Thursday, August 11, 2016

August 11, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Presidential Joke Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 10, 2016 Only 89  days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 250 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; Hillary gave a long speech on her economic plan calling for more taxes, more regulations that a strangling business and a promise (hard to believe given the money she and Bill have received) to curtail Wall Street; while Hillary had not a single mention of ISIS, Trump is charging that the creation of ISIS as a major terrorist threat is directly attributable to Obama and Hillary as revelations that CENCOM was being forced to cook its intel books to provide skewed info on ISIS; Blues are terrified that the hacking of the DNC was much larger than revealed and fear the release of damaging emails prior to the election; Obamacare premiums are expected to go through the roof and worse for the Hillary campaign will be mailed out days prior to the election; while Obama is playing golf, a chilling reminder of how dangerous the world is with news that Ukraine has put its troops near Crimea on combat alert; in another what we do not need moment, LAPD shot and killed a 14 year old Latino who was tagging in Boyle Heights (police were wearing body cams which one hopes will show the decedent was armed and firing at the officer).
    On the sports front, British golfer Justin Rose made the first hole in one at the Rio Olympics in 112 years; Kathy Ledecke won her third Gold Medal and Michael Phelps will be seeking two more Gold Medals today to add to the U.S. total of 11.
       Going to is a great way to start your day along of course with
       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s meager holidays and observances, a music link to the Carpenters, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from President Barack Obama, while looking forward to enjoying some raspberry tarts, 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. Presidential Joke Day—laughing not a jokes about presidents but rather at jokes by them; celebrated due to Ronald Reagan on this day on a sound check before a broadcast joking “Today I have signed legislation that outlaws the Soviet Union forever. We begin bombing in five minutes” Unfortunately the joke was ultimately leaked causing great consternation among our allies and the Soviet Union.  
2. Annual Medical Checkup Day—creating awareness of the need for men and women to have an annual physical checkup especially as we get older. Not sure why this date was chosen as many insurance companies pay for a physical exam occurring in the first quarter of the year.         
3. 1970 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1970 on a run of four weeks in that position “Close To You by the Carpenters. Here is a link to the Carpenters performing “Close To You” in concert Great sibling duo but brother Richard fought addiction but beat it and Karen died way too early from anorexia nervosa on February 4, 1984.
4. National Raspberry Tart Day—celebrating one of this poet’s favorite pastries.   
5. An Apple A Day Keeps The Debt Collectors Away—celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of Stephen Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple and the designer of the Apple I.        
On this day in:
a. 1896 Harvey Hubbell received a patent for a light bulb socket with a pull chain to turn it off and on.    
b. 1951 the first Major League Baseball game to be televised in color was played with the Brooklyn Dodgers defeating the Boston Brave 8-1.   
c. 1965 the Watts Riots in Los Angeles sparked by charges of police racism (sound familiar ala Baltimore and Ferguson?) commenced and continued for six days until suppressed by the California National Guard but not before 34 people were killed, over a 1,000 injured, almost 3500 arrested and massive looting and destruction of property occurred.
d. 1994 a federal court jury awarded almost 300 million dollars to commercial fishermen in Prince William Sound for damages caused by a massive oil spill from the Exxon Valdez.    
e.  2015 in a yes Virginia there is a home field advantage, all 15 Major League Baseball teams playing at home that day won, surpassing the former record of 12 home teams winning in 1914. 
Although almost half of Americans believe President Obama is a joke, he does or his speech writers do have a great sense of humor: “These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be.'' Barack Obama at the Washington Correspondents' Dinner 2013
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