Thursday, July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Simplicity Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 12, 2018 Great drama on the Hill as Strzok was being grilled by Congress over his anti-Trump text messages with his paramour Lisa Page (mind boggling that the IG came to a conclusion of no bias in the investigation by the FBI); Trump after castigating NATO for not paying its fair share for defense landed in the U.K. to meet with the Prime Minister May who is under severe attack over her handling of the Brexit exit from the EU; feudalism is still alive and well in Iran as a video is released showing a man being flogged for drinking alcohol as a teen at a wedding reception while in Indonesia two Christians were flogged for gambling which violates Sharia; Ben Carson is moving ahead on implementing a requirement that able bodied recipients of federal subsidized housing work; still reeling from the sexual abuse scandal involving the U.S. Olympics Gymnastic Team Sarah Hirshland has been named as the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Association; charges against aging porn star Stormy Daniels for illegally touching patrons at a strip club in Ohio have been dropped; in Chicago, through July 11, 2018, 1485 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 236 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Whiz Khalifa,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that on divisive issues you are able to move to the miseal; a relevant quote from Nikki Sixx on the Rolling Stones, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, 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. National Simplicity Day—celebrating living a simplistic life and observed on the anniversary of Thoreau’s birth on this day in 1817.
2. Different Colored Eyes Day—celebrating the 11 out of 1000 people who have eyes of a different color.
3. 2015 Number One Song— the number one song in 2015 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “See You Again” by Whiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mesial” which means middle which is a place we desperately need politicians to gravitate to in order to ease the gridlock in the Swamp.
5. Tarnished Star—celebrating the birth on this day in 1937 of Bill Cosby, noted comedian and television star in the series I Spy and The Bill Cosby whose star has been tarnished by being found guilty of sexual abuse.
    On this day in: 
a. 1804 Alexander Hamilton died after being shot the day before in a duel with former Vice President Aaron Burr.
b. 1862 the Medal of Honor was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
c. 1948 Israeli Premier David Ben-Gurion ordered the expulsion of Palestinians from the towns of Lod and Ramia. 
d. 1962 the Rolling Stones performed their first concert at London’s Marque Club.
e. 1973 a fire destroyed one third of the military records at the Military Records Center.
    Reflections on the Rolling Stones: “You have to age gracefully. And that's what I love about Keith Richards. That's what I love about the Rolling Stones. They are aging gracefully. They are falling apart at the seams right before our eyes, and they are doing it gracefully. And that's the most beautiful thing that we can do.” Nikki Sixx noted pop musician and co-founder of the band Motley Crue.
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