Sunday, August 28, 2016

August 28, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Bow Tie Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 28, 2016 Only 72 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 265 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); on a sad note Charles Osgood known as the “Poet in residence” at CBS is retiring from CBS’s Sunday Morning after 22 years as a host (the Alaskanpoet stands ready to replace him); Trump may be doing the right thing by taking his message of the total failure of Obama to assist black communities in terms of jobs to black communities as opposed to rallies discussing the same appeal in largely white communities; Donna Brazille the head of the DNC confirmed with ABC what all of we mere mortals have known that donors to the Clinton Foundation in exchange for donations would expect to receive access to government officials to press their case for favorable resolution of their issues; in maybe a way too unfriendly sky moment for United Airlines, two UA pilots were arrested for intoxication before they were able to fly passengers from Scotland to the U.S.; in just another small example of the magnitude of the drug invasion of this country from Mexico due to our porous border, two men (one of whom was a Mexican illegal) were arrested for trying to smuggle $ 3 million back into Mexico; the number one rabid ideologue Debbie Wasserman Schulz is in a tight Blue primary race in Florida which votes next Tuesday (the world will be a far better place if she is forced to try to find a job in the private sector); in a non humorous celebrity roast Ann Coulter a noted conservative commentator and one of the roaster was called a transvestite whore and told to kill herself (so much for Hollywood civility); in yet another example of the failure of Blue majors to protect black lives one of the killers of Dwayne Wade’s cousin described as a “career gun offender” was on parole but with his ankle monitoring bracelet turned off so he could “look for work”; in a really chilling video that shows what the civilized world is facing with respect to radical Islam, ISIS Cubs are shown executing Kurdish prisoners.
        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 Huey Lewis and the News, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Warren St. John, while looking forward to enjoying some cherry turnovers,  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 Bow Tie Day—celebrating that unique contribution to men’s fashion which for many like the Alaskanpoet is next to impossible to tie.   
2. National Radio Commercial Day—celebrating or bemoaning as the case may be of the advent of radio commercials, the first of which aired in 1922 when Queensboro Realty in New York City purchased 10 minutes of radio time for $100; the radio ad market has since grown to $17.4 billion.               
3. 1985 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1985 on a run of two weeks in that position “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News. Here is a link to Huey Lewis and the News performing the song.
4. National Cherry Turnover Day—celebrating another great pastry.
5. More Than a Pretty Face—celebrating the birth on this day in 1969 who is now the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and worth more than a billion dollars. 
On this day in:
a. 1833 in a better to avoid the killing and devastation of property moment the Abolition of Slavery Act 1833 received Royal Assent and slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire.            
b. 1845 the first issue of Scientific American was published.
c. 1957 Strom Thurmond set the record for a filibuster by a single senator, speaking on the floor of the Senate for 24 hours and 18 minutes to prevent a vote on the Civil Rights Act of 1957 but to no avail as the bill was enacted on September 9, 1957.
d. 1963 at the culmination of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Martin Luther King gave his I Have a Dream Speech.
e. 1968 10,000 demonstrators gathered in Grant Park to protest the Democratic National Convention and the War in Vietnam and rioting broke out when the police charged the demonstrators; needless to say the police received a lot of criticism for what many commentators claimed were Gestapo like tactics.                                                            
Reflections on bow ties: “To its devotees the bow tie suggests iconoclasm of an Old World sort, a fusty adherence to a contrarian point of view. The bowtie hints at intellectualism, real or feigned, and sometimes suggests technical acumen, perhaps because it is so hard to tie. Bow ties are worn by magicians, country doctors, lawyers and professors and by people hoping to look like the above. But perhaps most of all, wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an aggressive lack of concern for what other people think.   Warren St. John noted American reporter and editor in chief of Patch.
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