Monday, August 28, 2017

August 27, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Petroleum Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 27, 2017 Harvey continues to inundate  the Houston area with massive amounts of rain with nowhere to go other than to flood homes, businesses and roads with more heavy rain forecast (when you have flood waters to the height of traffic signals you have a problem); sadly the death toll has risen to six but is expected rise further when and if the waters start to recede; at least Texans are coming together as one with volunteers with flat bottom boats bringing ala Dunkirk friends and strangers to safety; President Trump has acted decisively to speed federal aid to Texas and will visit the area on Tuesday; one slight silver lining is that 20,000 passengers remain stuck at sea on cruise ships that cannot return to port (as long as supplies hold out being on a cruise ship beats being in a Red Cross shelter); Biden is back in the news with over the top rhetoric claiming Trump has unleashed the darkest forces to overcome years of civil rights progress and slamming Trump for pardoning an 85 year old sheriff Joe Arpaio (denials notwithstanding with remarks like that Joe still has a case of presidential fever); Trump has overturned Obama’s ban of giving surplus military equipment to police departments; in Berkeley, ground zero for the free speech movement a hundred hooded anarchists entered a no hate rally looking for counter protesters to physically attack while the police did not stop these anarchists;  in another example of the ingenuity of human traffickers, Border Patrol agents discovered a tunnel near Otay Mesa when they arrested 30 illegals including 23 Chinese; through August 26, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2498, 432 of whom have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Chainsmokers, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Irene Parby on the roll of women in politics, hoping the jebels you face in life are short and with gentle slopes,  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 Petroleum Day—celebrating to the dismay of the eco-warriors the discovery by Edwin Drake of petroleum on this day in 1858 of petroleum in Titusville,Pennsylvania.      
2. Lyndon Baines Johnson Daycelebrated in Texas to commemorate the birthday on this day in August 27, 1908; given the rains coming down in Houston, the state holiday festivities will be somewhat restrained.       
3. 2016 Number One Song—the number one song in 2016 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “Closer” by Chainsmokers. Here is a performance of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jebel” which is a term used in the Middle East or Africa to designate a mountain or hill which is what unfortunately we still have climb to defeat radical Islam there or at home.     
5.  Cats Rule Humans Drool—celebrating the birth on this day in 1958 of Dennis Avner aka80 Stalking Cat who underwent a record 14 body modifications to make his face look like a tiger; sadly he only had one life not nine which he discovered when he committed suicide in 2012.  
On this day in:
a. 1918 Mexican and American forces fought at the Battle of Ambros Nogales in which 4 American soldiers died along with 30 Mexican soldiers in the only battle fought on U.S. soil in World War I.
b. 1927 five Canadian women (the Valiant Five) filed suit in the Canada Supreme Court to decided the issue of whether term  “person” in the  British North America Act includes a female person to the which the court ruled no only to be overruled by the Privy Council in 1929 thereby clearing the way for women to be appointed to Canada’s Senate.     
c. 1942 the first day of a two day massacre of some 14,000-18,000 Jews in the town of Sarny, Ukraine.
d. 1956 the nuclear power station at Calder Hall in the United Kingdom was connected to the national power grid to become the first operating nuclear generating power plant. 
e. 2003 in a glaring example of futility in dealing with the rogue nation of North Korea, the first six party talks on the security concerns of North Korea’s nuclear program commenced among North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the United States.  Reflections on a woman’s roll in politics: “If politics mean…the effort to secure through legislative action better conditions of life for the people, greater opportunities for our children and other people’s children…then it most assuredly is a woman’s job as much as it is a man’s job.” Irene Parby, one of the Valiant Five.  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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