Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August 2, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Dinosaurs' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 2, 2017 Venezuela whose economy has been destroyed by socialism will soon be ruled by a dictator ala Castro after a sham election (Maduro looks obese just like King Jung Un while the county looks like its whole population is on a forced NutriSystem program); will Trump expand sanctions now on Maduro to include the banning of importing of Venezuelan crude which would totally sink that pathetic example of socialism?); China’s worse nightmare as a result of its refusal to force the end of North Korea’s nuclear program may well be a nuclear armed Japan and a nuclear armed Taiwan (what does it take for the Chinese to realize that a united Korea under the prosperity of the South with the U.S. no longer on the DMZ is in their best interests?); finally self preservation among a growing number of Blues as Blues after fighting tooth and nail are scrambling to come up with plans to fix Obamacare (great first step would be to eliminate the exemption granted to the 535 Gang and their staff); another nail in the Russian collusion delusion as Trump signs Russian sanctions bill; Ben Rhodes the ideologue slime ball who championed the Iran nuclear deal is now under investigation by Congress over his role in unmasking American citizens in any attempt to intimidate them for opposing Obama’s policies; finally a slim ray of hope that accountability will return to the VA as the director of the VA Medical Center in the Swamp was fired; through July 31, 2017 2212 people have been shot in Chicago 384 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 Brandy and Monica, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by James Baldwin on habit, more irascent each day as you watch the circus in the Swamp,  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. Dinosaurs’ Daycelebrating on a day when holidays and observances are far and few between Dinosaurs’ Day by a trip to the museum or watch a Jurassic Park CD.
2. Coloring Book Day—if you have young children or young grandchildren today would be a good day to get out the crayons and coloring books and draw with them.  
3. 1998 Number One Song—the number one song in 1998 on a long run of 13 weeks in that position was “The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy and Monica. Here is a performance by the duo of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “irascent” which means likely to become angry which voters will be over the failure of Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare once voters start receiving their premium notices.
5.  Go Tell It On The Mountain—celebrating the birth on this day in 1924 of James Baldwin, noted African American author, essayist and poet who died far to early at the age of 63 from stomach cancer.    
On this day in:                                                                                 
a. 1870 the Tower Subway opened in London as the world’s first underground tube subway system. 
b. 1873 cable cars began operating in San Francisco.             
c. 1937 in a bad day for stoners, the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was signed, the effect of which was to make marijuana and its byproducts illegal.
d. 1939 Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard wrote a letter to President Roosevelt urging the development of a nuclear weapon.
e. 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait leading to the mother of all shortest wars the following year.       
Reflections on the dangers of habit: “When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.” James Baldwin Nothing like a little spontaneity to spice up one’s life. 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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