Saturday, August 13, 2016

August 13, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Lefthanders Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 13, 2016 Only 87  days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 252 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press?); growing concern that political pressure from White House has forced military intelligence officers to “cook the books” on their assessments on ISIS; more emails suggesting the perverse pay to play corruption with the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State (if she is elected which Trump with his missteps seems hell-bent to insure what influence will Putin have over her due to the probably thousands of private server emails that the Russians have hacked into before she deleted them that more likely than not show illegal conduct?); Trump continues to attack the media and stray off message; Clinton and Kaine have released their tax returns and Trump lamely won’t release his due to the fact they are under audit (why doesn’t he at least release the returns that are no longer being audited?); scary predictions that while the Blues in the Senate block Zita funding approved by the House, one in four living in Puerto Rico will become infected in 2017; another police officer, a Hispanic, shot and killed in New Mexico during a traffic stop while the NFL refused to allow the Dallas Cowboys to put stickers on helmets in support of the five officers shot and killed in Dallas but will allow demonstrations of support for such worthy causes as fights against breast cancer; body cam videos of the LAPD shooting and killing a 14 year old Latino in Boyle Heights have still not yet been released.
    On the sports front, Michael Phelps lost out on his bid to win his 23rd Gold Medal and with two other swimmers who touched and the same time had to settle for a silver; Kathy Ledecke almost lapped the field in winning her 4th Gold Medal in the 800 meter freestyle; 300 lb Michelle Carter won the women’s shot put with a toss of 20.52 meters.
       Going to is a great way to start your day along of course with
       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Gilbert O’Sullivan, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from an anonymous source, while looking forward to enjoying a rare filet mignon steak, 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 Lefthanders Day—created in 1976 to promote awareness of the problems faced by the 7-10 of the population that are left handed, like this poet’s mother, in a world where tools are designed for use by right handed individuals.  
2. National Garage Sale Day—celebrated on the second Saturday in August; a perfect way to turn some unwanted or unneeded into cash or to pick up some needed items at a great discount.         
3. 1972 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1972 on a run of six weeks in that position “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’Sullivan. Here is a link to Gilbert O’Sullivan performing “Alone Again (Naturally).”  
4. National Filet Mignon Steak Day—celebrating the king of steaks, juicy and always tender but unfortunately usually at a very high price.      
5. Like Father Like Daughter—celebrating the birth on this day in 1930 of Hawaii’s most famous entertainer Don Ho whose “Tiny Bubbles” finally burst in 2007 but his daughter Hoku continues his music.         
On this day in:
a. 1779 the British Royal Navy handed the U.S. Navy its largest defeat until Pearl Harbor at Penobscot Bay, Maine destroying all of the American’s 19 warships and 25 supply ships and killing over 400 sailors and marines.     
b. 1918 women were allowed to enlist in the Marine Corps for the first time with Opha May Johnson being the first woman to enlist.    
c. 1961 East Germany alarmed at the exodus of its citizens to the West fleeing from East Berlin closed its border with West Berlin; the border remained closed until November 9, 1989; over 100 Germans died trying to escape the hell of East German by trying to go through, under or over the Berlin Wall.  
d. 1969 Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins were released from quarantine to attend a state dinner at the White House to be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.    
e. 1997 the tasteless animated series for mature adults South Park first aired on Comedy Central; unfortunately it is still being broadcast today.    
Reflections on lefthanders: “The right half of our brain controls the left side of our body. This means that only left handed people are in their right mind.” Anon 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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