Friday, July 5, 2019

July 5, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Bikini Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 5, 2019 Great speech by Trump yesterday at the Lincoln Memorial with thousands in attendance in the rain listening and watching flyovers of military hardware while the Blues looked like total idiots complaining about the cost $2.5 million (since when have Blues become the paragons of fiscal frugality?); Kaeperknick continues to prove Nike has made a big mistake in selecting him as a spokesman as he tweets an incomplete and out of context quote of Frederick Douglas lambasting this nation (hate to see boycotts of goods and services over political positions but given the high prices for sweat labor produced products but will make an exception for Nike and join the #BoycottNike movement); Kamala Harris may have scorched the Gaffer in Chief Joe Biden, but she still trails leading Blues in fund raising; Biden gaffed that the Russians would never interfere in the election on his watch (what did he think they were doing in 2016 while he was vice president?); on the flag burning front, a man was arrested in Virginia for burning a flag in a Virginia Walmart parking lot, after Trump supporters and anti-Trumpers scuffled in front of the White House, an American flag was set afire, and Cleveland paid noted flag burner Gary Johnson $225,000 to settle his law suit against the city after his arrest for burning the flag at the Republican Convention; Bozo O’Rourke and Julian Castro are supporting Nike in the Betsy Ross Shoe controversy conveniently ignoring the fact that the flag was displayed at Obama’s second inauguration and coming up with the false accusation that white supremacist groups are using the flag as a symbol;
Alex Morgan who scored the winning goal in the semi-final against England defended her tea drinking gesture as not an attack against the English love of tea and decried the double standard against women celebrating achievements in sports and male athletes’ celebrations; Uber Eats is rolling out a new concept in several cities where a person can order a meal and then dine in in order to cut down on wait time; on the economy front Trump received the good news that 224,000 jobs, of which 17,000 were manufacturing jobs, were added in June as the unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.7% as more Americans entered the job market; Amash who is a staunch RINO announced he was leaving the Republican Party (good riddance!); through July 4, 2019 1310 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 237 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating and why the appointment of a special prosecutor should be applauded,  is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder has a suspect being charged this year and where is the outrage over mostly blacks shooting and killing mostly blacks?).
1. Bikini Day—commemorating the introduction of this immodest swim suit created by Louis Reard of France on this day in 1946.                 
 2. Comic Sans Day—created by two Dutch DJs, Coen Swinjenberg and Sander Latinga in 2009 to commemorate the creation of the Comic Sans font by Vincent Conare in 1994.
 3. 1962 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1962 with 5 weeks in that position was “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Ray Charles. Here is a recording of the song: He died on June 10, 2004 of acute liver disease.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “phagomania” which means an excessive desire for food or eating which if you have it makes it very difficult to follow a diet.
5. Sisters Are Great—celebrating the birth on this day in 1968 of Susan Wojcicki, the Senior VP of Product Management and Engineering at Google where her sister Anne was married to Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, from 2008 to 2015.
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Ray Charles, 5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not suffer from phagomania, a quote by Tom Waits on bikinis, 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.
    On this day in:                                        
a. 1950 North Korea forces encountered a poorly armed and undermanned Task Force Smith and defeated them near Osan, South Korea.
b. 1975 Arthur Ashe became the first black to win a men’s singles championship at Wimbledon.
c. 1989 Oliver North was sentenced in the Iran-Contra Affair to a suspended 3 year sentence, 2 years of probation, $150,000 fine and 1,200 hours of community service which sentence was overturned by an Appellate Court.
d. 1996 Dolly the Sheep became the first mammal cloned from a single cell.
e. 1999 President Clinton imposed trade and economic sanctions on the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
Reflections on bikinis: “The sight of the first woman in the minimal two-piece was as explosive as the detonation of the atomic bomb by the U.S. at Bikini Island in the Marshall Isles, hence the naming of the bikini.” Tom Waits, noted American singer, actor and songwriter.
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© July 5, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet  

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