Sunday, October 2, 2016

October 2, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Guardian Angel Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 2, 2016 Only 38 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; Trump is still tweeting on Machado while the likes of CNN and MSNBC are having a field day as an arm of the Clinton campaign attacking Trump for his remarks on her weight gain after winning the Miss Universe Pageant; on the issue of taxes, who among us would not want to take every deduction the incredibly complicated tax code would allow unless like a Hillary cast the first stone of condemnation for not paying more taxes? (what hypocrisy!); increasing evidence that Russian backed hackers are trying to subvert our election process (can hardly wait for the Clinton campaign charge that Putin wants Trump to win); in yet another police shooting, this time in L.A., a fleeing passenger who was black from a suspected car robbery was shot in the back and killed just yards from his house—do not want to rush to judgment and hope there are videos showing a gun but this concept of shooting black men in the back who are fleeing police cannot be justified; on the nature front Hurricane Mathews may be back up to a 5 and brush Florida and the southern end of the San Andreas is shaking and baking; on the sports front USC won its first Pac-12 game and UCLA bounced back from a disappointing last second loss to Stanford to beat Arizona.
         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, a music link to Elvis Presley,  factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Shannon Adler, while  looking forward to munching on some fried scallops (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. Guardian Angel Day—commemorating in a world of planned and unplanned random chaos, the belief that for many of us there are guardian angels out there to protect us from harm.     
2. World No Alcohol Day—created by the International Council of Nurses not to prohibit alcohol which this nation knows from its Prohibition experiment was a total failure but rather to promote awareness of the problems of alcohol abuse and to promote alternatives to alcohol abuse as a means to cope with problems in personal relationships or work related stress.    
3. 1956 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1956 on a run of 11 weeks in that position “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley. Here is a recording of a young Elvis performing and gyrating through the song:
4. National Fried Scallops Day—celebrating another tasty mollusk complete here with a recipe for cornmeal coated scallops and a compliment of heirloom bean with oregano succotash—not bad, not bad at all.
5. More Than Pots And Pans—celebrating the birth on this day in 1915 of Chuck Williams, the founder of Williams and Sonoma, the parent of Pottery Barn, who died at the age of 100 and who was inducted into the Culinary Institute Hall of Fame.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1919 President Woodrow Wilson suffered a massive stroke in Colorado while on a speaking tour trying to win public support for the League of Nations; the effects of the stroke were largely hidden from the public by his wife and personal physician and without his support America did not join which probably laid the seeds for the failure of the League to stop aggression in Ethiopia and the rise of military aggression in Germany, Italy, and Japan.  
b. 1937 in an example of man’s inhumanity to man, the dictator in the Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo, ordered the execution not expulsion of all Haitians living within the country’s borders. Some 12,000 men, women and children were believed to have been killed in five days.  
c. 1950 Charles Schulz published his first Peanuts cartoon; the cartoon would continue for 50 years with 17,897 cartoon strips published in 2,500 newspapers around the world.        
d. 1980 Democrat Michael Meyer became the first member since 1861 to be expelled by the House of Representatives by a vote of 376 to 30 (what was going through the minds of those 30 who wanted him to stay unless they were guilty of the same acts during their career) after being caught on tape accepting a bribe from an undercover FBI agent) and uttering those infamous words, “money walks, bullshit talks.”
e. 2002 Muhammad and Malvo commenced their three week reign of random terror in what became known as the Beltway Sniper attacks, killing 10 victims and wounding three others in the Washington, D.C. area; they were caught and Muhammad was executed (luckily for Kaine, who was the governor of Virginia at the time, he rejected a plea for clemency) and Malvo will rot in prison serving three life sentences without possibility of parole.          
Reflections on guardian angels and why this poet believes as he enters the winter of his life that they do exist and exist big time. “The most glorious moment you will ever experience in your life is when you look back and see how God was protecting you all this time.” Shannon L. Adler, noted inspirational author and the writer of over 1200 quotes for Goodreads. 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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