Saturday, July 22, 2017

July 22, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Drowning Prevention Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 22, 2017 Americans could care less about the Russian collusion delusion that has terminally infected the MSM, the Blues and the denizens of the Swamp but they really should be concerned about the integrity of Robert Mueller’s “investigation” and the expanding team of lawyers he is engaging almost all of who are Clinton contributors; the spineless former director of the FBI who violated executive privilege with his leaks and would not stand up to Obama and Lynch is rumored to be in line for a $10 million book deal while the Trump agenda is being hopelessly stalled with the fake news distraction of unnamed sources claiming the Russian collusion delusion; Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS a pro Clinton backer who was behind the false Trump-Russian dossier has asserted his 5th Amendment rights and will not testify before the Senate Intel Committee; anyone who advertises in the New York Times should reconsider as reports come out that we were very close to capturing the head of ISIS until that leftist rag leaked information that derailed that effort; the police chief of Minneapolis has resigned in the wake of the tragic killing of Ms Damond by Somali-American Officer Noor who should be charged with murder of a citizen reporting a possible sexual assault; on the fish revenge front, a large fish probably a pike or a muskie attacked an 11 year old girl dangling her feet in a lake near Deluth, Minnesota requiring stitches and surgery to repair tendon damage (are piranha communicating with their American fish cousins?); President Trump, looking and sounding very presidential, attended the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford (ironic that this aircraft carrier is the largest aircraft carrier in the fleet compared to the small light aircraft carrier USS Monterey that Gerald Ford served on in WWII and from which during a typhoon he was almost swept overboard); through July 20, 2066 people have been shot in Chicago 363 of whom have died (sadly the ATF agents Trump has sent has not put a damper on the carnage).
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Richard Marx; factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Dennis Prager on drowning, hoping you do not have to put up with people who are plagued with insouciance in their attitudes to your needs and issues,  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. Ratcatchers’ Daycommemorating the myth of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. 
2. National Drowning Prevention Day—promoting the need for vigilance on behalf of parents and caregivers to prevent drowning of small children in pools and beachgoers even if they are great swimmers.     
3. 1988 Number One Song—the number one song in 1988 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Hold on to the Nights” by  Richard Marx. Here is a performance by him of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “insouciance” which means a indifference or apathy which describes the perception most of us have to the denizens of the Swamp.              
5. No Pineapple--celebrating the birth on this day in 1923 of Bob Dole, former Congressman, Senator and Vice President and failed presidential candidate who  overcame significant wounds suffered in World War II and who for many years was a pitchman for Viagra. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1893 Katherine Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” after being motivated by the scenery from Pike’s Peak. 
b. 1916 a suitcase bomb was detonated on Market Street in San Francisco during a Preparedness Day Parade in anticipation of America’s entry into World War I, killing 10 and wounding 40. The bombers were never discovered.              
c. 1937 the Senate rejected President Roosevelt’s plan to increase the size of SCOTUS as a means to circumvent a conservative court that was rejecting many of his New Deal programs.
d. 2003 troops from the 101st Airborne attacked a compound in Iraq, killing Sadam Hussein’s two sons Uday and Qusay.
e. 2011 Norway was hit by two terrorist attacks perpetrated by Anders Breivik, a bomb blast in Oslo that killed 8 and mass shooting at a youth camp on Utoya Island that killed 69.     
Reflections on ethical issues in case of drowning: Since the 1970s, I have asked students if they would first try to save their drowning dog or a drowning stranger. And for 40 years I have received the same results: One third vote for their dog, one third for the stranger, and one third don't know what they would do.” Dennis Prager, noted American conservative talk show host and author So much for the sanctity of human life.
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