Wednesday, August 31, 2016

September 1, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Random Acts Of Kindness Day (International)

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 1, 2016 Only 68 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 269 days since hiding Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press as she refuses to answer any questions from the press; what is this candidate trying to hide?); after meeting with the president of Mexico and holding a joint press conference with him, looking very presidential, Trump returned to Phoenix to give his long awaited immigration speech affirming the need to secure our borders with Mexico to prevent the flow of drugs and illegal aliens from crossing the border which Hillary wants to in essence open to any and all; he rejected the idea of amnesty, not deporting anyone who has been arrested for criminal conduct, sanctuary cities and not having e-verify systems in place; since the root of the illegal alien problem is economic it was refreshing to see Rudi in a hat with the logo “Make Mexico Great Again Also”; Hillary’s foreign policy speech which took second fiddle to the day’s events called on America to lead which she and Obama have completely failed to do; newly discovered emails not turned over to State include 30 on Benghazi which State is trying to slow walk their release; the pay for play scandal at the Clinton scandal continues to grow and questions of the Foundation being engaged in money laundering also continuing to grow; Clinton’s lead over Trump has evaporated to a statistical dead heat; on the weather front Hurricane Madeline approaching Hawaii has been downgraded to a tropical storm and tropical storm Hermine has formed in the Gulf of Mexico putting the coast of Florida on hurricane watch as tens of thousands of flooding victims in Louisiana are praying that its storm track does not soak the state; New York Administration of Child Services is investigating Weiner’s fitness as a parent due to sexting scandal; and the Brazilian Senate has convicted by a three to one margin Brazilian President Rousseff of impeachment.
        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, music links to Paula Abdul and the duet of Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn,  factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Og Mandino, while looking forward to enjoying some gyros,  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. Wattle Day—celebrated in Australia to honor the first day of spring there by wearing a sprig of the Acacia flowers which will have just started to bloom.     
2. Random Acts Of Kindness Day (International)—celebrated in a growing number of countries to promote random acts of kindness to friends or strangers.               
3. 1989 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1989 on a run of one week in that position “Cold Hearted” by Paula Abdul. Here is a link to Paula Abdul performing the song.
4. National Gyro Day—celebrating bits of meat roast on a vertical spit then mixed with onions, tomatoes and tsatxiki sauce and covered in a rolled up fashion by pita bread. 
5. No Twit Here—celebrating the birth on this day in 1933 of Conway Twitty noted country western singer whose duets with Loretta Lynn were priceless.
On this day in:
a. 1836 Narcissa Whitman became one of the first white women to settle West of the Rockies at present day Walla Walla, Washington where she and her husband established a mission to convert the Cayuse Indians to Christianity; unfortunately a measles epidemic hit later killing many of the Indians due to their lack of immunity which the missionaries had and the Indians attacked the mission making her one of the first white women to be killed West of the Rockies.              
b. 1850 P.T. Barnum of circus ownership fame brought Jenny Lind aka the “Swedish Nightingale” to the United States for a 150 date tour whose stellar operatic voice produced fan mania not unlike what we experienced with the arrival of the Beatles. 
c. 1939 Germany invaded Poland starting World War II in Europe with its disastrous consequences to the armed forces of the combatants and to the civilian population, especially Jews, of Europe.
d. 1983 KAL Flight 007 a 747 was shot down by Soviet interceptors after it had veered over Soviet territory killing all 269 aboard.
e. 1998 the U.S. mandated that all cars sold in the U.S. be equipped with an airbag which would deploy in the event of a collision.
Reflections on the benefits of kindness: “Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” Og Mandino noted American author whose books have sold more than 50 million copies. 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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