Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Rainforest Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 19, 2016 Only 21 waning but increasingly vitriolic days to go until the only polls that matter close and hours away to the last debate as Trump has to go all in to have a chance of winning including perhaps imitating Richard Nixon’s “Checkers” speech with a humbling, sincere apology and vow to never repeat those thoughts or words again; can he stay on focus on the issues of the economy and jobs where Hillary is clueless (if he does he wins and has a realistic chance of winning the oval office); more WikiLeaks on corruption, pay to play and how the Clinton campaign really disdains the voters but it may be to many and too late; in addition to radical Islamist terrorist we now have to add political terrorists to the concern as video released of Blue operatives advising how to violently disrupt Trump rallies which is chilling in the context of a Trump office in North Carolina being firebombed and two more in Arizona and Utah being threatened; touching photo on the internet of a 16 year old using his arms to standup from wheel chair as American flag goes by while more and more professional football players are exercising their hard won First Amendment rights to kneel; in Pennsylvania union greed trumps the needs of students and 5,000 faculty at 14 state colleges went on strike shutting down the educational opportunities for 100,000 students; in a moment that will bring a smile to your face Jose Cardoso confined to a wheelchair was made an honorary member of his Mesquite, Texas middle school football team and pushed 60 yards to score a touchdown.
         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 the Rod Stewart,  factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Chris Noth,  while  looking forward to enjoying a bowl of seafood bisque (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. Rainforest Day—celebrating the contribution of our rainforests to the ecosystem and creating awareness of the need to protect them from destruction.
2. National Support Your Chamber of Commerce Day—celebrating the contribution of small business to our economy and the roll chambers of commerce play in promoting business interests and contributing to the well being of local communities.          
3. 1971 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1971 on a run of 5 weeks in that position “Maggie Mae” by the Rod Stewart, recently knighted by Prince William. Here is a recording of Sir Rod Stewart performing the song:
4. National Seafood Bisque Day celebrating a great soup with or without sherry. Here is a killer recipe for a lobster/crab bisque: bon appétit
5. Great Music But Not Safe Place To Live—celebrating the birth on this day in 1944 of Peter Tosh, noted reggae singer born in Jamaica and founder of the band Wailers that gave Robert Marley his start; sadly killed in an attempted robbery at his home in Jamaica.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1864 21 Confederate cavalrymen led by Lt. Bennett Young crossed the Canadian border and raided St. Albans, Vermont emptying three local banks of $208,000 ($3,150,000 in today’s currency) and returned back to Canada where the Canadians confiscated $88,000 that they found. Since the Confederates were soldiers Canada as a neutral county would not extradite them and they ultimately made their way back to the South.  
b. 1933 the world started its slow march to World War II as Germany withdrew from the League of Nations.
c. 1943 Streptomycin the first antibiotic able to treat tuberculosis was isolated at Rutgers University.          
d. 1950 Iran in a enjoy it while it last moment became the first country to accept technical assistance in the Point Four Program instituted by Harry Truman to assist the development of agricultural, health and industry in developing countries. 
e. 1960 in response to Castro’s seizing American owned assets in Cuba, the United States imposed a near total trade embargo on trade with Cuba.               
Reflections on rainforests on this National Rainforest Day:” Most people know that forests are the lungs of our planet, literally playing a critical role in every breath we take. And that they’re also home to incredible animals like the orangutan and elephant, which will go extinct if we keep cutting down their forests.” Chris Noth, noted American television actor and graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
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