Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 29, 2017 Harvey’s rainfall has set a new record with over 52 inches as rain continues to fall to the point that reservoirs are overflowing creating more mandatory evacuations with loss of life climbing to 14; the silver lining in this disaster of epic proportions has been the outpouring of Texans with boats coming out to rescue friends, relatives and complete strangers (here is a link to donate to the Red Cross to help it in their aid efforts https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation?scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxPW21vr81QIVElcNCh0mUQY2EAAYASAAEgICofD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CMGmkNz6)
_NUCFdV5Ygod6xUEFQ); Trump and several members of his cabinet have just landed in Corpus Christi and are being briefed by local officials as to their needs, which needs Trump has indicated will be met immediately (since he is a builder not a politician not only will needs be met but expect recovery as opposed to Katrina or Sandy to occur on time, under budget and without fraud and abuse (thank God HRC given the quid pro quo of the Clinton Foundation in the Haiti earthquake aftermath is not in the Oval Office); the mouse that roared has launched a missile over Japan which is a flagrant provocation (China has a clear choice to reign in this obese lunatic or face the real possibility of nuclear strikes against Kim and his missile and nuclear sites and a nuclear armed Japan with a military charged not just with defense but with offensive capabilities and goals in addition to massive sanctions against the Chinese economy); on the academic front U of Tampa prof Ken Storey who tweeted Texas deserved Harvey because it voted for Trump has been fired (kudos U of Tampa!); in addition to worrying about nuclear tipped missiles, Kim has 200 An-2 biplanes that are hard to detect due to low speed that could carry a nuclear warhead (remember the low speed British biplanes launched from an aircraft carrier managed to damage the Bismarck’s rudder, enabling the British battleships to catch her and pound her to the bottom; Pelosi leads the hypocrisy parade with total silence on the violence by Antifa in Berkeley; normally Mayor Di Blasio is totally out to lunch on almost all issues, but should be cheered for raising the price of cigarettes to $13.50 a pack and seeking to cut in half the number of places that can sell the cancer sticks; through August 28, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2507, 434 of whom have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Mark Skousen on the fraud in Katrina relief efforts, hoping that you are not exposed to any jeremiads, 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.
1. International Day Against Nuclear Tests—created by the UN General Assembly on December 2, 2009 to promote awareness of the danger of nuclear weapons and the testing thereof and to the need for a nuclear free Earth (sadly the observance is not celebrated by the obese lunatic of the rogue nation North Korea); August 29 was chosen as it coincides with the closing of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site in Kazakhstan in 1991.
2. According to Hoyle Day—commemorating the death of Edmond Hoyle on this day in 1769 and who wrote the rules for the popular 17th and 18th century card game of whist, but is forever remembered in the English language by the phrase “according to Hoyle.”
3. 2017 Number One Song—leaving 2017 to go back to 1940 and then to head year by year to the present, the number one song in 1940 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “I’ll Never Smile Again” by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Here is a performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il7DWoLySW8
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jeremiad” which means a long harangue or lengthy list of complaints which describes the rants from the MSM in reporting on Trump and his agenda.
5. Queen of the Blues—celebrating the birth on this day in 1924 of Ruth Lee Jones better known to her fans as Dinah Washington who was one of the most popular female black singers of rhythm and blues but ending up drinking far too much and died of an over dose of barbiturates while sleeping with her 7th husband Dick “Nightrain” Lane at the age of 39.
On this day in:
a. 1916 the U.S. passed the Philippines Autonomy Act laying out the framework for the Philippines to become an independent nation in the future.
b. 1949 the Soviet Union thanks to its espionage efforts on the Manhattan Project successfully tested its first atomic bomb known as “Lightening Joe” in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan.
c. 1966 in an end of an era moment, the Beatles held their last paying concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
d. 1991 the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union disbanded all activities of the Communist Party, an act which Putin is determined overturn and return Russia to its former territorial glory.
e. 2005 in an it almost seems like yesterday moment after slamming into Florida, Katrina got her second wind in the Gulf reaching a Cat 5 status before slamming into Louisiana to devastate and flood New Orleans and kill over 1800 people.
A hope that Harvey recovery operations will not be a repeat of Katrina recovery efforts that occurred 12 years earlier: “Fraud is common when you give away billions. Fraud related to Hurricane Katrina spending is estimated to top $2 billion. In addition, debit cards provided to hurricane victims were used to pay for Caribbean vacations, NFL tickets, Dom Perignon champagne, 'Girls Gone Wild' videos, and at least one sex change operation.” Mark Skousen, noted investment analyst and college professor. Although the number seems high and outrageous it represented only 2 2/3 percent of the money doled out by the federal government for relief. 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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