Saturday, July 14, 2018

July 14, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Bastille Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 14, 2018 Lisa Page testified before the House in closed session in what has been reported as a “smirkless and responsive” session but unfortunately with a transcript not as yet released; despite millions being spent by the left in opposition to the nomination of Bret Kavanah, several Blues in tough elections are indicating they will ignore the ads and vote yes on the nomination; stung by criticism Steve Cohen has apologized for his urging that Strzock be awarded the Purple Heart; Blues are making fools of themselves demanding that as a result of the indictments, Trump cancel the summit with Putin (what a great bargaining chip to thrust in Putin’s face to force a change in behavior or face more sanctions); Sadig Khan, the mayor of London who allowed the anti-Trump balloon and Trump are in a snit fit with Trump and critics slamming him for the rise in crime in London; Alan Dershowitz has indicated the 12 indictments against Russian agents prove that there is no justification for the continuation of the probe by Robert Mueller; in what should come as another example of how difficult it is to drain the Swamp, Strzock is still getting a paycheck from the FBI; Papa John’s Pizza whose CEO John Schattner resigned for using the N word in a conference call has removed his likeness from all marketing brochures;  through July 13, 2018, 1504 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 238 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 people of color by people of color?).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Drake,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that in dealing with people you are not guilty of metachrosis relevant quote from the Maximilien Du Robespierre on the French Revolution, 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. Bastille Day—celebrating the storming of the Bastille in Paris in 1789 which led to the French Revolution which toppled the monarchy and resulted in the execution of the French king and queen.
2. National Tape Measure Day—commemorating the issuance of a patent to Alvin Fellows on this day in 1868 for a retractable tape measure which made life for carpenters, tailors and craftsmen much easier.
3. 2016 Number One Song— the number one song in 2016 on a run of 10 weeks in that position was “One Dance” by Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla. Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcer12OFU2g
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “metachrosis” which means the ability of animals to change color a trait which most politicians lack as they will not reach across the aisle to ease gridlock in the Swamp.
5. Change in Color Is Good—celebrating the birth on this day in 1951 of Susana Martinez who switched political affiliation from Democrat to Republican in 1995 and is now the governor of New Mexico, the first Hispanic female to be a governor.
    On this day in: 
a. 1943 in Diamond, Missouri the George Washington Carver National Monument became the first national monument to honor the contributions of an African American.
b. 1957 Rawya Atewa took her seat in Egypt’s National Assembly to become the first female parliamentarian in the Arab world.
c. 1969 the Federal Reserve began withdrawing bills larger that $100 from circulation. 
d. 1962 386BSD was released by Lynn and William Jolitz inaugurating the Open Source Revolution.
e. 2016 a jihadist terrorist in Nice, France in a rental truck killed 86 pedestrians and injured over 400 before being shot and killed by police.
    Reflections on Bastille Day and the French Revolution: “Peoples do not judge in the same way as courts of law; they do not hand down sentences, they throw thunderbolts; they do not condemn kings, they drop them back into the void; and this justice is worth just as much as that of the courts.” Maximilien Du Robespierre Virtue and Terror
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Friday, July 13, 2018

July 13, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Fool's Paradise Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 13, 2018 In an attempt to divert claims of being a witch-hunt, the DOJ announced indictments against 12 Russian governmental officials for hacking into the DNC’s server which has prompted Blue calls for Trump to cancel his summit with Putin or at least meet with him with other Americans in the room (Blues still stuck on myth that Trump is a puppet of Putin); Trump is in London today while anti-Trump protestors demonstrate and he held a complimentary joint press conference with Prime Minister May; Harvey Weinstein has admitted that he offered actresses acting roles in exchange for sex but justified the practice as everyone in Hollywood does it (what a pathetic pervert that the left supported as it railed on the Reds’ war on women); Behar has made a fool of herself yet again  on The View attacking Trey Gowdy for supporting Trump because he is afraid of losing his seat when he has announced his retirement in January (talk about a clueless left wing out of touch show that even with Meghan McCain as a panel member does not restore it to sanity); the DOJ has announced plans to appeal the District Court ruling approving the merger of AT&T and Time Warner; a jury has awarded $4.7 billion to 22 women and their families against Johnson and Johnson in their suit that baby powder caused ovarian cancer; through July 12, 2018, 1494 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 237 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 people of color by people of color?).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Drake,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that in dealing with people you are not mesquin; a relevant quote from the Reverend Charles Rey on the New York City Draft Riots, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Go West Day—celebrating the expansion on manifest destiny of the U.S. to expand beyond the confines of the East Coast so if already here in the West Coast, a great day to go to the beach.
2. Fool’s Paradise Day—in a day with no holidays or observances worthy to not, absolutely clueless on how this day originated.
3. 2016 Number One Song— the number one song in 2016 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “One Dance” by Drake feat. Wiz Kid & Kyla. Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcer12OFU2g
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mesquin” which means mean or ungracious which sadly describes the state of politics to a tee.
5. If I Had A Hammer—celebrating the birth on this day in 1942 of Harrison Ford who while working as a carpenter for George Lucas landed a role in American Graffiti and went on to starring roles in the Star Wars series and Raiders of the Lost Ark and sequels.
     On this day in: 
a. 1863 opponents of conscription began three days of rioting in New York City.
b. 1923 the Hollywood sign was dedicated in Hollywood, California.
c. 1973 Alexander Butterfield revealed the existence of Nixon’s secret taping system in the White House. 
d. 1985 Vice President George H.W. Bush became acting president for a day when President Ronald Reagan underwent surgery for removal of polyps.
e. 2016 David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister of the U.K. to be succeeded by Theresa May who is holding on by a slender thread today due to her handling of Brexit.
    Reflections on the New York City Draft Riots: “But when we had concluded our work with the Relief Committee, our missionary work with these still suffering people was not done; with some of them it had just begun. Their claims for household goods were still unpaid, and they were destitute of everything needful for use and comfort. None know, excepting those who have witnessed it, the extent of the suffering among them.” Reverend Charles Rey, pastor of Bethesda Church in Manhattan 1863
    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, July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Simplicity Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 12, 2018 Great drama on the Hill as Strzok was being grilled by Congress over his anti-Trump text messages with his paramour Lisa Page (mind boggling that the IG came to a conclusion of no bias in the investigation by the FBI); Trump after castigating NATO for not paying its fair share for defense landed in the U.K. to meet with the Prime Minister May who is under severe attack over her handling of the Brexit exit from the EU; feudalism is still alive and well in Iran as a video is released showing a man being flogged for drinking alcohol as a teen at a wedding reception while in Indonesia two Christians were flogged for gambling which violates Sharia; Ben Carson is moving ahead on implementing a requirement that able bodied recipients of federal subsidized housing work; still reeling from the sexual abuse scandal involving the U.S. Olympics Gymnastic Team Sarah Hirshland has been named as the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Association; charges against aging porn star Stormy Daniels for illegally touching patrons at a strip club in Ohio have been dropped; in Chicago, through July 11, 2018, 1485 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 236 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 people of color by people of color?).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Whiz Khalifa,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that on divisive issues you are able to move to the miseal; a relevant quote from Nikki Sixx on the Rolling Stones, 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. National Simplicity Day—celebrating living a simplistic life and observed on the anniversary of Thoreau’s birth on this day in 1817.
2. Different Colored Eyes Day—celebrating the 11 out of 1000 people who have eyes of a different color.
3. 2015 Number One Song— the number one song in 2015 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “See You Again” by Whiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgKAFK5djSk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mesial” which means middle which is a place we desperately need politicians to gravitate to in order to ease the gridlock in the Swamp.
5. Tarnished Star—celebrating the birth on this day in 1937 of Bill Cosby, noted comedian and television star in the series I Spy and The Bill Cosby whose star has been tarnished by being found guilty of sexual abuse.
    On this day in: 
a. 1804 Alexander Hamilton died after being shot the day before in a duel with former Vice President Aaron Burr.
b. 1862 the Medal of Honor was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
c. 1948 Israeli Premier David Ben-Gurion ordered the expulsion of Palestinians from the towns of Lod and Ramia. 
d. 1962 the Rolling Stones performed their first concert at London’s Marque Club.
e. 1973 a fire destroyed one third of the military records at the Military Records Center.
    Reflections on the Rolling Stones: “You have to age gracefully. And that's what I love about Keith Richards. That's what I love about the Rolling Stones. They are aging gracefully. They are falling apart at the seams right before our eyes, and they are doing it gracefully. And that's the most beautiful thing that we can do.” Nikki Sixx noted pop musician and co-founder of the band Motley Crue.
    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, July 11, 2018

July 11, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Population Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 11, 2018 Trump is at a NATO Summit castigating the  Europeans for not spending the agreed amount of 2% of GNP on defense spending and castigating Germany for buying its natural gas from Russia as opposed to the U.S.; on the obstructionist front Schumer is depending millions of documents relating to Kavanaugh’s time with Ken Starr and the Bush Administration in an attempt to delay the confirmation vote until after the midterms to preserve Blue seats in states Trump won by double digits (the hysteria in opposition to Kavanaugh by the likes of Harris, Schumer, Warren and Blumberg is despicable); Kerry the feckless former Secretary of State that deceived us with the Iran nuclear deal railed against Trump’s criticism of the lack of NATO countries spending on defense; Schumer has his foot in his mouth claiming Trump is friendlier with Russia than NATO and demanding that Trump not meet with Putin one on one; Behar made a fool of herself on The View demanding that Trump does not have the right to pick a SCOTUS Justice since he is under investigation by the witch-hunt for collusion and obstruction of justice (add the Constitution to the list of writings that woman has never read); Lisa Page was a no show before Congress and will be facing potential contempt of congress for failing to appear; Manafort may be in solitary confinement in jail but according to the Special Counsel’s office he is receiving VIP treatment with a private phone, restroom and shower, and laptop and work space; in Chicago, through July 10, 2018, 1468 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 229 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 people of color by people of color?).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Iggy Azalea,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact if married it is not a misalliance; a relevant quote from Jhumba Lahiri on the effect of writing, 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. World Population Day—created by the UN in 1989 to address population issues such as family planning as the Earth continues to become a more crowded planet.       
2. Free Slurpee Day (7-Eleven Stores)—today is the day to escape the heat and humidity with a free ice cold slurpee at 7-Eleven.
3. 2014 Number One Song— the number one song in 2014 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-zpOMYRi0w 
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mesalliance” which means an unsuitable marriage an undesirable condition topped only by the disastrous divorce that is certain to follow.
5. To Interpret Maladies—celebrating the birth on this day in 1967 of Jhumba Lahiri, noted Pulitzer Prize winning author of such works as The Lowland and Interpreter of Maladies.
      On this day in: 
a. 1921 former President of the United States William Taft was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court, becoming the only person in our history to hold both offices.
b. 1924 Eric Liddell won the Gold Medal in the 400 meters after refusing to run the 100 meters because the race was held on Sunday; the win was memorialized in the movie Chariots of Fire.
c. 1962 in a the world became a smaller place moment, the first transatlantic television transmission occurred. 
d. 1977 Martin Luther King, Jr. was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
e. 1979 Slylab, America’s first space station was destroyed over the Indian Ocean upon entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
    Reflections on the power of writing: “For surely it is a magical thing for a handful of words, artfully arranged, to stop time. To conjure a place, a person, a situation, in all its specificity and dimensions. To affect us and alter us, as profoundly as real people and things do.” Jhamba Lahari.
    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, July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Clerihew Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 10, 2018 Mission accomplished in Thailand as the last four boys and the coach were successfully rescued from the cave (what a great testimony to the ability of the world to unite to fight a potential nature driven tragedy which gives some hope the nations of this blue speck can unite to resolve man made tragedies like trade wars, nuclear proliferation and migration creating civil wars); Brett Kavanaugh was named as Trump’s pick to SCOTUS and the response of the left was immediate and rabid to fight to the last Senator to block confirmation (what a contrast between a judge who is opened minded, reveres the Constitution and is not prejudgmental and the rabid left who want nothing to do with the advise and consent role other than say no and demonize the nominee and launch scare tactics that women are going to die if he is confirmed); Trump is off to  a NATO summit and a visit to the U.K. that may not have a government to receive him as Prime Minister May is on a slender thread and then off to meet Putin; in another over the top rhetoric totally counterproductive Blue New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon called ICE a terrorist organization; in Stockton known as the foreclosure capital of the world news of a pilot program that is giving 100 residents $500 a month without restrictions; leave it to the Blues to politicize the rescue of the trapped Thai soccer team; this time in the form of Sen. Durbin comparing the trapped boys to illegal aliens separated from their parents; on the border front good news is that Mexico may establish a border force to halt or at least hinder the flow of illegals from Central America entering Mexico to journey to our border; the love birds of anti-Trump bias, Page and Strzock,  may be hedging on their agreement to appear before Congress to testify; in Chicago, through July 9, 2018, 1462 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 226 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 people of color by people of color?).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, music links to Robin Thicke and Arlo Gutherie,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you are able to separate the meretricious rhetoric from reality; a relevant quote from Brigadier D. J. Anderson on the fall of Mosul, 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. National Clerihew Day—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1875 of Edmond Clerihew Bentley, an English writer who popularized the clerihew, a four line biographical poem with an AABB rhyme scheme with the subject in the first line: Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet/When it comes to rhyme he knows it/ Wild fish fishing his way through the Farm/ Farm raised salmon he thinks causes great harm.       
2. Cow Appreciation Day—today is the day to don a cow costume and head to the nearest Chick-fil-A to receive a free entrée.
3. 2013 Number One Song— the number one song in 2013 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell. Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “meretricious” which means superficially attractive but lacking value which describes to a tee some of the ideas of the left like open borders or free college for all.
5. Don’t Fly Take the Train—celebrating the birth on this day in 1947 of Arlo Gutherie, noted iconic pop singer of the 60’s with such hits as “City of New Orleans”-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMS_ykiLiQ   
         On this day in: 
a. 1962 in a world got much smaller moment, the U.S. launched into orbit Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite.
b. 1992 former dictator of Panama Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug dealing and racketeering.
c. 1998 the Catholic Diocese of Dallas agreed to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who alleged they were molested by former priest Rudolph Kos. 
d. 2005 Erden Eruc began his solo human powered circumnavigation of the world from Bodega Bay, California, which journey was completed on July 21, 2012.
e. 2017 Iraqi forces liberated Mosul from ISIS but not before most of the buildings therein were heavily damaged or destroyed by fighting.
    Reflections on the retaking of Mosul from ISIS: “The inevitable and imminent fall of Mosul does not mean that Daesh is defeated. The sequencing . . . of course, will be up to the government of Iraq.” Brigadier General D.J. Anderson, a senior officer in the U.S. led coalition against ISIS who predicted actions against ISIS would continue.     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, July 9, 2018

July 9, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Martyrdom of the Bab

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 9, 2018 Four more boys have been pulled from the cave in Thailand as impending monsoon rains threaten relief effort for remaining four boys and their coach; nation will be riveted tonight on Trump’s pick of a justice to replace Kennedy as conservative groups are prepping millions in ads to support his nominee; Boris Johnson the U.K.’s Foreign Secretary became the third government official to resign in protest over Prime Minister May’s handling of Brexit; it looks like Facebook has caved in to Wes Cook being banned from promoting its song “We Stand For The Flag” (the power of Facebook and Twitter and other social media giants to suppress free speech under algorithms is mindboggling); Starbucks has announced plans to end the use of plastic straws by 2020 at its 28,000 stores worldwide and replace them with recyclable lids that allow sipping; California is moving forward with a bill to require a semester of ethnic studies as a graduation requirement; in a Evel Knievel déjà vu Travis Pastrana repeated three of Knievel’s famous stunts in Las Vegas—jumping over 52 crushed cars, jumping over 16 buses and jumping over the Caesars World Fountains (Evel crashed on this one and almost died); in Chicago which witnessed a march protesting gun violence in neighborhoods of color on Saturday, through July 8, 2018, 1457 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 226 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 people of color by people of color?).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Carly Jepsen,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you are not mephitic; a relevant quote from Billy Graham on homosexuality, 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. Martyrdom of the Bab—commemorating the execution of a 30 year old Bahai merchant who was charged with apostasy and executed on July 9, 1850 at Tabriz.       
2. National No Bra Day—not sure where this came from or who sponsored it but guarantee it is not Victoria Secret.
3. 2012 Number One Song— the number one song in 2012 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWNaR-rxAic
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mephitic” which means foul smelling which describes to a tee the corruption at the top level of the FBI concerning its bias against Trump.
5. Still Searching for the Killer?—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your view of life the the birth on this day in 1947 of Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson who was acquitted in the “Trial of the Century” for the murder of his ex wife Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman and is now on parole for a conviction of armed robbery in Las Vegas.
         On this day in: 
a. 1896 William Jennings Bryant at the Democratic National Convention gave his “Cross of Gold” speech which advocated bimetallism.
b. 1922 Johnny Weissmuller broke the record of thee 100 yard freestyle, recording a time of 58.6 seconds.
c. 1944 American forces took the island of Saipan from Japan thereby putting Japanese cities within range of B-29 bombers and causing the fall of the Tojo government.  
d. 1955 the Russell-Einstein Manifesto called for the reduction of the risk of nuclear war.
 e. 1976 the New Zealand Parliament Homosexual Law Reform Act legalizing homosexuality.
    Reflections on the homosexuality: “I think that the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin, but the Bible also teaches that pride is a sin, jealousy is a sin, and hate is a sin, evil thoughts are a sin. So I don't think that homosexuality should be chosen as the overwhelming sin that we are doing today.” Billy Graham    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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Sunday, July 8, 2018

July 8, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Math 2.0 Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 8, 2018 Due to impending monsoon rains that will further flood the cave in Thailand, the rescue attempt which will take 11 hours for each boy has started with the first two boys already having exited from the cave (cannot imagine anything more terrifying to a boy who does not swim or scuba dive to have to undertake even with two experienced divers at his side); it boggles the mind but increasing speculation that the Marvin K. Moody of Blue politics HRC will run again for the nomination of president in 2020; violence in Haiti erupted on Friday due to increased gas prices and the ensuing roadblocks have prevent several American church group of students from reaching the airport to be able to return to the U.S.; on the opioid front, in Indianapolis a customer using the drive-thru lane at Burger King overdosed, was revived by police and then arrested for driving under the influence; in a sign that racism still lurks close to the surface, a worker at a Subway in Norman, Georgia called police on a black family with four children who stopped to eat at the restaurant; Thailand is still in the news as a tour boat cruising off Phuket Island capsized and sank killing 41 with another 15 still missing; the dog whistles of violence and hatred against Trump were evident at a campaign office in Long Island for Red member of the House where 75 year old Martin Astrof threatened to kill Trump supporters and then almost ran over Zeldin campaign worker (for that outburst unbecoming a 75 year old Astrof was arrested); in California reeling under triple digit temperatures, crews are battling 12 separate wildfires that run the gamut of the state from the Oregon border to San Diego County; China’s largest wind turbine company Sinovel was caught in the trade secret theft cookie jar and ordered by a federal court judge to pay American Superconductor Corporation $59 million for stealing its source code to power wind turbines; in a reaffirmation of why we need a Second Amendment an irate customer at a George Webb restaurant in Milwaukie came across the counter and punched his server in the face but stopped and fled after a co-worker who had a conceal carry permit pulled her gun out and pointed it at him; in Chicago which witnessed a march protesting gun violence in neighborhoods of color on Saturday, through July 6, 2018, 1440 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 223 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 people of color by people of color?).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Pit Bull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you use mentation before speaking out on issues; a relevant quote from Major Jesse Marcel on the Roswell Incident, 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. Be a Kid Again Day—celebrating a whimsical day for adults burdened with the stress of jobs and family concerns to let go and go with the flow and relive those carefree summer days of being a child and fortunately for job and family only celebrated on one day of the year.         
2. Math 2.0 Day—celebrating an unofficial observance created in 2009 to promote the need for math literacy and education at the school and college level.
3. 2011 Number One Song— the number one song in 2011 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Give Me Everything” by Pit Bull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPo5wWmKEaI&bpctr=1531052813
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mentation” which means thought or cognition which many politicians lack before they spout off on their sound bites.
5. A Hail, Hail, the Gang Is All Here—celebrating the birth on this day in 1949 of noted restaurateur, chef and television personality, Wolfgang Puck, best known for his Spago restaurants and Chinois.
         On this day in: 
a. 1709 Czar Peter the Great ended Sweden’s role as a major European power by decisively defeating Charles XII at the Battle of Poltavia.
b. 1889 the first issue of The Wall Street Journal was published.
c. 1932 the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its lowest level of 41.22 during the Great Depression.
d. 1947 a report that a UFO had crashed at Roswell, New Mexico was published and later debunked by the Air Force that it was not a UFO but a nuclear test surveillance balloon but conspiracy theories die hard especially among ufologists.
 e. 2011 Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched on the final mission of the Space Shuttle program.
    Reflections on the Roswell Incident: “I was amazed at what I saw. The amount of debris that was scattered over such an area... The more I saw of the fragments, the more I realized it wasn't anything I was acquainted with. In fact, as it turned out, nobody else was aquainted with it.....There was a coverup some place about this whole matter." -Major Jesse Marcel, U.S. Army Intelligence Officer in a videotaped interview.  Among the first to arrive at the crash site in Roswell, Marcel was well acquainted with all the weather balloons launched by the 509th Bomb Group, presumably including the Mogul balloons, one of which the U.S. Government now claims accounts for the Roswell wreckage. Are we alone or are we surrounded by much older planets in far off galaxies whose technology has far advanced ours?
    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.             
© July 8, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Saturday, July 7, 2018

July 7, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Chocolate Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 7, 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in North Korea in discussions with Kim Jong Un over North Korea’s commitment to denuclearize amid growing fears that the Hermit Kingdom is backing away from its commitment to denuclearize; speculation that Trump has selected Amy Barrett as his choice to succeed Justice Kennedy as Orin Hatch in writing an Op-Ed used a female pronoun to describe an anticipated leftist meltdown against her; in another glaring example of the severity of the opioid crisis that is plaguing the nation, researchers have found in mussels at 18 residential locations in Puget Sound trace amounts of opioids (another reason to build a wall to assist in the stopping the flow of drugs); in another example of intolerance and divisiveness that is plaguing our nation, a Florida homeowner was assaulted by an outraged anti-Trumpster for displaying a pro Trump flag on his front lawn; on the Thai soccer team rescue front, the area near the cave is being pelted with monsoon rains; in Tennessee a white female property manager is out of a job for calling police on a man wearing socks on the 4th of July in an apartment complex pool, recorded on cell phone video which went viral; thousands of protestors were marching in Chicago against the gun violence that has plagued the city while its Mayor has been MIA on the issue; on the bovine versus human front one person was gored and three trampled on the first running of the bulls of the year in Pamplona, Spain; Wal-Mart has pulled its “Impeach 45” clothing line from its website after conservatives started a boycott Wal-Mart movement; Mark Zuckerburg has replaced Warren Buffet as the third richest man on the planet; in Chicago through July 6, 2018, 1435 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 223 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 people of color by people of color?).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact if you will not be forced to listen to the mendacity emanating from the Swamp; a relevant quote from Dallas Chief of Police David Brown on the shooting death of five officers in 2005, 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. World Chocolate Day—celebrating since 2009 that candy that most chocoholics cannot live without.        
2. International Cherry Pit Spitting Day—commemorating 45 years of this event at the Tree-Medus Farm in Eau Claire, Michigan, a contest dominated by Paul Krause who has won the contest 17 times and defended his title in 2017 with a pit spit of 57’ 11”.
3. 2010 Number One Song— the number one song in 2010 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “Gurls” by Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F57P9C4SAW4
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mendacity” which means insincerity or inclination to tell falsehoods which sadly describes most of our Swamp denizens to a tee.
5. A Starr Is Born—celebrating the birth on this day in 1940 of Richard Starkey better known to his fans as Ringo Starr, drummer of the Beatles who has successfully battled alcoholism with his second wife Barbara Bach.
         On this day in: 
a. 1958 President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law the Alaska Statehood Act.
b. 1981 President Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor to be the first female Justice of SCOTUS.
c. 1992 the New York Court of Appeals ruled that women had the same right as men to go topless in public.
d. 2005 four Islamist suicide bomber detonated four bombs, three of which exploded in the London Underground and the fourth on a London double decker bus, killing 52 and wounding more that 700 people.
 e. 2016 former Army vet Micah Johnson shot 12 Dallas Police officers, killing 5 of them before he was killed by a  bomb delivered by a robot.
    Reflections on Dallas shooting of 12 police officers, 5 of whom were killed. “There’s no greater love than this. rthe Tour de France by someone who has competed in it: There simply is nothing else like it. That these five men gave their lives for all of us.” Dallas Chief of Police David Brown at the memorial service for the five slain officers.
    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.             
© July 7, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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