Wednesday, August 30, 2017

August 30, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day of the Disappeared

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 30, 2017 Houston area waters are finally starting to recede but the death toll is rising to 23 along with the number of residents admitted to shelters and nearby Beaumont and Port Arthur are literally under water; MSM always quick to find anything to criticize Trump for are in a frenzy over Trump’s supposed lack of empathy and Melania’s wearing stiletto heels on to Air Force One while the Texas governor grades Trump’s deployment of federal resources in Texas as meriting an A+; the DNC (Dedicated to Nominate Clinton) dodged a class action lawsuit by Sanders supporters seeking refunds of contributions to the DNC that clearly rigged the primary process to make sure she got the nomination and given her abysmal campaign and lack of energy in hindsight guaranteed Trump would win; Congress is reaping the sowing of the seeds of obstruction and gridlock with an approval rating of 15% which given what has been accomplished seems overstated by a factor of 5; Trump is taking his case for tax cuts to the people in Springfield, Missouri tonight (Sen McCaskill needs to listen and get on board if she wants to return to the Senate in 2018);  the scenes of volunteers in boats saving trapped Texans reminds us the tragedies like Harvey bring out the best in Americans but the news that thieves posing as DHS officials ordering people out of their homes so they can be burglarized also reminds us that such tragedies sadly bring out the worst; news that the Antifa movement because of its violence may be of concern to liberal anti Trumpers (why should there be any doubt that these thugs should be prosecuted and disavowed?); through August 29, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2516, but surprise, surprise the death toll remained at 434.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant chilling quote by Jorge Videla on the disappeared in argentina, hoping that if you are opening a jeroboam tonight you have a few friends to share it with you,  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.
1International Day of the Disappeared—created in Costa Rica in 1981 by the Latin American Federation of Associations for Relatives of Detained-Disappeared to create awareness of the plight of people wrongfully arrested and incarcerated and to agitate for the end of such practices far too common in Latin American countries with dictatorships.      
2. National Beach Daycreated by Colleen Paige in 2014 to promote cleaning up beaches of trash and debris which is not only unsightly but also a danger to wildlife on our beaches.        
3. 1941 Number One Song— the number one song in 1941 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Green Eyes” by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Here is a performance of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jeroboam” which means a large bottle of wine holding the equivalent of 3 liters of  wine.       
5.  Quite A Cup of Tea—celebrating the birth on this day in 1946 of Mod Squad actress Peggy Lipton who retired from acting after the birth of her two daughters but after a divorce has returned.
On this day in:                       
a. 1963 in a move designed to prevent accidental nuclear war and ease tensions the Washington, D.C. Moscow hotline was installed.   
b. 1967 Thurgood Marshall became the first African American appointed to SCOTUS.   
c. 1984 the Space Shuttle Discovery took off from the JFK Space Center on its maiden voyage.
d. 1992 after being wounded by a FBI sniper who killed his wife, the 12 day siege of Ruby Ridge ended with Randy Weaver surrendering to authorities.  
e. 1995 NATO started launching air strikes against Bosnian Serb forces in Operation Deliberate Force.    
Reflections on the ends justified the means rationale of Jorge Videla former dictator of Argentina who is now serving a life sentence for his part in Argentina’s Dirty War: “Let’s say there were 7,000 or 8,000 people who needed to die to win the war against subversion. There was no other solution. We were agreed that was the price to win the war against subversion and that we needed it not to be evident so that society didn’t notice.” Jorge Videla His figures are sadly too low as most historians believe 30,000 Argentines disappeared many weighted down and dropped from airplanes into the Atlantic to avoid detection. 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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