Tuesday, September 25, 2018

September 25, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Ataxia Awareness Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 25, 2018 The circus over Kavanaugh continues amid doubts that Ms. Ford will appear on Thursday (innocent until proven guilty totally tossed out the window by Blue Senators); Ms. Ford is complaining big time that her questioner will be a female attorney skilled in sexual abuse cases; Bill Cosby has been sentenced to 3 to 10 years and was led away in handcuffs; President Trump spoke to the United Nations today announcing the days of ripping off the United States are over; Dunkin’ Donuts has changed its name and will be known only as Dunkin’; Weight Watchers is also in the name game change, changing its name to WW to emphasize its focus on wellness as opposed to just weight loss; Maxine Waters call to get into the faces of Red office holders has just claimed another victim, Ted Cruz and his wife were hounded out of a Swamp restaurant (when will the idiots on the left understand that they are continuing to blow the dog whistles of calls to violence and sooner than later someone is going to get killed or severely injured); on the Islamic intolerance front police in the Maldives have destroyed and underwater art gallery that the president of the country has declared to be an insult to Islam (good place to avoid for a honeymoon trip); Beto O’Rourke has received 4 Pinocchio’s for denying he tried to flee the scene of a DUI accident in 1998 in El Paso, Texas;  in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 24, 2018, 2276 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a teenage leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 366 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Mariah Carey, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not in need of narcology and a relevant quote from Dwight Eisenhower on Montgomery’s plan to end the war in Europe, 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. International Ataxia Awareness Day—creating awareness for a disease that attacks the ability to coordinate muscle movement.
2. National Voter Registration Day—celebrating since 2012 the need for all citizens to register in order to be able to vote and then actually vote on Election Day.
3. 1993 Number One Song— the number one song in 1993 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “Dreamlover” by Mariah Carey. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqBtS6BIP1E
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n”  is “narcology” which means the study of and treatment of narcotic abuse, a skill desperately needed given our opioid epidemic that is running rampant in this land.
5. Melrose Place Fall from Grace—celebrating the birth on this day in 1961 of note TV actress Heather Locklear who has fallen on hard times and once again is in rehab.
On this day in: 
a. 1890 Congress in a victory for redwoods established Sequoia National Park. b. 1944 surviving elements of the British First Airborne Division successfully evacuated Arnhem, Holland bringing Operation Market Garden to its disastrous end.
c. 1956 TAT-1 the first transatlantic telephone cable went into operation.
d. 1974 Doctor Frank Jobe performed the first ulnar ligament replacement surgery on L.A. Dodger pitcher Tommy John who was able to return to the mound to win 168 more games of his career 288 wins.
e. 1977 about 4,200 took part in the first Chicago Marathon 2007 with American Dan Cloeter winning the men’s race and American Dorothy Doolittle winning the women’s race.
   Reflections by Eisenhower on Montgomery’s single thrust concept for winning the war that led to Operation Market Garden: “What you're proposing is this – if I give you all the supplies you want, you could go straight to Berlin – right straight (500 miles) to Berlin? Monty, you're nuts. You can't do it. What the hell[?] … If you try a long column like that in a single thrust you'd have to throw off division after division to protect your flanks from attack.”  Ike was right and the supplies to Operation Market Garden would have been put to better use if given to Patton.
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

September 20, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Punch Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 20, 2018 Professor Bird continues to play the cat and mouse game with the Senate Judiciary Committee now declaring that she is prepared to testify if her safety is guaranteed and the hearing is “fair” (what in heaven’s name does that mean that she gets to approve the questions in advance, that Kavanaugh cannot be present to hear her or only Blues get to ask her questions; this farce has to come to a close and Kavanaugh the subject of a political hatchet job by a despicable and shameless Feinstein needs to come to an end); Bird’s two attorneys who are Democratic donors have had a fund raiser for Wisconsin Senator Tammy Bruce cancelled (despicable that a Blue Senator seeking reelection would use the confirmation chaos as an excuse to raise money); Professor Fair at Georgetown who is anything but on a profanity laced rant against Republicans and those who voted for them (if a Red supporter probably kiss your chance at an A goodbye from this biased academic hack); a Chevy Suburban transporting 7 illegals was involved in a head on collision in Arizona, killing 3 of them and critically injuring the remaining 4; in a chilling reminder of the dangers illegals face trying to come to this country the Border Patrol discovered almost 200 illegals including 12 unaccompanied minors in a remote desert in Arizona after they had been abandoned by smugglers (catching a smuggler and putting him in prison for 20 years or more might be a deterrent to this dangerous crime); Deep State traitors like Brennan and many Blues are ranting over Trump’s order to declassify FISA documents and other documents subpoenaed by the House (Rosenstein must be sweating blood as those documents will more likely than not reveal his corruption and the corruption in the FBI and DOJ); on the senseless murder front, 26 year old Snochia Moseley, a temporary worker for Rite Aid in Maryland, reported for work with a hand gun and shot 6 people, 3 of whom died and 3 of whom are expected to live before killing herself with a shot to her head; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 19, 2018, 2226 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a teenage leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 360 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Bpyz II Men, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not suffer from narcolepsey and a relevant quote from Michael Baisden on the legal system, 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 Fried Rice Day—created by Benihana this year to celebrate a great way to eat rice especially when enhanced with vegetables and meats or seafood.
2. National Punch Day—celebrating an often alcoholic party drink named after the Hindi word panch which means five which is the number of ingredients in punch-spirits, lemons or limes, water and tea or spices.
3. 1992 Number One Song— the number one song in 1992 on a run of 13 weeks in that position was “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDKO6XYXioc
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n”  is “narcolepsy” which means a pathological drowsiness which seems to describe our government’s response to the opioid epidemic that is sweeping the land.
5. Lasting Beauty—celebrating the birth on this day in 1934 of noted actress Sophia Loren who even today at 84 is considered one of the most beautiful women in the world.
On this day in: 
a. 1881 Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as president following the death of James Garfield the previous day.
b. 1962 James Meredith, seeking to become the first African-American to be admitted to the University of Mississippi, was temporarily barred from entering.
c. 1973 Singer Jim Croces and five others were killed when their light plane crashed on takeoff from Natchitoches Regional Airport in Louisiana.
d. 1984 a car suicide bomber from Hezbollah attacked the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 24 people including the bomber.
e. 2007 15,000-20,000 people marched in Jena, Louisiana in protest to the conviction of six black youths who had been convicted of assaulting a white classmate.
   Reflections on this nation’s legal system: “If you're poor and white in this country, you get involved in the legal system, you're in trouble. But if you're poor and black, you're in hell.” Michael Baisden, noted nationally syndicated radio talk show host.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

September 19, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Gibberish Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 19, 2018 The flood waters from now Tropical Depression  Florence are lingering in the Carolinas and the Little River is belying its name by continuing to rise as the death toll remains at 37; Trump is visiting New Bern, North Carolina as Lara Trump released photos of her grandmother’s flood submerged home; a joyless Joy Behar of the clueless The View threw the presumption of innocence out the window and intoned that men are protecting a probably guilty Kavanaugh as Ms. Ford has announced she will not testify before Congress until the FBI has completed an investigation which it will not do of the incident which occurred 35 years ago (questions have arisen over the nature of the polygraph test Ms. Ford took but details have not been forthcoming from her counsel); the USDA is in hot water for its decades old program of infecting kittens with parasitic contaminated food then killing them as opposed to treating them and then putting them up for adoption, a policy that has attracted bipartisan outrage;  on the PETA front the L.A. City Council has unanimously adopted a resolution instructing the City Attorney to draft an ordinance prohibiting manufacture and sale of fur products in the city; Governor Moonbeam is on a rant against Trump and keeps nudging the line calling for “something has got to happen to this guy” (a dog whistle for assassination perhaps); Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, has reneged on his promise to create a million jobs in the U.S. citing the trade war between China and the U.S.; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 18, 2018, 2213 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a teenage leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 359 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Color Me Badd, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that maybe today civility might not be napooed in the Swamp and a relevant quote from Rick Jervis on Hurricane Maria, 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 Gibberish Day—bemoaning a form of speech that is nonsensical which describes to a tee what we usually hear emanating from the Swamp.
2. National String Cheese Day—tcreated by Galbini Cheese in 2017 to celebrated that peel able snack invented by Frank Baker in 1976.
3. 1991 Number One Song— the number one song in 1991 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “I Adore Mi Amore” by Color Me Badd. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92NdfSeOLA0
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n”  is “napoo” which means to destroy or kill which describes what politicians have done to civility in the Swamp and across the land.
5. Cowboys and Indians—celebrating the birth on this day in 1963 of noted Irish author Joseph O’Connor author of such novels as Cowboys and Indians, The Salesman, and Star of the Sea..
On this day in: 
a. 1971 after making landfall in Nicaragua Hurricane Irene crossed that country to enter the Pacific and regain hurricane status as Hurricane Olivia to become the first hurricane in history to have crossed from the Atlantic into the Pacific.
b. 1973 Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes” in the Houston Astrodome.
c. 2001 in an address to a joint session of Congress televised to the American people, President George Bush announced a “War on Terror.”
d. 2011 the U.S. Military ended its “Don’t ask, don’t tell” and allowed openly gay and lesbians to serve in the military.
e. 2017 Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Cat 4 hurricane, causing 2975 deaths and $90 billion in property damage.
   Reflections on Hurricane Maria from a reporter at ground zero: “The wall pulsed, bowed and finally gave, crashing to the floor and sending Hurricane Maria howling into the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott Isla Verde. ... I covered six previous hurricanes and thought I knew tropical cyclones. But Maria was different: meaner, louder, more punishing." Rick Jervis, USA Today reporter in San Juan , Puerto Rico
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Water Monitoring Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 18, 2018 The flood waters from Florence are lingering in the Carolinas and the death toll has risen to 32 as authorities warn residents not to return to their flooded homes; the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on Monday with Kavanaugh and Ford (if she does not Grassley will cancel the hearing) testifying under oath on the alleged sexual abuse 36 years ago while so typically Kamala Harris is beating the drums for the FBI to reopen the background check and for additional witnesses to be called (even if the incident did occur which is doubtful is it grounds for rejecting his nomination or to put it another way does the incident determine his character—the answer should be no in both cases); Matthew Dowd of the Always Biased Cack Network is rightfully being slammed for tweeting that Justice Thomas is a sexual predator and inferring that Judge Kavanugh is one also;  Professor Cheny-Lippold of the University of Michigan is being slammed for his refusal to write a letter of recommendation for a student seeking to study in Israel because it would run counter to his department’s position of Israeli occupation of Palestine (another example of anti-Semitism running wild on our college campuses); not to be outdone on the anti-Semitism front tenured professor Hamid Dabashi as Columbia has tweeted that every dirty problem in the world is the fault of Israel (with tenure you can’t get rid of idiots like this one); on the culinary front the Lobster Pound in Charlotte, Maine is getting its lobster high on marijuana smoke before steaming them to death         http://video.foxnews.com/v/5836485027001/?#sp=show-clips; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 17, 2018, 2208 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a teenage leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 358 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Milli Vanilli, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your face is covered with sunscreen to avoid being naevous, and a relevant quote from Angelina Jolie on landmines, 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 Water Monitoring Day—created by the American Clean Water Foundation in 2003 as an educational outreach program to promote the monitoring of water quality of our water resources.
2. International Read an E-book Day—created in 2014 to promote the reading of e-books which take up little or no extra space in a briefcase or suitcase but allow the reader to take a small library with him or her.
3. 1989 Number One Song— the number one song in 1989 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You” by Milli Vanilli. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbUENJ5FjBk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n”  is “naevous” which means spotted or freckled which one can become being out in the Sun with pale skin and no sunscreen on.
5. Enhance for a Chance—celebrating the birth on this day in 1971 of noted cyclist Lance Armstrong who won the Tour de France 7 times but was stripped of his wins after it was discovered he was using banned performance enhancing drugs.
On this day in: 
a. 1793 the first cornerstone for the U.S. Capitol was laid by President George Washington.
b. 1984 Joe Kittinger completed the first solo crossing of the Atlantic in a gas balloon named Balloon of Peace.
c. 1997 media magnate Ted Turner donated $1 billion to the United Nations.
d. 1997 the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention was adopted by 33 countries but not the U.S., Russia, China and India.
e. 2001 the anthrax attacks began with the mailing of letters containing anthrax spores to two senators and various news media outlets; the mailings continued until October 9, 2001 and killed 5 people and injured 17 others. The prime suspect a Doctor Bruce Ivins committed suicide before being brought to justice.
   Reflections on anti-personnel landmines: “The most upsetting thing is that the US is a leader in the world, and if they don't sign, then how do you expect to convince Russian and China and Iran, Pakistan, all these other countries, to sign? They simply won't. (The US government) feels it's against their constitutional right to bear arms, or they've said that it's needed in North and South Korea, on the border. I don't think any of these are good enough excuses for the damage.” Angelina Jolie
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

September 16, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Mexican Independence Day



Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 16, 2018 Hurricane Florence has now become Tropical Storm Florence after leaving at least 15 dead and a million without power in its wake as it continues to drench the Carolinas and the Southeast with massive amounts of rainfall and flooding waters (stung by criticism over federal responses in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Pentagon has 9,700 troops to assist in relief efforts); on the Kavanaugh front, the alleged victim of a high school sexual assault by Kavanaugh, Christine Ford, a registered Democrat and professor at Palo Alto University, has come forward with her allegations of a highly intoxicated Kavanaugh forcing her into a bedroom and trying to remove her bathing suit which attempt ended when his friend Judge, who denies the incident ever happened jumped on top of them and rolled off the bed allowing her to escape through a bathroom window to remain silent on the accusations until a therapy session with her husband in 2012 and July when she released a confidential letter to Feinstein in July who sat on it until last week after all the interviews with Kavanaugh, his senatorial interviews, Senate Judiciary grilling, and written questions had ended (the Blues want a full blown FBI investigation and a delay of Thursday’s confirmation hearing while in the face of Kavanaugh’s and Judge’s denial and a letter from 65 women who have known him from high school and support him was to proceed forward which gives rise to the question of how possibly in a blackout stage a non disclosed til now incident involving two teenagers  four decades ago not repeated until now disqualifies a person from serving in a public office even as those sanctimonious Blues whose records in youth must be “lily white” proclaim women must not be silenced); deer hunting will be allowed for 10 days on the National Wildlife Preserve but fortunately for the gang that with rifles cannot shoot straight permitted only with bows and arrows; on the false advertising front, German Ironman competitor Jaroslav Bobrowski has been banned from the Running Sushi’s All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at the Running Sushi in Landshut, Bavaria for devouring 100 plates of sushi; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 15, 2018, 2196 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a teenage leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 355 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Michael Jackson, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you know how to use nackets to lose weight, and a relevant quote from  José Maria Morelos y Pavon on the Mexican Movement for Independence, 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. International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer—created by the UN General Assembly in 2007 to promote awareness of the need to reduce the production of chemicals that delete the Ozone Layer that protects the planet from harmful radiation; the date was chosen as it coincides with the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Delete the Ozone Layer on September 16, 1980 which protocol since the signatories observed it had the result of closing the Ozone hole in our atmosphere in 2017.
2. Mexican Independence Day—commemorating the morning of this day in 1810 when Father Miguel Hidalgo Y Castilla rang the bell at his church in Delores, Mexico to raise the call of arms to resist the Spanish as an independent nation.
3. 1987 Number One Song— the number one song in 1987 on a run of 1 week in that position was “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPSS0B1iemQ
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n”  is “nacket” which means a snack or light lunch, the eating of which is a great way to lose weight.
5. Dollars for Pennies--celebrating the birth on this day in 1875 of J.C. Penny’s, the founder of a retail chain that bears his name. After growing the chain to 175 outlets he retired in 1917 by staying active behind the scenes; his stores survived the Great Depression by offering great value. He remained on the Board until his death in 1971 amd must be rolling in his grave over the depressed stock price for J.C. Penny’s.
On this day in: 
a. 1961 the National Hurricane Research Center dropped 8 cylinders of silver iodide into the center of Hurricane Esther which then had wind speeds reduced by 10% which gave rise to Project Stormfury,  a failed 21 year project of seeding hurricanes to reduce their strength.
b. 1979 in a classic example of the human spirit going to any lengths to be fee, 8 people in a homemade hot air balloon escaped from East Berlin to West Berlin.
c. 1992 the trial of Manuel Noriega for trafficking and money laundering ended in a guilty verdict which resulted in a sentence of 40 years, validating that it is hard to hide from the long arm of the law.
d. 1992 the British pound was forced out of the European Exchange Mechanism by speculators and was forced to devalue against the German mark.
e. 2007 security guards for Blackwater Worldwide in a move that severely strained U.S.-Iraqi relations shot and killed 17 Iraqis and wounded 20 others; after several investigations 4 guards were tried and convicted in federal court, 1 for murder and the others for manslaughter and firearms charges.
   Reflections on Mexican Independence Day: I am a servant of the nation because it assumes the greatest legitimate and inviolable sovereignty." José Maria Morelos y Pavon priest who assumed the Mexican Independence Movement after the execution of Father Hidalgo by the Spanish shortly after his declaration of independence.
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Saturday, September 15, 2018

September 15, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Lymphoma Awareness Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 15, 2018 Hurricane Florence has now become Tropical Storm Florence after leaving at least seven dead and a million without power in its wake as it continues to drench the Carolinas and the Southeast with massive amounts of rainfall and rising waters (stung by criticism over federal responses in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Pentagon is  readying 9,700 troops to assist in relief efforts); Paul Manafort who has plead guilty in a plea agreement with the witch-hunter in chief and is cooperating with him as part of that agreement may soon have company as Greg Craig, a lawyer with ties to Clinton and the Obama administration may face charges for failing to register as a foreign lobbyist for his dealings in the Ukraine; Fort Worth police officer Gordon Hull shot in the head in a confrontation with armed robbery suspects  has joined at least 55 other police officers who have died in the line of duty this year; in a I can’t wait moment, Arnold Nash, 65 years old and a convicted murderer scheduled for release on December 14 of this year has escaped from a Maine prison, prompting a warning to nearby residents to be vigilant (which thanks to the 4th Amendment means check to make sure your firearms are loaded and in good working condition); in another nonassimilation moment a rare English speaking customer at a Hialeah, Florida Taco Bell was refused service because she tried to order in English (caught on video, that worker is no longer working at Taco Bell and if an illegal immigrant a damning indictment of our porous border); on the diversity at any cost in Lyon the Emile Cohl art school’s photo ad for the school some of the students had been blackened to appear more diverse; Harrison Ford whose carbon footprint rivals that of Al Gore lectured the audience about climate change in San Fracisco and the need to elect people who believe in the science of global warming (another definition of hypocrisy by a member of the Hollywood elite); in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 12, 2018, 2183 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a teenage leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 353 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Huey Lewis and the News, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not nabilitic, and a relevant quote from Ann, a cancer survivor and member of the Lymphoma Club, 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. International Day of Democracy—created by the UN General Assembly in 2007 to promote the values and principle of democracy which either do not exist in places like North Korea or are under attack in places like Venezuela or Turkey.
2. World Lymphoma Awareness Day--created by the Lymphoma Coalition in 2004 to create awareness of the symptoms and cures for one of the fastest growing cancers in the world with 1,000 new cases daily.
3. 1986 Number One Song— the number one song in 1986 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Stuck with You” by Huey Lewis and the News. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J08ZwySCoJ8
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n”  is “nabilitic” which means churlish, vulgar or uncivil which is what we hear from politicians on both sides of the aisle more frequently but mostly on the left.
5. Cannibal for Jazz--celebrating the birth on this day in 1928 of Julian Adderley noted saxophonist best known to his fans as Cannonball Adderley and to his childhood friends as Cannibal for his voracious appetite but who played his last note at the far too early age of 46 from a stroke.
 On this day in: 
a. 1812 the French Army under Napoleon reached the Kremlin but instead of forcing the Tsar to capitulate, the city was torched and the Russians fought on, causing Napoleon to retreat in the cold of the Russian winter losing most of his army.
b. 1962 the Soviet ship Poltava carrying medium range missiles headed for Cuba, one of the events that brought on the Cuban Missile Crisis, an event that brought us closer to nuclear war than we have ever been.
c. 1981 in a way the judicial confirmation process is supposed to work as opposed to the theatrics from the left on the Kavanaugh hearings, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously recommended the confirmation of Sandra Day O’Connor.
d. 2004 to the dismay of hockey fans here in the U.S. and Canada, the NHL locked the players out and cancelled the entire season, the first time a professional sport has had its season cancelled in its entirety due to a labor dispute.
e. 2008 Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in the largest bankruptcy of all times which plunged this country into a recession and paved the way for Obama to be elected.
   Reflections on lymphoma: “Life after cancer is what you make of it. You can either focus on worrying or you can choose to embrace your second chance at life and convert that energy to being proactive and living a full life. The same determination you had during your cancer battle is the same determination you need to live a life after cancer.” Ann, cancer survivor and member of the Lymphoma Club
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Friday, September 14, 2018

September 14, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Stand Up to Cancer

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 14, 2018 Hurricane Florence has made landfall as a Cat 1 hurricane over a very large area with a storm surge of over 6 feet with massive amounts of rain and moving very slowly leaving close to 400,000 people without power but so far no reported deaths (although that number may change as the day continues)  as most people heeded the evacuation warnings; while FEMA battles Florence, Trump faces criticism for his doubting of the revised total of 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Mariah which he claimed was done by Blues to discredit his administration’s response; the New York Times has slammed Nikki Haley for the expenditure of $53,000 for curtains at the Ambassador’s official residence an expenditure authorize by the Obama administration (so typical of the paper to criticize when the Trump administration had nothing to do with the authorization); Halley also claimed the new sanctions on Iran are suffocating that nation; on the 2nd Amendment front in Cicero, Illinois a Good Samaritan with a concealed weapons permit seeing police engaged in a shootout with a gunman joined in the shootout that left one officer hit with 4 bullets in surgery and the suspect wounded and in custody; on the illegal alien front Bryan Codero-Castro a 20 year old illegal from Guatemala has been charged with the stabbing death 15 year old Madison Wells of Long Branch; Zamoro-Calderon once deported and wanted for raping his teenage daughter was apprehended crossing the border back into the United States (another example of the work done by the Border Patrol in trying to keep this nation safe); Andrew Cuomo got one step closer to his dream of the White House by crushing progressive Cynthia Nixon in the New York Governor’s primary race on the Democratic ballot; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 12, 2018, 2168 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 350 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to John Parr, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not prone to mythomania, and a relevant quote from A.S. King on the draft lottery, 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 Hug Your Boss Day—celebrated since 2009 but given the #NeToo Movement and the potential for sexual harassment claims given the number of reptilian brains in the workforce, not sure if this holiday is a great idea.
2. Stand Up to Cancer--created by the Entertainment Industry Foundation in 2009 to raise money online and through televised performances for research in finding cures and treatment options for cancer.
3. 1985 Number One Song— the number one song in 1985 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” by John Parr Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOvMpND2OZY
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mythomania” which means exaggerating or lying to an abnormal extent which describes most politicians on the campaign trail.
5. Wrong Name--celebrating the birth on this day in 1983 of Amy Winehouse, noted English singer who battled drugs and alcohol and although she was able to cease drug use was not so successful with alcohol and died from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 with a BAC of over 4%.
 On this day in: 
a. 1960 to the dismay of consumers everywhere the Organization Of Petroleum Exporting Companies (OPEC) was formed.
b. 1969 the U.S. Selective Service selected September 14 as the first draft lottery date.
c. 1994 the Major League Baseball Season was cancelled due to a player’s strike.
d. 1998 MCI Communications and WorldCom completed their $37 billion dollar merger to form MCI WorldCom.
e. 2000 Microsoft announced the release of Windows ME.
   Reflections on the draft lottery: “I guess it was hard for him to look at the logic behind the draft lotteries, because that same logic had taken away his father. And, anyway, what’s so logical about the day you were born deciding when you might die? That’s just a cruel joke, as I see it.”― A.S. KingEverybody Sees the Ants
   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 www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© September 14, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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