Monday, October 3, 2016

October 3, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Blue Shirt Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 3, 2016 Only 37 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 facing a media feeding frenzy over using a tax loss carry forward to avoid or reduce his taxes, a right every American has under our tax code which is not lost because he or she is running for president (much to do about nothing); both candidates are on the campaign trail and the VP candidates debate tomorrow night; in yet another example of the “reset button” gone awry, Russia has suspended its agreement to destroy tons of surplus weapons grade plutonium as the U.S. suspended further talks with Russia over Syria while the citizens in Aleppo continue to be barrel bombed; WikiLeak delayed its release of potentially devastating material on Hillary due to security concerns and will release such material in Berlin (can hardly wait to see what will be released); in yet another what was he thinking moment, thanks to Obama, the U.S. through ICANN no longer controls domain registrations and regulations on the internet; in another example of what a pathetic deal we were bamboozled into with Iran, Iranian backed Houthi rebels launched rockets at a U.A.E. naval ship and almost sank it (wonder if the rockets were purchased with the $1.8 billion in cash we provided Iran as part of the ransom) prompting us to send three warships to the area; thanks to our misguided immigration policies of sending unaccompanied minors to places like Suffolk instead of deporting them, violent gangs like M-13 are flourishing and most likely responsible for the deaths of 4 teenagers; Hurricane Matthew is going to be bringing a lot of rain (40+ inches to Haiti) and may make landfall in Florida toward end of the week; on the sports front, while he may be the best player in professional basketball, Lebron James endorsement of Hillary shows he is out of his league when it comes to politics.         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 the Jimmie Rodgers,  factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Andrew Vachss,  while  looking forward to enjoying some caramel custard, 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. German Unity Day—commemorating and celebrating big time (after all Oktoberfest is still in full force today) the reunification of Germany in 1990 following the collapse of the Soviet Union.     
2. National Blue Shirt Day—celebrating not the blue collar worker or the symbolic color of the Democratic Party but rather to commemorate Anti-Bullying Month; whether by physical, emotional or cyber means no one should ever be bullied by another human being. Kudos to Monica Lewinsky for her being in the forefront of anti-bullying efforts.     
3. 1957 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1957 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “Honeycomb” by Jimmie Rodgers. Here is a recording of Jimmie Rodgers performing the song:
4. National Caramel Custard Day—celebrating another great way to end a meal especially if you have a sweet tooth
5. No More Noble Cause—celebrating the birth on this day in 1938 of Eddie Cochran, pioneer singer of rock and roll with such songs as “Summertime Blues” who died while riding in a taxi in England when it blew a tire and crashed into a lamppost; he died because he threw himself over his finance Sharon Shelly to protect her and was ejected from the car.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1778 James Cook trying to find the Northwest Passage anchored in Alaska, most likely in Cook Inlet which bears his name; he failed and was blocked by sea ice in the Bering Sea.   
b. 1863 President Lincoln declared that the last Thursday in the month of November would be celebrated as Thanksgiving Day.  
c. 1957 the California Supreme Court ruled that Alan Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems was not obscene.        
d. 1981 the hunger strike at Maze Prison in Northern Ireland by members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Irish Liberation Army ended after seven months with ten deaths.
e. 2008 the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 after Congress had reversed its earlier failure to enact it and watched the Dow experience its highest point loss in history, was signed into law by President George Bush.           
Reflections on bullying: “Fighting means you could lose. Bullying means you can't. A bully wants to beat somebody; he doesn't want to fight somebody.” Andrew Vachss, noted crime fiction writer and child protection consultant. 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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