Friday, September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Native American Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 23, 2016 Only 47 waning days to go until the only polls that matter close for Trump to continue his pivot before we elect a new president and only 3 days until the first debate; on the blue on black front, the Tulsa police officer who shot an unarmed black in Tulsa has been arrested for manslaughter and the protests in Charlotte continue but at least peaceful last night amid growing calls that police videos be released to either confirm or deny the presence of a gun or a book held by the victim; in two really disturbing items on the sanctity of our elections news that even now top Blues are concluding that Russia is definitely behind growing cyber efforts to influence our election and the Obama administration is pedal to the metal to spare no money to naturalize as many people as possible before the elections so they can vote (i.e. vote Blue); on the crime front Weiner is being investigated by the NYPD for his sexting with a minor (this guy really needs some professional help) and Brad Pitt is being investigated by the FBI over claims that far too often arise in divorce proceedings that he abused one of his children; on the sports front my beloved Cardinal goes into the Rose Bowl with a three point spread favorite against the Bruins to see if they can beat them nine times in a row—Go Cardinal!
          As Trump is trying to become more presidential, going to is a great way to start your day along of course 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, a music link to Francis Craig and His Orchestra,  factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Kurt Vonnegut, while  looking forward to enjoying a pot pie, 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. Native American Daycelebrated in California and South Dakota in a better late than never moment after we took their lands and basically violated and ignored every treaty with tribes we entered into to commemorate and honor the contributions American Indians have made for this country (thank God for Hollywood to make a movie Windtalkers about the Navaho code speakers who were so vital to the war in the Pacific).  
2. National Dogs In Politics Day—celebrating the Nixon’s famous “Checkers Speech” after he had been charged with using $18,000 of campaign funds during the 1952 elections for his own personal use, he went on TV to proclaim that his two daughters had received a dog as a gift which the family would keep and had named Checkers; man’s best friend when it have always been a focus of attention in elections and the presidency (had Goldwater been a better candidate LBJ’s pulling one of his beagles up by the ears might have cost him the election).  
3. 1947 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1947 on an unbelievably long run of 12 weeks in that position “Near You” by Francis Craig. Here is a recording of Francis Craig and His Orchestra performing the song:
4. National Great American Pot Pie Day—celebrating a dish that has been around since Roman times; if you don’t want to be dependent on Marie Callender for this culinary treat here is a recipe for chicken pot pie that is easy and delicious.  
5. How To Derail A Tranecelebrating the birth on this day in 1926 of noted and pioneering jazz saxophonist John Coltrane aka the Trane who blew his last not at the too early age of 40 due to suspected heroin use.   
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1642 Harvard College graduated its first students.
b. 1780 British major John Andre was arrested as a spy which led to the exposing of Benedict Arnold as a traitor.  
c. 1889 Nintendo was founded.      
d. 1911 in a making the world smaller moment pilot Earl Ovington under the authority of the U.S. Postal Service delivered the first air mail.
e. 2002 the first version of the web browser Firefox Mozilla was released.       
Reflections on our treatment of American Indians:”“It's a widely accepted principle,' he says, 'that you can claim a piece of land which has been inhabited for tens of thousands of years, if only you repeat this mantra endlessly: 'We discovered it, we discovered it, we discovered it....” Kurt Vonnegut, Deadeye Dick great American author who was a POW at Dresden when it was leveled by American and British bombers toward the end of World War II. 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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