Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 5, 2019 After 2nd mass shooting, Trump condemned racism and hate in no uncertain terms and called for expanded mental health screening and background checks while with the exception of de Castro who rightfully pinned the blame on the shooters, the Blue wanna-bes blamed Trump (another example of pervasive Trump Derangement Syndrome); the death toll in El Paso has risen to 22 as two wounded have died in hospitals and while Congress is in gridlock with some in corporate America ending discounts to NRA members or altering their gun sale policies to end sales of assault rifles or sales to those under 21; Neil deGrasse Tyson has been ravaged in Twitterland for his comment on the fact that deaths from many other causes dwarf the number of deaths from mass shootings; in another example that Biden may have mentally lost it, at a fund raiser in California he expressed sympathy for the victims of the mass shootings in “Michigan” and “Houston” while in an example of Trump Derangement Syndrome Trump was castigated for using “Toledo” as the site of the Ohio shooting as opposed to Dayton; on the PC front, the Naval Academy Football Team was forced to drop its motto for the upcoming football season “Load the Clip” as being offensive to those concerned about gun violence; Kevin Cernakee, a conservative engineer fired by Google, is claiming that Google is doing all it can to insure that Trump does not win reelection (this allegation should come as no surprise and should spur legislation to ban the use of algorithms to ban or shadow ban conservative posts); in a news item that should have Epstein quaking in his boots, a Florida inmate entered the cell of a pedophile serving a life sentence and drowned him; rising avocado prices has forced many recipes to turn to using Mexican Calabicita squash to make guacamole which has a similar texture; biased pseudo journalist Joe Scarborough is playing with fire calling for a boycott of Trump supporters; in Chicago through August 4, 2019, 1642 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, 278 of whom have died, a fraction of those dead from murders in Cape Town, South Africa but barely leading the 199 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 Steve Winwood, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not express pigsconce in your opinions and a relevant quote from Alan Greenspan on Reagan’s firing of the air traffic controllers for striking and failing to come back to work, 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. Assistance Dog Day—created by Marcie Davis, a paraplegic for over 35 years and service dog expert and an author on several books pertaining to service dogs and celebrated on Monday of the first full week in August.
2. International Traffic Light Day—created to commemorate the first traffic light which was installed in Cleveland at the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street.
3. 1988 Number One Song— the number one song in 1988 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Roll With It” by Steve Winwood.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pigsconce” which means a blockhead which describes to a tee the characteristics of most of the inhabitants of the Swamp.
5. When Do We Say Enough—celebrating the birth on this day in 1981 of Rachel Joy Scott, a aspiring actress, who was the first of 13 victims at the April 20, 1999 Columbine High School mass shooting by Erick Harris and Dylan Klebold who committed suicide after being cornered by police.
On this day in:
On this day in:
a. 1957 after 5 years on WFIL, an ABC affiliate, American Bandstand with Dick Clark as host premiered on ABC.
b. 1962 actress Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home at dawn from a drug overdose.
c. 1974 in an enough is enough moment; the U.S. Congress imposed a $1 billion cap on military aid to South Vietnam.
d. 1981 President Ronald Reagan fired all 13,359 federal air traffic controllers for refusing to go back to work. ,kl7 in a decision which ushered in the possibility of “fake news”, the FCC eliminated the “Fairness Doctrine” which required TV and radio broadcasters to present controversial issues fairly.
e. 2015 in an example of government ineptness the Environmental Protection Agency at the Gold King Mine in Colorado released 3 million gallons of water heavily contaminated with mine tailings into the Aramas River.
Reflections on President Reagan crushing the Air Traffic Controllers’ strike: “Perhaps the most important, and then highly controversial, domestic initiative was the firing of the air traffic controllers in August 1981. The President invoked the law that striking government employees forfeit their jobs, an action that unsettled those who cynically believed no President would ever uphold that law. President Reagan prevailed, as you know, but far more importantly his action gave weight to the legal right of private employers, previously not fully exercised, to use their own discretion to both hire and discharge workers.” Alan Greenspan
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