Friday, August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Bad Poetry Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 18, 2017 Five terrorists including one believed to be the driver of the van in Barcelona  attacked the seaside town of Bilbo near Barcelona hours after the Barcelona attack with a car that killed a woman and injured 6 others but were themselves quickly gunned down  by police; in the Finnish town of Turku a terrorist killed two and wounded six others in a knife attack before being shot by police and taken into custody; news out of the Swamp is that Steve Bannon after giving an interview with a progressive rag concluding that because of the casualties that would occur in Seoul the fire and fury promised by Trump is nonsense is out effective today; being a white supremacist is not good for your sex life as Chris Cantwell has just been banned for life from the dating site OkCupid (one way to combat bigotry and hatred?); on the sports front, LeBron referred to Trump as the “so called president” and Durant indicated he had no respect for Trump (stick to basketball would be good advice);; through August 17, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2371, 413 of whom have died.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Carly Rae Jepsen, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Kurt Vonnegut on art including poetry, wishing that members of Congress would stop acting like a bunch of jackanapes,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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.
1National Bad Poetry Day—celebrating the fact that one must learn to crawl before on can learn to walk, one may have to write really bad poetry before one can write really good poetry—“Roses are red violets are blue/Too often CNN in its “reporting” is without a clue/ Listen to Acosta will drive one to a cold brew/ Trying so hard not to retch up one’s lamb stew.”
2. Helium Discovery Day—commemorating the discovery of Helium in the Sun by French astronomer Pierre Janssen in 1868 and to celebrate buy a helium filled balloon, breathe in some of its contents and start talking and listen to how different your voice sounds.       
3. 2012 Number One Song—the number one song in 2012 on a run of 9 weeks in that position was “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Here is her performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWNaR-rxAic
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jackanape” which means impudent child which describes the behavior of  the left to a tee when it comes to their ability to accept the election of President Trump.  
5.  Reach 3000 And Is There Anything Left To Live—celebrating the birth on this day in 1934 of Pittsburgh Pirate slugger and first Hispanic Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente who was the first Hispanic player to record 3,000 hits; sadly his bat and glove were taken away for good by a plane crash on December 31, 1972 in his chartered DC-7 cargo plane off the coast of Puerto Rico shortly after takeoff en route to Nicaragua to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Managua.      
On this day in:
a. 1857 Virginia Dare became the first English child born in North America at Roanoke, Virginia.
b. 1958 Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States. 
c. 1965 U.S. Marines launched Operation Starlite in South Vietnam against Viet Cong forces, the first of unfortunately many battles in the tragedy known as the Vietnam War with the names of 51 Marines to be added in the future to the Vietnam War Memorial.
d. 1971 Australia and New Zealand decided to withdraw their troops from South Vietnam. e. 2005 a massive power blackout hit the island of Java affecting some 100 million people, one of the largest power blackouts in history. 

Reflections on getting involve in art in its many forms: “Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something." Kurt Vonnegut, noted American author 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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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 16, 2917 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Airborne Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 15, 2017 A memorial service will be held today for the woman killed in Charlottesville but the furor over Trump’s condemnation of the role of the alt-left and the alt-right fueled by the MSM and Politico’s altering of his impromptu press conference (later retracted after the damage done) to using the word “us” implying Trump was with the alt-right); with the tensions and rhetoric from Kim, Asia does not need another confrontation between two nuclear powers but that is what we are faced with on the Chinese Indian border with both sides reinforcing troops there and demanding the other side withdraw from their “territory”; Trump and Sessions are making good on their promise to eradicate MS-13 with news of arrests of more than a dozen gang members in Ohio and reports that ICE will use U and S visas to encourage illegal aliens to report MS-13 criminal activity (MS-13 violence and the opioid crisis are just two more reasons why we need a wall and a secure border); it looks like the real obstruction of justice perpetrator Loretta Lynch is back in the spotlight as the FBI in response to FOIA requests on the tarmac meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton is reopening the case (dime against a dollar Bill Clinton promised Lynch a SCOTUS nomination or continuation as AG if no indictment recommendation with not a word on golf or grandchildren); satellite photos may have located the crash site of MH370 that disappeared in 2014; in yet another example of rhetoric way over the top and putting gasoline on the fires that divide this country, Michael Moore, that pathetic fat wimp disguising himself as a director, is claiming that anyone who still supports Trump is an accomplice to rape and not to be outdone another obese leftist Rosie O’Donnell claimed that anyone who works for Trump is a Nazi (when will the vitriolic rhetoric from the left be ramped down?); from the Hippie Movement in the 60’s and wearing a flower in your hair, the Golden State has morphed into the Hate State leading the nation with 80 hate groups within its borders (after seeing riots at Berkeley to shut down conservative speakers not a surprise); through August 15, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2347, 408 of whom have died.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Eminem, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by an  anonymous source on the difference between recreational sky diving and being combat parachutist, looking forward to being in a jacent state later in the evening,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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.
1National Airborne Day—created by President George W. Bush in 2001 to commemorate the first official U.S. Army parachute jump on this day in 1940.   
2. National Dosimetrist Day—celebrated on the third Wednesday in August to honor the accomplishments of those radiation oncology treatment specialists so important in the fight against cancer.     
3. 2010 Number One Song—the number one song in 2010 on a long run of 7 weeks in that position was “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem featuring Rihanna. Here is the performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uelHwf8o7_U
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jacent” which means lying flat and the perfect word to go with today’s music video.  
5.  A Tree May Grow In Brooklyn But In Harlem A Renaissance—celebrating the birth on this day in 1902 of Wallace Thurman noted Haarlem African American writer and playwright whose promising career as an acclaimed writer was cut short by alcoholism with his pen taken from him at the too early age of 32.      
On this day in:
a. 1896 Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discovered gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, prompting the Klondike Gold Rush.
b. 1916 the Migratory Bird Act designed to protect migratory birds and their nests from over hunting and trafficking was entered into between Canada and the United States.
c. 1927 the first and only Dole Race from Oakland to Honolulu took place with 6 of the 8 planes entered crashing on takeoff or lost over the Pacific Ocean never to be seen again. Only 2 planes successfully landed in Honolulu.  
d. 1920 Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians was hit in the head by a fastball thrown by Yankees pitcher Carl May and died 12 hours later leading MLB to require umpires to replace any ball that became dirty (harder to see to get out of the way) but surprisingly it would take another 30 years before batting helmets would be required.  
e. 1954 the first issue of Sports Illustrated was published.  

Reflections on Airborne Infantry like the 82nd or the 101st: “I don’t care how many sky dives you’ve got. Until you have jumped into complete darkness at 850’ wearing 95 pounds of equipment and 68 pounds of parachute, you just haven’t lived.” Anon 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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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 15, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Independence Day Korea

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 15, 2017 The South is aping the Soviet Union in terms of airbrushing its history by removing any traces of those who fought in the Civil War as a growing tide of protestors are demanding removal of all statutes and flags relating to the Confederacy (do not be surprised if there is a move to airbrush out of history the founding fathers like Washington and Jefferson who were slave owners); it looks like the obese gout ridden lunatic in North Korea who doctors believe is showing in his behavior signs of steroid abuse is getting a touch of reality and backing down on threats to attack Guam (where is China and when will it in actuality join the community of nations and strangle N. Korea economically?); news that Obama knew of Russian attempts to interfere with the election as early as 2014 and remained silent; on the education sex front another female teacher 40 year old Shawnetta Reese in a Georgia middle school has been arrested for having sex with one of her eighth grade students; in a reaffirmation that any teacher male or female should never have sex with his or her student, an Oklahoma teacher Jennifer Caswell has been sentenced to ten years in prison for having sex with one of her minor students and hit with a $1 million fine while her school district had to cough up $125,000; on the sports and opioid crisis front, toxicology results following Tiger Woods’ arrest in May for DUI showed marijuana and four prescription drugs in his system—Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax and Ambien; in a I can’t believe I ate the whole thing, Miki Sudo in six minutes at the Indiana State Fair consumed 16 pints of ice cream and received $2,000 for such gluttony; through August 14, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2339, 407 of whom have died.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Black Eyed Peas, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Melinda Gates on her birthday on helping the less fortunate, disgusted with all the jabberwock being spewed in Congress and the MSM,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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.
1Independence  Day (Korea)—on a day in which notable holidays in the U.S. are few and far between assuming you are not rattled by Kim, celebrate in South Korea the independence of Korea from Japan on this day in 1945.   
2. Independence Day (India)—on a day in which notable holidays in the U.S. are few and far between assuming you can cope with the humidity, filth and crowds, celebrate in India the independence of India from Great Britain.    
3. 2009 Number One Song—the number one song in 2009 on a long run of 14 weeks in that position was “I Gotta A Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas. Here is the group’s performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSD4vsh1zDA
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jabberwock” which means nonsense or gibberish which seems to be the lingua franca in the Swamp.  
5.  One Sure Way To Break The Glass Ceiling—celebrating the birth on this day in 1964 of Melinda French better known to the world as Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates and co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a leader in philanthropy.      
On this day in:
a. 1483 Pope Sixtus !V consecrated the Sistine Chapel.  
b. 1534 Ignatius of Loyola and six other priests took initial vows which led to the formation in 1540 of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
c. 1914 after over 10 years of construction and the deaths of 5,600 workers from disease and accidents the Panama Canal welcomed the first ship to transit the Panama Canal, the S.S. Ancon.. 
d. 1969 the Woodstock Music and Art Festival opened in Woodstock, New York.                
e. 1973 the clandestine bombing of Cambodia targeting suspected NVA and Viet Cong troop concentrations that had commenced in 1969 ended.        

Reflections from the birthday woman on the rational for helping others: “If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.”  Melinda Gates Right on point on this observation! 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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Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Victory Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 14, 2017 The killing and injuring in Charlottesville by a very hateful person cannot be condoned but Trump once again is ravaged by the MSM for not specifically denouncing white supremacists and not ignoring the violent attacks by the counterportesters (if you want to look at the effects of rhetoric by the left look at the tweets of CNN’s Ana Navaro who asserted Trump “is not fit to be human”—is she suggesting Trump should be put down like a pet?); Costa another CNN employee disguised as a journalist was showboating as usual at Trump’s execution of an executive request to examine Chinese trade and trade secrets theft practices; because Trump had the temerity to condemn violence of both protesters and counter protesters, the president of Merck resigned from Trump’s job creation council—dumb move Fraser, dumb move; don’t hold your breath but China announced it was implementing the UN ordered sanctions against North Korea, even as Trump was signing his executive request on Chinese trade practices; we all know about the absurdity of the PC police but now we have to prepare for the FC police (fashion correctness) as the MSM is slamming FLOTUS, Ivanka and Ivana Trump for wearing high heels that are not comfortable and out of fashion but are admired by men (give me a break); add Venezuela to the problems that we face as Trump declares war on opioids which it appears Venezuela is involved in as Marco Rubio is rumored to be the target of a hit requested by Diosdada Cabello, one of the top leaders of Maduro’s party; Elizabeth Warren totally ignorant as always of the evils of socialism appears to be ramping up her 2020 bid by pushing the Blues even further left and away from the center); through August 13, 2017, another deadly weekend in Chicago with the number of people being shot climbing to 2330, 406 of whom have died.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Katy Perry, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Magic Johnson on his birthday on manhood, disgusted that Congress is without izzat,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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.
1Victory Day—celebrating on the second Monday in August victory over Japan but now observed in only the State of Rhode Island.   
2. Navaho Code Talkers Day—created by Ronald Reagan in 1982 to honor the contributions in the Pacific of the Navaho Code Talkers whose language was completely baffling and intelligible to the Japanese during World War II.    
3. 2008 Number One Song—the number one song in 2008 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry. Here is her performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR3dBmGEUi4
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “izzat” which means public esteem or honor which sadly our Congress completely lacks.  
5.  It’s Magic—celebrating the birth on this day in 1959 of Magic Johnson whose 12 year career with the Lakes was cut short in 1991 when he revealed he had tested positive for the HIV virus. He is now a successful businessman and proof positive that AIDS is no longer the automatic death sentence it once was.      
On this day in:
a. 1893 France became the first nation to require motor vehicle registration.  
b. 1935 President Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act.
c. 1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest film running film in history opened in London for its first of many showings in around the world; the film is still being shown in theaters today often at midnight. 
d. 2003 in Operation Thread Canadian security and police forces rounded up 40 Muslims, mostly Pakistani students on false charges of conspiring to commit terrorism.                
e.  2015 the American Embassy in Havana was reopened after 54  years when the United States restored diplomatic relations with Cuba.       

Reflections from the birthday boy on manhood: “Manhood is taking care of your family and being able to bless other people. Not yourself - but whether you can bless other people.” Magic Johnson  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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Friday, August 11, 2017

August 11. 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Annual Health Checkup Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 11, 2017 In the war of words North Korea has threatened to turn the U.S. into jelly while Trump has indicated the U.S. military is locked and loaded and ready to fight (for sanctions to work we must cut off the flow of any funds into or out of this rogue nation which means all countries employing North Koreans must expel them, China must close its border to the import and export of any goods from North Korea, all banks must close their services to North Korea and we should start seizing any North Korean ships regardless of cargo); hope that the fat lunatic believes China when it says that if North Korea strikes and the U.S. retaliates, it will remain neutral (one hopes that there are some sane and brave North Korean generals that to preserve the country assassinate this lunatic and dismantle the country’s nuclear program); Susan Rice the it was a video and the unmasking queen was in the news urging Trump to tolerate a nuclear armed N. Korea (every time Ms. Rice opens her mouth with such inanities I feel the value of my Stanford degree being lessened); Debbie Wasserman Schultz another lightening rod to rally Reds to oppose Blues is now taking heat from fellow DNC members wishing she would just fade away (stay in the spotlight Debbie as you will help Reds raise money); on the PC frontlines Columbia University faces a potential $250,000 fine in a suit brought by a Muslim ex-employee who was taking five prayer breaks daily during Ramadan; on the PC front, the L.A. City Council is moving ahead with plans to require any contractor with business dealing with L.A. to disclose whether it has had or tried to have any business dealings involving the wall Trump wants to build; the New School a university in NYC has put out its booklet on microaggressions that students and faculty should avoid (open the link; the pc idiocy of the remarks set forth therin should make you you want to vomit http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/08/11/microaggression-guide-says-normal-size-school-chairs-are-discriminatory; through August 10, 2017, 2286 people have been shot in Chicago 395 of whom have died.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Sean Kingston, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by President Lyndon B. Johnson on  the Watts Riots, pleased that you do not suffer from itai-itai,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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.
1Annual Health Checkup Day—commemorating the need to have a medical exam once a year to nip health problems in their infancy to live a longer and more productive life (better idea would be to schedule one’s annual on one’s birthday).    
2. Ingersoll Day—celebrating the birth on this day of Robert Ingersoll in 1833; he was one of the great orators of the 19th Century and a well known and admired free thinker.    
3. 2007 Number One Song—the number one song in 2007 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston. Here is his performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrTz5xjmso4    
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “itai-itai” which means a disease caused by exposure to cadmium and its resulting back and joint pain.   
5.  An Apple and HP’s Loss—celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of Steve Wozniak the co-founder of Apple Computer and the inventor of the Apple I and II computers who left Hewlett Packard to form Apple with Steve Jobs.      
On this day in:
a. 1934 the first prisoners arrived at the federal penitentiary on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay.  
b. 1962 the Soviets launched Vostok 3 into orbit and the cosmonaut on board became the first human to float in zero gravity during his 4 days of orbiting in space.
c.  1965 the first of six days of rioting, looting, and destruction of property began in the Watts area of Los Angeles after a black motorist was arrested for a DUI and when the riots ended, 34 people had died, over 1000 had been injured, over 3400 had been arrested and over $40 million of property damage had occurred.  
d.  1972 in a what took you so long moment, the last American ground combat units withdrew from South Vietnam.               
e.  1982 a bomb placed under a seat cushion detonated on Pan  Am Flight 830 enroute from Japan to Los Angeles when the plane was some 200 kilometers from Hawaii, killing 1 person and wounding 15 other passengers. Fortunately for all on board,  the pilot was able to make an emergency landing in Honolulu.       

Reflections on the Watts Riots: “A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a Klansman with a sheet on his back and a mask on his face. They are both more or less what the law declares them: lawbreakers, destroyers of constitutional rights and liberties, and ultimately destroyers of a free America. They must be exposed and they must be dealt with.” President Lyndon B. Johnson. 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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Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Biodiesel Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 10, 2017 The one two punch of the failure to repeal and replace and a lack of tax cuts (not high expectations Mitch which is why a Ditch Mitch movement is gaining ground) and the concern over war with N. Korea is tanking the market while the robots of North Korea were out it force demonstrating their support for their fearless lunatic while in the Swamp Blues were castigating Trump for his strong stand and harsh words Kim (fortunately appeasers like Clinton and Obama who helped put us in this mess have been silent); N. Korea must understand that an attack on Guam is an attack on the U.S. and will result in megatons of nuclear weapons rained down on Kim’s head obliterating him and every member of his family along with sadly millions of innocents; Dan Rather the discredited former anchor of CBS News is back in the headlines praising the leakers from the Trump Administration (anyone listening to this bogus 86 year old liberal journalist is wasting their time); following the early morning raid on Manafort’s home by the FBI lawyers for Trump have come out swinging denouncing the warrant as being obtained by fraudulent representations to the court (Mueller and his HRC supporters team may be on a huge fishing trip far beyond the discredited Russian collusion delusion to perpetrate revenge for Trump firing Comey while the true felons HRC with her obstruction of justice by destroying her emails and her quid pro quo at State and Lynch handcuffing Comey are totally untouched); on the PC front three Portland area schools which had the name Lynch in their titles to honor the Lynch family that donated land over 100 years ago on which the schools reside are dropping the name because it might offend minority students; on the voter fraud front worthy of Chicago and a chilling reminder of why we need proof of citizenship to be able to vote, a Virginia college student working for the Democratic Party was sentenced to 100 days in jail for fraudulently registering voters, including those who had already died (slap on the wrist—should have been sent to prison for at least 5 years) through August 9, 2017, 2279 people have been shot in Chicago 394 of whom have died.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by President Lyndon B. Johnson on  the Watts Riots, deeply disappointed that the Clintons are not subject to isonomy like we mere mortals are,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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.
1International Biodiesel Day—commemorating this day in 1893 when Rudolph Diesel’s diesel engine was started and ran on peanut oil which is a renewable resource.    
2. World Lion Day—promoting the need to protect the king of beasts from loss of habitat and poaching.   
3. 2006 Number One Song—the number one song in 2006 on a long run of 6 weeks in that position was “Promiscuous” by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland. Here is a performance of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J3vgcE5i2o
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “isonomy” means that citizens of a state have equality of the law which in the case of the Clintons seems not to apply to them otherwise both would be in prison unless pardoned by Obama or Trump in a Ford like moment.   
5.  An Apple and HP’s Loss—celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of Steve Wozniak the co-founder of Apple Computer and the inventor of the Apple I and II computers who left Hewlett Packard to form Apple with Steve Jobs.      
On this day in:                                                                                 
a. 1628 the Swedish warship Vasa, one of the most powerful warships of her time sank within 20 minutes on her maiden voyage leaving Stockholm and was resurfaced in 1961 to become one of Sweden’s most popular museums.   
b. 1793 the Louvre Museum was officially opened in Paris, France.  
c. 1846 the Smithsonian Institution was chartered by Congress after James Smithson had donated $500,00 to it.  
d.  1948 Candid Camera made its television debut.               
e.  1988 in a what took you so long moment, President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 providing for payment of $20,000 to any Japanese American interned or relocated during World War II.

Reflections on Japanese Americans and internment:  “During World War II, law-abiding Japanese-American citizens were herded into remote internment camps, losing their jobs, businesses and social standing, while an all-Japanese-American division fought heroically in Europe.” Tom Brokaw. Sadly, one of the worst things this government has done to its citizens and compounded by SCOTUS that upheld Roosevelt’s Executive Order calling for internment.    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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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August 9, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Book Lovers Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 9, 2017 We now face a threat of a nuclear armed N. Korea which Trump in no uncertain terms warned would be subject to “fire and fury” the extent to which the world has never seen before only to have Democrats like Schumer, Hoyer and even Feinstein attack him for rhetoric thereby giving the obese lunatic a reed to cling to that the U.S. will not act (Schumer, Hoyer and Feinstein need to get their act together—all hands on deck or face the possibility that an American city will cease to exist); after the antidiversity memo at Google that went viral, news that at least 60 former or current female employees are contemplating legal action for gender based pay discrimination; Niki Haley should be congratulated for pushing through sanctions on North Korea but it is doubtful that the sanctions will force a change in behavior or regime change; on the fishing front the FBI armed with a search warrant raided Manafort’s home in late July to seize documents and files; Seattle in its bid to out left San Francisco hit a speed bump when the Freedom Foundation filed a law suit to block its 2.25% tax on people earning over $250,000; Jim Chambers of EAV Barbell Gym in Atlanta in another example of the anti police bias fueled by BLM bans police and active military members from membership in his gym (what a misguided jerk who will be the first to sue if he calls 911 and an angry dispatcher hangs up on him); on the sexual assault front a Davidson County, North Carolina middle school teacher aged 50, Lee Ann Williams, has been arrested for having sex with a 14 year old student eight years ago (hope she is not married and ends up getting divorced); on the terror front another car attack in France with 6 French soldiers being run over by a suspect who was wounded during his subsequent arrest; through August 8, 2017, 2274 people have been shot in Chicago 392 of whom have died.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Mariah Carey, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Melanie Griffith on addiction and recovery, deeply disappointed by the gridlock in our isocracy,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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.
1International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples—created by the UN General Assembly to preserve and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population especially those whose environment and habitat are under assault by encroaching civilization.  
2. National Book Lovers Day—celebrating the need to carve out some time and read one of your favorite books whether in e book format, hardcover or paper back, fiction or nonfiction.  
3. 2005 Number One Song—the number one song in 2005 on a long run of 14 weeks in that position was “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey. Here is her performance of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0habxsuXW4g
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “isocracy” means to have equal political power which is the foundation of our republic with its three equal branches of government (sadly with the Senate and its super majority rules gridlock sometimes occurs. 
5.  Addiction Is Treatable and Beatable—celebrating the birth on this day in 1957 of Melanie Griffith noted TV and film actress who has gone through three husbands and struggled with addiction and alcoholism for years but now is clean and sober.      
On this day in:                                                                                 
a. 1173 in a construction project that will take some 200 years to complete, the construction commenced on the leaning Tower of Pisa.  
b. 1892 Thomas Edison received a patent for a two way telegraph.
c.  1936 at the Berlin Summer Olympics, Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal much to the displeasure of Adolf Hitler who was hoping to use the Olympics as a forum to showcase his master race.
d.  1945 the U.S. dropped its second atomic bomb on Japan at Nagasaki.               
e.  2014 African American Michael Brown while trying to take away a Officer Darren Wilson’s service revolver was shot and killed by him, sparking days of rioting and looting in the city of Ferguson, Missouri and the creation of the Black Lives Matter Movement.      

Reflections on the addiction and recovery from one who has experienced both: “The change for anyone who's been addicted to any mind-altering substances like alcohol or drugs is so great. And it's so great being straight. Now it's like ... it gets better all the time. [Recovery] was really a wonderful experience for me. It changed my life. It's hard. But I encourage everybody who has a problem to do it.” Melanie Griffith.  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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