Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 4, 2017 The girlfriend of the mass murderer Paddock returned to L.A. with, in her words, a “clean conscience” and is now being questioned by the FBI as police have recovered from the hotel room and two of the shooter’s residences almost 50 firearms and an incredible amount of ammunition; Trump was in Las Vegas meeting with first responders and some of the 524 injured and some of the families who lost loved ones, appearing very somber and presidential (MSM should be ashamed of themselves for alleging that he went their only because the concert fans were Trump voters); the disaster in Puerto Rico is going to be much harder to deal with due to decades of Blue spending that has rendered the island bankrupt (Trump raised the obvious that the billions upon billions of bonds outstanding with no ability to repay need to be restructured); with hurricane recovery, a mass shooting, and looming issues with N. Korea and Iran, MSM is focused on whether the Secretary of State called the president a moron (the only morons in the Swamp are the “reporters” from MSNBC, CNN, WAPO, NTY et al); the House passed a bill outlawing abortions after 20 weeks where it faces certain filibuster from the Blue fetus killers; tax cuts are moving forward albeit slowly with some talk of adding a 4th bracket for the super wealthy (look for a major obstruction from Schumer on the idea of cutting taxes); the former first lady must have spent too much time in her garden being exposed to pesticides as she is back in the news ranting that the people don’t trust Reds because they are white males (news flash Michelle the only lack of trust is due to the fact they have not delivered on a 7 year promise to repeal the monstrosity that your lying husband and his Blues shoved down our throats); HRC is taking a breather from her blame game book tour conning people out of hundreds of dollars to attend a fund raiser for the Virginia Blue gubernatorial candidate; in Chicago the month of September ended with 57 dead (which when some of the critically wounded might die will be barely less than the 59 fatalities resulting from 9-11 minutes of shooting by Stephen Paddock in Vegas and through October 3, 2017, the number of people being shot climbed to 2902 and the death toll rising to 499 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 Cher, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant poem by Mennen Williams former governor of Michigan on Sputnik, praying that continued gridlock is not our kismet 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. World Space Week—celebrating the start today of World Space Week created by the UN General Assembly to promote the contributions of space exploration to the betterment of humankind and falling between the launching of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957 and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on October 10, 1967.
. 2. World Animal Day—created in 1925 by Heinrich Zimmerman creator of Mensch und Hund (Man and Dog) and observed on this day which is also the feast day for the patron saint of ecology St. Francis of Assisi.
3. 1973 Number One Song—the number one song in 1973 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Half Breed” by Cher. Here is a performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6E98ZRaU1s
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “kismet” which means fate or destiny; sadly with the filibuster our kismet is continuing gridlock in the Swamp.
5. Florence Nightingale She Is Not—bemoaning the birth on this day in 1968 of Beverly Allitt, a nurse who became one of England’s most despised and notorious serial killers who was arrested after two months of her killing four children who were her patients while on duty and fortunately is still in prison unable to seek parole until 2022 and only if she is not a threat to society.
On this day in:
a. 1883 the Orient Express the gold standard for long distance train travel luxury left Paris for its first run to Istanbul, Turkey.
b. 1941 Norman Rockwell’s Willie Gillis first appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
c. 1985 the Free Software Foundation was founded in Massachusetts.
d. 2004 47 years after the launch of Sputnik, SpaceShipOne became the first manned space ship to fly into space (100 kilometers above the Earth) to win the AsariX Prize and 10 million dollars; the craft built with private funds from Paul Allen cost only 25 million dollars.
e. 2005 to the bane and torment of future political campaigns and American politicians, especially Hillary Clinton who is mired in her blame game not my fault book tour, and officials, Julian Assuage founded WikiLeaks.
Reflections on the successful launch and orbit of Sputnik in poem of course: “"Oh little Sputnik, flying high / With made-in-Moscow beep, / You tell the world it's a Commie sky / and Uncle Sam's asleep": Poem composed by Mennen Williams, then Democratic governor of Michigan. 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.