Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 19, 2019 An investigative report by Fox has excoriated Los Angeles Mayor and his administration for an expanding homeless crisis that gets worse every day while Garcetti and Blue politicians are interested only in sound bites and ailing that reaches up to Sacramento where Newsom is more concerned about the welfare of illegal aliens than the needs of California residents; here is a typical photo of a slight portion of the 60,000 homeless clogging the sidewalks and parks of Los Angeles each night:
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Puff Daddy and Faith Evans feat. 123, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not suffer from plastography and a relevant quote from Joschka Fischer on Iraqi Freedom, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, 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 Aviation Day—created by proclamation by President Roosevelt in 1939 on the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday in 1871 to honor the development of aviation in the United States.
2. World Humanitarian Day—created by the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Foundation on August 19, 2009 to work with the UN and governments to honor those working in humanitarian causes and to commemorate those who have lost their lives in promoting humanitarian efforts.
3. 1997 Number One Song— the number one song in 1997 on a run of 11 weeks in that position was “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans feat. 112. Here is a recording video of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKMtZm2YuBE
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “plastography” which is the art of forging handwriting which in the day of online banking and passwords may be a dying art.
5. Spread the Genes—celebrating the birth of rapper Nate Dogg born on this day in 1991 and whose life after military service mired his rap songs with numerous brushes with the law and bringing six children into this world from multiple relationships and who died early from complications from strokes on March 15, 2011 at the age of 41.
On this day in:
a. 1934 the first All American Soap Box Derby was held in Dayton, Ohio.
b. 1964 Syncom 3 the first world’s first geostationary communications satellite was successfully launched by the United States.
c. 1981 carrier launched U.S. fighters in the Gulf of Sidra off the coast of Libya shoot down 2 Soviet made Libyan fighters.
d. 2010 Iraqi Freedom, the operation by the U.S. and certain of its allies to find nonexistent weapons of mass destruction and replace Saddam Hussein ended with members of the last combat brigade returning to Kuwait.
e. 2017 tens of thousands of non native farmed Atlantic salmon were released into the wild in a pen break near Cypress Island, Washington which resulted in the State of Washington banning the farming of salmon after 2025.
Reflections on Iraqi Freedom that found no nonexistent WMD and cost us trillions of dollars: “Taking stock of ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’ a decade later, the Financial Times concluded that the US won the war, Iran won the peace, and Turkey won the contracts. I can only agree.” Joschka Fischer, former German Vice Chancellor and popular figure in the Green Party in Germany for many years.
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