Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 12, 2017 On the failing Obamacare front, President Trump signed an executive order designed to create more competition in the health insurance market and enable consumers to buy the insurance they want as opposed to being forced to buy what they do not want or need (if only Congress were mandated to be covered by Obamacare, a repeal and replace bill would have been sent to the president months ago); on the good news front Caitlan Coleman, her husband and her three infants born in captivity since being abducted in Afghanistan by Taliban linked terrorists are being freed (but on the bad news front the family does not want to leave Pakistan as the husband is concerned that past behavior would result in his becoming a resident of GITMO); fires in Northern California are raging out of control with the town of Calistoga being evacuated as the death toll from the fires now at 23 with hundreds missing; AG Sessions rightfully blasted Obama for the surge in illegals seeking asylum and vowed a crackdown on illegals in sanctuaries (good place to start would be to cut off all federal funding to sanctuary cities and sanctuary states like California); Hillary was on the Cack News Network being interviewed by one of the most leftist “journalists” Fareed Zakaria expressing shock and disgust over Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual predator behavior and rape claiming complete ignorance of that behavior while accepting large contributions to her campaign and the Clinton Foundation (believe her lack of knowledge and stand in line with those who believe in the tooth fairy); as if we did not have enough to worry about on our platter, news today that the super volcano at Yellowstone that last erupted 630,000 years ago may be ready sooner that predicted for another massive eruption that would spew ash into the atmosphere equal to 2500 times the amount of ash emitted by Mt. St. Helens; in Chicago through October 11, 2017, the number of people being shot climbed to 2989 and the death toll rising to 517 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, a music link to Michael Jackson, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by the birthday boy Luciano Pavarotyi on music, thankful that your diet will not cause kuru and 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. Freethought Day—promoting the ideas of freethinkers who urge for actions based on reason and logic as opposed to religion or dogma.
2. UN Spanish Language Day—created by the UN in 2010 to commemorate the use of Spanish as one of the six working languages at the UN.
3. 1979 Number One Song—the number one song in 1979 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson. Here is a performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yURRmWtbTbo
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “kuru” which is a brain disease transmitted by cannibalism which probably explains why there are not a lot of cannibals on this planet.
5. A Tenor For The Ages—celebrating the birth on this day in 1935 of Luciano Pavarotti, perhaps one of the greatest opera tenors of all times who sang his last aria on September 6, 2006 due to pancreatic cancer, leaving an estate worth almost 500 million dollars.
On this day in:
a. 1692 to the joy of real or more likely imagined witches, the governor of Massachusetts, Sir William Phips, put an end to the Salem witch trials which resulted in the execution of 20 victims, 14 of whom were women.
b. 1792 in New York City the first Columbus Day celebration was held.
c. 1901 President Teddy Roosevelt officially changed the name of the Executive Mansion to the White House.
d. 1928 an iron lung respirator was used for the first time in Boston to enable a polio victim to breathe.
e. 2000 the USS Cole was badly damaged by two suicide boat bombers, killing 17 men and wounding 39 others while moored at Aden, Yemen.
Reflections on the joy of listening to music by one of the great tenors of all time: “Learning about music by reading about it is like making love by mail” Luciano Pavorotti 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 www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com 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.
October 12, 2017Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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