Saturday, July 7, 2018

July 7, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Chocolate Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 7, 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in North Korea in discussions with Kim Jong Un over North Korea’s commitment to denuclearize amid growing fears that the Hermit Kingdom is backing away from its commitment to denuclearize; speculation that Trump has selected Amy Barrett as his choice to succeed Justice Kennedy as Orin Hatch in writing an Op-Ed used a female pronoun to describe an anticipated leftist meltdown against her; in another glaring example of the severity of the opioid crisis that is plaguing the nation, researchers have found in mussels at 18 residential locations in Puget Sound trace amounts of opioids (another reason to build a wall to assist in the stopping the flow of drugs); in another example of intolerance and divisiveness that is plaguing our nation, a Florida homeowner was assaulted by an outraged anti-Trumpster for displaying a pro Trump flag on his front lawn; on the Thai soccer team rescue front, the area near the cave is being pelted with monsoon rains; in Tennessee a white female property manager is out of a job for calling police on a man wearing socks on the 4th of July in an apartment complex pool, recorded on cell phone video which went viral; thousands of protestors were marching in Chicago against the gun violence that has plagued the city while its Mayor has been MIA on the issue; on the bovine versus human front one person was gored and three trampled on the first running of the bulls of the year in Pamplona, Spain; Wal-Mart has pulled its “Impeach 45” clothing line from its website after conservatives started a boycott Wal-Mart movement; Mark Zuckerburg has replaced Warren Buffet as the third richest man on the planet; in Chicago through July 6, 2018, 1435 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 223 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 Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact if you will not be forced to listen to the mendacity emanating from the Swamp; a relevant quote from Dallas Chief of Police David Brown on the shooting death of five officers in 2005, 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. World Chocolate Day—celebrating since 2009 that candy that most chocoholics cannot live without.        
2. International Cherry Pit Spitting Day—commemorating 45 years of this event at the Tree-Medus Farm in Eau Claire, Michigan, a contest dominated by Paul Krause who has won the contest 17 times and defended his title in 2017 with a pit spit of 57’ 11”.
3. 2010 Number One Song— the number one song in 2010 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “Gurls” by Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mendacity” which means insincerity or inclination to tell falsehoods which sadly describes most of our Swamp denizens to a tee.
5. A Starr Is Born—celebrating the birth on this day in 1940 of Richard Starkey better known to his fans as Ringo Starr, drummer of the Beatles who has successfully battled alcoholism with his second wife Barbara Bach.
         On this day in: 
a. 1958 President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law the Alaska Statehood Act.
b. 1981 President Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor to be the first female Justice of SCOTUS.
c. 1992 the New York Court of Appeals ruled that women had the same right as men to go topless in public.
d. 2005 four Islamist suicide bomber detonated four bombs, three of which exploded in the London Underground and the fourth on a London double decker bus, killing 52 and wounding more that 700 people.
 e. 2016 former Army vet Micah Johnson shot 12 Dallas Police officers, killing 5 of them before he was killed by a  bomb delivered by a robot.
    Reflections on Dallas shooting of 12 police officers, 5 of whom were killed. “There’s no greater love than this. rthe Tour de France by someone who has competed in it: There simply is nothing else like it. That these five men gave their lives for all of us.” Dallas Chief of Police David Brown at the memorial service for the five slain officers.
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