Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 17, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Black Cat Appreciation Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 17, 2017 Terrorism is alive and well in Europe as a van in Barcelona drove on to a crowded pedestrian walkway killing 13 and injuring 100 pedestrians but although police have in custody two suspects that may be linked the driver of the van is still at lose (please capture him alive for intel purposes); on the domestic terror front, Missouri State Senator  Maria Chappelle Nadal, an African American, posted on her Facebook that she hopes Trump will be assassinated (when will these   rabid hatemongers tone down their dog whistle rhetoric and when will the Secret Service pay this idiot a visit?); Trump instead of letting the furor over his blaming both sides for the Charlottesville riot subside cannot help himself and is tweeting about the loss of the beautiful Confederate statues as more and more demands are coming forth to in essence air brush history and remove them from public places; HRC’s new book What Happened is set to be released next month and will tout her delusional claims that she lost the election because of Russian meddling and Comey’s reopening the investigation (more and more Democrats are coming out against her as an impediment to the party moving forward and one would hope that no one is dumb enough to read her delusions); on the healthcare insurance front while the three Benedict Senators Collins, McCain, and Murkowski are soaking up the vacation sun with their other MIA colleagues, if a mere mortal living in Iowa look for a premium increase from the sole ACA insurer in that state of 57%; on the teacher sex scandal front Melissa Bonkoski a high school science teacher in the Pottstown area of Pennsylvania has been arrested for having sex multiple times with one of her students; on the life is precious front, a man drowned on Lake Superior when the boat he was in spreading his father’s ashes turned over; on the PC front it appears that our English cousin is not immune from the curse as after the conviction of 16 British-Pakistanis for rape and sexual abuse of girls, Sarah Champion wrote an article condemning British-Pakistani men who sexually attack or abuse white girls and was forced to resign from the British government; through August 16, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2359, 411 of whom have died.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to LMFAO, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Russell Brand on addiction, looking forward to watching the jacks go by on the ocean or lake,  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 Balloon Airmail Day—commemorating the first attempt on this day in 1859 to use hot air balloons as a means of delivering mail from Indiana to New York City, a attempt which failed as the winds were not blowing in the right direction so after 30 miles John Wisewith the 123 letters he was carrying was forced to land.   
2. National Black Cat Appreciation  Day—celebrated since 2011 to help pet owners with black cats to overcome the superstition here  in the U.S. that if a black cat crosses your path misfortune will follow as opposed to in Japan and Great Britain where black cats are prized; on another day in which holidays are few and far between pleased that the holiday is not celebrated on Halloween.     
3. 2011 Number One Song—the number one song in 2011 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennet and GoonRock. Here is the performance of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jack” which for you non nautical types means means a ship’s flag flown from the bow of a ship from its jack-staff (twofer for words).  
5.  Nothing Like A War To Cheat Death—celebrating the birth on this day in 1890 of Harry Hopkins one of FDR’s closest and trusted advisers who was instrumental in creating many of the New Deal programs including the WPA; diagnosed with stomach cancer in 1939 resulting in a surgery that removed 75% of his stomach and was told several months later he had 4 weeks to live but World War II galvanized him and his running the Lend Lease Program and attending conferences with Allied leaders to the point that he proved the doctors wrong, dying on January 29, 1946 some 9 months after FDR’s death.      
On this day in:
a. 1907 Pike Place Market, now a popular tourist attraction and historical site, opened (since the first Starbucks is located there you now know why the coffee served after the early morning hours is called Pikes).
b. 1953 the first meeting of Narcotics Anonymous was held in Los Angeles.  
c. 1958 the U.S. launched Pioneer O on top a Thor-Able rocket in the first attempt by any nation to put a satellite into a lunar orbit; unfortunately the attempt failed 73.6 seconds after liftoff sending the rocket back to the Atlantic Ocean.
d. 1970 we beat the Soviets to the Moon but they launched Venera 7 which was a probe that later landed on the surface of Venus and became the first man made object to transmit data from another planet.  
e. 1998 President Clinton admitted in a taped interview that he had had an “improper physical relationship” with Monica Lewinsky and later in the day on national TV he admitted to the American people that he had “misled them” about that relationship (the thought of Bill Clinton even if slowed down by surgery roaming the halls of the White House in search of prey is certainly a frightening thought).  

Reflections that NA does work from a recovered addict “The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.” Russell Brand noted English actor and comedian who will hopefully celebrate 15 years of sobriety on December 13th of this year. 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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