Monday, August 8, 2016

August 8,2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Cat Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 8, 2016 Only 92  days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 247 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (although she has finally did meet informally with a group of black and Hispanic journalists to admit she may have “short circuited” her responses (whatever that means) but continued  to push the lies that the FBI did not find her untruthful and scolded the press for not holding Trump accountable (any hypocrisy here you think?); most of the political theater focusing today on the emails on Hillary’s private email server that related to the Iranian nuclear scientist who tried to defect to U.S. and returned to Iran only to be hung most likely because her server was hacked and the Iranians learned of his attempt; while Hillary brags about raising taxes on the middle class, Trump will unveil his plans to achieve economic growth in the 3-5 percent range as opposed to the anemic 1-2 percent growth rates that we have experienced under Obama and will continue to experience if we are dumb enough to vote for a third Obama term; Kasich finally is starting to act like a grown up and is leaning to endorse Trump; we all know that hospitals can be deadly places to be due to germs, contagious diseases and misapplication of drugs but a bombing at a hospital in Pakistan by a group as yet not identified killed at least 64 patients, staff and visitors and wounded dozens more.
       On the nonpolitical theater front, in a how dependent we are on computers moment, Delta has been hobbled by a power outage, delaying or cancelling hundreds of its flights; Michael Phelps won his 19th gold metal and the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team is crushing the competition and in a very touching and good news moment a bride was walked down the aisle by the recipient of the bride’s father’s heart.
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       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s meager holidays and observances, a music link to the Doors, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Carl Van Vechten, while looking forward to enjoying a serving of zucchini, 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. International Happiness Happens Day—created by the Secret Society of Happy People in 1999 to promote the idea of happiness among people (talk about something we need in this crazy divisive world) and to call upon people to reflect on their past happy moments.
2. World Cat Day—celebrating a pet that has been around since the time of ancient Egypt; if a cat owner today would be a great day to change the litter and treat your cat to a special meal.       
3. 1967 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1967 on a run of three weeks in that position “Light My Fire” by the Doors. Here is a link to a recording of “Light My Fire”:
4. National Zucchini Day—celebrating another great complement to a main course and if you want to impress your friends of your wide range of knowledge remind them that it is not a vegetable but rather a fruit from a botanical standpoint.    
5. The First Mermaid—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1921 of the American Mermaid, Esther Williams who starred in many movies in the 50’s built around her swimming skills and who swam her last lap at the age of 91.       
On this day in:
a. 1863 following his defeat at the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee sent his letter of resignation to President Jefferson Davis who immediately refused to accept it.  
b. 1884 Thomas Edison received a U.S. patent for the mimeograph machine.
c. 1974 in yet another example in politics that the cover-up is usually more damaging than the crime (a fact evidently lost on Hillary Clinton although she was a lawyer for the Senate Subcommittee  investigating Watergate), President Nixon announced to the nation that he was resigning from the office effective noon the next day.  
d. 1990 Iraq, in a very bad miscalculation of the world’s response, occupied by force Kuwait and annexed it; the first Gulf War would soon commence resulting in total humiliation of Iraqi forces in 100 hours after Allied troops crossed the border into Iraq and Kuwait.      
e. 2000 the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley  was raised to the surface after 136 years of resting on the bottom of the ocean off Charleston Harbor.      
Reflections felines on their dayAs an inspiration to the author, I do not think the cat can be over-estimated. He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism. I do not wonder that many writers love cats; I am only surprised that all do not. Carl Van Vechten, American author and artistic photographer and patron of the Harlem Renaissance. 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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