Sunday, November 13, 2016

November 12, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Pneumonia Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 12, 2016 Three nights of protests which have turned into miniriots over the  election of Donald Trump to the presidency (when people are bused in sure looks like an organized riot to any objective observer); time for the celebrities and the media to chill out, take a deep breath, and see how they might become a constructive force to help Trump turn this nation around;  VP-elect Pence has replaced Chris Christie as the head of the Trump transition team which given the scandal that Christie is mired in goes a long way to enhancing the “Drain the Swamp” mantra; totally idiotic but at least they are not in the streets but supposedly 3,000,000 die hard Hillary fanatics have signed an online petition to have the Electoral College ignore the election and cast their votes for Hillary (no way can we allow the left wing in California and New York where Hillary won her majority of the popular vote determine the occupant of the office); in a ‘what took you so long” moment and a “I’ll believe it when I see it” moment the New York Times vowed to reflect on its news coverage and to rededicate itself to reporting on news honestly; on the thin Blue Line front, a police officer responding to a call was ambushed, shot multiple times but will survive (fortunately the shooter did not); on a touching note Mabel Ball, a die heart Cub fan waited all her life of 108 years to fulfill her bucket list of have the Cubs win the World Series has died just six days after the Cubs won game 7.
          As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Heights, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Mandy Moore, while looking forward to enjoying a bowl of chicken soup (killer and easy 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.  World Pneumonia Day—promoting awareness since 2009 of the need to vaccinate children under 5 against pneumonia which infects over 150 million children each year and kills almost 2 million a year.
2. Happy Hour Day—celebrating a marketing ploy by restaurants and bars to increase business usually in the late afternoon or later in the evening by offering discounted beverage prices and food specials. The practice probably has its roots during Prohibition where if friends were going out to dinner, they would first meet in someone’s house to imbibe illegally since restaurants would not serve alcohol.
3. 1992 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1992 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “How Do You Talk to an Angel” by the Heights. Here is a recording of the Heights performing the song:
4. National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day—given the epidemic of partisanship and rancor that is sweeping this nation, today would be a good day to shy away from pizza (it is National Pizza Day) and have a bowl of chicken soup instead. Here is a great recipe for Japanese chicken noodle soup.
5. Forever a 10—celebrating the birth on this day in 1969 of Rumanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci who at the age of 14 in the 1980 Olympics achieved the then to fore unheard of score of ten during the Olympics. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1927 Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Communist Party leaving it in charge of one of the two great mass murders of all time Joseph Stalin.
b. 1936 to the relief of commuters in the Bay Area, the Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic.      
c. 1969 in a very bad day for the U.S. Army independent journalist Seymour Hersh broke the story of the Mai Lai Massacre.
d. 1990 Tim Berners-Lee published a formal proposal for the establishment of the World Wide Web.
e. 1999 Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing and is now rotting in a cell for the rest of his worthless life without possibility of parole. Here is the FBI mug shot of this worthless fanatic.
Reflections on pneumonia and why we should be concerned. “Pneumonia is a disease that often flies under the radar of not just the public but even the global health community. It kills more children under 5 years old every year than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.” Mandy Moore, noted American singer.     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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