Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Airborne Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 15, 2017 A memorial service will be held today for the woman killed in Charlottesville but the furor over Trump’s condemnation of the role of the alt-left and the alt-right fueled by the MSM and Politico’s altering of his impromptu press conference (later retracted after the damage done) to using the word “us” implying Trump was with the alt-right); with the tensions and rhetoric from Kim, Asia does not need another confrontation between two nuclear powers but that is what we are faced with on the Chinese Indian border with both sides reinforcing troops there and demanding the other side withdraw from their “territory”; Trump and Sessions are making good on their promise to eradicate MS-13 with news of arrests of more than a dozen gang members in Ohio and reports that ICE will use U and S visas to encourage illegal aliens to report MS-13 criminal activity (MS-13 violence and the opioid crisis are just two more reasons why we need a wall and a secure border); it looks like the real obstruction of justice perpetrator Loretta Lynch is back in the spotlight as the FBI in response to FOIA requests on the tarmac meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton is reopening the case (dime against a dollar Bill Clinton promised Lynch a SCOTUS nomination or continuation as AG if no indictment recommendation with not a word on golf or grandchildren); satellite photos may have located the crash site of MH370 that disappeared in 2014; in yet another example of rhetoric way over the top and putting gasoline on the fires that divide this country, Michael Moore, that pathetic fat wimp disguising himself as a director, is claiming that anyone who still supports Trump is an accomplice to rape and not to be outdone another obese leftist Rosie O’Donnell claimed that anyone who works for Trump is a Nazi (when will the vitriolic rhetoric from the left be ramped down?); from the Hippie Movement in the 60’s and wearing a flower in your hair, the Golden State has morphed into the Hate State leading the nation with 80 hate groups within its borders (after seeing riots at Berkeley to shut down conservative speakers not a surprise); through August 15, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2347, 408 of whom have died.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Eminem, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by an  anonymous source on the difference between recreational sky diving and being combat parachutist, looking forward to being in a jacent state later in the evening,  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.
1National Airborne Day—created by President George W. Bush in 2001 to commemorate the first official U.S. Army parachute jump on this day in 1940.   
2. National Dosimetrist Day—celebrated on the third Wednesday in August to honor the accomplishments of those radiation oncology treatment specialists so important in the fight against cancer.     
3. 2010 Number One Song—the number one song in 2010 on a long run of 7 weeks in that position was “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem featuring Rihanna. Here is the performance of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jacent” which means lying flat and the perfect word to go with today’s music video.  
5.  A Tree May Grow In Brooklyn But In Harlem A Renaissance—celebrating the birth on this day in 1902 of Wallace Thurman noted Haarlem African American writer and playwright whose promising career as an acclaimed writer was cut short by alcoholism with his pen taken from him at the too early age of 32.      
On this day in:
a. 1896 Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discovered gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, prompting the Klondike Gold Rush.
b. 1916 the Migratory Bird Act designed to protect migratory birds and their nests from over hunting and trafficking was entered into between Canada and the United States.
c. 1927 the first and only Dole Race from Oakland to Honolulu took place with 6 of the 8 planes entered crashing on takeoff or lost over the Pacific Ocean never to be seen again. Only 2 planes successfully landed in Honolulu.  
d. 1920 Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians was hit in the head by a fastball thrown by Yankees pitcher Carl May and died 12 hours later leading MLB to require umpires to replace any ball that became dirty (harder to see to get out of the way) but surprisingly it would take another 30 years before batting helmets would be required.  
e. 1954 the first issue of Sports Illustrated was published.  

Reflections on Airborne Infantry like the 82nd or the 101st: “I don’t care how many sky dives you’ve got. Until you have jumped into complete darkness at 850’ wearing 95 pounds of equipment and 68 pounds of parachute, you just haven’t lived.” Anon 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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