Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Thankful Thursday

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 25, 2016 Only 75 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 262 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press as she refuses to answer any questions from the press); Hillary is still in the bunker hiding from the pay to play controversy surrounding the Clinton Foundation while Bill mounts the lame excuse that the Foundation did good work (very familiar to Lance Armstrong defending his doping because of his foundation’s good work); growing demands even from the liberal pro Hillary media to hold a press conference and for the FBI to release its notes on its interview with HRC after Bill  and Loretta Lynch breached all semblances of ethical conduct with their tete a tete on her private jet (mind boggling that no transcript or tape of the interview exists); if you believe Comey and read the 15,000 emails recovered it is clear Hillary perjured herself before Congress under oath but unless there is a special prosecutor appointed (as demanded by Trump and the RNC) will be protected by Obama and Lynch from prosecution (really troubling); death toll in Italy from the earthquake above 240; Iranian patrol boats buzz a US Navy destroyer in the Gulf of Hormuz in a very provocative and threatening manner because they know after receiving a $400 million ransom that they are dealing with a feckless, weak president; the carnage at American University in Kabul from an Islamist terrorist attack rose to 12 dead and 36 wounded; the West is on fire with 35 major wildfires uncontained and another 115 in early stages (time to hire some Native Americans to perform rain dances); Jane Stanford must be clapping in her grave as Stanford banned the use of hard liquor at undergraduate parties on campus; Oregon became the first state to ban the production of coal effective 2020.
        On the medical front, Zika infections are spreading in Florida while the Congress dithers (when will the Blues stop trying to block the House passed funding bill?) and on the sports front Katie Ledecky threw out the first pitch at the Nationals-Orioles game (since she is going to Stanford watch for total dominance by Stanford in NCAA swimming) and Hope Solo the goalie for USA women’s soccer was suspended for six months for calling the Swedes cowards after beating the US in Rio (words have consequences).  
        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 Survivor, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Ralph Marston, while looking forward to enjoying a banana split,  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. Liberation Day—celebrated in France to mark the liberation of Paris on this day in 1944 from German occupation that had lasted since 1940.   
2. Thoughtful Thursday—celebrating more than a catchy phrase in the same week as National Be An Angel Day but an idea that has lasting merit—be thoughtful of the needs of your fellow human beings and reach out with acts of kindness and support during their times of crisis or needs.             
3. 1982 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1982 on a long run of six weeks in that position “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor. Here is a link to Survivor performing “Eye Of The Tiger”.
4. National Banana Split Day—celebrating a great way to break your busy day with an ice cream treat.      
5. Art Of The Deal—celebrating not the birthday of Donald Trump the author of The Art of the Deal but rather the birth on this day in 1921 of Monty Hall noted game show host whose show Let’s Make a Deal aired for 23 years on TV.
On this day in:
a. 1609 in a make the universe closer moment, Galileo Galilei demonstrated his telescope to Venetian lawmakers.           
b. 1916 to the joy of wildlife and nature enthusiastics, the U.S. National Park Service was founded.        
c. 1945 ten days after the end of World War II, armed supporters of the Chinese Communist Party killed U.S. Army intelligence officer John Birch; members of the right consider his death to be the first fatality in the Cold War.
d. 1950 in order to avoid a national rail strike as the country was mobilizing to fight the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman ordered the U.S. Army to seize control of the nation’s railroads.
e. 1967 George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party, was assassinated by a former member of that organization as he was leaving a laundromat.                                                                                                                
Reflections on being thankful on this Thankful Thursday: “Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.” Ralph Marston, publisher and editor of the Daily Motivator 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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