Friday, August 26, 2016

August 26, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Dog Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 26, 2016 Only 74 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 263 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); the rhetoric from Hillary and Trump on the issue of race is way over the top and if anything is probably fueling a growing attraction for the Libertarian Party which will not be part of the debates unless it rises to above 15 percent in the polls; Wikileak founder promises release of more Hillary emails which will be toxic to her campaign and will most likely bolster a realization that she committed perjury in her testimony to Congress; in yet another example of decline of American prestige and standing in the Middle East, the US Navy was harassed again by Iranian patrol boats and had to fire warning shots (when will Obama become a true commander in chief and draw a real red line and sink these boats the next time and level the base they embarked from); Italian death toll from the earthquake keeps rising; Mylan (which pays no dividends to its shareholders) and its CEO Heather Bresch (whose salary in 5 years has risen by almost 700 percent to $18.9 million) are being slammed by the press and Congress over the increase of life saving EpiPen to $600; in yet another example of Obama’s total failure in terms of the VA, a 76 year old naval vet depressed over the fact he could not receive care committed suicide in the parking lot of a VA facility; as Turkish tanks and troops attack ISIS positions in Syria with US Air Force support there was another reminder of how complicated the Middle East is as Kurdish separatists in Turkey detonated a truck packed with explosives near a police checkpoint in Turkey, killing 11 and wounding 78; the siege at American University in Kabul has finally ended but the wildfires in the West continue to burn. On the sports front Rio police have charged Ryan Lochte with filing a false police report but Pine Brothers signed him to an endorsement deal his first after all sponsors dropped him (theme of the cough drop maker is “forgiving on your throat” which seems appropriate for someone seeking forgiveness after apologizing).  
        As Trump is trying to become 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 The Police, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Mother Teresa, while looking forward to enjoying a cherry popsicle,  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 Dog Day—celebrating man’s best friend from pure breed to mutt and creating awareness of the need to adopt dogs in shelters and pounds and to spay or neuter dogs to prevent the increase in the number of potential victims of euthanasia therein.   
2. Women’s Equality Day—celebrating the day in 1920 when the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote was certified into law and a reminder that this Sunday which is the Sunday closest to this date is also Go Topless Day celebrated by parades across the nation including one in Venice, California.             
3. 1983 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1983 on a long run of eight weeks in that position “Every Breath You Take” by The Police. Here is a link to The Police performing “Every Breath You Take”.  
4. National Cherry Popsicle Day—celebrating another great way to beat the summer heat. 5. The Noblest Nun Of Them All—celebrating the birth on this day in 1910 of Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, aka.  Mother Teresa, winner of the Noble Peace Price and to be canonized by the Catholic Church on September 4 of this year.  
On this day in:
a. 1346 at Crecy, France 13,000 English infantry and longbow men commanded by King Edward III defeated 8,000 heavily armored French knights and 4,000 crossbow men commanded by King Philip VI in a battle that marked the beginning of the end for armored knights and cost the English only 100 dead compared to 4,000 on the French side.            
b. 1498 Michelangelo was commissioned to carve the Pieta.        
c. 1789 The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, influenced by Thomas Jefferson was approved by the French National Constituent Assembly; the document establishes the principal that certain rights are universal and are to be protected by law.
d. 1996 President Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Workforce Opportunity Act which constituted a major reform of America’s welfare system.
e. 2013 Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner received certification from the FAA.                                                                                                                
Reflections from an about to be canonized saint, Mother Teresa:
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
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