Thursday, August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Bad Poetry Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 18, 2016 Only 82 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 256days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press?); in yet another moment that clearly shows Hillary has and continues to lie to us, the emails released by the FBI contain material so classified and sensitive that only a few members of Congress can; Hillary appears before a gathering of police chiefs to counter Trump’s allegations that she is antipolice (one of whom Bratton of New York City is going to Tenebo a consulting firm with very close ties to the Clintons so one can expect truly objective reporting on the conference?); Trump has a new label for himself “Mr. Brexit” which evokes images of our leaving the corruption, pay to play and dysfunctionality  of government and the parasitic but symbiotic lobbyists inside the Beltway (I would add to his new handle "Mr. Fixit" as he can and she cannot; Kaine in a statement that so typifies what happens to men and women who run for office motivated by idealism but after years as elected officials lose their moral compass is revealed to have been outraged by the First Sexual Predator’s activities with Monica Lewinsky and stated Bill Clinton should have resigned now walks that back and of course will not return over $100,000 in gifts from lobbyists seeking favors while a governor of Virginia (if elected he will be able to hone his skills on quid pro quo from the two masters Hillary and Bill); in I cannot wait until Twitter fails and files, a conservative gay  is banned but the Sharia touting “death to the infidels” is still allowed to tweet but fortunately this bearded apostle of hate will soon be behind bars for a long period of time.
    On the sports front, Lochte and his three teammates may be in the hot water portion of the pool as the supposed robbed at gunpoint may not be true (Lochte is fortunate enough to be back home while the other swimmers have been detained in Brazil but endorsement deals may have left his financial pool); and in a the fourth time is not a charm moment Walsh Jennings in her bid for a fourth gold medal in women’s beach volley was beaten in the semi finals to the Brazilian team.  
       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 Elton John and Niki Dee, factoids of interest, an original poem from the Alaskanpoet on National Bad Poetry Day, while looking forward to enjoying a large serving of soft ice cream, 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 Bad Poetry Day—celebrating the poems of really bad poets that give poets like the Alaskanpoet a bad name, but at least an iambic hat off to them for they are expressing their hopes and dreams not in prose which two quickly turns into the length of the Federal Register but unless you are a Homer is reasonable tree friendly by being brief.
2. National Mail Order Calendar Day—celebrating a marketing part of our past which became a victim of the internet and companies like Amazon, August 18, 1872 when Aaron Montgomery Ward of Chicago produced the first mail order catalog which enable shoppers located far from the department stores in large cities to be able to purchase the same goods without having to take long journeys to get there.           
3. 1976 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1976 on a run of four weeks in that position “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee. Here is a link to Elton John and Kiki Dee performing “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” In HD no less. Kiki Dee born in 1947 and still going strong.  
4. National Soft Ice Cream Day—celebrating that great challenge of with a dish or cone seeing how high you can build your soft ice cream tasty swirl into the sky without it succumbing to the laws of gravity and falling over the edge of your cone or dish to the floor or table below.    
5. To Carry A Torch—celebrating the birth on this day in 1935 of Rafer Johnson, gold medal winner of the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics and the person who lit the Olympic Torch at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles (also with Rosey Grier tackled Sirhan Sirhan moments after he had shot Robert Kennedy in 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles).           
On this day in:
a. 1587 Virginia Dare became the first English child to be born in America at Roanoke, Virginia but with her parents and fellow colonists disappeared before a resupply ship arrived three years later.      
b. 1868 to the joy of future birthday party celebrants and travelers in airships, French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovered helium.      
c. 1920 the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote was ratified and 96 years later unless Trump does a better job of pivoting, we will elect our first woman president which for true rabid environmentalists will not be Jill Stein but the other female in the race.  
d. 1958 Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita was published in the U.S. and became the first novel since Gone with the Wind to sell !00,000 copies in the first three weeks following publication only to be banned from many school libraries on the grounds of promoting incest and pedophilia.
e.   1971 in a wish we could join you moment to reduce the number of names ultimately appearing on the wall, Australia and New Zealand decided to withdraw their troops fighting in South Vietnam.      
Reflections on bad poetry: “Always follow this basic rule--never watch sausage being made
Never watch the pigs shuffling to their doom in their fatal parade
And never take lines of touching, emoting, or reasoned lines of prose
Then chop the lines into parts, not in rhyme and try to pass them off as a poetic rose” the Alaskanpoet in honor of National Bad Poetry Day.  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.
© August 18, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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