Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 31, 2017 The danger and damages posed by Harvey keeps getting worse as 20% of the nation’s refining capacity has been shut down, 30,000 gallons of crude oil have been released from two damaged oil tanks, and a French owned chemical company has lost power needed to keep refrigerated certain chemicals that will explode or catch when their temperatures rise which has occurred early this morning resulting in a 1.5 mile evacuation radius; the death toll has risen to 31 and it is highly likely that it will rise as the waters recede; on the good news front Google has been matching contributions for Harvey relief and has raised $2 million, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has given $1 million and the Cowboys and Texans preseason game has been cancelled and replaced with a fund raising Telethon with Cowboys players participating to take donations; in another example of judicial overreach so typical of too many of our federal judges, Orlando Garcia has blocked enforcement of SB4 designed to prohibit Sanctuary Cities in Texas; Governor Rauner masquerading as a Republican has signed into law legislation that makes Illinois in essence a Sanctuary State (kiss our immigration laws goodbye and open the floodgates to illegals to fulfill the left’s dream of no borders); in a really chilling video a Lt. Greg Abbot of the Cobb County, Georgia Police Department is shown on his patrol car’s video cam telling a woman he had pulled over for suspected DUI that “We only shoot black people.” (totally unacceptable from an officer and veteran police officer); in yet another example that alcohol and flying do not mix just like driving and drinking, an intoxicated passenger who on a flight from Honolulu to New York became unruly threatening his girlfriend and her kids, striking a flight attendant and forcing the pilot to return to Honolulu has been hit with a $97,817 fine; Wells Fargo announced that the number of fraudulently opened accounts has risen from the original estimate of 2.1 million to 3.5 million; through August 30, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2530, and the death toll again on the rise to 435.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Kay Kyser and His Orchestra, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by the birthday lady Marcia Clark on domestic violence and silver linings, hoping that our Coast Guard and Border Patrol are successful with their jerques, 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. National Diatomaceous Earth Day—celebrated to promote the awareness of and contributions to our well being of the one celled diatom plants that when they die fall to the bottom of the waters they had previously lived to form minerals with amazing abrasive, construction and filtration qualities. First discovered by Peter Kasten in Germany in 1836.
2. Love Litigating Lawyers Day—not sure where this observance came from other than to suspect it did not originate from a defendant who was nailed with a huge judgment; always thought although litigators can be a necessary evil, Dick the Butcher was right in his observations on lawyers.
3. 1942 Number One Song— the number one song in 1942 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle” by Kay Kyser and His Orchestra. Here is a performance of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jerque” which means to search a ship for smuggled goods or contraband which the Coast Guard is actively doing to protect us from the cartel jerks that are bringing tons of illicit drugs into this nation and when it comes to using trucks another reason to build the Wall.
5. Losing to Nightmare Team Hobbled by a Racist Cop—celebrating the birth on this day in 1953 of Marcia Clark who was lead prosecutor in the trial of OJ Simpson for the killing of his exwife Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman who had enough evidence to convict the Juice ten times over but was confronted with the best lawyers money could buy and shackled to LAPD Detective Mark Furman who was exposed as a liar and a racist in front of a black majority jury—foregone conclusion the Juice would be acquitted. She is no longer practicing law but is a successful author.
On this day in:
a. 1895 Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patented his dirigible that would see service as a bomber in World War I and until the disastrous fire of the Hindenburg at Lakehurst, New Jersey, passenger service across the Atlantic.
b. 1920 the first radio news program was broadcast on radio station 8MK in Detroit, Michigan.
c. 1943 the USS Harmon the first warship to be named after an African-American, posthumously Navy Cross winner Mess Attendant Leonard Harmon killed aboard the USS San Francisco off Guadalcanal while protecting a pharmacist tending to wounded with his body was commissioned.
d. 1997 Diana Princess of Wales was killed along with her companion Dodi Fayed in an automobile accident in a tunnel in Paris.
e. 2006 Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream stolen from the Munch Museum in Oslo in 2004 was recovered by Norwegian police.
Reflections on the on need to find a silver lining in any adversity or setback: “To me, one of the big silver linings of the Simpson trial is the advances we've made in understanding domestic violence as a lethal problem. Before that trial, I think there was a widespread sense that it was a family affair, a normal part of a relationship, not really a crime. The reality is that it's very much a crime, and a very serious.” Marcia Clark. Right as rain on this observation as domestic violence is a great predictor of further violence even death especially when the relationship is ended. 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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