Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August 17, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Thrift Shop Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 17, 2016 Only 83 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 255 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press?); Trump has added some new political fire power to his team and finally ads are starting to appear and for now staying on message as the fires in Milwaukee have been put out that Hillary’s and Obama’s policies have “failed and betrayed” African-Americans in cities like Milwaukee; Hillary is holding  a “tax fairness” campaign event in Cleveland which is a code for soak the rich; in another example of how badly this country is losing its compass, the Arlington, New York Fire Department was ordered to remove the American flags flying on the back of its fire trucks due to “liability” and “distraction” issues; to no one’s surprise after the Blues in the Senate blocked defunding of aid to sanctuary cities (okay to block federal funds if states don’t have maximum speed limits or a minimum drinking age but not if city authorities harbor illegals who should be deported) ICE is completely failing to assume custody of those illegals on whom it has requested notification before release 60% of the time; the continuing “pay to play” scandal involving the Clinton Foundation continues to grow faster than our current wildfire in San Bernardino that has engulfed 30,000 acres and forced over 82,000 people to flee their homes with the latest revelation of the State Department bending over backwards to acquire land owned by a major donor to the Foundation (; as we near the Election Day watch for a trove of Wiki leak emails detailing shady “pay for play” deals involving the former Secretary of State and the Clinton Foundation
    On the sports front, in a good, the bad and ugly moment, in the 5000 meter women’s race New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin and American runner Abbey D’Agostino collided on the track with Hamblin lying stunned on the track; D’Agostino helped her to her feet and with a “Let’s go we have to finish this” off they hobbled together. Patrick Hickey a member of the IOC Executive Board has been arrested for conspiring to scalp Olympics events tickers and our Hyper PC world has just claimed another victim, Ellen DeGeneres whose photo of her on the back of a smiling gold medal winner Usain Bolt with a caption of “this is how I’m running errands” resulted in a storm of criticisms and racist charges.
       Going to is a great way to start your day along of course with and reading Clinton Cash would be a great read to understand the quid pro quo mentality of the Clintons.
       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. National Medical Dosimetrist  Day—celebrating the contributions of the radiation oncology specialist using radiation to attack cancerous tumors for which surgery is not a treatment option.   
2. National Thrift Shop Day—celebrating a great way to get rid of all the garage sale items no one bought last Saturday on National Garage Sale Day by donating them to your local thrift shop for sale by them to raise money for their numerous programs for the less fortunate.          
3. 1975 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1975 on a run of one week in that position “Fallin’ In Love” by Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds. Here is a link to a recording by Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds of  “Fallin’ In Love.”
4. National Vanilla Custard Day—celebrating another light desert perfect ending for a summer meal.   
5. Whacko In Waco—bemoaning the birth on this day in 1993 of David Koresh who rose to infamy in 1990 as the leader of the Branch Davidians and right wing fanatical group proving that Islamists do not have a monopoly when it comes to terror and who after a 51 day siege of the Branch Davidians at Waco, Texas by the FBI and ATF agents was killed by an assault of those agents along with 79 others including 22 children when tear gas canisters ignited the building they were in. Unfortunately this fanatic’s hate survived his death as the Oklahoma City bombing by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols on the second anniversary of his death was payback revenge for his death.           
On this day in:
a. 1807 Robert Fulton’s steamboat the North River Steamboat departed from New York City to Albany on the Hudson River, inaugurating the world’s first steamboat service.     
b. 1907 Pike Place Market, a popular tourist attraction in Seattle and the birthplace of Starbucks opened for business.    
c. 1959 Kind of Blue, the best selling jazz album of all time was released by Miles Davis; here is a link to So What, one of the songs on the album:  
d. 1978 137 hours after leaving Maine, the balloon Double Eagle II became the first balloon to cross the Atlantic by landing in Miserey, France outside of Paris.      
e. 1998 President Clinton admitted on tape that he had had “an improper relationship” with Monica Lewinsky and later admitted to the American people that he had misled them.     
Talk about a distorted view of reality with respect to two mass murderers, one indirectly and the other directly: “Both David Koresh and Timothy McVeigh fell in the fight for freedom, the right of Americans to be left alone.” Edaurd Limonov, a Russian writer and lousy poet, former head of the National Bolshevik Party and after Putin’s intervention in Ukraine, a strong supporter of Putin, and on this observation totally delusional.  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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