Sunday, August 5, 2018

August 5, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Sisters' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 5, 2018 Trump was on his game at a political rally in Ohio stumping for the Red candidate in Tuesday’s special election touting his economic record and blasting the “fake news” press and also Senator Diane Feinstein whose driver for over 20 years was a spy; the MSM rhetoric continues to go over the top claiming Trump is unhinged, comparing Trump to Hitler and Stalin and attacking his supporters in unflattering physical terms (no wonder the heartlands are rising up the coastal elites who look down at them); the Iowa hog farmer claiming he has nothing to hide allowed authorities to search his farm for the missing Mollie. Tibbetts; at the Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Ray Lewis made an impassioned plea for this country to come together and Randy Moss sported a tie with the names of black men and women killed by the police; NFL Preseason has started with the annual Hall of Fame Game with all players and coaches standing during the National Anthem and Baltimore beating the Bears 17-16; Marshall Faulk will not be returning to the booth as sports analyst for the NFL after being charged by a women of sexual harassment; on the damper of entrepreneurial dreams front, in Cedar Falls, Iowa police were called 3 times in 5 days by neighbors complaining of traffic generated by a 10 year old’s sales of her baked cookies; the Newseum has pulled from its gift shop popular T-shirts with the logo “You Are Very Fake News” and apologized to the press; police in riot gear were called to break up confrontations between Prayer Patriots and antifa counter protestors; through August 3, 2018 1754 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 283 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 Platters,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that more and more politicians are sounding the monition on divisiveness andrhetoric, and a relevant quote from Ronald Reagan on his relationship with the air traffic controllers, 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. Sisters’ Day—celebrating the bound felt by sisters on the first Sunday in August since 1997. 2.  International Forgiveness—celebrating that unique human trait of being able to forgive someone who has offended the recipient of that attack.
3. 1956 Number One Song— the number one song in 1956 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “My Prayer” by the Platters. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “monition” which is a caution or warning which given the rhetoric and divisiveness we as a society should take heed.
5. 4th Time Is the Charm—celebrating the birth on this day in 1946 of Loni Anderson who paid her way through college by winning beauty contests and is best noted for being a popular pin up artist in the 70’s and best remembered for her series WKRB in Cincinnati and 4 marriages the third of which was to Burt Reynolds.
 On this day in: 
a. 1962 Nelson Mandela was jailed in South Africa where he would remain until released in 1990.
b. 1964 aircraft from two U.S. aircraft carriers in retaliation for “attacks” on the USS Maddox x and USS Turner Joy bombed North Vietnam and the race was on to the agony known as the Vietnam War.
c. 1974 in an enough is enough moment Congress imposed a $1 billion limit on aid to South Vietnam.
d. 1981 President Ronald Reagan fired 11,359 striking air traffic controllers after they refused to return to work.
e. 2015 in a classic example of federal incompetence at the Gold King Mine in Colorado, the EPA released 3 million gallons of water tainted by toxins and mine tailings into the Animas River.
    Reflections by candidate Ronald Reagan on his proposed relations with the air traffic controllers in a letter to the president of their union some 10 months prior to their going on strike: “You can rest assured that if I am elected President, I will take whatever steps are necessary to provide our air traffic controllers with the most modern equipment available and to adjust staff levels and work days so that they are commensurate with achieving a maximum degree of public safety.” 
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