor it was recovered and is now one of Sweden’s most popular museums.   
b. 1948 Candid Camera made its television debut.    
c. 1978 three members of the Ulrich family driving in a Ford Pinto were killed when after they were rear ended their car burst into flames; the accident prompted a series of cases against Ford and led to the first time that a corporation had been charged criminally for selling a defective product—not a good day for Ford.
d. 1988 President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which provided payment of $20,000 to those Japanese-Americans who were interned or relocated under FDR’s Executive Order; hardly adequate compensation for the loss of freedom but at least a small step in rectifying a national disgrace.     
e.  2003 in a how can the honeymoon ever top the wedding moment, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko became the first person to get married in space by marrying his bride via radio while she was in Texas and he was orbiting over New Zealand.   
Reflections on Japanese-American internment: “Over fifty years ago, the United States Government unjustly interned, evacuated or relocated you and many other Japanese Americans. Today on behalf of your fellow Americans, I offer a sincere apology to you for the acts that unfairly denied Japanese Americans and their families fundamental liberties during World War II….In retrospect, we understand the nation’s actions were rooted deeply in racial prejudice, wartime hysteria and a lack of political leadership.” President Bill Clinton in a letter dated October 1, 1993 sent to those interned by FDR’s executive order. What is really mind boggling and further evidence how wrong FDR was the wartime service of thousands of young Japanese-Americans who volunteered to fight against the Axis while their parents, grandparents and young siblings were interned in miserable conditions behind barbed wire.
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