Monday, October 24, 2016

October 24, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Polio Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 24, 2016 Only 16 waning but increasingly vitriolic days to go until the only polls that matter close; political theater is still alive and well with new aroma of the stench of corruption emanating from the actions of long time Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe of Virginia on revelations that his PAC and the Virginia Democratic Party which he largely as governor controls donated almost $700,000 (more than one third of her total contributions) to the unsuccessful campaign of the wife of the FBI director charged with oversight of Clinton’s email investigation; Trump delivered a great policy speech on his first one hundred days in office and his vision of how to move the country and the economy forward which in a so predictable response from the Hillary campaign prompted another woman, a porn star, Jessica Drake, to come out of the woodwork and claim ten years ago Trump offered her $10,000 to have sex with him; after remaining silent without any outrage over the fact that some of Trump’s early tax returns were obviously stolen and released to the New York Times, the hypocrite lap dogs supporting Clinton are diverting attention to the content of corruption by implying Trump is a puppet of Putin and any hacked emails should be dismissed because they were hacked by the Russians; protests are growing violent over the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline with police arresting 80 protestors and a police helicopter having to shoot down an unmanned drone which was threatening it; on a sad note a tour bus coming back from a gambling trip to the Red Earth Casino in Thermal, CA ran into a semi near Palm Springs, killing 13 and injuring some 31 passengers; on the sports front exciting Sunday night football game between the Seahawks and Phoenix in overtime with both kickers missing really short field goals as time ran out to result in a tie 6-6.
         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 Chicago,  factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quoted from Victor Davis Hanson,  while being thankful you are not looking forward to enduring a bologna sandwich, 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. Food Day (U.S.)—first celebrated in the U.S. in 1975 to promote awareness over the industrialization of agriculture, rising food prices, hunger, and the American diet and health crisis; discontinued after two years but resurrected in 2011 and expanded to promote awareness of nutrition education, sustainable agriculture, hunger, animal welfare and farm worker and food service worker rights.
2. World Polio Day—created by Rotary International to commemorate the birthday of Jonas Salk and to continue to promote awareness of the need to vaccinate children until the reduction of polio cases now at a 99% reduction have been eliminated throughout the world.             
3. 1976 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1976 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “If You Leave Me Now” by Chicago. Here is a recording of Chicago performing the song:
4. National Bologna Day--celebrating processed pork that originated in Bologna, Italy some 500 years ago; great for us when we were in grade school but given the fat content not so tasty as adults but since it is reasonably cheap, often fed to prisoners and prisons and jails.
5. The Day The Music Died—celebrating the birth on this day in 1930 of the “Big Bopper” J.P. Richardson whose song “Chantilly Lace” was a number one hit in 1958 with his career on the rise only to have it end in a plane crash that killed him, Richie Valens and Buddy Holly after leaving a performance in Clear Lake, Iowa on February 3, 1958. Here is a link to the Big Bopper performing the song on a very young Dick Clark’s American Bandstand:
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1861 the first transcontinental telegraph was completed to San Francisco effectively putting an end to the 18 month old Pony Express.    
b. 1901 Anna Edson Taylor became the first to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive (she died 20 years later).
c. 1947 Walt Disney testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee to identify Disney employees who were communists. d. 1977 Veterans Day was observed on the 4th Monday in October for the 7th and last time. The next year it would be observed on November 11.    
e. 2003 the Concorde made its last commercial flight. 
Ii is never too late to get our spending priorities in the right order: “Americans spend more money on Botox, face lifts and tummy tucks than on the age-old scourges of polio, small pox and malaria.” » Victor Davis Hanson, noted Hoover Institution Fellow and military historian 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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