Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 17, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Students' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 17, 2016 Battle lines are being drawn over the sanctuary city designation that Blue mayors want to keep and Trump wants to end—another example of total lawlessness on the part of the Blue left running cities that are complete disasters in terms of crime, jobs, and education; reports of a new “Iron Curtain” thanks to Twitter descending on the Twitter accounts of prominent Alt-Right spokespersons (frightening to realize that leftists running Twitter, Facebook, and Google have increasing power to control the flow of news and citizen outreach); Director of Intelligence James Clapper announced his resignation today (can hardly wait until the “it’s a video” lying Susan Rice is removed on January 20th; in a refreshing note Trump is requiring any appointee to forswear lobbying for five years after departure from government (maybe just maybe we might be able to drain the swamp); South Carolina joins the growing number of states considering arming teachers due to the increase in shootings on school grounds (frightening thought); when will the leftist celebrities either chill out due to the Trump election or better yet make good on the vow to leave if he was elected.
      As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Elton John, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from T. Wilson, while looking forward to enjoying a slice of homemade bread (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. International Students’ Day—commemorating the closing of the Czech universities by the Nazis and the execution on this day in 1939 of nine students and professors and the sending of over 1200 students to concentration camps.
2. International Prematurity Day—celebrated since 2011 to create awareness of the issues and problems faced by babies who are born prematurely.
3. 1997 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1997 on a run of 14 weeks in that position “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John. Here is a recording of Elton performing the song:
4. National Homemade Bread Day—celebrating the freedom one feels when liberated from the loaves of bread to be found on the supermarket shelves by baking one’s own bread. Here is a killer recipe for homemade beer and raisin bread. Bon appétit!
5. Satire for the Soul but Drinking Takes Its Toll—celebrating the birth on this day in 1937 of noted English comedian and satirist Peter Cook who died way too early at the age of 57 due to smoking and heavy drinking.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1869 the Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea was opened to shipping.
b. 1947 the Screen Actors Guild implemented a required anti-Communist loyalty oath for its members.      
c. 1947 American scientists John Bardeen and Walter Brattain observed the properties of the transistor, the key to unlocking the electronics revolution of the 20th Century.
d. 1967 based on optimistic reports on the Vietnam War received by him on November 13 which the Tet Offensive several months later proved to be completely, President Lyndon Johnson appeared on national television to proclaim that we were making progress.
e. 1993 planting the seeds of a future Trump presidency, the House of Representatives passed the North American Free Trade Agreement, an agreement which Trump has rightfully called the most disastrous trade agreement in our history.
Reflections on how to survive the agony as a parent of a premature baby helplessly looking at him or her in the NICU: “You can complain because roses have thorns or you can be grateful that thorn bushes have roses.” -T Wilson, former deceased head of the Boeing Corporation.  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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