Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August 24 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Waffle Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 24, 2016 Only 76 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 261 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press as she yucks up the spreading email controversy on the Kimmel late night show between fund raising in L.A.); the head of the RNC is demanding she hold a press conference on the issue of her pay to play tenure as Secretary of State while Trump rightfully demands special prosecutor on Hillary’s sale of her meeting time to private interests; while Hillary blasts Trump on Trump University and for profit universities while conveniently ignoring the fact that Bill has been paid millions by a for profit university Laureate University which is facing allegations of defrauding its students but to escape media attention has donated millions to the Clinton Foundation; leaving the stench of the corruption emanating from the Clintons and moving on to the world, American University in Kabul is under attack by terrorists and in Australia a fatal stabbing attack by a fanatic yelling “Allahu akbar”; Turkish tanks cross the border supported by American warplanes to attack ISIS; Italy is shaking from a devastating large earthquake while Burma thousands of miles away is undergoing the same experience.
        On the medical front the opiod overdose epidemic continues unabated, killing more than 100 victims a day from overdoses from drugs pouring across our porous border with Mexico and in a true tragedy of the devastation of what drugs can do, Todd Marinovich a star quarterback with USC who played for the Oakland Raiders (who drafted him rather than Brett Favre) was arrested in the nude with a bag of illegal drugs.
        As Trump is becoming more presidential, going to www.lyingcrookedhillary.com is a great way to start your day along of course with www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com and reading Clinton Cash would be a great read to understand the quid pro quo mentality of the Clintons.
       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from the Magna Carta, while looking forward to enjoying a slice of peach pie,  blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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 Waffle Day—celebrated on this day in the U.S. since the waffle iron was patented on this day in 1869; in Sweden the observance occurs on March 25 so if you run into a Swedish tourist spending money in our lands today why not treat them to a waffle and if by chance in Oakland today enjoy some waffles at Chicken and Waffles in Jack London Square (the fried chicken breasts are the size of dwarf turkeys).   
2. International Strange Music Day—created by New York musician Patrick Grant to encourage the creations of music by using all sorts of means from pots and pans to saws to balloons and anything that you can make a sound with—makes bagpipes almost seem normal.            
3. 1981 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1981 on a long run of nine weeks in that position “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie. Here is a link to a really dynamic duo performing “Endless Love”.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewf0TnM4eKo  
4. National Peach Pie Day—celebrating a great way to use the surplus peaches you bought on Monday that are going to spoil if not eaten.     
5. Iron Man Day—celebrating not the men and women who compete and finish triathlons but the birth on this day in 1960 of Cal Ripken, Jr. who set a record (similar to Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak) that will in all likelihood never be broken, 2,632 consecutive baseball games played.
On this day in:
a. 1215 in a true case of theocratic interference and why separation of church and state is so important, Pope Innocent III declared the Magna Carta to be invalid but doubt the barons in England paid any attention to his acts.          
b. 1814 British troops invaded Washington, D.C. and commenced to burn the White House, the Capitol and numerous government buildings.        
c. 1891 to the joy of future actors in Hollywood and theater goers, Thomas Edison received a patent for the motion picture camera.
d. 1995 Microsoft released Windows 95.
e. 2006 in a sad day for planetary canines and to the dismay of Disney, the International Astronomical Union redefines what constitutes a planet such that Pluto is relegated to the status of a dwarf planet.                                                                                                   
Reflections on ideals that should be followed today as they were supposed to be followed 801 years ago: “For a trivial offence, a free man shall be fined only in proportion to the degree of his offence, and for a serious offence correspondingly, but not so heavily as to deprive him of his livelihood.” Magna Carta Clause 20 This is a concept that definitely should be applied to the EPA in its relentless attempts to shut down completely the coal industry.  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.
© August 24, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Hug Your Sweetheart Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 23, 2016 Only 77 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 260 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press as she yucks up the spreading email controversy on the Fallon late night show between fund raising in L.A.); in the photo op department, after being ridiculed for playing golf while thousands of homes were damaged by flooding with 13 people killed, Obama finally left today for Louisiana without his golf clubs; the email pay to play scandal for Hillary and her Foundation as 15,000 new emails recovered by the FBI keeps getting worse as Trump demands a special prosecutor as clearly Lynch has shed her ethics at the private jet door after meeting with Bill Clinton for a half hour before Hillary’s interview with the FBI (which incredibly was not recorded or with a court reporter present) to discuss issues regarding grandchildren; phone logs show 148 phone calls between the Foundation’s COO and Hillary’s top aide Cheryl Mills (State in a typical Clintonesque argument of what is is states although Hillary signed an agreement with the White House to have no contacts with the Foundation, the agreement was not binding on her top aides); is Huma Abedin a fifth columnist for radical Islam given her writings at a radical Islamist journal for 12 years and can she be remotely trusted with sensitive information if Hillary is in the White House?; in a close the barn door after the cows have escaped moment and probably in response to Trump’s demand that the Foundation be shut down, the Clinton campaign announced the Foundation will no longer accept foreign and corporate donations if she is elected (what about speaking fees for Bill and what about the Clinton Global Imitative?); another chilling reminder of Obama’s failed radical Islam strategy due to an Islamist attack on two innocents in Virginia by Wasil Farooqui yelling “Allahu Akbar while he tried to behead the male victim in his failed attack; watch for more political ads from gun advocates like the NRA as Hillary’s immediate legislation will include bills to make gun manufacturers liable for mass shootings; more chilling news as Iraqi police arrested another 12 year old ISIS Cub wanna-be suicide bomber before he could detonate his suicide vest; and more cases of Zika reported in the Tampa area outside of the ground zero area in Miami—we are running out of time here while the Blues in the Senate blocked a House funding bill and Miami schools are distributing insect repellent to students returning to school.
        On the sports front, Ryan Lochte who is shedding sponsors faster than dandruff flakes has been falsely accused by leftist blogger Cynthia Dill as being a bro of Trump which explains his drunken behavior and lying (ironic but typical leftist dribble since Trump is a teetotaler).
        As Trump is becoming more presidential, going to www.lyingcrookedhillary.com is a great way to start your day along of course with www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com and reading Clinton Cash would be a great read to understand the quid pro quo mentality of the Clintons.
       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Olivia Newton-John, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Gary Patton, while looking forward to enjoying a slice of sponge cake,  blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism—created by the European Parliament in 2008 to honor the millions who died under the regimes of Stalin and Hitler and observed on this date as it coincides with the signing of the Molotov Ribbentrop Nonaggression Treaty on this day in 1939 which enabled Hitler to invade Poland which was conquered and then divided up between the Soviets and the Germans and gave to the Soviets the Baltic Republics which Putin wants back and chunks of Romania and led to the most costly war in terms of lives, both civilian and military, and property damage the world has ever seen.  Putin’s Russia does not observe the day but does observe Kursk Day in honor of the Battle of Kursk which broke the Wehrmacht’s back.   
2. Hug Your Sweetheart Day—everyone can use a hug both hugger and huggee; like many observances uncovered by the Alaskanpoet this is one that should be observed more on a daily basis than yearly.            
3. 1980 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1980 on a run of four weeks in that position “Magic” by Olivia Newton-John. Here is a link to Olivia Newton-John performing “Magic.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnkHf069fvA   
4. National Sponge Cake Day—celebrating another great cake especially when topped with strawberries and whipped cream.     
5. When On River Styx Even A Phoenix Will Not Rise Again--celebrating the birth on this day in 1970 of River Phoenix, a very promising young Academy Award Nominee actor who had already appear in numerous films but sadly picked up the drug script to play the real role of a drug user and died at the age of 23 of a drug overdose.            
On this day in:
a. 1784 western North Carolina, now eastern Tennessee, declared itself to be independent with a name of Franklin, but it is not accepted into the United States and ceased to exist in four years and was reacquired by North Carolina.         
b. 1904 to the joy of motorists travelling in snow and ice covered roads, the tire chain was invented.        
c. 1914 Japan declared war on Germany and bombs the German colony of Tsingtao but fortunately does not hit the Tsingtao Brewery located there.
d. 1990 West Germany and East Germany announced that the two countries would reunite.
e. 1996 Osama bin Laden, in an act which this nation should do against ISIS, declared war against the United States for its occupation of the two Muslim holy places.   
Reflections on radical Islam which is thriving despite the droning of its leaders: “Whether most Muslims are peaceable is irrelevant. The fact is that fanatics rule Islam now & act-out what the Qur'an truly says ...maul, march, & murder every Infidel if they won't convert!” Gary Patton, retired major general of the U.S. Army.  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.
© August 23, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Monday, August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Angels Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 22, 2016 Only 78 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 259 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press?); in the photo op department, after being ridiculed for playing golf while thousands of homes were damaged by flooding with 13 people killed, Obama finally is going to follow the footsteps of Trump and go to Louisiana without making any fund raising stops; the email pay to play scandal for Hillary keeps getting worse as they reveal Huma Abedin, one of Hillary’s top advisers who worked for a radical Muslim journal for 12 years, providing expedited access for the Crown Prince of Bahrain who committed to $32 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation; in a close the barn door after the cows have escaped moment the Clinton campaign announced her foundation will no longer accept foreign and corporate donations if she is elected (what about speaking fees for Bill and what about the Clinton Global Imitative?) while Trump is demanding that her foundation be shut down immediately; the over 10,000 emails that were recovered by the FBI and were turned over to the State Department over six weeks ago are now subject to a federal judge’s order to on an expedited basis review them so they can be released (so much for her lie that she turned over all work related emails); in what may prove to be a bad political move, growing concern over Hillary’s physical fitness to serve; watch for more political ads from gun advocates like the NRA as Hillary’s immediate legislation will include bills to make gun manufacturers liable for mass shootings; more chilling news after the suicide bombing in Turkey, the Iraqi police arrested another 12 year old wanna-be suicide bomber before he could detonate his suicide vest; and more cases of Zika reported in Florida—we are running out of time here while the Blues in the Senate blocked a House funding bill and Miami schools are distributing insect repellent to students returning to school.
        On the sports front, Ryan Lochte was just dropped by Speedo as a promoter and the USOC will be looking into punishment of him for his false narrative of a hold up; NBC took it in the tank for its Olympics coverage; and former Laker star Kobe Bryant and his partner Jeff Siebel announced the formation of a venture capital fund into which they will put $100 million of their own money.    
        As Trump is becoming more presidential, going to www.lyingcrookedhillary.com is a great way to start your day along of course with www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com and reading Clinton Cash would be a great read to understand the quid pro quo mentality of the Clintons.
       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to The Knack, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from George MacDonald, while looking forward to enjoying a juicy fresh peach,  blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthdays, weddings, or  anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem  at a great price  tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. National Tooth Fairy Day—this is one of a child’s favorite holiday as it involves the receipt of money after a baby tooth is lost and goes back hundreds of years but really popularized in the 1920’s with tooth paste and toothbrush companies using tooth fairies to promote sale of their products and encouraging children to use good dental hygiene—if a parent be happy that your child has only one set of baby teeth as opposed to numerous sets like Great Whites.    
2. National Be An Angel Day—created by Jayne Howard Feldman in 1993 to promote acts of kindness and to help others in need although like many observances this is an observance that should be celebrated daily to benefit the angel and the person benefited. 
3. 1979 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1979 on a run of six weeks in that position “My Sharona” by The Knack. Here is a link to The Knack performing “My Sharona.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1T71PGd-J0    
4. National Eat A Peach Day—celebrating another great fruit which is really cheap this time of year ($.88 a pound in Ralphs yesterday).    
5. The Show Must Go On--celebrating the birth on this day in 1939 of Valerie Harper three time Emmy winning actress and former chorus line dancer who was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer in January of 2013 and told she had only a few months to live; the doctors were wrong and with drugs she is still alive and was strong enough to compete in Dancing With The Stars.            
On this day in:
a. 1831 Nat Turner’s slave rebellion commenced in Southampton County, Virginia it was crushed in two days but approximately 60 whites and 250 blacks were killed; Turner managed to hide out for two months until captured, tried and hung.        
b. 1864 in a move to humanize war, the First Geneva Convention governing the treatment of wounded or sick during combat and protecting civilians and establishments provided care to the sick and wounded was signed by twelve nations.       
c. 1952 the French penal colony on Devil’s Island to the relief of those there or who in the future might be sent there was closed but the horrors of being confined there were portrayed in the movie Papillon starring Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen.
d. 2007 in a rough day to be a pitcher, the Texas Rangers overcame an early 3-0 Baltimore lead and  defeated the Baltimore Orioles 30-3 and set the record for scoring the most runs in a Major League Baseball; worse for the pitching staff of the Orioles the Rangers won the second game of the doubleheader 9-7.
e. 2007 in a bad day for the sellers of antivirus software, the Storm worm botnet sent out over 50 million emails in a single day with millions of computers infected and proving once again never open an attachment sent by someone you do not recognize or trust.      
Reflections on giving on this National Angels Day: "If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give." George MacDonald, noted Scottish poet, author and Christian minister.   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.
© August 21, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 21, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Poets' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 21, 2016 Only 79 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 258 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press?); in the photo op department, Trump just crushed Hillary and Obama by in the aftermath of the flooding devastation flying to Louisiana and with Pence unloading needed food supplies while Obama is as usual playing golf and Hillary was “resting” but with enough to fly 20 miles in a private jet (typical hypocrisy on carbon footprints) to one of two fund raisers; in addition to the phrase “Mr. Brexit,” watch for “what do you have to lose,” to appeal to African American voters whose only value to the Blues has been their vote and then quickly abandoned; another great reminder that the world under Obama has gone to a hell in a hand basket, a suicide ISIS bombing at a wedding in Turkey killed 51 and wounded almost 70 (what is really chilling is that the suicide bomber was believed to be a 12 year old boy); Turkey is ramping up its calls to extradite the Muslim cleric Gullen who represents exactly the form of Islam in terms of tolerance we need to have in dealing with radical Islam; the nanny state epitomized by Obamacare with its 10 percent tax on tanning salons has passed the 10,000 mark in terms salons that have closed their doors; and more cases of Zika reported in Florida—we are running out of time here while the Blues in the Senate blocked a House funding bill.
        On the sports front, Brazil won the gold in men’s soccer; the American men play today for the gold in basketball and try to duplicate what the American women did (thank God for Title IX); the U.S. leads with 116 medals as the Olympics come to an end.   
         As Trump is becoming more presidential, going to www.lyingcrookedhillary.com is a great way to start your day along of course with www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com and reading Clinton Cash would be a great read to understand the quid pro quo mentality of the Clintons.
       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Frankie Valli, factoids of interest,  relevant quotes from Salman Rushdie, Plato, and Allen Ginsberg, while looking forward to enjoying a tasty pecan torte, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. Poet’s Day—this is one the Alaskanpoet’s favorite observances and it should be yours to whether writing a poem, reading one or better yet going to one of the many poems on www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com and enjoying it—writers of prose merely write but poets  write with special powers of imagination or expression.    
2. Senior Citizens Day—created by Presidential Proclamation in 1988 to honor the accomplishments of our senior citizens who although they may be entering the winters of their lives in terms of willingness to experiment and deal with life are in the early summers.           
3. 1978 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1978 on a run of two weeks in that position “Grease” by Frankie Valli. Here is a link to Frankie Valli’s recording of “Grease.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBVB3vHjKhs Looks like a skinny young Sylvester Stallone does he not?  
4. National Pecan Torte Day—celebrating another great way to end a meal with a great desert.    
5. It’s All In The Name—celebrating the birth of John Graham Mellor on this day in 1952 who discovered his talent as a musician and changed his name to Joe Strummer to highlight his guitar playing abilities and formed the British punk rock band The Clash but strummed his last tune at the age of 50 due to a heart attack from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect.            
On this day in:
a. 1883 in a good things come out of tragedies, an F-5 tornado destroyed about a third of Rochester, Minnesota where Doctor Mayo and his family resided. With the help of other doctors and the Sisters of St. Mary, Mayo set up a temporary hospital to treat the injured which evolved over time to become the Mayo Clinic considered by many to be the number one hospital in the world.       
b. 1988 William Burroughs received a patent for his successful adding machine.       
c. 1957 the Soviets successfully tested their S-7 Semyorka missile, the world’s first intercontinental ballistic missile which was used to put Sputnik into orbit on October 4, 1957.
d. 1967 James Anderson, Jr. was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for throwing himself on top of a grenade to save his fellow Marines; he became the first African American Marine to be so honored.        
e. 2013 after Obama had drawn a red line in the sand if Syria used chemical weapons in its civil war, Assad called his bluff and Syrian war planes dropped canisters of sarin nerve gas killing almost 300 defenseless civilians in the Ghoula suburb of Damascus.       
Reflections on what a poet might be: “A poet's work . . . to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.” Salman Rushdie
“Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.” Aristotle
“Poets are damned… but see with the eyes of angels.” Allen Ginsberg  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.
© August 21, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

August 20, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Mosquito Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 20, 2016 Only 80 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 258 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press?); in the photo op department, Trump has just crushed Hillary and Obama by in the aftermath of the flooding devastation flying to Louisiana and with Pence unloading needed food supplies while Obama is playing golf and Hillary is “resting”; while Trump in a very presidential tone and manner stayed on message the entire week, Hillary was not having a good week as doubts and concerns growing over her physical fitness to serve, the email scandal will not go away as a federal judge has ordered her to answer under oath questions in a Judicial Watch FOIRA suit and Powell flatly denies her allegation that he advised her to use a private server (whom should you believe?); Congress is still in recess and the Zika virus is spreading before the finger pointing escalates out of control the Blues blocked in the Senate a $1.1 billion anti Zika virus bill; federal immigration judges have blocked almost 100,000 deportations sought by ICE; Arizona District Court Judge Snow has referred Sheriff “Joe” of Maricopa County for criminal contempt of court charges for ignoring his order to stop racial profiling.
        On the sports front, Lochte has hired the public relations firm used by Justin Beiber for damage control of his reputation and endorsement deals; Bolt won his third gold medal; the U.S. Women’s Water Polo Team crushed Italy 12-5 for the gold medal and Simon Boles will carry the U.S. Flag during closing ceremonies. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/18/bias-alert-twitter-bans-breitbart-bad-boy-but-not-isis-linked-london-loudmouth.html
    On the sports front, Lochte and his three teammates may be in the hot water portion of the pool as the supposed robbed at gunpoint may not be true (Lochte is fortunate enough to be back home while the other swimmers have been detained in Brazil but endorsement deals may have left his financial pool); and in a the fourth time is not a charm moment Walsh Jennings in her bid for a fourth gold medal in women’s beach volley was beaten in the semi finals to the Brazilian team. 
       Going to www.lyingcrookedhillary.com is a great way to start your day along of course with www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com and reading Clinton Cash would be a great read to understand the quid pro quo mentality of the Clintons.
       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to The Emotions, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Anthony Fauci, while looking forward to enjoying several large glasses of ice cold lemonade, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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 Mosquito Day— as the Zika virus cases in U.S. begin to spiral out of control ironic today we celebrate not the mosquito but rather the discovery by Sir Ronald Ross on this day in 1897 that malaria is transmitted to humans by female mosquitoes.    
2. Virtual Worlds Day—celebrating since 2008 the growth of virtual worlds in gaming, training and communicating with more and more people entering the virtual reality each and every day.           
3. 1977 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1977 on a run of five weeks in that position “Best of My Love” by The Emotions. Here is a link to The Emotions performing “Best of My Love.” http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xwi1e_the-emotions-best-of-my-love_music?GK_FACEBOOK_OG_HTML5=1  In HD no less.   
4. National Lemonade Day—celebrating another great way to cool down on a hot summer day.    
5. A Better Mann—celebrating not the birthday of Congressman James Mann whose name is affixed to the Mann Act of 1910 though aimed at slavery and prostitution brought the federal government into the bedrooms of consenting adults on a selective and often racist basis but rather the birthday of Floyd Mann born on this day in 1920 and who as the Alabama Director of Public Safety was instrumental in protecting the lives of “Freedom Riders” in the early 60’s in Alabama from attacks by the Klu Klux Klan.           
On this day in:
a. 1882 Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture premiered in Moscow.      
b. 1920 the first commercial radio station, 8MK (later renamed WWJ), opened in Detroit, Michigan.      
c. 1962 the NS Savannah, the world’s first and one of only four nuclear cargo ships built  began its maiden voyage and remained in service for ten years before its high operating costs forced its retirement.     
d. 1968 500,000 Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact troops invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” with its capitalistic reforms and individual liberties that Alexander Dubček instituted in January of that year.      
e.   1993 after a month of secret negotiations involving Israel and the PLO the Oslo Accords were agreed to and publicly signed in Washington, D.C. a month later.       
As mosquitoes develop immunity to insecticides and as malaria may become more drug resistant reflections of new frontiers of the genetic sort: “For the first time, we have the genetic sequences of all three of the players in the global malaria debacle: the parasite, the anopheles mosquito and the human. It's a very important milestone. Anthony Fauci Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases  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.
© August 20, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Bad Poetry Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 18, 2016 Only 82 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 256days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press?); in yet another moment that clearly shows Hillary has and continues to lie to us, the emails released by the FBI contain material so classified and sensitive that only a few members of Congress can; Hillary appears before a gathering of police chiefs to counter Trump’s allegations that she is antipolice (one of whom Bratton of New York City is going to Tenebo a consulting firm with very close ties to the Clintons so one can expect truly objective reporting on the conference?); Trump has a new label for himself “Mr. Brexit” which evokes images of our leaving the corruption, pay to play and dysfunctionality  of government and the parasitic but symbiotic lobbyists inside the Beltway (I would add to his new handle "Mr. Fixit" as he can and she cannot; Kaine in a statement that so typifies what happens to men and women who run for office motivated by idealism but after years as elected officials lose their moral compass is revealed to have been outraged by the First Sexual Predator’s activities with Monica Lewinsky and stated Bill Clinton should have resigned now walks that back and of course will not return over $100,000 in gifts from lobbyists seeking favors while a governor of Virginia (if elected he will be able to hone his skills on quid pro quo from the two masters Hillary and Bill); in I cannot wait until Twitter fails and files, a conservative gay  is banned but the Sharia touting “death to the infidels” is still allowed to tweet but fortunately this bearded apostle of hate will soon be behind bars for a long period of time. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/18/bias-alert-twitter-bans-breitbart-bad-boy-but-not-isis-linked-london-loudmouth.html
    On the sports front, Lochte and his three teammates may be in the hot water portion of the pool as the supposed robbed at gunpoint may not be true (Lochte is fortunate enough to be back home while the other swimmers have been detained in Brazil but endorsement deals may have left his financial pool); and in a the fourth time is not a charm moment Walsh Jennings in her bid for a fourth gold medal in women’s beach volley was beaten in the semi finals to the Brazilian team.  
       Going to www.lyingcrookedhillary.com is a great way to start your day along of course with www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com and reading Clinton Cash would be a great read to understand the quid pro quo mentality of the Clintons.
       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Elton John and Niki Dee, factoids of interest, an original poem from the Alaskanpoet on National Bad Poetry Day, while looking forward to enjoying a large serving of soft ice cream, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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 Bad Poetry Day—celebrating the poems of really bad poets that give poets like the Alaskanpoet a bad name, but at least an iambic hat off to them for they are expressing their hopes and dreams not in prose which two quickly turns into the length of the Federal Register but unless you are a Homer is reasonable tree friendly by being brief. 
2. National Mail Order Calendar Day—celebrating a marketing part of our past which became a victim of the internet and companies like Amazon, August 18, 1872 when Aaron Montgomery Ward of Chicago produced the first mail order catalog which enable shoppers located far from the department stores in large cities to be able to purchase the same goods without having to take long journeys to get there.           
3. 1976 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1976 on a run of four weeks in that position “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee. Here is a link to Elton John and Kiki Dee performing “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” https://vimeo.com/98848381 In HD no less. Kiki Dee born in 1947 and still going strong.  
4. National Soft Ice Cream Day—celebrating that great challenge of with a dish or cone seeing how high you can build your soft ice cream tasty swirl into the sky without it succumbing to the laws of gravity and falling over the edge of your cone or dish to the floor or table below.    
5. To Carry A Torch—celebrating the birth on this day in 1935 of Rafer Johnson, gold medal winner of the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics and the person who lit the Olympic Torch at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles (also with Rosey Grier tackled Sirhan Sirhan moments after he had shot Robert Kennedy in 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles).           
On this day in:
a. 1587 Virginia Dare became the first English child to be born in America at Roanoke, Virginia but with her parents and fellow colonists disappeared before a resupply ship arrived three years later.      
b. 1868 to the joy of future birthday party celebrants and travelers in airships, French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovered helium.      
c. 1920 the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote was ratified and 96 years later unless Trump does a better job of pivoting, we will elect our first woman president which for true rabid environmentalists will not be Jill Stein but the other female in the race.  
d. 1958 Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita was published in the U.S. and became the first novel since Gone with the Wind to sell !00,000 copies in the first three weeks following publication only to be banned from many school libraries on the grounds of promoting incest and pedophilia.
e.   1971 in a wish we could join you moment to reduce the number of names ultimately appearing on the wall, Australia and New Zealand decided to withdraw their troops fighting in South Vietnam.      
Reflections on bad poetry: “Always follow this basic rule--never watch sausage being made
Never watch the pigs shuffling to their doom in their fatal parade
And never take lines of touching, emoting, or reasoned lines of prose
Then chop the lines into parts, not in rhyme and try to pass them off as a poetic rose” the Alaskanpoet in honor of National Bad Poetry Day.  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.
© August 18, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August 17, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Thrift Shop Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 17, 2016 Only 83 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 255 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press?); Trump has added some new political fire power to his team and finally ads are starting to appear and for now staying on message as the fires in Milwaukee have been put out that Hillary’s and Obama’s policies have “failed and betrayed” African-Americans in cities like Milwaukee; Hillary is holding  a “tax fairness” campaign event in Cleveland which is a code for soak the rich; in another example of how badly this country is losing its compass, the Arlington, New York Fire Department was ordered to remove the American flags flying on the back of its fire trucks due to “liability” and “distraction” issues; to no one’s surprise after the Blues in the Senate blocked defunding of aid to sanctuary cities (okay to block federal funds if states don’t have maximum speed limits or a minimum drinking age but not if city authorities harbor illegals who should be deported) ICE is completely failing to assume custody of those illegals on whom it has requested notification before release 60% of the time; the continuing “pay to play” scandal involving the Clinton Foundation continues to grow faster than our current wildfire in San Bernardino that has engulfed 30,000 acres and forced over 82,000 people to flee their homes with the latest revelation of the State Department bending over backwards to acquire land owned by a major donor to the Foundation (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/08/17/state-department-sought-land-deal-with-nigerian-firm-tied-to-clinton-foundation.html); as we near the Election Day watch for a trove of Wiki leak emails detailing shady “pay for play” deals involving the former Secretary of State and the Clinton Foundation
    On the sports front, in a good, the bad and ugly moment, in the 5000 meter women’s race New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin and American runner Abbey D’Agostino collided on the track with Hamblin lying stunned on the track; D’Agostino helped her to her feet and with a “Let’s go we have to finish this” off they hobbled together. Patrick Hickey a member of the IOC Executive Board has been arrested for conspiring to scalp Olympics events tickers and our Hyper PC world has just claimed another victim, Ellen DeGeneres whose photo of her on the back of a smiling gold medal winner Usain Bolt with a caption of “this is how I’m running errands” resulted in a storm of criticisms and racist charges.
       Going to www.lyingcrookedhillary.com is a great way to start your day along of course with www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com and reading Clinton Cash would be a great read to understand the quid pro quo mentality of the Clintons.
       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Gilbert O’Sullivan, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from an anonymous source, while looking forward to enjoying a rare filet mignon steak, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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 Medical Dosimetrist  Day—celebrating the contributions of the radiation oncology specialist using radiation to attack cancerous tumors for which surgery is not a treatment option.   
2. National Thrift Shop Day—celebrating a great way to get rid of all the garage sale items no one bought last Saturday on National Garage Sale Day by donating them to your local thrift shop for sale by them to raise money for their numerous programs for the less fortunate.          
3. 1975 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1975 on a run of one week in that position “Fallin’ In Love” by Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds. Here is a link to a recording by Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds of  “Fallin’ In Love.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0sTpZja6JQ
4. National Vanilla Custard Day—celebrating another light desert perfect ending for a summer meal.   
5. Whacko In Waco—bemoaning the birth on this day in 1993 of David Koresh who rose to infamy in 1990 as the leader of the Branch Davidians and right wing fanatical group proving that Islamists do not have a monopoly when it comes to terror and who after a 51 day siege of the Branch Davidians at Waco, Texas by the FBI and ATF agents was killed by an assault of those agents along with 79 others including 22 children when tear gas canisters ignited the building they were in. Unfortunately this fanatic’s hate survived his death as the Oklahoma City bombing by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols on the second anniversary of his death was payback revenge for his death.           
On this day in:
a. 1807 Robert Fulton’s steamboat the North River Steamboat departed from New York City to Albany on the Hudson River, inaugurating the world’s first steamboat service.     
b. 1907 Pike Place Market, a popular tourist attraction in Seattle and the birthplace of Starbucks opened for business.    
c. 1959 Kind of Blue, the best selling jazz album of all time was released by Miles Davis; here is a link to So What, one of the songs on the album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqNTltOGh5c.  
d. 1978 137 hours after leaving Maine, the balloon Double Eagle II became the first balloon to cross the Atlantic by landing in Miserey, France outside of Paris.      
e. 1998 President Clinton admitted on tape that he had had “an improper relationship” with Monica Lewinsky and later admitted to the American people that he had misled them.     
Talk about a distorted view of reality with respect to two mass murderers, one indirectly and the other directly: “Both David Koresh and Timothy McVeigh fell in the fight for freedom, the right of Americans to be left alone.” Edaurd Limonov, a Russian writer and lousy poet, former head of the National Bolshevik Party and after Putin’s intervention in Ukraine, a strong supporter of Putin, and on this observation totally delusional.  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.
© August 17, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
Alaskanpoet for Hire, Poems to Admire

Poet Extraordinaire Beyond Compare
The Perfect Gift, All Recipients to Receive Lasting Lift