Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 12, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Freethought Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 12, 2016 Only 28 waning but increasingly vitriolic days to go until the only polls that matter close for Trump to continue his pivot before we elect a new president and if he has any chance of winning closes down his Twitter account for the duration (sadly not happening as he is on a Twitter snit against not Hillary but the Republican establishment); new leaks show what most people of faith have expected total mockery by Clinton campaign of their faith; the great hypocrite on climate change with his huge carbon footprint houses and reliance on private jets, Al Gore, is appearing on Hillary’s behalf to support the war on climate change; Obama is campaigning like a cheap carnival shill against Trump; Putin after rightfully being accused of war crimes by Kerry and Hollande is postponing his trip to France (when do we declare fossil war on the Russians and start shipping LNG and oil to Europe to reduce their purchases of Russian oil to further spin that country under Putin into economic disaster?); in yet another example of the failed judgment of Hillary on Libya Marc Turi, an arms dealer contracted by the State Department to provide arms to the regime changing goals of Hillary in Libya and who claims he was prosecuted to protect her is going public and it is not a pretty sight; after all the damage possible can be done NBC is reportedly firing Billy Bush for the release of the 11 year old “locker room video” of Donald Trump bashing women (five years after Clinton was having oral sex with Monica and Hillary was ravaging her as a “Looney Toons bimbo.”
         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 and if you want some music in your life with a little satire--
         As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Manfred Mann,  factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Robert G. Ingersoll,  while  looking forward to enjoying a bowl of gumbo (killer recipe below), 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. Freethought Day—celebrated by freethinkers and secularists to commemorate the end of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. Obviously not an observance to be followed in lands governed by feudal and barbaric Sharia.      
2. UN Spanish Language Day—a UN celebration calling attention to one of the official languages of the UN that is spoken by over 450 million people as their native language.     
3. 1964 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1964 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” by Manfred Mann. Here is a recording of Manfred Mann performing the song:
4. National Gumbo Day—celebrating the signature dish of Creole cuisine; here is a killer recipe for chicken and sausage gumbo:   
5. A Voice To End All Voices—celebrating the birth on this day in 1935 of noted tenor Lucian Pavarotti, who was very instrumental in expanding the popularity of opera. His voice lives on in his recordings although one must believe the angels on high enjoy his concerts after his death at age 71.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1492 in what has to be great news/ bad news moment, Christopher Columbus made landfall in the Bahamas but mistakenly thought he had landed in the Indies.    
b. 1773 America’s first hospital for the treatment of the insane and mentally ill opened its doors; one might argue that the location should have been in Washington, D.C. as the need would prove to be greater there but instead it opened in Williamsburg, VA some 150 miles away.  
c. 1810 Bavarian royalty invited the citizens of Munich to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, thereby creating a great excuse for an annual party known as Oktoberfest.  
d. 1892 the Pledge of Allegiance was recited for the first time in America’s public schools.
e. 2000 the USS Cole was badly damaged while at anchor in Aden, Yemen by two suicide bombers in a speedboat; 17 American sailors died and 39 were wounded.              
Reflections on Freethought Day as the memories of the Salem Witch Trials and Inquisition have faded away to be replaced by the genocide on religious lines of radical Islam: “All of the Ten Commandments that are good were old; all that were new are foolish. If Jehovah had been civilized he would have left out the commandment about keeping the Sabbath, and in its place would have said: 'Thou shalt not enslave thy fellow-men.' He would have omitted the one about swearing, and said: 'The man shall have but one wife, and the woman but one husband.' He would have left out the one about graven images, and in its stead would have said: 'Thou shalt not wage wars of extermination, and thou shalt not unsheathe the sword except in self-defence.’” Robert G. Ingersoll About the Holy Bible  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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