Friday, July 7, 2017

July 7, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Comic Sans Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 7, 2017  Take a junior senator with less than four years who is drooling to run and you have the inexperience of another Obama rerun; Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. are promising appropriate actions against Qatar since it refused their demands (just another example of how complicated that part of the world has become); amid rising tensions between the Russians and the U.S. over Syria, Iran, ISIS and the commencement of LNG shipments from the U.S. to Europe, Trump and Putin will be meeting today in a face to face (one thing Putin will find is that Trump unlike Obama is not feckless); the president of South Korea, Moon, in an effort to defuse tensions has offered to meet with Kim Jong Un; on the opioid front that is devastating this country, some good news as Endo Pharmaceutical at the request of the FDA is pulling its painkiller Opana ER due to abuse; the Nevada D.A. who prosecuted the Juice believes at his parole hearing on the 20th of July he will be set loose; through July 5, 1874 people have been shot in Chicago 379 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 Starland Vocal Band, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Martha Perry on the NYC Draft Riots of 1863, hoping if your job is that of a writer or a poet you will be able to indite with ease,  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. Comic Sans Daycelebrating on the first Friday in July that sans serif typeset use for causal documents and books targeting children developed by Vincent Connare and released by Microsoft in 1994.
2. National Tell the Truth Day—celebrating the simple act of telling the truth and the absence of lies, even little white lies which given the importance of honesty in our affairs should be celebrated and observed more than one day a year.  
3. 1976 Number One Song—the number one song in 1976 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Afternoon Delight” by Starland Vocal Band. Here is a performance by the band of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “indite” which means to compose.             
5. A Star Is Born—celebrating the birth on this day in 1940 of Richard Starkley better known to his fans as Ringo Starr noted singer, songwriter, drummer and recovered alcoholic.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1863 the U.S. began conscription with draftees able to buy their way out of a draft notice for $300 (six days later in New York City the Draft Riots were unleashed).     
b. 1898 President McKinley signed the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii as a territory.             
c. 1928 sliced bread was sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company in Chillicothe, Missouri.
d. 1958 President Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act providing for Alaska to become a state on January 3, 1959 to the joy of residents finally freed from the heavy hand of regulation emanating from the Swamp.   
e. 2016 former U.S. soldier Micah Xavier Johnson upset over police shootings of blacks, in a shooting spree in Dallas shot 12 policemen, killing five and two civilians before being taken out by a robot detonating a bomb.
Reflections from an eyewitness the New York City Draft Riots:”The next day was a fearful one. Men, both colored and white were murdered within two blocks of us, some being hung to the nearest lamppost, and others shot. An army officer was walking in the street near our house, when a rioter was  seen to kneel on the sidewalk, take aim, fire and kill him, then coolly start on his way unmolested. I saw the Third Avenue street car rails torn up by the mob.
Throughout the day there were frequent conflicts between the military and the rioters, in which the latter were often victorious, being partially organized, and well armed with various weapons taken from the various stores they had plundered.”  Martha Perry
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