Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 13, 2019 The news of demonstrations in Hong Kong and the shutdown of its international airport have moved the news cycle for the shootings in El Paso and Dayton and the death of Epstein in federal custody by suicide, foul play or national causes as thousands of protestors are protesting against police using pepper spray against a law giving China the right to extradite people charged with crimes against the regime (the true face of Chinese oppression rears its ugly head by denying rights granted to Hong Kong residents in an agreement signed by China and Great Britain calling for the turnover of Hong Kong to China); the Trump Administration has postponed tariffs on 10% of the goods, mostly high tech that were to go into effect on December 15 with the result that the market is soaring; Warren and Harris are making fools of themselves as usual commenting on the 5 year anniversary of the “murder” of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Derek Wilson as an example of racism prevailing in this country; several high power Blues have issued veiled threats that if SCOTUS does not “heal” itself it will be restructured (just exactly what we do not need is an attempt ala FDR to politicize SCOTUS which has been a break on the leftist runaway judges like those of the 9th Circuit who have obstructed Trump at every moment on issues like border security; Don Lemon has been hit with a sexual assault civil case brought by a bartender who claimed Lemon put his hands down his shorts and then stuck them under the bartender’s face; CNN’s Chris Cuomo is being blasted for losing it and screaming at a man who called him “Fredo” (Chris once again shows he is a hack masquerading as a journalist); we still have over a year before the elections but Blues such as Sanders, Biden, Gillibrand and Castro are advocating a gun buyback program which many fear is the first step in the confiscation of firearms owned by law abiding citizens; noted entrepreneur Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla has endorsed Andrew Yang in his quest for president (nothing like adding some more excitement to an already crowded field and wondering if Schultz, noted entrepreneurial success story with Starbucks might be persuaded to throw his hat in); Epstein may be dead but the scandal surrounding his perverted pedophile acts lives on with Chrislaine Maxwell now in the cross hairs over her alleged role in procuring underage girls; in another example of misplaced priorities, the residents of Newark have been struggling with excessive lead levels in their water system have been told that the filters installed have not fixed the problem and must use bottled water (but in this Blue controlled city, concern over the well being of illegals dominates the campaigns of Blue presidential candidates); in Chicago through August 12, 2019, 1716 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, 286 of whom have died but none in the last two days, a fraction of those dead from murders in Cape Town, South Africa but barely leading the 212 murdered in Baltimore (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 people of color by people of color?)
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Madonna, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not a piteous person and a relevant quote from Gore Vidal on the Berlin Wall, 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. International Left Handers Day—created by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the International Lefthanders Association on this day in 1976 to address the unique characteristics of and the difficulties faced living in a right handed world by the 7 to10% of the population that are left handed.
2. National Filet Mignon Day—not sure who created this day but more likely than not it was a restaurant that specialized in steaks and not vegetarian or vegan fare and should be celebrated by splurging at Ruth Chris, Mortons or the Outback and ordering a juicy filet mignon.
3. 1992 Number One Song— the number one song in 1992 on a run of 1 week in that position was “This Used to Be My Playground” by Madonna. Here is a recording video of her singing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WdzR2VKa8A Still growing strong in her sixties and hasn’t yet blown up the White House to the dismay of her leftist fans.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “piteous” which means arousing or deserving sympathy or pity which is something most of the Blue presidential candidates do not merit.
5. From A Child Star To Super Star—celebrating the birth on this day in 1963 of Indian super star actress Strivi Kapoor who was one of India’s most famous film actresses but died too early of accidental drowning in her hotel bathroom in Dubai at the age of 54.
On this day in:
On this day in:
a. 1918 women were allowed to enlist in the United States Marine Corps for the first time with Opha May Johnson becoming the first woman to enlist and was deenrolled after the end of World War I with the rank of sergeant.
b. 1992 Major General Reybold of the Army Corps of Engineers authorized the commencement of construction of the facilities to build the atom bomb pursuant to the Manhattan Project.
c. 1961 East Germany closed the borders between East and West Berlin and began constructing the Berlin Wall to prevent East Berliners from fleeing to West Berlin.
d. 1964 Peter Allen and Gywnne Evans had the dubious distinction of being the last people in the U.K. to be hanged for murder of John Allen West which execution occurred a little over 4 months after Allen and Evans were arrested for West’s murder.
e. 1969 the Apollo 11 Astronauts enjoyed a ticker tape parade in New York City following their landing on the Moon and were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon later that evening.
Reflections on the impact of the Berlin Wall: “In August 1961, I visited President Kennedy at Hyannis Port. The Berlin Wall was going up, and he was about to begin a huge military buildup - reluctantly, or so he said, as he puffed on a cigar liberated by a friend from Castro's Cuba.” Gore Vidal, noted author and playqwright
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