Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Alaska Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 18, 2016 Only 22 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; if one has any doubt that the media is totally biased in its reporting and selective reporting of the Trump campaign that doubt should be erased as journalists by a ratio of 27 to 1 contributed to Hillary’s campaign as opposed to Trump’s; growing calls for Patrick Kennedy to be fired for in essence trying to bribe the FBI to remove classifications on documents on her private email server; in a portent of how bad Hillary’s personal views are, damming revelations of her treatment of her security detail while as Secretary of State to the point most agents would refuse to be assigned to her detail; Melania in an interview with Fox asserted that her husband is not a misogynist by any stretch of the imagination and Bill Clinton’s sexual predator acts should be fair game (any father or mother with a daughter wanting to be a White House intern should be quaking at the thought of that sexual predator in the White House as the First Sexual Predator); after taking some villages on the outskirts of Mosul, Kurdish forces have paused to regroup in their assault; in a you are only as old as you choose to be, 85 year old Ed Whitlock smashed the previous record for a marathon in the 85-90 year old class by finishing a marathon in 3 hours 56 minutes (no wonder he is called “the Master”).
         As Trump is trying to become more presidential, going to www.lyingcrookedhillary.com is a great way to start your day along of course with www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com 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-- https://safeshare.tv/x/kXjbXGyQDsE
         As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Jackson Five,  factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Sandra Tsing Loh,  while  looking forward to enjoying some chocolate cupcakes (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. Alaska Day—celebrating one of the best deals in history, the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States on this day in 1867.
2. World Menopause Day—created by the International Menopause Society formed in 1978 to promote research on aging in both men and women.          
3. 1970 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1970 on a run of 5 weeks in that position “I’ll Be There” by the Jackson Five. Here is a recording of the Jackson Five performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZavuPOWeJY
4. National Chocolate Cupcake Day celebrating a great snack that chocoholics love. Here is a killer recipe to try for a dark chocolate cupcake:  http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/cookies/cakes/dark-chocolate-cupcakes.asp
5. Journalism Is Never Easy—celebrating the birth on this day in 1947 of James Foley, a journalist who even after being held hostage in Libya and then released unharmed, returned to Syria to report on the Syrian Civil War, only to be captured by ISIS, Obama’s favorite “JV Team” and then beheaded on camera by “Jihadi John,” a British national who was killed in a drone strike last year.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 614 King Chlothar II of France promulgated the Edict of Paris which defended the rights of French nobles while banning Jews from any positions in the French Civil Service.
b. 1009 in a blow to religious tolerance the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem was destroyed down to its bedrock by Fatamid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah.
c. 1648 Boston shoemakers formed in America the first labor organization to protect workers’ rights.          
d. 1851 to the misery of future generations of high school students, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, inspired by the actual sinking of  the whaling ship US Essex by a whale, was published under the name The Whale. 
e. 1979 the FCC allowed consumer to install TVROs (TV Receiving Only) without a federal license assuming they had the $5,000-$10,000 to pay for its cost and the space to put up a dish 10 to 20 feet in diameter.              
Reflections on menopause: The literature of menopause is the saddest, the most awful, and the most medical of all genres. You're sleepless, you're anxious, you're fat, you're depressed - and the advice is always the same: take more walks, eat some kale, and drink lots of water. It didn't help.” Sandra Tsing Loh, noted American author of six books, including The Mad Women in the Volvo. 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 www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com 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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