Thursday, September 14, 2017

September 14, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Exaltation of the Holy CrossT T or

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 14, 2017 In politics you cannot forge compromise if there is a complete absence of trust which was demonstrated by the two icons of “integrity and honesty” in the Blues, Pelosi and Schumer, who after last night’s dinner with the president touted that a deal on DACCA had been reached and the Blues would work on border security without a wall which was quickly followed up by a Trump tweet to the contrary and a pledge the Wall will be built (déjà vu on why the Reds would not work with Obama because he could not be trusted); Kim is at it again amidst intel that work consistent with another nuclear test preparation taking place in North Korea; 19 year old rapper XXX Tenacion is under rightfully harsh criticism for releasing a music video “Look at Me” depicting a white child on a stage being lynched far too realistically while a black child looks on with a background of clips of police “brutality”, black riots and racial violence—sick images in this videos to send a political message:; Jemele Hill a black ESPN anchor alleged that Trump is a white supremacist and not fit to be commander in chief which given the fact that a majority of ESPN’s viewers are most likely Trump supporters is not only outrageous but really stupid and meriting her instant dismissal (ironic that Trump will be signing a resolution condemning white supremacists); the National Park Service in another example of the waste in the government and sheer stupidity has awarded Cal Berkeley almost $100,000 to study the legacy of the Black Panther Party (since when is the history of the Black Panther Party with the purview of the NPS?); the death toll from Irma stands at 31 as millions of Floridians are without power in appalling heat and humidity; through September 12, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2676, and the death toll again on the rise to 459 while the city seems to not be doing anything to prevent the killing and maiming of its minority residents—a real definition of racism which is deadly.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  music links to Elvis Presley and XXX Tenacion, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote on OPEC by Ed Markey, hoping you meet someone worthy of the term kalon  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.
1Exaltation of the Holy Cross—observed since 335 as a day in which to bring the Holy Cross replica into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre so the faithful can pay homage to it.
2. National Live Creative Daycreated in April of 2016 to promote creativity as a means to improve one’s life (holidays and observances far and few between on this day).
3. 1956 Number One Song— the number one song in 1956 on a run of 11 weeks in that position was “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley. Here is a performance of the two songs by the King:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “kalon” which means beauty that is more than skin deep which hopefully describes your spouse or significant other.      
5.  Talent Is No Defense—celebrating the birth on this day in 1983 Amy Winehouse a very talented singer and songwriter whose alcohol and drug use resulted in her dying of alcohol poison at the age of 27.
On this day in:                       
a. 1841 George Frideric Handel completed his oratorio Messiah.
b. 1960 to the bane of Western drivers, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Companies  (OPEC) was formed. 
c.  1984 Joe Kittinger became the first person to solo a gas balloon across the Atlantic.
d. 1994 the Commissioner of MLB due to the strike that had begun in August cancelled the rest of the season including the playoffs and World Series. 
e. 1998 MCI Communications and World Com completed their $37 billion merger creating MCI World Com.  
Reflections on the damage down to our economy by OPEC: “The Christians had a better chance against the lions than the American consumer has against the OPEC cartel.” Ed Markey. Liberal Blue Senator from Massachusetts I would add the observation that during the Obama years, his war on fossil fuels aided and abetted OPEC’s war against Americans’ pocket books. 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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