Thursday, August 4, 2016

August 4, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Coast Guard Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 4, 2016 Only 96  days to go before we elect a new president and 243 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (although she has finally did an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News last Sunday in which she flat out lied, again and again; where is the outrage of the press?); mainstream media headlines are that Trump campaign is imploding which headlines are pushing the $400 million ransom deal for four Americans to the back pages; Hillary has received her post convention bounce and the question is when will Trump pivot to stay on focus and stop counter punching minor slights; mass stabbing in London with one person killed (interesting news item that shows unfortunately we are not alone in the PC wars—in the UK a public swimming is enforcing sharia law by banning women from it during an Islamic swimming event); in North Carolina the FBI arrested a man with ties to the Garland, Texas Islamist attack for plotting to create an ISIS sleeper cell (100th person arrested since 2014 on ISIS related terror charges).
       On the sports front the Olympic flame has arrive in Rio along with massive traffic jams; American women won their first soccer game in the Olympics against New Zealand 2-0 and Michael Phelps will carry the American flag in the opening ceremony on Friday.
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       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Stevie Wonder at the young age of 12, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Howard Coble, while looking forward to enjoying some chocolate chip cookies, 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. Coast Guard Day—celebrating the creation of the U.S. Coast Guard on this day in 1790 who today rescue annually hundreds of boaters and fisherman and interdict tons of illegal drugs trying to find their way from the high seas into the lungs and veins of far too many Americans.
2. Single Working Women’s Day—created by Barbara Payne of the Working Women Alliance Network in 2006 to honor the efforts of single women in the workplace and to create awareness of the difficulties often faced in male dominated occupations.       
3. 1963 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1963 on a run of three weeks in that position “Finger Tips” by Stevie Wonder. Here is a link to Stevie Wonder at the age of 12 performing “Finger Tips.”  
4. National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day—celebrating another classic cookie favorite.   
5. Third Time Is Not The Charm—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political view of the birthday on this day in 1961 of our current president, Barack Obama who wants for his birthday of the legacy gift of a third term by the American voters electing Hillary Clinton this November which by virtue of Trumps terrible missteps in the past view days he may receive as a birthday gift.       
On this day in:
a. 1821 The Saturday Evening Post was first published as a weekly newspaper. 
b. 1892 the father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden were found dead in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts; Lizzie Borden was arrested, tried and then acquitted of the murder.   
c. 1958 the Billboard Hot 100 was published for the first time with Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool” in the number one position.   
d. 1987 the Federal Communications Commission rescinded its “fairness doctrine which required radio and television stations to present controversial issues fairly.  
e. 1993 a federal judge sentenced Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating Rodney King’s civil rights; the state court charges against the two caught on camera resulted in an acquittal and the Los Angeles Riots.     
Reflections on the Coast Guard on the anniversary of its founding: I think in the wake of Katrina, the Coast Guard may well have been the only entity or agency that came out of that exercise free of fault and free of blame. Howard Coble retired captain in the U.S. Coast Guard and three term member of the House of Representatives. As a former commercial fisherman in Alaska for six summers, this poet can attest to the incredible work the Coast Guard performs.
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