Thursday, August 4, 2016

August 5, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Underware Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 5, 2016 Only 95  days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 244 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 (naturally Obama denies it was a ransom; just like Obama’s proclivity to release dangerous convicted illegal aliens back into the community instead of deporting them, Obama has just commuted the sentences of 214 convicts in federal prison, more than the last presidents combined, even though many of them were using firearms in conjunction with their drug convictions; the Egyptian air force announced that it had killed a top Al-Qaeda leader in the Sinai; Facebook announced new restrictions to curb the growing influence of clickbait; and Massachusetts became the first state to bar an employer during an interview to ask an applicant his or her prior salary.
       On the sports front the Olympics open on Friday in Rio which has a Zika epidemic, the worse polluted water on the planet and air quality probably worse than Beijing.
       Going to is a great way to start your day along of course with
       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s meager holidays and observances, a music link to the Beatles, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Joseph Merrick, while looking forward to enjoying some apple 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 Underware Day—created by Freshpair to promote the sale of its underware products in 2003; talk about a whimsical observance.
2. Take A Walk On The Moon Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1930 of Neil Armstrong, the first human being to step foot on the Moon.       
3. 1964 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1964 on a run of two weeks in that position “Hard Day’s Night” by the Beatles. Here is a link to the very young Beatles performing “Hard Day’s Night” live in Paris in
4. National Apple Turnover Day—celebrating another classic way to convert apples and dough into a lovely pastry.   
5. The Elephant Man—commemorating the birth on this day in 1862 of Joseph Merrick, aka the Elephant Man whose deformed body ceased functioning at the age of 28.

On this day in:
a. 1735 in a blow for the freedom of the press, John Peter Zenger, a writer for the New York Weekly Journal was acquitted of the charge of seditious libel against the Royal Governor of New York on the grounds that what he had written was true. 
b. 1861 in order to finance the Civil War, the U.S. enacted an income tax of three percent on incomes over $800 (almost $22,000 in today’s dollars); in what has to be a first given the desire of governments to always want to have more revenue to spend, the tax was rescinded in 1872.  
c. 19884 the cornerstone for the Statute of Liberty on Liberty Island was laid.  
d. 1957 American Bandstand, the show that would make Dick Clark a seemingly ageless celebrity debuted on ABC.  
e. 2015 in a flagrant example of ineptness that too often characterizes the actions of our federal government, the EPA released from the Gold King Mine three million gallons of heavy metal toxins and waste water into the Animas River in Colorado.     
Reflections on why one should never judge a poet by his cover:
Tis true, my form is something odd
but blaming me, is blaming God,
Could I create myself anew
I would not fail in pleasing you.” Joseph Merrick
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