Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 4, 2018 Therese Okoumouhe of scale the pedestal of the Statute of Liberty infamy was charged with trespassing after appearing in court and held a profanity laced ranting press conference outside the courtroom; the new face of the Democratic Party Ocasio-Cortez is in L.A. fund raising but interestingly not approaching Hollywood’s political elites; Meghan Markle had a wardrobe malfunction attending a wedding of Prince Harry’s good friend and treated fellow attendees to a view of her black lace bra; Trump will be in Ohio at a rally for a House Republican candidate in a special election (bad news if in this Republican district a Blue ekes out a victory; Trump has strayed off message which is the economy’s success by attacking the Koch Brothers (bad idea and dilutes the message of economic success); in Portland, Oregon Patriot Prayer, a right wing group, will be holding a rally which Antifa has vowed to disrupt (another sign of the divisive times); on the NAFTA front Canada is reporting that it is very keen to an agreement modifying some of its provisions wrapped up shortly; through August 3, 2018 1748 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 281 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?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Bill Haley and His Comets, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your neighborhood is free of mongery, and a relevant quote from Dan Quayle on the L.A. Riots, 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. Coast Guard Day—celebrating the foundation of the U.S. Coast Guard on this day in 1790 when Congress authorized the construction of 10 revenue cutters to enforce U.S. tariffs and customs duties.
2. National Disc Golf Day—created in July of 2016 to be observed on the first Saturday in August; the sport uses discs similar to Frisbees and instead of holes uses baskets and has rules similar to golf like out of bounds. For those on a budget much less expensive than traditional golf as you need almost no equipment and one does not usually lose one’s discs.
3. 1955 Number One Song— the number one song in 1955 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgdufzXvjqw
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mongery” which means to market or traffic especially in discreditable ways or manners which describes politicians to a tee when trying to win votes with negative attack ads.
5. 8 Years Stuck In Neutral—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political point of view of former president Barack Obama under whose leadership the American economy stagnated with millions of Americans added to the food stamp roles and whose legacy has largely overturned by President Trump.
On this day in:
a. 1956 “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley was released, launching him into rock star status.
b. 1964 U.S. destroyers USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy reported that they were under attack by North Vietnamese PT boats which reports were more likely than not false and no attack had occurred as there were no North Vietnamese ships in the area.
c. 1977 President Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating the U.S. Department of Energy.
d. 1987 the FCC rescinded its “Fairness Doctrine” which required radio and TV stations to discuss controversial issues fairly.
e. 1993 a federal judge sentenced LAPD officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months of prison for violating Rodney King’s civil rights.
Reflections on the L.A. riots following the not guilty verdict of Koon and Powell:”When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple: Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame.” Dan Quayle 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.
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