Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 28, 2019 In a wakeup call to politically biases artists like Taylor Swift, lowest VMA ratings ever a warning that politics and entertainment don’t mix (nothing like a drop in sales to bring fair and balanced back to entertainment); Matthis’ op ed bemoaning the state of the Trump Administration’s failings in dealing with our allies should be a wakeup call to Trump as Matthis is certainly no biased political hack like Brennan or Clapper spewing their venom on the Trump Administration; a good sex scandal trumps political idiocy every day as Omar issues a terse denial of an alleged affair with a political consultant that resulted in divorce proceedings (a prediction that Omar’s star has peaked and the reality of her legal issues re immigration and political views will make her a 1 term phenom and many a less than 1 term); in the race to be the sacrificial lamb to Donald Trump, 10 Blues have made the debate stage with a sequel politically to Cocoon of 3 old warriors Biden, Warren and Sanders being in the top 3 and in a not too surprising result given their records and views Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland (who sadly is a voice of reason railing against the leftist drift of the Blues), and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota receiving not a single vote in the polls; the firing of Officer Panetelo for his role in the tragic death of Eric Garner has sent NYPD morale to an all time low in the words of a retired NYPD Lieutenant while de Blasio with his idiotic presidential campaign plays the role of Nero playing the fiddle while morale burns to the ground; Brazil’s President Bolsenaro’s denial of $40 million in aid to fight the Amazon wildfires really calls into question any denials that the fires have been caused to clear vast areas for logging; Hurricane Dorian may increase to a Cat 2 Hurricane when it hits Florida and in the process reaching there give Puerto Rico what it definitely does not need a good dowsing of rainfall; in Chicago through August 27, 2019, 1837 have been shot of whom 305 have died and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 224 have been 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 Terror Squad, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not obsessed with plutomania and a relevant quote from the Walker Report on the police riot at the 1968 Democratic Convention, 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. Radio Commercial Day--commemorating what would become the first of many, first commercial on radio using Radio Station WEAF in New York was purchased for $100 ($1424.54 in today’s money) by Queensboro Realty for 10 minutes of commercial air time.
2. National Bow Tie Day—commemorating a fashion accessory that has been around since the 17th Century and which is now being sported by women also, but if you have difficulty in surmounting the rite of passage by tying one, there is always the preformed clip on.
3. 2004 Number One Song— the number one song in 2004 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Lean Back” by the Squad. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiiTx5u5Nb8.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “plutomania” which means a mania not for the lovable Disney cartoon dog of Mickey Mouse but a mania for money which most politicians have in wanting to take it from you either in the form of taxes or donations to their campaigns.
5. Fade to Black—celebrating or bemoaning, depending on your politics, the birth on this day in 1969 of singer and actor Jeff Black who is a rabid anti-Trump zealot.
On this day in:
a. 1937 Toyota became an independent company and from those beginnings has grown to be the largest automobile manufacturer in the world.
b. 1963 on the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech.
c. 1968 at the Chicago National Convention protests by anti-Vietnam War protestors turned into what many commentators have referred to a police riot by the Chicago Police Department.
d. 1988 at an air show in Ramstein, Germany, 3 planes of the Italian equivalent of our Blue Angels collided while performing, killing 3 pilots and 67 spectators on the ground and injuring 346 spectators.
e. 1990 Iraq declared occupied Kuwait to be its latest province a designation that lasted until the successful victory by U.S. led coalition in Desert Storm.
Reflections on the 1968 Democratic Convention and the police response: “... unrestrained and indiscriminate police violence on many occasions, particularly at night. That violence was made all the more shocking by the fact that it was often inflicted upon persons who had broken no law, disobeyed no order, made no threat. These included peaceful demonstrators, onlookers, and large numbers of residents who were simply passing through, or happened to live in, the areas where confrontations were occurring.
“Individual policemen, and lots of them, committed violent acts far in excess of the requisite force for crowd dispersal or arrest. To read dispassionately the hundreds of statements describing at firsthand the events of Sunday and Monday nights is to become convinced of the presence of what can only be called a police riot.” Walker Report created to study the Chicago Democratic Convention protests
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