Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August 3, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Esther Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 3, 2016 Only 97  days to go before we elect a new president and 242 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (although she has finally did an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News last Sunday; where is the outrage of the press?); Trump may be raising money from donors in the millions but he continues with his counterpunching tweets to go off message—to amplify Clinton’s winning phrase “It’s about jobs and security stupid!” while the president keeps calling him un fit to be president and Trump’s quickness to tweet on the slightest perceived insult to him plays right into the Blues’ campaign; his refusal to endorse Ryan and McCain portrays him to be a petulant whiner; we should be talking about the Obama secret $400 million ransom for four Americans paid to Iran as opposed to growing speculation that Republican leaders are trying to force Trump off the ballot—Hillary is jumping for glee as the media obsession with her ascendancy to the White House obscures her continuing lies about her server and what Comey said on tape in testimony before the House; another parent of one of the Americans killed due to her ineptness in Benghazi confirmed what Pat Smith has been saying all along that Hillary lied to him that his son was killed due to the video; Meg Whitman infamous for losing to Jerry Brown for governor of California due to her retention of an illegal alien housekeeper for which she was crucified by Gloria Allred announced that she would not support Trump and would aggressively campaign for Hillary.
        On the jihad front, a Washington, D.C. Metro police officer was arrested for providing aid to ISIS, Italy has consented to the use of its airbases in the bombing of ISIS in Libya and a map just released confirms what most Americans believe and a delusional White House continues to deny that ISIS is spreading well beyond its caliphate—when will Obama recognize the threat and with his military and other trusted advisers begin crafting a strategy other than a gnat airstrike here, another gnat airstrike there to defeat this growing menace?
       Going to is a great way to start your day along of course with
       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Bobby Vinton, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Ring Lardner, while looking forward to enjoying some ice cold watermelon slices, 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 Airplane Crop Duster Day—celebrating on a day devoid of holidays and observances in the U.S. of note, the skills and daring of crop dusters who wage a never ending war against insects and other threats to our food supply.
2. National Esther Day—celebrating on a day devoid of holidays and observations in the U.S. of note, the birthday on this day in 1994 of Esther Earl, noted vlogger, internet personality, nerdfighter and author who to the dismay of her large following of fans died way too early at the age of 16 from thyroid cancer.      
3. 1962 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1962 on a run of four weeks in that position “Roses Are Red (My Love)” by Bobby Vinton. Here is a link to Bobby Vinton’s recording of the song (brings back fond memories of high school).  
4. National Watermelon Day—celebrating another great snack with or without seeds to enjoy in this heat.   
5. Don’t Deflate—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1977 of four time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots who will be sitting on the bench for the first four games as the appellate courts have reinstated his 4 game suspension but since he received a signing bonus of $16 million and lowered his 2016 salary to $1 million he will not be hurting financially.      
On this day in:
a. 1852 Harvard won the first intercollegiate sporting event in the United States, the Boat Race, by beating Yale University. 
b. 1921 Major League Baseball Commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis confirmed the ban from baseball of 8 players of the Chicago White Sox the day after a jury acquitted them.   
c. 1946 Santa Claus Land, the world’s first themed amusement park opened in—where else—Santa Claus, Indiana.  
d. 1972 the U.S. Senate ratified the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty between the U.S. and the Soviet Union (we withdrew from the treaty in 2002).  
e. 1977 Tandy Corporation introduced the world’s first mass produced personal computer the TRS-80 which was soon bypassed by other personal computer makers like Apple, IBM and HP.    
Reflections on the Black Sox World Series Scandal by sportswriter Ring Lardner in 1919 in rhyme to the tune of “I’m Forever Blowing BubblesI'm forever blowing ball games/ Pretty ball games in the air./I come from Chi.,/I hardly try,/Just go to bat and fade and die. Fortune's coming my way./That's why I don't care./ I'm forever blowing ball games,/For the gamblers treat me fair.  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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