Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 1, 2017 Houston and surrounding areas devastated by Harvey are slowly digging themselves out as the death toll as waters recede has climbed to 44 (not out of the woods yet as evacuations urged for people living near dams that may fail); if anyone believes in the power of prayer now would be a could time to start flexing one’s prayer muscles as Hurricane Irma now a Cat 3 and projected to grow to Cat 5 is headed toward us and if it does not swing north toward Bermuda and instead hits Florida or the East Coast or God forbid enters the Gulf of Mexico and makes landfall in Texas we will be in a world of hurt; finally the left leaning professors and administrators are waking up to the adage that you don’t bite the hand that feeds you as parents, donors and prospective students are becoming outraged with the anti-free speech violence sweeping college campuses (time to rethink the idea of a four year education that leaves one mired in debt, unemployed and with zero thinking and problem solving skills?); new allegations that Comey may have committed perjury before Congress and evidence that he had already made up his mind to exonerate Hillary before the “investigation” was completed (what a mess and what a disaster to the integrity of the FBI and a direct slap to the face of those agents there); fortunately, a federal judge has ordered the FBI to release Hillary emails that the agency felt there was no public interest in releasing; Obama remains the gift that keeps on giving as taxpayers will be stuck in 2018 for $1,153,000 in expenses, the highest amount of any living ex-president; Harvey has brought out the best in the deplorables but on the left like Linda Sarsour it brings out the worst as she tweets to raise money for Harvey for an organization that has nothing to do with flood relief only electing left wing candidates; through August 31, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2542, and the death toll again on the rise to 437.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Walter Reuther on stock programs for workers, hoping that ne avoids the gaze of the jettatura, 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. College Color Day—celebrated since 2005 to promote one’s favorite college team colors which in my case is the Stanford cardinal—Go Stanford beat SC and its racist horse (not racist but just another example of the PC police running amok).
2. Start of Chiari Malformation Month—creating awareness of and promoting the need to raise research dollars to combat a rare birth defect that results in brain tissue extending into a person’s spinal cord.
3. 1943 Number One Song— the number one song in 1943 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Blues In The Night” by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra. Here is a performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WIXZnt-Iig
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jettatura” which means the curse of the evil eye which after looking at the gridlock in the Swamp it seems that us mere mortals are under its gaze.
5. Driving Beats Flying In Bad Weather—celebrating the birth on this day in 1907 of Walter Reuther a socialist who after spending some time in the Soviet Union as a young man and seeing the reality of Stalin’s Soviet Union became a staunch anti communist and when he became the president of the UAW relentlessly expelled communists from the union. Sadly he was killed along with his wife in the crash of a chartered jet heading to a UAW recreation retreat in 1970.
On this day in:
a. 1715 King Louis XIV died after a reign of 72 years making him the longest ruling monarch in Europe although if Queen Elizabeth lives for seven more years, she will surpass that record.
b. 1914 from a population estimated to be between 3-5 billion in the early 19th century only to be decimated by overhunting and loss of habitat, the last passenger pigeon on the planet, Martha died in the Cincinnati Zoo rendering the species extinct.
c. 1939 Adolf Hitler signed an order calling for the euthanasia of physically disabled and mentally unfit citizens of the Third Reich.
d. 1983 Soviet fighters shot down a Korean Air 747 Flight 007 when it inadvertently strayed into Soviet airspace, killing all 269 aboard.
e. 2004 34 jihadis attacked School Number One in Beslan, Russia holding over 1,000 people hostage until Russian security forces stormed the school three days later sending 31 jihadis on a one way ticket to Paradise but in the process losing 334 hostages, 186 of whom were innocent children which is a reason why Putin should be working with us to exterminate ISIS.
Reflections on how to create wealth for labor: “Profit sharing in the form of stock distributions to workers would help to democratize the ownership of America's vast corporate wealth which is today appallingly undemocratic and unhealthy.” Walter Reuther On this he is spot on as owning stock options is a great way to incentivize a company’s work force for their benefit and the benefit of the company they work for. 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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