Friday, July 14, 2017

July 14 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Bastille Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 14, 2017  The Russian collusion delusion that has the Blues lathering like a bunch of rabies infected dogs keeps getting stranger by the moment and may be a set up by the Obama administration to ensnare the Trump campaign (regardless of what you believe one thing this Russian collusion delusion has accomplished is that the MSM is not focusing on health care reform or tax cuts or infrastructure which are issues the American people are rightfully concerned about along with the obstruction by Schumer and his lap dogs); once again a federal judge has inserted his policy views on the Trump travel ban and ruled that more family members like grandparents and cousins be allowed in (Thomas was right in his dissent that the court made a great mistake in allowing people with bona fide connections to relatives already in the country a mistake that SCOTUS when it hears the case and severally reprimands the Hawaiian District Court Judge will hopefully correct); U.K. already reeling from terrorist attacks is now facing another problem, a wave of attacks by teens tossing acid into the faces of people in cars or on the sidewalks (hard to keep a stiff upper lip when it has been doused with sulfuric acid); two women tourists have been stabbed to death and four other tourists injured at the Hunghada Resort on the Red Sea but no confirmation yet the assailant in custody is a jihadist; Bernie and his wife Jane who have attempted to personify themselves as crusaders against corporate fraud and for helping the poor are under an expanding probe of loan falsification which caused Burlington College after giving Jane $200,000 golden parachute to fail and causing a Catholic Diocese which provides many services to poverty stricken residents to lose $2,000,000 (look for indictments soon and the exit of Sanders and his socialism from the political landscape); Seattle is succeeding in its attempt to surpass San Francisco as the most leftist city with its minimum wage increases, tax on gun and ammo sales and its income tax on high incomes (ironic income for low income earners down as their hours reduced, gun violence has doubled and watch high income earners flee the city); through July 13, 1964 people have been shot in Chicago 343 of whom have died (hopefully the ATF agents Trump has sent in will help put a damper on this carnage.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Kim Carnes, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Maximilien de Robespierre on the Reign of Terror, hoping you are not ingluvious in your meals,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. Bastille Daycommemorating the storming of the Bastille in Paris in 1789 by Parisians to liberate prisoners and gain access to arms and ammunition which led to the French Revolution and the beheading of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette along with hundreds of nobility.
2. Shark Awareness Day—celebrating not the need to stand on the beach and yell “Shark!” at the sight of a fin but rather to create awareness of the slaughter of these predators for shark fin soup and shark teeth medallions and necklaces.  
3. 1981 Number One Song—the number one song in 1981 on a run of 9 weeks in that position was “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes. Here is a performance by her of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ingluvious” which means gluttonous, a trait you cannot possess if you are trying to lose weight.                 
5. Simplify To Characters Create--celebrating the birth on this day in 1910 of William Hanna who along with Joseph Barbera created such animated classics like Yogi Bear, the Flinstones, the Jetsons and Tom and Jerry by simplifying the animation process.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1798 John Adams signed into law the Sedition Act which made it a crime to write, publish or utter false or malicious statements about the United States Government (so much for the First Amendment).  
b. 1874 a massive fire in Chicago burnt 47 acres of the city to the ground, killing 20, and destroying 812 buildings.             
c. 1957 Rawya Aleya took her seat in the Egyptian Parliament thereby becoming the first female in the Arab world to hold a seat in parliament.
d. 1969 the U.S. withdraws from circulation the $500, $1000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills.
e. 2016 in Nice, France a Tunisian resident of France plowed a rented 19 ton truck into pedestrians killing 86 of them and injuring 458 others before being dispatched to “Paradise” by police (no wonder Europeans have qualms about refugees pouring into their countries).    
Reflections on the Reign of Terror unleashed by the storming of the Bastille: “Peoples do not judge in the same way as courts of law; they do not hand down sentences, they throw thunderbolts; they do not condemn kings, they drop them back into the void; and this justice is worth just as much as that of the courts.”  Maximilien de Robespierre Virtue and Terror 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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