Sunday, July 16, 2017

July 16, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Holocaust Memorial Day (France)

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 16, 2017 Normally only viewed in Alaska and Canada, on the spectacular front from New York to Washington residents may also be treated to nature’s best light show, the Northern Lights; Sunday talk shows were dominated by the Russian collusion delusion and the meeting by Donald Trump, Jr. with a Russian and surprisingly coordination by the Ukrainian Embassy with the DNC to reveal material damaging to Trump and Manafort (bad judgment on the part of Donald Trump, Jr or as Adam Schiff would say as to the DNC “inappropriate” but not illegal, only a huge distraction that is preventing at worst and delaying at best the implementation of the Trump agenda of jobs, tax cuts, Obamacare repeal and replacement, repatriation and border security to the real detriment of the American people); Reds still do not have the votes to repeal and replace and Trump is MIA in working the Senate; in another example that fraud crosses all knows borders and nationalities, 66 people in several European countries were charged for selling horse meat not fit for human consumption ($23 million annual profits); Ann Coulter was moved out of her reserved comfort + with three inches of leg room by Delta prompting a two hour Twitter War by her (best Twitter response “Ann Coulter is having a bad day. Thank you Delta.”; on the sports front Federer won the Men’s Wimbledon Title; hard to believe but Trump is expected to certify that Iran is in compliance with the Iran nuclear deal; through July 15, 2016 people have been shot in Chicago 354 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 The Police; factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Jimmy Dean on an ice cream simile, hoping you are not inlapidated by today’s problems,  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. Holocaust Memorial Day (France)commemorating roundup on this day in 1942 of 13,152 Jews in Paris and their transport to Auschwitz for extermination.
2. National Ice Cream Day—celebrating the best way to beat the heat, a bowl of ice cream enhanced by your favorite toppings.   
3. 1983 Number One Song—the number one song in 1983 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “Every Breath You
Take” by The Police. Here is a performance by the band of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “inlapidate” which means to petrify which in dealing with the North Koreans we seem to be doing a miserable job but at least superior to the feckless acts of Obama.                 
5. Rhyming Can Be A Crime-celebrating the birth on this day in 1943 of Cuban poet and author who initially supported Castro but like many Cubans sickened of this tyrant, was jailed for publishing abroad and for being openly gay and was finally able to join the thousands of Cubans that were allowed to flee to the U.S. only to be diagnosed with AIDS and dying at age 47 of an overdose of drugs and alcohol.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1661 the first bank notes in Europe were issued by Stockholms Banco. 
b. 1790 the District of Columbia, now known and vilified as the Swamp, became the capital of the United States.              
c. 1935 to the bane of motorists present and in the future, the first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
d. 1999 John F. Kennedy, Jr. crashed his plane of the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, killing him along with his wife and sister-in-law.
e. 2015 in Chattanooga, Tennessee Kuwaiti born naturalized citizen but radicalized Islamist  Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed four Marines and one sailor at two military installations and wounded one cop before being killed by the police. What is really frightening is that this Islamist was working in a nuclear power plant but was fired when he failed a drug test.   
Interesting simile:  “Love is the ice cream sundae with all the marvelous coverings. Sex is the cherry on top.” Jimmy Dean noted country western 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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