Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August 24, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Waffle Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 24, 2016 Only 76 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 261 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press as she yucks up the spreading email controversy on the Kimmel late night show between fund raising in L.A.); the head of the RNC is demanding she hold a press conference on the issue of her pay to play tenure as Secretary of State while Trump rightfully demands special prosecutor on Hillary’s sale of her meeting time to private interests; while Hillary blasts Trump on Trump University and for profit universities while conveniently ignoring the fact that Bill has been paid millions by a for profit university Laureate University which is facing allegations of defrauding its students but to escape media attention has donated millions to the Clinton Foundation; leaving the stench of the corruption emanating from the Clintons and moving on to the world, American University in Kabul is under attack by terrorists and in Australia a fatal stabbing attack by a fanatic yelling “Allahu akbar”; Turkish tanks cross the border supported by American warplanes to attack ISIS; Italy is shaking from a devastating large earthquake while Burma thousands of miles away is undergoing the same experience.
        On the medical front the opiod overdose epidemic continues unabated, killing more than 100 victims a day from overdoses from drugs pouring across our porous border with Mexico and in a true tragedy of the devastation of what drugs can do, Todd Marinovich a star quarterback with USC who played for the Oakland Raiders (who drafted him rather than Brett Favre) was arrested in the nude with a bag of illegal drugs.
        As Trump is becoming more presidential, 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 Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from the Magna Carta, while looking forward to enjoying a slice of peach pie,  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 Waffle Day—celebrated on this day in the U.S. since the waffle iron was patented on this day in 1869; in Sweden the observance occurs on March 25 so if you run into a Swedish tourist spending money in our lands today why not treat them to a waffle and if by chance in Oakland today enjoy some waffles at Chicken and Waffles in Jack London Square (the fried chicken breasts are the size of dwarf turkeys).   
2. International Strange Music Day—created by New York musician Patrick Grant to encourage the creations of music by using all sorts of means from pots and pans to saws to balloons and anything that you can make a sound with—makes bagpipes almost seem normal.            
3. 1981 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1981 on a long run of nine weeks in that position “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie. Here is a link to a really dynamic duo performing “Endless Love”.  
4. National Peach Pie Day—celebrating a great way to use the surplus peaches you bought on Monday that are going to spoil if not eaten.     
5. Iron Man Day—celebrating not the men and women who compete and finish triathlons but the birth on this day in 1960 of Cal Ripken, Jr. who set a record (similar to Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak) that will in all likelihood never be broken, 2,632 consecutive baseball games played.
On this day in:
a. 1215 in a true case of theocratic interference and why separation of church and state is so important, Pope Innocent III declared the Magna Carta to be invalid but doubt the barons in England paid any attention to his acts.          
b. 1814 British troops invaded Washington, D.C. and commenced to burn the White House, the Capitol and numerous government buildings.        
c. 1891 to the joy of future actors in Hollywood and theater goers, Thomas Edison received a patent for the motion picture camera.
d. 1995 Microsoft released Windows 95.
e. 2006 in a sad day for planetary canines and to the dismay of Disney, the International Astronomical Union redefines what constitutes a planet such that Pluto is relegated to the status of a dwarf planet.                                                                                                  
Reflections on ideals that should be followed today as they were supposed to be followed 801 years ago: “For a trivial offence, a free man shall be fined only in proportion to the degree of his offence, and for a serious offence correspondingly, but not so heavily as to deprive him of his livelihood.Magna Carta Clause 20 This is a concept that definitely should be applied to the EPA in its relentless attempts to shut down completely the coal industry.  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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