Friday, August 17, 2018

August 17, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Baby Boomers Recognition Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 16, 2018 Newly released emails and text messages show Bruce Ohr and
Chrisopher Steele along with the wife of Ohr, an employee at Fusion GPS, were working hand in glove to funnel the Steele dossier loaded with unvetted and salacious mistruths about Trump from Russian sources to the FBI and take it before the FISA court while concealing that HRC and the DNC had paid for it (that’s where the real Russian collusion lies and Mueller is totally MIA in pursuing—talk about corruption); the left is going ballistic over Brennan’s loss of his security clearance in echo chamber drumbeats that Brennan’s 1st Amendment rights are being squashed (a clearance is a privilege not a right and Trump and anyone in his administration would be fools to consult with him after his stunt of calling the president guilty of treason and unfit to be president); so much for the Michelle Obama myth that Democrats go high instead of low as black House Democrat Betty Scott blasted her Chinese-American primary opponent as a “ching-chong” and attacked her African-American husband for marrying her (the strategy of racial slurs backfire as Ms. Scott lost and was forced to apologize but demonstrates how fractured our political system has become); in a political bait and switch Richard Ojeda, an Army veteran who claimed to have voted for Trump is now slamming him and proposing a path to citizenship for illegal aliens and opposing the building of the Wall; John Elway revealed that the Broncos offered a chance for Colin Kaepernick to become a Bronco but Colin turned down the offer; as the wildfires in California continue to rage, the struggle has moved to the negotiating table where the state is trying to improve its forest management system by clearing dead vegetation and effecting controlled burns to the former bane of environmentalists; in Chicago while Rahm Emanuel continues to  imitate Nero playing the fiddle through August 11, 2018 1890 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 305 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color and when will Emanuel who has been MIA resign or be voted out of office?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Sonny and Cher,
factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you have grown out of the scourge of morphew and a relevant quote from David Thibodeau on the assault at Waco,
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 Non Profit Day—celebrated first on this day in 2017 to promote awareness of the contributions of nonprofits to our society and welfare.
 2.  Baby Boomers Recognition Day—commemorating since 2011 the contributions to our culture, society and economy of those born between 1946 and 1964 as the country returned to normalcy following the end of World War II and the exodus of some 14 million soldiers, sailors and airmen back into civilian life.
3. 1965 Number One Song— the number one song in 1965 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “I Got You Babe” by the Sonny and Cher. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “morphew” which means a skin eruption the bane of too many teenagers.
5. Burn Baby Burn—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your point of view of David Koresh, the head of the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas that was raided by ATF agents on February 28, 1993 which resulted in a 51 day siege that culminated in a tank and tear gas assault on the compound which caught fire burning to the ground killing 76  people many of them children.
 On this day in: 
a. 1807 Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat left New York City enroute to Albany, New York on the Hudson River, instituting the world’s first commercial steamboat service.  
b. 1978 Double Eagle II became the first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean, arriving in Miserey, France 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.
c. 1998 President Bill Clinton admitted to the American public that he had had an improper physical relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and admitted he had lied to the American people.
d. 2005 the first forced evacuation of Israeli settlers began as part of Israel’s disengagement from Gaza.
e. 2008 U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps became the first person to win 8 Gold Medals in a single Olympiad.
    Reflections on Waco by one who survived the assault: “So many of the Davidians have been demonized by the media ... I felt it my duty to tell the true story of a group of people who were trying to live according to their religious beliefs and the teachings of a man they all considered divinely inspired.” Waco: a Survivor’s Story, David Thibodeau
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